Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Who's That Girl?

 
ph. Atterley Road 

According to the description, an #ARWOMAN is “empowering and empowered”.  Atterley Road's goal in introducing this campaign is to unite women in celebrating other women, which I think is a freaking fantastic idea.  It’s also a nice way to have a bit of a retrospective of the year – a year, I might add, which has had its fair share of ups and downs.  It’s strange because I have personally had quite an extraordinary year, thanks to the amazing family and friends that surround me, and some of the work I have put in finally coming to fruition.  On the other hand, the world around me – both in my country and abroad – has been subject to so much strife and more than its fair share of sadness. It is both a time for mourning, and a time for renewal. 

                Having said all that, there seems to be no more appropriate person to nominate as my #ARWOMAN than my own mother.  I have been blessed with the best family in the world, and my mom in particular is someone I look up to more than anyone else.  She’s not only kind and generous, but one of the most intelligent, soulful and creative people I have encountered.  She was a stay-at-home mother while my brother and I were growing up, and since we’ve gotten older she has done a complete reversal and has once again become a highly successful career woman – a nearly impossible feat, but not for her apparently. I hope you will join me in toasting her this holiday season, because she truly deserves it.  



(Then, once you have finished toasting her, head on over to Atterley Road to see all of the other women nominated, and do some shopping while you're at it!)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Everyone Say Ghesquière



Balenciaga Blouse

Last Monday around 6:30pm, I was sitting in a taxi on my way home, frantically texting my friend Seth, who was at the appointment-only Balenciaga sample sale.  He was sending me photos of wallets and bags and blouses (while Grace Coddington shopped next to him), and I was trying to determine from these photos, lit by flourescent lights, which item was destined to be mine. 

Most of the knits were quite basic, and I wanted something that would indicate its special-ness.  Balenciaga was one of the first really high-fashion design houses I fell in love with. It was in 2006, the year I first started reading fashion magazines and blogs like Style Bubble and Fashion Toast. Even to this day, my friends and I use "Balenciaga" as our go-to *designer-ish* name when joking about fashion stuff. What I really loved about it was the way Nicolas G. interpreted the historicism of the collection so respectfully, yet was still able to add something almost futuristic, or at least totally modern. 

Flash forward to last week, when Seth showed me this blouse and told me it was by Ghesquiere and not Alexander Wang, I knew it was the one for me, and I was even more excited when I saw it in person.  It's difficult to tell from these photos, but the entire blouse is made of stiff layers of laser-cut silk, and the small white spots are mesh. The sleeves and back panel have these structured pleats that make it stand away from the body a bit, and gives it this sense of drama.  It's an incredible piece; I can hardly believe I own it. But now I'm going to wear the crap out of it, as you can see from the above photo, taken after I insisted on wearing it to go to Target.  


  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Getting Steamy

All items via ModCloth

When the good people at ModCloth asked me to put together a collage showcasing my favorite layering items for this fall & winter, I jumped at the chance because it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately. I've also been recently fighting off a really lame cold, so warmth is definitely priority number 1 when getting dressed.  I like the idea of long, loose layers, complemented by heavy heels and some great jewelry, because you can trick people into thinking you're really chic when it's actually just as comfortable as wearing sweatpants. Also, all of these items with the exception of the bag, fall into the price range of $15-60, which makes them simply irresistible.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cream Dreams





 

Ph. Style.com, APC, ASOS, Sandro, Etsy

Think of this as an inspiration post/wishlist. I'll probably be doing a real wishlist for the holidays at some point, but this is just me musing around and trying to angle myself around the idea that it's actually really freaking cold now. We've been burning the Feuille de Figuer candles around the APC offices, and they really help create this beautiful, serene ambiance. I think I like the idea of winter whites and florals, it helps make the transition into the season less harsh. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Moons and Suns


Last night I had the opportunity to stop by the Mode Marteau vintage jewelry preview, held in DUMBO. I feel bad for the terrible quality of my iPhone photos, because these pieces certainly deserve to be seen in their best light. Despite my technological failings, I'm sure you can get a sense of how uniquely stunning the jewelry all was. It was all I could do not to stuff a beaded brooch or stone-encrusted bronze necklace into my bag on the way out. Be sure to check their website, and if you're interested there's an opportunity to check out their wares tonight and tomorrow! 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Creepy Lala

H&M dress, New Look boots, Marc Fisher bag, vintage leather jacket

I took the day off from work today, which was definitely a great decision because the weather was so beautiful and it's nice to be out and about on a weekday; everything is so much less crowded, especially in Harlem where we live. We strolled around the Conservatory Garden, which is like a mini-oasis and reminds me of Paris because everything is so symmetrical, and the fountains are all classical sculptures. Then we kept walking into the North Wood, which is full of small waterfalls and little dirt paths.  Central Park provides a never ending supply of delight for me, and fall in New York is turning out to be simply marvelous this year. 





Thursday, November 6, 2014

S.Z.E.


Rue LaLa recently posted a cute lil' style guide for handbags, and it's in these moments where I realize what I really look for in a handbag.  To be honest, I don't really like handbags very much (I'm a shoe woman); I kind of just wish that more women's clothing had better pocket space.  I try to stuff things into my jacket when I'm going out, and for work I use either a Cheap Monday or APC tote because I need room for my lunch. However, my actual favorite bag is this one, by Marc Fisher, that I found on sale at Macys a while ago.  It looks incredibly classy, is quite well-made, and isn't too big, so you don't get that "bottomless pit purse" feeling.

 In it I place my wallet, a notebook for writing on the train, my headphones, lip balm and my new favorite lipstick - Cognac from Smashbox.  I think my life is all about being able to keep myself amused without using my phone to play games on it (I call it the Subway Zombie Effect), and keeping my lips hella fresh n' flossy. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fluff Abounds

vintage sweater

I've been trying to pick up some inexpensive pieces to wear to work, that will go with the nicer APC pieces I've gotten from the company. It's a surprisingly difficult balance, as APC's aesthetic is much cleaner and minimalistic than my hodge-podge of styles. Still, something like this fluffy-as-fuck pink sweater does the trick. Worn with black jeans + boots, plus a swipe of eyeliner and a layer of hot pink drugstore lipstick, I'm ready to kick Friday's a$$.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mad Men-ning



I went to the Museum of the City of New York this Saturday, to see the Mac Connor exhibit.  If any of you guys are into 1950s/60s stylized illustration and the like it's a must-see.  We wound up in Central Park after the museum because the day magically turned from rainy to gorgeous, it's nice when that happens.  I'm trying to get into my jacket game, but the weather is still mostly quite warm, which I'm definitely not complaining about. Autumn is unapologetically gorgeous this year. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Meglio

Photos, WWD

I know that we're about to wrap up Paris, but I can't help it - my heart is still in Milano. Not only do my favorite collections always come out of there (looking at you, Dries and Marni), but I'm loving the street style looks outside of the shows as well. There's a simplicity and season-less aesthetic, not to mention an air of purity about these looks - maybe it's the proximity to the Vatican? Whatever it is, I'm now on the hunt for pleated shirt dresses and everything in oxblood.