When Will I Have My Last First? & Cuba In Transition


Zara Off The Shoulder Poplin ShirtRag & Bone Branson Belted Denim SkirtSuper Skinny Rose ScarfASOS New Look Pour White Block Heel SandalsPage Mini Cross Body Bag In Embossed Croc LeatherJ Crew Leather Equestrian Necklace

When August rolls around and I realize wearing as much white as I do won’t be an option, I tend to freak out a bit. I know winter white is a thing, and a big one, but it is not quite the same as donning white in the heat of summer. I’ll be wearing a lot of it as summer starts to wind down — head to toe looks as well as sneaking it in to my wardrobe wherever possible.

Today we are honing in on not only on white but Sunday brunch look’s as well. It is the perfect meet-the-parents date:  Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s are served (perfectly acceptable drink, one could even say required), and the early time means there won’t be hurt feelings when you have to jaunt off to your next activity.

You’ll be looking modern and effortlessly chic in this denim skirt, and off the shoulder poplin shirt combo. Pair with simple accessories such as ASOS ‘s white heeled sandals, and a trendy mini box handbag — Coach’s Page cross body bag is perfect. Add print from Rockins super skinny rose scarf (see Kate Moss in hers) for a small pop of pizazz.

Happy brunching!

Zara Off The Shoulder Poplin Shirt // Rag & Bone Branson Belted Denim Skirt // ASOS New Look Pour White Block Heel Sandals // J Crew Leather Equestrian Necklace // Coach Page Mini Cross Body Bag In Embossed Croc Leather // Rockins Super Skinny Rose Scarf

Cuba In Transition

Cuba In Transition

Cuba In Transition

Cuba In Transition

You have a few days left to be a part of my dear friends and film maker’s, Mimi Fuenzalida & Ken Rosen, documentary about Cuba. (Check it out here on Kickstarter) The film, Cuba In Transition, focuses on Cuba during and after the embargo. Now that the relations between USA and Cuba are beginning to shift Mimi and Ken decided to travel to Cuba to be there for the opening of the embassies, and to hear what these changes mean for the people of Cuba.

Upon their return, Mimi could hardly contain her excitement about Cuba’s beautiful people, and their indomitable spirit. It was easy to see she had fallen in love. (Ken already had on his three trips spanning 1998 to 2004). She couldn’t wait to share pictures (above), and stories of their daily adventures while filming.

If you want to be a part of what is sure to be an insightful and beautifully filmed documentary you have till Tuesday August 4th, at 5:00 pm to donate. No amount is too small, but if you like Mimi’s photos above, with a $250 and $500 (framed) dollar donation you can get a 11 x 14 high quality photo (your choice of 10) from Cuba. (Photos will be different from the ones above).

Visit Kickstarter to check out the various donation packages for Cuba In Transition.

Above photos by Mimi Fuenzalida.

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Monkey See: Dior & I


Dior & I

Dior & I

Honestly, with how much I adore the house of Christian Dior and Raf Simmons, I can’t believe I didn’t see the documentary, Dior & I, on the big screen. Don’t get me wrong it is still an engaging film, well worth the view on a smaller screen. But, what was I thinking??

Directed by Frédéric Tcheng, Valentino: The Last Emperor, and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Dior & I, is an alluring behind-the-scenes look at the making of Raf Simmons first collection in 2012 as creative director for Christian Dior —  a haute couture collection no less, and Simmons first one.

With only eight weeks to complete the  couture collection, Simmons, his right hand man, Pieter Mulier (you’ll fall in love with this man), and his dedicated staff — especially the army of white-coated seamstresses who meticulously hand-craft the decadent creations —  work against the clock to create Simmons sublime vision. 

Through out the highlighted design process, Tcheng infuses archival footage of Christian Dior discussing his style and mission. Fitting, since employees at the atelier often feel the spirit of Dior after many a difficult days work. He also inserts a sense of humanity into the documentary, one special moment being Raf Simmon’s jangled nerves, depicted on his face, as his designs were parading down the runway at last. So endearing.

Viewing such a breathtaking collection is always a special treat. But, viewing the final runway sequence after witnessing the painstaking work of the dedicated and faithful staff, from idea to fruition, gives one a greater appreciation for the exquisite results. I was ecstatic watching the final parade of dresses!

Dior & I

Dior & I

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This Week’s Wish List


Wish List

Wish List

My fashion wishes this week began when I happened upon french designer Jacquemus’s a-line wrap skirt, featuring the designer’s signature oversized eyelet, and cropped turtle neck sweater. I instantly fell in love.

All other wishes were curated around my new-found obsession — the skirt. Imagine how divine Acne’s lavender Baylay wool-blend sweater, and Isabel Marant’s brick-red ankle boots will look paired with the skirt. Another awesome look is the skirt worn with Steven Alan’s Austen shirt. And, all tops here take on a more casual vibe, yet still chic, when paired with Alexa Chung’s Sabine jeans (prepare for these jeans to sell out quickly).

I’m off now to get my nails painted blue. If I only could decide which Opi shade of navy! Am I in the mood for dating a royal? Any thoughts?

1. Jacquemus La Jupe Oeillet Porte Feuille (skirt) 2. Jacquemus a Maille Courte (top) 3. Opi Nail Lacquer Russian Navy // Opi Dating A Royal // Opi My Car Has Navy-Gation 4. Steven Alan Austen Shirt 5. Alexa Chung For AG  Sabine Jean 6. Rag & Bone Floppy-Brim Fedora 7. Sophie Hulme Small Drawstring Bucket  8.Acne Studios Baylay Big Wool-Blend Sweater  9. Isabel Marant Brick Red Ankle Boot 10. Isabel Marant Etoile Gabrie Check Jacket

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Inspiration For A New Day


Proenza Schouler Dress

Fall August Bazaar

Fall Looks From Bazar

With such glorious fashion on the horizon it’s difficult not to get inspired about the upcoming fashion season. Fall’s sleek minimal sportswear and easy elegance (above) generates a quiet sexiness. And, what truly makes these looks unique, and inspirational is in the details –the neck line on the Hermes dress, the fluted pleats of Proenza Schouler’s stunning creation, and Bottega Venetta’s strong shoulder silhouette, and nipped in waist.

Bo Ho Chic

Chloe Handbag

The 70’s craze and the boho chic trend have been a great duo these last few seasons. I’ve been looking for a way to change up this look, and Gucci has found the answer in the addition of elegance. The purple blouse is a definite must have on my fall fashion list, as well as Chloe’s cognac suede studded bag.

Top three photos from August Bazaar. Photographed by Sean and Seng.

Fourth photo from August Bazaar. Photographed by Nathanial Goldburg.

Bottom photo from August Marie Claire. Photographed by Mitchell Feinberg.

Shop the look (click on picture to shop):

Gucci Charmeuse Button Down BlouseFurla Perla Onyx CrossbodyZara Micro-Jacquard Waistcoat

Zara Black BlazerProenza Schouler Knit Pleat Skirt

From top to bottom: Proenza Schouler Dress and Bangle, J.W Anderson Earring, Tom Wood Necklace // Bottega Veneta Suit, J.W Anderson Earring, Tom Wood Necklace and Ring, Furla Handbag, Louis Vuitton Shoes // Hermes Dress, J.W Anderson Earring, Tom Wood Necklace and Ring, 3.1 Phillip Lim Handbag // Gucci Vest, Blouse & Skirt, Earrings Celine, Cord (worn as necklace) Stephanie Kantis, Necklace Bottega Veneta // Chloe Cognac Suede Crossbody

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Trend Report — The Best 10 Long Coats


Victoria BeckhamCiara

Kendall JennerRihanna

You might have noticed a new trend emerging among today’s “it” girls, models, editors and street style stars. Long coats are showing up everywhere, and are worn with just about anything (witness above).

What started out as the ideal coat to wrap your self up in when the temperature dips, has turned into a go to coat for any occasion. This trend is as equally fabulous when worn with distressed jeans and pumps, or pencil thin trousers/skirts and statements shoes, as it is with a pair of sneaks and shorts/minidress!

And, you can (Chloe’s awesome double breasted felted wool coat), but don’t have to spend a fortune to take on this hot new trend — Top Shop’s suede trench coat and The Laden Showroom X Zacro denim overcoat.

Below are my top ten long coats to perfect this latest awesome trend.

 

Chloe Compact Felted Wool CoatTop Shop Premium Suede Trench Coat

& Other Stories Light Trench CoatJust Female Belted Long Coat

The Laden Showroom X Zacro Denim OvercoatDagmar Sadie Woven Trench Coat

Carven Belted Double-Breasted CoatMSGM Long Robe Coat

Zimmermann Fortune Leather TrenchTheory + Activate Jersey Coat

 

Victoria Beckham // Ciara // Rihanna // Kendall Jenner

Chloe Compact Felted Wool Coat //  Top Shop Premium Suede Trench Coat // Just Female Belted Long Coat // Dagmar Sadie Woven Trench Coat // MSGM Long Robe Coat // Theory + Activate Jersey Coat // Zimmermann Fortune Leather Trench // Carven Belted Double-Breasted Coat // The Laden Showroom X Zacro Denim Overcoat // & Other Stories Light Trench Coat

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When Will I Have My Last First?


Top Shop Crinkle Off Shoulder Bardot TopDaily Look Keepsake None The Wiser Skirt

Baggu Drawstring Bucket BagJimmy Choo Gala Patent-Leather Point-Toe Flats

Komono Dreyfuss SunglassesLila Rose Crescent Hoops

Summer nights are the perfect back drop for newly minted relationships. Just as this dual personality skirt (mini and to-the-knee) is excellent for sunset cocktails that merge into romantic dinners.

Top Shop’s of the she shoulder Bardot top lends an extra dose of sexiness and whimsicality to your look. And, even though it is still mid-summer you can start preparing for fall with Jimmy Choo’s pre-fall Gala patent leather pointed toe flats, while awarding your look with a chic Audrey Hepburn feel. Baggu’s bubble gum pink drawstring bag adds a touch of softness to an overall smashing ensemble.

For awe inspiring sunsets try cocktails at Hotel Irwin in Venice, California.

Top Shop Crinkle Off The Shoulder Bardot Top // Daily Look Keepsake None The Wiser Skirt // Jimmy Choo Gala Patent-Leather Point-Toe Flats // Lila Rose Crescent Hoops // Komono Dreyfuss Sunglasses // Baggu Drawstring Bucket Bag

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The New Stiletto?


Prada Fall 2015Valentino Fall 2015

Chloe Fall 2015Stella McCartney Fall 2015

Dries Von Noten Fall 2015Marni Fall 2015

There is nothing like a good ol pair of stilettos. They’re sexy, do wonders for a pair of legs, and the simple addition of them turn a pair of boyfriend jeans into a chic french look. But, I must say, I am crazy about (so are my knees, back and feet) the block high heel that was rampant in the Fall collections. They have a special unique quality, and an inherent sexiness all their own.

It was love at first sight when I saw Prada’s block heeled patent leather Mary Janes. And, have been lusting after them ever since. I’m also quite keen on Chole’s knee-high lace up  boots, and Marni’s below the calf boots in that exquisite shade of emerald green. (all above).

Let me know your thoughts. Are blocked high heels are new stiletto?

Prada Fall 2015 // Valentino Fall 2015 // Stella McCartney Fall 2015 // Marni Fall 2015 // Dries Von Noten Fall 2015 // Chloe Fall 2015

Shop the look:

Marni Mary Jane PumpPrada Tapered Toe Ankle Boot3.1 Phillip Lim Claridge Crocheted-Panel Booties

Top Shop Aroma Suede Ankle BootsVince Nicole Ankle Strap SandalsBarneys New York Peep Toe Ankle Strap Sandals

Marni Mary Jane Pump // Prada Tapered Toe Ankle Boot // 3.1 Phillip Lim Claridge Crocheted-Panel Booties // Barneys New York Peep Toe Ankle Strap Sandals // Vince Nicole Ankle Strap Sandals // Top Shop Aroma Suede Ankle Boots

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