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February List

February is the shortest month of the year, but it is jam packed with events including Fashion Weeks around the world, my birthday and Valentine’s Day. Whether you are celebrating one of these holidays, or trying to survive the wintry weather, my February List might help get you through to March.

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To See: New York Fashion Week starts in just a few short days, and while I plan on attending a few shows, I looked to Copenhagen fashion week for a little styling advice on what to wear. Carin Wester’s Fall 2014 collection offered an easy update to oversized outerwear with a simple cinched waist, can’t wait to try it!

To Beautify: A huge fan of dry shampoo, but not of the white residue it often leaves behind, I’m excited to try a new brand, Verb which is said to be colorless. I was so seduced by the simple design of the packaging and minimal branding,  that I couldn’t help but pick up Verb’s Ghost Oil as well. I figured if I use oil on my body and face, why not my hair? I’ll let you know how it all turns out.

To Read: In my downtime, between shows, on the subway or snuggled up at night, I look forward to reading The Goldfinch. A story about art, love and identity. Let me know if you’ve read it!

To Wear: With Spring-like temps this weekend and the white snow covered streets this morning, I can’t help but think of crisp white poplin shirting. It might not be exactly weather appropriate for today, but I can’t get enough of white voluminous poplin tops, including this one from Mango. Although my true love is this style from Serena da Conceicao.

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DIY: Turtleneck Collar à la Dior and J.W. Anderson Pre-Fall 2014

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Always looking for an easy styling update, I fell in love with the simple turtleneck collar that I saw in the J.W. Anderson and Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2014 collections. Such a simple accessory to throw on with a blazer or dress, I had to make my own. I wore my new turtleneck collar with vintage pieces from our Same State shop and it instantly updated my look.

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The three simple steps to make this DIY turtleneck collar, after the jump…

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Basics to Buy Now

In my mind, basics are seasonless as well as timeless. As the stores begin to purge their Fall merchandise to make way for Spring stock, transitional pieces are the best investments right now. After assessing my closet yesterday, I realized there are only a few basics to buy now: A classic white shirt, a slip dress and simple black pumps.

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The classic white shirt: White is very hard to keep clean, so I don’t want to drop a lot of cash on a white shirt. I rather find a style that fits perfectly, one that I can re-buy each season after it gets stained or yellowed from wear. After reading this article in the February issue of Elle, I am hoping Gap’s new creative director, Rebekka Bay will come up with this perfect style for me. Until then, I have my eye on this Cos shirt. I love the tiny collar, oversized silhouette and angular hem. I am willing to take suggestions as well, so bring them on!

The slip dress: I love this Organic by John Patrick bias cut silk slip dress with pockets, from My Chameleon (pictured). But at $440, it would definitely fall out of the basics category, so I might opt for the cheaper version made of cupro, sans pockets, from La Garçonne for $120. It comes in four neutral colors, and doesn’t that define a must-have basic?

The black pump: Living in the city, heel height and comfort are key for a classic black pump. A pointed toe is a must and nothing over 3 1/2″ inches will do. My top choices of the moment are from Gianvito Rossi (pictured), Saint Laurent and Manolo Blahnik. With price tags above $400, this might count as 1 of the 5 pieces for my 5 Piece French Wardrobe.

 

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Serena Da Conceicao Pre-Fall 2014

Serena Da Conceicao’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection is made up of pieces that would fit nicely into my pare down, scale up mantra. Her simple separates have an elevated twist, which made it hard to say no when she asked me to style her look book. From surprisingly slimming voluminous silhouettes to skinny leather shorts, this collection has perfect balance. Some of my favorite pieces include the crisp poplin cropped jacket (also available in paper-thin oxblood leather), cotton tulle trousers and the white poplin shirt with black leather sleeves.

Be sure to visit her site to see the rest of the Serena Da Conceicao Pre-Fall 2014 collection.

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It was wonderful working with a great team of people to put this look book together!

Photography by Sonja Georgevich // Hair and Makeup by Monet Moon // Styling by me and Steven Tibaudo

 

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Wear Now: Not-So-Basic Camisoles

In an effort to update my jeans and a tee, work from home uniform, I turn to not-so-basic camisoles for an instant upgrade to my look. This is especially perfect for the holidays. As easy to wear as a tee, but with a little something special, these camisoles are perfect to wear under blazers and over skinny jeans.

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Shaped straps and a flared hem from The Row // Leather front with chiffon back from Mason by Michelle Mason // Liquid metal from Alexander Wang

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