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January 3, 2017

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

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 […]

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November 6, 2016

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A Pant-a-Palooza at Everlane and AYR

AYR ponte pant

 

I am not a pants person.

Well, I wasn’t. But I think that’s changing now.

For a while I was really into dresses. In terms of putting together an outfit, it’s one (item) and done! But a dress has to fit everywhere, and that can be a lot to ask from one garment. Skirts are nice because they automatically dress everything up, and they’re often more flattering than pants. So I used to be a huge proponent of dresses/skirts + tights/leggings… But lately those combinations feel like more of a production than I want to go through in the morning. It’s one thing to be in graduate school and not get dressed every day (days I just sat at home writing papers). Now that I have a legit job, it’s a whole other thing to both have to wear clothes AND look presentable every single day. That’s not something I’ve had to do since, oh, early 2014. Even when I did do it, I lived in San Francisco and not New York, so it was just a whole different ball game.

While I love trying on tops, dresses, skirts, jackets, shoes, jewelry and make-up, I enjoy trying on pants about as much as I do bathing suits. So like, not at all! Since as of 2 weeks ago I only had two pairs of both presentable AND flattering pants (jeans from AYR, black pants from J.Crew), I decided to tackle this hole in my wardrobe so I don’t have to think about it again for a while. I really respect Everlane and Ayr as brands, so that’s where I went first. Bonus: they both have studios in NYC where you can actually try stuff on.

AYR

AYR studio

AYR studio

AYR studio

AYR studio

Ayr Studio

I had a great time trying on clothes at the AYR studio. I got the good kind of one-on-one attention and I didn’t feel pressure to buy. I only came for pants but it was fun to try a few other things too. The Flex Tech denim is amazing. It doesn’t look or feel like denim AT ALL. The Ponte Pant made my legs look amazing. I mean, my legs are definitely one of my best assets, but this was next level. And omg, if I paired those pants with these shoes I would be on fire. The Arrow Pant is made from the same fabric that equestrian pants are made from, the fabric, as the song goes, moves when you move (just like that). I loved how the pants felt, but they were too short. I also tried on a couple of really expensive jackets (1, 2). I looked up the prices later and my jaw hit the floor. You’ll know that I’ve hit it big if you see me in one of them! I didn’t buy anything immediately, but I did go back for the Flex Tech and the Ponte Pant.

Everlane

Everlane studio

Everlane Studio

Everlane Studio

Don’t I look super legit in those clothes?! This is head-to-toe Everlane. I looooove their Track Pant in Wool Flannel and GoWeave, the latter of which I’m wearing above. The GoWeave is such a cool textile. It’s wool, but made with longer fibers so it feels lighter and less scratchy. The saleslady gave me the shoes to try on so I could assess the length of the pant/the amount of ankle showing, and then she suggested I try on the shirt. It doesn’t have a lot of hanger appeal. But DAMN. I felt next-level in that outfit. I didn’t buy anything yet, but I do want to go back to the studio to try new pants they just released. This whole look isn’t my normal aesthetic, but I really dig it.

I’m also really intrigued by The Girlfriend Collective and Good American. I’ve been wearing my Girlfriend Collective leggings all day, and I love them way more than any other leggings I’ve ever worn. I’m curious about Good American. As soon as my bank account replenishes (helloooo regular paycheck!) I’ll probably order a pair. What’s your favorite brand for pants?

July 30, 2016

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Thoughts On Life & A West Village Walkabout

Adelle McElveen wearing a red Tracy Reese sweater and red MM6 sandals.

Adelle McElveen wearing a red Tracy Reese sweater and red MM6 sandals.

Adelle McElveen wearing a red Tracy Reese sweater and red MM6 sandals.

You know what? Sometimes you go through a period in life where reality kicks your ass every day, and that’s that. “Life,” as my family likes to joke, “be’s that way sometimes”. As one of my friends says, we all go through times when we have to eat a sh*t sandwich. I’m certainly eating one, – it’s not the first time – but I think I’ve almost reached the crusts; and truth be told, I usually dispose of the crusts anyway. So to exit the metaphor, things have been tough but I’ve been smiling through it (exhibit a: my Insta and Snapchat), and I’m finally feeling positive about the future.

On to the outfit: We had a blessed “cold snap” a few weeks ago. I’ve come to love the rain, because it’s the only thing that makes the weather bearable. You can count on the rain to bring the temperature down a few necessary degrees. I’ve been doing a lot of physical work this summer (bike delivery!), so after spending most of my time in active wear it was a nice change of pace to have fun with my clothes. And wearing a cute outfit always perks me up! I liked this look for brunch with girlfriends and bopping around West Village and SoHo (an afternoon which included a delicious dark chocolate macaron). I forgot to get shots of the back of my sandals (they’re really cool), but you can see them here.

Top – Tracy Reese (via sample sale!) // Skirt – J.Crew // Sandals – MM6 // Necklace – Lulu Frost // Bag – J.Crew // Sunglasses – Le Specs (more here)

 

Photos by Silpa Maruri

 

June 12, 2016

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{Recommended Reading} June 12

Hi hi!

I just got back from seeing Beyoncé in Baltimore and I’m full of inspiration. There so many things I want to do on this website and I’m the only one keeping myself from doing it! So instead of worrying that I don’t have any images, or that the WordPress theme I’m using is no longer supported, or that I don’t know how to best optimize the SEO for this type of post, I’m just going to say what I want to say, and worry about the rest later. Or not worry about it at all.

So what do I want to say? I read a lot of things on the Internet, and I have a lot of thoughts about them. Sometimes I share those things on Facebook or Twitter, but usually the thoughts just stay in my head. Not anymore! Here’s what I’ve read and want to talk about this week:

‘VOGUE’ INTRODUCES $200 MEMBERS-ONLY SUBSCRIPTION

I don’t know anyone my age who actually enjoys Vogue. A lot of my friends buy it perfunctorily. I tend to buy the September issue, and other covers if I like them. I did subscribe for a year, and the whole just felt so over the top, but in a really out of touch way. There’s a monthly feature that I interpret as “a rich person talking about what it was like to grow up/be rich”. I vaguely remember someone writing about how she didn’t realize she was ultra-wealthy, because the family next door had even more horses than they did, or something. That’s just one example of how un-relatable and un-interesting the magazine can be. Plus, it’s such a drag seeing the same 10 designers repeated throughout editorials and ads. So, I’m not surprised that they’re trying to find new ways of making money. I think they’d be better off making their magazine more interesting and engaging, but I guess charging people more for the same product (plus a fancy pouch) might work too.

via Fashionista.com

 

THE BUSINESS OF BEING A FASHION BLOGGER’S PHOTOGRAPHER

Goodness, I can’t believe I haven’t talked about my thesis on here! If you follow me on the gram you might know that I wrote my Masters thesis (at Parsons) on style blogging (#styleblogthesis). One reason I know that fashion blogging is here to stay is all the auxiliary industries that have sprouted up around it: affiliate linking companies like rewardStyle and Shopstyle Collective, brand representation for bloggers, and photographers. It’s a whole thing, a whole cottage industry now.

via Fashionista.com

 

FASHION HISTORY LESSON: THE ORIGINS OF FAST FASHION

Full disclosure: I actually just skimmed this, but that’s because I took a whole semester of fashion history/media (mediation, if you want to be fancy) in graduate school. If you do not have a degree in fashion, this is a good and informative read. Also, shout-out to Sara Idacavage. We’re working alongside a few other fabulous fashion women on a cool new project that I can’t wait to talk about!

via Fashionista.com

 

And now, two for the lolz:

IT’S QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AND SHE CAN WEAR LIME GREEN IF SHE WANTS TO

THIS HILARIOUS VIDEO DEPICTS A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FASHION INDUSTRY MESSENGER

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