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The Ultimate Last Minute Halloween Costume

October 31, 2013

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It’s Halloween and you’re still without a costume. We’ve heard it all before — heck, some of us have even been you! But fret not my procrastinating sweets! I have the easiest, most budget-friendly last minute costume for you and guess what, it doesn’t involve animal ears or horns!  All you need is a plain white t-shirt, a sharpie, and a bag of lemons because you are now officially going as Life. And what does Life do? It gives you lemons.

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Your costume may not be the most elaborate. It may not be the most thematic. It may not win you best costume of the evening. But these are prices we pay for procrastination. What it will give you, and those around you, is a plentiful supply of lemons which, let’s face it, is a pretty clutch accessory (see what I did there?) when you need a little accoutrement in your drinky drink.

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And on top of all that, you get to distribute a gift from life, leaving your recipients with the ultimate question: what will you do when life gives you lemons?

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// photos by Emily Malan

Coordinating Pink

October 30, 2013

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I was back at home in San Francisco a few weeks ago doing what I always do when I find myself sitting indian style in my childhood domain: reminiscing. I skimmed through old, embarrassingly honest diaries (shout out to my 4th grade crush, Jonah!), dug through boxes of saved memories (see: my first bra), and flipped through yearbooks of my awkward youth. While looking through class photos, I noticed how considered and coordinated each of my classmate’s outfits were. Plaid bows matched plaid smocked dresses, ruffled socks matched ruffled blouses, dimpled chins matched runny noses, and then there was me, the girl standing front row clashing in floral leggings and a striped t-shirt, an overly excited grin spread across her face. Of course I thought I looked awesome, and given the return of 90s fashion in today’s trend-o-sphere, I suppose you could say that I looked awesome by today’s standards, too; but in the eyes of parents, mine included, I’m confident that I looked more like a colorblind and confused kid who ate boogers for breakfast. However, where once I rejected even the thought of coordinating my days of the week underwear with their coinciding day, I now find myself drawn to matching pieces together as if they came in a set.

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Another fashion element that I once rejected but now embrace is the color pink. Until recently, the girly stigma-ridden hue was only faintly represented in my wardrobe. Sure I had the occasional pink sweater or pink pants for days when I felt particularly…”girly”…but those days were about as common as a dog walking on its hind legs. This infrequency was largely due to the fact that I just couldn’t figure out how to wear the color. A pink blazer paired with my go-to black pants felt a little too, “Prima Donna Punk.” A pink shirt styled with a pencil skirt looked too “Mildred Goes to High Tea.” And pink pants worn with just about anything screamed, “Hello, Valentine’s Day!” So, though I found myself accumulating pink pieces against my better judgment, I was more or less unable to wear said pieces because I was never satisfied with how I styled them. That’s where the coordinating came in.

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It was a typical morning for me as I reached yet again for a pink blazer hoping that today might be the day that I break through my style block (similar to writers block). Seemingly endless frustrations of testing out clashing looks and overly simplified outfits amped up with the pink blazer resulted in piles of clothes strewn about my floor as beads of sweat consolidated on my forehead and upper lip. But just as I was about to give up, I noticed a pop of pink poking out from the back of my closet — a pair of pants trimmed with a hue undeniably identical to the blazer I was currently battling! I instantly knew that pairing the unexpectedly matching pieces together would not only yield a look that implied I purchased them together, but would also finally give me the opportunity to wear pink. You see, the pink on it’s own was too loud, too in yo’ face, but with the hint of the same hue poking out around my waistline (or hipline? I really can’t tell these days, too much cheese), the bright fuchsia color adopted a more subtle tone.

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Oh, and the fact that the bows of the shoes matched didn’t hurt the coordinated pink situation either.

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Maje blazer | Splendid shirt | Mikkat Market pants | Sophia Webster heels | Zara clutch

 

// photos by Emily Malan

 

Black and White Impact

October 22, 2013

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Apparently black and white is having a moment, to which I ask, was it ever not? Honestly though, when you’re in a fashion bind or want a put together outfit that requires little to no thought, isn’t black and white always the way to go?

I’m currently having one of those moments with my closet where I stand in front of it naked on almost a daily basis and complain to myself, “I have nothing to wear.” Of course I have plenty to wear but the problem, which I’m sure you’re all familiar with, is that I don’t want to wear any of it. Pieces that were once a go-to feel obsolete and new additions get worn so frequently that they’re either always in the laundry pile or unwearable because they should be added to the laundry pile. This is where the black and white comes in.

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As drawn as I am to color, I can say with confidence that black and white pieces take up the majority of my closet. I’m practically a broken record in telling you that black pants are my second skin, white t-shirts and button downs may as well be my BFF (until they get those pit stains because I’ve worn them too much), and now that fall is finally here, black blazers and jackets are in as frequent a rotation as socks. Since I seem to have an affinity for such colorless pieces, I’ve consequently turned to color-stripped outfits in my sartorially frustrated state that, much to my delight, exude the same amount of impact and depth as say, a bright and colorful outfit resembling a Murakami painting. If you’re not convinced, then need I remind you of the general awesomeness of Beetlejuice’s suit? No one ever called him boring for wearing black and white. Therefore, if you’re ready to pull your hair out because you too find yourself with “nothing to wear,” take a cue from me, Beetlejuice, and fine, even Robin Thicke, and go for a look that’s totally hueless.

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Asos coat | Helmut Lang shirt | Paige Denim leather leggings | Gianvito Rossi heels (still on sale!)

 

// photos by Emily Malan

The Knee-Length Denim Skirt

October 9, 2013

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Here’s something I never thought would make its way back into my wardrobe: the knee-length denim skirt. The last time I wore one of these was circa 2001 and let’s just say it hit the donation pile in 2002. But my interest in the durable knee-grazer reawakened last year when Acne came out with the ultimate, and I mean ULTIMATE distressed denim skirt and, in what seems to be a theme this week, I neglected to purchase. While there were plenty of other knee-length denim skirts around at the time, none spoke to me quite as much as the Acne one, so I decided to wait until I found one with the kind of distressing I like.

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After a year of mild searching — a denim skirt wasn’t exactly at the tippy top of my must-have list since it’s life span was all of a year in my closet — I finally decided on this distressed design by Free People.

I thought that styling a denim skirt would be super easy. It’s denim, how hard can it be? But because the denim skirt has as much of a stigma as Jnco jeans and scrunchies, I found myself repelled by many of my tried combinations. The nineties may be back in a big way, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like Kelly from Saved by the Bell, or maybe I do and I should just come to terms with that and start wearing scrunchies again. Either way, I decided to use the styling in J.Crew catalogs as my inspiration and went for a look that was on the neater, more simple side. I guess you could say, I played it safe. But give me a break, it’s the first time I’ve worn one of these in over a decade and sometimes it’s better to start on the small, more practical side, before diving headfirst into a look that makes my own dog question the sanity of my sartorial decisions. But it’s not like he was born in the 90s and has any idea what he’s talking about so know that next time you see me wearing this it will be with a plaid shirt, an acid washed denim jacket, and a new feathered haircut. Ok, I’ve officially lost my marbles and therefore am done.

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 J.Crew sweater | Free People skirt | Isabel Marant heels | Zara bag & belt | Tiffany & The 2 Bandits bracelets

 

// photos by Emily Malan

The One That Got Away

October 7, 2013

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I was taunting myself in the Soho Acne store a few months ago, trying on pieces I had no business buying — like this sherpa jacket — but considering swiping my card nonetheless. It was still sale season at the time, so I tried to keep my focus on the sale rack, which is where I first spotted and tried on the coveted Acne Currency jacket. How this popular piece was still available in multiple sizes is beyond my comprehension since it was sold out entirely online, but while the price was marked down sufficiently, I just wasn’t ready to pull the trigger. I had dinners to eat, cab rides to take, and a need for new underwear, so spending over $300 on a blazer covered in a cash print that would likely serve as a reminder of the money I should not have spent on such a specific piece was not in my best interest. OK fine it was, but I was trying to be responsible. So, I walked away and spent — I kid you not — the next two months regretting that I didn’t buy it.

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Of course I went back about a week later only to find out that the sale was over and that any extra products — i.e. my beloved currency blazer — had been sent back to the warehouse in Stockholm. Despite my minor temper tantrum in the store (“Are you suuuure you don’t have any in the back room? Can’t you just go look?”), I knew there was no way I was going to walk out of the store carrying a shopping tote with the blazer inside. So, I did what any normal shopping freak would do and began scouring the internet and in two not-so-painful-but-let’s-call-them-painful-for-the-sake-of-adding-drama months, I found my one and only on eBay for a fraction of the marked down price at the Acne store.

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So why am I telling you this story? Because quite frequently we opt out of purchasing something and then when we realize we’ve made a mistake, the piece we want is no longer available. But that’s the beauty of the internet; what wasn’t there one day could be there tomorrow.  And with that I bring you 5 sites, excluding eBay, where you might find just what you are looking for:

1. Bib & Tuck

2. Etsy

3. The Outnet

4. Yoox

5. Vestiaire Collective

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Acne blazer | Joe Fresh shirt | Paige Denim jeans | Acne boots | Alexander Wang bag | Pamela Love ring | The 2 Bandits bracelet

 

// photos by Emily Malan (She’s back!)