Embellished Jackets

Fashion, Obsessions

My new obsession is embellished jackets. They may sound expensive, and most are, but these more affordable British clothing companies, like TopShop (which has now taken over the US,) ASOS and River Island, are making it much easier to stay on trend and under budget. This ASOS jacket is amazing:

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screen-shot-2013-01-28-at-4-06-22-pmThe white version runs petite while the black comes in regular sizes. For the price ($132) it’s a pretty gorgeous jacket. The best thing about it is that it can be dressed up or down. Throw it on top of jeans and a t-shirt and you’ll look effortlessly chic. Put it on top of a dress and you’ll be the trendiest girl at the party. Here’s one by River Island for $142:

River Island Embellished Jacket

It gives off more of a Park Avenue vibe, but still manages to maintain a bit of an edge. Of course, the neon drew me in (you know how I love neon,) but the embellishments are what make this jacket stand out. Here are two of my favorite designer embellished jackets:

Matthew Williamson and Elie Saab Embellished Jackets

The powder pink bomber is by Elie Saab and the black is by Matthew Williamson. I am absolutely in love with the Elie Saab. Not only is this color (blush) very hot for spring, but it looks amazing on all skin tones. It can also act as a neutral while allowing you to change up the black, white, brown routine.

If a whole jacket is too much embellishment for you, this Anna Sui vest is a beautiful alternative:

Anna Sui Embellished Vest

The colors of the jewels and the texture of the velvet work hand in hand to create a gorgeous, eastern inspired vest. The collar is very Asian and almost has a regal look to it. These next two jackets are stunning, a bit more ladylike and, again, can be dressed up or down:

Prada and Miu Miu Embellished Coats

The pink is by Prada and the black is by Miu Miu, and both need to get in my closet. If I had to choose, I think the Prada would be my favorite. I don’t know if I’m just in a pink mood today, but I think I would love this jacket in any color. The delicate details and clean lines are just gorgeous. Proof that you don’t need to be over the top to create something breathtaking (although sometimes a little over the top doesn’t hurt.)

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Flat is Back

Fashion, Runway

“Flatform” shoes are a hybrid cross between platforms and flats. They have been on and off the high fashion junket since 1750 when the first geisha slipped on her getas. We’ve come far since then:

The more updated version is from Jen Kao‘s Spring 2013 RTW collection. She used a lot of clean lines and athletic shapes drawing from modern Japanese fashion, while the shoes are a nod to the past. These are my favorite looks from the runway:

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Images: Style.com

Kao’s not the only designer to find inspiration in the east. Emilio Pucci’s Spring RTW line also has a clear Asian influence. Though his shoes are more platform than flatform, they are still fabulous and very fitting with his play on Chinese fashion.

Though it was hard to narrow it down, these are my favorite looks from the collection:

Images: Vogue.com

The structure of the white jacket balanced the softness of the sheer organza perfectly. From the dragon sculpted wedges to the intricate embroidery, the details were all spot on. The white jacket is detailed with crystal adding a level of opulence. Several of the looks (like the black jumpsuit above) also had a sporty edge to them: another common theme on the runway this spring.

Stella McCartney is another designer who found inspiration in athletic shapes and flatforms. She used bright, bold colors and simple, no frills shapes to create an incredibly chic line:

Images: Style.com

These are three of my favorite colors right now. I’m obsessed with that shade of orange…so bright it’s slightly cartoonish, but that’s exactly what I love about it. The sheer overlay completely balances the almost overwhelming sleeves to create a gorgeous, fashion forward dress. She gave her flatforms lucite soles for a sporty chic feeling. They remind me of a water shoe crossed with a toeless loafer, and oddly enough…I think I like it:

Image: FashionPooch.com

Prada drew from similar inspiration to create an interesting line for Spring 2013. Some of the prints were less than desirable but I managed to find three favorites:

Images: Style.com

I love these furs. They’re sophisticated yet childish and appear to be inspired by the Japanese cartoon culture. The pink satin dress brilliantly merges the classic 1920s drop waist silhouette with the beautiful technique and fabric work of a kimono. The clean lines and styling give it a modern edge, but there is one thing I could do without. The shoes. I mean, I love a flatform, but come on:

Images: Imaxtree

They’re a little Zenon chic for me.

I always wondered when people would start dressing like the girl of the 21st century, I just didn’t think I’d feel so old when it started happening. Leave it to Prada.

Denim Shirts

Fashion, Luxury, Reality, Style

A good denim shirt can do wonders for your style. It can transform an outfit from uptight to urban within seconds (if worn correctly.) It can send the message that you just don’t give a f*ck and looks a lot cooler than a cardigan. But most importantly, it’s versatile.  A button down denim shirt can last you years if treated kindly.

Free People is selling a vintage Wrangler denim shirt that would be a great addition to any wardrobe:

Here’s an example of how a denim shirt can elevate a look:

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WILDFOX tank / SEVEN jeans / BOY. BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS chambray shirt / REPOTTO shoes / PRADA bag / EDDIE BORGO ring / RAY-BAN sunglasses

Although the outfit can stand on its own, it’s nice to have a little something to throw on if you get cold.  A cardigan would not fit with the rest of the ensemble and a jacket would be too heavy.  The denim shirt is light enough for this outfit to transition into summer.

Here’s a different take on the denim shirt look:

SEE BY CHLOÈ top / J BRAND shorts / JEFFREY CAMPBELL booties / FRENCH CONNECTION clutch / REED KRAKOFF cuff / MULBERRY bracelet / THE ROW sunglasses / KATE SPADE earrings

Subtract some buttons, add some ruffles and you end up with a completely different look with just as much of an edge.  The ruffles add a girly touch while the black, brass and heavy booties maintain a grungy vibe.  The wooden bag is unexpected and adds some softness to an otherwise hard outfit.

This outfit has more of a girly feel:

RALPH LAUREN top / AUSTIQUE shorts / MOTO denim shirt / MODERN VINTAGE booties / MIU MIU clutch / VAN DER STRAETEN earrings / WILDFOX rings

The silk tie-dye shorts are on trend and add some feminine flair to the menswear inspired denim shirt and booties.  The simple white top keeps the outfit looking clean rather than overdone.

Here is a cheaper version of the denim look for fashionistas on a budget:

OBEY tank $75MONKI shorts $31JEFFREY CAMPBELL booties $350URBAN EXPRESSIONS clutch $30HOT TOPIC bracelet $13/ SIDNEY MICHAELS earrings $24PAYLESS ring $1080S PURPLE sunlgasses $12

I know…it’s just a different version of the same Jeffrey Campbell bootie…but I am a firm believer that one should invest in their shoes.  Cheap shoes are easy to spot and hurt your feet, so my advice would be to save up for a quality pair of shoes rather than a $200 pair of jeans.  And these shoes really do complete the look.  Thank you Jeffrey Campbell…we all love the Lita.

Fit Chic into Your Carry On: 20 Items for 9 Days

Fashion, Style

I love to travel.  Sightseeing is one of my favorite things to do, but one thing that I find troubling is how to do it all in style!  (Read about why it’s so important to fly fashionably here.)

my next destination (hopefully)

I don’t like to check any bags unless I’m traveling for more than a week.  It’s just not worth the risk and hassle of possibly losing my luggage and it’s precious cargo.  Due to the TSA’s strict policies, my packing is usually confined to a suitcase, roughly around the size of a very fluffy pillow, and a backpack or large tote bag.  I also usually sneak a purse, buying me a couple of extra cubic inches.

In addition to my makeup, jewelry, hair tools and brushes, undergarments, magazines and toiletries, I also have to somehow pack a wardrobe, and make sure it’s comfortable enough to sightsee in.

If I know I will be walking a lot on a trip, I only bring flat shoes (duh.)  I also like to stick to basic pieces that are bold enough to make a statement.  I keep accessories simple (especially in foreign countries.  The only thing worse than being an obvious tourist is being an obvious tourist with expensive things to steal.)  Don’t make yourself a target.  It’s also smart to wear a watch when you’re traveling.  Here are 20 items I used to create a week and two days worth of travelable outfits!


I stick to pants when I’m traveling.  Skirts and dresses are too annoying to deal with.  If it’s a breezy day, you don’t want to worry about holding your skirt down while you should be taking in your surroundings.It’s smart to bring a light jacket that will go with almost anything.  I also almost always travel with a scarf.  They are very versatile, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the climate where you will be.

Nude Shirt CHLOÈ // Green Shirt MADEWELL // Striped Shirt FRENCH CONNECTION // Cardigan BY MALENE BIRGER // Pink Sweater YVES SAINT LAURENT // Grey SweaterLE MONT ST. MICHEL // Jeans CITIZENS OF HUMANITY // Red Pants COSTUME NATIONAL // Wide Leg Pants TOP SHOP // Fur Vest JOIE // Suede Jacket LOT78 // Gold Flats LANVIN // Knit Flats MISSONI // Red FlatsBY LARIN // Leopard Loafers PRADA // Boots FRYE // Brown Bag LOEWE // Grey BagTULU // Sunglasses RAY-BAN // Watch RAYMOND WEIL

Fur Booties and Cropped Pants

Fashion, Style

I love the whimsical feel of this shirt.  It works fabulously with the sunglasses.  The mustard color paired with the plum of the bag is great and plays off of the plum in the print of the shirt.

I love how cropped pants look with booties.  The fur and the color scheme keep the outfit looking fall/winter, even though the pants could look more spring/summer.  Pair this with a black scarf and you’re set for the November chills to come.

Shirt SEE BY CHLOÈ

Pants TOP SHOP

Coat JIL SANDER

Bag MULBERRY

Shoes GUCCI

Sunglasses PRADA

Bracelet BOTTEGA VENETA

Ring RANJANA KHAN