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A Case Study

April 18, 2013


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.


“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.


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.


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.


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,, , vika gazinskaya
by Sonia


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 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.


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.


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?


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.


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.

Cherry Bomb

April 12, 2012
tags: , cherry bomb, , , , , red, red bag, red glove, red lips, , , , , the blonde salad, ,
by Sonia

I guess I’m on a color binge right now; first pink, then white (no that’s not a color, but relatively speaking), and now bursts of red. I think it’s because I’m trying to add more color in my life, and there’s nothing figuratively speaking about that statement. I literally want to start wearing more color and want to introduce more color into my apartment, but bright, bold looks just aren’t what I immediately go for! That’s where the baby steps come in.

Yesterday I wore a pretty neutral outfit, black and white - go figure, and just as I was ready to give up on an exciting look, I grabbed my bright red leopard print scarf and pop! goes the weasel, I was totally satisfied with my getup. A lot of people shy away from red, but it happens to be the color I flock to the most. From a strong red lip to a powerful pair of red pumps, here are some ways I’d like to continue adding this cherry colored hue to my daily ensembles.

// images via here & 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 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

Affordable Jewelry At Your Fingertips

March 13, 2012
tags: affordable jewelry, , astrology jewelry, bargains, , baublebar, blu bijoux, , bracelets, , catbird, , claw, collar, cute jewelry, , gorjana, hermes, ikat, insects, joanna hilman, knuckle, libra, , max and chloe, miss selfridge, Modcloth, moustache, nail ring, nastygal, need supply, , , rachel roy, rhinestones, rings, , shashi, , skinny gold rings, , steals, , , under 50, urban outfitters, ,
by Sonia

Are you ready for a seriously intense shopping post? Good! Me too.

Last week I had a request from a reader to feature some affordable jewelry to add to her growing collection. Well, ask dear reader and you shall receive! I know what it’s like to see things in a store that are ridiculously expensive and feel like you’ll never be able to dress a certain way cause you don’t have the mula dula in your bankula (*read: insufficient funds in bank account). That’s where I come in.

Allow me to lend my personal shopper skills and show you a variety of bracelets, necklaces, and rings all for under $50! No scouring in the bargain bins for you, no siree!, these are pieces that I either own or am currently craving from a number of my favorite shops. Now lets go get our bling on! Exclamation points!!!

  1. BaubleBar Gold U Cuff - $26
  2. Asos Stud Bracelet - $26
  3. Need Supply Ikat Bracelet - $16
  4. Asos Arrow Drop Chain Bracelet - $18
  5. Forever21 Toggle Bracelet - $8 (I have this in red!)
  6. Urban Renewal Beaded Bracelet - $8
  7. Blu Bijoux Silver Crystal Cuff - $39
  8. Gorjana Astrology Charm Bracelet - $36
  9. Shashi Neon Nugget Bracelet - $22 (Just bought this exact one!)

  1. Asos Moustache Necklace - $10.74
  2. Modcloth Night Captivating Necklace - $25
  3. Miss Selfridge Silver Cutout Necklace - $12
  4. Rachel Rachel Roy Star & Moon Necklace - $38
  5. Forever21 Woven Chain Necklace - $6.80
  6. NastyGal Goldmine Collar - $18
  7. Modcloth Someone Special Necklace - $20

  1. Topshop Nail Tip Ring - $15
  2. French Connection Bee Ring - $32.23 (Insect jewelry lovers unite!)
  3. Mango Row Set Ring - $15
  4. Rachel Rachel Roy Libra Ring - $39
  5. Fashionology Silver Knuckle Claw Ring - $37
  6. CatBird Threadbare Rings - $44 each (I wear these everyday!)
  7. Urban Outfitters Bengal Bay Ring - $18
// first photo via Tommy Ton