Slip & Slide.

jeans and slides inspo

Getting dressed just got easier! As we head into spring, the perfect transitional ensemble is one that’s quite easy to master. Step 1: slip into a pair of cool, cropped jeans. Step 2: put on some chic slides. Voila! Love the look but can’t afford the Gucci version? No worries, I have a plan! For further instructions, see the following guide:

style trial jeans and slides

a. BCBGeneration ‘Lori’
b. Vince Union Slouch
c. Aldo ‘Adeinia’
d. Steven ‘Fume’
e. AG ‘Phoebe’ Vintage Patchwork Jean
f. Birkenstock ‘Boston’
g. 7 For All Mankind Cropped Bootcut Jean
h. Rag & Bone High-Waist Flare Cropped Jeans
i. Steven ‘Razzi’
j. Hudson ‘Mia’ Crop Flare Jeans
k. Dolce Vita ‘Baz’
l. Louise et Cie ‘Finay’
m. Chiara Ferragni X Levi’s Boyfriend Jeans
n. Steven ‘Ferrin’

 

 

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Fresh Perspective.

Now that spring has sprung, I can’t help but crave a fresh start on my surroundings. If you are also looking to hit the reset button on your living space, check out these modern quick fixes that will instantly update any room. If you’re hibernating to avoid the April showers, these on-trend and affordable pieces will update your interiors and provide a chic indoor view.

Happy home Styling!

style trial spring interior

[1] These Framed abstract blue prints 2-pack are a perfectly balanced pair and so cool.

[2] These mudcloth-inspired throw pillows available here and here are so neutral yet they provide the perfect amount of ‘pop’ when tossed onto a sofa.

[3] This mid-century inspired plant stand is a fraction of the cost of the real deal. I got sucked into a black hole of DIY versions, and it would be a lot easier to just buy this pot instead.

[4] This vintage wool kilim runner adds texture and exudes all the bohemian feels.

[5] J.K. Adams Chopping Board  [6] Rachel Ray Chopping Board. Add a rustic touch to your kitchen and keep these chic cutting boards propped up on display.

[7] I love to mix in metals. Can’t go wrong with this gold mid-century tripod lamp.

 

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Oh baby.

Photo by Shannon Hager.

{ Photo by Shannon Hager }

I have the best excuse ever for yet another delay in posts! My husband and I both survived 40 weeks of me complaining about being tired/more tired/most tired and pulling a total Princess Kate before the arrival of our baby bundle of joy!

One thing I was capable of doing (in between sprints to the bathroom) was search endlessly for nursery inspiration online. Woah, baby. There is another world of high society nurseries that are the most chic spaces I’ve ever seen! I couldn’t wait to piece together my own more attainable version.  I skipped posh/kinda boring mainstream staples like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn Kids** and got creative with an IKEA dresser and a gently used rocker from a bestie. I found Etsy to be both friend and foe with their organic, on-trend baby everything so I basically favorited everything and then got super overwhelmed and purchased next to nothing. My biggest nursery styling challenge was finding the perfect statement art to go above the crib. Oversized paintings and prints either cost a bajillion dollars or don’t exist… then I finally discovered printed tapestries and BOOM total game changer! Also, I camouflaged necessities like wipes, diapers and hand sanitizer in cute storage bins and trays from The Mother Ship that is Home Goods.

By the time we brought baby home I was confident I had curated a space that was calm, clean, well-lit and blended with the decor in the rest of our home. I knew the room would  promptly become cluttered up with all of the functional stuff, but that’s another story. Baby steps…

{ Ice, Ice Baby }

1. Society6 Alaska Wilderness Tapestry by Leah Flores

2. Z Gallerie Ram Head

3. Southwestern Baja Blanket

4. Delta Children ‘Manhattan’ 3-in-1 Crib

5. Meraki And Co. Ombre Mobile

6. IKEA Faux Sheepskin Rug

7. Magical Thinking Southwestern Rug

** Update: a Labor Day sale meant a style splurge on the Zachary Collection, obvs.

 

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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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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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New York Giants.

{Marc Jacobs Finale}

{Marc Jacobs finale}

Runways across the globe have begun to fall forward! First up: NYC! My favorite American designers are off and running with bold EVERYTHING in addition to impeccable styling details to match! Going all out is officially back in! Start spreading the news…

part 1

part 2

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