Fashion Over Reason: August 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Few things are as exciting as seeing oneself in a brand campaign. Such was the case this week when these really fun images shot for an Ann Taylor Instagram campaign came out -- perhaps you saw the ad appear in your feed if you're in the good ol' US of A? No matter if you did or not, I was able to get a hold of the pics and here I am sporting some Ann Taylor pre-fall garb in all of my 9 to 5 chic glory.

The thing with this classic American retailer is that it has really upped its game in recent years. The folks of Ann Inc. have been so successful at making the brand fresh and young, while still catering to their core working woman clientele. Honestly -- and I'm a tough critic -- they have some really amazing pieces, perfect basics and fun accessories, all setting the bar for quality. I have a ton of items from them that are on super heavy rotation, so they're kind of a no-brainer go-to.

All of the pieces I'm wearing below qualify as wardrobe essentials for the woman who leads a busy life. That amazing, buttery soft leather moto jacket is a classic that will lend any look that perfect dose of edge. The über-flattering Laser-cut neoprene LBD is an essential staple for all well-rounded sartorial pools -- I kid you not, I had people on the street shouting at me about how much they loved my dress. It can go from day (paired with these!) to date night, to girl's night out, all the way to city wedding wear. That silk cami, which comes in an array of pretty colors, fits like a dream. The white dress is the ideal shift and even has built-in accessories thanks to the neckline embellishment. Basically, these are all solid fall buys, ladies.

Photographed on the Highline in New York by Scott Furkay.

Ann Taylor neoprene laser cut dress, #instaANN Instagram campaign, Nighlinge New York City, Fashion Over Reason, Hélène Heath#instaANN Instagram campaign, detail shot, laser cut neoprene dress, lbdWorkwear, 9 to 5 chic, Ann Taylor leather jacket, office style, #instaANN, nude silk cami, tweed trousers, zipper dangly earrings, Instagram campaign, Fashion Over ReasonAnn Taylor laser cut neoprene LBD dress, little black dress, peep-toe pony hair booties, tortoiseshell patent leather hard clutch, #instaANN Instagram campaign on the Highline, New York City
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- Clothing -
Addison leather moto jacket
Crepe lace trim cami in feather stone
Embellished stone dress in winter white
Slim tweed ankle pants
Laser-cut dress

- Accessories -
Harbor sunglasses
Waterside sunglasses
Cutout leather cuff
Modern pearlized link bracelet
Modern pearlized long necklace (worn as a bracelet with the white dress)
Paperclip linear drop earrings
Modernized pearlized boxchain earrings

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Look 2

Look 3

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ain't No Shame in the Selfie Game

You guys, when you just don't have someone around to take your picture (or when there is but the result doesn't surpass that of a bedroom selfie you took), you just have to make with what you've got. AIN'T NO SHAME. And this is all I've got.

But it's a cute look, so allow me to elaborate on it: a cropped pinstripe trouser made cooler due to its baggy, oversized sensibility. An equipment-like silk blouse brings that perennial effortless je ne sais quoi and on my two extremities: simple accessories making the overall look complete. It doesn't have to be complicated, as long as you have a harmonious combo of complimentary pieces. That is all.

Fashion Over Reason Selfie, Tibi pinstripe cropped pants, Joe Fresh silk shirt, Brixton straw hat, rose gold Ancient Greek Sandals, Suburban Riot canvas tote
Silk shirt - Joe Fresh (this is a better version)
Pants - Tibi (these are fun)
Sandals - Ancient Greek Sandals
Hat - Brixton
Tote - Suburban Riot (love this one)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A little lipstick never hurt anyone, right? Here I am in all of my vacation glory, making a bit of an effort. A beautiful evening on the streets of Paris, reapplying my NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Sex Machine before heading to dinner, right after the quintessential Parisian activity: the apéro.

Fashion Over Reason in the streets of Paris during the summer, Ann Taylor midi skirt, Zara strappy sandals, H&M tank, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, NARS Velvet matte lip pencil in Sex Machin
Tank - H&M (this one!)
Skirt - Ann Taylor (similar here)
Shoes - Zara (these are similar and awesome)
Sunnies - Ray-Ban
Lips - NARS

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Friday, August 22, 2014


Jalouse Chrldr grey tee, Zara folded mini skirt, H&M slide sandals, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body bag, downtown Amsterdam Canal, Europ, Europtrip

Today, I bring you yet another slice of my European visitor wardrobe. But first, let's begin by discussing the wonderful place that is Amsterdam. Landing there was probably the best decision of our Euro trip, as the airport is fantastic and they make it so easy to travel to and fro via train. It's also such an easy-going city, which made it the ideal slow start we needed for our journey. Case in point: this look was worn on the very first day, which was filled with lots of eating, walking and, to cap it off, our low-energy jet lagged selves took a fun boat ride along the canals.

Certain cities are so beautiful and charming that you just cannot help but Ooh and Aah literally every time you turn a corner. It's safe to say that Europe in its entirety is probably the likeliest destination for such marvel and Amsterdam is very much included here. It's such a unique place, so different from anything you come to know as a North American, rendering it very impactful.

This was my third time in the city of canals and it never ceases to amaze me. Everyone is incredibly kind (I love Dutch people in general, I think they are some of the greatest folk in the world), the food is delicious, it has its very own identity and at the top of my list is that it's small enough for the non-locals to be able to walk to any destination they could potentially want make their way to.

Jalouse Chrldr grey tee, Zara folded mini skirt, H&M slide sandals, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body bag, downtown Amsterdam Canal, Europ, EuroptripHanging out in Amsterdam, summertime, Ray-Ban aviator green/gold sunglasses, Chrldr jalouse grey t-shirt, Zara fold-over skirt, h&m cork slide sandals, Bottega Veneta leatherintrecciato bag, summer style, summer chic, tourist, Amsterdam canal

Tee - Chrldr (available at MIMO Market) (try this one!)
Skirt - Zara (similar here and so good)
Sandals - H&M (these are amazing)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Choker - Zara (same idea)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hello, Eiffel!

Fashion Over Reason in Paris, Eiffel Tower, Pont de la Concorde, summer, Refind Denim cutoffs, Sandro slip-on ANACONDAs sneakers, New York City Ballet terms tee, Ray-Ban wayfarers, Suburban Riot canvas tote bag

I've been back from Europe for about 3 weeks now and I've been so busy since getting home that I am only now starting to sift through the outfits I want to share with you guys. Our trip was amazing for a multitude of reasons, but the thing that stands out the most is how easy-going and relaxed it was, just how only the hubs and I can make it. Having previously lived in Paris for half a year has made me very familiar with the city, which meant that there was no rush in trying to see and do everything.

It was more a matter of taking things in slowly, living like the locals, catching up with old friends, having out-of-this-world dining experiences, waking up late and getting to bed even later, and, of course, imbibing some of the fantastic culture only a city like Paris can offer. There were some occasions where the dress code was slightly elevated, but in this particular instance, where there was nothing planned other than museum-hopping and lots of walking, therefore cutoffs and a loose tee had to be the way to go.

So no big fashion statement here, but just a girl who likes to be herself, even on the other side of the Atlantic. But the best accessory in this case? Do I even have to say it? Hint: it rimes with Eiffel.

Fashion Over Reason on the Pont de la Concorde, in front of Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower, Paris in the summer
Tee - New York City Ballet (this tee is cute too)
Cutoffs - Refind Denim (these are great)
Shoes - Sandro (try these)
Tote - Suburban Riot (love this one)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Necklace - Rings & Tings (this one is great)

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


Fashion Over Reason, Upper West Side brownstone, New York City tree-lined street, summer days, fashion blogger, style blogger, black & navy

One of my favorite things about fashion is that it's really fun to play around with it. Nothing gets me going quite like proportion play and the thought of being able to strike the perfect sartorial balance by pairing unexpected items together. It's all about creating a middle ground for pieces that are otherwise on very different ends of the spectrum.

I've spoken before about my aversion to bodycon and I suppose it's a recurring theme because it's intrinsically part of my style DNA, but here I go again in a getup that is nothing if not far from my flesh. These oversized, baggy trouser bermuda shorts are actually quite dressy, but the fact I float in them attributes them a fun sk8er grrrl quality. Instead of trying to tailor them into a seamless fit, I embraced their largeness and figured, while I was at it, why not go large on top too?

Giving things a lift (literally) and balance are all four inches of my trusty mules. It's kind of like, girl at the skate park goes to Lincoln Center.

Messy blond hair, deep hair part and flip, golden hour, New York City, Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses, denim tunicBrick church on the Upper West Side, New York City, Zara denim chambray tunic, Tibi oversized bermuda shorts, Nina Ricci navy blue satin slides or mules, what I wore, fashion blogger, NYCUpper West Side brownstone tree-lined street at golden hour, New York City, black & navy outfit, Nina Ricci satin mulesHélène Heath from Fashion Over Reason, New York City during golden hour, Ray-Ban green/gold aviators, layered gold chain jewelry, vintage cross, elephant charm by Verameat, denim chambray topOversized clothes, denim & black, Zara chambray denim top, Tibi bermudas, Upper West side, New York City, summer eveningsSitting on a brownstone column, Upper West Side, golden hour, New York City, summer nights, fashion blogger, style blogger, denim, satin mules, Zara, Tibi, Nina Ricci, Ray-BanZara denim chambray tunic top, gold layered necklaces, vintage cross, Ray-Ban aviatorsMessy blond hair, bed head bob, layered gold chain jewelry, stacked rings, Verameat, Finish the outfit, denim chambray tunic, brownstone steps in New York CityLayered gold jewelry, long vintage cross pendant, Verameat elephant chain, vintage stacked ringsChilling on the stoop of a brownstone, gold jewelry, denim and black outfit, New York City, messy blond hairHair twirling on the Upper West Side, tree-lined street, beautiful row of brownstones, summer chillin, denim & black outfit, satin mulesZara denim top, Tibi oversized black dressy bermuda shorts, Nina Ricci satin slides mules
Photos by Ian Rusiana

Top - Zara (cool and similar right here)
Bermudas - Tibi (similar)
Slides - Nina Ricci (these are also exquisite)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Cross chain - Vintage (belonged to my grandmother) (this one is similar)
Elephant chain - Verameat (very similar)
Stacked rings - Chic Peek
Black stone gold ring - vintage (also belonged to my grandmother) (this one is awesome)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The Little White Dress, summer essential, summer dress, fashion over reason, Williamsburg Brooklyn

If there ever was such a thing as a summer staple, look no further: it is, without a shadow of a doubt, the little white dress. It requires no contemplation when clothing yourself in the morning and mindless outfits mean more time to apply that bright red lipstick that will give you some semblance of put-togetherness.

In line with the dog days of summer spirit, throw your messy hair back in a loose pony, strap on the easiest shoes in your roster and try to stay cool with a frosty beverage. That is certainly where I was headed upon capturing this LWD of a gem. Just repeat over and over until mother nature tells you to throw on a sweater.

PS I'd like to wish a very happy birthday to the most important woman in my life and my most faithful reader, my wonderful mom! Bonne fête maman, je t'aime ♥

White dress, frayed hem, summer essential, LWD, black & white, MAC Lady Danger lipstickFashion Over Reason in a little white dress, LWD, black & white, Bottega Veneta Intrecciato crossbody bag, Ray-Ban gold/green aviator sunglasses, summer styleLWD Little white dress, summer essential, mini summer dress, Birkenstock H&M sandals, cork sandals, Brooklyn summerMini little white dress, cork sandals by H&M, red lips MAC Lady Danger matte lipstick, Ray-Ban green/gold aviator sunglasses, summer dress, hot days, summer evening, Brooklyn New York
Dress - Vintage and diy cut (this one is super cute and very similar)
Sandals - H&M (closest thing right here)
Lips - MAC Lady Danger
Sunnies - Ray-Ban
Bag - Bottega Veneta

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Garden State

Fashion Over Reason Garden State opener, Upper West Side Community Garden

It's never an easy feat to find green spaces in New York. While there are beautiful parks that pepper the city, most of them usually consist of a playground, not much grass and a handball court. Taking Central Park, Prospect Park and McCarren Park out of the equation, the denizens of this great town are not exactly left with very many fauna options when in need of a bit of fresh air.

There are little gems in certain neighborhoods that are known as community gardens, which are nurtured by samaritans who crave a side of turf with their concrete. The setting for this shoot consists of probably the prettiest and vastest one I've ever come across -- the NYC hippies usually only get a little square of soil to cultivate on a corner block. How could we not shoot here? By the looks of it, you would never think that we are in the middle of Manhattan, right? Find out more about the West Side Community Garden here.

The beautiful nature setting even inspired me to break out of my sartorial comfort zone and introduce a print into my usually paired-down, neutrals mix. It's amazing how a magical opening filled with manicured trees and carefully planted flowers can be hidden among a New York City stretch of buildings and rouse something in you.

City garden, West Side Community Garden, New York City, Upper West Side, print mixingNature retreat in the city, white frilly silk Joe Fresh blouse, tropical print Zara shortsWhite silk blouse, leopard print calf hair J.Crew pouch, vintage bracelet, Zara tropical print high waisted shortsUnder the lush gazebo, in the park, nature haven in New York City, West Side Community GardenJoe Fresh white silk frilly blouse, Zara tropical print shorts, Ray-Ban green/gold aviators, in the garden by the flowers, messy blond bobMessy blond bob, bed head, Ray-Ban aviators, Joe Fresh silk blouse, Zara tropical print shorts, high-waisted, J.Crew leopard print calf hair pouch, Sandro Anaconda slip-on snake embossed sneakersMessy blond bob, west side community garden, floral greenery camo, fresh summer styleGolden hour in the West Side Community Garden, white silk blouse, print high waisted shorts, j.crew leopard print pouch, pattern mixingHanging out in New York City's Upper West Side Community Garden, Sandro slip-on studded Anaconda sneakers, flower tropical print shorts, white silk blouseMessy blond bob, in the sunshine at golden hour in the garden, New York City, fashion blogger, park outfit, tropical nature camoVintage dainty bracelet, antique engagement ring from the 1920s & etched platinum wedding band, gold stacked rings from Chic Peek, Verameat gold heart shaped midi ring, accessories, jewelry, closeupChilling in the West Side Community Garden in New York City, silk blouse, tropical print shorts, leopard print pouch, slip-on sneakers, Joe Fresh, Zara, J.Crew, Sandro, Ray-Ban, vintage jewelry
Photos by Ian Rusiana

Top - Joe Fresh (this one's great and on sale!)
Shorts - Zara (these are great)
Shoes - Sandro (these are amazing)
Pouch - J.Crew (love this one)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Bracelet - Vintage (this is very similar)
Gold ring stacks - Chic Peek
Heart midi ring - Verameat (same idea)
necklace - Finish the Outfit (try this one)

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Plain Jane

Plain Jane, Fashion Over Reason, Wallyface, casual summer

Summer is in full swing and the weather is hitting peaks and valleys -- mostly peaks, in true NYC form. During those hot days of just hanging around the neighborhood, no one wants to don anything too fussy, nor do they want to be bothered to think too much about their attire on a lazy weekend day.

Ain't nothing wrong with going the plain Jane route when the scenario requires nothing more of you. Outdoor picnic? Check. Hazy mind from the night before? Check. Laying low for no good reason at all? Bringing along your best live canine accessory? Check, check.

So roll out of bed, take a brush to your teeth but not your hair, reach for your go-tos -- stripes and cutoffs in my case -- and don't think about it again until you have to change into something a little more, er, put together for the evening. Repeat the next day.

Red stripes, cutoffs, vintage levi's, Refin Denim hookup shorts, Filippa K tee, Loeffler Randall sandals, Ray-Ban aviatorsSummer in Brooklyn, Filippa K red striped t-shirt, Refind Denim cutoff shorts, Loeffler Randall straw and silver sandals, Ray-Ban Aviators, Suburban Riot canvas tote bag, Wallyface mini aussie, summer essentials
Tee - Filippa K (love this one)
Cutoffs - Refind Denim (these are great too)
Sandals - Loeffler Randall (these are great)
Sunnies - Ray-Ban
Tote - Suburban Riot (this one is aweseome)

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