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The One That Got Away

October 7, 2013
tags: acne, , best shopping sites, , , currency blazer, ebay, , , joe fresh, money blazer, , , pamela love, , pistol boots, , , , , , the one that got away, the outnet, vesitaire collective, yoox
by Sonia

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I was taunting myself in the Soho Acne store a few months ago, trying on pieces I had no business buying — like this sherpa jacket — but considering swiping my card nonetheless. It was still sale season at the time, so I tried to keep my focus on the sale rack, which is where I first spotted and tried on the coveted Acne Currency jacket. How this popular piece was still available in multiple sizes is beyond my comprehension since it was sold out entirely online, but while the price was marked down sufficiently, I just wasn’t ready to pull the trigger. I had dinners to eat, cab rides to take, and a need for new underwear, so spending over $300 on a blazer covered in a cash print that would likely serve as a reminder of the money I should not have spent on such a specific piece was not in my best interest. OK fine it was, but I was trying to be responsible. So, I walked away and spent — I kid you not — the next two months regretting that I didn’t buy it.

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Of course I went back about a week later only to find out that the sale was over and that any extra products — i.e. my beloved currency blazer — had been sent back to the warehouse in Stockholm. Despite my minor temper tantrum in the store (“Are you suuuure you don’t have any in the back room? Can’t you just go look?”), I knew there was no way I was going to walk out of the store carrying a shopping tote with the blazer inside. So, I did what any normal shopping freak would do and began scouring the internet and in two not-so-painful-but-let’s-call-them-painful-for-the-sake-of-adding-drama months, I found my one and only on eBay for a fraction of the marked down price at the Acne store.

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So why am I telling you this story? Because quite frequently we opt out of purchasing something and then when we realize we’ve made a mistake, the piece we want is no longer available. But that’s the beauty of the internet; what wasn’t there one day could be there tomorrow.  And with that I bring you 5 sites, excluding eBay, where you might find just what you are looking for:

1. Bib & Tuck

2. Etsy

3. The Outnet

4. Yoox

5. Vestiaire Collective

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Acne blazer | Joe Fresh shirt | Paige Denim jeans | Acne boots | Alexander Wang bag | Pamela Love ring | The 2 Bandits bracelet

 

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

Sweet Knockers

August 15, 2013

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Clockwise from top left: Oscar de la Renta, Feverish, Topshop, Delfina Delettrez, Asos, The 2 Bandits, Elizabeth Cole, BaubleBar, 2020, Mario Testino for Mate, Dannijo

 

Would you look at that? Another post with a misleading title! You may have thought this was going to be a dedication to breasts, but I’ve got you again; I’m talking about oversize statement earring knockers. Though come to think of it, extra large earrings and breasts may be more similar than we think seeing as how the weight of gravity will eventually pull either your lobes or your feedbags down over time. But enough of that. I’m still perky.

After spending freshman year of high school through freshman year of college wearing oversize plastic earrings in the shapes of airplanes, hearts, guns, and shoulder grazing hoops, I’ve taken a sizable break from the sizable lobe pullers. Not only was the plastic I was wearing worthy of a Barbie’s shoe, but even when I tried to venture into something more sophisticated like a simple gold chandelier earring, I felt that they aged me. The earrings may have been glamorous but my smudgy eyeliner, ripped t-shirts, and tangled hair were not. But the times have changed; I’ve gotten older, my taste has become more sophisticated, and I’ve gone so far as to purchase a more powerful and expensive vacuum. So obviously reintroducing statement earrings into my wardrobe was the next logical step.

Here I’ve compiled a jumble of earrings that will not only compliment a look but also detract from the horrendous thing that is mid-to-late-twenties acne. No one is going to be looking at the volcano on the center of your forehead when you’ve got a Swarovski encrusted unicorn on one of your lobes. Nor will they notice the forest of blackheads on your chin when a colorfully woven pair of earrings are dangling well below your shoulder line. But this of course is not only about acne, many of these earrings provide the exact amount of glamour you may need for that black tie affair or date night at McDonald’s. Oscar de la Renta may as well be the king of female elegance as is evident by the top left pair of icy blue chandelier earrings, while Delfina Delettrez takes the lead in appealing to the younger side of the spectrum making pearls cool again and eyeballs still an important accoutrement.

Though punk continues to be a hot theme in the world of style, I understand if you’re not willing to go so far as Miley Cyrus and give yourself a mohawk. But with an ear cuff by the very affordable 2020 that may as well be inspired by Rufio’s mohawk in Hook, you can get that punky look without grabbing the razor. And if you think two mohawks are better than one, then look no further than the edgy black pair by Elizabeth Cole that hug the lobe and dangle mid-way down your neck. RU-FI-O! RU-FI-O!

Then there are those situations, like the coronation of your goldfish or a belly-dancing class, where we require something gold and intricate. You could go the Dolce & Gabbana route since that’s their shtick, but I prefer the more pocket-friendly outlets like Topshop and Asos who do a phenomenal job with inspired replicas.

Lastly, there are the geometric silver biddies for those of us who prefer the more sculpted things in life like David Beckham’s butt and Frank Gehry. And while such architectural shapes may not be the defining feature in brand’s like Dannijo, The 2 Bandits, and BaubleBar, they certainly know how to construct such pieces.

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

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

Delicate Baubles

May 2, 2012
tags: 2bandits, bracelet, catbird, chain link, circle, delicate, everyday jewels, gorjana, , necklace, pearl, ring, rings, , skinny, , , , two bandits
by Sonia

I have been drawn to bold, statement making jewelry for as long I’ve been wearing the stuff. As a wee tot I would rummage through my Mom’s jewelry drawers pulling out everything from gaudy oversize red heart earrings to a colorful star beaded necklace — hello 80s. Then middle school came around and it was all about choker necklaces, slap bracelets, and cheesy earrings from Claire’s. And then came high school with all its colorful plastic hoop earrings and rubber bracelets. Oy.

Now, I still love me some eye-catching jewelry - I’ll even wear a cat ring if the occasion presents itself, and don’t get me started on insect pieces - but recently I’ve traded in my safety pin cuffs for delicate, almost non-existent rings, subdued chain-link bracelets, and simple, everyday necklaces.

Here’s a look at the pieces I’m currently wearing by Gorjana, Catbird, and my new favorite: The 2 Bandits.