Fashion

Black Magic

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IMG_0991Shag coat, ombre beanie, and coin necklace from LF Stores; Rag & Bone sweater (—yes, the same one as in the previous post. Go ahead and judge me.), J Brand coated ‘Maria’ skinny jeans, Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ crossbody bag, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots circa 2005, sunglasses a la Nasty Gal.

I hope everyone made it through storm Juno safely—and with a Netflix account. Though the blizzard may be behind us, there are still plenty of cold and dark winter days ahead, which means we can continue to embrace all-black outfits without feeling like we’re cheating on our florals. Keeping it simple doesn’t have to look simple: statement outerwear and jewelry will prevent a monochromatic outfit from feeling drab.

Photos by Frank Chen, founder of Tisket, a simple tool for the savvy online shopper.

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Beauty, Fashion

Sequin Surprises…They’re Grrrreat!

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Annie 18 - Version 2Sequins for daytime? Yes, please! I love the juxtaposition of the classic, prep school cardigan look in the front and the fierce, would-be kitschy sequin tiger in the back, which I snagged for 60% off at LF’s only sale of the season. Their whole fall/winter collection had an awesome, updated grunge-inspired vibe. To keep sequins casual, reach for simple staples like this grey Helmut Lang tank and these black J Brand coated, high-rise skinnies, and black Tod’s boots. I topped it all off with MAC lipstick in “Violetta,”  just to keep things weird.

Photos by Mike Lanzillo

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Fashion

Orange is the New Black

1Q1A8279Working in fashion retail, I noticed that many shoppers fear the color orange. I don’t know why, and I can’t be sure whether or not the majority’s aversion to all things orange contributes to my growing love for what I consider to be a very flattering, happy color.

As a huge portion of my earlier posts will show, I also love black and white. Who doesn’t? It’s a simple, yet bold, and reliably chic combination—but it can also become repetitive. Small pops of color, like these blood-orange Chanel sunglasses, will liven up and diversify your black and white winter wardrobe. Once the temperature creeps up to a tropical fifty degrees, I’ll start pairing these orange shades with outfits that rival real-life double-complete rainbows (—Can you say “Bonnaroo 2014”?)1Q1A8283Theory houndstooth jacquard sweater, harem trousers from Urban Outfitters, Maje black & plastic heels.1Q1A8286

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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To My Dearest Fashion Saucers,

I sincerely apologize for taking a brief sabbatical from blogging more regularly. Between a stack of 19th-century American novels, the obligation to acknowledge the Super Bowl, birthdays, Bat Mitzvahs, a loss in the family, my photographer’s ever-exciting and constant travels, nasty snow storms (–and perhaps a certain something that is now legal in Colorado), I’ve been pretty busy…or asleep. But rest assured I’ve still been playing my daily game of dress-up, and I’ll be serving up more sauce by next week.IMG_1477Sandro turtleneck sweater, faux fur gilet a la several LF seasons ago, J Brand coated jeans, Sandro booties, Alexander Wang bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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Derelicte

Homeless bag lady-chic is one of those mysterious “Haha I’m kidding…but seriously, this looks good” compartments of fashion. Rooted in ’90s grunge and made famous by the Olsen twins, it’s a hard look to master, and even if you get it right, the majority of people will hate your outfit. Whatever. Sexy was never my strong suit. Since layering is the key ingredient to this style, fall/winter is the perfect time to do your best Blue Steel and go totally “derelicte…”1Q1A5801I take my T by Alexander Wang column dress right into winter with my American Apparel Mohair Loose Cardigan, a scarf & beanie from LF Stores, and, introducing my latest obsession: the Jeffrey Campbell Nirvana Boots a la Nasty Gal.1Q1A5804 - Version 2

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Photos by Amanda Rosen

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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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