Repeat After Me

Though I work in management consulting, I’ve always had a great interest in fashion. The unfortunate news is that I don’t always have friends around me to talk about our favorite designers and current industry events. One day I was chatting with a friend via Skype and wanted to talk about the Rodarte girls. Sadly, I stumbled, “Is it Ro-dart-ay or Road-art”? Aghh!

Last year I posted a handy pronunciation guide to help people like me pronounce the names that we don’t say out loud on a regular basis. I found that guide again and wanted to share it with my readers. Hopefully you’ll have better luck than I did!


[The following guide is from]

Abaete: Ah-bye-ah-tay
Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen
Anna Sui: Anna Swee
Ann Demeulemeester: Ann De-mule-eh-meester
Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-kah
Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-aga
Behnaz Sarafpour: Beh-nozz Sa-rah-fur
Bottega Veneta: Bow-tay-guh Vah-netta
Christian Lacroix: Christian Luh-qua
Comme des Garcons: Comb-day-gar-sewn
Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten
Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
Giambattista Valli: Gee-am-bah-tease-ta Valley
Gianfranco Ferre: Gee-ahn-franco Feh-ray
Givenchy: Jee-von-shee
Hermes: Er-mez
Hussein Chalayan: Hoo-sane Sha-lion
Issey Miyake: Iss-ee Mee-yah-key
Jean Paul Gaultier: Zhon Paul Go-tee-ay
Junya Watanabe: June-yah Wot-uh-nah-bee
Lanvin: Lahn-vahhhh…n
Louis Vuitton: Louie Vwee-tahhhhh…n (AGAIN, TRAIL OFF AT THE END WITH THE “N”)
Maison Martin Margiela: May-sohhhh…n Martin Mar-jhell-ah
Marchesa: Mar-kay-sah
Miu Miu: Myoo Myoo
Monique Lhuillier: Monique Loo-lee-ay
Moschino: Mos-key-no
Olivier Theyskens: Oh-liv-ee-ay Tay-skins
Proenza Schouler: Pro-en-zuh Skool-er
Rochas: Row-shah
Rodarte: Row-dar-tay
Sonia Rykiel: Sewn-ya Ree-key-el
Thakoon: Tuh-koon
Versace: Vur-sah-chee
Yigal Azrouel: Yee-goll Az-roo-el
Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-gee Yom-ah-mow-toe
Yves Saint Laurent: Eve Sane Laurennnnn…t (THE T’s IN BOTH “SAINT” AND “LAURENT” SHOULD BE BARELY AUDIBLE)

Things I’ll Miss about Rio

10. The crazy cab drivers. I thought NYC cab drivers were bad. My first cab ride in Brazil was to a birthday party for someone I had never met at a Mexican dive bar in Botafogo. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the cab driver’s car seemed to shut off whenever he made a stop. So, he tried not to stop. At all. Which, though thrilling, scared everyone. Thankfully we arrived at the party unharmed and enjoyed wonderful dulde de leche flavored cake.

9. The swift samba dancing style. I wish I tried to learn in Lapa (a party town), but the rhythm was pretty difficult to pick up.

8. McDonald’s french fries. Oh fine! I went to a foreign country, just to have American food. Don’t judge me! The batatas fritas there were more delicious (and I don’t want to know why).

7. The beautiful landscape. Coming from Atlanta, it was amazing to see the mountains, islands, forests and ocean all at the same time on a regular basis. I’m not a nature girl in any way, shape or form, but it’s so easy to enjoy the elements in a place like Rio.

6. Watching TV. Who goes to a foreign country to watch tv? Well I figured I could work on my Portuguese by watching Two and a Half Men with Portuguese subtitles in the hotel. It actually helped me pick up some more casual words since guidebooks make you sound like a school teacher.

5. “Acai, Acai, Acaiiiii!” The acai vendors’ cry everyday anyone was on the beach.

4. Caipirinhas! I like mine with honey and lime. Strong!

3. 7:30am runs along the boardwalk. Ok so I only went on 3, and my bf out ran me each time, but each run was fantastic. People in Ipanema seem to work out very early or very late in the day. I guess this makes sense since they have day jobs!

2. Afternoon Siestas. Waking up at 7:30am after staying up late takes a lot of energy. These were compulsory!

1. The people I met there. I spoke German with some tourists on top of Cristo Redentor. That same afternoon, I met a world traveler from Key West (who also knew a bit of German and was dating a guy from Sao Paulo). I met three amazing siblings and their parents who were working on their English. I met a jeweler and his wife on separate occasions, at separate locations of the same chain. The concierge at my hotel was also awesome and had great style. Also, one of the bus boys (bus man, I guess) was very friendly and helpful. I had a funny encounter with our housekeeping lady who laughed it off and helped me formulate the most basic sentence ever “I don’t speak Portuguese”.  Everyone was so diverse (duh), but also really kind in Rio.

I’ll be back someday.


Beach-side Art in Rio

My boyfriend and I love street art, so when we came across these murals in a park between Ipanema beach and Copacobana, he quickly asked me to snap as many shots as possible. These pieces kind of creep me out, but he loves them. I wonder what the artists’ inspirations were for them. I’m thinking, “Where the Wild Things Are” and Adventure Time.

We also caught the end of Rio +20, the UN conference on sustainable development. Not certain of the outcomes of the conference, but I definitely enjoyed this sand art.


African Fashion Show

Today’s the big day! I’ve been preparing for this fashion show for the past 3months and it’ll all be over in just a few hours. While helping my boyfriend/DJ find music last night, I came across this awesome song by Angolan artist Canicia.




After watching this hilarious video, I realized that even though I love fashion, I rarely say the names of designers out loud. Sure I can recognize them in magazines and on the internet, but half of my friends wouldn’t know what I was talking about if I began to constantly drop names.   The great thing about it though, is that I don’t bombard them with fashion vernacular 24/7. Unfortunately, I don’t have room to practice this knowledge on a regular basis.

So, I found this listing on The Gloss that breaks down the pronunciations of various industry heavyweights. Awesome =)


Anya Hindmarch : ahn-ya heind-march
Badgley Mischka : badge-lee meesh-ka
Balenciaga : bah-len-see-ah-gah
Balmain : bal-mah
Bebe : bee bee
Bottega Veneta : bo-tega ven-e-ta
Bulgari : bull-ga-ree
Burberry Prorsum : bur-bur-ree pror-some
Carolina Herrera : caro-leena hair-era
Chanel : shuh-nel
Christian Lacroix : la-kwa
Christian Louboutin : loo-boo-tahn (‘h’ is silent)
Comme des Garçons : comb day gar-son
Dior : dee-or
Diane von Furstenberg : pronounced like its spelled
Dolce & Gabbana : dole-chay gab-bon-a
Emilio Pucci : ee-mee-lee-oh  pu-chee
Etienne Aigner : eh-tee-yen on-yay
Givenchy : jsee-vawn-chi
Gucci : goo-chee
Hermès : err-mez
Hervé Léger : air-vay lay-jay
James Perse :  pronounced like “purse”
Jean Paul Gaultier :  zhan paul go-tee-ay
Lambertson Truex : lam-bert-son tru-ex
Lanvin : lon-vawn OR lon-vahn
Louis Vuitton : loo-wee vwe-tahn OR vhee-tawn

Madame Gres : mah-dam gray
Marchesa : mar-kay-sa
Moschino : mo-ski-no
Monique Lhuillier : mo-neek loo-lee-ay
Narciso Rodriguez : nar-si-so rod-ree-gus OR rod-ri-gez
Nicolas Ghesquière : ni-co-la guess-ki-air
Prada : prah-da
Pierre Cardin : pee-air car-dain
Proenza Schouler : pro-enza skool-er
Ralph Lauren :  Lauren (like the girl’s name, not lo-ren)
Rodarte : row-dar-tay
Sonia Rykiel :  saun-ya ree-kee-eel
Thakoon : ta-koon
Thierry Mugler: tee-air-ree moog-lay
Tibi : tbi (not Tee-bee)
Tocca : toe-ka
Ungaro : oon-ga-ro
Versace : ver-sah-chee OR ver-saw-chay
Yves Saint Laurent : eve  san-lor-ron
Zac Posen : poe-zen


Spotlight on: Fela Kuti

Being at home always makes me crave anything Nigerian. Food, people, music, blogs, I want it all. I love my culture and it’s a bit strange living in the States knowing that I don’t quite fit in. Then again, that’s what makes me unique and gives me a different perspective on things.


Upcoming Fashionable Tv Shows

I love reality tv…and scripted tv, almost to a fault. I mostly look for style ideas and inspiration from the characters themselves or their costume designers. Here are the style-worthy shows I’m looking forward to:

The Rachel Zoe Project, Bravo

Premieres September 6th

During Season 4, Rachel balances family life with her styling business, while managing new talent.

Mad Fashion, Bravo

Premieres August 2011

Project Runway Alum Chris March returns for his spinoff show as he clothes his famous clients.

Giuliana and Bill, Style Network

Premieres July 18th

While not necessarily a show centered on fashion, E! correspondent Giuliana Rancic does manage to put together some pretty chic outfits.

Project Runway, Lifetime

Season 9 Premieres July 28th

Eh, so the show’s been on for a while and I’ll admit that I haven’t kept up with all the seasons. However, I’ll give the show a chance this time around. Hopefully Lifetime doesn’t disappoint.

Gossip Girl, CWTV

Premieres September 26th 

Drama on the Upper East Side is incomplete without its stylish citizens. Elizabeth Hurley joins the cast this season.

Fashion Hunters, Bravo

Premieres August 2011

This show chronicles buyers at consignment store Second Time Around as they find unique items in the city that never sleeps.

Which shows are you most excited about?