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

 

hello, january!

just inHello and happy new year!!!  For the past few weeks, I have been avoiding the “new arrivals”, “just in” or “what’s new” tab on my favorite shopping websites like the plague.  With all of the sale happenings, I couldn’t bring myself to check out the goodness that is coming down the pike for spring!  January deliveries are always a small resort capsule before designers and retailers blast us with the real deal, so don’t go crazy just yet.  Companies want to tease and entice you with some newness, but their ultimate goal is to liquidate the leftover merchandise from fall and winter.  With that said, it’s still fun to peruse and possibly scoop up some fresh pieces.  A few new transitional items are the perfect antidote for those winter blues.  I’ve got my eyes on these!

Happy weekend!  xx jenny

SHOP IT:  1. crop top, $24.95, hm.com // 2. floppy hat, $19.95, hm.com // 3. statement ring, $395, shopbop.com // 4. the perfect long dress, $280, shopbop.com // 5. updated chambray, $70, topshop.com // 6. quilted tote, $195, mzwallace.com // 7. leather shorts, $89.99, mango.com // 8. modern mules, $350, shopbop.com // 9. sunnies, $140, matchesfashion.com // 10. vans, $85.30, asos.com

style: the best of 2013

the best ofInspired by this post and fellow bloggers, instagrammers and tastemakers around the globe, I decided to recap my first year of YSS with a “STYLE: the best of 2013” tribute.  Here is a snapshot of some favorite looks from this past year.  There were obvious consistencies in my overall styling, wearing mostly solid pieces and maintaining an urban boho sensibility.  And I personalized each ensemble with details like hats, bags, sunnies and scarves.  Style is about authenticity and finding your own rhythm, but like our mental and emotional selves, it should always be evolving.  Thinking outside the box provides an opportunity for growth and if something is uncomfortable, you can simply change course.  Just like Teddy Roosevelt said, “it is better to have tried and failed, than not have tried at all.”  I took some chances in 2013 (ahem, crop tops!) and I can’t wait to see what develops in the coming year!  My crystal ball says I will be taking many more risks.  Stay tuned and join me!

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photos via candy kennedy & ira jesse pfeffer

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

festival fashion…

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This past weekend I went to the GoogaMooga festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  We joked that it was a ‘poor man’s Coachella‘ but its focus is food rather than music so it’s not really an apples to apples comparison.  On the other hand, like Coachella it was apparent that fashion and style played a large role.  Different than the west coast’s rock ‘n’ roll boho babe who looks like this, Brooklyn’s version had a more downtown, edgy hipster feel like this.  But there were hats, some fringes and cut off denim shorts and the likes so not a complete departure.  Summer festivals are about to pop off in full swing so let’s get talking about festival fashion!  What will you wear to BonnarooAustin City LimitsBurning Man?  I’d love to see how you style your festival fashion look.  Send photos to yoursoulstyle@gmail.com or post on instagram with the hashtag #yoursoulstyle.  I’ll be dancing at Gathering of the Vibes in some of these.  More to come!

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  1. Zara flowing printed kimono, $89.90 zara.com
  2. Ottoman Hands necklace, $71.27, asos.com
  3. J.Crew panama hat, $58, jcrew.com
  4. Rag & Bone boyfriend shorts, $246, matchesfashion.com
  5. Acne zone music tank, $110, matchesfashion.com
  6. Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, $150, ray-ban.com
  7. Topshop embossed leather backpack, $150, topshop.com
  8. Zara flat crossover sandals, $79.90, zara.com
  9. Topshop white patchwork dress, $72, topshop.com

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