Fashion

Kicking the Habit

I might as well face it, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Although I try to let go, the constant stream of information is my digital security blanket. It lights up in the palm of my hand, gives me notifications and likes!, and takes on a life as its own. Why can’t I, you, we, collective us, let go and just say no?

To be transparent, I’m trying hard to wean myself off this habit, and unplug. Anytime I find myself in a quiet moment, I find it almost impossible not to check my screen. Lately though, I have been putting it face down on a table when I am sitting with somebody, in an effort to resemble an engaged human being.

I don’t need to ask whether it rings true for anybody else. Just look at yourself and around you. We are all in a collective daze as we pass each other by.

iPhone 6

white shirt denim jeans

Similar to the days of sneaking notes blatantly in class, no one seems to adhere to the rules. But if it really is having a legitimate effect on our relationships that matter, maybe it’s time to flush our phones down the proverbial toilet in the presence of friends, business partners, and loved ones who we’d like to stick around.

This weekend, I am going to try an experiment, to use my phone as little as possible. When I come up for air on Monday, I will let you know the blow-by-blow results.

How will I be able to control myself when e-commerce site Moda Operandi will be selling an 18-karat gold iPhone 6, on sale this Thursday, that is sure to be the perfect chichi gadget of the year. Ee Gads!

iPhone addiction

I am wearing: Theory blouse // Frame Denim jeans // Oliver Peoples West sunglasses // Nicholas Kirkwood sandals// Jerome Dreyfuss python cross-body bag // Kendra Scott ring

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Dipped in Blue

Happy Monday!

Did this morning’s alarm clock hit you on the head like a hedge hammer? Check. Me too. It is very hard to adjust back to getting up at 7am, pumped and ready for the daily grind when the thermometer hits 40 degrees as a high, to first start thinking about getting dressed. What? I know what will go into my Matcha Tea smoothie, but can’t figure out what to wear. You with me?

I would so love to constantly be inspired by my wardrobe angel and have the garments in my closet come to me and figure it all out for themselves. But where’s the creativity in that? Getting dressed can be such a drag and sometimes you just want to throw in the proverbial towel and call it quits on this thing called fashion.

Everybody has a different lifestyle, places to go that demand different protocol. But if you practice at pulling things together, it can become clearer how to work your wardrobe to its maximum potential.

Here’s a first stab at how to dress this week tapping into fall’s trend for wide leg pants and monochrome dressing. Bright cobalt blue is on the color wheel for Fall, and I didn’t think I could pull it off especially by infusing an unlikely white to balance it out. And that wall? Swear it wasn’t planned.

Don’t like blue? Try black. Balance the wide leg with a cropped sweater and sneakers today. Tomorrow, try pointy-toe flats.

blue leather jacket

Wearing: Kevin Shahroozi leather jacket // GAP turtleneck // Tom Ford sunglasses // Elizabeth & James wide leg pants// Saint Laurent sneakers

monochrome blue

blue leather jacket

monochrome blue

Saint Laurent sneakers

dress in blue

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Sale Time

Just a quick reminder that it’s sale time on one of my favorite sites, SHOPBOP. Whether you’ve been holding out on your favorite basics for the upcoming winter season or lusting over a new bag for the past few months, there’s really no better time to pull the trigger than sale time at 25% off site-wide. Personally, I spend most of my time perusing through the site for good basics like striped tees and pajamas.  And let’s be honest, I’m always looking for more stuff and my wish list is never-ending… here are just a few of my favorite picks! Shopbop CHANEL CC bucket bag // AUDEN earrings //  DANNIJO sami ear cuff // ALEJANDRA J sandals // ELIZABETH AND JAMES ring //  T By ALEXANDER WANG // TORY BURCH leather belt bag // DITA VON TEESE sunglasses // PAULA BIANCO wrap scarf // KATE SPADE blue embossed croc watch// SALVATORE FERRAGAMO slip-ons

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The Basics

Fall is here and although this morning’s high of 50 degrees is as chilly as I want it to ever be, consider what is on the horizon. Old Man Winter. Ba humbug. Overall, it’s no fun to look at Fall without seeing a silver lining, which is in this case, how to start your wardrobe off with good basics and layer everything you own on top.

What does this mean? Pull those white shirts and denim jeans in the forefront of your closet where they will serve as a reminder that maybe they need a refresher course. Perfect timing because right now, what I refer to as the BASICS, crisp white shirts, turtlenecks, denim of all types, and outerwear is on sale right now through Columbus Day. Natch.

white shirt and denim

Madewell shirt // J. Crew jeans // Oliver People West sunglasses // Anneliese Michelson gold carnivore choker // Nicholas Kirkwood heels  // Jerome Dreyfuss cross body.

Ready to raid your closet?

First, identify your favorite jeans and put them on. Make sure they fit and flatter. Next, put on that white crisp shirt. Let it loose. Put on heels and a mini cross body clutch. Put a necklace on. Layer a sweater over the white shirt, a scarf over that, and consider a hat and an oversized coat.

white shirt and denim

And what a better way to celebrate the good times than a day off? You tell me.

Click below to get your basics on during the Columbus Day salesssss!

Here’s the scoop:

J. Crew Factory 50% off entire site 

Piperlime 20% off with code FALL20

Old Navy 20% off with code DEAL

Banana Republic 30% off with code BRWEEKEND

Ann Taylor LOFT 50% LOFT with code OURTREAT

Madewell 30% off with code OHFALL

Club Monaco up to $100 off with code FALSELY

Forever21 30% off with code TAKE30

Macy’s 30% off with code FALL 

Land’s End 25% off with code Cool

There you have it: now go enjoy!

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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In My Shopping Cart

Refreshingly down-to-earth or absolutely out of this world, however you take it, Fall is about warming up to new ways to wear last season’s must-haves, and updating with cozy knits, pops of color, slip dresses, and back to the 70′s fringe! Then Normcore was born. And here we are.

Here is my hit list of the most wanted trends. Choose wisely.

fall finds

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Navy and Black

Deciding to wear a single color from head to toe takes commitment and a dash of daring. There is a reason most women seeking monochromatic outfits immediately gravitate towards an all-black ensemble. The color black does not make mistakes,” said Caroline de Maigret, model and muse, and author of “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are,” a guide to French secrets, which she wrote with three friends. While it’s no secret that inky tones never go out of fashion, her advice — and there are some gems in the book — is a reminder that when in doubt, go back to black.

As a fair-skinned, golden blonde girl, an all-black look can definitely overwhelm my face, not to mention my small frame. Always testing new waters, I decided to try navy with black accessories instead. The blue hue often gets overlooked, but navy is a fresh alternative to harsh black. Plus, the shade is completely classic, and paired with black, it’s the subtle contrast that makes the navy stand out. I am also open to scarves in hues of blue like teal!, and gold accessories that enhance my hair color.

The look, relaxed but put together, is quirkier than your office-appropriate work wear, but polished enough for an unexpected encounter with the boss. Here are my looks to help you pull off a head-to-toe dark look.

navy outfit

navy and black

navy and black

navy and black

navy and black

Wearing Alasdair top and leggings  // Alexander McQueen patent clutch // Patent leather Birkenstocks // Annelise Michelson carnivore choker

Photos: Jeff Thibodeau

 

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Transitional Dressing

Transitions are always tough. I can tell you first hand that moving from place to place is hard at first and then quite rewarding. Switching one’s eating habits from caffeinated beverages and sugary confections, to eating raw, healthy, clean food can be quite a challenge. Transitional weather can also be a bitch. On this unofficial 15th day of in-between seasonal panic of not fall, but isn’t summer either, what are you/we to wear? A T-shirt and sandals, or a sweater and socks?

Street style looks from Paris definitely help out in this instance, but I try to rely on my gut instincts. I like to cover my legs keeping them warm, but also allow for you to continue to show off your how nice your toes look when your feet are still vaguely bronzed and pedicured. Here I am working the downtown chic angle on this season’s tomboy-cool overall trend, with this slouchy pair of black overalls, coated with a glossy finish, and sandals.

So, what do you wear during this transitional time?

black overalls

Asos sunglasses // Prada top // 3×1 black glossy overalls // Celine sandals // McQueen clutch

black coated overalls

downtown chic

black overalls

black overalls

black overalls

Kendra Scott double ring// Maya J bracelets// Catbird rings // OPI Purple with a Purpose

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Shopbop on Sale

Its another…designer SALE! This time from my favorite online purveyor Shopbop. Click below on the arrows on the right hand side of the photos to see my favorite pics. ON SALE. NOW. GO! Or head to the site here and pick out boots, and all fall styles on sale before they are gone, Happy hump day!

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In the Mood for Dries

I am enamored by everything that is Dries Van Noten. The sheer beauty of Van Noten’s Spring collection from Paris, lies in a lush woodland setting with all the models languishing on the mossy carpet as if you are witnessing a magical fairy-tale. Inspired by John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, the Pre-Raphaelite image that launched a million hippie fantasies, Van Noten re-created this surreal mood with lighting and a mossy forest floor.

The future over at Dries Van Noten looks light and bright, with sheer light fabrics, deep and muted colors contrasted with the organza silks and sequined t-shirts. I love the way masculine elements are weaved into Van Noten’s womenswear – the collection is truly a stylist’s dream.

A throwback to a Woodstock era, I can just hear the sounds of birds, the girls walked peacefully down the catwalk, laying down across the floor making us think of a painting of young girls in a field of flowers.

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Fab Finds for Fall

Happy Monday!

After this beautiful summer-like weather weekend who wants to go back to work? You can thank Monday for sending us back to the grind. Hard to adjust, I know.

How about I cheer you up with a go-to Fall outfit perfect for the here and now that won’t leave you broke. Why? Besides the excitement of fall finally being in the air, there are some incredible site-wide sales going on right now.

The benefits of this sale is that it is at the beginning of the season, not the end, so you can wear what’s hot, what’s new right now. If you feel the itch to bite the gold-plated bullet, do it now before those leaves change colors to full price.

BTW, did anybody use the iPhone 6 yet? It seems that it might be larger than the accessory it fits into, but I will be testing out that notion over here in the next week or so when mine arrives.

Click down below for one of my favorite looks for the here and now.

Fall Outfit

Madewell cropped pullover

Rebecca Taylor lace skirt

Eric Javits grosgrain hat

Ray-Ban Wayfarer  

Alexander Wang  messenger bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs watch

Alexander Wang ankle boot

Hurry! Here are the links to the sale items ending today.

Madewell Extra 30% off ALL SALE STYLES. USE CODE PINCHME

Rebecca Taylor: Up to $100 off with CODE RTSPEND14

Banana Republic 30% off with CODE BRTAKE30

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