The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck

March 20, 2017


Joan Juliet Buck, Former Editor of French Vogue

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Joan Juliet Buck, a longtime fashion editor and the only American Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue. The occasion was her new memoir, The Price of Illusion. Quite pleasantly, the interview quickly took on a natural cadence. It felt like she was lounging in a cozy chair by the fireplace, reminiscing about […]

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February 11, 2017


Decor Inspo: Blue, Gray & Gold

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People are so surprised when I say that I love gray, but I do! Charcoal and slate gray most of all – they’re such beautiful colors. I recently moved into a new place, so I have a renewed interest in home decor. Well, I’m always interested in it, but now, with a different space I’m feeling all sorts of new ideas and possibilities. Right now I’m really feeling the combination of Dark Blue, Gray, and Gold. For me, those are neutral (ish) colors that still allow for fun accents – in complementary colors like orange, pink or purple.


Clockwise from top left: 1. Ikea // 2. Ikea // 3. CB2 // 4. Anthropologie // 5. West Elm // 6. Ikea

Of the pieces above I own the rug – one of the first “me” pieces I bought when I moved to New York in 2014. As I slowly build up my new living room, the rest of the pieces are on my wish list! So far in my bedroom I have pink curtains and an oatmeal duvet cover… I’m definitely going to have to figure out an alternative color combination there.

January 22, 2017


What a Hijabi CoverGirl Means for Representation in Beauty

Custom illustration for the Fashion Studies Journal by Kelly Abeln


“In the world of economics, they say “a rising tide lifts all boats.” I believe the same is true in beauty – especially in matters of representation. I don’t necessarily need to see myself in everything as long as I can see different groups represented. Instead of sameness, I want to see all the ways we are different. Which is why, although I’m not Muslim, I was excited and pleased to see a hijabi woman, Nura Afia, as a CoverGirl Ambassador.”

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that in addition to this blog, I work with an amazing group of women on the Fashion Studies Journal. The above is a snippet from a piece I recently wrote, “Why A Hijabi CoverGirl Matters To Me“.

Take a read and let me know what you think!

January 3, 2017


{#printgamestrong} J.Crew’s Little Sister is Catching Up…

my favorite prints and patterns at J Crew and Madewell.

One of the reasons I love J.Crew – and wear it often – is that they do such a great job with beautiful prints and patterns. Madewell (J.Crew’s “little sister”) generally isn’t on my radar for prints and patterns, but it looks like they’re catching up!

J.Crew excels in creating beautiful prints each season (or even more frequently) and offering each one in multiple SKUs. For example, this bow print comes in a sweater, sleeveless top, scarf, umbrelladatebook, and pouch; and this colorful houndstooth pattern comes in a sweater, skirt, shoes, and bag.


Meanwhile, over at Madewell, I LOVE this painted floral print which comes in a blouse, a maxi dress, and a shorter dress. Sadly the top is sold out, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it gets restocked. Or who knows – maybe Madewell will issue more SKUs in that print! (a girl can dream.) I’m also quite taken with this constellation print, which comes in a scarf and a pouch.

#PrintGameStrong! If Madewell keeps this up I will have another brand to add to my go-to list for discovering new prints. Do you have a favorite place for prints?

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