Sunday, March 2, 2014
What goes around comes around, they say. And this spring, I don't think it could be more true. Like waiting for a batch of popcorn kernels to start popping, the first few pops come as a surprise. They are random and shocking. And so I saw bits of 90s revival, one shocking pop at a time. It stirred within me a longing and nostalgia for the simplicity of my youth: my shiny black mini-backpack with the smilies, my white Easter sandals with the chunky heel, the flippy miniskirts and the cartoonish flowers that adorned everything. Daisygirl137 was my very first screen name.
I have decided to embrace this revival, but with some care. The moment I saw these French Connection sandals, I knew that an outfit was born. I glanced over to Forever 21 to see if they had, too, embraced the mini floral miniskirts of days long gone, and what to my eyes did I see a plethora! I actually had to choose from the masses! Pairing a top is where this can get tricky. It's easy to throw on a matching periwinkle cardigan and call it Easter 1997, but I chose to cheekily pull a nod to my favorite 90s sweatshirts with this fabulous Rebecca Taylor number. Vintage in shape, but modern and luxe in its fabrication (and attention to detail, thanks to Rebecca). A quick search for a mini backpack brought me plenty of options, but for this look, I wanted to keep it sophisticated. This nude leather option from Kara still feels nostalgic yet keeps it current. I was all ready to finish, but then I realized I was missing the one detail every 90s outfit needs: a daisy detail. These adorable Marc Jacobs studs did just the trick.
Are you ready to dust off your 90s gems? Are your old closets at your parents' still available for scouring?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
It's the end of February. There may be snow on the ground, but that doesn't mean I'm not looking ahead to what I'll be wearing as the temps rise. For the past year, I have made an effort to invest in quality pieces that can be worn year round, depending on the styling. When I rounded these items up, I had the same philosophy in mind.
The clothes: To begin, I chose a different take on the skinny jean. They're a staple, we all have 'em, but it's time to explore some different opportunities. This spring, we're seeing a lot of lighter wash denim and also grey denim. Grey denim has a bit of the edge of black denim, but with a softer and more feminine wash. It pairs well with edgy moto jackets, but also with girly silk blouses, like the one I chose. Joie is famous for their quality silky blouses, and I'm in love with the vintage floral pattern. However, if we stop there, you'll freeze to death. So, I added the cargo jacket for its versatility. I have one and I can't recommend it enough. Pick one with a cinched waist (or with a drawstring) to avoid looking frumpy. Then, just wear it like a cardigan or denim jacket -- virtually anything can be paired underneath. I'm even thinking of wearing mine over maxi dresses!
The accessories: If you've invested in a bunch of statement necklaces, fear not. They're still a strong component to your wardrobe. However, take a look at long necklaces, like this one from Betsey Johnson. Worn layered, they have a worldly appeal. Even play with mixing silver and gold! Pair this with a back-to-basics bag, like this Kate Spade Saturday crossbody. I love the neutral color (read: wear with anything!) and the simple construction. My favorite of these, though, are the d'Orsay flats in the metallic texture! Ballet flats are a timeless classic, and the construction has been changed just a bit to show a pointed toe and cutouts on the side. It's definitely a little more intense than a simple flat.
What do you think? What trends are you excited about for spring?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
|Raj scarf, James Perse Top, Hudson jeans|
Today I knew I would be more physically active than normal at work. When we do a floor move, we take everything in the store and relocate it -- a process that starts as chaos and magically comes together, revealing a totally new store! I really needed my pieces to work for me, and I didn't want to spend too much time fussing for an outfit today.
Enter the ethnic infinity scarf! Paired with basics such as skinny jeans and a simple black top, it gave me a little boost. I love how the rich colors and textures in the scarf really add another dimension to my otherwise basic look. Without the scarf, I felt a bit plain and ordinary. Scarf on -- pep in my step! Such a simple addition can really make you feel more put together.
Best part about an infinity scarf? Hands free! Sometimes the loose ends of a scarf can get in the way when you're working, but an infinity scarf sits far away from my clothes-moving hands on days like these.
Find this and similar scarves here and here.
What do you think? Is this a good look for you?