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November 23, 2014

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Dispatch from Grad School – And Hearts, Lots of Hearts

Glasses – Fine Arts Optical // Scarf – J.Crew // Sweater – PLAY Comme des Garçons It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Every time I want to write something I think – well, I should probably work on this paper or finish my reading, or wash the dishes in the sink so I can […]

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October 26, 2014

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15 Stylish Boots for Winter (Or, Resolving My Anxiety About Winter by Shopping for Boots)

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Technically, I’ve done winter before. Four times in Chicago, and once in Iowa. And yet, six years in the Bay Area completely obliterated my ability to deal with extreme weather (both hot and cold). Of all the things I’ve been stressing about, my main thing has been maintaining warm, dry, feet. Preferably in shoes that look cute AND can handle the elements.

Here are 15 boots that I’ll be considering this winter:

Rugged Winter Boots

Clockwise from top left: Nike – $100 // Timberland – $150 // Nike – $100 // Khombu – $69 // Sorel – $94 // Columbia  – $120
Furry Winter Boots
Left to right: Sorel – $220 // Michael Kors – $275 // Bearpaw – $199

Everyday Essential Boots

Clockwise from top left: Michael Kors – $250 // Cole Haan – $298 // The North Face – $165 // Michael Kors – $245 // Madewell – $298 // Cole Haan – $278

Luckily the temperatures haven’t gone crazy cold just yet. Are you a winter-weather veteran? What boots do you recommend?

October 21, 2014

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Clear Eyes, Full Skirt, Can’t Lose

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Tank – Anthropologie // Skirt – Stella Jean // Shoes – Giuseppe Zanotti for Vionnet (via Jeremy’s) // Bag – Basil Racuk // Watch – Michael Kors // Necklace – Gorjana

It’s a rare day that I get to go out without going or coming from school or work. So I took the opportunity to get a little impractical! I wore this to meet a friend for drinks in Midtown, and then to meet friends at the Teri Agins talk on the Upper East Side. While these shoes are not appropriate for climbing up and down stairs in the subway, they’re actually fine for general walking and standing! I got these shoes on super duper sale at Jeremy’s in San Francisco last Black Friday. That place is magical!

October 12, 2014

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Highlights from Teri Agins’ Book Launch at 92Y

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A few days ago I indulged in some fashion nerdery and went to a launch event of Teri Agins’ new book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers. Teri Agins is an award-winning journalist who established the Wall Street Journal‘s fashion coverage in 1989. Her first book is The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever. Here are some highlights:

  • Fun fact: Teri Agins got her start as a freshman in high school, with a fashion column titled “Terri’s Tips for Fashion Flair”.
  • On maintaing good relationships with her sources: “People will respect you and come back to you if you give them a chance to comment.”
  • On the appeal of celebrity designers: “It’s not just a price thing, there’s an emotional connection. And it forces designers to be more responsive.”
  • Her biggest surprise researching the book: “How everything is for sale, and even if the celebrity isn’t getting paid, somebody else in the food chain is!”

You can get her new book on Amazon. For those of you who are New Yorkers or planning a trip to New York – the next 92Y Fashion Icons talk is with Valentino!

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