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‘Cause It’s Friday: Let’s Talk Butt Pockets

August 23, 2013

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I take jeans shopping very seriously. It takes time and energy to find “the perfect pair of jeans,” and as far as I’m concerned, anything that takes time and energy should be taken seriously. Except for jury duty, that’s a waste of time and energy. When it comes to finding the PPJ — Perfect Pair of Jeans — I go by a few key assessments:

1) Is this a brand that I like? — It’s very rare that a brand of jeans will fluctuate depending on jean styles. If I like the fit of J Brand’s Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, chances are I’ll like their flared denim as well. Once I find a brand I like — Paige Denim, J Brand, Hudson, Rag & Bone, Rich & Skinny — I make them my go to. This makes the process of the denim department in megastores like Bloomingdale’s much more doable. It also helps with online ordering since you’re not gambling on an unknown.

2) The Stretch Factor — Where were we before stretch in jeans? I’m by no means condoning jeggings, but a little spandex in those thigh squeezers? Yes, please! Jeans are supposed to be comfortable, so why concern yourself with whether or not you’re butt is going to burst a seam when you can just buy a pair that has, oh, 2% elastane? Just that small percentage makes all the difference.

Which brings me to…

3) The Butt Pockets — Apple bottom jeans had their moment, but it was a moment I never took part in. When it comes to the butt pockets of jeans, I like full coverage. I  find few things more infuriating than when a pair of jeans has some half-assed (pun intended) pocket situation that is barely the width of your hand and not remotely close to the width of a cheek. The gluteus maximus deserves a maximus sized pocket.

I recognize that this last detail on the butt pockets may not be one of your major concerns when finding the PPJ. Many of us are more concerned with muffin top control, length of zipper, and/or cut, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But let me ask you this, have you ever experienced tiny pocket syndrom? If you have, you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to when I say that a tiny pocket makes the butt look like it’s going to burst out of the seams because said tiny pockets make the butt look ridiculously larger than it really is. Now, I also recognize that not all of us are Beyonce and that maybe want a little more junk in the trunk, but a tiny pocket is not the way to do it. The tiny pocket will distort your rear. It will make it look like your jeans don’t fit you properly. And most importantly, it will attract attention to your derrière in a negative way. You don’t want people staring at your hindquarters wondering how you managed to jam your iPhone into one of those midget pockets; you want them looking at it and thinking, “Baby got back.”

So if you’re going to take anything away with you this weekend, take this: PPJ’s don’t involve FSPs — Freakishly Small Pockets. Now stop what you’re doing and listen to Sir Mix-a-Lots “Baby got back.” Why? ‘Cause it’s Friday!

The 10 Piece Wardrobe

May 14, 2013

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Clockwise from top left: Topshop blazer | Isabel Marant shirt | Issa dress | Isabel Marant boots | Proenza Schouler bag | Asos belt | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Asos heels | Equipment blouse | J Brand jeans

 

The other day a friend of mine put me up to a challenge; she asked me what items I would choose if I was limited to a 10 piece wardrobe. Naturally, my first thought was, “Joseph’s beard! I can’t even limit myself to packing 10 pieces when going on a weekend getaway!” But I was into this challenge.

Before giving her my answer which, mind you, took about 30 minutes to put together, I made sure that I could leave items like underwear and socks off my list. Obviously those are “essentials” but that just seems too obvious to me. Once I got the go ahead to exclude the under-pieces, I began reciting my 10-piece wardrobe list, which I kind of want to turn into a song to the tune of Beyonce’s “Count Down”, but that’s for another time.

Now let’s break this ultimate wardrobe down.

1. The Black Blazer — Boring? Yes. Necessary? Abso-freakin-lutely. I cannot list the amount of times I’ve reached for my hip-length black blazer to add some polish to a look. The fact that it works with dresses, basic blue jeans, and even sweatpants is enough justification for me to own at least five of these, but we’re dealing with a 10-piece wardrobe so let’s just say I own one.

2. The White T-Shirt — Another basic necessity. Much like the blazer, I’ve found that the white tee can be dressed up and dressed down,  and functions as one of the more comfortable pieces in my closet. Suffice it to say, I wear my plain white tees as pajamas too.

3. The Day-to-Night Dress — Everyone believes the LBD (Little Black Dress) to be the ultimate wardrobe staple. I used to be one of those people, but I’ve changed my ways. I think that every woman should own a dress that transitions from day to night seamlessly. You want a dress that you can wear to brunch with the ladies before meeting up with Jack from Friday night for drinks. If this is a black dress for you, that’s fine, but don’t feel the need to limit yourself; hence my choice of a bright red Issa number.

4. The Ankle Boot — I never thought of boots as a year-round staple, but ones that let your ankles catch a breeze are comfortable and extreme climate friendly. I tend to opt for ones in a neutral color with a modest heel so that they go with everything and are easy to walk in.

5. The Shoulder Bag — Ok, this Proenza PS11 has been at the top of my must buy list for easily three years. When I first set eyes on it I knew it was the ultimate everyday bag. It’s a reasonable size, sits perfectly at the hip, and literally goes with everything. I know it’s on the pricier side,  but for something that’s going to be worn on a daily basis is worth a splurge (though I have yet to pull the trigger). For a more reasonable option, I suggest trying this Rebecca Minkoff cross-body that’s just as versatile and chic.

6. The Neutral Belt — Belts are one of those accessories that add dimension and breaks up silhouettes. An outfit consisting of jeans, a white t-shirt, and some ankle boots (all members of the 10-piece wardrobe) looks far more stylish when the tee is tucked into the jeans allowing the neutral belt to show. At least in my opinion, which is why you’re here. OK…moving forward…

7. Aviator Sunglasses — I’ve never met a person who doesn’t look good in aviators. Their tapered shape and slim frames are flattering on every face shape and aren’t the kind of shades that steal the spotlight like cat eye sunglasses or giant round ones as favored by Paris Hilton.

8. The Simple Heel — It’s up to you whether you prefer the pump or the sandal, but a straightforward heel is as necessary in a woman’s wardrobe as underwear. Just make sure that they go with everything and are one of the more comfortable footwear options in your closet — no one wants to wear shoes that make them walk like a drunk camel.

9. The Classic Button Down — I wear a button down almost every day, but reach for the one with blue and white stripes more often than not. The vertical stripes are flattering, it can be dressed up or down, and if you’re lucky, your boyfriend already owns a few so you can just borrow right from his closet. Whoa! Did I just narrow this down a nine-piece wardrobe!? 

10. The Skinny Jean — As much as I love the Mom Jeans, there is nothing I wear more often than skinny jeans. Once you find a brand and cut that fits you like a second set of skin, I guarantee you will wear them until the butt rips. This just happened to me with my favorite pair of Hudson jeans, though I am also a huge fan of J Brand, Rag & Bone, and Paige Denim.

Do you think I’m missing anything? I’d love to know what you think is the ultimate 10-piece wardrobe! TELL ME PLEASE!

Consider the Hybrid

February 27, 2013

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Several months ago I caved and bought my first pair of leather pants. I admit they were a bit snug, but I wanted them to have that extra skinny fit. With a couple of wears and a few too many episodes of sweating on the subway, I was not only in love but convinced that all the hoo-ha about leather pants being the number 1 item women most regret buying was a misconstrued statistic.  These edgy pants were comfortable, glorious and cupped my butt beautifully!

But then the worst thing to happen to a woman in skinny pants happened. As I was getting out of an SUV taxi in the most unladylike fashion — legs spread like I was doing a grand plié — I heard a ripping noise followed by a waft of cool air around my nether regions. Looking down, my $Did-You-Really-Just-Spend-That-Much-On-Leather-Pants? were split right down the middle. Thankfully this was a taxi ride home to my apartment so I didn’t have to deal with crotch-ripped pants in public, but I was devastated and mortified nonetheless. Not only did I feel like a hippopotamus but my beloved leather pants were done-zo. Finito. Tombstone ready. This is what all those women were complaining about! Their pants ripped! I’m convinced.

Fast forward a few months later and I came upon a pair of pants that were half leather/half leggings. While skeptic given my previous leather pants debacle, I decided to give these hybrids a go. With a wiggle here and a lunge there, I was in my new skinny fit leather leggings and beyond pleased with their flattering cut and pajama-like comfort. But the ultimate test had to be done because God forbid I rip another pair without the luxury of being so close to home like the last time. So, I turned my apartment into a mini ballet studio trying out grand pliés, grand battements, and just about any other “grand” movement I could think of.

After a good sweat and probably one of the better shows I have ever given my neighbors, I am pleased to announce that not so much as a seam popped. I have since worn these almost everyday and am also pleased to announce that they have barely stretched out. So, if you’re one of the women who curses the moment she bought leather pants or find yourself debating whether or not to take the plunge, I urge you to consider the hybrid. And much like a 1980s mullet or that time in 8th grade when you thought that if you only shaved the front of your legs no one would notice the hairy situation going on in the back, these pants are bound to make you look awesome from any angle.

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Rag & Bone jacket | Sahar Dada fur stole c/o | Zara shirt | Paige leather leggings c/o | Khirma Eliazov bag (borrowed) | Pamela Love x Nine West boots | Celine sunglasses | Saks beanie

// photos by Emily Malan

Weekend Mornings

August 30, 2012

Weekend mornings are easily my favorite time of the week. Even if I’ve been out late the night before, I can’t help but wake up early to enjoy a little “me” time to catch up on some reading, enjoy a cup (or five) of coffee, and greet the day.

While this doesn’t happen every weekend due to a number of reasons like brunch, hangovers, or forcing myself to stay in bed past 8am, I’ve been trying to take it easy these past couple of weeks as I gear up for Fashion Week.

Are you a weekend morning person or is night time your only way to go? I’m not just asking this for no reason, I really am curious. So tell me! Or don’t…

Topshop Shirt | Paige Denim shorts c/o | Tom Binns cuff |

A Week in Review

April 13, 2012

{ Paris day dreaming… }

I’m in love with my new apartment. In love. We’re getting married. I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful it is to wake up in the morning on a cute quiet street and go to bed at night with a view of the Empire State Building. So maybe I’m still living out of boxes, but each day my new place feels more and more like home.

As you can imagine, a significant portion of this week was spent attending to my new place, moving furniture around and making sure everything feels juuust right, kind of like Goldie Locks. This weekend I’m hoping to paint my living room and spend some quality time wandering around my new neighborhood. How many restaurants can I fit in my stomach in one weekend? I’ll let you know come Monday…

{ First look at my bedroom/unmade bed }

{ Ready for Miami thanks to Samudra and Paige Denim }

{ Having a Carrie Bradshaw moment at my new desk }

{ This time next week this mess will be a glorious walk-in closet! }