Style Inspiration: Jean skirts are back?

Vogue Spain, via fashiongonerogue.com

This gives me flashbacks to elementary school: I was that petite blonde (wow, I need a second to form that mental image too) attempting to keep up with the boys in my jean skirt. Because obviously the best way to get a guy’s attention is to challenge them to kickball, while showing off your legs in a skirt… Here are a couple of “grown up” ways to wear the new jean skirt:

Via blameitonfashion.com
Balmain Spring 2012
Via SincerelyJules.com
Steven Alan Spring 2012
J.Crew
Via the-Northernlight.com

The jury is still out for me. What do you think – will you be flaunting your legs this Spring in a denim skirt?

Currently Craving: Mondo Guerra Rorschach Dress

Since the season finale of Project Runway All Stars, I haven’t stopped thinking about this Rorschach inspired dress. I want need this dress.

I will literally do anything -climb every mountain, forge every stream, follow every rainbow…(er, you get the point,) until this fabulous item hangs in my closet. The pop of red on the sleeve is a brilliant design detail, and can you believe he made this print himself?! Incredible. Is anyone else as obsessed with Mondo Guerra and his amazing work as I am?

Views from St. Thomas

View from our balcony of the rain-swept beach

Ferris Wheel in the hills

Pretty colored houses set in the hill

Wearing – Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren (also known as my diva shades), Maxi Dress: INC (old)

Wearing – Trousers: DKNY via Marshalls, Tank: UO, Sandals: Michael Kors, Watch: Michael Kors, Necklace: J. Crew (old)

A rainbow… the only good result from all the rain.

Hope you enjoy! –Hillary Christine

Chic Travels


My recent travels got me thinking about what to wear when you are setting off on an airplane. Comfort is obviously key, but that doesn’t have to mean sweatpants, leggings, or other articles of loungewear. These pieces are much better left at home. (Please, please leave these at home!) I wasn’t able to get any shots of my own travel attire, but I’ve recreated looks above inspired by my own.

The first outfit combines comfy trouser pants with a basic tank top. Comfy trousers look put together and modern without the feeling of being constricted during a long flight. I always get chilly on airplanes, so I recommend layering with a cardigan or a scarf, which can easily be removed and stowed upon arrival (if your destination happens to be tropical or warm like mine.) Another unfortunate effect of flying for me is that my feet swell, so I typically go with sandals to allow for this unlucky expansion.

The second outfit I love for travel is designed around the very breezy and trendy maxi skirt. Pair a cotton maxi skirt with a boxy sweater and a scarf for optimal comfort. This will look wrinkle-free and chic throughout the trip. I added a fun floral corset top underneath for a totally new outfit upon arrival. For both travel looks, I did minimal jewelry because airport security is so strict now, and it would be hell taking off an arm party at every security check-point. I also added a big, roomy satchel where you can store your magazines, books, iPod, etc. for the flight. Let me know what your go-to travel style is in the comments. And stay tuned for some shots from my trip to St. Thomas!

Spring Wish List… Round 1

First let me explain that I had to add the “Round 1” because items on my wish list are constantly changing, getting crossed off, being added, etc. so it just wouldn’t be right to pretend it is finalized. So here they are: the pieces that I am coveting right this very minute. (Because in another minute, I may change my mind or want more… What can I say, I’m a girl)

Spring Wish List 1*From the top left going clockwise, we have Thakoon maxi skirt, Proenza Schouler pleated dress, Rag&Bone tweed shorts, House of Harlow gold cuff, H&M floral trousers, Steve Madden tassel loafers, Topshop Sleeveless Leather Jacket, Zoe Karssen Printed T-Shirt, and finally in the middle LAMB pumps!

What pieces are on your spring wish list?

Currently Craving: Sunglasses

Craving Sunglasses
My mind is possessed with thoughts of sunshine due to my upcoming Spring Break. Unfortunately, I have an unusually small head (believe me, strangers have pointed this out), so sunglasses are a difficult accessory for me. That said, here are some pairs that I would add to my collection if my head and my wallet would allow it…
What shades are you craving for Springtime?

The Style Genesis

If there was a thought bubble above my head, you might notice that at any moment throughout the day I am thinking about fashion… well that and food. But who could blame me, really? So welcome to my creative outlet for these thoughts: my fashion blog! On these pages, I will share my own personal style, fashion inspirations, current closet cravings, and anything else I find post-worthy (it’s my blog, so deal with it!)

The title for my blog comes from a quote spoken by the stunning Hollywood icon, Audrey Hepburn. She said,

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything else is going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”

Her words are as elegant as her timeless style. I strive to invoke this ideology and the poise of Audrey in my daily life. So please…