16 Essentials for a Trend Proof Wardrobe

Today, I am happy to share the 16 essentials for a trend proof wardrobe, over on The Note Passer. As you know, this year, I tried to reduce my purchases by limiting myself to a 5 Piece French Wardrobe each season. I did pretty well the first half of the year, but the second half was a little more challenging (more on that next week). I’m still committed to building a trend proof wardrobe, made up of essentials that will withstand the test of trend and season. My guest post details each style, and what to look for when you are shopping for the essentials. What are you waiting for, get over there!



Best of Basics: Raw Denim


 I’m usually not one to go for high-waist denim styles, but this pair from Zara, made of raw denim, are the perfect pair. In an effort to get back into wearing blue jeans this year, I’ve tried a lot of options, but these seem to fit the bill best. Maybe because they are super dark blue (could easily be mistaken for black), but mostly because they are raw denim, they give a polished vibe to any look. The super slim leg and super (!) high waist also help elongate my petite frame. The waist is not too tight, so you can eat a (veggie) burger for dinner without popping a button, and the denim has a bit of stretch which add to the overall comfort of this style. They were a little Christmas gift I gave myself and I haven’t taken them off since they arrived in the mail last week. If we’ve hung out recently, I was most likely wearing my new raw denim.


Beauty Supply: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint


 A refreshing new brand of no-fuss beauty products entitled, Glossier has hit the market and deserves celebration. Created by Emily Weiss, the mind behind mega beauty blog Into The Gloss, Glossier is all about improving the looks you’ve got, not trying to change them. After reading many other blogger reviews about the Glossier Phase I Set, I decided to buy just one product, the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. I’ve never been able to rely on one brand for all my beauty products, so I thought the Perfecting Skin Tint was a good place to start, and I was right, it’s a game changer! I’ve tried many “tinted moisturizer” that all end up in the garbage because they are too heavy or don’t blend well. I apply the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint over my moisturizer of the season (winter: organic avocado oil // summer: organic jojoba oil) and it blends into my skin without streaks or drying. I continue to do the rest of my makeup (a little mascara and blush) and by the time I’m done, the skin tint has created a natural glow while evening out my skin tone! It is a little bottle of magic. No heavy makeup feeling or strange orange color here, just glowing and even skin. I bought the medium shade skin tint and it matches perfectly. Oh, and did I mention the ingredients are non-toxic? Major plus! Have you tried any Glossier products?


Shop Visit: Sincerely Tommy


 Last week I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at the new Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn boutique, Sincerely Tommy. A minimal, sleek space with a warm, inviting atmosphere adorned with specialty pieces for your home and wardrobe. As the only boutique in the neighborhood, it is more than just a shop, but a café and a place to mingle with other creatives. The owner, Kai Avent-deLeon, grew up in the neighborhood, so her thoughtful assortment of women’s apparel, home goods, jewelry and accessories fit perfectly with the ever-changing community. She focuses on carrying smaller, new designers, some Brooklyn based, as well as worldly treasures from her travels. As I browsed the racks of clothing, I was drawn in by the fresh designs, luxe fabrics and reasonable price points. There is something for everyone at this store, so even if you don’t live in the neighborhood, it is worth the trip to Brooklyn. They are offering $20 off your first purchase of $150+ with coupon code Desmitten, get to shopping!

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I pulled some of my favorite pieces (there were so many great options to choose from) to curate a gift guide for the mothers, sisters and best friends in your life. Be sure to stop by the store to shop even more goodies!


 Pony hair clutch // Knobby Silver Calligraphic earrings // All other items available in store at 343 Tompkins Avenue, Brooklyn // Document magazine // Pom blanket // Wooden salad forks // Shayla Cox plates with gold rings // Scented candles // Crossbody Lautem box bag // Sincerely Tommy turtleneck // Camel tie top


Adorn Me: Delicate Gold Necklace


It’s amazing how something so simple can complete an outfit. I read this article over at CR Fashion Book and couldn’t help but notice the delicate gold necklace around the model’s neck. The model who happens to be Val Kilmer’s son, modeling for the Saint Laurent lookbook. A few weeks after adding this to my list of accessories to find, my friend Stanley texted me a similar image from this CR Fashion Book post, in search of the same necklace. After confirming that Stanley and I are the same person, I continued to send him links of delicate gold necklace options. It sounds like an easy piece to find, but a lot of factors to consider. Is the length long enough to look like a necklace and not a choker, but short enough to show when wearing crew neck tees? Is the chain delicate enough to avoid looking like a Guido, but not so delicate that it won’t hang properly? Is the gold quality good enough that it won’t instantly tarnish, without spending thousands of dollars? These are the Goldilocks questions that entered our conversation when searching for the perfect delicate gold necklace. I’ve rounded up options at all price points for you to decide.