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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

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pants that could be Skirts

Palazzo! I think I couldn't love anything more than pants that are so wide they could be skirts. Thought I would share one of my all time favorite pieces featured here - the pants are 1/2 of a palazzo set by a 1970's designer Inger McCabe. Special thanks to my outrageously rad photographer - Mr. Matt Taylor-Gross. More to come soon!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Globetrotting in Style, Part I

Packing for stylish travel is difficult but rewarding. You are going to be taking pictures in front of breathtaking scenery, architecture, art and culture; do you really want to be wearing some crappy t-shirt in front of the eiffel tower? I don't think so.
I am an avid traveler and I have a hard time balancing the urge to pack half my wardrobe and the practicality of lugging said suitcase across Europe or the Middle East (which of course has other considerations - special post to come soon!) The trick is to A. find the right pair of shoes B. Pack in one theme/scheme and C. Leave room for international additions.

A. The most difficult part of course is shoes. Americans can be spotted in all corners of the world because of their sneakers (hey we are practical go-getters!), but there are plenty of options out there that offer enough support to last an entire day of urban trekking. Shop in the "comfort" section at sites like Zappos' Comfort Shoes.  Both pairs below are by Clarks which are not only super classy but also easy on the feet.

When it comes down to it utility is most important but that doesn't mean all aesthetic has to go out the window.

Keep and eye out for part II!