Erin’s Style Chronicles: The REAL Beginning of My New Wardrobe (Plus Big Butts–A Gift and a Curse?)

Erin's Style Books

I Have No Clothes.

It’s true. I’ve stepped out of my “working in the relaxed lab” to corporate America. I went into my closet and looked at my inventory.  Even so, I own 2 pairs of jeans that have no holes, bleach marks, or rips on the bottom. At the end of the day, I hate feeling like I have nothing to wear when I really do have nothing to wear. I’m also trying to figure out the line between “my pants are too tight” and “this is my butt, I’m going to embrace it”.

I love to look good, but I really hate shopping. I don’t get excited to try clothes on, but I read fashion blogs every day! As you can see, I posted pictures of most of my fashion books. Maybe I like clothes more than I thought.

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Rihanna, I Love and Hate Your (New) Style, All At the Same Time

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Rihanna hit SO many high notes with this outfit last night. I mean look at her! The dress was inspired by one of my favorite movie characters, Elvira Hancock from Baltimore. I will never get enough of Scarface. While she was an avid drug user, her firm stance and no-mess personality won me over. I wanted her to end up with Tony Montana just as much as he did.

Anyway.

She barely had on any fabric. Her cleavage was out, her back was out, her legs were out. The dress barely had any components to it–and she worked it. The thin chains by Jacquie Aiche wrapped around her body were perfection. It was that hint of jewelry that accents the look. Everything about them is very Rihanna. The makeup was simple, bronzy, and minimal. I loved it. She oozed sexy. And I didn’t notice any of that at first, because I couldn’t get over her hair.

Rihanna. Come on girl.

I know that she likes to mix it up every few months. She gradually adds length or drastically cuts it, or changes color. She doesn’t like to be predictable. I get it, and I respect it. But damnit, this hair is the absolute worst on her, in my opinion. I’m not going to say I’m the biggest Rihanna fan, I don’t own any of her music, I don’t need to watch her perform. But I always know she’s going to bring it on the red carpet. But that 80’s chic roots-ablaze-tousled-teased-split-end-looking mess? I just can’t get into it.

Image courtesy of JustJared.com.

Former Essence Editor Mikki Taylor Debuts New Book Today– Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing her Style Like a First Lady


Mikki Taylor Commander in Chic on Kindle for Ipad

It’s a great day in the world of fashion! Style Connoisseur Mikki Taylor’s new book, Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing her Style Like a First Lady, debuts today! Her book release party was held at Tracy Reese, and looked even more fab than we could have imagined. Soledad O’Brien was there along with fellow bloggers and editors. I was stuck in Maryland, in class. Grr. Take a look at the party pics here and here.

Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing her Style Like a First Lady is about to be my new fashion guide. I am a firm follower of Mikki Taylor. Whatever she says is golden to me. I’m crazy excited about this book because my wardrobe is full of clothes that don’t and pieces that I’ve had that no longer fit my style. I’m into dresses and skirts along with loads and loads of prints. I don’t own many of any of these. Can’t wait to hit the purchase button and add it to my collection of fashion books! I’ll be purchasing on Kindle for Ipad, pictured above.

I Love This Look: Jennifer Lopez Kohl’s Collection Ankle Boots and Cut Turtleneck Sweater Dress

Jennifer Lopez Kohl’s Collection Booties and Cut Turtleneck Sweater Dress
Jennifer Lopez has teamed up with Kohl’s to bring a new, fresh line to the retailer. She’s pictured here in the Cut Turtleneck Sweaterdress ($70) and Ankle Boots ($99.99) during an appearance in Connecticut. Both items are on sale right now! Had I not known that this was part of her collection, I would have thought is was one of her typical $4,000 outfits.