gray days

e42a18a6d5ffcf22835c78e92b354293Hello and happy Monday!  Lately comfortable fashion choices have been ruling the roost for me, demonstrated via my instagram feed here and here.  Working from home doesn’t always warrant getting dressed up, but I still want to feel pulled together!  The above look is too easy not to replicate, swapping out the booties for flats when necessary while still maintaining an effortless, relaxed and totally cool look.  And here’s the real kicker – grey is versatile so these pieces can be worn with a myriad of items already hanging in your closet.  Shop similar here…

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  1. Illesteva sunnies, $165, net-a-porter.com
  2. Topshop knit top, $70, topshop.com
  3. J.Crew andie chino, $89.50, jcrew.com
  4. Nine West maggie bootie, $129, ninewest.com

photo via les nouvelles

keepin’ it real

a6f35c67944dddf1da32b4e445d45ecf-1Hello and happy Friday!  A friend of mine recently sent me an article that was posted on elephantjournal.com, a website dedicated to “the mindful life”.  Rachel Brathen aka @yoga_girl, the author behind the piece, introduced thought provoking questions in the context of self love, body image and expectations women feel from society to be “perfect”.  These are hot button issues but it’s not frequent we see someone like Rachel brave (and humble) enough to publicly discuss the experience through the daily struggles of them.  Rachel explains how in today’s society we can create an ideal image via social media channels like instagram.  She says, “I could post photos of myself eating cheese while lying in bed last night watching old episodes of How I Met Your Mother (yep) or of how oily my skin gets when I’ve had too many beers the night before (yep) or the stretch marks I have on my upper thighs (yep).  Or any of the million things that are not, in any way, “perfect” about the way I look.  But I choose not to.”  It is easy to self edit and decide which angle, lighting, perfect hair moment we hit the share button for, but this creates a perception and not a reality.  Most women are not at their best at every given moment on any given day.  Not even a world renowned yoga teacher.

I am guilty too.  As a newbie fashion blogger and stylist, I am putting myself out there more than ever before.  Admittingly I filter most pictures that go up on my instagram, pinterest, facebook feeds to ensure that what’s being posted are images where I look my best.  I keep back the snap my wife takes of me lying on the couch, makeup-less in my favorite (un-sexy) sweatpants.  The lens I’m giving you is one dimensional, but my life is anything but.  Like you, I am a real person who has pain, times of weakness and days where it’s just not coming together.  I have morning outfit tantrums, awful break outs around my jawline and probably ask my wife way too often “do you think i gained weight?”.  Guilty as charged!  These moments exist and I want you to know that I wear them proudly even if you can’t see them.

There is no perfect life, no perfect body, no perfect woman.  We are complicated and dynamic and can never attain the unattainable.  Let us embrace all facets of ourselves today: the good, the bad and the ugly.  It is all of these that make us whole, full of depth and soul.  It is these, which make us beautiful.

Click here for the Rachel’s full read on elephantjournal.com.

Have a wonderful weekend.  xx jenny

work: urban street style

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For the past few weeks I have been working with photographer Candy Kennedy on a variety of styling projects.  One of the concepts from a recent photoshoot was urban street style and Candy captured the models in New York City at its finest.  The looks were inspired by the current 90’s grunge trend and I infused them with camo, plaid and styling details such as shirts tied around the waist.  As a child of the 90’s, I had a blast taking cues from a time when I got to explore my edgier side.  Here are some snaps from the day….

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photographer: candy kennedy // stylist: jenny greenstein // hair & make-up: anetta klemens // models: adela capova, stephanie cordoba, britt linn

clothing: h&m, line, iris von arnim, blank nycbig star, old navy, loft, zara, steve madden, gap // jewelry: sisco berluti, lyralovestar, heather belle co // accessories: cole haan, nike, rayban, von zipper, frends

emmys 2013

claire danesGood morning!  What a magical fall day here in NYC!  And it looks like the rest of the week is expected to be more of the same.  I’m enjoying the change in temperature and instagramming the scarcely fallen leaves decorating our concrete jungle – a reminder of a new season.  As another tribute that fall has arrived, last night I watched the Emmy’s.  Naturally the pre-show is my favorite since we get a full frontal of the head-to-toe ensembles.  Many of the stars killed it and I appreciated the trending cobalt color on Tiny Fey in Narciso Rodriguez and Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren.   Not that Padma Lakshmi could ever look bad, but she also was a front runner in KaufmanFranco, as was Taylor Schilling in Thakoon and Kate Mara in J. Mendel – all wearing white.  For the top three contenders on my best dressed Emmy 2013 list, a few women hit it out of the park between hair/makeup, accessories, dress and best of all confidence – which can elevate a garbage bag.  In third place, wearing Prada was Michelle Dockery.  Red was a popular choice, but I like how Michelle represented different levels of the color.  She kept her hair understated which worked nicely with the amount of dress.  The halter neck paired with low back was sexy, but classic.  In second place, wearing Calvin Klein Collection was Rose Byrne.  I’m growing fond of the color pink and the shade she chose complimented her new blonde locks.  The cutout around her midriff is not for everyone, but Rose has a body for days and this silhouette fit her like a glove.  The simple accessories kept the total look clean.  The first place prize goes to a woman who consistently does it right on the carpet, Claire Danes in Armani Prive’ was a vision.  Claire owns her imperfectly, perfect body and is willing to embrace plunging necklaces and show off her assets even if some would argue hers are too ‘small’.  This woman knows how to work with her shape.  She was one of my favorites at last years Emmy’s too, six months pregnant wearing Lanvin.  This years Armani Prive’ dress was sexy, but angelic at the same time – two objectives that aren’t always easy to achieve simultaneously.  Keeping her hair and accessories uncomplicated and popping with a bold red lip was the way to go.

Sooooo what were your favorites?  Share, share, share!  Feedback and comments very welcome!  And, have a happy Monday!  xx jenny

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photos via huffingtonpost, daily news

be you, be true

brighton the dayLast week the Huffington Post published an article titled “23 Things Every Woman Should Stop Doing”, written by Emma Gray.  After reading it through I realized that like most women, I too am guilty of some of the behaviors listed.  Whether it be comparing ourselves to others, putting our looks under a microscope or not accepting our own success, I wonder why we do this and furthermore, what are the steps towards changing it?  I’m a firm believer of living with a raised awareness since its been proven from personal experience that embracing truths helps you grow, evolve and become the person you ultimately want to be.  Not always the most fun or comfortable process, but yields results.  Let’s call it growing pains.  Who we are and what our life looks like is not fixed, nor prescribed to us.  We as women must take control and become active participants in our journey.  It takes work and focus so don’t get stuck in the cliche’s and accept them.  I’m right there with you – working hard every day and learning how to embrace my authentic self.  We need to be proud of who we are, seize our soul style and find the confidence to own it!   Have a beautiful and wonderful weekend! xx jenny

Click here for the full article.

photo via brighton the day