Monday, February 28, 2011

Must Read Monday: The Hunger Games


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         Today we’ll be reviewing “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. Brace yourself this is a long review but we couldn't help it. This book is just that good. All we can say is if you haven’t read this book. Stop reading this review and run to your local bookstore and get it! You are missing out on one of the best book series’ of the last few years. While we’re inclined to say that this may be just as good, if not (gasp!) better than Twilight, we won’t go that far. The reason being that this series has no supernatural aspects within it so it’s hard to compare themsince technically they are two different types of fiction. The book actually focuses on pretty normal teenagers from a not too distant future. Unlike “The Mortal Instruments,” which we reviewed last week, this book has a powerful message and we heard it loud and clear. We are the YouTube and reality TV generation. We are a generation who depends on the media a little too much at times. We are so desensitized to violence that we actually pay to see gore. This book series focuses on the repercussions of our extremely media-centric society. The author herself said that she was inspired to write this series after channel surfing and coming across some footage of the Iraq war and subsequently, some footage, of a reality competition show.

          The book’s heroine is Katniss, a young girl who lives in one of 12 Districts. The U.S. has collapsed because of war, famine, droughts and fires. Each year two kids from each District get chosen to enter the Hunger Games. These games are used as a reminder of what happens when the Districts try to overturn the ruling government. We use the term “games” loosely because these games are anything but. They are extremely intense and in the end there can only be one winner. The only way to win is by killing all of the other competitors. The competition is broadcast to everyone in the Districts and to make matters worse, the citizens actually bet on the winners!

      Katniss isn’t actually picked to enter the games, she volunteers to enter instead of her littler sister, who was chosen. A boy named Peeta is chosen as well. They both go in facing overwhelming odds since neither of them are fighters. Things don’t get much easier as the beginning of the games approach and Peeta reveals some pretty intense things to the public. We won’t give you any spoilers but let’s just say that the bomb he drops is a big one and it sets the tone for the entire book. If you have to read one book series this year make it “The Hunger Games” you won’t reget it. You’ll finish this book in one sitting and be running for the sequel I guarantee you that.

Oscar's 2011: The Ladies in Red!

What can we say that hasn’t already been said? While there were a ton of interesting gowns, for the most part, there weren’t too many fashion disasters on the red carpet this year. We never like to focus on the negative of an event because, well, that’s just negative lol. We love to focus on the fashion gurus who never fail to live up to our expectations.


It seems that the go to color for some of the big names is an old stand by. There were a lot of neutrals on the carpet but the dresses that really popped out the most (in spite of being the same color as the carpet) was red. I mean there is a song called “The Lady in Red” for a reason right!?!

For the lovely ladies that wore red, if your aim was to wow. Clearly, you’ve succeeded. Anne Hathaway set the tone for the night, as the magnificent host that she was, we expected no less. Her red dress was stunning without being over the top. The detail on the back was gorgeous!

Sandra Bullock, uhm, does she even age?! Seriously, she just gets better and better every time we see her! She really did look ah-mazing didn’t she?!

Last but not least, Jennifer Lawrence. When we saw her our jaws dropped. She definitely brought the wow factor. Such a simple dress and yet every eye was on her from the moment she stepped foot on the carpet!


images courtesy of Wireimage.com and JustJared.com

Regardless of the d├ęcor at the event red is not meant for those who want to blend in.

Luckily for you, Windsor girls are meant to stand out so of course if you need a red prom dress we’ve got you covered.
Shaylee: $59.90 Wesley: $199.90 Greyson: $129.90 Verona: $129.90


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Prom Dresses by Color: Purple

As a kid it is mandatory for you to have gone through a purple phase. I think that every kid in the history of the universe spent some time absolutely obsessing over purple. Part of me blames Barney but I digress.


Now that we’re a little older and we’ve grown out of our Barney phase we’ve come to appreciate how great the color purple is. There’s a reason why it’s considered the color of royalty after all. Purple has the perfect blend of whimsy and sophistication. Seriously. When we think of purple this is the image that we conjure up.

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It’s no surprise then that purple is one of the most consistently popular colors for prom dresses.

Purple prom dresses are a staple for prom. The length of volume of purple prom dresses can vary but the popularity of the color is consistent.

Using purple can give you the option to be sexy, sweet, trendy or sophisticated. All you need to change is the intensity of the purple and voila, instant transformation.

Here are a few looks that might help you find the perfect purple prom dress .

Sexy

Sweet

Trendy

Sophisticated

Fairy Godmother Contest


Win a new prom dress from Windsor!

Let Fashion Club be your Fairy Godmother for prom! One wave of our wand and you’ll be rocking the Prom Dress of your choice from Windsor! We’ll also complete the look for you, with stylish jewelry, gorgeous shoes, and the perfect handbag!

Contest ends on March 15, 2011.

Sorry, Pumpkin Carriage not included.

1. Most fairy tales have a simple plot with both good and evil characters. Values such as strength, compassion, and loyalty are encouraged. The heroine/hero must often struggle against—and defeat—evil or succeed in completing heroic tasks.

2. Your tale must be no more than 500 words and include the following five elements: Title, Setting, Characters, Problem/Conflict, Main Event, and Conclusion. Have fun, be creative, and don’t forget the “Once upon a time…”

3. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: creativity/concept, adherence to the rules and word count, and proper spelling and grammar.


*The dress featured above is not an actual representation of the specific dress that will be awarded in this contest. The prize winner will choose a dress from the selection available on WindsorStore.com at the time prize is awarded. A representative of Fashion Club will choose the jewelry, shoes, and handbag at his/her discretion. We would like to thank Windsor for their participation in this year's contest!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spring-spiration is Everywhere!

The thing about fashion is that inspiration can come from anywhere. Talk to any designer and they will be the first to tell you that when creating a new collection they take ideas from their every day lives. There really isn’t any specific way to go about getting inspired. I think it’s because of this reason that when asked what inspired a designer’s look, the most common answer you’ll get is “their muse.”

This “muse” can range from a person to a picture or artifact. That’s why when we saw the “Playing with Matches” article in the latest Lucky issue we just had to try it!

The idea itself is pretty simple. Take a simple image and pull out the dominant colors and use these colors as your launching pad for an entire look. We found this image and I totally think that it's the epitome of Spring and the color palette is just perfect. All of the colors are very pale and muted (totally my fav palette of all time).

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Although you would think that these colors wouldn’t compliment each other they actually work well together.

Here is our outfit. The thing that brings everything together is the boho top with the floral print. It has just the right amount of colors to pull this looks off.
 
Cardi: $26.90 Top: $26.90 Jeans: $36.90 Bracelet: $4.90 Necklace: $10.90 Shoes: $14.90 Purse: $35.90


We did our take now it’s your turn to see where your inspiration takes you.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Must Read Monday: The Mortal Instruments-City of Bones


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Via Amazon: “When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires.”


We had to take the summary directly from the author because there is no way we could do the book justice. Does the summary have you intrigued yet because it certainly had us rushing to read the book! The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is just the first book in the series and we’re thrilled about that. After the Twilight saga ended we had a small void and we were itching to find something that would keep us entertained and this saga did just that.

The book is fairly sized at over 500 pages but I didn’t even realize that it was that long because I finished reading it within a day. Yep, its that good-at least in our opinion. I think the thing that drew me in is the fact that there is a mystery to solve. If you are looking for a book that has any type of deep hidden meaning or philosophical message then you might want to skip it because this book is really meant more as entertainment. If you are looking for an easy read that’ll keep you itching to get your hands on the sequel then this book is for you.

Sidenote, there’s already talks of a movie and one of the rumored actors to play the lead is our latest crush, Alex Pettyfer!

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Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Prom Dresses by Color: Pink

When thinking about prom dresses there are a few quintessential colors that all girls flock to. In this series we’ll be posting a few little tidbits of information that will hopefully help you decide what your prom color should be. Once you decided on your prom dress color everything will seem to fall in to place. From the accessories to the coordinating outfit that your date will wear will just magically figure itself out. Picking a prom dress color is the first step towards getting to the prom of your dreams. First up, of course, is the color pink.
Do you find yourself looking at your closet and finding that it looks like this?
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If so then your prom dress color may be pink. The good thing about finding a pink prom dress is that you can have a variety of options. Just because you choose to wear a pink dress it doesn’t mean you have to go the uber girly route. There are a variety of dresses that can suit the sweet girl, the rocker girl, the classic girl and even the vixen. It’s all about the accessories really.
Here are a few ways to wear pink to prom that you might like!
The rock girl always has some type of edge to her. This pink prom dress has a leopard lining that definitely gives her that. Add some black accessories and you're good to go!
Celeste: $199.90 Hairband: $12.90 Clutch: $19.90  Ring: $6.90 Bracelet: $10.90 Shoes: $19.00

The classic girl wears a lighter shade of pink with a few minimalistic silver accessories. A simple pink strapless dress will do the trick.
Pink Dress: $46.90 Bracelet: $12.90 Shoes: $34.90 Clutch: $22.90 Necklace: $14.90 Earrings: $6.90


The sweet girl could not wear pink without some adorable embellishments on her dress! From the fabric to the bubble skirt this dress screams sweet!

Brina: $124.90 Necklace: $8.90 Earrings: $6.90 Bracelet: $10.90 Shoes: $32.90 Clutch: $22.90

The vixen will always step up what she's wearing. This color pops and of course the rhinestone accent on the  bust definitely scream vixen!
Pink Dress: $49.90 Necklace: $13.90 Earrings: $10.90 Shoes: $42.90 Clutch: $22.90 Bracelet: $10.90 







Monday, February 7, 2011

Style Crush: Dianna Agron

Ok so unless you have been living under a rock you’ve heard of Dianna Agron. She popped unto our radar thanks to a little show called Glee. This month she is starring along her beyond gorge boyfriend, Alex Pettyfer (swoon with us girls!) in a movie we can’t wait to see! After seeing all of the previews and the press events that she’s attended we are in style crush heaven!


All Celeb Images Courtesy of JustJared.com

Her style is simple, chic and girly. She is the quintessential girl next door. She has a simple elegance about her that doesn’t require a lot of fussy items.

Style Staples:


From Top Right: Black One Shoulder Dress $44.90 Navy Kandy Dress $79.90 Lace Dress: $28.90 Pink Dress: $39.90

Dianna also has a little bit of a rock edge to her. She likes to wear very dark colors (we think it’s to counteract the cheerleader image).

Some of her style staples are dark skinnies, stripes, printed tops and of course it wouldn’t be a Dianna outfit without some opaque tights! We've also noticed her flare for skirts and a bohemian style so what's more perfect than a maxi skirt right?!


Striped Sweater: $19.00 Printed Top: $19.90 Striped Cardi: $19.90
 
Skirt: $32.90 Dark Skinnies: $34.90 Opaque Tights: $8.90

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