Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I've had my coveted by many dahlia pink pants for more than a couple of weeks now, but I have yet to feature them in an outfit post! This is tres unacceptable, but I was having trouble pulling together a "blog worthy" outfit. But this week it occurred to me - monochrome!
To keep your look from getting too flat, I do recommend wearing different shades of a hue (or is it different hues of a shade? I never remember). It adds depth and interest, though if taken too extreme it can fall into colorblocking territory! For example: Do you consider a red top and pink pants monochrome or colorblocking?
Different textures also add interest and dimension to a monochrome look. Try mixing silk and cashmere or furry and lacy!
Finally, small touches of a neutral like black, gray of white can help emphasize the otherwise one color look of your outfit. I admit the blazer may be too much, but something like a belt or other accessory can look great!
J. Crew, fei flannel top and blue bowler hat from Anthropologie, pale cami underneath stolen from my sister, blazer from Urban Outfitters, Michael Michael Kors heels from Net-A-Porter, Michael Kors belt from Bluefly. Jewelry is: Betsey Johnson earrings, PAM vampire teeth necklace, tiger and rhinestone bracelets from CUSP, green glass bracelet from street fair, black ring from ShopBop, horizontal glass ring from Banana Republic.
Sidenote: Think that model bills herself as an Alexa Chung look alike?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I'm sure many of you can immediately think of a favorite nonprofit or two that you'd like to benefit, but how can I resist writing a gift receiving guide?? So here are a few alternative giving catalogues I'd like to recommend:
- The USO Wishbook - I'd be remiss if I didn't highlight my own organization!!! There are hundreds of men and women out there fighting for what they believe is right, thousands of miles away from their families for months at a time. Don't forget our troops are often the first to bring aid to areas hit by natural disasters - my navy doctor friend spent more than a month deployed in Haiti after the earthquake hit treating injuries. So why not ask to help fund a phone call back home ($25) or kickball equipment ($75) for our service members?
- The National Wildlife Federation Adoption Center - No secret that I love animals! There are so many cuddlies to symbolically adopt: seals, eagles, panthers, alligators, meercats, and otters! Everything has a base price of $20, but some have add-ons like a plush toy, a calendar, even binoculars!
UNICEF Inspired Gifts - UNICEF provides care for children all over the world and you can help buy buying measles vaccines for 100 kids ($24) or a child survival food pack ($82). These are actual gifts that will go to one of the 150 UNICEF serves.
- CARE Package - CARE fights global poverty, with a focus on empowering women. Wow, you can send a girl to school for a year for just $49? You can also join in other people's CARE Packages, which is neat.
- Oxfam America Unwrapped - An international relief and development organization that helps communities fight poverty, I think they're the only charity that let's you give crap... well, manure ($12). Hee hee hee! There's a multitude of options, from art supplies for kids ($15) to a pair of sheep ($90).
I'm launching a new series: Fashion Dogs!!
I've made friends with many fashion bloggers over the years and one thing that's stood out to me is how many of them have a beloved pooch that often makes cameos on their site, and sometimes even have their own Facebook pages and Twitter accounts! It's obvious that fashionistas love their doggies and I think it's about time we learned a little more about them!
First up I'll test the waters with my own baby, Kyoko!
|I love hats just like my mommy!|
I'm a drop-earred papillon, also known as a phalène. Papillon means "butterfly" in French and the breed was named for the fringy ears. In French, phalène means "moth" - how fabulous is that??? My mommy's imaginary fashion label is named Phalène! We're a toy breed usually under 10 lbs known for being intelligent, gentle and needy!
|This will be the perfect Christmas card!|
Sometimes when it gets very cold out, she puts me in a sweater my aunt Alex knitted! I also have a leopard print Snuggie, me-ow!
Where do you love to shop?
Online pet boutiques always look so terrible, like they were made in the early '90s and haven't been updated since! I like to shop stores that have pet departments, like Saks Fifth Avenue and ModCloth.
|Could you scootch that a bit closer?|
I would love it if Diane von Furstenberg made pet items, she has great prints that would look lovely on bowls and beds. And I bet Balenciaga would make amazing collar sets with great hardware details and sculptural shapes!
If there was one pair of shoes you wish you could chew on right now, what would it be?
I initially thought maybe the Mui Mui glitter pumps everyone went gaga over in early fall, but now I think I'd rather sink my teeth into these Thakoon ankle boots! Black & white Afrian-inspiraed paisley print?? Nommy in my tummy!!
Let me know if you know of a fashion dog to be featured next!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Funny how for as long as I can remember I've hated all that is western, and suddenly this year I've started getting into the look! You won't see me in straight-up cowgirl costume, but I've gotten attached to some of the accessories, particularly the hats!
Delia*s, skirt and hat from Madewell, scarf from Urban Outfitters, my fab Stuart Weitzman 50/50 over the knee boots, a Coach bag my sister gave me, thick cable knit tights and some rings you can't really see.
You know I'm obsessed with tiger print right now!! It just feels so fresh compared to ho hum leopard.Intermix - so not going to happen! So I went on safari for a more affordable pair and...
Recently watched the movie "The Brothers Bloom" about some con men in the '30s and their wonderfully eccentric mark, but the character that most caught my eye was "their muscle" - Bang Bang the explosives expert. Played by Rinko Kikuchi, who has three lines in the entire movie, she cooly observes every movment with a cocked eyebrow and blows stuff up. Her style can only be described as androgynous sociopath with an obsession with couture. I'm pretty sure she's my new muse, as she obviously dresses to please herself and screw everyone else!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
As the temperatures drop, everyone is digging out their winter gear, but perhaps they don't look very exciting being pulled out of the attic? Time for buying new things, hooray!
First on your list is a a blanket scarf! Definitely look for fair isle or south western prints, throw over your shoulders and belt it for a great twist!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Well, we're three episodes in now. I admit, I started off all kinds of "meh." The only person I could remember was the lady who has both a wonky eye and crazy eyes... I'm never usually a straight-up bitch on my blog, but the only accessory she needs is a pair of sunglasses.
But I digress! As the episodes have progressed, I've realized that of course I haven't made any attachments yet. It usually takes me until episode six at least to start loving on people, though I usually identify one or two early on that I want to keep my eye on. For Project Accessory I'm having a lot of trouble getting a sense of who these people are as designers.
When it comes down to it, I don't think accessory designers are taught to have a strong, cohesive point of view. Especially when some people obviously focus on jewelry, some on leather goods. It always seems like a great pair of earrings and a necklace and then a belt way out from left field.
That and I find the whole runway concept a little stilly for accessories. "Everyone look how different accessories transform the same dress!" Except not really that much.
I still have hope that my attitude will change towards the show, but overall I find the concept that anyone can match the love I know feel for Nina, Michael Kors, Heidi and the most beloved person in fashion, Tim Gunn, impossible.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
It's time for that familiar crush of holiday gatherings! One of the biggest events you'll probably have this season is your company's official holiday party. But just because it's an after hours event with cocktails doesn't mean it's time to go wild in your favorite bodycon mini. You can balance the fun and turn heads without getting a call from HR the next day. I don't even like the idea of wearing a strapless dress to an office party, though do keep in mind that you can make a piece more conservative by throwing on a chic blazer or cardigan and wearing opaque tights.
Most invites I've received so far call for "festive attire." I've taken this to mean cocktail dressing, so I recommend a dress or skirt, but some dressy pants (NOT black chinos) will work if you pair them with a fancy schmancy top. Just don't skimp on the schmancy, folks! But don't wear a full length gown unless the invite specifies "black tie."
I decided to check out the red carpet for some inspiration:
I was tres inspired by these pics - so much so that I created three different outfits - all perfect for your company's shindig. Go for conservative silhouettes with sparkle and you'll stand out for all the right reasons!