Friday, November 29, 2013

"Get Your Leather, Leather, Leather On"

I believe that when you wear an outfit that is mostly neutral, you should have the right about of pizzaz with it. That's why the little details of this look are so important to make it unique. A black leather jacket should be really wearable so it can be paired with almost anything in your closet, but a special touch like subtle studs and quilting make it a little more fun. My mom's vintage black leather boots are really different because they don't have a thick sole and hit my leg at a point that I don't see on a lot of shoes in stores. Keep your eye out for a pair of vintage ones with their own interesting design elements. They'll add a lot to your look and be a statement piece. 

I wouldn't define my everyday style as anything close to punk, dark, or fierce so when I wear a leather jacket and lace-up boots I add an air of sweetness. A bright, eye-catching heart purse and a girly, floaty dress underneath gives me the femininity that makes me feel like me. Skirts at knee-length or slightly below are popular for the fall and winter season, and I layered this sheer one with an actual black slip underneath. 

Photography by Ben Benson

Style Tip: Sometimes you can reverse your dresses! I find that a lot of the vintage dresses I buy have buttons down the back, but I can also wear them frontwards depending on how the collar situation is set up. This one is totally reversible because the collar is two completely different pieces on each side.

Outfit Highlights: My heart suede purse from H&M is the show stealer, and I must note that I was excited to see Zooey Deschanel's character Jess in New Girl wearing the same one in black. 

Song of the Day: "Zero" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"I Want To Thank You..."

 The fantastic thing about jewel tones is you can wear them all year round, to any occasion. A jewel tone is just a very saturated color that resembles a gemstone, so anyone can find a few that look good on them. This silky tunic consists of jewel tones from all over the color wheel, but I picked the vivid blue and purple to highlight with my scarf and bag because they're such basic, easy to wear colors. I love mixing prints, so I enjoyed pairing this purple scarf with its organic print with the paisley of my tunic. Adding a leather bag with an imprinted design adds another subtle print to the mix. 

Jewel tones are always great during the holidays because they add so much beautiful color, but aren't too bright or distracting. I find that they tend to make one's hair and skin look great and are always a good choice for family Christmas photos. Whatever you choose to wear this season, I wish you all a great Thanksgiving. Let the holidays begin!

Photography by Ben Benson

Style Tip: Wear jewel tones in your holiday family photo!

Outfit Highlights: Steve Madden suede flats that are oh so comfortable, and a thrifted silky tunic.

Song: "Thank You" by Dido

Monday, November 25, 2013

"I Get Carried Away"

Autumn is my favorite season because of the gorgeous warm earthly tones in nature. I love the reds, oranges, and yellows that appear in the trees (and I also love the season's occasions like Fashion Week, Halloween, my birthday, and Thanksgiving). Though many of the trees are already bare, I like to think I'm keeping the spirit of fall alive with an outfit like this. After all, winter doesn't officially hit until December 21. 

On one hand, this look is really seasonal, and on the other it's a bit retro. A vintage hat and dress paired with a leather jacket and tall boots evoke one of the best time period's, the 1970's. It's okay to get a bit carried away with color, I always do. Mustards, golds, and yellows are my favorite color family and I am a sucker for colored tights. It's still important to pick a neutral like light brown to keep the look grounded and tie it together. However, there's nothing that will stop me from buying some bright sunflowers to match my dress...

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Vintage Dress and my friend's Dooney and Bourke bag. 

Style Tip: One word: color. When it gets cold, and you're feeling down because the sky is gray and it's getting dark so early, stick to cheerful hues to keep your spirits up.

Song of the Day: "Carried Away" by Passion Pit

Friday, November 22, 2013

"I've Got The Eye Of The Tiger, a Fighter, Dancing Through The Fire"

You don't see me in black very often, but when I do wear it, I feel like a powerful New Yorker. Even though I don't have an office job, I'll play pretend in this look and find an excuse to wear it. A black tuxedo dress can go from influential business woman by day, to social butterfly at cocktail hour by night. 

This Ann Taylor piece was a dress in the front with shorts in the back, like a skort-dress if there is such a thing. I took some seams out and altered it into just a dress. I highly recommend tuxedo-inspired pieces for the season, because styles taken from menswear can still be so feminine when they fit your shape well. The satin accents on the buttons, the pockets, and of course the lapels make it dressy yet professional. It goes perfectly with a vintage bag and some oxfords. If you look successful and feel successful, I truly believe that it will help you play the part. Watch out for this girl all in black taking over New York City, because you're gonna hear her roar! 

 Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Altered Ann Taylor tuxedo "skort-dress" to a dress, and vintage bag.

Tip: When you're going to wear all black, make sure your hardware stays continuous, as in all one shade for a classic and neat look. I chose gold accents for this look. 

Song of the Day: "Roar" by Katy Perry

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Andy Warhol, Silver Screen, Can't Tell Them Apart At All"

The way music, fashion, art, and history meld together is something that fascinates me and makes me so happy. Andy Warhol has always been one of my inspirations in life. I enjoy his art, and the art and music scenes he was a part of during his career. Though his soup can pieces are a little bit cliche these days, I still can't help but love them. Once in design school, I decided it would be a good idea to make a skirt out of real Campbell's soup labels. After eating a lot of Chicken Noodle Soup, since I preferred that kind to the classic Tomato, I sewed them onto clear plastic vinyl. I was excited to find this more wearable option from Uniqlo's Warhol collaboration. The sleeveless dress I am wearing is actually an extra large shirt that I belted.

This outfit obviously screams 1960's, and the moped and French-style beret make it a little bit European. I also paired the look with bright red lipstick, cat's eye sunglasses, and black, leather boots. I can't tell you how hard it is to find a plain and simple boot these days. Department stores are the place I would recommend you to go to for the broadest range of options when you are looking for a specific item. So many have bells and whistles though, like buckles or studs which honestly come off as tacky a lot of the time. These boots are Corso Como, which makes many shoes that I approve of. They also fit your leg well if it is slim at the calf. There's a time and place for chic and crazy shoes, but sometime a girl just needs a mod, fitted, black leather boot to pair with her colorful Andy Warhol look!

Photography: Ben Benson

Style Tip: Mix it up! Wear an oversize top as a dress, or tuck a dress into a skirt for a new closet option. 

Outfit Highlights: Uniqlo cotton top worn as a dress and Corso Como black leather boots

Song of the Day: "Andy Warhol" by David Bowie

Monday, November 18, 2013

"I Had The Best Day With You, Today"

 I just turned 23-years-old last Monday and as a freelancer, I had the wonderful opportunity to go home with my boyfriend for a few weekdays to see my family and celebrate. My birthday is on Veterans Day, which I am always proud to share with such commendable Americans. 

My special gift from my mother this year was a handmade shirt and skirt made from materials from Mood Fabrics, and a matching necklace. This look is almost the complete opposite of the last one, but just reflects another aspect of my personality. If you couldn't tell already, I enjoy dressing in a lot of different styles. My outfit inspirations depend on my mood and my feelings, and what I have read, seen, or watched lately. It's hard for me to comprehend how people can easily sum up their personal style in a couple words or why they would want to. Your personal style doesn't have to be limited at all, and shouldn't be in my opinion. 

Though I can't give you the place to buy this look unless you place a special order with the designer, I do recommend the vintage-inspired online retailer Modcloth. If you love color and quirky, unique clothing like I do, it is the place for you!

Photography: Ben Martini

Outfit Tip: Don't be afraid to mix unusual colors together like coral and mustard. My mother asked me to pick out two fabrics that I liked from Mood Fabrics a few months ago, and without knowing it, I picked out my birthday fabrics! I didn't know that she would use them together, but it totally works. 

Outfit Highlights: A birthday top and dress made by my mother with fabric from Mood. 

Song of the Day: "The Best Day" by Taylor Swift

Friday, November 15, 2013

"I've Got That Summertime, Summertime Sadness"

Although New York City is one of my favorite places in the nation, I've always been fond of California as well. This time my look was inspired by the laid back, cool vibe of the West Coast, as well as the color scheme of its blue-green waters and yellow sands. 

During dreary winter or fall days, us New Yorkers are allowed to get a little bit of "summertime sadness" as we miss our picnics and outdoor concerts. As much as I love wearing my tights, boots, and scarves and experiencing the seasons of New England, a couple of months into 2014 I will be longing for warmer weather again. Let's just say, I will be more than ready to visit my sister in San Francisco! 

My look consists of a Tobi suede motorcycle jacket and Anna Sui for Hugh Puppies suede booties that are a modern contrast to my vintage psychedelic purse and hand-me-down 90's high-waisted denim shorts. I'm also wearing a marvelous turquoise leather ring from my sister. Grab a couple items from your closet that you would never think of pairing together, and you may surprise yourself. 

Photography: Ben Benson

Style tip: When you miss warm weather, try to work some cheery, California hues into your look even if you're wearing wools or layering with tights.

Outfit highlights: Vintage purse and shorts, Tobi zip-up motorcycle jacket, and Anna Sui for Hush Puppies lace-up booties

Song of the day: "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"And I Said, What About Breakfast at Tiffany's?"

Black dresses tend to get all the credit in fashion culture, but a white dress can be just as wearable and chic. Though I wear color more often than not, when I do wear a neutral look like this one it includes shimmer or shine. I adore this white long-sleeve dress with tiny silver rhinestones dotting the entire dress. I've worn the dress out with a pair of sandals in warm weather, and also with tights when it's cold which proves its versatility.

This particular pairing was inspired by what the the inverse of Audrey Hepburn's classic black and white ensemble from Breakfast at Tiffany's could be. I accented the dress with freshwater pearls that my mother brought me back from a trip to Las Vegas, a silver clutch to highlight the sparkle of the dress, and black accessories. 

Photography: Ben Benson

Style Tip: If you have light hair wear a black bow, but if your hair is darker try a white one. I adore contrast!

Outfit Highlights: J.Lo for Kohl's white dress and freshwater pearls.

Song of the day: "Breakfast At Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Nobody Likes You When You're 23"

Though still wake up feeling like an 11-year-old most of the time, today I somehow turned the ripe old age of 23. Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I visited Central Park and strolled through the zoo. I thought that for a perfect, autumn day a school girl-inspired look felt right to wear. Even if you're no longer studying, you can still wear an outfit inspired by everyone's favorite private school kids from Gossip Girl. 

I matched my bright red Uniqlo tights to my Urban Outfitters navy and red messenger bag. My pleated grey Modcloth skirt was an early birthday present from my sister who works there. You'll often see me wearing pieces my mother gave me or made also, as she studied Home Economics in college and is an excellent seamstress. She made the brown tweed blazer in her tailoring class in college, in the 1970's. I matched my hair bow to it, because Upper East Side girls, or those pretending to be, need a headband or a hair bow.

As a 23-year-old, hopefully everyone still likes me alright even though Blink-182 says that nobody will. Here's to 23 being the most successful and exciting year yet!

Photography: Ben Martini

Style Tip: Don't be afraid to dig through mom (or dad's!) old closet.

Outfit highlights: Urban Outfitters navy and red messenger bag and pleated grey Modcloth skirt.

Song of the day: "What's My Age Again?" by Blink-182

Friday, November 8, 2013

"Don't You Step On My Blue Suede Shoes"

I want to wish you all a Happy Friday! While Fridays sadly do not happen frequently enough, an even more rare occurrence is myself in pants. I couldn't pass up this pair from a vintage shop in New Haven, Connecticut. You just know that it has to be an exciting, fantastic day when you're wearing a pair of crazy, patterned pants. They were quite wide at a leg, though, which was a little too crazy for me, so I altered them a bit for a slimmer fit.

Even when I add a bold bright blue shirt and matching shoes, I still feel like the highlight of my outfit is my pants. Don't ever be afraid of a unique or busy print. Take a chance and at least try it on...and then walk out the door of the store in the garment (after you pay, of course)!

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit highlights: Thrifted cotton pants, blue suede Chinese Laundry boots, and an incredibly comfortable Gap cashmere cardigan. 

Style tip: Bright cobalt blue is an exciting color choice that I promise looks good on everyone.

Song of the day: "Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis Presley. 

If you hadn't noticed, I'm a music junkie and have been using song lyrics as my blog titles. I am going to give credit to the musicians and start posting the songs. I have added the songs to my past two blog posts, so go check them out also if you like! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"A Tisket, A Tasket, I Lost My Yellow Basket"

I've only lived in Manhattan a little over a year, so perhaps that's why I'm not your standard New Yorker in the way that I dress yet, but I doubt I will ever be. New Yorkers love their dark, neutral looks, which generally suit them well, but I personally tend to opt for pops of color ninety percent of the time. Especially on a rainy or cloudy day, I try to avoid neutrals and add something bright to my look, hopefully brightening peoples' days along the way.

I love this vintage dress and vest combo that is probably from the 1980's, but since I love all things mod, I style it in more of a 60's way. I bought it during high school about six years ago from an adorable vintage shop, The Pink House in Canton, Connecticut, near my hometown. My friends tend to think that I go shopping a lot, but I actually just rarely get rid of clothing. It piles up and then I swap items amongst my New York and Connecticut closets, I find new ways to style pieces, or I alter them with my magic wand (I mean sewing machine).

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit highlights: Victor Alfaro cork and leather wedge sandal and an H&M floppy wool hat.

Style tip: Take what would otherwise be a standard black and white "New York City-style" look, and add pops of your favorite color for a fresh surprise.

Song of the day: "A Tisket, A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald.

Monday, November 4, 2013

"I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly"

Welcome to my new fashion and style blog! I'm really excited to be wearing a peter pan collar in my first post, because this particular vintage-esque, lacy item describes my taste perfectly. I prefer feminine and ladylike looks, often with a surprising twist or a bit of an edge. A recent design-school graduate living in Manhattan, I am currently a Freelance Costume Designer and Assistant for various film, television, and theater. As well as designing and styling costumes, I adore writing and singing. I am constantly inspired by history, art, music, and the marvelous people and sights around me both near and far away. I'll have new posts up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with tidbits of special events and such in between. I'd like to thank my good friend Ben Benson, who is my marvelous photographer. I hope you enjoy my blog, and that it inspires your own everyday fashion choices! 

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit highlights: Floral Steve Madden t-strap pumps and a maroon hand-made leather belt from my mother. 

Style tip: Pair a gauzy, flowing, open-sleeve blouse under a prim and proper shift dress for work, a meeting, or an interview. 

Song of the day: "So Long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music soundtrack.