Gossip Girl 10th Aniversary

Do you ever think back to a time or event and wish you could have been around for it? Or, at least a little older? I feel that way all of the time. Over the years, there have been so many great things circulating through our culture in the forms of entertainment, sports, and beyond.

There are a few moments in pop culture history that I wish I could have been, not only alive for, but more specifically, a teenager for.  Titanic is my favorite movie ever. It came out two years before I was even born, and I wish I could have been around when it first hit( no pun intended). There is no doubt in my mind that I would have been one of the rabid fan girls screaming for Leo DiCaprio. The Twilight series was a staple of my preteen years. I was the ultimate Twilight fan girl or, twihard if you will, but I often wish I could have been a teen during the height of its popularity. I could have gone to midnights, participated in fan events, and I would have had an even better understanding of the story. It would have been more relevant to my life, and besides, its always more fun to be a part of things when they are current. I’ve come to realize that so much of what I enjoy is after the fact, mostly due to being too young at the time these phenomena occured. Yeah, I can watch Titanic whenever I want, or read Twilight and watch the movies whenever I want, but it doesn’t hold the same excitement as it would if it were all happening right now when I’m 17 and not 7.

On that same token, Gossip Girl is one of those phenomena I wish I could have been a teen for. I mean, I watched it as a teen, but I wasnt a teen during its original run. It wasn’t until 2013, when I was 13, that I finally watched. Many of my peers started to watch too. We were only 6 years behind schedule, but can you blame us? Not exactly a show for second graders. Gossip Girl first premiered on this day in 2007. It came to a close in 2012. Thanks to Netflix, it still remains popular to this day. I wonder what it would have been like to be a teen back in 2007, watching Gossip Girl as I marveled at a keyboard on my cute little flip phone or checked MySpace. That’s the thing though. As our society changes, so does our pop culture. By the time I reached my teenage years, flip phones were obsolete, and on the show they were the main feature. Not exactly relatable as much as it was reminiscent of the past. I mean I had a flip phone( that I could only call on) at one point, but cell phones were not first introduced to me during my teens. I’m sure that was a very exciting time for people whenever phones started to first rule the world. I guess what I’m saying is, I would have loved to have been around for that ride as it was happening.

As I said before, Gossip Girl premiered in September of 2007. 10 whopping years ago. When I think of 2007, I don’t think “decade ago.” In a lot of ways, it feels like yesterday. Pretty crazy how time flies and how much things have changed. To celebrate,Gossip Girl’s 10th anniversary, I thought I’d showcase 10 of some of my favorite looks from the show because let’s be real-Blair and Serena, played by Leighton Meester and Blake Lively respectively, killed it every single episode. I mean could we expect anything less from New York’s elite? Introductions aside, here are my favorite ensembles from the iconic show.
These outfits have me singing if “If I was  a rich girl nananana….”

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Why not start with the very first look viewers were ever exposed to? This photo was taken from the first episode of the show, the one where Serena(pictured above)  returns from boarding school to the shock, and maybe annoyance, of all of her peers in the Upper East Side. I love this look because she looks so cosmopolitan. The contrast between the brown jacket and the black and white stripes is perfect, and I love the neck scarf. It’s a nice touch. It’s a simple look, but it’s oh so stylish.

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Blair(pictured above) was an extremely flawed character, but her style never disappointed. She was the master of preppy girl chic, totally owning her role as a New York elite . If you know me, you know I love ponchos, so it should be to no surprise that I adore this look. The pop of yellow throughout the outfit is a nice touch, and I love that the ensemble was styled with burgundy heels. The contrast is everything.

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The Upper East Siders were  at events or parties non stop. Such occasions call for the best fashion had to offer , and Serena always killed it in her party dresses . This dress stands out to me because of the print and the cut. The pearls add some sophistication to the look as well, making Serena really look the part of the socialite that she is.

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More yellow from Blair and I love it! This looks is so flirty and sweet. I love the bright colors, the prints, and the accents.

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Ponchos, peeptoes, and a Chanel bag for the win!

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Serena rocked this poncho dress! It is so cute, so polished, and perfect for fall. I love the contrast of the ensemble with the brown booties, and the tights are a perfect addition.

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So classy, so fabulous, and the purse just pops.

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I am just loving the colors in this outfit. The plumbs and the greens are so pleasing to the eye. The shoes are killer , and the cut of the dress is perfect. I need this dress, and the purse….and the shoes.

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I love the simplicity of this look and the super cute headband. I never see people wearing headbands like that anymore! The plumb color is beautiful, and this dress would be perfect for a party!

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Olive green heels with gold bottoms? Yes, please! This look is so gorgeous and perfect for spring time. The statement necklace, the soft prints, the blazer…I need it all.

Gossip Girl was a very entertaining show, even though it was somewhat toxic and pretty unrealistic( I mean c’mon all of the characters, who were high school aged, never once got ID checked when they frequented clubs and bars). Serena and Blair, frenemies to the end, made a lot of bad decisions, but at least they looked good while doing it!

Happy 10th Anniversary to Gossip Girl! There is no denying the impact it has had on popular culture. Maybe I enjoyed it late, but I’m glad I got to enjoy it all.

P.S. I still can’t get over who gossip girl was hahahaha.

XOXO

Couturely Sound

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My Top 5 Favorite Looks from the Met Gala 2017

Yesterday was the first Monday in May. If you’re new here, or to the fashion world in general, I’ll explain why yesterday was so significant. The fashion world has its own holiday of sorts and it occurs every year on the first Monday in May. This day is marked  by an invitation-only event  held in New York  City called the Met Gala. The Met Gala is essentially a gathering of celebrities and public figures who walk down a red(or I guess beige in this case) carpet in order to get their picture taken, promote themselves, promote the designer they are wearing, and then proceed to party it up. In doing so, these celebrities provide funding for a brand new fashion exhibit (usually in the theme of the particular year’s gala) that is showcased at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art( hence the “Met” in Met Gala).

The Met Gala celebrates fashion, and the celebrities in attendance celebrate how beautiful and rich they are, as us commoners drool over their “perfection.” I won’t lie, sometimes I become one of these droolies before I begin to actually rationalize that the Met Gala is equivalent to a high school prom in the way that it is one big photo opportunity. I mean walking down a red carpet can’t be that fun, right?

I’ve been following the Gala for years now. Despite its excess and superficial nature, I eat it up every year. I love fashion, and this event showcases some of the best statements of the year. I mean that is every celebrities goal: to make the biggest statement(Rihanna usually wins this honor. Egg dress anyone?). So, who made the biggest statement this year? Time to find out. Below are my top 5 favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala.

 

5. Priyanka Chopra in Ralp Lauren

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I thought this was an interesting take on a trench coat. It’s really big and in your face which is the point. I’m just wondering how she was able to go to the bathroom in that thing-I mean look at the train!

4. Selena Gomez in Coach

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I don’t know what the theme for this year’s Gala was, and I probably won’t find out. Truthfully, I don’t really care about who sticks to the theme, so much as I care about who looks good and makes a statement. Selena Gomez did not disappoint. I love the simplicity of the gown. It is is feminine, sweet, and perfect for spring. Perhaps the real star of the whole ensemble is Gomez’s makeup. I mean it’s just stunning.

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3. Zendaya in Dolce and Gabana

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I don’t think I’d be caught dead in a parrot dress, but then again I’m not Zendaya. She really makes this look work. I think the wig adds an extra theatrical touch, and this was one of the best ensembles of the night for me.

2. Gisele Bundchen in Stella McCartney

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Okay, so Gisele looked amazing. Her dress is simple, sleek, and has just a touch of shimmer. What I love most about this look is how elegant it is. It is not trying too hard, it’s put together well, and it is truly timeless.

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Tom Brady (wearing Tom Ford) came along too. I forgot to mention that the coupled co-hosted the event this year. Not only does Brady win on the football field, but he also wins the red carpet. Go Pats!

1. Rihanna in Comme de Garcon

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So, I guess nothing has really changed. Rihanna won the Met Gala-again. Would I ever wear this? Probably not. As far as avante-garde fashion goes, however, this is a 10/10. Rihanna owns every look that she wears. This concoction is chic. I love the floral elements, the pink, and its geometric shape. The Met Gala is about going all out and bringing your A game. Rihanna does this without trying too hard. What a feat.

So there you have it. My top 5 looks from the 2017 Met Gala. If you want, you can check out my list from last year. A certain gossip girl took the crown….

Until next year!

Couturely Sound ❤

“A girl should always be two things: classy and fabulous.”

 

Met Gala 2016

Hey everyone! I’m writing to you on a Tuesday which is quite uncharacteristic for me. However, yesterday was a special event in the fashion world, so I wanted to stay as up to date as possible! In the world of fashion, the first Monday in May is pretty much a national holiday. Last night the annual Met Gala, or Met Ball as some call it, took place in New York City. The Met Gala has been around for some time. It acts as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and specifically funds its fashion exhibit. The Met is extremely exclusive, so unless you’re  a model, actress, designer, singer, or anything of the sort, you aren’t invited. I have always  enjoyed the Met Gala because it is such a great showcase of fashion, and I love seeing my favorite celebrities bring their A-game! Every year there is a theme. Last year it was China: Through the Looking Glass, so everyone showed up in Chinese/ Asian inspired pieces. To get an idea, this is what Rihanna wore last year. She stole the show and generated a lot of egg memes. You know that one Coldplay song? Yeah, it was all about her dress. Jokes aside, I had much love for her look because it was so spontaneous.

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This year the theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age of Technology”. Pretty much everyone showed up in their most robotic  and futuristic outfits. This year I thought the Met was a little lackluster, and maybe it was because of the theme. Who knows? I wanted to make a top 10 for who I thought was best dressed, but I didn’t like enough of the ensembles to be completely honest. I won’t do a worst dressed list though because this blog isn’t about negativity. So instead, I have compiled for you my top 4 favorite Met Gala 2016 looks ( I couldn’t even find 5 showstoppers :/)

4. Claire Danes in Zac Posen

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Now, Claire Danes’s Cinderellaesque dress may seem like nothing special, but it made my list for one particular reason. Zac Posen crafted a very unique dress that shows its uniqueness in the dark. Check this out.

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Her dress literally lights up, creating the best of Cinderella effects. Talk about “Fashion in An Age of Technology”!

3. Emma Watson in Calvin Klein

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Emma Watson stays classy. Not only does she totally own dresses, but she also works pantsuits like no other. In this particular look she manages to do both.

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Actress Emma Watson attends the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Venturelli/FilmMagic)

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Emma Watson didn’t just look good, she was saving the world too. Her dress was made entirely of recycled materials!

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2. Kristen Stewart in (My personal favorite) Chanel

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Ok, this was one of my favorite looks of the night, hands down. I love Chanel and I think Kristen Stewart really rocks this dress because it’s so fitting for her personality.

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Seriously, everything is on point. This is why she is one of my style inspirations.

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And her  hair and makeup is nothing short of perfect.It’s so high fashion. She was able to incorporate the theme without looking too themed. Also, I think Blonde Stew works!

1.Blake Lively in Burberry

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Blake Lively never looks short of perfect. She could wear trash and still look gorgeous.

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She looks like a Spring princess!

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She didn’t really dress to the theme, but who cares when you’re Blake Lively! Honestly, I think looking good is more important than being themed, but that’s just me.

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Look at her, looking all perfect and stuff. I’m sure Serena would approve.

 

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog. I appreciate you all so much!

Have a great rest of your week!

Couturely Sound ❤

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”- Coco Chanel

Hipster For a Day

 

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! It has been a weird week, but it has all winded down. Last weekend, I made fun of Coachella and its fashion, and my thoughts about it still remain the same. However, I think some of the fashion is actually really pretty, and thought it would be fun to play dress up for a day in honor of Coachella’s second weekend happening right now. It’s always nice to have fun with fashion, and respect it no matter how basic, hipster, or ridiculous it is because people can wear whatever they want. To be honest it’s more the motives, unoriginal tendencies, and ideas behind the fashion  that tick me off, but I already explained that last week, so I’ll stop ranting. At the end of the day, all fashion is great, beautiful, and creative,so just for today I will treat Coachella’s fashion as such ( because some of it really is).

I brought my friend Caitlin along as a special guest because I feel like Coachella is a group kind of event that is best enjoyed with friends. I figured what better way to emulate Coachella vibes than to bring my own friend along. We even made flower crowns.

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Are we hipster yet?

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We have no idea who this band is, but at least we look cute.

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If you didn’t Instagram a pic at Coachella, did you really go?

 

 

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When you spot Kylie Jenner

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When you stole your outfit from Pinterest.

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Really feelin the desert vibes

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It was a nice day out, so this was really fun to shoot! If you love Coachella, once again, my apologies. This is simply my opinion, and my critique of it is all in good fun. I hope you enjoyed this post of me embracing Coachella fashion, as well as me kinda-sorta (totally) making fun of it. P.S. this is the last time I will ever be spotted in a flower crown, so enjoy it while you can.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Embrace your inner flower child,

Couturely Sound 🙂

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The Craziness That is Coachella

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Hi everyone! I hope all is well. It’s cold in snowy in Colorado, but today I’m going to talk about the desert. More specifically, I’m going to talk about an event that takes place in the California desert( Indio, California) known as Coachella. Its first weekend is actually happening right now. Coachella is a music festival that has been around since 1999, but it’s become more and more popular in recent years. The festival takes place every April over two consecutive weekends, and the tickets are extremely pricey. Coachella is really weird. Yep, I said it. If you want to see your favorite celebrities dressed up as hipsters for a day, then you would eat Coachella up. When I initially heard of Coachella a few years back I thought it was cool. I got caught up in that popular hipster mentality. As time went on, I realized how ridiculous it was. I’ve thought this for some time now.

 

 

A hot spot for celebrity sightings, Coachella is extremely pretentious. A bunch of celebrities show up in their best hippie costumes, and the media outlets, as well as social media, goes wild. I’m sure Tumblr explodes. There’s even a Coachella inspired Spotify playlist and a new flower crown Snapchat filter. It’s bankable.

 

 

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Vanessa Hudgens, the “Queen of Coachella”

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Of course celebrities probably use this festival as a way to party, and more cleverly, to promote themselves. If Kylie Jenner wears a crazy outfit to Coachella, that’s immediate publicity. I would like to think it also gives celebrities a sense of being cool. If they go to a “trendy”, hipster music festival everyone will think they’re 1000 times cooler, blah,blah, blah.

 

 

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I wouldn’t be very thorough if I didn’t talk about the common people who go to Coachella. Most people “lucky enough” to go to Coachella dress as if they raided Forever 21 the night before, and let’s not forget about the flower crowns.Basic stuff here.  I think there may be a style named music festival chic at this point. Everyone tries to look as hipster as possible and its an instagram opportunity, because lets face it-the only reason people do anything anymore is to put it on instagram. People instantly get gratification for going to Coachella, so they try really hard to look the part.

There was a quote I found on the Huffington Post that summed Coachella up so perfectly. It put emphasis on the fact that it has become so consumed with fashion. “What hardly gets a mention, though, is the event’s music,despite the fact that there are a mind-boggling 180-plus acts at the so called music festival.” (Rob Lowman Huffington PostThis is my point exactly. Coachella is a fashion show or a costume party, and I’m not sure it’s really a music festival. The music should be its main focus. I bet the crowds at Coachella are just great and I wonder how many people are actually familiar with the music. A bunch of musical acts showed up in the middle of a fashion show. That is Coachella. I’m sure some people do go for the music, but on the surface it doesn’t seem so. I wonder if that will change in the future.

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I looooove fashion, but I don’t like when it follows a template. The fashion at Coachella is so unoriginal and basic that it bothers me. I won’t lie, some of it can be very pretty, but more often than not, it annoys me. I think what bothers me most is the attention it takes away from the music. Fashion should complement events, not take over them. Unless of course, it’s a fashion event like the Met Gala or something.

I’m sorry for ranting, but each and every year when Coachella comes around and fills up my social media feeds, I get really annoyed! If any of you love Coachella or its quirkiness, I’m sorry. I mean people can wear whatever they want. These are simply my thoughts on the whole ordeal, and my intentions aren’t to be mean. Anyway, in honor of week two of Coachella, happening next weekend, I’ll be doing a follow up post, so stay tuned!

Thanks for letting me rant!

Couturely Sound ❤