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I’m Quitting Platforms (Maybe)

July 29, 2013
tags: , , Fendi, flat stilettos, footwear, , , manolo blahnik, , , pierre hardy, platforms, , sale, , , , stilettos, tabitha simmons, , wedding, wedges,
by Sonia


I was in Barneys the other day shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding I’m attending next month when I decided to take a quick gander at the shoe floor to browse its glorious sale racks. Miu Miu, Tabitha Simmons, Giuseppe Zanotti, Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy, Fendi; all the good guys were there and my feet and I were basking in beautiful shoe ecstasy. After trying on multiple pairs, I came up for air and remembered why I had come to Barneys in the first place; I needed a dress for a black tie wedding and what new dress doesn’t need a new pair of shoes to go with it? The answer is none. Collect $200 and pass Go.

Since the wedding is being held primarily on grass and dirt, the option of a sleek stiletto is pretty much out of the question thus limiting my footwear choices to wedges, flat sandals, or a pump with a thick heel. Though I had at least eight pairs of shoes infront of me, I sifted through and pulled out the only feasible pair for next month’s affair: a pair of green suede Miu Miu platforms (with a thick heel) marked 40% off. They fit perfectly and the color was a more fabulous pistachio green than any pistachio thats entered my lips, but they just weren’t hitting the spot. Though this usually means I don’t like whatever I’m trying on, that really wasn’t the case. I did like them. I even wore them around the shoe floor for a solid ten minutes debating whether or not to buy them. But what finally made me put them back in their box and walk away was an issue that I face more frequently than the issue of needing more nude underwear. I didn’t like the platform. It felt dated. And though my opinion rarely fluctuates when it comes to style and taste, my thoughts on the platform versus the classic stiletto change as frequently as Jessica Simpson’s weight. One second I’m pro-platform and the next I’m pushing all of my platformy heels to the back of my closet wondering why I ever bought them in the first place.

My current issue with platforms is that no matter the outfit, they immediately become the dominant feature (see Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection and tell me that despite the clothes being outlandish, you can’t take your eyes off the armadillo heels). And while I’m in favor of shoes taking the spotlight, sometimes I just want them to compliment a look. It’s like mustard; sometimes you use mustard to disguise the flavor of something on your plate, while other times you just want it to heighten the taste.

Does this mean that I’m off platforms for good? No, probably not. You’ll likely see me styling them in some outfit next week. But for the time being, I’m taking a height-raising platform hiatus. Consider it a diet. Or maybe it’s me becoming more refined and mature. But as someone who’s a bit adverse to huge proclamations, let’s just call it a diet. Ok? Ok.

Oh Say Can you See…This Lobster on My Dress?

July 2, 2013
tags: barbecue, fourth of july, fringe, gianvito rossi, independence day, , lobster dress, , , , , shift dress, , , , turquoise,
by Sonia


Last week I gave you four examples of unobnoxiously festive outfits for the Fourth of July, and today I am here to show you how I plan to manifest such a look for my Independence Day festivities — a.k.a. this is what I’m going to be wearing on July 4th.

Aside from perhaps a party hat or a set of twinkle lights, I have not come across anything quite as festive as a red dress. Whether it’s a holiday party or just a random Tuesday night, a red dress is a surefire way to look more festive and jolly than anyone else in the bunch (i.e. don’t wear an eye-catching firey red number to a wedding).


Of course what makes this dress even more appropriate for the Fourth of July is the giant lobster printed across the front whose right claw also happens to be perfectly aligned with my right nipple for ample pinching. And while I recognize that nipple pinching probably isn’t how our forefathers imagined us celebrating this day of Independence come 2013, I believe this is only because they weren’t fortunate enough to know how awesome a bright red shift dress with a lobster on the front looks.


I actually imagine that our forefathers, were they in America when we declared independence, didn’t care much for festive dressing. They also probably didn’t care much for lobsters since the crustacean didn’t really become popular as a cuisine until the 19th century (this is not knowledge that I knew offhand; Wikipedia is a powerful thing).


But none of that is important now. What is important is that this dress, which I’ve had stored in my closet since November, is now finally getting its moment to shine. Bring on the sparklers. Bring on the barbecue. Bring on the red, white, and blue nipple tassels. As I said last Friday, I’m ready for the fourth.


Tibi Dress | Gianvito Rossi sandals | Minusey bracelet

The 10 Piece Wardrobe

May 14, 2013


Clockwise from top left: Topshop blazer | Isabel Marant shirt | Issa dress | Isabel Marant boots | Proenza Schouler bag | Asos belt | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Asos heels | Equipment blouse | J Brand jeans


The other day a friend of mine put me up to a challenge; she asked me what items I would choose if I was limited to a 10 piece wardrobe. Naturally, my first thought was, “Joseph’s beard! I can’t even limit myself to packing 10 pieces when going on a weekend getaway!” But I was into this challenge.

Before giving her my answer which, mind you, took about 30 minutes to put together, I made sure that I could leave items like underwear and socks off my list. Obviously those are “essentials” but that just seems too obvious to me. Once I got the go ahead to exclude the under-pieces, I began reciting my 10-piece wardrobe list, which I kind of want to turn into a song to the tune of Beyonce’s “Count Down”, but that’s for another time.

Now let’s break this ultimate wardrobe down.

1. The Black Blazer — Boring? Yes. Necessary? Abso-freakin-lutely. I cannot list the amount of times I’ve reached for my hip-length black blazer to add some polish to a look. The fact that it works with dresses, basic blue jeans, and even sweatpants is enough justification for me to own at least five of these, but we’re dealing with a 10-piece wardrobe so let’s just say I own one.

2. The White T-Shirt — Another basic necessity. Much like the blazer, I’ve found that the white tee can be dressed up and dressed down,  and functions as one of the more comfortable pieces in my closet. Suffice it to say, I wear my plain white tees as pajamas too.

3. The Day-to-Night Dress — Everyone believes the LBD (Little Black Dress) to be the ultimate wardrobe staple. I used to be one of those people, but I’ve changed my ways. I think that every woman should own a dress that transitions from day to night seamlessly. You want a dress that you can wear to brunch with the ladies before meeting up with Jack from Friday night for drinks. If this is a black dress for you, that’s fine, but don’t feel the need to limit yourself; hence my choice of a bright red Issa number.

4. The Ankle Boot — I never thought of boots as a year-round staple, but ones that let your ankles catch a breeze are comfortable and extreme climate friendly. I tend to opt for ones in a neutral color with a modest heel so that they go with everything and are easy to walk in.

5. The Shoulder Bag — Ok, this Proenza PS11 has been at the top of my must buy list for easily three years. When I first set eyes on it I knew it was the ultimate everyday bag. It’s a reasonable size, sits perfectly at the hip, and literally goes with everything. I know it’s on the pricier side,  but for something that’s going to be worn on a daily basis is worth a splurge (though I have yet to pull the trigger). For a more reasonable option, I suggest trying this Rebecca Minkoff cross-body that’s just as versatile and chic.

6. The Neutral Belt — Belts are one of those accessories that add dimension and breaks up silhouettes. An outfit consisting of jeans, a white t-shirt, and some ankle boots (all members of the 10-piece wardrobe) looks far more stylish when the tee is tucked into the jeans allowing the neutral belt to show. At least in my opinion, which is why you’re here. OK…moving forward…

7. Aviator Sunglasses — I’ve never met a person who doesn’t look good in aviators. Their tapered shape and slim frames are flattering on every face shape and aren’t the kind of shades that steal the spotlight like cat eye sunglasses or giant round ones as favored by Paris Hilton.

8. The Simple Heel — It’s up to you whether you prefer the pump or the sandal, but a straightforward heel is as necessary in a woman’s wardrobe as underwear. Just make sure that they go with everything and are one of the more comfortable footwear options in your closet — no one wants to wear shoes that make them walk like a drunk camel.

9. The Classic Button Down — I wear a button down almost every day, but reach for the one with blue and white stripes more often than not. The vertical stripes are flattering, it can be dressed up or down, and if you’re lucky, your boyfriend already owns a few so you can just borrow right from his closet. Whoa! Did I just narrow this down a nine-piece wardrobe!? 

10. The Skinny Jean — As much as I love the Mom Jeans, there is nothing I wear more often than skinny jeans. Once you find a brand and cut that fits you like a second set of skin, I guarantee you will wear them until the butt rips. This just happened to me with my favorite pair of Hudson jeans, though I am also a huge fan of J Brand, Rag & Bone, and Paige Denim.

Do you think I’m missing anything? I’d love to know what you think is the ultimate 10-piece wardrobe! TELL ME PLEASE!

Well Footed

April 29, 2013
tags: , boys, florida, footwear, forum, girls, , how many pairs of shoes should you pack, new orleans, packing, , pile of shoes, road trip, , , , sneakers, , , suitcase full of shoes, trip, vacation
by Sonia


I just returned from an 8 day road trip with two boys, traveling from Jacksonville to New Orleans. Having grown up with two older brothers, I’m more than accustomed to being the only girl in the group. I’m an expert at changing my clothes underneath a towel (it’s all about the shimmy). I can get ready in 10 minutes. And should it be that certain time of the month, they won’t hear a peep about it — unless I choose to announce it, which I often do. Live out loud! But when it comes to what’s in my suitcase, there’s just no way I’m going to limit myself to the packing of the average male. Or so I thought.

While enjoying a heaping plate of eggs and hash browns in St. Augustine, Florida, one of the gents turned to me and asked, “just out of curiosity, for my own personal knowledge, how many shoes did you bring?” Personal knowledge? Yeah right. This was a fully loaded question and I felt the pressure like my hash brown-filled stomach pushing against the button of my jeans. I knew he was waiting for an absurd answer and honestly I have been known to pack six shoes for a three day trip, so the question wasn’t totally absurd. But in terms of footwear, I did limit myself for this trip (in terms of underwear however, I stand by the rule that you should always pack double the amount of days — you just never know). I kept in mind that heels would be unnecessary and stuck to four comfortable basics for the eight day beachy adventure. One pair of sneakers. A pair of flip flops. A pair of running shoes (which were never used). And a nicer set of sandals for nights out in New Orleans. That’s it! Nothing crazy. Yet I still felt like he thought I’d overpacked. Insecurity was taking its toll.

In the book of packing etiquette (does this exist?), I wonder, what constitutes the “right” amount of shoes for a trip? A quick Google search led me to a Glamour article where the writer confessed to packing 8 pairs of a shoes for a week long trip. Since she works in fashion and was packing for Paris Fashion Week, I’m going to go ahead and say this isn’t a “standard” packing situation, even though I 100% support it. I texted a group of five girlyfriends asking them how many pairs they would pack for an 8-day trip. The resounding answer was 3-4 pairs. I then asked a few bro-y boys who confidently said two. So, in girl world, I’m pretty average. In boy world, I’m above average. What do I make of this? Absolutely nothing other than that my packing was completely reasonable, even if I lied and actually packed five pairs instead of four and went to bed each night dreaming of when my feet would be back in five-inch stilettos. Shh…don’t tell. 

So what’s your average shoe-to-day ratio when packing for a trip?

For Fruits Sake!

March 13, 2013
tags: , blue bag, cole haan, , distressed, duffle, , , fruit sweater, , , harlem shake, , , , , peacoat, pear, personal, ripped jeans, , , , ,
by Sonia


Pears my be one of my least favorite fruit; right up there with red apples. Unless prepared in a salad with gorgonzola, endive, and walnuts, I say no to the awkwardly shaped fruit because they are either too juicy or extra mealy. When I first saw this sweater I had mixed feelings. I obviously loved its kitschiness, but could I really promote a fruit I so openly despise? And then I realized this is just like those guys who wear baseball hats of a different team based solely on the color combination. If a Yankees fan can wear a SF Giants hat, then I can wear a god damn pear. Done deal.

So now here you see me wearing this pear-centric sweater on one of the more spring-like days we’ve had so far. There’s just something inexplicably wonderful about how kitschy tops — be it a cat, a toothy smile, or an in your face, bright yellow pear — lessen the seriousness of an outfit. Obviously wearing a giant pear shouldn’t be your go-to sweater for a job interview (unless you’re interviewing to be a babysitter in which case wear it everyday), but for those hectic errand-filled weekends when acting like an adult feels slightly exhausting, busting out something a little more playful is surprisingly refreshing. Extra points if you glue a pair of googly eyes on it.




Who needs the Harlem Shake when you can do the Skeptic Tap Dance?


H&M jacket (oldie poldie) | J.Crew sweater (this walrus/pear is pretty cool, too) | Madewell jeans | Gucci heels | Cole Haan bag

// photos by Emily Malan