Why Did You Wear That: Mad Hatter

By |July 29th, 2014|Why Did You Wear That?|

different hats fedora sun bowler clocheRemember when every bro from every bridge or tunnel borough was seen sporting a fedora and clear sunglasses on any given Saturday or Sunday stumbling from a long fist pumping brunch at Bagatelle or Lavo?  If you don’t, God bless you.  You were spared.  Needless to say, for a while, “fedora” had a bit of a negative connotation in my social circle, but fortunately for milliners in Manhattan and beyond, the fedora has been revived along with a few other favored head huggers.  If you’re confused as to what to wear on your dome piece, here is a little guide to headwear.  I haven’t included the beanie on this particular list as I don’t approve of ski gear midsummer.  We’ll get there.

fedora panama bucket hatsI adore a fedora: Eugenia Kim Bianca Grosgrain Trimmed Wool Felt Fedora, Topshop Floral Print Fedora, David & Young Felt Fedora, Ace of baseball caps: Collection XIIX Metallic Baseball Hat, Betsey Johnson Wild Blooms Baseball Hat, House of Holland New Era Velvet Baseball Hat, In the bucket: Nixon Bob Bucket Hat, Eric Javits Rain Bucket Hat, Brixton Tracker II Bucket Hat, Panama Jack: J. Crew Panama Hat, BP. Wool Panama Hat, Michael Stars Well Weathered Straw Panama Hat, Shady lady: Helen Kaminski Provence 12 Raffia Straw Hat, BCBGMAXAZRIA Wide Brim Hat, Eric Javits Squishee Shade Sun Hat, Flop to it: Topshop Floppy Wool Felt Hat, Nordstrom Straw Floppy Hat, Hat Attack Leather Trim Wide Brim Floppy Hat




Why Did You Wear That: If Shopping Is Your Cardio

By |July 24th, 2014|Why Did You Wear That?|

nordstrom sale shoppingYou know what’s a great way to beat this miserable heat?  Shopping.  And wouldn’t you know, it’s that time of year again.  Get deep discounts on new arrivals during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale.  We aren’t talking about picked over end of season goods either.  Stock up early and shop everything from Joie suede booties to J Brand denim to Hanky Panky thongs until August 4th when regular prices return.  So, if shopping is your cardio, consider me your personal trainer.



Why Did You Wear That: She’s Got Legs.

By |February 18th, 2014|Why Did You Wear That?|

legwear editorial fashionOh, hey.  It’s snowing again.  Blame that damn groundhog… or global warming.  Whomever is to blame, it’s bone chillingly cold and frustratingly difficult to get dressed each day keeping both style and thermometer in mind.  One tires of wearing only jeans and pants and our poor little frocks have been left hanging lonely in the outer realms of our closets.

A great way to add interest to a basic little black dress is with fashion legwear.  Not to mention, a wonderful way to show off those stems you’ve been keeping in shape all winter long.  Another option?  Consider layering plain black tights under some of the open work options to achieve the same look without losing the warmth.  And speaking of layering, don’t be afraid to layer over the knee options on top of tights.  Play with texture and patterns to keep things interesting until the snow melts and the sun comes out again.

luxury legwear

1. Pretty Polly Tower Block Tights, 2. Commando Secret Garden Tights, 3. Wolford Valencienne Lace Thigh Highs, 4. Wolford Saphira Openwork Tights, 5. Fogal Annegret Hosiery, 6. Wolford Marchesa Tights, 7. Agent Provocateur Polka Dot Stockings, 8. Linda Farrow + Falke Seamed Faux Leather Trimmed Stockings, 9. alice + olivia Semi Sheer Argyle Tights, 10. Nordstrom Mesh Floral Tights





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Why Did You Wear That: Laundry Day

By |June 27th, 2012|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smith doing laundry

There are so many things I love about living in Manhattan: grocery delivery, all night diners, cabs on every corner.  Things that make life so much more convenient that at times you begin to wonder how you ever lived without them.  However, there is one small thing that isn’t always such a cinch.  That dreaded thing happens to be laundry.  Granted, no one enjoys doing laundry, but in New York, if you aren’t fortunate enough to have an in apartment washer and dryer, you are left with one of two choices.  Send your laundry out and allow a stranger to manhandle your unmentionables (not to mention allowing said stranger to discern what does and does not belong in the dryer) or do your laundry yourself.  The latter would require you to sit and sweat while your socks hit the spin cycle.  It’s not like you could leave your beloved laundry in fear of someone stealing it… or dumping it out to access the dryer for themselves.  So, this past weekend, I chose the somewhat lesser of two evils (I needed my underwear STAT and Little J’s couldn’t launder me til Monday).  Making the best of things and not having anything left to wear, I played a little game of dress up and sported my very last pair of striped socks with a floral frock and floral sandals.  Hey, you never know what kind of cutie might be sudsing up his stuff in the next machine…

washing machines

doing laundry

folding laundry

floral dress and shoesdress: Forever21 (similar here), shoes: Nordstrom Rack (similar here), socks: your guess is as good as mine (try these)

Fluff n’ fold.