Archive | April, 2013

10 spring finds less than $100!

30 Apr

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I cannot stop shopping!  ‘Tis the season?  Wait – no, that’s December.  In any case, I am eager for the warmth and uber enticed from all of the amazing product landing this season.  We can’t buy everything we want, right?  To satiate our fashion appetite (at least for a minute) without breaking the bank I’ve searched the interweb and pulled ten of my favorite spring items for less than $100!  Affordable, cute, trend right and wear now.  Happy shopping!  #yoursoulstyle

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  1. Zara metal teardrop applique necklace, $29.90, zara.com
  2. Marc by Marc Jacbobs oversized round glasses, $98, shopbop.com
  3. Mango tasseled hoop earrings, $19.99, mango.com
  4. Topshop pleat skirt, $96, topshop.com
  5. Zara cut out faux leather top, $79, zara.com
  6. Floral print baggy trousers, $59.99, mango.com
  7. Topshop plain fedora, $50, topshop.com
  8. Adia Kibur fringe cuff, $36, shopbop.com
  9. Samudra flamingos pouch, $65, shopbop.com
  10. Zara studded sandals, $99, zara.com

pink and red – a clash course

29 Apr

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Monday, Monday.  And gloomy here too on the east coast – but what a beautiful weekend, right?  I guess I can take a rainy Monday if it means that we have two days of sheer beauty on Saturday and Sunday.  I hope you all had a great weekend and got to spend time outside.  Late last week I started thinking about pink and red.  I wanted so badly to wear these two colors to dinner on Saturday night to only realize that the majority of my wardrobe consists of neutrals (note to self: start buying color!)  I wound up in dark plaid and am now on a mission to find a few pink and red pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe!  Some feel this combination could head into clash-ville, but I’m here to change those naysayers minds (or at least give you the low down!)

Pink and red live in the warm family on the color wheel.  This means that they are “associated with daylight or sunset” according to the color theory.  They sit directly next to each other on the spectrum because of the similarity in tone.  As a visual merchandiser who has spent the last 10+ years working in retail, pink and red almost always sit side by side on a table top item progression to avoid harsh color contrast and a choppy presentation of color.   Warm colors flow beautifully with ease and are gentle on the eyes.

With head to toe (of the same) color trending in a major way this season, pink and a red is another option if the one color look isn’t for you.  So what do you think?  Have I convinced you?  How about trying this… *above photo via here

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  1. Topshop sleeveless shell top, $64, topshop.com
  2. Mango super slim trousers, $39.99, mango.com
  3. Topshop notch jacket, $110, topshop.com
  4. Miguel Ases beaded earrings, $185, shopbop.com
  5. Asos 2 pack cuffs, $24.94, asos.com
  6. Milly fringe clutch, $350, shopbop.com
  7. See by Chloe metallic pumps, $295, shopbop.com

in transition

26 Apr

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Hi friends – happy almost weekend.  The weather has ‘sort of’ picked up in NYC however I’m not 100% satisfied.  It needs to be at least 10 degrees warmer before I can really get excited.  Right now my version of true spring fashion is on the back burner, my sandals are crying all cooped up in my closet – boo hoo.  I’ve noticed some girls have already set them free, but  I need the thermometer to at least hit 75 before my feetsies see daylight.   I’ve retired my boots and winter coat (I’m done!  I am so done!), but sandals will have to wait.  So what do we do during this transitional, in-between period from a fashion perspective?  I’m sure if you are from the northeast, mornings are spent scratching your head thinking “what do I wear? is it time for my pastel printed pants to make their debut?”  I’m in the same boat – I feel you!  Here are a few looks to inspire you for the next few weeks.  Leather, layers, pointy toe heels – oh my!  All must haves!  And some other links I’ve come across this past week to keep you busy for a minute over the next few days.  Have a happy weekend! *above photo via here

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and some other links………

I own a lot of jumpsuits.  Click here for a ‘how to’ from Who What Wear for some guidance on how to wear.

This book by Bobbi Thomas, style expert was released this week and Your Soul Style couldn’t be more excited about the message.

Check out these style tips on how to mix your spring prints from Pure Wow.

This video is profound and meaningful – please find twenty minutes in your day to watch it and send it forward via facebook, e-mail…

spotlight: muzungu sisters

25 Apr

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Earlier this week I posted this pic on instagram of an amazing bag that I found in Harper’s Bazaar.  While flipping through the mag it noticeably stood out on the page thus beginning the deep dive into where this piece of perfection had been sourced from.  Enter Muzungu Sisters!  Dana Alikhani and Tatiana Santo Domingo are the co-founders of the brand and their mission is to “promote fair labour practices by showcasing artisan-crafted goods from around the world”.   The online store was born in 2009 and Dana and Tatiana’s goal is to “shine a light on the rare artistry found in various communities, and to stimulate those local economies, all while providing customers with timeless, hand-selected items of impeccable quality and style.”  I have become an instant fan of the product (and philosophy) and I’m thinking you might too!  Shop the site here and read the bio behind each item – everything has a story.  I’m currently coveting these. *above photo via here

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the “new” gap

24 Apr

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If you are part of my generation (born in ’79) then you have at some point been a loyal GAP shopper.  I remember when they opened in my hometown I was over the moon.  It quickly became a staple spot for back-to-school basics and I’m pretty sure that at least 60% of my wardrobe was GAP in the early 90’s.  I’m still a fan, picking up styles like the new ‘sexy boyfriend‘ jean from this spring, but from an overall retail perspective they have missed the mark for the past few years and the brand identity has become a little, ahem – schizophrenic.  In speaking with a few people that I know at the company – GAP is getting back to its roots (and groove) of fashionable all american prep.   They have been working towards re-establishing themselves as the go-to destination we’ve all grown to know and love for the classics.  Rebekkah Bay, the companies new Creative Director may even be the new rival to J.Crews Jenna Lyons according to Connie Wang from Refinery29.  This coming fall we’re about to see this new vision and collection come to life.  Here are a few of my favorites from the fall 2013 look book.  What do you think?  xx #yoursoulstyle  *photo credit: here and here

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dove’s “social experiment”

23 Apr

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Have you seen Dove’s new “social experiment” video?  If not, I think it’s worth checking out and I’d really like to hear your feedback.  I have my own opinion which I’ll explain in a minute.  Click here first to view it.  There is a lot of controversy, the most popular a review written by Jazz Brice which you can find on her tumbler site, “little drops” found here, but before clicking the review I urge you to watch the campaign first.  I did the reverse so I’m advising otherwise.   Then let’s discuss.

So now that you’ve watched (don’t read on unless you have), these are my thoughts:

Although I understand Jazz’s commentary about Dove’s “social experiment”, I also have a profound appreciation for it; the message, that is.  It is easy to pick apart a progressive and original approach to cultural messaging, but in doing so we lose the actual intention of the message!  I won’t say the “social experiment” doesn’t have flaws and that there isn’t some validity to her review, however in order to evolve and move forward it takes courageous corporations like Dove to make the attempt.  Being a pioneer is certainly not fool proof!  From my perspective what they have done is raise an awareness to an ongoing societal issue that needs to be addressed.  Women do have magnified self-esteem issues in this country and it’s about time we got to talking about it in a bigger way.  We can all psycho-analyze this advertising and marketing campaign (and I am the queen of psychoanalyzing, trust me), but why should we expend our energy on that part of the project?  How about taking away the larger message at hand which is about embracing and recognizing your individual beauty.  It is not Dove’s job to teach us how to get there – it is their job to bring the subject into light – and with that, I think they’ve done a stellar job!  I’d rather be part of the movement that takes the risk than the person who stands back and judges the attempt. 

What do you think about the experiment?  I really want to hear your thoughts so don’t be shy.  Share away!!!

xx #yoursoulstyle

white hot

22 Apr

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Happy Monday!  Did you all have a nice weekend?  Let’s discuss blazers today – an appropriate item for this ongoing brisk spring weather!  Something tells me you have a black one hanging in your closet already.  Or if you don’t, you’ve certainly had a conversation with yourself about needing one.  Am I right?  Well I’ve got a proposition for you – instead of taking out the good ole staple black blazer for your second layer this season, why not get a brand spanking new white one??  I’m a lover of white always (as I’m sure you’ve figured out from this post) so no brainer for me .  But how about you??  Are you ready to swap the classic for trendier version?  I think you should go for it and I promise you won’t look like a waiter.  That’s an old wives tale – just like the “don’t wear white after labor day or before memorial” – who the heck came up with that?  Anyway, here’s a few styles to get you going, me rocking it this weekend and check this and this out for more visual convincing!   above photo via here

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  1. Mango minimalistic blazer, $129.99, mango.com
  2. H&M blazer, $49.95, hm.com for locations
  3. H&M blazer, $49.95, hm.com for locations
  4. Topshop ponte jet pocket blazer, $70, topshop.com
  5. Theory crepe blazer, $385, net-a-porter.com
  6. Rag & Bone finn vest, $450, shopbop.com

weekend reform

19 Apr

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It’s Friday – finally!  We’ve made it and the weekend is here.  Hope you all have something enjoyable planned and are spending time with your favorite people.  Rounding out my week of shopping posts – I thought I’d offer you a final tip to take you into the weekend.

I happened upon reformation when I was shopping the LES  (LES = lower east side) for my pre-wedding dinner outfit.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going for however I knew I wanted to look edgy (black was a must) to counter the white dress that would happen the next night.  So alas – reformation appeared.  Choices galore – between the backless jumpsuits and plunging neckline maxi dresses I was like a kid in a candy store.  I wound up with this gem, felt perfect and certainly achieved my fashion goal for the night – reformation had done me right.  With no question I had found exactly what I had been looking for.  On top of them carrying a stellar fashion collection from an aesthetic point of view, it is “an environmentally sustainable fashion brand that repurposes vintage and surplus materials.  Their collection is made locally in the New York and Los Angeles studios, and sold directly to their stores at fair prices”  Get the full story here.  Head over to the site if you’re not native to NYC or LA because they ship throughout the US, free on orders over $50.  It’s kind of a win all around, right?

Here are some of my favorites that I’m coveting from the spring/summer collection.

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And……..some other links I picked up from the week to keep you busy for a minute over the weekend!

Refinery29 says this Loeffler Randall is the new ‘it’ bag.  What do you think?

Sarah Yates from a house in the hills looking extra chic in this look from monday’s post.

I’m lucky if I make it to yoga, but if you’re a cardio aficionado and also love a good stretch, check this new brooklyn spot out.

Coachella music festival was last and this weekend.  I’m not going, but if I was would certainly be wearing this.  For more coachella fashion check this and this out!

Speaking of Coachella, check this deal out!   If you haven’t been to Palm Springs yet, it is heaven on earth.  My happy place.

Gwnyeth Paltrow is getting a ton of criticism from this ny post review but you have to admit, the woman has got taste!  Check this post from goop for an epic travel recommendation.

Have a great one and see you next week!!  xx  #yoursoulstyle

shop to it!

17 Apr

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Hello friends…..it’s almost Thursday – home stretch til the weekend, yeah!  In the meantime, I felt it was my duty to pass on the info that my favorite (and seriously best!) shopping website ever, shopbop.com is having a family and friends event!  Since my posts this week have put an emphasis on budget conscious fashion, the timing works out well!  This sale is definitely kind of “maje” (as Rachel Zoe says, = major).  Shopbop is chock full of great finds and for me has served many epic virutal shopping sprees!  Through tomorrow they are offering 20% off of your entire order (this includes sale) with the code “wearefamily13”.  With a deal like that –  you bet we are family.  I’ve already ordered this and I’m coveting thisthis and this.  Check it out and enjoy!  xx #yoursoulstyle

animal instinct

17 Apr

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Since posting this earlier in the week I’ve been inspired to find super chic head to looks that won’t break the bank!  I’ve gone and done it again, this time keeping the full ensemble around $200!  I think I may be onto something here and this behavior is becoming part of my, oh – animal instinct (wink wink)!  This spring look is perfect for your weekend frolicking and don’t be surprised if you spot me around NYC in the budget conscious version sometime very soon!  Enjoy!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. Mango knit sweater, $39.99 (sale!), mango.com
  2. Topshop floral print animal shorts, $60, topshop.com
  3. H&M sunglasses, $5.95, hm.com for locations
  4. Sephora forever fuchsia cream lip stain, $12, sephora.com
  5. ASOS across body bag, $26.90, asos.com
  6. Dolce Vita diandra sandal, $69, dolcevita.com
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