Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday: l've been an Olsen fan since I was about four. I can't tell you how much of a significant force they've been in my life. Even during their "straight-to-video" days, I followed then reverently. I would be a remarkably different person.
So, as a tribute to my favorite two celebrities, I dress in a style currently representative of them.
Love you guys!

Thursday: Walking around Richmond, Va doesn't require dress to the nines. Unless of course, your a member of the self-proclaimed fashion elite. Today, I casually strolled Carytown, thrifting, and enjoying the sun. I had dinner at Little Mexico with my best friend and her mom. The tortilla chips here are phenomenal! Plus they cheap tacos for college students which is always appreciated!

Wednesday: You know, as an educated artist, I've been exposed to a tremendous amount of thought-proving, intriguing, serious art. With these eyes, I've seen paintings that expand my views, sculptures that take my breath away, and architecture that inspires my soul. But, never has my appreciation for Andy Warhol waivered. His use of unsophisticated colors and seemingly campy subjects is always fun! So when I perused the art/design collection at Barnes and Nobles, I still stopped at Andy classics. Andy, this one is for you.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday: I love Twilight! And I make no apologies. So during my daily New Moon stalking session, I came across the most amazing mind-blowing photos. Edward (shirtless) kissing Bella in Italy. And may I say Robert Pattinson's looking mighty fine. Kristen, is as always gorgeous. So in honor of them rocking my world, I dressed up like Kristen today.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday: Something about this navy blue t-shirt, inspired an entire day's outfit for me. Maybe it's the simplicity, or maybe it's just the McCartney name plastered in candy pink writing. Whatever it was, it made today anything but "just another Manic Monday."

Monday, May 25, 2009

Paolo Nutini: Soul Man

There are some artists, that; for whatever reason, speak to the soul. It could be their lyrics, their fingers on a guitar, or their performance. I've been a fan of Paolo Nutini's voice since the first time I heard it. Something about his earnest sing-song makes me quiver. Every time I hear one of his deceptively simple ballads, I at his fingertips. But this tune makes me want to dace around my living room with my baby. Now sure, in the video he looks like a decrepit old man, but if you close your eyes, I'm sure you'll see Patrick Swayzee and Jennifer Gray swaying tenderly in Dirty Dancing. 

So turn the lights off, and listen. I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Happy Memorial Day.
This is for our soldiers, past, present, and future.
Love you guys!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sometimes there are days, where you want nothing more than to "chill." If I could have spent today hunting for shells at Virginia Beach, that would have been perfect. Alas, I just created a sand colored ensemble to ease my tension. 

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday: It is so impossibly hot today! It's a day for poolside lounging and light summer snacks! Which means neon bathing suits and mile high heels!

Last night was party night. Every once in a while you need to let loose and have an irresponsible good time! Thats precisely what I did, in a leather mini skirt and green snakeskin pumps!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Yesterday I visited Georgetown, Washington. It was fantastic! The streets of the nation's capital are littered with adorably dressed, smart women. I fell in love. I even think it's my next move. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday: I just heard Pretty Reckless (Taylor Momsen's new band) and I loved them! Particularly "Zombie" Check them out on youtube. Today's outfit is to you Taylor.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Monday: A left of center mix of classic Africana, Motorcycle Gains, and southern living. I love that "I Have A Dream" sweater, it 's still representative of our times.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Every Sunday, I go to church (well at least most Sundays!) and each visit is an occasion. Long ago I decided to take "church dressing" further; rivaling the elderly with their extravagant headwear on every visit. It's an unspoken competition! Here's Sunday's this outfit.

Casey Templeton Photography Inc.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday: This was a very lazy Saturday indeed. I strolled down the street in search of tonight's perfect meal. (Elephant Thai, by the by.) The rest of the day was spent chatting with friends in the garden

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday: Sunny Side Up

Friday: I'm completely obsessed with these jeans! These are the best attempt at wearable harem pants I've seen. I'm still feeling very western, today. This is in homage to Ty Murray, my favorite cowboy.

Duchess of York in RVA

Music’s New Royalty:

Introducing Duchess of York

What separates undiscovered talent from ordinary bands trying to make it big? A little bit of magic. It is with great will power that I refrain from littering this article with references to everyone form Queen and Zeppelin to the Jackson Five. Not because this band of brothers replicates the sounds of bands that precede them, not because there’s a lack of words to describe the music, the soulful heart-thumping music, but because I want to convey the grandeur this group of musicians inspires.

Embedded in the VCU dominated town of Richmond, Virginia is a band so insightful, majestic, and passionate, you’ll scarcely believe they’ve just finished puberty. Duchess of York is creating a rumbling in the downtown Richmond scene, that is uprooting music fans from the woodwork, and giving them a new band to idolize. I am one of those adoring fans. Hearing their music for the first time only a few short months ago, has labeled me a life-long fan. I’m talking stick with them through thick and thin, die hard, scream at the top of my lungs, and make no apologies fan. That ability, the ability to capture adoration and devotion with music alone, is the magic that Michael York, Austin York, Jacob Shank, and Constantine (Dean) Giavos possess.

When these magicians join forces, they conjure music that could have easily filled the entire Almost Famous soundtrack, Elton John or no Elton John. They are a wonderful mix of old school rock, reggae, glam and metal. With compelling ballads like “Half Moon”, where vocalist Michael York croons, “If you want me to stay, I think I’ll think I’ll quietly go…” they even channel the late Johnny Cash with poignancy not often seen in people of their years. On the anthem- inspiring “Little Boom Box”, (which could easily be the next “We Will Rock You”, blasting before sports event from now until eternity), DOY switches gears completely. They pound out a hard-hitting and undeniably cool track: the likes of which they’re most known for. But it is on the band’s newest single “Tangle Me Up” which shows their talent, as musicians most profoundly.

         This masterpiece of no uncertain standing, begins, with a daunting, nursery rhyme of a guitar solo, that slowly gets murkier as Austin and Dean quietly make their entrance, which last all of forty seconds. Even at a stage so early in their career, Duchess of York can make you wait, and want for the meat of the song to commerce, without losing your interest. Now, without warning or fumble, a clean transition into the loud, soul metal, that only they can produce. As if that weren’t enough, “Tangle Me Up” then takes a spin to 1970’s Kingston, where they “play that funky music, white boy”, and yet again showcase their uniqueness. You can instantaneously picture the hazes of smoke surrounding the youthful entertainers, and smell the incense burning as they whale “Ta-a-a-a-a-angle me up!” as gloriously as if has ever been sung. In a song with lyrics intimate and important, Duchess relies solely on the music. There are no tricks, trips, or pretentious guitar solos; just the artfully created rhythms that have built the band of tomorrow their unwavering following. If your itching to hear this celebrated band, visit and have a listen.

-Erika Wilkins

- Images from Duchess of York myspace.

Check out this video. 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday: Today's ensemble welcomes you to the new wild west. Simply country values
meets lively Moroccan culture. As always, I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday:Scarlett Johansson, Jackie O, Soft Curves, Full Skirts, the works!
Today is a complete 180 from yesterday. The soft sexiness of the 1950s and 60s pin ups is always inspiring. I chose to keep it sexy but very sweet!
I hope you all enjoy it!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday: In my pre-teen years I was one hundred percent obsessed with punk, grunge, alt. rock, anything that resembled a sub-culture really. I've grown out of it, but I still miss those days. Here's today's outfit. 

"Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock." - Kurt Cobain 

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Costume Gala: Six Best Dressed

Blake Lively arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume ...The fiercest she's ever looked!
Ed Westwick arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume ...The most debonair of the ball. 
Actors Justin Timberlake (R) and Jessica Biel arrive for the ...Justin, for those glasses. 
Iman arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute ...Beautiful model, gorgeous dress. 
Actresses Liv Tyler (L) and Kate Hudson pose with designer Stella ...Charlie's Angels!
Anne Hathaway arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume ...I just love her!
Leighton Meester arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's ...And one for fun!

About Me

"All in good taste." - Me

Blogs Of The Moment

If Pandora Could Read My Mind

  • Ain't No Sunshine (ft. Tracy Chapman) - Buddy Guy
  • At Last - Beyonce
  • At Last - Etta James
  • Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
  • Best for Last - Adele
  • Brand New Day - Van Morrison
  • Can't Take My Eyes off of You - Lauryn Hill
  • Crazy for You - Adele
  • Cry To Me - Solomon Burke
  • Daughters (Live) - John Mayer
  • Diary (ft. Tony! Toni! Tone!) - Alicia Keys
  • Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
  • Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
  • Dreaming With a Broken Heart - John Mayer
  • Fool That I Am (Live) - Adele
  • FU-GEE-LA - The Fugees
  • Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
  • Having A Party - Sam Cooke
  • I Gotta A Woman - Ray Charles
  • I Gotta Find Peace of Mind (Live) - Lauryn Hill
  • I'm Gonna Find Another You - John Mayer
  • If I Was Your Woman - Alicia Keys
  • Landslide - Dixie Chicks
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  • Nothing Can Change This Love - Sam Cooke
  • Rock Me Baby - B.B. King
  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  • Stay With You - John Legend
  • Stronger Than Me - Amy Winehouse
  • Syrup & Honey - Duffy
  • The Long Way Home - Norah Jones
  • The Sweetest Thing - Lauryn Hill
  • The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
  • These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding
  • What a Wonderful World - Sam Cooke