Magnetic Attraction

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I buy a lot of things from Sephora. It's not wierd, I promise. However, usually I refrain from buying nail polish because of a devotion to all things OPI. However, this time I violated my gold painted rule, because I found something way too cool to pass up.

Magnetic Nail Polish. I'm not kidding. Created by the chic line nails inc., which features nail lacquer inspired by the U.K., this nail polish takes nail art to another level.



Paint the polish onto your nail, then place the magnet in the bottle lid over your nail. The magnet will propel the microscopic metal shavings in the nail to create awesome geometric patterns. Have fun with it! Hold the magnet in different ways, and the outcome will be funky, futuristic designs. 





This really is the next big trend in nail polish. So try it out! Why not? 

Nail art just got a whole lot simpler.

xoxo,
Christina Anne

Photofantastic

Sunday, September 4, 2011
Well I love clothes as much as the next fashion fanatic, but something that really intrigues me is when photographers take basic pieces and capture them in a way that makes them fantastical. Some of my friends are fantastic photographers and models, so here is a little post dedicated to them, with a few of my favorite shots of theirs. The three photographers featured in this post are Jay Rihn, Stewart Jackson, and Cody Behan.

Jay Rihn featuring Leyna Rowan


It's three different necklaces. I was tricked too.


This must be what magazine editors look like at the end of the day. Cheetah print pointy toed heels and all.

Check out more of Jay's work at jayrihn.tumblr.com.

Stewart Jackson featuring Shea Sweeney


This makes me think of old Irish plays like Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa. The dark warrior woman in a prim eyelet dress.

Accélération Primavera

At first glace this looks like a painting, the environment is surreal. My favorite elements are Shea's firey hair and pumps, which really stand out against the blue green based background. And of course, who doesn't love a regular jaunt along the train tracks?

Check out more of Stewart's work here.

Cody Behan featuring Shea Sweeney and Amanda Troy


How the Brits avoid rain, evidently. This is so airily powerful. Like the umbrella is trying to pull her away, but she stands her ground.


So ethereal, but rooted in the rock by her shoes.


Because you always wished you could just hang off the edge of a fire escape, with no regard to the drop below. Pure bliss.


Black swan come to mind? This is what Kanye West had in mind when he referenced his beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy.


The future of fashion photography sure looks bright from where I'm standing.


xoxo,
Christina Anne

Checkmate

Sunday, August 7, 2011
This week I thought I would share a runway video of one of my favorite designers, once again the great Mr. McQueen. He was known for his incredibly theatrical shows, and here is a video of by far my favorite collection of his. It's from a show called "It's Only A Game," and was inspired by the life size chess battle at the end of J.K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. "The game" is an East vs. West competition, the east being Japan and the West being the United States of America. The designs are heavily influenced by the design patterns of each country, and was an outlet for McQueen to express his love of Japan. So here you are: Alexander McQueen s/s 2005. 



Sacrifical Move.

Happy Summer everyone! 

xoxo,
Christina Anne

Bright Nights Flashing Lights

Monday, August 1, 2011
I don't know what you all do with your summer vacations, but I can tell you what I do: make do with what's around you. Which is why when I wanted to do something fun, I invited a friend over, we dressed up, and had fun with some glowsticks leftover from an old party. I quite enjoyed some of the photos from our evening, shown below.


Green blouse: Kimchi Blue, Black segmented skirt: Topshop London, Pearl bracelet: David Yurman, Studded pumps: Steve Madden.


Black suede and patent leather gold studded Steve Madden mary jane pumps. Nail Lacquer: OPI on Collins Avenue, OPI South Beach Collection. Surrounded by glowstick bracelets.

Just a fun summer night look I thought you would enjoy!

xoxo,
Christina Anne

The Man Who Found Beauty in Everything

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Bonjour, everyone, I hope the summer is treating you well!
I promised you all an inside peek into the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, so here we go! Keep in mind that this will mainly be a photo post, with some appropriate words from the one and only, Mr. McQueen.
Quotes and some photographs belong to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Outside the Met, Dress: Urban Outfitters, Ballet Flats: Elie Tahari, Tote: Longchamp, Studded Headband: Tasha Accessories.


The entrance to the exhibit, which played with the idea of "polarized opposites, whether it’s to do with life or death, lightness or darkness, predator/prey, man/machine." -Andrew Bolton.  The blood red dress on the left made of dyed ostrich feathers and hand painted medical slides is one of my favorite McQueen dresses (s/s 2001 "Voss").

"I am a Romantic Schizophrenic." -Alexander McQueen

The Romantic Mind 


“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”—Alexander McQueen






Inspired by McQueen's first atelier in Hoxton Square, the Romantic Mind showcases works from collections such as Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims and Highland Rape. It also features the "Bumster" skirt, one of his most controversial and famous pieces.


Romantic Gothic


“People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality.”—Alexander McQueen








Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." Mcquuen often reffered to himself as the Edgar Allen Poe of Fashion, which is shown in his obsession with darkness, death, and the afterlife. 


Cabinet of Curiosities


“I . . . like the accessory for its sadomasochistic aspect.” -Alexander McQueen






Filled with accessories from McQueen's various collaborations with people such as Philip Treacy and jeweler Shaun Leane, this room also contains dresses from the s/s 2005 show "It's Only A Game," and the performance art piece that is the cotton spray painted dress from s/s 1999, "No. 13."



A close up shot of the dress. 


Romantic Nationalism


“The reason I’m patriotic about Scotland is because I think it’s been dealt a really hard hand. It’s marketed the world over as . . . haggis . . . bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.”—Alexander McQueen





This room exercised pieces from McQueen's most nationalistic collections, "Highland Rape" (f/w 1995-96), "The Widows of Culloden" (f/w 2006-07), and "The Girl Who Lived in the Tree" (f/w 2008-09). The clothing shown is very extravagant, but this was actually a subtle mockery of the British royalty that he grew up with.


Romantic Exoticism

“I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through in my work. Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes. . . . That’s mundane and it’s old hat. Let’s break down some barriers.”—Alexander McQueen


Looks from the collections "Voss" and "It's Only A Game."


Romantic Primitivism


“I try to push the silhouette. To change the silhouette is to change the thinking of how we look. What I do is look at ancient African tribes, and the way they dress. The rituals of how they dress. . . . There’s a lot of tribalism in the collections.”—Alexander McQueen






Romantic Naturalism


“I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.”—Alexander McQueen





Inspired by Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, "Plato's Atlantis" was one of McQueen's most controversial shows, with one model refusing to walk the runway in the 10-inch "Jellyfish Armadillo" boot, shown above.




The man was a dark genius, there really is no other way to describe it. Until next time!


xoxo,
Christina Anne

Savage Beauty

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Everyone knows the tragic story of Lee Alexander McQueen. Born on March 17, 1969 in London, the son of a taxi driver and a schoolteacher, and a fashion designer from when he was a child. He was a brilliant designer, the man who made models pass out from too-tight corsets, drop out of shows once presented with his 10 inch Plato's Atlantis heels, and the man who made a holographic Kate Moss appear floating in a glass pyramid as part of his fall/winter 2006 show The Widows of Culloden.


The Widows of Culloden show


Kate Moss wearing the dress once again for a Harper's Bazaar UK Edition Cover

McQueen was the ultimate icon, and through his clothing he created an unbelieveable theatric, fantastic substitute for what we mere mortals call reality. He introduced the McQueen tartan, dressed musical icons such as Bjork and Lady Gaga, and his now tragically beautiful designs will never be forgotten. To assist in his perpetual immortality, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition called Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Why is this important now? Because thanks to my lovely grandmother, I'm going to see a private tour.


Alexander McQueen dresses from the f/w 2010 Angels and Demons collection

The exhibit has been reviewed as incredible, and follows McQueen's work from his work at Givenchy through his untimely suicide in February of 2010. The collection begins with 'The Romantic Mind" and culminates with "Romantic Naturalism." But hey, we'll just find out more come Wednesday with a post on the exhibit.

A few final words: he was the self proclaimed "Edgar Aleen Poe" of fashion, nicknamed the "l'enfant terrible" and "the hooligan of English fashion." The creater of the "bumster", the "manta" dress (voted one of the top ten dresses of the decade), and the now covetable skull motif, he created true rebellion in fashion.


McQueen's "Manta" dress on Camilla Belle

All hail Alexander McQueen.

xoxo,
Christina Anne

Baby You're A Firework

Monday, July 4, 2011
"You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July..."

Although I have to imagine that most of us don't "feel like plastic bags", I did love to hear Katy Perry's "Firework" playing during the fireworks display that I saw tonight. It also made me think of a t-shirt from Limited Too (later dubbed "Justice," remember, when it was still cool) that I wore every fourth of july. It was bright red, and had the Limited Too puppies on it. On the front, it had the puppies holding a flag and wearing blue t-shirts. The caption: Independence Day. On the back, it showed the backs of the puppies while they were watching fireworks, and their shirts spelled out USA. The caption: Independence Night.

While by this year my style has matured a bit and I decided to swap the LTD2 tee for a blue sundress and a red headband, I've always loved patriot fashions. So here, I present to you the nails I designed for the occasion, which are actual fireworks. Ms. Perry would be proud. 

Some Fourth of July Nail Art, by Christina Anne

Independence Day

Independence Night

Happy Fourth Everyone!

xoxo,
Christina Anne

The "McDonald's Theory"

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Hello again! I'm back with some brand new posts, but this one takes a little sidebar from style, and brings us more to the economics and marketing side of fashion. Don't worry though, I've got a fun nail oriented surprise for you tomorrow!

It's no secret that China's economy is growing rapidly, in fact, it is now the second largest economy in the world, lagging only behind the great United States. Recently, I had the incredible fortune of traveling to China, and what I saw fashion wise really surprised me. The typical pattern of luxury retail in cities like New York is destination, or the idea that the coty has one, maybe two stores in the entire city. Going to one of the stores is a "destination," basically you have to plan on stopping buy and buying things. In Beijing and Hong Kong, where I was, this is not the case.

Louis Vuitton at The Peninsula Arcade

There, luxury retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, or Cartier operate using a plan I have nicknamed the McDonald's Theory. Instead of having one location, they have like five, so you don't plan on buying a two thousand dollar Chanel bag, you just happen to bump into a boutique while you're out and drop two grand, like it's no big deal. 

The Peninsula Beijing

The hotel I stayed at in Beijing, The Peninsula, really epitomized this with its three story luxury shopping mall known as "The Peninsula Arcade." It features stores like Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gianfranco Ferre, Cartier, Bvlgari, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Longchamp, Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, and even a Tom Ford store that opened during my stay there.  It reallyjust proves how different the people's approach to luxury is, country by country.  

The Peninsula Arcade, with the Piaget store and the Tiffany & Co. store in the background

Truly a fashionistas gaming room, no?
More tomorrow, hope you're all having a fabulous summer!

xoxo,
Christina Anne

Summer Glam

Sunday, May 29, 2011
Oh hey there. You thought Miss Saturday Morning had disappeared, hadn't you? Well i'm back, and I can't wait to get started on some fabulous summer fashion. I'm going to start off with my first summer look, an outfit I wore to my sister's graduation.


Dress: Kate Moss loves Topshop, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shoes: Seychelles, Bag: Thrifted


Nail Polish: Pink Flamenco by OPI. It's one of my favorite shades for summer.


I hope you guys enjoy my first summer look! More to come, including some London style and soon a trip to China!


Miss Saturday Morning. Summer 2011.

Welcome Back.

xoxo,
Christina Anne

If the Shoe Fits

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I love shoes. The stomp of a stiletto, the weave of a wedge, the flicker of a flat. But let's face it, basically every girl shares this love. Especially for special occasions, Valentine's Day in particular. When I was little, I made the decision that Nordstrom was the holy grail of show stores. I've never been disappointed by their quality or design, and to this day I buy the vast majority of my shoes there. So, for this year I have thoroughly researched their spring collection and found my favorite pairs of heels and wedges for the Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy them!

Wedges Fit For A Princess


These 'Matter of Fact' sandals by Seychelles are, in my opinion, the perfect wedge. They have pretty, feminine touches, but still are a great height and have loads of straps that extend your leg, so the shoe isn't too clunky. It's almost spring ladies, and it's time to step it up!

Bows, the Classy Way

Need the perfect heel for a perfect night? I'm loving Enzo Angiolini's 'Sweetness' shoe. Not too high, not too low, and designed with patent and matte leather? I think yes. The sweetest, classiest, cutest way to do a bow and a platform. And get this--for those of you who don't like pastels, they also come in black.

Now you're putting you best foot forward, just because I love you!

xoxo,
Christina Anne 


Royal Flush

Monday, February 7, 2011
Although every girl loves to wear all the cosmetics they can possibly wear all the time, for Valentine's day it's fun to add so pink and red pizazz. As a self proclaimed Sephora junkie, i'm going to show you my picks from their collection, all starting at the tips of your fingers.

Nail Lacquer


Love pink? Love Glee? Even if the answer to both questions is no, you'll still flip for the new Glee Collection by Sephora by OPI. Check out Miss Bossy Pants for a shimmery deep pink and the solid pink Diva-in-Training, shown above.

Eyeshadow


Pink eyeshadow can sometimes be hard to pull off, but with Urban Decay's Woodstock eyeshadow, you're sure to make a statement. Try a thin line of of black gel liner over a sweep of the eyeshadow, and line lower lashes with black or royal blue pencil.

Pre-Designed Makeup

For those of you who don't like designing and picking out your own cosmetic looks, there are plenty of easy streets. I love Sephora's Fairy Princess Collection, which contains three eyeliners, four eyeshadows, mascara, and mascara primer, everything you need for a perfect pink glitz.

Lips


For Valentine's Day most people want to avoid gloppy glosses and lipstick marks on their drinks, which is why I recommend Tarte's Natural Lip Stain. It comes in a huge variety of lovely hues, and it moisturizes your lips with it's LipSurgence
 technology for that perfect kiss.

Hair Glitter 

Need a little extra shimmer? Tarina Tarantino's Sparklicity Pink Shimmer Dust is what I would choose for a brilliant hair shine. Light up a room with this princess-y hair glitter, which also comes in a cool totally retro bottle.

Blush
Need a dewy, rosy cheek for that special someone? I have always sworn by Benefit's Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain. Try out their Benetint Pocket Pal with a dual sided wand (and clear gloss!) that slips it easily into a clutch.

Gorgeous on Valetine's Day? It's a sure thing now! More tips and tricks tomorrow, just because I love you.

xoxo,
Christina Anne