Celebrities I Wish I Could Befriend

I’m not the most up-to-date with celebrities, but every time I see a celeb do something funny I think, “WOAH! We would be the bestest friends ever!!” Besides my obvious obsession with Mindy Kaling, I have developed quite a list of other celebrities that I wish I could call to hangout with. Below is my imaginary candid scrapbook with Alexa Chung, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Mindy, Mark Ruffalo, and Kelly Osbourne. Enjoy!

Things I Take Too Personally

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We all have those moments when we are seriously butt hurt. These are a few of the things that make my butt really hurt.

  1. When someone outbids me on eBay. Especially if they’re one of those people who waits til the very last second and I think I’ve already won… but then I don’t. Jerks.
  2. When I go get a manicure and the lady asks if I want my eyebrows waxed.
  3. I give in and let her wax my eyebrows, and then she asks if I want my lip waxed too. I now do all of my waxing myself because of this.
  4. Dirty looks from strangers. (I’m thinking this should read: “Dirty looks from anyone.”)
  5. When I compliment someone and they don’t seem genuinely surprised at my thoughtfulness. I didn’t HAVE to tell you your hair looks fantastic today… I mean you didn’t say anything nice to me!
  6. When I lose. I tried to think of specifics, but I pretty much don’t like losing at anything.
  7. When someone else proves me wrong. This is one of those moments when I say “Whatever” and walk away like I have somewhere important to be.
  8. When I have to do a group project for school and my group clearly doesn’t like my ideas. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does I act like I don’t care about the class anymore.
  9. When someone gets on the elevator with me and just because I’m standing next to the buttons they just say the number of their floor expecting me to hit the button for them. I realize that this may not be a big deal, but what really isn’t a big deal is for them to do it themselves.
  10. When my status on Facebook doesn’t get at least 5 likes. Anything less than 5 and it’s deleted out of pure shame.

How To Be Happy Pt. 1

Among the daily balance of working, educating, family, friends, enemies (we all have them), and everything in between, we can sometimes find it difficult to remember what really matters; ourselves. Finding happiness is not only one of the hardest things in life, but there are more books on it than *insert new diet craze here*! That can only mean one thing though: the answer is never as clear as it seems. From the point of view of a young adult, the struggle is real. When we aren’t worrying about the next assignment due, our GPA, or our sales at our fashion retail jobs, we’re trying to figure out what to do in the time that’s left to keep ourselves sane enough to do the same things tomorrow. Not to mention, most college students have chosen to drop their hometowns, families, and friends to accomplish their hopes and soon realize that being in a new place takes a toll on their stress levels and their beautiful Ted Baker wallets! I can give a lot of advice on this topic because I am constantly looking for new ways to get by. For starters, it helps for you to know your self worth. Granted, this will sometimes be questioned when your stress is at its highest, but it is so important to believe in yourself and see the potential even on the days that no one else does. I see it this way; if you don’t recognize how great you are then how can you expect others to distinguish you from your competitors? Don’t take this advice as an excuse to be a narcissist, but a humble individual who is confident in their achievements, no matter what they may be. I’ll leave you with that to think about for now because any more and I’d have to start charging by the hour.

Best,

A

Rag of the Week

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Kelis spent some time in Las Vegas recently where she performed at The Palms singing, you guessed it, Milkshake. At first glance doesn’t Kelis look like Youtube sensation, Glozell? What’s sad is that might be the nicest thing I have to say about this ensemble. It is important that all of us understand the definition of overkill. Now YOU do, but does Kelis? There are four mouths in this look: the two on her shoes, the one on her shirt, and the one in her head that she should have used to tell her stylist to get her shit together – I didn’t think I would ever have to say this, but TWO MOUTHS MAXIMUM per outfit, please! Amongst her loud, pop-art decisions, Kelis has dug a deeper hole by adding big chunky earrings to go with her big chunky necklace.

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The icing on the cake? Look closely and you’ll notice that she is wearing the infamous Moschino gold letter belt… UPSIDE DOWN. I think this may be the appropriate time for a fashion student to use the acronym, “SMH.”

Know the Fakes

It has become quite visible to me that I may not be as good at judging people’s first impressions as I thought I was. Does this make sense? It’s never the clear as day whack job people. For instance, the lady in front of you who looks you up and down and then deliberately grabs one of those plastic sticks that separates our orders like mine has cooties, which in turn has me feeling self conscious about my purchases or even worse: my outfit! Or maybe you go to an interview at a coffee shop in which the girl interviewer rattles off the coffee machine’s name, De’Longhi Lattissima EN680.M like it’s a type of Mercedes Benz and I should know what she’s talking about. But these are only the clear cases of psychopath, and definitely not mistaken for potential friends. MY problem is thinking I have met someone wonderful who turns out to be one of the mentioned above, but only after a few months time of trusting them; the hidden crazies.

In fashion-related terms this would be comparable to thinking you bought a genuine designer bag at an unbelievably discounted price, but months (or let’s be real, weeks) go by and your threads come undone or the “leather” starts to peel. We should know better, right? People and purses come hand in hand, ladies. You get what you pay for and talk is cheap.

Moral of the story?

Know the fakes.

FAKES

WORD?

As clothing seems to be getting more ironic every season, it is necessary to approach the topic of what is “cool” and what isn’t. All of us have fallen in love with this newfound trend where we act like we’re so indestructible because our clothes say slang terms. I must admit, when done right, it can be humorous and, if styled well, can be pulled off. But this is only sometimes.

Before we begin my selection of DOs & DON’Ts, I have compiled three simple questions to ask yourself before buying clothing with words on them.

3 SIMPLE RULES:

  1. Would you be embarrassed if your parents saw you?
  2. Would you be embarrassed if you said it out loud?
  3. Would you be embarrassed if someone else said it out loud?

Problem #1 – The Tee : http://www.dpcted.com

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When I see this I cringe. There is literally nothing more embarrassing then seeing someone wearing this shirt, or one of their others such as, “Big Boobed & Awesome, Bald Chubby & Awesome,” or one of the most frequently used, AND HORRIBLE, “Talk Nerdy To Me.” This website is filled with even more tacky screen tees than I can even bare to speak of. Do us all a favor and don’t. Just don’t.

Solution : Feather Hearts

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Now this is a much better t-shirt. Not only can you be cool cause this shirt has a more subtle phrase, but the font doesn’t look so, “I just made this on my computer.” Wear it alone or with a black blazer and a funky necklace!

Problem #2 – The Crop : http://www.unifclothing.com

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I guess my first question is: Are you a f***ing cheerleader on the daily? WHO would wear this?! An even better question is, who would spend $92 on this? A word of advice; just because the model looks “cute” in it, doesn’t mean you will. She gets paid to wear it, and you don’t. Also, this falls under rule #1.

Solution : Fresh Tops

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I realize that the word “swag” is completely overused, but SWAGGY is just so funny and all I can picture is Justin Bieber singing “Boyfriend” in your headphones while you beep bop your way through town. The font used on this is casual and appropriate, finally! And if you ever had to speak this shirt out loud you’d probably just giggle. Simply wear this with printed denim and chunky stacked bracelets for a real cool ensemble.

Problem #3 – The Tank: Evil Twin

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At first glance I wasn’t really sure if this was bad enough to be put as a reference. But honestly, why would a shirt say this? Are you calling yourself a scum bag? Someone else? And the not-so-clever drippy font just makes this shirt seem so last minute. I’d imagine that whoever designed this wrongfully felt like they had done a great job. To “top” it off, this tank cost $65 and definitely goes against all 3 rules.

Solution : LUNCCHB0XX clothing

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Drippy done right. This is so clever I can’t even stand it. If I made this shirt I would call it “America’s Next Top Tank.” All of these tanks are handmade one-of-a-kinds from this cute Etsy shop, so get it now before she gets famous and the prices go up! Wear this with your summer cutoffs and knee-high gladiators – trust me.

Need help styling your word shirts? Email me! ragandboner@gmail.com

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

The fashion industry is not only a challenging one, but one that I constantly thrive off of. All of my goals since a very young age have been within the industry, and each time I set a goal for myself, it seems to get closer to a better “me.” If you are interested in this industry I am positive that you are (or should be) just as hungry for success and a lifetime happiness in having a fashion career. Phillip Lim is a prime example of an individual with goals who never gave up. This man took all the right steps to learn the industry and provide a brand for himself by focusing on his college career from the beginning while employed at Barney’s (everyone has to work retail), to eventually working his way up the ladder at Katayone Adeli. At age 31 (hense the name), Lim became the founder of a quirky clothing company and rose to Vogue in a shorter-than-average period of time. Phillip Lim is definitely an inspiration to fashion students like myself because it reminds us that all of our dedication will eventually be rewarded. 

Now that Phillip Lim is doing a line for Target, I will be able to afford to have his name in my closet. In stores September 15th, the items available will range from $20 – $200 but no hints have been given as to what the merchandise may be. I will certainly be letting you guys know what they are the moment that Target opens at 8 AM that Sunday morning.

In the meantime, shop the collection here. Well, put all of the items that you love in the shopping bag and then look at the price it adds up to and remember that you still haven’t graduated college.

Kind Dreams,

Alicia

 

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