Current Wish List

Over the past few months my mind continues to wonder about the evolution of personal style. We all go through some questionable fashion phases, but eventually we plateau at a point where we feel comfortable, sophisticated and age appropriate. I’ve nailed down my personal style over the past few years, and with my 30th birthday looming, I can’t help but make a wish list of elevated wardrobe pieces for this season. I’ve rounded up my current sartorial cravings, from updated basics to everyday essentials with a few out-of-my-budget extras thrown in.
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Isabel Marant watch: While this isn’t my dream watch (in case you were wondering is a vintage Piaget), this Isabel Marant watch comes in second with at a fraction of the cost. Menswear inspired and timeless… pun intended.
Tibi fringe scarf: Oversized and light weight, this scarf is seasonless and versatile, two of my favorite traits in an accessory.
Saint James Meridien li top: A simple color mash up instantly refreshes the classic mariner tee. Navy blue and olive green classify this as the perfect new basic for Spring.
KARA Classic messenger bag: I like my bags how I like my dresses, without a lot of frills. Sarah Law designs KARA bags with a minimalist and timeless approach. The new messenger bag for Resort 2015 tops my list for this year’s new bag.
Acne Studios Serva belt: As you know, a simple black belt has been on my list for well over a year. This one from Acne Studios has an added D-ring loop to make it easy to wear with jackets that don’t have belt loops. Simple, effective design.
MNZ Roberta heels: Suede heeled ballerinas in an icy gray shade, is the perfect way to lighten up my otherwise dark wardrobe. I also love the Roberta heels in whiskey. Non-black shoes for Spring is a thing… you heard it here first.
Vetements jeans: I wear black jeans pretty much every day, so when Vetements designed a couture-esque pair (with a couture price tag) they immediately caught my eye. Frayed hems, intricate seaming details… this isn’t your average pair of jeans and I want them.
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Lemaire Pre-Fall 2015

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Christophe Lemaire continues to be a favorite designer of mine. Season after season his timeless staples, oversized silhouettes and luxe fabrics draw me in. His Pre-Fall 2015 collection is no exception. The neutrals in sand, clay, navy, charcoal heather grey, black and white hold staying power in any wardrobe. He even brought back his oversized denim coat (which is currently on sale for 70% off at Net-a-porter) this season, a true testament to the longevity of his designs. A Christophe Lemaire coat or jacket is well worth the investment and could hold a spot in this seasons 5 Piece Wardrobe.

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Lemaire-Pre-Fall-2015-outerwear-desmittenShop more Christophe Lemaire at FarFetch.

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Beauty Supply: Living Proof Hair Products

As you know, the hunt for non-toxic hair products is a long and torturous one. I’ve tested almost ten different brands and found  the Perfect Hair Day line of Living Proof hair products, outshine the rest. After discussing my hair type (thick, easily weighed down, dry ends) with the Living Proof team, these are the products they suggested, and here are my findings…

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It’s no surprise that I love the minimal clean packaging, but what I love most about the packaging is the sueded finish texture of the bottle. It makes it easy to hold onto in the shower (while also dressing up your shower shelf).

Living Proof, Perfect Hair Day Shampoo: The fresh, semi-citrus scent of the shampoo is light and doesn’t overpower your hair after it is rinsed out. For shampoo with no sulfates, it lathers up nicely with minimal arm movement (unlike some non-toxic shampoos that take a full upper body workout just to get some suds). So far, this is the best non-toxic shampoo that I’ve tried.

Living Proof, Perfect Hair Day ConditionerAnother fresh semi-citrus scented product. With other conditioners, I would condition my hair before shampooing, to get a clean rinse with no filmy residue at the end of my shower. With the Living Proof conditioner, there was no need to shampoo after conditioning. The formula was thick, but rinsed out easily from my thick locks, with no weighty residue left behind. I would highly recommend this conditioner for those of you who are faced with the,”Did I rinse out all of my conditioner” question, while blowdrying your hair.

Living Proof, Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment: I usually air dry my hair, but recently because of the frigid weather, I am blowdrying more often than not. Since the usage instructions suggest blow drying for best results, I obeyed. After using the 5-in-1 styling treatment, my hair was all the things it promised: smooth, voluminous, polished and conditioned. I’m not sure if it strengthened my hair since I’ve only been using it for a few weeks, but I will let you know if I notice a difference.

Overall, I was impressed by the Perfect Hair Day collection of Living Proof Hair Products. I would suggest ordering the travel set as a trial. It’s also great to bring when you go away for a special occasion. Silky, smooth shiny hair is the best accessory.

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Editorial Eclipse: Clean Slate

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I am endlessly inspired by recent editorials featuring fresh face, barely-there makeup and crisp clean neutral clothing, a clean slate to start the year. I love this editorial from Vogue UK, shot by Patrick Demarchelier featuring all white apparel with accents of neutral textures. It feels fresh and modern with a slight nostalgic peasant edge. Featuring pieces from Loewe, The Row and Marni, this editorial is my favorite of the moment.
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See the rest of the editorial at Bloginvoga.

 

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Best of Basics: Chunky Sweater

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With winter in full swing and no sign of Spring, there is nothing I want to wear more than a chunky sweater. A chunky sweater might just be the best winter basic in your wardrobe. My favorite is a grey alpaca sweater from New York designer, Suzanne Rae. I wear it half tucked into jeans and layered over tuxedo shirts. I’m wearing it right now as I write this post. Not only is it the warmest sweater I own this season, it comes from a designer who puts major emphasis on ethics without compromising her design aesthetic. Suzanne Rae produces her collection in New York and collaborates with Peruvian artisans to knit sweaters (this one) for her collections. She helps to keep the New York Garment District alive while encouraging her clients to buy less each season, by investing in well made pieces. I own two pieces from Suzanne Rae and they are not only timeless but beautifully made.  This winter, I’m living in this grey sweater and couldn’t imagine my wardrobe without it. Read more about Suzanne Rae’s code of ethics and shop this sweater at Joinery.

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