Velvet ropes are tough. Consider the scenario: you plan your outfit, get dressed, sit in traffic, meet up with friends, pay for parking, wait in line, get carded by a bouncer, to then get rejected at the door because you aren’t on the list. Bummer. Everybody wants in, and wants to be part of the fun. Even if you beg and plead, it’s not meant to be. And it’s a terrible pill of rejection to swallow.
Maybe the party is being held at a small venue that cannot accommodate all the riffraff (even though you know, you’re not part of that scene)
Or just maybe you’re not on the guest list, because it’s a closed party and the host/hostess wants to keep it intimate and you don’t really belong there.
I know that feeling, as I wear this ring to remind me. Just this weekend at Art Basel there was one private party, one of thousands being held, which will remain unnamed, where I didn’t receive a formal invitation. Gasp! I used my name, my blog, my charm, but unfortunately for them, I left, and spilled out on the streets of Miami with the other 50,000 people who were trying to get somewhere cool with a velvet rope. But I ask, is there a better place to find a party than Miami? I think not. FYI– I tried to attend 5 events per night, but it’s just not humanly possible. But let’s face it: New Yorkers could use a little more carpe diem in their bustling lives.
Enter an inclusive holiday party that I am hosting with Effa Attling, a Scandinavian jewelry designer, in Soho this Thursday, from 7-9 pm just in time for your holiday shopping! Her selection of namesake jewelry is whimsical and snappy, using words to describe everyday feelings that we may or may not express. If you happen to be holiday shopping and need a gift, or if you just want to stop by and say hi! and have a cocktail named after me, I would love to see you. You can send your husband/boyfriend, there will be cufflinks there for him too, or buy a gift just for you. You deserve it. I will be there styling and showcasing as many jewels as will fit on my body. All you have to do is RSVP to the email on the invite down below. No velvet ropes at my party. Just cheer~
Bracelets by Efva Attling
photo by Lydia Hudgens
Art Basel Miami Beach kicks off this week just in time to enjoy all the art, the pop-up events, gallery exhibitions, and for us New Yorkers, a chance to unwind from the stresses of the impending holidays. Think of it as your getaway car.
If you happen to be descending on Miami Beach this week, be prepared to “Do the Basel,” which will take you from the Art District to the Soho Beach Hotel, to the Dutch, and possibly to the thousands of happenings all over town as long as your heels aren’t too high. There will be over 260 galleries and over 50,000 visitors that will flood the state, and it just keeps getting bigger. In other words, there’s no sleeping.
Art Basel 2013 has turned into one sprawling fashion fair with some art sprinkled on top. Over the past few years I have partaken in the festivities, I have noticed the influx of fashion brands and fashion people at the annual Floridian pilgrimage, seemingly every social person in New York is now there. No complaints over here, as I get to hobnob with the likes of Stavros Niarchos, art critics like the Rubells and Schnabels, and the slight possibility of Yeezus showing up in a performance art piece with artist Vanessa Beecroft in the arts district. What?
Beecroft’s piece will feature replicas from her past performances, from 1994 to 2008, and one new work, which will feature 140 women acting as a choir in a Greek Tragedy.
The over-the-top insanity makes me want to kick up my heels and dance. For me, Hannukah is now officially over and out, so I’ve got the next few weeks to start celebrating everyone else’s Christmas eggnog.
First timers looking for straight-up advice and for those of you who will join the throngs and thongs to boost your confidence, this is for you.
The Real Deal:
Art Basel is like an octopus, the mother ship itself is the Miami Beach Convention Center, and then the arms spread far and wide to about 20 satellite fairs and a thousand different directions. These include parties, meals, concerts, readings and Getties — many of which simply feed off the host. I’m heading to the off-beat events, and will check out the MOCA museum which I have yet to see.
Street art duo FAILE is transforming the arcade experience into an interactive aesthetic feast, full of video game machine artworks you can actually play, from psychedelic foosball to pinball machines.
For what to wear to the ultra-hip art scene in Miami this week, I checked the weather and it is going to be postcard perfect, with high temps in the 80′s, and almost zero chance of rain. Black is the new black, but you’re better off wearing white. If you want to be noticed at Art Basel, good luck. Everybody from all over the world will be wearing their coolest things; only the most secure of us will ignore the fashion sirens. During this week, we are all artists. Accessorize wisely and think, “I don’t always do galleries, but when I do, I prefer to dress the part.” Boots are mandatory. So are jumpsuits, although I don’t own any. Square shades are best in the Ray-Bans version. This is not the car show or boat show, or the Superbowl, so dress accordingly. Here’s my suitcase.
T By Alexander Wang burnout tank, a pair of ripped jeans in just the right places from J. Crew, Jeepers Creepers specs for hiding out and pretending you’re one of the cognoscenti, a bikini from Sass & Bide because it will be sunny, and you should be sassy. Saint Laurent Palm print slip-ons for the beachy vibe, and to top it off, Edie Parker has it going on with this flamingo clutch. A Chloé blazer, Courreges dress with these Walter Steiger yellow sandals, a starry Jimmy Choo clutch, and this Dannijo cuff will be your statement for evenings out. A book on Miami for your reading pleasure, a camera for taking pics to show you were there, and a red NARS lipstick is the only makeup I will be wearing.
How to get Swag:
Act like you’ve been there. Big camera, not small. Sport a baseball cap. Men, button up your shirt if you are not wearing a tee underneath. Don’t bring your print-out of all the places you’re supposed to be, it looks cheesy.
Take a bike or pray.
Like American Werewolf in Miami — stick to the main road, Art Miami and its neighbors, the Design District; Wynwood Walls.
Miami Cognoscenti Destination Tips:
Follow the art consultants to Pulse, Context, Perez Art Museum Miami, Tapas in the Moore Building and, of course, venerable Art Miami. Design Miami brings legit cache. NADA and Scope always keep it real. Visit Colette and Alchemist at 1111 Lincoln Road.
Head for the hotel pools.
Food Tips for the über stylish:
So there you have it, my schtick that stirs Miami’s paint. If you go, heed the tips or ignore them, but feel free to judge. Just dance, and follow Will Smith to the beach.
Happy #CYBERMONDAY all the cyberbunnies out there in cyberspace! I know you want to get down to business, so I will share the links below the post to use today for great deals. Tis’ the season to kick it up a notch, get off the local train, and ride the express track to the holidays. Here’s the drill.
Get a jump-start on Cyber Monday sales. Wrap those Black Friday gifts. Drink your daily cup of yoga. Donate a coat. Surrender to a drab black wardrobe that haunts you all winter long, because that’s just what us New Yorkers do. Or, even better, wear that bright yellow coat. Simonize that cuff. Shine bright like a diamond. Don those fur mittens. Step out of the proverbial red-ribboned box and get crafty. Reach for the stars.
Don’t want to bother with jewelry because there is no exposed body part since its freezing outside? There’s no stamp of approval for frostbite. Blah, blah, winter, blah, blah. Bah Humbug!
Enter a selection of palatable jewelry and a metallic wonder namely Isabel Marant pour H&M jacket that won’t crimp your snow-friendly style nor your budget. Without putting on the Ritzy glitz, but craving the menswear tailored low-brow boots and slouchy sweaters, I was looking for that happy medium? I think I found it. In a mall. Just kidding.
timo weiland denim shirt, get a similar one here // isabel marant pour h&m metallic jacket // efva attling jewelry // rag & bone jeans // j crew mens sweater, get 30% off with code HOLIDAY // zara boots, get a similar pair here
And just in time for the holiday cheer, I will hosting a fun holiday party featuring discounts on great gifts for everyone on your list on December 12th, next Thursday night in Soho at Efva Attling’s shop. Efva Attling’s namesake jewelry line is, as the multi-talented designer calls it “Beauty with a Thought”. Her collections are so inspirational using words and expressions to breathe life and promise into every piece. Can anyone say PARTTTYY? Come one come all. Interested in attending? Sign up for email alerts and tune in next week for the actual invite. And for close-ups, here are some of the pieces that I will be featuring and selling.
Without further ado, here is a list of Cyber Monday deals just for the taking. Everything is hyper-linked. Happy Shopping!
BLOOMINDALE’S 45-60% off
SHOPBOP CODE BIGEVENT13 (discount depend on how much you spend)
THE OUTNET Massive designer clearance!
See you on the other side of cyberspace.
Here is what my weeklong weekend has been like thus far.
1. Baked pumpkin-spice cookies for the Thanksgiving feast.
2. Flew all the way to dinner at Grandma’s house.
3. Crawled home due to mass consumption of too much reprehensible gluttony.
4. Shopped like Wonder Woman for Black Friday. What did you get???
6. Currently reading Don’t Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff.
7. Took a cleansing yoga class.
8.Compiling a gift guide under $50. Why? Because these are a few of my favorite things.
Down below I’ve rounded up 50 gifts under $50 that would be happily welcome in my own life anywhere from Hannukah through New Years because I love presents and shopping for the loved ones in my life. I’m sure many of you need some tips on what to get close family and friends – mom, sister, brother, co-worker, and BFFs. I’ve included a range of pieces that could either work as cool stocking stuffers or take center stage as the sparkle of the holiday season.
What’s on your wish list?
In an attempt to awaken you from your Tryptophan-induced stupor, the “holiday season” is freakin’ here! Hannukah is happening as we speak, and now Da Da Da.. its SALE SEASON! But even better than getting up early on Black Friday for a little shopping, and getting knocked-out by somebody’s elbows, I suggest you stay at home in your Pj’s and shop my site. Remember the Isabel Marant X H&M sale? I have a black eye from it. And forget getting a parking spot. I’m doing my part and getting out on Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday, too, so today why not stay in?
Here’s my hand-picked list of items I am on the hunt for. As of today, these are all on sale. Good luck with the will power. I don’t have any.
Everything is hyper-linked for your shopping pleasure. Tis’ the season.
1. Jamie Wolf disc necklace from Shopbop Save 15% when you spend $250, save 20% when you spend $500, and save 25% when you spend $1000. CODE BIGEVENT13
2. Target champagne flutes
8. Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes via Target
Not satisfied? Here is a roundup of Black Friday specials.
· Adriano Goldschmied: Take an extra 20% off all sale denim through December 1 at 11:59pm EST.
· Amazon: Up to 60% off jackets and coats; up to 65% off sweaters and fleece; up to 60% off pajamas and robes; and 25% off boots, slippers and more. Prices as marked.
· Amarcord Vintage: Take 20% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY.
· Apolis: Through December 1, Apolis will offer 30% off select gift guide items in-store and online.
· Ash Footwear: Take an additional 10% off shoes in the sale section with code BLKFR13. Only be valid on Black Friday.
· Ann Taylor: 50% off cashmere collectible sweaters in-store and online, plus more deals to come.
· Bauble Bar: Through midnight, take 25% off two items with code FRIDAY25; 30% off three items with code FRIDAY30; and 35% off four or more items with code FRIDAY35.
· Black Halo: Up to 70% off, plus complimentary ground shipping.
· Bluefly: Take an additional 30% off contemporary apparel and accessories, plus a “designer handbag and shoe blowout.”
· Bo Concept: 40% off select lamps, clocks, throws, candle holders, pillows, vases, art and sculpture and 20% off Smartville sofa and the Bergen sofa collections through December 1 at 11:59pm EST.
· Burning Torch: Until 11:59pm Monday, December 2, receive complimentary cashmere gloves with a purchase over $300. Enter code BT300.
· By Boe: 30% off site wide with code GIVETHANKS13 through December 2 at 11:59pm EST.
· Cardigan: 25% off site wide with code CARDIGAN25 through December 2 at 11:59 EST.
· Complex Geometries: 50% off sitewide through Monday at midnight.
· Cosabella: 15% off $150+ orders site wide through November 29 at midnight. Enter BLACKFRIDAY15.
· Coyuchi: 20% off all robes and PJ’s through December 2 at 11:59pm EST.
· Crane & Canopy: 20% off home decór sitewide with code CYBERMONDAY13. Ends December 2 at 11:59pm PST.
· Dinosaur Designs: Select jewelry and home items are reduced by 20% including handmade resin, sterling silver and brass jewelry and home wares in-store and online. Sale ends December 1 at 11:59pm EST.
· The Dreslyn: Through December 1, take up to 60% off with code BLACKFRIDAY.
· Elizabeth Cole Jewelry: Enter BEJEWELED for 50% off select items through midnight. Discount falls to 40% off through Monday.
· Emilie M.: 40% off site wide and 60% off clearance items through December 6 at 11:59pm EST.
· Figure + Form: 30% off current merchandise and up to 70% off past seasons jewelry and clothing.
· Forever21: Look for yellow tag deals with items starting at $3.
· Gents: Select styles 40% all day Friday, enter code G3NT5BLKFR1.
· Giles & Brother: 20% off site wide with code CYBERGILES13 through December 2 at 11:59pm EST. Free shipping on all orders.
· Hunter Bell NYC: Take 40% off the entire fall 2013 collection with code GOBBLE through December 2.
· Ivory + Mason: All styles, including sunglasses, reading glasses, prescription glasses and custom engraving, will be 50% off with code IMBF50. Select frames will be $35 through Tuesday, December 3 and are exempt from the extra discount.
· James Jeans: Take 33% off all styles, plus entry to win $100 during the Holiday Gift Contest. Ends December 1.
· Jacques Levine: 30% off all black shoes and slippers through December 1.
· JustFab: New VIP members only receive 50% off their first pair of shoes through 8:59am EST, on Sunday, December 1
· Kara Ackerman Jewelry: Select items are up to 50% off, online only.
· Korarae: Through Sunday, December 1, take 20% of sitewide with code GIVEKORA.
· Liebeskind-Berlin: Through December 2, take 50% off all snake print bags, and 40% off select merch. Prices as marked.
· Lily Ashwell: Through December 2, all fall items including sweaters, tops, dresses, etc. will be marked down at 50% off.
· Loom Decor: 30% off all home textiles and decor, plus 30% off all gift cards through December 2 at 11:59pm EST.
· Maggy London: 40% off site wide through December 2 at 11:59pm EST.
· Mara Hoffman: Snag 25% off everything except bridal and sale items all day. Enter BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
· Marigot: 30% off sitewide (tons of pajamas and robes) through December 2 with code MGBF2013.
· Martí: Through Monday, December 2, Martí will offer 30% off the entire jewelry collection using code BLKFRI.
· Missguided: 15% off full-priced items, plus free standard delivery in US and Canada. Enter FUNDAYFRIDAY.
· Mr. Kate: Through midnight December 1, take 50% off jewelry, apparel, phone cases, etc. sitewide (10% off the Winter Gold collection). Prices as marked.
· Native Shoes: Buy one pair of super light shoes, get one free.
· Neo-Utility: Through December 2, take 20% off an order with code NEO. Find decór, watches, accessories, furniture and more here.
· New Era: MLB and NFL hats are 15% off one, 20% off two, and 25% off 3+ items.
· Nicholas K: 30% off sitewide through midnight with code BLACKFRIDAY.
· Oak NYC: This sale is tiered in stores and online like so: 15% off when you spend $300 to $600, 20% off when you spend $600 to $1000, and 25% off when you spend $1000+. The percentages are taken out of the total orders.
· Onassis: Take 40% off online and in store on Black Friday and 40% off online only on Cyber Monday.
· Original Penguin: Take 40% off in-stores and online starting through the weekend.
· The Outnet: Look for the “Weekend Shop In” sale on the homepage and on banners throughout the site. An extra 30% off will be applied to this section, which will include scores from designers like Marni, Balmain, Lanvin, DVF and Alexander Wang.
· Pacsun: Buy one item and get one 50% off sitewide (including Yeezus tour stuff).
· Rebecca Minkoff: Tiered sale on all styles as follows: Spend $200, get 20% off; spend $400, get 25% off; spend $600 get 30% off. New styles will be added to sale and there will also be a special Black Friday sale section.
· Rag & Bone: Take 20% off select full price men’s and women’s winter items including outerwear, sweaters, cold weather accessories, jeans and boots. Enter code WINTER2013 through midnight December 2.
· Rebecca Taylor: Take an additional 25% off in stores and online through December 1 with code BFWEEKEND25 for up to 75% off.
· Rory Becca 25% off site wide and free two-day shipping on any purchase.
· Roztayger: 15% off site wide with code BLACK15 through December 3 at 11:59pm EST. Free shipping on orders over $250.
· RueLaLa: Through Monday, December 2, find 24 “Today’s Fix” items (rather than one). Look forward to Missoni scarfs, Kenneth Jay Lane bangles, and more.
· Shipley-Halmos: Pre-fall styles will be marked down to 50% off, plus a selection of key fall styles will be 50% off. Prices as marked.
· Skyler Man Jewelry: 20% off starting through Monday, December 2 at midnight on all items except “one-of-a-find cocktail collection.” Code is Black20.
· Ted Baker: Take 30% off in-store and online through Monday, December 2. Prices reflected at checkout.
· Ted Rossi: Take 25% off through December 4. Enter HOLIDAY at checkout.
· Ten Thousand Villages: Buy one, get one 50% off all jewelry and personal accessories through December 1 at 11:59pm EST.
· Twenty Jeans: Snag 20% off the entire site of men’s denim Friday, from 12:00am EST to Saturday at 2:59am EST.
· Weleda: 25% off all skin products through November 30 at 11:59pm EST.
In the wake of Thanksgiving, now is as good a time as ever to give thanks. To our health, our families, our friends. To those of us that have all that, that is truly enough. Such is not the case for a rising number of individuals who, especially in New York, really are our neighbors, and in the wake of a philanthropic e-mail I’ve just recently received about fashion brands doing good and running coat drives, now is the perfect time to pile up our warmest coats and give them away.
Because when you give, you get that much more. And really, how many coats does one really need? I know, I know.
Barbour, the quintessential British fashion brand, announced its ongoing partnership with One Warm Coat for the sixth consecutive year – but now with a twist. Barbour pledged to match all donated coats turned in at its U.S. retail stores with a Barbour sweater or shirt to each selected charity.
They’ve partnered with One Warm Coat and for every coat that you donate, Barbour will match your donation with a new coat by the brand. From November 15th through December 31st, they will be will be accepting any worn coat in wearable condition for men or women. coats nationally at the following locales. All links below are hyperlinked to show the locations where the donations will be accepted, New York included.
- 2042 North Halsted Street in Chicago, Ill. – Streetwise
- 54 E. Walton Street in Chicago, Ill. – Streetwise
- 280 US Route 1 in Kittery, Maine – Fair Tide
- 134 Newbury Street in Boston, Mass. – City Mission Society of Boston
- 1047 Madison Avenue in New York, N.Y. – The Bowery Mission
- 123 Wooster Street (Soho) in New York, N.Y. – Hetrick Martin Institute
- 1517 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pa. – St. Johns Hospice
- Suburban Square in Ardmore, Pa. – Community Angel Foundation
- 67 Palmer Square West in Princeton, N.J. – Catholic Charities
- 2331 M Street in Washington, D.C. – Total Family Care Coalition
Join Barbour and support those in need this winter by dropping off coats during regular store hours at your local Barbour store. Local Barbour store hours can be found at Barbour.com
Today, let’s think of a way we can help someone who is hungry, alone, or just freezing cold. I am baking cookies for Thanksgiving, gathering root vegetables for a side dish, setting the table for Hanukkah which begins tonight, and donating those coats.
photo: Lydia Hudgens
Wake. Breathe. Eat. Breathe. Move. Breathe. Think. Drink. Breathe. Sleep. Do it again. Did you breathe yet?
I don’t know about you, but it’s this time of year, that I find that taking a moment is a daily challenge. I have recently relied on going to hot power yoga classes as my respite for all the madness. The beauty of doing yoga is you can take it anywhere, you just need to use your limbs, limber or not. Yoga’s been around in one form or another for a really long time, so most of you by now know the benefits of doing yoga besides staying fit.
The benefits are many. To name a few let’s start with the anti-aging properties. Warming the muscles lubricates the joints. Yoga enables the brain to learn poses through challenging moments and take those challenges off the mat. Yoga is knows to cure thousands of diseases. It gets your creative juices flowing. It travels easily. Did you say you’re getting on a plane? And, last but not least, improves your libido. Need I say more? It’s blood, sweat and tears–hold the blood, hold the tears.
Whatever style or level of yoga you practice or are interested in trying, you will no doubt know that the pluses of yoga reach far beyond the sum of its parts. But first you need to start with the basics.
Step #1. Follow a yogi. I started the journey with a fellow exercise enthusiast and friend, Jenny Glucksman, to a favorite yoga studio, Yoga Spark. I watched Jenny in action to see what she could do. I am not nearly as supple as her. As you can see, she’s flexible and strong and mastered every side plank and dancer pose with distinction.
Step #2. Cease and desist my online shopping habit. Not happening so fast, that’s my crack.
Step #3: Go out buy a yoga mat. A good mat is the only necessary prop. The desire to head over to the Lulu Lemon store in these crowds is so unappealing. I would so much rather shop Stella gym clothes from my laptop in PJ’s. Don’t know which brand makes a sturdy, cool, cushioned yoga mat? Neither do I.
Step #4. Sign up for Rank & Style. I am so overwhelmed with recommendations, I never get that yoga mat. Sound familiar? This is why I love a new web platform called Rank & Style. The smart women behind this website have developed an algorithm that literally pulls data from across the web including reviews, editor’s picks, blogger’s top picks, and a whole slew of other sources and spits out a list of the top 10 products in a given niche. So before you sit in that chair pose, here are the top 10 yoga mats.
The best mats will have cushioned, long-lasting materials that protect your joints and don’t slip with your movements. Whether you are a yoga novice or a yogi with years of “flow” under your belt, click below for mats that are not only great for yourself, but a great gift idea too! Peep down below before you down dog to get the best mat out in the market.
These are my top two favorites on the list. The Adidas by Stella McCartney mat, $75.00, and the Jade Harmony mat, $62.00. Sturdy fellows, they have both lasted me two years, are portable, and lightweight. Yoga Accessories makes colorful mats and they’re only $18, the Gaiam mat is on sale for $20 — a total score, Prana Henna E.C.O yoga mat offers an earth conscious choice, Aurorae mats are on sale for $35.00 and are extra thick, The Big Mat is a LuLu Lemon favorite. My vote for the most practical and the most pricey is the Manduka Manduka yoga mat ringing in at $128.00. The Hugger Mugger is also on sale for $39.00 for a good basic and the prettiest mat goes to Sophie Leninger for the Magic Carpet mat.
This list was created by Rank & Style, a new web and mobile platform that revolutionizes – and simplifies – how you shop online via unbiased, data-driven rankings of the ten best fashion and beauty items. This is not a sponsored post. Head over to Rank & Style and get yourself on their email list. I assure you, this is one newsletter you do not want to miss!
Now that I’m sore this really works ~ OM.
Not to completely freak everyone out, but Christmas is about a month away, and Hanukkah merely days away, which means it’s time to start thinking about more gifts. For a time of year when joy is supposed to abound, holiday shopping can seem, well, pretty joyless.
This week’s gift guide is picks for the men in your life. Brothers, dads, boyfriends, husbands, fiance – you name it.
I’ve trolled the internet for the goods for any guy who doesn’t want to get boxers or another boring grey sweater. I know I feature this grey sweater but it’s the coziest thing around, and its $30.00. I bought two just so I am not tempted to steal his. From $20.00 to the Raymond Weil watch, I’ve got you covered.
cutler & gross two-tone square framed glasses // tweezerman grooming kit // jack spade messenger bag // uniqlo mens argyle socks // target coffee canister // orrefors double old-fashioned glasses // uniqlo sweater // hermés cupid on cufflinks // j. crew scarf // acne leather gloves // acne leather card case // raymond weil watch // design within reach speakers // beats by dre ear buds // marc jacobs lace-up boots
Thanksgiving, happening in T minus 7 days, is a time to get together with family and friends. Planning a meal for, let’s say 25 people, isn’t an easy feat. I leave it up to Julia Moskin and Melissa Clark’s essential recipes from the New York Times to decipher what to serve or bring to the holiday table. But unlike planning a meal, you want the actual getting dressed portion of the day to be quick and easy. You will need the essentials to start: a top, pants, or a skirt, and a pair of shoes. I tend to lean on the side of being underdressed for most holidays and celebratory occasions, so what about throwing on a plaid flannel shirt, and make like Ralph Lauren, to commemorate the Pilgrims and what not.
Aside from overcooking the turkey, the least-chic thing you could do on Thanksgiving is to show up to dinner totally underdressed. Save the sweatpants for after supper and slip into this sophisticated, modern look that’s sure to impress your in-laws. But no less necessary, if slightly less obvious, is the razzamatazz that you want to be remembered for. Akin to adding an unlikely candidate like a macaroni and cheese dish to the typical turkey, gravy and stuffing, why not add a feathered skirt to the mix? There’s no better time than now to wear your feathers. Historically empathizing with those who like to be comfortable on Thanksgiving, you will be giving and receiving gifts, so you might want to be photo-ready. Those Thanksgiving pics go down in the history books like nobody’s business.
If somebody outright asks you why you are wearing feathers, you can say, you want to emulate Ginger Rogers and Fed Astaire’s suave style by mixing menswear elements with ultra feminine details. Frilly feathers make you want to dance backwards in high heels!, or more simply just say, Dries made me do it.
Or Jason Wu who never stops at just show-stopping feathers, but makes them white.
All runway photos Vogue.com
But how do you incorporate feather details without looking like a Big Bird disaster? Consider the suggestions and photos below to be your guide and to be building blocks for your wardrobe. And don’t forget to stand against the wind.
Here are my feather rules.
1. Feathers are a statement. Keep the focus on that detail and keep the rest of your look simple or choose a simple feather accent that won’t overwhelm the rest of your look.
2. Although we love the bold colors on the runway, pick an accent piece that is easily accessorized and pairs well. If you opt for a dress, pick a neutral or black dress with a feather skirt or trim that will make sure you look sleek.
3. Give an eye to proportions. Feathers add volume, make sure you are wearing the feathers and they don’t end up wearing you.
And of course dance backwards just like Ginger Rogers did.
photos: Jim D’Angelo
Shop the post and make it a runway-ready Thanksgiving!
On Nov. 28, 2013, for the first and only time in any of our lifetimes, the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving. If you’re an observant Jew, you probably already know this. If you’re not, well now you know. This double holiday of head-spinning math and the delicious convergence where, according to Buzzfeed, cranberry sauce will be smothering potato latkes on Friday night, this requires that a ton of holiday shoppers – the modern-day Hanukkah tradition is to give gifts on each of the eight nights – will be buying presents well in advance of the usual post-Thanksgiving Black Friday/Cyber Monday thrill. Myself included. So before you can say “Mom, please pass the Manischewitz-brined turkey,” I thought it would the perfect time to start getting the imagination started, and the fingers clicking.
The holidays are creepin’ (there are only 10 shopping days left till thanksgivingukkah) and so begins my annual series of gift guides. For the next few weeks, I’ll be rounding up all my favorite things in hopes that they will inspire you with ideas, as well as help ease the overwhelming task that is holiday shopping. First up is a gift guide for girl who only wants the very best.
Jo Malone Candle $75.00 // Chanel vintage watch $3,600. // Mason by Michelle Mason silk shorts, $169.00 (on sale) // Chanel vintage fur muff // Chanel blue satin nail color, $27.00 // Chanel quadra shadow $59.00 or $220 for entire collection // Bobbi Brown Ink liner $27.00 // Heal’s Fur throw £300.00 // Otte Plush tights, $38. // coffee mug $20.00 // Maison Martin Margiela dark purple ring set, $220.
That’s a little something to start.
It’s always a a thrill to be introduced to a the newest crop of young designers, but rare to find one with the hand of a true artist. A great designer informs the way you will want to dress. A great designer can make ripples in the fashion world. A good example is the select few that hail from Paris, namely Raf Simons who has a fixation with nature and flowers with his work for Dior. For spring 2014, with the aid of a canvas that could emerge from a fascination with nature and abstracted perspectives of water and forestry, flowers and fauna, Spring comes bursting at the seams. And to be able to own the magical touch of an elemental approach to prints and apply it to a unique use of fabrics, is truly a gift.
For me, the designer Julia Korol, based in London, who just showed her first collection in Paris last month — nourishes the intellect as well as delights the senses. Julia’s prints are truly expressive, and they come at you with the brilliant combination of natural colors, organic motifs, and nature’s repetitions. Each composition is conceived as a work of art. The designs are a compilation of macro photographs and hand-drawn patterns reflected through the intricate mirror of a kaleidoscope. As you can see from these photos on a studio visit, she incorporates fabrics like neoprene, chiffon and satin that drape the body so beautifully. Check out the looks below.
Strong silhouettes take these dresses to the next level, and reign supreme.
Flip through these pics after the jump – you won’t be disappointed. These clothes just speak to me. What do you think? Weigh in!
With trends moving in and out faster than you can say “overalls,” it’s important to look inside your closet to ensure your main staples still have prime real estate. As the numerous threads of fashion continue to spin faster and faster by the minute on their looms, we as consumers are absorbed into their vernacular, and wear the result of several minds put together to realize a trend. And then it dies.
It’s when terms like ”shopping spree” and “guilt-free” don’t always go hand in hand, when the stars align and this affordable opportunity appears. I will only then happily indulge in a little retail therapy. And, this season, there is plenty out there that is easy on the eyes and the wallet.
Cue the looks down below. I have paired a camouflage tank top with a pair of slouchy black vegan jogging pants, a pair of Proenza Schouler pumps scored on Yoox,(frankly any high heels will do here) with an ivory wrap, preparing for the late afternoon chill. This look is primed for any occasion, be it a November snow flurry, an afternoon stroll, or a holiday party. Just don’t forget that holiday pedicure ladies!
Want to rock the trend but not sure how to wear camouflage? Here are my thoughts:
- If you have a camo pant/legging – think of black, deep navy, chambray, white, light gray, or light pink tops to pair with them. A pink or white softens the ‘tough’ of the camouflage.
- If you have a camo jacket, keep the rest of your look neutral underneath. That’s a lot of print you are wearing already.
- Use camo as a ‘pop’ in a tank under a sweater or jacket or on your feet with a fun pair of flats. I’ve worn my camouflage flats with jeans and black skinny pants. Maybe I should pair them with white jeans or winter white cords. A camouflage scarf would be a fun way to dip your toe in the trend also.
photos: Lydia Hudgens
Would you wear camouflage? Do tell. Happy Saturday!
Shop the look here.
Since the tender age of 5, I was told by my parents never to shop retail. The philosophy was simple. Why would they spend full price on an item for me when Marshall’s, the eponymous discount department store, offered the same designer dud for fractions less? Duh. Moving forward, through my teenage years and when I worked a 9-5 job, I used this knowledge to my advantage, shopping at sample sales when they came around twice a year for great pieces to add to my everyday wardrobe. Still today, way into my adult years, I still love a bargain, finding unlimited treasures at Century 21, dare I say Kohl’s (for workout gear), sample sales, big designer collaborations with department stores, and even better on the world-wide web, on Yoox.com.
The thing about discount shopping is, the urge to buy comes on suddenly– at %70 off how can it not be worth it– and you think to yourself how you can incorporate said item into your wardrobe. If the answer is a blatant no, don’t buy it. And that is precisely where to draw the line. I can recount numerous times where I’ve returned home from maaajor, in the Rachel Zoe fashion, shopping sprees only to realize I wouldn’t dare wear half the things I bought. What I did learn was to buy the things that have staying power. Pieces that matter. Mainly names with vowels at the end of the word. Gucci. Prada. Bottega Veneta. Baleneciaga. Marni. Chloé. Chanel. Well, Chanel is Chanel. You get the point. Even if they are expensive, well-made, hand-crafted bespoke shoes and bags will always be a good investment. It’s a rare moment when I whip out my first ever vintage Chanel bag that I bought in Paris on my semester abroad, and think, now why did I buy this for $349857843752908?
But, after yesterday’s Isabel Marant x HM haul, who is spending money? For those of you who missed the sale, this is for you. If I had seen this email from Nasty Gal just a day earlier that vintage Chanel would go live on their site at a steal maybe I wouldn’t have made the trek to Jersey just for Marant. Hard to say. This sale, aka the best collection of vintage Chanel to ever exist on this here planet earth, is happening right here right now. Investment people, investment.
As of press time, most of the great vintage bags are flying out the invisible shelves of the site, but if you’re hunting for bargain, the time is now.
Here’s a sampling of what you might find. Happy Shopping!
Okay, I’ll admit it. I barely use lipstick on an everyday basis, let alone don a luxury bag. You can usually find me in all types of denim on any given day. This holiday season, try stepping out of the proverbial box by adding a dose of shine to your life. In the same way as throwing on a smashing pair of earrings brings out the pop on your face, one of these luxurious black bags below would work as the perfect accessory for an evening out or to pair with jeans. I grabbed my favorite velvet bag yesterday and got so many compliments on it.
Dressed up or down, these plush styles lend a festive touch to your winter wardrobe.
Starting at the left column going down, here we go!
Alexander McQueen The Edge Fold Evening Clutch
Christian Louboutin Velvet Miss Loubi Clutch
B Brian Atwood bag
Opening Ceremony OC bag
House of Harlow 1960 bag
Nasty Gal Slink Velvet clutch
Asos cross body bag
Georgio Armani Bow Velvet Clutch
Dries Van Noten stamped velvet clutch
Remember Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are around the corner!
In T minus one day, H&M’s highly anticipated Isabel Marant collaboration will drop and after months of waiting, I will be that girl on the queue at 7am on Thursday. With that cup of joe. The biggest question is will the clothes be as cool as the campaign images, or will the designer’s slouchy French aesthetic not translate at all? And really, does it even matter? I am still eager to see this collection, as is the 34th street H&M location as of this morning.
The beauty of this launch is that it is launching e-commerce as well as in-store which is pretty exciting news. If the weather Thursday morning is anything like today’s, then I’m game to stay inside in my pajamas and shop from home. I may want to check out the brick and mortar version to really get a sense of how the collection looks and feels.
Here’s my hit list.
I’m taking orders for anyone who speaks up quickly, hitting one of the outer borough locations, as there is a limit of four items per customer.
I’m pining for those boots and that grey coat. What about you? Hashtag #doit.
In the name of trying to save money for what may be a very costly month as Hannukah draws near, I have turned into a closet shopper. To define it more clearly, a closet shopper is one that might hunt for online sales done surreptitiously in a dark closet, where nobody could be found. Rather, I am shopping in my own proper closet. This doesn’t deflect on the fact that I had to recently purchase not one, but two steel rolling racks to accommodate all the new stuff that just keeps piling in. I don’t like the way the racks look in my bedroom– they look so utilitarian, and I’m just sick of buying stuff. Because my wares are now visible, I’m forced to examine each and every garment, organize them by color, and wear what I own, forcing a renaissance onto each said piece.
My husband says I must be sporting a fever, as he’s never seen me refrain like this. Then again, I might have the chicken pox, as I’ve been feeling a bit woozy after having found the spots on my body I was hunting for last week.
Speaking of spots, can a leopard really change theirs? Can one really change their habits?
In today’s installment, I wore last spring’s maxi dress, paired it with this grey clutch that I bought on sale last year at 70% off at The Outnet, Schutz booties and this leopard jacket on major sale at Blue and Cream, one of my favorite shops. Now that it is a bit chilly out, I would wear a long sleeve maxi dress and pair it with a pair of moto booties.
‘Tis the season to start showing some leg a la Angelina Jolie.
Are you with me?
Photos: Jim D’Angelo
I love animal prints as much as the next “80’s Jersey Girl”, but over the past few seasons, my love for the animal motif — which includes, zebra, leopard, fawn, and Dalmatian prints, all of which I have once admired, had expired. Although I might have been over-thinking a trend, I ran away from the jungle, and retired the items in my closet. But suddenly this Fall, I seem to have found a new-found attraction to leopard, and I’m not alone.
image via theclothingmenu
Maybe it was the photo of Sienna Miller looking so f*cking rad in her coat that made me want to go out and get a leopard coat ASAP.
Maybe it was the recent post I did on the current combination of black and white graphics with animal print that made me go wild.
Maybe it was the fact that the spots are oversized, a bit hipper and cooler than in seasons past, and in hybrids that seem so fresh? I don’t know, but I’m ready to let the leopards back in to my life now for sure and after purchasing a pair of loafers, and a envelope clutch, they are like the LBD, but not.
Cull my selection below– click the arrow on the right and it will take you to over 30 items that are just right for now. Wear them on a weekend, to work, or to bed.
Tell me… Do you wear the spots?
Coming tomorrow on the blog, I will be wearing mine…Stay tuned!
Happy Friday! xx
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!