kate moss x topshop wishlist

kate moss x topshopThe ever so stylish supermodel, Kate Moss is back with her second collection for Topshop, which launched this morning (her first collaboration with the retailer was in 2007)!  Just like the Isabel Marant x H&M launch from Fall, items will definitely sell out in record time.  You’ll want to make your way over to a Topshop retail location or get online STAT to scoop up one (or more!) of these iconic pieces before they are gone.  You can also find the collection at Net-A-Porter.  Kate Moss’s boho meets edgy sensibility comes through in each design, and with Topshop’s competitive price points we can all have a little bit of the uber stylish Kate Moss hanging in our closet.  On my wishlist…

1. Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress, $360 // 2. Fringe Leather Jacket, $380 // 3. Aztec Print Sundress, $120 // 4. Lame’ Bias Cut Maxi Dress $590 // 5. Scallop Trim Cami, $76 // 6. Shadow Stripe Print Jumpsuit, $190 // 7. Suede Runner Shorts, $150

 

the classics

the classicsAnd to piggy back on last weeks post which offered affordable trendy items to refresh your spring/summer 2014 wardrobe, investing in some seasonal classics is essential too.  These are the pieces to spend a little more money on since their shelf life is endless. They are the trends that move through a revolving door, reappearing year after year.  Every wardrobe needs a strong foundation, and these key basics will provide a sturdy baseline.  I’ve rounded up my list of ‘must-haves’ which I can assure you will go the distance.  Happy Monday!

Stay tuned for some exciting changes coming your way this Friday, which I cannot wait to share!  Your Soul Style is growing up!  Stay very, very VERY tuned!

where to buythe cotton tee // the versatile skirt // the chambray shirt // the denim jacket // the carryall // the white denim // the gladiators // the classic specs

 

mistaken identity

57fbf036df6d4b524319ce739cd6cd11When my friend tagged me in an article posted on Facebook and commented, “Jenny, I’m sure you can relate”, I was eager to see what the content was about.  And after reading just only the first few sentences, I felt a whoosh of feeling understood come over me.  Because I too struggle with a case of mistaken identity on a regular basis and it’s profound being able to connect with others who go through the same experience.  Lindsay King-Miller brilliantly articulates and breaks down for us in the article, “My Life as an Invisible Queer”, the vast amount of stereotyping we are all guilty of.  Women who look like men must be gay, right?  And visa versa.  Not the case at all.

I’m feminine and have long hair, I wear make-up and am girly so the amount of times people mistake me for straight is endless.  Once people recognize that I’m married via my engagement ring, I’m constantly asked, “what my husband does?” or “where my husband is” or any other question in the context of what we are discussing referring to my better half.  And I am automatically put in a position where I need to out myself and explain my orientation.  I think to myself how it would be easier just to go along with it, instead of creating an odd moment between myself and asker, but as an out and proud person, that would totally contradict everything I stand for.  So alas, I enter into many situations with strangers, aware that at some point sexuality will come up.  And it’s always about mine.  The discomfort mostly comes from knowing that the other person will be thrown off once I tell them that I’m gay, thus feel bad for making an assumption.  Perhaps a projection on my behalf, but an awkward moment is the inevitable.  It just happened to me recently when in Telluride.  I was at the oxygen bar (YES!  I went to an oxygen bar to refuel.  Those high altitudes are cray!), and the shop owner noticed my ring and innocently asked, “is your husband up on the mountain?”  Familiar with this line of questioning, I corrected her and got the typical, “oh, okay, that’s cool” response, which is always accompanied by a brief moment of silence.  People usually need a minute to collect their thoughts and put the pieces together.

Dina on the other hand doesn’t face quite the same case of mistaken identity because she more appropriately fits the stereotypical profile of what gay women look like.  People on the contrary always just assume she has a wife so don’t even bother asking.  Or I can’t tell you how many times Dina has actually been mistaken for a guy.  We have had full blown conversations with waiters and/or waitresses, them literally referring to her as, “sir” the entire meal.  Now, I know Dina does not have the most feminine fashion sense, but she is a woman through and through.  And it’s unfortunate that people cannot see beyond what she is wearing or how her hair is cut to automatically think they’ve figured it out.  I’m not mad or bitter about these assumptions.  I think we all fall victim to stereotyping at one time or another.  We are human.  In this article however, Lindsay begins a conversation around how none of us can assume anyone’s orientation based on what they look like.  Feminine women can be gay and masculine women could be straight.  And straight men could dress like women and straight women could dress like men.  The beauty of life (and living in this country, particularly) is that we have freedom of expression.  And as our culture evolves and moves forward towards increasing levels of tolerance and acceptance, we will only continue to come in contact with various demonstrations of individuality.  Now is the time to expand your mind, education and understanding.  If not now, then when.

This article is such an important message and helps raise awareness to something you may not have considered before.  I urge you to read on.  Do it for yourself, for your friends, for your family and for all of us that work every day at honoring our soul style.

Click here for the full read.  Linsday explains it better then I ever could have.  If I knew her, I’d thank her to the moon.

photo via pinterest

spring ahead

spring aheadWhen a new season begins, I like to add newness into my wardrobe to keep things fresh.  And a key strategy is finding items that can easily transition, keeping their shelf life longer then three months.  Items that are “wear now”, can easily be paired down for the warmer months ahead.  What you wear today with boots can be switched out for sandals, and a jacket or cardigan can easily be removed when the temperature starts to climb.  It is all about layering, my friends!  H&M is an ideal destination to snag spring/summer 2014 trends like floral, chambray, crop tops, sheer and fringe because the longevity of these styles’ can be questionable.  The goal is to not break the bank on fast fashion choices.  I hopped on over and pulled together a few current pieces to get you started.  And keep in mind – you do NOT have to wait until memorial day to start wearing white.  Get on it…

shop it:  1. floral tank // 2. fringe crossbody bag // 3. sheer crop top // 4. patterned joggers // 5. floral dress // 6. chambray dress // 7. pleated top

 

travel deeper: part 1.

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After editing through my Utah and Colorado photos, I decided to make this post a two-parter.  There was just too much goodness to fit into one write-up.  Consider this part one (of two) in a travel series entitled, “travel deeper”.

As a traditional beach vacation goer or international culture gal, I was skeptical how the adventure in utah would turn out.  When I imagine myself on holiday, either I’m laying by the sea, shopping a local bazaar or visiting a museum.  Not throwing my sneakers on to hike national parks or off-road into the abyss of a canyon.  That said, I decided to rally and keep the hesitation to a minimum.  Not just for Dina but for myself too.  Ready for an emotional and physically charged experience, we entered into moab, Dina with a sense of eagerness and me with an open mind.

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As we drove towards the Sorrel River Ranch during sunset, my cynicism began to quickly subside.  The light bouncing off the red rocks was pure magic, immediately taking my breath away.  I was feeling less intimidated by the canyons and ready to embrace the new environment.  The usual head buried in my phone self, easily stayed present.  Our accommodations were epic and the sprawling ranch, with horses, gardens and the colorado river running through it, was perfection.

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Up early the following morning and eager to take on the day, we ate a quick breakfast at EklectiCafe and then headed to Canyonlands National Park.  Canyonlands is enormous, filled with TONS of areas to explore and hikes that range from easy to advanced.  Mapping out your route is essential so lucky for me, Dina had been researching since the crack of dawn.  We hopped in the wrangler, and were on our way to Islands in the Sky to check out Mesa Arch.  I don’t have words that could properly articulate how insane it was, the power of mother nature immediately became evident.  Endless miles of rock formations, natural arches created by erosion and wind, and the La Sal mountains visible in the distance, I was blown away.  It was profound on every level.

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After a substantial amount of time taking it all in, we decided (well, Dina decided) to exit via the off-road route as opposed to paved, which was a combination of the high and low point of my trip.  Although considered a safe drive for tourists, it felt anything but.  Narrow roads made out of gravel, steep inclines with hairpin turns and the looming possibility of a rock slide, left me holding on for dear life.  In lieu of literally holding on, I didn’t take any photos that properly represent this part of our excursion, but this youtube video at 6 minutes and 20 seconds (demonstrating the tiny pin hole we had to squeeze our jeep through) and 9 minutes, will give you insight to the full experience.  I trust Dina wholeheartedly, but it wasn’t an enjoyable journey down.  I imagined her hitting the gas instead of breaking while we were declining around a steep bend.  Possibly an irrational fear, but a fear no less.  Proud to have stepped outside of my comfort zone, I was THRILLED when we hit flat land.  I suggested heading to lunch to shake off my nerves, nothing a delicious meal at Twisted Sista’s Cafe couldn’t fix.  Followed by an even more delicious dinner later that night at Desert Bistro, with a locally sourced organic menu.

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We hit Arches National Park the next day, with intentions of seeing Balance Rock, Delicate Arch, Double Arch and the Windows.  Still shook up from the anxiety-producing ride down the canyon the prior day, I was apprehensive about going back up.  Biting the bullet, we headed in.  Another day full of beauty and adventure, we pounced from vista to vista taking in the epic views and expansive red rocks.

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We left for Telluride the next morning, not before hitting Love Muffin Cafe for breakfast and Moon Flower natural market to stock up on some food for the week in colorado.  Excited to move on to the next part of the trip which included meeting up with our closet friends, I felt really good about our experience.  Although stepping outside of your comfort zone can be challenging, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.  It’s a powerful thing to be pushed into circumstances that you, yourself would have never initiated. We cannot grow or evolve unless we stretch beyond what is known and easy and life is about expanding.  We have a choice whether to become what we’ve been handed or move beyond and create something unique.  I can’t say I’ve been converted to a wildlife, adventure gal, but this trip taught me that I am capable and I’m better for having gone through it.  I’m considerably more city then nature, but I was humbled to be in the presence of greatness.  It left me connecting to things I had not expected:  life, Dina and most importantly, myself.

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