Seven Confessions

These photos are super dark, I know. I’m trying to create a formula for photos in low light that still look decent. This is better than my last attempt, so I guess I’m getting there.

Still packing over here. I wore my cape on a walk around the neighborhood and I think I scared everyone away. I like this thing, even if it’s not the best silhouette for me. And whenever I wear it I’m pretty sure people think I’m crazy, too.

Target cape, J.Crew blouse, Anthropologie belt and skirt, scarf from Turkey (gift from cousin), LV bag, Celine scarf, and Frye boots.

A long time ago (and I mean a really long time) I received the Stylish and Versatile Blogger Awards from Shen Dove Style. Thanks, Shenneth!

I meant to do this earlier, I swear. And I was going to do a fashion retrospective for my seven things, but I can’t find any photos of myself from middle school and high school. Back in the day we used film, you know, so unfortunately they’re not all on my hard drive.

Anyway, I’m unsure if not being able to find those photos is actually a bad thing… some styles should really stay in past. So here are seven facts about myself:

1. I read books on my Kindle for iPhone. Sorry paperbacks, ebooks are just more convenient for me.
2. I am also an insomniac, so it’s practically a requirement that I devour books and browse the internet at all hours of the night.
3. I used to speak Japanese close to fluently, studied French for a number of years (although I can barely speak it), and took a year of Arabic during college.
4. My drink of choice is Scotch. I love vintage cocktails, too.
5. I’m a member of a sorority. Well, alumna now.
6. I am adopted. I’ve definitely never said that before.
7. I am also Korean. I may have said that before, but I can’t remember.

I unintentionally keep quiet with personal details on this blog– for some reason I always assume you guys already know all about me! Hope your curiosity has been satisfied. And you can always tell me when I’m being a bit too mysterious.

I’d like to award the Stylish and Versatile Blogger to: Charming Pumpkin, Chic on the Cheap, Re-Mix-Her, Reading in Skirts (does this count as two? I’m going to count Tia and Mia as one, I can award more bloggers then), Silvergirl, Star-Crossed Smile, and Those Tricks.

These awards have definitely made the rounds on the blogosphere, so if you’ve already received them I don’t think you have to pass them on again… unless you want to!

Old and New Things on my Vanity

Are you guys tired of seeing my face? Sometimes I get tired of seeing my face… I have way too many photos, most of them of myself.

My father found this old Polaroid and now it keeps some of my jewelry company. It apparently takes a three volt battery. I don’t even know what that looks like. One day I’m going to dust it off, put it together, and see if I can get this thing to work.

Breakfast at T. J. Maxx

Yesterday morning I attended T. J. Maxx’s Buyer for a Day at the store in Flatiron.

Over breakfast, Alison Deyette talked to us about what buyers do at Marshalls and
T. J. Maxx, and how they’re different from buyers for other stores. She also showed us some fall trends buyers are currently picking up– keep an eye out for boots of all kinds, statement necklaces, and sweater dresses in unexpected shapes.
Alison Deyette shows us some fall trends.
We learned about how Marshalls and T. J. Maxx work directly with designers to stock current, in-season merchandise at up to 60% off. Buyers for Marshalls and T. J. Maxx stores buy an astonishing 40 weeks of the year, not just at times when seasonal collections become available. I also never knew that by working directly with designers, buyers are able to obtain colors sold exclusively at Marshalls and T. J. Maxx stores.

We also covered the principles of Fashion-Quality-Brand-Price. Buyers use these principles to provide on trend, first quality merchandise from brands customers know at up to 60% savings vs. department stores.

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Hillary Flowers S/S 2012

I went to see Hillary Flowers at the Dream Hotel on September 10th. I’m so happy that I met a great group of people who had some crazy random connections to each other. I really hope we get to connect again soon, especially the New York locals.

It pains me to say it because I’m a huge supporter of local and indie designers, but I had really negative experience. At the door they told me I wasn’t on the list and there was a $10 cover. No luck with asking if they would let me in without it as press because I’m a blogger and spent my last $15 on a taxi getting there. I had to go to an ATM and at that point I would have just left, but I wanted to meet up with Laura again. Laura didn’t have to pay or even give her name so I can’t say I was a fan of the random admission.

I did my research on Hillary Flowers before the show and while the collection is wearable, I was expecting to see pieces that were more unique.


Last Friday night I went to the ModCloth and The Swapaholics Blogger Party! I looked totally out of place in head-to-toe black. Oops. Should have at least worn a circle skirt. It was tons of fun though and I met lots of bloggers!

My mildly paparazzi-ish tendencies caught this awesome print…

… and leopard and hot pink belts!

These last three photos courtesy of the event photographer. Makes me wish I had an external flash! View more on The Swapaholics’ Facebook page.

I swapped two items and picked up one compliments of ModCloth. I also basically pulled a dress off the ModCloth rack, handed it to Nnenna, and said “this is for you” (she ended up leaving with it).

Just before we left for BNO I introduced myself to Tieka with the totally original “I love your blog!”. She’s just as genuine in person as she is on Selective Potential.

Tomorrow will be Blogger’s Night Out! Hope you guys aren’t bored of hearing about fashion week events yet!

Monochrome for FNO 2011

September 8, 2011

Glad I was wearing little wedges for FNO as I walked so much that night. Trying to get a cab was crazy and actually getting anywhere once in the cab was almost impossible. After 6:30pm I took the NQR and walked everywhere.

I feel like I have weird, slightly vacant looking expressions on my face in all the photos I took on Thursday. Probably the change of season making me feel kind of odd. You can actually see my dress this time, unlike last time. I thought I was way too overdressed for FNO… but by 6pm it got cool out so I wrapped a sweater over my dress. It’s Alexander Wang, which I think of as sporty and sort of androgynous, but always ends up looking more cocktail hour on me? Maybe it’s the hair. I planned for down and pin straight but the weather had other plans, became way more humid in the evening and my hair puffed up so I squashed it together and stuck some pins in it.

Want to see photos from the stores during FNO?…

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Presents from StrandedBlogger

Quick post before I’m out and about for the day! Last night I went to StrandedBlogger, a post-conference meetup organized by Modly Chic. It was awesome meeting Katy in person for the first time! And because Katy is totally the best, she even got us gift bags.

we love colors socks
Socks from We Love Colors!
humana by micagem
MicaGem donates a mosquito net to a child in need for every bottle of fragrance sold.
strandedblogger gift bag
A free drink voucher for the Top of the Strand, which has really a nice view uptown.

It was fun meeting people face-to-face (and not on Skype)! I also met Star-Crossed Smile in person for the first time for a pre-meetup meetup and we shared a cab uptown. We were lucky to get one, it can definitely be next to impossible in the rain.

Tweet me (@alexshook) if you’re going to FNO tonight! My only definite stop is DKNY and it’s definitely going to be crazy, but I hope to cross paths with people I met last night!

Ann Taylor Pre-Fall

Hi guys, hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

Usually I don’t direct traffic from this blog to my tumblr, but I visited Ann Taylor the other day to have a look at the pre-fall collection. Yes, there was definitely a sleeveless trench coat involved. I posted the photos on alex elizabeth, as is my habit with most of my shopping photos.

And if you’re very curious, click a few pages back and you’ll even find photos of J.Crew and Tory Burch East Hampton.