Posts tagged ‘kate spade’
Neon in the Sixties
I have a long list of style icons. Jane Birkin, Bianca Jagger, Kate Moss, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Jimi Hendrix, and so on and so forth. But never in my life have I looked at a photo of style legend, Jackie O and thought, “yes, I would like to dress like that.” Don’t worry, I can already feel your outrage through the computer from this previous statement, but this is an issue I need to address as I’m fairly certain my beliefs have changed.
Until recently, I’ve always found Jackie O’s style to be a little too stuffy for me. Turtlenecks, skirt suits, silk taffeta dresses complete with a bow — none of those really scream “Sonia”. Indeed, had I lived during her era I would have likely been seen in high-waisted flared jeans and a variety of ponchos giving too many peace signs while cruising around in my light pink Volkswagon Beetle. And while today I may still be seen wearing high-waisted flared jeans next to my friend’s newer Beetle model, I’m starting to think that the other side of the spectrum, a.k.a. Jackie O’s skirt suits, don’t sound all that bad. Cue the “you’re getting older” remarks.
I’ve been aware of my growing sartorial maturity over the past few months, but it was really brought to my attention when I visited Ted Baker a few weeks ago. Upon arrival in their three-story-and-then-some store, I B-lined for pastel pink tailored suits, cropped jackets, box pleat skirts, and even a head-to-toe flamingo print ensemble (yes, that exists; and yes, you should get it). I walked out of the store with a neon orange cropped jacket and a box pleat piano keyboard skirt (both of which you see here), thinking I’d nabbed the edgier pieces from the assortment I tried on. But then my friend Anna told me it was very “Jackie O.”
This conjured a visceral defensive remark from me. “Jackie O would never wear neon orange,” I said, confidence oozing out of me like a math whiz in AP Calculus. However, once I got over my initial and I admit, immature, response, I realized Jackie O very well could have worn neon orange had neon orange been considered a wearable color then. Indeed, I have no doubts that she would wear neon orange were she alive today — she did love color after all — and I can even imagine her wearing an outfit quite similar to this one from Ted Baker. Though lets be honest, she would have looked ten billion times more glamorous than me, complete with those signature oversize sunglasses.
So, getting back to the potentiality of Jackie O. being introduced to my list of “style icons,” I conclude that yes, she makes the cut. Will I reject the ripped up jeans and tattered tees in my closet? No. But let’s be real here, no one ever really saw what Jackie wore behind closed doors.
If I look cold it’s because I was.
This is me playing the piano on my piano keyboard skirt…just as an FYI
// photos by Emily Malan
Holiday Gift Guide • Under $100
I love buying gifts for other people but it’s not always the easiest thing to do, especially when you’re working with a budget. For this year’s series of gift guides, I’ve decided to keep everything under $100.
Obviously my own personal tastes factor in to these gift guides quite a bit, but in my opinion who wouldn’t want a ceramic dolls head that doubles as a candleholder? Or a driftwood log that also charges your iPhone? Clearly I’m into things that have more than one purpose this year, but should that not suit your or your grandmother’s taste, a Diptyque candle is forever a win in the gift department.
1. Moschino Teddybear iPhone Case – $75
•I’ve had my eye on this gummy friend for a few months now. Perhaps not the best present for the man in your life, but everyone needs an iPhone case with it’s own personality. Am I right?
2. Diptyque Tuberose Candle – $60
•I reiterate the above statement: a Diptyque candle is forever a win in the gift department.
3. The Kate Moss Book – $85
•Another surefire A+ gift is a beautiful coffee table book. Extra points if it includes nudity, which this new anthology of Kate Moss does starting on the very first page.
4. C Wonder Monogram Box – $78
•I love how monograms have made an impact in fashion outside the world of Vineyard Vines and Lands End. These affordable boxes come in an assortment of colors and can snazz up even the dumpiest of dorm rooms.
5. Giles & Brother Skinny Cuff – $85
•Versatile jewelry works for any lady friend, especially in an adjustable cuff form so that it doesn’t slide around on the slender wrists or get stuck on the chubbier ones.
6. Horn Cups – $55-$65
•Everyone needs a toothbrush holder, a cup for pencils, or something to just stash random baubles in. Why use a plastic cup from Duane Reade when there are beautifully shaped horn ones just a mouse click away?
7. Little Joseph Candle Holder – $99
•I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want this.
8. Kitty Cat Shoulder Bag – $90
•I also don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want this.
9. Driftwood iPhone Dock – $64
•This may be one of the coolest inventions I’ve stumbled upon on the internet. A lot of my friends gather driftwood every time we go to the country, so it’s about time such covetable pieces of nature were put to some good material use.
10. Estee Lauder Zodiac Compact – $70
•Much like a monogrammed box, zodiac accessories always make a gift feel more personal. Kind of like a reminder that you not only remember their birthday, but also their sign! (Just don’t tell them you had to look it up on Wikipedia.)
11. Gargyle Lab Bottles – $65
•Another undeniably awesome way to freshen up a dumpy space. Put a candle in these glass guzzlers or just scatter them around the apartment for a vintage-y cool vibe. Stepmoms would like this, I guarantee it.
12. Kate Spade ‘Gia’ Pouch – $78
•Perhaps not the best gift for someone in AA, but a statement clutch (literally), is bound to get a round of laughs. I suggest giving this to your kooky aunt or 21 year-old sister.
**MORE GIFT GUIDES TO COME NEXT WEEK!
Cropped and Bare
Let’s keep the whole cropped trend going here, shall we?
First you saw the swan pants and now I share with you the swan cropped top. I have been known to wear them together but it’s so hot outside that the sole thought of wearing pants is frightening. What can I say, I like a breeze on me knees.
The whole “cropped top” trend scared me at first. Bare tummy? Hell no. But then I remembered the delightfully high-waisted pieces that are slowly taking over my wardrobe. You’re telling me that instead of doing the peek-a-boo-look-at-my-belly-button look, I could do the sliver of skin peeking out between my top and skirt? Deal.
This has since been a pretty go-to look for me (I even cut a t-shirt in a moment of frustration because I didn’t have enough crop skin sliver tops), and have to say that extra bit of breeze on the upper midriff is as good as it feels on the knees.
Even the arrow points at my midriff!
// photos by Emily Malan
When Lubov Azria sends over a dress from her Fall 2012 collection for you to wear to an intimate dinner party hosted by BCBGMAXAZRIA, you have to pull out all the stops.
Along with doing my hair – shocking, I know – I set aside some “me time” to apply sparkly Sally Hansen Nail Strips that added the perfect touch of glittery punk glamour - hello oxymoron – to my simple silhouette. What’s a stylish dinner party without a good manicure? Am I right!?
As for the dress, I fell in love with it’s sheer color blocking glory when it came billowing down the runway back in February. The top is actually 100% sheer, which on a model with no chest looks great, but on me?…not so much. After toying with a few different bras, I opted for a body hugging long sleeve black shirt that, thankfully, looked like it was part of the dress. Given more time I think I would have gotten away with a nude bandini or bandeau.
The dinner was held at Freeman’s Restaurant – one of my favorites in the city – and the meal itself did not disappoint. It was wonderful to be sitting in a room full of fellow editors and bloggers and Mrs. Azria herself who did a phenomenal job as hostess. I wish we could have a dinner party like this every week!
// photos by Emily Malan
This week my Mom is coming to officially open up our house in Connecticut for the summer, which means that my beach/pool time is about to increase tenfold. And while I sit here cursing that box of crackers I just ate (seriously, it’s beach season – get it together, Sonia!), I also sit her rejoicing in all the goodies that come with a day by the water. Yes, barbecue is the first thing that comes to mind for me, but so do straw hats, colorful beach towels, the smell of sunblock, and most importantly, this awesome shark bag that I’m not sure I can withhold from buying much longer. Sharks are the reason I’m afraid to go in the ocean (and the deep end of the pool), but a plastic shark on land? now that’s a toothy fella’ I can get along with!
- Kate Spade Beach Towel
- Asos Flat Top Round Sunglasses
- Rag & Bone Bristol Straw Fedora
- Thakoon Addition Silk Playsuit
- Asos Rodnik Band Shark
- Topshop Coral Stripe Bandeau Bikini
- Madewell Jasper Sandals
- Anthropologie Alizarin Lattice Necklace
- MoroccanOil Treatment
- Kiehl’s Sunscreen