Friday, September 30, 2011

tribal chic: take two.

Separate pieces to add a touch of tribal flavor to any outfit.

feather necklace, Delia's // maxi dress, Nasty Gal // sandals, UO // satchel, Free People
styling by boyish chic
You know I love me some tribal chic styling. Felt really in the mood for it today (what else is new?). 
Happy Friday, mommas!
xx. Jillian

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amélie: film to fashion inspiration

I've been watching many movies lately and more so than ever. I've started to take real notice in the fashion/costume design within them. So, I've decided to do some film-to-fashion-inspirations. 

This week's pick is the movie Amélie; a must see. It's innocence mixed with mature issues, then mixed with this unique cinematography... is genius. Not to mention, it's set in Paris (which, for me, doesn't get any better) & involves a photobooth (one of my favorite things). Audrey Tatou shines as Amélie, a boyish chic young lady who takes pleasure in noticing the little things in life, has an intense imagination and... has fallen in love. The rest of the story is too adorable to give away & is sure to bring a huge smile to your face. I've watched this movie so many times & the happiness I get from it never gets old. Neither does the quirky not-over-the-top fashion.

1. Modcloth dress // 2. Dr. Martens boots // 3. Michael Kors tweed
Amélie is constantly wearing these Docs throughout the film, but always pairing them with a dress and a cute, messy bob that's sometimes adorned with feminine clips - way boyish chic. 

The entire film is set in the colors of red & green, with every scene tinted a hue of green. It's really incredible to see how they pull this off throughout the film. It also makes for a fun inspired wardrobe full of red, green, tweed & polka dots.

above Amélie photos via
Watch this film, then go out & be your very own Amélie; fearless, loving, dreaming &... boyish chic.

photo via

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

va va voom!

Designer, Ulyana Sergeenko's new line is gorgeous! I'm in love with every piece and all the styling: the hair, the makeup, the wallpaper (!)... it's all so retro and amazing. I have no idea where the fashion items will be available, when, or for how much (so I’ve given one example of a similar way to create one of the looks now), but I wish I could have it as my wardrobe!

The part I love the most, is that this fashion is sexy without all the flaunting or low cut tops. Instead, the form fitting dresses that create curves, along with the vavavoom hair & makeup make the models look fierce, confident & sultry. I’m so into that! You don’t have to show everything in order to look sexy; leave some up to the imagination.

Take a look: 

left: original, Ulyana Sergeenko // 
right: I found you can style similarly with this: dress, modcloth & pumps, BCBG

All photos/fashion via Ulyana Sergeenko

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Because being chic also means having a big heart.

via my design blog:

"Sit! Stay! Learn." - Unleashed blog

Check out this article written about Teresa Berg; one way cool & inspiring lady. Teresa is a portrait photographer - for dogs. She volunteers to take photos of dogs from shelters in a more home-like setting so that people can really see how a dog would fit into their lives as a "potential member of their family"... and adopt one! And, it's working. Apparently, for the shelters she worked with, dogs are getting adopted more quickly because of these amazing photographs. Honestly? I want to adopt every one of these dogs.

Teresa just finished training other photographers (Hey, Ms. Berg! I still want in!!) in the dog trade so that they, too, can volunteer to photograph for a shelter & continue to help homeless dogs finds homes. She encourages people to contact their local shelters - in a kind & gentle manner and offer their photography skills to help improve the number of dogs that find homes.

Talk Wag about living in love.


All photos taken by Teresa Berg

marbled nails.

I spent a little time a few days ago marbeling my nails. It's really fun to do & it comes out looking stellar. I love how every nail comes out looking different & it just added some spunk to my step. 

I used Essie nailpolish in Marshmallow (as a base coat), Mint Candy Apple & Over the Egde:
mint candy appleover the edge

I used this tutorial to learn how to do it. It's a bit time consuming, but so worth it (& a perfect day off thing to try):

links a la mode: featured again!

Ahhh!! boyish chic is featured in Independent Fashion Blogger's links a la mode for the second time! I'm way excited. Thank you so. very. much. Check out all the other awesome blogs below!

xx. Jillian

What's Old is New... Again. 

Edited By: Jessica Thorpe

The saying, "what comes around, goes around" has been proven throughout the history of fashion.  Stylish peeps the world over have been stimulated by trends of decades passed time and time again. This weeks Links A La Mode is influenced by your interpretation of fashion fads and trends interpreted to suit our modern world.

The funky 70's boho glam look is in full effect with flowing skirts, high waist lines and chunky platforms. Another trend making a loud avant garde blip on my radar is the classic ladylike look of the 50's and 60's. Women are embracing their curves and enhancing them with shape flattering silhouettes. Lastly, current fashion do's that continue to inspire me are clever use of sheer, crochet, macrame and lace fabrics. And last but not least, retro accessories are back in a huge way; statement bangles, fanny packs and cat eye shades are loud on the fashion forefront.


  • Denimology: The Time I Met Bill Cunningham
  • Dress Code: High FashionFashion`s Night Out Berlin 2011
  • Miss Viki: A fashion conference for bloggers by bloggers
  • Jimipricute: Dick and Jane
  • Fashion is Evolution: Missoni Madness!
  • The Chic Addict: Missoni For Target: It’s finally here!
  • Shrimp Salad Circus: Weigh In: Sexualizing Children
  • Dress With Courage: Review of the IFB Conference: Lessons Learned
  • Everything Just So: Daphne Guinness Exhibit Review
  • Pelin in Style: PARIS, KATE MOSS, HUSSEIN CHALAYAN & more
  • Missemmamm: Missoni for Target: A Small Town Girl’s Thoughts + Dressing Room Peeks -
  • Elle Yeah: NYFW S/S12 Highlights
  • Fashion Hacker: How to Follow Fashion Week from Home
  • Cosmolawlitan: Missoni Shoppers Show Why Fashion Design Protection Is Important
  • Ethical Fashion Blog: IFB Crystals and Crumpets
  • Faery: Paris Diaries Vol. 3 – Magic
  • Fumiko Kawa: Meets With Something Hippie
  • Style Bizarre: Blogging 101: Fail Better!
  • Boyish Chic: Fashion Forward: Living in Love
  • Dolly Dahl: Betsey Johnson Comes To Visit!

    SPONSOR: Jackets at Shopbop's ShoptalkNightcap, IRO, Smythe, Doma, Alberta Ferretti, Smythe, IRO, Gryphon, Veda Jackets, LAMB, Nation LTD, Duvetica, Kaelen, Surface to Air.

    If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    peter pan color: how I do.

    Spent yesterday at a design meeting at Starbucks, designing at home & then... at the movies (Lion King is still AMAZING) - booyah! So, I wanted to be comfortable, but put together.

    What I wore today: my new peter pan collared shirt - hearts, not polka dots! with some boyish gray jeans & booties. Added my new Stila lip enamel, which came out more raspberry than red (to those looking to buy some!) & a girl pink & yellow floral ring I made for my Remedy (see previous post). Finished it off with some messy hair &... that's how I rocked a peter pan collar - boyish chic style.

    shirt,  h&m // jeans, bullhead // booties, nine west
    stila lip enamel in joy red.
    I love hanging up photobooth pics all over my mirror. Makes my heart happy.

    How would/have you rocked a peter pan collar?

    P.S. Happy weekend, baby!

    Thursday, September 22, 2011


    In my office, goofin' around for the new jewelry collection.
    myremedydesign: Black & yellow? Nahhh, pink & yellow! New floral ring for sale online next week.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    black or red?

    Looking to get this Big Buddha bag as a laptop bag (hard to find something big enough, but still stylish for a 15" laptop bag that looks edgy). 

    The big question: black or red? Black probably matches more, but I don't have a red bag... 
    Help, please!

    sea breeze.

    Spent a day down the shore at the Ocean Grove flea market & ended the day with a walk to the beach. The flea market was fun; vintage Dooney & Bourkes (their vintage are way cuter) & old postcards. It was really interesting reading the postcards that had notes on them from the early 1900's. Seeing what people wrote was sometimes silly & sometimes lovely. That must be an adventure; finding all of those.

    Wearing my all time favorite maxi skirt that my Momma made for herself in her early 20's (so talented!). Thankfully, it fits me now! Also, wearing my all time favorite wedges. Their color reminds me of the sun & mangoes, which makes me smile.

    skirt, my Momma's creation. // big buddha platform wedges. // belt, vintage. // pacsun tank top. // american apparel bandeau.



    Monday, September 19, 2011

    effortless style.

    from my other blog mirror-forthe-sun:

    Leonardo Dicaprio for GQ

    emmys, emmys, emmys!

    While I didn't get to see the majority of the show (I was spending some quality time with my dad), I did get to see the fabulous red carpet & some of my favorite fashionistas strut their stuff. Some actresses just always hit it on the mark, like the always stunning Lea Michele who wore Marchesa. The whole look is flawless: perfectly fitting silhoutte with that open back & fun shoulders paired with simple jewelry, hair & makeup. She looks beautiful without looking overdone. 

    (photos via E!)

    Other ladies who stunned:
    Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab. // Again, perfect silhoutte & the perfect amount of glam.

    Jennifer Carpenter in Tony Ward Couture

    Minka Kelly in Zac Posen.
    Kristen Wiig in Zac Posen. // Love the ombre, but wish it was either on top or on the bottom, but not both.

    Jayma Mays in Zuhair Murad. // Adorable & feminine!

    Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano. // The color & gown are so lovely. She looks like a goddess! I'm still debating if I like her makeup & hair, as well as her shoes with this gown, though... 
    What do you think?
    There were also some misses in the fashion department for me, personally. What do you think?:
    Julianna Margulies - Giorgio Armani Privé. // The cut on top is not pretty & I'm not getting these... clear beads things? She did try for something unusual though, so props on that! (via JustJared)

    Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein. // Her makeup and hair are gorgeous! But the cut on the top of the dress is just unfortunate. It reminds me of a sports bra & it doesn't do justice to her beautiful figure.
    But, sheesh, her makeup & hair are truly stunning! Rockin' that, Katie. (via Just Jared)

    IFB: weekly roundup!

    So honored to be a part of this over at Independent Fashion Bloggers!
    Thank you, IFB! 

    Inspired by IFB, FNO & NYFW!

    Edited by: Taylor Davies
    The week of New York Fashion Week is one of the busiest of the entire year for the industry. It’s also one of the most inspiring for the IFB community. This week’s Links a la Mode features helpful posts about blogging that remind us of topics from our IFB Conference, as well as fun round ups of Fashion’s Night Out, NYFW shows, and designer inspiration.

    The IFB Weekly Roundup: LINKS À LA MODE: September 15th

    Satchel Bags at Shopbop: Roccatella, See by Chloe, Tory Burch Bags, Jerome Dreyfuss, Motif 56, Tory Burch Wallets, LeSportsac, DVF bags, Alexander Wang, Rachel Zoe, Juicy handbags.

    If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

    NYFW: like a mood board.

    Most of my posts the past week have been about NYFW collections. Okay, okay, all of them have. Trust me, I'm in no position to be purchasing items off of that runway. However! As a graphic designer by trade & a fashionista at heart, I do find that looking at all of the collections is inspiring (& I don't think you have to be a designer to be enlivened!). I love seeing the various colors sent down the runway & how they are paired with other hues that I may not have ever thought about pairing before. It's also an amazing way to see what the newest fashions are & then be exhilarated to go out & find them at cheaper costs or go in the total opposite direction. Overall, my favorite collections that I saw were Christian Siriano, L.A.M.B., Jason Wu, Zac Posen & Rachel Zoe.

    What's in for Spring 2012?
    - Sheer over opaque
    - Blouses
    - Menswear inspired looks (yes!)
    - Jumpsuits
    - Vibrant blue & greenish-yellow
    - Bold patterns

    Some more of my favorite pieces from the week (all images via NYMag):

    Christian Siriano. // It was all perfect. The colors, the tulle, the sheer & opaque - fierceness at its best. I'd like to add it all to my closet! A girl can dream...
    Diane von Furstenberg. // Patterning & colors are lovely.
    Rachel Zoe. // That bag, that dress, those blazers, the colors... ah! Parisian chic. I'd honestly wear every piece if I was lucky enough to. Epitome of boyish chic right here.
    Charlotte Ronson. // That grayish-teal & crimson socks - loving the combo.
    Vivienne Tam. // The fringe & the blouses are just lovely.
    Zac Posen. // Honestly? These gowns are to die for. I could see each one on the red carpet.  Retro NYC glam!

    Hope you're inspired for the upcoming seasons like I am just by looking at these collections...
    xx. Jillian

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