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The Emoji Factor

June 10, 2013


If you were to ask me what my life was like before the emoji keyboard, you would find me speechless. How I was ever able to communicate my thoughts and feelings without smiley faces, salsa dancers, and well-groomed poodles is beyond my comprehension. Who has the time to type out that they’re angry when all they really need to do is use the scowling cat emoji? Why waste your energy telling someone that you’re in a cab when there’s a taxi emoji that can do just that for you? And why bother writing out a grocery shopping list when you’ve got fruits, vegetables, and all kinds of prepared foods like pizza, fried shrimp, and half a loaf of bread at the tap of your finger’s disposal? I personally can’t think of a reason. In fact, I’d say that emojis have such a focal point in my day-to-day life that I’ve taken to looking to them for sartorial inspiration, which brings me to this very post featuring one of my favorite emojis, the eggplant.


Now, to be frank like a hot dog, I don’t really like eggplants. I find their texture to be too mooshy, their taste to be bitter, and I’m not big on the color purple. But there’s something about that emoji. Its rotund shape, swing in its hips, and fine, I’ll say it, phallic symbolism makes it relevant in practically any conversation.

How are you doing today, Sonia?! Eggplant. Did you see last night’s episode of Game of Thrones? Eggplant. Will you marry me? Eggplant.


And it goes one step further in being colorfully relevant for an outfit that doesn’t scream eggplant but were you to think about it a little more you might think, “Hey, she looks like an eggplant.” And I’m OK with that. Because regardless of my fruity appearance (yes, I had to use Google to find out whether eggplants are a fruit or vegetable), this outfit could really swing its way into any type of occasion just like the emoji.

Want to go grab a drink? Eggplant. Meet me in the office in 5. Eggplant. Let’s go dancing. Eggplant.


Equipment shirt | Topshop skirt | YSL heels | Tod’s clutch | Elizabeth & James sunglasses | Kenneth Cole watch


Should you find yourself not so inspired by the eggplant, then what I’d really like to know is which emoji I should dress up as next. I’m thinking the rooster head, but am open to suggestions. Just look at the gloriously colorful icons below!


// photos by Emily Malan

(Im)Practical Fashion

April 8, 2013
tags: , , , manolo blahnik, , poop, pracitcal, , , , , white pumps
by Sonia


I am not the most practical person when it comes to fashion. I wear high heels in NYC and take the subway almost exclusively. I’ve also been known to wear suede in the rain. Neither of these habits are practical and that doesn’t bother me. But today I pose a question of practicality regarding the white shoe.

We all remember that scene in Sex and the City when Carrie is wandering around Paris in her fabulous white Manolo Blahnik’s and then squish! she steps in a fresh pile of dog crap. I cringe every time I watch this scene and to be honest I don’t think it’s because it’s dog shit, though that doesn’t help. It’s that here are these dazzling white heels that are just destined to get scuffed and dirty and watching it happen is like watching someone throw out a fresh pie of pizza. Stop! There was something good there! 

White heels are a one-way ticket to making an outfit effortlessly chic, but they’re also a one-way ticket to Dirtville; especially if you live in a filthy metropolitan city like New York. How do I know this? Because I have the hardest time keeping my whites white in this city. My white jeans have little grey spots on them (probably from wearing them while it was raining — hashtag not practical), and my white Alexander Wang bag has dark smudges all over it because I idiotically wore it out on New Year’s Eve. So, as much as I love the idea of a white pump, you can understand my hesitation. But that’s the practical side of my brain talking. The impractical side says to hell with dog feces, bubble gum, and any other delicacies found on the sidewalk. Be bold. Take a risk! BUY AND WEAR THE WHITE PUMPS.

So what say you? Do you think white heels are a smart purchase or completely stupid? There’s no doubt that they’re a staple, but a staple can only go so far until it’s ruined, right? What do you think? I really want to know.

Photo by Garance Doré

Pink & Purple

February 14, 2013
tags: , arrow, , , , bracelet, , catbird, clutch, cuff, , , , heel, hugh hefner, , , pajama shirt, patent leather, , , pink, pink pants, price point, , , , , , , , , , valentine, valentine's day, vintage casio watch, ,
by Sonia


I used to be the cynical type that wanted to burn every Valentine’s Day aficionado who came in my direction. Even in relationships I acted like I could care less about this day. But let’s be honest, what girl doesn’t want flowers, chocolates, or in my personal case, a giant bowl of guacamole?

So, a few years ago I decided to kill off my cynical “woe is me, I hate this hallmark day” self, and adopt a more festive and optimistic me. I get into the spirit of every other holiday (Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July…I even wear a shirt with a giant photo of my mom on Mother’s Day. Just kidding.), so why not embrace Valentine’s Day as well.

So here I am, dressed in head-to-toe pink and purple ready to stuff my face with Mexican food tonight. Because that’s just how I roll on Valentine’s Day. More on that in a post later today though…stay tuned.

Until then, Happy Valentine’s Day!





Asos shirt | J.Crew pants (similar) | YSL heels | Tod’s clutch c/o | Catbird arrow cuff, Giles cuff, vintage Casio watch

// photos by Emily Malan

Boots For Me, Boots For You (Giveaway)

November 21, 2012
tags: alberto fermani, , , boots, cyber monday, deal, discount, , , , green pants, , , promotion, , , , stripe sweater,
by Sonia


 Congratulations Katy! You won the giveaway!

Thank you all for entering and making me seriously hungry with all your festive feast favorites!

Don’t forget that you can still get 30% off any pair of Alberto Fermani boots today using the code runwayboots.


I’m one of the few people in the world who seriously loves the holidays. Give me some Christmas tunes, turkey, cozy sweaters, and festive lights and I’m beaming from ear to ear.

The one issue with the holidays however, and I know I’m not alone here, is the inevitable tightening of pants. Between the cheese, the stuffing, the sweets, and copious amounts of butter, I may as well surrender myself now to a personal trainer.

But while pants get tighter and bras loosen a notch, shoes continue to fit and since it’s cold outside there are even more options! Pumps. Boots. Sneakers. Heeled boots. Wedged sneakers. I could go on.

In honor of the button bursting holidays, I bring you a very special boots promotion with Alberto Fermani! Starting today through Monday, November 26th, you can enter to win a pair of Alberto Fermani boots of your choosing (though I can attest that the one’s I’m wearing in this post are comfortable, flattering, and a new found must-have in my wardrobe).

Should you not be the lucky winner of this kickass giveaway, fear not, I’ve got something else in my boot for you. Starting Saturday November 24 through Cyber Monday the 26th, Alberto Fermani is giving all Runway Hippie readers an extra 30% off. Just use the code runwayboots to get your discount!

Now come the rules on entering the giveaway:

1. Like Runway Hippie and Alberto Fermani on Facebook

2. Leave a comment in the comment section below telling me your favorite holiday dish.

3. I will announce the winner on Monday! Good luck!

* Unfortunately, this giveaway is for US residents only.

BCBG blazer | Free People sweater c/o | J Brand jeans | Alberto Fermani boots c/0 | Bottega Veneta bag

Embracing Pastels

February 23, 2012
tags: 7 for all mankind, alexa, , ankle boot, , boot, brown, casio, chung, , , , , hermes, james franco, , , joe fresh, light pink, , , , pale pink, pastels, , pink, pink denim, , , skinny jeans, , , , , tan
by Sonia

Holy mackerel! I’m wearing pink again. Albeit a light pink, but still a girly hue that is almost as absent in my closet as a pair of ballet flats (which happen to not exist in my closet; FYI). I can say with complete and utter honesty that the last time I wore pink as the focal part of an outfit was last summer (see here). It’s not that I don’t like the color pink — hell, my room is pink! — but I just dont identify with the color from a sartorial stand point.

I picked up this pair of pink pastel jeans at a 7 For All Mankind event earlier this week, knowing they’d be a challenge but determined to embrace this spring’s trendy ice cream color palette. It wasn’t easy venturing away from my darker pieces, but I ultimately went with an overall pale ensemble, which felt fitting for the 60° weather we’ve been having these past few days. I admit I didn’t really feel 100% like myself while wearing this outfit, but it was a welcome change and I plan to continue exploring lighter hues until they feel juuuuuust right.

{ Raurent Coat, Joe Fresh Sweater & Shirt, 7 For All Mankind Jeans c/0, Dolce Vita Boots c/o, Mulberry Bag, Jewelry by Noir, Forever21, and random boutiques }

// photos by Emily Malan