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Street Smarts

2 Mar

I can’t believe I’ve been out of the blogging world for almost two months – not good.  I’ve been so busy packing/unpacking, moving across country and familiarizing myself with my new surroundings that I’ve forgotten that blogging is a selective hobby of mine.  Well, now that I’ve settled into my new home (NJ) I can finally get back to blogging my little heart out of things I like and not-so-like.

Being on a cross country road trip makes you think about things you might have never really thought about before.  New places, new people, new beginnings, old places, old people, old resolutions.  As your new journey beings, you start to prioritize certain things that are important in your life.  A New Years resolution you might say.  Things that are most beautiful (in their on way) – take note.  I’m becoming more observant and more alert of what is around me.

As I peruse through my daily reads, I came across a section from Style.com by Tommy Ton that jogged my thought process. I must have gone through the slideshow about a dozen times, dazed and far from confused.  I’m charmed by the woman he captures through his lens.  Your every-day-woman that strides through the streets of your neighborhood, bold and luminous, makes me appreciate how women’s fashion has developed over the decades.

Simple and sweet; for your viewing pleasure, I give you Tommy Ton’s eyes through a lens…

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Lock Me Up…

4 Jan

Stripes, stripes and more stripes!  A recognizable trend happening in the new year is the ever elongating vertical stripe.  Horizontals are definitely on point for this year, however, verticals are always more flattering.  I realize that the print can register either way; inmate or absolutely great.  I like the combination of both.  But my personal favorite has to be the thought, Where Is Waldo? I love that while wearing such a simple print like stripes, you can stick out like a sore thumb – good or bad.  Vertical stripes can be forgiving when you allow it to.  With such a dominate direction of the vertical line, you need to be able to translate a well sense of guidance throughout the garment(s).  I wouldn’t recommend combining the two (horizontal and vertical) since your eye doesn’t know in which way to look.  So, whether you want the just-rolled-out-of-jail look or the look-at-me, 2013 is your year ;).

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[Marc Jacobs: SP’13 RTW Look 4]

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[Marc Jacobs: SP’13 RTW Look 6]

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[Marc Jacobs: SP’13 RTW Look 19]

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[Michael Kors: SP’13 RTW Look 21]

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[Tommy Hilfiger: SP’13 RTW Look 2]

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[Tommy Hilfiger: SP’13 RTW Look 4]

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[Tommy Hilfiger: SP’13 RTW Look 14]

Ra Ra Shish Kum Bah

28 Dec

Take the shish kum bah out and add the Avis.  What do you get?  RARA AVIS.  Lately, I’ve been coming across things that don’t necessarily make sense but that we accept and deem fashionable.  I have to remind myself that not all things fashion, makes sense.  So to the eyes that see weird, strange and ugly, others see beautiful, trendy and for lack of a better word, cool.  Who better to represent the Rara Avis phenomenon than the rare bird herself, Iris Apfel.  Anyone who knows anything about Iris, knows she is a prevailing innovator that has put her mark on the fashion world as we know it.  Pretty remarkable to do if you ask me.  With her ever growing empire of make-up, jewelry and handbags, she is now launching a shoe line with HSN.  We as fashion forward goers/thinkers have ways to influence each other in our own right.  Some might not realize, that (as we virtually tweet, instagram, Facebook, pinterest, style tag, etc) we put our mark on the fashion world.  We give and take from others sense of fashion/style to create interpretations we see fit to oneself.  It is inspiring even thinking about it let alone actually doing.  Iris Apfel created an avenue that would lead every fashion conscious consumer to be a little more daring, to be a little more out-of-the-box and that much more fearless in risk taking.  So, I dedicate this post to Ms. Iris Apfel because if it wasn’t for her, the word ECCENTRIC, would have no substance within its terminology, now would it?

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“When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t think like everyone else.” – Iris Apfel

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[Rara Avis Collection: Blue and White Beaded Stretch Bracelet]

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[Rara Avis Collection: “Gator Glamour” Bypass Ring]

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[Rara Avis Collection: “Owl on Branch” Goldtone Ring]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Black Matte Bird-Design Ring]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Heart Goldtone Cutout Pin]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Geometric Wood and Gold-Color Foil Beaded Drape Necklace]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Gold-Color Foil Sculpted Bangle Bracelet]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Resin “Bug” Bangle Bracelet]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Smoking Loafer with Sequined Bird]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Pointy Toe Flat]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Snake Moccasin]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Sequined Smoking Loafer]

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[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Cone Heel]

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[MAC make up collection by Iris Apfel]
Iris Apfel Handbag Collection Extinction at Henri Bendel

[“Extinctions” Collection by Iris Apfel]

Take Me Away…

26 Dec

Since I am stuck in Los Angeles this New Years, I’ll just have to fantasize where I’d rather be.  I’m thinking more tranquil, more rustic and more down-to-earth.  I remember as a kid growing up, I use to hate going up to my parents’ mountain house in the Poconos.  The closest thing to human civilization was a thirty minute drive and as a kid with no car,  it wasn’t a fun time for me.  As I’ve grown, I have come to understand why an escape to a secluded haven was so desirable.  It’s such places that keep you grounded.  They are stables to which you are able to reconnect with oneself, to sort your priorities and to clear out all that barricades the mind when in a daily routine.  I would love to be in that same Pocono house which I’ve frowned upon for so long, this New Years.  To be able to sit back, read a book, drink a cup of coffee (or more appropriately, tea 😉 ) all while taking in the views which surround you would be my ultimate New Years.  A time for fresh beginnings and fresh attitudes.  Goodbye 2012, hello 2013.

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[Chinti and Parker: cashmere sweater]  I’ve seen a similar sweater at Forever21 and fell in love.  Regrettably, I didn’t pick it up at the time but that’s why we are blessed to have internet shopping carts :).

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[Coach: fur vest]  Every time I come across anything fur, I think, Rachel Zoe.  This is perfect on top of the (above) cashmere sweater!

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[Classic skinny blue jeans]  Blue jeans are always an essential to have.  You can either play them down or play them up.  Either way, it’s uncomplicated.

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[Tabitha Simmons: early boot]  I want!  I want!  This boot screams country-comfy!  It’s the perfect boot to relax in or do work in.

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[Earthy costume jewelry]  No need for glitzy-glam jewels here.  Something more casual and easy to throw on is key when trying to come off “effortless.”

(Mus)Stache ’em

20 Dec

Forget the razors and clippers for awhile.  It seems everyone is casting their five o’clock shadow … and more, all over the place.  At first, I didn’t know where and why all these mustaches were popping up.  That ah hah moment hit me when a girlfriend of mine reminded me of when everyone and their brother use to put their finger horizontally under their nose.  Then I got it.  It appeared out of nowhere, yet someone, somewhere had that ah hah moment themselves and translated the action – literally – into an image.  Raw genius.  The trend is virtually everywhere.  There is really no escape, even if you tried.  In that case, we all know how the saying goes, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,”  but in this case, “Stache ’em.”

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The Perfect Wrapping

13 Dec

Yep.  It’s that time of year ladies and gents.  This is one thing I love about winter time, scarves.  Not only does it keep you cozy and warm but it decorates the “tree” it’s on – you!  Even though I am in the land of stars and sun this holiday, it’s no excuse to leave out the essentials for the season.   If I can’t find an accessory piece to throw around my neck, the next best thing would have to be my scarves.  An impressive thing about scarves; they can be used for different variations of style.  For instance, head wraps, shaw-like covers, etc.  Make sure your wardrobe has the winter’s favorite and express yourself in many ways you see fit to wrap!

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*Bulky knit Forever 21 scarf
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*Silk Deloom Scarves

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*Leopard twist head scarf

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*H&M infinity knit scarf

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*Alexander McQueen silk scarves

Peek-A-Boo, I See You

11 Dec

It’s inconceivable to think that just a few years back, sheer was anything but in vogue or sophisticated.  Sheer fabrics are ruling all over the catwalks and on the streets.  Is it provocative – maybe.  Is it revolutionary – absolutely.  Whenever I wear a sheer piece, it always seems to put me in a playful mood.  On the other hand, it is a fashion that you must tread lightly with.  Too much is, well, too much.  A little bit goes a long way when dealing with this distinct fabric.  I adore the pastel colors for this garment because it is an appropriate hue for such a light and airy material.  You can be covered up from head to toe but when the outfit of choice is sheer, you’ll undoubtedly give off a tasteful view of what is really you.

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Leather, Leather (never) Go Away

10 Dec

I’m at a crossroads when it comes to outerwear.  There is so many different styles to choose from, I honestly don’t ever know where to begin.  In the past seasons of the parka, trench, fur and long coats being red hot – during their respectful moments – was considerable.  With the spring season of big, over sized, convex coats, I think I’ll stay true to my mini leather jacket for awhile.  It’s always my answer when I need my prayers heard.  The leather jacket is definitely in my book of the classics along side the little black dress (of course) and that Lanvin doctor bag, a couple posts back ;).

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[Diesel Black Good]

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[Rodarte]

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[Haider Ackermann]

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This has got to be my favorite spin on the leather jacket.  Studs (for some reason) always remind me of Lady Gaga.  So I like to call this piece, “The Gaga.”
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In true biker form, the waist line strap definitely gives the rebel edge I always desire when wearing a leather jacket.  Let’s face it, the “bad girl thing” is ALWAYS in.

Mix It Up

9 Dec

Pattern-on-pattern has been around for quite some seasons now, whether it has been acknowledged or not. It use to be such a taboo to have different types of prints combined together to pull off one cohesive piece. Not anymore. It seems we have embraced the different prints and deemed them “so chic.” I love the mixing and matching of things. It is in some ways, very whimsical layering different patterns on one another. On most days I am extremely plain Jane and love my structured looks, but when I am feeling optimistically flamboyant, I envelop myself in a mass of prints to emulate my mood.

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I understand the color palette of this jumper is not-so-current with the winter season but put that aside for right now. This is a prime example of how putting together different patters and colors can work for pulling off a look. I love how versatile this can be. You can either go casual or dressy. (e.g. how cute would a white or pastel colored blazer be with this jumper?)

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Sliding into a printed kimono makes this outfit look and feel so effortless. Having the blue in the bustier and the blue in the kimono, it’s like these two pieces were a match made in heaven.

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Don’t limit yourself to just mixing and matching patterns. Try mixing different materials as well. It gives the outfit a more textured look but more importantly, an interesting look :).

Not Your Average Jo

8 Dec

Hello miss Jo.  Dannijo that is.  When I first laid eyes on Dannijo’s jewelry line, it wasn’t by accident.  A dear friend of mine who worked for the line, sat me down to show me – what I like to call, the BOLD and the BEAUTIFUL, collection.  I was taken back on how intricate and costume-like all the pieces in the collection were.  There is nothing dainty about Dannijo’s line and thank God for that!  We all seem to choose outfits to build a look around but with the accoutrements Dannijo provides, we should all be building looks around the jewelry piece itself.  With their first ever pop-up shop now open in Nolita (North of Little Italy, NYC), we googly-eyed wishful consumers can purchase our very own Dannijo piece!

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[“Costella – Oxidized brass plated necklace. Made with Swarovski Elements.”]

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[“Viv – Wood beads entangled with oxidized brass chain.”]

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[“Traina – Made with Swarovski Elements.”]

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[“Pammy – Oxidized brass or silver plated cuff.  Malleable.  Made with Khabarovsk Crystals.”]

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[“Alamo – Oxidized silver plated cuff.  Malleable.”]

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[“Daniela – Malleable.  Made with Swarovski Elements.”]

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[“Esme – Made with Swarovski Elements.  Oxidized brass plated earrings.”]

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[“Radley – Oxidized brass plated earrings.  Made with Swarovski Elements.”]

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[“Mariella – Made with Swarovski Crystals.”]

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[“Spilk – Oxidized brass plated ring.”]

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[“Lucas – Made with Swarovski Element.”]

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[“Vix – Made with Swavorski Elements.”]