The weather cooled and I quickly pulled out my favorite Rebecca Taylor sweater; the one I have worn and loved for many years and featured here on TFIO. This sweater has a good story – I hunted it down to find the very last one at a Rebecca Taylor boutique in Atlanta after seeing a blogger I really admire wearing it. I love the color, the softness, and the texture – it’s warm enough to wear without an added jacket for chilly days before the real cold begins. Favorite things are favorites because they make you happy when you wear them, no matter how long you have owned them. In fact, they get better with age. This sweater traveled several states to find me and I feel we are destined to be together for a long time.
There have been moments when my fashion dreams came to life! I have seen my favorite fashion muse Leandra Medine speak before but to see her speaking in such an intimate setting, blew me away! Kate Spade store, West Village, NYC, was one of these moments: the sight of Leopard Leopard Leopard – a KateSpadexManRepeller pop-up store event. Medine, founder of mighty media company, ManRepeller, joined the visionary behind Kate Spade, Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd, in a conversation about their personal stories, their feelings about success … and of course, how they feel about wearing the fashion staple, leopard, which in Medine’s words is “the new neutral!” It was inspiring! Continue reading →
As I watched the last hours of summer fade into the sunset, I wore my super-happy outfit … jeans and a tee and sandals … with the beautiful scarf Myriam brought back from Paris just for me. On to a new fashion season!
There is a sad truth for a woman when it comes to shopping – you are being ripped off. For the same item, a man will spend significantly less money, and often times, for better quality. This is true of many things but jeans are an especially good example; a woman can expect to spend sometimes double the amount for the same pair. And because there aren’t as many style options for men’s jeans, I have heard that more money is spent on the quality of the material. You know how much I love wearing jeans and I have spent close to $200 on a single pair (I am thinking of my Frame Denim slim-leg jean). They are my favorites and I wear them often but today I wanted to shop and see for myself. In search of a classic boyfriend jean, I decided to visit the men’s department at Macy’s (where better to find boyfriend jeans??). I chose the ever-classic Levi’s; the first thing I noticed is that there were several ‘slim’ styles that would fit a woman’s shape. I found a perfect distressed pair and tried them on – they were $39.99.
Why should women have to pay more for the very same thing? It is unfair that is the norm. I encourage you to visit the men’s department. You may find a fashionable alternative at a much better price and in the process make an unjust system work for you!
This is the time of year I love to pull out my heavy-duty, cozy Rebecca Taylor sweater – too bulky to wear with a jacket but warm enough to wear on its own. I love Rebecca Taylor’s feminine designs. The story of this sweater? Several years ago I noticed it in a fashion blog, loved it, and tracked it down – to a single remaining sweater in Atlanta! I knew I had to have it so I purchased it over the phone and had it shipped. In other words, I worked hard to get this sweater. But it was unique and I was willing to make it happen. Today, it is holding up so well that I don’t regret my decision at all. In fact, it was well worth the effort!
I have a fashion favorite this time of year, when summer has almost faded. It is the blazer – my tried-and-true workhorse. This one item of clothing is all that I need to transition to slightly cooler temps. Light enough to pair with a tee for the warmer afternoons but cover enough to ward off the chill in the brisk mornings and early evenings, the blazer is the one item of clothing that can go with most things and fit with everything. If you don’t have one, start with a classic. You will find yourself grabbing it before you head out the door – guaranteed!
Co-Founders of Jean Stories: Florence Kane and Jane Bishop – Photograph by Taylor Jewell
I love jeans. In fact, if I had to choose a favorite outfit that most feels like me it would be jeans and a t-shirt. And I love a good story. That is why a favorite site is Jean Stories, a welcoming place of great style and substance. In 2013 co-founders of Jean Stories, Florence Kane and Jane Bishop, two fashion insiders, began to share stories and information about denim and what makes wearing it so special. I follow Jean Stories religiously for tips and inspiration; in fact, it was Jean Stories that led me to purchase my all-time favorite jeans, Frame Le High Straights, which I often feature on TFIO.
Here is one of my fashion secrets (I have shared it before but it’s worth mentioning again): I love to mix high-low dressing. What do I mean? I will spend more money on certain clothes and bargain-shop for others, and then mix them together in a blended marriage of high-low dressing. And why do I it? For two reasons: because dressing high-low saves me money and because I can express myself more individually and eclectically. This outfit is a perfect example: I paid a higher price for the jeans and the boots and I saved money on the jacket and the sweater. Denim is an essential part of my wardrobe and something I wear most days. If I purchase a quality pair of jeans I know I can wear them often and they will hold their shape and fit. Continue reading →
… and into a New Year. I often find myself walking in the woods to clear my mind and open my heart. I guess you could say that I am trying literally, to set the path for my life. Here I am again, thinking good thoughts and wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! Here’s to the brightest 2015!
I love the classics for the holidays: a turtleneck with a side of hot chocolate. The turtleneck sweater is a winter staple; paired with jeans, the combination is cozy, understated and simple, yet undeniably chic (think Jackie Kennedy Onassis). But adding hot chocolate with whipped cream takes this look to the next level and screams ‘Happy Holidays!‘ like nothing else.