June 27, 2016

{STYLE} White Out

Not even going to pretend a little bit: even after years of unlearning the myth that white clothing does not belong on bodies like mine, wearing white jeans still gives me a bit of anxiety. Truth be told, I'm way, way more nervous about sitting on something and ending up with a huge stain on my ass than I am about how my butt looks, though, (because thanks to NYDJ awesome denim cuts, I think it's actually looking pretty cute). I decided to challenge myself to wearing an all-white look with accents of my favorite color, pink, to kick off the summer. While I am generally way more inclined to wearing all-black-everything, I do love how fresh this look feels - and I guess I'm okay admitting that a light-colored outfit actually does do its job in the way of keeping your body's temperature down.

I found these jeans at Nordstrom, where they have a pretty amazing selection of premium denim, from this $53 pair from Melissa McCarthy, to this $198 pair from Eileen Fisher. Denim is one of the things that always ends up being worth investing a little bit more in, in my experience; not only is the tailoring impressive, but the shape, stretch, and color tends to hold up a bit better over time. My favorite premium denim is consistently NYDJ (I especially love the Clarissa style, and own them in a couple of washes - including light pink!), but it's worth noting, if you've never tried them, that you should size down at least a full size. They run on the larger side and also have built in textile technology that acts sort of like shapewear.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens


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June 24, 2016

{STYLE} Costume Jewels

I have always, always been a serious magpie, and even while I flirt with more minimal styles, jewelry (especially of the sparkling variety) continue to be a major point of weakness for me. Ever since I was first introduced to BaubleBar a few years ago, then just a tiny, baby start­-up, it has been a destination for me when shopping for on­-trend costume jewelry. All that glitters may not be gold, but when it comes to finding statement pieces at competitive prices, it cannot be beat, (and I love cashing in on my vault points, too!)

This summer, I'm holding onto some of my classic pearl­-and-crystal styles, while also enjoying their more minimal motifs ­ especially their choker and collar necklaces. The Taurus Collar, aptly named for my zodiac, has been in heavy rotation the last couple of months (after all, I had to revel in the Taurus sun while it was around), with these malachite and marble­look earrings making a perfect complement. It doesn't hurt that these face­-framing statement pieces are perfect pairings with the off­-the­-shoulder looks that have been dominating the runways and the street style set.

While I still abide by the Coco Chanel adage of removing one accessory before heading out the door, I will never stop layering and mixing­-and­-matching statement jewels to play up my looks. Even the simplest of outfits -­ jeans and a t­-shirt, a low­-key LBD -can be completely transformed with a bit of jewelry; being able to diversify our wardrobe staples is a major key to my styling successes. 

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June 22, 2016

{STYLE} Slipped

I can't. stop. wearing. slip dresses! Maybe because the temperature has climbed up to the triple-digits, such that the heat makes wearing virtually anything else merely aspirational (yes, I've even finally gotten to a point where I've been forced -  forced - to ditch my leather jacket), but I've been wearing iterations of the slip dress (especially this one) on major repeat for the last few weeks. I'm not exaggerating: I bought exactly 5 of this dress. One had already perished in a fateful standoff with a piece of jewelry when I decided to purchase the back-ups. A second got in a late-night fight with humidity, a pair of scissors impulsively bought at 10th Avenue Duane Reade, and one-too-many tequilas on an empty stomach. Apparently, this is all it takes for you and your BFF to spontaneously decide that cutting your dress in half, outside the oldest remaining lesbian bar in New York City, is a good great idea, (spoiler alert: it was a pretty bad idea, and the satin unraveled into a very un-chic mess throughout the course of the night). Fortunately, there are three more on stand-by, as the answers to my "Why Can't I Find One of The Reformation's Sassy Slip Dresses in My Size?" prayers.

Well, here we go. Summer of slip dresses. I may or may not have purchased this literal slip (notedly not a "slip dress") to wear, as well. 

Photos by Sylvia Gunde 


June 6, 2016

{STYLE} Embroidered

Officially, I feel the way about Alessandro Michele's Gucci as I did about Miu Miu circa 2009: the collection has a clear sense of humor, it's beautiful, and inspires mixing and matching of old and new, (monograms not required), and I'm completely enamored by all of it.  Guys, did you see the resort show?! In a weird way, I've sort of missed the feeling of obsession that was inspired by fashion throughout various points in my life - the kind that would embolden me to study, to question (Staffordshire dog sculptures, why? but also, why not?), and to seek it out with serious determination (I tried oh-so-hard to get my hands on a limited edition book created exclusively for Dover Street Market). Fashion has, of course, always been one of my major loves - but there have been moments my love has creeped up into the territory of, well, fixation, which has inspired me to revisit the entirety of fashion with a new perspective, (I'm getting vague, but, trust me: big ideas are brewing).  

So after much deliberation, I set my heart on a pair of embroidered sneakers (major splurge, but one that was also a belated 30th birthday present to myself) touched by Alessandro's vision - and looked elsewhere to satiate my mix-and-match-and-embroidered cravings. It's convenient for me that much of the fashion world is equally obsessed with Alessandro's new vision for Gucci - and so pretty embroidered pieces, some directly inspired by the latest industry darling and others by other cultures (like colorful Mexican Otomi and Japanese Nuido, where, no doubt, Michele is getting much of his own inspiration), have cropped up across the marketplace - high and low.  Much as I would love to be Beyonce (or Blue Ivy, to be honest), we can't all have head-to-toe Gucci. However, if you are, indeed, Beyonce, then I recommend this jacket.

Photos by Sylvia Gunde


May 10, 2016

{STYLE} Shape Shifting

As I've been going through lots of changes personally and professionally and have been an exciting time of transition (saturn return, blah blah blah) it has been kind of fun to change things up with my personal style, as well. Like, my pants-challenged-ness has transformed into a bit of an obsession with culottes, and this pair from the Target x Who What Wear is partially responsible for kicking-off this obsession. Like, of course a wide-leg cropped trouser would be super, super comfortable, but for some reason that never really registered until I decided to expand my skirts-and-dresses repertoire to include culottes. I was definitely a culotte hater in the not-so-distant past, and I sincerely apologize: these rule.