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Paris Fashion Week

Last June I set off of on a two-week work trip to Paris during Men’s Fashion Week. I had been eagerly awaiting this trip since I was hired two years prior and it was finally my turn. Typically, two teams from the web studio would get sent on a 10-day trip, however the tables had turned and this time only one team would go, which meant I would be writing copy solo. I was excited and nervous at the same time.

I had been to Paris several times before, but never for this long and never on my own. My excitement for traipsing around the City of Light by myself, vintage shopping to my heart’s content, and eating all the cheese and pastries I could ever dream of couldn’t be suppressed by all of my fellow copywriters’ warnings. Among other things, they forewarned me that there would be many late nights, long hours, and that I would not have much free time on my hands and that in what little I had, I would be resting.
Boy, were they wrong. It’s possible that looking back on the trip I was riding on my own high of excitement and wasn’t aware of how tired I really was, but I think my energy and productivity was mostly a result of a spread-out work schedule. I got really lucky in that respect. Rather than staying out late every night after shoots (some of which ended at 4am), I’d call it a night and head right to bed. Like clockwork, I would wake up before 10 every day, order my usual breakfast of an omelette and a pitcher of coffee, and head out to explore before our shoots would start.
I think I maybe took one nap the entirety of the trip and I don’t regret it. Every second was well spent (and every euro, too). I visited all my favorite spots from L’As Du Fallafel and Boulangerie Murciano in Marais, to the Fashion Forward, 3 Siecles de Mode exhibit at the Musee d’ Les Arts Decoratifs, and to the Paris Flea Market a little outside of the city. When I found out I was going again later this week, I was excited to do it all again.
…until I got my schedule. This Paris Fashion Week my itinerary is much more jam-packed than it was for the men’s pre-collection trip last summer, but it’s all still exciting. I’m particularly excited for Dries Van Noten – the colors in the Fall ’17 show are rich, bold, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them! Can’t wait to jet off tomorrow!

New Year, New Start

I know I said I’d write more often, but I’ve really been at a lack for inspiration. I guess you could say it’s a mix of writer’s block and sheer laziness. By the end of a long work day, doing the same thing day-in and day-out, I don’t feel like getting back on my computer and writing anything. I’d rather just stick to my routine: gym, shower, dinner, bed.

But it’s a new year and I’m really going to try harder to post. I mean it this time. I’m not going to amplify this by calling it a New Years’ Resolution, but I will say I’m definitely going to aim bigger and try harder to achieve some of my goals this year. I know it’s only January and that in a few short months I’ll probably have lost sight of some of my goals and hell, maybe I’ll even go backwards, but I’m going to put in the good old college try.

I’ve always been one of those people where things have come easily for me. I never had to work that hard to get good grades, to be a good swimmer, to be good at things. I’m sick of being good, though; I want to be great. Whether that thing is writing or some interest or talent I haven’t yet discovered, I guess I’ll find out. Right now I’m interested in writing, about anything and everything going on in my life, not necessarily about fashion.

As much as I love fashion, frankly, after spending more than three years working in the industry, it’s kind of boring. Don’t get me wrong – I love checking out collections as soon as the runway show debuts and there’s no denying I have a shopping problem and that I’m a label snob – but maybe because it’s become such a huge part of my everyday life, I’m a little over it. Rather than sharing solely fashion-related thoughts on here, I’m going to use this as a platform to discuss all of my interests, including fashion, from food (mostly pizza, ice cream, and beer) to travel and just the exciting things going on in my city, Jersey City.

My boyfriend and I are actually in the process of starting up a separate food blog, so I’ll keep you posted on when that comes to fruition and the mouth-watering food pics take over.

Not The Tits!

I’ve been reading a lot of articles in the past couple of days about Vogue UK’s declaration that cleavage is “out.” I’ve also been reading all the clapback articles on every site imaginable from Buzzfeed to Cosmopolitan and beyond. I find this ridiculous on so many levels.

I can’t honestly remember a time in my life, or at least in my post-pubescent life during the early aughts, when boobs or cleavage were “in.” Fashion, particularly high fashion, isn’t made for women with large chests and that’s just the way it is. Models have always been flat-chested, cover girls have always been covered-up, and Hollister shirts never went over my chest. Now, I’m not saying I have giant boobs, but I’m also no Keira Knightley. Imagine trying to fit in in middle school in the mid-2000s when you could barely stretch an A&F shirt over your chest and when you did, it was a size XL. I don’t think boobs have been in since Marilyn Monroe’s time in the 1950s when being curvy and voluptuous was considered sexy and the ideal body type. And there’s my first point; Vogue UK, it’s been six decades since boobs were “in” – this isn’t news.

On to my second point… can we all take a second to remember the “thigh gap?” Yeah, the negative space between women’s legs was a trend. The absence of leg: fat, muscle, skin, the whole shebang. Well, can we also remember how controversial that was? Does one of the top magazines really want to go around telling its readers, young and old, impressionable and conforming, that boobs are “out?” I think not. Thanks to the rest of the media for disagreeing with Vogue UK because I’d really hate for women to be going under the knife just for a trend. How about let’s encourage women to dress for their chest size instead? That sounds like a good plan to me.

Or making mosquito bites look like juicy juicy mangoes…. So, I’ll just drop this here (tune to 1:35)

Back in the Saddle

You know that saying “it’s like riding a bike”? Well, I’ve never been much of a cyclist, so I like to think that getting back to writing is like riding a horse. I’m getting back in the saddle. Literally and figuratively.

I’ve recently started riding again, and wow, does it feel like I never stopped. And then I dismount and waddle like a penguin for the following week. Okay, so, maybe getting back to an old hobby isn’t as easy as the saying would imply, but it’s inspired me to start writing again. I feel like I lost my creative knack and my passion for writing, so I’m hoping to make posting on here a regular or at least semi-regular thing.

What have I been up to in the past two and a half years? I’ve mostly just been amping up my wardrobe, traveling, and eating really good food. Alright, I’m kidding – kind of. I’m still copywriting at Barneys New York, I’ve moved to a bigger city (with tons of amazing restaurants and new ones constantly opening!), busy eating lots of guacamole, and traveling as much as my job allows.

On that note, I’m going to change directions on here and start just writing about life: food, fashion, travel, anything that catches my interest. I had started this thinking I wanted to be a blogger, but I also realized I much prefer to be behind the camera, not in front of it. I also preferred the actual writing to feeling like a self-stylist. I may occasionally post some outfit posts when I know I’m totally on fleek, but I’m going to mostly focus on anything and everything going on in my life and my brain.

So, welcome readers. Welcome to my new, old blog.

Silky Sheer Cobalt Rebecca Taylor Blouse

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I’ve always loved Rebecca Taylor clothes; they’re tailored and sophisticated and flatter every body type. Unfortunately, they’ve always been a little, okay a lot, out of my price range. I was so excited to find this blouse and several other Rebecca Taylor items at T.J. Maxx Runway that I could afford. This blouse is a perfect day to night transition piece. I can easily transform it from modest and chic button-up blouse by wearing a cami underneath to sexy and sheer at night. I covered up and buttoned up on top, but chose to wear a bodycon skirt, playing off of the blouse’s sheer chiffon nature. I normally would have worn this tucked in, but Rebecca Taylor intended this blouse to have a loose fit and I wanted to show that off.

Blouse: Rebecca Taylor (T.J. Maxx) – similar  Cami: Zara (in stores)   Skirt: ASOS   Shoes: Schutz (T.J. Maxx) – similar   Sunnies: Valentino (old) – similar

Shoe Crush Saturday: Karl Lagerfeld Color-block Matte-Leather Flatforms

This is the summer of comfortable sandals. Every brand from the affordable classic Birkenstocks to luxury brands like Marni and Prada are making these ugly pretty comfortable flats and flatforms. Some of these are a little more comfort than fashion, but no matter what they’re all more comfortable than heels. I’m kind of obsessed with this trend because anybody that’s seen me try and walk in heels, knows it’s a disaster. These Karl Lagerfeld flatforms are a must-have. They’re equal parts comfort and style and the best part is, they’re pretty affordable. They’re made of matte-leather, which gives them a sleek, more casual feel. They have a mod, minimalist look and are styled with little ‘K’ charms at the back buckle.

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Clementine

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Zara has this whole collection right now of vibrant, happy clementine pieces with some cerulean and white mixed in. It struck me as the perfect extroverted, crisp look for spring. Orange is one of those colors that just makes you look twice; I feel like it’s very uncommon to see people wearing orange so when you do, you do a double take. It’s bold, but also happy and really makes me crave a cold, juicy clementine. If I had one, I would definitely have gone for a goofy pic with an orange smile (cause that’s how I like to eat them…duh). I was really inspired by those colors at Zara, but I felt that a clementine shirt and blue skirt would have been a little overwhelming for work, so I muted the look a little with a black skirt and added blue pumps for that little extra bit of spice.

Shirt: Zara   Skirt: Romeo & Juliet Couture – similar   Jacket: similar   Shoes: Zara (old)   Necklace: flea market find!   Nails: Deborah Lippmann – “Wicked Game”

The Weather is Gray and So Am I

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April showers bring May flowers, right?! As much as I hate this dismal weather, bring it on for the next two days so maybe, just maybe, we can actually see some of those “May flowers”. My mood is largely affected by the weather and what I wear is dependent on my mood and transitively, the weather. I just wasn’t feeling very vibrant spring clothes today and this look reflects that. I’d much prefer to be curled up on the couch in yoga pants and a baggy tee hibernating until the real spring arrives, but you know, real life beckons. Rain = boots = pants = blah. It’s not quite cold enough for sweaty rubber rainboots so leather booties sufficed, but it was definitely too cold to wear a skirt or dress. Despite how gray this look is, I love how it ended up ombré. I may start doing this with other colors.

Sweater: Zara (old) – similar   Jeans: Joe’s Jeans   Boots: Franco Sarto   Jacket: Portara – similar   Necklace: similar

Menswear Prints

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As far as menswear goes, I usually prefer menswear prints to menswear styles (with the exception of tuxedo-inspired pieces). I love the prints on some of the more flamboyant designer shirts and I’ve always had a thing for funky bow ties. My 8th grade science teacher always used to wear bowties and I was intrigued. I also really like menswear colors like on this almost navy dark blue and rust printed blouse. I also love the v-neckline stemming from the mandarin collar. I like that it isn’t your standard point-collar shirt. I love it with these pants because it really brings out the rust, which is really the most vibrant color on this shirt. I went for subtle, leather camel sandals (as seen in shoe crush saturday: h&m strappy leather sandals) because it blends well with these colors and doesn’t detract from the interesting menswear print.

Blouse: Olive & Oak (old) – similar   Pants: Zara (old) – similar   Shoes: H&M   Jacket: from Ecuador – similar   Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. & here

Bomber Jacket

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My friend said to me today, “You would find the girliest version of something that’s supposed to be sporty,” in regards to my bomber jacket. My style is generally really girly, but even when it’s not, I still wear what I like and I like bomber jackets. It just so happens that I bought this semi-sheer silk white girly one. I really like this particular bomber jacket I’m wearing because it’s incredibly versatile; I could wear it with darker colors, pastels (as worn today), prints, solids, anything really. Even though it’s girly, I’d say this look is still fairly sporty. Keepin’ it sporty in the bomber jacket, casual with jeans, and girly in pastels, ya know.

Blouse: Zara (old) – similar   Jacket: Laila & Savannah (T.J. Maxx) – similar   Jeans: Hudson   Shoes: Topshop   Necklace: J.Crew   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs