Fashion Over Reason: March 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Multi-Season Sweater Dress

Free People sweater dress, Adidas Stan Smith, Céline Edge bag, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

So basically I've already sang the praises of this sweater dress, so I'll spare you more reverence, but just know that my affections have far exceeded my expectations when it comes to this piece of clothing, which I naively thought would exclusively be my go-to for wintry femininity.

Turns out, it's also an amazing transitional piece to take me from the never-ending frigid cold season straight into the warm embrace of spring. I tested out my theory in California, as you see me here perusing the likes of one of my favorite Venice Beach shopping destinations, Tumbleweed & Dandelion, and can firmly assert that the results are in.

Conclusion: say yes to the sweater dress! It will take you much further (and farther!) and than you think, case in point.

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Free People sweater dress
Adidas sneakers
Céline bag
Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Palm Trees & Rock 'N Roll

BLK DNM leather jacket, ASOS jeans, Chloé Baobab boots, Céline Edge bag

As you likely know from my Instagram (definitely follow if you don't already!), I was in LA a couple of weeks ago visiting some friends and gallivanting about. We take a yearly trip out there and every time we go, I fall in love a little more with this town.

There's something about Los Angeles that is so very rock 'n roll - and I think that Hedi Slimane would agree with that statement. Weirdly, the palm trees and laid back way of life paired with the undeniable twinkle in the air that floats around constantly thanks to the Hollywood factor lends the city this intangible essence that makes it a bit of a magical place, albeit with dark edges. It's kind of a locale of legend that makes an outsider like me believe in the vibes.

I know I shouldn't be saying this as a New Yorker, because, well, something about us cynics not giving into the Cali Kool-Aid. But I really do love LA. And because I always inject a bit of rock 'n roll into my ensembles, this Saint Laurent-inspired look felt like the perfect thing to wear on a chilly 65 degree amazing California day.

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BLK DNM leather jacket
ASOS jeans
Chloé boots
Rag & Bone shirt
Ray-Ban sunnies
Céline bag

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

That In-Between Stage

Zady wool coat, Free People boots, Monki jeans, Miu Miu wallet, Ray-Ban sunglasses

There's nothing sweeter in life than when the cold weather starts to turn into a warm breeze and you no longer need to wear a scarf and gloves everywhere you go. There's nothing quite like the feeling of walking around with your coat wide open once winter is over and not feeling cold. There's nothing like the smell of springtime lurking in the air, almost like the atmosphere is thawing.

I often sing the praises of autumn in the city, but springtime is up there, too. It's just as magical, if not more, and it gives people a renewed sense of hope, highly in part due to daylight savings. No more darkness, no more cold, no more seasonal depression. Trees budding, flowers blooming, birds chirping. Magic.

Yep, I love spring.

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Zady coat
Monki jeans
Free People boots
Lanvin cardgian
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Miu Miu wallet

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Thredding On Up!

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You guys, I have to let you in on a little shopping secret. It's called ThredUp and it's going to change the way you re-energize your closet. It's basically a giant online thrift store that carries all the coolest brands, like Rag & Bone, J Brand, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, etc... You can actually send all the clothes that you no longer wear and get new stuff to replace it.

The pants I'm wearing in these photos? Amazing, mint condition leather Miu Miu for a little over 100 bucks. Crazy, I know. Anyway, other than the fact that it's a super easy way to shop for lazy girls like me, I also enjoy it because it ties into a few of my values and personal preferences:

1. I love thrifting and vintage clothing. The old saying rings true: one person's trash is another person's treasure. Not only can you find such gems for a fraction of the cost, but you can also pretty much a guarantee that there is no chance to spot anyone else in the same clothes as you.

2. While I enjoy myself some high quality garments, I also love scoring a good bargain. I mean, who doesn't?!

3. The older I get, the more averse I am becoming to fast fashion, and a part of my new year's resolutions was to reduce dramatically/challenge myself to not buy one fast fashion item this year (so far so good). There are many reasons for this, one of them being this eye-opening movie - it's on Netflix and I urge you all to watch it ASAP. It's easy to bury your head in the sand and ignore the problem when you're so far removed, but if I'm not actively part of the solution, I at least don't want to contribute to the issue. Which I realize is ironic, me being a fashion blogger and all, but yes, I am trying to give consumerism the middle finger.

4. It's good for the environment. New stuff = more waste. Old stuff being recycled = things going in circle. Common sense.

5. I'm like the opposite of a hoarder and am constantly getting rid of things. I do a huge closet purge twice per year and bring in a fresh rotation of pieces. ThredUp is basically made for this kind of cycle, aka my dream come true.

So yeah, it's pretty much an ideal way to get new things into your closet while clearing out what you no longer wear, and being good to the planet while you're at it. Literally a win-win-win.

And because I love you guys, click here to get $10 off your order. Let me know what you end up getting, I would love to know!

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Icelandic Wool sweater
Chloé boots
Céline bag
Miu Miu leather pants from ThredUp

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