June: Pearl!

Happy Birthday to all of you Gemini & Cancers born in the month of June!  June’s birthstone is the pearl gemstone.  How amazing is it for you that rather than just saying the iconic catchphrase “clutching my pearls…” you now can and it would mean so much more!  So clutch your pearls all year long  with one of these stunning birthstone baubles.

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

June Birthstone BaubleTop L to R: Pearl Halo Bracelet/ Vermeer Pearl Pendant/ Lunar Pearl Ear Cuff/ Pearl Spike Ring Stack/ Pearl 360 Stud Earrings/ Pearl Petal Drop Earrings

 

 

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: Fashion’s New “It” Shoe!

So many have tried to ignore that flat, comfy shoes are having a major moment right now in the fashion world but to be honest I don’t know why.  After so many years of torturing our feet for the sake of the beautiful heels we all long to wear but can only keep our feet in for 10 minutes, we all should be embracing the opportunity to become full fledged members of the ‘Flat Pack’ crew.

With that being said, let’s take a look at mandals with character that are giving us options with a little dazzle and bling.  Afterall, why wear just plain old Birkenstocks when we have so many sparkly options right?  Now the more important question is: Do you Splurge vs. Save?

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L to R: collection PRIVEE Embellished Triple Buckle Flat Sandals ($650.00) vs.  ZARA Leather Bio with Jewels ($99.90)

 

 

RKFJ: Salusalu Collection 2014

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Robert Kennedy 
  • What’s the inspiration:   Kennedy drew inspiration for his Salusalu 2014 collection from his recent visit to Samoa where he visited Louis Stevenson’s home and fell in love with the the home’s design style in marrying the idea of British sensibilities with Pacific culture and art.  This idea of giving a modern and fresh approach to traditional Pacific artifacts is the strong underlying theme to his work.  His work is truly a culmination of blending and blurring the line between disparate cultures and giving us a refreshingly new approach that allows these cultures to have a new point of view in which to tell their beautiful stories.
  • Why it’s relevant:  This collection is not only Fijian designed but is uniquely Fijian made.  The fashion industry is currently experiencing a shift where the idea of indigenous prints and designs are in extremely high demand.  This collection being designed and made in Fiji aides to giving more credibility to Pasifika Fashion and putting this great movement on the map.
  • Where to wear it:  This brimming full of stunning prints that give you a wide variety to fashion’s continued backing of the print trend.  Kennedy’s print color blocking allows you not only to be right on trend with the industry but his masterful print mixing allows  you to power print clash with the best of them.  The versatility in the collection allow you wear this while vacationing on the shores of Natadola Beach on Nadi in Fiji or lunching at Nomi in Chicago.

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Thomas Tait: Fall/Winter 2014

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Thomas Tait
  • What’s the inspiration:   Tait’s focus for this collection was to stay far away from designing anything that seemed familiar to what he’s showcased before.  Unlike many other young designers who tend to stay within the realm of what is familiar, Tait was intent on on exploring and challenging the current ideas of structure and femininity.  
  • Why it’s relevant:  Thomas Tait is clearly a design genius with impeccable workmanship that is reminiscent of the great American Courtier, Charles James.  This refreshing new talent is one to watch not only because of the amazing accolades he is his raking in (i.e. winning the LVMH Young Designer Prize, etc. ) but simply for his clean and understated aesthetic.
  • Where to wear it:  Thomas Tait’s 2014 Fall/Winter offers a variety of shapes that are very relevant to our current spring/summer season.  His bright use of color and juxtaposing streamlined structure don’t hesitate to buy now, wear now & more importantly wear later as well.

 

 

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: “Euqinimod & Costumes”

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  • What’s the inspiration:   Dominique was inspired by producing an archeological timeline of her own wardrobe and how each piece of clothing displayed directly correlates to her own personal history and evolution.  This is such a monumental exhibit because I completely agree with Dominique’s assertion that we all experience a personal evolution in our lifetime and the most concrete and sentimental remnant of those experiences are our clothing and style.  This exhibit 100% embodies CSM’s mantra of, Using Fashion as Armour to walk Life’s Runway.

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  • Why it’s relevant:  The premise of style evolution is such a real and true account that to have someone present in such a thoughtful and conceptual format for all of us to visualize the notion that one, experiences are the guiding arrows to not only our personal growth but has direct link to moulding our fashion and style choices and second that the idea of ‘Fashion is Art & Art is Fashion’ is very much a factual truth.

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  • Where to see it:  Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: “Euqinimod & Costumes” will be showing at  303 Gallery (507 West 24th Street, New York, NY) until May 31st, so don’t miss out if you have the opportunity to check it out!

 

 

PRIN Spring/Summer 2015

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  • Who’s the Designer:  PRIN is designed by Prina Bagia
  • What’s the inspiration:  Downtown electic meets high fashion glamour was the inspiration for Bagia’s third collection she has debuted this year.  
  • Why it’s relevant:  Bagia’s color palette of choice in utilizing soft beige and cream to juxtapose the rich and luxe colors of deep reds and vibrant pinks aide in cementing the transition of pinks and reds as being a key color for spring next year.  While many viewed the emergence of pink on the street style scene as a micro trend Bagia along with the rest of the fashion industry are seeing a very permanent seat at the table for soft pink and pastel pink.
  • Where to wear it:  This collection showcased 30 different looks ranging from stunning evening wear gowns to great ready-to-wear pieces.  Bagia’s vision of marrying downtown electic chic with high fashion glamour allows you to have so much versatility in being day time ready at work and easily transition into a fabulous night out on the town.   So gear up and shop local and get ready to be ushering in Spring wearing PRIN Sp/Su 2015!

 

 

#CSMStyleTips: Wild, Wild West-ern

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Junya Watanabe for Juyna Watanabe, and Ralph Lauren for Polo Ralph Lauren. 
  • What’s the inspiration:  Americana everything!  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m in the Wild Wild West for the week for work but it’s hard not to jump on the Americana bandwagon and join in the celebration of our most defining style movement: Western Wear.
  • Why it’s relevant:  Once Karl Lagerfeld showed this distinct Western wear influence on his Pre-Fall ’14 runways everyone else followed suit.  Everyone from Alexander Wang to Dontaella Versace sent Western wear inspired pieces down their runways.  The look I most appreciated was Junya Watanabe’s stunningly breathtaking collection featuring fringe in a refreshing and new way.
  • Where to wear it:  Whether you want to have a literal interpretation or a nod to the Western wear trend you will not go wrong wearing these pieces any and everywhere.  Play around with the influence but definitely, definitely wear this trend this summer to fit all of your festival needs because if any place is approps for this trend it deserves to worn at Lollapalooza or Milwaukee Art Festival.

 

 

#WWAW: Pampering is The Cure For Anything!

Being always on the go traveling for work coupled with a hectic work schedule that demands a lot out of me during the week it’s such an amazing treat for when the weekend hits to spoil myself with a little pampering.  This past Sunday not only did I indulge myself in a blow out but I topped my day off with champs, lots of laughs and all while feeding my nail crack fix with stunning nail art.

meFirst Stop: I’ve been a fan of the Drybar ever since they tamed my tresses for New York Fashion Week last year.  Long story short, I committed a major hair faux pas and forgot my hair product.  I literally did a small prayer to the beauty gods that I would be able to get in on a last minute appointment and with a lot of amazing customer service from the Drybar team they secured me an appointment with plenty of time for me to get my tresses treated before I hit my long day at the tents.  When I heard they were opening a location in Chicago I squealed with joy because with that one accommodating appointment they had secured a customer for life (I mean seriously, the pricing is unbelievable and coupled with customer service that is out of this world what more can a girl ask for right?)  So on this trip I decided to change up from my ‘Cosmo-Tai’ and opted for some glam & volume and chose the ‘Southern Comfort.’

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photoAll in all Sunday was such an amazing day filled with glam hair, some new nail crack and all with bottomless mimosas and bellinis with amazing company.  Never underestimate the power of little pampering treatments and I would highly recommend treating yourself to some glam hair & nail crack!

 

Resort 2015

Resort 2015

  • Who’s the Designer:  Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta; Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel; Yigal Azrouël for Cut25; Christian Dior for Dior.
  • What’s the inspiration:  Resort wear is one of the most misunderstood clothing references.  The term is actually a reference to clothing that you may wear on vacation.  The item really can be worn anytime but often the styles are brightly colored, light weight, have relaxed styling, and are easy to travel with.  The name refers to almost anything that may fit into that category.  Shirts, pants, shoes, hats, bags, swimsuits, swim cover ups are just a few of the items that can be considered resort wear.  It is a catch phrase for casual relaxed style and can be found both ladies and men’s apparel.  It can also be known as cruise wear but is essentially the same category of clothing.  Resort wear is also a term used to a fashion season by luxury designers.  Often times stores will start to carry this type of sportswear in November.  The thought process is that many will travel to warm climates over the holidays and need more lightweight clothing options.  You certainly won’t need gloves while vacationing in Belize!
  • Why it’s relevant:  Resort is a sneak peek into what we can expect to see on the Spring/Summer for the upcoming season’s runways.  While we will still see glimpses of a Fall/Winter influence we get a preview to what trends we should plan to carry into the new year.  For example, Chanel served up in a major way the push for the relevance of wearing a dress with pants.  Cut25 reminds us that the sneaker is still relevant and is not the short lived micro-trend that everyone anticipated it would be- and on the same note don’t put away crop tops just yet as well!  For Dior the idea of a structured and clean lines coupled with a refreshing palette of white gives new meaning to “Winter Whites” that will transition nicely to Spring’s sunny disposition.
  • Where to wear it:  Naturally wear these pieces on vacation but don’t hesitate to stock up on these trends now and into Fall/Winter because they will prove to be a smart investment when Spring/Summer 2015 rolls around!

 

 

 

 

#WWAW: The Weekend Uniform

One of the biggest highlights of my week is living for waking up leisurely on Saturday morning and lounging around for most of the morning until the clock strikes noon to signal it’s time to get my day started.  While many will argue that I’ve wasted away most of my Saturday sitting around in my pj’s enjoying a bottomless cup of bullet proof coffee (more on what this is in a later post) I embrace this as my time of reflection, meditation and most importantly decompressing from the long work week.  I usually also follow that up with a middle finger salute because seriously, my pj’s and coffee are heavenly in those morning hours.

Once I start the weekend I live in my staple weekend uniform: a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers.  This spring/summer is the year of the flat pack so I’ve added new silhouettes to my sneaker game with fun slip-ons.  The comfy tee section of my closet has gotten a few new friends with the addition of crops-seriously I would have never thought I’d be crop’in it for the win this spring/summer but they have become my favorite silhouette.

What’s the Inspiration:  The best pairing for an Edgy, Comfy, Chic weekend uniform?  Laughs, lots & lots of laughing!  One of the biggest agenda items for me on the weekend is to have a great time and throw caution to the wind and enjoy life-dare I say it YOLO? I had so many hilarious outtakes from this shoot I decided to let you in on just how hilariously fun shooting me with really is (while I’m not sure if my photographer would agree but hey as long as you have a great time who cares right?)  Enjoy!

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Why it’s Relevant:  My weekend uniform hits all of Spring’s biggest trends while not being literal.  My crop is definitely a comfy crop tee in that the length isn’t super short where it might not be appropriate to where dining out with the parentals for brunch.  The trick I’ve found really handy in wearing crops is to pair with a bottom that is high-waisted.  This immediately upgrades your crop to becoming a chic nod to the trend.  The perfect accessory to pull this entire look together?  My holographic slip-on sneakers.

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Where to Wear it:  Everywhere!  This weekend uniform formula is what gets me through brunch with parentals, to day drinking my girls in the afternoon to a fun night out with my hubs to end a eventful Saturday.  This is also the perfect uniform to get you through food/music/art festivals that are literally right around the corner.

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What I’m wearing:  ASOS Crop T-shirt/ASOS Ridley Jeans/ ASOS Holographic Slip-ons/ Givenchy Pandora Handbag/ ASOS Mirorred Sunnies

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