COS Pop-up in NY

Unfortunately we have to wait until Fall for the permanent COS shop to open in New York, but until then the goodies at their Pop-up shop at Opening Ceremony will tide me over. I stopped in to view the collection this morning in search of must have basics, and I was in luck -the bulk of the collection came in neutral or near neutral colors. The biggest draw for me are COS’s fabric qualities, and their no-fuss, simple silhouettes. I feel like most of their clothes could be unisex, I ended up trying on part of the men’s collection as well and buying a knit long sleeve sweater with a collar… I’m wearing it here. The other two pieces I bought were from the women’s collection and included a perfect white button down shirt and a new bikini.

I only buy a new swimsuit once every 3 or 4 years and I only go to the beach a few times every summer, so I consider the swimsuit an accessory (therefore it won’t count towards my 5 Piece French Wardrobe).  This is the first time I’ve moved away from my go to bandeau silhouette. I couldn’t pass up the sophisticated navy piqué fabric with triangle top and the bottoms with slightly more coverage. It is a bit of a grown up swimsuit, but let’s face it, I’ll be 30 next year so it was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m still debating on whether or not to have the bottoms altered to sit slightly lower on my hips. The boyfriend votes yes, but I have some time before swimsuit season sets in to make that decision. I love the idea of wearing the top under sheer shirts this summer.

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 Last season, the COS pop-up sold out over the weekend, so try to stop by today for the best selection.

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Overcoming My Aversion to Blue When it Comes to Jeans

We had laundry day earlier this week and with all of my black laundry packed up to go to the laundromat, I threw on a pair of blue skinny jeans. When I emerged from the bedroom my boyfriend and I agreed that blue jeans didn’t look right on me anymore.

Why? Well, over the past few years I’ve slowly and unconsciously moved away from wearing blue jeans and moved towards wearing almost exclusively, black denim. I’m at the point where I keep my blue jeans at the bottom of my drawer and get aggravated that they take precious real estate away from my black and grey jeans. I can’t remember the last time I wore blue jeans, so that should give you a good idea of how long it’s been.

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In an effort to lighten things up for Spring, I pulled a little inspiration to help influence my blue jean wearing ways. As I scoured my Made Ya Look board, where I stockpile loads of aspirational looks, blue jeans were hard to find. Enter the lovey lady above, wearing a perfectly structured jacket, simple white tee and minimal accessories with her blue hued denim. This is the look that might throw me back into the blue jean pool, here’s hoping!

How do you wear your blue jeans?

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Belated March Design Inspiration

I know we are a few days into April already, but of course I waited until the very last minute to make my March garments for Project de., so I apologize for the delay. My March designs (yes, I made two this month) came out of necessity – figuring out what to wear to a wedding last weekend. When I say last minute, I am not exaggerating, I was still sewing the day of the wedding.

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I am always jealous of men when getting dressed to attend a wedding, no matter what the occasion, a suit will always do. So I took this idea and translated it to womenswear, designing separates for the event in lieu of a dress. Inspired by clean, deliberate lines, the idea of tie back aprons and the contrast between shadow and light led me to the most classic of color schemes, black and ivory…. I know, shocker! If you follow me on instagram, then you already got a sneak peek of how I wore my designs to the wedding. Tomorrow I will show you how versatile these separates are, so stay tuned!

 

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DIY: Leather Wrap Skirt + Giveaway

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I’m investing more in blue these days and I think indigo leather is a welcomed alternative to denim and black leather for Spring/Summer. With this in mind, I designed an easy leather wrap skirt taking silhouette inspiration from the refined flared skirts Nicolas Ghesquière presented at his première show for Louis Vuitton. For added comfort and design detail I used black exposed elastic.

This DIY leather wrap skirt comes with your chance to win a $50 gift card to the Leather Hide Store, which is where I get all of my leather for my DIYs! Simply like the Leather Hide Store on Facebook and leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Tell your friends! (Open to US and Canada only).

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When choosing my leather color, I went for a blue that mimics a medium wash denim with a hint of grey. A color that can transition from day to night and through the seasons.

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The White Edit

I am willing Spring to arrive with today’s post. Spring is about new life, not only for pants and animals but for our wardrobes and this season everything is coming up white. The white edit is all about pieces that will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe but also look great when worn together for a head to toe look.

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 The breakdown…

Piamita Isabella shirt // My favorite of all the Piamita styles, the Isabella is made in the most comfortable stretch double georgette fabric and piped in the perfect shade of navy for a slight nod to the nautical feeling of Spring. I love to wear this as a jacket over a tank in summer or buttoned all the way up and tucked into trousers for more of a Garçonne look

Apeice Apart white linen wrap pants // Everything about this pant says refined ease…The wrap around waistband adjusts so you can wear it high-waisted or slung lower on your hips while the abbreviated length allows the hem of the pants to hang just above your sandals (and the dirty city streets or sandy beach).

Deborah Lippmann base and top coat nail polish // While I am not sure I will go white for nail polish this season, I can’t get enough of the clear base coat and top coat from Deborah Lippmann. It makes my at home manicure last for over a week!

Miss en Dior (inspired) earrings (similar here) // Forget the highlighters and illuminating powders, wearing white near your face is an instant brightener and these earrings do the trick. (So does the white Piamita Isabella blouse when worn under a dark sweater).

White leather triangle clutch // You can’t really see it in the photo, but remember this white leather clutch I made last year? I kind of forgot about it, but I can’t wait to add it into the rotation.

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