September 2010

Style Blogger: Hannah, 20, of An Aesthetic Feast

Hannah We love a style blogger who tries out runway beauty trends, combines what-I-wore with what-I-ate in a post, and raves about beautiful books. Which is why we adore Hannah, 20, of An Aesthetic Feast. Enjoy her archives, and subscribe to keep up with her colorful antics. Here's a taste of Hannah:

I Heart Daily: How did you start the blog?
Hannah: Originally my blog started out as a food blog, but then it sort of just branched out into things that I wanted to see and look at. That's where the title came from, "An Aesthetic Feast." I just wanted eye candy.

IHD: Who are your favorite designers?
Hannah: I mean, it changes. But Viktor and Rolf have always been a constant for me. Their mix of femininity and androgyny, all of the little details and tailoring, appeal to me. I love Galliano and Gaultier too. And the classic looks of the 60s from designers like Mary Quant, Biba, Courreges, and Yves Saint Laurent.

IHD: Where do you shop?
Hannah: Thrift stores, antique markets, and Etsy are my favorites. I love vintage cocktail dresses, hats, and costume jewelry.

IHD: What's on your wish list right now?
Hannah: Pointy, buckled elf-style boots, big warm cardigans, full 50s style skirts, Peter Pan- and Pierrot-collared dresses, and soft feminine sweaters.

IHD: What do you love most about the fashion blogging community?
Hannah: Everyone is so supportive and there are people out there so passionate about what they love. I particularly love blogs that feature independent designers and artists, it's a great way to add to your wardrobe and decor and find new obsessions.

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Read A Banned Book Week!


Theearth Put on your civil liberties hat, because it's the last week of September, and you know what that means... Banned Book Week! From September 25 - October 2, books that have been banned or challenged in libraries and bookstores across the country are celebrated.

The American Library Association has this to say about it: “Imagine how many more books might be challenged -- and possibly banned or restricted -- if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society."

Here are the The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009 from the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). The list includes some books about a vampire, a wereworld and some girl. Maybe you've read them?

The Runway's Best Beauty Trends


Liu wen derek lam In the past, we've asked Beauty Blogging Junkie Amber Katz about the perfect eyebrow shape, how to get great bangs, and under-$10 drugstore make-up finds. Today, she's sharing the most chic and doable trends she saw on the runways at New York Fashion Week:

Pop-art Eyes. "Orange lipstick was swiped on eyelids in a vibrant swoop backstage at Derek Lam (pictured). Makeup maven Tom Pecheux used a combination of Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Coral with a shade of the brand's new Pure Color Lipstick in an orange iteration out next spring. To get your orange fix on now, MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go is loud and proud."

The Halo Manicure. "Backstage at Behnaz Sarafpour's Spring 2011 collection, Manicurist Roxanne Valinoti created a metallic 'halo' around the models' nails. To achieve the effect, she brushed a coat of CND Perfectly Bare Colour over a layer of CND Metal Chrome. Then she removed the Perfectly Bare Colour around the edges to produce a metallic aura."

Side Fishtail. "Braids are still having a major moment both on the runway and off. This season at Nicholas K, models boasted polished, glossy low-slung side fishtails. The shiny finish and smooth texture of the look produced a cool vibe echoed by the models' shades, which complimented the look. To create your own reflective fishtail, simply spray your ponytail with Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine before braiding."

Thanks, Amber! Tuck these trends away for next spring and you'll be all set, or test drive them now to be ahead of the curve (that's what fashion editors do -- it makes them seem almost psychic).

Cool Girl: Jessica Watson, 16, Solo Sailor

Jessica watson Jessica Watson, 16, is the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the world (that's her on her boat, Ella's Pink Lady). She's from Australia, she finished her trip in May, and she wrote a book about her epic voyage, True Spirit. The book takes readers on the adventure with her -- through gale-force winds, mountainous seas, hazardous icebergs and extreme loneliness on a vast sea.

So, you know, she's kind of a badass. And we got to talk to her!
I Heart Daily: What made you want to sail around the world?
Jessica Watson: I grew up with a pretty adventurous family, living on a boat and doing a lot of travelling. The thing that first made me think of sailing around the world was when Mum read me Jesse Martin’s book about his solo voyage around the world when I was 11, that’s what gave me the idea.

IHD: How did you prepare for the journey?
JW: I spent years gaining the experience I needed, crewing on yachts and hanging around boats. Then my amazing team, family and I spent months working full time to refit and get Ella’s Pink Lady ready.

IHD: Did you have a favorite day, or small moment, at sea?
JW: There were so many: Perfect days sailing in the tropics, surfing down big waves on wild nights or taking in amazing sunsets. Sunsets were a big thing for me, every night I made sure I took the time to stop of a few minutes to enjoy it. There were some incredible ones!

IHD: What was the biggest challenge you faced, and how did you handle it?
JW: One of the biggest challenges was just getting the project started. As a 13-year-old girl it’s not easy to get the support you need to sail around the would. Then out at sea there were definitely some tough days like that night in the Atlantic when we were knocked down (the boat was turned upside down) four times. Knowing that I had a really tough boat around me helped a lot and when things were really hard I’d tell myself, the boys did this, so can you! It always worked!  

IHD: What's your advice to girls who have a big dream like this?
JW: Stick with it -- show everyone how serious you are about it!

Yeah, what she said. Keep up with Jessica on her blog.

5 Booties Under $50

Bootie I'm on a fall shopping spree, and I'm not talking about leaf blowers and candy corn. Right now, I'm really into boots, but I'm not quite ready to take the plunge into my knee highs yet, so I'm going the bootie route until further notice -- perfect for wearing with skirts and tights, or tucking into skinny jeans. Did I mention they're all under $50? Take a gander.

Devoted Fallow-ing Boot, Modcloth ($45, pictured). These feminine cuffed boots have a comfortable heel that isn't too high or too low. I picture them paired with some skinny jeans and a lacy top. Romantic!

r2 Divan Ankle Boot, Delia*s ($49.50). Everyone needs no-nonsense boots, and this pair with strappy details will become your go-tos. Choose from black, brown or gray.

Minnetonka Suede Ankle Boot, Zappos ($45). I live in my Minnetonka moccasins, so these bootie versions are definitely on my must-have list.

Hiestand, Aldo ($40, on sale). Want to feel like a stud? Slip on these fabric booties from Aldo, with silver stud and fringe detail. Perfect for looking a little tough without losing that girly appeal. 

Blowfish by Hanuku, Piperlime ($45). A classic motorcycle buckle boot, with a comfy sneaker bottom -- a  perfect combo.

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