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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

April 23, 2016

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If You Love Prints Now Is A Good Time To Be You

There are so many amazing prints out there right now, my head could explode. J.Crew has a new round of Liberty prints, Uniqlo also has a Liberty collaboration, and then of course there’s Marimekko for Target!

Beyond that, both the mall brands and the niche ones are killing it with great florals right now. Behold:

Prints- Clover Canyon, J.Crew

1 // 2

Prints- Anthropologie, J.Crew

3 // 4

Prints- Ann Taylor, Equipment

5 // 6

Prints- Anthropologie, Anthropologie

7 // 8

prints- Banana Republic, Ann Taylor

9 // 10

prints- banana republic, banana republic

11 // 12

prints- adidas stella mccartney, j.crew

13 // 14

 

The Liberty London prints at Uniqlo are far less exciting than the ones at J.Crew (imo), but you can find them here. Peep Marimekko for Target here. I wish they were doing umbrellas. I have a Marimekko umbrella from several years ago that’s pretty broken.

PS: J.Crew, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor are all running various promotions for between 30-50% off right now, so hop to!

April 23, 2016

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It’s Espadrille Season!!!

I love espadrilles. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I can’t wait to start wearing. Maybe because they’re so associated with summer and all the joys that go along with it, like sundresses and brightly colored toes. Sometimes I think I want to wear espadrilles all day every day, but I know I would miss all of the other sandals in my closet. I have 3 espadrilles ready to go into rotation, but there’s always room for more!

Affordable spring espadrilles.

1 // 2 // 3

espadrilles- Michael Kors, Anthropologie, Maje 4 // 5 // 6

Espadrilles- rag&bone, anthropologie, soludos

7 // 8 // 9

Bonus Round: the Michael Kors espadrilles also come in gold!

March 20, 2016

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Layering for a Winter That Wants to be Spring/a Spring That Wants to be Winter

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Spring has been appearing in New York in fits and starts.  One day it’s warm and sunny then two days later it might snow. Rinse and repeat. I figured I better post these snow photos before they became completely irrelevant!

One thing I like about these photos is that I get to show you how I layer! I take layering very seriously (San Francisco trained me well). I’ve recently started wearing this windbreaker underneath coats and jackets. It has a slim fit so it doesn’t fit over bulky stuff, but it doesn’t need to be the outermost layer in order for it to work.

Underneath the sweater I’m wearing a performance-ish sleeveless wool turtleneck from the Lululemon Lab. In the winter I ALWAYS have a base layer of wool, HeatTech or something to that effect. I had a really cool visit at the Lululemon Lab pop-up in New York a couple of months ago. While I was just checking it out for my own curiosity, I ended up trying on a bunch of amazing things, and liked this turtleneck so much I bought it and walked out of the store wearing it. It’s an item I wear regularly.

On my legs I’m wearing amazing Falke tights. They’re wool on the outside and cotton on the inside, so they’re super warm without being scratchy. Genius!!

It’s supposed to snow again tomorrow, and if it does you know I’ll be ready!

Coat – J.Crew (on sale) // Windbreaker – Anthropologie // Sweater – Anthropologie (similar) // Tank – Lululemon Lab // Skirt – Banana Republic // Barrette – J.Crew // Earrings – Lulu Frost // Tights – Falke // Sneakers – Rebecca Minkoff

Photos by Paige Hogan

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