Friday, August 29, 2014

{THINKING AHEAD} ROSIE H-W & THE BURBERRY PONCHO...



It was pretty apparent from the FW14 runways that ponchos are going to try really hard to be a thing this season. We saw them at Burberry (as above) during London Fashion week, and at Tommy Hilfiger, BCBGMAXAZRIA, DKNY and Zero+Maria Cornejo in New York. (For proof, check out my NYFW trend report.)

Western-inspired was a huge overarching trend for the season, and while cowboy boots and fringe feel a bit far-fetched for New York City life, the poncho is something I can actually get on board with. I think. As exhibited above, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (as well as Olivia Palermo and Cara Delevingne, via Vogue) make this almost costume-y outerwear look quite chic. It's all about how you style it—and keeping the rest of your look simple and sophisticated is key. Over-the-knee boots, dark denim and a sleek wide-brim hat nod to the Wild West influence without overdoing it. As a girl from Washington who spends time in Idaho, you know I love an outfit like this

Can I afford the coveted Burberry poncho? Certainly not. However, I'd bet my lunch money that Zara and H&M will have some budget-friendly options for us by October. Frankly, anything that allows me to leave the house basically wearing a blanket and still feeling stylish is a win in my book.
Will you rock a poncho this fall, or leave it to RHW in the wintertime in Sydney, Australia to pull off this trend?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: ARIANA GRANDE FT. CHILDISH GAMBINO


I've always written this blog in the spirit of honesty. There's no room for mistrust and lies here—especially when it comes to the MWMM. And so it is in this spirit that I must confess something to you all: I am loving Ariana Grande's new album. Before you laugh in my face and delete SUILTSOY from your feed, hear me out: I'm not alone. Even the girl at Vulture didn't hate it

Is this serious, seriously good music? No. Is it fantastically catchy pop music with some Mariah-esque vocals, bow-throwing rap interludes and a sample of "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems?" YES. My god, yes it is. Like my truly embarrassing love for Katy Perry's extremely silly "Birthday," my enjoyment of Ariana Grande hinges on the fact that sometimes I just like to bop along to music the way I did when my world revolved around The Spice Girls. Let's just call it a guilty pleasure, okay?

Don't worry though, I haven't gone completely off the deep end—I am as sick of "Problem," as anyone. That song needs to die, and soon. But, I am just not mad at the undeniable ear worm status of Ariana's other summer anthem, "Break Free" (a collaboration with electro/dance whiz Zedd)—that song gets in your head and will not get out. Admittedly, this is evidence that her most fun songs are the ones on which she collaborates with the likes of Childish Gambino, Cashmere Cat and The Weeknd—not Iggy Azalea or Nick Minaj.

So, for a moment, let me ask you to forget about the ponytail. Forget about tween adoration and her past as a Disney Channel starlet. Close your eyes and listen to "Break Your Heart Right Back," below. If you can honestly tell me that this song doesn't make you tap your toes and forget for a second that summer is almost over—then you are a stronger person than I. And, maybe also you can't appreciate some nostalgia for Ma$e and Diana Ross—which is terrible, and I feel sorry for you.



So, there you have it. A musical confession for all the Internet to see. I have shared my biggest guilty pleasure of the summer with you all, and I hope you can understand it.

*If you can't get down with my girl AG, go ahead and check out my close runner-up for this week's MWMM, the amazing "Go," by Grimes featuring Blood Diamonds. Apparently she wrote this song for Rihanna, but it seems like it was a great move to hold onto it. Watch the trippy and crazy-cool video, too, here. [And note that she's wearing Adidas pool slides—how "normcore."]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PAJAMAS AS A METAPHOR FOR ADULTHOOD...


Last week I equated shopping for home goods with adulthood. I have to say, I feel the same way about pajamas. I like to imagine that someday I will be living like a Pinterest board, and "adult pajamas" are part of bringing that vision to life. I will wake up Sunday mornings (sans hangover), sunlight pouring into my room, pad to the kitchen barefoot, whip up some pancakes from scratch with a side of French press coffee and the Times crossword—all while wearing these—my hair perfectly disheveled, of course. (This is quite literally the Sleepy Jones lifestyle, by the way.)

As we speak, I'm cozied up in my bed, wearing baggy men's boxer shorts and a t-shirt from my favorite college bar. (Dirtbags, if you must know.) Every night I sleep in some variation on this, and while certainly comfortable, it feels childish. This is not the sleeping attire of the woman I aspire to be—the woman on the Pinterest board. You know how they say you should dress for the job you want? Why shouldn't that apply to bedtime, too? With great pajamas comes great sleep, sweet dreams and extremely luxurious days, I am convinced.

I actually have this cozy, classic sleepshirt from Eberjey, but as you know there are seven nights in a week, and one fabulous piece of pajamas isn't going to get me to this aspirational sleep status. In the same way I started treating myself to nice undies as a post-grad, I think pajamas deserve the same upgrade status. Matched sets! Piping! Monograms! Silk! These are not pajamas that ooze sex appeal and come-hither vibes. These are pajamas that say, "I'm quite cool and sophisticated, gainfully employed, slightly tomboyish and I have excellent taste." That's my style end game both in and out of bed, actually.

While I'm still working on the sunlight-in-my-room thing and the pancake recipe thing and the crossword puzzle thing—the adult pajamas are step one. I am going to dress for the dream, and then start sleeping it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{EMMYS 2014} THE GOOD, THE GORGEOUS & THE UNEXPECTED...


{ Gwen Stefani in Versace }

In lieu of watching last night's 66th Emmy Awards, I attended a friend's comedy show at UCB East. While I was laughing and whooping it up on 3rd and A, it seems I could have gotten nearly as many giggles if I were watching the red carpet. As per usual, this red carpet was full of regrettable ensembles—but let's not focus on that. (Honestly, you want to be spared my thoughts on Lena Dunham's Giambattista Valli disaster.) 

Instead, let's turn our attention to the non-eyesores of the night, including the indelible Gwen Stefani. She gets my award for coolest and least conventional of the night in this glittering Versace two-piece. Let's have a moment of silence in hopes that we will all look this boss at 45-years-old.

CLICK THROUGH FOR MORE JOYFUL JUDGEMENT...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

{SPOTLIGHT ON} AFFORDABLE WARES FROM ZARA HOME...

Zara Home 2

{ 1. Handles Side Table / 2. Cut Glassware / 3. Golden Fruit Bowl / 4. Raised Damask Design Bedding / 5. Floral Cotton Sheet Set / 6. Mercurized Single Candle Stick / 7. Sand Bath Towels / 8. Gardenia Aromatic Candle  / 9. Faux Fur Throw / 10. Flower Detail Flatware }


To me, interest in interiors and home decor is a real sign that you're growing up. Creating a space that reflects your style the same way your wardrobe does is what adults do, right? I think so. While I'm very proud of this mature transition, I do not yet have the budget to create the stylish shoebox apartment of my dreams. I've thought about writing to Ty over at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to see if he has a soft spot for 20-something white girls in the East Village, but something tells me I'd still be waiting for that reply.

Meanwhile, there's Zara Home. I've found that the high street fashion brand's offering of linens, tablewares and miscellaneous decor items is as great as their Balenciaga "inspired" clothing. I love all of the soft whites and neutrals, and have been thinking about investing in some new stark white bedding, accented with a plush faux-fur throw. And hey, why not a fresh set of ultra-feminine bath towels and some new glassware while I'm at it? (My roommates and I just splurged on this table from Urban Outfitters and we're feeling inspired to make our kitchenette/living/dining room a bit more chic.) Like their apparel, Zara Home's collections are incredibly affordable—allowing you to update your abode on a budget.

Above are just a few of my favorite Zara Home finds of the moment—I dare you not to become addicted!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: RYN WEAVER


{I'm feeling loose - feeling untamed,
and you're the dynamite in my chains }

I can't even remember how I came across Ryn Weaver's incredibly catchy "Octahate," but ever since I did, it's been nearly impossible to turn it off. Apparently this song blew up in June, and I feel pretty lame for just finding it now—it's such a summer jam! Weaver has some serious star power behind her, helping spread the word and hone her sound, including Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, Charli XCX and Jessie Ware. 

Again, I offer up a song that would make an absolutely fabulous replacement for all that Iggy Azalea we've been subjected to this summer. Check out "Octahate" below and let me know what you think. I'd also stand by, as it seems like we may be hearing a lot more from this 21-year-old in the near future.



You can read up on Ryn Weaver in this cute interview she did with Entertainment Weekly last week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{STYLING NOTES} TWO EARLY FALL FOOTWEAR FAVORITES...



I know it seems a little limited, but I'm pretty sure there are only two pairs of shoes I really want for the upcoming fall season. Sure, there are plenty that I would like, but in terms of what I will actually invest in for myself—I'm a realist. 

First, black leather ankle boots. While I will probably be forever crushing on Rag & Bone's Harrow and Newbury styles, the price point is pretty intimidating. Loeffler Randall is one of those accessory brands that I forget about until I remember, and then I wonder how that ever happened. Their shoes range from classic to trendy, but quality is always paramount. That's why the $395 price tag of the 'Ella' bootie isn't totally frightening to me. I find the simple design, stacked heel and lack of distinctive branding timelessly appealing. This ankle boot also comes in a style with a contrasting wood heel (and in pretty colors of sandy beige and cognac), but  to me, the all-black version can be dressier, and therefor more wearable. 

Now, the Vans. This style is already backordered at Nordstrom and nearly sold out from Need Supply, but I found there are still plenty of sizes available online from Madewell and Vans.com. What's so great about these slip-ons is that they resemble the high-end versions from Celine, Vince and Common Projects—but they're made by the original California-cool foortwear brand and only $60. They also come in white, and earlier in the summer I was thisclose to getting them. However, in thinking about wearability and keeping them clean, I'm glad I held out for black. These will go perfectly with everything from jeans to slouchy silk pants, mini skirts and black skinny trousers.

Between work and the weekends, there are few occasions in the fall where one of these two pairs wouldn't be appropriate. So, while I ended up purchasing the Vans in the process of writing this post, I'm starting the saving process now for the Loeffler Randalls.

What's on your list of fall footwear essentials?