When I first moved to the East Coast it took me ten years to wear a black coat, ten years! It didn’t take long to understand that dark clothes have there place here, a dark palette can be timeless and chic. I still incorporate color in my wardrobe although I tend to add more neutral colors and prints. This Tucker top is a perfect addition to a wardrobe for its both chic and classic, two good reasons to take advantage of the animal trend. It could be worn in the evening with a gold pencil skirt, during the day with skinny charcoal jeans, a black boyfriend blazer for work-come summer with white jeans. Have I given you enough reasons to justify the purchase? Hope so!
Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has slowly been growing into a little fashion nook that either one stumbles upon or makes the trek on the L to check out. I just saw Tracy Feith opening up his shop the other morning, I was impressed that he was up so early! You’ll also find the A.P.C outlet and the Paul Smith outlet here. Today at Paul Smith my husband and I stocked up on art books 75% off the sale price. We then proceeded to Bird where I kept my promised to myself and focused on my exchange and didn’t purchase anything. The editor in me did her job and scanned out the store to see if there were any amazing markdowns and score, amazing markdowns! Brands such as Thakoon, Isabel Marant were markdown 40-50%, which is great for brands such as these. If jetting to Brooklyn isn’t on your agenda this weekend, their online store is worth checking out.
When I splurge on beauty products and right now anything in the beautifying category is considered a splurge, I buy brands I love. My all time favorite brand is NARS, I love all of Francois Nar’s products. I especially love his eye shadows for even the colors that are muted make a difference, they just shine. Lorac is another amazing brand especially with her concealers and bronzers. I use the concealer Double Feature, its tough to cover my dark circles, especially these days but this concealer covers my raccoon eyes- not a small feat. The liquid part is a brightener….seriously it makes you feel pretty. I am quite picky about my mascara, I usually only use Dior Show, although its a great (like REALLY beautiful) mascara I cannot rationalize spending $20 on it right now. My friend Kelly gave me a care package of yummy beauty and body products while I was pregnant. She is a beauty editor and gets beauty product thrown at her(life is hard) its insane. The bag of goodies was amazing and in it were about 4 mascaras. I, being a (former) beauty- brand snob, didn’t get to the Cover Girl until last. Let me tell you - this is an awesome mascara, I just bought my second tube. It is the first mascara I found that is just as good as Dior, dare I say better? I’m not quite ready to diss Dior but it comes pretty damn close.
I really miss Domino, and when I would work on Cookie’s (another big loss) fashion segments I felt like a lucky girl since Cookie was on the same floor of Domino. I loved peeking, okay stalking…the Domino side and looking at the beautiful items they were shooting for the mag. I am not ready to give up on print, I’ll have to be pulled away kicking and screaming from my favorite newsstand but I’m no fool…when I see a great site or something like Lonny I appreciate its presence.
Today was quite chilly, not the “there is a chill outside” the “it is f-in cold outside!” So…I decided to look up Isabel Marant’s summer collection which is so damn beautiful I CAN’T HANDLE IT. The best part is that her first U.S store opens here in NYC in February. Thankfully her Etoile (lower line!)will also be at the Greene Street location. Do your self a fashion favor and click on the pic to see all the delicious clothes.
My best friend April, who I love, love, love needs an outfit to wear to a chi-chi event. It’s not a black tie event and its kind of like the Oscars…the celebrities will get all the attention. But, this does not in anyway mean that her presence is not important and will not be noticed. She needs to look great and feel good as cliche as it sounds. I picked quite a few pieces for her and decided after much thought that I would choose the final look, so here it is! I once, and she loves to tell this story, made the huge mistake of sending her to a designer store who didn’t seem to size past a 2. She had just had a baby and called me screaming and crying, she was not happy and I felt terrible. I should have done my homework and checked on the sizes and NEVER send anyone to a high end designer boutique after they had a baby. Most of the salespeople can be snobbish and new moms can be vulnerable. I’m allowed to say this since I’m a new mom. Oh I can go on forever about this but my point is… I get it and I get her. I chose styles that she can wear later in the week such as the tuxedo jacket-can’t wait to see her wear it with jeans and her Fry boots! I also picked pieces that were not super expensive except for the Oscar heels which I could not resist but I say buy the heels April and wear them when you pick up the kids, live my friend, live.
Candice Waldron’s boutique Jumelle is nestled on the popular Bedford street in Williamsburg. When the weekend hits I try my best to walk only on side streets of my popular neighborhood especially now with my baby’s ginormous stroller. Nevertheless, for Jumelle I will brave the fashion hungry tourists that push their way around seeking some of the best labels to be found in my neighborhood. I especially love the Sonia by Sonia Rykiel gloves, they remind me of Tropical Lifesavers, yum!
The New York Times did a Q&A about two talented sisters (and two damn good friends who give this new mom emotional support) and one of their new designs, the Lucky Beam. Read the piece, Marina (you’ll hear more about Mizz M in the future) and I were squealing with excitement that Penelope Green wrote such a great piece on these fab two!
My good friend Ericka Mcconnell, the awesome photographer who is responsible for Chicster Bulletin’s opening photo ask if I would do a bit of a style update to her wardrobe. She is looking for basic pieces that are chic, yet fit into her life as a working mother. I chose looks that would fine-tune her wardrobe to work with her Parisian girl meets California Boho style.
E lives in Northern California. This is the not always sunny in California part, It can actually get down right cold. She already owns cardigans, has some cute jackets so I picked pieces that have a bit of a twist to what she already owns. A cardigan that stands out such as a leopard print is a great way to give a classic some edge. E also does a lot of outdoor shoots so the cape sweater is great because it provides warmth, easy to move around in and it is super stylish. The grandfather looking grey shawl sweater is actually quite a chic alterative for someone who loves to wear cardigans. It can be belted with a thick brown or metallic belt or accessorized with cuff bracelets and beautiful drop necklaces.
Since I know E’s wardrobe pretty well I know that she has plenty of cargo, utilitarian style pants to wear while shooting. What she needs is to hold onto the comfort but add stylish alternatives for both her shoot and her non-shoot days. The sweatpant has made its presence known this season and will be more of a staple come spring. Not everyone can do this “pant” but Ericka can. E already owns great blouses (which is why I am not featuring tops for her) and tees that would pair great with these pants. The last two are more of a suggestion of cut since they’re pricier picks that similar styles can be found at H&M and Zara. The sailor style goes with all her boho peasent tops as well as an T by Alexander Wang. The slim/pencil cut is an alterative to a jean that can be worn as many as four times a week.
I added minimal accessories since I love all of Ericka’s jewels. She has a collection of delicate gold necklaces that I felt would pair well with my picks. I particularly love the aqua drop earrings and colorful mittens, notice the fingers can be folded-perfect for her to hold her camera. These pops of colors are perfect and inexpensive ways to give any wardrobe a boost.
I wish I didn’t love this jacket. Loving this jacket has made me a stalker of all jackets of sequins. I’ve looked for a less (much) expensive version but they all have paled in comparison. The sad part of all of this is I have not one party to wear this amazing piece, unless you count the Santa parties baby Charlie has been invited to. Sigh, I’m trying so hard to not be that mom, you know the one? She is holding on to her old life. I’m afraid some habits may not be able to be broken Baby C because mama sees no harm in wearing sequins grocery shopping!
It is old habit for me to look for “things” people may want, as a fashion editor I’ve worked on many gift guides for some great magazines. This season as I sit and hang out with baby Charlie I’m going to post a few of my favorites that I hope either solve a gift solution or help point you in a stylish direction! Also, visit Jen at the haystack needle, she has put together an eclectic and cool giftguide for the holidays.