American Horror Story: Asylum

The second season of American Horror Story starts tonight on FX at 10 p.m. The show is about to take a very dramatic turn from its previous season– mostly because it is a completely different story all together.

This season, the story will take place in an insane asylum on the East Coast in the 1960s. The “horror” of this season will be more based in reality than the previous season, and will mostly focus on the issues of religion and health care, the mentally ill, and the cruelty of the past “treatments.”

The previous season was about a family moving into a haunted house in Los Angeles. It dealt with infidelity, sexual attraction and betrayal, insanity, suicide, and a demon baby. And (WARNING: MAJOR SPOILER!!!) resulted in, literally, almost every character (but 2) dying.

I am extremely excited and cannot wait for tonight! Are you a fan of American Horror Story? Did you watch last season or are you new to the show? Will you be watching tonight?

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Why No One Should Not Try A Second-Hand Store

Would you believe me if I said I found a genuine Louis Vuitton purse for only $20 in a small college town in New England?

My best friend and I decided to go into town last weekend and check-out the newest store. The store had a distinct difference in it than the others– it was more eclectic and urban (kinda like going into a miniature Urban Outfitters) rather than that country- Americana style everyone goes for around here. The store was a gently-used, second-hand store that had clothes and accessories from Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Dooney & Burke and so much more.

Then, there on the top shelf in the back of the store were two Louis Vuitton bags. I immediately grabbed one and my friend grabbed the other. I unzipped the bag, expecting to see it was worth several hundred, and was floored to see a $20 tag attached.

I quickly called my mother– who owns several Louis Vuitton purses–to confirm whether or not these bags were genuine.

Did it have the registered Louis Vuitton tag? Yes. Did it say “made in France”? Yes. Did it have the brick red or tan suede lining the inside? Yes (it is brick red). Did it have the LV logo on it? Yes. Was made out of leather? Yes. What color? Dark brown with the lettering in gold.

It was genuine. I almost screamed in the middle of the store. I had been into several Louis Vuitton stores, but it was typically when my father was buying something for my mother– I had been told that I would get my first Louis Vuitton when I graduated from college.

Well, while this is not a bucket-bag or Speedy 35, this is a beautiful bag and I would have been a complete moron not to purchase it. So, in the end, Sarah (my best friend) and I each bought a Louis Vuitton bag for $20 or less.

What do you think of second-hand stores? Have you ever found something amazing in them?

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Runway Review: Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

Marc Jacobs once again showed a lovely collection at Paris Fashion Week. The collection, unlike some of the previous ones, was not overworked nor gaudy (I am referring to the coats from the last collection, specifically). Instead, this collection was more subdued but visually interesting with its bold checker-boaard print and acid-like colors.

Jacobs had all of the models come down and up the runways via four escalators, which had that acid green checker-board print on them to match the runway. While the escalator was unnecessary, it was still interesting (and less distracting than the huge wind farm fans that dominated the Chanel runway).

Overall, I really liked this collection and really want the looks that I posted below.

What do you think of the collection? And what do you think of Louis Vuitton in general?

Runway Review: Gucci Spring 2013

Gucci showed their Spring 2013 collection last week during Milan Fashion Week. The show had very clean designs and elaborate details– such as prints and jewelry– that made the looks modern and dynamic. I was very impressed with the couture-like structures on the silhouettes and the simplicity of the style that made them unique amongst the other collections shown throughout the week. I, personally, would buy a majority of the products shown in this runway.

My best friend and I watched the live runway, and we were cheering (and occasionally screaming with joy and excitement) when these looks came down the runway. After seeing so many collections with heacy detailing and elaborate aesthetics, Gucci’s runway seems incredibly modern and chic.

What do you think of Gucci’s runway for Spring 2013? Do you like the collection and its simplicity, or do you prefer other styles and/or runways?

Runway Review: Alexander McQueen Spring 2013

The House of Alexander McQueen showed their Spring 2013 collection at Paris Fashion Week. The collection was defined by the hard details that the House is known for and the soft, floral designs that juxtaposed the overall aesthetic. I really liked this collection– below are photos of my favorite looks– and feel that Sarah Burton is doing well as a designer. The company still upholds McQueen’s original aesthetics and inspirations, but not copying him nor trying too hard to be him.

What do you think of the collection? What do you think of the House of Alexander McQueen? And what do you think of Sarah Burton’s work thus far?

Photo of the Month: October

Photo of the Month: October

For the October issue of American Vogue, Keira Knightley graced the cover and had a beautiful editorial done on her. She is one of my favorite actresses because of her genuine acting and charisma– plus she stars in some of my favorite films (Never Let Me Go, The Duchess, Pride & Prejudice, and more). She is currently starring in the latest film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, which also stars Jude Law Aaron Taylor-Johnson and is directed by Joe Wright (who directed Knightly in Pride & Prejudice). She plays the title heroine and the film looks positively stunning– I will be going to see it the minute it comes out on November 9th.

I loved this photo more than any other in the editorial (although they are all beautiful). The dress in this photo is one of the costumes, which was designed by Jacqueline Durran, from the film.

What do you think of Knightley’s Vogue editorial? And will you be going to go see Anna Karenina?