08 October 2015

How to Soften Military Style and Make it Your Own

Taking the bold military style fashion trend from catwalk to sidewalk this season can seem like a daunting task, but learning a few tricks to soften this sometimes severe style is the key to making it work for your everyday wardrobe. So just how do you "make it work"?

Feminine Fabrics and Front Lines
When going for a military inspired ensemble it's fun to try working within a single monochromatic tone. I love olive green this season and is without a doubt the street style color of the military. But when pairing and layering in olives it is important to always have at least one piece in a more feminine soft fabric. Here I have chosen a lighter chiffon blouse and similar harem style slacks, so that despite the menswear feel of the pants the entire look feels more flowing that full frontal. You want to concentrate on keeping that feminine silhouette to avoid looking like you picked up some cargos and camo from the army navy store. 

To break up a monochromatic base, I love using cream and cognac tones to add depth and layers to this look. Try simple inexpensive scarf like the one above from H&M. I like to layer it down the front and belt it at the waist for warm without bulk. A rounded pair of tortoiseshell shades are less predictable than aviators and a luxe cognac leather tote is nice change from a camo printed purse. No one wants to be bludgeoned with a trend... remember it's not a theme party.

Give them the bold shoulder... 
When looking for tops or jackets in military-inspired fashion remember that the epaulettes that once adorned officer's uniforms give great structure on a woman's frame. The exaggerated shoulder makes your waist look smaller and creates that wonderful triangle shape across your upper body. Adding height and width at the shoulder will additionally make your arms look longer while elongating your neck, all these things combined make you appear taller, longer, and leaner. I've taken the Vince Camuto top above and decided to highlight it's wonderful draped sleeve, by eliminating on sleeve all together. This creates a diagonal line across the chest which feels slightly Grecian and feminine amidst the stronger more masculine lines.

Go for GOLD
Metallic and shinny gold detailing is key when pulling off the military look. I opt for gold buckles, belts, and bracelet stacks when pulling this look together. I also love the addition of "bars and stars" as an ultra appropriate nod to the military elite. In this case I accessorized the look with a uniquely beautiful  (and made in America) opal north star by Emma McKinstry Jewelry. When it comes to shoes either metallic heals for evening, or for everyday I love a shinny black healed boot. Just enough of a nod to the tall military boot with a bit of feminine chic.

Top, Vince Camuto, similar
Pants, BCBG
Heels, Guess, similar
Scarf, H&M, similar
Bag, Celine
Look Up Necklace (white opal), Emma McKinstry Jewelry

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Photos by Bekka Palmer

30 September 2015

Finding the Perfect Fall Pout with Bobbi Brown & Neiman Marcus

There is nothing more fun to shop for in autumn than beautiful fall makeup, and my go to Palm Beach beauty pit stop is always the ground floor of Worth Avenue's Neiman Marcus. On my latest visit to Palm Beach beauty bastion, I spent some time gushing over the Limited Edition Bobbi Brown collection for Neiman Marcus, and truly believe I've found the ultimate lipstick trio for any and every fall face. Including shades of Salmon, Soft Rose, and Pale Mauve, this trio provides a dose of pigment paired with the perfect amount of moisturizing shine. The texture is wonderfully weightless and each tube is ideally sized to fit hidden in even the smallest of evening bags.

I must admit that I'm traditionally a nudist. 

When it comes to makeup, that it is! I've always, maybe rather lazily, fallen into the easy nude lip trap unless it's a holiday party or I'm in the mood for a wild winter red. But somehow these 3 Bobbi Brown shades give me every bit of what I love about nude shades and lacquers, and upgrade it with just enough color that I feel comfortable, yet more sophisticated with my perfect new pout. 

In order to let your lips... well, do the talking... concentrate on balancing the lip with a strong and long brow. I love this eyebrow shadow duo from Bobbi Brown I've in fact been using since I was 18! This season I like to create a strong but flirty 60s upper lash line with a dark black liner and then apply shimmering bronze and rose tones on the lid, with a champagne color shadow underneath the lower lash line: this palette is perfect for highlighting cheeks, but I actually also use it as eye shadow and shine- it really does it all. It's then all about a matte finish face with contouring to provide a fall-proof foundation to let those lips shine shine shine.

Shop my favorite Bobbi Brown products from Neiman Marcus (all of which I'm wearing in the pictures above) here:

Post in Collaboration with Neiman Marcus & ShopStyle Collective

26 September 2015

Indian Summer Stone Fruit Celebration

While the scent of fall might already be in the air, now is in fact the best time to snatch up the last of summer's best: stone fruits. At peak ripeness and prime deliciousness as we speak, stone fruits give you the perfect excuse to celebrate what may be the last summer weekend of the season! For my stone fruit soiree, I chose to take wine and pizza night to the next level. Peaches and nectarines become smoky and savory when incorporated in my go-to entertaining recipe for Naan Pizza and the natural sweetness of plums and apricots create an unexpected base for summer's token sip, sangria.  

Now transition cooking is just as challenging as transition dressing, that is of course only if you don't know how to approach it... Try taking some of your favorite summer snacks and sips and put them to the "layering test" The layering test? It's merely the gentle/subtle addition of a fall flavor or two to your tried and true summer staple recipe. Think thyme sprigs instead of fresh basil, or whole wheat naan bread instead of white flour traditional pizza dough, and a splash of balsamic vinegar when sautéing toppings will deepen the flavors and take your dish to a richer level.

For my stone fruit celebration I opted for ease and speed when it came to setting the scene. I moved a long and low table (you can use a coffee table in fact) into the rock, or I should say stone, section of my garden, and covered the table with my favorite over sized beach towel from Tory Burch. I love the pattern and texture and the fact that I can throw it in the washing machine without the added expense of dry cleaning, starching, and ironing after I've entertained, like I do with table cloths, makes throwing this celebration just that more sweet. 

For my sangria, I used Sociologie's sparkling blushing rose. It's is a wonderful choice for sangria as it's naturally quite sweet and bubbly so no need for simple syrup or other sweeteners, and at under $10 a bottle it is the ultimate affordable editorial entertaining secret. I layered the table with an array of natural woods, casually thrown edible flowers, and tea lights to bring in the garden al fresco surroundings. 

Summer Stone-Fruit Naan Pizza DF
1 Whole Wheat Naan Bread
1/4 c Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes
1 ripe peach or nectarine, pitted and thinly sliced
1/4 Red onion, thinly sliced
Splash of balsamic vinegar
1/2 c button mushrooms, thinly sliced
Sprinkle of garlic powder, salt and pepper
1-2 c Go Veggie Dairy Free Mozzarella Shreds 
5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme, leaves and stems
Preheat your oven or grill to 450 F. Place your naan bread on a piece of parchment paper on top of a pizza stone or baking tray. Saute the red onion over medium heat on the stove till they have just caramelized and softened. Do the same with the mushrooms and finish with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Layer the tomatoes, stone fruit, onions, and mushrooms on the naan and sprinkle with a scant amount of garlic pepper, salt, and pepper. Top with ample amounts of shredded veggie cheese (or use shredded Fontina or your favorite soft cheese if you don't have a dairy sensitivity) and finish with the thyme leaves. Cook for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and perfectly gooey. Slice and serve immediately.

Stone-Fruit Sociologie Sangria
1 750ml bottle of Sociologie Blushing Rose Wine
1 peach, 1 plum, 1 pluot, pitted and thinly sliced 
(you can also use nectarines, cherries, or any stone fruit variety)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 c Rum, Cointreau, or Brandy
Combine all ingredients in a tall pitcher, stir gently and keep cold in the fringe until ready to serve!
Pour and enjoy.
Find Sociologie Wines online at www.sociologiewine.com

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21 September 2015

NYFW Day 1: Orange Crushing with H&M

This seasons NYFW was a true whirlwind. The second half of the September shows were marked by beautiful weather and the wonderful buzz of fall in NYC, but when it came to the runway, the bold and blatant declaration : orange is the new black emerged as a leading trend. This orange crush could be seen in neon accents at Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, where as a more rust orange monochrome look was sent down the catwalks at Altuzzara and Jenny Packham. Whether it's sporty chic or bohemian glam, orange has made its mark as the must have color for not just the coming season but the current one as well!

For my first day of fashion week, I chose to pair these beautiful H&M orange wide leg cropped pants with an off the shoulder navy blouse. The navy and white pattern of the blouse is indeed paisley, but because the print is small it feels more fall versus the bold and big patterns of summer blues and whites. Because the pants have a more menswear feel (drop crotch, pleated, & weighty) I wanted to highlight my waist and shoulders to balance out the look. By adding a pop of neon orange at the waist and textured rust orange in my envelope clutch, the colorful statement pant fits into the look less as a statement pop of color, and more of a textured story. Afraid to try this pant cut and length? Make sure to highlight the waistband which should hit at the smallest part of your waist, and opt for shoes that show a lot of foot. Open toe or toe cleavage is helpful as it will elongate your leg making sure the line of the pleated pant extends beyond it's hem, or at least appears to. It's all about those subtle affordable editorial tricks that can take a look from cute to couture... and crown you a street style conquerer! 

Shop my look bellow as well as my favorite current orange crushes...

Runway Inspiration (clockwise) from Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Jenny Packham, Alice and Olivia, Altuzzara, & 
Ralph Lauren (VOGUE)

Photos by Bekka Palmer

09 September 2015

Time to IN-VEST in A Vest

Fall Trend Alert: time to invest in a long vest! 

There is nothing I love more than a tailored topper. Whether it be a winter coat or the perfect weight blazer, the long lines of a classic silhouette make any and every body type look statuesque and sophisticated. This season the tailored topper gets a facelift in the form of a long vest, and it's an excellent improvement. Vests naturally lend themselves to layering (an important dressing technique to master especially when transitioning from one season to another). Layering can take you from day to night, office to dinner, and street-style to lunch style in those chilly months we all have loved to forget. 
With all this is mind, the long vest is an incredibly wise piece to purchase for fall. You can begin pairing it with some summer weight staples: a great floral blouse and light pencil skirt that looked perfect at the office throughout the summer months gets an instant refresher when topped by a cream or neutral long lined vest. Switch the open toe for pumps or sling backs, and as the weather turns start rocking a warm toned leather or suede boot, that is before it's time to swap the blouse for a chunky knit and dare I say snow boots!

Weekend wear also gets a chic facelift with the addition of the long vest. Try taking one of last season's monochrome looks: black leather pants, booties, a crop top or black T and popping an olive or grey vest over your shoulders. You can also extend the life of your summer white jeans (as seen above) by pairing them with fall tones and even a light weight turtle neck. The turtle neck is actually the most elegant base for the long vest look as it extends the neck line in the absence of a collar. It's also practical as the temps cool down and the late fall wind picks up And don't be afraid to mix! Try the vest on with soft sneakers and your favorite skinny jeans for a Saturday shopping trip, and go wild into the 70s trend with a neck tie blouse and denim flares or a fluted maxi skirt topped with a textured or even faux fur vest for a fall night out. The possibilities are endless and the price tags if you know where to look that is (BELLOW) surprisingly friendly!

Shop all my favorite Vests for Less here:

02 September 2015

Why It's Time to Invest in a Classic: My Roadtrip with Ralph Lauren's Ricky

On the road again! What else is new? Labor Day and Fashion Month have hit so it's time to rev up those fall engines and get going. But first let's talk strategy here for a minute. Style strategy, that is. You hear me me talking constantly about the Affordable Editorial Solution: the art of mixing high and low items to create a truly couture and catalogue worthy look for less. I scour the internet, stores, and showrooms finding the best "knock off" versions of this season's "it" items and share them here, stressing the importance of color choice, layering textures, hem lines, tailoring, and above all styling. But one key component of building the perfect Affordable Editorial wardrobe, one that will make you look like a magazine editor every morning you hit the sidewalk, is having what I call a "Collection of Classics". This is a base line selection of pieces that are so beautifully well made that they will hold up over the years no matter how much you wear them (and this is key because my gosh do you wear them). 
A classic and investment-worthy piece is something that is not just "timeless" but that is timeless TO YOU. I am sure you've read countless articles on "the-(insert number)-best-investment-worthy-pieces-to-take-out-a-mortage-to-snag-this-season" but this is not what I am talking about. Building a Collection of Classics takes a little time and is something you revel in the process and enjoy curating. As you collect and wear your pieces, you will actually remember the story behind each piece, what occasion you bought yourself those Chloe sunglasses for, the afternoon you and your best friend found that small vintage shop and discovered a set of 1970s Balmain pearl and diamond earrings, or that rainy birthday your mother and you got lost in Paris for hours after she bought you your first black Dior handbag. Punished clearly for being so spoiled...worth it! 
Or maybe it's the beautiful box full of vintage Hermes and Cartier scarves your grandmother dropped off the day after you moved into your first apartment that have basically provided the perfect accessory to countless important outfits for your entire style career. (You can see one of my favorite Cartier scarves my grandmother gave me featured above)

So how do you do it? Where does a Collection of Classics start? How do you begin? And what about the upfront cost to buy something new that may or may not BE a classic?
The answer is simple: luxury pre-owned.

When it comes to luxury items, things like fashion and classic cars, the Luxury Pre-Owned market is the best place to start out discovering what it is you like, and what has stood the test of time value and quality wise. And because these items are preowned, but preciously cared for, they are priced lower than the brand new version. Now you're wondering: how on earth you can insure the quality and condition of a piece, especially if you are buying it online because that's where the largest selection of luxury goods are right at your fingertips.
Enter Trendlee. THE online one-stop-shop for finding the best luxury pre-owned handbags. Trendlee has a constant stream of new bags that are meticulously selected for sale, and independently verified as authentic and in peak condition. They also offer free returns if for any reason you are not satisfied, and ship worldwide. But that's not even the best part: Trendlee is now a pioneer in the luxury pre-owned fashion market offering easy financing through their partnership with Affirm so you can split and spread your payments out to make it more affordable and manageable to start collecting. For anyone with a monthly paycheck...ie EVERYONE, this is finally the fashion world giving us something accessible and practical! 
SO, when given the opportunity to take a look through Trendlee's collection, I already knew the bag I wanted to add to my Collection of Classics. Ralph Lauren's Ricky tote hit the market several years back with clean classic lines, top quality leather, and strong and iconic hardware (much like their horse bit buckle belt which I sprang for 6 years ago and never literally NEVER travel without). So why this bag? For me it is a symbol of the all american woman TODAY: the tote in all it's sizes is extremely practical, it is masculine yet also feminine, can be dressed up or down, worn as a fashionable cross body bag, or draped with a scarf and taken out on the town in the evenings. I know the bag craftsmanship will have held up through wearings already and will only continue to look in prime condition. It has the ever EVER important metal feet on the bottom of the bag, which prevents wear and tear on the soft leather bottom, and allows me to briefly set it down on the carpet at lunch or on the floor of a meeting. And then there's the color... the classic black leather with the bold red stripe. This is an emotional decision on my part: something about that red stripe down the center just makes me smile. It evidently screams confidence, but in a beautifully strong way because the tone of red is just that perfect. 

In true Affordable Editorial style, I've paired the Ricky above with my faux black leather jacket of the moment (I find one each season because I wear them so much, and haven't found the right "investment level" one to add to my Collection of Classics) This Design History jacket is a bomber style with floral laser cut details, which adds a little femininity to the powerful lines and hardware of the Ricky tote. It's all about the play really: I like to look at and construct outfits the same way I read a painting and visually work through a great piece of art. This must come from my years as an Art History student and in the NY Art Scene while working for Sotheby's, but nevertheless the comparisons hold true: when you stand in front of the mirror in the morning, you are a living moving blank canvas. The colors and pieces you choose, no matter what you are getting dressed for, all need to come together on the page and reflect what you are trying to say and convey. And if you think you aren't really trying to say anything with your clothes, then you are making the first mistake because your style and how you present yourself is the first thing anyone will notice, see, and think about you. So go forth, be confident, be classic, be conscious, and be you.
If you dress it, it will come. 
Dress The Part.

Ricky Leather Satchel 33 Bag, Ralph Lauren via Trendlee *10% off site-wide with code LABOR
Leather Laser Cut Bomber, Design History, similar 
Jeans, Guess
Eyelet Top, Zara, similar
Booties, Schutz, similar
Shades, Quay, similar

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Photos by Chelsae Anne Photography, many thanks to Chariots of Palm Beach for the use of their stunning pre-owned Morgan, Visit Chariots of Palm Beach online to discover the best international selection of pre-owned classic cars. Available Worldwide.


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