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Invest in What You Love

Invest in what you love. You will wear it.

I am guilty of buying inexpensive pieces that I “kind of” like because the price is enticing and it’s of the moment, maybe even too much so. The dress I am wearing in this post is one of my favorite purchases ever. And yes, I am that crazy person who keeps a mental inventory of their closet and most loved items. I remember how I felt the moment I saw it: true love. I had to have it.

Simone Rochas and J Brand did a collaboration a few years back and I totally missed it online and in stores. I found this perusing the designer/contemporary floor at Century 21* and could not walk past it. Despite its discounted price tag, it was still a substantial purchase for me a few years ago (a few hundred dollars).  But, I absolutely adored the dress, so guess what? I bought it.

I feel put together and chic every time I put it on. It’s architectural yet sweet, universally flattering and like nothing I have seen out there in the attainable price point world, an lbd that’s actually black denim. If you google the collab you can still find items from the collection on ebay and Poshmark. I wasn’t able to find the dress, but the skirt and pant versions are available!

The point I am looking to convey is that it is ok to spend a few more dollars on something that you can foresee wearing for years to come, are able style different ways and makes you feel awesome.

Dress |Simone Rochas x J Brand

Shoes | Avec Moderation

Sunnies | & other stories – also love these

Photos by Michelle Jacobi

xx

* C21 FiDi location

Metallic pleats & plaid

_DSC8626I brought two outfits to this shoot. one based around the pleated skirt and the other around this checked tunic top. I ended up mixing them together as I wanted to highlight both pieces but looking back on it, I wouldn’t necessarily pair them together again. That said, I love both recent purchases and am excited to style them differently going forward….

I see this silvery white metallic pleated skirt with a half tucked sweater (pastel, white or black) or a distressed tee and a colorful slide or white sneaker.

the tunic is shown wrapped around the waist and paired back to denim which is how it looks best.

links + details below.

happy weekend ya’ll

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coat | tunic | clu skirt, similar here| shoes, old sophia webster, love these | vintage necklace | sunglasses, & other stories

photos by Michelle Jacobi

Checks, please

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star of the show | I found this blazer in store at h&m a few weeks ago.  its slightly elongated and looks equally great open as it does closed. this exact one is no longer up but here is another very similar one, also h&m, and two more great options here and here that I love.

downtown/casual looks| Aritzia tank | Tibi clear belt| Striped Flying Monkey denim, sold out but similar here| two tone AMO denim (on sale), also love this vetements x levi’s collab| old hoops, love this pair from Madewell| Mansur crossbody | SE boots |

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uptown/work |Uniqlo button down, Everlane has a great one| & other stories black belt from last year, love this one too| haute hippie silk flares, old, love this pair | Mansur crossbody |vintage gold locket added to long silver chain

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Printed Pants & Matching Sets

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top & pants | club monaco blazer, last year, similar here | heels

photos by Michelle Jacobi

my search for a set continues although these pants were a part of one. the coordinating top is available here. When I tried the trousers and top together it felt slightly too casual for what I was envisioning so I went with a clean black knit instead. that said, I saw a girl wearing the full set out at an event recently and it definitely looked cool and edgy, it just depends on the look you’re going for. I also wore this outfit, sans blazer, to a charity event a few weeks back and felt quite pulled together.  grey suede heels rather than black for more dimension and on a more casual note I would definitely pair these back to sneakers or pointed toe loafers for weekend brunch and walking around.

here are the links to two other sets I tried and loved: zara jacket & trousers , zadig & voltaire cami & bottoms. still dreaming about the later set…. the mixed silk prints are gorgeous in person. I am sure the sales girl thought I was crazy for agonizing over them but not pulling the trigger on the purchase. just me and my champagne dreams over here!

sets/suits/coordinating separates are having a major moment from pajama sets to structured suiting and I don’t see them going anywhere. chanel’s infamous tweed suits debuted in the early 1920’s and are as strong as ever today… go and make your own moment in a head to toe look!

I am shooting a few outfits this weekend and am excited to share with you soon!

x

p.s. how about this group of pups that joined our shoot 😍 😍 😍

 

Daytime Sequins

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Sequins date back to 14th century BC and were found in King Tut’s tomb, most likely to financially prepare him for the afterlife. Since this discovery, their popularity rose as a way to show off financial status and to conveniently carry one’s currency close to the body for nomadic travelers back in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their shine and glare was even thought to ward off evil spirits.  Of course the 1920-30’s flappers donned them in massive quantities and if you’re still following my brief history lesson and last blog post, will notice that they are making a resurgence right now.

Above said, I gravitated to this top for reasons opposite of what history has taught us. I loved that it was allover sequin yet gave off subtle shine due to their opacity. It is also oversized and slouchy, perfect for an everyday denim tuck, and the sleeves roll up which brings in another casual element. Basically, I fell for this top the second I saw it. It was one of those I-just-have-to-have-this moments where I started planning future outfits out in my head. The price tag was actually marked $50 higher on the one I picked up [lucky me] and was so relieved to learn that I could and should bring her home to my closet after all.  Know that I am not a spontaneous decision maker/spender and am careful about budgeting.

She has matching skirt that is clean and chic but my thought was to pair it back to two tone denim and ankle boots.  I love me a matching set and am currently looking for a great printed/structured one if anyone has any suggestions…. but ok, back to this look, I topped her off with my favorite vintage gold bangles, cropped two tone denim, ankle boots and a classic wool coat.

Outfit details below, more pics + additional styles I found in varying  price range.

my look: sequin top | denim [on sale] | boots, also love these with lower heel | coat old club monaco | sunnies

cropped paillette top – love the iridescent pink & the emerald

white sequin romper *great for bachelorette/shower

when sequins are really your jam go for the top of line with this skirt!

Hope everyone has a great short week x x x

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NYFW F/W 18

fall/winter 18 shows concluded this week on Marc Jacobs wacky and well respected high note. Calvin Kleins popcorn runway was a sight worth seeing although the underlying tone of the show was not exactly celebratory.

I chose the below looks as they stood out to me most and represent the prominent trends of the upcoming fall season. Many are street ready, a few not so much yet are translatable if you appreciate the idea behind the styling – Nickolas K’s long white peasant layers and Tom Fords red sequin animal print suit, perhaps?

Keep scrolling my top looks and trend rundown below.

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ROBERT RODRIGUEZ – yellow/structural/tweed/lace

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BRANDON MAXWELL + DVF – yellow/high waist/wide leg

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DVF + ROBERT RODRIGUEZ – blue/faux fur/quilted velvet/statement coat

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CAROLINA HERRERA – blue & red/lace/ankle length

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ROSIE ASSOULIN + ALICE & OLIVIA – artistic prints/sequin/rainbow

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TOM FORD – suiting/mod/yellow

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ROBERT RODRIGUEZ + ALC + TOM FORD – red/monochromatic/suiting/animal print

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ADAM LIPPES + SALLY LAPOINTE – allover white/subtle sequins

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NICHOLAS K + THE ROW – allover white/long layers

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DVF + ROSIE ASSOULIN – matching set/exaggerated flare/texture

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CINQ A SEPT + ADAM LIPPES – black & white/opposite prints/ribbon & button detail

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VALENTINO RED + MICHAEL KORS – leather jacket/lace/mixed prints/yellow

tweed and plaid appeared in almost every show in some way, shape or form. Monse, Robert Rodriguez and Michael Kors found ways to incorporate the fabric with a twist, whether it be a neon yellow blazer or mixing opposing plaids [Michael Kors] or most classic, Monse, layering blazer over trench, also a strong trend this spring, and always so in the eyes of Burberry.

matching sets took precedence in every way this season and I just cant get enough. Designers went in all directions here from monochromatic red animal print [ALC + Robert Rodriguez, Tom Ford] to exaggerated flares [dvf + Rosie], to tapered snakeskin [Tom Ford]. The pajama suiting look has morphed its way into a slightly more wearable, classic approach.

drapey, oversized knits paired with a bit of shine – as seen at Sally LaPointe- is a fun and translatable way to do subtle glam. Sequins were a theme throughout the season from rainbow stripes at A&O to Adam Lippes white a-line gown. Sequins are a doable trend irl and a little shine never hurt anybody, especially when its in rainbow form.

other prominent, wearable themes throughout included belted waists and jackets, fur/faux fur coats and accents are still going strong, animal prints, yellow!, and the trench coat. Another highlight was the spectrum of models that were presented. Michael Kors included Ashley Graham, Vaquera’s models ran the gamut on gender fluidity, and Chromat and Rosie Assouline showed zero size resistance.

Carolina Herrera presented her very last show after a 37 year career as creative director at her namesake label. Her understudy for the last few years, Wes Gordon, will be taking the reins of the eponymous house going forward. I for one am anxious and excited to see what he will bring. She closed out with a lady-like parade of twenty or so brightly colored taffeta ball skirts, each paired with a classic white button down shirt and rectangular belt. A very fitting finale.

i hope you like this recap. I plan to include a Spring report in the coming weeks along with two more shoots I did recently.

enjoy your weekend x

alex