Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall Favorites 2014

Sunny days are in abundance right now but I can feel the coolness in the air underneath. I never mind the subtle changes that happen this time of year because I love all the seasons. I had quite a bit of fun with my new "Stellar" app today making a look book of some of my favorite fall looks that I am sharing for a little inspiration.

Some of my favorites? I love the revisiting of past decades, with 60's mod, 70's glam, and 80's oversized pieces. Plaid makes a welcome comeback, and leather never left us, not even for summer. Are you the kind who likes to make a statement? You can do so with colorful pops of color against neutrals, digital printed fabrics, and opulent shine. Layering, chunky knits, oversized coats and texture of fur and shearling keep things cozy but chic. Boots and shoes have chunky heels that marry form and function perfectly. Oxblood is my favorite as a gorgeous compliment for the greys, camel and black of the winter months.

Even if you are still feeling the love for summer you can take a look here for a little something to look forward to. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fall 2014 Forecast: Five Favorite Oxblood Pieces

Burgundy, oxblood, wine, rouge: the color has many names but one big impact. This fall it is making an appearance once again in the form of accessories, handbags, shoes, coats and makeup. The recent Nordstrom Designer Preview Runway Show featured this gorgeous color in pieces by designers like Valentino and Fendi. The epitome of glamour, oxblood is also a chameleon of flattery when paired with other colors. It makes grey seem more gorgeous, it gives brights a chic edge, and it softens black.  Here are some of my current favorite pieces:

1. Valentino Multi-Wrap Rockstud Leather Bracelet
Valentino pieces are always amazing, and their double wrap bracelet is a modern classic. Wearable year round, you can pair it with an all white outfit or cool denim this summer, then get it out for a punch of color with your fall neutrals. It is little bit of attitude and a whole lot of glam.

2. Trina Turk “New Jane” Wool and Alpaca Wrap Coat
California brand Trina Turk has presented a fall/winter 2014-15 collection with statement making pieces that really stand out. The coats in particular were covetable, starting with this beautiful “New Jane” wool and alpaca wrap coat. The flattering belted look, wide plush collar and deep lush color are pure elegance.

3. AllSaints Olvera Long Leather Skirt 
With its slim silhouette and long pleats, this All Saints Olvera lambskin skirt is on point for its chic minimalist appeal. The gorgeous color is a refreshing alternative to black, and the below the knee length and side split make it a modern and just an ever so subtly sexy piece. I can see wearing this skirt forever in a hundred different ways.

4. Clare V. Maison Suede Simple Tote
A great way to add the oxblood color is through accessories, as it is versatile and stands on its own for the perfect color pop. Nothing gets my attention faster than a great handbag, and this Clare V. Maison Suede Simple Tote in beautiful suede in a winner. It is a cool combination of slouchy and structure, plus I love both its metal feet and the grey interior.

5. Jimmy Choo Alina Patent Leather Point Toe Flats
There isn’t anything more classically cool than point toe flats. The Jimmy Choo Alina flats in gorgeous “merlot” patent leather are amazing. These stylish little gems can dress up any look, from denim to dresses.  Repeat the color elsewhere with accessories or jewelry to add a bit more allure.

6. Did I say five favorites? I can't not mention that this color is gorgeous in the form of beauty products as well.  Add a swish of Le Metier de Beaute in Signature Red to your lips or paint your nails with Tom Ford’s decadent nail lacquer in Bordeaux Lust. Whatever way you choose to incorporate the color oxblood into your wardrobe, it is the perfect on-trend pop of luxurious color that gives your fall wardrobe an instant update.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Boot Camp: Five Favorite Military Jackets for Summer

Last week while I was working downtown, I started counting the number of military jackets worn by the women out on the street. There were a lot. It starting me thinking about what a trend is and how something gets to that status. For me, a trend is about something that starts out as an idea or resurfaces from the past, evolves, and transitions to different areas of fashion and the marketplace. And while we are often encouraged to not be a "slave" to trends, but rather be true to one's own style, your own interpretation of a look makes it unique to you. Like with the military jacket I saw everywhere last week--worn with denim, tossed over a dress, worn as a shirt, added to a skirt. Each look was original and each interpretation of the military jacket was au courant.

The military jacket is one of my favorite pieces for this summer. This is a look that is so chic that it can be worn with literally anything. It is casual, but can be dressed up. It is masculine, but looks great with feminine prints and silhouettes. It's shape can be altered and it doesn't lose its edge or the original feel of the piece. Here are my five favorites military jackets for this summer--sign me up!
Barneys NY Army Jacket

This first little number, the Barneys New York Vintage Button Front Army Jacket has such great details. I love the patches on the shoulders, collar and body, the drawstring waist, and zipper pulls. It definitely has an edge and an authentic feel. It would be fabulous with a pair of skinny pants, or leather leggings and heels. A neutral like a black or white tank underneath keeps the vibe cool downtown girl. 

Citizens of Humanity Kylie Jacket
The Citizens of Humanity "Kylie" Distressed Military Jacket would be fabulous with leather shorts, like these rag & bone perforated shorts, or distressed denim shorts with a higher waist, like these Jolt button front pair. Or rock a cropped top underneath it and pair it with a pair of silky pajama pants. I am partial to these Kate Moss Topshop Paisley Wide Leg Pants. 

Joie Ferrell Jacket
The Joie Ferrell Jacket takes the utilitarian air of this jacket style and glams it up. The sheen of the fabric and cropped silhouette mean it would a great match with a evening look. The Theory Remaline Stretch Crepe Jumpsuit is a modern clean look that shows a cutout when you remove your jacket. Add a pair of big 'ol earrings, like this J.Crew pair, or a larger statement necklace, which I am sure everyone must own by now....right? :)  If you aren't a jumpsuit girl, then wear it with a feminine dress, like this Cambria Dress from Anthropolgie. Its fit and flare style flatters everyone and the Joie Jacket is unexpected and cool. 
Talula Balfour Jacket

I am a big fan of wearing leather any time of year, and it is a great way to add edgy details to a piece in a subtle way. The Talula Balfour Jacket has faux-leather sleeves and comes in three colors, dark olive, surplus, or a washed grey, argentique. The leather, or in the case, faux leather details make it a versatile piece as well. Toss on leather leggings and heels for a great evening look or wear it to run errands in the daytime--it works either way.
Veronica Beard Military Jacket

Last but not least, I love this jacket by Veronica Beard. The hem in the back is vented and the piping detail on the jacket sets it apart. One of my favorite parts of the jacket is the collar zips and snaps all the way up, which is such a great detail. I would wear this with a black dress, or camo leggings, like this True Religion pair. Wear your favorite white tee, swipe on a bright lip color and you will look perfect.

Military jackets are surprisingly versatile and give your look an update that is modern and edgy without being over the top. The jackets come in olive, green, browns, and grey, although I am partial to the olive because it is authentic looking. Pick your personal look and wear it into fall--it doesn't take any boot camp training to make this look a summer favorite.