Black and Proud

Im (not) ashamed to say, I wear this dress as many as 4 days in a row. I love it. Its so effortless, comfortable, elegant, and simple. Im not a layers kind of girl - I was just looking at a blogger's outfit and she had all these layers and all these chains and chains on her shoes and rings on top of rings on her fingers - she looked awesome, but I just cant do it. Its not me! It would look too forced and wannabe trendy. So, I prefer wearing a simple dress and a single necklace and ring. (I made the latter two myself, let me know what you think!)




Necklace made with sheet brass, brass wire, and turquoise.

In the next picture, I'm wearing the dress in Tulum, Mexico, after a busy day of tanning, swimming, and cappuccino drinking.


Salud,
Renata

Power Couple

One of my very favorite power couples, Lapo Elkann and Bianca Brandolini d'Adda. They are both so chic, rich, perfect, Italian, and clearly self-absorbed. Yet I find myself fascinated..! 

Love em:

(Quintessentially Italian Photo.)

Being so hot and yet looking so stupid. 

From Vanity Fair's Portraits of Fortune's Children

He: LAPO ELKANN
Born: October 7, 1977, in New York City. Parents: Fiat heiress Margherita Agnelli and novelist Alain Elkann. Siblings: Fiat vice-chairman John Elkann and Ginevra Elkann, vice president of Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli museum in Turin. Residences: “Turin is a family house, Milan is my flat, Paris is my flat, New York is my flat.” Education: Sainte-Croix des Neiges in the French Alps, Lycée Charlemagne in Paris, London Guildhall University. Occupation: Entrepreneur and designer; founder of Italia Independent fashion brand and Independent Ideas advertising agency. Can be found at: L’Esplanade in Paris, Bar Pitti in N.Y.C., Caffè Mulassano in Turin. Causes: “Italy and Israel”; Tel Hashomer hospital, in Tel Aviv; international ambassador for Italy’s Triennale Design Museum. Quote: “Life is complicated and hard, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot find time, energy, passion, and love to be delivered to others.”
 

She: BIANCA BRANDOLINI D’ADDA
Born: June 25, 1987, in Paris. Parents: Count Ruy and Countess Georgina Brandolini d’Adda. Home base: Paris. Family residences: Geneva; Rio de Janeiro; Trancoso, Brazil. Heritage: Her grandfather Brando Brandolini d’Adda descended from a noble Venetian family with its own palazzo on the Grand Canal; her grandmother Cristiana is a sister of the late Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli; her maternal grandfather was Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge. Education: Institut du Marais–Charlemagne Pollès; currently at Studio Pygmalion acting school in Paris. Idols: Natalie Portman and Brigitte Bardot. Can be found at: Front row at the Giambattista Valli show. Quote: “I would love to have children with the guy I love and then many, many, many years later get married to him. I think it would be very romantic to close our lives with a wedding." 



Jealous.

I give them another couple months.

Cheers,
Renata

Jourdan Dunn


I love these photos of Jourdan Dunn from Vogue's all-Black issue, "Black Spring". I know shes a "big deal" because shes a "black model", but I just love her because shes beautiful and enables photographs that have a ton of emotion and a lot going on under the glossy surface of beauty. You know what I mean?

Trivia - The London-born supermodel recently became a mommy at age 19, and in 2008 was the first black model to walk to Prada runway in 10 years.

So anyway, not to get all preachy, but - we should celebrate beauty and achievement no matter what the skin color! I wish one day, skin color would be a non-issue, like something that wasn't even relevant to mention or notice. Do you think that will ever happen? Although, I do recognize that there is a significant portion of the fashion-world that is underrepresented and they would like to open a page from a magazine and say "Hey that looks like me!" (or, "Hey, I wish I looked like that!"). Anyway, input please!!

Cheers,
Renata

I love her, but I can't pronounce her name!

No idea even how to begin saying this...I just recently learned how to say Doutzen Kroes, and thanks to my very straight male friend Rex (I hope you are reading this...but you're too straight, so you're not.) , I now know how to coorectly pronounce Gerard Butler. But I diverge.

Anyway,

How gorgeous, sunny, girl-next-door (you wish!) perfect is Marloes Horst!? Don't take my word on it though...feast your eyes:


 In a British Elle editorial, January 2007. Photographed by Valerie Phillipa.

Who's That Lady

I'm going to be featuring some of my fave bloggers, and I'm going to start with adorable Greek fashion blogger, travel afficionado, student, and my official Hair Idol, Mary Jane Girl

(skirt mango, floral dress worn as shirt zara, tally weijl heels, vintage belt)



(Jacket mango, jeans h&m, shoes zara, scarf tally weijl, vintage fred perry bag, sunglasses new yorker, knitted ring from Portugal)   


(blazer zara, vintage dress and shoes)

(ZARA shoes, mango shorts, vintage knit)
 


(jacket and skirt ZARA, shirt pull and bear, shoes stradivarious, bag vintage souvenir/memoir from the azores)



(leopard print knit ZARA, H&M jeans and top)
 
 MJ's style is a what I would describe as "high-fashion-girl-next-door", and most importantly, she doesn't seem to take herself too seriously - her photos are lighthearted and cheerful and that makes her blog a true delight to peruse.

Here's some trivia pulled from her blog - Funny!


  1. I'm greedy, very very greedy. I don't pay for a bus ticket even though it costs only 50 cents. When I go out I'd rather go thirsty and hungry than buy a sandwich and a bottle of water. I buy clothes only on sales (most of the time).

  2. I love drawing and clothes designing and I'm vain enough to believe that I'm pretty good at it too. I've been thinking of posting some of my drawings but haven't got to it yet.

  3. I'm a closet nerd and I enjoy reading manga and anime and yes, I enjoy the cheesy dialogues.

  4. When I eat french fries I only eat the ones with the square edges, I hate the ones with the sharp edges, dan't ask me why, I just don't know.

  5. I'm half Greek and half Portuguese. After my trip to the Azores islands in Portugal this summer I realized what a magical place it is that I come from. I hope in another lifetime I end up there.

  6. I am obsessed with asian culture. I love the buildings, the letters, the people, the cities and of course the food!

  7. Without my eye glasses I am practicaly blind. I am planing on doing eye surgery but that's where the 1st thing about me comes in the way. :P
     
Check out Mary Jane Girl, and show me some of your favorite blogs!

Cheers,
Renata

Fierce

I just wanted to share a lil sumthin' from the the F21 website - I really like this look. I thought twas a tattoo at first, and I was considering the necessary considerations, then I realized it was merely black electric tape. Plus, electric tape has so many color options - could look cool in blue or red! Am I crazy or does this look shweet??



Anyone wanna give it a go, or advise me to do so/not to do so?

Cheers,
Renata

M.I.A.

I don't care what anyone says...M.I.A. is one of my idols...Shes cool (although now that word looks starkingly uncool), beautiful, talented, weird, exotic, and kinda crazy. She makes overgrown roots and ugly mens t-shirts look awesome and futuristic and 3rd world and glamorous all at the same time. I wish she'd take me under her wing and teach me her ways.


Cheers!
Renata

Don't You Evah



New Spoon's Cover Art for their song "Don't You Evah"

Cheers,
Renata

Tweedle Dumb There's No Comparison

Gwen Stefani, photographed by Mark Squire.


Is there any girl cooler than she on this planet? Me thinks Not.

Cheers,
Renata



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