A few years ago my friend Katelyn and I started our own New Year’s Eve tradition. We stay in, make dinner, drink wine, and spend the night reflecting on the last year and making up fun hippie rituals to usher in the new one (I hear this year’s festivities are going to include a ceramic chalice). Laid back NYE celebrations like mine might not require sequins or high heels, but they do require cute, comfortable basics, and slippers sturdy enough to pop out to the store for more wine if necessary. Click through for outfit details… Keep reading »
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New Year’s Eve is a great excuse to dress up. Yesterday we featured a disco ball-inspired outfit for those of us who like our NYE ensembles to be visible from space. Today we have a slightly more understated look, featuring dark lace, a dreamy fascinator headband, and fun flashes of gold. It’s perfect for classy soirees and cocktail parties–just add black tights for a boost of warmth. Click through for details!
I started watching “Justified” because my boyfriend has a huge crush on Timothy Olyphant, who plays the main character, Raylan Givens. By the end of the first episode I’d discovered that it’s humanly impossible to not have a crush on Timothy Olyphant, but I was also intrigued by another character: Raylan’s ex-wife, Winona. Not only does she have the best name ever (I would know), she’s smart, tough, complicated, and she’s got great style: her court reporter job calls for pencil skirts and pretty blouses in a muted palette. Click through to get this professional look for yourself!
Last weekend, I saw “The Artist,” a new French film set in the silent movie era, and shot as a silent movie would be. The film is charming and adorable — a must-see — and the clothes of the era are deftly highlighted. The gorgeous flapper dresses, cloche hats and curls the protagonist Peppy Miller wears made me long for the clothes of that era. While you can buy original 1920s and ’30s items for hundreds and even thousands of dollars, the less expensive bet is to go for reproductions of vintage pieces, or vintage-inspired works. We’ve found a handful for your perusal after the jump!
My boyfriend and I are obsessed with “Downton Abbey.” Like, completely obsessed. We watched all the episodes in the span of a week and are currently rewatching them. We love the drama and the writing and the characters, but truthfully, I would probably still watch it with the sound turned off because the sets and costumes are so breathtakingly beautiful. The series follows an aristocratic family from 1912 to 1919, and my god, the outfits these people wear to dinner! Alas, we can’t all dress like turn-of-the-century British nobility, but we can bring a little vintage extravagance into our wardrobes — especially during holiday party season. Click through to check out a few gorgeous modern-day pieces that would do the Crawley family proud…
After surveying the signature styles of cities like Paris, Rome, and London, I came home to Portland, a place known more for forestry than fashion sense. But contrary to popular belief, there’s more to Portland style than plaid flannel. People here favor casual dresses, cozy cardigans, pretty tights, and tough boots. Whimsical accessories are a must–this is, after all, the city that pioneered the “put a bird on it” movement. Click through to get the details on this quintessential P-Town outfit… Keep reading »
The other day I got a message from my friend Ariel, who works at an alternative preschool in Tuscon. She wanted to nominate an Unexpected Style Inspiration: her students. “At our school, the model is basically let kids do whatever they want, and they come up with fantastic outfits. Just today a little kid told me, ‘Mermaids are in. Dinosaurs are not.’” She sent along the descriptions of a few outfits her students had sported recently and I got to work converting them into (mostly) wearable adult versions. The deets on the outfit above, and two others, after the jump! Keep reading »
Alright, we’ve covered the current looks of London and Paris, now it’s time to talk about Rome! This city is sexy, edgy, and colorful, and so is the fashion aesthetic. Women here love mixing masculine and feminine looks, trendy pieces with classics, and bright colors with more bright colors–then they jump on their Vespas and away they go. Here’s how to get the look…
Last Friday, my childhood BFF Brittany and I reunited to take a road trip to the New Kids On The Block/Backstreet Boys concert in a city 150 miles north of ours. I say “road trip” but it was more of a religious pilgrimage to worship at the altar of AJ McLean’s facial hair (if you’re unversed in the BSB gospel, AJ is the bad boy of the group, and Brittany and I have been trying to get him to marry us since 1997). The concert was incredible, obviously, complete with dazzling pyrotechnics, dreamy harmonies, and Jordan Knight straining so hard to hit his high notes that I genuinely feared for his well-being. Over the course of this grand adventure, I learned a few lessons about style that will stick with me forever… Keep reading »
Emma Watson has already exercised her fashion design muscle—the “Harry Potter” star debuted her skills with a collection for the fair trade clothing company People Tree. It was this work that attracted designer Alberta Ferretti to Watson, and Ferretti has apparently now enlisted the young actress to create a line with her. Although Ferretti is high-fashion, Watson is still putting an emphasis on do-gooding. She says, “I will put it out there that I will work for anyone for free if they are prepared to make their clothing fair trade organic.” So far details are scant: We do know that the range will be inspired by Jane Birkin, boho ’60s songstress and sexy wife to French crooner Serge Gainsbourg. We already worship Birkin as a style icon, so Watson has clearly made a good choice. Can’t wait for Emma’s collection? Put together your own look with these Birkin-inspired pieces, after the jump! [The Cut] Keep reading »