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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Disco Pants: Day or Night

American Apparel’s Disco Pants (which now come in a variety of dazzling colors) are reminiscent of Sandy’s iconic pants in the final scene of Grease—in fact, they’re probably the go-to pants for a solid Sandy Halloween costume. They’re tight, they’re shiny, and they’re the kind of item that often prompts the question, “But when will you really where those?” Counter-question: what’s impractical about black, high-waisted pants? Though friends guessed these pants might sit in my drawers, they’re surprisingly versatile, and not-so-surprisingly fun.1Q1A6894For a daytime look, I pair my disco pants with this Dolce Vita cropped knit sweater with quilted leather elbow patches (I meant it when I said I love my crop tops), add a few sleek accessories, and top it off with Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Dragon Girl.”1Q1A6901

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1Q1A6904Surell rabbit fur infinity tube scarf with subtle shades of blue and black.1Q1A6902Jeffrey Campbell “Zhora” boots with patent toe and silver-plated heel.1Q1A6875

1Q1A6883Leather. Lipstick. I guess I’d call this my 2013 take on Sandy’s bad-girl transformation. Cropped tank with faux leather & mesh embellishment from LF Stores, Le Specs sunglasses, YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick in “Fuchsia in Rage” with YSL Shimmering Lip Gloss in “White Gold Topaz.”1Q1A6888A higher shoe would dress this outfit up even more, but I’m not the best at walking in pumps, and the ombre lucite heel emphasizes the futuristic feel of the outfit. To avoid any awkward thong/underwear lines with pants like these, try American Apparel’s Invisi-Thong. The name says it all.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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