Monday, April 21, 2014

Talking (Spring) Flings, Slips, & Things

 
 
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    Ok, so we all understand that I do, occasionally, enjoy writing about anything from the weather to my furchild's demonic capabilities to issues of a much more serious nature. But, now, I can keep the word count to a minimum, at least for personal reasons, with this wonderfully thoughtful "one line a day" book when writing for personal reasons. Write anything, something interesting or unique (good, bad, or just plain bizarre), that differentiates today from yesterday and tomorrow. This particular style above chronicles five years' worth of day-to-day happenings. Mind-blowing, right? Five years ago, do you remember that day when your idiot friend Dave invited you to some gallery opening, and you sat all night in a corner chatting and taking photos with Lindsay Lohan and some Yankees players? I do...I mean, what?!

    Now, you will. And yes, we were all much cooler five years ago. If you had documented it, you'd be able to properly mourn your transition from wild and free to responsible adult whose life-threatening hangovers occur after those three glasses of wine at a business dinner or happy hour.
Grab one of these memory books HERE and HERE. Write something worth holding onto.

Welcome to life. Now, we can all reflect and celebrate each day as a separate and incredibly unique entity.

I'm envisioning concocting "today's line" in a sunny park somewhere. That's quite a lovely scenario, right? And, what about a stroll or a bike ride there?

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For that, in fashion terms, I'm feeling:

Stylish Backpacks--
Backpacks offer plenty of room for my latest books and notebooks in tow for reading, writing, and doodling on a day off from work. I'm serious. Stop thinking L.L. Bean or Northface. Shhh, I actually owned an orange Northface backpack throughout highschool. Yes, orange. Stop judging-they were very cool. Backpacks have made a resurgence, and they're not your nightmarish ones from middle or highschool.  I've recently purchased two: one sporty, double strap polka dot by lululemon, and a second, woven boho one-strap by Joan & David.
Here I am, ten years later, once again donning a backpack!
Surprisingly though, these are chic, and why didn't I think of this? Functional! Yes! So, even on the craziest of days, zipping from work events to date nights or simply to the gym, I no longer must tote around a purse AND a "work bag" with extras such as tennis shoes, flats (Hey! We ladies must do this here in New York City if we want to survive our days with our toes attached), workout clothes, planners, and laptops. I'm the epitome of a "bag lady." My shoulders ache. I pop Tylenol for the aches like an 80-year-old. Anyway, no more huge duffles weighing me down or double trouble bag days.
 
Fling one on. Ahhhh, now, doesn't that feel like 5th period all over again?

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Comfy and Cool Slip-Ons--
Slip-ons seem to be reigning once again these days. High-end designers are reinventing the style made famous--well, by my standards--by my beloved VANS. Yep. These are re-done, re-configured, adult (I think?) VANS.

Slide In. The water's fine in these easy-come, easy-go flats.
They're a walk or ride! or skip! in the park.
 

I paired a few favorites of each and separated them into
Chic Neutrals & Eccentric Brights combinations:

Valentino, French Connection, Elizabeth and James
 
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And, you guessed it...there's more, ma'm.
Create your own combination below:


Sam Edelman, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, Miu Miu


Speaking of peddling around, for the holidays I was gifted an annual Citibike pass (mentioned HERE in my "Holiday Round-Up"), which gives me access to any of the thousands of commuter bikes across the city and Brooklyn. I'm a little terrified at the prospect of riding through Manhattan's screeching and honking traffic--CORRECTION: my mother practically tremors at the idea...perhaps, I didn't have the best of luck as a child. Although Citibike enforces time limits that require you to return the bike to a station and re-check it back out, riding 30-45 minutes on a day out of a feel-good-movie, will prove to be quite a relief and an activity I'm dorkily excited about. The commute just became a little more scenic and aerobic, eh?

I'm on a bike kick(stand!), clearly.
Get moving with these wheeley inspirations below.
I've even included a doggie cart add-on!
How cute would Blanche and I be zooming around town with her in that thing?!

 
 

Sloane, Burley, Romwe, Triple Eight, BC Footwear
 
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I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like.
It's got a basket, a bell that rings
And things to make it look good.
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything, everything if you want things.
 
-Pink Floyd

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What I Wore: Lady is a Vamp

Yes, spring.

As of this moment, Pharrell and I have two things in common:

We don large hats, and we're both irritatingly happy.
Irritating, like I said.

Last Sunday, despite the continuing rain, I went to see Patina Miller's last performance in the Tony-winning revival of "Pippin" with another dear theater friend-o-mine. She originated the role of Deloris Van Cartier (the lead) in the Broadway production of Sister Act, and Miller went on to win a Tony for best actress in a musical for "Pippin." The girl is goooood. Every single person  was on his and her feet, cheering and pounding their hands together. You must see it, if you haven't done so already! Although, it won't be quite the same without the two original leads (Miller and Matthew James Thomas), I'm confident the humorous and acrobatics-filled musical will forge ahead beautifully. Keep your eye on Miss Miller. She's on the brink of appearing everywhere.  

The rain ceased, though. A few days this week, I saw a light somewhere above the pit of this deep dark winter well. Help is on the way! The sun has been shining, and the temperatures have risen above a high of 40 degrees. I think I'm awake, I think I'm awake...?


"Ouiser, you sound almost chipper. What happened today - you run over a small child or something?"
Steel Magnolias, a favorite play and film of mine (Ouiser=spirit animal)

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I decided to hurry up and post these last few photos of chilly weather outfit inspiration.
We're moving on, right?...

    So, this particular ensemble began with the MIDI. I love the darn MIDI.  FYI, that's the latest "it term" referring to mid-length, if you were left in the dark on that term.   
MIDI is everywhere right now.

Hemlines are going down for the count. Mini no 'mo.
They're poplockin' and droppin' like it's hot...er, COLD, in New York's case.
Alright, I'm done indulging my (not-so) gangster.

    Mid-length skirts and dresses fall below the knee but hit the ankle/shin area or directly above it, varying on the style and shape. This length was the star of many runway shows for this season as well as for next fall and winter. It's here, there, and everywhere for the foreseeable future. I purchased this wonderful-albeit dangerous!-winter white version, which can be utilized in any season. But, wear with caution. I've finished evenings with dinner on display for everyone else to gawk at. I surely could use one in black...wine...fine, I'll take one in every shade. It's a year-round piece after all!

    Think ladylike, conjuring such images of the feminine 40s and 50s. Personally, I viewed and am now fawning over a more updated Katharine Hepburn look. Ahhh, to emulate the great Kate but with a bit of flare--

Apologies, but NO Applebee's buttons AKA "flare" will be donned.
A shiny broach, though, I can and will pin on quicker than you can say, "more ketchup, please."

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    Beginning with the skirt, I tucked in a paint-splatter-patterned (say that tongue-twister three times!) crop top, which also features a BAM! back opening. Backs are today's cleavage. I support this wholeheartedly and will flash you with flesh of that kind any day.

"A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste."
-Ouiser

 And for "flare?" I slipped on some fabulous python stilettos, a bejeweled statement necklace, cutout gold cuff and bling-y bracelets, and threw on a neon green beanie, just to keep it a little more casual.

Need more polish or feel like taking this outfit into the evening? Exchange the crop top for a dressier blouse and ditch the beanie. A silk black top or even a matching winter white would be tres chic for a night out to dinner and a show. OK, I realize that we're not eighty years old, but you get it.
Get classy, yo.
This lady is a vamp...not a tramp.

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Hat: Forever 21 neon beanie (ONLY $2.80!)// 
Sunglasses: Lucky Selectism "Sanford" (SUPER cool New York-based emerging brand)// 
Cape: Vintage; Similar HERE and HERE// 
Top: Zara "paint splatter" crop top with back cutout// 
Shoes: Rachel Roy "Gemma" python pumps (sold out), but try these fabulous RR python options: One, Two, & Three // 
Bag: Louis Vuitton vintage bucket handbag (I put my own super cute burlap ribbon through it instead of the ratty leather drawstring!)...Check EBAY for similar styles.//
Jewelry: Forever 21 cutout geometric bracelet (Similar HERE for less than $7!); Lia Sophia black and gold triangle ring; Prima Donna "Scarlett"  jeweled statement necklace (BEST site for statement pieces & affordable accessories); Club Monaco assorted rhinestone bracelets 
  
 "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize. "
-Clairee
I concur.
Go forth and prosper.
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