Currently Coveting: Spring/Summer Accessories

April 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

The weather we’ve been having is pretty crazy, however even the slightest bit of sun and early blooms have definitely gotten me itching for summer time. Here are the top 5 accessories that are on my list for the upcoming season.

1. Printed Aviators

Warby Parker CrawfordWarby Parker x Suno “Crawford”, $175, warbyparker.com

Though I’ve usually thought of myself as a standard, black/tortoise wayfarers type of girl, my style is slowly shifting as I’ve developed an appreciation for details, prints, and color. These are great for adding a little extra something to any spring or summer outfit and they could even be worn in the fall season.

2. Bright Clutch

Anya Hindmarch Valorie

Anya Hindmarch “Valorie”, $395, net-a-porter.com

Ever since last year, when I had the opportunity to work as a PR intern at Anya Hindmarch, I have absolutely loved this clutch. It is made of a matte rubber material, which gives it a unique look. The color is obviously very bright, but the bag itself is small enough to complement a neutral dress with the slightest feminine touch. It’s a perfect accessory for people, such as myself, who were hesitant to get into the color trend as a result of being so accustomed to wearing neutrals and darks!

3. Mint Scarf

Rag and Bone Clement

Rag & Bone “Clement Scarf,” $115, rag-bone.com

I think a spring scarf is one of the best transitional pieces. From a tan leather jacket to a colorful blouse, this mint scarf would look great with many things from my spring wardrobe. I love the color because it is a subtle pastel, yet is rich enough to add some flair to a casual look of denim and a neutral-colored shirt.

4. White Nail Polish

Nars EcumeNars “Ecume,” $18, beauty.com

Technically this is a beauty product, but polished nails really complete a look… so lets call the polish a faux-accessory. I never thought I’d make the full transformation from dark nails to completely white ones, but I tried out Barielle’s “Enduring” this weekend and I must say, besides the chipping, I’m loving it! I really owe the infatuation to the Nars polish though, because it was the first white polish to catch my eye. Perhaps I should make the purchase instead of going with the salon version.

5. Statement Ring

Bauble Bar Cameo RingBauble Bar “Cameo Ring,” $162, baublebar.com

As I’ve become more fascinated with adding color to my outfits, I’ve also developed a stronger appreciation for jewelry. Bauble Bar has a great selection of pieces in all different prices ranges. I especially love this ring because it is classic-looking, but the textured resin setting makes it stand out from the average cameo piece. I also think it would look great with white nails.

Currently Coveting: Spring Essentials

March 2, 2012 § 2 Comments

Happy Friday! You’re all thinking about weekend plans… I’m thinking about leather and purple shoes. Here’s a list of my top 5 wants/NEEDS as of right now.

1. Romantic Leather Skirt

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Acne, $1400, net-a-porter.com

The perfect combination of girly and chic. I love how pleated leather looks, especially this rich tan color. This would be a great skirt for a day-to-night transitional look, with a sleeveless white blouse and black pumps. Currently searching for a more moderately priced leather skirt, if you spot one give me a holla.

2. Purple Suede Peep-Toe Pumps

B_Brian_Atwood_PumpsB Brian Atwood, $350, saksfifthavenue.com

I don’t usually wear a lot of color but I absolutely love the rich, saturated hues that I’m seeing from S/S ’12 collections. These are so cool, if they go on sale I’ll have to figure out a way to make them work.

3. Best sneakers ever

Maison_Martin_Margiela_SneaksMaison Martin Margiela, $615, net-a-porter.com

Yeah I know these are probably the complete opposite of those purple pumps, but I LOVE them. I was a big dunks fan back in the day and these take high-tops to a whole different level. Want them on my feet now.

4. Monogram Necklace

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Bauble Bar, $56, baublebar.com

This necklace is perfect for my sudden obsession with color. Can’t decide which color I love the most but I will definitely be ordering one of these soon.

5. Sleeveless Python-Print Blouse

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Equipment, $208, farfetch.com

I love button-down blouses…They’re definitely one of my go-to items for a look that can be worn both in the office or when going out at night. Equipment ones are especially gorgeous and very well-made. I love this sleeveless one and the python print would go nicely with leather pants or a pair of jeans. It would also look cute with a white sweater layered over it so the collar peeps out on the top, especially on one of these chilly days.

Karlie Kloss: Americana Manhasset SS ’12

February 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

This 50’s style lookbook, featuring Karlie Kloss and Simon Nessman is very fresh and original. The radiant colors look amazing on Karlie. She has the most interesting face and delicate features. Sorry, but the male model is simply a prop in this campaign.

NYFW: Rag & Bone Fall Winter ’12

February 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

On Friday, the tenth, I went to my first ever NY Fashion Week show. I saw the Rag & Bone Fall Winter ’12 show, which was at 5 PM at Pier 57, right on the Westside Highway at 15th.

The show was amazing and the venue definitely gave it some personality, as it was off the beaten path of Lincoln Center, where many other NYFW shows take place. The runway was longer than usual and there was seating only to the left, so everyone had the same side-view of the models and looks. Here are some of the photos my sister and I took from our phones & instagrammed:

The collection was abundant with textures, patterns, and my personal favorite, mixtures of leather and fur. I loved the shades of maroon, navy, and black. The patterns were gorgeous– especially the darker florals used for a bag and jackets, and the stripes in a variety of long, draped vests that were cinched at the waist with belts. I definitely will be adding one of those vests to my list. The Rag & Bone shoes never fail… Need multiple pairs. A collection of handbags was also introduced, which included a larger, rectangular-shaped leather bag with large pockets and a small “rag & bone” logo embossed on the front. As for the makeup, the mix of grunge with pale faces and dark eyes was very fitting. I especially loved the messy hair.

I took a video of the finale. It’s a little dark but I think it’s pretty cool to see the run-through of the entire show:

Obviously I took many pictures on my iPhone but they didn’t do the clothing justice. Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection, from fashionsta.com (click to see the rest of the looks from the show):

There’s Nothing Like a Man in a Sweater

November 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s getting cold out! You know what that means… sweaters. I have had an obsession with guys in sweaters since my high school days (I’m sure a few of my high school friends recall me gushing every other day in December about some guy I liked looking quite adorable in a cozy, half-zip Polo sweater). I still love the half-zips, but this winter, why not take it up a notch and be inspired by some runway looks of the season? Take a risk, gentlemen. You’ll look just as adorable. Ladies, buy your boyfriends/dads/friends these sweaters so you can raid their wardrobes.

Hermes Fall 2011

(Cable Knit Polo Neck Sweater, Zara, $80, zara.com)

(Twisted Yarn High Neck Sweater, Zara, $80, zara.com)(Cable V-Neck Sweater, Vince, $225, vince.com)

(Fair Isle Crew Sweater, Urban Outfitters, $60, urbanoutfitters.com)


(Oval Cardigan, Rag & Bone, $275, rag-bone.com)

The Plaid Shirt: Inspired By…

October 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

Style is so important. We are surrounded by people, events, objects, etc. that inspire our style. I have always been very interested in fashion, but in a different way than the future fashion designers and bloggers of our time.

Men’s fashion is a recent passion that I’ve taken up. I have always found it deeply attractive when a man knows how to dress. Everything from pea coats to wingtips to a fresh pair of dark wash jeans– it all makes the man. For me, a guy really stands out if he knows how to present himself, and I don’t just mean as a businessman.

Somedays I even find it easier to be inspired by men’s fashion than to search my closet for the perfect combination of silk, leather, jean, accessories, a handbag, and perfectly done hair to match. Don’t get me wrong, I love my six-inch heels and maxi skirts, but I find men’s fashion so much more wearable some days.

Let’s take a basic plaid shirt. Maybe I’m biased because he stars in one of my favorite shows (How to Make it In America), but the first person that pops into my head is Bryan Greenberg. Whether you are a male or a female, you can’t deny that the man can wear a plaid shirt VERY well.

I think he’s a great inspiration to other guys because he shows how easy it is to pull off something as basic as a button-down. Sometimes I see the button-downs guys choose and I have to bite my tongue in order to avoid asking them if their attire was influenced by their mother’s curtains… but we won’t go there right now. I’ll finish off my commenting on BG’s style by advising guys to pick a button-down that fits well, doesn’t have any crazy color combinations or other adornments, and polishes but doesn’t look swanky.

Ladies can be inspired by BG’s style as well, without looking sloppy or masculine. How? Well, we’ve all seen the girls with the plaid shirt and jeans and boots. That look is easy, and cute, but if you want to step it up a notch, check out Manrepeller.

Here, the Leandra “Man Repeller” Medine herself, models one of her impeccable style creations. The plaid jacket (The Hellers) complements the classicality of the black and white. The shoes (Thakoon) are very Autumn. The bag speaks for itself (what outfit doesn’t look good with a Chanel purse next to it?). The fabulous thing about Man Repeller, which I believe distinguishes her from other style icons of our decade, is that she teaches you how to make things more wearable by layering as much or as little as you’d like (though I’m sure she’d vouch for the former).

As inspiring as she is, sometimes I just find it easier to stick with the simply & classic men’s style, with minimal accessories and a focus on the good old shirt n’ jeans combo.

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