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Rust Belt Americana

Vintage Junkyard Jewelry by Samuel Sloma

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IMG_0134Rust Belt Americana necklace, BDG Rib-Knit Sweater Cropped Tank (brown), Carmar high-waist jeggings, Sandro booties, ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat & ‘Nita’ shades from Nasty Gal, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Never Say Never.’

To be honest, I’m not much a of a jewelry person. I’m always searching for niche pieces that are somehow both simple and strange, which can be hard to come by. But when Rust Belt Americana jewelry designer, Samuel Sloma, and I stumbled upon each other on Instagram, I knew I’d found something truly special. Sloma, a Midwestern picker, hand makes unique, rustic jewelry and watches with vintage materials he collects from old warehouses, five-and-dime stores, and various other unconventional locations. Sloma’s creative mission is “to celebrate American authenticity on a modern stage where the implied and tangible harmoniously collide,” and “to help men and women self-identify with bygone moments in time.” These sentiments, along with Sloma’s promise to send me “something bizarre,” solidified my immediate fanhood.

Sloma’s design aesthetic has this badass, yet elegant quality, making all of his beautiful work extremely versatile. I was so excited to receive my first original Rust Belt Americana necklace, which features a copper piece stamped in 1950 for musician Pat Boone, who charted second only to Elvis Presley during the late 50s. The piece on my necklace reads, “Always your boy, Pat Boone.” My father is a musician, and having been raised on older music, it felt like a cosmic coincidence that Sloma selected this piece especially for me. After years of struggling to find jewelry that suits my style, I’m thrilled to have Rust Belt Americana as my go-to source for cool, one-of-a-kind accessories.

Photos by Rebecca Browne and yours truly

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Sweater Weather

Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn was and will always be a film and fashion legend. While plenty of people are familiar with her iconic outfits in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina, I’m shocked by how few people have seen Funny Face (1957), a quirky musical all about embracing one’s unique beauty, and how fashion can be just as much about self-expression and self-discovery as it is about appearances. Audrey Hepburn plays a stubborn bookworm swept into the world of fashion modeling (and a romance with Fred Astaire), so she wears countless incredible outfits throughout the movie. But my favorite of all the ensembles in Funny Face is perhaps also the simplest—a black turtleneck, black pants, and black flats with white socks:funny face 1If you follow fashion at all, you’ve noticed that rich shades of burgundy and bordeaux are featured in almost every current fall collection. For my take on Audrey’s Funny Face look, I’ve swapped her black turtleneck for a vintage burgundy piece:1Q1A5435This oversized cashmere turtleneck is actually reversible: if I turn it inside-out, I’ve got a coffee-colored sweater!1Q1A5438My J-Brand skinny neoprene pants are great for jumping and dancing just like Audrey. Did you know she wanted to be a ballerina before she ever even considered acting?

1Q1A5407I maintain Audrey’s classic flair with these white Kate Spade socks, and my cat-faced slippers from LF Stores give the outfit a modern twist.Audrey Hepburn.Audrey’s bold brows and lips are my ideal makeup statements. I use the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil & Brow Zings Shaping Kit and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” to get the look:1Q1A5400 - Version 2Oversized sweaters/sweater-dresses make it easy to stay warm, comfortable, and cute throughout fall and winter. Here’s a similar look to my Audrey-inspired outfit, featuring a fair isle-printed sweater-dress from LF Stores, Wolford tights, and brown Miz Mooz oxfords:1Q1A5460

1Q1A5452The brown oxfords bring a little warmth to the black and white.1Q1A5461 I got this antique locket at a vintage store in Hanover, New Hampshire that sadly no longer exists.1Q1A5463Wish I knew the story behind the portraits in the locket! But have you heard that Essie makes gel polish now? Very exciting stuff. Given my current obsession with burgundy, I decided to go with this color, “Moody Mood.” I’m loving it.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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