Thursday, December 13, 2012

Skirting Around


If she can wear the pants, why can't he wear the skirt? Last night, the 12.12.12 concert was held in Madison Square Garden in NYC to raise funds for the damages of Hurricane Sandy. Kanye West performed sporting a Givenchy leather skirt designed by Riccardo Tisci, over what seems to be leather pants, with a hoodie - sleeves scrunched and all. So why so much controversy? Rumors of the skirt being stolen from girlfriend, Kim Kardashian's closet flowed through the newsfeeds. It's not the first time we've seen a man in a skirt, take a look at previous menswear collections from Fashion Week and Marc Jacob's own collection of kilts. Leather is a major Pre-Fall trend this season. Maybe the skirt was a practical outfit for all the dancing twists, turns, and kicks on stage?


Photo Credits: nymag.com

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How to Look Good in an Ugly Holiday Sweater

It's that time of year again. And your invites to extravagant cocktail parties has somehow included a new attire; an ugly holiday sweater. Before you hit panic mode, this might actually be fun. Dig into your grandma's vintage collection or hit the thrift store with joy for endless mohair finds.

Turn ugly to something beautiful. Here are 3 Ways to Look Good in An Ugly Holiday Sweater.

1. ADD JEWELS!
Depending on the pattern of the sweater, you can have some fun with jewelry here. For a busy sweater, (moose, fair isle, and snowflakes, anyone?) add statement earrings that are a solid color or a solid large cuff. You don't want to overdo it with prints.

For a striped or polka dotted sweater, try a long bold necklace. The one shown below from DANNIJO looks like christmas lights! It's a party, so there's a gem of an excuse to go crazy without being overwhelming. Try a festive piece to complete the look. A great match to the printed sweater are black skinny jeans and booties.

Moose Sweater SheInside
Earrings Opening Ceremony
Cuff Mulberry
Jeans J Brand
Polka Dot Sweater J.Crew
Necklace DANNIJO
Booties Balenciaga











2. CINCH THE WAIST
Feel like you're drowning in a bubble of oversized yarns? Wear a longer length sweater as a dress, and flatter your figure by adding a belt at the waist. Throw on some black tights and over-the-knee boots to add some youth to the old piece.

Sweater Chinti and Parker
Belt Forever New
Opaque Tights Armani Exchange 
Over-the-Knee Boots Stuart Weitzman 














3. CHOP IT!
If your a DIY kind of girl, here's your next project. Get back into the 90's feel and go retro. A cropped sweater is definitely not something your grandma would wear. Lay the sweater flat on the floor and cut it straight, a little longer than half of the original waist length. Match it with a long maxi and platforms to balance out proportion!

Sweater ModCloth
Skirt Maison Martin Margiela
Shoes Fendi













Photo Credits: All created on Polyvore.com

Monday, December 3, 2012

'Cat' Comeback on Broadway: Scarlett Johansson's New Role



The cat may be on a hot tin roof, but Scarlett Johansson is in no hurry to get away. December 18th marks the first preview of Broadway play revival, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by American writer, Tennessee Williams. Yes, it is the same title that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. The opening date starts early next year on January 17th running to March 30th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. Whether you are a front row religious play-watching regular or occasionally enjoy a play here and there, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is a can’t miss of the season. With several remakes as plays and films in the past, news debuted about the upcoming show’s cast released back in September. Johansson will take on the lead role of the beautiful and gutsy Maggie "the Cat”, married in a dysfunctional relationship with husband Brick, played by Benjamin Walker. The 28-year old bombshell celebrated her birthday just two weeks ago, while everyone had Thanksgiving in mind. This will be her first Broadway comeback since “A View From the Bridge” two years ago, a prize winning performance with Tony award to match. Previous actresses who charmed the role of Maggie “the Cat” in the first play and film, respectively, were Barbara Bel Geddes and Elizabeth Taylor. 

The plot allows no time for a catnap as thrill, heartbreak, and drama will leave your whiskers twisted. The story unfolds with a wealthy southern family, and male head Big Daddy Pollitt, played by Ciaran Hinds. As he celebrates his 65th birthday, conflicts stir upon his cancer diagnosis and the decision whether to pass down his Mississippi plantation to one of his sons. Issues within the family inheritance and tensions between lonely and seducing, Maggie and alcohol addict, Brick arise. Scenes are expected to be hot and heavy. The classic story’s revival will be revamped with direction under lead producer, Stuart Thompson and director choreographer, Rob Ashford. Makes me think - what will Maggie wear? The mix of her sophisticated yet feisty personality calls for...leather and lace? Studs and florals? Guess the mystery leave us staying tuned for more.


Photo Credit: catonahottinroofbroadway.com

Monday, November 26, 2012

Beanies, Baby! And I'm Not Talking About TY.

If you grew up in the nineties, a feeling of nostalgia might come upon you when I mention TY. It falls into the same category as Tamagotchies, Furbies, and who can forget the Barbie?

TY beanie babies were among the top ten toys of the decade, and supposedly they are worth a million someday, or something along those lines...while we're waiting to strike it rich, let's talk about the ever reoccurring trend; the beanie hat. This week, I've realized how I couldn't bear the cold Manhattan streets without a good knit one on. My collection has grown pretty quickly over the years.

Heads up, here are some warm beanies to look out for this season! You'll be the coolest kid on the block.

One word; cozy.
Kismet Knit Turban
Anthropologie



Seamless touch to yet another all black outfit.
Nordic Beanie
OAK

Shake ya pom-pom.
Metallic Knit Beanie
Zara

Let's not get hot-headed. 
Cashmere Hat
J. Crew


Mellow Down.
Mr.KIM by Eugenia Kim
Saks Fifth Avenue


Photo Credits, respectively:  anthropologie.com, oaknyc.com, zara.com, jcrew.com, saksfifthavenue.com.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fall Back To The Timeless Styles of Classic Watches


Exactly three weeks ago, we did a little time traveling. Okay, it was daylight savings, and was only an hour back. But there are some perks fall wins over spring every time; that extra hour of sleep, rest, relaxation, or however you may choose to spend the extra tidbit of time. In our modern day, traditional watches and clocks are the only time-telling devices that need to be rewound manually. But there’s something to be said about these classic items that never change, and require the same mechanical maintenance. Classic style watches are timepieces which are coming back on trend. Yes, your grandparents had it right. 

With our generation and technology today, why do we spend that extra ounce of energy to manually rewind our watches and clocks if almost all electronics feature automatic settings? Cell phones are our right hand man, and can tell time just as easily. It is just that buying or receiving a watch usually incorporates a feeling of nostalgia; maybe it was a graduation, birthday, anniversary, or retirement present. Watches represent time that is now, as well as milestone memories. 

Inspired by the iconic styles of watches found in the flea markets, brands today are incorporating the concept of vintage, and long-time established brands are bringing back their original styles to men’s and women’s watches sold today. Until the next spring ahead, it’s about time to fall back to old school.

Cartier, Tank Solo 18K Gold & Alligator
Saks Fifth Avenue

Kate Spade 'Brooklyn'
Kate Spade

Nixon 'The Bobbi'
Bloomingdale's

Brera Orologi 'Classico Chronograph Watch'
Saks Fifth Avenue


Photo Credits: saksfifthavenue.com
katespade.com
bloomingdales.com


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Through The Lens

We are at a point where wearing glasses is no longer considered nerdy, but actually cool. Thank you to those Williamsburg hipsters and celebrities sporting over sized grandpa specs, we can see clearly now the rain has gone. Antique inspired eye wear have hit it big, even those lucky ones with 20/20 vision are longing for non-prescriptive pairs. It has become a fashion essential; an accessory to complete the look for both men and women, young and old.

The trend has led greater opportunity in the optical world, allowing retailers to take advantage of the use of internet and selling glasses through the web. Buying a new pair of specs used to be an investment, having your eyes examined in the doctor’s office then choosing your frames wisely. It was an in-person process. Although the practice is still done today, there’s also the option to shop virtually. Warby Parker is one of the first eye wear companies to start the revolution of offering an alternative to expensive eye wear with prescription glasses and sunglasses starting at $95 a pop, “a fraction of the price.” The company holds a strong belief in philanthropy; for every pair of glasses sold, another pair is given to someone in need. How does the process of purchasing glasses through Warby Parker work? Glasses can either be purchased in their showroom or through the web. The customer can choose up to five frame styles, which will be sent to their doorstep. They have five days to try-on a decide which fits best. From there, the customer can order the frame they prefer, with their eye doctor’s prescription consent. Easy enough?

39 Dollar Glasses is another inexpensive eye wear website to add to the list. The eCommerce site also offers complete prescription glasses and sunglasses. As mentioned from The Wall Street Journal, “The frames that fit our testers the best came from 39DollarGlasses.com.”

Simply put, Glasses.com offers the same type of service online, including in-home try on, but includes greater amount of larger brands. The prices range from low to high, with free shipping both ways and free 30 day returns. Additionally, Glasses.com specialty glasses such as 3D, computer, and gaming. And it doesn’t hurt to say that wearing glasses easily makes you look smarter. See for yourself, it will be a witty decision.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bring on the Boots

Morning, Monday! It may be chilly out there, but that's just one more excuse to slip into a beautiful pair of tall boots.

Gucci
Zip Back Leather Boot

Jimmy Choo
'Dahlia' Fringed Suede and Fur Boot

Loeffler Randall
Printed Calf Hair Boot

Irieboot Quilted Flat Boot



Photo Credits: All Bergdorfgoodman.com

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Frankenstorm Playlist - Top Ten Hits for Hurricane Sandy


There’s no stopping New Yorkers. We grab our morning cappuccinos to go instead of enjoying it tastefully like the French, we j-walk openly across the streets, we sprint for it when clearly the red hand light is still flashing, and we say/hear this a million times a day on the phone, “I gotta go.” You get the point, but with Hurricane Sandy coming up, ahem, Monday, we have to slow it down and get ready for this “Frankenstorm”. Weather reporters predict the storm may plunder the East Coast with five inches of rain. Truth or just exaggeration? In any case, better safe than sorry. Get ready and stock up the essential items, and while doing so upbeat motivational beats will keep your spirits up in hopeful minds. Here’s the Frankenstorm Playlist, updated from your expected Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane” to blast while packing those emergency bags.
  1. Something Corporate - (Hurricane) The Formal Weather Pattern
  2. Shiny Toy Guns - Rainy Monday
  3. Bruno Mars - It Will Rain
  4. The Doors - Riders On The Storm
  5. Rihanna - Umbrella
  6. The Replacements - Dose of Thunder
  7. Bullet For My Valentine - Eye of the Storm
  8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Rainy Day, Dream Away
  9. Florence + The Machine - Hurricane Drunk
  10. Adele - Set Fire to the Rain

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

SS13: Inspirations / NYFW

The SS13 Shows this past Fashion Week has really captured much inspiration. Looking at the pieces down the runway, I realized how each designer incorporated their influences into each collection. It's beautiful and personal that way. Here are some collections I found to be really striking.

THEYSKEN'S THEORY

Inspiration: The Deep Sea

Every season, I'm drawn to Olivier Theysken's pieces and the effortless, tailored quality. It's dark beauty,with some lighter colors thrown into the mix. Altogether deep blues, grays, and blacks capture its essence. 

REED KRAKOFF

Inspiration: "Cool Femininity"

Most of us are used to seeing the minimalism of Reed Krakoff's designs, and here we have it. Minimalism, but taken to the next level. This season, Krakoff incorporated sportswear and lingerie into a beautiful collection of impeccable tailored separates, all of which were in the neutral color palette, finishing with a few pops of red. 

ANNA SUI

Inspiration: London/New York

When I arrived at Lincoln Center to watch Anna Sui's show, I expected the extreme- and that's exactly what the show brought. An extreme world of fantasy. Blue, pink, and purple hair! Crazy head pieces and sunglasses completed the looks of youthful lace dresses, brocade jumpsuits, little biker studded jackets, and ditzy floral prints all around. There's no such thing as playing it safe here.

JASON WU

Inspiration: Newton Restrospective at the Grand Palais in Patis

Now this is a collection I really fell in love with. It was so unexpected, Jason Wu surprised the crowd with something more provocative. With leather, lace, and sheer chiffons, it was overall breathtaking. 



Photo Credits: All Style.com

New Necessity: NEST Fragrances

Yesterday I came home to the best surprise, NEST products on my desk. And where did they come from? My best friend, who happens to be my roommate works for the home fragrance company at Bergdorf Goodman. Yesterday, NEST held an event that launched their new fine fragrance. I couldn't get enough of my Moss & Mint Body Wash and Orange Blossom Bar Soap. The scents are immaculate...fresh, clean, and perfect for everyday use.

NEST fragrances launched in 2008, carrying a luxurious collection of scented candles and fragrances. Try for yourself, you'll be glad you did- products are sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and fine specialty stores around the world.






Photo Credits: Own.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Houghton SS'13 Collection.

The adventure of creating an entire collection is pretty remarkable. I've been working at Houghton since the beginning the brand, and seen the growth and success it's been achieving. The sophomore collection consisted of beautiful pieces constructed in New York, embroidered in the UK and beaded in India. This season color was added, (even the logo, notice the neon pink?) but Houghton stayed true to its aesthetic - that tomboy in a dress feel, effortless and cool. The rompers as well as three piece suits tied it all together with feminine long gowns and shorter cocktail dresses. The mix of chantilly laces, painted laces, custom prints, and intricate beading made the collection all the more compelling. I was blown away yesterday, the collection looked amazing against the outside view from The Standard. Designer Katharine Polk worked with Sequin to create stunning jewelry pieces for the collection. The show was sponsored by Milk MADE, hair by L'Oreal Professional, Make up by MAC, and shoes by Michael Antonio.

Pictures: Own.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

sunnies.

in the summer heat, these are all you need.
anthropologie

photo credit: instyle.com

Friday, May 25, 2012

Profile Spotlight: Mei-Ling Uliasz of 'Twitch and Whiskers'

Last Saturday, I enjoyed the sunny afternoon down in the West Village, where I came across one of my favorite things about spring in New York; the outdoor flea markets. And there, on West 21st St, between 8th and 9th Ave, I found myself surrounded by creative designers and sellers showcasing their beloved brands. It was an event held called “Crafts in Chelsea Spring Festival” by PS.11 PTA and Etsy New York.

With high-quality, hand-made goods all around, the street was alined with exclusive jewelry, clothing, hand screened tote bags, heartfelt stationary, and more accessories. “Crafts in Chelsea” was created to raise funding for books and supplies for the children at PS.11.

Designer, Mei-Ling Uliasz

Naturally I gravitated towards the jewelry booths. I adore animal inspired jewelry, and Twitch and Whiskers was filled with just that. I met with designer of the brand, Mei-Ling, who shared the story behind the gems. Mei-Ling is a creative who finds interest in making pieces out of miscellaneous materials, which may range from anything from marker caps to metals and lucite. She explains the concept behind “Upcycled Jewelry. Downright Fun” of recycling and reusing various materials to create new and distinctive jewelry pieces. Being a schoolteacher herself, Mei-Ling found inspiration everywhere including the classroom...which explains the marker caps! The animal pieces I found included rabbits, birds, whales, mermaids, but doesn’t stop at just the wild. Some quirky other pieces  included anchors and track medals. Then I saw the beauty in the “upcycled” materials such as chapstick, where you can actually lift the lid...can you say twist for an otherwise average locket?

Twitch and Whiskers is also sold on etsy.com/shop/twitchandwhiskers
Visit Mei-Ling’s blog at twitchandwhiskers.blogspot.com


Photo Credits: Own.