There was no coincidence or irony involved when the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” was coined. Not only has Susan Miller deemed this April as calamitous, we are set for a very literally stormy thirty days. Weather becomes more unpredictable than the stock market or my PMS and one has no choice but to prepare for battle wearing the right protective armor. The number or umbrellas that I’ve left behind in a taxi or have been stolen from the courtesy bins at the front of restaurants is innumerable. My current umbrella, which is up for the taking outside of my front door, is a blue semi broken contraption given to me by a bartender at Bakehouse. But none of this means you need to navigate the rain looking like a wet rat. Invest in a sturdy and stylish pair of boots, a tailored waterproof coat, and an umbrella that you’ll be more conscious of keeping safe.
1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed PVC Umbrella, 2. Moschino Printed Umbrella, 3. Hunter Boots Bubble Umbrella, 4. Felix Rey Cityscape Bubble Umbrella, 5. Canada Goose Mirabel Leather Trim Rain Jacket, 6. Adidas by Stella McCartney Hooded Vinyl and Mesh Jacket, 7. DKNY Long Sleeve Trench Coat, 8. Marni Hooded Technical Coated Shell Jacket, 9. Melissa Mood Dust Sparkle Mid-Calf Rain Boots, 10. Le Chameau Paris Rubber Boots, 11. Burberry Holloway Studded Rubber Rain Boots, 12. Hunter Printed Tall Wellington Boots
Without a doubt New Yorkers are some of the most intelligent and interesting people on the entire planet and yet all we can seem to talk about is the weather. Like yesterday for instance, what the hell was that? Thunder and flurries? Perhaps we harp on it because it is one thing all of us share no matter our occupations or backgrounds or it could be the fact that all weather, whether heatwaves, snowstorms, or torrential downpours seem to be more extreme when experienced in the city. In any case, today is the last day before April and though the icy temperatures have started to break (kind of) we always seem to forget that we are now set for another month of miserable grey skies and sloppy street puddles before real spring sets in. So, brace yourselves and get weather ready with some storm essentials. This is not a test.
DKNY PVC Hooded Coat, Lanvin Face Print Umbrella, Karl Lagerfeld Rubber Biker Rain Boots, Maison Michel Lara PVC Hood
Single or taken, Valentine’s Day conveniently falls on a Friday this year and so more likely than not, you will be leaving the confines of your cozy apartment to take on the town. So, you may as well get into the spirit of this force fed love fest. You don’t necessarily have to sausage yourself into a spandex red dress, although I’m sure those will be aplenty. Opt for something softer in shades of pink or go bold in a graphic print be it floral, hearts, or darling polka dots.
1. Diane von Furstenberg Helena Printed Silk Blend Dress, 2. alice + olivia Heart Print Fierra Dress, 3. DSQUARED2 Little Pink Bow Dress, 4. RED Valentino Printed Stretch Silk Chiffon Maxi Dress, 5. Elizabeth and James Sierra Dress, 6. Carolina K Aurora Dress, 7. DKNY Color Block Stretch Silk Crepe Dress, 8. Gucci Heartbeat Printed Silk Crepe Gown, 9. Torn by Ronny Kobo Hen Dress, 10. Emma Cook Joanie Printed Satin Mini Dress
On more than one occasion I’ve been called a paradox; a walking contradiction. At first glance you may think you could quickly delegate me to one box, but after a conversation and cocktail, you may be moving me to another. And just when you think you’ve got me figured out, look out for that curve ball because it’s coming.
I don’t like predictability and following the herd makes me more than uncomfortable. I think there’s much to be said for mixing things up and keeping people guessing, especially when getting dressed. This is precisely why leather and lace are the perfect complement to one another. While lace could be overly feminine or somewhat sexy, leather is tough enough to tip the scales from prissy to powerful. A head to toe leather look would have you reminiscent of catwoman and all over lace could land you somewhere between a Victorian and 80’s Madonna. However, when the two are combined, the look is lethal.
DKNY Leather Paneled Lace Top, Saint Laurent Leather Bra Top, Karl Lagerfeld Delphie Coated Leather Mini Skirt, Mason by Michelle Mason Leather Trimmed Lace Dress
The 90’s: a decade I can get behind. Rather than leaving us with treasures like bad perms. legwarmers, and the hair bands of the 80’s, this decade was the cooler, more rebellious little sister. I always wondered why anyone wanted to purposely look like an asshole by throwing an 80’s theme party. Some things are meant to be left in the past. Like your ex’s and that one school photo when you had braces and DIY bangs.
The 90’s left the legacies of grunge, garage bands and fashion trends worth repeating. Combat boots, babydoll dresses, and anything plaid are 90’s style essentials (not to mention some of this fall’s must haves). Unkempt hair, porcelain skin, and a deep wine pout are the beauty staples to complete your trip back in time. Bonus points for being able to borrow your boo’s blouse. Your flannel, is my flannel, honey. Hello, androgyny. Recall CkOne? Who didn’t love My So Called Life and who can forget the queen of grunge, Ms. Courtney Love? Starting to see why sometimes history is worth repeating?
DKNY Cotton Blend Flannel Nightshirt, $58, Lucca Couture Daisy Print Chiffon Dress, $59, Bop Basics Cashmere Oversized Beanie, $80, Saint Laurent Patti Boots, $1,295