Photo by Sandra Semburg.
This summer, a sort of pink sunglasses wave happened — even I gave in and I usually love my glasses to be super extra classic. Alright, so I didn’t wear them nearly as often as my black pair, but I still love them very much.
And like Hannah in the photo, I’ll keep wearing them in September, it will remind me of the long days of summer…
Would you wear pink sunglasses or is it too much?
Let’s talk about wearing makeup at the beach…
I try to keep it minimal. On an ideal beach day, I swipe on some waterproof mascara, a little bit of lip balm and of course, my SPF. I look at my beach day as a time to let my skin breathe a little bit and I like that my freckles start to show.
When it comes to lipstick in my daily life, I’m a big advocate; but at the beach, I’ve always left it behind. Now that I’m seeing it here, on Neelia, I’m starting to reconsider. It has this super glamorous feeling that I think is pretty cool…
What about you? Are you wearing full makeup at the beach?
Sunglasses, The Row.
I have a slight addiction to pink sunglasses.
The last two pairs I had (both vintage and irreplaceable) ended up disappearing into that dreaded sunglasses black hole. In searching for (yet another) replacement pair, I found these little pink cat-eyes at Topshop.
At least now I’ll know where to find them when they go missing…
Sunglasses, Topshop, $36
I think we should always be able to buy bikinis separately. First because of sizes – it’s pretty rare to be the same exact size on the top and on the bottom.
But most of all to be able to play around with mixing and matching them all summer long! Here are three ideas I love. On these words, I’m off to the beach ! Big kiss !
I love the kind of quirky but very chic accessories that are popular right now with all my favorite designers.
It’s a totally unnecessary luxury – and that’s why it’s so perfect.
Click on the arrows to see all the photos – I don’t know why, but the Isabel paddles are my favorite right now (since beach paddle ball is my FAVORITE sport in the world, and throwing myself in the water like a crazy person is my favorite activity in the world) or maybe the Eres jump rope, just because the natural leather is so incredibly gorgeous.
What’s your favorite? Who’s up for a game of paddle ball with me?
On Anna: Swimsuit, Lisa Marie Fernandez; Sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim; Watch, Swatch; Paddle Board Set, Isabel Marant / Swimsuit, Baba Jaan; Beach Ball, Alexander Wang; Sunglasses, Ray-Ban / Swimsuit, Mikoh; Shorts, Dolce & Gabbana; Jump Rope, Eres.
Translated by Andrea Perdue.
This might be my favorite corner in New York. Opening Ceremony and Isabel Marant across the street, Smile To Go (get the chocolate chip cookie, trust me) around the corner. Lara and Evanne picked a good spot to hang out :)
Here are a few of my favorite things I took with me for the summer…
Of course, there is always a lot of white, like this super cool shirt and my Common Projects sneakers and jean shorts that are perfect for throwing on for some paddle ball. But hey, it’s Greece and I needed to add a little bit of color to my wardrobe for this trip, so I went with this pink Isabel skirt and this orange one-piece from Eres.
A simple tote, embroidered pareo, my gold Sonia Rykiel belt that I’ve had forever, those beautiful coral earrings from Aurélie and a travel watercolor set in case I feel inspired! It’s so cool to be able to bring my stationery with me too, I really love it.
Ok, so maybe my suitcase wasn’t really 22.3 kilos by the time I added some of the items not pictured…but these are my favorites that I wanted to share with you!
I love Drake’s super easy summer style. She’s got all the elements right: a cool pair of shorts (I live in shorts right now), a simple tank and a light jacket for layering (very important for those arctic air conditioning situations!).
What is your summer uniform?
One of the best spots to spend a hot summer day in New York is at Rockaway Beach (if you get there super early, you can catch surfers riding the waves!). It’s a pretty cool beach as far as “city beaches” go (okay so it’s not Ipanema, but it’s still very nice) it only takes an hour to get there from the city, and a metro can take you there!!! Cool, no?
I love it when a dress feels as comfortable to wear as a pair of sweatpants.
It gives freedom to the movements – it’s super graceful and perfect for a summer day in the city.
It works even better if it’s all quiet in the front, and all drama in the back !
Have you ever been sunbathing at the park?
In New York in the summer, parks are like real beaches. It’s so hot people throw themselves in the fountains. It’s cool, joyful and you can even buy popsicles, but I’d never do it (well that’s because I don’t sunbathe, so the only thing that would be left to me would be fountain bathing) – let’s just say I’ll wait for the beach.
That said, it’s an atmosphere we’ve wanted to capture on the blog for a long time… So, here is a park-beach trip with Caroline and Sarah.
Would you do it ?
On Caroline: Swimsuit, Melissa Odabash; Bracelets, Jennifer Fisher; Sunglasses, Stella McCartney; Bag, Samuji; Towel, Nine Space.
On Sarah: Swimsuit, J.Crew; Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples; Cuff, Vintage; Friendship Bracelet, Lucy Folk; Towel, Nine Space.
Ah the sunglass visor … we talked about it’s cousin, the full fledged visor last week…
They kind of evoke the spirit of Elle Macpherson in the 80s while also protecting your face from harmful UV rays… a pretty good two for one deal, right?
What do you think? Are you bold enough for visor sunglasses?
PS: These were spotted at Chanel!
Meet Alicia. She works at Isabel Marant in SoHo and of course, always looks super cool. That quilted jacket is sitting at the top of my wish list…
Cool pants, no?
We are out of the office today enjoying the end of a long weekend here in NYC! I love these weekends because the city stays busy, but it’s also super quiet at the same time. I felt like I was the only one here this weekend!
I love Miranda’s ultra-summer style in this photo. Have I told you how much I love a straw basket? A total summer essential for me!
HUGE love for these espadrilles. That’s all I wanted to say!
Oh yes – one more thing actually. You know, the bag in the picture ? It’s the Mansur Gavriel in natural leather, after it’s been a little aged by the summer sun. Pretty cool don’t you think?
Espadrilles, Valentino; Bag, Mansur Gavriel; Sunglasses, Warby Parker; Hat Albertus Swanepoel; Shirt, Haspel.
I went through a period of being utterly obsessed with sunglasses, well I still am, but sort of got fixated in one model that worked for me and sticked to it for a couple of years. I tend to do that whenever I find something I really like and I don’t find any problem in that, at the end of the day, I don’t buy things to just wear them once and instead, I make them a part of my every day (e.g. my Proenza Schouler bag which I adore).
I recently spotted this Celine glasses somewhere on the web, boom, love at first sight -or more like obsession at first sight-, but its not easy to find the right Celine glasses, they gotta be hunted down. I have a theory and that is; Whenever something you really love finds its way to you, it was meant to be and that’s what happened with these. There was no way I was gonna let them go…
I love the way Christine layers her long sleeve blouse under a tee. I don’t know why this layering style seems like the toughest to master– all the bulk underneath with the buttons, the pockets, the collar… Anyway, she’s inspired me to give it another go!
I love mirrored glasses. They immediately make it feel like a summer vacation – even in the middle of New York City!
So, we decided to give you a tour through our lenses. Click on the arrows to see all the images!
Over the weekend, the PurseBlog team was scattered around the country – I was in Atlanta, Megs and Vlad were in Ft. Lauderdale, Bea was at Coachella and both Katherine and Shannon were holding down the fort in NYC. Somehow, even in our disparate locations, we all got to enjoy some gloriously sunny, warm weather that only served to remind us that we should probably stock up on some sunglasses for the coming season. As a result, that’s the focus of this week’s Want It Wednesday.
You know that question: What you would bring along if you were trapped on a desert island? Well, it’s been a little revised for spring and it might be more appropriate to ask your friends: If you can only fit three items in your mini bag, what will they be?
These tiny, miniature sized bags were a plenty on the runways (the first spotting happened for spring 2012 at Rochas), some of the styles being just straight up small, and others being shrunken versions of classic styles we’ve come to love (like the one in the photo from Loeffler Randall, a mini Rider bag).
Think of it kind of like a forced handbag cleanse. These mini bags force you to really examine what you really need to keep with you all the time. For me? My iPhone, a metro card, a credit card and the keys to my apartment (if you’ll allow me one more item, a lipstick).
Of course, if you can’t narrow your life down to just three belongings, you can always carry all of your mini bags together, like Meredith is doing here :)
It wasn’t that long ago that holding any of the Kardashians up as style inspiration would have seemed a bit silly; for people who consistently wore expensive clothes, bags and shoes, the finished product just never felt all that chic. Times, they are a-changing, though, with Kim on a very controversial Vogue cover and Kendall Jenner walking a slew of prestigious runways from Marc Jacobs to Givenchy. Today, we’re taking a look at a perfectly casual outfit from Khloe Kardashian.
Khloe’s my personal favorite of the Kardashian-Jenner clan; she has the best sense of humor and seems the most like a real human being to me. She also tends to skew a little more casual than her sister, which means that, these days, her style is actually a pretty good guide to looking well-dressed in your off hours. Who would have seen this coming only a few years ago? Below, check out all the pieces you need in order to make Khloe’s spring neutrals a closet reality, including one very pretty Elizabeth & James Cynnie Sling Bag.
We’ve once again reached midweek, and that means it’s time for another round of Want It Wednesday. This week, the members of the PurseBlog team have carefully cataloged our most-wanted accessories, but here’s the catch: we excluded handbags. There are so many other little details that go into a look that we don’t get to talk about all that often around here, so from caps to kaftans, we’re doing it today.
As much as we love bags around here (and as you might guess, we love them a lot), an accessory is nothing without an outfit to back it up. In our new Get the Look series, we’ll be looking at how stars style their bags to get some inspiration for putting things together from our own closets, starting with Reese Witherspoon and her Chloe Paraty Bag. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect outfit for transitioning seamlessly into slightly warmer spring weather.
This photo from fashion week brought me back to (one of) my biggest styling challenge of my life (drama being my least biggest challenge, obviously): belting my jacket/blazer/parka.
[You might recall that time I attempted to belt my down filled sleeping bag coat... it had a very low success rate. Garance and I don't like to talk about it.]
Like French hair, it’s another one of those really effortless things that I just can’t seem to get right. I don’t have the right belt, or the right coat. For the time being, I’ll print this image out and stick it to my closet in hopes that someday I’ll be able to get it right.
I can’t believe it might actually, finally, really, seriously almost be spring!
Here are a few things that I’d wear, rain or shine!
The boldest accessory from fashion week? The flower brooch.
They had a strong presence on the runway, here at Dries and at Fendi and Céline. Will you be so brave as to wear a flower to accent your look this fall? Or should we leave this trend to Carrie Bradshaw?
Click on the arrows to see more images…
Can you tell I am getting antsy for spring? It’s starting to warm up (at least the snow is melting) here in NYC and I am ready for it. I just bought an amazinggg yellow coat and I’m ready to wear it… come on spring!!
Here at the PurseBlog offices, we’re intent on marching forth into spring, even if the weather intends not to cooperate with our sartorial whims until late May. (Please, please let it warm up, or at least stop snowing, before then. For our sanities’ sakes.) In that spirit, today’s edition of Want It Wednesday covers all things animal print; how better to make a season transition? Because everything from leopard to snakeskin tends to be composed of neutral shades, animal prints are season-busting must-haves if you’re going to keep yourself sane until it gets warm.
I never thought myself much of an anglophile until I got into fashion. There’s something about London that brings together luxury and innovation in such a playful way that every season, I look forward to London Fashion Week more than any other, even if the names are generally newer and the brands generally smaller. British retailers are also some of my favorites to browse, which is why we’ve selected MATCHESFASHION.COM for this week’s edition of The International Edit.
The site just released a new edition of its print magazine, featuring Lake Bell and some beautiful Oscar de la Renta pieces, and we gave MATCHESFASHION.COM a little edit of our own. Check out our favorites from the site’s most recent arrivals below or shop the whole selection via MATCHESFASHION.COM.
All this talk about nudity had me wanting to show some skin…
….but not really, its still freezing outside! Here are a few sheer things on my wish list!
It is deliriously cold outside right now. So cold that you want to punch yourself in the face. (Why? I dunno. Maybe because the ER is warm and then you also probably don’t have to go to work.) The snow has mostly cleared from the streets and sidewalks of New York City, but right now, Mother Nature, who is kind of a jerk lately, insists that we won’t see a temperature above freezing for at least a week, and mostly they’re going to be really, really far below that. Like a degree. One single, solitary degree. That is a temperature that can happen, apparently. This is all new to me.
As you can probably tell, I’m getting pretty sick of all of this, and it’s only January. There are precious few ways that I can protest the Earth’s global climate processes, but my favorite one is to refuse to dress like a professional adult for the duration of the season. It’s going to be all sweats-masquerading-as-clothes and sneakers-masquerading-as-designer-shoes from here on out, or at least until we get back to, like, a balmy 35 degrees. For this weekend, and maybe all of the weekends, I have selected the outfit of the week below.
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The house of Valentino never ceases to amaze me in their ability to create beautifully ornate, yet somehow modern garments.
I could only dream of wearing those cocoon capes and ponchos casually as I walk through Chinatown to the train. Not to mention the full on butterfly appliqued collars, cuffs and gowns… paired with flats! J’adore!
PS: You can see more of our favorite pre-fall collections on Pinterest!
After this week…
I found myself really wanting to shop the men’s department. Here is what I have on my list this week!
Lately, I’ve been really into this super soft pink–maybe you noticed we had a lot of pink on the blog this week!
Here are a few things I’m shopping for!
Click to see the original post here: On The Street…The Fortezza, Florence
We all have that one friend who obsessively reads fashion mags, has a Feedly full of personal style blogs and keeps track of every trend, no matter how minute. (If you don’t think you have a friend like this, then it’s probably you.) Those girls and women can be particularly hard to shop for because their ideas of what they want to wear and carry are very specific, and if you’re not paying as close attention as they are, you’re probably not on the same wavelength. If you don’t want your gift to be met with a blank stare, here are 12 super-trendy gifts to give and receive.
The problem with trying to give something very of-the-moment, of course, is that everyone else wants it too. Because of that, some of these pieces are pre-orders, but that’s the only way that you’re ever going to get your hands on them anyway. Print out the stock photo on cardstock, wrap it up in a box with a bow and put that under the tree – the recipient will understand, because she’s likely been trying to get her hands on the same item for months.
When we think Gucci, we think of fabulous Italian style, best-of-the-best exotic handbags and leather goods with a rich historical context. All of this continues Gucci’s iconic tradition, which is why giving the gift of Gucci will leave anyone jumping for joy.
Gucci offers such a vast array of potential gifts that it can seem hard to find the perfect present, but that’s why we’re here. For a brand synonymous with true luxury, you can’t go wrong with anything the house offers. We found the best exotics, chicest jewels and shoes that would put zest in your step, but we call dibs on the glittered plexiglass clutch! Each of these items can be used both right now and for years to come. Check out our Gucci gift picks below or shop the brand’s full selection via Gucci.
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As much fantasy gifts are fun to look at and think about, the reality for most people, even most luxury customers, is that we’ve all got a budget to stick to. In keeping with that idea, we’ve constructed a series of price-tiered gift guides to make shopping with your checkbook in mind just a bit easier. Last week, we searched the Internet for gifts under $500, and today, we’ve doubled down to the best gifts under $250.
Not only did we go looking for small gifts like sunglasses, scarves and fashion jewelry, but we tried to find as many solid handbag options as possible with that budget cap in mind. There were more than you’d think; we found great clutches, crossbodies and totes in that price range, plus all the extras any gift-recipient would need to finish their look perfectly. ($250 still too much? We’ve got an under-$100 guide coming later this week, and you can check out all of our gift recommendations right this way.)
Did you realize that after this edition of Want It Wednesday, we only have three more left until we hit 2014? Not to scare you or anything, of course, but I thought it was worth a mention, in case you had some stuff on your to-do list that you wanted to knock off before the calendar flips again. Time to get cracking on learning to cook, reading more books or getting your spending under control! If you have no such aspirations (we do not), check out the list of things that the PurseBlog team is craving this week, after the jump.
I feel super lucky to live with one of the most fashionable women in the world, I should remember to take photographs of her more often. As you know, today is Cyber-Monday and Garance is running a one day special sale at her blog http://shop.garancedore.fr/ Use discount code GDCYBERMONDAY10 to receive 10% off.
Even if I’m not fundamentaly against fur (I explained why here), I like trying to find alternatives and so far, nothing has me convinced. And then this Max Mara coat came along, worn by Carine Roitfeld. And then this Zara jacket. And then, I found this coat by Dries Van Noten.
I loved it so much during the runway show that I totally put my name on a list (Yes, hello there, Fashion Hysterics Anonymous, how may I help you?) and honestly, I have not been disappointed. It’s super warm. It’s super soft and it’s very light on my shoulders. Also I swear, people won’t stop touching my coat; it’s almost bizarre. A little like the whole short hair thing: suddenly strangers stop to caress your fur… (Does that sound weird in English? It’s just as weird in French, rest assured.) Okay, you see what I’m getting at though.
And actually, it’s not too surprising because Dries said to me (Garance, friend to the designers) that he went looking for the perfect faux fur in a teddy bear factory in Germany.
YEAH, I’M A TEDDY BEAR YOU GUYS. Will you please hug me?
PS: Thank you to Scott for the photo!
Sunglasses, Céline; Jeans, MiH; Clutch, Mansur Gavriel; Sweatshirt, Isabel Marant x H&M; Sneakers, Nike.
With Black Friday deals looming in just two short days, you’d think that we could put our nascent acquisitiveness on hold for 48 hours while we wait to see where things fall (namely, where prices fall) after the biggest sale day of the year comes to pass. You’d be wrong! Our desire to shop knows literally no bounds, so today’s Want It Wednesday is full of things that we’d like to own, even at full price.
[La La Land - The term either refers to Hollywood, Los Angeles or a state of mind synonymous with Hollywood that is out of touch with reality, focusing on dreams, fantasies or frivolous endeavors.]
The scene you see here is not real…
In LA, nobody walks anywhere. If you’re walking down the street, everyone looks at you weird (from their cars). So what happened here is that Daphné and I were driving around and I thought this street was so perfect that we should do a picture.
I just got back from LA where I settled for two weeks to work on my book.
It was a crazy luxury, honestly. Like a creative retreat, which is even better than a vacation if you ask me. That’s why I wasn’t posting a lot from there. Most of the time I was in my room with a view, at the Standard, writing and drawing, attempting to take a step back from my daily life.
I chose LA because it’s a city where I feel free.
Funny because I hated it the first time I went, but every time I go back, I fall a little more in love with it. There’s the soft and cool autumn sun, the sublime views, and a super chill, laid back feel to it, with a lot less hustle and bustle than the craziness in New York. And then there’s the brilliant mix of dream and reality that so profoundly inspires me.
Like Daphné, who lived there for a while says… “It’s my happy place.”
By the way Daphné and I decided that we are going to write a New York vs. LA post… It should be fun.
In the meantime, here’s an impossible photo of Daphné wearing one of her impossible Californian outfits – It’s freezing in the morning and night yet it’s super hot during the day but cool in the shade – which means winter and summer clothes have to come together and I just love it.
Have a wonderful Monday !
I love Ulyana’s new haircut – even though she told me that she had to cut it after going blonde killed it, which can answer any questions I had this morning – and I find it compliments her super feminine doll look perfectly. And now, I want earrings too.
Also, I’m a big fan of lace tops!!
Is it just me, or is it a major trend right now?
You may remember the day I told you about one of my BFP (Big Fashion Problems).
I find it hard to not match my clothes – actually the thing is I find it difficult to wear more than three colors – it distracts me. So for me, not being matchy matchy is like a daily battle. Cause when you wear few colors, it often ends up that you shoes and top match.
And that, guys, is total FD (Fashion Drama)…
Aaaaaah how many times have I envied our grandmas and their perfectly matching ensembles… What a break for the retina!!! Long live the Queen! (!!!??)
Ok so till now, I thought matchy matchy was Not Good.
That’s why the day I saw Viviana with her ensemble, and (oh shock!) her matching clutch and shoes, I was super surprised. Cause Viv is a great stylist. Viv knows what she’s doing. If Viv is wearing something matchy, it means something. We needed to talk.
“Viviaaaaaanaaaa!!! So daring !”
“Of course!!! The most funny is to match bag and shoes, like our grandmothers did (aaaaaah, see, our grandmas are always right!) and in the case of the gingham pattern, it’s a little crazy, but it was a way for me to intensify the mood of the look!”
And there let’s just say it: stylists are the best ones to talk to about fashion.
Ok so what do you think? Am I allowed to match now?