What. A. Week. Do you feel the same? So happy that it’s almost the weekend and looking forward to some down time. On another note, I recently did a pseudo closet cleanse (like a juice cleanse, but detoxifying your bad styling habits instead!) and rid myself of items which I haven’t worn in
months years. While I realize after rummaging through my wardrobe that I likely have enough clothing to last a lifetime, a new season provides inspiration for freshness. Especially with Fashion Week happenings’ around the globe and my Instagram feed flooded with the most epic head-to-toe streetstyle ensembles. With that being said, I’ve created space for some new fall pieces such as cropped straight leg jeans like these from Acne, a chunky, wear-with-everything grey sweater like this one from Zara, an oversize herringbone boyfriend blazer like this Mango style, an extra long white button down like this one from J.Crew, a cozy scarf like this Asos style (really into this faux fur one too!), black sling backs like these from Nine West and booties like this See by Chloe pair and ones from Ugg.
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I don’t usually make two style posts (of myself) in the same week, but then there was this Tribe Alive clutch that arrived in the mail from my friend & co-founder Carly, and it quickly became a no brainer. Because seriously you guys, it’s that good. You may remember Tribe Alive from a few weeks back when I introduced the emerging, do-good, lifestyle brand in part 1 (of a part 2 spotlight series). While I’ve had a sneak peek of the goods via line-sheets, sketches and photos, and always knew that it was going to be epic, the real deal in-person is even better. Tribe Alive is on fire with their crowd-funding Tilt Campaign, climbing up to their goal in record time and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for their second collection. Have you made your donation yet? Help build a brand that empowers women in developing countries. Details here in case you missed it.
This amazing oversize clutch, was handwoven by Guatemalan artisans in San Juan de Laguna through a process called Backstrap Loom Weaving. While the design is rooted in culture and craft, I’ve styled it with a bohemian-edgy sensibility – tradition meets streetstyle. I can’t deny loving the fashionable aspect of it, but what’s more important to me is the ethical component, and how this clutch was created with purpose and meaning. The appreciation lies greatly it its story of a woman weaving fabric together by hand, in order to support her family and give them a better life. I am supremely proud to wear it for this reason most. It is available for preorder through the Tilt Campaign, and the online shop will open on November 1st.
The rest of my ensemble includes a favorite summer cover-up (transformed to daytime maxi dress) paired with a moto jacket, gold hammered choker and booties, keeping things transitional like discussed in styling tip #4 from Monday’s post!
SHOP IT: dress: 9seed // moto jacket: old (similar) // choker: India (similar) // boots: old (similar) // clutch: Tribe Alive // lip: Bite (pomegranate)
photos via svetlana blasucci
There’s always that period between seasons when I wind up standing in front of my closet (for far too long – who has that kind of time?) pondering what to wear. It’s either too warm for a sweater or too cold for a tank which lands me in the, “I have nothing to wear!” conundrum. With that said, I’ve come up with a few styling techniques (like the sweatshirt and silk short combo I wear in this post) to share with you. The below pointers will help give direction on how to handle these next few transitional weeks, when the weather is neither here nor there!
STYLING TIPS & TECHNIQUES:
1: Blazers are your Best Friend // A second layer is key during the unpredictable weather change, so I recommend a versatile blazer (like this J.Crew style) which will suffice from work to weekend, desk to dinner. A denim jacket like this Topshop style will give the same coverage and can be dressed up and down, as will a moto jacket like this Mango style (and this one too).
2: Cha, Cha, Cha Changing Colors // An easy way to transition your wardrobe into fall is by adjusting the color palette. Though the weather can feel summer-like, we are all in fall-mode. It’s time to put away the bright, tropical summer prints. Continue wearing tanks, shorts, maxi dresses and sandals, but in shades such as black, grey, red, burgundy, navy or green.
3: Lose the Jacket! // Pull out your cozy, mushy scarves that have been in storage throughout summer. It doesn’t need to be 45 degrees to wear one! Pair it over your look instead of a jacket for a california cool, urban sensibility that will keep you warm like Jessica Alba’s look (and this one too).
4: Juxtapose your Wardrobe // Pair up unlikely items such as a maxi dress with a moto jacket like Caroline Demaigret or a chunky knit sweater with light shorts and sandals like this (similar to what I’m wearing here) and this street style look . Since the weather is not super cold yet, you don’t need head-to-toe coverage. Be creative and match up summer and fall items together.
SHOP THE LOOK: sweatshirt: Zara // shorts (old): similar // sandals (old): similar // clutch: Just Female // lip: Bite (pomegranite)
photos via svetlana blasucci
Hiya and happy Friday. Last weekend while judging the fashion contest at LIC Flea in honor of New York Fashion Week, I met some wonderful emerging designers, creators and vendors. I loved participating in an event that supports individuals pursuing their dreams. I felt a kinship with them since I’m doing the same. Super inspired by these men and women, I felt connected. Naturally, I got caught up with Deepti, who imports jewelry and accessories from India and scooped up an AMAZING handmade hammered metal choker which I’m wearing in an upcoming style post. I had to stop myself from buying every bangle she had for sale. I adored meeting Jessie Goldenberg, owner of The Nomad Truck, who began her mobile boutique (also e-commerce) in April of 2013. She carries boho inspired apparel items plus locally sourced and handmade jewelry. The experience inside was exactly like she described as, “a little bit gypsy, a little bit rock ‘n roll”. Jessica Aspen Niamath from Aspen Tree Vintage had an awesome assortment of vintage clothes which she sells at the LIC Flea and Etsy, as does Paradox Thrift Shop, which included a curated collection of the best vintage earrings around. And then there were the women behind El Dordo Gift Shop which sold imported textiles and items sourced from Columbia. I especially loved the handwoven drawstring bucket bag which is not only on trend, but handmade by artisans from the Central American region.
I can’t wait to head back to do some more shopping (and to support my fellow dreamers and makers). LIC Flea is just a quick train ride on the 7, E, M or G trains and has epic food trucks to check out while perusing the market. For all you beer enthusiasts, starting this weekend, a beer garden will open featuring artisan brews from Queens. Word on the street is they will be serving $2 beers from 4:30PM to 5PM this weekend. Check it.
Have you guys snapped out of laid back summer vibe yet? I totally have. To me the start of a new season is like New Years Eve, therefore no excuse to not set some concrete goals. Both my therapist and acupuncturist (and Dina too) remind me about the power of positive thinking so alas, I’m manifesting really good things ahead. Like for starters, this advertorial for Starbucks I’m featured in, alongside four other emerging lifestyle bloggers. Check out our daily coffee routines, with a few tips on how to transition into fall with style. I’m in good company with Catherine Sheppard from The Life Styled, Melissa Middleton from JNSQ, Rachel Martino from RachMartino, and Stefanie Unter from NY Fashion Hunter.
A few of my other goals include working with more one-on-one styling clients, a new Your Soul Style weekly feature, spreading the message of “style from the inside out” further and contributing to a well-known, NYC-based lifestyle website. Stay tuned! “Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.” ~ Unknown
What do you want to happen over the next six months? Start somewhere. Start now.
photos via jeff thibodeau