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Après Ski

December 19, 2013

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It’s come to my attention that people do this thing called skiing. Though I’ve tried the sport once, maybe twice, my ex-ballerina tendencies had me turning my skis out into first position instead of in like the shape of a slice of pizza to bring myself to a full stop. As you can imagine, this led to me falling hard on my butt on more than one occasion, and since I was around the stubborn age of seven, maybe eight, I decided to stop and take up shop in the lodge with a steaming mug of hot cocoa. I haven’t worn a pair of skis since — though 20 years later I’m not opposed to the idea, especially the part involving a post-ski lodge hangout.

While sitting in the doctor’s office Monday morning, I couldn’t help but listen to two college girls fussing over what they were going to wear during their winter break, après ski. “I want to be comfortable but like look cute at the same time,” one of them said. “I know, I think I’m just going to bring a bunch of leggings and my Northface,” said the other. Halt. Stop. What? Leggings and a Northface? Sacrebleu!  I didn’t dare chime in and tell them they had better options — I hate when people do that — but it did get me thinking about what I might wear were I ever to find myself in an “après ski” situation.

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I began by considering the requirements as dictated by Girl #1: comfortable and cute. This obviously meant something spandexy — like Girl #2′s suggested leggings — on the bottom. But with so many elastic waistbands on the market today, why be boring with a standard pair of cotton leggings when you can wear something leather and get the same roomy benefits? Next I approached my top. I find few things more comfortable than a soft, worn in t-shirt, but since we’re talking snow here, I needed something warm too. I opted for a chunky-knit cardigan which offers a bit more breathability than your standard pullover — a required credential if you happen to be roasting in front of the fire place.

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After that it was all about the accoutrements, and given Tuesday’s post, it should come as no surprise that I went for something ultra furry. Since ski apparel is usually waterproof and puffy, I decided to switch things up with an oversize shearling coat that can easily double as a blanket for two. To top off the entire look and amp up the glam or should I say “cute” factor, I added a pair of mirrored aviators which I consider to be the most universally flattering and glamorous set of shades.

Now, I have no intentions of going skiing anytime soon — in fact I’m leaving snowy NYC for foggy San Francisco tomorrow. But were I to find myself in a post-ski hang session, this is what I would wear. It’s also what I would wear on a cold Monday in Union Square, which is exactly where Emily and I took these photos. End scene.

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Searle shearling coat | Topshop cardigan & t-shirt | Paige leather leggings | Doc Marten’s boots | YSL ‘Muse’ bag | Max Mara scarf | Ray-Ban aviators
// photos by Emily Malan

Collecting Lost Items

December 3, 2013

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How often have you held your fist up in the air, shaking it madly as you curse into the abyss of nothing because something you wanted to buy is no longer available? My guess is more than once. Sure, we tell ourselves that it wasn’t meant to be, that we were never supposed to own that pair of fur trimmed Alexander Wang heels, that our money is better spent somewhere else; but deep down we feel that hollow pang of a hunger unsated. Weeks, months, even years pass as we try to forget the one that got away, but true love never dies now does it? What if I was to tell you that there was a way to find whatever it is that slipped through your finger tips? You’d call me your fairy godmother, right? An all powerful sorceress! Fine, I’ll take the title, but I’m sure many of you already know the powerful and promising world of eBay. I’m sure that most of you also find eBay to be one overwhelming hullabaloo of stuff that seems too complicated to take part in, and boy, do I understand. The first time I purchased something on eBay was my freshman year of college when I didn’t understand the whole bidding system and wound up paying $300 for a vintage skirt that had a starting bid of $24. I paid this much because I bid $300 and well, let’s just say the skirt wasn’t that exciting so no one bothered to outbid me or bid on the item at all. Lesson learned.

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Very often I find myself searching for the same thing on eBay. Penny Lane coats. Oscar de la Renta mules. Carry on bags that don’t scream flight attendant. But keeping track of everything I’m watching and searching for has, up until now, been like what I said earlier, a hullabaloo of stuff. I’ve also always wondered what it is that eBay ninjas (aka the people who are so talented at eBay they’ve practically outfitted their whole wardrobe and apartment in scoured goods) search for. What terms are they using? What sellers are they following? What is it that they are looking for that I seem to be missing out on? All of these issues are solved with the launch of eBay collections, a platform that allows users to curate and track their own groups of products and must-haves from the site’s 500 million+ items. With just a few searches and clicks —Proenza Schouler PS11—Mongolian Fur Trimmed Coat—First Edition Hemingway—I can keep all my findings in organized folders that make buying and bidding all the more easy. Even when an item sells out, eBay finds and suggests similar, if not the same items that are currently available. And what’s more is that you can follow other users’ collections — i.e. those eBay ninjas — to see what they’re tracking and buying. Now, I’m no ninja, but if this were karate I’d say I’m a purple belt when it comes to eBay hunting and gathering and you can follow all of my collections here. And if you like what you see above then act fast fast fast because all of those items are currently available for a limited time only in my compilation of collections. Oh wait, that’s right, if one sells out, eBay will suggest similar, if not the same items in its place! It’s time we all said goodbye to the days of missing out.

Love,

Your Fairy Godmother

My eBay collections were created in collaboration with eBay. #FollowItFindIt