Speaking of skating… I’ve skated right through two of the east coast’s coldest months by hiding out in California. While there have been more than a couple of bikini clad Instagram photos, to be fair the temperature does dip below 70 when the sun goes down, but those sherbert sunsets never get old. I’ve made it my duty to watch them nightly because not one is ever the same and not one can ever be done justice by an iPhone photo- though Lord knows I’ve tried.
Speaking of aesthetic strife, no one can ever say I’m not resourceful. Yet again I’ve survived with a mere carry-on suitcase’s worth of clothing for the last eight weeks. (California must have that effect on me). Luckily, black and grey go with everything and I inherited some thread barren t-shirts that my dad was just about to relegate to cleaning rags. To say my dad is stable would be an understatement. If you need someone to put on your “in case of emergency” contacts, he’s the one. For instance, there’s a pair of sneakers I bought while visiting him maybe my sophomore year of college that have made it through five or so moves and always manage to reappear in “my room” whenever I visit. The deal with these shoes is that I made the rookie mistake of buying them half a size too small because they didn’t have my actual size of 7 1/2 and I just HAD to have them. I continue to make the rookie mistake of thinking that maybe they fit now… as if my feet have shrunk with age. All’s good and well for a few, but about 15 minutes into wearing them, I feel as though I’m partaking in the ancient ritual of feet binding.
Full circle? There’s a trail near my dad’s house where my mini sneakers abide and where I relish in the pastel skies on a nearly nightly basis. As I’ve traversed this trail, I’ve been mesmerized by these things that I incorrectly call sand dunes. Since I can’t really describe them (let alone identify them), I figured it was the perfect place to pose. So, Smitty, my own personal mountain goat (one of the memes my brother introduced me to) and I trotted up the trail in my tiny toe crushing shoes for this post. (Told you a skater skirt would look stellar with a crop top).
jacket: (similar here), top: Splendid (similar here), skirt: H&M (similar here), socks: StockinGirl (similar here), shoes: Converse (similar here – good job, Dick… these are apparently rare), bag: Balenciaga, necklace: no clue (similar here), dog: Smitty
I soaked my feet for an hour afterwards.
It’s happening. That subtle cooling of the summer air. When I went to take Smitty out to stretch his morning legs the other day, there was a distinct difference in the breeze. Gone was the suffocating stuffiness. Instead I was greeted with a slightly chilled end of summer climate. This only means one thing: fall is fast approaching. So enjoy the last few weeks of strappy sundresses, easy espadrilles, and nearly nonexistent shorts, because very soon, we’ll be bundled up and longing for those steamy summer afternoons.
Three Floor Field Trip Parka, $318, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel, $895, Converse Moto Leather Sneakers, $75, Helmut Lang Draped Jersey Dress, $295,
Don’t forget… pride cometh before…
Ever pick up the newspaper…. who am I kidding, who reads newspapers. Ever look at your Twitter newsfeed and after scanning the headlines think to yourself, “Dang it, I’m pretty psyched to be an American.”? Yeah, I think that sometimes too. Other times, I’m ready to flee the country, but today isn’t going to be one of those days. Today we are going to celebrate and channel all that is fabulous about the good ol’ U S of A… and find ways to wear it. That’s right, we are doing all things stars, stripes, blue, red, and white.
Back around Memorial Day, the trend of sporting patriotic style made its debut and seems that since then, being proud to be an American only became that much more on trend. Well, as it turns out, this week we commemorate our great country’s independence and I really can’t think of a better time to get your patriotism on.
Haute Hippie American Flag Shorts, $195, Blue Life Boardwalk Pocket Tee, $75, Converse All Star American Flag Hi-Top, $55, Forever 21 American Flag Cropped Top, $12.80
There will be fireworks.
I know I may complain a bit (who me?) and threaten to run off to the south of France from time to time, but the fact is, we do live in a truly great country. We’re free to do what we please- whether that be speak our minds or watch as much Real Housewives as our brains can tolerate. Clearly, seeing as there is an entire market dedicated to apparel smattered with our American flag, I am not alone in my love of the land of the free. So, let’s try and remember why we’ve been awarded the freedoms that we have and wear our flags oh so proudly.
Torn by Ronny Kobo Boyfriend Tee, $174.60, RUNWAYDREAMZ Vintage American Flag Shorts, $179, Wildfox Couture American Heart Manhattan Cardigan, $269, Converse All Star Specialty Flag, $84.13
I realize that an awful lot of time is spent guiding the lovely ladies from fashion disasters to fashion dreams, but what about the men in our lives? They need some help too, no? While some of you may have tried (hopefully with some success), perhaps citing a credible source will help in your endeavors to dress up your man. I mean, I’ve pointed out some of the negatives: sagging pants, terrible jeans, wearing chinos in the champagne room, and an entire “List” dedicated to a whole other mess of style violations. This week I’ve dug up a few of Hollywood’s hottest hotties and what they’ve been wearing in their down time and when gallivanting around town.
1. G-STAR Raw Correct Line Western Shirt, $85, 2. Jean Shop Classic Straight Leg Jeans, $320, 3. Merona Williamsburg Navy Jacket, $34.99, 4. Frye James Lace Up Black Leather Boots, $238
1. Hanes Stretch Crewneck T-Shirt (2 pack), $13.99, 2. Joe’s Jeans Brixton Slim Straight Jeans, $168, 3. Volcom Alert Lined Jacket, $88.99, 4. Timberland Newmarket 5-Eye Chukka, $120
1. James Perse V-Neck T, $50, 2. Nudie Jeans Grim Tim in Broken Black, $215, 3. BOSS Orange Jendrik Leather Jacket, $416.50, 4. John Varvatos Diamond Scarf, $168, 5. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Motorcycle Jacket Sneaker, $70
So, seriously… let’s hear it for the boys.