Trips

End of Summer

Keeping up with current events at the end of August can be taxing and preposterous. From following who will be the next mayoral candidates of New York, to upheavals in Egypt and Iran, birthing Pandas, photos of Baby North, and models suing magnates over getting the herpes virus, it’s probably good to unplug, and take some time off now and then. Stop the noise. Stop the chatter. Let your left brain and right brain fuse.

I am bringing all these things up to point out that you can be selective about what you worry about in August. It’s summertime. The living should be easy. Sometimes, if you relax, things just work themselves out. For instance, it feels liberating to take time off of the job, household responsibilities, and even putting on makeup and getting dressed on a daily basis. Here is what I did all week, using action verbs.

BTW, all photos below taken with the iPhone 5.

1. Read my book and tried to tackle the 5 pound September issues with a vengeance.

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photo copy 32. Captured the setting sun every night.

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3. Made a delicious vegetarian salad with all local ingredients (recipe from Food and Wine)

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4. Ate a lobster roll. Because sometimes you have to go off the grid.

5. Watched a midnight showing of The Butler with Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Their performances were truly on point.

Sadly, vacations end, summer tan lines fade, and unless you’re inheriting at least 20 million from a dead relative in the next year or so, you will actually have to get back to work. The good news is, we’re less than two weeks away from the initiation of New York Fashion Week which will unveil the Spring/Summer 2014 collections over the course of what will inevitably feel like a marathonic seven days.

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Stay tuned for my Pre-Fashion Week cleanse, and how I’m gearing up for the Olympics.

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Dressing for Coachella

SENSI STUDIO hat, Calypso St. Barth coverup, Céline sunnies

Let’s set the scene: Nonstop music. Sunny desert skies. Crowds of people singing along with the Arctic Monkeys. Friendship bracelets up and down your wrist. Daisies in your hair. Yes…this is the stage for Coachella and if you are booked to attend in the upcoming weekends, I thought a post on what you should be wearing might help. It’s not genius, its a more practical guide. Not going? Don’t fret, I’m not either. Regardless, you can use theses tips for any type of fun outdoor festival in the coming spring and summer months. Here I am not quite at Coachella, but with my wildly colorful tribal bag and arm candy, you get the gist. C’mon let’s dance and sing together.

OndadeMar bag

Dannijo bracelets

Sleeping in the tents? Of course, those lazing about in the grass will have totally different strategies, but you should enjoy the music and look pretty chic while doing it without fear that your too-high platforms and too-short sundress will make you the lone killjoy in your group of festival friends. Go ahead, channel your inner cool girl hippie vibe.

Left to right: illesteva frieda sunnies, Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony dress, Jeffrey Campbell neon tribal wedges, Luv AJ Open crystal ring, Rebecca Minkoff Mojave Bucket tote, Mara Hoffman printed bandeau bikini, Miss Selfridges maxi skirt, Opening Ceremony ankle boots, House of Harlow tribal horn, Zadig and Voltaire cuff, Halogen fedora, illesteva leonard  sunnies,Wildfox tank top, Rag and Bone shorts, Converse kicks.

A white sundress with neon platform tribal platforms for added height to go with the theme of outdoor music festivals in the desert, bikini for showing off that physique that you are working so hard towards.. remember this? (Click here) finally, suede cowboy boots and a fringe bag because thats so au courant for Indio, Converse sneakers you should embrace! after walking to get to those music stages miles away. As for those accessories, cool sunglasses, a few tribal horns here and there, a gold cuff for good measure, and a fedora to finalize the look. There you have it– Coachella at its best. Keep it light, keep it cool, and ..don’t forget the sunscreen.

 

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Forty eight hours of art, parties, fashion, and fun.

Joy Cioci Dress, YSL purple tributes, one feather earring.

As a fashion blogger, I spend many hours squirreled away on my laptop writing and editing, and sometimes being a hermit is just no fun. Most of the time, I just want to crawl out of my writing hole and  and actually witnesss the incredible clothing, inspiring art, and the creative people behind that I blog about, and experience a little joie de vivre. Well folks, Art Basel is the just the ticket.

What’s the trick? When in Miami, do as they do. Baselers gallery hop, party bop, and take advantage of all the city has to offer. My goal was to soak up the experience and attend arty fashion parties or fashionable art parties. I visited rooftops, hotel lobbies, pools, restaurants, convention centers, outdoor installations, and in-store events all in a 48 hours window. Regardless of my banzai approach, I did not get to every party or exhibitor. That would be quite the impossible feat. This year there were more than 250 exhibitors at the Convention Center, and dozens of others at the satellite fairs. I did want to sneak in a little beach time, but alas, Miami you were cool and breezy at best.

Day one. Landed at 4pm, I raced from the airport in Robert Clergerie wood chunky heels that broke (major fail) on my  way to the Convention Center. I arrived for opening night, met up with some friends and walked barefoot for 4 hours. No joke here. I may have won out but my feet will tell you it was a pyrrhic victory. Thankfully part of the place is carpeted in grassy turf. I bumped into Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Val Kilmer and I could’ve sworn they looked at my barefooted manicured toes! I did see some amazing art, and super-chic street style art-goers. Does art imitate fashion or does fashion imitate art or both? You decide, Check it out.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

After looking at so much art all day (wink, wink) people, I actually need a change of scenery. Bring on the cocktail party. At 8:30 pm I walked straight to the newly renovated Shelborne Hotel for the opening party Art of Night celebrating the photographer Seth Browarnik. Suzanne Bartch designed all the costumes for the event which lasted well into the wee hours of the night. see more

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Art Basel: Where art and fashion collide.

 

What I wore in Miami

What I wore in Miami: Alexander Wang dress, Chanel necklace, Vintage Cuff

 

For 10 years now, the art world has descended upon Miami Beach, like a bird zeroing in on its prey, for a whirlwind of art, showings, and day-to-night indulgence. As a former Art History student who dove right in to my first career at NYs auction houses and who still loves art, artists and the glamorous world of the art player, I’ve made this my new mandatory stop. Last December, my first Basel experience, I really tried to take it all in and not be so sidetracked by the social scene. Fashion party girl? Yup. Granted, I enjoy all the unbridled hobnobbing with the cognoscenti, the artists, and the party crashers alike, but for me, dancing with the art itself puts me in a visual coma. It is well known that artists are professional observers. I absorb the depiction of these observations via the paintbrush, the sculpture, or the performance art through the artist’s eyes and try not to dissect the meaning too much. Like fashion bloggers, what are artists if not self-starters and entrepreneurs? I try to stick to the romantic notion (in my imaginary world) that all artists are self-sufficient . Don’t kill my buzz with the facts.

Fashion as art

Last season, I attended the Main fair, Nada, Pulse, Scope, de la Cruz Collection, Red Dot Art Fair, FriendsWithYou, and the Rubell Family Collection all in two days. Oh, and throw in a few fashion soirées. I saw so much art my head nearly fell off. There was always an excuse to snap a photo. Camera in hand, I’m there in the crowd, and wherever this posh crowd goes, fashion follows. This year will not be any different. There is a profusion of pop-up stores cluttered in the Design district, art films, hotel pool events, and vampire beach parties that I am stoked to check out.

This is not a ship.

Rubell serves up oatmeal

Rubell serves up oatmeal

So without further adieu, and the horrific Miami traffic patterns drilled into my brain, I am going to leave you with a fresh mind, a new mental state so to speak. I will meet, see, run, talk, laugh, photograph, write, and schmooze. Chill time? No. There is no need to pack the sunscreen and there will be NO relaxing. And I will try not to wear myself out on the first night. Darn those Louboutins!

Oh, and here’s what I will be wearing.. a girl is allowed to dream. Hello weekend warrior. Welcome the circus.

J. Mendel

J. Mendel

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Paris, France. Part deux

Parisien finds

Parisien finds

 

 

Day number two,  I stayed close to home and explored the chic boutiques of the Left Bank, starting at Isabel Marant, one of the hottest darling’s of today’s fashion scene. I had my eyes on a pair of pink jeans and fringe boots which I saw on the runways last spring, and they had finally reached the boutique. Trying to stay au courant, I snapped those up along with her infamous sided high top sneakers. I made an instant connection with the store manager and the staff, and loved how oh so stylish, skinny and Parisian those girls were.

 

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

 

I then headed to Jerome Dreyfuss where the fall collection was in full swing.  Yup, the one bag I had my eye on was a green oversized python and at 3,500 EURO that wasn’t making it home with me without a divorce. I die.

 

Jerome Dreyfuss

Jerome Dreyfuss

 

I then took the Metro to Le Bon Marché , the iconic department store where the local Parisians shop. Now owned by LVMH, the store includes a designer emporium, a gourmet market, a nail salon, a book store, games, and modern furniture. A central atrium compartmentalizes the cosmetics, mens fashion, and womens’ fashion organized in breezy well-kept arrangements organized by designer.  MarniBalenciagaCarvenDries Van Noten, and Chloé are a few names I spotted, but the store was quite expansive, and it would have required several hours to browse everything, more than my limited time budget allowed.

 

Le Bon Marche

Le Bon Marche

 

I wanted to see every shop in the district and the best way to do that was to hop on a Vélib’ bike. What could be better than  exploring Paris on two wheels, chocolate macaron in hand.

 

 

 

I stopped into my favorite stores that are super chic just by default.  Agnes b, BereniceAPCManoushVanessa BrunoStella ForestMajeCarven, the list goes on.  I played fashion victim, browsed all the collections and realized I only wanted to bring home unique and eclectic finds.

Fashion completé.

After my day, I quickly headed to my three favorite boutiques, tried on what I adored, and felt like a true Parisian.  I  had a fashionista revelation: never will I  dress like an American girl ever again.

After dinner at Le Comptoir,  I made a list of what to accomplish when I get back home. French classes, and a class of the  history of fashion.

Right about now I am dreaming of Paris, with me, there smack in the middle of Paris Fashion Week.

À bientôt!

Kate Moss at Louis Vuitton show in Paris

Kate Moss at Louis Vuitton show in Paris

 

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Paris France

PARIS

PARIS

 

Part 1. The French Connection.


There is nowhere more magical than Paris. It is the City of Lights. It’s tempting to think that Paris is unchanged, that there is always a corner of the city where you can really catch a glimpse of Fitzgerald or Hemingway at Brasserie Lipp, or stumble across Miles Davis en route to Saint-Germain. But the truth is that Paris is a city of constant change. Paris is a even more enjoyable place to be in today. It is more relaxed, the hauteur has softened. There is a certain joie de vivre there. Yes, the past is still alive —with its grande dame hotels, fashion flagships, and Michelin-starred eateries, but many have undergone a contemporary redesign or simplified their style.

On my recent visit, I stayed in one of the chicest neighborhoods on the Left Bank in boutique hotel, Esprit St-Germain, in the district of  Saint-Germain, the heart of fashion boutiques, art and design galleries, and a thriving café society. Not sure what to expect, the hotel and the staff surpassed my expectations.  Not only did I get free Wifi, a non-existent entity in Paris, but a complimentary petit-déjeuner (breakfast), and wonderful staff who put up with my feeble attempt to speak like ”une parisienne”.

Esprit st. Germain

Esprit st. Germain

 

I love Paris because high heels click-clack down the narrow cobblestoned streets like castanets, while Chloé-clad commuters start their day. So chic!

Shoe spotting, YSL

Shoe spotting, YSL

 

We all have our fantasies of the perfect Parisian day. There may be no city that takes shopping more seriously than Paris, the birthplace of haute couture, and a place where mere browsers are made to feel snubbed. My goal in three days was to shop like a local – and get to the coolest looks in town. Because just like them, I was born with the shopping gene! :)

 

MY Mood board

MY Mood board

 

 

With many boutiques and boulangeries’ closed for the month of August, I really had the streets of Paris to myself. I was oblivious to the direction I was heading  (damn the GPS), I stumbled upon Merci, the ultimate fashion destination. Housed in an old factory, this concept store mixes contemporary and vintage fashions along with seasonal products. Cheap sits next to chèr. Then I made my way through the maze-like district of the Marais.

 

Merci

Merci. Photo courtesy of Gotham Girl

 

From there, I headed to The Right Bank to start at Colette, another arbiter of Parisian cool. Colette houses an eclectic mash-up  of high-end designers like Lanvin, Hermes, and Chanel mixed with quirky young labels like Christopher Kane and Rodarte. Finally fashionistas have their temple.

 

Colette

Colette

 

After a long day, I had a wonderful oh so chichi Parisien meal at Thomineux.  And, to top it all off, I headed for the majestic Tour De Effiel. 

 

Effiel Tower

Effiel Tower. Photo courtesy, Vanessa Bruno

 

As I write this blog entry,  I am dreaming of Paris.  Me, right there smack in the middle of Paris Fashion Week. watching some of  the best designers shed their talents in the world of  haute couture. Yes, this is a dream. Yes, there’s always next year….

Here is a snap shop of  one of my new favorite designers, Carven with a look for Spring.  This dress…!

 

Carven. Photo courtesy, Garance Dore'

Carven. Photo courtesy, Garance Dore'

 

Stay tuned for more Paris coverage!

xo


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New York weekend

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Apparel Trade Shows Las Vegas: A Round-Up

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I headed to Vegas for my very first MAGIC Convention and FN Platform Shoe Show. Anyone who is anyone in fashion or a related field was either exhibiting, buying, or blogging.  While MAGIC is the hub of the convention, the adjacent trade shows comprised of apparel, footwear, accessories, and social media resources as well.

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The Venice Biennale

 

Getting on the Trenitalia to Venice

For hundreds of years, writers and travelers have marveled at the beauty of Venice and sung the praises of the city of wonder. If ever a city has been the quintessential example of beauty and grace, love and magical pleasures, that city is Venice. Venice, only approached by sea, emerges before your eyes with domes and pinnacles and towers on the horizon.

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WWD MAGIC. The Clothes, the Shoes, the Accessories.

Me in Les Petites dress

The MAGIC Convention is merely days away and I am still pulling my outfits together.

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