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"Pink is my signature color." More on that here!
Left, Tom Ford. Right, Roberto Cavalli.
What are your statement shades for spring/summer?? Would LOVE it if you’d send a pic: Mary@MoreThanMary.com.
Or just answer here :) ?
What to wear to a business conference. My checklist to help distinguish yourself here!
Studded leather jacket via topshop (A dotty crop and a heavy studded leather jacket go perfectly well with our high waisted Joni Jeans)
How will you wear leather this season? A little help to keep you on trend here.
Moving to Atlanta gave me another opportunity to clean out my closet! I found a load of designer pieces I was ready to part with. Some were worn in, most looked like new, and a handful had never been worn (ugh). What should I do with this stuff? My first move was to give the cashmere and big brand pieces to friends. I like finding my clothes good fashionista homes :) Then I posted a lot of stuff on Threadflip (get invite here and shop my closet here), the new DIY resale site based in San Fran. Great concept, big brands, reputable fashion bloggers, beautiful execution, and flawless functionality. My shoes were the hot ticket item on that platform, but the clothes didn’t sell. My next move was to go to a local consignment store, but the very day I was on my way over I saw an ad for TheRealReal in Atlantan magazine. I know, the name is a little weird, but their concept is awesome. They claimed high end designer resale of flawless items, 70% of the selling price to the consigner, in-house pick up with their white glove service, and they will do all of the photography and shipping. SOLD!
Today, Nicole came over and checked out my stuff with a very critical eye. The biggest thing she was hunting for was not flaws, but brands. Online shoppers want the label. I totally get that. So unfortunatley she didn’t take it all (honestly, I wouldn’t have either), but she did take a good chunk. The rest I’m now taking over to the resale store and we’ll see what happens.
Check out TheRealReal to shop or consign. (If you do consign with them, tell them I sent you!) Even shop for gifts, seriously. I can now attest it’s a legit source for quality designer clothes at a steal price.
You can imagine that after 6 seasons of New York Fashion Week – 12 hours a day at the tents during the day and 5 hours of editing at night for 7 days straight in 4 inch YSL Tribute pumps chronicling and streaming commentary on clothing – that I’m a little burned out with the whole fiasco. So much to the point I don’t really follow it anymore, with the exception of flipping through magazines and clicking through links on my tumblr dashboard. Somehow I get the information…like men know every sports statistic after having on Sports Center in the background for an hour.
(BTW, in the photo on the right I’m sitting next to Martha Stewart. I was so shocked at the time I could barely blog. Somehow I found words to make small talk. She even laughed a few times. I mean, I made a convict and queen of an empire laugh! It was truly one of the most exciting moments of my life. I don’t think I need to explain why. The designers in the center are Max Azria and Jill Stuart.)
Fashion evolution has seemingly almost come to a halt in these hard economic times. Although, according to a story I heard on NPR the other day, the only thing that hasn’t declined in our consumer culture is luxury good sales. In terms of fashion, “trends” stick around for countless seasons now (Even WWD sees “repitition.”) to the point that everything seems to be “in.” Classic and simple is just as catching as bold and accessorized. You can wear flats or heels, chunky fabrics or tailored blends, blinged-out beaded numbers or jersey tops, natural or striking makeup, a small messenger bag or an over-sized tote. Whatever goes as long as you rock it with confidence.
Runway fashion can be inspiring with its over-the-top ensembles. You can pick and choose the little tricks and trends you want to adopt. But those never really make it to “the street.” On the contrary, street fashion pushes trends more these days if you ask me, especially on a local level. Furthermore, I haven’t really seen anything “awesome” in the photos. That’s the big difference between being AT the show and seeing pictures. You can’t translate that wow factor. It’s sad to say but the most exciting picture I’ve seen from the shows has been this one. I would wear this Carolina Herrera shoe!
So, I’m a little jaded. And I live in the south, Atlanta of all places, where fashion is practically suffocating beneath Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton branding. And I’m happy to go along with the simplicity in my own little outfits which mostly include workout gear, simple dresses, and skinny jeans. I love the no hassle attitude of the lifestyle!
All of that being said, I do love the runway show itself where you are enveloped by so many wow factors. Getting to see the hand-made pieces grace the runway in itself is truly mesmerizing. I’m sure you’ve been watching in your own way. Tumblr for me is the easiest place to get all the news. Every fashionista and her sister has a tumblr and are live-blogging now. WWD still is my go-to. MusingsandFemininity has good coverage as well.
On tumblr I found Bureau Betak’s blog showing the inside scoop on the shows they produced: DVF, Derek Lam, and Lacoste. By the looks of this pic Alexandre (above with DVF) has incorporated some crazy spectacle we won’t be able to see via stream. With or without fancy technology, I always loved her show.
Shoe departments are flooded with square toe shoes marked with bright metal pieces. It sounds good on paper…needless to say the room in the toe and thicker heel would make the shoe comfortable…but I am not a fan. I think I would like the concepts separately, like in the Casadei stiletto or YSL flats, both of which have round toes. The square toe is just so unflattering. Paired with a thick heel, the shoe is overwhelming visually.
You’ll notice I don’t have photos from Lanvin, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Sergio Rossi, or Givenchy because they don’t have these elements in their fall lines.
If I really wanted to incorporate the square metal toe into my wardrobe I’d choose the first YSL and pair it with skinny jeans and a chunky sweater. I don’t think I would accessorize a dress with them because they would steal the ensemble’s feminine nature. Possibly a high-waisted, full skirt, but not a suit. This style would steal your womanhood with a suit.
Now, are you curious to see what trends I did buy?? :)
(All photos from my trip to Barney’s NYC, August 2012)
If only I had somewhere to wear lace….
A lace overlay dress is timeless and is a great purchase right now. While everyone else is going with bold colors and sequins, you would really stand out at a wedding/event in a lace dress, even black. Lisa Rina’s THEIA is a showstopper!
Last week when I posted my Head to Toe, I got several email requests for more info on what I wear everyday. Honestly, I haven’t done this in a while, really since I left LA, because my outfits aren’t as exciting as they used to be. You can imagine as a consultant who lives in the south, works from home, frequents the gym, and cooks often, I don’t get dressed up often!
I always encourage you to write me and ask questions, so now I will answer your request!
Going from top left clockwise.
- Dita sunglasses
- Pucci scarf
- 3 dot t shirt
- Lululemon leggings $82
- Mossimo sandals
- Zambos & Siega faux python bag (Brooke $125)
- Claudia Loboa hoops
- Gold and lapiz heart necklace
- Diamond solitaire necklace
- H&M tank
- Assets cami underneath ($24 at Target)
- Parker silk shorts from Tootsies
- Mossimo sandals
- Nike tennis top
- Assests cami
- Nike tennis skirt
I ALMOST forgot to snap this pic and jumped out of the car before we took off, hence the flip flops. After the game I played I was anxious to get outta there :) If you’re a golfer, I highly recommend tennis clothes instead of golf apparel. Much more comfortable and flattering. More of my golf outfits here.
- Parker silk top from Tootsies
- Miguel Ases earrings you can’t see
- AG “Angel” jeans
- Bone cuff from Vietnam
- Moe CLICK bag
- Chloe sandals
The finishing touch to this outfit was the bright pink lipstick that, for some reason (probably just that my iphone sucks), you can’t see. If you’re going to wear dark neutral pieces, I always use a pop of color in my lipstick or jewelry.
Pretty much what I wear everyday:
- KBL sunglasses
- Scarf from Cost Plus World Market (seriously!)
- Mossimo jersey wrap
- Nike tank
- 15 LOVE spandex shorts
- Brooks running shoes
- Polar heart rate monitor ($129)
Because I wear workout gear most days, I try to jazz it up a little bit so I don’t look like a total gym rat. If you’ve been with me for a while you know I love scarves.
- Claudia Lobao hoops
- Gold and lapiz heart necklace
- BCBG dress
- Theory long spandex tank underneath
- Bone bracelet from Vietnam
- Dolce Vita heels
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but men’s over-sized board shorts have been shrinking down to legit bathing suits that fit!
I first noticed this trend in LA last year when Andy introduced me to Orlebar Brown at The Monocle Shop. You know after someone points something out to you, you start to see it everywhere. Shorter trunks were popular in from the 50’s through the 80’s, I’m so glad they’re back! I mean, you know they’re back when J Crew has a selection :)
Brands are offering a range of inseams now from 9” (just above the knee) to 5” (pretty darn short). Here are a few suggestions:
All three of these brands offer up to a 9” inseam. Abs not included.
J. Crew has a ton of options, all on sale now until June 8. However, the fabric doesn’t seem as durable and the cut isn’t as slim as the first three brands I mentioned.
The key to this look is a slim fit. No matter your belly; there isn’t a bathing suit around that can conceal that. So flatter the rest of your figure and show off some leg! Keep your eyes open boys, you’ll see the tides have changed.
Men are showing more leg at the pool in NYC and LA. Love it or hate it?
I didn’t realize it until I put all of my clothes on…Every piece is from Target! Shirt, shorts, shoes, and my old faithful Assets cami (I wear instead of a bra :). Total cost = $60!
The accessories are where the bottom line skyrockets, but you certainly don’t need them for the outfit. I mean, the belt came with the shorts for a whopping total of $10.
Side note: I can’t believe I still have my KBL sunnies in my possession. I should have lost them by now. Guess I’m getting responsible in my old age.