21 October 2014

A Life Well Lived: Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta
July 22, 1932 - October 20, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of Oscar de la Renta's passing yesterday. He was a true legend in the fashion industry, not only because of his career achievements but also because of who he was as a person, as evidenced in this touching tribute written by Anna Wintour. Over the years I've read so many wonderful comments about his kind, gentlemanly spirit. A true feminist, Mr. de la Renta always sought to empower women, to help them feel confident and beautiful. I always enjoy following the careers of successful people who live fulfilling, balanced lives, and he did just that. In addition to making beautiful clothes, he lived to love his family, to create magical homes and gardens together with his wife, Annette, to help those less fortunate. Oscar de la Renta will be missed, but he sure made our world a beautiful place while he was here.

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17 September 2014

J.Crew New Arrivals: October 2014

1. Tissue Turtleneck Tee, $45 // 2. Curved Metal Hair Elastic, $14 // 3. Collection Deco Feather Top, $375 // 4. Beautycounter Any Time Eye Cream, $32 // 5. Leopard Scarf, $65 // 6. Broken-in Boyfriend Jean in Harbor Wash, $135 // 7. Calf Hair Pouch, $78 // 8. Flannel Shirt in Buffalo Check, $89 // 9. Stripe Makeup Pouch, $19 // 10. Anchor Lock Bracelet, $50 // 11. Striped iPhone Case, $25

My favorite J.Crew new arrivals could hardly be more predictable. Leopard print and black and white stripes-- how could I resist? Especially when I wholeheartedly believe both of these prints to be neutrals! As we continue to endure 100 degree days in California, I can't bear to think of all the sweaters and coats coming out for fall. But come October, I like to think that a lightweight turtleneck, a pair of boyfriend jeans, and even a flannel are not so outside the realm of possibility.

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Fashion Week Favorites, Spring 2015 RTW: ODLR

I've fallen quite behind on the Spring 2015 shows-- London Fashion Week ended yesterday and I still haven't even shared my favorite collection from New York! Even over a week later, I just cannot get this one out of my head. As tempted as I was to just move on to London favorites, I can't bear the thought of these beautiful images not living on my blog.

Now I always love a little Oscar de la Renta, but this collection even managed to exceed my expectations. It included so many of my favorite things-- over the top pink florals, gingham, ostrich feathers, black and white, lace, Daphne (my favorite model)... the list goes on and on.

Truly a feast for the eyes, the whole collection was bursting with femininity, youthfulness, and joie de vivre! It was difficult for me to narrow down my favorites-- I easily could have included all 56 looks. Fashion designers, like other artists, have the capacity to create new worlds for viewers to live in and when it comes to this, Oscar de la Renta truly has a gift! This particular one feels like a royal garden party meets My Fair Lady meets a Renoir painting. What I wouldn't give to be able to escape to this perfect little world on a whim! 

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15 September 2014

A New Classic: The Minimalist Sandal

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I have been noticing these ankle-strapped sandals everywhere lately. I love the way they elevate casual basics like a pair of boyfriend jeans. Simple and sophisticated in design, they are elegant without detracting from a beautiful outfit.

Recently, I've become serious about paring down my wardrobe. I have a very small closet, so rather than keeping it overflowing with clothes and shoes to the point where it looks messy, I want it to be clean and organized, filled with only my favorite pieces. I truly believe that with less clutter, it's easier to focus on the items inside and put together new outfits.

Not only does having a smaller, more focused wardrobe simplify daily life; it also encourages investing in classic, quality pieces that are made to last and will never go out of style. These shoes are exactly the type of item I want to include in my new minimalist wardrobe. I'm having visions of pairing them with everything from deconstructed denim to my favorite black pants to a leather pencil skirt. Over-researching as always, I've found not only the most popular version of this shoe by Stuart Weitzman, but also a variety of alternatives at different price points. Now all that's left to do is pick one!

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