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Leather Weather

September 24, 2013
tags: christine cameron, , fall outfit, kelsi dagger, , leggings, , , , , pants, , , , , , uniform, warby parker,
by Sonia

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Now that it’s officially Fall, I am officially back in my comfort zone. No more beads of sweat gathering on my forehead. No more sidewalk saunas. No more excessive overheating. I’m back in my happy climate and as I’ve done every year when the season changes, I celebrated by wearing leather the first day that I can. This day was yesterday.

My instinctive leather go-to is usually in the form of a jacket, but yesterday my leather pants were calling to me so I said, “See you tomorrow, Leather Jacket,” and slipped my hot dogs into their fall casings. My first fall outfit almost always dictates my “uniform” for the season, and since I spent most of the summer accumulating boyfriend blazers and comfy t-shirts, something tells me this is going to be my version of Doug Funny’s t-shirt, khakis and sweater vest. Of course I will always bring you variety in my outfit posts, but if you’re wondering what I’m wearing on a day-to-day basis this autumn, well, this is it.

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Zara blazer | Marc by Marc jacobs t-shirt | Paige leather leggings | Kelsi Dagger boots (these are awesome, too) | Mulberry bag | Warby Parker sunglasses

 

// photos by Christine

‘Cause It’s Friday: Let’s Talk Butt Pockets

August 23, 2013
tags: , butt pockets, , essay, , , , , , perfect, perfect pair of jeans, , , , , small butt pockets, , ,
by Sonia

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I take jeans shopping very seriously. It takes time and energy to find “the perfect pair of jeans,” and as far as I’m concerned, anything that takes time and energy should be taken seriously. Except for jury duty, that’s a waste of time and energy. When it comes to finding the PPJ — Perfect Pair of Jeans — I go by a few key assessments:

1) Is this a brand that I like? — It’s very rare that a brand of jeans will fluctuate depending on jean styles. If I like the fit of J Brand’s Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, chances are I’ll like their flared denim as well. Once I find a brand I like — Paige Denim, J Brand, Hudson, Rag & Bone, Rich & Skinny — I make them my go to. This makes the process of the denim department in megastores like Bloomingdale’s much more doable. It also helps with online ordering since you’re not gambling on an unknown.

2) The Stretch Factor — Where were we before stretch in jeans? I’m by no means condoning jeggings, but a little spandex in those thigh squeezers? Yes, please! Jeans are supposed to be comfortable, so why concern yourself with whether or not you’re butt is going to burst a seam when you can just buy a pair that has, oh, 2% elastane? Just that small percentage makes all the difference.

Which brings me to…

3) The Butt Pockets — Apple bottom jeans had their moment, but it was a moment I never took part in. When it comes to the butt pockets of jeans, I like full coverage. I  find few things more infuriating than when a pair of jeans has some half-assed (pun intended) pocket situation that is barely the width of your hand and not remotely close to the width of a cheek. The gluteus maximus deserves a maximus sized pocket.

I recognize that this last detail on the butt pockets may not be one of your major concerns when finding the PPJ. Many of us are more concerned with muffin top control, length of zipper, and/or cut, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But let me ask you this, have you ever experienced tiny pocket syndrom? If you have, you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to when I say that a tiny pocket makes the butt look like it’s going to burst out of the seams because said tiny pockets make the butt look ridiculously larger than it really is. Now, I also recognize that not all of us are Beyonce and that maybe want a little more junk in the trunk, but a tiny pocket is not the way to do it. The tiny pocket will distort your rear. It will make it look like your jeans don’t fit you properly. And most importantly, it will attract attention to your derrière in a negative way. You don’t want people staring at your hindquarters wondering how you managed to jam your iPhone into one of those midget pockets; you want them looking at it and thinking, “Baby got back.”

So if you’re going to take anything away with you this weekend, take this: PPJ’s don’t involve FSPs — Freakishly Small Pockets. Now stop what you’re doing and listen to Sir Mix-a-Lots “Baby got back.” Why? ‘Cause it’s Friday!

Subway Gear

August 14, 2013

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Perhaps the title of this post made you think you were about to see images of me in some sort of scuba suit stuffing my face with a Subway sandwich a la Jared Fogle, which let’s be honest, is entirely possible. Or maybe you thought I would be dissecting the MTA’s orange vest and blue polo uniform, which is less likely but still a possibility. But alas it’s neither of these. Instead, I’m here to fulfill a reader request inquiring about an outfit I might wear while commuting around the city. (Hear that folks? Reader requests are granted. So if you’re wondering what I wear to the gym or what kind of tampons I use, go ahead and ask.)

As much as I’d like to tell you that I wear intricate outfits and 4-inch stilettos while riding the L train, I just don’t (ok fine, sometimes I do). Until I can ditch my $112 Metrocard for a daily driver named Sal or Tony, my feet are sticking to flats during the daytime. And though the low soled footwear may not be my favorite kind of jam, my toes certainly dig them (insert toe jam joke here).

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This is a very standard outfit for me: some type of skinny jean, a boyfriend blazer, sneakers (or boots in the fall), and a large bag to carry unnecessary things like torn up boxes of gum covered in sand. It’s pretty ideal for when you’re trekking around the city, though depending on the meeting I might bring a pair of heels with me since these Converse have been around since 2004 and are probably the reason my subway car was so empty the other day.

I should also note that because the subway is at least 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside and about 100% more humid, pairing a blazer and tight jeans in the dead of summer may result in a shiny forehead (see below image), but that’s nothing an airconditioned subway car won’t take care of. This brings me to the realization that New York is actually really gross in the summer, but whatever, I love it anyways.

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BCBG blazer | Helmut Lang shirt (yup, same one I’m wearing here and nope, I haven’t washed it) | Paige jeans | Converse sneakers | Zara bag | Tom Binns & The 2 Bandits bracelets
//photos by Emily Malan

Combining Uniforms Like a Magical Unicorn

July 15, 2013
tags: 30 percent, , code, cut offs, , denim bag, denim clutch, discount, , , french connection, hearts, , , , pom pom, , promo, , runway30, shorts, , , summer, , uniform, white dress,
by Sonia

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There are two things that I pretty much live in during the summer, and I’m not referring to my airconditioned apartment.  I’m talking about my summer uniform which consists almost entirely of denim and just about anything white, including the white sunblock I failed at rubbing in this past weekend. I opt for denim, particularly in cut-off form, because it’s just all too easy, and white because it just looks too damn good with a tan. Am I tooting my own tan horn right now? Yes, I think I am.

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Though I can often be found pairing something lightweight and white with a pair of denim cut-offs, that’s about the extent of my two hot-weather staples coming together like a chocolate-vanilla-swirl-fro-yo-cone. And as you may have guessed, this is the part of my story where the, “Then I found…” moment happens.

So, then I found this denim clutch (with pom poms!) and thought to myself, “Well wouldn’t you look lovely with one of my many white eyelet frocks.” And as it turns out, she did and now I have another way of incorporating two uniforms into one. It’s the little things in life, am I right?!

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If that story didn’t perk up your nipples the way it did mine, then perhaps this will: Hearts, the place where this clutch came from, is offering all Runway Hippie readers a 30% discount on all regular priced items. Just use the code: RUNWAY30 and bam, this clutch, among other things, is yours! How’s that for a Monday treat?

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French Connection dress (on sale!) | Hearts clutch | Proenza Schouler heels | Necklace by unknown designer, similar here

 

// photos by Emily Malan (she’s back!)

Teenage Dreams

June 5, 2013
tags: blonde, , , , , , , , , , , , jimi jeans, nordstrom, orange car, patricia nash, , , , , , , teenage dreams, , truck, turquoise,
by Sonia

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All throughout high school you could find me dressed in flared jeans, oversize sunglasses, and some kind of vintage leather bag. (I wore shirts too, but they’re irrelevant here simply because they were belly-button bearing t-shirts that I stole from my friend’s little brothers.) Not unlike today, I was very much about the accessories — earrings, sunglasses, bracelets, and bags. And while I was content with my handbag selection, there was one bag that haunted my dreams like a lion after you’ve watched it rip it’s lunch to shreds at the zoo (anyone else have this experience? Anyone? Bueller?)

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It was a vintage brown pouch with engraved floral detailing that I saw at a thrift store on Haight Street for the whopping sum of $250 — a price well out of range for my 16 year-old self. And so for over a decade my dreams have been haunted. Nights pained with regret, loneliness, and longing. Why hadn’t I just saved up the money and bought the bag? Was it really so necessary that I spend all my allowance on weekly mani/pedis and trips to the Urban Outfitters sale rack? At the time I thought it crucial to my well-being, but in retrospect no. Absolutely not.

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As you may have imagined or noticed from the beautiful bag featured in this very post, my dreams have been rescued from torment. My saving grace? Patricia Nash; the creative mastermind behind this Marciano Leather Crossbody with the tooled floral detailing that caught my eye in the midst of my adolescence. (I was a late bloomer, which is funnily coincidental since these tooled blooms were late to joining my life as well. Ha. Get it?)

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With a snap closure, interior pocket perfect for things like lipstick, hair ties, and lint, and a very reasonable price of $128, I’d say your dreams have been rescued as well, whether you knew you were having sleepless nights of handbag longing or not.

And with that I’ll just say that I was all too ready to slip back into my high school staples of flared denim and oversize sunglasses, since they really do just look so much better with the proper, vintage-inspired handbag. I skipped on the little boy t-shirt, though knowing my repetitive nature, they could easily find their way back into my wardrobe sooner than I think.

End scene.

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Rag & Bone hat | Zara shirt | Textile Elizabeth & James jeans | Isabel Marant heels | Patricia Nash bag | Elizabeth & James sunglasses | 2Bandits & vintage bracelets

 

// photos by Emily Malan