Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Return of the Hat

From Balenciaga to Burberry, hats made an appearance on the runways for spring. I can't say that hats are an accessory that I "do." Even on Halloween, I can't seem to keep a hat or headpiece where it belongs. Nevertheless, they are a very fun way to add some unexpected flair to an outfit.

2010 Project Runway, image from People.com

The above head dressings from Project Runway a couple of seasons ago would add more than just flair to an outfit. Though we might not all be up for topping off our outfits with headpieces from the likes of designers such as Philip Treacy (who was the talk of the world during the Royal Wedding for the great number of guests who wore his creations), there are definitely hats out there that are user-friendly and don't suggest that you should be driving a truck. Some of my picks below should be sure to turn heads--without evoking stares.

'Bunny' sunhat by Eugenia Kim, Net-A-Porter $295

It is somewhat difficult to tell from this photo, but the stripes are navy and the solid part is a dark green. Although this hat yields many options, I'd love to see it with a banana-yellow maxi. Take note of Eugenia Kim; she's stealing the hat scene in the $200-$500 price range.

'Beaufort Bibi' hat by Yestadt Millinary, Anthropologie $378

I darted to Moschino's online boutique on a mission to find a chic, fun, and feminine hat; Moschino does chic, fun, and feminine very well. Much to my disappointment, there were no hats to be had. I continued my expedition, discovering this gorgeous accessory, the perfect mix of what I had in mind! This is remniscent of eras gone by, but still somehow manages to look modern and stylish. This hat is truly for the woman who has everything (at least as far as her wardrobe is concerned...).

striped straw fedora at Juicy Couture, $58

Versatile, casual, reasonably-priced, and always fashionable, this black and white fedora is the most practical wardrobe addition of the three I've showcased. This fedora is also available in another color, natural, but I'm a fan of the contrast and statement that the black and white combination offers. Because after all, accessories really should make a statement, and, as Juicy comments, the right hat can bring killer attitude--which I like to think of as a bit of Spice!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Gold and Rainbows at my Fingertips

Welcome Monday morning!! I hope you all survived your St. Patty's Day weekend and had tons of Irish fun. Here are my nails, dripping in rainbows, shamrocks, and pots of gold. The polish pictured is China Glaze's Glittering Garland, from this past season's holiday collection.

My left hand, done by me

My right hand, done by me

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

3-D Aesthetics, Represented

Fashion is like no other art. Your canvas is not only three dimensional; it's alive. Architecture might not come alive, but it is consuming; there is no picture that can replicate the sensation of being in that same space. Unfortunately, I can't transport you to the moving art of a fashion show or the imposing surroundings of a vessel. However, feasting on their lines is still an option...

blue lines
blue lines by SugarSpiceStyle

One of my favorite sites for (let's just call it what it is) dreaming and stimulation is The Cool Hunter. Although The Cool Hunter covers anything Cool, I am madly addicted to their Architecture editorial. If that isn't enough to satisfy your cravings, Architectural Digest is another site to savor (be sure to view their Glass Houses). But, if you really need to binge, then go ahead and add Contemporist to your lineup. If none of that suits your palate, then hopefully Trend Hunter will deliver (for some functionally outrageous architecture, try out their Daring Architectural Sites).

Lake Lugano House in Switzerland, via The Cool Hunter
Designed by Jacopo Mascheroni of JM Architecture

The wedding of fashion and architecture is nothing less than interior design. Although I'm saving interior design delight for another post, Hotel Missoni is an example of the blending of fashion and architecture that is nothing short of perfect. This past summer, Blouin Art Info  took note of Hotel Couture, design houses that are spreading their haute style to the realm of luxury hotels.

So, where does this leave us? Dreaming of decadent clothes, fantasizing about phenomenal structures, and lusting to live in a design house world. Want much?

Proenza Schouler short skirt
€233 - ekseption.es

Barbara Bui platform high heels
$883 - forwardforward.com

Jimmy choo clutch
$550 - net-a-porter.com

Dannijo clear earrings
$345 - dannijo.com

Mesi Jilly topaz ring
€949 - luisaviaroma.com