What’s Next?

22 04 2009
The Happiest Place on Earth!

The Happiest Place on Earth!

My life right now almost seems like those commercials you see right after the Super Bowl. You know the one’s I’m talking about. I’ll give you an example:

Announcer person: “Alicia, you’ve just graduated college… what are you going to do next?!?”  me: “I’m going to DISNEY WORLD!”

It’s true. And it’s not just for vacation either. After graduation, in August, I will be going to Disney World to take part in what is known as the “Walt Disney World College Program.” As a part of this, I will be living and working in the happiest place on Earth, and I couldn’t be happier about this!

My role is going to be selling merchandise somewhere on Disney property, and I won’t know any more than that until I get down there, but I’m excited for the prospect. It means that I will get valuable experience in a store that gets a lot of traffic each day, and I’ll get to see all the awesome Disney merchandise before anyone else does. It also means I’ll be wearing a wonderful “costume” (also known as a uniform anywhere else), which I’m excited about, but it won’t leave much room for any fashion innovation. Which is fine, it is, after all, all about preserving the “Disney Look” and it will also help on cutting down the number of clothes I can stuff into my suitcase for the move down to Orlando for 5 months.

Among those clothes I’ll be stuffing into my suitcase will be several options that meet the “Disney Look” of business attire. Disney is strict when it comes to what they’ll let you where when you are representing them while not in costume. Even to the point of on your first day, called “Traditions,” they will send you home if you are not in compliance with their look and you will be forced to reschedule your “Traditions” class.

So what would be an acceptable “Disney Look”? Well, my plan is a gray

How could you not love working for this guy?!?!?

How could you not love working for this guy?!?!?

pin-striped suit that consists of  nice pants and a jacket, paired with a white button-up (with ruffles on the front, I have to have a little fashion sense!). The only part I’m not sure about is the shoes. According to the guidelines, we are allowed to wear heels, with a peep toe or a sling back, but no sandals. I’m thinking I’ll wear nice ballet flats so I don’t have to worry about it,  but I’m still concerned it won’t be acceptable. But I do have until August to figure it all out for sure!

Starting in August (for sure August, but I’ll probably start before then!), this blog will chronicle my time working for the mouse (:)) in the Disney College Program, so stay tuned! and see ya real soon! 🙂

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LBD = Little Black Dress

14 04 2009

So I was getting ready to work on a project for a contest I’m in (I won’t go into details here), and that prompted a search for the perfect little black dress.

The little black dress is a staple for any girl’s wardrobe because it can be worn in a variety of ways and a number of different events from the casual to the ultra-glamorous, or from the conservative and sophisticated  to the high-fashion and sexy.

The little black dress, or LBD as it is often shortened, was originally created by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the 1920s. Chanel wanted a fashion statement that would be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral color. Before the 1920s, black was ordinarily only worn for those who were in mourning, but during World War I there were many deaths, so wearing black in public was more acceptable.

The most important part of the little black dress today is that it can be accessorized to be worn for just about any occasion. The dress can be worn for years because it never goes out of style and is an important staple for any woman’s closet.

here are a few favorite lbd’s that I collected on polyvore.com!

Little Black Dress

They are clockwise from upper left.

1. silk eyelet detail dress: mytheresa.com

2. Black bow mini prom dress: fashionright.com

3. Black stud strapless dress: dorothyperkins.com

4. Black Marilyn prom dress: my-wardrobe.com

5. Alexander Wang silk crepe slim dress: lagarconne.com

6. Chiffon flowers top: forever21.com

7. Catherine Malandrino ruffle silk belted dress: net-a-porter.com

8. Jewel neck satin dress: forever21.com

9. Tie neck dress: oli.co.uk





Barbie Love

10 03 2009

For 50 years, Barbie Millicent Roberts has been a staple in almost every girl’s collection of toys. Manufactured by Mattel, Inc., Barbie was introduced to the world 50 years ago on March 9th, 1959, by Ruth Handler, who named the doll after her young daughter, Barbara. For 50 years Barbie has been a reflection of the fashion that surrounded her throughout the decades.

When Barbie first appeared, she wore a zebra-printed bathing suit with black high heels and her hair (available in either blonde or brunette) was styled in a high ponytail on top of her head. Recently during fashion week at the end of February a fashion show was put on by various designers who created designs inspired by Barbie dolls throughout the decades.

The following are some of my favorites from the show.

1. A designers’ take on the original Barbie’s classic zebra-print swimsuitOriginal Barbie

2. When I was younger, I would get designer Barbie catalogs in the mail. I can definitely remember seeing the following one in one of those catalogs. I want to say it is a Bob Mackey design, but don’t quote me on that one!Classic Bob Mackey Barbie

3. Everyone needs a Ken! Okay so maybe this next one isn’t the most haute couture design, but I still like it. Even though the real life Barbie and Ken were brother and sister, the dolls in the minds of most young girls were boyfriend and girlfriend or husband and wife. Whatever the fantasy play of the day asked them to be.Barbie and Ken

4. My mom gave me her old Barbie a long time ago. It wasn’t one of the very first Barbies in the original zebra-swimsuit, but it was still in the first generation of Barbies. Her doll has a definite late 50s, early 60s hairstyle (short, curled brownish-red hair). One of the dresses in my mom’s Barbie’s wardrobe was a gorgeous green full-skirted dress, much like the following design.Green Barbie Dress

5. This dress reminds me of one of the dresses in my own collection of Barbie dolls. My dress didn’t have see-through shoulder pads like this one does though.Barbie, one shoulder

6. This silver dress reminds  me more of the present, like this would be my Barbie, not my mom’s. Not too sure about that see-through cape, is that supposed to be a garment bag, or what?Barbie silver dress

7. I love this more original take on Barbie’s original zebra-striped swim suit. It’s only something Barbie could pull off. Barbie Zebra print

8. Last but not least, this design is of the infamous “Malibu Barbie” and was made by Project Runway’s Nick Verreos and modeled be Chantal Jones of America’s Next Top Model cycle 9.  Included in the picture are Nick’s original sketch of the Malibu Barbie design. Though, I’d probably like it even if neither of them were involved. It’s such a classic Barbie of recent years look. Chantal Jones as Barbie

Barbie, may you never grow old! I hope to pass along my own collection of Barbies to my own daughter someday (if I can ever bear to part with them, I have quite a few!).

Happy Birthday Barbie! 🙂 Celebrating 50 years young!





Jonas Brothers vs. NSync

22 02 2009

Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit LongerNSync, Celebrity I, for one, do not see the appeal of the Jonas Brothers. Yes, this may be coming from the girl who still loves *NSync and has posters of them hanging on the wall in her parents home, but that’s beside the point.

I don’t like the Jonas Brothers because of their fashion choices. Skinny jeans on guys? Whoever thought that was a good idea? And wearing a vest with a t-shirt is not a good look either.

I do like the look of vests when they’re done correctly, which I think look best when incorporated as part of a suit ensemble. They add a touch class to your suit. With a t-shirt it just says you are being casual but are attempting to look more put together, which does not work.

Anyway, I was talking about the Jonas Brothers and they’re appeal. In a way, the Jonas Brothers do remind me a bit of NSync in their heyday, the JB’s latest album even resembles NSync’s last album, Celebrity, to a certain degree (mostly just because the names of the band/album name are listed on theater marquees, but I think it counts). Maybe if I were 13 again I might see why every teenage girl seems to be obsessed with the Jonas Brothers as I remember the way I was once obsessed with NSync and how girls a few years older than I am were once obsessed with New Kids on the Block and so on and so forth. It’s a never-ending cycle of obsessed teenage girls and boy bands. I just wonder who is going to be next.

But at least for me, give me NSync anyday. In the battle between the Jonas Brothers and NSync… NSync wins it for me.

I also think that today’s boy bands, namely the Jonas Brothers, dress far better than my generation of  boy bands dressed… but it was the 90s when everyone was obsessed with the casual look and we’re finally getting back to a more put-together look. If NSync were enjoying their heyday now, they’d look every bit as stylish as the Jonas Brothers do now, the former members of NSync do look stylish now, especially compared to their former 90s selves. But does anyone ever remember looking really great a few decades ago? No. Because we think we look better now that we are older and more mature and have moved on from those looks of the past. So as long as we continue to move on (of course taking key items from the past and updating them for today) we’ll continue to look better in the future.





The Grammys Country Fashion

10 02 2009

The Grammy’s were held Sunday, February 8th. While I normally don’t watch this telecast because typically none of my favorites are either nominated, or they don’t win if they are nominated, or if they are nominated that part of the awards ceremony is not broadcast.  (My example for this is my favorite singer, Josh Groban, who was nominated this year, but did not win his category. One day, he’ll win, but it wasn’t Sunday :(). My favorite genre, country, also tends to be understated in the award ceremony, and only the biggest names are ever invited to perform on the show. Give me the Country Music Awards any day, I’ll watch that entire telecast!

I do, however, like to see what people wore to the Grammy’s. Again, I paid closer attention to the country music stars, because that’s where my interest lies.

I loved Carrie Underwood’s golden dress by Zuhair Murad. It was floor-length, hand beaded and sparkly. What more could a girl ask for?

I was also fond of Taylor Swift’s black gown by Kaufman Franco. It was Grecian-inspired, with a plunging neckline, and Taylor looked fabulous in it.

Miley Cyrus also looked gorgeous in a black, one shoulder gown she told me (via an @reply on twitter.com) was a Herve Leger by Max Azria design (see the original here: http://www.herveleger.com/fall2008/index.php it’s look #34).

Miley Cyrus stuns in a Herve Leger by Max Azria design while Taylor Swift is stylish in a Grecian-inspired gown by Kaufman Franco. The pair sang a duet to Swift's song "15" at the Grammys.

Miley Cyrus stuns in a Herve Leger by Max Azria design while Taylor Swift is stylish in a Grecian-inspired gown by Kaufman Franco. The pair sang a duet to Swift's song "15" at the Grammys.

the gown Carrie Underwood wore to walk the red carpet at the Grammys.

Carrie Underwood sparkles in the Zuhair Murad gown she wore to walk the red carpet at the Grammys.

For more information on Grammy fashion for other performers and genres, please visit

http://www.accesshollywood.com/glam-slam-grammys-fierce-fashion_article_13796





Football and Fashion?

4 02 2009

My father, whom I love dearly sent me a link today that I found both hilarious and odd at the same time.

Here’s that link: http://www.the700level.com/2009/02/stewart-bradley-will-get-that-latte-for-you-.html

Now I’ll explain what it is a bit in case you didn’t want to click on that. Apparently Stewart Bradley, a football player in the NFL (a linebacker for the Eagles to be more specific) is going to be interning at Elle Magazine.

I find this highly unfair. He’s already apparently very good at football if he’s playing in the NFL, and now he’s going to go and intern at Elle, when I can’t even get an internship there. (okay, that might be because I don’t really want to move to New York yet). So he’s going to go and take one of the positions that someone like me would die for. Definitely NOT FAIR! He probably wouldn’t even take it as seriously as someone like me would. This is exactly the industry I want to work for someday, or at least that’s the goal, and then someone like him is basically getting my dream internship handed to him on a silver platter.

This is what is really unfair in this country. How people get things handed to them on a silver platter whether they really deserve it or not, just for the chance of the publicity it will bring. There are plenty of other people who would love to have that opportunity but they aren’t famous and don’t have any deals that will give the company publicity they so desperately want, so they get overlooked.

Whether Stewart Bradley will be a good intern at Elle or not remains to be seen, but it’s still amusing that he even wanted to do this in the first place.





Here she is, Miss America

25 01 2009
Katie Stam is shocked as she is crowned Miss America 2009

Katie Stam is shocked as she is crowned Miss America 2009

 Last night America crowned the newest Miss America, Katie Stam of Indiana.

Miss Indiana was a standout from the beginning winning the first gold sash in the “Countdown to the Crown” reality competition that introduced the contestants to America and put them through tests all in the hopes of winning a place in the top 15. Throughout that competition it seemed that she could do no wrong and was consistently one of the judges’ favorites.

During the televised competition, Katie Stam looked gorgeous in every outfit she donned, whether it was the long-sleeve black shirt and jeans, to her black bikini to the gorgeous white lace dress she wore for the evening gown competition as well as the dress she wore for the talent portion of the show where she sang “Via Dolorosa.”

Some of my other favorite contestants were Miss Georgia in a bold red dress, Miss Hawaii in a stunning yellow dress and Miss Iowa who wore an icy blue dress.