Grey Matters

     If you google 'holiday nail art', prepare for a bombardment of red and green glitter, stippled Santa faces and snowflakes galore. Coming from a girl who isn't exactly the über-festive ugly Christmas sweater wearing and egg nog drinking type, these designs are far from my style. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a merry mani, I just prefer mine on the subtler side. 
     When Julep asked me to interpret their holiday-themed 'Deck Your Nails' manicure tutorial in my own terms, I was as jolly as can be. The look, an almost reverse French manicure, is very modern and eye-catching while still being simple and wearable. For the base of the manicure I used a light grey polish that reminds me of all the cozy grey cashmere sweaters that I love to wear during winter, and for the half-moon detail I used burgundy to incorporate a pop of classic holiday color. Which colors would you chose for your own holiday mani?


Snug as a Pug in an Ugg

     Just in case the innumerable Snapchat stories of people bundled up in winter garb with icons of the current chilly temperature covering their faces haven't indicated it... Baby, it's cold outside. In light of this, my spirit animal right now is (literally) an animal: a snuggly pug in an Ugg. Since nestling into an Ugg boot for the rest of winter isn't currently an option, I plan to translate this coziness into more wearable terms. Taking cues from Carine Roitfeld dressed in Max Mara, sporting a fluffy camel coat is the perfect solution. And why not top it off with some fuzzy accessories like a shearling clutch and furry boots? 


Seeing Double: Barely There

Standing Nude With Large Hat (Gertrude Schiele) by Egon Schiele, Urban Outfitters Fall 2014 Look-book Photograph by Clement Pascal, Need Supply Co. Dillon Bra, Topshop Knitted Fluffy Crop Jumper, Dsquared2 Liverpool '60s Miniskirt

     Delicate, feminine and soft are all words that come to mind while viewing a sketch by Egon Schiele and a photograph from the latest Urban Outfitters look-book. The images alike feature dainty female figures undressing. Each picture evokes such a lovely softness, from the light charcoal lines in Schiele's drawing to the fluffy, pastel clothing the model wears in the photograph. 


Something Blue

     A visit to Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style at the Pace Gallery was undoubtedly a highlight of my weekend. A colorful array of portraits of Jacqueline Roque, Picasso's muse and partner, comprised the exhibit. I couldn't keep my eyes off of one piece in particular, which featured a line drawing of Jacqueline on a stunning light blue backdrop. This cool-toned color seems to be popping up a lot lately in fashion, which just may be having a blue period of its own. It girls Bella Hadid and Harley Viera-Newton have been recently spotted donning robin's egg blue hues. Light blue also appeared on the Spring 2015 runways at Christian Siriano, Bottega Veneta, and HonorWhile pastels are typically reserved for Spring, I'm all for bringing them out during Fall. It's simple to don the hue, whether you want to go all-out cookie monster and sport a sky blue fur jacket or accessorize with a little something blue. 


Seeing Double: Bubblegum Gals

Elle Fanning by Angelo Pennetta, Bubblegum by Blair Breitenstein, ASOS Slouchy Coat, Cambridge Satchel Company Leather Satchel, Eyeko Curvy Brush Mascara, Glossier Balm Dotcom

     Gorgeous girls with jet black, Twiggy-esque eyes and pastel pink gum bubbles can be seen both in a photograph by Angelo Pennetta and in an illustration by Blair Breitenstein. To emulate the beauty looks of these bubblegum gals, pile on mascara for a doll-lashed eye and keep it simple on the lips with a bit of balm for shine. To get the total pink lady look, throw on a slouchy coat and a structured satchel completely en rose.


Pattern Play

     When Piperlime approached me to review their latest collection, I was over the moon - full on happy dancing ensued. What attracted me most to their new merchandise were the surprisingly neutral patterns. Usually when I think of pattern, a vivid, Susie Bubble-esque mix of ginghams and argyles come to mind (which I love, don't get me wrong), but this collection featured a mix of more subtly printed pieces that I immediately fell for. I could instantly envision myself wearing these patterns in the Fall, from the muted leopard in a cozy coat to the dark-hued florals on a silk top. The prints are also fun to mix and match… Pattern play all the way!


What's In My Bag?

Mansur Gavriel Mini Bucket Bag, Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Eau de Parfum, Kate Spade Wallet (similar here), Jennifer Meyer Necklace (similar here), Teen Vogue Magazine, Oliver Peoples Sunglasses (similar here), YSL Lipstick in Pourpre Carmin, Madewell iPhone Case, La Roche-Posay Sunscreen, Barnard Bear Keychain

     For years I've admired Kristina Hultkrantz's Etsy Shop, Emmakisstina, for its feminine fashion illustrations. Her prints decorate my bedroom at home and have served as perfect birthday gifts for friends who love all things girly. 
     I'm ecstatic to share my collaboration with Kristina as part of her What's In My Bag? series with fashion bloggers. Here's a peek of everything I keep in my trusty bucket bag, from my favorite polarized sunnies that make me feel like a retro fruit fly to my trusty red lipstick for when I want a pop of color.


Seeing Double: Suits & Sneaks

Gisele Bündchen by Patrick Demarchalier, Shailene Woodley for Elle Magazine Nov 2013

Norma Kamali Mio One Piece, Rachel Pally Veruschka Maillot, Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, Adidas Originals Superstar 2

     It's hard not to double take between these almost identical photographs of Gisele and Shailene Woodley. The two beauties are both workin' an embryo pose while clad in suits and sneakers. And when I'm talking suits, I don't mean pantsuits. I mean ones of the birthday and bathing kind. While the look is much more editorial than wearable, it's undoubtedly chic, so I've pulled together pieces so you can get the look. Whether you want to make like the Man Repeller and sport swimwear as clothing or wear the look solely to pose in front of the mirror imitating the brunette-tressed beauties, you can't beat suits and sneaks!



Julianne Samantha Camisole, Topshop Strappy V-Neck Cami, Anthropologie Laced Silk Cami

     I'm sold on wearing camisoles as outerwear. The strappy tanks are supposed to be worn to bed, but I'm all for wearing the feminine pieces during the day. Think of it as a sexier version of the daytime pajama trend from a couple seasons ago. 
     Unsure how to style a cami? For the last few days of warm summer weather, look to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for inspiration. Incorporate a light pink camisole into a monochrome look by pairing it with coordinating trousers and pumps. Once the cooler Fall weather kicks in, a silky cami would look adorable styled with a cozy cashmere sweater, skinny jeans, and leather boots


Back to School Staples

Oliver Peoples Sunglasses, Splendid Tee, J.Crew Cardigan, J Brand Skinny Jeans, Marc by Marc Jacobs Tote, Repetto Ballet Flats

     Packing for college has been exciting, scary and everything in-betweenWhile I may get confused over Twin XL bedding and mini fridges, the only thing I'm certain about packing is my clothing staples. From the perfect scoop neck tee and pair of skinny jeans to classic accessories like ballet flats and tortoise shell sunglasses, I know these pieces will be staples in my new wardrobe at Barnard. 


The Golden Afternoon

Topshop Peplum Cami & Scalloped Skirt, Tibi Simona Jaquard Top & Skirt

     The harmonizing flowers in Disney's Alice in Wonderland, from the red rose to the lazy daisy, have enchanted me since childhood. In the movie, the blooms in tune think that Alice is a flower herself, mistaking her legs for stems and petticoat for petals. This got me thinking about how I'd style my own blossoming outfit. To get a flower power look, I'd sport a pastel green skirt to resemble a stem and a peplum top to mimic petals.


The Butterfly Effect

Red Valentino Skirt, Isabel Marant Skinny Jeans, Jennifer Zeuner Earrings & Necklace

     Visiting a magical butterfly garden on my trip to Santa Barbara reminded me how fond I am of the fluttering creatures.What I love even more than the insects themselves is their beautiful depiction in Damien Hirst's artwork. For years Hirst has made an array of butterfly paintings, from simple colored canvases to busy kaleidoscope pieces.
     In addition to art, butterflies are seen often in fashion, from printed fabrics to simple embroideries to dainty jewelry charms. They add girly, fantastical elements to any outfit, and are absolutely perfect for summer!

P.S. If you ever dine at Cecconi's in West Hollywood, be sure to peek into their private room… They have a stunning, heart-shaped butterfly painting by Hirst!


The New Classic

     I'm ecstatic to team up with Warby Parker to announce the launch of their new line! Named after the morning star that comes out after sunset and before sunrise, the Beacon Collection is a series of specs inspired by late night adventures that last until sunrise. One would think that frames meant to be worn 24/7 would look super classic, however these shades are far from that. Each pair has a unique silhouette. For example, the oversized frames and angled brow of the Nancy (my personal fave) make the sunglasses more distinctive than a typical round frame. I absolutely love the idea of wearing an unexpected shape day-to-day to redefine classic eyewear.


Monday Muse: Alex Turner

Topshop Blazer & Skirt, Equipment Blouse, ASOS Bowtie, McQ Alexander McQueen Winklepickers

     Alex Turner has the best goddam style ever. The Arctic Monkeys' frontman has this 1950s Greaser/Burberry model/rocker vibe going for him and he never fails to look just plain cool. Plus, when the singing begins it all gets a billion times better. Naturally when I admire someone's style I try to incorporate it into my wardrobe. Taking cues from an editorial of Alex in AnOther Magazine, I translated his rocker suit and tie look into more feminine terms. It's an outfit I easily envision Alexa Chung donning, which is funny because she and Alex used to date! 



Topshop Metallic Cut-Away Tunic, Alice + Olivia Sequin Dress, Camille x Reformation Mars Dress

     Metallics and sparkles and sequins, oh my! Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, an it couple of the 1960s, were often photographed in sparkling silver pieces by Paco Rabanne. Rabanne, famous for his metallic fashions, had a huge impact on French fashion in the 60s. Not only Jane and Serge were fans, but Françoise Hardy also rocked Rabanne (undeuxtrois). 
    Influences of these sixties styles can still be seen on the runway today. In the Saint Laurent Fall 2014 collection, sparkly metallic dresses nodded to Rabanne, but also screamed sixties icon Edie Sedgwick. Styled with black tights, the glittery frocks with itty-bitty hemlines were a major shout out to Warhol's factory girl. 
     To get the look for yourself, check out my sparkling silver picks. My favorite is the t-shirt dress from Camille Rowe's collaboration with Reformation… You can add being a fashion designer to her list of shining qualities!



Marysia Swim Bikini Top & Bottoms, Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviators, Jack Rogers Sandals

     While thinking about my upcoming weekend getaway to Santa Barbara (one word: Bacara), I can't help but dream up an ideal poolside look. It would consist of solely baby blue and sea foam green tones, inspired by the colors in Ed Ruscha's Cemetery for Nerves painting and a still from Wes Anderson's film Bottle Rocket. A stack of fashion magazines and a piña colada would also be nice...


Dog Days

Ostwald Helgason T-Shirt and Skirt, Balloon Dog Sculptures by Jeff Koons

     Jeff Koons was the first thing that popped into my head after seeing Ostwald Helgason's Spring 2014 collection. The clothes feature a variety of balloon dog motifs, from literal doggy-style prints to inverted patterns. Koons also uses balloon dogs frequently in his art, sculpting oversized figures out of stainless steel in vibrant colors. Can I get a woof woof?


Monday Muse: Camille Rowe

Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag, Elizabeth and James Sunglasses, Oscar de la Renta Feather Jacket, Equipment Blouse, Levi's Vintage Jeans, Chloé Ballet Flats

     During runways shows and photo shoots models are styled from head to toe. It's always interesting to see how models dress off-duty and how their personal style - not a stylist's aesthetic - is expressed. The French beauty Camille Rowe is one of my favorite models, mainly because her street style is absolutely stellar. As if starring in a Chloé ad and a Strokes music video wasn't cool enough, this girl's got an enviable, effortlessly cool look. White blouses and boxy denim seem to be her wardrobe staple, which are topped off with accessories like classic ballet flats, retro sunglasses and feather jackets. 


Sale Season Sweatshirts

Isabel Marant Étoile Kony Fujiyama Sweatshirt, LPD New York Team Philo Sweatshirt, Kenzo Embroidered Tiger Sweater, Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Intarsia Sweatshirt, Être Cécile Don't Wanna Date You Sweatshirt, J.W. Anderson Logo Sweatshirt

     Sale season is among us. It's a time where fervent fashionistas purchase "expensive clothes that are still expensive but not as expensive as they were before" (put bluntly by Leandra Medine). After scouring several online stores, sales on sweatshirts caught my eye. Sweatshirts are reliably comfortable and can be styled in a variety of waysWhen they're designed by high-fashion labels like Isabel Marant or Kenzo, sweatshirts become less about sweat and more about statements.


Monday Muse: *NSYNC

Jennifer Meyer J & T Necklaces, Rodarte Jersey Top, Topshop Textured Trousers, Adidas Sneakers

     This I promise youI've rekindled my love for *NSYNC. From their fangirl-worthy songs to their cheesy dance moves to Timberlake's frosted tips, they're tearin' up my heart (in the best way possible). Most people would like to say bye bye bye to *NSYNC's ridiculously outrageous 90's ensembles, but if anyone's going to embrace the boy band look, it's gonna be meAnd with that, I bid you adieu with a photo of Chris Kirkpatrick's puzzling hairstyle


True Colors

Pebbles Embroidered Dress, Les Toiles Du Soleil Fuchsia Espadrilles

     While it's easy for me to hang out in a tee and sweats on a Sunday afternoon, today I mixed things up by throwing on a more put together, vibrant and colorful look. My floral embroidered dress paired with popping fuchsia espadrilles made for a comfy yet bold outfit. With all the neutral clothes I've been wearing lately it's exciting to don some true colors!

Here are some more of my color crazy picks…


Monday Muse: Stromae

ASOS Embellished Jacket, Topshop Cami, Alice + Olivia Pants, 3.1 Phillip Lim d'Orsay Flats

     His stage name comes from the word 'maestro,' which is genius to begin with… The Belgian singer Stromae, infamous in Europe for his hits like Alors On Danse and Papaoutai, not only makes insanely catchy music but also has a super cool sense of style. He's often seen in either a color-blocked look or a funky geometric print and is seldom sans bow tie. 
     Inspired by the look that Stromae wore in GQ France, I put together an outfit. Sport a floral, embellished jacket over a cropped camisole and high waisted pants to mimic the look of this playful performer. C'est formidable, non?



Madewell Slip Dress (similar here), J.Crew Sweatshirt, Birkenstock Sandals

     While I certainly don't endorse it's army association, I can't help but love camouflage. Since camouflage palette is quite neutral, it's a versatile print to wear with just about anything. This J.Crew sweatshirt is the perfect example. Here I sported the pullover with a black slip dress and Birks, but can't wait to try it out with more colorful pieces. 


Over the Rainbow

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Hoodie, Top & Skirt, Paintings by Maya Hayuk

     Seeing pieces from the current Preen by Thornton Bregazzi collection immediately reminded me of Maya Hayuk's art. Both the clothes and paintings have a sense of geometrically woven colors from bright rainbow shades to dark neutrals. It's cool to see the patterns in such different mediums; Hayuk's paintings are mostly outdoor murals and street art, while the high-end Preen pieces were worn on the runway in London!


Interview with Amanda Glickman, Creator of Sniques

     Through a mutual love for all things fashion I became blogger buddies with the lovely Amanda Glickman of Pencils and Pearls. Not only does this fifteen year old have impeccable style, frame-worthy Instagrams, and an insane talent for illustration, but she has also created an incredible custom sneaker business called Sniques. I interviewed Amanda to learn more about these 'one of a kind shoes for one of a kind people'. 

For starters, what inspired you to create Sniques?
     I have always wanted to think of something really unique to do, that involved both art and fashion. Being obsessed with Instagram, I looked there for a source of inspiration. One day I saw a picture of Keds that someone had glued glitter on in an ombré formation. So that's what I did! I bought a pair of white Vans and got to it. I wanted to make some for my mom as well, but she isn't a fan of glitter, so I decided to dip-dye them. The process was messy and not symmetrical, and that's when I thought, why not just paint them with fabric paint? On my next pair, for a little cousin of mine, I tried to think of a cute pattern, like bows or hearts. And that's when it just kind of happened- I made an assortment of cute icons on the shoes. After loving how they turned out, I made a pair for myself, which grabbed a lot of attention at school the next day. Fast forward a month and I had a business. 

How would you style a pair of Sniques?
     Sniques are definitely on the casual side. I wear them all the time with jeans and jean shorts. I usually pair the outfit with a t-shirt and cool blazer or leather jacket, or with a plain white or black button up. They also look cute with simple dresses or skirts, especially with fun socks. They are great for the cold and hot, winter and summer. They make anyone who wears them unique - hence the name: Sniques- unique sneakers. 

Have you thought about painting on other pieces, like totes or t-shirts?
     I haven't thought about expanding the brand to t-shirts, although I think maybe the icons would be cute as a pattern! But, I actually have painted a few Goyard bags- it looks so cool and contrasted- and since the bag is so popular, it makes a statement. Hopefully I'll hatch something up soon. 

Have you had any unusual requests?
     Most people just want simple things like hearts, lightning bolts, initials, and foods- but one woman asked me to make a pattern of rats- RATS! In my mind I was thinking 'Are you crazy! That sounds so ugly!' But, you have to make the customer happy. So I did it, and they actually weren't that bad. I think I might have actually worn them myself.

If you could make a pair of Sniques for anyone, who would it be?
     If I could make a pair of Sniques for anyone...... It would probably be Cara Delevigne or Kate Bosworth. They both have such distinct styles and are seen as trend-starters, so it would be awesome to see my shoes on their feet during fashion week. 


The Ballet Palette

Endless Rose A Line Skirt, Topshop Wrap Skirt, Zara Frilled Mini Skirt

     Because of my affinity for ballerinas (owed entirely to Edgar Degas), I became outrageously excited while discovering photographs from J.Crew's September 2011 catalog. It featured ballerinas from the St. Petersburg Ballet doing their points, positions and pliés while clad in J.Crew cashmere. What struck me most about the photographs was the stunning color palette. Ivory tights and ballet pink slippers were paired with a variety of muted neutral sweaters, from heather grey to light camel. Eager to wear these beautiful colors in spring, I've put together a collection of ballet-palette sweaters and skirts.



Vince Camuto Satchel, 3.1 Phillip Lim Cosmetic Case, Stuart Weitzman Pumps
Tory Burch Sandals, Adidas Originals Sneakers

     Ever wished you could own those emoji accessories you've been texting? Bad news: Siri can't help you, and there isn't an app for that. Good news: here's a roundup of pieces that mirror emoji handbags and shoes. You can take your look from technological to tangible!


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!