Accessories do make the outfit. They’re also easier to shop for, you don’t have to worry about size and fit and you can wear them every day without rising suspicion… (unlike wearing the same skirt three times a week).
This morning I headed out to get a glimpse of Tory Burch’s accessories for Spring. Inspired by Deauville, and I see notes of 1920′s Paris, with rich Art Deco elements in the jewlery, bold statement pieces along with the summery espadrilles and the like. Tory Burch tends to go with the “Opulence, I has it” with the heavy branding, gold tone details mixed with the very feminine and classic. I particularly liked the handbags, a multi colored satchel, the classic speedy were among my favorites. Take a look at my video to see everything in action!
I’m still in my early days of using video, so pardon the shakiness in the first few seconds, it goes away… but this video experimenting has been a lot of fun… so bear with me, getting better at it!
Yesterday on Twitter, I asked, “Do you think red pants will hang on another season?” The overwhelming response to that was yes! And “Yes, I hope so, because I just bought a pair” and “Yes, I still love my red pants.”
The thing is, no matter what, you can wear red. Any season, any year, and anywhere you wear red, it will make a statement. How often had you made a statement with blue? Or wore your winter yellow? Or spring orange? Unlike black, red brings your skin to life. Just find the right red and you’re set to go. Some people claim they don’t look good in red, but I personally have never met a person who didn’t look AMAZING in red. Perhaps as much as I like to say I don’t have a favorite color, the truth is if I had to pick, it would certianly be red.
I love, love, love wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. Sometimes. Today was just one of those days, when I said, “Sweatshirt and jeans.” Fall is creeping in, the chilly mornings, the dry air blowing in. I love every second of it.
Believe it or not, a sweatshirt can be dressed up. Fancy sweats, as I like to call them have been around for a few years. Alexander Wang coined the current round of fancy sweatpants. And I’ve been seeing cashmere sweaters in sweatshirt styles, and sweatshirts made with greater quality. I just want to keep warm you know! Yesterday, I picked up a striped sweatshirt on sale at Madewell, the thing I like about this is that it’s nicely constructed, and unlike knit sweatshirts I can wash it and know it’s not going to get those god awful bobbles/pills/lint/piling whatever they’re called.
Of course I had to dress it up, what better way than to add in a sparkly statement necklace, and a crisp pair of Rag and Bone skinny jeans. I think the beauty is in the details, and if you do it right, then you’ll be able to rock just about anything.
Oh yeah.. since experimenting with Sephora’s Chinese Blossoms nail patch art… I’m converted, put these on on Monday and they’ve held up nicely all week! Love the little flowers on my nails!
Wearing: Coat: CoS • Sweater: Madewell • Jeans: Rag & Bone (gift) • Bag: Pendleton Dopp Bag • Boots: Rachel Comey Mars Boots • Necklace: Shopbop • Sunglasses: Super Lucia
Photos: Nando Alvarez
This is the first week in New York I have pulled out my sweaters and wool scarves for the fall season. It’s cold with a tinge of warm, but lord knows in a few months it’ll be FREEZING. Last year I bought a cute pair of lace up booties from Aldo which lasted me all winter long. So naturally when invited to the Aldo x Cristian Cota event to preview the new collection, it was a no-brainer to go. Aldo Rise has been around for a few seasons, they work with emerging designers to create shoes to go with their clothing collections for the runway. Christian Cota’s boots debuted last night and I have to say they were fun. Red pony hair with buckles and faux shearling lining? Warm! And not your ordinary black boot.
Photos by Nando Alvarez, above I’m photographed with Lacee Swan and Ann of Holier than Now
This is it…the last minutes before I head out to New York. Hopefully… with the snow storm that looms, my flight is canceled, so I’ll be riding in on a train half way across North America. That’s 20 hours… I’m calling it ‘European Style’ traveling, because I can’t remember the last time I took a train anywhere in America!
I’m ready, I’m more than ready, I’m anxious to get through this… it’s been a lot of hard work preparing for fashion week, seemingly even harder than ever. Also, more exciting. This time I have decided to try not go go in rags…like all the previous times before, I did get a few new items (I’ve yet to show you) but this last piece was an impulse buy.. After seeing these Jessica Simpson Charles Anastase knock offs on Aparrallel, I instantly went searching for them… I had to have them. Sure, they’re knock offs…they’re ‘wood’ (plastic) heels… but that much wood would be super heavy, and loud! I just fell in love. So much for resisting the ‘clog trend’ these kind of go in that category. The truth is, I haven’t even been much of a platform wearer since the mid/late 90’s, and for $90…I figured why not? I tried to get the ones in tan,but they completely sold out. Now the pewter ones are almost sold out too. Dang. Anyway, I hope it doesn’t snow too much more, because I really want to wear them this week!
Either it’s cooling down, or I’m getting used to this hot mess, because I’ve been able to wear actual jeans without dying. It’s a good thing because, being dead is a drag, also I can pull out some of my favorite pairs of jeans and wear them around town. During the spring, I bought a pair of green jeans from American Apparel to test out the colored denim trend, if I would really like it. It turned out that I love green, and even more so, I love wearing green jeans! Though, the denim snob in me says these aren’t premium jeans, they aren’t the best fitting as they’re baggy in the knees and have a slightly awkward fit as compared to the uber comfy premium brands, but in comparison to regular pants, I love them, especially, zipper ankle opening.
Here I’m pairing the jeans with the Equipment Nixie blouse, leopard print shoes, and a vintage bag I picked up at a scrap yard (talk about mixing high and low). It’s nice to have such bright colors mixed in with black. Bright color’s a cheery way to start the week!
For a long time, I was afraid to wear anything red. “It’s too flashy,” “It’s not my style,” “The color doesn’t work for me,” I would protest. I’m not sure why, but something clicked this season and now I can’t seem to get enough of the vivacious shade. I’ve learned to treat the red items in my wardrobe like a neutral–it’s versatile enough to work with prints but also pairing it with solids brings a pop of color to an otherwise basic outfit.
Now that I’ve fallen in love with red, I’ve been noticing the color everywhere and observing how other women incorporate it into their style. With the summer humidity it seems like simple red pieces punctuated with funky jewelry is how New Yorkers keep their looks easy but unique. But for the more daring, like the lady above, a red embroidered silk top is always a great way to keep cool and still give your outfit some heat.
Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately… for those of you who’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that this time of year, I’m usually knee deep in the IFB Conference planning. My outfits have been more and more casual, as the workdays increase. Which can be a good thing! Part of style is exercising how to dress for certain times in your life. How to be more casual, more effortless and still look alright. Ok, my hair might be a mess… but one of the things I’ve been loving are pencil skirts, and when I got the Current/Elliott Dorothy Pencil skirt, it quickly became a wardrobe staple. The button up front the soft, worn-in black denim. It’s probably the most comfortable skirt I own.
Yesterday, Debie talked about pops of red, I took this as a cue to dig out my favorite red tank top. There’s always a use for red tank tops, they do go with anything. Brightening up a sheer blouse, adding a “pop of color” to any neutral outfit. I’ve found my crew of red tanks have played an important role of my summer wardrobe!
The summer days are long, and even longer are the skirts. More and more I’m seeing people of all heights delve into the depths of the maxi skirt. Floaty fabrics fluttering in the warm summer breeze. The perfect piece to fit the mood of the season. Even as I’ve resisted the long skirts due to my lack of height, have been wearing long skirts a few times a week. It’s a nice feeling, like a pioneer on the prairie, only, on the streets of New York. These days, it’s great to keep the maxi dress as simple as possible, paired with a relaxed tank top or as a straight modal tank dress. That’s a nice way to keep things simple and stunningly chic.
I’m all for most hosiery trends, whether it be two-toned, crazy-patterned, or studded leg wear. And I’ve never been an opponent of “tights as pants,” as long as it’s done tastefully. But I have to admit that I don’t know what to make of Wolford’s Voile leggings/footless tights. Isn’t hosiery supposed to be fitted, not baggy? I have to say that these look like the cheap stockings sold at drugstores and bodegas, which are barely adequate when you’re in a bind and create a very unsexy-looking leg. These leggings, however, aren’t inexpensive, and retail for about $62. They not only look weird (and not in a good eccentric way) and cost too much, but are also impractical. I can’t think of any way to rock these that wouldn’t make the wearer look short and malnourished. Well, I guess if you’re trying to look thinner, these might do the trick, but would you really want to risk having your style license revoked? I didn’t think so. Head over to Stylehive or TheFrisky for more!