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I took a trip back to the South for Motherâ€™s Day weekend to surprise my mom. Sheâ€™s impossible to shop for, so being the narcissist I am, I thought I was the best present to show up on her doorstep. No one knew I was visiting, so when I showed up with a bouquet of flowers (above) and walked through the front door at dinnertime everyone was thrilled. I was relieved that she was so happy to see me because I figured I would either be welcomed with excitement or scolded for being so good at lying for a month about the planned trip and sneaking down the East Coast. (more…)
I LOVE vintage everything. The idea of a vintage piece that has stood the test of time and lived to tell a story about it fascinates me. The garments and accessories from past decades reflect the mood of the people, the advancement in technology, political drama and social standards. Through time loosened whale bone corsets, shorter hemlines, burned bras, acid wash jeans, and men with lipstick have become socially acceptable, though not without controversy and drama.
Why the constant push for change? Because fashion loves drama, drama is entertainment, and entertainment is money. After all, it's money that makes the world go â€˜round. And although past trends may resurface there is always a new modern twist. Fashion will continue to push social boundaries so long as people can be offended and technology advances.Â (more…)
Have you ever seen that episode of Family Guy where Peter wishes he had theme music that plays accordingly with his life situations? How cool would it be to have your own theme song that followed you throughout the day and changed with your mood and surroundings? It would take a lot of the guesswork out for the people around us. Thatâ€™s what we do with our daily style in a way- we send a message out to the people around us what kind of mood weâ€™re in. But with the amount of black I wear daily people would probably assume that Iâ€™m either perpetually depressed or that I donâ€™t like to sort laundry.
Whenever Iâ€™m getting dressed and piling on gold accessories with one of my many moto jackets, I imagine some cross between Linkin Park and Shakira playing in the background (still keeping my fingers crossed that theyâ€™ll get together for a collaboration). For the rest of the day I have some dramatic mysterious beat following me while I people watch from behind my sunglasses. (more…)
Hope youâ€™re all enjoying this extension of winter and know that the groundhog has been rightfully indicted (LOL). Check the news if you donâ€™t know what Iâ€™m referring to. Weâ€™re all still bundled up in coats and scarves in NYC. Try a SMYTHE blazer under a detachable fur coat collar for a look similar to mine.
A â€˜faux pasâ€™, as Iâ€™m sure you all know, is the refined French way that we like to refer to a social blunder. Because everything sounds better in French, including our embarrassing fashion mishaps.
So how do you avoid becoming a Fashion Faux Pas victim? (more…)
I hope you all had a grand St. Patrickâ€™s Day and are shuffling back to your daily schedules seamlessly. It was uplifting to see all of NYC come together this weekend to paint the town the same shade of Kelly green, and everyone adorning themselves in lucky shamrocks to celebrate. I, being the nonconformist that I am, wore my own special lucky charm – my lucky bullet, tucked neatly under my Confessions-of-a-Shopaholic-esque, festive green scarf.
Everyone who knows me, knows I wear my lucky bullet every day. Even if for some odd reason I donâ€™t have it on, I still like to credit its existence for the good fortune that comes my way. People ask me â€œWhy the bullet?â€ and I reply â€œBecause it was there when I didnâ€™t die.â€ It was one of those crazy NY movie moments that Iâ€™d have to explain to you over coffee. For a similar look to mine, try pairing a Donni Charm scarf with any one of Jennifer Zeuner lucky-charm-worthy necklaces.Â (more…)