That Groovy 70’s Show

Bell-bottom jeans, soft suede, and billowy silhouettes, are as groovy as they were circa 1974, and I don’t hate it. The Me decade is making a comeback mostly in part due to fashion’s cyclical nature, and the fact that #normcore might just be boring.

Miu Miu showed a strong collection for resort 2015 with psychedelic prints and big-framed glasses which I cannot wait to wear, but you can wear the trend now like I did down below, and designers like Chloe and Valentino have already started the freedom trend this winter.

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I pulled out some hip-hugger vintage cords out of my closet, a white turtleneck, a paisley vest, and vintage gold boots. I then notched a camel wool coat with a skinny belt and topped it off with a camel fedora.

Ever-evolving, the 70’s philosophy is best described now as the pre-disco revival where colors and patterns exploded, big everything reigned supreme, and “far out” was actually a term.

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J. Crew turtleneck / Thakoon jacket / Joseph vest / Madewell belt / Seafarer corduroys / Tod’s boots  Janessa Leone floppy fedora / Balenciaga hobo bag

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70’s fashion

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floppy hat

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A Winter Uniform

I have been very lazy lately.

And by lazy, I don’t mean not getting things done, and not checking things off the list. I mean in the fashion department.

I have been wearing the same boring look day in and day out. My winter uniform consists of a turtleneck, a faux fur jacket, boots or pointy-toe flats, and a pair of jeans. #Normcore to say the least. Maybe it’s the lack of inspiration or just that these wears are comfortable. Either way it’s a good thing to not have to think about what I will put on every morning.

Rather, it’s actually refreshing.

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Asos coat / Theory turtleneck / Topshop jeans / Saint Laurent black duffle bag / Touch gloves / Lanvin point toe flats

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black Saint Laurent bag

black Lanvin flats

Saint Laurent bag

black faux fur

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Your Cheat Sheet for MLK Day Sales

The most important thing about today’s holiday is remembering Martin Luther King, and honor his life and achievements. If you get a chance, go see SELMA for a reminder!

But there are fringe benefits to getting a break from work. And of course, all the sales. Some of your favorite retailers are on sale and slashing prices on the exact things I want this time of year, basics.

Peek down below for a post of how to style the basics and a list of all the sales happening right now. Click the bold text hyperlinked directly to your favorite online shops.
camel coat and denim

Eugenia Kim wool cap, get this and others on my Tictail store / Madewell sweater dress / Celine ankle boot / Bouchra Jarrar striped turtleneck / Madewell skinny jeans / Azalea camel coat / vintage bucket backpack

Here is the full list of sales happening now:

Anthropologie EXTRA 40 % off: EXTRAEXTRA

Madewell Extra 30% off: AHHH

J.Crew Factory: Extra 30% off: TICKTOCK

Athleta: Extra 20% off: ATHLETA20

William Sonoma Extra 25% off: SAVENOW

Steven Alan: Extra 25% off: NEWYEAR25

French Connection: Extra 40% off: 40SALE

Singer 22: Extra 25% off: 25MORE

Banana RepublicExtra 40% off: BRWEEKEND

Old Navy Extra 30% off: SAVEMORE

Bauble Bar Buy 4, Save 30%: STASH30

Net-A-Porter Extra 20% off: 20SALE

Yoox: Extra 20% off: YOOXREMIX

Gap Up to 40% off: LAYER

Bloomingdale’s 20% off select: TAKE20

Joie Extra 25% off: Extra25

 

 

 

 

 

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Step Inside My Closet

I wish I had a quarter for every time someone asks me”I love your ____, where did you get that?”

Today on the Fashion Hunter, I am offering to give you a sneak peek into my closet by offering some of my favorite pieces for sale. I have amassed a large collection of shoes, handbags, and clothing throughout the years as a stylist, and blogger and it’s time to share my treasures with you. It’s always a good idea to get a fresh start, especially in the month of January and I want to help you by offering some of favorite pieces, currently selling like hotcakes.

My go-to websites are Tictail, Poshmark, and SnobSwap where I have posted my favorite things, and I able to do that on-the-go straight from my phone. And if you don’t want to commit? You can even rent my closet over here at Kookopa!

ivory wool check dress

 Creatures of Comfort dress, get a similar one here

The good news is, there is no such thing as too high or too low. I share my Zara pony-hair kicks just as much as my purple 4-inch 3-buckle heels.

Zara sneakers

purple heels
Zara black pants
Isabel Marant top / Zara pants / Mango boots
Head on over the sites above for your fresh start and see how it’s done.
For any closet purging of shopping, email me here Nyfashionhunter@me.com. I’m happy to help !
Still life photos, check out emj1123 on instagram.
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Back In New York

After a weekend getaway, it’s always nice to come back to the city I love. Coming back to freezing cold temps? Not so much.

After braving so many winters and threatening to break up with New York, I drop my flag and surrender. Layering is a fun game only when snow boots and turtlenecks aren’t the only option. The problem I see is that we have no choice but to dress weather appropriately. And that’s what sucks. The lack of power. And it’s only mid-January.

Of course, if you are dressing simply in all black and grey, you master the basics and fit right in to the landscape. Keeping it tonal, keeping it real. But by no means basic.

Therefore there is no reason to relocate.

You just need five pieces in your wardrobe to make it here. A simple uniform.

all-black uniform

Janessa Leone grey fedora

asos oversized cocoon coat

t by alexander wang cropped sweater

rag & bone skinny jeans

saint laurent boots

I still toy with leaving every year. Do I stay or do I go?

Those papayas!

The warm weather!

The carefree lifestyle!

For now, I just try to get a few mini breaks during the winter months. It makes such a big difference. Talk to me in March.

grey coat with grey hat

grey uniform

grey coat with grey hat

all black uniform

grey wool coat

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Closet Cleanse

I am not going to lie. It is f*cking freezing and the weekend doesn’t look any better. Since the weather will not cooperate, talk of near-numbing temps around the globe swarm the internet, I hereby state a public service announcement that you:

1. Clean your closet. It’s literally so refreshing to come home to an edited closet. Yes, I do house calls. Visit my new store at Tictail.com where I am selling my stuff.

closet refresher

Wearing: Maison Kitsune sweater / MiH jeans

closet cleanse

This flowchart will help you make quick decisions.

flowchart

2. Order new coats currently on sale at luxury e-tailer MatchesFashionBloomingdale’s, and last year’s coats at a steep discount, i.e.: The Outnet.

These are my top 15 picks.

 

Here’s the end result. Report back  on Monday and let me know how you succeeded!

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Photos: Jeff Thibodeauco

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Winter Cocoon

Here we are the first week of 2015, and I’m back in the swing of things. Trying to keep my resolutions in tact. So far I am four for five. Not bad.

This arctic blast in the weather department has me freezing my butt off, so all I am concerned about right this very minute is the here and now which is keeping warm. For starters, I am wearing turtlenecks, tucking my hair underneath. This coat is so comfy and warm I feel like a teddy bear. And the high-waisted mom jeans? There is no room to sneak any air on my body. It’s a win-win. Single digits combined with a wind chill is hard to handle, so layering is a must. I can’t help but think of last winter’s Polar Vortex. So today I will continue cleaning out my closets.

How about you?

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There is only one way to get through this month. Keep on moving forward.

leopard coat

Wearing: Theory turtleneck / Asos coat / Topshop jeans / Saint Laurent boots and bag / Echo gloves

leopard coat

leopard coat

faux leopard coat

teddy bear coat

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New Year, Nothing New

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I have an addiction, and I would like to curb it, or at least tone it down a bit. It might sound familiar to some of you. It’s called shopping.

As fashions change, so does my style. I get bored very easily and frankly once I post my look up on my blog and instagram, and wear those _____ more than ten times, it is rendered obsolete. To best explain where I am coming from see above photo. It’s new, fresh, and I want everything in it.

Welcome to 2015. Have you made your resolution yet? Have you broken it yet? Every year, I make a resolution — but most of these high falutin goals won’t make it through the end of January. So, if you’re feeling like your resolutions aren’t going to stick, you’re probably in good company. One of my goals, to read for 30 minutes every night, has been working out and I will try to keep it up. Now, my other new year resolution is to purge my closet of all the things I don’t wear before anything new comes in. I think keeping to a set amount of clothing is kind of daily reminder to be content with what you have, to really appreciate the clothes on your back.

Where to start? Start small by taking everything out of your closet and be honest with yourself whether you will wear an item in the next year, or not.

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Here are some tips for paring down your closet

1. Empty your closet. Seriously, take absolutely everything out of your closet and lay it out on your bed. Don’t cheat–taking everything out at once is the secret to style clarity. As you put your LOVE IT pieces back into your empty closet, your style will practically scream at you. But that won’t be the case if your closet is still being muddied with MAYBE pieces left hanging in there. So just take it all out and start PURGING.

2. Sort each item into one of these four piles:

  • LOVE IT AND WOULD WEAR IT RIGHT NOW!! Self explanatory. Put it back in your closet.
  • MAYBE. This is for items that don’t fit quite right, the color is a little off, have sentimental value, you can’t put your finger on it but you just don’t wear it, or you’re keeping it because you paid a lot for it but you don’t wear it. Put all this stuff in a box and store it in the garage. You can always go get stuff out of it, but you probably won’t. If it’s still in the box at the end of your season, it’s time to say goodbye to it.
  • NOPE. Self explanatory. Donate, swap with a friend, or sell it to fund new purchases.
  • SEASONAL. Wool coat in summer? Probably don’t need it handy. But you’d never get rid of a staple like that–come on. If it’s not in season, but you LOVE IT, put it in a nice under-the-bed box and store it. You’ll definitely use it in your capsule wardrobe when that season rolls around.

3. Assess what’s left in your closet. You’ll want to have your favorite season-appropriate items in your closet. Now its time to plan + shop. Do you need to downsize? Put a few more items in your MAYBE box.

As a side note, we are creatures of habit. If we start the new year by doing something right, and finding pleasure in getting dressed in a snap, then we should prioritize keeping our closets neat and edited. I have started by renting my clothes on Kookopa and will have a new store up on Tictail by the end of the week.

Happy Monday, happy purging!

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Let’s Raise a Glass

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Photo: courtesy of Honestly WTF

You have heard this before but today is the day to read it again. A new year is like a blank book. It is your chance to fill the pages with a beautiful story for yourself. The past years are just chapters in your life and chapters close but only in anticipation of new ones being written.

Before we go forward though, we should take a minute or two and reflect on what was the past 365 days. I call this an important step to bury to hatchet of what didn’t work, tie up the loose ends that did, and look at the photo album that was 2014.

I believe that self-improvement and growth is something that should be on your mind all year long, but I also appreciate the can-do spirit of the new year, and the goals that come along with it.

Whether your resolution is mental, physical, spiritual, or (yes) sartorial, growth can only ever be a positive thing.

For 2015, I have listed my resolutions on paper, solidifying their validity.

1. I will continue to evolve and challenge myself.

2. I will read thirty minutes every day.

3. I will love everybody in my life.

The year-end ritual is just a conversation piece to pass by the time, unless you make it your reality. Why do we make resolutions that we just can’t keep, like going to the gym every single day?

Or starting that diet.

Maybe because it is an unattainable goal and we want to torture ourselves with our previous failures? I can only live my life to the max, and to stay humble while doing it.

But before I go, I want to thank every single one of you. I wouldn’t get to do this blog that I love so much without your encouragement, readership, comments and love. It is so, so appreciated.

2015. BRING. IT. ON.

So many cheers,

xo Stephanie

 

 

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How To Ring It In In Style

This Wednesday, the clock will strike midnight and the year will wind down and we will all utter the words: “Where did the time go?’ Another year will have passed giving us all opportunity to reflect and become anew if we so choose. And as the temperatures drop, its time to reflect and look back at the year that is 2014 and ring in the new fresh-faced 2015 looking and feeling our best, ready to put our best foot forward as we head into the new year.

I know for me, I have been running out of  fresh outfit ideas as I stare at my closet with a blank stare.

I have a New Year’s soiree to attend.

I have a party Saturday night.

I have nothing to wear. WTF.

We have all been there, so I decided to share my simple go-to rule for making something out of nothin’ in the outfits department: start with a gorgeous pair of shoes and work your way up.

Here I paired a classic pair of black boots, with a fringe dress. I topped it with a sleeveless ivory turtleneck, and a a leather moto jacket for the good ol’ cold weather.

ivory fringe dress

Wearing: Tiffany sunglasses / Reformation fringed dress, sold out, get a similar one here / DSquared leather moto jacket. Get it here

fringe dress with moto jacket

fringe dress moto jacket

Ready to strip down and take it off? There are many endless options for open toe sandals out there and probably in your closet already. In case you don’t, pick up a pair of these stunners, add a fringe dress, and you will deserve a spin on the dance floor before the ball drops.

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Tibi sandals.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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