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Summer has officially arrived in New York City. Everyone is breaking out their shorts, breezy fabrics and flirty dresses. This summer is the summer of prints and brights. Loud, fun, obnoxious, novelty prints and bold, saturated colors. Prints of all kinds including florals, animal, skulls, paisley, preppy, you name it. I myself love bold abstract and tribal statement prints. Itâ€™s a great way to stand out in NYC.
New Yorkers are all in an unspoken competition to see who can stand out the most and make a statement. Life here is about celebrating individuality and having others notice and acknowledge it. But in a place where the competition and ambition are high, no one will notice you if you donâ€™t give them a reason to. Â Incorporating a colorful print into your outfit is a simple eye catching way to spark interest. Â Check out the bright summer prints on these street stylers in Little Italy. (more…)
Rain, rain go away come again while Iâ€™m on vacation in the Bahamas. Rain sucks. Unless youâ€™re trying to sleep or overindulge in carbs (guilty!), then itâ€™s the perfect motivation. The sidewalks in the city become filled with slow-walking, umbrella-carrying, rain-boot-wearing, frizzy-hair-having pedestrians that all have the same grimace as the horizontal rain sprinkles onto their faces, making their umbrellas mostly useless.
I was near the Meatpacking District meeting some friends for a lazy Sunday carb-loading Italian dinner (check out the tiramisu above) while checking out everyoneâ€™s drizzle style and taking creeper shots. The rain stayed at a consistent drizzle/fuzzy sprinkle all day so people were dressed across the board. I caught some overly prepared tourists walking around in their candy colored PVC ponchos who looked like they were ready for a monsoon, and locals who were mostly dressed in light hooded jackets, hats or completely unprepared as if it was just another sunny day. I met a group of friends all with their individual styles to combat the elements.
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…)
I woke up this morning with the sun streaming in my window reviving my inner 70s bombshell wannabe (hello Brigitte Bardot) and a little of Carmen Sandiegoâ€™s catch-me-if-you-can mystery while trying to hide under the covers for some extra sleep. What better way to satisfy my style icon craving than with a floppy hat? The hat, might I add, is the ULTIMATE understated, attention grabbing accessory. Everyone always notices the girl in the hat before anyone else in the room. A Lovely Bird floppy hat is an excellent choice for a look similar to mine or a Civil Clothing snapback for those urban glamazon days.
Back to my icon cravings. (more…)
One of our favorite bloggers, Danielle of We Wore What, stopped in our store last week and hit the racks! We were excited to see Danielle feature a couple of our items on her blog today. What did she fall in love with? Take a look after the jump. (more…)
Ever wonder where the fabulous stylists at SINGER22 score their style? We've got you covered! SINGER22 is adding a “Street Style” segment to the website filled with Street Style favorites put together by our Urban Royalty stylists. Be sure to check the site very soon for the new update! Until then, score the above style here: Alice + Olivia Pancho ::: Free People Body Con Dress ::: Eugenia Kim Hat ::: American Gold Heart of Gold Dress ::: TEXTILE Elizabeth & James Dakota Sweater ::: Christy's Hats