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February 10, 2016

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{Three’s a Trend} The Hybrid Sneaker

  Aldo // $90 Marni // $610 Adidas by Stella McCartney // $100 All Black // $150 Marni // $660 BONUS I guess it was only a matter of time, once fashion started paying attention to sneakers, that they would become highly stylized and questionably functional. Although on the other hand, it kind of makes sense – […]

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February 1, 2016

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7 Festive Tops for Valentines Day

Whether you’re feeling the love or feeling like a scrooge, I found seven tops that can help you express your mood on Valentine’s Day. Oh, and five of the seven are under $100, so there you go.

Do you think you’ll get festive for Valentine’s Day?

December 28, 2015

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3 Fashion Hacks for Looking Fabulous on New Year’s Eve (or at any other party)

Some nights, getting ready to party feels like an event in itself: long shower, detailed make-up, dancing around to my favorite music while choosing what to wear. Other nights, I really can’t. be. bothered. On those nights my goal is to look good with minimal of effort. I tend to be a scrooge about New Year’s Eve (so much pressure for one night out of the year!), so if I decide to even leave the house, you can bet I’m taking a few shortcuts on my look. In case you’ve been nodding your head emphatically to all of the above, here are three of my favorite fashion hacks for looking fabulous:

1. Red Lipstick

Seriously. There’s a lot of bs about make-up “must-haves” out there, but the hype about red lipstick is true. I discovered it several years ago when I was dashing to meet friends for dinner after work and I had time for nothing but lipstick. My friends asked me if I had changed my hair! I recommend doing this with concealer, mascara and eyeliner. At the very least, mascara. (note: the below lipstick images aren’t red, but these brands all have a red shade that I like.)

2. Statement Jewelry

I would like to see more statement jewelry on those “must-have” lists. An eye-catching necklace, ring, or pair of earrings does wonders for an outfit – and conversations. Personally I don’t like big bracelets, because they never fall on my wrist quite right. Above all, don’t count on a statement bag or shoes. If you keep them on, they’re probably not going to be noticeable; if you go to a house party, you may very well end up taking your shoes off or stashing your bag on somebody’s bed underneath a pile of coats. What also works: statement head-gear (headbands, turbans, barrettes, etc). (note: I am obsessed OBSESSED with that Rosantica necklace. It’s two necklaces in one!)

3. Over-the-Top Topper

While I don’t have many, I love a good light jacket. It’s a great alternative to a blouse or sweater, and they add a fun bit of drama. If you live somewhere that has winter, get one that’s slim enough to fit under a coat. This is also great for parties where you’re both in- and outdoors.

December 17, 2015

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My Parsons “Project Runway” Moment

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{Accessories} Earrings – Adia Kibur (similar, similar) // Necklace – Lele Sadoughi // Bracelet – Banana Republic (similar) // Rings – Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen // Tights – Falke // Shoes – Michael Kors

For one of my classes this semester we had to make or alter a garment. I chose one of my favorite skirts. Why would I alter a favorite skirt, you might ask? Well, I bought it too small because I loved the textile (and because I was going to lose weight, duh), so it was actually the perfect candidate for an overhaul.

It took me an hour to take apart the waist band alone. That was in part because sometimes it was hard to distinguish the threads from the material, but mostly just because it was well made. I was already a fan, but now I’m very, very, impressed with J.Crew.

Shopping at Mood was fun, but also a bit stressful. I knew exactly what I wanted in my head, but for a while I had trouble finding it. What you want doesn’t necessarily exist! It was difficult to find something that complemented both the color scheme and the texture. I was about to settle on a a mildly nubby, hot pink textile when I spotted the fabric that I ultimately used. Guess what? It was designed by Alice & Olivia!

Now I can relate to the designers on Project Runway who get back to the workroom and discover that they don’t like their fabric, or that something is wrong with it. I spent HOURS at Mood. I can’t imagine only having 30 minutes to shop! Plus, their budgets are pretty small. My fabric was $30/yard, and luckily I only needed one yard! It would have been a huge bummer if I actually needed to make a full garment. Plus – and I could have seen this coming – my fabric unravels quite easily, so it required extra stitching. That’s something that could easily eat up designers’ precious time.

It was such a cool experience to make a mood board, come up with a vision, and execute it! Granted, my teacher helped a lot – she sewed all the seams on a machine, and I reinforced the edges with hand stitching. I don’t think I’ll ever be someone who creates a garment from scratch, but I love the idea of altering and customizing what I already have. Mood offers free sewing classes which I keep meaning to sign up for, but in the meantime I have a bunch of extra fabric, and I’m just itching to find something in my closet that I can (easily) add it to!

Check out the garment from start to finish:

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Outfit photos by Veronica Maldonado. The rest by me.

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