Why Don’t You… Wear a Skinny Scarf?

‘Why Don’t You’ is my weekly tribute to legendary editor Diana Vreeland who penned a column of the same name for Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years begging, “Don’t just be your ordinary dull self. Why don’t you be ingenious and make yourself into something else?”

Fall 2014 trends

For her fall 2014 collection, Miuccia Prada was reportedly inspired by The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, a 1972 German film revolving around a fashion designer. The film’s influence is evident in the metallics, rich dark tones, and shearling that appeared on Prada’s runway. Basically, the ’70s are back.

Groovy, man. 

One item in particular seems to have caught fashion folks’ eye: a skinny scarf.

Perhaps it looks Wilde-ly familiar to you?

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Why Don’t You… Wear a Backpack?

‘Why Don’t You’ is my weekly tribute to legendary editor Diana Vreeland who penned a column of the same name for Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years begging, “Don’t just be your ordinary dull self. Why don’t you be ingenious and make yourself into something else?”

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I was riding the train home recently, thankful to have squoze (yup, squoze) myself onto the 6, when something kept hitting me on my shoulder.

It should be said that New York mass transit during rush hour is always enough to make you want to cause someone bodily harm, but that feeling is intensified by people who take up more space than needed with unsightly possessions.

I felt it again.

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Items That Delight, Vol. 1

Items That Delight, Vol. 1

Offline, I’m a bit of a bookworm. Recently, I finished Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me by Patricia Volk. The author, Volk, superimposes Schiaparelli, a surrealist designer’s excerpts from the memoir Shocking Life into her life growing up in New York City. My takeaway? Everything has the potential to delight. Even, say, a button. Here are the items that currently delight me.

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Clockwise: J.Crew Surf Skirt in Cove Floral (1), Rebecca Minkoff Brett Brief (2), Dior Tee Shirt Inspired Earrings (3), Renvy Shoes (4), Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum (5), YSL Kiss and Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte (6), J.Crew Pearls Pairs Bracelet (7), Thierry Mugler Alien Body Lotion (8), BaubleBar Acrylic Signature Nameplate (9), Nars Schiap Semi Matte Lipstick (10), Topshop Lip Varnish in High Times (11),  Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Daring (12),  Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me by Patricia Volk (13), Hue Floral Socks (14)

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The book that started it all. When I spotted this hot pink book in Barnes & Noble, I was drawn to the cover. Then I read the back and realized it was memoir revolving around New York City and a fashion designer. That was that. I read the book in four days.

I’m intrigued by wearing socks with high heels. I haven’t worn this look in public yet but I’ve mastered it in my apartment, CITC. I like wearing the floral socks with cobalt blue pumps.

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You guise. Neoprene fabric is having such a moment right now in fashion. We can thank Cynthia Rowley for championing the surfer wet suit material for the masses. Expect to see this skirt a lot this summer. #Surfbordt.

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I’ve never really paid too much attention to Emma Watson. I’ve always known her as the cute little girl that played in the Harry Potter movies. And then she walked the red carpet for the 2014 Golden Globes in Dior Couture complete with a single Dior pearl earring.

I died. 

Actual Dior Tee Shirt earrings retail for upwards of $500. But these inspired babies were $20 on Etsy. I’m going to wear one double pearl paired with a rugged silver stud. I’m into mix-matched earrings.

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Last Friday, Gilt City opened their Warehouse Sale up to the press. Man, oh man. Sample sales bring out the worst in the women of New York. I was able to score these Cinderella-esque shoes for myself and a pair of Miu Mius with glitter bottoms for my mom.

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Purple is reigning big on my lips. I can’t get enough of purple lipsticks. The Dolce & Gabbana feels balm-y and good on my lips. The Topshop packs a bunch. Nars Schiap is in shocking pink for the designer who brought the color–and this post–to life, Elsa Schiaparelli.

I’m obsessed with nameplates and continue to by all that BaubleBar offers. Even if that means wearing my own signature around my neck.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for delightful things. What was the last great book you read? How did it change you? What items do you find delightful?

Throwback

Throwback

It’s so funny how quickly things change.

When I was 12, I wanted nothing more than to wear overalls with glitter Doc Marten-esque boots from Playless.

When I was 22, I would spend hours trying to find the right snippet of my favorite song to make as a ring tone for myself or my friends. Remember when you would gave someone a specific song?

Let's throw it back to a time when we were overalls and take naps, yes?

My phone never rings anymore. Well, it does, but I keep it on silent (you can really tell when I like someone, I turn the volume back on) and it definitely isn’t about to blare some offensively loud song lyrics.

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Random, am I the only one who gets a weird sense of nostalgia whenever I hear a song that I once spoke so deeply to who I was as a person that it needed to be my ringer? I heard Verbz “Shopaholic” the only day and immediately thought of my Blackberry with the rainbow LED notification light.

I am, however, returning to my love of overalls. I’m trading the turtlenecks and glitter boots for sartorial choices more suitable for a 27-year-old.

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Wearing: Express Overalls// Amercican Apparel Cropped Sweater// DVF Heels// Tibi Clutch// nOir Gotham Stackable Ring// H&M Midi Rings

Gah Dang, it makes me feel old to type that!

Like, a cropped sweater, courtesy of my quick dash into American Apparel the other day, and bright blue pumps.

I’m all for a throwback. It’s not always so bad. Like these overalls, here.

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What are your feelings on the overall resurgence? Yay or nay?

5 Style Lessons Courtesy of New York City

5 Style Lessons Courtesy of New York City

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.

Or I guess that should read: 5 Style Lessons I Learned Living in New York City.

I’ve officially been Channing in the City for a little over a year now. When I first moved here, I wondered how my style would change, what if anything I would do differently. While I may be a bit biased (it’s always hard to see something when you’re right in the thick of it), I don’t think my style has changed that much. Just subtle tweaks here and there: shorter hair, new part, new tattoo–considering another one–and the biggest one, way, way more black.

But instead of listing the ways I’ve changed, I thought I would just share the style lessons I learned along the way, as a new New Yorker.

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1. It’s Fun to Try Out Different Looks

The fun thing about fashion is it can be or mean whatever you want it to mean. My friends will tell you–with the group chat history to prove it–I love a theme outfit. One Saturday night I channeled hood fab Rihanna in faux fur, a white tee and baggy jeans. The following day I wanted to be a brown Carrie Bradshaw. The good thing about New York, rarely is anyone surprised by anything anyone is wearing so it’s great to figure out how to incorporate a new trend.

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2. … Your Personal Style Always Shows Up, Anyway

For all of those “different” looks I thought I was trying out, in the end, I always still managed to look like myself. In a million pieces of jewelry. I think that’s because your personal style is bound (2 falling in lovvveee) to show face in the little details. When I went through my blog’s archive’s trying to pick pictures that I thought showed the changed while the articles of clothing were different, there was still something very me about the looks.

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3. Grooming is Everything

I mean, not that I needed someone to tell me that. But in New York City, where people spends ridiculous sums of money to look homeless (should we blame the Olsens for that?), the grooming is that tale tell sign that said people, in fact, do give an eff. Even women who ‘can’t be bothered’ with that sort of thing make themselves look decent with eyebrow grooming, nails buffed, if not painted, and perfectly tousled hair. I love this sort of undone chicness.

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4. Accessories Over Everything

I have known for some time that accessories mattered sometimes more than the actual outfit. But then I moved to New York and became well-aquainted with Zara. Considering that my version of making it rain is paying rent, there isn’t a lot left over to split among wardrobe decisions. But new shoes? A new bag? Jewelry? Even lipstick is a worthwhile investment to me. Accessories will make my Zara faux leather moments that much more noteworthy.

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5. When in Doubt, Wear Black

I moved here with, maybe, 2 black tops and one pair of black shoes. I have so much black now, it’s scary. Did I become a New Yorker all of a sudden? Where did all of these black clothes come from? Turns out, there is some truth to when in doubt, and for me, in a rush, wear black. You will look so pulled together, you’ll, er, I look like I didn’t spring myself from the bed only a half an hour before I needed to start my journey to the train. But fear not, I still add in my pops of color–see what I mean, my personality still sneaks in!

Um, and bonus style lesson: your clothing acts as a conversation piece. Maybe it’s just me but I think just as fashion can act as an armor and be off-putting, it can be a charming ice-breaker among strangers on the train or passing on the street. Or maybe that’s just what happens when you wear color in a sea of black.

It seems that I’m making a habit of sneaking past milestones. I missed my first anniversary as a New Yorker. My 4th blogiversarytoday–snuck up on me, too. But please believe we will revisit both of these dates in the near future. But first, I have to find an apartment.

What does New York style mean to you?