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What I Wore: Well Read

By June 13, 2013 Fashion, What I Wore

NY Library - Stylish Thought

Libraries are chic. You heard it here first. When I was a little girl I lived in the library. My father would drop me and my sisters off to be babysat by books (great parenting technique I might add) and we’d spend hours reading. I remember our neighborhood library being a pretty magical place. It’s where I met Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, became a member of the Bernstein Bears family and the Babysitter’s Club and fell in love with words.

As a child raised on reading, I’ve always been studious and one of my favorite places to spend time to this day is the library. No it’s not 1OAK on a Friday night but there’s a majesty and quiet in being surrounded by books.

While I’m not a library snob (party snob yes), the New York Public Library pretty much annihilates any branch I’ve seen. The enormous stacks, the arched ceilings and giant columns and the ferocious lions out front taking guard. I imagine when the clock strikes midnight they get up from their post and gallop around the city. It’s more a castle of books than a library really.

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7th & Fashion: Style Inspiration in the Fashion Capital

By June 12, 2013 Fashion

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Bill Cunningham shooting style on the streets of NY

It’s summer in the city and after what has felt like an eternity of bad weather (hurricanes, snowstorms and rain-fests) the sun is out and the gloves are coming off. ‘Tis the season to dress up! And from what I hear summertime in New York is when everyone puts on their Sunday (and Monday) bests.

Before moving to the city I had this grandiose idea of what fashion in New York would be like. I imagined that everyone from supermodels, designers and the regular postal worker wore designer duds and dressed to the nines. Ha! Sorry but few New Yorkers can actually afford COUTURE! And they’re probably better off for it.

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Falling (Back) In Love with Fashion

By November 12, 2012 Fashion
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Like so many young women I’ve always loved fashion; the fancy of dressing up, trying on new clothes… the promise of a new dress… a new self….

When I was a kid I remember playing in my mother’s scarves, shoes and kohl eyeliner. Spending ridiculous amounts of time circling things in catalogs and using my little brother as a dress-up mannequin.

Boy was he glad when he was old enough to meet my dress-up games with well-placed nuggies and his specialty: atomic wedgies.

Sibling torture aside, over the years my love affair with fashion has traipsed every trend, every celeb-u-tante Editor-In-Chief, every fashion bible and every designer. In high school, when kids were into labels; Iceberg, Guess, Sergio Valente, I proclaimed my allegiance to no-name brands and thrift store finds.

When college came around and the casual style of dress: flip flops, cutoffs, t-shirts, was the standard I went left, opting for a funkier collegiate style and ultimately solidified my lasting love of fashion.

What was this obsession with style and using it as a barometer for myself?

I vividly remember sitting in the back of my 9am Geography class, under the dim lights of the auditorium. Ignoring the stalagmite projections, I would read my VOGUE magazines, imagining a world where people pranced around wearing McQueen dresses and Yves Saint Laurent shoes. A world far away from mine.

Lately I’ve been reconnecting with the self that drooled over Style.com and fretted over her fashion mags.

And while I’m a long way from that 20 year old girl, even further from the kid who used to torture her little brother, the pulse is the same. And the joy that I derive from seeing a stunning dress or an embroidered shoe, that promises gold with every step, is still here.

Some things, like our first love or a clandestine memory, never leave us. They simply get pushed to the back of our minds (or closets) waiting to be unearthed and ready to wear for a new occasion. And love, ah love, like a hand-me-down dress or an old pair of heels, always fits us just right.

When did you fall in love with fashion?

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Under the Influence: Teddy Girls

By October 17, 2012 Fashion, Style Inspiration
Teddy Girl Reincarnated

Sometimes we gravitate to a particular style or way of dressing unintentionally. We pick out a blouse, pair it with a certain skirt, shoes and before we know it our style has been wholly influenced. With so much inspiration out in the world, it’s easy to be influenced by a cool subliminal style.

Currently my fashion sense has been inundated with the starkness of black and white, penny loafers and cuffed trousers. I don’t know why or when, but I am currently under the influence of the 1950′s Teddy Girl style. Tough, masculine and casual. Teddy Girls ruled the roost and are clearly ruling my style.

Check out more photos of Teddy Girls from the fifties.

Images reposted from here and here

What style is currently influencing you?

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New Beginnings: In Style and Life

By October 3, 2012 Fashion, Life, Stylish Thoughts

“Just around the corner in every woman’s mind – is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.”
— Wilhela Cushman

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Fall is an effervescent time, when renewal is fresh in the air. The September issues have hit the stands and have since been discarded. New trends are already lining the racks in your favorite clothing stores. The world is abuzz with newness.

Fresh on our minds is transformation. “Who will I be this season?” “What do I want to portray to the world?” From school age kids to middle aged housewives, buying new clothes is as much about looking good as it is about creating a newer, better you.

I can recall, going off to college, plowing through fashion magazines, circling hot items, dog earring pages, tearing sheets and concocting a vision of who I wanted to be and what I wanted to look like. What would my fall look be? Tweeds and smart trousers! Grown-up blouses to be taken seriously. Skirts, skirts and more skirts! Durable yet stylish tote bags.

This process of defining who we are through fashion has become a crucial first step into who we hope to become in life. What we wear is our first defense. Before we open our mouths, our clothes do the talking and what they say can be as varied and diverse and the person who inhabits them. Clothes are not a substitute for substance, but they are the window dressing for the soul.

Even to this day, I use my clothing and style as a barometer. My clothes don’t define me but they are a key part in my expression. I doodle new styles I’m loving, what patterns I’m obsessed with (I have plaid on the brain) and what my style point of view will be.

In life’s changes; starting a new job, going away to school, moving to a new city, we must outfit ourselves for who we are and also who we hope to become. New clothing like new beginnings are less about the transition and more about coming into your own.

How are you renewing your wardrobe? Your life?

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50 Shades of Accessories

By September 18, 2012 Accessories, Fashion, Jewelry, Pop Culture, Shoes, Trends
50 Shades of Accessories

No, I will not discuss the book to which this title is referring. I refuse to waste any time or creativity trying to voice the anger that the book’s popularity innately causes in me. Instead, I’ll focus on the positive influence the rising popularity of BDSM has had on the accessories department. Equal parts cheekiness and punk, this trend certainly adds a twist to any regular outfit.

I was initially inspired by a pair of rose gold handcuffs that Rachel Zoe received as a present from her husband on one episode of her show. Much to my chagrin, I found out they cost over $12,000 in real life .

Many ShopStyle and Net-a-porter searches later, I have come up with a few alternatives for those of us that unfortunately don’t have our own TV shows nor get paid upwards of $1 million/year to dress someone. Here you go – and enjoy!

Handcuff Bracelets

Necklaces

Spiked shoes

Will you be breaking out your crop and spikes and participating in this painless trend?

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Le’ Smoking: Smoking Slippers For Girls Who Love Heels

By August 14, 2012 Fashion, Style Inspiration, Trends
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Our fashion contributor Melissa shows us her latest obsession that’s so good she may hang up her heels.

I like a tall heel as much as the next girl.  Still, there comes a time when one must accept that flats are probably more appropriate for an occasion (and more comfortable).  For me, that occasion is either a) the gym or b) when I am on vacation and thus planning on walking more than a few miles (I’m a museum-type vacationer) in said shoes. Seriously – my coworkers actually comment whenever I wear flats to work.

So last year when I went to London and Paris, I knew I was going to need some seriously stylish flats. Luckily, I found a pair of gray wing-tip laceless slippers that worked perfectly. Unluckily, I walked so much that I literally wore out the soles on them. But that has caused the rise of my latest obsession: loafers and smoking slippers for women.

If y’all would like to join me on this bandwagon (I encourage it! It’s comfortable up here!), feel free to check out a few of these shoes I am currently coveting:

1. Charlotte Olympia Web Slippers 2. Matiko Leather Slippers 3. J.Crew Tassel Loafers 4. Jeffrey Campbell Studded Slippers 5. Sam Edelman Cap-Toe Slippers 6. Alexander McQueen Pink Skulls

And, of course, if you guys have any suggestions, please feel free to share them in the comments – I’m always looking for new pairs – though my bank account might prefer if I weren’t.

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Style Muse: Kelis

By August 9, 2012 Fashion, Style Inspiration
Kelis Rainbow Hair

Before there was Rihanna, there was Kelis. A no nonsense, fearless chick who screamed on tracks and dyed her hair rainbow colors, Kelis has long been in the Stylish Thought  Style Hall of Fame. Badass in her music and style, Kelis spawned a legion of fans when she chopped her long curls for a short cut. Her bossy attitude transferred to her anything goes style. Kelis knew the value of shock and to this day is dressing the way she wants!

What do you think of Kelis’ out there style?

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