Friday, November 1st, 2013

Babble, Expat Style, Eye Spy, Fashion, Haute Press, On Campus, Photogenic, Street Style

Random Style: How to Emulate Your Favorite “Street Style” without looking CRAY

Random Style Random Style: How to Emulate Your Favorite Street Style without looking CRAY

If you’ve ever witnessed Street Style first hand, I’m sure it’s an image that sticks out in your collection of fashion memories. Street style is very hit or miss. You can either pull it off or you can’t – however I do have a lot of respect for anyone who has the courage to try it.

Growing up near New York City, I have been cultured by the visions of street style on many occasions. When I first started noticing the trend, I didn’t understand. I wondered what these people were thinking before they valiantly stepped out of the house. Then it started to grow on me and I came to realize that there was a right and wrong way to it. Here are a couple basic tips to master the art of street style the RIGHT way.

1) Think like a kid:
I was thinking about what it is that attracts people to street style so much and came to the conclusion that it’s the creativity and juxtaposition of style that goes into it. Remember when you were little and played dress up? Consider that mixing of random clothing pieces and accessories your first experimentation with street style. With that said, when you’re putting together an outfit don’t overthink it – think like a kid. If you overthink, you may not get that organic result you’re looking for. Unlike a perfectly matched outfit out of a GAP ad, street style adds mystery and a sense of youthfulness to different garments that would be boring if worn alone.

2) Consult a friend:
You may already do this, but before you walk out the door, take a picture of yourself and send it to a truthful, fashion forward friend. It’s good to get another opinion from a different perspective – especially if they are trustworthy. Plus, if they are your TRUE friends they will definitely let you know if your outfit makes you look like you belong in the circus, and tell you if that shit “cray”.

3) When in doubt, take it off:
If you have any doubts that something is just TOO overbearing, DO take it off. Chances are if you’re on the fence about it, it’s not going to MAKE your outfit. Remember; trust your gut.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Adventures in Fashion, Editorial Adverts, Expat Style, International, London, Luxury, Travel

POSH & Functional, Tips for Post-War Metro Wardrobe w/Space

lille tesco POSH & Functional, Tips for Post War Metro Wardrobe w/Space For most of us, closet space is always limited, especially in post-war NYC and beyond. When spring comes around and its time to throw out the old and bring in the new, it can be very hard to decide which clothing pieces should make a trip to the dumpster and which should maintain their privileged position on the hanger.

As some are constantly moving, often times from country to country, learning what items to keep and what to chuck is essential to remaining trendy without wasting space or money. In general, functional yet spacious wardrobes save us space and the best way to gain function and space is to organize your wardrobe in a way that suits your style and daily clothing needs.

There are a few things to keep in mind when beginning the process of cleaning out your wardrobe. These three tips will help you on your way to a simpler and space saving wardrobe that is in style and on budget.

1. Is that dress Stella McCartney?

Not all jackets, dresses and shoes are made equal. In most cases, the more money you spend the better quality you get and quality means longevity. Keeping designer items is a good idea for three reasons.

Firstly, these items are often classically styled, especially if in colors such as black, dark brown, camel, and navy blue. The brand oftentimes is not as important as the item itself. Clean, simple lines and patterns ensure that the item will keep you looking trendy into the future.

Secondly, fashion is cyclical. The quality of these items will see them last until they come into fashion again, usually with the added chic of vintage flare.

Thirdly, these are beautifully made items you spent your hard earned money on and they mark an important moment in your fashion evolution so give them the due they deserve.

2. Have you worn that shirt in the last 6 months?

If you don’t wear an item in your wardrobe then don’t keep it, especially if it isn’t designer. Retailers like H&M, Forever 21 and Topshop often sell very trendy items that play on a very specific style of the moment. These items last for a season or two but, when finished, should be replaced with the next big thing.

3. Who are you dressing up for?

Clothes for work, weekends and going out on the town all take up space. Its important to think about how much time you spend doing different activities. Our lives change and we stop doing activities that we once did regularly leaving a pile of unused clothes in our wardrobe. If you have a lot of evening clothes but don’t go out or dress up, then its time to make space by relieving those party dresses of their hangers.

Keep in mind that functional yet spacious wardrobes save us space by eliminating the clutter of unused and undeserving items. So now to the spring cleaning!

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Monday, March 18th, 2013

Accessories, Emergent Design, Expat Style, Haute Press, London, Timeless Staple

Take Flight, Birdie Style | Rupert Sanderson Re-Defines Spring with Whimsical Design

birdie Rupert Sanderson Take Flight, Birdie Style | Rupert Sanderson Re Defines Spring with Whimsical Design

Gwyneth Patrol was one of the first celebrities to cause a fashion frenzy over Rupert Sanderson’s sensational designs. She famously wore to the Two Lovers premiere in Paris, and since his shoes have quickly acquired quite the “It Girl” following. Kate Moss, Frieda Pinto, Rashida Jones, Lilly Allen, Carey Mulligan and (yes!) even BryanBoy, have been spotted Rockin’ their Ruperts’.

Renowned for his “terribly” British sensibilities (who can forget those delightful Daffodil motifs) and attention to detail, his signature design philosophies can be seen throughout his SS13 collection. And we promise you won’t be disappointed.

A little birdie (pun absolutely intended) has informed us of his flight of fancy, the beautiful creatures embodied in the design encompass the characteristics of the soles’ limitless style. Birdie incorporates a whimsical embroidered parrot appliqué, on the heels of this black satin, closed toe, classic. Heels I might add that are incredibly generous (110mm high) for all who want to feel saucy, sassy and most importantly, statuesque.

yani rupert sanderson Take Flight, Birdie Style | Rupert Sanderson Re Defines Spring with Whimsical Design
Going for something even more fun and flirty, but want to continue Birdie’s theme? Consider Yani – this time the parrot detail is added to the side, lending superbly to an already playful and exotic appeal. This peep toe, golden-toned buckled, T-strap Sandal, sizzles with sexiness (also in black satin). Perfect for the adventurous gal, who loves to add a bit of toe cleavage to every ensemble. You too can join your favourite celebs and get Rockin’ in your own Ruperts’. Jump start a flirty flight in Rupert Sanderson’s 2013 Spring Collection, for more information, visit:

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Accessories, Emergent Design, Expat Style, Eye Spy, London | Designer Spotlight: SD Yohans

elle sd yohans | Designer Spotlight: SD Yohans

Move over, Brian Atwood. Watch your back, Alejandro Ingelmo. There’s a new kid in town—and her shoes tread the same sexy, sky-high terrain as fashion’s rising footwear stars.

Based in London, SD Yohans is the namesake collection designed by up-and-comer Selam Yohans. After a few years in the banking industry, Yohans did an about-face and got her Master’s in shoe design at the London College of Fashion. She worked at the Italian footwear company Pitti Capital in Florence and collaborated with UK brands Churches and Dotty Shoes before launching her own line of feminine, uber-luxe kicks in 2012.

“I was exposed to the bespoke making of footwear from a young age,” Yohans tells “I grew up watching my father make shoes for men, women and children. I was always fascinated by the different textures of leather and suede—and I loved the smell of leather stacked up on the shelves of my father’s workshop.”

Fast forward 20 years, and the designer has her own workshop in London stocked with fine Italian leathers and skins, where she crafts her seriously sexy pony skin pumps, peep-toe stilettos, and architectural ankle boots, all of which feature her signature curvy high heel. Add to the mix patent ballet flats with peek-a-boo cut-outs, vertiginous platforms, two-tone shoe-ties and over-the-knee leather and suede boots and you’ve got a well-rounded collection designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

“I create shoes for strong, confident women,” said Yohans, who showed her Fall 2013 collection (inspired by André Dubreuil’s iconic furniture design) during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month. “The silhouettes are curvaceous and shapely, echoing the female hourglass form. Each shoe is crafted to make women feel romantic, empowered and sexy.”

Mission accomplished.

The SD Yohans collection starts at $445 and is available at Independent Boutique in the UK, Carnet De Mode in France, and online by special order at SD Yohans. Originally Featured on

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Accessories, Expat Style, Fashion, International, London, Milano, Travel

Expat Style | Missoni & Anya Hindmarch, Tote Bag Love

Designer Partnerships Missoni and Anya Hindmarch Expat Style | Missoni & Anya Hindmarch, Tote Bag Love

Sun, sand, relaxation—these are the things one dreams about when there’s a heavy workload and snow in the forecast. Wouldn’t it be nice to just jet away for a few days, enjoy some tropical beverages and just have fun? If you’re lucky and a tropical holiday is on your horizon, chances are you’re going to need a top-notch designer beach bag to hold all your belongings. Luckily for you, some of the most fash-forward hotels have partnered with even more uber sweet designers to bring you beach bags to die for.

Le Sereno in St. Barth’s is the island’s most stylish beachfront hotel. With unprecedented views of the Caribbean Sea and only 37 suites and villas, this is the ultimate relaxation destination. They’ve paired with British handbag and luxury goods designer Anya Hindmarch to bring you a beautiful collection of beach-worthy items. The collection features a white canvas tote with custom-designed artwork of the island, a leather folio, a gold jewelry case, and printed satin wash “Be a Bag,” which captures the essence of St. Barth. The newest addition to the collection is a large gray canvas tote. Perfect with a white bikini and matching sarong (the better to show off your tan), this tote will hold all the essentials you need for a day of relaxation on the beach. If you choose to book one of the three villas at Le Sereno, the customized goods are yours for the taking. If a villa is not on the horizon for you, you can also purchase the goods by calling the hotel.

Seaside Luxe is a luxury resort retailer with boutiques within a number of five-star resorts around the world. Most recently, they opened two new boutiques at the Copacabana Palace Hotel and the Viceroy Anguilla. To celebrate the new openings, Seaside Luxe has partnered with none other than Italian fashion design house Missoni to give you a luxurious, custom-printed beach tote. Missoni has never done a custom print for anyone, and this one doesn't disappoint. With shades of turquoise blue, sea foam green, sunset red, and neutrals that are inspired by a tropical island retreat, this tote will go perfectly with any exotic getaway. This limited edition canvas tote bag is available in select Seaside Luxe locations and retails for $350. Perfect with you favorite Missoni bikini, you’ll definitely be the envy of the beach.

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