going green

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I stumbled upon this gem at refinery29 and knew they were onto something when it was pulled for their St.Patrick’s Day tribute story.  I know that most girls typically grab this out of their closet for the day ‘o green, but I dare you to embrace your inner fashion leprechaun and go bolder.  Try something like this jumpsuit from Catherine Malandrino for your party going and don’t apologize when everyone is green with envy (wink, wink!).  Happy St. Patty’s Day and be safe!

A special shout out to my beautiful nephew Max who turns seven this Sunday!  Happy Birthday Max!!!

xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. Catherine Malandrino stretch silk-blend jumpsuit, $395, net-a-porter.com
  2. Erickson Beamon preppy in punk stud earrings, $315, shopbop.com
  3. Charles Albert alchemia shine cuff, $75, shopbop.com
  4. Anya Hindmarch faithful tasseled leather clutch, $475, net-a-porter.com
  5. Zara ankle strap sandal, $89, zara.com

read: fashion and feminism

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The fuel behind ‘your soul style’ is to send the message that you can achieve empowerment through style .  I have been on a relentless journey of self discovery and part of my learning (and growth) is that that self expression and empowerment are one in the same.  I want to continuously share this perspective with you so that if you haven’t fully embraced ‘your soul style’ yet – let me help you get there.  It is so important that women keep pushing forward because although we have made extensive progress – it ain’t over.  As part of this project I will be periodically sharing articles that are aligned with this mission.  This write-up by Leah Bourne at forbes discusses the double edge sword women have had to deal with while navigating through ‘gender politics’.  Click here for full article.   – xx #yoursoulstyle

white out

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As long as you’re not attending a wedding – white is always a fashion ‘do’.  There are silly rules around this color (or non-color, really) but I throw that ridiculousness out with the trash.  I stopped following the “no white after labor day” mandate when the style gods presented juicy sweatsuits as a popular trend in the late 90’s (click here for a memory refresher).  They lost all credibility.  If you’ve been a disciple of this fashion commandment – I think it may be time to embrace your inner rebel.  White is flattering on all skin types – it’s classic, polished and projects a pure and clean aesthetic.  How could the absence of color only be okay on a seasonal basis?  It’s not  – white is for every day, all year.  I promise you can’t go wrong.  *photos via pinterest

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the fine print

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If you don’t already have a pair of printed trousers in your wardrobe, like Led Zepplin sang on their debut album in 1969, “Your Time is Gonna Come”.  This trend is here to stay.  I am an admitted addict and have been hoarding for a few years  – they have certainly become a staple in the wardrobe.  My collection continues to grow and you can’t imagine how things multiplied like a gremlin during our trip to India.  It’s a print pant mecca and you can bet your little behind that I seized the opportunity to grab as many as I could (I won’t tell you how many scarves I also bought –  that’s for a later post).  So what’s the great appeal?  Sure – they are trendy and fun, but here’s a better understanding of why they are a ‘must have‘.

  • If you’re like me and accentuate the upper half of your body more than the lower, print pants are your best friend.  The busy-ness creates a distraction from your lower body silhouette.
  • Wearing print on top could feel dizzying.  Keeping it contained to your bottom allows less distraction to your eyes when chatting with someone – the real window to ‘soul style’.  Even though head to toe print is trending for spring – it’s not for everyone.  It’s fashion forward and works, but trickier to nail.  Sticking to a pants only rule is sufficient without feeling the need to go full throttle.
  • Flowy printed trousers transports me back to the 60’s and 70’s, bringing out my inner love child – I’m really a hippie at heart.  There is something freeing about letting go of the rigidity of tight pants.
  • They are comfortable!  During the summer there is nothing better than throwing on a pair of light weight pants to keep you cool – they are a fantastic alternative if you hate shorts.
  • They can very easily be dressed up or dressed down.
  • Everyone wears jeans!  They are an obvious no brainer.  Step outside of your fashion comfort zone and be different and bold.  They will be a conversation starter and you will stand out in a sea of denim.

So go on girlies – give it a shot.  Let me know how it goes.  Shoot a pic and send it over – you know where to find me.  xx  #yoursoulstyle

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A few picks to get you started.

  1. Screen Shot 2013-03-09 at 12.24.34 PMTalulah garden daydream pants, $235, shopbop.com
  2. Labworks multi print ankle pants, $34.99, target.com
  3. Malene Birger regal floral-print silk pants, $375, net-a-porter.com
  4. Tucker floral print silk-georgette pants, $299, net-a-porter.com
  5. Mango printed tapered trousers, $54.99, shop.mango.com
  6. Theory mitrana bird-print silk pants, $265, net-a-porter.com

pump up the volume

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When I stumbled upon these zara combined court pumps I had a mini heart attack – they spoke to me.  I’m a sucker for ikat anything!  Somewhere in zara heaven (or in spain where the home office is) the designers created these little gems.  They are a combined classic and bohemian, have the most perfect heel height (especially for you city dwellers who walk everywhere) and are a mere $79!  Yes, you heard that right.  It’s easy to go neutral when it comes to footwear (this said by the queen of black – me), but how about starting with these as your ‘wow’ factor and then choosing your top and bottom second!  Shoes don’t have to be the add ons – why not make them the star?   “But Jenny, these pumps are too busy – what do I wear them with?”  I’ve got you covered my fellow fashionistas and have pulled together complete head-to-toe options to prove how versatile these puppies can be!

If I haven’t convinced you yet, zara has over 100 more choices – all of which are mostly under $100!  Take a peek!  And for all you cynics out there, they make incredibly comfortable shoes which also have a long shelf life.  My most favorite black booties that I’ve worn to death for the past 5 years and have never had to bring to the cobbler are from there.

Happy shopping!  xx

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ON THE JOB…

    1. Topshop knitted chunky bobble sweater, $90, topshop.com
    2. J.Crew collection pencil skirt, $750, jcrew.com
    3. Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, $145, rayban.com
    4. J.Crew keeper chambray shirt, $78, jcrew.com
    5. Charles Albert hammered bubble necklace, $135, shopbop.com
    6. Make Up For Ever rouge artist natural n45, $19, sephora.com
    7. Topshop vintage leather satchel, $130, topshop.com
    8. Zara combined court shoes, $79, zara.com

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ON THE TOWN…

    1. J.Crew carrie cami, $98, jcrew.com
    2. J.Brand distressed boyfriend jeans, $300, stylebop.com
    3. La Vie Bobo wood quartz necklace, $250, shopbop.com
    4. Topshop ponte jet pocket blazer, $70, topshop.com
    5. Claire Vivier calfhair clutch, $122, shopbop.com
    6. Ashley Pittman set of 12 bronze and horn bangles, $435, net-a-porter.com
    7. Zara combined court shoes, $79, zara.com

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ON THE WEEKEND…

    1. Topshop bretton tee, $30, topshop.com
    2. Isabel Marant gray nuk track trousers, $241, lyst.com
    3. Super Sunglasses ciccio glasses, $154, shopbop.com
    4. Topshop mixed shape bangle pack, $30, topshop.com
    5. Topshop knitted textured stitch cardi,  $76, topshop.com
    6. Michael Kors Collection santorini raffia tote, $495, shopbop.com
    7. Zara combined court shoes, $79, zara.com