Fitting Room Chronicles: Joe Fresh

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I’m always looking for affordable basics. Those easy, foundational items that anchor your wardrobe. Joe Fresh has become my go-to for these types of pieces.

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What’s Piqued My Interest On Instagram

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Instagram has essentially become my guide to life. I go to restaurants based on someone’s Instagram photos. I work out based on someone’s Instagram photos. And most importantly, I’m tempted to purchase things based on someone’s Instagram photos. Like the loafers above. They are from Swedish designer Caroline Kummelstedt and I want them. Unfortunately I don’t think she is stocked anywhere in the U.S., but I’ve emailed and asked. I will let you know what they say. Here are  a few other things that have made me pause. Or at least take a screen shot. (more…)

Building A Wardrobe

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Last week I heard Alexandre Mattiussi speak. He’s the designer behind Ami, a men’s brand that’s worth checking out. He approaches each collection by envisioning an ideal wardrobe for himself and his friends.

It made think about what would be in my ideal wardrobe. There’s tons of style books with chapters dedicated to the “10 pieces every woman should own,” but I’ve always found those lists trite and too general. As the weather finally starts to break, I thought it would be a good exercise to write down my ideal spring/summer wardrobe and see where I fare on the foundational items that give a wardrobe legs. Here goes:

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Style Profile: Karen and Sara Brown

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I spotted Karen at a friend’s wedding. While everyone else was dressed in either black or dark metallics, she was wearing a languid, printed turquoise dress. Then, through Facebook, I happened to come across her and her twin sister Sara’s blog and Instagram accounts. You can’t quite put a finger on their style, which is why I wanted to feature them on the site. Is it street? Is it preppy Americana? Is it Southwestern-influenced? It’s all of those things melded together in such an inspiring way.

Fashion has been in a cycle of pared down, Celine-inspired looks for the past few seasons. It might be not as obvious on the runways now, but the uniform for many women, at least in New York City, is refined basics paired with Stan Smiths. And I get it. It’s an easy formula that makes getting dressed in the AM easy. Even I find myself opting for foundational items over offbeat pieces. But Karen and Sara made me want to go in the opposite direction. They made me want to hightail it to the nearest vintage store and buy pieces that I love instead of pieces that I know will work. Read on to see where they shop in New York City, what they do, and what they’re thinking about buying for spring.

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My Favorite Street Style Subjects From Fashion Month

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It’s that time of the year again when I obsessively click through fashion month street style galleries in attempt to find women with compelling outfits and style. It’s not a hard task, but as the street style game becomes more and more about product placement rather than style, it’s a task that makes me appreciate photographers such as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, Garance Doré, and Sandra Sternberg of A Love is Blind. They seek out the subtle nuances of style, which can be surprisingly scarce when most people are trying to mimic a fashion editorial. Here’s who caught my eye during fashion month. (I’ve done this before: here and here).

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I Didn’t Go To Jack’s Wife Freda For the Food

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I went to see Freda, well Maya Jankelowitz, the restaurant’s co-owner who held stints at Balthazar and Schillers before opening Jack’s Wife Freda in SoHo and NoLita with her husband Dean.

If you don’t follow the restaurant on Instagram, you should. Of course you’ll be privy to picture perfect shots of their Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, but you’ll also get to see Maya’s outfits. They’re bold outfits that don’t shy away from print or color. They’re outfits that prove you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to be stylish.  They’re outfits I want to wear. Seriously. I was really considering that tiered polka dot Juan Carlos Obando for J. Crew skirt and I’m currently stalking those leopard YSL boots she’s wearing in the last picture. Sadly, I didn’t actually see Maya, but thanks to the Internet, I can pretty much see her every day! That can either be scary or delightful depending on who you ask. Click on for more of her outfits.

 

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In A Style Rut? Do This.

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The other day I was on Instagram and came across this image. The caption, “Dreaming about my 2015 look,” got my wheels turning. It made me ask myself, “How do I want to look in 2015?” Lately my uniform has been black high waisted trousers, a dark top, white slip-on Vans, these Elizabeth and James sunglasses, and a red lip. It’s easy and stylish, but I think it’s time for me to switch it up, and whenever I want to switch it up I do this:

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10 Pieces To Buy On Cyber Monday

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Sales season is great (duh), but it can be overwhelming. I find myself happily clicking away only to not buy anything because I’m not sure what to buy. So I’ve created rules or boundaries to focus my shopping. I haven’t bought anything yet, but I’m going to only consider shoes that I can commute in and wear all year long. That should ensure that I’m not wasting my money. We’ll see.

But as I’ve browsed, I’ve come across some wardrobe workhorses. Pieces you will wear over and over and over. Promise. And they are all under $300. First up is this Black Crane jumpsuit (pictured above). It’s $188, down from $245, and it’s CONVERTIBLE! Meaning, you can separate the top from the jumpsuit. It’s worth it.  Click through for nine more worthy pieces.

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