Saturday, September 13, 2014

WEEKEND LISTENING: NICK MULVEY


{ "So whether music or madness, live by one of the two" }

To make up for the lack of MWMM this week, I offer up a little treasure of an EP I just discovered on Thursday. After listening to his cover of Taylor Swift's "We are Never Getting Back Together," in the BBC Live Lounge, I investigated just what this Nick Mulvey is up to. Turns out he formally studied music and art in Havana, Cuba, and then picked up guitar when he was 18 and living in southern Spain. And also, he looks like he does.

Anyway, he has a full length album available to purchase on iTunes, but this EP is also lovely, and free. The Spanish guitar influence is obvious throughout, giving me serious Vicky, Christina Barcelona vibes with a dash of Bon Iver and Lord Huron. It's kind of mystical storytelling, and incredibly soothing music. I am crushing hard on "Fever To The Form," but the whole thing is just just transportive. Perfect for a September Saturday. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

{PETITE OUTFIT MOMENT} ALL NAVY EVERYTHING...



I know I haven't been much for posting outfits recently, but with a small crop of new fall goodies in my closet, I couldn't resist a quick snap. I was lucky enough to do a little shopping with my mom at Nordstrom and J. Crew when I was home, and finally got my hands on the Equipment blouse I've been coveting for so long, and a flirty little pleated skirt from J. Crew I've worn no less than six times in the past few weeks. It's hard to see here, but the fit is a little high waisted, and the pleats don't go all the way up—so it lays smooth and flatters my non-existent hips. As for the Vans, I ordered those right quick when I posted this, and so far I am loving them. They're a little rough to break in, but still crazy comfortable.

Of late, I've become pretty obsessed with wearing black, white and navy almost exclusively. Sure, I will come around out of this phase eventually, but at the moment I'm seeing this as a chance to continue building an adult wardrobe of interchangeable essentials and separates that can be worn with prints and brights when I'm feeling inspired.

Anyway, monochromatic and/or mixing black and navy is my new style mantra for fall. What's yours?


[Photo credit: Emily Sher]

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{NYFW SS15} THE BOXY BABES AT J. CREW...


{ J. Crew Spring 2015 }

The dawn of the age of all boxy everything is upon us. The most stylish girls siting front (and second, and third...) row at the shows this week were all wearing exaggerated, voluminous and decidedly not figure-flattering ensembles. Many of them resembled the looks from yesterday's J. Crew presentation. And with them? Flat, wide sandals a la Birkenstock and classic Adidas Stan Smith tennies.

Myself? I'm relishing the popularity of boxy. I have always loved to swath my rather curveless frame in oversized blouses and sweaters and dresses shaped like tents, because for some reason looking bigger makes me feel smaller inside my clothes. Strange psychology, but true. Hence, I am digging this. I love the short-sleeve button-up shirts and that boxy tunic worn over a shimmy-worthy midi. Oh, and do I even have to mention the pockets? Didn't think so.

Then there's the rest of you: normal, feminine women who love to be women and look like women. I think that's why J. Crew paired all these shapeless looks with sexy sandals and pumps. Because really, if you're going to do that much blousing, that much tunic and that long of hemline, you need to give your legs as much of an advantage as possible. With a pretty red lip and a plunging neckline, these models are towing the line of tomboy and girly girl—and isn't that always the goal with J. Crew?

The most interesting—and I predict problematic—trend in this collection is the slouchy bermuda-length shorts. If your legs aren't twigs and you happen to have 2014's most coveted bodily asset, these aren't going to look that great. As with many designers, it's problematic to design a whole collection around a body type that doesn't occur naturally very often—but when it comes to J. Crew, it's fortunate that their "collection" pieces make up only a small portion of their offerings each season.

Image credits: J. Crew / BPCM

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

{NYFW SS15} WHY IT'S SO EASY TO LOVE ROSIE ASSOULIN...


{ Rosie Assoulin Spring/Summer 2015 }

I'm not a proper fashion critic, so coming up with the right words to describe any given collection is not easy. Take this latest offering from new-to-the-scene American designer Rosie Assoulin. In layman's terms, I just love the look of these pieces, and how they are styled together. The outfits are complete and cool. So—forgive my kookie wording—but lets get into this further.

The aesthetic of Assoulin's brand is mostly focused on crisp volume and rich colors, which, though certainly luxe, is ultimately pretty wearable. I found myself walking out of the Tibi show this weekend behind Leandra Medine, who was wearing this Rosie Assoulin top, and I was floored by how elegantly cool she looked—minus the sneakers, which just aren't my thing. The bell sleeves were eye-catching and the off-the-shoulder silhouette is strikingly sexy, but when you pair that much top with simple shorts, the effect is like a cliché "runway to real way" article come to life. 

Anyway, I feel like the tiered red midi skirt above is something I would really and truly wear, could I afford it. What's more, I'd probably just tuck in a white shirt and throw my hair back in a little pony, too. In her presentation, Assoulin is essentially making "runway" and "real way" the same thing. 

So, there we are: It's fanciful and dramatic, but like, can I haz for real

Check out the full collection on style.com.

Friday, September 5, 2014

{NYFW SS15} LOVELY, LANGUID WHITES AT HONOR & BCBGMAXAZRIA


{ Honor and BCBGMAXAZRIA Spring 2015 looks, alternating }

My brain is already melting into weekend mode over here on this sweltering Friday afternoon, but I'm feeling sharply moved by these gorgeous white dresses from the Honor and BCBGMAXAZRIA shows yesterday. Each of the silhouettes is distinctive, but all of them point to a fluid, bohemian vibe with sophisticated detailing. (Note the cool obi belts from BCBG, and Honor's neon candy dot syncher.)

As a 28-year-old adult with a calendar full of wedding RSVPs, loving white dresses has become extremely problematic. Not only can I not purchase them (these funds must go to multi-purpose, guest-appropriate colorful dresses) but I also have unreasonably high expectations for the fashion status of every wedding dress I see.

Also, can we talk about these really excellent center part hair styles? I love a good low pony.

See the full collections from Honor and BCBGMAXAZRIA on style.com.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

{PLAYLIST} NYFW TRANSIT VIBEZ...


Today is the official kickoff of New York Fashion Week. As we speak, editors, buyers, bloggers and photographers are swarming the streets around Milk Studios and Lincoln Center, buzzing with the excitement of a new season.

I'm taking a pretty laid-back approach to the shows this year, and attending more as the fashion editor of Lifestyle Mirror than the writer of SUILTSOY. You can catch some highlights throughout the week on my Instagram, but as this post from The Cut perfectly highlights, if the photos are blurry, they ain't goin' up

Anyway. The point of #NYFW is the shows and presentations, but as anyone who has attended will tell you, you spend far more time in transit / waiting in line than you do watching models come down a runway. For this reason, it's absolutely essential to have a playlist on hand. And, in case someone on the street asks you what you're listening to and grabs an earbud, it has to be cool. (I will be shelving my non-stop Ariana Grande addiction this week save for one song.)

Starting with the latest releases by The Knocks, Cathedrals and FKA Twigs, my SS15 playlist is full of fresh jams from some of my favorite new artists, as well as a few fashion-vibey-but-slightly-older songs from A$AP Rocky, Bo Saris and Milky. Cue this one up in your Uber and try not to scuff up your "curb to cab" heels.

Also, if you're a normal human and not attending this stylish circus, this is still a killer commuting playlist for traffic situations from the Montlake Bridge to the New Jersey Turnpike. 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{YOUR NEW FAVORITE BAR} FANCY BOAT DRINKS AT GRAND BANKS...


{all images via Grand Banks on Instagram }

When I first moved to New York, in the blistering heat and humidity that was #summer2010, I thought that The Frying Pan was the end-all-be-all of outdoor drinking spots. For those who haven't yet experienced this floating frat party—think of it as your own Murray Hill West. To be fair, it's breezy, big and their food is not half bad. It's fine.

Grand Banks is everything you want a bar and restaurant on a boat to be. It's nautical without being trite, laid back but sophisticated, and tucked so far out on a pier in TriBeCa that the riff-raff has no idea it's there. Not to mention, the Sherman Zwicker is a gorgeous, vintage schooner with an interesting history.

Tully, Amanda and I ventured out to Grand Banks on Labor Day after reading little bits about it here and there, from the NYTimes and Eater. It was an incredibly hot and humid day, so as soon as we stepped aboard and felt the lightly rolling Hudson below us and the breeze on our sticky skin, we knew this was our kind of watering hole.

Under the yellow-and-white canopy, you can perch at the bar watching boats come and go as you sip on specialty cocktails and bottles of sparkling rosé—or be seated for a full meal towards the bow.  (There's an oyster bar up there, too.) Waiters and bartenders wear striped t-shirts and wayfarers and the crowd is well-dressed and mellow. Not surprisingly, most of our fellow passengers appeared to be on first or second dates.

Fair warning: Grand Banks is not cheap. But, it shouldn't be. The restaurant is run by Mark Firth of Diner and Marlow & Sons. In my opinion, the atmosphere and attitude of the place (not to mention that breeze) are worth every penny.

Grand Banks is located at Pier 25 Hudson River Park @ North Moore Street (take the 1 train to Franklin) and they don't take reservations, so just show up and relax. (Also, they plan to stay open until October 31.)