End of summer = code white. I have been wearing white as planned the entire month, enjoying these blissful long summer days and end-of-August evenings, pairing stripes, or denim digs into my look. I wish I could extend the season, but I haven’t cracked the code on how to stay in white dresses past September. If you find a way, please alert the media.
When putting on said white summer dresses, I feel like such a lady, so I always make sure there’s something boyish in my look. I felt the urge to pair my white dress with white sneakers to add a playful element. See how to achieve this below.
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
If there is anything I have learned about summer, is that it is short-lived. It occurred to me yesterday morning when I went to take a walk in my neighborhood, I was experiencing a textbook case of bittersweetness. August signifies heat and humidity, and after the winter we endured, I marveled in the fact that my fingers were ballooning as the humidity expanded their width.
It is already mid-August which means September is right around the corner. And fashion week! Until that circus, I am reveling in the fact that my legs flap around in shorts, my neck is exposed to the sky, and my wrists, legs, ankles, and lobes are just letting loose. In an attempt to keep summer long-lived, I will wear things that scream summer which for me translates to… accessories!
This summer I was introduced to Vanesa Farfan, a unique collection of minimalist and simplistic designs with delicate details that make a statement. Elegant and refined, I love piling on layers of suede, 14K gold, and silk cord bracelets to decorate my limbs and define my style.
Launched in June of 2011, the brand is sold online and in high-end fashion boutiques throughout the country and ranging in price point from $10 to $120, there is something for everyone. Check out her looks below. All are available at Vanesa Farfan.
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It’s Wednesday morning, happy hump day! and I am fresh out of ideas of what to wear. The paradox of summer ease is in how difficult it becomes to remove yourself from the black hole that is comfort, wear what I have been wearing every single freaking day, a T-shirt and some form of denim to avoid that inevitable thought that is 100% inaccurate: I have nothing to wear.
Instead, I am combining reliable looks that I have worn previously, and will tango with the thought that I will copy myself. I will wear looks that I have previously put together, verbatim. BORING? No, not quite.
My body is tired of shopping, WHAT? and my mind is bored, (I’m reading my books) that is until the weather starts to change and inspire me to turn me on to move past the recently used section of my closet. It’s just sheer laziness but I don’t mind. These looks looked good on me last year and life is too short to leave a closet full of goods pristinely folded and unworn. So, its time to get the wheels of our closets in motion and recycle some of our favorite looks from our perspective closets.
In this look below, I am wearing a Mango white t-shirt, a Zara skort so in vogue last season that I just recently took it out to play, get it this season at Nasty Gal, and this JW Anderson vest. Didn’t forget about those cool accessories: bracelets from Emily Kammeyer, this Reed Krakoff bag and crocodile Givenchy babies.
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
I tried a social experiment on myself over the weekend, which was to reclaim my life before the smartphone took it over. At first, it was difficult to combat, as my blog, is in a constant state of motion. I am incessantly checking my instagram feed, and keeping on the fashion world’s radar, enough to make your head spin. But as the hours went by, my third limb slowly disappeared and become part of my habitué. I almost forgot my phone was there. Well, almost.
Without being attached to my phone I was able to:
1. Converse with people and open up my ears even more.
The onset of August means only one thing: Fashion month is near. But until then, it’s time to get in as many final beach days as possible. I’ve already given you the rundown on what to wear, and how to look like a sun-kissed goddess. But what about the ultimate sunbathing accessory—a book? Whether you are bound for Ibiza or the Rockaways, this is the time to dig into those yummy stories knowing you have a full month to get polish them off.
Here’s what’s on my hit list. What’s on yours?
Photos: Jeff Thibodeau
There have been so many times when I wish my laced-up sneakers didn’t have laces. They hang loose until I inevitably trip, I turn a nice shade of black and blue, and the rest is history. What would I wear instead? Not slides, not slip-ons. Sneakers are laced-up for a reason, to hold your feet in place. It’s so much easier to tie a top than a shoe, right?
Remember the tie front shirt? If you vividly remember the 90′s like I do, the tie front shirt trend feels like a bit of a déjà vu. I did own several in gingham. When undone, it looks like you have two rabbit ears hanging from the hem of your shirt, but when tied, the tie front shirt creates the look of a relaxed cinched waist. Natch.
It is very hard to accept the fact that I’m old enough to see trends recycle themselves. When it comes to fashion, the tie front trend was bound to come back. And the best part? Since showing skin really works for summer, consider how many times you bend down to tie your shoes. A million right? Consider a pair of high-waisted shorts to pair with the tops, and in the southern region, espadrilles or Birkenstocks that signify an easy breezy summer style.
Take your pick below.
All photos: Lydia Hudgens
There is nothing better than refreshing my wardrobe on the world wide web. The process leaves me with inspiration as to how to update my wardrobe without having to actually purchase anything. The feeling that I can leave it there, walk away, and dream is priceless. I will revisit these another time when I realize that a pair of black snake-embossed espadrilles would only enhance my denim digs.
Get the look above here and click on those photos!
Maison Martin Margiela silver cuff // rag & bone T-Shirt // Dior black polish // Levi’s denim shirt // Alexander Wang pinstripe boxer shorts // Penelope Chilvers snake-embossed espadrilles // woven scarf // Sophie Bille Brahe bracelet // Vince leather scuba jacket
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
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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
I just unpacked from my weekend trip oversees, and I am proud to say that I brought nothing but a few slips of lingerie, shorts, a blazer, a pair of jeans, and my daughter. Before I departed, I vowed to take nothing but what I could fit in my carry-on bag, and when I arrived, I still found that there was no reason to pack anything other than white sneakers and a pair of heels. As far as accoutrements go, I only packed one earring and one necklace to lighten my load.
A single oversized earring? Yes, and the best part was when I had a conversation with somebody, they immediately stared at my ear and asked if I was missing something.
“Yes, I have one earring on and no, I replied, I’m just going solo tonight.”
The statement earring is back, yet again, but this time not in pairs. So if you have a tendency to lose one, you’re in luck! The Fall 2014 runways at Louis Vuitton and Céline embraced the art of only wearing one, a singular, emulating true French je ne sais quoi. These editorial darlings below seen on CR Fashion Book confirmed my desire to try the trend. I’m not convinced it is just a trend, but the good news is, you can always clip one on the other lobe, once you tire of the look. Natch.
Leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
During this crazy hot weather we have been having, all I want to do is streamline my life and make getting dressed easy and breezy. No-fuss dressing is my motto for the summer months.
Style doesn’t have to be expensive. With this in mind, here is a sample of what I wore the other day including some of my favorite brands like Asos, Zara, Mango, and Topshop, now on sale!, hitting my top list. Of course, adding an accessory like these slides below and a cool earring is my way to personalize it even more.
Hit the plus signs on the photo to shop the look right to your doorstep. More on this coming soon. Happy Shopping!
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
Quite the busy bee, I am jetting off to Europe for a few days this week with a fun-packed itinerary. It will be a non-stop trip with lots to see and do. I am definitely going to make time for some downtime, though, as that is the best way to see a new city. More importantly, I thought it would be a great idea to share which pieces will make it into my suitcase, and some tips for being a chic traveler.
Want to know how to be a good traveler? My advice is to pack less stuff and just enjoy the experience. Leave your crap at home, too much stuff ruins trips. I will pack a plain white t-shirt, a pair of my favorite jeans, a sweater for the plane, sneakers for comfort, statement heels, a dress, some lipstick, toiletries, and this book. And maybe an empty suitcase.
Paula Cademartori yellow clutch
Olympia Le-Tan blue cropped striped shirt
Saint Laurent sandal
Cashmere travel set
Red Valentino white poplin shirt
Tumi duffel weekend bag
Summer is nearly upon us, rain, rain go away!, if the upcoming Father’s Day weekend is nothing else a time to celebrate your dad, but also a marker of many mid-June festivities on the imminent horizon. Did you know on average, men buy new underwear once every seven years? I have trouble every year figuring out what to get Dad, I’m not about to go here, so this year I am getting him a pair of these sunglasses and a Nutribullet. Go Dad. Make us proud.
The sun will be shining this weekend, guaranteed by the one and only Weather Channel, wear sunscreen, and unless you are a FBI agent, there’s really no excuse to be sporting a pair of boring sunglasses. I prefer shades that make my peepers pop and give my overall ensemble an effortlessly cool-and-quirky vibe. Those basic styles devoid of novelty, color, or daring shape? No, thank you.
So, here I rounded up some statement-making sunnies that are far from blah. Go for a pop of color, all-white bling, aviators, or vivid, mirrored lenses. And the best part? They are all under $100.00!
Set your sights on these bold specs, and prepare to have all eyes on you.
Check out these sunglasses from Chilli Beans . They are what dreams are made of. Boom. Happy Friday!