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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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Excessorize: Detachable Collars

By August 7, 2012 Accessories, Fashion, Personal Style
DIY Detachable Collar


Collared shirts are a wardrobe staple. But what if you want to feel polished and buttoned-up without the extraness of sleeves and all that jazz? Detachable collars have been seen (and worn) all over town and with good reason: they’re cool and are an easy accessory to pull off (literally). Here are a few cool detachable collars we love.

1. Peter Pan Nautical Collar, 2. Printed Calf Hair Collar 3. Metal Collar with Aluminum Roses 4. Little Fille Collar  5. Cream Floral Collar 6. Rave Spiked Collar

 What do you think of detached collars?

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Well Heeled: Aperlaï Shoes

By August 1, 2012 Personal Style, Shoes
Aperlai

Aperlaï Paris is a luxury accessory line founded in 2009 by Alessandra Lanvin. Named for an ancient Lycian city, Aperalï shoes feature geometric shapes, graphic lines and exotic skins. Part Star Trek part  Asian Geisha, Aperali are pure luxe and true eye candy. The hot pink “Spockette” on the bottom are my favorites.

$$$: A pretty penny, $600-$1,000

What do you think of Aperalï  Shoes?

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Labels We Love: Virgos Lounge

By July 31, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
virgoslounge

Virgos Lounge is a London based womenswear line that specializes in contemporary silhouettes with ornate details and vintage styling. Founded by three Virgo friends, Virgos Lounge has been seen on stars like Angela Simmons and Alexandra Burke. Feminine and flirty, Virgos Lounge dresses are perfect for an evening out or any other special occasion. I love the floral two piece and the off-the-shoulder draping and of course being a Virgo I’m enamored with the name!

Check out more lovely pieces from Virgos Lounge

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The Art of Playing Dress Up: Writing your Fashion Story

By July 30, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
Playing Dress Up Tracee Ellis Ross

It happens when I’m feeling unbelievably bored. Or when or I’m undeniably sad. When I’m about to hit the town or just on a random Sunday. Alone in my apartment, something comes over me and I want to explore who I am and who I can be.

Turning on my Spotify and opening my closet doors, I embark on a play-filled journey to the potential of clothes.

Playing dress-up is much more than childs’ play. For fashion lovers it’s a way to mix things up, shake up the status quo and discover what styles make you feel alive. There’s really no rhyme or reason to playing dress-up. Try on a dress here, pull out a skirt here. The only rule is to have fun. Make faces, dance, mix patterns, take pictures, clash, mash-up and come out feeling more like yourself than ever.

Actress and comedian, Tracee Ellis Ross said of playing dress up

“Part of the process is that I play dress up when I have free time and photograph the looks (something I learned from when I worked in the magazine world). It’s like I’m prepping for the fashion story of my life.”

The fashion story of your life, is peppered by amazing clothes and true expression of who you are. Just like a chef, chopping and adding a spice to create a new flavorful concoction, you are the cook, your wardrobe the spice and your style the end result: a unique blend of savoriness.

When it feels like my wardrobe isn’t truly reflective of who I am I play dress-up. I pair things like I’ve never worn them. Cast aside things that no longer feel right and I have a great time getting better acquainted with my clothes. If I’m feeling particularly keen, I take photos or write down exceptional combinations to wear again.

Playing dress-up strengthens my style muscle. It jogs my creativity and when I’m done I’m ready to share my new fashion story with the world.

How do you rewrite your fashion story? Do you play dress-up?

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Well Heeled: Charlotte Olympia Pre-Fall Collection

By July 16, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style, Shoes
Charlotte Olympia Pre Fall Collection

Charlotte Olympia’s shoes are sought after and lusted over. With teethering stilettos, boxed platforms and tongue-in-cheek designs. Charlotte Olympia shoes are quirky yet still sexy and true throwbacks to a time when ladies wore high heels and hats. The newest pre-fall collection is a kissing affair with lip prints, florals and studs. Don’t these make you want to pucker up?

Charlotte Olympia Pre-Fall collection ($800-$1000)

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Seeing Spots: How to Wear Polka Dots

By July 16, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style
How to Wear Polka Dots

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collection (image source)

Polka Dots have been around for ages and were popularized in the 80’s and 90s. Hit up any thrift store you’ll find numerous polka dot pieces. While this is a fun and kitschy print, polka dots are not always so easy to pull off. If you’re a person who shies away from prints, adding a smaller dotted print may liven up your wardrobe. If you’re already a polka dot addict, mixing up your use of polka dots will add more spunk to your style.

Click the slideshow to see more ways to rock the ever popular polka dots!

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How do you rock polka dots?

 

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Schizo Fashion: The High-Low Hem

By July 10, 2012 Fashion, Personal Style, Style Inspiration, Trends
My Best Friends Wedding

I am currently having an internal struggle with the high-low hem that has recently seemed to spring up out of nowhere. You know what I’m talking about – those skirts and dresses that are longer in back than in front. The mullet hem.

In theory, I think it can work, provided there’s not a HUGE difference in the hem lengths. A little bit more length in the back can add some drama and honestly could be more comfortable. To wit, here a few cool options:

But, mostly this hemline brings painful memories to me of the dreadful bridesmaids in “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”

Yes, Yves Saint Laurent did an incredible collection in 2002 that showed some extraordinary uneven hems. (If you’ve never seen the documentary Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris, I highly recommend it. You get to see how a couture collection is put together, from idea to sketch to creation to fittings to the runway. This dress is featured heavily and it’s an incredible behind-the-scenes look to a top fashion house.)

But on the other hand, extreme differences in hem length just seems schizophrenic to me. Make up your mind! Are you a short cocktail dress? Or a long gown? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my clothes to scream “I have a multiple personality disorder”. 

Thoughts? Any good examples of nicely done high-low hems?

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