Wednesday, 31 July 2013

What I Wore: Denim on Denim

Okay, I have a confession to make: I sort of love the Canadian tuxedo. And by sort of, I mean I'm completely enamored with the ensemble. Honestly, this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. If we're all being honest here,which we are, you can admit that you've been dying to try the trend. From Rihanna to Alexa Chung, it seems as if every fashion trailblazer has had a denim love affair. Allow me to show you how to wear this fashion fad.

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Top: Madewell. Pants: Joe's. Shoes: Topshop. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff.
Though I usually despise pairing two similar shades together, the tonal range of this chambray gives the look some depth. Since this outfit is risky enough, keep your accessories on a minimum. Boyish kicks and a simple purse will add a downtown chic flare to this outfit. But if you want to add some more energy to this "Lazy Sunday" look, throw your mane into a topknot and smear a potent lipstick onto your pout.

Are you still a little iffy about this trend? Maybe my new friends can change your mind...                     
Courtesy of Kelsey's personal Instagram account.
Are you going to try this trend? Sound off below!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

What I Wore: Feminine in Florals

Virtually anything sounds better than throwing on a jacket in the middle of the summer; however, I can never resist a statement jacket. Whether you opt for a funky print or innovative silhouette, this coveted piece is the ultimate way to have that "Sartorialist" moment you've been secretly dreaming of since forever. While a high-octane coat is fuss-free, you won't create a show-stopping outfit if you merely pair it with some leggings and a tee (unless you're going to the gym, that is). With some funky accessories and a monochromatic color palette, your statement coat will become one piece of this chic puzzle.

Recently. I've been filling my wardrobe with blues: a few too many chambrays, printed jeans, striped button-downs and this fantastic floral jacket. Though pairing this piece with a white tee would be effortlessly chic, it's the easy way out. On the other hand, this denim-infused alternative is easy on the eyes and still brings something new to the table. 
Coat: Topshop. Chambray: Madewell. Jeans: Rag & Bone. Booties: Madewell. Necklace:  Bobbles & Lace.

Not willing to sport a coat during this scorcher? Save it for the fall! Just don't forget to accessorize. After all, you're always dying to sport a cute hat or scarf.


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A Fabulous Invite: Her Campus's National Intercollegiette Conference

Though I'm perpetually motivated by fresh editorials and edgy street style, there is honestly nothing more empowering than attending a fabulous conference. Last year, I had the pleasure of attending  Her Campus's National Intercollegiette Conference, and let me just say that I've never been so inspired. From meeting some of my editorial heroes to gazing at the cute British representative from Jack Wills, last year's conference was the ultimate "feel good" moment.

I'm obviously going back this year, and you should also come! Whether or not the my future English beau from Jack Wills returns, I can promise you that this will be a life-changing day.

What: What could possibly be better than listening to and meeting industry leaders from Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Glamour and Seventeen? Exactly. Oh and one more thing-- the list doesn't stop there.
When: July 27th and 28th. That's right, you have two chances to attend this event. So unless you trotting around Cannes, you have no excuse. Zero.
Where: New York City. Could this conference be any more glam?
The Perks: A conference is nothing without any drool-worthy perks. With a BCBG sample sale, braid bar, mini manicures and a Chipotle lunch,  this conference definitely wins the "Best Perks" award in my book! 

For those of you who weren't tempted enough to click out of this post and buy your ticket, congratulations! Now go buy your ticket.


Monday, 15 July 2013

Trending: Iris von Arnim's E-Store

Once upon a time--more like the 1980s-- Iris von Arnim quickly became one of the most luxurious knitwear brands on the market. With fans such as Eva Longoria, Michelle Trachtenberg and myself (obviously), the German brand still has the same exceptional reputation almost 35 years later. Lucky for you, snagging your own Iris von Arnim piece (or seven) just became a lot easier with the line's brand new e-store.

In addition to purchasing those treasured threads, you can also search for specific trends. Trapez shapes? Just a simple click away. But before you make your final decision and hit "check out," take a gander at "Iris' Favourites"-- it's as if the "Queen of Cashmere" is a trendsetter's new stylist.

Deny it all you want, but the sun is setting on summer. Wipe those tears away: it's almost time to reinvent your personal style with some cozy sweaters and standout fall accessories. Kill two birds with one very chic stone by investing in some pieces from Iris von Arnim's autumn collection.

“The collection is inspired by the woman of the twenty first century, her emotions, fears, the travels that thrill her," von Arnim stated. "When designing, I asked the question of how can my collection accompany her in daily life"

Packed with both high-octane hues and neutral color palettes, I can't imagine how this collection couldn't flawlessly fit into any fashionista's wardrobe. My favorites? The cashmere trench, oversized jacket and reversible full skirt are definitely on my wish list! Whether you add ebullient accessories o or rock a minimalist uniform, this collection guarantees a very stylish upcoming season.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Introducing Shop It To Me Threads

Where would a style savant be without the wonderful world of online shopping? For starters, his or her wallet would be a lot thicker. But then again, isn't that what we have to do to snag the hottest pieces on the market? Thanks to Shop It To Me Threads, not necessarily.

Unless you've been living under a sartorial rock, you know that Shop It To Me is the ultimate way to find some amazing deals. Founded in 2004, Shop It To Me searches the web for discounts and sends users personalized alerts based on the trendsetter's taste and size. Plus, each member's landing page is a personalized glimpse into the hottest  steals. Craving a cozy 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater for a fraction of the original price? Shop It To Me's on it!

With more search options and a Beta format, Shop It To Me reinvents the luxury and convenience of nmjkk personalized, online shopping with Shop It To Me Threads.

“Retail’s best shopping associates don’t just watch you from afar and then guess what you want,
nor do they ambush you with what your mom or friend just bought,” said Charlie Graham,
founder and CEO of Shop It To Me Threads. “The best personal shoppers invest in knowing you individually, so they can cherry-pick just those items you really want to see. Shop It To Me
Threads succeeds because of our focus on ‘getting you’ as an individual.”

Suddenly, looking for that 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater that's under $250 is a piece of cake. But before you start to think this site is only useful if you're looking for something in particular, Shop It To Me Threads allow you to search for pieces based on trends or inspiration. Craving a new chambray button-down? Check. What about wanting to emulate Audrey Hepburn's classic style? Shop It To Me Thread's taking care of it.

So what are you waiting for? We both know you're dying to update your wardrobe. Sign up today

Friday, 5 July 2013

Spring 2014 Menswear: Would You Date That?

When it comes to menswear, style is so much more complicated than a simple suit and tie. As much as we gush over Brad Goreski and David Beckham's fantastic style, some menswear looks are just too much. In fact, some would even say undateable. In honor of the most recent menswear collections, I'm excited to revive "Would You Date That?"As a reminder, the rating system is the following:
0= No way!
10= Call me, maybe?
I'll be a first one to admit that fashion is one of the most powerful forms of expression out there, but when does it become too much? Keep reading! 

Though sporting a matching suit is the ultimate way to score an effortlessly chic ensemble,  the pretty florals and the lace overlay are a bit much. They'd be ideal for a forward-thinking fashionista, but for a guy? No thank you! And I can't help but think those long vests eerily resemble ladylike dresses. A woman has her right to wear the proverbial pants in a relationship, but men should never opt for a pants-free outfit. However, even with the array of baggy pants, I must say that these looks are tailored to perfection. (Photo) 
Deny it all you want, but guys' clothes are undeniably more comfortable than anything a girl owns. Whether it's that snuggly feeling or the faint Old Spice scent, you know it's true. As much as I'm loving these printed tops, this collection is not boyfriend-approved. Sexy as it seems, you wouldn't want this Casear ensemble to take you out to dinner. And while the tank top/briefs combo may be a great way to see your fella's amazing muscles, it's just too comfortable for the real world. Are we in the wrestling rink? No, so this needs to go. That being said, the crisp white suits are absolutely divine.  (Photo)
A pop of color is never a bad thing, yet this collection feels like a Kate Spade catalog. And while women may love the ultra girly brand for themselves, it' doesn't scream "boyfriend material." Though the silhouettes are simply timeless, the crazy color palette and excessive use of polka dots are quite clownish. Plus, what's happening with these strange necklines? To be blunt, the sweaters are sloppy and the infinity scarves are unnecessary. Even still, this collection as a whole revisits the typical, stylish man of the 1950s.  (Photo)
We shouldn't be asking ourselves what about this collection is dateable; we should be asking ourselves what about this collection is aesthetically pleasing. I know what you're thinking: harsh. Allow me to explain!  From the oversized jackets to the ever present flip flops, this whole collection was cringe-worthy.In fact, this show felt like a sad attempt to revisit the "Dawn of the Aquarius." Vivienne Westwood is such an innovative designer; however, she should stick to womenswear. It's just what she does best. (Photo)
There's something undoubtedly sexy about a classic suit.White suits, black suits, grey suits-- love them all!  Fortunately, Tomas Maier brings back this classic while adding modern pieces into the mix. Sometimes, I feel bad for fashion-forward guys: there's only so many ways to make a sartorial statement with a shirt and pants. Unlike many menswear collections that stick to the average sweater or collared button-down, Bottega Veneta gives men options. What a concept! With a plethora of short button-downs, saucy v-neck sweaters and funky vests to choose from, men now have easy-to-wear options that are both stylish and tasteful. (Photo)
Thom Browne: 1
For Thom Browne this season, milita is not just a mere source of inspiration. From massive aviators to general-approved silhouettes, each look is fit for a soldier. Though the artistic perspective deserves a round of applause, is this collection dateable? To dig a little deeper, are these military threads even marketable? As well-executed as this collection is, I'm curious to see how this overarching theme will do in the mass market. But let's go back to the dateable factor, shall we? Though we may love Leo in The Aviator, these looks resemble a Halloween costume. Maybe in October. (Photo)
"Jailhouse Rock," Danny Zuko, Cry Baby-- admit it, everyone has an everlasting crush on the stereotypical 1950's guy. Lucky for all of us Sandy wannabes, the latest Saint Laurent collection revisits this bad boy aesthetic. Without a doubt, the slew of standout jackets reign superior. Sporty bomber jackets? Please. Rebellious moto jackets? Swoon. And before you think this collection is a little too masculine for the catwalk, the brand unveils a ton of metallic blazers. However, the last chunk of looks takes the whole "bad boy" rep to a new level with bandanas and tough vests.Thought-provoking? Yes. Boyfriend material? Not so much.   (Photo)
Attention all Brad Goreski posers, Marc Jacobs's latest menswear collection is for you! With tailored suits in creamy sherbets, punchy dress shoes and a bevy of fun tops, this collection blends preppy with contemporary. Though several of the pieces are little too ostentatious, you can't deny that this overall collection is pretty brilliant. Want to dress your honey in this collection? Pair these colorful pieces with neutral classics.    (Photo)

What do you think about these menswear collections? Sound off below!

Monday, 1 July 2013

What I Wore: Office Friendly

On certain days, there's nothing more challenging than picking out a head-turnin', thought provokin' ensemble. Anyone can put on a pair of pants and top, but most trendsetters do not want to be compared to everyone else. So we become sartorial savages: we feverishly re-pin, create look boards by  tearing out pages from our favorite glossies and watch just about every retro film we can get our hands on. And then one day, usually when you least expect it, you put together an outfit that you are genuinely proud of. 

"Hooray," you silently cheer to yourself, "Heads are turning! Thoughts are being provoked! Where is Bill Cunningham to photograph my latest success?" 

Alas, the fame photographer is nowhere in sight (not to mention he may not be as smitten with your outfit as you may be, but let's just ignore that tiny detail because you look awesome). Consequently, you have to resort to the next best thing: forcing someone to take a picture of you. Self-centered? Of course. However, it's important to document your favorite ensembles-- it keeps the motivation to create that stellar ensemble alive. 

Top: Topshop. Necklace: Zara. Skirt: Tibi. Flatforms: Calvin Klein.
A few days ago, I sported this very eclectic look to the office. With the help of my amazing friend Erica, I was able to take some pictures.  Honestly, the silhouette is nothing new. A button-up and a miniskirt? Groundbreaking. However, I love this outfit because the details join forces and create something that feels innovative: the two-toned flatform, the skirt's fierce print and the scarce pearls that blend into the gold collared necklace, just to name a few. Even though it's important to dress professionally at work, I think it's imperative to never sacrifice your style. Whether you add funky accessories or opt for a jacket with a subtle peplum, feeling good in what your wear to your job will instantly turn you into a power woman.

Okay... I don't have the science to back that up just yet, but stay tuned!