Month: May 2014

Shoe Crush Saturday: Charlotte Olympia Take 85 “Film” Sandals

I’ve always been incredibly into photography. Not just as a hobby or like everyone who has a DSLR and uses it on auto, but really truly into film photography and the magic of the darkroom. I started working in the darkroom and with film in high school and continued to be a photography major in college. I lost interest in digital photography because it just didn’t hit me like film. There’s a real feeling of pride and magic the first time you develop your own film, hang it up to dry and all your memories appear. Then, the first time you make a print and drop the paper in the developer and your image appears, it’s really magic. I’ve recently been going through my old film and want to get back into photography. These shoes are surprisingly inspiring. I know they’re just shoes, but they really appeal to my inner photophile. Charlotte Olympia’s vinyl film “Take 85” sandals are a pretty realistic-looking depiction of film and while these shoes are so artsy and edgy, they’re also simple and have a very sleek, popular silhouette. I’m not normally a fan of suede shoes in spring and summer because it feels like a winter fabric, but I love how subtle it is in contrast to the film straps.

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Think Pink

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Spring dresses may be one of my favorite articles of clothing, but pink is my favorite color to wear. It’s so cheery and preppy and sometimes, I don’t care that I look younger. It reflects my youthful personality and if I’m going to look vibrant and preppy, it’s definitely going to be during this beautiful spring weather. As if I wasn’t wearing enough pink with my draped back blouse and 50 shades of pink wedges, my mom’s beautiful pink peonies are at full bloom now, which made for a perfect photo-op. All the pink next to my lime green bag made me think of some artificially strawberry kiwi-flavored. Strawberries and kiwis may not be in bright neon shades, but these peonies definitely show that they’re still colors found in nature.

Blouse: Cynthia Rowley – similar   Jeans: Joe’s Jeans   Shoes: Zara (old) – similar   Jacket: Lucky Brand (old) – similar   Bag: Rebecca Minkoff   Necklace: similar

 

Brocade Sundress

IMG_3319 IMG_3320 IMG_3322 IMG_3329 I’m so thankful it’s sundress season (and so is every straight man on the planet). Sundresses have always been one of my favorite things to wear, but lately it’s been hard to find one that isn’t skimpy with cutouts and thin straps. It’s just not acceptable to wear those types of dresses to work when you’re gifted in the chest area. I’ve been searching for good work-appropriate sundresses because this is my first summer that I haven’t worked in a pool or been traveling through Europe and I found this adorable Nanette Lepore brocade dress. It hits me at the right spots, covers enough, hits at the knee and I can wear a real bra with it. (For the record: you shouldn’t wear anything that requires a strapless bra to work). I haven’t worn it to work yet, but I did wear it to go see the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit at the Met. It was so beautiful out I didn’t even need my light layer to step out onto their rooftop garden. As much as I love this dress, I would have easily swapped it for one of the elegant, gorgeous, architecturally-interesting silk faille and velour gowns from the exhibit.

Dress: Nanette Lepore – similar    Bag: Rebecca Minkoff   Shoes: Nine West – similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Nails: Essie – Olé Caliente

Dress or Separates?

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I must admit, when the Peter Pilotto collection for Target was being hyped about, I had never heard of Peter Pilotto. I checked out his high-end collections as well as his collab collection for Target and was like wow, these clothes are loud and awesome. He takes graphic prints to a new level and pairs them with other graphic prints. I loved the way the entire looks were styled from head to toe in prints, each one colorful and unique. I almost go the entire look that went with this skirt in the original lookbook, but then I remembered that I had this skirt and could create my own Peter Pilotto-inspired outfit. I think these two pieces, although completely separate, blend together as a whole really cohesively. I think it almost looks like it could be a dress rather than a skirt and top.

Top: Peter Pilotto for Target   Skirt: Cynthia Rowley (old) – similar   Blazer: Zara   Shoes: Tahari   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Soft Colors: Spring Edition

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I wrote a post awhile back when I was wearing these pants; I had on a white long sleeve tee and a cream cashmere vest. These pastel pink ripped jeans are great year-round, so I replaced the long sleeve shirt and cashmere vest with a lightweight spring vest and a tiered lace silk tank top. Light colors aren’t necessarily flattering or slimming, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to wear them just because I’m not tiny. By wearing a long vest and heels and putting my hair in a bun on the top of my head I’ve elongated my body and made light colors work for me. The one thing about this outfit that isn’t showing, that I really liked, is that the back of my shirt is a semi-sheer silk.

Tank: Reiss – similar   Vest: H&M   Pants: 7 for all mankind   Shoes: H&M

Poppy Skirt and Poppy Flowers

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What better setting to take a picture in this poppy pleated mini skirt than in front of my mom’s poppies. I love all the unique details on this skirt: the tie belt, the pleats almost turning it into a bubble skirt, the snap closure and it’s kind of hard to tell, but it has this really cool, almost rough, texture. In fact, I actually thought it was a pair of shorts at first and I really want to find a pair of pleated shorts with a tie belt now. I chose a blank canvas of a black sleeveless blouse so I could add the fun red, yellow and gold chili pepper necklace and pick up that yellow again in my shoes. The poppy color is very springy, but I feel like the combination of red and black isn’t exactly light and fresh enough for spring. I feel like the bright yellow livens it up and the white denim jacket also screams spring.

Jacket: Liz Claiborne – similar   Blouse: Theysken’s Theory   Skirt: Helmut Lang (T.J. Maxx) – similar   Shoes: Pour la Victoire (old) – similar   Sunnies: Ray Ban

Windowpane Check Dress

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As you know, there’s been something missing in my life recently – my sanctuary filled with designer clothing at discount prices – Loehmann’s. Well, I may have filled that void in my life (because I’m completely disappointed with the functionality of the new Loehmann’s website) with T.J. Maxx Runway. I went to a Runway store for the first time this weekend and while the section of designer clothes is probably only an 8″ by 8″ square, they had plenty to offer. I found this Tibi windowpane check dress with a cinched waist that is perfect for my new job at Barneys New York. I also got these studded Schutz matte leather kitten heels, which might turn into my new daily go-to shoes. Even though there’s a lot going on with the print and the strappy, studded sandals, I just can’t go a day without some color. This red blazer adds a little pop to an otherwise black and white outfit. A colorful blazer shows confidence and playfulness, which can work in any setting. See the Refinery29 column on colorful blazers.

Dress: Tibi – similar   Blazer: Zara (old) – similar   Shoes: Schutz – similar   Sunnies: Coach (old) – similar  Watch: Michele

Shoe Crush Saturday: Christian Louboutin Costa Nada Flat Sandals

I don’t know about you, but I always think of Louboutin’s as sky-high heels with the signature red leather soles. Louboutin’s shoes range from sleek, simple and elegant to decadent, detailed and a little over-the-top. These Christian Louboutin Costa Nada Flat Sandals are a happy mix between the two and a perfect example of the variety of his shoes that, to most of us, get lost amidst the stilettos. These slingback leather sandals are on par with this spring’s shoe trends; they have dainty perforated fringes at the toe with a bow at the vamp, a black and white twisted trim and a silver chain around the sole. What would a Louboutin be without the signature red leather sole.

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Suit Up

 

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It’s a rare occasion when I wear pants instead of a skirt or dress, especially pants that aren’t jeans. I saw this vest in H&M and set out on an adventure through their 3-floor Times Square Flagship store to find a matching pair of pants. I thought, how chic, sleek, and cool would this vest and pair of tuxedo pants look with a simple tank and a pair of aviators. White isn’t exactly the most forgiving color, so I elongated my legs with a pair of wedges. I slicked back my hair into a low bun with a center part and wore nude-pink lipstick to keep this look very simple and sophisticated.

Vest: H&M   Blouse: similar   Pants: H&M   Shoes: Kate Spade (old) – similar   Bag: Anoki Paris – similar   Nails: Deborah Lippmann – “Groove is in the Heart”   Lips: Sephora – “Loveable” Necklace: Anarchy Street