Archive | February, 2013

the philosophy

24 Feb

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Hello friends!  I want to thank you for your support and encouragement while developing this site.  It means the world to have you by my side and I look forward to the continued building of our community.  I hope you have enjoyed this journey so far and I encourage you to stay on board to be part of the ride.  Like all things, ‘soul style’ will continue to evolve so I thank you in advance for your patience.  One recent change is the site name – you can now find me at yoursoulstyle.com.

Also stay tuned for ‘project soul style‘ which will launch in the coming weeks.  You can find information on the ‘project soul style’ tab on the home page.   Keep checking back and stay tuned!

Now as promised, the ‘soul style’ philosophy.

The ‘soul style’ movement is about self-expression through the vehicle of style.  From the beginning of time dress has symbolized culture, social grouping, profession, power, socioeconomic status, etc.  Indian women pierce their nose signifying beauty and marriage and the sari (both print and color) represents different meanings and implications.  Religious Jewish women cover their heads with a sheitel for modesty and in Japan the kimono is still prevalent despite westernization.  One could argue that these ladies have it easy – the homogeneous nature of their culture facilitating predetermined style choices.  Traditions prevail and choices are limited.  But what happens when you’re not part of a culture that lays it all out for you?  When you’re thrown into the fashion abyss and can choose anything with no rules or regulations – no boundaries and no parameters around how to define yourself?  How do you create your ‘soul style’?

The most important thing to remember when developing your sense of style is that you are only at your best when you are truly being yourself.  Looking at others and expecting to feel satisfied while copying them will eventually prove to be unsuccessful (*disclaimer – to copy and be inspired by are not the same thing).  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn something after seeing it on someone else (or in a magazine) and wound up feeling completely out-of-place all day.  Has this ever happened to you?  You just feel off?  I’ve realized that not everything is going to connect even if it looks fabulous on the gal standing to my right.  It needs to be and feel like me!  ‘Soul style’ is about finding your own rhythm and determining what works best for you and only you.  Like the women of India and Japan you can also engage in traditions, but the best part about yours are that you can be the creator of them.

Join me on this journey and I will give you the tools to help you get there.

Personal style silently defines us which is why at soul style my goal is to make sure that you are shining through

xx – Jenny

**I dedicate this movement to my wife who creates the space to let me be who I am every day**

fashion: the ying and yang of it

23 Feb

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All during fashion week there are tons of ‘street style’ photographs infiltrating the interweb – editors, fashion bloggers, designers, socialites galore dripping in stellar outfits.  Because I approach style from a wearable perspective – I enjoy peeping at these more than the looks that traipsed down the runway.  Not that I don’t have an appreciation for a good fashion show (I totally do!) – but am more interested in style that I can relate to which occurs more frequently on the street than on the runway.  One of the most prominent styling techniques that I noticed ‘on the street’ is the ‘draping of the coat over shoulder’ phenomenon.  Even in the snowstorm and brisk cold at NYFW – there was no denying fashion trumped function.  Me, sometimes unpractical about my outfit choices (*disclaimer* I wear pointy toe heels in 25 degree weather and a 3/4 sleeve cocoon coat in park city, utah), loved it!  The ying side of me (controlled, pragmatic, predictable) thinks this is a ridiculous styling nuance – likely annoying, pointless and counterproductive to wearing a coat, but the yang of me (illogical, unrealistic, anarchist) is winning the tug of war and will most certainly triumph the fight.  You will see me with a coat on my shoulders sometime soon.  Haters don’t hate.

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look of the week: summer lovin’

22 Feb

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There is something about this look that’s so incredibly perfect.  The white top eludes a feeling of walking on air, denim cut off shorts perfectly broken in, flats worn from day into night because they are practical, yet chic.  I imagine wearing this on a warm summer day while shopping a flea market, then going straight to an early dinner (dining al fresco of course) to enjoy a margarita and watch the sun go down with my nearest and dearest – all while chatting about life and love.  Early to bed and hopefully a beach day to follow.  Oh summer – where art thou?  Similar here.

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  1. Vince silk shirt, $235, nordstrom.com
  2. Rag & Bone The Cut Off Short, $154, lagarconne.com
  3. Warby Parker Edgeworth sunglasses, $145, warbyparker.com
  4. Shashi Gigi Bracelet, $27, shopbop.com
  5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Top Handle Bag, $548, shopbop.com
  6. Rachel Zoe Gladys Metallic Leather Sandals, $235, shopbop.com

i’m loving…

20 Feb

Baseball caps – a serious trend hitting the streets.  I’m looking for a cheap one because I know this is going to last 10 seconds.  Keep you posted.  *photo credit* pinterest.com

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If you’re like me, sometimes you need a little reminder that achievement comes with hard work.  Although I’d like someone to hand over opportunity on a silver platter (yes, I said it!) – rewarding output comes from the work you put in.  You get what you give so if you want it – give it your all.  *photo credit* pinterest.com

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Beyonce’s “Life is But a Dream” documentary on HBO is killer.  I cried, was inspired, felt understood, related to and was entertained all at once.  She is a beaut – from her core.  Check it out. *photo credit* pinterest.com

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Leather sweatpants are genius – I’m coveting them this week and once I find the most ideal pair, I will certainly let you know.  Leather ain’t going nowhere next fall.  Stay tuned.   *photo credit* pinterest.com

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Happy Wednesday!

trend alert: black and white

17 Feb

Black and white is a ‘must have’ color combination for spring and I found the perfect dress from Zara that could be worn from desk to dinner to weekend – the versatility is endless!  The best part is the price which is a mere $49!  I’d rock it like this…

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  1. Zara Striped Dress, $49, zara.com
  2. Topshop Moto Sleeveless Denim Jacket, $70, topshop.com
  3. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Natural N45 Lipstick, $19, sephora.com
  4. J.Crew Collection Etta Calf Hair Pumps, $350, jcrew.com
  5. Ray Ban Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses, $155, rayban.com
  6. See by Chloe Logo Bangle Set, $70, shopbop.com
  7. Topshop Pushlock Crossbody Bag, $70, topshop.com

look of the week: opposites attract

16 Feb

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Leopard and chambray are an “opposites attract” kind of pair and come together in a most ideal relationship.  A staple chambray shirt (a must have for your wardrobe!) combined with a fierce and very on trend leopard piece achieve a preppy yet edgy and cool aesthetic.   Work it with a pair of denim or a simple black pencil skirt.  I’d wear it like this…

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  1. J.Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt, $78, jcrew.com
  2. Current/Elliot low-rise skinny jeans, $228, net-a-porter.com
  3. Stella McCartney Linen Top, $435, farfetch.com
  4. A Peace Treaty Sabra Coil Bracelet, $110, shopbop.com
  5.  Jennifer Zeuner Hamsa Bracelet w/Turquoise, $176, shopbop.com
  6. Marc by Marc Jacobs satchel, $498, shopbop.com
  7. Alexander Wang metal sunglasses, $390, net-a-porter.com
  8. Christopher Kane cashmere-blend scarf, $520, net-a-porter.com
  9. L.L. Bean Trench Coat, $129, llbean.com
  10. See by Chloe Cork Footbed Sandals, $260, shopbop.com

happy heart day

14 Feb

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  1. Theirry Lasry perfidy sunglasses, $435, shopbop.com
  2. Molton Brown candle, $49, www.moltonbrown.com
  3. Chloe two tone leather sandals, $525, net-a-porter.com
  4. Brahmin large bangle, $48, $48, brahmin.com
  5. Rachel Pally long cutout dress, $238, shopbop.com
  6. Diptyque tam dao eau de toilette, $88, barneys.com
  7. Makeup Forever rouge artist natural n45 red, $19, sephora.com
  8. Stella McCartney julia tumbling lace underwired bra, $85, net-a-porter.com
  9. Stella McCartney julia tumbling lace briefs, $45, net-a-porter.com
  10. Mulberry Alexa textured-leather satchel, $1,650, net-a-porter.com

style tips: reader question

13 Feb

*reader question*  HELP! I need a pair of good quality, waterproof, warm, tall winter boots, with good/rugged treads.  Also, NOT UGLY is a major requirement.  Ideas please???  I also need to replace my Hunter rain boots for year-round shitty weather-wear.

*answer* I find this to be quite a conundrum as well because although I try to maintain stylish-ness at all given times (it’s a sickness – I can’t help it!), living in New York requires us to bust out the durable (bulky, over-sized, shapeless – shall I go on?) weather wear every now and again.  I’ve had my own struggle to find the right pair of snow boots that keep me feeling fashionable and protected at the same time but there are some great options and you just have to hunt them down.  I’m not going to lie – most are ugly and worse – clunky!  If you have big feet like me (I wear a size 9), it can feel like a hopeless situation.  Check out this stellar pair of Ugg Belcloud boots that are both stylish and functional – a total win in my book.  They are waterproof, have epic traction, are not clunky, have a sock liner and shearling inside.  They would be perfect with either your sporty or trendy looks!  Plus, they get strong reviews (4.4 out of 5 stars).  As for rain boots, Ugg also makes a super sleek pair (Madelynn) that is a perfect update to the well known Hunter.  They also get solid reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars), have a sheepskin sockliner,  heavy-tread outsole,  are waterproof and have slip protection.  Wowsers!  Now – go play in the snow!

Screen Shot 2013-02-12 at 9.03.51 PMBelcloud (also available in black), $295 at ugg.com

Screen Shot 2013-02-12 at 9.13.24 PMMadelynn (also available in black), $160 at ugg.com

EMAIL ME AT GREENJEANS79@GMAIL.COM TO HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

crew to my heart…

12 Feb

Oh J.Crew how I heart you so – crushing it today at NYFW.  I want everything (and I mean everything!) in their fall collection, but my most faves here (click here to view complete collection)…  *photo credit:  style.com

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monday blues…

11 Feb

Whose got the Monday blues., raise your hand?  And it’s raining too – dang!  It kind of just adds insult to injury – ya know?  Here are a few ‘blue’ things that should brighten your day.  Between the Mara Hoffman dress and the Elizabeth and James ring, your frown may just turn upside down.  Happy week!

mara hoffman dressMara Hoffman Backless Column Dress find here

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J.Crew Everly Suede Pump in Bluebird find here

blue backpackBlue Leather Backpack by Pierre Hardy find here

blue hole - belizeThe Great Blue Hole – Belize  *photo credit: thefancy.com

Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 10.06.28 AMOdd Future High Hat Blue New Era find here

Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 10.33.20 AMElizabeth and James Bird Claw Ring find here

Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 10.23.05 AMTrue Blue Kennedy Sunglasses by Grey Ant find here

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