Monday, November 30, 2009

I ♥ NY

I ♥ NY t-shirt (customized). D&G skirt. Vintage costume enamel earrings. Vintage costume pearl & vase necklaces. Vintage amethyst/bow & costume stone rings. Ribbed tights. Delman ballerinas.
“These vagabond shoes / They are longing to stray / Right through the very heart of it / New York, New York” – Frank Sinatra, New York, New York
Back in the city, I wanted to pair this lace skirt with something offbeat & was inspired by this iconic t-shirt; I cut its neckline/sleeves & tucked it into the skirt’s velvet waistband. A pair of red ribbed tights (matching the top's heart) + dark green nails (OPI 'Here Today… Aragon Tomorrow') paint the picture of an urban merrymaker. My dance card's filling up fast... Tomorrow's Dec 1, Wednesday's the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Friday kicks off of a slew of holiday parties - each one requiring an outfit more special than the last.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Land Ahoy

Vintage Perry Ellis sweater. Milly camisole. Sailor shorts. Rachel & Co headband. Vintage costume chain, pearl pendant & wooden necklace. Noir turtle ring. Hue cable-knit tights. Eloise clutch with vintage costume pearl necklace worn as strap. Delman ballerinas.
Today is probably the last time I'll wear shorts this year (at least in the Northeast). This sailor pair buttons jauntily up the front & thick tights protect my legs for traipsing "Over hill, over dale, / Thorough bush, thorough brier, / Over park, over pale" William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream.
A wool fisherman sweater cozies up to a tangle of necklaces & a turtle ring (note the gem-encrusted shell) makes friends with this Eloise clutch (my favorite storybook heroine who lives in my favorite ex-hotel). I love tiny purses for evening & bought this one at a children's giftshop for my junior prom; I added a vintage costume pearl necklace to make it into a wristlet.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Almost Famous

Hanii Y coat. Anna Sui slip. Allison Daniels Designs belt. Fur hat. Vintage costume pearl & flower rings. Hue sheer polka dot tights. Chanel ‘Maxi’ bag. Lanvin ribbon ballerinas.
The transition from fall to winter is a time for comfort, both physically (seeking a shield from the outdoor elements) & spiritually (finding inner peace to endure the holiday season). I've avoided black winter coats in the past as they can seem severe but like the Victorian doll-style of this one's lace/fur. I accessorized with a tooled leather/floral buckle belt & a classic cotton candy purse - my dreamboat of a bag.
After I saw Almost Famous (my favorite movie forever), I deeply coveted Penny Lane's (played by Kate Hudson) wardrobe - especially her white fur hat. It was like coming home when I unexpectedly found my own hat a few years ago. I do my best shopping when I surprise myself with gifts versus buying for specific occassions.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Corduroy Lost & Found

Theory jacket. Milly dress. Hue striped tights. Delman ballerinas.
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. / But I have promises to keep, / And miles to go before I sleep" - Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Here I wear my Barbie dress (spotted with polka dots & a duo of bows) over a pair of black/gray striped tights. I bought this corduroy jacket during college; it seems like a standard preppy piece, but its secret sumptuousness lies in the rabbit fur lining. Today I ventured into fields blanketed with last year's leaves, soaking through a pair of beige ballerinas. It didn't matter because walking in the woods at twilight is magical, akin to finding something desired all season on sale in the right size (hello Phillip Lim chubby). Besides, they're old shoes.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Snow White & Rose Red

Marc by Marc Jacobs rosette dress. Vintage costume pearl necklace. Noir parrot ring. Nicole Miller windowpane tights. Vintage Dopp by Buxton kit (on mantel). Vintage Jcracker's cowboy boots.
Happy Thanksgiving! I wore a rosette organza dress to my family's luncheon at an inn on the lake; the place is old fashioned & luxurious, which is how how I prefer my rustic experiences to be. My frock has a ribbed bodice, trailing roses that pool into a skirt & an exposed zipper up the back. I kept on the cowboy boots I wore on this morning's walk in the woods & added a pair of pink/purple windowpane tights & a sparkly parrot cocktail ring to be festive.
As a vegan, I ordered a fruit plate for lunch - no turkey-fatigue for me. I need to be cognizant for the Black Friday sales tomorrow, which seem to have commenced without Friday. Sometimes I wonder if I'll tire of shopping/clothes/fashion; people hang art on their walls, but I prefer to hang it in my closet... Ultimately supporting the arts wins.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Butterflies Are Free

Vintage Sportsworks cardigan. Milly camisole. Betsey Johnson skirt. Vintage studded belt. Nicole & Co bow headband. Vintage costume gold necklace. Noir butterfly ring. Black tights. Lanvin suede shoes.
"Personally I cannot understand how anybody manages to exist in the country, if anybody who is anybody does. The country always bores me to death" - The Importance of Being Earnest
Oh Gwendolen... City girls pine for nature when climbing Central Park's Alice in Wonderland ceases to satisfy. I arrived in CT with nothing more than a large purse - one of the best parts of visiting my family is becoming reacquainted with my wardrobe's excess (stored here). Today I played with florals, belting a knit cardigan over a handkerchief hem skirt. My favorite part is this sparkly butterfly ring - I find myself gesturing wildly to flash it around.
I'm so happy to finally share my weardrobe interview as captured on their homepage below. They asked some great questions & I selected my best outfits; be sure to check it out & explore their revamped site (recently featured on Teen Vogue's site). Thanks weardrobe! Watch this space for more excitement coming soon - it's all happening...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tiny Dancer

Capezio sweater. Gold Hawk dress. Costume flower earrings. Vintage costume pressed flower/blue beaded necklaces. Kenneth Jay Lane elephant bangle. Vintage costume diamond bracelet. Luxe Girl argyle tights. Loeffler Randall 'Matilde' boots.
The holiday season is synonymous with travel... Visiting family & escaping to somewhere warm (soon!) require comfortably chic clothes. Many of my travel accoutrements come from Capezio (mecca for all things dance). As a former ballerina-in-training, I shopped there for ballet slippers, leotards & tutus; I still frequent them for ballet slippers (useful for plane rides) & wrap sweaters like this one (foldable to pocket-size).
I bought these boots for a business trip to Paris last year; after wearing them out walking the boulevards, my magical elf of a cobbler resuscitated them (note: a girl in search of a pick-me-up need look no further than a shoe-shine surrounded by gents in suits). An embroidered little white dress & preppy green tights complete my ensemble bound for the familial compound in CT!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Flora & Fauna

Vera Wang Lavender Label dress. Vintage costume charm/gold/ribbon necklaces. Vintage costume amethyst/bow/moonstone/pearl/stone rings. Anne Klein cable-knit tights. Delman shoes.
Fall flora blooms on this earth-tone frock with cascading chiffon ruffles that's suitable for a tea party or ladies-who-luncheon on an English estate. I adorned myself with three necklaces & five rings as wearing beaucoup de bijoux buoys the soul – I almost prefer costume jewels to genuine gems as they’re usually bigger & it doesn't matter much if they're misplaced.
Technology update… Weardrobe (a community of street style mavens - see my weardrobe) recently partnered with Like (a shopping search engine), enabling readers to purchase pieces inspired by bloggers' wardrobes. It's a genius idea: shop & be shopped - unfortunately the vintage items (my perennial favorite) are usually untraceable.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gone Fishing

Ralph Lauren sweater. See by Chloe dress. Vintage fish clips & floral scarf worn as belt. Vintage costume pearl earrings. Vintage Ben-Amun charm bracelet. Vintage costume woven cuff. Hue polka dot tights. Chanel ruffled shoes.
Baby, it's cold outside... I layered a cashmere cable-knit sweater underneath my lace/taffeta dress for some extra warmth. Valentine's Day may be months away, but I'm in the mood for love; shades of pink & purple paint a pretty palette for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. I wish I could've been à Paris with Georges Seurat around 1885 or in Chicago with Ferris Bueller one hundred years later. Today was largely unremarkable except I broke in my new Chanel ruffled ballerinas.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dirt Off Your Shoulder

Vintage Jonathan Hitchcock for Reuben Thomas dress. Vintage costume breastplate necklace. Vintage costume pearl necklace worn as bracelet. Vintage costume feather & diamond rings. Sheer tights. Chanel shoes.
Eighties baby... Inspired by Christophe Decarnin's great shoulder revival at Balmain for spring 2009 RTW (& still going strong), I slipped on this magenta vintage dress. Its shoulder pads/ruching along the neckline create a sleek silhouette; long sleeved frocks are a practical trend for fall, making sweaters superfluous.
As much happiness as a sequined Balmain frock would bestow upon me, I'm struck with the poignancy that something thirty years old is still relevant today. It makes me wonder if there's anything left to be invented - or only reinvented? If there's nothing new to discover (only things left to uncover), then (to quote Alfie), "What's it all about?" These are deep thoughts for a Saturday... I'll leave that question in the ether while I take my dress out for a night on the town.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Candy Striper

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel top. 3.1 Phillip Lim beaded skirt. Costume flower earrings. Vintage blue bottle (a souvenir from my mom's trip to the Caribbean) & black bead (a souvenir from my mom's trip to Ireland) necklaces. Vintage amethyst/bow & costume animal/stone rings. Betsey Johnson crochet tights. Chloé 'Paraty Capsule' bag. Chanel oxfords.
Big bags by day are a way of life for me & Chloé creates them for chic mademoiselles. I shied away from stripes in the past because horizontal bars seem to carry a warning: objects in mirror appear to be wider than they are... Consequently, I only admired my favorite gamines' (Jean Seberg & Audrey Hepburn) signature styles from afar. However, when I broke my arbitrary rule with this ¾ sleeve top, there was no looking back – except to say boo to the mirror. The banded blouse dresses down this beaded skirt, whose scalloped hem is cunningly constructed to resemble fringe. Note: 1 sailor (top) + 1 flapper (skirt) = a good time.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Walk on the Wild Side

Vintage Eloise Curtis for Happenstance top. Milly camisole. 3.1 Phillip Lim ruffled skirt. Vintage costume pearl necklace worn as headband. Satellite mesh bracelet. Vintage costume stone & diamond rings. Hue leopard tights. Delman shoes.
Sequins + leopard = wild disco pixie. Mixing patterns/textures is the name of the game today, but everything jibes because they belong to the same neutral color family: a gold/silver sequined top + a pair of brown/gray leopard tights + a metallic beaded bracelet. Lately I've been channeling a 1970's librarian with high waisted skirts; Phillip Lim’s ruffled confection is held together with a cummerbund-like band. I had the perfect cropped top to pair with the skirt: a vintage shimmery geometric-patterned shell. Bookworm by day, dancing queen by night...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tell Me About it, Stud

3.1 Phillip Lim dress. Linea Pelle love belt. Vintage flower headband. Pearl bow earrings (a gift from my neighbor on the occasion of my birth). Vintage amethyst/bow & costume pearl/amethyst rings. Tintoretta knit tights. Delman shoes.
Some people use the internet for dating; I use it to go shopping but nonetheless found my match... Recently I entered into a long distance relationship with a boutique in Chicago, who seduced me with Phillip Lim's resort collection. This navy blue asymmetrical dress with a gold sequin back was simply irresistible (the white version was worn by Drew Barrymore in Oct's Marie Claire & several stories featured it in Dec's Bazaar). Stud-like sequins snake across the frock's right shoulder & spill down its back, creating a stylish suit of armor - Joan of Arc goes to a gala. My belt, embroidered with the word 'LOVE', embraces my waist like a kiss.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Coat of Armor

Betsey Johnson coat. Vintage Chanel belt. Vintage costume pearl necklace worn as headband. Vintage costume gold necklace. Costume flower ring. Black tights. Chanel oxfords.
My schoolgirl heart belongs to Betsey Johnson… She made the first designer item I ever bought, triggering a tsunami of chiffon/lace/velvet frocks worn to various parties throughout my adolescence. I worked at Ms. Johnson’s showroom as a design intern one summer during high school, where I helped prepare for her spring 2003 RTW fashion show at her house in East Hampton, NY – she even used me as a fit model a few times.
This coat (printed with pink charms & trimmed in faux shearling) is one of my favorite Betsey pieces; 1 belt + 1 pair of oxfords = moody gypsy. My sartorial development is indebted to Ms. Johnson's vivacious girlie style; while now I gravitate toward Anna Sui's more darkly bohemian designs, I still peep into Betsey Johnson storefronts, hoping to glimpse a girl preparing for her first slew of parties.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Twinkle Toes

See by Chloe dress. Bow headband. Vintage costume Art Nouveau & gold necklaces. Vintage costume woven bangle. Satellite mesh bracelet. Betsey Johnson crochet tights. Chanel bag. Miu Miu shoes.
Sometimes a girl has to indulge herself - this dress was an impulse purchase sans regrets. I was immediately attracted to the frock's lace paneling, which is reminiscent of Louis Vuitton/Stella McCartney for fall 2009 RTW. I escorted the dress to a changing room post-haste, where the lush pink blooms winding up its body & the buttons climbing down its back confirmed our mutual passion. As this ladylike frock required companionship of the appropriate calibre, my large Chanel tote bag & a pair of sparkling ballerinas were just the ticket.
This purse also accompanied me to the Met over the weekend, where we took in the American Stories show; I recognized some of my old friends there (including Mary Cassatt & John Singer Sargent) & made some new ones (Lilly Martin Spencer & William McGregor Paxton). It was ingrained in me at a young age to visit special art exhibitions - shows of this breadth are unlikely to occur again during my lifetime.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Vintage fur chubby. Anna Sui slip. Vintage costume pearl necklace worn as headband. Vintage costume pearl earrings. Vintage amethyst, bow & Kenneth Jay Lane flower rings. Black tights. Chloé boots.
I rescued this fur chubby from an estate sale in CT - a biddy moving to warmer climes wanted to find good homes for her cold weather accoutrements. After professing my love for both her furs (real) & jewels (faux), I spirited away the crème de la crème of her collection, including these soft red fox pelts cinched with a tassel belt (reminiscent of the accessories Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana sent down the runway for D&G's fall 2009 RTW).
There boots complete me... Chocolate suede extends to mid-thigh with corset detailing up the back; flat soles make them wearable for everyday. I've loved Chloé through all of its recent regimes: Stella McCartney (now with a namesake label), Phoebe Philo (lately of Celine) & most recently, Hannah MacGibbon. As female designers, these women set the standard for bohemian/jet-set/feminine cool - I'm so happy to finally share their magic.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Princess Furball

Vintage shearling coat. Vintage chain belt. Vintage pearl drop earrings. Vintage costume pearl & amethyst rings. Black tights. Marc Jacobs 'Mina' bag. Lanvin suede shoes.
Three days of rain led me to explore one of my mom's closets, hoping to find Narnia, nirvana or a vintage gem... I emerged victorious with the latter: a heavy hooded shearling coat. It's big on me, but I realized it's supposed to be after thumbing through some old photograph albums (see the evidence below - I'm the one in the magenta snowsuit).
I embraced the holiday season by decking myself in gold: I cinched my waist with a buckle belt, strung pearl drop earrings through my ears & hung a chain strap bag on my shoulder. The city erected the great tree at Rockefeller Center & the smaller ones along Park Ave this week; serendipitously, I rediscovered this coat around the same time of year as the below picture was taken... The locale is one of those Park Ave islands with its tree lit up in gold.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Last Days of Disco

3.1 Phillip Lim jacket. Hanes top. Nanette Lepore skirt. Vintage costume pearl necklace worn as headband. Vintage costume gold & elephant/hamsa necklaces. Vintage costume diamond bracelet. Costume flower ring. Betsey Johnson crochet tights. Judith Jack clutch. Miu Miu shoes.
"A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten" - W.H. Auden
I found this poet's sentiment to be true after dining today with old friends - ironically I discovered that reminiscing is an organic way to plan the future. Dinner & dancing found me dressed in a sequined tuxedo cardigan & a flippy skirt; the luxe tux drapes over a men's wife-beater (my version of a dickey). I've never denied my love of sequins & this metallic-colored jacket is the apotheosis of my collection (for now). Tonight's fairy tale ends with a pair of brocade jeweled shoes & a seashell-shaped clutch garnished with a brooch.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Knit One, Purl Two

Vintage Bergdorf Goodman vest worn as top. Judith Jack belt. Sequin leggings. Vintage costume pearl necklace worn as headband. Vintage costume ball necklace. Vintage costume flower, gold (a 14th birthday present) & Jessica Kagan Cushman ‘Do You Have Any Idea Who I Am?’ (a 23rd birthday present) bangles. Vintage amethyst & bow rings. Chanel '2.55' bag. Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Varina’ shoes.
This knit vest is one my best vintage finds... The fawn-colored vest-cum-top (by Bergdorf Goodman - my favorite store in the world) is illustrated with animals, astrological symbols & hearts. The right side reads "BG 84" above the hem (the year before I was born) & three flower buttons attach the neckline to the shoulder.
The other cherished part of my outfit is the purse... Usually I live out of big bags, but this one is by CHANEL - enough said. A girl has to be careful about her pocketbook because it's inherently revealing - this purse says: chic, classic & sophisticated (who cares if it only contains strawberry Lip Smackers & mint Tic Tacs?).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Un Peu de Rouge

Piazza Sempione top. Vintage Gloria Sachs skirt. Vintage costume pearl earrings. Vintage costume pearl & elephant/hamsa hand necklaces. Satellite mesh bracelet. Vintage amethyst & bow rings. Beige cable knit tights. Chanel oxfords.
As an Aries (on the cusp of Pisces), red energizes me - here I used it as a sartorial pick-me-up for a business meeting: 1 cherry cashmere ruffle bow top + 1 elephant/hamsa hand necklace = a powerful charm x 2. The silk paisley skirt by Gloria Sachs was an appropriate designer for my conference today; in the 1970/80's, Ms. Sachs produced sportswear in innovative textiles that allowed women to maintain their femininity in the boardroom & beyond. I suppose my outfit brought me luck because my rendezvous went well - still, I wonder if that's a coincidence or the power of fashion... I'll investigate this link further in the future.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Prairie Home Companion

Vintage Albert Nipon dress & scarf. Woven belt. Vintage costume blue bead, gold & sun necklaces. Vintage costume pearl, stone & diamond rings. Brown tights. Chanel shoes.
I hold this dress in my heart... It used to belong to my mom who wore it like a flower child: draped off her shoulders with a scarf knotted around her neck. Upon my inheritance of the frock, I admired its pockets (a thoroughly modern element) & hemmed it a few inches. For its debut, I added a leather belt & swung some gypsy chains around my neck. Brown tights contrast softly with the dress, but warm days, bare legs & lace up sandals are imminent.
There's a photograph of my mom wearing the frock (snapped in April 1982 – thanks Kodak) on vacation in the Caribbean with a boyfriend - it reveals a tan, young woman (a couple of years older than I am now). My mom purchased the dress at a dept store in NYC for the trip; she didn’t save all of her old clothes, but she probably kept this one because it embodied a turning point in her life… The photographer? Reader, she married him.
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