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Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

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Finding inspiration within the folds: Fashion

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I'm not a fashion designer or a seamstress. Pillows are my specialty and that's about it. I do enjoy scanning Pinterest and looking at images of pattern making and transformative fashion. I find something extremely inspiring in looking at the way designers can manipulate textiles and transform silhouettes through folds and layers of material.  Here's a taste of a recent Pinterest board  that I've been building. Enjoy. Fabric Manipulation | Via Charlotte Janssen

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Elizabeth Holt | SewElizabeth.com

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Henrik Vibskov Menswear Spring Summer 2015 Paris | NOWFASHION.com

Innovative textiles design for fashion - dress with intricate horsehair woven design; fabric manipulation // Marianne Kemp

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A Guide on What to Wear in NYC: Summer Addition!

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Neutral Options

Blazer / Hat / Sunglasses / Nail Polish / Heels / Asymmetrical Tank / Handbag / Denim Shorts

I can't tell you how many of you love the winter addition post [here], but its enough that I have to create a new addition for summer! I find New York summer attire to range across the board from really well put together, crisp and tailored, to some gals that look down right inappropriate. The one thing that is so interesting though, is that even with everyone's different style or look, you can always tell a tourist from a true New Yorker in what they're wearing. Here are the key details, and if you're visiting the city they should help you to camouflage into the crowds of New Yorkers.  First tip for every season though, try to walk at the same pace!

  •  New Yorkers always wear layers. Even in the hottest heat. When its really hot, they opt for sheer layers. Something that I don't entirely find appropriate but for some reason it goes and no one really cares. That's because it's New York, and 'anything goes'.  The on trend items this season, white denim, sheer blouses, the well tailored oversized blazer in blush or neutral tones.
  •  A New Yorker will always have a carry on. What do I mean? Whether you're a lady or gentleman chances are 9 times out of 10, you will be carrying a handbag, duffle bag, messenger, backpack or a man purse. In New York, bags are our vehicles, they tote our necessities like wallets and phones but they also hold our books for the train commute, our makeup bag for touch ups, our sunglasses, umbrella for maybe rainy days, our lunch if we're trying to spend less and often times, our change of shoes. Even on the most simple days, ladies will not leave home without a small cross-body or clutch.
  • New Yorkers accessorize. You'll often see people with a scarf, a pin on their jacket, oversized jewelry or a hat. In New York, fashion is upfront and much of fashion is about expressing yourself. An easy way to do that, is through accessories. These accessories can also be apparent because of my first two points. What sets New Yorkers from out-of-towners though, is that these accessories are also often investment pieces. Women sometimes own handbags that cost more than cars. Many man wear Rolex watches. In the summer, this is no different. The most common accessories that are pulled out in the summertime are the latest hats on trend and the latest sunglasses. Right now, large, colorful polarized lenses are in but if you'd like to always be in style, get yourself a pair of Rayban aviators or Wayfarers.
  • Real Shoes. New Yorkers wear real shoes, they do NOT wear flip flops or Crocs on the street unless they're on their way out of the nail salon or work in the medical profession. Instead, opt for a nice pair of sandals or ballet flats. The streets of New York are dirty and you would not believe how filthy your feet can get when you wear flip flops. It's truly disgusting.
  • New Yorkers are well groomed (for the most part). It is a common expectation in the work place to have manicured nails and hair. Right now, bold colors like tomato red, neon brights and orange tones are the hottest trend in nail colors, however the new neutral is any shade of gray.

Easy Brights

Jacket /  Dress / NecklaceRay-Ban Sunglasses / Nail Polish - Tart Deco / Sandals / Clutch 

Sheer layers paired with tailored separates to keep you looking classy.  White Denim, blazers in blush, or neutral tones that keep it all fresh.

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 Never leave home without your carry-on.

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Accessorize: Scarves, hats and statement lenses are a must.

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Leave your flip flops at the beach. . . Artful sandals, stripy heels, classic pumps or even loafers and slip on sneakers are a better choice.

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 Don't forget your nails! Red is classic but neutral whites, grays and blacks are always chic or bring in a pop of color with a blue or purple.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Notable Professionals: Jenna Lyons & Her Life Rules For Success

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Jenna Lyons - Image Source: Time Out Magazine  

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In this modern day of self entitlement with just about everyone working for themselves and creating their own success from bloggers to designers, and everything in between; there are a few individuals who still stand out and are at the top. I'm inspired by many and have been fortunate enough to meet several notable entrepreneurs that I owe a lot of respect. However, for those select few, there must be a particular reason why they have made it to that level. Someone in particular who I highly admire is Jenna Lyons - her brownstone in Park Slope was absolutely gorgeous, her stedfast rise to the top at J. Crew is incredible, and her style is right up my alley - btw, I'm totally obsessed with her leather pants that she wears so well, any outfit with those alone is an inspiration. Luckily, Lyons has clued us in to her means of success.

 

A friend of mine recently sent me this list, a short feature with Jenna Lyons that appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Porter, Net-A-Porter's new publication. Her life rules for success are a must share.

  1. I work on my instincts. At the end of the day, its all you have. If you don't trust yourself, no one else is going to, either.
  2. You can't fix yesterday. And don't beat yourself up about it-the only reason to beat yourself up is if you don't learn from it.
  3. Respect honesty and transparency. There is no room for people who can't give a clear and honest opinion.
  4. I feel like I'm learning-and making mistakes-all the time. But if I wasn't and suddenly felt stagnant, that would be the thing that would make me not want to work.
  5. When I was younger, I always wanted things to be easier-but I learned that there are always some things in flux and always changing. Then I realized that makes things far more interesting.
  6. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. There is no question. Its a cliche, but it's true.
  7. Never assume that just because we did it one way means that we can do it again the same next time.
  8. I realized early on that no matter what I am feeling and no matter what is happening to me, either personally or professionally, there is no place for that [in the workplace]. I am really good at compartmentalizing, probably to a fault. When you force yourself to do it, you realize that its not as hard as you think.
  9. I don't want to stay looking the same. Someone once said that they didn't recognize me because I wasn't wearing a red lip, so I thought, "Oh, I won't wear a red lip for a while."
  10. Giving feedback in the creative world is so delicate. I spend a lot of time picking my words carefully.

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As always, thanks for reading.

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New York Fashion Week Windows @ Bergdorf Goodman

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Andrea Mary Marshall, Kyle DeWoody, Linda Fargo / photo courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman Kristin Cammaermeyer - Outside In, 2014

It's that time again when my entire Twitter and Instagram feed is ALL FASHION and NOTHING BUT FASHION. Ask me on Tuesday next week what I think of it. Living and working on the retail end of this world I've been thinking about fashion week for months. Going into it we have to prep and design displays and presentations in hopes that the store is looking impeccable. If you're in New York at this time, it is one of the best times of the year to visit the stores and walk the windows, it may not be the opulence of Holiday but definitely stores, especially the fashion related ones are stepping up their game.

This season Bergdorf Goodman has joined forces with Grey Area to showcase selected works of artists in the window and the interiors. GREY AREA is the undefined space between art and design where art is made functional and the functional is made art. On GREY AREA, one can shop artworks that are one-of-kind, multiples or rare items.

 

Kyle DeWoody, co-founder and creative director hand selected each artist for the collaboration.

Kyle DeWoody within Empty Window - photo courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Kristin Cammaermeyer - Outside In, 2014

Peter Gerakaris - Rappacicini's Origami Terrarium, 2014

Kristin Cammermeyer - Outside In, 2014

 

Mattia Biagi - Teddy 212, 2014 - Photo via Instagram, RGundersonNYC

Mattia Biagi - Teddy 212, 2014

WXYZ x Laura Wass - Oil Slick Hedra, 2014

WXYZ x Laura Wass - Oil Slick Hedra, 2014

WXYZ x Laura Wass - Oil Slick Hedra, 2014

WXYZ x Laura Wass - Oil Slick Hedra, 2014

Lionel Estéve - Untitled (Pink Vichy, Green Pearls) 2011 / Untitled (Green Stripes, Blue Pearls), 2011 - photo by: Lauren Caron © 2014

Lionel Estéve - Untitled (Pink Vichy, Green Pearls) 2011 / Untitled (Green Stripes, Blue Pearls), 2011 - photo by: Lauren Caron © 2014

Lionel Estéve - Untitled (Pink Vichy, Green Pearls) 2011 / Untitled (Green Stripes, Blue Pearls), 2011 - photo by: Lauren Caron © 2014

 

Kasper Sonne - Borderline (New Territory) 2014 / photo by: Lauren Caron © 2014

Kasper Sonne - Borderline (New Territory) 2014 / photo by: Lauren Caron © 2014

 

Christopher Astley - Groan Hall, 2011 - photo by: Lauren Caron © 2014

Christopher Astley - Groan Hall, 2011 - photo by: Lauren Caron © 2014

 

Sebastian Errazuriz Lampara de Lagrimas, 2013 Courtesy the artist, Salon 94 and Cristina Grajales, New York

Sebastian Errazuriz Lampara de Lagrimas, 2013 Courtesy the artist, Salon 94 and Cristina Grajales, New York

 

Sebastian Errazuriz Lampara de Lagrimas, 2013 Courtesy the artist, Salon 94 and Cristina Grajales, New York - Photo by: Lauren Caron © 2014

 

Andrea Mary Marshall - Fashion Fans, 2014 / photo courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Andrea Mary Marshall - Fashion Fans, 2014 / photo by Lauren Caron © 2014

 

Andrea Mary Marshall - Fashion Fans, 2014 / photo courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Andrea Mary Marshall - Fashion Fans, 2014 / photo courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Want to read more about this special collaboration, you can go to Bergdorf Goodman's Blog [here] or Grey Area [here].

 

Thanks for reading.

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Bergdorf Goodman photos - Photographer: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

The artists chosen are:

Peter Gerakaris

Rappaccini's Origami Terrarium, 2014

 

Adam Parker Smith

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Kasper Sonne

Borderline (New Territory) 2014

 

Kristin Cammemeyer

Outside In, 2014

 

Mattia Biagi

Teddy 212, 2014

 

Christopher Astley

Groan Hall, 2011

 

WXYZ x Laura Wass

Oli Slick Hedra, 2014

 

Andrea Mary Marshall

Fashion Fans, 2014

 

Lionel Estéve

Untitled (Pink Vichy, Green Pearls) 2011

Untitled (Green Stripes, Blue Pearls), 2011

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Perrotin, Paris

 

Sebastian Errazuriz

Lampara de Lagrimas, 2013

Courtesy the artist, Salon 94 and Cristina Grajales, New York

 

2014: Let Purple Reign

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Pantone Color of the Year, 2014 - Radiant Orchid The 2014 Pantone color of the year is Radiant Orchid. Last year Pantone was dead on about Emerald and Tangerine the year before, but I'm wondering if that is the case about Orchid this year. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of the color but I have been able to find some appealing examples. Purple is a rich hue that historically represents wealth and sophistication, being worn by magistrates and emperors. It is also considered a spiritual color bringing peace of mind when surrounded by it. I wonder if we're headed towards a peaceful and calming 2014 or perhaps a year filled with wealth and prosperity? Only time will tell. Enjoy.

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A Little Dash Of Darling

 

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Clio Make Up

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Crystal Grey Design

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Photo Credit: Rafael De Cardenas

Photo Credit: Rafael De Cardenas

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Christian Lacroix

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Sterling Interior Design

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Thanks for reading.

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