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The Winter Edit

November 27, 2013

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The weather just went from zero to sixty, or should I say sixty to zero. It was just a few days ago that I was trotting around in my leather jacket and crunching leaves beneath my boots and then bam! hello, winter!  As long and uncomfortable as winter can be, there are certain sartorial elements that I don’t necessarily hate about the season. For starters, I like a good winter coat, especially when it involves a furry hood. I also love chunky sweaters and take comfort in wrapping my neck and jawline in a cozy scarf as I know it will act as a sturdy layer of armor against those cold, ferocious winter winds. So, without further ado, I give you my Winter Edit, otherwise known as the pieces I plan to accumulate and wear to look good while warding off the cold this season.

1. The Winter Parka - Parkas are a difficult thing. They’re bulky, they’re puffy, and they aren’t exactly the number one choice for throwing over a holiday dress; but damn, are they warm. This is why it’s important to take your time in finding one that you actually like (aka just because your grandmother swears by her floor sweeping sleeping bag coat, doesn’t mean that you have to look like a caterpillar too). The parka featured above is by the very reliable puffer coat brand, Woolrich. However, some of my other favorite brands include Canada Goose, Moncler (if you’re welling to shell out a hefty sum I can say from experience that it doesn’t get warmer than this), and J.Crew.

2. The Mirrored Sunglasses - I don’t know about you, but my makeup tends to look like shit in the winter. One step outside into the bone chilling wind and my eyes are watering, mascara dribbling down my face and smearing the layer of bronzer I’ve caked on to mask my Casper glow. Mirrored sunglasses are a great way to cover this up until you’ve had time to check yourself in a bathroom since no one can see past their own reflection and into your now raccoon eyes.

3. The Pom Pom Beanie - I love me a beanie. They’re warm, they’re soft, and they may be the leader in giving the worst hat hair ever. This is why it’s crucial to have one you don’t mind wearing all the time. A standard black, slouchy beanie has been my go to for several years now, but I’m ready to add a little fun to the tippy top of my head by way of a fuzzy wuzzy pom pom.

4. The Tartan Scarf - A plaid scarf is a simple way to add a little oomph to any outfit (check me wrapped in a tartan blanket here), and much to my delight and surprise they go with just about everything.

5. The Quirky Ring - Since the majority of our bodies are likely covered in cozy knit sweaters, boots, pants, etc., our fingers must take the spotlight in the jewelry department. Though most of my rings are on the daintier side, I like the idea of adding something a little more quirky like this here eyeball ring.

6. The Worn-In Jean - Comfort is key when the rest of your body is cold and shivering. Though I love me a structured pant, I tend to opt for jeans that are soft and worn-in since my skin becomes unfortunately sensitive in the winter.

7. The Moisturizing Lip Balm - And speaking of sensitive skin, having a luscious lip balm nearby at all times is as important as a winter coat. In fact, let’s just go ahead and call said lip balm the winter coat for your lips. Since I’ve already told you about my love for Dior’s Crème de Rose lip balm, I won’t go any further, but just know this is what my lips are wearing.

8. The Snow Boot - Ugh, snow boots. It took falling on my face in the snow and knocking out my front tooth to convince me that snow boots, as ugly as they can be, are necessary to surviving the winter. A friend of mine wears her LL Bean boots religiously come snow season and I have to say, she makes them look good! Paired with a cute parka and some worn-in jeans, I’d say you’re looking as chic one can get in the midst of a blizzard.

9. The Bright Glove - I lose gloves like I lose hair elastics. No matter what I do or how securely I place them in my pockets or purse, I will inevitably lose at least three pairs of gloves a season. This year I’m testing out a theory that the brighter the glove the less likely you are to lose them. I’ll let you know how it goes.

10. The Turtleneck  - Turtlenecks get a lot of flack, but I think they’re making a comeback. I like burrowing my neck and chin under a layer of soft fabric and I personally don’t care if it makes me look like my cheekbones begin at my shoulders.

P.S. See here for my Fall Edit.

The Spring Edit

February 13, 2013
tags: , , , , boy by band of outsiders, , , frog, , , lemon dress, must-haves, , pastels, resort, , , shopping list, silk cami, , , spring 2013, , , , tabitha simmons, ,
by Sonia

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Fashion Week has a few effects on me aside from exhaustion. For one, it makes me excited about a season 6 months before it even starts. It also makes me reevaluate my current wardrobe to see if there is any way I can replicate what I’m seeing on the runway into my daily outfits (so far, imitating the excessive layering I’ve seen on the catwalk has really paid off in keeping me warm this week). But perhaps the most uncontrollable side effect of fashion week is my elevated compulsion to shop.shop.SHOP.

Along with what’s coming down the runway, I’m surrounded by impeccably dressed women (and sometimes men) who make me hate everything in my closet. I am in a constant state of jaw-to-the-ground awe at the street style looks during fashion week, mental noting every Tibi pump and Stella McCartney jacquard jacket that comes in my direction.

And so, while we may still be the midst of winter, it’s time to start bookmarking and/or credit card swiping the pieces that we’re most looking forward to wearing come spring. After all, it will be here before we know it so it’s best to buy that pair of two-tone jeans before they sell everywhere. Notice how I’m using the “we” here? That’s me manipulating you into thinking you’re a compulsive buyer too so I don’t feel as bad about my addiction. I’m a meany. So hate me.

Just kidding. Don’t hate me. I love you?

Ok, enough. Let’s check out what I’m coveting:

 

Clockwise from top left:

Alice & Olivia dress

Opening Ceremony bag

MiH Scalloped Linen shorts

Tabitha Simmons sandals

Étoile Isabel Marant dress

Illesteva sunglasses

Asos Doorknocker earrings

J.Crew Boy shirt

Stella McCartney flared pants

Boy. by Band of Outsiders jacket

J.Crew Frog bracelet

Tibi Silk cami