Friday, December 30, 2011

... Happy New Year!


Remember how back in, oh, September, I wrote this super-heartfelt post about how I promised I would begin blogging again? Yeah, that didn't work out so well. Which is why I feel the need to write another post about how I'm actually going to begin blogging again...

In 2012.

No, this time it's for real y'all! I'm ridiculously good at keeping New Year's resolutions for a month.

Until then, enjoy the last couple of days of 2011! And Happy New Year! May your celebrations be full of metallic and sequins. And may your outfits look NOTHING like what any of the actresses wore in New Year's Eve. Honestly, I was almost bothered less by how atrocious the film was overall (the NY Times summed it up nicely) as I was by how poorly it was styled. You know there's a problem when you manage to make Lea Michele, Katherine Heigl, and SJP all look weird. Wrong.

Cap sleeves have never done anything good for anyone. See: Hilary Duff in Lizzie McGuire.

OK, I realize that this probably doesn't seem that horrible, but I couldn't find a picture of her end-of-film outfit. Suffice it to say that skin-tight, long-sleeve, silver, latex-looking mini dresses are generally not great looks for people. Just sayin'.

Again, this picture fails to convey what was so offensive about Sarah Jessica Parker's outfit in the film. Three words: Fur. Lined. Clogs. I rest my case.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sowwy :(

I have not posted in over a month and it is pathetic...I is sowwwy :(. Things happened! End of summer things! And starting first semester of senior year things! And just feeling generally uninspired because I'm in Providence and not NYC things! Blehhhhhh. Alright, enough excuses:

I, Anita Badejo, do hereby solemnly swear that I will make a concerted effort to begin blogging again.

For reals. I'ma do it. Just not right now because I have class tomorrow and I am tired.

For whatever few readers I still have out there– I see you random friends in Spain and Indonesia!– stay tuned! I shall be back and I shall rule the blogosphere! Rule, I tell you!


Or I'll just provide some fun posts on cute things. Whatevs.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

There's Red and Pink Errrrwhere!

Until recently, I was under the impression that wearing red and pink together was still somewhat taboo. Then colorblocking happened and rules like that sort of went out the window, just like the "no brown with black" one did ages ago.

However, I still can't help but muse over how popular this particular pairing seems to be right now. First, I noticed it with this Fall's Lanvin campaign:

Then, with SJP's September Marie Claire cover:

And again today, when I saw Rashida Jones' outfit for the Our Idiot Brother (which, btw, I can't wait to see) premiere:

Though I tend to avoid wearing pink, I kind of don't hate this trend. There seems to be something ineffable about combining hot pink and fire engine red that just, I don't know, works. Have or will you be rocking this one, as well? Or will I be the lone bubblegum/hot tamale ranger walking around my college campus this semester?

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Read the ELLE September Issue!

Gwyneth! The ELLE 25! A feature on my future husband Paul Rudd! Gorgeous editorials-- including one on metallics and another on polka dots! And promo pages written and proofread by meeeeee!

Run to your newsstand! Run to your supermarket! Run through the hills!


OK. I'm finished now. But really-- it's good, y'all. And I helped work on it. Ba-bam!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

To Missoni or Not to Missoni?

I know what you're thinking: that title is a trick question, right? When would you ever NOT Missoni?

Well, believe it or not, I actually did have to confront this question earlier this summer, whilst trying to decide whether to purchase a pair of deeply discounted Missoni sandals from Century 21 and I said, wait for Because they weren't very comfortable. And they made me feel stupid because I couldn't figure out how to wrap the straps around my ankles. Hmph.

Now, much to my surprise, I'm confronting this question yet again. Only this time, it's with the Missoni for Target collection. Of course, not the entire thing– because you know I'm going to be on all those cheaply-made print scarves and dresses like white on rice– but with one item in particular: the bicycle. Yes, that's right, the bicycle. In case you're one of the 5 people on earth who didn't see the Missoni for Target lookbook when it was released online last week, here's a picture:

Cute, right?

You see, thing is, I actually need a bike. For school. Because I want it to ride to classes. And to cut down on my time traveling around campus. And to hopefully look like that-cute-girl-who rides-her-bike-around-in-dresses-without-flashing-people-or-looking-skanky. And things.

But, I can't decide if getting the Missoni bike will be awesome or just lame. On one hand, the print is a-ma-zing. And I love the basket. On the other hand, it's a brand-new bicycle that's made to look vintage, so it's almost like it's pretending. Like those jeans you tried to turn into cut-offs. Or those leggings you try to call pants (FYI: They are NOT pants. They will NEVER be pants. EVER). I'm always kind of, "Eh," about things like that.

I dunno. Though I loved the bike when I first saw it, I think I'm going to have to say "no" to Missoni yet again and go for a good 'ole, maybe actually vintage, used bike. Shocking!

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Karen Elson for Nine West Online!

OK, so, apparently I was the only one who didn't know that Karen Elson (model, singer, insanely-gorgeous-talented-person-extraordinaire and one of my personal style icons) announced she was designing a collection for Nine West back in May?!?!

Well, I stumbled upon it on the Nine West site tonight (apparently it's been there since July, but I never go on it) and it's great! Sparse, but great. It's called "Vintage America" and features some really cute, victorian-esque pieces.

My favorite items are this crossbody double coin purse bag:

And these fabulous burgundy platform wedges:

You can pre-order now and items from the collection will start shipping out September 6, just in time for you to look kick-ass as you teeter through your first couple of weeks of class.

Also, I've included some gratuitous photos of Karen Elson looking amazing:

You're welcome.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Such Great Heights

My good friend Emily recently called my attention to these amazing Finsk shoes (pictured above) on Facebook and I was rendered utterly speechless when she did. I've always been a fan of Finsk's in-sane architectural platforms, seen many-a-time on blogger Bryan Boy, but these sandals take my admiration to another level. Where to begin? The colors are fantastic– blocked black and beige with kicks of mint green– and the geometry of the shoes is, excuse my Zoe, BA-NANAS. I especially love the triangle on the bottom front that can only be seen when the shoes are looked at head-on. And, perhaps most of all– brace yourself for an annoying fashion-lover moment here– I love that, for me, these and other Fisk creations truly exemplify how fashion is art. Alright, I'll give you a moment to roll your eyes...

Are you finished? Thank you. But really. How can you argue against the idea when seeing things like this:

And this:
Viktor & Rolf
And this:
Alexander McQueen

Since The Devil Wears Prada just happened to be playing on TV the other night, I can't help but pull this quote from Stanley Tucci's character:

"Don't you know that you are working at the place that published some of the greatest artists of the century? Halston, Lagerfeld, de la Renta. And what they did, what they created was greater than art because you live your life in it."

As much as you can argue the authenticity of the book or cheesiness of the movie, don't the words just strike you as the tinsiest bit legit? I mean, one of the Top 10 exhibitions at the Met of all time (Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty) featured items that you could all wear.

How's that for a little fashion-for-thought?

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Friday, August 5, 2011

It's All in the Details

From top left: Rose gold double finger ring: Fancy Sexy Me, Wrap watch: La Mer Collections, Vintage 70s green & yellow face watch ring: Williamsburg Flea, Art deco diamond ring: Xmas gift from 'rents, Metallic sandals: Marc Jacobs, Yellow nail polish: Sally Hansen Insta-dri

Sad day. I'm officially no longer an intern at ELLE. I had such an amazing experience this summer, not to mention the best boss in the world. Oh well, hopefully it's a sign of brighter things to come...

Speaking of brighter things... I wanted to soak up the gorgeous NYC weather today, so I headed to the Sheep Meadow for a bittersweet farewell after leaving the office. Tried to cheer myself up by enjoying the little things– edamame dumplings from the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, covertly fawning over adorable babies, and laughing as I listened in on the hilarious theatre/movie gossip-y conversation of two young actors.

I was also made happy by my sunny, shiny, sun-shiny accessories and nail polish...nothing like some cute, quirky accents to put a little smile on your face :).

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Thursday, August 4, 2011


Saw this whatever-old-century gilded infant suit of armor at the Met last weekend:

It's kind of like the medieval equivalent of Skyler Morrison Berman's (AKA Rachel Zoe's baby) custom Gucci bomber jacket, no?

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sample Success: Alexander Wang Edition!

Line at the Alexander Wang sample sale

Let me just start this post by stating that you know you are bat-shit insane a fashion enthusiast when you practically sprint to SoHo the second you get off work in the pouring rain to line up for over an hour and a half not to meet President Obama, not to witness the coming of Christ, but to stuff yourself in a room full of dozens of other people as crazy passionate as you to- wait for it- spend money. Yep. That's how sample sales work...especially when they are for an amazing designer. Like Alexander Wang. And his S/S and Resort 2011 collections. At up to 70% off. Ba-bam!

Alexander Wang Christy Braided Low Sandal

Oh, after all that, you didn't think I walked away empty-handed did you?

Let me tell you something about these shoes: I am in love with them. As in, full-out, having a mad affair, can't take my eyes off, love.

Now, you may be thinking, of course you are...look at that chunky, architectural heel...the beautiful braided straps...the (literally) pillow-like, buttery liner..

But no, the true reason I'm in love with them, my little fashion minions, is because I believe that fate brought us together. You read me– fate.

You see, I was just slipping out of the chaotic crowd of those stripping along the walls next to prop-up mirrors and trying things on when,
thanks to my fashion ninja-like ability to sense the presence of a pair of shoes within a one mile radius, I spotted a black box on the ground. So, I crouched down, a canopy of blouses, dresses, and jackets above me, and opened said box to find a fabulous pair of sandals. In exactly my size. At over 50% off.

And then, I tried them on, and realized that they were insanely comfortable. And just happened to match my outfit (emerald green skinny jeans, over-sized, long black T, big white necklace). And just made me feel like about a bazillion dollars.

I could go on, but I'm going to stop because at this point I sound like I'm from another planet. Point is, I find the shoes. I love the shoes. The shoes are mine. Yippee! And the thing is, I didn't see another pair of shoes out at the sale at all...and I knew something was up when one of the attendants demanded to know where I got them when she spotted me clutching on to them for dear life as I made my way around the rest of the sale. When I told her I found them on the ground and they just happened to be my size, she simply replied, "Weird. Lucky girl."

Lucky, indeed.

So yes, though wet, and tired, and having stood on my feet continuously for nearly four hours factoring in the time it took to check out and then get home tonight– I am a very, very happy lady.

Oh, and I also picked up this soft, dusky rose T by Alexander Wang long-sleeved shirt. You know, just for kicks:

Tell me about your favorite sample scores in the comments!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Worked a video shoot today...

Went to event tonight...

Too tired to post. Can. Not. Function.

So, instead of anything of sartorial substance, here's the song I've been listening to all day, courtesy of The New Pornographers:


I know, I know, WTF, right? Real content to come soon, I promise!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

How Not to Do a Magazine Cover

Dear Sister 2 Sister magazine,

I have never read you before. I have never seen you before. Hell, I have never even heard of you before. But the cover your August issue, which I recently saw in Duane Reade, actually made me speak to myself out loud, prompting the man next to me to very obviously totally surreptitiously shift a few paces away.

Now, I'm not sure who Nivea is. Wikipedia tells me she is a singer, who is known for some really prolific songs titled "Don't Mess with My Man" and "Laundromat". I am sure she is a lovely, talented woman.

So, if I may ask candidly– Sister 2 Sister, if you will– WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU STYLED HER FOR YOUR COVER?!

I just. I mean. I have, so, so many questions. For instance:

1. What are those things in her ears? What's that? Oh, earrings, you say? I just thought they were blinged-out bat wings. Or pieces of a gold wicker basket.

2. You say in a cover line Nivea "rocks single motherhood." That's fantastic! But, I'm confused, because by making her wear that pillowcase blouse, you made her look like she's rocking carrying triplets. Like, currently.

3. Since when are shorts supposed to fold/wrinkle up under one's butt like that? That's what an embarrassing, yet no less necessary, yank every time one stands up or walks a few yards is for.

4. Also, is that actually whisker fade detailing I see on those shorts? Oh heavens.

5. Where's the other half of her hair? Did it run away? Maybe it got scared of the bat wings.

I should stop. After all, I wouldn't want to be mean. I just don't get it. I will say, I think her makeup looks fine– that's a great shade of lipstick on her. But everything else seems rather misguided. Please explain.


*Before anyone goes all "you shouldn't be contributing to the scrutiny with which society judges female celebrities today" on me, I would like to point out: I have absolutely no problem with Nivea and think she's a beautiful all women are. I have a problem with how this magazine didn't do justice to that and made, what in my eyes are, glaring errors in how they styled her. As always, feel free to disagree in the comments!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Fall Fantasies: The Velvet Blazer

Blazer: Schoolboy Blazer in Velvet, J. Crew

Well, it's about that time again. My internship at ELLE is ending in a week, and I head home to Arkansas for three weeks (yeah, don't want to talk about that...) next Saturday before going back to Brown for my last year (don't want to talk about that either).

Naturally, this combined with long-released August issues and soon-to-come Septembers have me thinking about my fall wardrobe. And, if you know me, you know I like a good blazer. In fact, my penchant for them used to be so severe that I would never be seen without in, never. Not even during the summer. Thankfully, I had a serious sartorial revelation this year, doing the previously unthinkable and ditching jackets as the weather's gotten warmer, and it has been blissful. Who knew that I could actually avoid often feeling like a roasted kabob- ableit a stylish one, mind you- if I just, you know, bore my arms a little?

Anyway,if you know me, you also know I looove velvet. And for the past two years, some sort of velvet jacket has been a staple in my wardrobe- especially during fall and winter. Two years ago, it was a cropped velvet bolero from Urban Outfitters. Last year, it was a long-ish, loose velvet blazer from the Gap. For this year? I'm thinking this sophisticated one from J. Crew- which comes in petite sizes, so it can have a super-tailored fit on my small frame(I'm 5'2" on a good day).

Now the only question is...which color?! I'm kind of in love with all of them. Already ruled out black, since my past two velvet jackets have been black and I wear entirely too much of it as is. Yellow's my favorite color, so the chartreuse, yes? Or the bristol blue? The dusky rose would add some much-needed softness to my wardrobe and the poppy's awesome, but I'm worried about it's versatility...let me know what you think!

Oh, and in terms of styling, I'm thinking blazer, solid v-neck t, high-waisted black cigarette jeans, rope belt, flat oxfords (for class) or heeled oxfords (for weekend), and the awesome new necklace I wrote on yesterday. Perfect, right? Right.