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Posted in Fashion, Guest Blog, Trends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by Me & Marisa

Today we have a great blogger gracing Me & Marisa from across the pond. Her name is Pearl Westwood and she lives in the UK. We became blogger friends not too long after Me & Marisa launched so I’m so thrilled she agreed to do a guest blog for us. Her style is avant-garde and always original paying homage to classic looks mixed with current trends, not to mention she is one of the best bloggers I’ve ever seen at picture refferencing to prove her points and showcase her topics. Without further adieu, I give you Pearl Westwood :)!
P.S. Check out her blog at Fashion Pearls of Wisdom, it’s on the right hand column in our blogroll!
-Andrew J

Wearing: Prada Orange vest, Topshop jeans and tee, Chanel boots, Mulberry scarf, clutch and belt

Wearing: Prada cardigan and clutch, Zara trousers and boots, Karl Largerfeld for H&M tee

If there is one thing us Brit girls are obsessed with it is US girls’ style and so of course girls in the States want to know all about UK girls’ style! I think the main thing with British style is that we mix it all up and have a really eclectic and laid back approach to dressing. I think this is why we are trying to steal your Olivia Palermo, we love that perfectly polished look. So here are some of my style influences for two of my favourite outfits.

The Prada 2007 A/W collection has to be one of my absolute favourite so I am always on the lookout for pieces from it. In the second outfit I’ve used the bright bag to add a colour pop to the black and grey. In the first outfit I have taken influence from Mulberry’s colour clashing and piled on the orange and pink, but grounded it with the blue jeans.

I have a huge scrap book which I used to keep track of colour and styling forms that I really like, then when I need some inspiration I can just flip through the book. These are the pages that inspired these two outfits.

Finally I couldn’t leave you without some photo’s of Alexa Chung (if you don’t know Alexa she is our Olivia), as I think her style really represents what us Brit girls are all about!

Big thanks to Andrew J for asking me to guest post on Me & Marisa,




Posted in Fashion, Guest Blog, Shoes, Trends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by Me & Marisa

Today Me & Marisa brings you a guest post from another one of my stylish friends, Gatlin Drake. He’s actually also friends with the last guest blogger, so it was just a natural step. Gatlin has had some success modeling and looks to have a bright future in that department, so pay attention to what he has to say, because as everyone on here knows… I think models off runway have the best style out there ha. Take it away Gatlin!
-Andrew J

This post in for the men only, sorry women, but I’m sure you don’t want to be embarrassed when you meet your guy for dinner with your friends or family, or when you meet him at the club for a night out, only to find out that his outfit… well, isn’t what you’d pick out. We know you want your guy to be able to dress himself, and dress himself well for any event. So men, listen up!
When you step into your closet there are essential pieces you should be able to find. These are the basics of functional wardrobe that can build numerous outfits for any occasion, so you can feel safe to throw something together in a hurry and you’ll still look put together. I’ll show you ten basics every guy needs, starting from the tops and working our way down to accessories, and give you suggestions on what to get, without breaking the bank, from my favorite places to shop.

1. The button-down. One can never have too many button-downs: solids, gingham, checks, you need them all! These can be dressed up or dressed down, which is exactly what we want for a functional wardrobe.

I suggest these Secret Wash Button-Down Shirts from J. Crew. $59.50

2. The cardigan. Don’t think of the old, oversized cardigan your grandfather used to wear; cardigans today come in a range of materials, styles and shape, making it easy for the fashionable man to find the right one, or many, for himself. Cardigans have been a “must” piece for me when I travel, we all know it can get a little bit chilly on an airplane, so I make sure to wear or have a cardigan in my carry-on for every flight.

I suggest this V-Neck Cotton & Cashmere Cardigan from Public Opinion, available at Nordstrom. $89.50

3. The sweater. V-Neck, crewneck, half-zip, cotton-cashmere, silk-cashmere, cotton, wool and many more styles and materials are available. Stick to faded colors and a nice fit that hugs the body and you can’t go wrong. Like cardigans, sweaters are seasonless: cotton for summer, wool for fall, and cashmere year-round.

I suggest the cotton V-Neck sweaters from Express. $49.50

4. The blazer. Paired with a button-down, and dark slim-fit jeans, a blazer can make any guy look fashionable. Look for a blazer that hugs your shoulders and has a nice taper in at the waist for a tailored look.

I suggest the Mackenzie Camel hair school boy blazer from Club Monaco.

5. Outerwear. Outerwear is the icing on the cake; it will top off your entire outfit and can either make it or break it. Find outerwear that is cropped with a nice slim shape to it, this will help take off some lbs, no exercise needed. A denim jacket looks great paired with khaki, a cropped trench looks great over a business suit or denim, and a wool authentic peacoat will keep you warm on those cold winter days.

I suggest this cropped trench from Gap. $118.00

6. Denim. Denim can be very versatile, for weekends or for workdays you can make denim work. Choose a straight or slim-fit jean in a dark wash, black, or gray for a sophisticated look. Some guys can be very picky about their denim; I too like to splurge in this area. I prefer a well-made, soft, broken-in feel in my denim and seem to head straight for DIESEL, 7 For All Mankind, or AG Jeans.We suggest the ‘Standard’ Straight Leg Jean in a dark indigo wash from 7 For All Mankind. $178.00

7. Corduroy. Like denim, corduroy is wearable for almost any occasion, it is all about fit. Stick to straight leg, and slim-fit, not only are these super comfortable, but they look great and will help elongate your body making you appear taller, which, in turn, makes you appear slimmer.

I suggest these 484 slim-fit 5-pocket vintage cords from J. Crew. $69.50

8. Pants. I’m throwing a fit about fit. Spend time searching for the perfect fit, try on different styles and spend a couple extra bucks taking your pants to a tailor to ensure a perfect fit.

I suggest the skinny pant from TOPMAN. $40.00

9. The shoes. These shoes were made for walking, that’s just what they’ll do. You just have to know what shoe to wear. Converse distressed Jack Purcell sneakers can be worn with anything for a sporty casual look, and desert boots will look great with your denim for a fun night-on-the-town.

I suggest the distressed Jack Purcell sneakers. $65.00  (*Andrew note: Totally wore these today to walk around. Very comfy and some of my go-to shoes!)

10. The accessories. Accessories help you define your style in your outfit, whether it is your signature bracelet, your favorite watch, sunglasses, hat, tie, or belt, it is up to you. Accessories pull the outfit together and make it your own.

*Trend Alert: Roll up the sleeves of your blazers and the bottom hem of your denim, cords, or pants for a trendy appearance as seen in many runway shows of top designers.


Posted in Fashion, Guest Blog, Trends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by Me & Marisa

Fresh Faces…Different Places: Les Hommes
Today I bring you the male models that I feel like had a great year and are definitely my favorites. Did you think the girls had all the fun?

Vladimir Ivanov
Immediately when Ivanov starting modeling for Calvin Klein everyone knew he would be moving on to bigger things. Ivanov walked in 14 of the Spring 2010 menswear shows and has had a slew of magazine editorials. This guy is on his way to superstar status.

Bottega Veneta Spring 2010

D & G Spring 2010

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2010

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2010

Trussardi campaign Spring 2009

Hercules magazine editorial

Details magazine editorial

Patrick Kafka
Kafka won a modeling contest at the end of 2008 and was shot in various editorials, including L’Officiel Hommes shortly after. Walking the runway in some of the seasons best shows and widening his portfolio, Kafka is on track for a successful career with his unique look.

Spanish Esquire magazine editorial

The Room magazine editorial

Twist magazine editorial

U Magazine November 2009 editorial

Trussardi Fall 2009

Bottega Veneta Fall 2009

Dsquared2 Fall 2009

William Eustace
Eustace landed some major campaigns this past year including Barneys and Calvin Klein. He also was present on the runways and was favored by big designers such as Lanvin and Prada.

Photographed by Kevin Tachman

Barneys Catalog Fall 2009

Calvin Klein Fall 2009

Details magazine editorial November 2009

Lanvin campaign

Prada Spring 2010

Dries Van Noten Spring 2010

 Johannes Linder
This was Linder’s debut year and he was incredible. Walking exclusively for Jil Sander for the Fall 2009 shows and then in a large amount of the Spring 2010 shows, Linder dominated the runway and I assume we will see a lot more of him this next year.

Jil Sander Spring 2010

Lanvin Spring 2010

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2010

Moschino Spring 2010

Rag & Bone Spring 2010

Robert Geller
Spring 2010

Yves Saint Laurent
Spring 2010


Posted in Fashion, Guest Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2009 by Me & Marisa

Today we’re doing something we’ve never done before here on Me & Marisa, and that is having a guest blogger. Today the post is coming from one of my extremely fashion savvy friends; Nicolas Bebout. Nicolas has aspirations to go to work at a New York City modeling agency, so it seems only fitting that he would be doing a post on his favorite models of the year. Hope you all had a great weekend! I’m afraid I’m down with the flu :/. Take it away Nicolas!
-Andrew J

Fresh Faces…Different Places: Les Femmes
Fashion may make the man, but a model is what creates the excitement…at least I think so anyways. I thought it would be a brilliant idea for Me and Marisa to have a couple posts about models that were outstanding this past season/year. So I pitched the idea to Andrew and here we are!

Abbey Lee
Perhaps my favorite female model that is making a huge name for herself at the moment. Lee is making her mark on the runway, walking in shows this past season for the likes of Givenchy, Gucci, Phillip Lim, Zac Posen and Lanvin, just to name a few. She has also made her mark in editorials, major ad campaigns (Calvin Klein and Gucci fragrance), and even walked in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Watch out, this girl is on fire!!

Backstage, Fendi Spring 2010

Backstage, Lanvin Spring 2010

Phillip Lim Spring 2010

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009

Italian Vogue editorial

Gucci fragrance and Calvin Klein advertising campaigns

 Abbey for MUSE

Anna Selezneva
A standout from when I saw her walk the Michael Kors Fall 2009 show, Anna Selezneva reminds me of younger Jessica Stam with her piercing eyes and ability to really take on whatever she is modeling. Selezneva had a great runway season for the Spring 2010 shows and is sure to be back for the Fall 2010 season.

Alexander Wang Spring 2010

Burberry Spring 2010

Hermès Spring 2010

Valentino Spring 2010

French Vogue editorial

Chinese Vogue

Maryna Linchuk
Maryna has created a great balance between editorial/covers and runway. She excelled in the Spring 2010 show season and creates a great presence when she is photographed.  

Christian Dior Spring 2010

Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2010

Stella McCartney Spring 2010

Gucci Spring 2010

French Vogue editorial

Harper’s Bazaar editorial

Japanese Numéro cover

Toni Garrn
Toni had a great year, especially in print. While Garrn walked in shows like Bottega Veneta, Christian Dior, Fendi, and Chanel, her print work is what got my attention. Major advertising campaigns and covers propelled Toni to more than just a runway model and I can’t wait to see where she shows up next year.

Christian Dior Spring 2010Etro Fall 2009Dior Eyewear Fall 2009
Prada fragrance Fall 2009
Versace fragrance Fall 2009
Numéro cover November 2009
Tush cover Spring 2009

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