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October 21, 2014

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Clear Eyes, Full Skirt, Can’t Lose

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 […]

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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!

October 6, 2014

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I Am Super Feeling Fringe Right Now

In the Shadows

I’ve always had a thing for fringe, but lately I think I’ve been subconsciously channeling Stevie Nicks. After waiting 16 years and 7 months, I am finally, FINALLY going to see Fleetwood Mac live in concert. Tonight. At Madison Square Garden. I discovered the band in the mid-late 90s (thank you BMG music club!) and then shortly thereafter Christine McVie left, dashing my hopes that I’d ever get a chance to see them live. Earlier this year I started to hear RUMOURS (bah dum shhhh) that Christine was in fact returning and when it was finally confirmed and tour dates were announced, I was elated. This is some serious delayed gratification.

Wearing fringe (and floppy hats and turquoise) can be a lot of look, but finding pieces in black is a good place to start. It helps avoid looking like a gun-slinger straight out of the wild west, or a flower child from the 60s. White fringe is good too (see photo above), but unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a lot of good white fringed stuff out right now; probably because it’s October.

Feeling Fringe

Clockwise from top left: Mara Hoffman sweater, $348 (also here) // BCBG belt, $78 // Milly mini skirt, $210 // Topshop jacket, $140 // Michael Michael Kors dress, $225 // FINDS + Nomia maxi dress, $590 // Milly skirt, $275 // Zara leather jacket, $199 // Milly jacket, $375

My outfit: Jacket – Topshop // Hat – Madewell // Rings – mostly vintage

What do you think – are you feeling fringe too?

September 25, 2014

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Everything Must Go… Is Still Going

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I’ve been on a purging binge since the day I got back to San Francisco and realized I had 3 weeks to move to New York. Every time I move (which has been 4 times in the last 9 months) I wonder why and how I have so much stuff. Especially in my closet. I spent 2 days purging, and 3 days trekking around San Francisco to make 8 different stops selling clothes and books (1 for books, 7 for clothes). And still there’s more!

One thing that’s different is my attitude. Previously, if things didn’t fit in my closet, I made a trip to the Container Store. If I was out of hangers, I bought more. I held onto clothes I wasn’t excited about because I used to like them. That all feels so ridiculous now. If there’s no room – not keeping it! If I have lukewarm feelings about a piece of clothing (there’s nothing that’s going to make me magically excited about it) – not keeping it! Whatever it is, these days I’m finding more reasons than not to – not keep it!

Now I just need to decide what to do with all of these clothes. I have a good closet going on at Threadflip. I’ll probably combine that with using Twice, and selling to Crossroads and/or Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn. And of course, there’s a bunch of stuff I’ll probably just give away. Either way, this stuff is taking up valuable space in my apartment, so everything must go!

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