Tuesday, 31 July 2012

In My Closet: The New Classics

Here they are: The New Classicsthe pieces I'm over-wearing to humiliating degree this season, and which will likely last many a season more so long as I don't lose them, shrink them, stain them, or otherwise wreck them, all of which I'm likely to do, as I tend to be a bit of a child with my things, and can't be trusted not to put a serious dent in their longevity, if not end them entirely. Poor things--I could never have a pet.


I purchased this vintage Sonia Rykiel knit at Beacon's Closet in Williamsburg in late February as a birthday present to myself and it quickly became a catch-all sweater, robe, pyjama, etc. It's a little pockmarked but I plan to wear it into senility.
This pale yellow Ralph Lauren blazer was also a vintage find but at a Value Village, of all places, in my hometown. The tailoring is all eighties power woman, but perfect, nonetheless. It's heavily shoulder-padded, but it's Lauren pedigree prevents it from feeling costumey.
If it isn't already clear, I'm crazy about the collared pocketed sheer sleeveless top. Collared-pocketed-sheer-sleeveless tops for all, you know? Your bra may forever be visible, but indecency reigns.
Collared Shirt- Forever 21
Is a style blogger really a style blogger if a style blogger doesn't own a gold tipped collared blouse?
Blouse- Sparkle and Fade
Such beauties, but so in need of breaking in.
Peasant Shoe- Forever 21
Pretty trendy, but I still hope they last forever.
Loafers- Nine West
The only hat for me, and purchased at a boxing day sale no less. The brand is Mint by Goorin, which is one of the myriad brands carried at Urban Outfitters, but is actually a really cool house in its own right, searchable under Goorin Bros.
"Mint is my favourite colour" is maybe a very biddie statement to make, but a very true one, too, so there it is. I can't stop myself with this shade.
Another necklace from Forever 21. I like to think I'm into costume jewelry, but mainly I'm just a student.
One gold H&M cuff of a set I wear practically as permanent jewelry. I almost have a wrist tan from this gem, which is awful and plebeian, but comes with the obsession. 
A pair of black Cheap Mondays are the latest addition to my truly comprehensive collection of high-waisted pants, and they are truly fantastic, if not slightly long. 
I should get rid of these, as they are visibly broken, and excessively overworn, but I can't make myself do it. Sunglasses, as a universal rule, look particularly bad on me, and these somehow manage not to. And that's all I ask--that I not be an uggo, and that more things come in mint.
The best fuchsia, In Vogue by Rimmel. 
Maybe it's blasphemous to say so, but I just haven't fallen for Essie like the rest of the girls. These are my current colours: Grey Suede, Midnight Blue, Fashionista, Gold Coin, all by Revlon.
Romance by Ralph Lauren has been my fragrance since the outset of the new year, and I dig its subtlety. As far as I can tell, it's not overwhelming, and also not overwhelmingly ubiquitous. According to the ads, it also "evokes the timeless essence of falling in love," so there's that.

Monday, 16 July 2012

A Comprehensive Guide to: Cocktail Rings for Summer

My first introduction to the cocktail ring was a blush and tangerine beaded confection gifted to me by my mother and stolen from me by my elementary school French teacher who borrowed it one day as a prank and is still dragging on the joke a decade later, I can only guess.

Since then, I've been irreparably attracted to all things gold and baubled and subtly ostentatious much like a magpie or that requisite elderly woman you know ever bedecked in Swarovski brooches and costume pearls who's all, "whatevs" to that "take one accessory off before leaving the house" rule.

Any incarnation of the cocktail ring in mint or white is very "Ladies Who Lunch", the stand-out of which is absolutely the coral-inspired piece by Indian label Amrita Singh. As for the zoomorphic pieces, the saying "you can't account for taste" probably applies here, as wearing an animal likeness on your ring finger may ring of gaudiness for boring dressers. I think of them simply as statements.

But then, I'm mostly just crazy about this cigar ring by Erica Anenberg, which appears as though in an earlier life may have found a home on the pinky of a wealthy oil baron or shipping heir; I aspire to eventually be gifted one by either, and this costume piece is a respectable start.


(L-R)
Kenneth Jay Lane
Erica Anenberg
By Sophie

(L-R)
Melissa Joy Manning
Didi Colley
Amrita Singh

(L-R)
Robindira Unsworth
Kate Spade
Belle Noel

(L-R)
Soho Hearts
Etsy
Etsy

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Spotlight On: Fruit Motif Jewelry

A fruit motif for Summer may be florals-for-Spring obvious, but nonetheless I'm really digging it in all its Carmen Miranda glory, at the moment. I already put a great deal of effort into redirecting my pendant penchant from the twee to the witty, and a subtle fruit motif accessory is all smirk. 

I'm crazy about these stackable rings by Topshop, and though I liked the pineapple coin charm bangle from Alex and Ani best, the brand also boasts variations featuring other fruit, fueling my collect-them-all outlook toward jewelry series in general.

I wonder what Pamela Love would create with a fruit silhouette as her subject? It shouldn't be far from a Navajo-inspired triangle cuff to this, no?

Topshop


And Mary


Juicy Couture


Juicy Couture


Alex and Ani


Paige Novick

Monday, 25 June 2012

Four Ways to Wear: The Crop Top

I'm not the biggest proponent of the crop top. It's a cute idea, but like so many before it, has moved wayward with its graphic, neon, jersey cotton adoption into the wardrobes of biddie pseudo-ravers at tight-n-bright parties the world over--or something like that.

But that being said, there really are so many wildly sartorial-friendly incarnations of the crop top for S/S '12 that I've decided to give it a second go and try it in one of these invariably chic options below, whether they tend toward the twee (the polka dot crop) or the trying-to-be-cool (the pleat front crop), which is something I try to be, for the most part.


Top- Topshop
Pants- House of Fraser
Heel- Mango
Bag- J. Crew
Bangle- Kate Spade
Studs- Piperlime
Ring- Asos

Top- Topshop
Shorts- Dorothy Perkins
Socks- Antipast
Oxfords- Topshop
Necklace- Minor Obsessions
Belt- Rag & BoneRing- Fabsugar

Top- Topshop
Shorts- Theory
Heel- Valentino
Bag- Chanel
Ring- Miss Selfridge
Necklace- Vanrycke

Top- Topshop
Skirt- New Look
Wedge- Miu Miu
Cuffs- Dorothy Perkins
Necklace- H&M
Chain- Michael Kors


Friday, 8 June 2012

Currently Coveting: The White Pump

I feel like since the mid-eighties, the white pump has pretty much fallen to the wayside as something coveted only by Princess Dianatics and/or brides looking to dye the satin either peach or mint or robin's egg blue or whatever colour their wedding party may be and they need to match for their probably horrid bridesmaids' dresses.


But since this summer swept around, and everybody started going so mad for their whites again and their mixed-whites, and since I became so crazy about tennis and all the white the game demands, I've felt lately that a classic pair of stark white pumps is just about the only thing that even makes sense anymore and ugh, why did I toss that thrifted pair I picked up this time last year?


A stark white is so stand-out; and how fine will they look against your summer skin? I dig the idea of them with a pair of spring's cropped floral pants, or paired with a monochrome bright and minimally-embellished dress à la Diane Kruger or Jessica Chastain in Cannes recently. Speaking of which, Cannes fash- where to begin?


Anyway, my top four selections:


Aldo




Aldo




Topshop


Topshop


Monday, 28 May 2012

Three Ways to Wear: The Jacket and Short Suit

Topshop calls them co-ords. But co-ords is just fabo British speak for pairing off your blazer and shorts, which just so happens to be my new favourite way of dressing. They're kind of contrary, yes. Like, in what capacity would one want to don both a heat-generating blazer, and summer-staple shorts? But fashion is not always comfortable, losers, so pick up on this trend stat-o, because it's the fastest way to insta-summer chic when even the best of us sometimes belt a sarong into a dress 'cause it's so damn hot out - (look, I thought it was a maxi dress, and then the receipt read "swimwear" so my intentions were honest).


Singlet- Melanie
Blazer- Topshop
Shorts- Topshop
Brogues- Repetto
Watch- Betsey Johnson
Ring- Debenhams



Sleeveless Blazer- Topshop
Shorts- Rag & Bone
Shoes- Marni
Bag- Brahmin
Necklace- Statement of the Art
Cuff (top)- Alexis Bittar
Cuff (bottom)- House of Harlow
Ring- Moda Operandi
Hat- Gucci




Blazer- 3.1 Phillip Lim
Shorts- TopshopTop- N/A
Shoes- Jil Sander
Bag- Nina Ricci
Cuff- DSquared2
Bracelet- Aurélie Bidermann
Navy Ring- Mango
Orange Ring- Astley Clarke

Friday, 18 May 2012

Spotlight On: The Summer Bodysuit

The one-piece bodysuit is experiencing a huge post-eighties revival right now for summer, and I am digging it in so many shameless ways. Given my long-term obsession with bustiers and all things high waisted, the amalgamation of the two into one uniform shape is frankly alchemic.

Looking over this shortlist of my top five favourite bodysuits for the summer, I realize they could easily pass for one-piece swimsuits - (except that white Gucci number; I'm not into wet t-shirt contests other than this time I spectated one by accident at Club Soda in Montréal at the beginning of first-year, but those were seedier times). That being said, don't be mistaken - these are not to be worn in water.

These numbers are bona-fide, style-em-with-a-pair-of-palazzos, wear-them-for-day pieces, and if one so happens to be patterned with the onion and daisy motif I've been crazy about since the debut of the D&G S/S '12 collection in the fall, all the better.


Willow




Dolce & Gabbana




Zimmermann




Gucci




Michael Kors