Sunday, October 13, 2013

Trendspotting: Intarsia

Right now I'm obsessed with Intarsia. It's a word that might not be on the tip of your tongue, but it's likely plastered across your chest this fall. Intarsia is a knitting technique used to create pattern with multiple colors so that distinct fields of color appear to be inlaid with one another [in other words, multiple types of yarn form a design that looks to be from one continuous thread]. Below are some great examples of the intarsia trend on sweaters: 

In seasons past, intarsia was mainly a fringe trend found on the runway and on the backs of the fashion elite - think fashion bloggers, celebrities and magazine editors - and as a result, intarsia was expensive and hard to find on anything besides those dreadful argyle socks. Today, mainstream retailers have embraced the trend, which equates to more democratic price points: along with the designer stuff, you can access intarsia sweaters at ever-affordable high street stores such as F21, Old Navy, H&M and Target. 

See the Bon Vivant and a Budget sweater buying guide HERE

This appears similar to the grey sweatshirt trend

As the days get shorter and colder, here in the Northeast, I need something cozy to throw on. I'm particularly fond of the intarsia trend because it's stylish and functional on those chilly fall mornings. What do you think of the intarsia trend? Would you wear it in an office environment? Do you own any intarsia pieces? Leave any comments below. 

xX Helene 

Hello There

Ahemmmm. Hello my lovelies:

I've been missing from the blogosphere since April. I guess that warrants some explanation, huh?! Well, I can assure you that I wasn't sitting idly on the couch in pajamas for the past six months [at least not the whole time hahahaa]. A lot has ensued: I graduated from a master's degree program, started a new job, watched two of my best friends marry the loves of their lives, was cast and taped Flea Market Flip for HGTV, started teaching a boot-camp class, moved into a new apartment and neighborhood, learned that my best friend and her husband are expecting a baby girl... And now I'm tussling with the idea of a phd program. I'm still busy, but everything is starting to feel normal again. Change oh change... I'd actually like to pick some more of you off the floor.

The point is... I've embraced these changes and I'm ready for blogging again... I hope you didn't forget about me!

xX Helene 

Friday, April 12, 2013

My Kate Young x Target Shoot

A little while ago I did a photo shoot with Target for its latest design collaboration - Kate Young for Target. Kate is a Hollywood celebrity stylist with a keen eye for color and proportion, so it was really easy to model for her. Kate picked this body con chartreuse dress out for me and it fit like a glove (no alterations necessary)... I'm 6'2" so that's no small feat. This picture appeared in a nationwide Target Style email campaign, but there are a few other shots that Target should be sending me soon. The Kate Young for Target collection appears in stores and online April 14.

xX Helene 
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