The Evolution of Carrie Bradshaw

As I relax on vacation and binge watch numerous episodes of Sex & The City, I am reminded of Carrie Bradshaw’s complete style evolution during each of the six seasons and the two films from 1998 to 2010.

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From a tight 90s cocktail dress in Season 1 to a pair of skinny denim jeans in Season 6, Bradshaw certainly fell victim to the time’s evolving trends. However, some things never changed for Bradshaw- her oversized fur coat, her beloved collection of Manolo Blannik shoes and her curly locks. Take a look at some of Bradshaw’s most memorable ensembles from each season of Sex & The City, as well as the two films.

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What I’m Watching: The True Cost

“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.” 

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While scrolling through Netflix hoping to stumble upon a sappy romantic comedy, I instead found The True Cost. The documentary follows the lifecycle of clothing; from its earliest stages in cotton farming to the sweatshops in Bangladesh to fashion designers who create for the runway. So I do not spoil the film, I won’t divulge all the details, but I did find a few statistics quite eye-opening. For example, 1 in 6 people work in the fashion industry in some form, making it the most labor dependent industry in the world. Additionally, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry, second only to the oil industry. Furthermore, the average American throws away 82 pounds of textile waste each year, producing over 11 million tons of textile waste from the US alone.

Clearly, The True Cost presents several statistics on the detrimental side of the fashion industry. Overall, the documentary is a call to action for all components of the fashion industry. Individuals in the agricultural sector have a responsibility to produce fibers that are non-GMO and use limited pesticides. Factory owners must find a way to employ their workers with fair working conditions and a living  wage. Fashion designers have a responsibility to only outsource production to places where the workers are treated well. Americans, as consumers, must learn to only consume products that we truly need, to reduce excess. All actors in the fashion industry have a responsibility to fix the true cost of the industry that encompasses much of our global society.

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Project Runway: Mood, Mayhem & Making It Work

Thursday night television just got way more enjoyable; Project Runway is back and better than ever! The season 14 premiere aired last night, and I cannot wait to see what this season has in store. Heidi Klum looks better than ever, Nina Garcia still packs the punches, Zac Posen continues to bring enthusiasm and positivity, and Tim Gunn, well, it still making it work.

Like every Project Runway season, sixteen designers travel to New York City for a season of surprises, scissors, satin, and sass! This season’s designers include;

1. Amanda Perna

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2. Ashley Nell Tipton

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3. Blake Patterson

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4. Candice Cuoco

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5. David Giampiccolo

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6. Duncan Chambers-Watson (eliminated 8/6)

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7. Edmond Newton

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8. Gabrielle Arruda

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9. Hanmiao Yung

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10. Jake Wall

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11. Joseph Charles Poli

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12. Kelly Dempsey

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13. Laurie Underwood

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14. Lindsey Creel

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15. Merline Labissiere

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16. Swapnil Shinde

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You can watch the first episode online at Lifetime’s website, but here are last night’s highlights! The designers arrived at Madison Square Garden and met Heidi and Tim who instructed them to collected four pieces of Mood fabric, scattered across the arena, in under three minutes. Before we see how each designer was able to “make it work,” let’s take a look at who each designer truly is (according to me).

Most fun? Ashley Nell Tipton. Hands down. She describes herself as “fun, funky, and fat” and her fabulous, colorful designs match her exuberant personality.

Most annoying? Merline Labissiere. Girl, take it down a notch. I was not even in the work room with you, and I wanted to slap a piece of duct tape across your mouth. You’re an amazing designer, but cool it with the commentary.

Most hilarious? Hanmiao Yung. The adorable designer deemed that she was “made in China” and loves to be called pistachio, because it translates to happy nut in Chinese.

Most conceited? We have a tie! Blake Patterson vs. Joseph Charles Poli. Patterson claimed that he designs for “people that can afford him” and that he has no weaknesses. Poli, on the other hand, likes to see small people “put in their place.” Gentleman, I hope you can descend from your elevated, arrogant clouds this season.

Most conflict? Lindesy Creel. In her first confessional she claimed, “Some people find me charming, some people find me intimidating, some people just really don’t like me at all. I don’t work well with others.” I think we know who the Season 14 villain will be.

Most determined? Edmond Newton. Having tried out for Project Runway ever since the first episode and finally making it fourteen seasons later, he will certainly go above and beyond to “make it work.”

My favorite? Amanda Perna. Her bubbly personality and bright, fun designs make her my fav all-around designer this season!

Spoiler alert! Last night episode, “Mad Dash Mayhem,” did crown both a looser and winner. Check out the best and worst (and my favorite) looks from the August 6th episode.

Winner? Ashley Nell Tipton.

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Loser? Duncan Chambers-Watson

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My favorite? We have a tie! Ashley Nell Tipton vs. Amanda Perna.

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Tune in next week to see mood swings, a trip to Mood, and some fabulous designs!

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Make it work.

Back & Better Than Ever: Zoolander

As any avid fashion follower would know, some very special news debuted at Paris Fashion Week’s Valentino show. Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald will be making a reappearance in the film industry. Slated to arrive in 2016, the Zoolander sequel will follow Derek and Hansel, back on the modeling scene and under threat from an opposing company. Quite the honor, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson walked in Valentino’s Fall 2015 show in order to shoot footage for the film. And it seems as though even Anna Wintour approves. Take a look!

WATCH: Anna Wintour Talks Runway Walks with Derek Zoolander and Hansel Backstage at Valentino

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The Bachelor Bracketology

Happy Monday! While most people dread Mondays, I love them; especially when I have something to look forward to all day. If you are not watching The Bachelor on Mondays, then you are missing out! Season 19, with Chris Soules, is better than ever! For the first time in The Bachelor history, Chris was introduced to 30 women on the first night. I guess these ladies are really into life on a farm with “Prince Farming” Chris.

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After watching the first two episodes and the trailer for the season, I have selected my predictions for the season. As the first girl to step out a limo, Chris and Britt had an instant connection. After receiving the first date card for a one-on-one, Megan and Chris proved their similarities and affections. Personally, I think Ashley S. is sticking around simply to add some drama and it seems as though Ashley I.‘s virginity might cause problems later in the season. In addition, Whitney seems adorable and genuine, Kaitlyn appears to be fun and easygoing, and Juelia is extremely brave for moving on with her tragic past.

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*With modification by Mary Kate Donahue, after Week 2

I stumbled upon The Bachelor Bracket and decided to make my predictions. If this goes anything like the NCAA brackets I fill out, then I will be all wrong! But I have an inkling I might have a better handle on The Bachelor rather than college basketball. Take a look at my bracket and be sure to tune into see the lucky ladies who receive roses tonight!

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© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015
*Note: All back text has already occurred, and all pink text are my predictions.

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What I’m Watching: House of DVF

What do long weekends call for? Besides catching up with friends, shopping and sleeping, they are all about binge watching your favorite shows! Although I am usually a Netflix enthusiast, I recently found a full series On Demand- House of DVF.

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© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

Of course I had heard of the wonderful Diane von Furstenberg prior to the show, I never realized how remarkable her character is. In the series, eight girls are presented with the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the fashion business with Diane von Furstenberg and her team. Ideally, Diane hopes to find one girl to the Brand Ambassador who will travel the world and represent Diane von Furstenberg, as a label. Diane, humble and genuine, relates to each girl as if they have been friends for years. Although, Diane is also never afraid to be stern and impart important life lessons with the girls.

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A profound woman, Diane makes her brand and the fashion world as a whole seem approachable and simple. Specifically, in one episode, she advises Kier to release her bitchy tendencies: “I really feel you don’t have to be a bitch to be successful. Being a bitch is always bad. It can never be good” (Henry). Aside from the show, Diane’s words truly resonate with me. Although I was simply hoping to find an amusing television series to watch this weekend, I discovered another strong inspiration in the fashion world. That’s a wrap!

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Works Cited

Henry, Zoe. “Diane Von Furstenberg’s Best Quotes From ‘House of DVF.'” Inc. Inc. 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. www.inc.com

The Best of 2014

Page 365 of 365. Weird enough, today is our 365th day this year, and 2014 sure did fly by! In order to properly ring in 2015 this evening, I intend to establish proper closure to 2014 with a list of my best moments. The Oxford English Dictionary defines best as “of the highest excellence; surpassing all others in quality.” Therefore, here are my own personal moments of “highest excellence” and my favorite things that “surpassed all others in quality.” Cheers to the end of 2014 and hello 2015!

The Fashionista’s Best Moments in 2014:

  • 17th Birthday: spent with great family members and even better friends; complete with my favorite meal and several surprises

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  • Junior Ring Ceremony: a memorable day, receiving my beautiful high school class ring

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  • Fourth of July Weekend: family reunion with my mom’s side of the family, spent at the beach; complete with many laughs, a lot of sun, and a crab feast

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Trip to Annecy, France: an amazing week with nine classmates, learning about the history of our high school and taking in the breathtaking scenery

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • First Day of Senior Year: hard to believe I’m a senior, but a great start to a fabulous school year

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Trip to NYC: a marvelous day in the city to attend the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as President of Think Pink Society at my school

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Getting into College: the first acceptance was the most memorable and exciting, but all four letters have been equally amazing

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Kairos XVII: a remarkable four day retreat, spent with close friends and making even closer ones

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

The Best Moments in Fashion & Culture  in 2014 (according  to the Fashionista):

  • Best Trends in High Fashion:
    • Winter 2014: faux fur

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    • Spring 2014: full midi skirts

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    • Summer 2014: pastels

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    • Fall 2014: shearling

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      Tommy Hilfiger
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  • Best Fashion Shows:
    • RTW: Tory Burch Spring 2014 
    • Couture: Christian Dior Fall 2014 
  • Best Red Carpet Look: Sarah Hyland at the 2014 Emmy Awards

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  • Best Beauty Product: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in “La La”

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Hair Product: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Nail Polish: OPI’s “Christmas Gone Plaid”

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Book: Tory Burch In Color by Tory Burch

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Songs:
    • Pop: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
    • Country: Leave the Night On by Sam Hunt
    • Hip Hop: Flawless by Beyonce

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  • Best TV Show: Project Runway (Season 13)

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  • Best Movies:
    • Drama: The Fault in Our Stars
    • Comedy: Neighbors 

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  • Best App: VSCOcam

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

That’s the Fashionista’s two cents. May all you darlings have a fabulous NYE! Cheers to many more “best moments” in 2015! xo

What I’m Watching: The Carrie Diaries

Scrolling through Netflix on a rainy Saturday morning, I hoped to find a sentimental Christmas movie. With my search proving fruitless, I settled on a show I had heard little of. Having never watched an episode of Sex and the City, I chose The Carrie Diaries simply by the vibrant and intriguing advertisement on Netflix.

Since Saturday morning, I have indeed been binge-watching The Carries Diaries, because I’m beyond obsessed! Considering how much I love adolescent Carrie Bradshaw, I cannot wait to engulf myself in Sex and the City. Netflix needs to step up their game and add Sex and the City to its selection of titles!

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From her fabulous sense of style (even the the ’80s) to her ability to write so eloquently, I truly admire Carrie. She’s landed her dream job (and mine!) as a mere sixteen year old, and manages to lead both of her lives to their fullest. With a simple push on my keyboard, I have found my new favorite show as well as my new fashion and lifestyle icon. Time for me to custom make my own handbag with a little paint!

“In my years of playing dress up as a child, I understood that what you wear could define you” – Carrie Bradshaw, The Carrie Diaries

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© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

With the tragic passing of the fabulous yet witty Joan Rivers, there are large shoes (more like stilettos!) to be filled on Fashion Police. According to CNN Entertainment, E! has chosen Kathy Griffin to join the (fashion) police force! The new Fashion Police team will debut on January 12, 2015, with live coverage on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. As a dear friend of Rivers and a fellow comedian, Griffin ought to prepare to dish out the humorous witticisms. Let’s see what this fiery redhead can do in the fashion sphere!

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Works Cited

 Emanuella Grinberg. “Kathy Griffin is the New Chief of ‘Fashion Police’.” CNN Entertainment. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.

What’s the Gossip?

If you’re anything like me, you know that the latest gossip is how heartbroken most are over the conclusion of Gossip Girl. I actually didn’t watch the shows as they aired, but I managed to watch Seasons 1-5 on  Netflix in just a month and a half. Then, I searched on every illegal website known to man in order to find Season 6. I stayed up until 3am one night, and finished the amazing series. Tissues in hand, I couldn’t believe I had heard “xoxo Gossip Girl” for the last time. Although, I’m considering re-watching all 121 episodes!

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Now that the intricate plot of the trials and tribulations of wealthy, Upper East Side teens has officially come to a close, I have some unanswered questions that I dying to know the answers to!

1. For starters, HOW did Dan Humphrey maintain Gossip Girl for all those years?

2. How are 16 year olds able to walk into a bar and order endless alcoholic beverages?

3. How was Serena able to get away with murder? (Mommy can’t fix that one!)

4. What was Chuck Bass’ final number of mistresses before his nuptials to Blair?

5. Whatever happened to Dan’s half-brother?

6. Who is Chuck’s mother?

7. What happened to Nate’s lip later in the series? Is this why he received less lines?

8. How did Bart Bass fake his death? Like they had a funeral!!!

9. Is Vanessa still alive?

10. How was everyone somehow related to each other? For example, Serena is childhood friends and has a fling with an artist (Aaron Rose) who displays his work at Rufus’ art gallery. Rufus is Serena’s stepdad. Aaron Rose is Cyrus Rose’s son, and Cyrus Rose is married to Eleanor Waldorf. Eleanor’s daughter, Blair, is best friends with Serena. See what I mean? I guess it is a small world!

11. Why did Chuck take the Harry Winston to Europe? We all know he had plenty of safes back in NYC.

12. Was the priest that Beatrice had sex with, actually a priest?

13. Would it kill Dan to cut his hair?

14. So after stressing about college during their high school years, none of them went to their dream college or actually went to their classes. What’s up with that?

15. How big is Blair’s closet? I want a tour!

With all these unanswered questions, all I truly want is MORE!!!  I want to know more about Henry, Dan and Serena’s wedding, Waldorf Designs, Doroda’s life and much more!! I want more!! Unfortunately, I’m not too optimistic that anymore Gossip Girl episodes or a reunion movie will ever be created…..or maybe I’ll make it happen.

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xoxo