Baby, its cold outside, and whether you like it or not, you’re body has to stay warm to shield us from the elements. Here’s the thing. As soon as the clocks Fall back, we have no choice but to cloak our bodies from now until March. A thin-blooded animal like me is literally freezing 24/7 so I am inclined to wear the most layers possible when outside, and then strip if necessary.
So I was excited to hear when fur, decadent colored fur, made such a strong statement on the Fall ’13 runways. Striped, dyed, embossed, and manipulated, the sheer amount of real animal fur I saw for this fall was more overwhelming than I can remember from seasons past. Look at Marni and Tom Ford. How about this Fendi charm? Or the bag ? I was game. Even better? Whether real or faux, fur made their way onto a range of coats, dresses, tops, and accessories. Forget the usual black and brown hues. A startling 70% of the designers who showed during fashion month used fur in at least one look, and fashion insiders, hello Anna Wintour, embrace the trend.
Fendi fall 2013
Sugar it’s not, spicy it is. Apparently, I have developed an attitude problem.
Will you embrace this trend? Yes? No? Okay, bye. Here you go.
photos: Lydia Hudgens
Happy Monday morning! Are you exhausted right now reaching for that third cup of coffee? Blame it on Daylight Savings Time, yup DST. Great if you’re an early riser, terrible when you leave your office and it’s pitch black. But while DST might be a legit excuse to “lose” an hour of sleep, it’s really not going to fly any other of the 364 nights of the year. It’s been proven by experts in the sleep field to find out there are negative consequences of not getting enough shut-eye.
I’ve never been a champion sleeper. My sleep is fitful at best, and at least once a week I stare at the ceiling for a few hours, wondering desperately if the sandman has stood me up completely.
I know I am not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of Americans experience sleep problems almost every night—so many of us that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared insufficient shut-eye a public health epidemic. Chronic sleep deprivation, defined as getting fewer than six hours a night, has been linked to major problems. Our time between the sheets is when our cells divide and repair, memories are consolidated, and growth hormones are released.
Here are some reasons why you need to get the minimum of eight hours of shut-eye.
1. In the short-term, our metabolism slows, resulting in weight gain. The risk of depression and anxiety is higher. Short term memory is decreased. Poor performance on completing complex tasks. That means work, folks. Our immune function decreases, more chances to get sick. So when you are feeling bummed out that it’s cold and dark outside, go to sleep.
2. In the long-term, there is a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and mortality rates. We want to live long right?
3. Our skin doesn’t have the time to repair, resulting in an increase in fine lines and discolorations, acne, weaker collagen, and enlarged pores. The concept of ‘getting your beauty sleep’ thing is really true,” says Chanel consulting dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD. “Beta-endorphins and growth hormones are at their highest levels. You want to bathe your skin in as much of those good, healing molecules as possible.”
Get your Antioxidant on.
4. Get outside during the day. Sit in the sun for just 10 minutes every day. Even if you just run to the corner to get a kale salad, get out of your cubicle.
5. Pajamas are super hot right now, to wear in bed and out. So why not save yourself time and energy, sleep in your pj’s and you won’t have to worry about getting dressed in the morning. Alexander Wang showed the ultimate button-downs unbuttoned up-to-there over boxers, duh.
6. Coffee is the liquid drug equivalent of choice for most sleep-deprived human beings. There are plenty of health benefits, reduces the risk of early Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers, and its an addictive elixir to boot. I love the smell and atmosphere that coffee brings to my kitchen every morning.
6. Establish a routine. Go to bed at a normal hour during the week. And a good pillow doesn’t hurt.
So, we’re left to embrace these ch ch cha cha..changes, David Bowie,
Turn off those electronic devices (That is actually working, BTW) Keep your room dark. Get an eye mask, it helps. And load up on pajamas, a sleep mask, Bach remedy night spray, socks, socks for your arms, and dream on. I just did.
Here you go:
Today on the Fashion Hunter, I want to share some good news with you. First of all, I was featured this week in Bond Magazine as a style consultant, fashion lover, stylist, and blogger alongside Christine Cameron of My Style Pill on tips of the trade, our favorite shops, and the rules us fashionistas live by.
New Yorkers and fashion are a breed upon themselves, and even when it’s not time to ring in the fashion parade that is Fashion Week, we have our excuses to wear our sunglasses, blow dry our hair, and bare our legs in such well-dressed soigné New York sartorial panache.
See the article here:
The truth is though, we are all not immaculate giraffes and that’s not how we dress everyday (see recent New York Times article on Dressing Down). Although Manhattanites are a stylish lot, it is hard on any given day to find the cloths that stand out on the grey streets of the metropolis and that’s where the second part of this post comes in.
I know you know that I like to poke fun at fashion all while being a shrewd judge on what silhouette works on who, dissecting the trends, and showing you by the clothes I wear.
Next week, with the help of Closet Dash, a re-fashioning, resale business, ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), and my good friend Susan Sandler, founder and President of PopUp Summer, I will be speaking on the topic “How to monetize and market your blog.” Blogging can be a lonely gig–mainly solo on your laptop, but here’s a chance to mingle with your favorite bloggers, and people just interested in learning about the business.
Here are the details for the event.. come say hi. Hope you can make it!
ClosetDash is hosting another teach-in series for serious fashion bloggers on how to turn your blog into a business!
Mixing Business With Blogging
Join us for this EXCLUSIVE BY INVITE ONLY event where you will learn priceless
tips on how to monetize your blog while networking with your fellow bloggers!
Are you a devil in disguise? Or a you going to be Northwest all dressed up in baby pink? Well folks, it’s time to face the music. Halloween is today. No costume? No problem. You might need a visual pundit, and a little humor, but get on my page here.
A clever get-up doesn’t take a ton of time to whip up and will definitely garner you brownie points from costume purists who are tech-savvy creatures. Not crafty, don’t worry! There’s no need for scissors and sticky tape here. Last year I went as Mary-Kate which was a hit, but this year, I am even lazier.
Perpetual and professional instagrammers, this is for you. and, If you are still idea-less, and out of time, just look on your iPhone and put that creative mind to work.
You know that girl in the pink sweater emoji??? You might have to explain yourself but that’s all part of the fun, isn’t it?
Shopping is a highly addicting habit that will temporarily medicate situations, but the guilt will, in a surreal sense, haunt you forever. I don’t mean that the Sacai Luck faux leather mini skirt that I purchased for myself for my birthday last month wasn’t well-deserved. I can think about whether I need it over and over in my head, until it’s in fact, gone, and then I ultimately get that fear of missing out, the FOMO disease. Especially in the highly competitive, fleeting field of fast fashion, where one day its hot, and the next it’s not, I’m doomed. There should be a drug for this problem to combat this addiction.
As self-proclaimed fashionistas, we like to display our skillful abilities to put together outfits.
I’m a stylist!
I’m a blogger!
I’m an artist!
Hey, I’m just into it?
These function as a testament to our being “good” at fashion. In order to do that though, one must wear clothes that will help enunciate the points we’re making, and to wear those clothes, we need to have acquired them. That acquisition comes often by way of purchase. Or even begged and borrowed. And for obvious reasons, that can be confining.
So very recently, instead of buying things, I’ve been trying to own them emotionally by posting pics, owning by way of Pinterest and Polyvore, and confessing my newfound love for them. This experiment is in order to determine whether I have the FOMO disease, if I will feel a sense of proprietorship, and therefore appease my desire for brick-and-mortar ownership.
I’ve succumbed to an all-black everyday simple black knit, a trusty flippy skirt (whether leather or faux), black combat boots, and knee-high socks. Because you don’t want to be the only moron on the streets without leg coverage. Luck has it that now that it is getting cold out, hello Mid-October, and black is such a staple.
Emergency red lip butter, black eye pencil, and a spritz, for the pre-holiday press appointments, when they want to take your photo for their social page, and a clenching bite for Halloween that says, I’m all teeth for Halloween.
2. Alice & Olivia box pleat skirt
5. NARS eyeliner
6. Charlotte Olympia Sucker for Pandora box clutch Limited edition
7. Uniqlo knee-high socks
I’m trying to stay within the confines of those great pieces in my closet, and the quirky at best, that I currently own. This should be able to take me through the chilly weeks ahead. For the record, I caved last weekend and got a Helmut Lang black chunky turtleneck sweater, and a pair of J. Crew white toothpick cords that I have been highly coveting and Pinning for the past few weeks.
The jury is still out but I’m leaving my credit card at home when I go out and just window shopping. At last glance, this is still in BETA version–a test drive is currently taking place. How about you, what drives you to shop?
Whatever, here goes.
Just because fall is here doesn’t mean you have to get all blah with your clothing. Au contraire! Thanks to the unexpected hues on this season’s runways—like pale pink from 3.1 Phillip Lim—these colorful Prada totes out now, its time to break all those old dumb rules like about not wearing white after Labor Day.
The transition to fall/winter clothing isn’t easy to digest. Because you know right in front of us is a season of pale skin, frigid temps, and the non-ability to recognize anybody outside of their respective hat and scarves. Until Google Glass comes out, that is. There is always marrying the coat, with the sweater, with the bag, with the hat that makes is so challenging. You can stay opt to stay in your pajamas – a la Alexander Wang SS14 style, or venture out.
Today on the Fashion Hunter, in a tribute to the legendary rock star Lou Reed, who if you haven’t heard passed yesterday, let’s all skip our go-to black tote bag and drab brown coat combos and get a little more adventurous, shall we?
How about in the form of a Rachel Comey floral sweater, and Derek Lam plaid pants from last fall, the backpacks I talked about Saturday, (loving this fur rucksack by River Island), and a pair of Camper black ankle boots that are so comfortable they are my new go-to boot.
Here’s to inspiring some new autumn dressing rules. I love the combos of yellow and camel, naves and burgundys, and black florals mixed with orange and navy plaid. It’s time to take a walk on the wild side. End scene.
photos: lydia hudgens
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It’s Saturday afternoon and what a better way to spend it than sitting back and relaxing with a bloody mary in hand, laptops open, and embarking on this beautiful fall day. And why not go hands-free…with a backpack!? Our lives are so mobile, life is just easier commuting hands-free. The effortless of the sack makes it so successful. It’s time to step outside of the literal fashion curriculum and strap one of these on.
The best news I’ve heard all season? Sure, why not. School is for kids, but especially on a weekend day, you can feel comfort and ease, even if you’re not heading to fashion school.
At first I thought this ’90′s fashion revival was just a passing fashion mood, but it seems to have caught up and keep expanding. Of course ’90′s fashion was not really the best, yet there’s something about the grunge meets girly decade that has us all going back and reminiscing on our teenage years. I can remember Prada’s famously understated backpack - made from functional waterproof nylon version. Launched in 1984, it wasn’t until 1990 that I could actually afford the over $500 price tag and it was just about then that the bag achieved “it” status.
By contrast, today’s fashion backpacks are luxurious. For those of you are wary of reaching for an accessory they rocked as a 6-year-old, consider the fact that high-end designers from The Row, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Christopher Kane, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Prada have all created luxe rucksacks.
Chanel Spring 2014
If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to worry that our bodies will end up tilting to one side if we keep wearing our too-heavy totes. Luckily, you’re never too old to carry a backpack.
ora delphine backpack
Here are some of my favorites out there right now. See you Monday!
One of the most avant-guard designers around today, Jean Paul Gaultier, the groundbreaking French couturier, will be exhibiting around 140 pieces of art at the Brooklyn Museum. This multimedia exhibition which kicks off today, is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development, from the streets of Paris to the cinema, since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s to the present.
I am getting sneak peek tomorrow night at the collection, which is displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. What? Judging by all the buzz surrounding this, his persona, and the capital F fashion, it should be somewhat of a spectacle. Now the bigger question is, what am I going to wear to such a high-profile event? Maybe a Rick Owens piece, one of his favorite designers would suffice. From men in skirts, to comical bras, I will need to push the boundaries. I can pull of this “street” look from his Spring ’14 collection with ease. Jeans, layered over a leather sleeveless vest cum dress, with leopard flats, duh.
But only Karlie Kloss can pull this off, whose elongated frame was heaven-sent for voguing.
Moving on, The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the man himself. Gaultier’s superbly crafted, transformative, and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures. The exhibit will feature accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world.
Judging by my Twitter feed, I know this will be amazing. Any Madonna fans out there? I expect to be surprised, in the most unexpected ways.
“What is art?”
I consider myself lucky to live in a city that has four seasons, not four-button suits. For us style mongers, they are so passé. Frankly, I started really appreciating the fact that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for the sake of expressing uncalculated style. Here’s Susie Bubble who is a pro at mastering this chic-to-the-next-level-cozy mix in bubble gum pink.
Fuzzy bags, duh. From the streets of Paris.
Now that I whipped out my boots, jeans, and a beanie this morning, fall has officially arrived. Yeah! My wardrobe is filled to the brim with fuzzy sweaters and nubby knits, but those closet doors are just a bit more cramped. Boo!
Ready for layering or wearing alone, these six things below are brightly colored, finely detailed, and look pretty darn chic, too. Most importantly, they’re also as comfortable as pajamas. I put together an aspirational collage that is for your shopping pleasure. We are all so aspirational in our thinking, trying to fit our lives into that perfect page. Life doesn’t always go perfectly, but you can dress to feel your very best everyday which makes us feel like we have it all. Am I right?
Feel free to pin the below looks to your refrigerator, or Pin it to your Pinterest page.
Better yet, go shopping!
1. proenza schouler lunchbox shearling tote
2. isabel marant owel color block sweater
3. topshop slouchy mohair coat
4. topshop fur pom-pom beanie
5. maiyet wool skirt
6. fendi mini monster baguette bag
October is one of my all-time favorite months. The weather has been so delightful, sunny and in the high 60′s during the day, and crisp and cool and night, the perfect layering weather. I love watching the leaves change, picking ripe apples, and an early sunset. Just kidding about the early sunset, but when my wardrobe shifts to comfy sweaters, skirts, and boots, my mind and body is ready to take on the fall months. This month will also bring us Halloween, pumpkins, creepy crawly things, and all things built around the consumption of candy. Candy equals rotting our collective teeth and gums, and for me, an additional layer of skin that doesn’t belong there. There’s no give for my longing to wear the crop top.
In the all-encompassing case of getting dressed: if jeans won’t cut it and a blazer can only play supporting role in your outfit’s film, look into your closet and cue into the forgiving skirt. Go for the poof, the color, the evocative flip. While the flippy skirt isn’t a new trend so much as a style that’s becoming increasingly more popular, I took another one for a test drive last week. The findings? When these photos were snapped, I was just meandering through the West Village, tricking humanity into thinking I’m heading to a corporate job on my green bike.
I have been very into skirts of all colors, textures, and lengths with chunky, cozy sweaters. It’s a look that creates interest through contrast. After all, wearing a girlish skirt with a lacy top topping it with a flannel shirt or a heavy, loose knit is the best of both worlds — sexy and alluringly masculine all at once. Whether you prefer a mini or longer length, this combo will become your new go-to fall outfit.
Here is the same look after adding the ubiquitous flannel shirt.
And I’m wearing a sea ny lace sleeveless top // 3.1 phillip lim green wool flare skirt // paige flannel shirt, get a similar one from elizabeth and james // manolo blahnik pumps // ps 11 wallet clutch
I especially love the idea of keeping things fresh by mixing it up with a pair of white shoes. Happy Monday!
photos: Lydia Hudgens
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