And on that note… The perks of being Blake Lively

Blake Lively may be self-effacing when it comes to her acting skills. But she has no problem admitting the incredible access and privilege her fame brings — especially in the fashion world.

In her new interview with Marie Claire (previewed by People.com), the lithe, blonde “Gossip Girl” star reminds us once again that she is not like us.

“Maybe it sounds jerky,” she tells Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia, “but I’m lucky to be on such a fashion-centric show [Gossip Girl]. There’s no designer I don’t have access to.” And on the subject of her future wedding:

“What I planned before I got into the business has changed,” she says. “Now I’m like, ‘Hmm, I wonder what shoes Christian [Louboutin] is going to make me. And which couture house should I go to?’ “

But of course. Christian is a FOB (Friend Of Blake), naming a shoe after hergiving her personal style advice and gifting her his entire Spring 2012 collection. In short, it’s good to be Blake.

To be fair, the star has acknowledged how lucky she is to live a life of fame and fortune. “For me, this other stuff — well, the perks — is not the reason I do the job,”she once told Interview. “Couture fashion week, getting to meet Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano and Christian Louboutin is so exciting. […] But at the end of the day I wouldn’t be there without my job. There are a few things in life that matter above all else: your family, your friends, your loved ones.”

And by “loved ones,” we assume she means Ryan Reynolds. Some girls really do have all the luck.

Read more at People.com and MarieClaire.com and get a glimpse of her Marie Claireshoot below. Seriously, how gorgeous does she look?

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Wearing nice clothes makes you feel better about yourself

Proof Positive: What You Wear DOES Affect How You Think

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As people who wear many hats (literally), we know that we feel differently when we’re wearing a beautiful outfit, and when we just climb into what’s the most comfortable…and now, we have proof. Scientists part ofThe Journal of Experimental Cognition have been researching the effect that clothing has on the way we think and act, a phenomenon called “enclothed cognition”…and here’s the magical part: You have to be wearingthe clothes for it to take effect. According to the New York Times, if you wear someone else’s white coat and believe it came from a doctor, your ability to pay attention dramatically increases, but nothing happens if you think it came from a painter. “You have to wear the coat, see it on your body and feel it on your skin for it to influence your psychological processes,” Dr. Galinsky said, before he went on to explain how dressing like a pimp on Halloween made him feel more self-assured. We’ll pass on the feather boa and walking stick, thanks — but we’ll go ahead and get those Carven heels now, thank you very much! (NYT)

Bye Shoecide

I’m pretty sure that when Levi Strauss came up with the blue jean he didn’t imagine that the pants he had created to make it more comfortable for farm workers to work in their fields, would progress into a luxury item that every person would have in their closet. I assume the same of the people of Nike, Adidas, Reebok and other sneaker brands who probably never envisioned a sport shoe would become a status symbol as well.

But designers have proved us wrong once again. This season sneakers are not only in, but some of them contain heels and platforms so when they are worn they cause the same effect a stiletto would on a woman’s leg– minus the shoecide. And the prices of these shoes have catapulted way above than a pair of Louboutins would, making them not only trendy but a sort of anti-status symbol that any fashionista should include in her closet.

Here are a few examples of this season’s high end sneakers.

The whole ‘luxury sneakers’ frenzy began with Isabel Marant’s Willow sneakers. These include an inner platform that is not visibly apparent but the effect if causes on a girl’s leg is pretty much the same that a platform sandal would create. Endless amounts of celebrities, fashion bloggers, and trendy girls who can shed $770 for a pair of sneakers have been spotted wearing these Marant shoes.

Miu Miu glitter studded leather sneakers

More Miu Miu

Balenciaga.

Marc Jacobs Wedge Sneakers

Luis Vuitton Sneakers

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More Luis Vuitton

Ysl Sneakers

Maison Martin Margiela cutout sneakers. The perfect hybrid between sneaker and sandal.

See by Chloe Leather & Suede Wedge Velcro Hi-Top Sneaker

Multicolored Marants.

Best and worst dressed cities.

I tend to publish only content created by me, yet I decided this article which I borrowed from Fashionista.com would be a very interesting addition to my blog.

Here it goes:

Travel + Leisure has released their annual America’s Favorite Cities list, which asked readers to rate cities in a variety of different categories from driving ability to friendliness and yes, stylishness. So, which cities came out on top? And which ones didn’t fare so well?

According to the survey, New York was the number one best dressed city in America (obviously), but the full best dressed list does offer up some surprises (Charleston? San Juan?). Read on to see both the best and worst dressed lists.

Best Dressed:
1. New York City
2. Charleston
3. Los Angeles
4. San Juan, P.R.
5. Miami
6. San Francisco
7. Savannah
8. Austin
9. Dallas/Fort Worth
10. San Diego

Worst Dressed:

10. Kansas City, Missouri

9. Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona

8. Portland, Maine

7. Atlanta, Georgia

6. Dallas, Texas

5. San Antonio, Texas

4. Orlando, Florida

3. Baltimore, Maryland.

2. Salt Lake City, Utah

1. Anchorage, Alaska