As fashion is cyclical and nothing new is truly original, it’s no surprise that the 90’s are having a major moment (something we’ve discussed before). With the return of trends like Birkenstocks, babydoll dresses, and scrunchies, we are in the midst of the second coming of Donna Martin and Cher Horowitz. The funny thing about the 90’s trend is that it seems the consumption is made up mostly by the generation born during that decade. Which probably explains why we seem to have forgotten all of the cringeworthy trends like, oh, say butterfly clips and plastic outerwear. I suppose that’s what we do to romanticize most memories though. And so, let’s hold onto the good and forget about the bad by revisiting a decade responsible for Spice Girls and beanie babies though some would encourage us , “DNR- Do not resuscitate.”
Current/Elliot The Perfect Plaid Cotton Shirt, ZAC Zac Posen Eartha Backpack, Sophia Webster Katy Leather and Vinyl Ankle Boots, Band of Outsiders Floral Print Cotton Mini Dress
Your definition of “spring break” doesn’t necessarily need to include a wet t-shirt contest and well tequila shot from a super soaker into your already inebriated mouth. Sometimes the best kind of spring breaks are those spent with close friends in low key locations. Sure, during my years as a co-ed I visited the obvious and oh so exotic locales of Aculpulco, Cancun, and Panama City, but never did I appear in a Girls Gone Wild DVD, nor did I awake in nothing but plastic beads. I did, however, misplace my purse and nearly face a lifetime spent in Mexico without government ID. But alas, UPS delivers to all of Northern America and I was returned home safely to two less than impressed parental units. While my behavior south of the border was less than stellar, let’s just remember that I was far from bikini clad, AK47 holding, Riff Raff groupie, so I call that a “win.” And why should we ditch the tradition once we’ve earned our undergraduate degrees? Maybe, much like naps, spring break is a tradition that should span on throughout all of adulthood.
Le Specs Cheshire Round Frame Acetate Mirrored Sunglasses, Etro Woven Pandanus and Printed Cotton Fedora, Alexander Wang Prisma Silicone Tote, Sophia Webster Violeta Vinyl Sandals
The best part of fall? No, not pumpkin spice lattes (can we cool it with that, by the way?). Buying boots is by far my favorite part of fall and its fashion. The staple of the fall closet is always footwear. No matter what you’ve got on, if you don’t have the right shoes to seal the deal, you’re essentially screwed. Another great thing about closed toe shoes is spending less time and money on pricey pedicures-not that it’s okay to forgo them entirely. Speaking of which…
To make your lives easier– that’s what I’m here for, afterall– I’ve compiled the best boots in every category and how to style them for any occasion. You don’t have to thank me now, but I certainly won’t stop you from sending Céline in gratitude.
- The Wedge Bootie: See by Chloe Suede Wedge Calf Boots, $475, Tabitha Simmons Haley Suede Wedge Ankle Boots, $1,295, IRO Darlon Wedge Boot, $618
- The High Heel Bootie:Saint Laurent Leather Ankle Boots, $950, MICHAEL Michael Kors York Boots, $200, Madison Harding Jackie Bootie, $280
- The Riding Boot: Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Garrett Western Riding Boots, $495, Church’s Martina Two Tone Riding Boots, $1,050, Boutique 9 Randen Tall Boot, $300
- The Combat Boot: Dr. Martens 1460 Boot, $115, Giuseppe Zanotti Blok Combat Boots, $1,450, Belle by Siegerson Morroson Victoria Combat Boots, $450
- The Moto Boot: Frye Veronica Boots, $268, RED Valentino Flower Embellished Booties, $650, Rebels Shoes Travis Moto Boot, $75
- The Over the Knee Boot: Sophia Webster Hallie Nubuck Over the Knee Boot, $895, 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Over the Knee Boots, $975, Jeffrey Campbell Missionary Over the Knee Boot, $230,
- TheWinter Weather Boot: Isabel Marant Nowles Shearling Boots, $840, Sorel Conquest Carly Boot, $220, Rag & Bone x Hunter Short Boots, $265,
The best way to get through the next two months of below freezing temperatures is to plan ahead. Plan vacations, plan summer shares, plan spring wardrobes… One of Spring 2013’s trends was the minimalistic and graphic use of black and white shown by everyone from Marc Jacobs to Balmain to Michael Kors. A long time fan of bold black and white, I am happy to report that this really is one of those trends that would be hard to get wrong… (though I’m sure someone is capable of screwing it up). You can opt for an actual black and white print or simply pair black and white separates to achieve the look that is clean, crisp, and classic. Throw em for a loop by accessorizing the look with a red lip or bright bag.
Sophia Webster Yayoi Patent and Leather Sandals, $635, Sass & Bide The Big Go Sequin Tank, $180, 7 for All Mankind Cropped Slim Cigarette in Black & White Gloss Stripe, $198, Cambridge Satchel Two Tone Satchel, $172
I love birthdays. I love them the way most normal people love Christmas or Thanksgiving. Not only do I love celebrating mine, but I also love celebrating those of others. Perhaps it’s because it is one special day that is all yours (except that you share it with 19,178,082 on average…) or perhaps it is one great excuse to corral all of your nearest and dearest into one room to have a good time and catch up. Who can say “no” to a birthday invite?
When I look back on birthdays past (minus last year), they are some of my most treasured moments. Even though some of the people in the pictures have changed year after year and some have remained consistent, I smile when I think about those fun filled days and nights and am so thankful to have another day on this planet. Plus, I really like cake. And presents. Speaking of which, have you picked out mine yet? Three day shipping should get it here by Friday, FYI. (Let me know if you need my shipping address).
Ippolita Disc 18 karat Gold Diamond Drop Earrings, $5,000, Jimmy Choo Rob Pruitt Cayla Embellished Patent Leather Clutch, $1,350, Sophia Webster Lana Embellished PVC and Suede Sandals, $535, Kiki De Montparnasse Chantilly Lace Bra, $350 and Chantilly Lace Thong, $225
So, what does every girl need to make her feel special on her birthday other than friends and cake? In my expert opinion, once you’ve secured your birthday frock, a little bling, some killer shoes, shiny clutch, and perfect underpinnings are precisely what you need to get the party started and keep it going.
And a pony wouldn’t hurt.