Who Wears the Pants?

I pretty much never wear pants. I wore a pair of *almost* shorts and people at work nearly died of disbelief. But these Celine pants may make this girl change her ways:

Here are some others I love, just for good measure:

Images courtesy of Knight Cat, Honestly WTF, The Blonde Salad, Wary Meyers, and Pinterest


Scorpion Disco Featured on The Feast!

Last week, I was lucky enough to be featured on The Feast, which, if you don't know already, is the best source for the best places to Eat, Shop and Play in a handful of cities across the country. There's not really anywhere you'd want to go in this great nation that isn't covered here, so check it out! And if you're interested in the Philly fashion scene, my favorite boutiques, and some of my must-haves for the season, kindly read on!

Style Blogger Renata Certo-Ware Is a Fashion Junkie, But You Won't Catch Her Cockapoo in Canine Couture

Dress Like a Blogger by Julie Davis Jun 22, 01:58PM in Shop
Renata Certo-Ware, the mastermind behind the Philly-based style and fashion blog, Scorpion Disco, is a self-proclaimed "fashion junkie," but she won't be caught dead dressing her beloved cockapoo, Portia, in silly outfits (although the blogger reluctantly admits to the purchase of a pint-sized raincoat for the pup). Here, the 25-year-old newlywed tells us how her blog came to be, and gives us insight into Philly's best spots for shopping and people-watching.

What prompted you to start Scorpion Disco?
Well, honestly, I was living in Istanbul with my boyfriend (now my husband) and I was bored! I spent a lot of time online, and I always gravitated towards the fashion blogs. I figured that I have a strong sense of style (at least, my mom thinks so!) and I wanted to join in the "conversation" that other people were having through their blog posts. The more people there are out there offering their opinions on fashion and their new finds, the more we all can learn from each other and form a community, so I figured, I'll jump right in!

How is your blog different from other fashion/style sites?
I include my own personal style, but I don't think I'm the authority on what to wear, nor do I have the resources to be, so I mix in a lot of photos of fashion shows and events I attend, things I buy or want to buy or want to eat, my favorite models, and new designers I "discover" on my internet browsing adventures.

How do you define your personal style?
Subject to mood and availability, first and foremost. But my general guidelines are bright colors, never neutral, never ordinary, never blend in! Basically, I'm not afraid of taking risks with an unexpected burst of color or mixing a vertically striped top with a horizontally striped skirt, and I'm never a slave to trends - I strictly only wear what I like and what looks good on my figure, which is more on the curvaceous side.

Name some of your favorite Philly boutiques.
I love Joan Shepp, because her boutique is one of the most well-curated collections of pieces from small, independent designers and well-known fashion houses, and the handbag selection is to die for. It's hardly ever prim and proper, and you can always find something funky and unexpected - like a Sonia Rykiel leather corset belt or a beaded head piece Isabella Blow would have worn.

I also love Arcadia, because they prove that eco-chic doesn't have to be dumpy! Their new boutique in Rittenhouse is like raiding your cool older sister's closet.

If you could get one store to open here, which would it be?
I think Philly deserves a Top Shop -- stylish, on-trend pieces with just a touch of European flair for a fairly reasonable price. Come on! An Opening Ceremony would be nice too, a great place for some seriously funky, off-the wall, 90's-inspired pieces in neutral colors.

Where's the best spot in Philly for stylish people-watching? 
At the risk of sounding clich├ęd, I have to say Rittenhouse Square or Washington Square. Well-dressed people tend to prefer squares.

What's one thing you hate spending money on?
Clothing!! I hate to spend more than $25 on anything! I'm (clearly) great at bargain-hunting and finding sales. I have been known to blow my savings on anything obnoxiously pink, like the theatrically high-collared wool coat I bought from Umit Unal, an atelier in Istanbul, or the pink PVC Furla Candy Bag from their latest collection.

What trend do you wish would just shrivel up and die?
Creepers -- the shoes, and the people. But I actually think the shoes are worse! Why, oh why, do people think they look good?

Tell us about the oldest item in your closet.  Why are you still holding onto it, and what do you love about it?
Definitely the combat boots I bought from the Delias catalogue when I was 15. Literally. I still wear them, a decade later!! There's no good way to store them, and they usually stay sprawled at the bottom of my closet. I promise myself after each winter I'll throw them away, and could never bring myself to do it.

What are the five key pieces for this season?
A long, flowy chiffon maxi skirt; anything in eye-popping pink or orange (Think Jil Sander);
chunky heels; a big bold, futuristic ring; and a surfer-inspired bikini from Lisa Marie Fernandez


So excited!! Definitely keep checking The Feast for more blogger features, plus hot tips like where to pick up pieces from Liya Kebede's line LemLem, Zara sale alerts, where to acquire friendship bracelets and what happens when a car crashed into Nicole Miller (the boutique on Main Street, not the designer).


Some Dim Some and Then Some

I had another beautiful Boston Sunday, getting Dim Sum with my beautiful Boston girlfriends. We walked off the cart-loads of foods with a stroll around Chinatown, shopping downtown, and then a late-night guy-bashing session, complete with fried food and beers.

I had never had dim sum before, and I must admit that when I first sat down and saw the spread, which included, steaming bamboo dishes brimming with unknown food items, most wrapped in leaves or otherwise unidentifiable,  I was certain that I would leave hungry -- or worse, having lost my appetite. Most items whizzing by on wheels were a combination of weird, greyish, soupy, and spongy, and one of them had feet. It seemed to me like a dessert cart for animal parts. But, not one to be rude, I politely tried a few dishes (up to and certainly not including the chicken feet), and really enjoyed (most of) them, not to mention the primordial thrill of "hunting" for my meal (i.e. spotting it roll by on a cart, pouncing, and devouring it.)

(please note my hand gesture, which is sign-language for : "That is so kind of you to offer me a chicken foot, but no thank you").

This handsome guy is probably someone's meal by now.

 (My dream mint-green vespa, which I will naturally have to acquire a mint-green Kitchen-Aid mixer to match. Yes, that makes sense. It does.)

Top: HM
Skirt: F21
Shoes: Nina
Watch: Toy Watch
Bag: Mango

I'm so glad I tried dim sum, and I'm glad I was there with authentic, card-carrying Chinese people, to interpret and identify the yummy (and some not-so-yummy) things I was eating. Sometimes it's nice to be out of one's confort zone, and if you have an open mind and are not too self-conscious (for example, about less that stellar chopstick skills) you may really enjoy yourself and totally expand your horizons. And whatever you do, avoid the Beetle Juice.


Breaking and Entering

This weekend, my lovely girlfriends and I "broke in" to one girl's absentee boyfriends apartment complex to make use of the gorgeous pool and the shmancy grills and have us a good old American summer Sunday!

My outfit:
Top: F21
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Hat: F21
Sunnies: Rayban Wayfarers.

And on a side note - I did little to none of the cooking. I just posed by the grill to keep up appearances.

I'd also like to mention, and exclamations of disbelief and praise will be appreciated - I bought the UO skirt about a decade ago, when I was 15.  I'm very proud of taking such good care of it and keeping it so white and clean! I only wear it a few times each summer, but it goes with almost everything, and I love the intricate lace detail at the bottom, it's very shabby chic.When I put it on, I know Summer est arrive!


Cynthia Rowley Bandaids

Found these...gems (sorry!) rummaging through the online Stylephiles at Boston.com. These insanely, unneccessarily cute bandages from Cynthia Rowley are so stylin' that I may be forced to injure myself just for the chance to wear one. They  definitely beat out those lame Hello Kitty strips I used to steal from my little cousin, and certainly outdo those neutral ,flesh-toned bandages, which I may venture to say are racist (come on, not every one has beige plastic colored skin!) or at least not PC.

Don't run with scissors! (Or...do!)


Bang Bang

Bang Bang,

Bagno a Ripoli

LOVING this editorial. I first spied a peek of Bagno a Ripoli on Style Spot, and went directly to the source, Caroline's Mode, to check it out in full.

So luxuriously, languorously Italian.  What can be more summery, more quintessentially Mediterranean, than lounging topless in sequin trousers by the pool in a little town near Florence? Nary a thing. Well, maybe just standing silhouetted in door frames wearing an Alexander McQueen scarf as an outfit.

// editorial // bagno a ripoli
// styling // caroline blomst
// photographer // daniel troyse
// model // leticia

All clothing from www.luisaviaroma.com

Oh, and it you're as obsessed with the sequined trousers as I am, they are from No 21, available at Luisa Via Roma in a couple weeks (I should hope - they are AW 2012, so I'll be stalking these pretty hard.)