All Things Considered.

Is this an Estee Lauder 'Pleasures' ad?

{Serving up an Estee Lauder ‘Pleasures’ ad}

I absolutely loved my wedding and it was the most perfect day. The only thing I wish I could do different is to have worn about 5 different outfits, obvs! Committing to one style of wedding dress can feel a lot harder than committing to one person when you’re style obsessed (thankfully my husband gets this about me)! Even though I totally nailed it that day, I still wish I could have looked more: boho, dramatic, high fashion, Valentino-esque, fun, eccentric and many other things depending on which moment you ask me. At the end of the day, I have to reign in my fashion neurosis and remember that what I was feeling at that time was all things classic. I wanted to flatter my waistline in elegant clean lines, and I stuck to my made up rule that all brides should wear their hair up (even though I didn’t want to!). I was inspired by great beauties of the 1950’s such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, and I felt everything should have a little Rat Pack melody instilled in its style. So was my wedding my greatest style accomplishment? Eh, maybe not. But it was definitely one of the best days of my life, and I can certainly live with that as my happily ever after.

So, apparently I love lace!

{Making a case for: classic elegance}

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Normcore.

#normcore

#normcore

Welcome to summer 2014 where  looking normal is the chicest way to stand out! Here are all my favorite reasons to love this abnormally easy to adopt trend:

- – – Comfortable slides & tennies (despite the fact that Birkenstocks are actually a total b*tch to break in).

- – – Simple silhouettes with lots of ease that camouflage all your winter gains.

- – – Black + white + grey + denim = countless idiot proof color combinations.

- – – No jewelry? No problem! The only accessories you need are bold eyebrows or orange lips.

- – – You probably already own half of the main ingredients! Black dress? White t-shirt? Jeans? Check! Check! Check!

 

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R.I.P. Leggings

{see you again in 20 years}

{see you again in 20 years}

It’s become clear that the average gal and leggings just don’t mix. After all this time, leggings are still being abused as pants (eeek) or as some type of sporty coverup under skirts or dresses (why you can’t take them off post bike-commute?!). I’d rather see a woman in yoga pants at this point. So, see ya later leggings. I hope you can be replaced by the new comfy AND chic printed loose pants a la these.

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Summer Sandal Sneak Peak.

{put a cork in it}

{put a cork in it}

Ready, set, shop!

UPDATE: I just bought these sandals in silver at Target and I’m hashtag obsessed!

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Otherwise Engaged.

Rejoicing in the New Year can mean a lot of things: resolutions, a fresh start and the excitement of knowing that winter is on its way out! I have big changes in store for 2014, the first of which will be marrying my Prince Charming! Hallelujah! Amen! OMG! I’m. So. Freaking. Excited. Where to even begin?!

For starters, I am truly over the moon for my vintage Art Deco engagement ring from Maloy’s. I thought I wanted just an understated band, but once you start trying on fancier bling one quickly realizes that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend! While window shopping I couldn’t take my eyes off of this one particular classic, sparkly ring, and my amazing boo surprised me with that very ring a couple days later as he popped the best question ever! So lesson one of wedding planning learned: be open to new ideas!

You can expect some more wedding style posts as I venture into this unknown world of endless style decisions (all of which make finding Mr. Right look like the easy part)! For now, I’ve settled on my wedding color: white! For me white is just so clean and classic and a perfect starting point for my wedding vision. I’ve come up with a variety of ideas to share with my incredible florist (who happens to be my gorgeous niece), and I’m letting her take over creatively from here. Trust is a virtue, and I really don’t want to spend time micro-managing any one aspect too much. I strive to enjoy this process and savor the fun that comes along with being engaged. So far, so awesome! Cheers to a new, stylish year!

{floral inspo}

{floral inspo}

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Werkin’ 9 to 5.

{Courtesy of The New Yorker}

{Courtesy of The New Yorker}

I know, I KNOW! I haven’t been here in forever, but I truly do have a decent excuse: I’ve been working a relatively “grown-up” job in the photography styling biz and damn the real world because it is freaking ex-haus-ting! But all thanks to a nudge from my impossibly chic coworker Eric, I’m finally ready to go back on trial! You see, Eric is one of the “creatives” at my work who dresses like he’s from Martha’s Vineyard and fluently utters phrases such as “Frankly, I think that would look marvelous paired with the Chantilly lace!” Eric was disappointed to learn that I didn’t have a “back story” that involved a childhood spent in Europe, and now with his ever-growing disillusionment with me never getting my blog on, I just can’t bear to disappoint him or my Style Trialers any longer! So it is with his polite encouragement that I can proudly proclaim: this court is officially back in session!

First case in the matter: whatever am I to wear to werk it at my work?! Dressing for my job has the following challenges:

-At 6am I don’t give a sh-t what I look like, only to later realize I look like sh-t and I should’ve put in more effort.

-The temperature goes from zero to profusely sweating and back in 2.2, so I have to drape myself in a multitude of layers.

-I need to wear flats (with some type of support) as I often stand for long periods of time.

-I tend to wear boxy, long tops to hide the “Freshman 15” that I’ve put on thanks to endless amounts of free baked deliciousness lingering about.

So, what’s the final verdict on getting dressed in the dark (with minimal regrets) as I dash out the door? A mix of sassy ankle boots + modern skinny jeans + a flowing T + cozy knits + 1 bold accessory = case clothed! Let’s take further inspiration from the street style stars who seem to make looking chic their full-time job (just like Eric)!

{werk it girl, do a twirl}

{werk it girl, do a twirl}

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Blessings in Disguise.

{photo: style.com}

{photo: style.com}

In my fashion heaven,  Tom Ford is God. But he’s insanely good-looking so he’s like the way hotter, much more dapper version. Anyway, ever since his departure from Gucci in 2004 he’s dabbled in everything from perfume and chic sunglasses to directing the beautifully depressing A Single Man. In recent times, Mr. Ford has designed custom ‘fits for celebs like BFF Julianne Moore while inspiring Justin Timberlake’s new debonair look for his return to music (thank God, er Tom Ford). Most importantly: he just shut it down in London with his namesake collection for fall 2013.

Allow me to explain why this collection is EVERYTHING: the strongest trend of the year is pattern on pattern, but Tom Ford takes this trend one step further by adding texture on texture. Thigh-high patchwork boots and leopard coats might seem a bit much for now (hello: Prince Akeem), but as we head into fall everyone will be ready to bow down! Hopefully, ZARA will answer our prayers by providing accessible knockoffs immediately. In the meantime, let us rejoice in the real deal! Amen.

{blessings in disguise}

{Hallelujah!}

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