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A Case Study

April 18, 2013

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We all know that accessories make the outfit. A standard black blazer and pants pairing suddenly pops when adorned with a bright bag. A hat adds a whole new dimension to  an outfit, both literally and figuratively. And braces bring a muted sparkle to a crooked smile. While we will forever have these essential accessories like bags, hats, shoes, and orthodontia, I’d like to welcome a new addition to the elite group of accessory swag. The iPhone case.

While the first iPhone case was invented to “protect” the phone from shattering, it has since become an accessory that essentially defines who we are. Harajuku girls cover their phones in rhinestones, rainbows, and cats. Businessmen keep things sleek in black, chrome, or leather. And the bull in the china shop goes for beefy (inappropriate?) cases that can take a beating or chuck across the room. You could look like the grumpiest gal on the L train, but if I see you whip out an iPhone case with cat ears, then I’ll now you’ve got some silly lighthearted side to you. Or that you’re a crazy cat lady. But I digress…

The thing is that most people buy one iPhone case and stick to it. But I am not most people and am about has fickle as it comes with iPhone couture. I probably change my cases more often than parents change their kids’ diapers. Similar to the way I approach my closet every morning, I pick my iPhone case based on my mood. Am I bear phone girl today or is it time for astronaut cat? Judge my fickle attitude as you will, but my iPhone is with me 24/7 so why shouldn’t it get its very own outfit…or closet? Not convinced? Then just see what these iPhone cases add to the looks below.

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“Excuse me, is that the new Chloé mini?”

“No, it’s just my iPhone case.”

Yes, ladies and gentlebeans, Giovanna Battaglia has gone so far as to forego any sort of purse by adorning her mobile device with a strap. Call it what you will, but I’m dubbing this the purse of the future. Who knows, maybe that flap opens up and you can store your credit cards in there.

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Moschino is at the forefront of the fashionable tech world, getting teddybears and geese onto the iPhones of fashion’s A-pack each season. Mother Goose and Teddy Ruxpin aren’t just for kids anymore — and neither is Mickey Mouse.

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And then we have our don’t-mess-with-me-girl. She’s got her studded army jacket, a blingy necklace (recognize that?) and a brass knuckle iPhone case that probably isn’t very good for fighting but I wouldn’t want to get hit by it anyways.

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This girl and her owl case are the perfect example of the powers of the iPhone case as an accessory. Here you have a girl on the run, dressed in a basic black trench and sunnies — not very exciting. But then pow! That hooting blue owl and it’s bulging eyes make her look worthy of a street style snap! You just wouldn’t get that with a caseless phone now wouldya?

DIY: Stuffed Fur Stole

March 20, 2013
tags: , , , do it yourself, , fur, fur stole, , lemur, moda operandi, , puppy, , , , stuffed animal, style.com, , vika gazinskaya
by Sonia

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Having worked in the fashion industry for several years now, prices rarely surprise me. Clothes are expensive these days, but accessories take the cake for several months worth of rent. I still roll my eyes at a pair of shoes well over 1K and find the price of a Birkin bag to be ridiculous, but I normally know what to expect upon walking into a store like Barney’s. However, I was slapped in the face by a price tag a few days ago and I’m not sure I’ll ever recover.

I saw the above photo of the unstuffed animal stole on style.com during Paris Fashion Week and began a feverish online hunt to track one down. Countless Etsy sites offered up similar faux stoles, but I wanted that one. I decided to put the fuzzy friend on the back burner, certain that its online presence would turn up eventually. Well turn up it did but at a price that not even I, lover of all things stuffed animal, could justify.

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The stoles are by Vika Gazinskaya and can currently be purchased on Moda Operandi for the hefty sum of $2,000. That’s right, the lemur stuffed animal — which they call a raccoon — that looks so much like the fuzzy friends you snuggled with on a nightly basis as a kid costs as much as a nice studio apartment in NYC.

So what does one do when they can’t afford the real deal? They DIY. Behold three options below that cost next to nothing.

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First, we have our stuffed animal hat. Though I have yet to figure out how to secure such an accoutrement on my head, I’m positive that this look will have me street style snapped in no time. Tommy Ton, meet me in 10?

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Then we have the Teddy Bear stole; a personal favorite of mine. Notice how my well-worn teddy balances gracefully on my shoulder? She looks like she’s having a much better time than that $2K plush racoon/lemur. Plus she’s versatile and can double as a snuggle buddy and/or pillow.

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And last, but certainly not least, we have the real animal. Finn’s longer body wrapped perfectly around my shoulders and his legs even dangled like the fox scarf pictured above. If you don’t have your own dog or cat at home, I fully support you borrowing one off the street that goes well with your outfit.

Dreaming of Silk

June 12, 2012
tags: berman, , , , helene, , malene birger, , pajamas, printed, , sandro, , silk, silk trousers, , , , , , versus
by Sonia

Ever since I wore those billowy silk Elizabeth and James trousers, jeans or really any type of pant feel like restrictive sausage casings. But that’s to be expected when you’re essentially wearing pajama pants outside, right?

This trend is nothing new, in fact it’s safe to say I’m late to the game, but breezy trousers are all I want to wear these days as the temps start rising. I mean who wouldn’t want to to feel a breeze up their legs without having the fear of pulling a Marilyn Monroe?

I haven’t pulled the trigger on buying another pair - who knows how long this trend will last - but I have a feeling one or two more  silky trousers will find their way into my wardrobe before the summer’s out.

Thoughts on this trend? Yay? Nay? Hey? Ok!

{ From left to right: Malene Birger, Sandro, Mango, Versace Versus, Helene Berman }

// first photo by Jak & Jil

The Shorts Suit

April 25, 2012
tags: acne, afterdrk, blazer, elin kling, glitter, hillman, , , , joanna hilman, , , , shorts, shorts suit, , ,
by Sonia

Summertime always has a more casual feel; from outdoor BBQs to a day spent by the pool, my summertime outfits rarely get fancier than a silky dress. While some of this is because I don’t do well in heat and New York summers are like living in a sweaty shoe, it’s also because if I’m not wearing a breezy dress then I’m likely wearing casual shorts and a billowy top. It’s only from seeing Jill Stuart’s spring/summer 2012 collection that I even considered a shorts suit. What a way to look polished without sweating your ass off! Expect to see me sporting one of these fancy numbers in the next few weeks. I’ve currently got my eye on a denim one by Acne.

//photos via here and here

Matchy Matchy

March 27, 2012
tags: , blue, coach, , , matching nails, nail polish street style, , neon yellow, , pinterest, , , ,
by Sonia

Nails are having a major moment and I am living in it. Not a day in my desk chair or a night on my couch goes by without me wondering if I should paint my nails - a major improvement from the bi-weekly mani/pedis I was getting for awhile. But I’ve recently come across a fashion wonder that has me contemplating my nail polish choice even more: the art of matching ones outfits to ones nails or vice versa.

I have never been the matchy matchy type. If my shoes are the same color as my blouse I’m probably barfing (unless we’re talking monochrome in which case, lets match.com the whole outfit and make some eharmony out of it!); but my regurgitation tactics are beginning to change by way of nail lacquer. I painted my nails forest green last week and found myself putting together an outfit that featured a skirt of the exact same color. Normally I’d switch out the skirt, but I didn’t.  Instead I went with it, and you know what? I liked it. I liked it a lot. If nails are such an integral part of my life (did I really just admit that?), then shouldn’t they play an integral role in my daily sartorial choices? I think so. But the real question here is, do you?

Tell me.

And my own faux pro/faux pas:

//all photos via pinterest except the last one c/o my instagram