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The Fall Edit

September 19, 2013
tags: , cardigan, church's, clutch, , edie parker, , , , , moda operandi, , rebecca minkoff, , , , , styles, thakoon, , , , white, wide leg
by Sonia

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A brown leaf fell on me the other day which I took as a sign that not only is fall upon us, but that it’s also time to start accumulating the seasonal goodies. Whenever a new season comes around, I try to break down my shopping needs into essentials. Though there will always be particular items on my most-coveted list — hello, Chanel Boy bag — when it comes to wardrobe update shopping I like to make more general bullet points regarding the things missing in my closet. So, in case you couldn’t see where this is going, below is that bullet-pointed list about the above collaged image of clothing.

1. The Fedora - As Panama hats and straw fedoras go out of season, in come the wooly brims that keep our noggins warm against the crisp city breeze. Though I already have my fair share of fedoras, I’m convinced that one can never have enough, and since a navy hat is missing from my collection, I’m going to go ahead and say that this J.Crew one is a necessity to my “fall look.”

2. The Cardigan - I’ve been waiting for Grandpa dressing to come back in style, and since that whole punk Kurt Cobain aesthetic is now trending, so too are the cardigans those punkies borrowed from their grandpas. Though some of the best cardigans can be found at your local thrift shop, I’m liking the slightly more fitted version by Topshop.

3. The Short Jacket - One of the best things about fall is the endless options in jackets, but since we have all winter to cover our bums with longer coats, I’m looking to shorter jackets to add proportion and layers to my casual day-to-day autumnal outfits. And let’s be honest, it doesn’t get better than this Thakoon blanket-style number, which I’m going to go ahead and say is right up there on my most-coveted list with the aforementioned Chanel Boy bag.

4. The Giant Earrings - As my rings and necklaces become more dainty, I’ve become drawn to chunky, oversize earrings that will no doubt make my lobes hang like the breasts of an 80-year-old woman. BaubleBar, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Elizabeth Cole make some great lobe-pullers, but no one does oversize statement jewelry like the Dannijo sisters, as is evident by this mohawk pair.

5. The Plaid Shirt - Another item you can never have enough of. Every plaid emulates a different look, and while I have quite a few punk-inspired hipster plaid, I like the more masculine prep of this specific plaid by Equipment.

6. The Black Loafer - I’ve sworn off flats like I’ve sworn off cheap vodka; I hate the way they make me feel so there’s no point in wasting my time with them. But loafers? That’s a flat I can get down with. There’s something about the higher vamp that doesn’t make me look stumpy the way that basic ballet flats do. And though I have yet to buy a pair, something tells me that it won’t be long before this Church’s pair finds their way to my feet.

7. The White Wide-Leg Trouser - I’m not even going to bother talking about white after Labor Day because it’s a no brainer that that rule is broken forever. What I will talk about is my excitement to warm up whites in the fall and winter (like maybe with a Grandpa cardigan?) and plan to do so with a pair of trousers that’s wide-legged and high-waisted.

8. The Ring Stack - As I said earlier, my rings and necklaces are on diets and consequently much thinner. But what’s fun about the lack of bulk is the opportunity to layer and stack like a carpenter with bricks. However, should you find yourself troubled at the idea of creating a stack, then look no further than this Elizabeth & James ring that does the building for you.

9. The Small Crossbody - I’m not sure how this happened, but my need for oversize tote bags seems to have disappeared. I now find my bags on the emptier side, which means I can finally justify my desire for a smaller bag like this oxblood piece by Rebecca Minkoff!

10. Sharks - This requires no explanation, sharks are always a must-have, no matter the season.

 

Sweet Knockers

August 15, 2013

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Clockwise from top left: Oscar de la Renta, Feverish, Topshop, Delfina Delettrez, Asos, The 2 Bandits, Elizabeth Cole, BaubleBar, 2020, Mario Testino for Mate, Dannijo

 

Would you look at that? Another post with a misleading title! You may have thought this was going to be a dedication to breasts, but I’ve got you again; I’m talking about oversize statement earring knockers. Though come to think of it, extra large earrings and breasts may be more similar than we think seeing as how the weight of gravity will eventually pull either your lobes or your feedbags down over time. But enough of that. I’m still perky.

After spending freshman year of high school through freshman year of college wearing oversize plastic earrings in the shapes of airplanes, hearts, guns, and shoulder grazing hoops, I’ve taken a sizable break from the sizable lobe pullers. Not only was the plastic I was wearing worthy of a Barbie’s shoe, but even when I tried to venture into something more sophisticated like a simple gold chandelier earring, I felt that they aged me. The earrings may have been glamorous but my smudgy eyeliner, ripped t-shirts, and tangled hair were not. But the times have changed; I’ve gotten older, my taste has become more sophisticated, and I’ve gone so far as to purchase a more powerful and expensive vacuum. So obviously reintroducing statement earrings into my wardrobe was the next logical step.

Here I’ve compiled a jumble of earrings that will not only compliment a look but also detract from the horrendous thing that is mid-to-late-twenties acne. No one is going to be looking at the volcano on the center of your forehead when you’ve got a Swarovski encrusted unicorn on one of your lobes. Nor will they notice the forest of blackheads on your chin when a colorfully woven pair of earrings are dangling well below your shoulder line. But this of course is not only about acne, many of these earrings provide the exact amount of glamour you may need for that black tie affair or date night at McDonald’s. Oscar de la Renta may as well be the king of female elegance as is evident by the top left pair of icy blue chandelier earrings, while Delfina Delettrez takes the lead in appealing to the younger side of the spectrum making pearls cool again and eyeballs still an important accoutrement.

Though punk continues to be a hot theme in the world of style, I understand if you’re not willing to go so far as Miley Cyrus and give yourself a mohawk. But with an ear cuff by the very affordable 2020 that may as well be inspired by Rufio’s mohawk in Hook, you can get that punky look without grabbing the razor. And if you think two mohawks are better than one, then look no further than the edgy black pair by Elizabeth Cole that hug the lobe and dangle mid-way down your neck. RU-FI-O! RU-FI-O!

Then there are those situations, like the coronation of your goldfish or a belly-dancing class, where we require something gold and intricate. You could go the Dolce & Gabbana route since that’s their shtick, but I prefer the more pocket-friendly outlets like Topshop and Asos who do a phenomenal job with inspired replicas.

Lastly, there are the geometric silver biddies for those of us who prefer the more sculpted things in life like David Beckham’s butt and Frank Gehry. And while such architectural shapes may not be the defining feature in brand’s like Dannijo, The 2 Bandits, and BaubleBar, they certainly know how to construct such pieces.

Go On, Get Your Sale On!

July 3, 2013
tags: , , , , best of sale, chloe, clearance, , get your sale on, mih, missoni, missy elliot, net-a-porter, phillip lim, , , , , , susanna boots, the outnet, ,
by Sonia

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3.1 Phillip Lim shirt | Tibi shorts | Missoni dress | Tom Binns ring | Asos bag | Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti pants | Stella McCartney blazer | Saint Laurent heels

 

Sale season is one of those unpleasantly pleasant reminders that my addiction to shopping is incurable. Each day something new comes on sale. Each day another markdown drapes itself over a most coveted designer piece. Each day my temptation is tested. But when the season inches closer and closer toward its end, my resistance lessens and justification expands like a mound of rising dough. For when else am I going to snag this pair of Saint Laurent heels for 50% off?

Today not only did The Outnet announce its Clearance Sale (up to 85% off!), but Net-a-Porter’s Season Sale is coming to an end, Shopbop is adding new sale items and markdowns on a daily basis, and well, I just can’t contain myself! But while it’s necessary to snag some current season markdowns to wear right now, it’s also a great opportunity to buy some pieces for the — don’t hate me — colder months and store them in the back of your closet just like I did this lobster dress. So in the image above you will find some of my favorite sale items for right now, and below you will see some of the pieces I plan to sniggle snaggle for fall and winter (ugh).

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MiH corduroys | All Saints leather jacket | DANNIJO necklace | Tibi sweater | Alice + Olivia skirt | Chloe boots | Alexander Wang bag

 

And while you’re getting your sale on, how about a throwback jam like “Get Your [Sale] On” by Missy Elliot. (See what I did there?)

Party All Over

June 17, 2013
tags: banana republic, business, clutch, , , hemline, high low, , , mullet, party, , , , , , white shirt
by Sonia

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Mullet skirts are nothing new. In fact some trend-obsessors may even deem them vintage at this point. But I am not a trend-obsessor and will forever wear the things I like because I like them, not because they’re “of the moment.” But I’m not here to preach. At least not this time. Aside from my general affection for the high-low hemline, there are a couple of reasons why I’m still keeping the mullet skirt/dress in my closet.

For starters, the mullet hem (business in the front, party in the back) lets you have the glamour of a floor-length maxi while still letting you focus on the visibility of your shoes, which is easily the best part of getting dressed. Those jeans may not button, but the shoe always fits. Know what I’m saying?

Then there’s the superhero effect, which you see me emulating above. Whether you’re intentionally throwing that lower hemline back or are just lucky to be in the midst of a ferocious wind, you will undoubtedly look like Super(wo)man at some point during your mullet hem wear-a-thon. When you realize that your skirt was just flying behind you like a cape, your face will likely look like the one I’m making below.

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Elated.

Unlike some mullet hems that are skirts, this particular one I’m wearing is a dress (which I’ve also worn here, should you be interested). On its own, sans shirt, this dress is a real boob displayer and there’s nothing wrong with that. The twins deserve their moment in the spotlight from time-to-time, but sometimes I just don’t want them as the focal point. So, using a crisp white button-down – not unlike Dad’s – I covered up the ladies.

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As a result, the overall look is multi-dimensional, tuxedo-esque, and debatable as to whether the front or the back of the mullet is the party. I for one think the whole outfit is a party; cocktail peanuts, martinis, dance floor, et al.

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J.Crew shirt | Banana Republic dress (old, similar here) | Zara heels | Kate Spade clutch | Dannijo necklace

 

// photos by Emily Malan

A Week in Review

April 12, 2013
tags: april, author, birthday, , candle snuffer, Cynthia Rowley, , , finnley, , mccarren park, , pineapple, puppy party, , skirt, , , , thought bubble, week in review,
by Sonia

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Summer inspiration from the latest Free People catalog.

 

I wish I could say I find it fascinating when one person manages to ruin a perfectly good day, but really it just infuriates me. This happened to me this past week when I confidently sat down to a meeting and walked out feeling like the smallest molecule on the planet. There are some occasions when this happens that I can puff up my chest like a beefy guy at the gym and walk around as if no one can hurt me, but this week all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball under my covers and feel sorry for myself. And that’s exactly what I did. But you know what? I think that’s ok sometimes. Because puffing up your chest can be exhausting — and hard on the back — and from time to time we all just need a day to soak up feeling icky. Much like a bath, after a good ick soak I usually wind up feeling better. I’ve had that “woe is me” moment and now I can move on with my life. Which is just what I did the following day. I went on a run, I ticked everything off my to-do list, and treated myself to a glass of champagne during lunch.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that no matter how strong we may be, certain people will always have an ability to slither their way into our weakest areas and make us feel bad about ourselves. But I think sometimes it’s better to acknowledge that bad feeling, see what made you feel that way, and then do some emotional sit ups to strengthen that area for the next time that evil human comes snaking about. And with that I bid you a good weekend surrounded by the people who make you feel great!

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Not all of my outfit shoots are posted on here. This one didn’t make the cut.

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New flea market find: a pineapple candle snuffer.

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Sir Finnley has a birthday party.

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Thought bubble printed skirt by Cynthia Rowley — love that stamped out cigarette.

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An outtake from the bun post photoshoot.