On to my next point: I started thinking about sacrifice and wondered if there were any other iconic fashion pieces that would be worth another year in Fashion Rehab. What would you give up for one of these classics beauties? And, more importantly, which one would you choose?
October 27, 2011
Giving up shopping for a year taught me more than just how to shop in my closet. It sparked my creativity, brought me closer to my best friend, and it gave me a sense of purpose in a time when money was tight and my new role of a mom was proving more challenging than I ever could have imagined. Going without also taught me that clothes don't define you, that they are merely a form of self expression (combined with an obvious practicality) and you will survive (and perhaps even thrive) without owning the latest everything. However (with a capital H), life lessons aside (this is a fashion blog after all, not a gratitude journal - though we do like to think we have a bit more to offer than your average "this is how I wore it" blog), there is one other thing that came out of my year without, and that, my friends, was a Gucci bag. I LOVE that bag. One, because I think it is so damn fabulous and two, it is a reminder of how much I sacrificed to get it.
October 25, 2011
There have been some changes to my lifestyle that have occurred, shall we say, quite quickly and I suddenly find myself in need of a great (read: stylish) pair of flats. I have to thank Man Repeller for alerting me to this gilded pair of oxfords. She put her stamp of approval on them months ago, and though I admired them at the time, they really weren't necessary for my lifestyle. Now that those particulars have changed (and the fact that they fit in with the rest of our 365FR LBC checklist - Lifestlye, Budget, Climate) I am giving them a second look. They are admittedly flashy, but could be the perfect topper (or in this case, bottom-er) to an all black (again, read: easy to put together) outfit.
The thing is, even though they're Man Repeller approved (we *heart* her), I am still a bit, I don't know, shy, I guess, about they're shininess...
October 20, 2011
P and I are thrilled to be featuring stylist and blogger Natasha from the super-cute and fashionably fabulous blog Fashionalities! With a penchant for all things vintage and lucky enough to have her own walk-in closet, this mama-of-one prefers to take it up a notch and believes you can never be too overdressed, and we couldn't agree more! (We wouldn't want any of our party dresses and platforms to go to waste, right?) So without further adieu, an insight into Natasha's fashion philosophies and closet confessions...
Natasha from Fashionalities looking fab in her walk-in closet!
What is your style motto? You can never be too dressed up. I'd rather be overdressed than underdressed.
If you could change one thing about your closet, what would it be? Gosh I have a LONG list since having my daughter over a year ago. But, I'd want to organize it better first, and then dress it up to reflect my style. I have an entire walk-in closet to myself and I should take better care of it...I just wish I had more time.
Who's style, past or present, do you most admire? I admire so many people's style...but if I had to pick one right now, it would be Tracee Ellis Ross. I love her mix of high/low vintage. She is definitely true to her own style and I LOVE that even though she is a celeb, she doesn't have a stylist.
What is your most treasured possession in your closet? All of my clothes from India. I love finding creative ways to wear them with my Western clothes, and also as they were supposed to be worn.
What is your greatest shopping regret? I never say regrets with anything...
October 16, 2011
Sarah May and I in the crowd at the Independent Fashion Blogger's Conference held this past September at Milk Studios, NYC
Just over a month ago, I hit the road with the ever-lovely Ms. Sarah May (vintage retailer, Fashion Matchmaker, creator of Hunt. Gather. Fashion. & our regular featured guest blogger) bound for NYC. I have done quite a lot of traveling since then, hence the delay in getting this post up, but now that I am finally back home I decided it was time to share the first part of my adventure with you!
We set off in our little mini SUV rental and took to the highways. Our destination? The Independent Fashion Blogger's Conference! I was tres excited - I love NYC (my old hometown) and early autumn is one of the absolute best times to go - and doubly so, because I would be accompanying Sarah on her inaugural visit to Gotham City!
After torrential downpours, a harrowing drive and a poor, suffering, sick Sarah, we arrived later than expected and so, headed right to bed! The next day was the IFBCon and we had to be up bright and early.
Some of our fave blogger's were on this panel: Leandra Medine a.k.a The Manrepeller, far left and Lauren & Erica BFF's and co-creators of Honestly...WTF, splitting center
Another marvy panel! This time we got the lovely (and fellow Canadian) Coco Rocha, far right and, Ari Goldberg, CEO of Stylcaster, next to her (He was my all-time favorite of the whole day - he was great!)
October 10, 2011
Charlotte Russe Glitter Bootie, $42.50
To be completely honest I am not a huge fan of these booties. They are the obvious knockoffs of the Miu Miu ones that everyone is dying over (click here to view) but I think I am having one of those "I just don't get it" fashion moments. Perhaps they are too reminiscent of a style Gene Simmons rocked many years ago (that is a KISS reference for all of you youngins), or maybe it is one of those times where "unique" just translates as awful, not awesome. Either way, I am a skeptic.
BUT if the poll numbers below prove me wrong, I could be swayed. And for $42.50 (vs. $890 for the Miu Miu ones...) they may not be so bad after all!
What say you?
October 6, 2011
We are so excited to have the ever-lovely Tamika, founder of Shop Socials, joining us for this edition of Closets & Cocktails! Shop Socials are marvy, stylish events organized by Tamika that combine exclusive shopping with delicious drinks, tasty eats and the opportunity to shop with old friends and make new ones! Tamika has long been a 365FR supporter, we have been lucky enough to count her as one of our very first Fashionista friends! We liked Tamika instantly (and not just because of her amazing shopping parties - when we first met we were going without, remember?), but now our mutual love of bags bonds us eternally! And I couldn't agree with her more, when it comes to her answer to #7 - everything is definitely fabulous! So without further adieu, a few insights into Tamika's fashion philosophies and closet confessions...
Tamika, Shop Socials founder, in her closet with her favorite (bubbly!) cocktail
What is your style motto? I live by two. First, always dress for yourself. Don't worry about what others are wearing, or what's on trend. Just wear what you love and feel great in. Second, make an effort to mix and match fast fashion with indie boutique and designer finds. It keeps your look interesting, eclectic and memorable.
If you could change one thing about your closet, what would it be? The size and level of organization. It looks photo ready now but you should've seen it a few weeks ago. Life gets busy and my closet feels the wrath.
Who's style, past or present, do you most admire? My grandmother! We just celebrated her 80th birthday and she waltzed in wearing
October 5, 2011
BCBG necklace $98 from Lord & Taylor via ShopStyle
It occurred to me, whilst playing in my closet this afternoon, that I am in want of a statement necklace. A big, fat, Gossip Girl-esque, instantly able to elevate any outfit kind of neck candy. (I just went to my beloved Go Fug Yourself in search of the perfect GG statement necklace photo and, I kid you not, I was denied! But if any of you watch the show, especially this season, you will know the neck decorations to which I refer.)
Now things being what they are (me being a reformed shopaholic) I did quite a bit of looking until I found this one. I like 95% of it. My only cause for pause is that I wonder, when shelling out a not insufficient sum of money for a piece like this, should one not hold out for something with a bit of ... color?