Why Did You Wear That: Under the Boardwalk

By |September 3rd, 2016|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

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Ah, where were we?  Oh, that’s right.  Dissecting summer’s sweat stains and cynicism,  When I realized that I might be a little overdressed for housing hot dogs and giving the Tilt O Whirl a spin, I swapped my bodycon two piece for something a lot softer and a bit breezier: TOBI’s Desert Dreaming Dress Set.  There are days when it’s so steamy you can’t stand the thought of anything touching you, not even Ryan Gosling with a puppy and plate of freshly baked gluten free chocolate chip cookies.  Rather than give up on life by throwing on an oversized dashiki, find something in a natural (aka not synthetic) fabric that’s got some room to breathe and bonus points for clever ventilation design details.

Now, I realize the title of this entry may be a bit misleading.  I did do a serious stroll down the boardwalk by the sea taking in all the scents and the scenery, but I did not find myself at any point in a place where I might be able to sneak off with some handsome surfer for canoodling beneath the pier (and not just because there were no handsome surfers anywhere to be found).  Turns out, this boardwalk is exactly that– a walkway made from, you guessed it, boards.  On one side, you’ve got candy apple carts, frozen beverages and burgers, and every carnival ride your mother wouldn’t allow you to embark upon for fear of a fate worse than Fabio’s.  On the other side, there is a very impressive stretch of sand, way wider than many of the shorelines that have slowly eroded over the years.


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Desert Dreaming Dress Set, c/o TOBI


Photography by Michael Stiegler

Friday Frocks: Chemise-try 101

By |August 8th, 2014|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

lingerie clothesline bridal showerI remember slumber parties.  I don’t remember pillow fights in my panties though.  I think that cliché is some sort of sleazy scenario concocted by pervy males, when in reality, most slumber parties I attended involved Cosmo quizzes, Dr. Pepper, and pizza.  I guess nearly nude party games do sound a bit saucier.  At our age, most of the sleepovers we now attend are a bit more exclusive- like party of two and maybe a lucky dog at the foot of the bed.  While we probably should keep playing games of truth or dare until we die, we don’t necessarily need to continue donning oversized t-shirts and Soffe shorts of platonic slumber parties of years past.  One way to ensure the fire doesn’t dwindle after hours is to dress for bed like you’re dressing for your first date.  Not literally, of course, because you wouldn’t necessarily wear something see through to dinner at Le Cirque and a bodycon dress for bed might be too binding- but maybe you’re into that.  Swap your boxers for something silky, skip the pillow fights, and get right to the pillow talk.

eberjey lingerie chemise sleepwear1. Fleur of England Esme Babydoll Contour Slip, 2.Calvin Klein Underwear Infinite Lace and Stretch Jersey Chemise, 3. In Bloom by Jonquil Exclusive Lace Chemise, 4. Stella McCartney Minnie Sipping Lace Trimmed Stretch Silk Satin Chemise, 5. Natori Boudoir Tank Chemise, 6. Eberjey Golden Girl Chemise, 7. Rosamosario Floral Print Silk Chiffon Chemise, 8. Eberjey Amaya Chemise, 9. Honeydew Intimates Emma Elegance Chemise, 10 .Oscar de la Renta Elegant Touch Satin Chemise



Why Did You Wear That: Weekend Warrior

By |May 22nd, 2014|Why Did You Wear That?|

hamptons luxury linerAs summer and steamy weather welcomes its way into our lives, so do summer Fridays and weekends away.  A girlfriend and I chatted away while she packed for an exotic trip to Morocco and we laughed about how we were responsible packers and every man’s dream as we weren’t likely to pack every pair of shoes we own to match the six extra outfits that we brought “just in case.”  Well, except for that one trip I took last summer wherein my entire bag broke due to sheer weight and I was berated for the rest of the week about it.  That was not only irresponsible packing, but irresponsible dating.  And as Hemingway once stated, “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”  But that is neither here nor there because more likely than not we will all be escaping the city at some point and we must have the proper bag to pack along with some travel accessories to keep our jewelry and cosmetics in check.

weekend bag1. Graf & Lantz Duffel Bag, 2. Stella McCartney Noemi Kenya Cotton Canvas Tote, 3. Lipault Paris Frame Wheeled 20″ Bag, 4. Mara Hoffman Divine Weekend Bag, 5. MCM Medium Stark Weekender, 6. Tumi Packing Cube, 7. Gift Boutique Jewelry Travel Box, 8. Anya Hindmarch In Flight Neon Patent Leather Travel Case, 9. Sophie Hulme Textured Leather Cosmetics Case, 10, Marni Printed PVC Cosmetics Case, 11. Flight 001 Go Clean Lingerie Bag, 12. Deux Lux Amalfi Weekender, 13. Rachael Ruddick RR Traveller, 14. Clare V Grand Duffle Textured Leather Bag, 15. Stela 9 Luna Weekender Bag, 16. Eddie Harrop The Voyager Studded Leather Weekend Bag



Why Did You Wear That: No-chella

By |April 10th, 2014|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smith coachellaIf you live in New York you are in one of two camps: the ones who boarded Palm Springs bound planes for a wild weekend at Coachella or the rest of us who plan to stay put and enjoy the little bit of sunshine that’s finally been bestowed upon us.  I fall into the second camp and am pretty okay with that.  As mentioned, as much as I love a live show, being part of a commercialized and overcrowded concert series gives me the heebie jeebies.  I do, however, love the opportunity to tap into my inner flower child from time to time and fortunately, my mom was smart enough to hold onto a few of her favorite pieces and pass them along to me.  Smart and pretty.

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kirsten smith coachellasunglasses: Stella McCartney, sweater: Staring at Stars, top: vintage (thanks, mom!), jeans: Odyn, shoes: Charles David, bracelets: Kenneth Jay Lane, bag: vintage Dooney & Bourke




photos by Kate Alex

Why Did or Why Don’t: Fuzzy Was He?

By |January 8th, 2014|Why Did or Why Don't?, Why Did You Wear That?|

muppets most wantedI’m not actually sure if I remember, but know I definitely did not participate in this trend the first go round.  I, for sure, had a few angora sweaters (cropped and otherwise) back in the day, but as for this especially fuzzy sweater trend, I have no recollection.  That might lead one to believe that it’s “new” but for one we all know that nothing is truly “new” and the fact that many of these styles have been labeled as “retro” I’m led to believe that perhaps I passed into a temporary coma for the fifteen minutes in the 90’s that these sweaters stole the stage.  Having seen more than a few late teen/early twenty year olds sport the trend leads me to believe we are going to have to decide whether to love it or leave it like the Muppets left Manhattan.

fuzzy sweaters1. Stella McCartney Bryce Mohair Blend Faux Fur Coat, 2. Glamorous Fuzzy Open Front Cardigan, 3. Y.A.S. Sally Cardigan, 4. Forever 21 Retro Shag Sweater, 5. Pins and Needles Fuzzy Open Front Cardigan, 6. H&M Fluffy Cardigan, 7. Karl Donoghue Shearling Coat, 8. Sparkle & Fade Fuzzy Leopard Cardigan, 9. Forever 21 Retro Sweet Sweater, 10. Faith Connexion Kaglan Sleeveless Sweater