Fashion Over Reason: July 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Graphic Game

I wasn't able to get a good shot of this look, safe for the blurry selfies you see below, but I felt like it was one of those fun summer outfits that was worth the gallery anyway, should it rustle up some ideas for your own ensembles when at a loss for what to wear. This graphic skirt is the only piece I kept from my Peter Pilotto x Target order and I'm glad I decided to step outside of my patternless comfort zone -- while still staying in line with my love of neutrals -- and held on to this fun, playful summer piece.

The menswear oxford offsets the femininity of the prominent leg display and just like that you have the perfect fusion and girlie and boyish.

Selfie, OOTD, tied oxford men's shirt, YSL Rive Gauche, graphic wrap skirt, Peter Pilotto for Target black and white skirt, Vince double strap Genna leather heels, nude sandalsFashion Over Reason selfie, Yves Saint Laurent men's oxford short-sleeved shirt, tied at the waist, Peter Pilotto for Target graphic black and white wrap mini skirt, Vince double strap Genna nude leather heels, flesh colored sandals, Ray-Ban aviators, summer look
Oxford shirt - Yves Saint Laurent men's (try this for a fraction of the price)
Skirt - Peter Pilotto for Target (this skirt is essentially the same idea)
Shoes - Vince (these are pretty much the same)
Tote - Suburban Riot (this one is great)

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Check Mate

Fashion Over Reason under the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan at nighttime, sundown, sunset, black & white look

Ain't no thang to look like a human checkerboard if you're going to be doing it according your personal style convictions. In this instance, I am relishing in my unintentional channeling of Hedi's Saint Laurent girl -- I swear, I didn't mean to! -- with my pairing of the two most basic hues in history. How cool of me. A classic combo of black and white, with a rock n' roll, modern boho twist (how's that for a definition?). Because something as timeless as those two shades can also be inadvertently trendy, as demonstrated to us by Slimane himself.

The most important "lesson" (I'm putting that in quotation marks because it is to be loosely interpreted) to take away from this outfit is that my checkerboard look is a discerned variation of the penguin suit, a woman's riff on the tuxedo, if you will. As a self-proclaimed [high-maintenance] tomboy, I have an innate gravitational pull toward all types of menswear, whether it's baggy trousers, impeccable tailoring, oversized anything, you name it.

The tuxedo is something so very intrinsically manly, forever the peak on the fancy scale for our male counterparts. Adapting that vibe to an ensemble that is all woman is not only incredibly fun, but also a bit unexpected, which is always a good way to stand out. But what's even more amusing about the whole thing is that while my outfit is reminiscent of Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent, it also borrows something from Yves's woman, the one he imagined wearing Le Smoking, that legendary woman's wear play on the tuxedo. Check mate.

Black & white look, Joe Fresh silk blouse, Stefanie Biggel sheer liquid black shorts, nighttime shootVintage gold choker necklace, white silk blouse, Chic peek thin rings, gold and black vintage ring, outfit details, modern boho chicDowntown Brooklyn waterfront, DUMBO Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge at sundown, modern feminine tuxedo, black and white, lower Manhattan, what i wore, Saint Laurent by Hedi SlimaneWide Brim felt hat, Topshop, white silk Joe Fresh blouse, vintage gold Seiko watch, Yves Saint Laurent mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils, nighttime shoot, dragging the shutter, flash photography, modern tuxedoJason Wu tuxedo black leather heels, python textureBlack and white outfit, modern feminine shorts tuxedo, black sheer shiny Stefanie Biggel shorts, Jason Wu heels, Joe Fresh silk blouse, Topshop wide brim hat, Brooklyn Bridge, fashion blogger, personal styleVintage gold choker, silk blouse, denim vestBlack and white look, Stefanie Biggel sheer black foil shorts, wide brim hatBrooklyn at night, dragging the shutter, flash photography, fashion over reason photographed by Ian Rusiana, wide brim felt hat, white blouse, Stefanie Biggel foil shortsBlack and white look, updated tuxedo, Stefanie Biggel black sheer foil shorts, white silk blouse, gold chokerBrooklyn Bridge, Downtown Manhattan, New York City, black & white outfit, tuxedo dressing, foil shorts, rock n roll chicStefanie Biggel foil shorts, sheer black, white silk blouse, Gap denim jacket, Topshop wide brim felt hat, nighttime flash photography, Ian Rusiana portraiture photography, street styleJason Wu black leather python textured heels, tuxedo shoes
Blouse - Joe Fresh (this one is far better)
Shorts - Stefanie Biggel
Denim jacket - Gap
Shoes - Jason Wu (these are amazing and have a similar essence)
Hat - Topshop (this one's awesome)
Choker - Vintage (I love this one)
Watch - Vintage Seiko (this one is similar)
Rings - Mix of vintage (these are cool) & Chic Peek

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Inspo

The summer continues on in all of its warm, entrancing glory and I'm here to provide you with a cushion ensuring a soft landing right into the weekend. Enjoy, loves xx

Nadja Bender backstage at Isabel Marant FW14Lip sheers gold tubes photographed by Krista A. Jones styling by Caitlin Moran for Glitter GuideModel off duty, effortless chicNatasha Poly photographed by Inez & Vinoodh for Vogue Paris June/July 2014, styled by Emanuelle Alt, floating in water, summertimeSummer sandals, animal print pumps, Ancient Greek SandalsKate Moss & Naomi Campbell at London fashion week designer of the year awards 1991Nadja Bender photographed by Hasse Nielsen, styled by Anders Solvsten Thomsen for ScandinaviaSibui Nazarenko shot by Billy Kidd and styled by Michaela Dosamantes for CR Fashion BookNavy and white tomboy look, effortless chic, cool girl, french girl style, white keds sneakersJane Birkin, 60s icon, striped tank, flared patchwork denim, museGold dainty chain link choker necklaceSasha Pivovarova photographed by Mikael Jansson, styled by Tabitha Simmons for Vogue US February 2014, fishtail braids, boho chic luxe nomadNARS velvet matte lip pencil, lips glossRalph Lauren collection LBD, black late mini dress, sweetheart neckline, Pont Alexandre III ParisNavajo knit bucket bagLucie de la Falaise photographed by Corinne Day, Styled by Camilla Nickerson for Vogue US January 1993Mandy Shadforth from Oracle fox at home, Céline everything by the coveteur, Marigela bag, Saint Laurent bag, Céline shoes, Anthony VaccarelloStella McCartney oxblood lace jumpsuit FW14Zuzanna Bijoch by Jens Langkjaer for Rika Magazine 2014 S/S Issue Potted cactus flower plants, low-maintenance plantsHana Hanelei Reponty photographed by Brydie Mack for Wolfclub Chronicles, waves frolicking, beach, beachside, ocean, nude, freedom, summer, SoCal, California, West CoastChanel le Vernis nail colour 603 in CharivariNadja Bender photographed by Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer, styled by Véronique Didry for Vogue Paris March 2013Hanne Gaby Odiele, model off duty, street style muse, crop top tank, black cami, white distressed denim boyfriend jeans, blue suede loafersVeronika Heilbrunner from Harper's Bazaar Germany by the Coveteur, ChristopherZuzanna Bijoch photographed by Andreas Sjodin styled by Sabino Pantone for Vogue Japan June 2014, silver metallic space suitRoses and peonies photographed by Abby Jiu, florals by Holly Chapple, styling by Caitlin Moran for the Glitter GuideClub Monaco summer floral baby pink tent dressAshley and Mary Kate Olsen, powder pink suit, black satin suit, style icons, fashion muses
[fashioned by love, the glitter guide, the coveteur, bergdorf goodman, club monaco, tfs, pinterest]

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Daze

Summer Daze, Fashion Over Reason, Joie striped chambray sun dress, Vince silver toe ring sandals, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body bag

Things are always a bit worse-for-wear in ye olde cranium when resurfacing from a vacation extending beyond a long weekend. When you're away for less than four days, the brain is a little mushy, but bounces back easily enough, not having had time to rejuvenate. You may be somewhat hazy on the Monday, but the transition doesn't require any real necessity to grease the grind wheel.

On the other hand, when you leave for ten days (as I just have), a few things happen: the break has been lengthy enough to transport your existence into an alternate territory, thus refueling your mind with things that have pushed everything else into a far abyss. Being gone for a substantial amount of time actually makes you feel revitalized, armed with a renewed desire to get things going. You come back reinvigorated, complete with endless motivation to take things on. The only roadblock is getting into that headspace to seize the momentum without succumbing to being overwhelmed by the multiple tasks that have stacked up during your absence. Transitioning from vacation head to work mode while staying on top of things is the most challenging part of homecoming. To me, anyway.

And with that said, while I had the most amazing time (I'm assuming you've been following my adventures in Europe? ), I am incredibly happy to be home and to proceed with summer, right here in the city. There really is no place like it.

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks while I roll out some of my looks from this eurotrip (and bear with me while I get settled back into the groove)!

West Village, New York City, summer heat, summer dress, lightweight chambray dress by Jois, Vince silver & grey toe ring sandals, sunshine, summer in the cityRay-ban Wayfarers, summer heat, summer essentials, New York City, summer in the city, Joie dressJoie sundress, chambray ruffle summer dress, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body leather bag, Vince silver toe ring sandals, New York City, summer days, fashion blogger, personal style
Dress - Joie
Sandals - Vince (these are similar)
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Badge Of Honor

Who better to carry the Fashion Over Reason name on their person than yours truly? Thank you, Bow & Drape for making this possible. Make your own hat, too, and feel the pride take you over when you wear your own creation (so to speak).

Fashion Over Reason Bow & Drap chambray baseball cap, nighttime, Brooklyn, New York, summertimeBow & Drape baseball hat worn backwards, nighttime, Brooklyn, New York
Fashion Over Reason baseball cap by Bow & Drape