Beauty, Fashion

Color Explosion on Clover Canyon

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IMG_1265Clover Canyon dress, Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Sandals, & the Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver.

I totally fell in love with Clover Canyon when their fun prints hit the scene a few years ago—but so did everybody else. I’m not someone to avoid something I like just to avoid its popularity; my taste ranges from mainstream to niche, and I only steer clear of a trend if I think it’s a) simply not my style, or b) too expensive for how quickly it will likely disappear from fashion. Clover Canyon came in strong as a trend, but has stuck around, becoming somewhat of a staple. My personal rule of thumb when it comes to popular styles and prints that run the risk of making me look basic, is to find a way to make it absolutely my own. I bought this Clover Canyon dress a couple years ago, but every time I put it on with my brown hair, accompanied by a black clutch and neutral lip color, I didn’t get that special feeling a woman should feel when she slips on a fabulous dress. I looked like I was going to a sorority formal. In other words, when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t really feel like myself. It’s funny how drastic changes can remedy that. Now that I’ve dyed my hair a range of pastel colors, the multi-colored dress finally seems to suit me the way I hadn’t fully realized I’d wanted it to. I finally feel like I can wear it in a way that stands out and represents my style alone. A swipe of YSL’s Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in ‘Fischia in Rage’ and my beloved, eye-catching reflective Furla bag adhere to Iris Apfel’s famous fashion motto that “more is more and less is a bore,” while my sleek Steve Madden sandals and minimal amount of jewelry keep the outfit classy enough to wear out to dinner.

P.S. My hair is even purpler now! Photos soon to come…

Photos by Annie Quinn

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Hot Off The Press

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IMG_1382“Vintage” Moschino top, American Apparel skirt, Sandro creepers, Furla ‘Graffiti Candy Bon Bon’ mini cross body bag, Eddie Borgo bracelet, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Nars Lipstick in ‘Schiap’

From now on, whenever I refer to something as “vintage” with quotation marks in the credits caption, that means it previously belonged to my mother. Anyone who knows me (or has followed my blog work closely) knows that my mom is my ultimate style icon. She’s classic with an edge, and always, always cool. I really can’t think of a better word, and I feel so lucky, because I know it’s not a word everyone associates with their parents, especially when it comes to sartorial choices. As a little girl, I absolutely loved when my mom wore this Moschino newspaper-print shirt, and I would even put in requests for her to wear it if she’d be making an appearance in front of a lot of my friends. To loosely quote Mean Girls, she’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom, and I wanted everyone to know. I think this shirt is a really fun example of where our style overlaps, and I’m so glad she’s given it to me and let me integrate it into my wardrobe. Having this piece of my mother’s fashion history is also special to me because my mom really cherishes her mornings with the newspaper, always completes the New York Times crossword puzzle, and regularly sends me pictures of newspaper comics that apply to our lives.

My mother typically—and ever so coolly—paired this top with an incredible Christian Dior bag with automobile-inspired details that I’ve never seen anyone else carry, which has also been one of my favorite items in her closet for as long as she’s owned it. (See an image of the handbag here, and Mom, if you’re reading this, whenever you decide that bag is “vintage,” you know I’ll gladly take it off your hands. Literally. (Don’t worry, I know that’s not happening.)) When I brought home my new, delicious Furla candy bag, I recalled my mom’s bold shirt-and-bag combination, and I knew I should style in the same direction…sort of. My mother would never wear these platform shoes—or dye her hair purple, for that matter. That being said, I’m pretty sure my father owned very similar shoes when he was playing in rock bands in the 70s, so they technically stay within the family theme. (Be honest: at this point, you’re more jealous of my parental situation than my outfit.) Anyway, the best part of being my parents’ daughter is the fact that they’ve always encouraged me to be myself and follow my fashion intuition. I think the shirt, bag, and shoes share a joyous vibe and flow with each other, while the pleated skirt, which is more on the prim side, matures the whole outfit without taming it too much.

P.S. Happy 33rd Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

P.P.S. Call your parents, everyone!

Photos by Annie Quinn

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Beauty, Fashion

Creep Creep: My Truest Sauce

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DSC_0316Top and jeans from LF Stores, Sandro Paris creepers, Spitfire sunglasses.

These Sandro creepers were part of a fall/winter collection, and I think this caused me to subconsciously, and oh so wrongly put them away for most of summer. Then I decided to give them a warm-weather makeover, and ultimately created what’s become my go-to summer outfit. I love the juxtaposition of this feminine-sexy, cross-back crop top with these cropped, distressed boyfriend jeans, and I love how my menswear-meets-Wednesday Addams creepers bring some eccentricity to what would be a very basic outfit otherwise. With my multi-colored hair and round, mirrored sunglasses, this look makes me feel like my most authentic self at this moment in time.

To me, the value of fashion is the confidence and sense of identity it can provide. Fashion isn’t about “looking good” by society’s standards—fashion and personal style are about physically demonstrating the energy you want to put out into this world. Like so many people, I have a tendency to get down on myself, and because I suffer from severe anxiety, it’s easy to fall into what I call “spiraling tunnel vision,” and hide under the covers for hours on end, consumed by self-deprecation. Lately, when I lose my grip on my wonderful reality and find myself focusing on the negative aspects of my life, I put on an outfit that I think represents the truest and best version of myself, put on my headphones, blast old school Missy Elliott and TLC, and go for a walk with my shoulders back and my chin up. I unashamedly check myself out in shop windows, and I remind myself that not only do the positive aspects of my life outmeasure the negative by lightyears, but also that my “negative” qualities contribute to many of the positive traits I wouldn’t trade in for anything. One great outfit (combined with some throwback hip-hop) has the power to remind me that I’m so proud to be the creative person underneath the clothes and the hair dye. The expression “dress for success” requires you to articulate your personal definition of success. Right now, my idea of success is to unapologetically follow my passions, and just be myself.

I find it kind of silly that we’ve established New Year’s as the official time for personal change. In my experience, September (and the fall season in general) has always seemed like a more prevalent time of transition. As summer comes to a close and September approaches, I encourage my readers who hope to gain more confidence to find the outfits they love, find their soundtrack, and go for a literal power walk. Smile at strangers. Dance while you wait at crosswalks. Strut your sauce. Repeat.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Cotton Candy

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DSC_0671Pants from Nasty Gal, Kimchi Blue crop top from Urban Outfitters, Joie sandals, Jimmy Choo clutch, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, silver collar necklace from the SoWa Vintage Market.

While I’m pretty sure most of my experience with blue hair will be a practice in modern minimalism and grunge, I of course have to take advantage of the opportunity for zany summer color play. These pink trousers always take me in a fun direction, and my new bold ‘do prompted me to slightly soften my go-to night-out look by ditching my usual fitted crop tops for a breezier, more delicate cut. I love how the top’s flowy hem falls effortlessly in line with the loose-fitting pants for a look that’s comfortable and simply chic. Note to all fashion saucers: the metallic clutch is your friend.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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#BlueHairDontCare

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DSC_0053-Edit (1)ALC pants, Theory top, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Sandro bag, Eddie Borgo jewelry.

I’ve desperately wanted what social media has deemed “mermaid hair” for about five years now. Though I might tear my hair out entirely if one more person asks me “why” I’ve decided to dye it blue (just think really carefully for a second…that’s it! You got it—because I like it…), I am willing to answer a much more important question: why did I wait so long? As someone who adamantly believes that we should all style ourselves for ourselves—and kindly assume that that’s “why” anyone makes the sartorial choices they make—I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I let other people’s opinions postpone this change, even though I knew my desire was real. I dare not compare myself to Caitlyn Jenner, but the message her transformation sends applies to all of us: if you don’t live as your true self, you’ll live with regrets. I’m not saying I’m actually a mermaid on the inside, or that I want blue hair for the rest of my life, but I do believe if I hadn’t seized this opportunity just because a few people I love and respect didn’t love the idea, I’d have lost respect for myself.

In the week leading up to my hair appointment, the most popular question I received besides “why?” was, “Are you worried it will be harder to get dressed?” Well, not really, no. Even blondes and brunettes have to take their coloring into account when choosing clothes. I think because society still associates brightly colored hair with rebellious counter-cultures, people assume that I’ll have to push my always-eclectic style into one specific, radical corner in order to cater to this extreme hairstyle. Challenge accepted! Although I definitely do intend to dip into those more radical styles colorful hair commonly brings to mind, For however long I have blue hair, I’ll also aim to prove to my readers and followers that they can still relate to my style and draw inspiration from my looks, even if a head of blue hair is something they’d never consider. Let’s start with the outfit above. I won’t let anyone tell me it couldn’t be worn by someone with “normal” hair, because I’ve rocked this look as both a blonde and brunette, as well. For a chic daytime look, I’ve styled these sleek but funky pants with menswear-inspired shoes and an oversized tee. To transition to nighttime, I’d swap in a white tank and minimal black sandals, like the fabulous pair I just got at Joie.

Hair color by Ashley Seal of Stilisti Salon.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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