Sep
22
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Seeing Red

fall trends 2014 sweater dressIt can be tricky trying to decide what color to wear with red.  When I was younger, I had an incredibly strong aversion to wearing black with red.  To me, it came off as a little cheap.  I don’t feel as strongly about it now as I did when I was sixteen, but I still prefer other options over basic black when accessorizing with bold red.  Well then, what options is one left with when black is eliminated?  You could opt for luggage colored brown, or even a soft taupe.  Another great option is grey (also a fall trend).  In this instance, I had forgotten I even had these deep oxblood Pour La Victoire boots hidden beneath my bed (that’s how we store shoes here in New York).  As soon as I’d wiped away the dust bunnies, I recalled that I also had a vintage bag from my mother that was of the same shade.  Once a complete faux pas and something only worn by women donning their Sunday best for morning mass, I threw caution to the wind and got wild by matching my shoes to my bag.  Another option right on trend would be to wear a leopard boot or carry a leopard clutch (thous in this instance, I’d opt for one or the other).  It may seem a little bit “The Nanny” but I actually believe despite what men say, that leopard is sort of a new neutral.  Besides, did Fran not get her man?

Speaking of my man and matching, Smitty celebrated his eighth birthday and one of his doting aunts was sweet enough to bestow him with his own scarlet sweater.  She pays attention to fall trends too.  Pretty much Smitty and I became this fall’s Justin and Britney, Katy and Riff Raff.  Sure, my sweater is just about the same size as Smitty’s and technically it’s just an oversized jumper as opposed to an official frock, but it’s not the first, nor will it be the last, time wherein I wear something not as it’s intended.

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how to wear a trench coatcoat: Michael Kors, sweater: Zara, similar by 6397 here, bag: vintage, similar by Oliveve here, shoes: Pour La Victoire, similar by Opening Ceremony here, dog: Smitty, Smitty’s sweater: handmade, similar by Ralph Lauren here, lips: Benefit Benetint

 

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Photos by Michael Stiegler—-> have you check out his interview with Skinny Says Relax?

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Sep
19
2014
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Friday Frocks: Sweater Weather

fall sweater dressBeing someone who typically favors skin grazing frocks and tops only slightly larger than sportsbras, it may come as quite a surprise that one of my favorite parts of cooler weather has absolutely nothing to do with pumpkin spice anything and a whole lot to do with slipping into a cozy, cuddly, oftentimes oversized sweater dress.

This is not the first time I’ve dedicated a Friday Frocks to sweater dressing and I can promise you, as it’s only mid-September, it won’t be the last.  Knit dresses are the perfect way to transition from chilly fall days to frosty winter evenings.  When the thermostat starts to head below 60, wear your knitwear with over the knee boots and toss on a leather jacket.  As the biting temperatures of winter arrive, layer your frock over patterned tights or a pair of complementary knit leggings (another really big trend for fall).  I may be the only one, but all I want to do is hug myself when wearing a soft cashmere sweater and fortunately, I’m quite flexible, so it’s entirely doable.  But seriously, if you see me in the street wearing a sweater dress, hugs are welcome.

sweater dresses1. Just Female Link Roll Neck Sweater Dress, 2. Red Valentino Long Sleeve Sweater Dress, 3. Matthew Williamson Merino Wool Mini Dress, 4. Rachel Pally Sleeveless Turtleneck Dress, 5. BB Dakota Dakota Collective Lara Sweater Dress, 6. Vince Sweater Dress, 7. T by Alexander Wang Mohair Tunic Dress, 8. Haute Hippie Slouchy Collar Dress, 9. Eternal Sunshine Creations Georgia Mini Dress, 10. Bella Freud Three Way Color Block Wool Mini Dress

 

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WhyDid

 

Image originally published here.  Photo courtesy of Living The Dream Blog

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Sep
18
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Your Fall Fashion Survival Guide
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fall shopping guideFirst and foremost, you’re welcome…  And I’m sorry.  You’re welcome because I’ve spent a great deal of time finding all of fall’s very best options to ensure that you’ve got each and every one of this fall’s biggest fashion trends at your fingertips.  I’ve basically contracted carpal tunnel from all of the clicking, coding, copying, and pasting of product, but not severe enough that I can’t sip red wine while I write this.

I’m sorry for doing such a thorough job that you’re sure to be able to easily spend a month’s salary or more stocking up on your fall wardrobe refresh.  Just remember, it’s good for the economy.

When I first started seeing stores displaying their autumnal wares, it was still a sweltering 90 degrees and I couldn’t be bothered browsing.  However, as the temperature started to dip and I began to grow bored of baring all my skin, the cozy knits, oversized coats, and overtly luxurious look this fall brings got me wishing for the next polar vortex.

Sure, sweaters are always fall staples, but this season’s are much chunkier, more textured, and come in all lengths from cropped to tunics.  Wear them in fall’s favored colors consisting of gray, scarlet, cobalt, and any shade of candy colored pastel.  These shades carry over to other trends including mid calf length hemlines, long line vests, sixties shaped shifts, and folk inspired frocks.  Men may loathe leopard (as we recently realized), but it’s quite strong this season and if you aren’t feeling bold enough to wear it in a bomber, try it as a statement accessory.  Speaking of fur, this must be the year of the Muppet, but if you can’t stomach the price tag (or the use of) real fur, there are some really beautiful faux options that are both animal and wallet friendly.  Whether you opt for fluffy, colored, fuzzy, or something in shearling to weather the winter, you’ll certainly be warmer for it.  When looking to add a bit of bling, opt for silver as it’s been used as embellishments on coats and knits as well as woven into rich fabrics.  If you’re up for a bit of pattern play, geometric shapes and fairisle intarsias are leading the charge.

Fortunately, this fall’s trends easily translate from one to another and also play off one another seamlessly.  You can effortlessly cover two trends at once by purchasing a pastel vest or a grey faux fur coat.  Be creative.  Be bold.  But be this fall’s all-embracing look of luxe.

Gray Area:

fall fashion trends 2014 grayAlexander Wang Reversible Wool Blend Coat, Theory Ulana Ribbed Stretch Wool Blend Midi Dress, Slim Knit Pencil Skirt, Issa Robin Oversized Wool Blend Coat, Opening Ceremony Zip Detailed Ribbed Wool Sweater Dress

Leopards Don’t Change Their Spots:

fall 2014 leopard printElizabeth and James Leopard Print Boyfriend Cardigan, MICHAEL Michael Kors Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat, Moschino Cheap and Chic Leopard Print Crepe Mini Dress, DKNY Leopard Print Faux Fur Bomber Jacket, Moschino Cheap and Chic Cropped Leopard Print Stretch Cotton Pants

Tangled Up in Blue:

fall 2014 trends fashionDiane von Furstenberg Wrap Effect Satin Jersey Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Silk Blend Twill Pants, Kenzo Appliquéd Cotton Jersey and Twill Sweatshirt, Roland Mouret Drymus Wool Crepe Coat, Opening Ceremony Zip Detailed Ribbed Wool Mini Skirt

Silver Baller:

fall 2014 trendsMcQ Alexander McQueen Paillette Embellished Wool Sweater Dress, MSGM Silver Lamé Skirt, Cédric Charlier Silk Blend Lamé Dress, By Malene Birger Zio Sequined Turtleneck Top, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Isolation Metallic Snake Jacquard Skirt

Psychedelic Hotline:

fall 2014 trends printValentino Circle Intarsia Wool Sweater, Lulu & Co Cropped Printed Crepe Slim Leg Pants, Milly Jacquard Mini Dress, J.W. Anderson Floral Merino Wool Sweater, M Missoni Intarsia Crochet Kint Mini Skirt

Long Term In-Vest-ment:

fall fashion trends long vestTopshop Unique Sleeveless Wool Blend Coat, OAK Wool Blend Vest, Shearling Vest, Helmut Lang Textured Cotton Blend Vest, Marissa Webb Celia Long Vest

Scarlet Fever:

fall fashion trends 2014 scarlettTailored Coat, Helmut Lang Turtleneck Tank, Equipment Asher Cashmere Sweater, Altuzarra for Target Embroidered Pleated Georgette Dress, Maison Kisuné New Skinny Mid Rise Jeans

The Shearling:

fall 2014 fashion trendsIsabel Marant Étoile Shearling Collar Leather Benny Moto Jacket, MiH Jeans Larking Reversible Shearling Biker Jacket, Topshop Unique Shearling and Twill Coat, Ravn Shearling Vest, MSGM Faux Shearling Coat

Midi Terms:

midi length fall 2014 trendsNicholas Felted Wool Flare Skirt, Saloni Apsara Printed Satin Jersey Dress, Milly Floral Lace Midi Skirt, Michael Kors Satin Midi Dress, Enzo Costa Ribbed Maxi Dress

Pastel Princess:

A.L.C. Covington Ribbed Cropped Sweater, TOME Crepe Dress, Roksanda Ilincic Cambray Wool Felt Vest, Elizabeth and James Shalene Cut Out Zipper Dress, Tibi Katia Cotton and Silk Blend Faille Skirt

Keep Your Knits About You:

chunky knits fall 2014Thakoon Addition Ribbed Cashmere Poncho, Helmut Lang Honeycomb Knit Sweater, Helmut Lang Venerred Angora Zip Cardi, Acne Studios Mist Leopard Intarsia Knitted Sweater, Timo Weiland Moto Sleeve Cable Knit Sweater

Folk Alluring:

fall 2014 fashion folkAnhha Appliqué Short Jacket, AIMO RICHLY Angora and Wool Blend Sweater Dress, J Brand Kasia Knitted Sweater, Coach Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Mini Dress, Vineet Bahl Lace Embroidered Chiffon and Tulle Tunic,

Fur Sure:

fur fall fashion 2014Adrienne Landau Raccoon Fur/Leather Jacket, Anna Sui Ombré Faux Fur Coat, Yves Salomon Rex Rabbit Car Coat, Barney’s New York Rabbit Fur Chubby, Shrimps Mabel Colorblock Faux Fur Coat

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Sep
13
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Runway Rewind

new york fashion week lincoln centerOh, hey there.  In case you don’t have access to cable or a smartphone, last week (and a half) was New York Fashion Week.  The fashion elite have since jetted off to London for round two, but here’s a little sneak peak into what was my NYFW experience.  I kept things pretty quiet on Instagram as when I scrolled through my own feed, I was bombarded with photo after photo… after photo of the shows.  I tried to snap shots of things that not everyone was capturing- like bored little girls in the front row and the contents of my bag.  This wasn’t my first rodeo and I can wax poetic like all of those annoying New Yorkers who recall a city of a different era.  A city that still had a little grit and required more than a weird outfit to garner getting papped outside Lincoln Center.  (Did you see the Jimmy Fallon bit?).  So, while I miss when Fashion Week was more about fashion that it was fluff, I am happy to have been a part of another New York ritual.

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why did blog kirsten smithdress: KNITZ by For Love & Lemons, top: American Apparel, bag: Alexander Wang, shoes: UNIF 94 Heels, lipcolor: Clinique

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Photography by Michael Stiegler

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Sep
09
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Swag Bag
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I’m not awesome at packing a suitcase, but when it comes to having a well appointed handbag, (remember this tutorial?) it’s very evident that I will make for a great mommy some day.  For Fashion Week, we must up the ante when it comes to being overly prepared.  To be honest (and why wouldn’t I be?), this could be my every day bag.  The only difference is during a week such as this, the chance of being able to swoop back home to pick up a forgotten item is a far cry from plausible.  Sure, the island of New York is only about 22 square miles, but getting around is a lot more taxing than hopping in a taxi… and let’s be serious- during an average week, I hardly venture outside a ten block radius.  When you leave your broom closet size apartment in the morning, it’s necessary to plan ahead and that includes everything from spare batteries to snacks to a change of shoes.  Pro tip: when choosing a bag, take into consideration its weight before you’ve stuffed it to the gills with survival supplies.  There’s a reason my yoga teacher is constantly correcting the tension I hold in my shoulders (specifically the right one).  Have I suggested yet that yoga be a requirement for all Manhattanites?  Consider this my formal bid then.  Whether you, too, are taking on the tents for the remainder of this week or perhaps you’re a working woman on the go, be sure that you’re always armed for battle with these hand bag must haves.

fashion week survival kit1. Maiyet Small Como Satchel, 2. Sheriff & Cherry G11-S Sunglasses, 3. Printed Portable Phone Charger, 4. Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder, 5. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Beloved, 6. Juice Press Black Label Latte, 7.  Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera, 8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Snake Heart Printed Faux Patent Leather Laptop Case, 9. KIND Almond Cashew + Flax (Omega 3) Snack Bar, 10. Yosi Samra Samara Embossed Croc Flats

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WhyDid

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