Apr
23
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Denim Daze
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

 

kirsten smithIt is a given that you should own at least one pair of jeans that fit you like they were made for you.  But having just one pair of jeans is simply not enough.  Denim comes in a plethora of colors, cuts, washes, and lengths for every body type and personal style preference.  Walking into a denim department can be utterly overwhelming if you don’t already have in your head what it is that you are looking for.  We don’t often think of denim for spring and summer, but below are the styles that will get you through the steamy season and coincidentally will look great with another one of this season’s trends: crop tops.

denim guide

 

  1. Gimme the Skinny: Joie Skinny Crop Jeans, BLK DNM High Rise Skinny JeansDL1961 Coco Curvy Straight JeansRag & Bone Mid Rise Skinny Jeans
  2. You Destroy Me: Wildfox Marianne Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, AG Adriano Goldschmied The Nikki Cropped JeansFrame Denim Le Skinny de Jeanne Distressed JeansCitizens of Humanity Leah Pants
  3. In Fine Print: Hudson Nico Super Skinny Jeans7 for All Mankind The Ankle Skinny Jeans, Joe’s Jeans Skinny Ankle JeansPaige Verdugo Printed Mid Rise Skinny Jeans
  4. You’ve Got Flare: MiH Marrakesh Kick Flare JeansSeafarer Corsair Flare JeansJ Brand 722 Love Story Low Rise Flared JeansFrankieB. Carly Hi Rise Wide Leg Jeans
  5. Can I Be Your Boyfriend?:  RES Denim Slacker Boyfriend JeanLevi’s Made & Crafted Beau JeansAcne Studios Pop Vintage Boyfriend JeansCurrent/Elliot The Boyfriend Cropped Jeans
  6. Shorty Swing My Way: Ksubi Alberceque Distressed ShortsWildfox Michelle Slouchy Boyfriend ShortsBB Dakota Collective Camilla Rolled ShortsA.P.C. Atelier de Production et Création Shorts

xx,

WhyDid

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Apr
22
2014
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How To Tuesday: Damsel in Distressed Denim

destroyed denimIt seems counterintuitive to want to wear something that looks like it’s been handed down– for several generations, but destroyed denim came back onto the fashion scene several seasons ago and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  I especially like it for the warmer months as if those extra holes are going to provide any extra ventilation in prevention of the dreaded “swamp ass.”  My parents are always confused when I wear a pair of shredded jeans around them… even more so when they find out how much I shelled out for them.  So, if you are anything like Dick and Georgia and want to achieve the look of distressed denim without distressing your bank account, I have the tricks to DIY destroyed denim.  You can also apply all of these techniques to denim cut off shorts (like the ones I taught you how to make last spring here).

xx,

WhyDid

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Apr
21
2014
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Setting the Mood: How Very American
Written by: WhyDid | Setting the Mood

denim day fashion editorialThere is nothing more American other than maybe our flag, apple pie, or childhood obesity than denim.  A long time fashion staple that started off as casual and has since gone couture, every man, woman, child, and sometimes dog has and should own a pair of well fitted jeans.  Beyond being a closet staple, April 23, 2014 marks this year’s Denim Day (so be sure to slip into your favorite pair to show your support).  I had never actually heard of this event until this year, but I most certainly will be taking part- because standing up for what you believe is also very American.  So, with that said, this week will be dedicated strictly to denim.

denim-accessories

A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to BoyfriendsAurélie Bidermann Takayama Cotton and Shell BraceletGianvito Rossi Denim PumpsMiu Miu Denim and Leather Mini Satchel

xx,

WhyDid

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Apr
18
2014
2


Why Did You Wear That: Kiss the Sky

kirsten smith whydidSure, as a New Yorker, it’s a given that my favorite “color” is black.  However, if you want to know the way to my heart, take me to see the sun set… or rise.  The color of the sky never gets old to me.  Every single day is a different variation that takes my breath away.  I’d say the thing I miss most about California other than daily morning coffee and cocktail hour with my dad is the sky.  Smitty would say it’s having more than 500 square feet of wood floor to run on.  I tried to take a hike- literally- every evening to be quiet and alone and watch the color of the sun and the way it painted the hills different shades of glorious each evening.  There isn’t a whole lot of that here in the city, hell, we can’t even see the stars, but I’m fortunate enough to have a rooftop that overlooks a lot of the city and Hudson River, so even if I can’t see the Big Dipper on the regular, I can take a rose gold sunset from time to time.  And hey, when there aren’t a bunch of bros drinking Stella upstairs, sometimes, I even get a sacred moment of silence.

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pastel sky

kirsten smith whydid skirt: Zara, top: American Apparel, bralette: Victoria’s Secret, clutch: Alexander Wang, shoes:

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xx,

WhyDid

 

Photos by  Brian Schutza

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Apr
17
2014
1


WhyDid Wisdom: Release Party
Written by: WhyDid | WhyDid Wisdom

post ranch innJanuary is the time of year when everyone fools him/herself into thinking he/she is going to right wrongs, fix all flaws and become a whole new “me.”  The gym is suddenly full of soft bodies that hadn’t bothered to lift more than the remote for the last year, but are now walking on the treadmill so slow it’s giving me anxiety because I have to wait.  (Patience, that’s something I should have signed up for in 2014).  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m all for self improvement.  It’s the only way to grow, but it’s now four months later and we seem to have ditched all of our goals for the new year, but yet have managed to hold onto a lot of other baggage.  Why is it so much easier to let go of the good and not the bad?

We swore we’d lose that extra five pounds by summer, but those nachos at Cowgirl were just too damn tempting and so what if I had three cheat days this week?  Despite the return of the polar vortex, spring will last but a week before a sweaty, scorching summer sets in upon us and no one will be able to hide out under baggy black clothes and layers upon layers.  This is the second time of year when Equinox sees an influx of gymnasium delinquents and I have a near meltdown upon waiting for a stairclimber.  Despite my disdain for faux fitness junkies, I’m a proponent for good health in any form… even if temporary.  And like the mantra emblazoned upon the wall at Flex Studios, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness,” there is another kind of weightloss that may be even more beneficial to your health and heart.

We cut dairy out of our diets, but continue on with toxic relationships.  We purge our closets, but forget to purge our personal lives.  Sometimes we hold onto people because we feel an obligation to do so.  However, in doing so, we impede our own personal growth and crowd our lives with emotional clutter that blocks anything new and quite possibly better from entering.  In turn, this might be the real type of fat that is weighing down our lives.

I kept saying I wanted this or I wanted that.  All around me, others were moving forward with careers, relationships, families, and goals, yet I seemed to be stagnant.  I couldn’t figure out why I was being left behind by normal social standards and then I realized something.  My actions were contradicting my wishes.  For example, I was in a very volatile relationship for most of the past year and after one too many early morning blow outs and a “vacation” from hell, I finally threw in the towel.  While I had long since stopped answering phone calls and late night incoherent text messages, I was still friends with some of his friends and I was still checking in to see what he was doing. It was far too easy to see what he and his new 18 year old NYU dorm habitating honey were doing and really, why did (or should) I care?  I would gut check myself against what I wanted in a mate versus what I was getting from this relationship and rationally knew it was far from matching up at which point I had to actually say to myself, “Who gives a (expletive)?”  I’m romantic and nostalgic so I find it grueling to cut ties at times.  I am capable of seeing what “could be” rather than what IS.  Sadly, some people are emotional vampires and as hard as it may be, we have to wish them well and part ways.

And maybe sometimes it’s not a specific person that has to be eliminated from our lives, but maybe something that someone has done to us.  We all make mistakes (even me), but there is no use in holding onto difficult and at times traumatizing events from our lives.

A friend of mine who is an up and coming star on the music scene spoke to me about what gives him motivation.  His son was, of course, first on the list along with close friends and family.  But then he told me that the naysayers and haters fueled him.  I reminded him that those people did not deserve his energy and the more time he spent thinking about them, the more of his energy he was allotting to people who, quite frankly, did not deserve it.  The more time spent focusing on your foes, the more you are actually feeding them.  I suggested he only give pieces of himself to people who deserve and appreciate him and to (bleep) the rest of them.  I’m not sure I swayed him to my way of thinking, but sometimes it’s helpful to remind myself of the same thing.

It may be a late start, but too late is always better than never.  Shed those extra five pounds and shed those extra people who are weighing down your health and your heart.

xx,

WhyDid

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