Bailey Powell

Fashion. Lifestyle. Vignettes From My Dark Comedy Life.

A Year and a Half In Summation

 

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One of my favorite pastimes is having juvenile life realizations and, with my self-righteous stock of words, attempting to convey the seemingly profound to any readership I may have. My mind reels, my fingers fly across the keyboard, and I think, “I want this excitement to be infectious, this enlightenment to be liberating!”. Meanwhile my trite discovery already sits stale in the back of every other well-adjusted adult’s mind and I’m over here betting and banking on the hope that you all find this process endearing, if not mildly entertaining. With that being said, welcome back! It’s been a while. (For my next act of self-deprecation I’ll rip into how pretentious I sound in the written word!)

While I’m making a laundry list, another one of my favorite pastimes is referring a facing party to an inappropriate rap or R&B song as musical reinforcement to topics both minor and major, mostly sometimes without being asked. Upon further  reflection I suppose this makes me an unsolicited, tailor-made hype man. For those who I frequently come in contact with, I’m sorry.

Aside from the fact that my music taste has been developmentally stagnant for the past year and a half since I posted in this blog I’d like to believe I’ve had a slew of earthmoving epiphanies that have set me well on my way to becoming the woman I want to be, von Furstenburg style. Posting back up in the writing game has been on my mind for a couple months now, but you know how these things go: life interrupts, inspiration lacks, work overwhelms, and family issues forge ahead. Translation: I don’t have any real problems and just allocate my time poorly, mostly by watching bootleg episodes of Nashville. Unintended personal improvement as a result of months submerged in the depths of self-analyzation all propelled by crappy, unforeseen life circumstances sounds a lot more romantic though, so if you’d like to think that’s where I’ve been that’s okay with me.

Anyway, I’m here now so let’s press on, shall we?

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When I came to New York I was immediately gripped by the scramble to The Top. If I’m being honest, I was in it’s clutches before I even boarded that ghetto Spirit Airlines plane to JFK. A flamboyant flight attendant listened with wide-eyed interest as I Regina-George-smiled and chatted about my one way ticket to New York and my securing an internship at Oscar de la Renta from the jump. What he didn’t know is that 1) my internship was a mere week and a half and 2) my mom’s a flight attendant and I had a return flight pass within arm’s reach in the likely case I crashed and burned in NYC. It didn’t matter to me, as far as he knew I was cool. I was cool to someone and that was a high that marked the genesis of what was to be a steep social and professional climb.

In the past couple years I’ve bounded and woven my way through the professional thicket, rubbing elbows and picking up knowledge, oft in the unlikeliest places. An equal-opportunity information sponge, I adopted social mannerisms I deemed necessary after careful observation and meticulous rehearsal. I joined the right club, moved to the right neighborhood, dated the right man, and took the right meetings. I wore the right shoes, went to the right bars, worked at the right fashion label, and radiated the right nonchalance. It bums me out about myself that it took me this long to realize that while none of these “right” people, places, or things are inherently wrong, the perception of them as de rigueur can be crippling. No matter my progression, there was always something I still lacked rendering me unqualified. Wait, unqualified for what? Here’s the part where I’m going to say something trite that you all already know and patiently waited for me to piece together: The thirst is unquenchable because The Top is a nonexistent pinnacle. (My truth bombs are mind blowing, I know.) The rat race we self-employ is exhausting and would be comical if it weren’t, well, such a bummer. I feel grateful that I lost my footing on that analogous steep climb as it caused me to free fall right into a big ole humble pie, equipping me with a new perspective.

It’s easy to find yourself in the throes of chasing unrealistic ideals and unaware that the process and mindset are actually afflictions, just like that brand Affliction that also sucks. From what I can tell life is both long and short at the same time and I genuinely think most people are just out here trying to do their best, which is why it’s so important to be kind and patient with others and yourself. (That sounds offensively obvious but I know I surprise myself with how often I’m in violation of that concept.) In doing one’s best sometimes what’s “right” is mistaken for what’s actually right for an individual. Making a conscious effort to stick to the latter is a challenge well worth the effort because the simple notion that your best is good enough is a surprisingly massive wave of relief. It’s like lifting a weight that no one really needed you to carry to begin with. Put it down, try it out, treat yoself.

Loyally,

 

Winter White

Ages ago a reader emailed me asking whether winter white was a faux pas and to address the rules that pertain to it, if any. Old school, season-specific fashion guidelines seem to have gone by the wayside but there are still some steadfast things to remember (find quick tips at the bottom of this post). Winter white has potential to be incredibly chic but fabric must be considered. For instance, while a white cotton sundress or flowy sheer top would be inappropriate for fall/winter the weight of a white tweed or angora works. Find some more ideas below.

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Clockwise from top left: AKRIS Reversible Cashmere Robe CoatBelstaff Dorchester 36 Leather Satchel Bag in Optic WhiteWorth Banded Bouclé Tweed DressSMYTHE Faux Shearling Bix JacketMichael Kors Chronograph Watchrag & bone ‘Grand Prix Motocross’ Paneled Leggings Womens Winter White; Céline F/W 2012 White Pumps (similar)

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Clockwise from top left: Zalando Collection Cocktail Dress $72Cream Bobble Knit Snood $25; Romwe Leather Spliced White Short Blazer $76OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow $7Fur Lapel Slim Wool White Coat $69; Mango Straight-Cut Suit Trousers $60Wildfox Couture Cowskull Ring in Matte White $59Tory Burch Cole Logo Stud Earrings in Ivory $68; H&M Leather Shoes in White $96

Loyally,

45 Stocking Stuffers That Don’t Suck

The title says it all. Here’s how to make stockings a big hit this year.

For Her:

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1. Deborah Lippmann “Christmas in the City” Nail Lacquer Trio $42

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2. Cookie Cutter Something cutesy for the cook. $1

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3. Mini Psssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo The most inexpensive brand seems to be the best, go figure. $3.50

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4. Fun Pair of Tights Help make winter weather dressing more fun. $21

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5. Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) I’m reading it now and trust me, lols are guaranteed. $11

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6. A Piece of Betsey Johnson Jewelry It’s whimsical. $51

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7. Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss My personal favorite- it’s shiny without being sticky and “tastes like wedding mints”. I like Jilted. $19

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8. Lush Bath Bomb in Jingle Spells Luxurious, candy colored, and sparkly. $6.25

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9. Juicy Couture Faux Fur Ear Muff Headphones Give someone the gift of stealthy music listening. $98

 

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10. Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Perfect for highlighting your cheek bones or to give a little shimmer to the corners of your eyelids. I keep Opal on lock. $11

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11. Tory Burch Patent Robinson Tiny Jewelry Zip Case Because Ziplocs aren’t chic, and this is obviously completely necessary. $85

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12. Nike Legend Pants They make your hiney look good. $70

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13. Miniature Bottle of Pink Champagne You can find them at your local liquor store. $11.50

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14. Instax Camera Cute, small, and inexpensive camera for instant credit card-sized prints. I’ve heard great things. $95

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15. Wooden Initial A personalized touch that looks great free standing or hanging in a grouping. $10

For Him:

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1. A Copy of a Niche Magazine Whatever he likes, there’s a magazine for it. $16/year

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2. Febreze Car Vent Clips Because that gas station leaf-thing isn’t cutting it and you and I both know he’s not going to go buy this. $3

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3. Novelty Band Aids  Manly men get boo boos, too. $4

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4. Personalized Leather Money Clip Get initials, not names. $24

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5. Nips of Prestige Liquor Give him a taste of all the best without breaking the bank. You can find them at your local liquor store. $2-5

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6. Nail Clippers Because the pair you got him last year have since disappeared and he keeps using yours. $9

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7. Beats by Dre Powerbeats Sport Headphones Inspired by Lebron $150

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8. Richard James Colorblock Sock They’re trendy without being ridiculous or overly metrosexual. $52

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9. Mini Tool Set My brother said this would be cool. I’m unconvinced. I’m also female. $35

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10. Engraved Flask Because these get lost a lot and he probably needs a replacement… or back up. $26

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11. LED Microlight Key Chain It looks nerdy but it sure is handy. $3

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12. Slang Flash Cards In case you have a guy like Bennett in your family. $10

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13. Maglite Flashlight Everyone needs one, but men tend to be more particular. Get him a BA flashlight. $31

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14. iPod Armband $19

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15. Travel Size Cologne Keep him smellin’ fresh on the road without having to check a bag. $74

For Everyone:

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1. A Lovely Smelling Sachet Put it in your chest of drawers. $10

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2. Tube-Wringer This might or might not be the most exciting thing on this whole post. $7

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3. iPod Shuffle Perfect for the treadmill and inexpensive enough to have a single purpose. $49

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4. Massage School Certificate An inexpensive luxury.

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5. Bomb Foreign Candy You can’t find them in the U.S. but you can find them online so someone else can find them in their stocking. I hope my mom’s reading. $1

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6. Personalized Note Cards Men need them and women can’t get enough of them. Wins all around. $62

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7. Coconut Water Because we all know how dehydrating holiday parties can be and how magical coconuts are in general. $30 for twelve

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8. Boo: Little Dog in the Big City Don’t act like that pomeranian afro isn’t the most endearing thing you’ve ever seen. $13

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9. A Massive Stock of Gum or Mints Because stopping to buy gum every twenty pieces gets old. Stock piled gum is like HeyTell, you don’t know how awesome it is ’til you have it. $12 for twelve

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10. Payard Hot Chocolate Something to sip during the cold months. $15

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11. Festive Wine Stopper $14 for two

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12. Would You Rather…? Great for long car rides (see: Christmas). $3

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13. Starbucks Stainless Steel Tumbler We love these so much at my house that we have two. It’s big and keeps things freezing cold or piping hot for hours. I’ve had cheap tumblers before and there is a significant difference. Invest $20 you big spender, you.

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14. Chocolate Covered Gummy Bears They’re just so good. $11/lb.

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15. Ray-Ban Aviators Everyone looks good in them. $145

Happy shopping!

Loyally,

I Pledge Allegiance to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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On April 29th 2011 Kate Middleton fulfilled every little girl’s dream by marrying a prince and effectively becoming a royal, tying the knot in the history-making Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton wedding gown reminiscent of Grace Kelly. Following in the footsteps of Princess Grace as well as Catherine’s late mother-in-law Diana, the Duchess is adored by the masses with her every move emulated and her every high street ensemble sold out. Since Americans celebrate royalty vicariously through the British I am a part of the fan club, and the excitement surrounding Kate has only been amplified since the announcement of her pregnancy. To commemorate the time I wanted to share my favorite Catherine moments.

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The Beginning of Something Big

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I’ve got so many thoughts, all seemingly unoriginal and previously tried. However, isn’t that what people want to read, bits of familiarity dipped in articulation? An eloquent portrayal of an indescribable feeling, the simple satisfaction of knowing someone feels like you do? Essentially a temporary cure for loneliness, a comforting, warm bed in the shape of a book filled with people who couldn’t possibly disappear after a finite number of pages? I like to think of Harry Potter- hear me out before you label me trite- a magical world birthed inside of J.K. Rowling’s brain and transformed into something that people are desperate to physically delve into, to become engulfed by a fantasy. Tiny, untraceable ideas also dawn in my mind, each bearing the affectations of everything that passes through my irises and eardrums. I want these ideas to jump off pages and captivate readers. I want them to provide a temporary escape to a place absent of pretension, a place where the once mundane and trivial become bewitching and gripping.

endless combinations of 26 letters, endless possibilites

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The open-ended nature of creativity is simultaneously the most daunting and exciting thing about it. I have enormous dreams and visualization is a regular and oftentimes involuntary practice of mine. I can’t help what I see and I don’t know when it will manifest but I do know how it will make me feel. There are things in life that I want desperately but have an innate awareness that they are not yet to be mine. A work of fiction is not one of those things. A book is not one of those things.

Loyally,

Bailey

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