Monday Muse: Ursula

ASOS Peplum Dress, Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace, Charlotte Olympia Bag, Zimmermann Sandals

      As a kid, Ursula, the evil sea witch from The Little Mermaid, haunted me. Her wicked face, ghastly white hair, rotund purple physique and grotesque tentacles were absolutely terrifying. My fear of Ursula has since disappeared, and she's now become a muse of mine. The blood red lips, shell-adorned jewelry, and voluptuous bod? Pretty fabulous.
     It's possible to get Ursula's look without entering Halloween costume territory. Sport a strapless dress with a peplum to mimic the fullness of her tentacles, and finish it off with purple pumps and seashell accessories. You'll be far from a poor unfortunate soul!


Seeing Double: Flower Girls

     Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot are at it again with the twinning game. This time, however, the two are joined by Karolina Kurkova to become a trio of girls with flower-filled hairdos. These blossoming coifs are super exaggerated, but the look can be wearable by sporting a flower crown. For all you Coachella-goers (not me-I'll be celebrating couchella), Eugenia Kim's floral headpieces are the perfect concert accessory. 



Birkenstock Arizonas, Fever Poolside Sandals, Rachel Zoe Fawn Sandals, Chloé Flat Sandal

     Every once in a while in fashion a trend arises that's absolutely polarizing. The perfect example? Birkenstock style sandals. People seem to either love or hate them. Personally I've never had a strong stand on the hippie shoes, but after seeing them worn by some of my fashion icons, the style is growing on me. Amy Astley, Teen Vogue's Editor-in-Chief, recently posted a couple of images of her sandal-clad feet on Instagram. The thick-strapped shoes looked super fresh in white and also very comfy. I may have to treat myself to a pair!


Crop It To Me

Stone Cold Fox Quixote Tank, Alexander Wang Pleated Cami, Topshop Peplum Bralet

     Crop tops are taking a new form this season. Ditching their usual skin-tight shape, the new short shirts feature ruffles, peplums, pleats and gathers. Designers Max Azria for BCBG and Thakoon kickstarted this trend in their Spring 2014 collections. While they may seem difficult to wear, don't let these pieces fool you. The spaghetti-strapped beauties can be easily paired with high wasted shorts (à la Leandra Medine), low rise pants to show some skin, or a structured pencil skirt. Personally, I'd style any of these crop tops with a pair of white, high waisted, wide leg pants, which I've forever been searching for… Anyone know of a cute pair?


Seeing Double: White Out

Jonathan Simkhai Cropped Turtleneck, Zara Pencil Skirt, Clare Vivier Clutch, Kate Spade Pumps

     The resemblance is uncanny between two photographs by Norman Parkinson and Juergen Teller. Both feature elaborate tiled walls and models wearing white from head to toe. Teller's photograph, for Céline's Fall Winter 2013 campaign, must've drawn inspiration from Parkinson's photo, which was taken in India in the 1950s. Inspired by these images, I curated a white-out outfit that I dream of wearing during Spring.