Blue Crush

Now that we can peel off our winter layers and revel in the fact that today will be in the mid-50′s!, spring has finally sprung. My closet is as clean as a whistle, and although I wonder what mother nature will pull on us next week, I won’t put away my lightweight coats just yet.

The good news is, I can finally see what has been hiding in the back of my closet, now that I have some space. The state of this affair always had the added bonus of finding fresh new pieces to fill that empty space. If that was the motivation behind my cleaning, so be it. Somebody, somewhere will be happy to own my stuff.

My threads have had to deal with the shock of normcore, and now they are going into garbage bags into somebody else’s blank box. Welcome to consciously uncoupling.

Now onto the topic of shopping, my drug of choice, how can I add my favorite pieces without breaking the bank? I like to raid other people’s closets for those special pieces that I am crushing on. I have a crush on all things blue, iridescent, and denim and want to add those basics to the mix. I recently purchased the Phoebe jean, and love the extra long cuff on the bottom. Paired with a pair of sandals, lose the jacket, it’s the perfect combo for the warmer months.

Blue faux fur

blue denim

blue faux fur

 marolli blue jacket, bag and top // MiH jeans // fitbit // rag & bone booties // gabriella artigas necklace

iridescent bag

blue denim

 photos: Lydia Hudgens

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A Love Affair

Not to exaggerate, but I think I may have finally found my soul mate. Well, at least an accessories soul mate.

This weekend, the first stellar sunny one of spring’s nature, I took out my littlest spring accessories which instantly lightened my load. My favorite backpacks from this fall will shrink into an adorable itty-bitty thing for spring, just large enough to hold only the uttermost essentials. Thanks to these new handle tops and detachable cross-body straps (most of them come equipped with the hands-free option), they’re much easier to carry than a clutch. Check out one of my new favorite crushes, especially this all-white beauty below from Laura Vela.

Laura Vela

fay color block bomber jacket// revolve clothing tank top // essie spring polish

photo: Lydia Hudgens

It’s so easy to grab a slick one for a night out or opt for one washed in a pretty pastel shade for the day. Now is the time to trade in your oversize, extra-roomy Mary Poppins bag for one of these mini-me versions.

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Desert Storm

What do Birkenstocks, mirrored sunglasses, and loads of fringe have in common? You guessed it, it’s almost music festival season. If luck would have it that you’re going to the neon carnival that is Coachella, consider yourself a lucky dog. There are going to be daytime pool parties galore sponsored by the likes of H&M, Nylon, and Guess, among the many, great music, and lots of nudity.

JK about the nudity. But one thing is certain: it’s going to be a style bonanza of epic proportions. Whether you bump into the bohemian bombshells in their peasant blouses and ankle boots (ahem, Kate Bosworth) or the high-end hipsters in skinny jeans and crop tops — you will want to fit in one way or another. Betting there will be a lot of normcore looks this year, let’s just hope the flower crown doesn’t reign supreme.

Deciding what to wear to the festival has now become as stressful as getting your hands on a ticket and that’s why I have created a handy guide for the must-haves before you head out to the desert.

Coachella street style

Coachella street style

Coachella street style

Coachella  

Look #1: Anthony Peto straw fedora // Current/Elliot Florence woven dress// Aperlai fringed sandals. This is winning style, cut simply.

Mara Hoffman printed bikini top for the moments that it is scorching hot and tuffets to place your sweaty body.

Accessories that abide by the code: Lionette necklace and Auriéle Bidermann bracelet and this Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent cross-body bag.

Look #2: Wildfox sunglasses in pink // Preen embroidered tartan top// Topshop hot pants// Opening Ceremony Coachella boot.

Don’t forget to click after the jump to see more street style pics for guidelines… happy shopping, happy Friday!

Coachella

Photos: Harper’s Bazaar

 

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Test Driving a Trend

Among one of the great questions of life is should one ever wear a skirt over pants? I have been deliberately eschewing this Spring fashion trend of wearing skirts over pants, but let’s focus a minute on this layering technique.

I can distinctly remember the look of tiny bondage skirts over tight black pants worn in the 90′s, better known as S.O.P, which always looked a bit trashy. The combination of ball gowns worn over pants seen on the red carpets of late, can only be rocked by Emma Watson and none other. So where does that leave us mere mortals?

It is an unwritten rule that petite women should never wear skirts over pants because a. vertically challenged in the calf and thigh department, mine measure at a mean 31 inches, don’t warrant all that attention and b. working out on the elliptical machine and doing multiple FlyBarre classes may help firm up those calves and thighs, but who wants to draw attention to a body part that isn’t our best feature. For the record, Naomi Campbell’s lengthy pins clock in at or around 37 inches long, certainly making for better eye candy.

As the trend filtered from runway to red carpet and filtered to the streets of New York and Paris, I had a A HA! moment. Trying something way out of my comfort zone means experimenting with the stuff that I was otherwise afraid to try. I put on this long high low sheer top over wide leg pants and when paired with a simple white jacket it imitates the entire look. Breezy, with an additional lift in the back, this is how you will find me wearing the S.O.P. Tricky, tricky, tricky.

sheer top over pants

sheer top over pants

rag & bone chiffon high low top // h&m jacket get a similar one here// chloe pants // pierre hardy shoes // laura vela clutch

You will either love it or hate it, that’s the wide-spread truth of fashion polarization. For me, the jury is still out on the S.O.P.  Frankly, just another way to ignore the fact that I can’t stand to put on another pair of skinny jeans right now.

Where do you stand on this? I’m teetering on heels on those cobblestone streets in the Meat Packing District.

photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Transitions

I spent the rainy March weekend cleaning out my closet. My mantra is it shouldn’t take me longer than 10 minutes to get dressed but I have struggled of late to make this happen. The challenge stems from not being able to find items quickly and efficiently in my closet. Are you with me here?  It always amazes me how when I de-clutter the stuff that just lingers in my closet, I don’t miss it. I started purging my clothes, and then moved to housewares and old CD’s.

I found this picture for inspiration to start.

color coordinated closet

photo: The Container Store

Then I started tearing it apart. But before you do anything drastic, there are certain rules of thumb that I abide by when I start my Spring cleaning. Here are my tips:

Start sorting.

Make one pile for items to move to a winter closet, one to sell, one for donations, and one for giveaways to people you know, and then one for throwaways. I also make a pile that I let “marinate” in my room. It is for the items that I think I might want to grab, but haven’t touched in over 6 months. I label it and date it six to 12 months hence, and if I don’t open it by then, I toss it.

Set the rules.

Decide what you are going to do with stained, worn, or wrong-size items. We all have them! To streamline the process even more, hang all remaining items backwards, and turn them around each time they are worn. If anything is still backwards in a year, out it goes.

Resist using a storage facility.

If you have trouble discarding heirlooms or those pieces that you might pass down to your kids even though you’re not even married yet, forget about it. Take a picture instead and hold onto that for keepsake. It’s the memory you’re holding onto, not the thing.

Recycle.

It’s almost Spring, and who says that we can’t recycle old outfits that we once wore and loved?  I wore this outfit last August when it was just starting to get chilly, and will wear it again in March when it is just starting to warm up again. These are great transition pieces — a great leather jacket, a black and white striped shirt, and white track pants that blend seamlessly into Fall, and out of Winter. Perhaps on a day like today, I would wear booties instead of open toe shoes featured below. Don’t be afraid to recycle your fashion, I know I’m not.

black leather jacket

black leather jacket

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

black and white striped shirt

FYI, in a few weeks time, I will also be renting my clothes out, a cool new concept brought to you by Kookopa. Can’t wait to share the news!

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On My Radar

Now that the heavy winds have blown over, I am clearly ready for Spring. Today I am sharing with you a few of my spring wardrobe wants and desires in the fashion department. Baby blue and a hint of yellow are a welcome addition to a softer pallete as the cold winter finally draw to a close.  I can’t wait for the forsythia to start blooming — one of the first true signs of Spring.

Spring wardrobe

Starting with the T by Alexander Wang shirt, paired with these Karen Millen patchwork denim dip-dye jeans and this polished silver bold All Saints  necklace. As for those accessories, these Stella McCartney cat-eye sunglasses are on my hit list and the NARS baby blue pencil from Selfridge’s and NARS nail polish are in my cart as I type this. This Edie Parker acrylic box clutch is a must-have for the season and if you really need a reason to smile, Del Toro can help you out by just looking down. :) And why not smell nice while you’re at it? Versace, Versace. BOOM.

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Spring Fling

Spring weather may not be officially here yet, cue today’s 40 miles per hour winds. But springtime events occurring in April, May, and June are creeping slowly into our collective radars. If you’ve been to a mall recently, you know that prom season is upon us. Ah, prom. Graduation. they are rites of passage. How about Spring Fling? “What is Spring Fling?” I ask my daughter as she furiously searches the black hole that is the world-wide web for a dress. Just another reason to get dressed up, MOM.

Picking out that perfect dress though. that’s another story entirely. How about renting the dress of your dreams for the one night of fairy-tale promises? I bet Cinderella would have been psyched. The want: An all-white sheath with a little bit of edge.

Enter Rent the Runway, a one-stop shop for that one special night that turns into a pumpkin at midnight.

Rent the Runway

I hit upon Rent the Runway many times before but this time my daughter was on the hunt so she came on board. She initially set on this Hervé Leger white dress featured down below. The deep V was too low-cut for her liking and so was the price. But she like other girls entering adulthood might not otherwise get to wear high-end designer dresses for another 10-20 years. A positive experience in an otherwise unaffordable designer’s dress can – and usually does – lead to future purchases. It also creates buzz around the hot, new designer’s creations. With “fast fashion” retailers like Zara  and H&M selling designer knock-offs for less, Rent the Runway has found a way to reverse the trend toward commoditization of designer labels while simultaneously helping the environment. And an added benefit, designers who rent their gowns through Rent the Runway get exposure to a core group of new customers, mostly in their mid-twenties.

Herve Leger

After trying on several dresses, this Opening Ceremony was a top contender.

Peter Soronen

Rent the Runway

dannijo necklace and bracelet // manolo blahnik shoes

And the winner was…this Peter Soronen white-hot sequined dress.

Peter Soronen

Rent the Runway is just starting to tap the teen and college market, but this is only the start – their new bricks-and-mortar store in Manhattan brings Internet retail to the streets. With 50,000 unique inventory items, Rent the Runway aims to be your closet full of clothes. There is no doubt you’ll surely find something to wear like my hard to please teenager.

 

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Cool Culottes

We are “technically” into spring now and although New York is predicting another darn snowstorm tomorrow!, it’s not stopping me from doing some major spring cleaning. Although I haven’t quite hit that warm-weather stride just yet, as what was 60 degrees on Saturday, is a freezing a high of 30 today. So,that leaves us wondering what will be the key power players in our wardrobes when it does warm up?

I am officially sick of my skinny jeans by now but I also can’t seem to warrant wearing sweatpants either. I will do a pencil skirt for going out, but as for pant options.. remember those split skirts back in the day? I had a few pair in light denim; they were awesome then and are even better now. Culottes are officially the new must-have pants for spring. They were originally developed to provide women more freedom to do activities such as gardening, gardening, cleaning, bike riding, etc. and still look like one is wearing a skirt.

I especially love these cropped flare pants from Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

I faced this dilemma over the weekend when I wanted to wear a crop top but wasn’t loving the current bottom pairings in my closet. Truthfully, I’m on the fence about whether or not a vertically challenged girl like me, can rock this look but only time will tell.

Check out my picks starting with the Alexander Wang crop top, and let me know whether you can challenge your style and your wardrobe by adding one of these babies down below.

culottes

 

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Pastel Hues

Shoes are my biggest weakness. Yesterday, when getting dressed in my 10 minutes or less rule, I scurried to find a soft pastel hued shoe in my closet. I weeded through the cobwebs, but no luck. I once bought a pair of pink oxfords, wore them only once on Easter Sunday which I don’t celebrate, I gave them away. Herein lies the problem. I have not quite embraced the concept of Spring yet and the possibility that my toes will once shine and flex once again, in pedicure fashion, relived and able to breathe yet again.

And in the same vein, nothing gets my fingers a’flexing like a “New Arrivals” shoe section popping up in my inbox. This season is all about incorporating soft, pastel hues into your ensemble whenever possible. An easy (and chic) way to do so is to step into a blush, mint or lavender-hued sandal during your next outing.

I started my journey at Net-A-Porter where I found these Miu Miu pink babes, and put these Robert Clergerie colorblocked sandals in my shopping cart. Full  price, you bet, but they will last ALL season long.

Next up was The Outnet where I found all my favorite designers all under one roof at major discounts (see: Charlotte Olympia, Alaïa, Alexander Wang where sandals and ballet flats, and these embellished woven sandals are the queen bees of your closet at such low prices that it will shock you. At press time, these were available in a variety of sizes so I would suggest running there while you can.

After that, it was Barneys Warehouse whose sale section never disappoints. Case in point: these pink snakeskin sandals are reduced from $465 to $99! These round-toe oxfords are what I will live in all spring long, and if you happen to be a size 6.5, run don’t walk to these Prada T-strap sandals.

On my last stop, I checked out Matches Fashion candy crushes where I fell in love with everything especially these pink Gianvito Rossi mules. I know I have said before that I refuse to wear mules, but these just might change my tune.

With a few things currently in my cart, I won’t feel as bad leaving them be for a while until I decide hard and true what I am going to buy, and what I can leave behind. I have culled some of my candy crushes for your shopping pleasure. Which one is your fav?

pastel shoes

From top, left to right, here we go:

Saint Laurent blue patent pumps // Tabitha Simmons loafers// mint green Aperlai sandals// Ardene yellow flats, get a similar pair here // Miu Miu  Mary Jane platform sandals //Balenciaga studded wedge sandals// Chuck Taylor High Tops // pink Gianvito Rossi mules // River Island light blue peep toes.

Happy Spring!

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Spring is Springing

My closet and my mood have been stuck literally in winter’s wrath. The temperature in the Northeast hasn’t soared any higher than a high of 35 degrees since last December, and not only does the weather control what I wear, but my mood depends on it. We did see the glimpse of the shining sun for a day or two last week, but that was very short-lived. According to Wikipedia, I am clearly suffering from SAD.

When it’s cold, I hide behind fifteen layers of cosmic stuff and leave my hat on for days at a time. And those coats? Those have been my armor that got me through the Polar Vortex. I’m just sorry I didn’t catch that Canadian Goose down while I had my chance.

But with the promise of Spring this week, now that’s it’s not winter winter, but still mildly freezing, what should we wear?

With the promise of a high of 44 degrees and a startling 50′s by mid-week, coffee bars will start selling iced versions of their cappuccino’s, the wool hats will disappear, and layers of winter coats will start peeling off like onion skin. The sun does such powerful things to our psyche. But not so fast. When the Ides of March stomp in, the wind still whips us around and we will need some protective gear.

In the case of today, with the temps in the 40′s, I chose a white turtleneck courtesy of Vince (which has lasted me all season long), and added a cropped faux shearling vest, a black beanie, and these Rag & Bone boots for winter’s best.

When I put on this white wedding cake of a maxi skirt, courtesy of a Marolli, I feel so ethereal. Sheer fabrics are all the rage right now (See: Calvin Klein, Preen, etc.) and I can’t imagine squeezing into another pair of skinny jeans until next Fall. This easy to wear trend can be worn with a sweatshirt on cooler days or a boxy crop top for summer. Go figure.

lace maxi skirt

maxi skirt

maxi skirt

To transition into Spring which starts tomorrow, yeah!, I took the black out and just had an all-white and cream moment. With this ivory Acne sweater, and white brogues from Zara, it’s a simple transition when the sun finally shines. Is there a promise for a brighter future? Let’s hear it for Spring!

how to wear an all-white outfit

Cream sweater

white sheer skirt

photos: Lydia Hudgens

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