Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Get the Look for Less: Alexander McQueen Vs. Zara

These skirts are very similar in style and function. While the one by Alexander McQueen adds extra interest with a lower slung belt, the skirt from Zara has a thicker belt with a more substantial buckle that is on trend for this season. For a sexier look, pair either with a form fitting top in a black or khaki green that emulates neutral, safari colours. Or take them to the office by pairing with a classic oxford shirt!
Alexander McQueen: here
Zara: here
Bodysuits: Both Zara
Oxford Shirt: Joe Fresh

Monday, February 24, 2014

Thwarting the Polar Vortex

So this crazy weather hasn't gotten any better. Whenever there is a day or two of relief with temperatures of -5 and up (yes I consider -5 to be more than tolerable), it seems to dip right back down. When going out and about, I'm finding it difficult to look put together while staying warm and recognizing I'm choosing warmth over fashion. I looked to style websites to see if they offered any ideas on how to look cute and stylish while simultaneously keeping warm. I did find a ton of suggestions, but we either have two different definitions of freezing or they are totally delusional! They show examples of stylish trendsetters, layered up, but most outfits I wouldn't dare to don unless I was looking to get frostbite. Sheer pantyhose, oxfords, fingerless gloves and unzipped coats look cool but will have you feeling cold!

I pressed on and found some realistic examples to follow when you don't want to subject your favourite shoes to snow and keep your limbs warm! 

Exhibit A:
When it's cold and wet out, the pumps have no place in the snow. When wearing a bulkier, waterproof boot, keep your bottom half simple by wearing a black skinny jean so you elongate the leg as much as possible, without looking frumpy. Her toes don't look like they will be wet or cold any time soon!

When it's just freezing outside and you know you wont be running through slush, the most important things are the little things! Add gloves, a hat, and a scarf. However, your saving grace is the thing you probably underestimate and overlook: Long underwear! Wool tights or thermal long underwear for your top and bottom are the perfect base for laying. You may look like cat woman under your clothes but at least you'll stay nice and toasty. Here are some ideas on how to layer and keep warm, yet maintain a stylish appearance. 

Exhibit B: 
Slap a hat and some gloves on her, zip up her coat and she is good to go! Loose pants allow long thermal underwear to fit nicely underneath without feeling uncomfortable. You can find thermal long underwear at sport shops since winter sports require extra warmth.

Exhibit C:
She may be missing her coat, but an oversized boyfriend coat would fit nicely over her outfit and still go with the aesthetic of the look. Belting a chunky sweater adds shape so it doesn't look frumpy, and the ankle-grazing skirt is like wearing a blanket that allows for a lot of long underwear layering if you should feel inclined!  

Exhibit D:
Here we have a great example of 'I'm probably freezing but I'll sacrifice for the photo.' But I am not deterred! Button up her coat and add a warm pair of gloves and she is good to be outside for more than a minute or two! Layering a shirt with a long sweater is the perfect solution to keeping your tush warm. Her straight leg jeans are loose enough to comfortably fit the cold-inducing-long underwear. She looks pretty chic to me! 

The cold is here to stay for now, and while it is, so is my style. Take that polar vortex!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Get the Look for Less: Isabel Marant vs. Zara

Both of these sparkly, cutout jackets are perfect for layering over dresses, or if it's a casual look you're going for, over a white t-shirt, boyfriend jeans and heeled sandals. Sparkly jackets are an unexpected addition to simple outfits that pack an extra punch! You might ask yourself, ''How many times could I actually wear a sparkly, cutout jacket like this?'' The answer: More times than you think! Below are some examples to inspire chic outfit ideas and prove that a sparkly jacket can actually be quite versatile! 
Isabel Marant Jacket: here
Zara Jacket: here

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Best of NYFW

New York Fashion Week is over and it's on to London.  Here are my top collections from NYFW:

Prabal Gurung
I'm a huge sucker for thick, chunky knits and Prabal Gurung doesn't disappoint. After experiencing the polar vortex with all its might, warm sweaters along with ankle grazing coats are definitely on my shopping list for next the fall/winter season (all the while praying it won't be as cold next year).  However, for the start of fall, I'm so excited for flowy fabrics, ankle length trousers and gorgeous wrap tops and blazers. Gurung seriously mastered the cozy, chic and sexy look. This collection is what dreams are made of. 

 Narciso Rodriguez
The first thing about this collection that caught my eye were the shoes. The shape and silhouette are fantastic and the nude pair on the left are so dreamy! I'm loving the trousers that are a slim fit but not tight and extra long so that they give the illusion of the leg being longer than they are! I definitely don't want to leave out another aspect of the collection that brings it all together, which is the colour palette. The metals and neutrals are totally gorgeous and I love the linear theme of the collection. Truly perfection!

Well, if you haven't heard by now, Theyskens' Theory is no more.  But fear not. Oliver Theyskens has been the artistic director over the entire Theory brand and the consolidation of Theyskens' Theory into Theory has produced some major results. With this collection, we can see the classic look of Theory injected with bits of personality Theyskens' Theory is known for. Theory has been known for great basics, and Theyskens has still managed to capture that aesthetic while simultaneously adding a bit more personality into the clothes. I love the flutter and textures of the fabrics and the richness of the colours that make this collection anything but basic. 

All photos:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Obsession Du Jour: Balmain Dress

This Balmain dress is perfect. Wear it around the house, out to dinner or on your wedding day...kidding. But it is so good, I mean, I wouldn't be opposed to wearing this down the aisle. 
Find it: here

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

For Her: Valentine's Day

Not sure what to get her with Valentine's Day around the corner?  Here are a few suggestions fitting different budgets! Enjoy <3

For the girl who loves and appreciates a sleep-in: here
For the girl who is classy and loves a great neutral: here
For the girl who loves her coffee table books and Coco Chanel: here
For the girl who loves to smell like a Mediterranean dream: here

Red is the colour of love, but an Hermes bracelet in any colour would do: here
For the girl who loves lace, Vday is just so fitting: here
For the girl who prefers an old-world men's club scent: here

Cartier love bracelet. Love is in the name. Need I say more? here

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dreaming of Warm Weather

Vogue Paris May 2013
Ph: Gilles Bensimon, Stylist: Geraldine Saglio, Model: Edita Vilkeviciute

After yesterday's post, I found myself daydreaming about the warm weather and how much I'd rather be in the sun than snow! I love how Geraldine Saglio styled this editorial of Vogue Paris. 

Some nautical items inspired by the editorial:

Balenciaga Rope Sandals: here
Yves Saint Laurent Anchor Belt: here
Jimmy Choo Rope Sandals: here
 Chloe Sweater: here
Tod's Loaders: here
Altuzarra Open-Knit Sweater: here
Zara Striped minaudiere: here

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Obsession Du Jour: Balenciaga Resort 2014 Raffia Bags

Photo: Instagram @Balenciaga
While it's nearly impossible for me to believe there is warm weather on the horizon that would deem toting these bags around appropriate, I can always dream of a fantasy vacation where I bring these gorgeous Balenciaga raffia bags away with me. One can dream...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New In: Striped Tee

Loved this striped tee from Club Monaco the moment I saw it. It's a bit thicker than your traditional t-shirt with round, vented hems and an exposed zipper closure at the back. Couldn't resist when I found it for half off! Welcome to my closet new friend! 
Find it on sale: here

Monday, February 3, 2014