Maxi dresses, no excuses.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Dress: the Banana Republic Marimekko Collection | Belt: thrifted | Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Sandals: Aldo | Nailpolish: Wet n Wild "Everybody Loves Redmond"

More drapey cotton than you can shake a stick at!

I maintain that maxi dresses are the easiest, most comfortable clothing out there. You throw it over your head, add a belt if you feel like it, and walk out the door. That being said, fashion for the purpose of ease alone sort of makes me crazy (normcore, don't even get me STARTED on you).

I always think of Stacy & Clinton on What Not To Wear, abhorring the excuse of "comfort" when talking with their clients. They had it right. The same jersey-knit black maxi can either be perfect or disastrous, depending completely upon the wearer's interpretation.

If you wear it like it's an excuse, it will be. If you own it, it can be a showstopper. 

That being said, this maxi didn't need much work at all. I love the print, tiny straps, and open back.

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Still dreaming...

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Top: thrifted, Target | Skirt: Uniqlo, old but similar here  | Sunglasses: Gap | Shoes: Anthropologie, old but similar here 

More black & stripes, more dreaming of faraway places.
Wore this to work last week.

Still feeling the minimal thing - but in this instance, with an added dose of sparkle. 

These may teeeeechnically be holiday party shoes, but I love them too much to let them waste away in my closet all summer.

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Dreams of Paris, kitchen selfies.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Shirt: Anthropologie | Shorts: Anthropologie | Glasses: gift (thanks Danielle) | Lipstick: Albeit "Vermillion" 

Trying to find a way to take photos in my apartment. I really miss the mirror-photo part of this blog sometimes and I want to try to pepper it back in. The best option for this outfit was photos in my kitchen, so, voila! Selfies with my stove.

Anyway, surprise surprise, I have been dreaming of Paris non stop for the past several days (slash the past 26 years), and thus keep finding myself in stripes + high-waisted black bottoms. 

Wore this around my house all day, and out later for dinner ingredient shopping. 

This t-shirt is probably the only one I've ever owned that I wear consistently. I actually bought two of it, so I would have a backup when the first one inevitably came apart. The shape is so simple & perfect and I wish I'd bought all of the colors it came in.

Heading out for a lunch & a hike.
Happy Saturday.

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Icons: Ulyana Sergeenko

Friday, May 16, 2014

Name: Ulyana Sergeenko 
Occupation: Couture Designer, of Ulyana Sergeenko 


Why I love her: to me, she is like a queen. She is so poised and regal, no matter what she's wearing. She appeals to the little kid in me, who looked up to fabulous actresses in old movies and Disney princesses, and aspired to be just like them when I grew up. And what's amazing to me is that unlike the role models of my youth (often one-dimensional, often valued for their beauty and not for their brains), Ulyanna's look and grace seems to be an intellectual one. I think you could plop her into the 1800s, 1980s, 2010s, or 2200s and she would still look relevant and fabulous. 

I love the high-drama of her looks. Even her version of casual always has an element of power & aspiration. Her clothes have so many historical references and tones,  and it makes them all the more potent to me.

Yes, she is absolutely over the top - but she is graceful and unapologetic, and it works for me.

You have such a signature look. Have you seen your style influence others in Moscow?

"It's a very good question. When I appeared on the scene a few years ago, a lot of people laughed at me. I have a really recognizable and maybe a funny style. My long skirts—really, people laughed. But now a lot of people, they ask their stylists, 'Make me absolutely like Ulyana.' We have lots of people in clothes similar to my skirts. We have now a lot of Russian designers who are producing similar skirts and dresses. Not a long time ago, it was very funny and people were laughing. Now they are wearing it."
-as told to 

How would you describe your personal style?
US: Chaotic. It’s dependent on my mood and constantly evolving. Though there are a few main aspects of my style that is constant. I love beautiful, feminine silhouettes with long skirts and tiny waists. I love dramatic clothes and accessories like feather capes, extravagant hats and gloves. I also like to add something funny to it because in the end, for me, it’s about fun. In three words, it would be beauty, drama and fun. 
 - as told to Vogue Australia 

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Icons: Julia Sarr-Jamois

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Name: Julia Sarr-Jamois
Occupation: Fashion Editor-at-large, i-D Magazine (and contributor to Pop, Teen Vogue, Vogue Japan, Miss Vogue Australia and Double, no less)  

Why I love her: she has a knack for effortless cool like no one else. A look at any of her outfits, even when they are elaborate, gives you the feeling that she rolled out of bed, chose something that made her happy, and didn't give it a single other thought. She mixes menswear beautifully, and always has one standout accessory to tie everything together. And her hair is incredible - every bit as iconic to me an Anna Wintour's bob.

I love how she balances feminine pieces with casual, tomboy cool in so many of her outfits. The below grey sweater + men's denim + sequined clutch combo is one of my favorite street style looks of all time.

Julia's Fashion Tips: 

"I love ‘coloring’ winter days by wearing bright colors.  I have fun mixing different tones and prints together. My favorite ones are camouflage, animal prints and madras. I also like stealing iconic pieces from men’s closets such as white shirts, blazers or cashmere jumpers. Wear these borrowed-from-the-boys pieces with a mini-dress, heels and show your legs to look more feminine in them."
- as told to Yoox 

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