I don't often shop in Anthropologie. It's a great store. I always go inside the 5th Avenue location when I walk past it. However, I'm rarely able to find something that fits into my personal style; with the exception of a beautiful maroon dress I bought several years ago which I still love.
It's winter sports time! I am so looking forward to hitting the slopes this season. I wasn't able to go snowboarding last year so I have a lot of lost time to make up for. This also means that I have to update my gear, because unlike skiing, snowboarders have a particular sense of style and the brands that cater to them are constantly trying to keep up. Even so, many enthusiasts just board in their regular clothing and you'll see many a person in just jeans. My boyfriend, for example, will just layer his jeans and pair them with a waterproof jacket while I fuss over whether I should purchase a new suit.
I remember the first time I'd heard of Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni otherwise known as The Blonde Salad. It was several years ago at a blogger's conference during New York Fashion Week. She was one of five speakers on a panel that also included Wendy Lam of Nitrolicious. The panelists spoke on a topic I can't quite remember. Actually I don't remember at all. I do, however, remember that both Chiara and Wendy were very shy and quiet compared to the other panelists. I also remember what they both wore and isn't that all that matters? After all, what a personal style blogger says has more to do with her appearance than what comes out of her mouth and out of the five panelists they were the only two I remember. (For the record, Chiara wore red leather pants, a black top and a wide brim fedora over her much blonder hair and Wendy wore a black dress with these sick cobalt blue chunky heels that had a mohawk fringe that ran down the back of the shoe) Fast forward to the present and Chiara is taking over the world (or at least taking over the spot vacated by Bryanboy). For what she lacks in loquaciousness she makes up in spades with her photogenic looks and killer style.
With that said, it's no wonder that Guess has chosen her for their All I Want is Everything digital holiday campaign. Shot in Beverly Hills at the Maison 140 Hotel, Chiara takes the Guess holiday collection and dresses it up in her signature style. If you're follow her blog, you'll also note the signature poses. It's hard to pick a favorite look out of the bunch. Chiara wears them so well. But I do love how she paired the floral dress with boots.
You can shop the collection on Guess.com and read Chiara's take on the items here.
Scroll down to view the rest of the images and be sure to view the behind the scenes video as well.
Update: I happened to check my blogloving feed and BAM! the shoes I saw Wendy Lam in are on Jak & Jil today. I still don't know the name but it's a start. Click here to see them.
The M.I.A.'s homage to Versace knockoffs are now available on SSENSE.com. SSENSE has a very straightforward way of making product look visually pleasing which I like, but I have to say, they're photos of the M.I.A. x Versus Versace collection look ten times better than what was released to us last month (see M.I.A. x Versus Versace Knocked Off Knockoffs).
Levi's has reintroduced the first Levi's RED collection in seven years and it does not come cheap. The most expensive item is the 'Low Crotch Twisted Jeans' (below) which run a cool $1458 and the least expensive are the t-shirts at $279.
...pause for quick up and down scroll and scrutiny of all Levi's RED Archive items here...
...additional pause for indignant reaction here...
In defense of the price, Levi's RED is a premium concept dedicated to reinventing the iconic Levi's 5-pocket style with new forms and aesthetics. Since it's debut in 1999, there have only been seven collections, Levi's RED Archive being the eighth. The pieces in the current iteration were selected from the first ever Levi's RED release called Twisted RED, a collection that marked the turning point in reinventing the 5-pocket.
Essentially, this collection is meant to be viewed as a celebration of art and design in denim and will appeal to those who consider themselves denimheads or denim connoisseurs. They for sure will appreciate the craftsmanship of the product and the heritage aspect. So if you're one of those, these jeans can be purchased at online boutique LN-CC.
If you haven't already, see more pics of the Levi's RED Archive collection after the jump...
The weather is getting colder and as much as I mourn the absence of cold weather (and rail at the unchangeable heat setting in my apartment) I'm stoked at being able to pull out my winter coats. Just like jeans and shoes, I feel like you can never have enough. I know that goes against what most people feel, especially if your day consists of going from a heated apartment, to a heated car, to a heated office. If you live in a city or use mass transit to get to work, than you're spending a good chunk of your day in a coat and it is an integral part of your wardrobe.
I own a fair number of coats. I've found that at those times when I have to look somewhat decent but am too exhausted to put anything together, throwing on a nice coat and handbag makes even jeans and chucks look good. I've noticed though that I don't have enough functional coats for days when I just want to be warm. That's why when I saw the Wrangler parka, I thought, perfect!
It's obviously not a new look. Parkas have been around for years, but this is the first time I've wanted one. I also like the fact that it's not in the ubiquitous green color that everyone seems to prefer when owning this style coat. I still like the green but when it trends out, it will trend out big, meaning you won't be able to wear one without looking dated. Owning it in blue will make this coat a little more timeless.
I was browsing SSENSE the other day and came across this bag by Alexander Wang and immediately fell in love.
Rosegold is a thing and I have a thing for it, so I was immediately taken by the corner bumpers. I also have a thing for mixing textures and the pebbled leather contrasts amazingly with the smooth rosegold. And it all comes together with lots of shine.
There is also something old-fashioned about it. Almost as if it's a futuristic update to your 90 year old Grandma's purse.
What do you think about it? Do you love it as much as I do?
Last night Vogue Gioiello held an event celebrating the grand opening of Eli Halili'sSoho boutique for his eponymous jewelry line. What a night! The space, limited in size, was packed with attendees and there was barely room to move. And this is where going somewhere solo has it's benefits. I was able to weave through the crowd to view the collection more readily than those who had friends in tow.
The handmade collection can be described as beautifully coarse with uneven stone pendants on chain links and matte gold rings that embrace uneveness. Jewelry ranged from necklaces of leather straps to renaissance portraiture on oversized medallions of gilt gold and beading, but no matter what the direction, the central themes of uneven textures and mixing elements remained.
Adding to the presentation was the design of the boutique itself. Patina'd walls with hebrew lettering hovering over the jewelry cases marked the first floor, while a narrow spiral staircase led to a cozy studio on the bottom floor with leather bound books, throw pillows and other ecoutrements from Halili's many travels.
If you are in Soho stop in and take a look around.