Thursday, May 31, 2012

Marina Keegan - The Opposite of Loneliness

The piece below was written by Marina Keegan '12 for a special edition of the News distributed at the class of 2012's commencement exercises last week. Keegan died in a car accident on Saturday. She was 22.
We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.
It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. The hats.
Yale is full of tiny circles we pull around ourselves. A cappella groups, sports teams, houses, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers — partner-less, tired, awake. We won’t have those next year. We won’t live on the same block as all our friends. We won’t have a bunch of group-texts.
This scares me. More than finding the right job or city or spouse – I’m scared of losing this web we’re in. This elusive, indefinable, opposite of loneliness. This feeling I feel right now.
But let us get one thing straight: the best years of our lives are not behind us. They’re part of us and they are set for repetition as we grow up and move to New York and away from New York and wish we did or didn’t live in New York. I plan on having parties when I’m 30. I plan on having fun when I’m old. Any notion of THE BEST years comes from clichéd “should haves...” “if I’d...” “wish I’d...”
Of course, there are things we wished we did: our readings, that boy across the hall. We’re our own hardest critics and it’s easy to let ourselves down. Sleeping too late. Procrastinating. Cutting corners. More than once I’ve looked back on my High School self and thought: how did I do that? How did I work so hard? Our private insecurities follow us and will always follow us.
But the thing is, we’re all like that. Nobody wakes up when they want to. Nobody did all of their reading (except maybe the crazy people who win the prizes…) We have these impossibly high standards and we’ll probably never live up to our perfect fantasies of our future selves. But I feel like that’s okay.
We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lay alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialized. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement.
When we came to Yale, there was this sense of possibility. This immense and indefinable potential energy – and it’s easy to feel like that’s slipped away. We never had to choose and suddenly we’ve had to. Some of us have focused ourselves. Some of us know exactly what we want and are on the path to get it; already going to med school, working at the perfect NGO, doing research. To you I say both congratulations and you suck.
For most of us, however, we’re somewhat lost in this sea of liberal arts. Not quite sure what road we’re on and whether we should have taken it. If only I had majored in biology…if only I’d gotten involved in journalism as a freshman…if only I’d thought to apply for this or for that…
What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.
In the heart of a winter Friday night my freshman year, I was dazed and confused when I got a call from my friends to meet them at EST EST EST. Dazedly and confusedly, I began trudging to SSS, probably the point on campus farthest away. Remarkably, it wasn’t until I arrived at the door that I questioned how and why exactly my friends were partying in Yale’s administrative building. Of course, they weren’t. But it was cold and my ID somehow worked so I went inside SSS to pull out my phone. It was quiet, the old wood creaking and the snow barely visible outside the stained glass. And I sat down. And I looked up. At this giant room I was in. At this place where thousands of people had sat before me. And alone, at night, in the middle of a New Haven storm, I felt so remarkably, unbelievably safe.
We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I’d say that’s how I feel at Yale. How I feel right now. Here. With all of you. In love, impressed, humbled, scared. And we don’t have to lose that.
We’re in this together, 2012. Let’s make something happen to this world.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Larger Than Life - Vincent Bousserez Imagines A Whole New World With Louis Vuitton

"Discover an imaginary universe where the Louis Vuitton Champs-Elysées Store is not exactly as it seems and comes to life after sunset."

Photographed by Vincent Bousserez, miniature figures live in a fantasy world where a Louis Vuitton monogrammed handbag becomes a golf course and gardeners tend to a perfectly embellished dress. Love it! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Sixth Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards

Handbag Designer 101 is currently in the midst of their sixth annual Independent Handbag Designer competition. I got a sneak peek at the handbags vying for titles such as Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design or Most Socially Responsible Handbag created by all sorts of designers. 

To learn more click here. The winners will be announced on June 13 and if you want to go to the award ceremony and possibly meet the designers click here. Love it!

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Front Runner Is - Miu Miu Glitter Lamé Pumps

It's time to shine! Combining lamé leather and glitter, these pointy toe pumps are glam + your go to shoe for timeless beauty. Love it!

"Finished by hand, the new Miu Miu Glitter Lamé pumps are available in gold, silver or pyrite as well as softer shades of cipria and pervinca in the leather version." 

*Available exclusively in the Milan via S. Andrea, London New Bond Street and Paris rue St. Honoré stores. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bottega Veneta Resort 13

Chanel kicked of the Resort 13 runway shows and slowly other designers are starting to present their take for the season. 

Besides Chanel, I'm loving Bottega Veneta. The collection was inspired by the frescoes of Tiepolo and Veronese with a palette of yellows, peach and mint green. 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Summer Leather

Okay, okay - I know what you're thinking - summer leather? Really? You can't be serious.

Just hold your horses and let me explain. A lightweight leather t shirt, short shorts via Miranda Kerr and Nicole Richie's laser cut top (uh-maze-ing!) add an edge to otherwise plain looks. So now are you starting to see what I'm seeing? 

Love it!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Artists & Fleas x Chelsea Market

If you haven't visited the Artists & Fleas pop up shop at the Chelsea Market, now's the time before it closes at the end of May. Showcasing over 30 independent creators and sellers of jewelry, art and design - you are bound to find something. 

Open 7 days a week from 10:30AM - 7PM (open until 8PM Thurs - Sat) and located at 88 Tenth Avenue (at 15th Street). 

Want another reason to visit? New designers and artists are added every 2 weeks. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Behold - Rag & Bone's First Handbag Makes Its Debut

Inspired by the traditional Air Force pilot bags and crafted with supple Italian vachetta and calf leathers + a striped blanket fabric, you can be sure that these handbags will be seen during Fashion Week. Expect these instant hit handbags to run $795 for the regular version and $995 for the oversized. Love it!

Image via Vogue tumblr

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Great Gatsby Trailer

The costumes look stunning and everyone in fashion is buzzing about Baz Luhrmann's take on the classic book "The Great Gatsby". 

Even before the film started shooting, 20s inspired looks were bubbling up on the runway - Gucci and Ralph Lauren to name a couple. So are you just as excited as I am to see Leo and Carey?


I had the chance to stop by the ICFF this week and spotted Dupenny right away. With hand drawn, cheeky pin up women - Emily Dupen's collection is pure modern glam. Check out her website and preview her collection of wallpaper, plates, pillows and greeting cards below. She can also print out other items such as panties for bachelorette parties or totes for party favors. Love it!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wib Wab Wub Glitter Tattoos

Before you even ask, these glitter "tattoos" are only available where Wib Wab Wub holds events. Hopefully they can come up with some sort of DIY package soon!

Now back to Wib Wab Wub - a relatively new start-up where artist Praewa brings special glue and glitter and creates a temporary "tattoo" that lasts up to two weeks. A pretty perfect "accessory" for any summer BBQ or outdoor concert that might be on your to do list this summer. Love it!

*All photos from

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Front Runner Is -

The latest designer collaboration is with jewelry designer Pamela Love and J. Crew. The mini collection includes a studded denim jacket, skinny jeans and the statement belt below. Instead of wearing your usual statement necklace or ring, try this belt on for size. Plus, with the price tag of only $135, you can own a Pamela Love accessory without paying an arm and a leg for it. Love it!  

"We're thrilled to introduce our capsule collection with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award runner-up Pamela Love. Drawing inspiration from art, astrology, magic, far-flung travels and her best friends, the jewelry designer's works are short through with mystery, romance and a hefty dose of hard-edge cool. Her debut belt is signature Love. Covered in antique studs and finished with a rugged double-chevron belt buckle, it exudes the mashed-up punk-meets-Southwest flair that's one of her stylistic calling cards. "We wanted to make a belt that's unique and eye-catching, but subtle enough to be worn with anything," she says. Crafted in rich, slightly distressed leather with chunky brass studding, this is the kind of piece that can singlehandedly transform jeans and a white tee into something sublime. In Love's own words, "a great belt makes everything." After pairing this one with a few of our favorite looks, we have to say: We wholeheartedly agree." - J.Crew

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Chanel Mullet

Business in the front, party in the back! 

With everyone, and I mean everyone, rocking some shape or form of pastels in the hair - Chanel had to kick it up a notch or two . . . or ten. Oh, and did Chanel kick it up a notch! Pastel, angled bobs paired with blunt bangs in the front and a long pony tail in the back, all topped off with a ginormous bow. Now this is what I call a look. Love it!  

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chanel Beauty Mark

Yes, Resort 2013 fashion shows have begun and in a blink of an eye Fashion Week will be here. Before we jump the gun, let us talk about the glory that is Chanel. 

Whoever came up with the idea of the Chanel beauty mark is either brilliant or an evil genius. I wonder who will be wearing this beauty look when/if these hit the shelves. They did have to after all make up for the lack of nail polish (usually their lacquers set the trend for what shade we should all be wearing). 

Love it!