Fashion Over Reason: May 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Now Trending: Classics

Fashion Over Reason in NYC, Flatiron Building, Ray-Ban round Lennon sunglasses, MAC Lady Danger

Such is life: fashion goes through cycles and recycles itself, decade after decade, time after time. So while I might feel super modern in my suede fringe skirt, my bold red lips, my round sunglasses and my leather bucket bag, let's just say that I could also transcend the years. In fact, my mom often comments on my photos something along the lines of "That could've been taken in the 60s!" - which always makes me smile because what's cooler than authentically throwing it back?!

My point is, the classics are classics for a reason, but they're constantly reinvented and therefore constantly trending. The true focus of this post is arguably the piece of the season (no, not the ever so impressive Flatiron Building, although unequivocally quintessential) - the leather bucket bag. The all-time carrier staple of yesteryear (read: classic) has been revived to fit the modern uniform in all kinds of contemporary iterations.

This slick white leather version is from LUANA Italy, a label that is taking coolness, quality and affordability one step further. Their pieces will be available online in July, and if the compliments I keep receiving on this bag are any indication, they will surely be selling like hotcakes.

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Photographed by Ian Rusiana

Cashmere knit - Club Monaco
Fringe skirt - ASOS
Booties - Stuart Weitzman
Lipstick - MAC Lady Danger
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Bag - Luana Italy (available on their site in July)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Few of my Favorite Things: Hair & Etc.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite skin care and beauty products (click here to see the post) and now I'm back with a few of my favorite hair styling products and a few other things I'm keen on. Please feel free to chime in in the comment section below!

Fashion Over Reason favorite things, hair essentials: Pantene Pro-V hairspray, Rusk biofoam hair mousse, Batiste dry shampoo, Rusk Sensories bright shampoo, Ref 25 hair balm, Interview magazine postcards

I get asked about my hair routine a lot. I've been pretty lucky to have been blessed with easy maintenance locks and I don't tend to do much to them before I leave the house. Confession time: I only wash my hair once a week, I do not own a hairbrush, nor do I ever take a blow dryer to my strands - I let everything air dry and while it's still moist, I usually tie it in a bun to ensure I get some volume and texture to my otherwise pin-straight, flat lid. Sometimes I'll add a dollop of the Rusk Biofoam mousse while it's drying to get extra texture (although most of the time I'm just too lazy, true story).

I always wash with a purple shampoo, I think that it's absolutely essential to anyone who has blond hair to avoid brassiness and to keep the color fresh. I always switch up the brand I'm using, and currently I'm into the Rusk Sensories Bright Shampoo. I don't use a purple conditioner because I've heard horror stories about hair actually reflecting a shade of violet if you overdo it.

When it comes to styling, I alternate between a few things, but the one thing I swear by and that I could not live without is my Batiste Fresh dry shampoo. I use it even on clean hair. It gives that perfect undone and messy texture that I love so much. Other than that, I like to blend in some texturizing cream on my ends, again to perfect that mess I always seek to have. The creams I like are the Reference of Sweden Texture Cream 215 and the KMS Molding Paste. When I go out, I finish things off with some hairspray, and I swear by the regular ol' Pantene Pro-v's maximum hold.

Fashion Over Reason favorite things, Jeffrey Campbell mules, the Sartorialist book, Coordinates Collection cuff, Verameat ear cuff, JCrew gold choker

Just a few pretty things that I love: the first Sartorialist book because it's fascinating to go through it and see all of the current famous style stars during their early days. My Coordinates Collection bracelet, because it's a stellar piece. My Verameat spiked ear cuff cause it's super badass. My J.Crew choker because my husband gave it to me for Valentine's Day. And finally, these exclusive Jeffrey Campbell x Free People slides, which I've been living in.

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Photos by Ian Rusiana

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shoes Make the Look

Fashion Over Reason, Zara high top gladiators, vintage leather shorts, Gap denim jacket, Whipping Post tan leather tote, Brooklyn

As women, we all know this simple fact of life: shoes make the look, amiright?! I always like to invest in a few new pairs every season, just to make my old clothes feel fresh. And this spring/summer, you most likely are plenty aware of the fact that high top gladiator sandals are THE shoe of the moment.

That means that no matter what kind of getup you might be donning, if you slap on some sort of footwear that looks like you're about to take an opponent down in the Colosseum, it means that you've successfully updated your style to reflect the times.

As for me, I'm not planning on fighting anyone in any ring, despite the fact that I may appear to be ready to do so -- I'm just walking through the ever-revolving trend door. That said, I've mentioned this countless times before and I feel the need to reiterate: not all trends are for everyone. If this isn't something that you would feel comfortable wearing, by all means, get yourself some slides instead (equally as hot this spring).

What do you think of the high top gladiators - ready to rumble or not a fighting chance?

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Top - Ann Taylor
Leather shorts - Vintage
Denim jacket - Gap
Sandals - Zara
Tote - Whipping Post
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Double Down on the Denim

Fashion Over Reason, Gap double denim jacket, leather pants, Frye shooties

A lot of things in life that we have come to know and love were born accidentally. Ex: the tarte tatin (french for upside down apple tart) was invented when a pastry chef mistakenly baked her pie upside down in the oven. Or how velcro was thought up after burs kept getting stuck to some dude's dog on a hunting trip.

I'm afraid my personal tale of accidental invention is not nearly as revolutionary as the examples I've just stated, but it's an innovative sartorial step nonetheless: after running out of hangers for my entrance coat closet, I just threw my two denim jackets onto the same one. Upon trying to get out the door quickly one evening -- the evening these photos were taken -- I hastily reached for what I thought was one jean jacket, when, in fact, I ended up with two in my hands.

Them being different colors and sizes and thus cradling perfectly into one another, the only logical solution left without having to run back upstairs to leave one behind was to layer them. And voilà! My new outerwear creation: double denim jackets. Boom.

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Both denim jackets - Gap
Pants - Trash & Vaudeville
Shoes - Frye
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Sunnies - Ray-Ban

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Few of my Favorite Things: Face Edition

It's been a while since I've done a beauty post but I've updated some of my products and since it's always a topic that is fun to discuss among us girls, I thought I'd share some of the things I'm currently using and loving in both the skin care and cosmetics departments.

Hope you enjoy and also dying to know what kind of things you guys use!

Beauty favorites: Skeen Eye Perfect Powder, Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell cleanser, Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser, Crest White Stips 3D Advanced Vivid, Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque, Replenix Antioxidant Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 50, Glossier rose water Soothing Face Mist, J'adore Dior beautifying body milk, Clarins Eye Contour Balm, Stephanie Sterjovski Heart Of Gold print

Skincare for me is really tricky because my skin is so incredibly sensitive that I have to be extremely careful with what I use. One of my biggest problems in all of my existence (I hate to be dramatic, but that's the spectrum of it) is the dark circles under my eyes. They're hereditary - my mom has them too - and no matter how much sleep I get or how much water I drink, they just don't go away. I've tried a lot of different things (including keeping spoons in my fridge to de-puff my eyes in the morning) and some products work better than others, but one I've become particular fond of due to real results is from a French brand called Skeen that I discovered last summer while in Paris. They have this loose powder that is essentially concentrated vitamin c that you apply under your eyes. It's kind of brilliant.

The Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell cleanser has made my skin pretty clear since I've been using it and I've been really loving the Liz Earle moisturizer as well. It's creamy and thick without being greasy and it absorbs very quickly. I got some of Glossier products back in the winter and I have to say, I've really been enjoying them (I'll probably dedicate a full post to them soon), and the rose water spray is super soothing for my skin after cleansing. I've been using rose water since last summer and I can't recommend it enough.

I do the Dermalogica Refining Masque a few times a week in the morning and on the days I do, I always have more of a glow, honest. For around my eyes, I've been using the Clarins eye balm, it's not gummy thick, which I prefer - I don't like how some eye creams feel like you're applying salve. I hear that it's not good when they're too thick either because you want your eye cream to fully absorb in your skin so that it won't leak into your eyes through the night.

The Crest White Strips are a once a week or every two weeks affair, which I do for 30 minutes at a time to ensure my smile stays nice and bright. I think teeth are so important so I make sure I take care of mine (fun fact: I floss every single night, even on very late ones, if you know what I mean). Of course, SPF is crucial to skin care and I try to always have it on when it's sunny outside. My favorite is the Replenix sunscreen, it's smooth, goes on clean and is not at all greasy.

Lastly, I go through phases with fragrances but through the years, my signature scent has been Dior J'adore and I like to put on the body milk instead of spritzing the perfume. It has a lighter, yet more all-encompassing nature to it, and it really smells divine. And to cap it off, one of my favorite prints by Stephanie Sterjovski: the heart of gold, which to me represents my favorite Neil Young song.

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NARS Radiant creamy concealer, Matte Multiple in Anguilla, Contour blush and makeupbrush, Soft Velvet loose powder, Audacious Lipstick in Greta, Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation, Jean Paul Gaultier LE Mâle cologne, Kjaer Weis highlighter in Radiance, YSL Babydoll Mascara, Deborah Lippmann nail polish

Ok so, I cannot hide the fact that I am a total Nars addict (#narsissist through and through) and these are some of the products I use on my face on a daily basis.

My favorite foundation ever is this Koh Gen Do moisture foundation, it goes on so light and provides the right amount of coverage. I use the Nars concealer for the bags under my eyes (my biggest problem, as mentioned up there) and then to set everything, the loose translucent powder works magic.

A subtle stroke of the Nars contour blush, a smear of Matte Multiple in a soft pink shade called Anguilla on the apples, and when I'm feeling more frisky, I'll add my new favorite highlighter from this amazing brand called Kjaer Weis. To finish everything off, YSL Babydoll is what I swear and live by. There's no better mascara out there, I promise.

For a fresh pop of color this spring, I'm all about a bright fuchsia and my shade of choice is the Greta from the Nars Audacious collection. The Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle cologne is one of my favorite fragrances to wear, especially if I'm dressed up real fancy for nighttime. It brings balance to an overly feminine outfit and ads a bit of an edge. I love wearing men's cologne. I also sometimes steal some of my husband's Comme des Garçons Wonderwood too. When it comes to nails, I've been either into deep plums or as of late, metallic shades and I've also fallen in love with the Deborah Lippmann line of polishes.

Now your turn, tell me what you use and the products that you think I should try.

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Photos by Ian Rusiana

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunset Glow

Fashion Over Reason in Newport RI, Gap men's military jacket, Vince black skinny jeans, Christian Louboutin Pigalle nude pumps, Zara snake print tunic, sunset glow

There's something to be said for a sunset glowing so bright going down on your face that it lights up the entire surroundings in an incredible golden hue. Double that when you're on your way to an anniversary date with your man. Triple that when you're temporarily residing in a lovely beach front bungalow in one of the most romantic places in New England.

That was basically the setting for this deceptively simple yet effective ensemble.

Fashion Over Reason in Newport RI, Gap men's military jacket, Vince black skinny jeans, Christian Louboutin Pigalle nude pumps, Zara snake print tunic, sunset glow

Top - Zara
Jacket - Gap (men's)
Jeans - Vince
Shoes - Louboutin

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Best Accessory

Fashion Over Reason, Wallyface, JCrew loafers, Whipping Post tan leather tote, J Brand Maria jeans, Zara Trench coat, Ray-Ban round Lennon sunglasses

As a non-sharp person, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: all it takes to up your polished game is a trench coat and some loafers. That is it, for real.

But the best accessory will forever remain the one of the furry kind. My canine companion, #wallyface, is impossible to resist and therefore makes me impossible to resist, right?!?!!!

Fashion Over Reason Trench coat & loafers, JCrew, J Brand, Ray-Ban
Trench - Zara
Blouse - Altuzarra x Target
Jeans - J Brand
Loafers - J.Crew
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Tote - Whipping Post

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