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FASHION | Travel To The South of France + Spain

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SHIRT | EARRINGS | JACKET | HEELS | HAT | BATHING SUIT | SKIRT

I've finally settled our itinerary for our upcoming trip to France and Spain this May. It's going to be a bit of a splurge, but something well deserved for the both of us. The next step is planning our activities each day. I'm set on horseback riding in the Camargue region while we're in Arles, and the theme of the trip will be based around modernist painters, ones in particular; Cezanne, Van Gogh, Chagall, Renoir, Picasso and Dali, with visits to house museums and such. Another big part of our trip will be Cannes (which is also the main reason why we're going). My husband's student thesis film was submitted to Cannes and accepted! It is not likely that we will be rubbing noses with the stars, but we will have passes to the festival and I believe access to the shows. We are still finalizing those details. Another great concern for me, being a lady, is what will I pack and what will I wear for all of these marvelous activities?! Horseback riding is dirty stinky activity (although the smell is pleasing to me) and Cannes will probably include some put-together date night ensembles. I can't help myself but pull some inspiration from my favorite classic films like Breathless and To Catch A Thief. One thing's for sure, there will be lots of horizontal stripes - and I'm preparing for that by hitting the gym hard for the next few months! 

Above is a short list of a few things I'll be adding to my staples of tees, tank tops, denim, and sandals. I'm not much of a sneakers gal, but I have to find a good pair that will be cute and not too bulky. Luckily, it's en vogue to wear sneakers for almost any occasion. 

Wardrobe: Gearing Up For Fall

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This weekend I'm finally taking the time to go through my wardrobe to put away my warm weather clothes and pull out my wintry clothes. I've been putting it off up until now but with last night's cold temperatures of 36˚ I can't put it off any longer. I also realize that I have to take the time to do this in order to keep myself from spending any unnecessary money.  I've been feeling pretty bored with my style as of late and I'm guessing it has a lot do with the fact that I don't have anything great to pick from for these cooler days.

On my way home I decided to pop into a neighborhood clothing store that opened this summer called O.N.A on Vanderbilt and happened to splurge on some new denim and booties (see, I really need to go through my closet ASAP). I ended up "needing" the pieces I purchased and I'm seriously so, so excited to wear them!

What else am I planning to buy this season? A turban of course! Last year they were desirable and this year, they're looking chicer than ever. I've especially fallen for this orange one from ASOS.  Oh and yes, I am especially smitten over this horsey scarf, you can NEVER have enough equestrian inspired gear! To finish the look, I'm dying over these wine colored, ombre jeans by Blank Denim - they also have the layer of sheen to give them an added edge. Last but not least, I love a good leather jacket and one to ease the transition of fall into winter is a must have (it would be a big ticket item in my wardrobe but a great investment too).

 

 

Hoping for Cooler Days Ahead

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Not to sound negative but, I have to say, I'm pretty sick of this weather right now. It has "cooled" down recently in New York with temperatures dropping into the high 80s to low 90s, but the past few weeks have just knocked the energy out of me.  Granted I have been very busy lately stressing out about my living situation. This heat has really managed to bog down my wardrobe.  I'm sick of all of my clothes at the moment and really just can't wait for the new season to begin.  My favorite time of year is the end of summer when the days are still warm, the nights are cooler; it's the early part of the summer to fall transition.  There's a feeling of refreshment as the new collections hit the stores and outfit options triple with the opportunity to throw on extra layers.  I especially love being able to put a pair of dark jeans on without feeling disgusting!

This brings me to the few pieces that I've been lusting over and coincidentally would make a great outfit together.  They are the wardrobe staples; dark denim, a canvas tote, an anytime scarf but there's a slight twist or difference in each that makes them noteworthy to me.  The color palette of warm hues with dark blues feels right in step with the current trend of color blocking and I can just picture myself (well a model with my head pasted on top) strutting my stuff over the Highline in this outfit.

In True Grit Fashion

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Image from Rodarte's latest collection.

It was Fashion week in New York last week and there was a strong trend throughout many design houses.  That trend may or may not have been influenced by the Oscar nominated film True Grit.  Probably not completely the source of inspiration, considering the timeframe it takes to design collections but it does show that many of us are harkening back to the "good ol' days" when the west was wild, the world was simple and the women were still ladies. . . .  What is now being called Prairie Chic was seen in Ready to Wear shows across the board at Rodarte (who's futuristic collection has been all over the news), Sonia Rykiel, Anna Sui, Steven Alan, Marc Jacobs and lower budget brands like even Zara.

Taking cues from these designers I wondered how might I interpret the film True Grit into both an outfit and a room?

Hailee Steinfeld's character Mattie Ross has a wardrobe in the film that mostly consists of a large olive green overcoat, a belt to keep it together, a felt bucket hat, and pigtails. I've pulled together several pieces that can take this costume from gritty to fashion forward.

1. Military style overcoat by Motel 2. Felt Hat similar style found at Urban Outfitters 3. Vintage Campfire Blanket 4. Messenger Bag by Madewell 5. Frye Heels 6. Ensemble from Steven Alan's Ready to Wear show 7. Lace Capelet from Anthropologie 8. Leather Belt from Anthropologie

 

Styling a room based on the film would be a lot of fun.  Taking inspiration from the above scene shots, I imagine a lofty bedroom with a strong sense of comfort but not dowdy.  Rustic decor can easily combine both feminine and masculine accents, the trick to making it contemporary is to put together pieces that are both timeless and functional.

1. Plaid bedding from Anthropologie.  2. Simple lace curtains from Country Curtains. 3. The centerpiece of this room would have to be the classic spool bed (aka Jenny Lind bed) a great informational article about this colonial piece can be found on Design Sponge .  These beds are commonly found at flea markets and on ebay!  4. Baguette storage baskets from Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams 5. Picnic blanket by Sparks 6. Wooden frame from Anthropologie 7. Brass horse pulls from Anthropologie.

Fashion Night Out : New York

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Fashion Night Out supports a great cause and encourages stuffy fashion brands to relax a bit for one evening.  But last year it ended up being the fashion industry's version of Halloween.  It was all about getting dressed up, hopping from one store to the next to drink, eat, meet celebs and of course shop!

With that said, the question of the week is, "Where are you going for Fashion Night Out?!"  Well, after I'm finished a 7 am installation and a 9 hour work day I'm planning to head to the place with the best fashion and the best alcohol!  Well that's not completely true, I actually haven't quite decided about where I'll be going to this year.  Last year, my friends and I jumped around from 55th to 59th and 5th ave.  We spent a lot of time at Bergdorfs, where we saw Anna Wintour, Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe and Padma (from Top Chef)!   Later on we ended up at Barney's to catch a glimpse of the Olsen twins, which was a disaster because everyone else in NY went Barney's for the same reason (funny because since then, I've seen them multiple times - they work in the same building as my boyfriend).

This year I'm defnitely planning to hit up The ACE HOTEL where Opening Ceremony will be hosting a French flea market style event inspired by the Les Puces de Saint Ouen in Paris.  Booths featuring exclusive items from Alexander WangBand of Outsiders, Deyrolle, Joseph Altuzarra, Keds, Laduree, Proenza Schouler, and Rodarte —  there's also a chance that the designers will be shopkeeping. You can find more out about this event at Opening Ceremony's website [here]

The next location I'm planning to stop by is Madewell, it's my old stomping ground, having worked there for a few months to make some extra cash and binge on some cute clothes.

This year on FNO they will be debuting their capsule collection Alexa Chung for Madewell.  Chung should be there and I'm really excited about those high-waist jeans!

Lastly,  I hope to make it to the Chanel Soho store.  After accepting a Fashion Visionary Award, Karl Lagerfeld may be making an appearance.  I imagine that I will not be able to see him, so I'm more excited about the possible complimentary manicures they will be giving out with their debut Khaki nail polish collection.   Let's hope it doesn't end up being "Complimentary manicure with purchase of handbag!"

For more information about Fashion Night Out, along with an opportunity to make your own itinerary go to Vogue.com.

A great article from Fashionologie explains more as well, [here].