Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Coachella Conclusions

For the uninitiated, Coachella exists in our minds as the site of the conspicuous ferris wheel Instagram, hippie chic reincarnated (think flower crowns, fringe, crop tops and crochet), oh and some pretty awesome performers.  This year, I decided to see what all the fuss was about.  So, here's a few conclusions from spending four nights in the desert:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Break: Cabo Edition

“Mango Deck, you have to go to Mango Deck.”
“Don’t forget Squid Roe!”

“Should I do the 1-day cleanse at Pressed or the 3-day? #cabodiet”
Image via Instagram

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Best of the Web: Blogs

You may have noticed that I've been conspicuously absent from the blogosphere this past week.  Blame it on my impending finals.  But in the interest of fulfilling your desire for more Otis Unfiltered, I bring you the next best thing: my six favorite blogs.  The concept is loosely based off my experience working on the "Best of the Web" guide for InStyle magazine, which provides rankings of the best websites and apps in different categories.

1. Ever wondered what Miranda Kerr’s beauty regimen consists of, how to get Cara Delevigne-esque eyebrows or what’s the best waterproof mascara?  Into The Gloss provides an insider’s look into the beauty industry with reviews, makeup artist profiles and in-depth interviews.
2. The Coveteur brings you into the homes of models, musicians, actresses, fashion houses and emerges with gorgeous photos of their enviable closets and insightful interviews.  Think Pusha T, Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment at 31 rue Cambon and the costume designer for Olivia Pope.
3. The New Potato delivers restaurant reviews from fashion, food and entertainment industry influencers.  Bobby Flay’s favorite restaurants?  Man Repeller Leandra Medine’s local digs?  Yes, please!
4. The Cut, the style section of New York Magazine, provides witty commentary on news, fashion and 21st century romance with eye-catching headlines like “The Definitive Emoji-Sexting Glossary,” “At Home with Princeton Mom: Susan Patton is a gleefully snobby rape-denier.  You’re going to love her,” and “Juan Pablo Is the Worst Bachelor in History: And that’s why this season might be the greatest.”  You know you’re going to get a well-developed, highbrow argument about the decidedly lowbrow realm of pop culture.
5. What initially began as a series of outfit of the day posts with Leandra describing how to turn a “man getter” item like an Herve Leger dress into a repeller via seemingly endless layers, The Man Repeller has evolved into a full-blown business with additional writers.  Expect to find self-deprecating humor, creative styling and thoughtful considerations about the direction of the fashion industry.
6. Cupcakes and Cashmere is always certain to provide a little light into what could otherwise be a gloomy day.  Emily Schuman’s outfit posts, entertaining ideas and baked goods inspiration are endlessly cheery.  Think a St. Patrick’s Day ombrĂ© cake, pairing Zara with Prada and hosting a whiskey and donuts party just because.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Iggy Azalea's Ode to Clueless

It's only Tuesday, but my #WomanCrushWednesday has to go to Iggy Azalea for remaking cult classic Clueless in her latest music video "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX.  The Australian rapper plays Cher Horowitz -all yellow plaid skirt suit ounce of her- to perfection.  Just watch.

Monday, March 3, 2014


On March 3, 2014, there were 39,921,259 posts uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag, “mcm,” an abbreviation for Man Crush Monday in which users upload pictures of their crushes, typically celebrities but occasionally boyfriends and for the most emboldened among us a real-life crush.  Its counterpart Woman Crush Wednesday reigns equally as popular yet both distant seconds to the holy grail that is Throwback Thursday.

From top left to right: Channing Tatum, Christian Bale, Chris Evans, Pharell, Cam Newton, Dave Franco, James Marsden, Michael Ealy, Tyson Beckford

Oscars 2014: My 7 Favorite Moments

The Oscars.  They came, we saw, and now I break it down for you.  Here are my seven favorite moment's from the 86th Academy Awards.  It conspicuously avoids a "Best Of" fashion feature primarily because I think the Oscars play it safe: pretty girl in a pretty dress.  How inspiring!  Wait for the Met Gala for all of the couture-inspired fashion risks to elicit any sort of emotional response from me.  So without further ado...

1. Cate Blanchett’s Acceptance Speech
If you haven’t seen Blue Jasmine, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  Cate Blanchett delivers an awe-inspiring performance of an Upper East Side socialite’s fall from graces into Xanax-fueled mental instability.  On Sunday, Blanchett won the Academy Award for Best Actress and did so in a stunning fashion.  First off, she stunned in a sheer nude Armani PrivĂ© gown with silver beaded detailing and gorgeous Chopard drop earrings.  Secondly, her acceptance speech was spot on in addressing the “random and subjective” nature of the Academy Awards, she congratulated her fellow nominees in a non-Macklemore-at-the-Grammy’s type of way and shattered the idea that “female films with women at the center are niche experiences –they are not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money.”  Blanchett FTW.
Image via New York Magazine

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Formative Moments in Fashion History: Leather Jacket

Inspired by Dave Chapelle’s “Great Moments in Hook-Up History," in which he recounts memorable tales of sexual escapades, I present the second post in a series of “Formative Moments in Fashion History.” I am often asked why fashion means so much to me and how I can justify dedicating my career to what many deem a trivial pursuit.  I hope to articulate why I’m abnormally distressed about who will be Karl Lagerfeld’s successor at Chanel and how I can justify spending my weekly paycheck on an “investment piece” by bringing you a series of influential moments that have defined my perspective on style, the fashion industry and what they mean to me.

Read any style blog about wardrobe “must-haves” and you’re bound to (Kanye, see what I did there?) find mention of a leather jacket.  And for good reason.  It’s an incredibly versatile piece that toughens up an otherwise feminine look and not to mention just exudes cool.  So let me tell you about how mine came to be.

The leather jacket makes an appearance on the Paris metro next to a pair of boobs.