A draped leather jacket might be my most desired wardrobe addition for fall. It is also the least attainable. A girl can dream though, right? Here are some fantastic leather jackets with draped fronts:
It has been quite a while since I have done one of these! I used to be quite obsessed with my "Style Influence of the Day" posts. Took a little break but was inspired to add another one when my co-worker (shout out to Sam, thanks for actually reading my blog) said I dressed like her: Rachel Bilson.
I was quite flattered by this and since I happen to love Rachel's style I thought she deserved a post for sure. She is definitely a personal style icon for many fashion fanatics.
Wasn't I just talking about Balmain? Its been announced that Balmain is now coming out with a more affordable bridge line to be called Pierre Balmain. "More affordable" is a relative term here since the price range is still on the pricey side. The line is coming to stores in December, but here are a few looks of what's to come:
I am always on the look out for a great leather biker jacket, quickly developing a crush on this one
Does anyone do rocker chic better than Balmain? If there is a boyfriend blazer, then I am already in love
Elizabeth and James may have acquired most of its fans based on their apparel collections (which by the way are fantastic and I would count myself a fan), but I find myself drawn to their jewelry more and more.
The smooth surfaces highlights the bold sculptural design. Elizabeth and James jewelry maintains a classic look that shows off the material's texture and surface as well as the details of the subtle designs.
I love shorts of all kind. Most of the time this crush falls on denim shorts (cut-offs, distressed, cuffed...). Looking to expand my interest in shorts and let's face it expand my closet as well, here are some other shorts that have caught my eye:
Looking around in my closet I was looking at one of my boyfriend's blazers and discovered it has a Balmain label! Hold on. My boyfriend owns Balmain and I don't? Moment of severe label envy. Couldn't resist trying it on:
Check out those shoulder pads. Intense. Kind of loving it. I have a thing for black blazers (I might own more than one).
Question is how do I get myself a Balmain blazer? I'll take this one from their Fall RTW collection, please:
There is something so nostalgic about a pullover sweatshirt. I don't know what it is exactly. Maybe it's just that I remember owning several as a child from every vacation spot visited or animal I was currently obsessed with at any given age (I owned more than a few sweat shirts with pugs on them). Knowing my love of basics, I think a pullover sweatshirt is a great addition to a wardrobe for that rumbled/hot mess look that I love. If you are going to wear a pull over sweat shirt, why not get one like this fantastic Rodarte one:
Just love that it comes in heather grey. One of my favorite color options. I love the classics: black and white, but my other staple option would be heather grey. I think many would consider their alternative to black or white to be brown, but I never really buy brown. There is always another color option I would rather have. I like other people in brown, but I can never sell it to myself. If I am not buying it in black or white I will buy it in heather grey.
Kiki has one! Do I even need to add this makes me want it even more?
You either love distressed clothing of you don't. I happen to be a fan. When it is done right anyways. I know some people argue why would you buy clothing with holes in it when you could do that yourself. You can't do it yourself. Sorry, it will never look right. It will just look cheap and it really will look like you found your clothes in a trash can. It is all about the proper placement and the process to get the perfect "I've worn this every day of my life" look. A look that was particularly popular in the 90's (a fashion era favorite for me).
This "Ripped Knit" Crewneck Sweater by Wyatt has caught my eye. Perfectly distressed! Its over 100 degrees in New York and I am still thinking about knitwear! Something tells me I am going to be buying quite a few sweaters this fall....
Seems I have been patrolling around looking at other blogs quite a bit lately because here is another post about a blog I am into lately. Honestly, my interest in this blog started from my overall love of Opening Ceremony. Its a great store that sells many of the most coveted items by young designers. It is one of those places where I want to buy everything in the store. I would too, if I could afford it. For now I just love from afar.
Obsessing over the store led me to following them on Twitter and checking out their blog daily and its very delightful. Could their employees be any cuter?! I love every time they post a biography on a new staff member (I always want their wardrobe and who doesn't want to know what an employees spirit animal is? Cause I do!).
Turns out Kirsten Dunst loves them too! Cue me loving them even more if that is all possible. If you have ever read this blog you pretty much know that Kirsten Dunst is my style icon. I adore her. She's fantastic. Love her movies, love her clothes...I'll stop. Opening Ceremony did a little tribute to her for her birthday (I'm behind it was April 29th). It is one of the greatest things I have ever seen! Pictures of Kiki (Kirsten Dunst, I refer to her as Kiki most of the time) from her life and films with shopping suggestions for each Kiki look! I could make my whole blog about styles and pieces inspired by Kiki's looks! Oh wait, I kind of already do that....
Recently I discovered the amazing blog The Man Repeller. If you haven't read it before you have to check it out. I am late to the game on this one, since it is a pretty popular blog. The Man Repeller is written by Leandra Medine and she is truly hilarious. The blog takes a look at how many fashion forward looks are not considered "man friendly" and how women who dress stylish are most often not dressing to attract a guy. Leandra is very witty, so please check out her blog to read about her take on all the trends that women often love and guys simply don't understand.
Pictures if from one of her posts, which I choose to display because she is wearing The Perfect Chambray Shirt from Madewell that I have mentioned I am obsessed with in previous posts. This picture makes me want a red turban like the one she is sporting.... Man repelling and pretty ugly things seem to be one in the same haha.
Pearls have never really been my thing. The "classic preppy" look comes to mind when I think of wearing pearls. That or a 50's house wife. They may be a classic look, but they are not my thing. Recently I stumbled on this:
Eddie Borgo at J.Crew pearl cone necklace
I love the spike at the end of the pearls! Love the tougher look on a classic accessory. Yes, this item is once again a J Crew item. Seems I have been a little J Crew obsessed lately.
Fashion fans are all under the spell of Celine. Lately, more than ever. I would count myself among the labels many adoring fans. I have loved the last few collections (Phoebe Philo can do no wrong). I will have to post more later on my love of Celine, but for now I just wanted to give a shout out to my obsession with the Boston Bag by Celine. I want it bad. Since this isn't going to happen anytime soon I will just stare at pictures of it. Its mesmerizing its so gorgeous.
Here is one of the latest versions of the Boston Bag from the Spring/Summer 2011 Celine ad campaign:
Each time it comes out in new fabrics I think I get more obsessed. One day...one day....
My love of fashion is pretty obvious from this blog, but I have also adore squished faced dogs. Pugs in particular, but I melt over pretty much any squished wrinkle faced dog. That's why when I saw the New Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Louis Vuitton ad campaign I could barely contain my excitment:
Perfect combination of the pretty and ugly (I love the its so odd its cute). I'll take one Louis Vuitton bag and a pug please.
The hunt for the perfect denim/chambray shirt has been going on for a few years for me now. I have purchased a few. One is a longer tunic style button up chambray shirt and the other a button up denim with a more fitted and shorter cut. I love them both and they are wardrobe staples for sure. This hasn't satisfied my want for another one though. As you will come to find I like to buy similar things over and over again. If you like something though, why not get a few versions of it! Hey, I know what I like.
Recently I have made a few trips to the Madewell store and found several of the employees wearing this shirt:
Its called the "Perfect Chambray Shirt" and I have to agree with the title. I love the boyfriend fit and the light wash. Given, yes of course the sales girls were wearing it. I have worked retail and you usually have a discount that you use often because you are surrounded by the clothing all day and you just end up buying things to wear to work. Or there is a dress code that requires you to wear the store's products only. However, if you work at clothing store you usually know which products are the best since you are around them all the time and have probably tried them all on. I was also at the Guggenheim Museum the other day and saw 2 girls wearing it there too!
This shirt is on my must have list for sure. If you need to have it for yourself right now check it out here:
Who doesn't like wearing their favorite pair of sweatpants? No matter how much you love clothes, you know you have a pair of sweatpants that you lounge around on the sofa in (mine are dark heather grey, of course). You love these pants, but they aren't something you want anyone to see you in or something that you would go outside in. Given the comfort factor we would love to wear them around more, but given they are not the most flattering or stylish pieces of clothing most of us keep them as after 10 pm watching TV by yourself attire only.
I like the idea of the "I just threw this on" look that sweat pants can pull off. Casual/sloppy attire that sometimes just works. If they are the right fit ( if they are in a shade of heather grey they are even more appealing). Cue Alexander Wang's Spring RTW collection that was the perfect take on "American Sportswear". An athletic inspired collection that was raw, edgy, but had just the right elements of fun. Given this collection came out quite a while ago, this isn't exactly new news. Why am I bringing it up now? I have been obsessing over the idea of his sweatpants inspired trouser looks ever since I saw the collection. I love an athletic look that was never meant to be work out attire.
Alexander Wang - Spring RTW 2010
T by Alexander Wang French Rib Sweatpant
I have been hunting for an affordable version of this look for quite some time. Though the T style (above) is great, it was still out of my price range (yeah, I'm sad about that). It couldn't just be any skinny sweatpant. I wanted something that was trying for the Wang inspired athletic look, but was by no means meant for a work out. I happily stumbled upon these:
J Crew Ultra-Knit Un-Sweatpant
You can't see it that well in the picture but there is even a little side zipper detail by the ankles! Plus they come in grey. Needless to say I purchased these (and for a steal) and am looking forward to rocking them. Unnecessary non-legging leggings, you say? Probably, but I'm obsessed.