Caribbean Insight

Dec 6, 2009

Fernando & Victor Photography captures fashion and culture all in one. They are Dominican photographers in Dominican Republic and go by the name of Fernando Santos and Victor Nicolas. The specialize in fashion production, advertising, and publicity campaigns. To see more of their amazing work go to :

The marina, the ocean, the palm trees, the aquarium, these two photos embody all of it.
Typical attire for young little girls in Dominican Republic. This brings back the memories of when my mother and aunt use to dress me up in these big puffy skirts and dresses. And they would tie my hair with a million little barrettes and bows. By the end of the day I looked like a
3 year-old hot-mess, because they would tie my hair so tight I would spend the whole day picking at them.

La Banca: I love these photo's, being of Dominican descent you definitely get a bit homesick looking at these three photos. La Banca is a lottery kiosk literally in like every corner in Dominican Republic. Yes, we are obsessed with gambling and making money. I love how they are able to display high fashion and still incorporate with the real culture of the country. I'm not talking about museum type of culture, but blue collar culture, the people who make up the majority. Plus, every Banca is painted in multiple neon colors so gamblers can see them from a mile away. They do make some interesting and eye-catching backgrounds.

On the Streets of New York

Dec 5, 2009

1. Classic boyfriend blazer with distressed jean shorts and biker boots; a cross between Blair Waldorf and Vanessa Abrams = perfection.
2. A la Audrey in the last scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's with a Balmain twist. Slouchy oversized
t-shirt and ripped jeans. The leopard flats add the cute factor.
3. Something I never thought I would like, but I do. A blazer actually brings elegance to a maxi dress.
4. This outfit looks so comfortable, its like she just threw on an oversized tee, put on some leggings and the first pair of boots she found. To top it off she threw on a leather jacket for the weather. It's like that "I don't care, but I look great" look.


Opinion Editorial on Shopping for my Journalism Class

Dec 3, 2009

Shopping, what does it mean to you? Is it going to the supermarket and stocking up on food you might need for the rest of the week? Is it going to the nearest shoe store, to pick up a pair to replace the ones with the worn soles you have on right now? Or is it the urge to buy the new $2,000 “It” bag, you obviously don’t need because last season’s “It” bag is in perfectly good shape, but still want to buy it just to show it off tomorrow at the office?

No matter which scenario applies to you, it still involves spending money and making decisions. It could be a decision as simple as, do I want to eat lasagna tonight or do I just want to pop a TV dinner in the microwave. Or it could be a decision like the one many women face every morning. What am I going to wear? Every morning women wake up, shower and stand in front of their closets thinking they have nothing to wear. When they are obviously starring at a closet filled of multiple outfit possibilities waiting to be discovered.

It is no secret that our economy isn’t going through the easiest time right now, which is why a lot of us have to think twice about shopping. Cost Per Wear is one of the ideas introduced to us by many fashion magazines. If you are going to splurge on an item, make sure you are making the most of your money. So, buying a $2,000 handbag in this economy means wearing it everyday until the next “It” bag comes out, or if you can possibly handle the torturous stares of others, it means wearing it until it wears out. It did cost you $2,000, which one would highly assume is top quality, so you should have no problems being able to hold on to this bag until you can pass it down to your kids.

Recession proof wardrobe is the way to go. There is no time anymore to buy items because you think they are “cute”, or could wear on Friday for your hot date. It is more about making your closet feel new again. This way all you have to do is buy what you feel is really missing. Taking inventory of your closet is helpful before shopping, this way you avoid distractions and get straight to business.

Smart shopping is all about catching deals and pinching pennies where possible. It seems even designers are feeling the pinch of the economy. With designers like Rodarte starring up new lines in Target, Alice and Olivia for Payless Shoe Source, and Liz Claiborne becoming exclusive for JC Penney. There is no more embarrassment of shopping at thrift shops or at discounter stores. It is actually a compliment to successfully be able to pull off a low-end look without looking inexpensive.

The fall of the Lehman Brothers, a high-profile bank, in late 2008 came as shock to many. Hundreds of bankers lost their jobs and their ability to live their highly comfortable lives. They went from making as little as $100,000 a year to taking a cab home to their expensive apartments, where they had no idea how they would be able to come up with the mortgage. It was time to cut down on expenses whether people liked it or not. If major corporations were being swallowed up by they economy why couldn’t we be too? Women went from buying Prada suits, to buying the knock-offs at Zara.

Fast fashion retailers like Zara and H&M have benefited from this economy. They are able to roll out new items in a matter of weeks instead of months. Hearing about the economy gets tiring, so what better way to run from it and help it as well, then shopping for new designer like items, a very low prices. Zara is said to be so fast that they can have something seen on the runway two weeks later in their stores, while the original garment is still not in its designer store. H&M collaborations with high-end brands like Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Stella Mccartney, and Matthew Williamson, have left shelves deserted. People are keeping up with what is happening around the world and they are becoming cautious of their money.

It seems like a clear message across the board here, spend smart. We want to give the economy a boost, but not at our expensive. All these 50% to 70% off sales are great, but what do they mean if you don’t need anything that is on sale. The message is to, yes shop, but only for what you feel you need. And every once in a while it doesn’t hurt to splurge for yourself a little bit. So, think twice about a $2,000 handbag that in a couple of weeks you might not like anymore, when this could have easily been your rent check.

Diane Von Furstenberg Sample Sale

May 28, 2009

If your looking for a summer dress, this is definitely the place to go.


Banana Republic leather jacket ; Mystique Boutique Blouse and Bag
H&M Jeans ; Favorite converse

Mystique Boutique in Soho & 34th Street Manhattan 
carries a lot of cute and affordable stuff.

The Modern Audrey Hepburn Look

Anna Wintour: The Goddess not the Devil


Anna Wintour's interview for 60 Minutes

She finally sits down and answers all those questions about why she is such a bitch?

Why she takes fashion so seriously? And most of all why she always wears those sunglasses?

I honestly, don't care what anyone says about Wintour because I admire everything she does. 

She has made Vogue USA one of the most sought out magazines in the world. It's like if you don't

make to Vogue then you really have not made it. I don't think she is a bitch to say, I just think she

is very strict and focused because she enjoy what she does for a living. I'm just hoping one day I'll

follow in her footsteps = ]

Karen Robinovitz : Fashion Journalist

On my way from the gym to Barnes & Noble, I couldn’t help but notice that I walked by that lady you see the picture above. Her name is Karen Robinovitz, fashion journalist, fashion and marketing consultant, tv personality, and author. You probably recognize her from shows like MADE on MTV when they made that really flamboyant guy into a fashion reporter and she was his boss. Or from VH1’s The Fabulous Life of show or from Bravo’s Secrets of a New York Party girl. She’s also written many articles for Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and WWD. She has three books “How to Become Famous in 2 Weeks or Less”, “The Fashionista Files”, and “Fete Accompli! The ultimate guide to creative entertaining”. Whatever the point is I saw her and seeing her made me want to be a fashion journalist even more. Maybe it was her beautifully sculpted Christian Louboutin’s or maybe it was her ultra-chic black patent leather Marc Jacob’s bag, whatever it was it just made be want to be just like her even more.

The Olsens or shall I say A Girl's Dream Closet

They just know what works and what doesn't. It's like everything they wear
turns to gold. You hardly ever see them in sleek sexy silhouettes, the slimmest piece
of clothing they wear are lame tights. After this everything else is either a large
boyfriend flannel, or baggy bohemian blouses with fitted blazers to bring out their
femininity. The mix of Chucks and Louboutin, Chanel and Fendi and Wang bags is
another story in its self.

Kanye + Jak = South Park

Apr 26, 2009

Let me just say that Tommy Ton founder of should be flattered that South Park animated his infamous photograph of Kanye West and his friends outside of the Comme Des Garcons show in Paris during fashion week. I would of blushed to receive such in honor in a weird sort of way. Now this photograph will always be remembered.

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Sisley S/S 2009

This collection reminds me a lot of Christina Milian's new "Us Against the World" video.

Alexander Mcqueen for Target

Mar 10, 2009

Target just doesn't stop. First Issac, now Alexander
next Proenza Schouler. With this recession getting worse by the minute
it seems designers keep thinking of more ways to make people want to
shop. Next thing you know people aren't going to be shopping at
Bloomingdales, Saks, or Barneys, they'll be at Target.

Christian Louboutin for 3.1 Phillp Lim

Spring 2009 3.1 Phillip Lim Shoes
Snake skin
Gladiator sandals


Jacket of My Life : Balmain I love you

Paris Vogue

If could only read french, but the pictures make up for the words.
Whoever said black isn't a real color obviously has not read Paris Vogue.
-- Paris Vogue October 2008

Cobra Snake

Mar 1, 2009

Credit: Cobrasnake

Miroslava Mikheeva Duma: Defines Fashion

Events Correspondent for Harper's Bazaar Russia Miroslava Duma is the epitome of fashion. There is nothing she doesn't wear that I don't like. She literally can pull anything off she's so gorgeous. Not only would I like her wardrobe, but her job as well. I guess you can say she's my modern day Audrey Hepburn. Who else do you know can wear a I love NY sweatshirt like that. She's definitely up there with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. And there will be photos of her up soon.

The Oscars

Feb 23, 2009

.Balmain just doesn't stop amazing me, first it was the Fall '08 Collection, now it's Best Supporting Actress Penelope Cruz's circa 1950's couture gown. Penelope is gorgeous but this gown just brings me right back to the Audrey Hepburn days. Can you see the resemblance? This was definitely an Oscar winning gown. And if Penelope would have fainted, she would of been for Sleeping beauty not Audrey.

White, off-white, ivory and beige were the colors of the evening. Everyone looked like Disney's princesses. When looking at Sarah Jessica Parker in this gown I can't help, but think of her and Big in Paris finally realizing their meant for each other. P.S Sex and the City 2 is really in the works. Jenn doesn't need Brad she's a Grecian goddess.

Anne Hathaway stole my heart in the princess dairies and certified it in the Devil Wears Prada. Who doesn't love her? Marsia Tomie makes strippers proud in this pearl gray beautifully pleated Versace gown.

Mumbai and John Galliano must be screaming of joy right now. Just looking at Frieda Pinto in this dress the first thing that comes to mind is John, because it looks like a costume but yet Oscar worthy. And last, but not least Natalie Portman. She always looks so sophisticated and innocent. I love this soft fuschia gown and the black nail polish make it Natalie.

Balmain Spring 2009

Feb 13, 2009

The whole collection is worth showing guilty pleasure:
Marching Band Jackets

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