Fare Thee Well, WordPress.com… Hello The Fashion Investigator!

Hi All,

I just wanted to drop a quick friendly note to let all of you fantastic followers know that I have shifted sites, and will no longer be actively using “Life On The Run” anymore. No worries though! I now have my brand new, shiny, self-hosted website The Fashion Investigator. If you have been following for very long, then you know that my content has always been fairly research based and that I enjoy sharing information about history, trends, and designers with all of you. I’m a nerd, and I love to learn about this material! The Fashion Investigator is just a more focused, better-branded opportunity to do that, and I have the ability to customize things quite a bit more. If any of you have any questions, concerns, or would like to submit any questions for the site that you might have about fashion or beauty, or you would just like to have chats, then please email me at SK@TheFashionInvestigator.com. Additionally, for all of my Instagram followers, you all have probably already noticed this shift, as my Instagram handle has shifted to Fashion_Investigator and my Twitter followers also, my handle is FashionInvstgtr. Everyone will still receive updates from my new site, everything is automatically transferred. Guys, thank you SO much for all of your support on this blogging path, and I am excited to receive feedback from all of you and to share a love for fashion! Here is a sneak peek of my upcoming post on The Fashion Investigator for tomorrow… Serious love and affection to all of you! -Shian
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Vogue Editors Rule The World

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In the spirit of fall and fashion, I have spent the last month or so purchasing strictly Fall/Winter “appropriate” clothing, and this top was my first fall purchase of the year. I also recently read this article where Anne T. Donahue tells me “What [I] Should and Shouldn’t Wear This Autumn” (2013). I thought to myself, well Ms. Donahue, I am quite a fan of beige year-round, in spite of your warnings. And why is it that yellow is acceptable to wear during winter but powder blue is a no-no? I am curious, why do we change our attire to be “fitting” for the seasons? While I couldn’t come up with a straight answer through a quick Google search (sorry friends I needed sleep last night), I was able to find this really swell article written by Laura Fitzpatrick explaining two interesting theories behind “no white after labor day.” The first
, social “snobbery.” White was a classier color for people to don when summer vacationing, and only the rich could afford that. Those who were “new money” and didn’t know the rules continued to wear white post-vacation, ostracizing themselves. Her second theory presented is that magazine editors worked up north in New York City and didn’t want to “risk sullying white ensembles with mud” because of fall downpours so this manifested into darker colored clothing being featured in fashion magazines like Vogue. Her final note is that these days, wear whatever you please. While I do genuinely like the darker colors (see above), powder blue for life, I say! (I’m wearing white in my next post as an act of etiquette rebellion)

| Top- Buffalo Exchange (Similar-High) (Similar-Low) | Shoes- Karmen | Bag- VERY old, but Balenciaga-inspired (Similar) | Necklace- Joan |    

Those Poor Zebras

“Stripes were the devil’s clothing,… [t]he dress of prostitutes, of hangmen.”
-Michel Pastoureau, “The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric”
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“Stripes were the devil’s clothing,… [t]he dress of prostitutes, of hangmen.” Ouch. According to author Emily Eakin (When Fashion Decreed Stripes A Capital Crime,) a negative viewpoint of stripes was prevalent by approximately 1100 AD and even the ever-magnificent, style-inspiring zebra was not spared. In fact, zebras were considered “Satan’s bestiary.” I must say that I consider myself fortunate to live in an era that the zebra can now freely roam the earth without judgment or fear and designers from all walks of life can create wonderful pieces such as my top shown above. Apparently these stripes-hating shenanigans were basically the norm until they were cleared up in the late 1700s, and ever since then stripes have grown in popularity and been incorporated in clothing and decor. While I’ve never been stripes-obsessed, my fondness for the pattern has been increasing and as such my purchasing has aligned with this so prepare yourself to find me sporting a variety of striped pieces on the blog this fall. I hope you all enjoyed this nugget of information, and feel free to use it as a conversation starter at your next social gathering.

| TopCentury 21  | JeansForever 21 (Similar) | Shoes– Old (Similar), (Similar) | Bag– Steve Madden |

Spanish Inspired Streets

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I spent a few days in St. Augustine, Florida with my four best friends last week and had a truly wonderful time enjoying their company and my first real vacation since I began working over a year ago. St. Augustine has two key factors that make me love the city. First, it’s a gorgeous beach town and second, which I appreciate perhaps even more, it’s the oldest city in America. Channeling the beachy, vintage feel of the city I kept it simple and polished with loose curls and braids surrounded by colorful Spanish scenery.

Fun history fact about St. Augustine- MLK Jr. spent a significant portion of time successfully rallying for civil rights in the area, including dealing with the aftermath of a horrible incident where a hotel owner poured acid into a swimming pool in opposition to protesting. (I wrote a paper on this in college, growing up near the city I never knew any of this and found it fascinating!)

| Top- Charlotte Russe | Skirt- J. Crew | Necklace- Century 21 | Lipstick- Sephora Cream Lip Stain |

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Overalls. Love them or hate them, they are making a comeback and I’m personally a huge fan. I vividly remember the Winnie The Pooh dungarees (a British-coined term) I lived in as a young tot and I say with total honesty that if someone recreated them for me I would rock that look like it was 1998. This is certainly a more “grown up” (whatever that means) manifestation, and I tried to keep it fresh and unique by pairing them with a polka dot button down that I adore from UNIQLO. I’ve noticed a lot of people have been pairing overalls with stripes, so if that is more your speed it’s also pretty easy to pull off. There is also the option of no shirt, which I have seen trending, but personally I think that’s a dangerously precarious option. Wikipedia (one of my favorite go-to sources) makes reference to “Shortalls” and “Skirtalls.” I’ve never heard an article of clothing referred to by those terms in my life, but it’s a pretty swell way of being more specific for other overall options. So what say you about the repeat trend- yea or nay?

| Overalls- Similar | Shoes- Steve Madden (Old)- Similar | Belt- Ann Taylor | Bag- Steve Madden | Watch- Michael Kors | Necklace- Century 21 | Nails- American Apparel| Top- UNIQLO |

Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit

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I recently visited Delaware, Wilmington to be specific, with some of my friends from college. (Go Gators!) This was our first trip here, and we decided to visit Wilmington’s beautiful historical estate, Winterthur. Winterthur was formerly owned by the Duponts, and is now a museum for all to enjoy. If you are a DC resident like me then Dupont will ring a bell for you (yes, they are one and the same). Their DC namesake is one of the city’s prettiest neighborhoods, and it has a really great nightlife scene.

Their Delaware legacy is a much more natural, slow-paced type of lovely. Rolling hills, an “enchanted forest” and tons and tons of antiques and history to tickle anyone’s fancy. However, one of the greatest things they have to offer right now- the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit, running through January 4, 2015. If you love this show as much as I do, then these photos will be a real treat and you should check it out yourself. Shown below are some of the amazing costumes worn on the show by various cast members. You may recognize the backdrop to the first photo from the opening credits to the show. 

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Harem Pants Info

The photos above show the Harem pant outfit worn by Lady Sybil, which was by far my favorite outfit in the collection and from the show in its entirety. Read the description above to learn about the tricky issues they encountered while constructing the costume.

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| Shoes- Madewell (out of stock) Similar | Skirt- Preppy Pink Shop (Check out her store!) | Bag- Kate Spade (similar) | 

Cherry Blossom Festival

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This weekend, one of my good friends and fellow sorority sister alumni came into DC for the first time just to see the cherry blossoms we have to offer. We went down to the Tidal Basin, where they are in full bloom, and they were absolutely gorgeous. I actually had no plans to go there, but I’m so glad she came down because I would have missed one of the most lovely things my new home has to offer. (There were, however, tons of tourists, which was insane and rather overwhelming!) For this look I chose something summery and cheery to celebrate the warmest day of the year thus far, and I was so happy to be in shorts! Originally, I started the day in a pair of sandals I had just purchased (Joe’s) and on my way there the shoes broke. Thus, I popped into H&M and got these cute, extremely cheap tennis shoes. Brief fun history lesson- Did you know the Japanese gifted the DC cherry blossom trees to the United States in 1912? As a history nut, it was very interesting to hear about how this occurred. In recognition of our friendly ties to Japan, the country gifted America with several thousand trees, the first two being planted in the exact same spot I stood by our very own first lady Helen Taft, and the wife of the ambassador involved in the transfer. (http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/history/)

Top– Cotton On | Shorts– Nordstrom Rack | Shoes– H&M | Necklace– Bealls Outlet | Watch- Michael Kors | Shoes– H&M | Bag- Top Shop | Sunglasses– RayBan