1- TOPSHOP blazer
2 – Urban Outfitters sunglasses
3 – FINGER IN THE NOSE dress
4 – ASOS clutch
5 – NOIR Jewelry friendship bracelet
6 – TOMS wedges
It’s our nation’s birthday and surely you’ll be celebrating in some way today like I plan on it. Chances are you’re going to have to go from day to night, so items like these will not only help you through that transition, but they can be worn throughout the season.
STYLIST TIP: I got a text from a friend the other day asking if she should purchase a pair of American flag sneakers—to which I replied “NO.” Avoid buying items you may only wear one day of the year (like that “Kiss me I’m Irish” shirt you may break out every St. Patty’s day) and invest in pieces that you can wear all season long and still be festive in.
Zara top and jeans / Rag & Bone jacket / TopShop scarf (currently in store, similar online) / Plenty by Tracy Reese shoes / Rebecca Minkoff bag / Nona E. Rose belt / etc… gold and neon watchband bracelets / H&M spiked cuff / Shaya bangles / Alex and Ani bangles
Okay, so I’m deviating this week from my style resolution of more color in my life, but I tend to gravitate towards looks like these that are one part chic + one part edgy. There’s something about walking around wearing some skulls and studs that make you feel like you can take on the world.
STYLIST TIP: Avoid looking like you just stepped out of your mall’s Hot Topic but adding subtle edgy hints and mixing them with some more feminine, polished pieces like a tailored blazer or heels.
p.s. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the etc… online shop is finally up-and-running so you can rock some of your own arm candy—even in NEON for a limited time!
BCBG blazer, Jessica Simpson pants (both TJMaxx); TopShop top (similar); vintage Bill Blass scarf, belt and gold bangle; Urban Outfitters sunnies; H&M white enamel bangle; Stephan & Co bangle (Loehmann’s); etc… watchband bracelets; Cambridge Satchel bag (color sold out, but similar online); Aldo shoes.
I’ve been channeling a bit of 60’s Jane Birkin lately in my style—not to mention her great hairstyle, complete with chic bangs. I love how she could take a classic casual look of a tee with jeans and make it her own.
It doesn’t get more classic casual than the Breton stripe tops, once reserved for fishermen, then debuted on a woman by Coco Chanel. Unlike Birkin, who probably would have paired it with some jeans, flats and a straw picnic style bag, I updated the classic look with some of the subtle pops of neon popping up—no pun intended—this spring.
I’m sure next year it will return in my closet in some other transformation, which makes this classic style worth investing in.
Rebecca Minkoff bag; House of Harlow sunnies; TopShop card holder (similar); LeSportsac wallet; Warby Parker glasses; Serge Normant dry shampoo; Nars lipgloss in Pillow Talk; Josie Moran lip & cheek stain in Flamenco; Jane Iredale matte powder; .
When you’re running around all day in NYC, there are a few necessities that you can’t leave home without. My purse becomes my office and I have to bring it all along with me from morning to night.
It seems like Rebecca Minkoff created her “Morning After Bag” style just for gals like me that need to carrying everything and the kitchen sink from morning to night. Most importantly it fits papers from shows, folders for jobs, my guide to all things current and cool —NY Magazine for long subway rides, and my iPad that essentially is my resource to everything fashion/my styling portfolio/pdf reader. I’m not quite sure how fashionistas run all over town with just a little clutch!
Just as my bag as a stylist needs to be functional as much as stylish, I’m not into fancypants wallets. They tend to get ruined so quickly on my jobs, so I opt for a durable and *affordable* LeSportsac wallet. I even have another LeSportsac for my assistants to use. A card holder is essential for the quick draw of the Metrocard, ID for meeting industry friends for drinks, and of course, my business cards.
My on the go beauty regimen needs to be equally as functional: a little dry shampoo to liven up my hair (the downfall of hats!), lipgloss and lip stain for two different looks, powder to keep my face matte, sunnies for protecting my eyes (but never worn indoors!), and glasses to check out every detail of the latest designs.
Good to go.
Chaiken coat; Madewell “vintage rocker” jeans (Madewell); vintage hat and scarf; SHIH bag; Camper booties (DNA Footwear); TopShop driving gloves (similar on topshop.com); etc… braided watchband bracelet. / Photos by Joshua Boccheciamp
Happy first official day of winter!
This whole not-freezing-cold-temperatures-in-December thing really throwing me off, but I guess I can’t complain. I am, however, disappointed that all of my new winter gear will have to wait a while between this “heat wave” and my upcoming trip to LA for work!
I’ll take any chance I have to wear a chic pair of gloves (like these classic and affordable TopShop ones), an effortlessly stylish scarf (even in the warmer months) and of course, a cool hat, like this one from WWII, to top it off.
“Andi” circa 1970
I love that my mother’s fashions through the years still hold up for today. This velvet dress is right on trend for this season, along with a short necklace that frames your neckline. Steal her hippie style holiday fashion and shop this look:
Topshop Spot Velvet Flippy Dress (topshop.com)
Vanessa Mooney Casbah Copper Necklace (vanessamooney.com)
Rag & Bone tux style blazer; BCBG top (TJMaxx); H&M shorts; TopShop open-toed platform booties; Urban Expressions vegan chain bag (TJMaxx); Dolce & Gabbana glasses (Fabulous Fanny's); Pepperbox stud earrings; etc... cluster and velvet ribbon necklace (Artists & Fleas) / Photos by Joshua Boccheciamp
Wow, when did it become September? I’m still not quite ready for fall weather.
Throwing a blazer over an outfit is my favorite way to keep warm during those end of summer chilled evenings. If you have to make one investment in your wardrobe this fall, it should be a tux style jacket. It’s a trendy, yet timeless way to polish off any outfit and make something casual ready for any occasion.
You know what I am ready for?
Fashion’s Night Out, which is only one week away. If you happen to be in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn area that night (next Thursday 8/9), swing by the Artists & Fleas from 6 – 11pm and see etc… Modern-Vintage Jewelry’s return for the fall season with some new designs (like this one) and lots of markdowns.