It’s sale time, Christmas in mid-July in the retail and fashion world, with smoking hot deals at Target July 25 and 26th, but I am still enjoying my icy cold brew and wearing all white. This past winter’s Polar Vortex put me in such a funk that I am enjoying every minute of outdoor life, including its partner in crime, frizz and humidity, that I can stand. Last winter, I threatened mother nature by resolving to leave New York only to realize that longterm, I’d only be hurting myself. New York, I love you and hate you, but I’m here for the long haul. As far as my wardrobe is concerned, it’s always at the tail end of July that my pure closet feels so blah, that by the end of July, every single summer, I am ready for boots.
Fundamentally style is style and once you have it, it just comes naturally. Take for instance this Tess Giberson white vest that if I could have bagged a pair of pants completely in the name of fashion, I would have. I have strategically worn them over a pair of white shorts, rings placed on a chain, and striped flatworms and the result is an Abbey Road summer including a girl’s night out.
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And on this beautiful Wednesday, let’s head on over to Abbey Road, but before we do, head on over to The Hamptons Collective and drop your business card into the jar for a chance to win a styling session with yours truly, a blow dry by BLOW, a makeover by FACE, and a gift certificate towards any purchase in the entire shop including Jes Wade, KES, Tess Giberson, and 12 other fantastic designers, Shall we?
There is a theory that says when considering sales it’s not about how much money you spend, it’s about how much you save. It really depends on cost per wear, and how much said time costs each time you put it on your body. But, now that the days are longer and the endless summer seem like it will never end, I am getting sick of wearing the same white tops, shorts, and slip dresses over and over. But I still wear them as I am compelled to make the best use of the money that was well spent.
I would like to introduce, drumroll please, Nordstrom is hosting one of the biggest retail sales of the ENTIRE year right here right now. So don’t consider the dollars you are about to spend on what I call sleek and chic basics spent but instead marvel in those that have been saved. The sale starts today and goes until August 3rd. Natch. All of the sale items are new, exclusive pre-fall or fall products. What could be better than this? Tell me. I need to know.
Shop early. Get a head start on fall items and score these items at a discount!
Navigate the sale products and decide what needs to be refreshed. Those old boots from last winter, those pilled cashmere sweaters. This is practically free advice .
I know what I will be doing today. Click below on the pics to see my favorite black and white pieces for fall or go here or anyhing underlined – they are hyperlinked for your shopping pleasure.
For the first time in a very long time, I feel naked. Nakedness buys you the feeling of freedom. Without all the materials that cloak our bodies, we are left with our own thoughts, feelings, desires and needs stripped down to the bare minimum.
Clearly, it is not because I have nothing to wear.
It is not because my entire closet was donated to Goodwill behind my back.
It is not because I impulsively decided to move to Colorado and live in a tent.
No, for 24 hours, I am without a phone. It is my digital security blanket and I feel lost without it.
I am therefore forced to live without my third appendage, something I have not lived without EVER. After the initial psychological breakdown, I noticed my fingers tingling and yearning for that screen. Checking that phone constantly became a rite of passage in my daily existence. Technology has a way of creeping into our lives in both positive and negative ways and what I do have is the extra time to surf the net, unplugged without disruption.
So I took the morning to visit the new Net-A-Sporter site to upgrade my workout gear and start getting in shape. There is nothing more annoying than worn-out looking workout sports bras and leggings begging for a refresher course when your goal is to look your best.
And it comes just in time, hey it’s mid-July! for that perfect beach bod.
This is sportswear as chic as everything else in my closet. Smart tennis looks that are anything but traditional, precision running pants, yoga and dance clothes you can really move in and a dedicated area for après-workout – this is sport with style.
And whatever sport Cara Delevingne is into even if it’s a boxing ad for Chanel, I would much rather throw the phone away when I get it back and start getting ripped.
How about you?
Here are my favorites that are currently in my cart. Don’t forget to click the photos to upgrade your workout gear!
Happy Monday! Now that the World Cup is over, what is driving you out of bed today? It is July 14th, just about the middle of the month, are you taking advantage of your long summer weekends? I know I am.
Today on the Fashion Hunter, let’s chat about motivation. What gets you out of bed in the morning? When it’s a hot and sunny summer day, your choices of what to eat (insert ice cream, cupcakes no more), what Shakespeare concert to see, what rooftop to attend, and which open-air festival you will appear at are endless. How about when its hot and muggy and you don’t want to do the above activities? Grab a book. I’m reading Amy Sohn’s sharp new novel, The Actress.
What motivates me is finding new and small designers, each with a unique story of passion and vision and dedication to their craft to putting them together with established brands to form a collective. Opened for the summer months, The Hamptons Collective is Bridgehampton’s newest contemporary fashion pop-up. Situated in an open, light-filled gallery space, the shop features an organic curation of emerging fashion designers alongside high-end beauty, gift and lifestyle brands. The Hamptons Collective stocks lines from the likes of Tess Giberson, KES, Carlos Falchi, Forma De Ser and House Account’s FACE Stockholm and Emy Mack.
What’s in it for you? Come in, stop by and say hi. We want to meet you. On July 31st we are having a special drawing to win a $500 gift card, a personal styling session with me, Natch!, a makeover by FACE Stockholm and a hair blow out by BLOW Bridgehampton. And nothing is better on a hot hot day than to flip the switch on your summer wardrobe, update your makeup routine and exit with a smily on your face.
When I heard the news that the Crumbs cupcake shops were closing its doors, I was wistful for the beginning of the cupcake mania when a sugar loaded, buttery-sweet, frosted, candy-colored confection was the ultimate divulgence.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that cupcake mania erupted, maybe it was when Carrie Bradshaw sat outside Magnolia bakery devouring a cupcake and declaring her crush on Aidan circa 2000. Or, maybe not.
Whenever it began, America exploded into a cupcake frenzy. Then as all trends do, the rainbow-colored cakes morphed into tiny cupcakes a la Baked By Melissa, gluten-free options, and food bloggers dived right in, creating prize-winning instagram pics worthy of a treat. We were a nation obsessed, and I won’t miss them.
This week, that era officially ended and the great cupcake wave has crashed. but if there is one thing I have learned and that is food porn gets just as many likes as fashion porn and this week’s Paris Couture was incredibly sweet. Cotton-candy-like gowns from Giambattista Valli, Chanel and Armani Privé (below) are just enough of a reason to admire the fluff, icing only, sans the caloric intake. Violá!
And just in case you are feeling the pastel love come on, here are some looks for you.
And here is me back then indulging in the sweets of yore. I switched from loving sweets to admiring kale and quinoa to keep my body and mind healthy.
Do you think that is a trend too? Write in the comments below.
Hellooo Tuesday heat wave! Let’s talk about it.
Where shorts fail, scrunchies never do, and where hair scrunchies claim their stake in the bathroom and fail to impress outside the confines of your personal space, slip dresses, lightweight, breathable, and downright the perfect summer uniform for these sweltering 90-degree dog days of summer are the only thing to wear. And when ’90s-inspired trends made waves on spring runways, it was the humble slip dress that was the most ubiquitous.
Easy to wear, in lieu of going commando, slip dresses are fashion’s easy answer to NOT sticking to the back seat of the city taxi.
You know what I’m talking about? Yeah, I thought so.
Wearing: Won Hundred dress// Rachel Comey seamless slip underneath, get a similar one here // Derek Lam mustard clutch, get a similar one here or here // Steven Alan x Dr. Scholls Manhattan sandal// cos necklace, get a similar one here
Don’t forget to click the links above or the images below to shop the look !!
All photos: Lydia Hudgens
Today is the day to celebrate the independence of the good ol’ US of A in every way possible. Congrats to the soccer players in the World Cup, (I have major Futbol fever)! Let’s make a toast to BBQ’s, apple pies, beach blankets, fireworks, and of course, can we discuss the July Fourth sales?!?
It’s the perfect time to inject some new energy into the summer closet you’ve been pulling from so far or, if you’re really savvy, think ahead to what pieces you’ll want to add to your fall wardrobe. Be smart: Because most are already happening, make your purchases now and then start to focus on having fun.
Barneys. Up to 60% off regular prices on select clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, as well as gifts for the home. Shop now & receive complimentary shipping & returns on all U.S. orders on Barneys.com!
Bloomingdale’s is giving you 20 to 65 percent off both online and in-store.
Intermix. Additional 40% off sale. Sale ends July 10
Old Navy’s got summer staples aplenty, including wear-anywhere cotton tanks that cost $4.
SSENSE. Get up to 70% on over 170 mens and womenswear designer labels.
Zappos arranged a Fourth of July clearance event that includes clothing, swimwear, and, of course, shoes.
If you’re looking for some last-minute outfit inspo for the weekend, look no further than my picks below. Variations of this all white look, this striped dress, or this McQueen dress reduced to $4,555 from $20K would be perfect! I’m going to be in the water all weekend in this and this.
Have a wonderful long weekend, friends and since it’s raining, click the pics below to get your weekend on.
Song of the summer?
It’s July 2nd, and you know what that means? You are two days shy of the Best Weekend Ever. No matter where you live, hopefully you’re putting on your T-shirt and denim shorts and getting your body ready to dip into the ocean. If not physically getting in, than the state of mind that puts you into the first real unofficial weekend of the Summer of 2014.
Today is the day that you start packing your weekend outfit, if you haven’t start planning this to date. That BBQ, those fireworks, those margaritas.
I am bringing a lot of orange with me this time around, and here’s why.
1. Orange is the New Black.
2. If you can pull it off, orange is one of the most difficult colors to wear. But when done in the right fabric, consider a hat! and when considered in a different context, away from their primary Crayola family, orange (and yellow) can actually be golden.
Here’s to a sun-kissed weekend. Don’t forget the click on the photos below to link through to the product page, and of course, apply that sunscreen.
The 4th of July is just 5 days away and maybe it’s all of the World Cup fever that has me wanting to shout USA! Or maybe it is a verifiable excuse to coordinate some red, white and blue in my wardrobe or even better, hightail it out of the office for a very short week. I think I’ll go for the latter.
Just a forewarning that I received from the weather man, this is going to be a very hot and humid week. And when it gets hot, my brain feels like fried cheese. I tend to call it the summer blues, where the color du jour is blue and loads of comfy, casual, and cool clothing reigns supreme, and the spectacular outfits that I love to wear are hidden in my closet, not on my body.
Because nothing says the dog days of summer, like wispy tank tops with plunging necklines and relaxed trousers with drawstring detailing, complimented by layers of different length gold chains and pendants. Insert a pair of Birkenstocks and, of course the prerequisite hat that talks the talk and walks the walk.
Whatever it is you’re going to do this upcoming weekend, wear pieces that represent your independence…or at least the right to BBQ and enjoy the summer. Whether you spend the day in your house with your dog chilling next to the AC, or in a boat with 100 friends, make it a weekend to remember.
Shop the look down below for some star-spangled style, minus the stars and stripes.
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
New York in the summertime. Ahhh.. the dog days. The weather is usually sunny with a chance of thunderstorms at any given second and that’s where we will remain until September. It’s always a conundrum.
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Photography: Lydia Hudgens