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Monday, December 24, 2012

Mary Katrantzou, I'm in love with you

I caught Mary Katrantzou's 2013 ready to wear runway show on Gloss and my heart skipped a beat. Mary...... I think I'm falling for you.

Check at this incredible line, you can watch the full runway show here. I think I might have been living in a cave because this is my first introduction to Ms. Katrantzou. Her previous lines have been just as alluring with a perfect combination of whimsical prints and modern ingenuous tailoring. The current incorporation of postage stamp imagery is so romantic it makes me want to hop on the Orient Express.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from 2013. Anyone have a couple thousand dollars to lend me?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rules on Leggings

Why oh why are we still seeing this?
Leggings need rules because they are pretend pants. Your legs aren't really clothed they are only colored. Stop not wearing pants.
I'm not dissing leggings, au contraire leggings are a really useful basic for dressing down a shift, for wearing a too-short skirt to work, to balance out an oversized sweater etc. Plus, I love metallic "liquid leggings" (I own them in gold, silver and bronze :). I promise they can be worn without being trashy.
Here are a couple rules to prevent pantless-ness.
  •  Your top MUST come below your crotch.* 
  • A little butt-clef is okay. But not if your chones show.
  • The shorter your shirt the more visual weight it needs. Weight comes in density of material, in bulk of material or in structure. This is to balance out your outfit composition.
  • Legging partner favorites: tunics, sheer button-ups, bulky sweaters, short dresses.
  •  Legging no-nos: cotton t-shirts, anything cropped, blazers. 
The more your leggings are creeping towards real pants the less you need to rely on the rules. 

*obviously different rules apply to yoga/gym/running. Sheesh, stop yelling at me legging-lovers.

Monday, November 12, 2012

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings though at first may seem challenging are actually a really fun opportunity to wear fabrics with more texture and embellishment.

Dorothy Perkins

How many occasions do we get to wear velvet appropriately? Here and now is the time! Check out these beautiful options. Appliqued embellishments are huge this year (as opposed to separate jewelry) - so the more jewels, pearls, sparkles ther better. Also, rich jewel tones like emerald, ruby or  midnight blue always look lovely this time of year.

The weather shouldn't hinder your shoe options too much, unless for some reason they are making you trek through the snow. Just make sure you have the arm of a lovely gentlemen (or lady!).

Giuseppe Zanotti

Obviously, you will want to wear tights so you don't freeze your ass off. Colored tights will be more festive and fashion-forward than black or flesh colored. If you don't feel comfortable with such a bold look, you can choose sheer instead of opaque tights in a similar color but a few shades darker or lighter. An easy trick to picking tights is looking at the color of the lining of your dress or skirt. Such as the deep magenta you can see peeking out in the above purple Asos dress.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

DIY - How to Dip Dye Denim

This cool dip dye job was a quick one day project. You can do it too! It was so simple with such awesome results.

For this denim ombre vest -
  1. Buy a cheap second hand denim jacket - (then you don't have to be sad if you fuck it up - but you won't! :)
    1. I chose a jacket that was too small (I could barely get my arms in it) because I wanted a really cropped and close-fitting vest.
  2. Raggedly chop off the sleeves while keeping the shoulder seam. The end pieces will fray over time giving your vest more character.
  3. Textile dye comes in many colors and finishes but for your first time (this was mine!) choose something simple like iDye in a color you love.
  4. Prepare the dye bath. 
    1. Fill a bucket with super hot water. (Heat on stove to barely a simmer if your tap won't get hot enough). In your bathtub or outside is easiest.
    2. Dissolve packet of dye and stir.
    3. Dissolve a cup of non-iodized salt in a little hot water and pour that into your dye.
    4. Using gloves dip the bottom three-quarters of your vest into the dye and pull out. This dip can be quick - less than a minute.
  5. Soak half the garment (you can just lay it over the side of the bucket - a hanger helps keep it from falling all the way in. This soak can be about twenty minutes.
    1. Agitation helps the dye work into the fibers so swish your garment around a bit between dips.
  6. Pull the vest out further and keep just the base in it for an additional twenty to thirty minutes.
  7. Remove - take a look to see if you like the effect (you can always re-dip a couple times to even out the lines or make it bolder in the lighter parts.
  8. Rinse in cool water and use a mild detergent.
  9. Voila!

List of items for dyeing -
  1. bucket
  2. pair of rubber gloves
  3. dye - (I like idye - I think I am just duped by packaging and I am more attracted to it than RIT)
  4. non-idozied salt (alternatively vinegar if you are doing different materials but for this - salt)
  5. very hot water
  6. hanger
Have Fun!

Monday, October 8, 2012

New York City! (or how to wear a bra in public)

There are many reasons to love New York City. I love it here because I can wear whatever I want no matter how outrageous and there are a million events happening every hour of the day and night that call for such frivolity. There are very few cities in which you can take advantage of the full spectrum of fashion; underwear as outerwear shows up every third season on the runways and only in NYC can you really go to town.
I assembled this outfit for a New Wave night at Le Poisson Rouge with a friend who knows a million times more in the hip-cool-music-department (shit- am I more than thirty years behind the times?) Well, I never turn down an adventure - especially one that comes with a reason to dress up! I am not exactly punk-rock but I feel pretty bad-ass in this ensemble.

Spiked Bra - Necessary Clothing - I think they just opened their 27th store in Soho (all across the street from each other)
Leopard skirt - Ann Taylor - their sales are insanity - I got this $120 skirt for $10 - since their target demographic is a little more seasoned, the edgier stuff ends up on the sale rack.
Ombre Denim Vest - DIY - post to follow soon!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Curatorial Series: Part I - Egyptomania!

Getting dressed is way of creating something new each day, and with it an opportunity for art. Since all art is referential I have decided to begin a series based on different aesthetics and moods derived from the art, architecture and craft in New York City's many museums.
 Naturally, I had to start with the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as an homage to my life-long love affair with Ancient Egypt and my time spent living and studying in Cairo.  

Sunday, September 30, 2012

How to Walk like a Model in Heels

We've all seen that girl - in a lovely dress, wearing great heels and then tramping along like Tyrannosaurus Rex. Nobody wants to be that girl. Walking confidently in heels takes some practice if you aren't used to it. I really prefer flats in my everyday life so even I have to do a quick reminder when I put on a pair.
  1. Choose heels in which you can straighten your knees. If you feel you are going to fall out onto your face then they are too high. 
  2. Stand tall, place your hips forward and your shoulders back. Literally your torso should be angled slightly back.
  3. Your hip should lead the step (this may feel strange at first). This will also cause your hips to swing at a much larger arc - but hey I think that's what heels were made for.
  4. Step from heel to toe and in a straight line. Your knee should only bend slightly with each step (the T-Rex comes from leading steps with your knees and planting the foot all at once).
  5. If you're doing it right you will feel it in your abdominal muscles. :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to Wear Denim on Denim: The Canadian Tuxedo

Guess what. Denim on denim is rad. All these years we've been dissing the Canadians, turns out they were on to something.

To make this look more urban-chic than lumberjack/hockey-enthusiast follow these simple tips:
  1.  The jeans should be slim and well tailored to your body.
  2.  Each piece should be of a contrasting weight and/or wash. This usually means a light and soft chambray shirt with a more standard weight denim jeans.
  3.  Don't go crazy and add a denim jacket (I've seen this)
  4.  Since this is Western-inclined, resist the temptation to add feather earrings and cowboy boots. Accessorize with modern jewelry or just go freshed face and natural.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

10 Things Every Girl Needs in Her Closet

Hey MissMarie,

I've recently been looking through my closet and realizing ALOT has to go! What do you recommend as the 10 best items every woman should have in her closet?? I am a casual girl with a relaxed style.


Plain Rita

Dear Plain Rita,

Thanks for your question, This was a great challenge for me; since I am much more of a maximalist I want to shout ridiculous things like sequined jumpsuit! fur lined booties! overly embroidered floor length coat!

Ha, but luckily I've taken a breath and compiled this list of classic staples that every girl actually needs in her wardrobe. You are, however, getting 11 for the price of 10; it was difficult to narrow down. :) Tell me what you think!

1. A Solid Base: invest in a couple great fitting bras and some spanks ( unless you are seventeen or a professional athlete - everyone looks and feels better in a hot dress when they've got spanks as a base).

2. The anti-LBD. What is this obsession with a "little black dress"? Everyone else is going to be wearing one so I recommend the anti-LBD. Buy a classic fitting dress in a bold color or pattern you really love. It's a simple way to make a statement in a sea of black.

3. A well tailored Blazer - (and I'm not talking about one half of your interview suit). This should be something you can just throw on over jeans and voila! you are put together. Choose a color or pattern (NOT grey) and only go with black if you can label your style "bad-ass". Zara always has great options including their hilariously named "jogging blazer" which is super soft and comfortable.

4. A great pair of clean-line Pumps (this means no peep-toe and no platform) . I would say black leather is the safest option - but I don't even own that - my go-tos are bright blue. Pick a height that works for your style and lifestyle. They don't need to be teetering to be sexy - 2.75 in. is all you really need.

5. A Sweater Dress will save you 7 months out of the year ( ha well depending on where you live). Something moderately light that can be layered or unlayered as the weather dictates is best. Pick one that is cut loosely - my favorite from my collection is angora and wool, cut like a sack, and has a fabulous grandmammy floral print - I wear it on my fattest days, my lazy days, AND when I want to look great.

6. A fantastic pair of Jeans. For years I didn't wear jeans because pants shopping blows. But if and when you do find the perfect cut, stretch, dye, and rise for you - never never let go. Buy a few pairs and horde them. Also, I hear boot-cut is coming back, but not for me. Skinny all the way. Always.

7. A great pair of Boots - I don't know how people live without boots. Every girl must have a pair (or four or five). I wore only knee-high riders for about ten years, but now I live in my pointed western style ankle-booties (I own them in brown leather and black suede). Choose ones that fit your wardrobe be it slouchy-cowboy, prim-equestrian, sleek-urban, etc.

8. An Infinity Scarf does all the styling for you. Throw it on and your clothes instantly become an ensemble. It arranges itself and you can never have too many. But if you buy just one make it a warm, almost taupe grey (or as they are calling it in the interior design world "greige"). This color swings in all directions and can be worn with almost every color combination.

9. A Pencil Skirt is a super sexy and classy article of clothing. Its highly appropriate for work, going out, and being awesome. It looks great on everyone no matter your waist to hip ratio - to find the right one for your body make sure it fits snugly at your natural waist (wherever that may be) and is slim along the curve to your hip without odd bunching or stretching. The cut from hip to knee is more by preference, but I like mine at a better-not-drop-something, hope-its-not-a-walk-up snugness.

10. A high quality Handbag. A quality leather bag, especially one with structure, can elevate an casual outfit to something special. A handbag is worn everyday with every outfit; it should be an investment. Don't let a great outfit be dragged down by an old, worn bag. (However! Do not buy a bag which outstrips your normal wardrobe by leaps and bounds, that just looks stupid. )

11. Bonus! Everyone should own something totally Unique; something totally you. This can be thrifted or heirloom, but its with these one-of-a-kind pieces that no one else could acquire if they tried, that personal style blossoms. Heirloom pieces are lovely because they are worn with pride and filled with your family's history, and vintage pieces come from an infinite resource for awesomeness. Go with your gut and go bold.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ugly Cute

Tell me. Who is into this new pukey pea-soup chartruese that is showing up for fall?

 I AM.

It's the perfect answer to those of us who have a hard time giving up summer neons, and it reminds me of the Fall of 2008 when I fell real hard for mustard (one of my all time favorite power colors).

Pea Soup!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lucky loafers

These leopard mofos right here had been whispering to me for six months now, but I had already laid down the cash for their more glorious and garish cousin - Steve Madden's Studdly in gold. So I didn't feel I could spend another hundred on shoes (which lets face it - are not the highest quality - sorry Steve, just gotta say it how it is)

BUT, then I found them at Buffalo for 13 dollars. That's right. 13.

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pilly Knits?

Fall is coming!

Which means knits are coming out of the closet and wool is back. Are yours, like mine, looking a little sad, a little pilly? Over time all knits, even the highest quality, will begin to pill, but you can take care of it with this little tip! Use a new blade head on your regular razor, and just shave them away. It takes some time, but can be done easily in just one episode of 30 Rock.

Remembering this tip will also open up your thrifting options!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Indian Summer

September is my favorite month of the year; the breeze picks up, the humidity is down and we can pretend its still summer - at least in New York. Though everyone is looking forward to their new fall coats and some knee high boots, now is the time to take advantage of this Indian Summer. 

I am keeping cool in this ensemble which consists of entirely natural materials, wood and leather shoes, a white cotton skirt, silk top and fantastic foot-long feather earrings which I bought in Mexico City's Zocalo, last year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I wore this outfit to a benefit for the Morbid Anatomy Library in Brooklyn. The invite suggested attendees wear something "obscure" and there is nothing I love more than to conjure the perfect outfit for a party.

I had been dying for some feather trim in my life after seeing this incredible Angel Jackson bag at Brooklyn Fox's new shop in Williamsburg.

I am fortunate to work in the fashion district and am surrounded by fabric, trim and button shops. I purchased the rust and mauve colored trim (which came in dozens of sizes and color combinations) and hand stitched it to the collar of a sheer boxy dress. Evening events allow for a little more risk and so I wore a black bra and high-waisted briefs underneath.

Tiny tip - remember: a dress with high impact details should be very minimally accessorized. You want nothing to distract from the main event ;)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vintage Caftans!

I love vintage caftans and house dresses, I have built up a sizeable collection over the years, even though they can be difficult to work into an everyday wardrobe. In terms of construction, they are one of the simplest garments imaginable; cultures all over the world have worn a variation of this garment throughout history. There is something very romantic and satisfying in wearing simple pieces, and in this, I feel I've woken up on the Mediterranean and couldn't tell you if it is year 12 or 2012.

Garments like this one which have little to no structure can be brought into your real life with what I call "anchor" pieces, like my wooden Sigerson Morrison wedges and heirloom jewelry (thanks Aunt Lomie!) These heavier accessories weigh the dress down enough to create an ensemble.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hawaiian Shirts?

Dear Miss Marie,
Are Hawaiian shirts always tacky?
Big Wave Dave
Dear BWD,

Hell no! You should always wear what you love, then you will naturally wear it with style (as I know you do). PLUS, did you see the tropical prints that hit the runways this past spring? Everybody's doing it!

Check out Stella McCartney's chic interpretation to the right

Pretty Peplums!

Peplums made their way into high fashion in Fall 2011 and thanks to the trickle down, we are still seeing this pretty shape in ready-to-wear for Fall 2012. Everyone should have one in their closet. My skirt above is from Zara, and I find she always does it right - at the right price. Check out the new dresses just in <3 www.zara.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Globetrotting in Style, Part II

An easy way to keep your trip wardrobe stylish is to pack with one scheme/theme in mind. If all your pieces are in the same color scheme or theme then they can create multiple looks and be easily interchanged depending on your mood, the activity of the day, or the weather.

Keep the destination in mind and let it influence the style of your travel wardrobe. For example, think of your favorite Parisians when packing for France, or the captivating Frida Kahlo for a trip to Mexico City.

I am, of course, not suggesting you show up in Tokyo wearing a Kimono like a jack-ass but by allowing the lines of the city architecture and landscape be influential you will feel as pretty as your surroundings and improve the aesthetic of your photos (hey in this Facebook world it now seems people only vacation for the pictures).

See below a photo-montage of a sample travel wardrobe for Paris - a romantic, lady-like collection in soft hues but with just a little sass.

Trip to Paris II

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Statement Shoes

You can turn a nice outfit into something showstopping with color popping shoes. These blue suede pumps are by Charles David and are my go to for going out.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Shopping Tip of the Day!

There is an easy way to check if a skirt or pants will fit your waist without trying them on.  The circumference of your neck is 1/2 the circumference of your waist (and both fluctuate as you lose or gain weight). So, you can hold up the waistband of the garment and if it fits around your neck you are good to go! Try this at home with your favorite skirt and pair of pants so you can get an idea of how you like your clothes to fit.

P.S. - I don't actually recommend not trying clothes on but when heavy-thrifting you can't be weighed down by items that aren't going to fit anyway.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ode to ASOS

Looking for unusual and fashion-forward digs? Asos, (asos.com) based in the UK, is ahead of the game and has an expertly curated selection suited to all manners of style and budget. Though their designers are based all over the world (including the U.S.) you can find pieces here that will have everyone inquiring. Plus free shipping both ways! Check out some of my wishlist