Day to night with a ditch of the hat, and a change of shoes. This summer dressing for a date that starts early, and ends with a romantic meal at one of your favorite spots — perhaps on the beach, or maybe with a skyline view — isn’t quite as much work as one would think.
Start with a crisp, clean white shift dress (Madewell’s is super and on sale), add boho chic sandals by Antik Batik, a versatile mini bag (structured bags are ideal), a straw hat, and minimal yet edgy jewelry to start out your day.
As the sunsets, and you make your way to your prized charming night spot, a quick change of shoes — I’m obsessed with Loeffler Randall’s tassled lace up heels — a toss of your hat and a shake out of your hair (though Rag & Bone’s black straw hat is chic enough to leave on) will lend you enough polish for most any whimsical evening.
Madewell Cotton Shiftdress // Antik Batik Thor 1 Sandal // Fabiola Pedrazzini Mini Clea Lock Bag // Loeffler Randall Tasseled Lace-Up Leather Sandals // Bling Jewelry 925 Sterling Silver Beaded Ball Chain Feather Leaf Dangle Earring // Rag & Bone Wide Brim Beach Hat
We’re Not Done Yet
Harem pants, not my thing. Boyfriend jeans I love. The new trend in denim is a savvy hybrid of the two culminating in a fresh new loose jean look dubbed ‘the slouch’. You might ask, ‘what exactly is the difference between the two jeans’? To which I would reply – good question!
Boyfriend jeans hit a mid-rise and use a shorter zipper, they range from very loose to a skinnier silhouette style which are able to show off your good bum. The new slouch jeans have a low rise and a longer zipper (rendering a slight drop where the legs come together, or as to be so crude – the crotch area), and are slung low on the hips. They don’t highlight the bum per se which for us flat bottomed girl can be a welcome benefit. They are offered in the same clean and distressed finishes, and like the boyfriend jean look best either cropped or rolled to a shorter length. They are also being offered in a skinnier leg which is my silhouette of choice!
Slouch jeans have been made with 100% cotton (no stretch) which according to Kiya Babzani, cofounder of Self Edge, was due to “a huge uptick in women wanting an undistressed, raw jean, something that will fade naturally over time. This is a jean that isn’t going to be as comfortable as what women are used to right off the bat—but those looking for a fun experience of wearing in a jean for themselves are up for the challenge.” But, more and more brands are taking in to account that women still like stretch, and are incorporating a small amount, enough so that it moves with you and allows for more comfort.
These jeans aren’t cheap, so far they’re for the denim connoisseur – prices ranging from $200 – to upwards of $400. The Japanese cult fav, Chimila, whose slouch jeans retail at Madewell for, are you ready, $466.00. But, not to fret, I’ve heard Gap, under new creative director Rebekka Bay, is getting into the game with a much more affordable version. I’m looking forward to getting my first pair!!
Clockwise from top left: R13 Slouch Skinny Blue Shredded Barneys // Acne Studios Pop Vintage Boyfriend Jeans Net-a-Porter // Rag & Bone The Dash Tattered Slouchy Jean // Lovers & Friends Ezra Slouchy Skinny Jeans // Point Sur Slim Stacker Selvedge Jean J Crew // Chimala Selvedge Straight Leg Jeans Madewell
Consciousness: concern, interest, or acute awareness – as in global consciousness. This is one of the definitions, the one that H&M has taken to heart as exhibited by their Conscious Collection — debuting April 10th at select H&M stores. This year, H&M is launching not one but two Conscious collections, including the H&M Conscious Exclusive line created in partnership with the Ever Manifesto collective.
The medley of fabrics used to make these eco-friendly clothes, all recycled or organic materials, has grown by 2. This year, the Swedish company has introduced new sustainable materials, including vegetable tanned leather and organic silk.
Now…if we could convince H&M to follow through on their promise to start (by 2018) to pay laborers a fair wage (though they won’t say what that is). Tell me, would you pay a few more dollars so a worker could earn more than .15 an hour?
These are a few of my favorites. Proving fashion and sustainability can work together in creating fantastic fashion!
Clockwise from top left: H&M Conscious Collection Tunic $59.95 & Shorts $49.95 ♦ H&M Conscious Collection Headband $17.95 , Jumpsuit TBD, Flats $99.00 ♦ H&M Conscious Collection Lace A-Line Dress $249.00 & Shoulder Piece $149.00 ♦ H&M Conscious Collection Kimona Dress $69.95 Embellished Mules $149.00 ♦ H&M Conscious Collection Pleated Top $49.95 & Bonded Pants $129.00 ♦ H&M Conscious Collection Bustier Top $129.00 & Palazzo Pant $49.95.
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I’ve a had a yen for accessories this week — expensive and some not so much, but all equally covetable. I fell in love with the Un Bout high heels by Christian Louboutin which come in a delicious array of colors (red was another favorite). Since Louboutin’s can be a stretch for many budgets, I included a fabulous pair of Aldo anklestraps that are every bit just as awesome.
Just the other day my jewelry designer friend, Cynthia Desser (check out her fabulous wares that I perpetually want), turned me on to Mawi jewelry. I’m mad for their clean lines and edginess, and particularly fell in love with the piece above. Thanks Cyn!
If you’re in need of some new tunes to brighten your mood make sure to check out Jason Mraz’s new album, Love Is A Four Letter Word. It contains his awesome new song I Won’t Give Up which is available to preorder before it hits stores this Tuesday.
Enjoy! And if you have any covetables of your own please share!!
Clockwise from top left: Christian Louboutin Un Bout 120 MM $795.00 us.christianlouboutin.com, Jason Mraz Love Is A 4 Letter Word $9.99 www.jasonmraz.com, Madewell The Mini Mailbag $118.00 www.madewell.com, Sandro Entredeux Silver Blouse $220.00 www.sandro-paris.com, Aldo Rise Eakins High Heels $175.00 www.aldoshoes.com, Post Back Pack Hershel Supply Co. $60.00 www.needsupply.com, Mawi Necklace $910.00 www.yoox.com, Piamita Marisa Wide Leg Pant $260.00 www.kirnazabete.com
The stripe tee is an awesome year round basic, but there is something about it that evokes spring and summer for me. Every spring I like to update my wardrobe with one (or two) more stripe tees – who knew there could be so many variations with stripes. This spring I am coveting the Enza Costa orange and blue striped tee (don’t own that color combo yet), love the splash of color it brings to white jeans. And the QSW Bay tee from Quick Silver is the perfect choice to update my basic blue and white strip tee. If you are looking for one with a bit more personality the Chinti and Parker organic black and white stripe tee with yellow pockets could be just the ticket – it’s a new take on the stripe tee.
Did you see your favorite striped tee? If not, let me know what it is.
Clockwise from top left: Chinti and Parker Striped Organic Tee $125.00 www.netaporter.com, Enza Costa Long Sleeve Strip Crew $128.00 www.singer22.com, Feel The Piece Striped Long Sleeve Tee $135.00 www.intermix.com, Colorblock-Stripe Slash Henley $45.00 www.jcrew.com, QSW Bay Stripe Long Sleeve Tee $48.00 www.quicksilver.com, Striped Sunray Tee $42.00 www.madewell.com.