Month: October 2013

Warm Me Up

‘Tis the season of trendy overcoats and chic winter accessories. There are several ways to incorporate this fall/winter season’s trends into your outerwear: grey, patterned, embellished, pastel pink, capes, and tweed. I’m personally obsessed with capes and can’t get enough shades of grey. If you’re really loving all of these trends, mix it up and get different weight coats for the transitions between summer and fall, fall, fall to winter, and winter so you feel like you have an excuse to spend all that money!

1. Miss Selfridge
2. H&M
3. Zara
4. Topshop
5. Nordstrom
6. Asos

PraDUH

These graphic tees are making statements in magazines, online magazines like Refinery 29 and Lookbook, and on fashion blogs. They’re not designer nor do they have designer prices. Whether it be a play on the designer’s name, a familiar design from a designer, or on the fact that they all use a lot of French, these shirts are bound to get a good laugh and make you stand out in a crowd. For those ironic, punny people out there that think designer clothes are overrated, try these graphic tees out for size.

1. CÉLINE ME ALONE
2. TOM LORD
3. Comme Des F Down
4. PRADUH
5. AIN’T LAURENT without Yves
6. High Schouler Dropout
7. Partier
8. HOMIES

Animalistic

I just got this fluffy angora sweater from Asos last week and since it’s finally cold out, I had to wear it right away. I felt that since I was sporting a furry top, my leopard pants were absolutely appropriate. It’s also more figure-flattering if you’re wearing a loose-fitting sweater to wear skinnies. It’s not really apparent in these pictures, but the bottoms are cuffed. Since I was furry and spotted all over I wanted to keep my accessories to a minimum. I chose a simple black leather bootie and a gold, silver, and opal airplane on a black ribbon.

Sweater: Asos  Jeans: Joe’s Jeans  Shoes: Franco Sarto  Necklace: similar  Nails: Essie – Bottle Service

#Latergram

Last night I went out in the Lower East Side and it was freezing out! I knew I had to abandon any thoughts of wearing a short dress or skirt because I’d be walking around outside for awhile. I decided to go for an easy, comfortable, cool look that wouldn’t require me to put on a beer sweater. This is a really versatile look that can really be worn almost anywhere.
Blazer: Zara – similar  Shirt: Asos  Pants: Joe’s Jeans  Shoes: Franco Sarto  Handbag (not shown): H by Halston – similar

Putting A Price on Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been a public institution since 1870 and, up until Thursday, had a recommended, not mandatory, admission fee. As of Thursday, Mayor Bloomberg has granted the Met to have a mandatory admission fee of $25. As a student of visual arts and art history, I am extremely enraged to see that there will be a charge to see some of the world’s finest collections of art. I know I’m not the only person who is opposed to this change. I spent a lot of time at the Met as a child just sitting in front of paintings trying to draw my own versions. I also had many class trips to the Met throughout high school and college. It is an essential resource for art students, and with a fee of $25, will not continue to be so.

The Met has been running for over 140 years and the recommended admission allows anyone to go see famous works of art. Those who go to the museum are obviously supporters of the arts and, I’m sure, generally donate something upon entrance to the museum, which is why it is still a functioning powerhouse in the art world today. There are also great supporters of the arts and the Met, in particular.

The Met’s mission statement is “to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards.” 

The artwork inside the Met should remain to be at a low/recommended cost to the public. I see art not only as old paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc, but as a means of education and culture. People can learn a lot from art – about different time periods, wars, influential people, politics, etc. It is an interesting and interactive way to educate the general public and should continue to have a recommended admission fee.

NY Daily News

Make A Statement

Trendy women are making statements all over the world in large necklaces, aka “statement necklaces”. They come in all shapes, colors, metals, sizes, and prices and there are certain styles that work better with certain necklines. I’d consider this more suggestive guideline than a strict fashion rule. Some of these necklines are a little more flexible than others and it depends on the necklace, too. Here’s a necklace/neckline cheat sheet I found on pinterest:

I think it’s important to have at least one neutral statement necklace that can go with anything, particularly gold. I got my first statement necklace when I was in Greece several years ago and at the time, wasn’t sure if the splurge was worth it, but it has become my favorite piece of jewelry. Since then, I’ve bought some fun pieces at J.Crew, at random boutiques throughout my travels in Europe and Israel, and I have inherited some great costume jewelry and other eye-catching pieces from my grandmother. 
Here’s a peek at some of my statement necklaces (but not all!):

And here is my favorite piece that I bought in Mykonos, Greece by Glam Scope:

These are some great statement necklaces at some of my favorite stores:

1. Lulu Frost
2. Zara
3. Forever 21
4. J. Crew
5. Asos
6. Iosselliani
7. Topshop

Preppy

It’s starting to get cold out so I decided to finally break out the knit sweater and jeans. That means a lot coming from me, because, I know this will sound weird, but I’m not the biggest fan of pants. I try and live in my skirts and dresses as long as I can until it’s really too cold. Having went to prep school my entire life, I added a light blue button down blouse underneath the navy and maroon striped sweater for a preppy look. This is not only preppy, but so comfy! Skinnies, riding boots, and comfy knit sweaters are pretty much always trendy and are an easy look to put together. Once it’s cold I pretty much live in my riding boots, so you’ll see me wearing these a lot now.
Sweater: Theory  Blouse: Theory (mine is a very pale blue/green, but I can’t find it anywhere)  Jeans: Zara  Boots: Tahari  Necklace: Tiffany’s  Earrings: Tiffany’s

Little Monsters

As I turned the page in my November issue of Vogue, there were these cute, furry little monster handbags staring back at me. It was a Saks Fifth Avenue ad featuring Fendi “baguettes”. These little monsters are a Fendi signature design and they happen to be some of the cutest, most eye-catching bags I’ve ever seen and I am obsessed with them. If you’ve got a lot of extra funds laying around and want a furry little monster of your own, head to Saks or Fendi. These aren’t the only monsters that Fendi has made. They have some simpler monsters without fur (for those of you fur-free ethically inclined people like myself) and smaller, more affordable monster wallets and handbags.

Fur bags can be found at the previous links.
Leather bag
Wallet
Fur Charms

Skirt and Booties

For the past week I have been scouring all of my favorite shopping websites for a great pair of black leather flat booties yet I couldn’t find anything I liked that I could afford. I have several pair of booties with heels or wedges, but come on, real working people don’t wear heels all day. So, late last night after work I ventured out to T.J. Maxx and found a great pair of flat leather booties so I could rock them with skirts and skinny jeans. Even if these two trends weren’t hot right now, a pair of comfortable black booties that you can walk in are a great addition to your wardrobe.

Blouse: Premise (it’s old & I couldn’t find it) – similar  Skirt: See by Chloé – similar – cheaper version  Shoes: Franco Sarto  Necklace: Tiffany’s  Nailpolish: Essie – Skirting the Issue

Congrats NJ!

Having been a resident of New Jersey for my whole life, I am glad to say that marriage equality finally becomes legal today. I’ve never understood people who don’t want homosexual people to get married or people who hate other people for what they are instead of who they are. Whether or not they can get married, they will still be gay, still live with and love their significant other, and still continue to be who they are despite the unfairness that a large part of society presents them with. How is any homophobic person going to be affected by gay marriage? They’re not. Gay people should be proud of who they are and marriage equality activists should be proud of what they are accomplishing throughout the country. That being said, it is important to be who you are and own it. Whether it be your sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, or even your own personal style, you should  accept it confidently. You are who you are and if you are confident about it, then you’ll make things happen. Wear what you like. Create your own style. Be you. Nothing happens from being afraid of what other people think. I’ve been fortunate enough to never experience any sort of predjudice directly, but I am confident in who I am. I’m not ashamed of my sexual orientation, my ethnicity, my race, and I am certainly confident in my body and the way I dress. That’s why I write this blog: I’m trying to make a statement in the fashion world even though I’m not a leggy 5’10”, 120lb model.