Oct
28
2014
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Setting the Mood: The Hunt for Halloween
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high fashion halloweenAs I sit here sorting out the sordid details for this upcoming Friday with friends amidst racking my brain for costume ideas that will prevent me from running around the city like a true life Halloween nightmare come Friday afternoon, it occurs to me that I have a real love/hate relationship with this so called “holiday.”  While I love any excuse to dress up, craft a costume, and execute a theme,  I loathe the overall emphasis placed on one sole evening.  The sheer amount of pressure put upon crafting a costume that’s sexy but not slutty, creative but not crass, timeless but not trite can be downright daunting.  Not to mention that the past several years for me have been the equivalent to not having a midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve (something I’m also all too familiar with).  Last year, instead of spending the morning doing squats in anticipation of squeezing myself into spandex, I had a rather disruptive row with my then beau, but I probably did burn a few calories dodging inanimate objects and the crying left me looking like the walking dead.  The year before that I had gotten dressed and even made it out the door before deciding to ditch after having spent twenty minutes in the unseasonable cold trying to catch a cab.  And the year prior, I doused myself in fake blood to freak out the four trick or treaters who actually bothered to show up at our Silicon Valley doorstep.  That’s why this year, rather than gunning for the blue ribbon for best in show, I’ll relegate the heavy lifting to creative accessories because heaven knows I own enough leotards, legwear, and lofty ideas to do just that.  So, if you, too, are looking to avoid dropping dough on costumery crafted from potentially flammable fabric, try accenting something simple with bold accessories in the form of headbands, hats, or handbags.  You could always make your very own lace bunny/cat/mouse ears (DIY tutorial here).

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Erickson Beamon Stratosphere Ruthenium Plated Swarovski Crystal and Faux Pearl Hair Slides, $595, House of Holland The Bag of Tricks, $320Piers Atkinson Bitten Cherries Crystal Embellished Headband $590Jennifer Behr Floral Silk Lace Mask, $675

 

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WhyDid

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Oct
22
2014
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Why Did or Why Don’t: That’s A Bum(mer) Bag

sarah jessica parker chanel fanny packThe fashion industry may have cleverly renamed them “waist bags” and “belt bags,” but they’re not fooling me.  I roller skated to Ace of Bass “I Saw the Sign.”  These are glorified fanny packs (known in the UK as “bum bags” since “fanny” means something entirely different) and having just returned home from Orlando, Florida, presumably the birthplace of fanny packs, I know one when I see one. It may  have taken a bit longer for fanny packs to trickle down from the runways (the trend was first spotted in early 2013) to the retail stores, but they’re here and they’re happening.  From Chanel to Sarah Jessica Parker (not her first time wearing a hands free handbag), the waist bag has gone mainstream and now you’re going to have to experience it… perhaps for the second time.  I suppose it could be worse.  You could be carrying your dog as a tote.

And there are always upsides to even the most troublesome trends.  One brand called their version a “dance bag,” which I guess makes sense if you’re one who frequents nightclubs.  Gone are the days of guarding your bag from sticky cranberry juice stains and drunk girls with sticky fingers.  Dance the night away with your handbag safely resting on your hips.  Hanging your valuables from your waist will also cure the epidemics of uneven arm strength and scoliosis.  The only downside is that I don’t believe you’ll be able to safely stash much more than your cash, cards, and beloved iPhone.  So looks like you’ll be stuck carrying that shopping bag from Forever21 for all to see.

waist bags fanny pack1. Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Fanny Bag, 2. NewbarK Eva Metallic Textured Leather Belt Bag, 3. Clare V Leather Trimmed Shearling Belt Bag, 4. ONE by Erin Dana Evan Large Fanny Pack, 6. What Goes Around Comes Around Louis Vuitton Geronimos Waist Bag, 7. Times Arrow Asia Lamé Dance Belt Bag, 8. Pendleton, The Portland Collection Convertible Belt Bag, 9. B-Low the Belt Samantha Belt Bag, 10. Alexander Wang Leather Belt Bag

Since the belt bag is readily available at many of your favorite shopping outposts, now’s your time to weigh in on the trend.

 

xx,

WhyDid

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Oct
17
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: A Day at the Office

daisy fuentes kohls nyc whydidWorking from home has its obvious perks.  Wine for breakfast, dog friendly, flexible work hours, pajamas welcome.  Though fewer, it also has its downfalls.  One of which I’m convinced I’ve contracted called “agoraphobia.”  Another, though disguised as an upside, is never really needing to put on pants.  Without the need to put on clothing that doesn’t include elastane in the fiber contents, it’s fairly easy to overlook your ever growing waistline.  Also, there are those times when my job does require me to interact with other humans and show face in professional work environments and that’s about the time I shift into a near panic attack as I stare into the abyss of my closet.  What the hell do people wear to work?  Are crop tops considered business casual?  What if I wear one with a blazer?

When I received this ponté fit and flare dress from Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s, I knew immediately that it was the perfect option for these terrorizing occasions.  Never again would I break into a sweat before a business meeting because this curve hugging, office appropriate dress is the perfect combination of classic and cool.  With a few added accessories like a studded belt, leather jacket, and strappy pumps, I felt professional without being overly prissy.  At this rate, I may have to get a desk job.

(P.S. you’re welcome, RKF.  I’ll happily take a cut of the commission earned from this post).

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new york city street style why did you wear that kirsten smithdress: c/o Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s, belt: DVF, similar by B-Low the Belt here, shoes: Sam Edelman, jacket: Marc New York, bag: Balenciaga, lipcolor: Clinique Different Lipstick in Angel Red

 

xx,

WhyDid

 

Photos by Michael Stiegler

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Oct
15
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: ShopBop / East Dane Friends and Family Sale
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new york city couple fallIt is officially what they call “cuffing season” (you can read about what that is here since apparently it hasn’t gone mainstream like pumpkin spice lattés).  Basically, it’s time to nest and get cozy with some kind of significant other, although last Saturday when the rain was coming down, there was a Meg Ryan movie marathon, and I conveniently had a bottle of Malbec, I asked myself, “Would you rather have your best friend to curl up with or a boyfriend?”  You can guess the answer.

In any case, fall is the perfect time to participate in nauseatingly adorable couple behavior fit for Instagram like apple picking and visiting the pumpkin patch.  Such occasions call for cozy sweaters, lived in denim, and the cutest boots.  Turns out, it’s your lucky day(s) as ShopBop and EastDane‘s Friends and Family sales are in full swing.  Take twenty-five percent off of your purchase with the code “Family25.”  So stock up now and get ready to couple up.  The only thing, however, I will be cuffing myself to is a large pizza and Sleepless in Seattle.

shopbop discountTake 25% off of your order from October 14-16th with code “Family25″ at ShopBop

best fall weekend outfits1. Banjo & Matilda Giraffe Cashmere Sweater, 2. Knitz by For Love & Lemons Snow Day Turtleneck Sweater,  3. JOA Cable Knit Sweater with Zipper Detail, 4. Theory Loryelle Innis P Sweater, 5. UNIF Reverb Sweater,6. 7 for All Mankind Josefina Rolled Hem Jeans, 7. Citizens of Humanity Rocket Skinny Jeans, 8. Hudson Barbara High Waisted Super Skinny Jeans, 9. MiH The Manchester Jeans, 10. One Teaspoon Awesome Distressed Jeans, 11. Sam Edelman Mackay Combat Booties, 12. KG Kurt Geiger Sport Leopard Booties, 13. Ash Pure Cutout Booties, 14. Frye Valerie Shearling Strappy Boots, 15. Michael Kors Collection Macey Flat Short Boots

 Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.38.57 AMTake 25% off your order from October 14-18th with code “Family25″ at EastDane.

mens fall weekend outfit1. Wings + Horns Dusk Strip Sweater, 2. Scotch & Soda Boucle Sweater, 3. Ones Stroke Change Man Reversible Sweater, 4. Norse Projects Birnir Sweater, 5. Billy Reid Textured Pullover, 6. Citizens of Humanity Core Slim Straight Fit Jeans, 7. Won Hundred Dean Black Rinse Jeans, 8. Nudie Jeans Co. Grim Tim Jeans, 9. Incotex Ray American Pants, 10. Han Kjobenhavn Tapered Jeans, 11. John Varvatos Star USA Barrett Side Zip Boots, 12. Loake 1880 Bedale Heavy Brogue Boots, 13. Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Crazy Mix Brogue Boots, 14. Quoddy Wabanaki Crepe Sole Boots, 15. Eastland 1955 Edition Franconia 1955 Boots

 

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WhyDid

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Oct
09
2014
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WhyDid Wisdom: Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure
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susan g komen 3 day for cureAs of late I’ve been in a bit of an emotional tailspin.  All I want to do is sleep, eat carbs, and speak only to Smitty or my mom.  Some would reason this is merely a natural feeling with the impending doom that is winter on its way, but I haven’t even been to Pilates in two weeks, which is basically unheard of, so you know something’s up.  You may have even noticed my sluggish blog posts and somewhat infrequent social media presence indicative of my mood.  My father often refers to this behavior as “going dark.”  I don’t know precisely what’s throwing me off, perhaps Mercury in retrograde, but I do know that wallowing in it won’t help.

One of the best ways to get out of a major mood slump is to stop obsessing about yourself and your own problems and find ways in which you can help others.  Seeing as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I couldn’t think of a better cause to get involved with.  I have been fortunate enough to not have been affected personally by breast cancer (knock on wood), but I have breasts and I have a lot of best friends and women in my life who also have breasts.  As mentioned yesterday, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and that’s not a statistic to take lightly.

Every year, one of my very best friends, Katie (you may recognize her from her playlists and general craftiness), walks in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure and she does it with such spirit, fun, and flair that it hardly looks like volunteer work at all.  Now, this is a woman who is always the first person to help somebody out.  I can attest to this as she was on an airplane from Florida to California to help me move back to the Big Apple the moment she heard my decision.  If anyone knows what it means to be selfless it’s Katie and that is why I’m joining her this year on her three day walk for Susan G. Komen on November 21-23 in San Diego, California.

Please help me raise funds as well as awareness for Breast Cancer by donating on my personal page (net proceeds go to research, scientific programs, and community based breast health and education programs for women and men facing breast cancer) and read more about ways you can get involved (like joining the walk as well!).  You’re the breast!

Help me reach my goal for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day
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WhyDid

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