End of Summer Uniform

I went Fall shopping yesterday. It was a mini disaster, not because there wasn’t a huge selection of choices, but because I am not ready to indulge in mustard-colored sweatersdark florals, and other fall favorites quite yet. I am a summer girl at heart and am still relishing the late summer sun before the autumnal breezes start coming in.

With fashion week coming up and leisurely summer weekends ceasing, I decided this past weekend to really check things off my summer to-do list. Things like replacing white sheets and towels for fresh ones, sorting through that huge pile of mail, and deep apartment cleaning.

But before I bid summer adieu, here is what I will miss.

1. Climbing out of the freezing cold ocean.

2. Exercising and then eating those calories outdoors.

3. Editing my closet  down to a science. Just kidding.

This season, I put away my white jeans and instead opted for gauzy sheaths.  Maybe it’s because everybody wore white denim 24/7 and they felt so over and done, so I retired my 10 pairs to the back of my closet. Until this week when I started wearing them again.

If striped tops and baggy white jeans would have to be my go-to uniform for fall, I would be fine with that. The best part of summer is being able to grab your uniform, whether it’s a white T-shirt and shorts or a dress from the night before, then slipping your feet into the nearest pair of sandals and heading out the door for the next 12 hours. Like I always said, white jeans are a year-round staple, not just a summer fling.

white jeans

Wearing: Bec and Bridge cropped top // Paige Denim jeans // Topshop Fang sandals // Chanel vintage bag // Jeepers Peepers sunglasses

striped shirt

vintage Chanel bag

striped shirt and white jeans

white jeans

striped top

There is a chance to squeeze in two long, languid weeks left of summer if you stay true to the autumnal equinox so tell me, for the love of a sunny weekend on the horizon, what are you going to miss about summer? Chime in!

Happy Friday!

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Code White

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.

white dress

white dress

Zara dress // SUPER sunglasses // Harvey Faircloth clutch // Saint Laurent sneakers

white dress

white dress

white dress and striped bag

Accessories by Forma de Ser // Chan Luu // Charlotte Lebeck ring

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Summer Baubles

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.

vanesa farfan

accessories for summer

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

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Recycling The Goods

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.

white skort and blue vest
white Zara skort

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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The Dog Days

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.

2. Surf.

3. Read.

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.

read a book the dog days of August Reading a book photo

 

Here’s what’s on my hit list. What’s on yours?

Photos: Jeff Thibodeau

 

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Fit To Be Tied

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.

black tie-front shirt

 

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.

tie front shirt

tie-front blouse

tie front  black blouse

black tie-front shirt and long shorts

white sunglasses

Take your pick below.

 

 

All photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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Currently Craving

fashion inspiration

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.

Happy Friday!

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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

 

 

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White Hot

It’s sale timeChristmas 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.

Whose in?

white vest

white outfit

white outfit

white vest

white vest

all white outfit

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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?

Abbey Road

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First Look At Nordstrom’s Fall Lineup

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.

On this beautiful Friday, I want you to think about cozy sweaters and boots, capes, blazers, and snow. WHAT? Forget I said that.

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 .

Plan ahead. This season, I will forgo liquid assets for this black moto jacket and this white sweater that make me feel oh so French.

I could go for the Chloe hobo which I am crushing on hard, and these rag & bone black suede booties which are currently in my digital cart, but I want you to get them before I snatch them up.

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.  

Happy $hopping.

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Unplugged

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.

woman holding a phone

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.

yoga workout

Net-A-Sporter

Net-A-Sporter

yoga

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?

Cara Delevingne Chanel ad

Here are my favorites that are currently in my cart. Don’t forget to click the photos to upgrade your workout gear!

 

Photos: Tommy Ton for Style.com, Vogue.com, Net-A-Sporter

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