No one and I mean no one, loves a clutch bag more than me. I’ve been a collector since the dawn of time and while I used to hunt down vintage styles via the salvation army, consignment shops or my moms closet, I now appreciate new ones too. My collection is overflowing and I should really do that whole purge thing, but I can’t seem to part with an accessory that may (or may not) have been worn to Studio 54. This past holiday season, my amazing wife surprised me with this Clare Vivier oversize style. I love, love, love it, but because of its large shape, I did have the whole, “is it practical?” conversation in my head before deciding to keep it. You know – that really fun dialogue where your logical side has a full on war with the more adventurous? You wind up nowhere fast and angry at yourself for not having conviction one way or the other. We’ve all been there. I couldn’t stop toggling between keeping this one which was clearly the more fashion and edgy choice or trading it out for the smaller, simple, leather black version that I would obviously use way more! I admit it took me two separate visits to Steven Alan, hemming and hawing about which one to call my own until finally after much deliberation (and consulting with the sales associate at the store), I decided to stay with the original. What finally came to light was remembering this post where I declared that this would be the year to take more style risks. Here’s to 2014!
I never would have thought being married to a woman with a menswear inspired styling sensibility would influence my own wardrobe choices. I am a self-proclaimed uber femme chick, but knowing Dina has changed that – which you should know I’m 100% cool with. Style is an evolving process – based on personal growth, experiences and people that inspire us. My wife has helped facilitate all three of these objectives! One brand she introduced was Steven Alan. Her closet over-flowing with their classic reverse seam button down shirts and me “borrowing from the boys” and re-working them to suit my tastes. She wears with khaki chinos and oxfords and me with a pair of high waisted bell buttons and statement necklace. It would be an interesting demonstration to see a side by side of her and I in the same shirt – a proven visual of dramatically different interpretations! We both share appreciation for similar items, yet our styling and expression is unique. Our soul style is personal and individual. For the past few years Steven Alan has grown, opening up larger boutiques and expanding on its existing designer base with heavyweights like Acne and Isabel Marant! Its expansion has reeled me in with a wider and elevated selection of merchandise (it includes home goods too!). What was once a teeny tiny store downtown which I visited with Dina to scoop up the latest heritage shirt, has since become a go-to brand for me. I peeped the designers own Spring 2014 collection from New York fashion week to see what was cooking for next year and although the button downs still show up, they continue to evolve in silhouettes, fabrications and styling. A few looks I’m coveting….
photos via style.com
Hello and happy Tuesday! This past weekend we had a family affair that consisted of three separate events: a Friday night dinner, a Bar Mitzvah ceremony followed by lunch on Saturday, ending with another dinner Saturday night. My goal when coordinating for this was to style three unique looks that catered to the feel of each party. Friday night was an opportunity to bring a little sass since it had a meet & greet, cocktail’y vibe. Saturday day needed to be more conservative since the Bar Mitzvah took place in temple (shoulders covered). And once Saturday night rolled around I knew I’d be done with heels so sought out something super comfy yet still chic! Here’s a breakdown of all of the looks (with a few substitutions for pieces that are unavailable) and me on instagram in two out of the three. Do you have an event coming up that you need help shopping for? A wedding? Cocktail party? Vacation? Reach out and contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for personal styling inquires. xx jenny
Friday Night Dinner 1. Ted Baker floral print dress, $275, tedbaker.com // 2. Miguel Ases beaded drop earring, $215, calypsostbarth.com // 3. Josie Maran lipgloss in sheer plum wine, $20, sephora.com // 4. Edie Borgo cuff, $495, matchesfashion.com // 5. Whiting & Davis edge clutch, $190, whitinganddavisbags.com // 6. Michael Kors collection sandals, $350, shopbop.com
Saturday Temple & Lunch 1. Steven Alan lane dress, $398 ($259 sale), stevenalan.com // 2. J.Crew crystal bracelet, $118 ($88 sale), jcrew.com // 3. Make Up For Ever rouge artist natural N45, $20, sephora.com // 4. Zara suede strappy sandal, $79.90, zara.com // 5. Zara clutch, $99.90, zara.com
Saturday Night Dinner 1. T-Bags Los Angeles draped maxi, $193, revolveclothing.com // 2. Gorjana swing earrings, $68, shopbop.com // 3. Vanessa Arizaga bracelet, $180, shopbop.com // 4. Josie Maran lip stain, $19, sephora.com // 5. Clare Vivier fold over clutch, $156, shopbop.com // 6. Dolce Vita archer sandal, $69, dolcevita.com