Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I Wore: Kimono and Cutoffs

    I must fall easily. 
Scratch that--I know that I do. Literally speaking as well as figuratively. Believe me, for an ex-gymnast, I'm quite accident-prone. As of this moment, my knuckles are scarred, my elbow is black, and I have a giant line-of-a-scar down my bicep, just to name a few of my day-to-day battle wounds.  Me versus New York City. It always wins, dammit. But, even more so, I'm falling multiple times a day for people, places, and things. Come on. In this city? 

"I was in love with New York. I do not mean 'love' in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and never love anyone quite that way again."
-Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Let's reign it back in and focus on the fashion aspect, though. I'm into--like, really into--kimonos. I went down headfirst into the land of light, draped fabric that can be thrown over summer dresses as well as extremely casual denim cutoffs. 

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And, although I do not really consider myself an "Urban Outfitters girl," or even really a customer of theirs, the primary components of this ensemble were found in that very place (gasp!): kimono, shorts, and a basic white tee all hail from the UO mothership. Needless to say, I was impressed, and particularly, with the Urban Outfitters in my neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Yes, duh, it's super hip and even features locally made designers--from jewelry to home goods with rotating "mini exhibits." Three floors that appear more loft apartment-meets-greenhouse complete with a bar and restaurant on the top floor. I definitely buy high-to-low, mix and match luxury labels with steals, thrift stores finds, Ebay purchases, and most commonly, consignment. I don't love the idea of walking into a store, especially a "hip" or trend-driven retailer, that consistently pumps out the same clothing in massive quantities that you "just muuuuust have right now" that you also had in a different pattern last month. It's just plain lazy and even more so, stale and boooooring. OK, I'll back away from the soapbox. While I almost always demand a good deal, I do occasionally purchase, off the rack, a few items that are "right now."  Urban delivered strongly in the basics department in addition to the trends. This kimono falls under the latter, and I fell under its spell. I also resisted buying about four others in various shapes, textures, and patterns. I may or may not be returning to scoop them up, considering I'm a crazy lady about my current crush.  An incredibly soft and flattering white tee, by Project Social T beckoned to be paired with these mid-waist, broken-in Levi's denim shorts. It was a no-brainer outfit, in terms of ease and comfort, which practically put itself together on my body. 

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“I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me, because I belong to it.” 
― Truman Capote

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The details
Ecote square kimono via Urban Outfitters// Project Social T white tee via Urban Outfitters// Levi's slash cutoff shorts via Urban Outfitters// TopShop spikes 'n studs sandals (Tons HERE)// Bracelets: Hermes white and silver "H", David Yurman clasp bangle, David Yurman black onyx hinge bangle, Kate Spade gold geometric bangle (FABULOUS options HERE)// Rings: Lia Sophia black and gold diamond, Alexis Bittar icey-blue and gold bauble, similar HERE and alternative HERE // BrahminAtelier "Brookline" python crossbody bag via Crossroads Trading Co. (similar styles--in fabulous prints-- from Brahmin HERE and HERE)// Ray-Ban aviators 


Bippity, boppity, boo!
Take it up a notch in three minutes flat...
or, as long as it takes you to repeat that a few times to yourself.

I dressed up my plain white tee, kimono and cutoffs with the change of three simple accessories. How? 1. Added a pop of color with a turquoise multi-strand necklace. 2. Switched out of flats and into strappy black heels (that are actually comfortable! Swear!). 3. Traded in my shoulder bag for a smaller, sleeker leopard clutch. Voila! 

It continues to emit that easy and effortless vibe, but the slick accessories up the ante. It's a bit more urban, city-girl rather than, "Oh, this? I just came off of a summer stint in Mykonos" or something, right? No, I'm not writing my very own "Eat, Pray, Love"...just yet. Although, stay tuned here at TKOG. Fingers crossed, a personal explorative adventure should be commencing sooner rather than later. 
You've been warned--As someone once said (or rapped?), 
"Hide your kids, hide your wife..."

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MORE details: Colombian handmade multi-strand necklace// Kate Spade leopard clutch & shoulder bag, similar HERE// Pour La Victoire black leather heels (old), but I neeeed OPTION 1 and OPTION 2 +so many on sale HERE 




I've gone a little kimono crazy. I'll wear one whenever, wherever. In fact, I may or may not be wearing one right now as I sit here in workout pants, typing this. 
Hint: I AM. 

Two weekends ago, I took the 'ole shuttle bus down to Washington D.C. to meet my mother and two sisters for an all girls' weekend. Next post, I'll be elaborating and sharing some of our favorite moments. But, while there, my sisters saw the light and became avid fans as well of this trend. We shopped through the gorgeous Georgetown before a gluttonous Italian dinner at Filomena, after which, I sat comatose. Looking back, it was wise of us to browse the stores beforehand. The two sisters are now the proud owners of kimonos, and I'm positive it won't be their last purchase.  Mom, you're next.

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One//  Two//  Three//  Four//  Five//  Six//  Seven//  Eight//  Nine//  Ten
How fabulous are the numbers 5&6 as kimono dresses? !


As I've stressed to my parents and sisters, always trust the youngest. 
Isn't that what they say? Something about youth and wisdom? And beauty? And grace? And style?
Right. 
Bwahaha, evil Maleficent cackle. 

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P.S. And no, your eyes are not deceiving you! I did it, the unthinkable: I went lighter...the hair! Eh, I figured in honor of the summer season, I'd give it a shot. My tendency to go "darker" in most situations whether personally or stylistically speaking, is struggling to make sense of the reflection in the mirror these days. I'll go with it for now. 

 Here's to lightening up! 




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