Monday, September 7, 2015

What Do I Buy?


I, as I would think most wardrobe-obsessed people would, have clothes and shoes from years ago that I still have not yet worn. If you buy classic pieces, they will not go out of style. I shy away from having to flaunt the newest trend. I'd rather invest in pieces that will stand the test of time and are quality pieces (this is much greener too!). With this approach to shopping, the end of the season is the time to buy!

My makeup crush that started a couple of months ago is still in full force: Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks (sold exclusively at Sephora, $19 each). They make me swoon. The pigmentation, the wear, the application...they are lipstick heaven. I am in the process of trying to find matching lip liners for all the shades I own, and Outlaw (bright red) and Nosferatu (deep red) (which I have yet to purchase). So far: the best lip liner for A-Go-Go (orange) is Nars' El Dorado; Armageddon (bright baby pink, blue undertones) is NYX's Dolly Pink; and Bauhau5 (perfect raspberry--the trend for lips right now) is NYX's Bloom. In the picture, from left to right: Susperia, A-Go-Go, Lovesick, Armageddon, and Bauhau5. These really do have incredible staying power, unless you eat something very oily, which breaks up the product.

Sadly, this picture does not do these earrings justice; they are 12+ ct black spinel earrings, set in oxidized sterling. I love oxidized sterling or black rhodium plated pieces because they are more versatile for pairing with either yellow gold or sterling. I'm not a fan of costume jewelry: it's too easy to end up with loads of poor quality jewelry, it frequently doesn't last, and some is extremely overpriced for just plastic and glass. Gemstones and precious metals all the way! (Also, more environmentally friendly.) These were a find on HauteLook, my daily addiction.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Not Your Average LBD

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hot Right Meow

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Best Etc's

Anna Wintour pencil case by Mua Mua, $100
No caption needed.

reminder tags by Post-it, $2
Post-its are great for certain areas. Other times, Post-its can just not be put where they need to be in order to be helpful. Take one of these, pop it on your purse strap to make sure you don't leave home without x, and you're guaranteed to see it!

Wineflower Charms in Brights by bloomin, $8

The above wine tags are made from seed paper, which means they can have multiple lives: after serving to identify whose beverage is whose, they can be planted and enjoyed as flowers! These also get extra points for being eco-friendly.

Trolley Black Edition carry-on suitcase, by BALR. $864

No humdrum here: sophisticated, modern, and unique, this is a a beautiful pieced-leather suitcase. It is also available as a travel set that includes this pictured carry-on suitcase, larger suitcase, and briefcase. There is also a duffel (more posh than the briefcase) and a backpack. I would not recommend this for in-flight travel--the pieces would likely get destroyed after a couple of uses (scratches, marks, etc); this would be better suited for travel via other modes of transportation. If you take one thing away from this post: coordinate your luggage!  I did not write "match;" I wrote "coordinate." You can have fun with it, but if you spend money to buy luggage, there's no reason to look like a bag person. (Do not take that as an aspersion toward people who are homeless!)

purple backgammon set by Jonathan Adler, $465
Amara has a great selection of games. They have classic, parlor-room games from the likes of designers such Etro, Ralph Lauren, and Christian Lacroix to even more sophisticated activities, such as Create Your Own Monster.

Sounds Gold to Me! portable speakers, $49
I have no idea what the sound quality is for these speakers, but I think looking so good would help compensate for even a mediocre performance.

grass printed picnic blanket by Kate Spade, $45

Let's picnic in style! Even if picnic-ing isn't your thing, this seems to be an easy must-have for casual family get-togethers outside, spending some time at the park, watching fireworks, etc. I'm particularly fond of the little travel case--very smart.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Summer Fun: Party Bags

Summer is the fun season: hot days, more skin, later nights. Summer has its own undulating energy: intense days cooled by the descent of night and caressed by the evening breeze. It's the perfect balance of endurance contrasted by a soothing and relaxing reprieve. There's no season I'd rather dress for other than summer--it's the summer mood I like; it's the freedom of no coat, baring cuts, and strappy sandals. Rafia textures, bright beaded embellishments, gleaming finishes, and exotic patterns accentuated by novelty decorations of tassels or pom poms make these my picks for accessorizing to put the fun feel of summer at your fingertips--day or night.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Must-haves of the Moment

Oversized and original print beach towels, like this one by Art Production Fund:

Colored Dots beach towel by Art Production Fund, $95

Chic basics for pulling your hair back, like these from Henri Bendel:

Miss Bendel Elastic Pony Set by Henri Bendel 10 Pack, $38

Classic spring/summer fabrics, like lovely eyelet:

blue eyelet dress by See By Chloe, $440

Moschino umbrellas, because all of their prints are either fabulous or awesome:
umbrella by Moschino, $130

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Arranging Disarray: Bedroom Makeover

The skeleton in my closet is my closet itself. As is the case with many fashion-lovers, it has managed to leak into my bedroom. This, coupled with my own messy habits, history of priorities, and busy life has turned my bedroom into anything but a Zen environment. Someone recently made the observation that I never put time into "making" my room. Even though I live in it and it has many of my beloved things, I have never put time and energy into making it mine and making it work for me. My energy has always gone into buying my wardrobe--at the expense of my environment. But, no more! My priorities are shifting, and I have started the immense task of a room makeover. We're not talking Sephora's 15 minute mini-makeover; we're talking a weekend at the spa and a day with Bobbi Brown to get things in shape.

As I undertake this project, I figured I'd share some of what I learn and what will (hopefully) make this successful. What am I defining as success?
1. A room so pretty and neat that I can take pictures in it, and it meets my standards for IG posting.
2. Meeting the above criterion occurs daily and is maintained for at least 2 months.
3. My room feels like me--not only because of being filled with things I love, but because it has my style and reflects my aesthetic.

Of course, there are restraints. After having developed a vision (start with the end in mind- this will also help with motivation), you need to start by assessing limitations. What are your limitations? For me, my budget is one. I'm ready to commit a couple k to this project, and it will likely end up being a bit over budget (rules were made to be broken, right?). I see this as an investment in self-growth and quality of life--both of which I don't think can have price tags slapped on them. A few thousand dollars seems a modest value to facilitate the aforementioned priceless commodities (See how good I am at rationalizing?). I could easily throw megabucks at this project and buy from the likes of Modern Love, Suite NY, and Horne (take a look at these stores for inspiring designer pieces). Another restraint that demands consideration is my recent acquisition of a very different sort-- a kitty I found in the middle of the road. I need to consider the fragility of items, their size and weight (any small, light décor will be batted to the floor), and surfaces (will it scratch or pull easily?). These considerations transition into the number one factor for me to be successful with this endeavor: it needs to be functional!

What is functional? The functional aspect of your room depends on your behavior and needs. Making your space functional requires that you 1.) are aware of your behavior, 2.) know your needs, and 3.) use your problem solving skills. Of course, you could change your behavior to meet your environment, but sometimes it's helpful to change your environment to meet your behavior.

Be aware of your behavior: I am an efficient person ("efficient" is a euphemism for lazy). I am not going to go out of my way for some small, unnecessary reason. For example, I hate trash cans with lids. I don't want to have to walk around my bed to get to my closet. If I take off a clothing tag, it's not worth it to me to walk to the next room to throw it away. I do not walk downstairs every time I have a small piece of something to recycle. If there is an empty surface, I will find some unnecessary item to clutter it. I *hate* doing laundry, and I will avoid laundry at all costs. I like to put special cards or notes that people have given to me where I can see them.
Know your needs: For example, I need storage. I can't afford to be consuming space in my room for purely aesthetic purposes; almost everything needs to serve a dual purpose. I have spent hours searching for decorative containers, boxes, and storage that are also functional. One of my needs for function also ties in with one of my constraints: I need everything to be kitty-proof: no fancy light that is going to be knocked over during a fit-of-energy spree, no fabric headboard to be pulled within the first week.
Use your problem solving skills: Obviously, this is likely to be closely related to your behavior and needs. The steps of problem solving: 1. Identify the problem 2. Brainstorm solutions 3. (Gather information if necessary and) Weigh the pros and cons 4. Decide and act 5. Assess outcome 6. Revise as necessary. For me and my "behavioral efficiency," problem solving consists of the placement of many items: I have a waste basket in every room, and I plan on adding a small recycling basket for the upstairs. Regarding clutter: there will not be a chair in my room; it would only serve as a magnet for items that do not need to sit on a chair. One strategy that my friend uses to reduce clutter is keeping a small basket next to her bed; as there are small, miscellaneous items she does not want to deal with through the week, she pops them in the basket. Every week, she processes the basket, putting everything where it belongs. My loathing laundry typically results in a Mount Everest of clothes, which is a pain to sort; I've bought four baskets to sort clothes as I disrobe to omit one step from the dreaded laundry process. It makes it easier for me to grab a basket, haul it downstairs, and throw it in--sans sorting time.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tom's: New Styles, New Good

You probably think of their signature shoe when you hear of Tom's. You probably also know of their social good work with their One for One Giving Shoe program. But do you know about their heels? Do you know about Tom's Roasting Company that has provided over 67,000 weeks of safe water to people in need? What about their new shades? Each one helps to provide prescription glasses, eye surgery, or medical treatment for someone in need. What is Tom's up to next? They are starting  Tom's Bags, which will help to ensure safe births for babies and mothers in need. So, spread your money where it will do some fashion good for you and some real good for others--others who really need it.
Luisa Black Tortoise Fade sunglasses, Tom's $139
Not so much color-blocking as basics-blocking: super smart, very versatile, simply stylish.

Chambray Ballet Flat, Tom's $84
Chambray is spring perfection! These flats are easy go-to's for errands, a café date, or a picnic in the park.
Give Today tote, Tom's $28
It's a trendy message backed by benevolence. Don't just give; encourage others to spread the love, too.
Suede Majorca Peep Toe Bootie, Tom's $98
Not the Tom's shoe you're used to, mhmmm? The peep-toe bootie is a year-round phenomenon.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bang: Spring/Summer 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Discount Universe

Discount Universe, an Australian design label, is like the big bang of intense color, sparkle, texture, culture, and irreverence. Finding words to capture the aura and style of Discount Universe is a challenge; it's like fashion and style from a different universe fucked on a heavy cocktail of culture-rich, hallucinogenic drugs, and Discount Universe is the aftermath visual high. Get a taste of it on the Discount Universe blog. (Please excuse the harsh language; it befits the brand.)

Discount Universe MBFW 14
image found on Pinterest

'Beetlejuice' crop top by Discount Universe, $139

'Hot Mess' mesh dress by Discount Universe, $259