Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ways to Wear: Print Shirt & Leather

Fashion blogging has changed a lot over the last few years. When Erin and I started this project six years ago, the blogging community was smaller and really supportive. We met so many amazing people who shared in a genuine passion for design and clothes. Then it evolved into a parade of new, new, new and a rat race to see who could get the most swag. This and a few other factors lead to some burnout for me.

While reflecting upon what I loved most about the early days of blogging, I was reminded that it wasn't always about the specific items featured, but rather the way they were styled. I want to return to that. To bring this idea to life, I will make each of my outfit posts going forward about the 2+ ways I styled an article of clothing.


Here's an old RACHEL Rachel Roy top that I wear often. The print is made up of an assortment of colors, so it matches many pieces in my closet - white skirt, blue jeans, etc. With the recent chill, I've started to bust out the leather, which I paired with this top for warmth.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Halloween Idea: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion


Naven "Jagger Dress" ($30, was $110)

I came across this shiny pink number while browsing some of the sale merch at Revolve, and this dress gave me a costume idea for Halloween - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.


The color and shine of the Naven dress is pretty close to Michele's; it would just need a little marabou feather trim which is pretty easy to find.

I did a cursory search for a Romy dress and found this tacky number on eBay. The color is a little off, and the fit is tighter, but with a little silver fabric and crafting, it could work. If it were me, I would make the Star Trek-like arrow first. Then cut a strip for the bottom and two strips to fill in the space between the straps.

eBay dress $9.11

If anyone is seriously considering this costume idea, let me know. I can continue the search for a Romy dress, and I would love to see pictures!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NYC Sample Sales: August 24-31, 2014

Who: BARNEYS Warehouse Sale
What: Up to 60% off on men's and women's clothing and accessories. This sale usually gets cheaper as it progresses.
When: August 21-September 1, 2014. Thurs Aug 21-Fri Aug 22 8am-9pm, Sat Aug 23-Sun Aug 31 10am-8pm, Mon Sept 1 10am-7pm
Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19 Street, (b/n 6th & 7th Avenues) Ground Floor

Who: YOUNG & NG Sample Sale
What: Cuffs, rings and headpieces and more in brushed metals. Antique gold cuffs, gunmetal hair combs, crowns, and rose gold lace rings. Prices start as low as $30. Prices 70-80% off retail.
When: August 18-22 & 25-29, 2014. Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
Where: MYN Collective, 39 West 14 Street (b/n 5th & 6th Avenues), Suite 408

Who: Cosabella
What: Up to 70% off lingerie, ready to wear, and swimwear. Prices will range from $13 to $80. Visa, MC, and Amex only.
When: August 24-26, 2014. Sun 11am-6pm, Mon-Tues 11am-7pm.
Where: Cosabella NY Flagship Store, 220 Lafayette St (b/n Spring and Kenmare St), 212-405-1190.

Who: ABC Carpet + Home Bronx Warehouse Sale
What: Up to 80% off furniture and home goods. The Edge Rustic Dining Table is $1,599 (was $2995), the French Quarter Dining Chair is $159 (was $395), White Metal Gilded Console is $999 (was $1,295). Rugs are one size, one price, starting at $225.
When: August 21-September 14, 2014. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm.
Where: 1055 Bronx River Ave (b/n Bruckner Blvd and Watson Ave), 718-842-8772

Upcoming Sales:
Who: Tamara Mellon
What: Up to 80% off on RTW, Shoes and Handbags. Former chief creative officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo, launched her own lifestyle brand last year. Snag a cashmere sweater for $75 (was $395), DIGLAM Handbag in Printed Hair Calf $100 (was $1095) and
Heaven Patent Leather shoes for $50 (was $495)
When: September 4-7, 2014. Thurs-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Where: 260 5th Ave (b/n 28th & 29th St), 212-725-5400

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Now Wearing...

Should accident-prone women wear white dresses? After much deliberating, I decided to buy this dress by one of my favorite Australian labels, Cameo.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Sample Sales NYC: August 18-24, 2014

Who: THEORY and THEYSKENS THEORY Sample Sale
What: Up to 70% off men's & women's on separates, dresses, outerwear, leather and more. Sizes 00 to 12.
When: August 18-21, 2014. Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm
Where: Clothingline, 261 W 36 Street (b/n 7th & 8th Avenues), 2nd Floor, 212.947.8748

Who: YOUNG & NG Sample Sale
What: Cuffs, rings and headpieces and more in brushed metals. Antique gold cuffs, gunmetal hair combs, crowns, and rose gold lace rings. Prices start as low as $30. Prices 70-80% off retail.
When: August 18-22 & 25-29, 2014. Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
Where: MYN Collective, 39 West 14 Street (b/n 5th & 6th Avenues), Suite 408
Who: Judi Rosen Sample Sale
What: Up to 70% off
When: August 19-22, 2014. Tues-Fri
Where: International Playground, 13 Stanton St, 212-228-2323

Who: LAUREN MERKIN Sample Sale
What: Handbags, clutches, and accessories at up to 70% off retail. Also, bargain boxes starting at $20.
When: August 19-21, 2014. Tues-Thurs 11am-7pm
Where: 231 West 29 Street (b/n 7th & 8th Avenues), Suite 201, 212.239.2459
Who: OMEN PR Showroom Sale
What: Up to 75% off on clothing from Religion, GOLA Shoes, Harare, Linie, Martin Keehn, Heidi Gardner, Wyatt Orr), Black'd and Mandarin & General.
When: August 20-21, 2014. Wed-Thurs 11am-7pm
Where: 265 Canal Street (b/n Lafayette & Broadway), Suite 301

Who: BEN-AMUN sample sale
What: Luxury designer jewelry at wholesale prices and below, with tax included. Classics to the newest trends.
When: August 20-21, 2014. Wed-Thurs 12pm-6pm
Where: 246 West 38 Street (b/n 7th & 8th Avenues) Suite 12A, 212.944.6480

Who: DEUX LUX Sample Sale
What: Signature hobos, messengers, wallets, totes and more at up to 70% off.
When: August 21, 2014. Thurs 11am-7pm
Where: 37 West 20 Street (b/n 5th & 6th Avenues), 212.620.0801

Who: BARNEYS Warehouse Sale
What: Up to 60% off on men's and women's clothing and accessories. This sale usually gets cheaper as it progresses.
When: August 21-September 1, 2014. Thurs Aug 21-Fri Aug 22 8am-9pm, Sat Aug 23-Sun Aug 31 10am-8pm, Mon Sept 1 10am-7pm
Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19 Street, (b/n 6th & 7th Avenues) Ground Floor

Who: BED HEAD PAJAMAS Sale
What: Prices up to 75% off on past season loungewear and sleepwear for women, Men & Kid. Starting at $15.
When: August 21-24, 2014. Th-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
Where: 252 Elizabeth Street (b/n Houston & Prince Streets), 212.233.4323

ONGOING SALES:
Who: Quinn
What: Up to 80% off contemporary lifestyle brand. Luxe tees and shorts $40. Bottoms and button downs $60. Cashmere tees and silk dresses $75. Cashmere knitwear $100. Cash and credit cards accepted.
When: August 9-23, 2014. Tues-Sat 12pm-8pm. Closed Sun-Mon
Where: 181 Orchard Street (b/n Stanton & Houston St), 646.669.9348

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Every Item From the Altuzarra x Target Lookbook

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Back in May, Target announced that Altuzarra would be their next designer collaboration to hit the racks this Fall. The CFDA winning designer's capsule collection  to include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and shoes, will be available September 14, 2014 at most Target stores in the United States and Canada, as well as Target.com. An edited assortment of the Target collection will be available to customers around the world through luxury e-tailer NET-A-PORTER.COM.
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 “One of the guiding principles of Altuzarra is that fashion can be transformative, changing not just the way you look, but also the way you feel. By partnering with Target, we hope to bring that experience to a larger audience of women". Items from the collection retail from $17.99 to $89.99 for apparel and lingerie, and $29.99 to $79.99 for shoes and accessories. My personal favorite pieces are those thigh high slit pencil skirts, the lacy trimmed sleepwear with matching eye masks, the snake print blazer and the sweater with the gold birds. The over-the-knee boots are pretty gorgeous too. What items are you hoping to snag?
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