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Today’s Outfit: Faux Fur Vest

15 Dec

I can’t abide by real fur (no judgement, just my personal preference). But I do love pretty much anything reminiscent of animals in fashion – prints, fur, skins, and the like. So I made my first step into faux fur with this vest.  And, even though it’s fake  it is still remarkably warm and soft.  I can’t say much more (because the vest really speaks for itself) except this: if you haven’t yet tried some faux fur, be fearless and give it a shot.

Vest by Collection 18 | Pants by Kenneth Cole | Boots by Pour La Victoire | Belt by Calvin Klein | Chain necklace from Forever 21

To be honest, the stripes on this vest are entirely too symmetrical so I’m not certain what animal I’m supposed to be representing. But really, who cares? It’s meant to be fun. Aren’t we having fun?

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Today’s Outfit: Fair Isle is My Favorite Isle

13 Dec

Fair Isle is a highly complicated, very involved technique in knitting. My novice hands cower at the thought of the intricacy of this stitch so I leave it to the experts (i.e. not me).  This open-front, draped cardigan is of the Fair Isle kind and I fell in love with the bright colors (pink and blue? yes please!) and homey, comfy feel of the yarn. Thrown over some black skinnies and a tank (also complete with draping across the front) and I had one of the world’s simplest outfits.  Oooh, then uplift me with those 5″ heels.

Cardigan by Asos

Pants from Gap | Top from Nordstrom house brand

Pumps by Pour La Victoire

Fashion Inspiration: 7 Statement Coats

20 Dec

What’s a great way to update your look with one simple move? A statement coat. This coat is an impactful tool to elevate your day-to-day look because it’s part of each and every outfit during the winter season.  A statement coat is the first thing people see when you make an entrance and the last thing they linger on upon farewell.  It does its job – it makes a statement and that statement is, “Yes, I know you’re jealous.”

Enjoy these seven great examples of statement coats and find your own way to leave an impression without saying a word.

The Mara Hoffman, bold black and white contrast print outshines any other color pairing to make a statement. |  Mackage is queen of edgy, unique outerwear. This version has a corset-like belt (a smidgen dominatrix-y) that offsets the feminine bow at the neck.  |  Top Shop gives you a very British-ized version of a trench-military look in neutral plaid.  |  Puff on this: not all puff coats have to look like a sleeping bag. Norma Kamali’s puff coat is sleek and stylish with a shawl collar and peplum style.

The Premium Tulip skirt coat is simple and is made in a rich, chocolate brown color. What makes the statement is the tulip skirt – an exaggerated hip that accentuates a nipped-in, lady like waist.  |  Try some animal print for a real head turning experience. Top Shop makes this vintage-slash-modern option with black and grey faux fur.  |  Playful features like the buttons and collar on this coat from On & On are statement enough. Add in the sumptuous “Chocolate & Coffee” name and you’ll want to snuggle yourself in this coat, no matter the occasion.

Brooklyn Shopping: Two Lovers

19 Nov

Strolling through Brooklyn on a beautiful day can get you into trouble…the good kind.  I was in Park Slope and saw a sidewalk A-frame sign that boasted “Cozy Sweaters & Vintage Capes”.  Well, I don’t have to tell you how I quickly veered right and ended up in Two Lovers. This charming boutique had the prettiest wallpaper and racks of color coordinated clothing of every style. It took me about three minutes to zero in on a full-length, dark gray, wool cape with orange lining. With the help of the store’s owner, Lynette, I put it on, buttoned it up.  I felt like I should have been a vampire extra in a dark and sexy scene from some teen vamp movie (which I won’t name because then you’ll judge me and never read my blog again). I walked round and round debating whether I wanted to hear how much it cost, lest I burn a hole in my credit card from all the zeros.  But like any good shopper with a shred of integrity, I sucked in my breath and asked.  Lynette said, “$88”.

Jaw drop. Eyes bug.Wrap it up.

Turns out, Two Lovers is a vintage and second hand store.  Coulda fooled me (and it did).  It’s the most charmingly decorated, lovingly styled second hand boutique I’ve ever come across.  Two Lovers now has a third (and she now has that cape).

Orange lining

Awesome, off-set buttons

View from outside on 5th Ave

Beautiful display table and a $5 bucket with some seriously good finds

Cash wrap and beautiful wallpaper backdrop

Dressing rooms and a rug I should have offered to buy (or, begged to buy)

So pretty

the red and black wall

 

Today’s Outfit: Ponchos Rule

1 Nov

I was so excited to wear my new poncho, courtesy of Lord & Taylor, for my participation in their fashion show on Saturday.  This outfit was one of the easiest – the poncho covers everything, so it was just a matter of layering it for warmth and adding effortless black pants. I suppose I could have done more and worn brightly colored leggings, but I just felt like keeping it clean, streamlined.

 

Poncho by Jones New York (available in Lord & Taylor), pants by Gap (black magic line), boots by Delman.

Fall Fashion: Just a little bit avant garde

11 Oct

That’s one term I never thought I’d consider using to describe Fall Fashion I like, let alone wear. But after yesterday, I’m a changed woman. SoHung Designs is a brand I discovered at the Madison Square Park market.  In the middle of this outdoor, “more of the same”  market with stall after stall of un-unique jewelry designers, scarf vendors, and kitschy toy creators, I found the SoHung Designs stall and was immediately dazzled by the fall fashion designs. The pieces are discernibly handmade; you can see they’re just short of totally refined. But this gives them a great deal of authenticity and makes you feel like you’ve got the only piece in existence. What I walked away with was appreciation for his ability to make the avant garde, the typically unwearable side of fashion, totally doable and, look really, really good.  Here are a few pieces I loved.

 


Houndstooth pattern wool coat with zipper details at the waist and a bustle-like train in the back.

 

 

Black wool kimono-style coat with zipper neckline

 

 

Voluminous tiered skirt and military-style jacket

 

 

Detailed creativity, eschewing the more common use for a tie - menswear ties reimagined into dresses.

 

 

Black jersey zipper dress - the zipper and bustle theme carried through to this piece

 

Women’s Fashion: Vince (period)

4 Oct

Vince. Written with punctuation as if to say, “That’s all you need. Just Vince.”  Could be true considering the brand’s philosophy is rooted in wardrobe basics made from luxurious fibers in current silhouettes. Vince is a very, very simple brand for both men and women. The colors are shades of gray, black, white, and khaki. Here’s the thing though: I go back and forth on Vince. Some days I adore the simplicity (usually those are the days I’m requiring ease and efficiency from my wardrobe).  Some days I wish there was just “more” to the pieces.  Those would be the days I’d layer the garment with a print or tons of jewelry. Either way, I can’t deny that Vince. is a brand that keeps it simple, keeps it clean, and keeps it very now.  Try Vince.

 


Vince. Half-placket silk blouse, $235. The gray is neutral and goes with anything. Layer on a bright yellow or melon colored scarf and wear over black skinny pants with knee high boots. Or, pair it with a black duster cardigan (left open) and a super-long black skirt and boots. This is a blank canvas waiting for color!

 

 

Cowl Neck Knit Dress, $295. Basic black, basic shape, basic fabric, the easiest thing you could ever put on to look tremendously amazing. Do a large medallion necklace with lots of stones or just bling-gold. Wear your cutest booties or even red or purple flats with black tights. Or, spotlight the simplicity and wear it exactly as shown.

 

 

Tweed Turtleneck Cashmere Sweater, $295. Webster's Dictionary defines 'cozy' as the Vince. Turtleneck Sweater. Maybe not, but it should. This cashmere piece will last forever. Wear this with a dark denim skirt, chocolate brown tights and boots. Or, you could try this with oatmeal-colored brushed cotton trousers and a metallic flat shoe.

 

 

Two-in-One Car Coat, $495. Two-two-two coats in one. Wear as shown or unzip the waist band and have a cropped look. Either option is terrific because it's warm (100% wool) and chic (super chunky turtleneck).