Fall 2016: If the Shoe fits…

img_4431Each new season gives us a reason to clean out the old (consign, donate, give to a friend, all of the above) and refresh with the new. I haven’t yet fully switched over my closet from spring/summer to fall/winter as the weather keeps seesawing, but I do try to stick to the rule of however much comes in an equal number must go out.

If you’re following my posts, you’ve already seen two of these styles make their debut. The others will be in upcoming shoots. I thought a preview now would be good, as popular looks sell out, plus it may give you some ideas of what you need or just plain want for your own wardrobe. So…here we go…starting clockwise from the top…

The Block Heel Pump is everywhere. And for good reason. It lengthens the leg with some heel height but is also eminently walkable. And it works with any outfit — from dressed up to dressed down. My splurge was the Gucci Marmont. What can I say? It was shoe love at first sight. Here are some other options: Stuart Weitzman in Bordeaux, Steve Madden in Gold Leather (and other colors) and Zara’s fabulous version.

The Caged Flat combines multiple trends (straps, pointy toe) into one super comfortable silhouette. These from J Crew (30% off today with code WEDNESDAY) added texture with snakeskin and sparkle with metallic leather. All good in my book. If I had a Real Housewives closet (and budget!) I’d treat myself to a Valentino Rockstud pair, but  Zara’s strappy take or Asos super bargain version are also great.

The Ballet Flat is yet another style almost every top designer has put their stamp on. Maybe it’s because I studied ballet my entire childhood (and modern dance beyond that), but these shoes make me feel light and graceful on my feet. Not to mention you can make tracks when you need to. If money were no object I would have scooped up the Miu Miu version, but Zara once again came to the rescue. I’m still pining for Chloe’s scalloped ones…

The Lace Up is, surprise, another flat. These are H&M (no longer available) and were a total bargain. I love the dusty pink color. It will be so pretty this fall yet still feel fresh come next spring. If you want to go flat, these are all very affordable alternatives: H & M,  J. Crew Factory  and Halogen for Nordstrom. There are also some pretty fabulous block/high heeled options out there: H & M  (steal) or Valentino (splurge).

The Fur Trimmed Anything has been wildly popular for awhile, with Gucci’s slip-ons stalking the fashion scene and even the streets of JC since last spring. On a whim I picked up these sandals from Zara. They are trimmed with soft, beige-y faux fur, because I am re-thinking the real deal. Especially since all the faux out there is both cozy, chic, and most importantly, cruelty free. You can continue your hunt with these: ZaraZara again (if you have small feet), Kate Spade slippers that I think some of you could rock as streetwear, and these sandals from Betsey Johnson, in Black and Bordeaux.

Are there other styles you’d like to see? Or have already shopped? Let me know!

All photos taken on iPhone6 by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2016: Always a Chic Combo

img_4456img_4458img_4460img_4465img_4508img_4519img_4623img_4567img_4597img_4658img_4625img_4647You’ve probably read numerous Wardrobe Must Have features. I know I have. Three pieces that always seem to make the list: White Shirt, Skinny/Straight Jeans, a classic pump. My closet already houses several white shirts/blouses and undoubtedly too many pairs of jeans. But there’s always room for a shoe that takes classic to killer.

Meet Gucci’s Marmont. A serious splurge that’s seriously star-making, no matter what you wear them with. I contemplated playing it safer with black suede or brown leather, but I just could not resist the Platinum. Every time I put them on I feel like Dorothy in her ruby slippers. They’re. Just. Magic. And soooo comfortable.

This Fall I added this swingy bell-sleeved top to my white shirt rotation. I love how easy it is to dress up or down. I’d tuck it into a skirt or high-waisted pants, too. Even layer it under a slip or sheath dress. And in case you’ve missed it, the Stagger Hem Jean is stalking the real life runway. Since I am on jean overload, I took matters into my own hands and staggered a pair I already own. It really was super easy. Cut off the hem all around first, then cut the front about 1″-1 1/2″ inches shorter in front. Wash inside out, and you’ll get the frayed edging that’s also of the moment.

Lastly, I styled this look for Day into Night. By day, I’d wear a choker and grab a top-handled bag. I like the sunny vibe the yellow adds. Headed from work to Date Night? Stash a statement necklace and clutch in your tote for later. Swoosh on some colorful lipstick and eyeliner, and you’re fab in a flash.

Shoes: Gucci Marmont (8 styles) and super affordable alternative here

White Shirt: (Zara, sold out) but similar here and here (if you’re not on a budget!).

Jeans: (Seven, old) but here  are the Frame ones that started it all and more affordable ones here 

Choker: (J Crew, last summer) but this one is on sale! and this one is pretty crazy cool.

Bag: (Kate Spade, old) but love this and covet this

Necklace: (old, Maison Margiela for H&M) but this is pretty wow and this one, too.

Clutch: (vintage Vuitton) but pretty option here and pretty outrageous one here 

We took some of these photos at  White Star Bar, JC’s answer (or one up!) to the Williamsburg local. They are famous for their burgers and beers on tap…deservedly so. Plus, everyone is super chill. Stop on by!

All photos taken on iPhone 6 by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2016: Metallic Moment

 

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Weather report for tomorrow is a high of 88.  I would love to pull out a cashmere cardigan…but that’s not going to happen. Instead, many of us dress in pieces that keep us cool but can be layered should temps dip or AC freeze us out.

This metallic skirt is everything! The subtle sheen, the color blocking, the drape and swing. It’s perfect for now and will be stunning come real fall weather. With that cashmere sweater. For now, I paired it with a crisp white cotton shirt, or should I say, little white shirt (in the future…LWS) and animal print sandals. I like the contrast of silky/crisp/furry textures. And as far as I’m concerned, animal prints are a neutral. Grrrr…

DIY TIP: When I was thinking about accessories for this outfit, I pulled out some stretchy turquoise beaded bracelets. Then I thought…I need a creature detail to reference my shoes. Bug pin! And voila…a custom accessory was born. How about a pin/ribbon choker? Upcoming post? Your outfit?

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Some of these photos were taken in front of the Milk Sugar Love  ice cream truck. I don’t know about you, but I scream for really really good ice cream. And this is it! Check out their adorable shop on your next foray around or to JC.

Blouse: old BR but similar here and no-iron (!) here

Skirt: Zara

Sandals: old but love these and these

All photos taken by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.

Fall 2016: Rainbows & Unicorns

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New York Fashion Week has ended with ho hums and scandal. Some issues raised were important, others were silly. But that’s Fashion. And Life. To be discussed.

One of the big trends to come out of Spring 2017 ( I know….we’re not really even into Fall 2016…but that’s Fashion…) was STRIPES. Stripes of all kinds, on tees, in sweaters, in furs. And it really is already happening now.

This red/burgundy/blue “rainbow” striped tee, which is not in my usual comfort zone of black/grey/white, just caught my eye and made me smile. It’s a heavier weight cotton, which makes it eminently wearable once the weather cools down, as well as a good piece to layer over a lightweight shirt or blouse. I paired it with cropped flared jeans (which you can easily DIY from an old pair of flares you already own, post to come), an adorable mini bag (that works as both a clutch and a crossbody, making it versatile for fancier events where you have to juggle a cocktail and shaking hands) and Valentino RockStuds that I’m still justifying but loving.

Top, J. Crew: on sale now! 

Jeans, Rag & Bone: on sale too!  but longer flare leg option here

Mini Bag: (Ted Baker, old) but love this from him now  or this 

Shoes: Old but still the one, the only Valentino RockStuds or how about these 

All photos By Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.

 

 

Gotta Go Green

img_3995img_3987img_3990img_3994One of the key daily menu options in the Dr. Oz 28 Day Shrink-Your-Stomach Challenge is the Veggie Flush, which you are allowed to drink as much of as, well, you can stomach. Again, I found it palatable but not pleasurable, so I tinkered with the recipe until I came up with one I actually like. Just for fun I made all the ingredients green, so it really is super green and packed with vitamins and nutrients. Now, I add the ingredients to my weekly shopping list and whip up a bottle’s worth every Sunday, then try to drink at least one glass a day. It’s a good way to keep from snacking on something  less than healthy when you’re fighting off those hunger pangs. Haven’t tried it mixed with vodka…yet. Let me know if you try it and what you think!

Super Green Juice

Ingredients (I do try to keep all fruit & veggies Organic)

2 cups water (I use bottled or filtered)

2 cups Baby Greens (here, it’s kale/chard/spinach but I love all baby spinach, too)

Small to Medium Cucumber; peeled and cut up

2 Celery Stalks; cut up

Green Pear; peeled, cored and cut up

Kiwi: scoop out of the skin

Juice of 1 Lime (but you can use a lemon too)

Add water and greens to blender and pulse 3 times. Next, add cucumber and celery and pulse again. Last, add pear, kiwi and lime juice. Pulse, then blend thoroughly. Cheers!

Note: You should store your juice in an airtight container that you can shake up, as ingredients settle when stored in fridge. Juice should last 4-5 days. I like this pitcher from Crate & Barrel.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2016: Transitional Pieces

img_4215img_4186img_4201img_4212img_4236img_4241Transitional Dress: I saw this Madewell dress way back in June, but for whatever reason passed on it. Fast forward to 2 weeks ago and a shopping stroll in NYC. Because I’m a big fan of End-of-Season sales, I popped into the store on lower Fifth Avenue. And there it was. Suddenly, everything about it was perfect: the simple silhouette with a sash-cinched waist and side slits, the not-too-summery off-white color, the lightweight yet still substantial linen blend fabric, the embroidery (a trend that came on strong last Fall and promises to keep going), and the fringed sleeves (yes, another key trend). Quite simply, the total package for now. And for the cooler days ahead with a long sleeved black top underneath and a black leather belt. And come next summer? I’ll love it all over again.

Transitional Accessories: I topped off the look (literally) with my street vendor straw fedora in black (it was almost 90 degrees when we shot this), black peep toe booties (should be on your top 10 must have list), and my beloved Anya Hindmarch tote. It’s made of the supplest leather and finished with fringe. I bought it on outnet.com 3 years ago and while it was a splurge it has held up beautifully. I’m happy every Fall when I pull it out of storage and make it my go-to bag.

We shot this post at an adorable neighborhood eatery called Seven Sheep Coffee . The owner, Luciane, is lovely, lively and a fan of WBGO, so we had lots to bond about. Not to mention she knows Chris and Bowie from their morning walks. Her Iced Hibiscus Tea and delicious cookie saved the day.

Dress: Madewell, in-store and on sale!

Hat: (old, NYC street vendor) // similar here and here 

Booties: (old from Paris) //  love these and these

Bag: (old, Anya Hindmarch) but love this and could covet this

Bracelet: old, Monica Vinader. I personalized mine with MYOL (Make Your Own Luck), but everything on her site is lovely. And coming to her Soho store soon.

All photos shot by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.

 

Fall 2016: Playing with Black and White

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img_4148img_4168img_4158img_4182I loved these paint-splatter jeans the minute I saw them, and for me they are the perfect way to wear white after Labor Day. And as temps dip, they will look great tucked into over-the-knee boots with a black sweater. Seriously, you can never go wrong when building an outfit around black and white. The key is pattern and proportion.

I’ve gotten a few comments from followers who don’t feel comfortable wearing white jeans based on their body type. We’ll tackle that in a later post, but for now, you can easily flip this look and pair black jeans with a graphic white top.

Here, I balanced the skinny jeans with a bell-sleeved swing top. I’m not sure you can really see how cool the sleeve detail is, but it makes the top. The shoes? I don’t know how Zara does it, but quite often they best designer labels like Miu Miu and Lanvin.

In case you were wondering, these pics were shot on the roof of my apartment building in Jersey City. We have a chess board and a bocci court and more, not to mention spectacular views. I am lucky!

Top from Cos (eminently packable!)

Jeans (Zara, sold out): but these could be a great staple  or these in black velvet (velvet is huge this year!)

Shoes: Ballet flats  //  and in case you win lotto how about these 

Necklace (J. Crew, old) but I love this // and this one

All photos taken on iPhone 6 by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert.