(Omg Yes) Costume National SS '13 Sunglasses


Images via NYMag

Costume National's Spring '13 collection kind of rocked my world. I'm always most intrigued by the collections and brands that take garments and explore the possibilities of design construction and gesture; because little motifs and gestures can speak volumes about the actual purpose of dress. Inspired by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari's photo journal Toilet Paper, CN's designer Ennio Capasa referenced the act of cutting and appropriating by literally constructing half a jacket or dress and then cleverly attaching it somehow to a pant leg or extending a lapel into a belt-tie. Cummerbunds became belts, peplums into side-pockets and half-strapless tops were affixed to half-vests. 

Anyway, these sunglasses are DOPE. So dreamy and bizarre. I've been a fan of these images for a while, and I really think Capasa did a beautiful job exploring the notion of physical detachment and re-attachment.

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School Essentials



Classes start today and I've gotten my everyday bag planned the f*ck out.
I don't think I've ever really discussed my class life all that much on here before, so here we go. I'm a BAFA undergrad at the New School, currently studying Art History with a minor in Fashion Theory (a curriculum I've designed). I take a mix of art history and philosophy classes alongside courses that explore the ethics, culture and art of fashion. Because I usually have a couple of meetings and blog-related jobs and events during the week, I've scheduled my classes in the morning and early afternoon so that I can run to whatever fun thing I have afterwards. Here's what I need to keep me organized and sane during the semester:

1.) Foley + Corinna backpack 
The backpack I always wanted, holds everything in one seriously sleek design.
2.) Cynthia Vincent wallet
I was absolutely fed up with having a fat, clumsy wallet. This perfectly holds several cards and some cash with easy access to my school ID. All I need.
My "day" lip balm, gives a flush of glossy tint.
4.) MAKE matte lipstick in Scarlet
My "Night" lipstick, this shade comfortably straddles the lines of bright and wearable. If I have events after class, I'll apply this and head for the train.
5.) Benefit Ooh La La Lift
Another if have blog-related appointments after classes, this quickly helps my eyes look more awake 
6.) Visene eye drops
A must, helps calm skin redness too.
7.) Vintage Hamilton watch
My dad gave me this for my birthday my first year of college and I wear it almost every day.
8.) Mah phone in the Looker Case
How else am I supposed to sneak a peek at Instagram under the table? This case is the best thing in the world because it has a smudge-proof mirror on the back and a pocket to hold my Metrocard.
9.) Keys w/ Sienna Ray leather clip
I found these giant non-ironic paper clips at my local stationary store and immediately knew I needed one to hold my keys
Even if I'm carrying school books, I always need something to read on the train. These nine beautiful short stories literally fit in the palm of my hand.
11.) Leuchtturm1917 notebook
I always have something to doodle and write in for personal stuff. This white notebook is easy to find in the depths of my bag.
12.) Pigma Micron pen #5.0
An art school staple, archival ink that flows perfectly on anything.
13.) Warby Parker Auteur collection sunglasses
I was smitten the minute this collection hit, these sunglasses work with everything.
14.) Warby Parker crystal Fillmore glasses
For when I'm not awake enough to bother putting in my contacts, which is quite often.
Because I have a major and minor areas of my degree, my classes tend to be different and grouped in twos, yet related in some way. These notebooks help me decipher which is which immediately without having to write on their covers
16.) Moleskine Weekly planner
The ultimate in making my life easier with enough space to list school assignments alongside blog meetings and events.

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NYFW Spring/Summer '13 on Film
















Shows included in this set: Reem Acra, Rachel Antonoff backstage, Candela NYC backstage, Walter Baker, Nanette Lepore's studio, Lauren Moffatt

NYFW is almost 2 weeks away and I'm already in panic/planning-mode.
Last year I gave myself a little project and decided to shoot my experience on film. Having barely picked up my film camera in almost a year, it was refreshing to get back into that way of viewing the world knowing that film is incredibly sensitive but absolutely beautiful if you get it right. I loaded up on cheap film though, which I regret a little, but it was a nice exercise for the week.

This upcoming season I'll be assisting a few photographers along with doing some blog work, so expect a whole mess of backstage shots as well as the usual show shots.

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We See Beauty


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via MAKE

This week I'll be bouncing around press previews for the Spring 2013 collections that will be hitting stores and online later this season. It's always a fun experience to be able to see everything up-close before stuff comes out, but earlier today I was introduced to We See Beauty, a new online marketplace that supports growing cooperatives with 1/3 of all sales and offers a highly curated products that promote good design and craftsmanship, and I am BEYOND in love. The shop as a whole is really impressive and beautiful, offering design objects, books, jewelry and other curiosities, but it's their in-house makeup and skincare line MAKE that really impressed me with how well-planned and simple it is.

MAKE is awesome for a number of reasons: (1) Its look is no-nonsense and sleek (2) Everything is paraben, fragrance, preservative and cruelty-free (3) The pieces are beautifully made in NYC and (4) The focus of the makeup is entirely based around color and intensity. I took home a number of products after the preview, and I am already using the Matte Lipstick in Scarlet (as seen hurr) and the Illuminator pen on the regular. 

I can't help but love any initiative that wants to make the world a better place through art, so a tip of the hat definitely goes to We See Beauty. I know I'll be trolling the site obsessively this year.

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Vintage blouse, thrifted jacket, Gap cardigan, Ben Sherman pants, Modern Vice x Natalie & Dylana Suarez vintage Jetts (c/o), shell spike earring bought in Brooklyn

Stripes on stripes!
Feeling rather ill lately, wearing a bit of color and pattern always helps with that.

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Walter Baker pants (c/o), Vintage blouse/boots/coat, Lamb and Flag sweater (Christina's), Isabella Fiore bag (c/o)

Anton caught me after a shoot a few days ago in SoHo being all comfy and shiz. This coat makes things look pretty bulky with the tied sweater, but I always dig an awkward, broken silhouette. 

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My First Bib + Tuck Guest Post


#Tucked Alexander Wang mesh detail tank, Vintage pants & watch, Miu Miu flats, Foley + Corinna bag, Cheap Monday trench & bra

I'm really excited to announce that I'll be sharing my finds on Bib + Tuck every Monday as their Guest blogger! To give some background, Bib + Tuck is an online community that embraces trading fashion items. In the spirit of knowing that everyone has a different sense of style, it's a really great place to trade your barely-worn pieces for something that fits into your closet a little better. You "Bib" your items as trade or "tuck" for others on the site.

I scored this awesome Alexander Wang tank on Bib + Tuck this past week and I can't wait to start wearing it out! Pop on over to Tucked In to see more on how I'd styled this piece.

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Tan Camera: Round II






Vintage pieces, Modern Vice boots
35mm/polaroid/ multiple exposure film by/styled Kimi @ Tan Camera

 Gotta love Kimi, girl is one of the most inspiring peeps I know. Check 'er out hurr, hurr and hurr

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Sienna Ray & Co. bag (c/o), Juicy Couture sweater (c/o), Rag & Bone pants, Dolce Vita boots, Vintage jacket, Corpus shirt, Karen London Piper ring (c/o) 

LauraChristinaJustin & I took some time out in the L.E.S. for tacos and shenanigans a few weeks back. I've been dying to find a warmer version of this cargo jacket because it's always a go-to piece for layering, but it's no warmer than a layer of phyllo dough unless I wear something heavy underneath it like this Juicy sweater (which has been SUCH a godsend. It's made from wool so it's a little itchy, but it's quite warm).

I was finally able to meet Natalie, the designer behind Sienna Ray Co, and she is just as awesome as her line of bags. She's so full of energy and an absolute doll, so I gotta represent!
She opened up a pop-up shop in the Lower East Side earlier this month, and she has decided to keep it open till January 31st! So if you're in NYC and you ever find yourself around 252 Mott street, you should totally pop in! Heyooo!
 Maybe I'll see ya there.

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Desktop38Detail shots via Vogue

Love these pretty, simple hair accessories seen at Balenciaga Spring '13. One of the reasons why this collection was really cool and successful was its spirited, yet doable-everyday details.

Nicholas Ghesquière nodded to brand founder Cristobal Balenciaga's archival ballet costume designs in a way that added movement and an air of theatricality to the collection. These gold "halos" were no doubt meant to suggest what a cubist ballerina's tiara would look like.

I'll be guest blogging weekly on Bib + Tuck's blog Tucked In every week! I'll be stylin' my favorite finds from the site!

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Asos cropped turtleneck, vintage pants, suspenders & cardigan, Modern Vice x Natalie & Dylana Suarez vintage Jetts (c/o), Vintage Hamilton watch, Sephora cream lip stain in Always Red

Lots of menswear inspiration has been rolling through my brain lately, and I packed accordingly.
I've been taking a break from wearing a ton of jewelry in favor of a vintage engraved Hamilton watch my dad passed down to me last year.

When we were in Amsterdam back in October, Christina and I ventured into an amazing vintage store where they had a ludicrous amount of warehouse vintage backstock. In the mix was this wall full of vintage suspenders in every pattern, color and texture. I picked these striped numbers out and I've finally put them to good use. Menswear items + lipstick always works in my book.

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Thrifted these sunglasses forever ago, pretty sure they were a part of a costume or something at one point. Even so, pretty groovy and made really well; almost zero hardware, just elegantly curved plastic.

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Thrifted (and edited) Chico's onesie, Victoria's Secret shirt, Dolce Vita boots, vintage cardigan, Leifsdottir bag

Kinda lookin' like PJs, but I'm on winter break so I'm going with it.

I'm obsessed with this newly acquired onesie. It has this nice industrial look to it with it being made out of canvas and all, but it also beckoned to be modified into something cooler. I found it in a thrift store all the way out in West Seneca, NY, and I knew it had potential even though it had an awkward pant leg that hit mid-calf. All it took was a bit of cropping, nothing too exciting, but I love how it turned out and I now I'm going to reach for it constantly once nicer weather rolls around a million months from now. In the near future though, I see it with tights and my Cheap Monday platforms.

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