love of the day – embellished sneakers

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I love sneakers and I think they have been an awesome trend… my feet are grateful to have had a breather from heels for the season. For Spring, wedge sneakers are stepping aside in favor of studded, embellished sneakers. Here are a few of my favorites:

YSL Malibu Sneakers, 550

ysl saint laurent malibu sneakers

 

Frye Kira sneakers with gold studs, 188

sneaker frye kira studded high top grey gold

 

Steve Madden Twynkle Sneaker, 100

steve madden twynkle sneaker black

 

 

Kelsi Dagger Kilee sneaker with silver studs, 90

sneaker kelsi dagger kille studded black silver zippers

 

miu miu sneakers with studded toe cap, 495

 

miu miu sneakers with stud

 

Pour La Victoire Heydi Hi sneaker in leopard pony, 192

sneaker pour la victoire heydi hi leopard pony

love of the day – the maxi dress + leather combo

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My love of leather jackets is well documented (check here), and I am really into the combination of a cropped leather over a long, glam maxi skirt or dress. It’s a great contrast. I also love that it hints at it being Spring at some point in the near future (hurry up already!)

maxi dress and leather rachel zoe

maxi dress and leather

maxi dress animal and leather jacket

maxi dress cream leather jacket

maxi dress ivory leather jacket

maxi dress royal blue and leather

red maxi dress and leather

white maxi dress leather and fur

 

(all images via pinterest)

 

 

love of the day: the fur

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Nothing screams luxury (and warmth) quite like a beautiful fur. I think that everyone needs at least one gorgeous fur in their closet. I look forward to going back to the East Coast especially so I can wear my furs (as they tend to be way too heavy and garner lots of odd looks here in LA).

fur black olivia palermo

fur cape vintage kate moss

fur coat black and givenchy

fur fashion vintage grey

fur glamourous huge

Fur Ivory

fur rachel zoe

fur shrug w leather and celine

fur white and leather

 

(all images via pinterest), follow me here 

 

Ready to make a purchase? There are two cruelty-free options: vintage for faux.

When purchasing a vintage fur, it’s worth the money to buy it from a reputable vintage shop, who has (hopefully) sifted out any furs that are not in good condition. You should still be looking for fit (I find that often they are way too big and bulky through the shoulders), signs of rot or decay (it should feel supple when you bend the material, not brittle), and you should make sure it is free of tears, rips and shedding.

Faux furs are amazing, and you are able to find a great quality much more easily than an actual vintage fur. My recommendation here is to stick with a neutral color, as the brighter costumes look more fake and can even go towards costumey. Current favorites for faux are BSABLE (sold at Dash, Revolve Clothing, and Elyse Walker), and Rachel Zoe (Neiman Marcus, Piperlime, and Nordstrom).

BSABLE chelsea long sleeve faux fur jacket, 568

fur faux b sable

 

BSALBLE Nicole jacket in mixed raccoon, 722

Faux fur bsable jacket mix raccoon

 

Rachel Zoe Marianne faux fur vest in grey, 425

faux fur rachel zoe marianne vest

Love of the day: the feather skirt

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I am loving feather skirts for Holiday. It almost makes sense to wear them in December (in a way you just can’t justify in say, the middle of summer).

feather skirt blue

feather skirt white

feather skirt white and gold

feather skirt neutrak

feather skirt navy

feather skirt black

feather mini milly black

feather skirt pink

(all images via pinterest)

To keep the skirt looking chic and not too costume like, consider the following:

-Shoes should be simple (but tall!). A sleek heel or even a simple black bootie is perfect. You can’t do a statement shoe with this skirt!

-Pair it with a tee, tank, or even a sweatshirt to give it more of an ever-day look. I love how cute a simple grey sweatshirt is tucked in. A striped tee could be really cute too!

-If the skirt is looking too drastic, consider pairing with a blazer, fitted field jacket, or a leather over it

-For nighttime, keep it simple with a plain blouse or top, maybe a statement necklace? A leather blouse or tank could add an interesting contrast in texture. I love the idea of a bold or ornate belt around the waist to define the skirt also!

-Ostrich feathers are super light and fluffy feathers, and are much easier to work with than other types of feathers that are more defined (and could look too bird-like)

A few of my favorites:

feather mini millyostrich feather mini by milly, 350

DKNY feather skirt w lace

dkny feather skirt with lace detail, 295

haute hippie feather skirt

haute hippie feather mini with sequins, 495

brand crush: equipment

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Equipment is a French brand that was originally introduced  in 1976 by Christian Restoin in Paris, inspired by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Lauren Bacall. The idea was to take a piece of menswear, interpret it for the modern woman, and make it both soft and sexy. It was the first brand to really introduce menswear as womenswear.

After about 20 years, the brand tapered off as the owner went off to pursue other interests, only to be recently revived in 2010 by the same creative forces that are behind Joie and Current / Elliott. Equipment once again is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe (or should be), offering up the benchmark for the staple white blouse, and offering hundreds of variations in colors and fabrications.

If you don’t have one of these in your closet, you need to add one in immediately! My favorite style is the “Bret”, which has a single front pocket. I find this to be more feminine than some of their other styles.

bret in bright white, 198

 

brett in bittersweet, 198

 

slim signature star print, 248

 

bret in silver metallic, 228

 

sophie blouse in black pleated chiffon, 248

All blouses can be found at equipmentfr,com, and are also available at revolveclothing.com, net-a-porter.com, nordstrom.com, and shopbop.com

 

love of the day: the phillip lim 31 hour bag

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This bag personifies simplicity as beauty at its best, as Phillip Lim does so well. This beautiful leather bag is meant to carry you throughout your day and then some, holding your entire life in one chic bag.

Originally introduced in solids, the colorblocks are fun because the zip top can be flipped back and forth- black on tan one day, and tan on black the next. My color crush? Navy, which I think will be awesome against neutrals and brighter colors going into Spring.

(via phillip lim)

 

 

 

all available at phillip lim, 750

the screen tee makes a come back

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The screen tee has made a come-back, made possible by the statement necklace. Much more chic and understated, the graphic statement and logo tee is once again being put under blazers, tucked into skirts, and layered under luxurious furs and leathers.

Not for the lazy, you are going to need some serious jewelry and beautiful shoes to carry this off without looking like a grad student.

 

 

in vogue we trust tee

 

how to buy the perfect leather jacket

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I am somewhat of a leather jacket connoisseur, finding my collection over a dozen deep and always searching for the next amazing and can’t live without piece. I have been shopping for a new biker / motorcycle style in black for a while, and was disappointed when I brought the winning jacket home, and felt that it was too heavy, awkward and unflattering. I gave it another spin and tried to wear it to work, and took it off seconds after I was at my desk. I couldn’t move my arms or type comfortably, I felt very restrained (and that I looked like a boy).

(rika “nova” black and red leather jacket)

Here are some shopping tips to make sure you bring home the right jacket:

Fit

Is it too boxy? I find jackets to be the most flattering when they nip in a bit at the waist, instead of just hanging straight. This keeps them feminine, and more versatile, since now it is something you can throw over a pretty dress. Make sure the shoulders hit right at your shoulders, and not below. Because of the construction of the jacket, this will just cause your shoulders to look massive. Do you have just a little bit of room in the arms? I am usually not wearing heavy layers under my leathers, just a tee or lightweight knit piece, so I prefer the arms to be more fitted. Regarding sleeve length, often the sleeves are too short for me. I am obsessed with Zara leathers, but every time I try one on, the sleeves in the size that fit properly end up being about an inch too short. I do like sleeves that have a zipper detail. Any excuse for hardware is a good one, and I like the idea of unzipping and rolling up a sleeve to expose some arm candy.

Quality

Are the zippers sturdy? How is the stitching? If you fall in love with your jacket and have need a seam or zipper repaired, it is going to be extremely expensive.  Look at the lining- is it a higher quality material?

Hardware

Do you have a strong tendancy towards gold or silver? Just like with a handbag, this should be taken into consideration, especially if it is a lot of hardware. Do you want studs, spikes or other embellishments? If you already have a few leathers, this might be fun, otherwise if you need an everyday pieces you are going to find yourself limited in what you can pair it with. Also consider if it has an attached belt that closes at the waist. This can be a cute detail, but since a leather jacket is more casual and you will likely be wearing it open most of the time, this could result in an awkward piece of hardware just dangling from your waist.

Price

How much money are you willing to invest? My favorite  designers who always offer perfect leathers are Balmain, Celine, Iro, Balenciaga and Rick Owens. For options under a thousand, look at Veda, Doma, Zara, All Saints, Theory and Joie.

iro barby leather jacket, 1248

veda julian leather jacket, 880

valentina shah jacket, 1125

 

topshop leather moto jacket, 310

 

Need more leather jacket inspiration? Click on over to my pinterest board, dedicated to leather jackets

love of the day… the smoking slipper

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More chic than a ballet flat, more feminine than an oxford… I am really into smoking flats this Fall.

Del Toro offers everything from glitter to skulls to stars and other patterns, and has a custom monogram option as well.

del toro, 325 – 455

stubbs and wooton foquet velvet slipper, 400

giuseppe zanotti swarovski crystal and suede slippers, 1295

christian louboutin sakouette slippers, 695

alexander mcqueen sequin skull slippers, 645

how to… wear leather leggings

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I am sick of patterned, crazy and in your face denim at the moment. I know it is still trending big time, but I am still recovering from thinking that highlighter yellow was ever a good idea!

Winter to me means sleek, beautiful clothing, which brings me to one of my favorite staple pieces- the leather legging…