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spring ahead

23 Apr

spring aheadWhen a new season begins, I like to add newness into my wardrobe to keep things fresh.  And a key strategy is finding items that can easily transition, keeping their shelf life longer then three months.  Items that are “wear now”, can easily be paired down for the warmer months ahead.  What you wear today with boots can be switched out for sandals, and a jacket or cardigan can easily be removed when the temperature starts to climb.  It is all about layering, my friends!  H&M is an ideal destination to snag spring/summer 2014 trends like floral, chambray, crop tops, sheer and fringe because the longevity of these styles’ can be questionable.  The goal is to not break the bank on fast fashion choices.  I hopped on over and pulled together a few current pieces to get you started.  And keep in mind – you do NOT have to wait until memorial day to start wearing white.  Get on it…

shop it:  1. floral tank // 2. fringe crossbody bag // 3. sheer crop top // 4. patterned joggers // 5. floral dress // 6. chambray dress // 7. pleated top

 

hello, january!

3 Jan

just inHello and happy new year!!!  For the past few weeks, I have been avoiding the “new arrivals”, “just in” or “what’s new” tab on my favorite shopping websites like the plague.  With all of the sale happenings, I couldn’t bring myself to check out the goodness that is coming down the pike for spring!  January deliveries are always a small resort capsule before designers and retailers blast us with the real deal, so don’t go crazy just yet.  Companies want to tease and entice you with some newness, but their ultimate goal is to liquidate the leftover merchandise from fall and winter.  With that said, it’s still fun to peruse and possibly scoop up some fresh pieces.  A few new transitional items are the perfect antidote for those winter blues.  I’ve got my eyes on these!

Happy weekend!  xx jenny

SHOP IT:  1. crop top, $24.95, hm.com // 2. floppy hat, $19.95, hm.com // 3. statement ring, $395, shopbop.com // 4. the perfect long dress, $280, shopbop.com // 5. updated chambray, $70, topshop.com // 6. quilted tote, $195, mzwallace.com // 7. leather shorts, $89.99, mango.com // 8. modern mules, $350, shopbop.com // 9. sunnies, $140, matchesfashion.com // 10. vans, $85.30, asos.com

style: the best of 2013

30 Dec

the best ofInspired by this post and fellow bloggers, instagrammers and tastemakers around the globe, I decided to recap my first year of YSS with a “STYLE: the best of 2013” tribute.  Here is a snapshot of some favorite looks from this past year.  There were obvious consistencies in my overall styling, wearing mostly solid pieces and maintaining an urban boho sensibility.  And I personalized each ensemble with details like hats, bags, sunnies and scarves.  Style is about authenticity and finding your own rhythm, but like our mental and emotional selves, it should always be evolving.  Thinking outside the box provides an opportunity for growth and if something is uncomfortable, you can simply change course.  Just like Teddy Roosevelt said, “it is better to have tried and failed, than not have tried at all.”  I took some chances in 2013 (ahem, crop tops!) and I can’t wait to see what develops in the coming year!  My crystal ball says I will be taking many more risks.  Stay tuned and join me!

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photos via candy kennedy & ira jesse pfeffer

emmys 2013

23 Sep

claire danesGood morning!  What a magical fall day here in NYC!  And it looks like the rest of the week is expected to be more of the same.  I’m enjoying the change in temperature and instagramming the scarcely fallen leaves decorating our concrete jungle – a reminder of a new season.  As another tribute that fall has arrived, last night I watched the Emmy’s.  Naturally the pre-show is my favorite since we get a full frontal of the head-to-toe ensembles.  Many of the stars killed it and I appreciated the trending cobalt color on Tiny Fey in Narciso Rodriguez and Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren.   Not that Padma Lakshmi could ever look bad, but she also was a front runner in KaufmanFranco, as was Taylor Schilling in Thakoon and Kate Mara in J. Mendel – all wearing white.  For the top three contenders on my best dressed Emmy 2013 list, a few women hit it out of the park between hair/makeup, accessories, dress and best of all confidence – which can elevate a garbage bag.  In third place, wearing Prada was Michelle Dockery.  Red was a popular choice, but I like how Michelle represented different levels of the color.  She kept her hair understated which worked nicely with the amount of dress.  The halter neck paired with low back was sexy, but classic.  In second place, wearing Calvin Klein Collection was Rose Byrne.  I’m growing fond of the color pink and the shade she chose complimented her new blonde locks.  The cutout around her midriff is not for everyone, but Rose has a body for days and this silhouette fit her like a glove.  The simple accessories kept the total look clean.  The first place prize goes to a woman who consistently does it right on the carpet, Claire Danes in Armani Prive’ was a vision.  Claire owns her imperfectly, perfect body and is willing to embrace plunging necklaces and show off her assets even if some would argue hers are too ‘small’.  This woman knows how to work with her shape.  She was one of my favorites at last years Emmy’s too, six months pregnant wearing Lanvin.  This years Armani Prive’ dress was sexy, but angelic at the same time – two objectives that aren’t always easy to achieve simultaneously.  Keeping her hair and accessories uncomplicated and popping with a bold red lip was the way to go.

Sooooo what were your favorites?  Share, share, share!  Feedback and comments very welcome!  And, have a happy Monday!  xx jenny

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photos via huffingtonpost, daily news

festival fashion…

21 May

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This past weekend I went to the GoogaMooga festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  We joked that it was a ‘poor man’s Coachella‘ but its focus is food rather than music so it’s not really an apples to apples comparison.  On the other hand, like Coachella it was apparent that fashion and style played a large role.  Different than the west coast’s rock ‘n’ roll boho babe who looks like this, Brooklyn’s version had a more downtown, edgy hipster feel like this.  But there were hats, some fringes and cut off denim shorts and the likes so not a complete departure.  Summer festivals are about to pop off in full swing so let’s get talking about festival fashion!  What will you wear to BonnarooAustin City LimitsBurning Man?  I’d love to see how you style your festival fashion look.  Send photos to yoursoulstyle@gmail.com or post on instagram with the hashtag #yoursoulstyle.  I’ll be dancing at Gathering of the Vibes in some of these.  More to come!

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  1. Zara flowing printed kimono, $89.90 zara.com
  2. Ottoman Hands necklace, $71.27, asos.com
  3. J.Crew panama hat, $58, jcrew.com
  4. Rag & Bone boyfriend shorts, $246, matchesfashion.com
  5. Acne zone music tank, $110, matchesfashion.com
  6. Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, $150, ray-ban.com
  7. Topshop embossed leather backpack, $150, topshop.com
  8. Zara flat crossover sandals, $79.90, zara.com
  9. Topshop white patchwork dress, $72, topshop.com

Click here to find a listing of music festivals in your area.

photo credit and more inspiration via here

london calling…

20 May

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Good day everyone!  Happy Monday!  Summer is a comin’ and although I unfortunately won’t be traipsing around europe on holiday, hopefully you will be!  I dream of myself in the above look so wanted to pay it forward – I’ll be vicariously living through you lucky travelers.  This dress is perfection – light and lovely, easy to pack, comfortable, stylish and warm-weather friendly.  None of us need to fuss when we are playing tourist, up at the crack of dawn and exploring the ins and outs of a new city or beach all day.  Shop it here!

photo credit via here

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  1. Juliet Dunn embroidered dress, $277, matchesfashion.com
  2. Ray-ban clubmaster II, $155, ray-ban.com
  3. Cleobella cantina bag, $219, shopbop.com
  4. Michael Kors mens chronograph watch, $275, macys.com
  5. Asos spike open bangle, $20.36, asos.com
  6. Zara studdy strapped sandals, $79.90, zara.com

que sarong sarong…

17 May

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Well hello my friends and happy Friday.  It’s no secret that I’m an avid zara shopper.  I’m positive that no other brand combines a high fashion style sensibility with affordable price points better than they do.  And the merchandise is well made so you know you’re getting quality that won’t fall apart after one wearing.  When shopping for trend right items it’s not necessary to pay astronomical amounts of money because you and I both know that next season the likelihood of you wearing it with the same enthusiasm is a pipe dream.  It will go into the “I never wear this anymore – but maybe I will one day so I’m not throwing it away yet” pile.  And then two years pass and while spring cleaning, you see everything you’ve saved for those, “just in case” moments and debate whether you qualify for an episode of hoarders.  Okay – maybe that’s just me?  But some of you know what I mean, right?  Anyway, zara is ideal for these trendy items and there is a high probability that you will find a gem that will become timeless in your wardrobe too.  This is how I feel about these flowing sarong trousers that I scooped up last week.  They are seriously my dream silhouette and the zara gods must have had me in mind in their design phase.  I wore them like above yesterday and am already thinking about next time and the time after that – ya feel me?  I will live in these pants all summer long and at $59.90 you may too.  I picked up the black, but they come in hot pink for all you color crushers.  Shop the look below and have a happy weekend!

Stay tuned for next weeks posts – an epic styling tip to make your body look long and lean and beach vacation essentials!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. Zara tank top, $16.90, zara.com
  2. Cole Haan small zoe structured satchel, $348, colehaan.com
  3. Zara flowing sarong trousers, $59.90, zara.com
  4. Topshop clean biker jacket, $110, topshop.com
  5. Make Up For Ever rouge artist natural n45, $20, sephora.com
  6. Charles Albert cuff, $75, shopbop.com
  7. Calvin Klein animal flats, $109, lyst.com

perfect popover…

15 May

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It is unlikely that I will buy this jcrew collection popover because there is about a 4-6 week window where the weather allows for it (think early fall and spring) and I simply cannot rationalize spending the $400 for something with such little wearability.  It will either be too cold or too hot and this piece is just too pretty to spend the majority of its lifespan tucked away in my closet!  And let’s be real, it is certainly pricey for a top.  BUT….I am fawning over it – it’s my version of design perfection.  Super stylish, comfortable, can be worn with anything and provides a boho and ethnic sensibility (which lends itself to my personal style).   Let’s play dress up anyway – sometimes we don’t need to spend a lot of money to take something beautiful, be inspired by it and create our own iteration.  I know that’s my plan!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. J.Crew collection mercado popover, $395, jcrew.com
  2. Isabel Marant leather cuff, $168, matchesfashion.com
  3. Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses, $150, shopbop.com
  4. J.Crew ikat tee, $48, net-a-porter.com
  5. Mango super slim trousers, $39.99, mango.com
  6. Phillip Lim 31 hour bag, $750, shopbop.com
  7. Zara sandals, $79.90, zara.com

springspiration…

13 May

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and lovely mother’s day. It seems us north-easterner’s are still amidst the tempermental weather patterns, today dropping to 59 degrees (45 tonight)!  Our daily head scratching days of ‘what to wear’ continue. I pulled this look from carolines mode, offering some further inspiration for you while we navigate through to the warmer temperatures. This look is spring-like and embraces the season from a fashion perspective but the blazer (offering a second layer) and embellished (closed toe) loafers keep it weather appropriate.  Shop it here…

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  1. Ray-ban clubmaster sunglasses, $145, ray-ban.com
  2. Botkier shoulder bag, $295, shopbop.com
  3. Zara wide stripe blazer, $89.90, zara.com
  4. Zara fold over skort, $49.90, zara.com
  5. H&M basic tee, $7.95, hm.com for locations
  6. Asos pack of 8 smooth rings, $13.58, asos.com
  7. Dolce Vita flat loafers, $149, shopbop.com

photo credit: carolines mode

hat’s off (or on)…

9 May

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Beach days are quickly approaching and what’s better than the perfect fashionable hat to shield us from the piping summer sun!  Okay – I have to disclose that hats are a new accessory for me as I’ve been a sun worshiper up until this point and do like to tan my face, but I’m trying to be more mindful as I head into my mid thirties (yikes!).  Hats are a maje trend so it’s not hard finding one that fits well and looks super stylish to complete your epic beachy look.  I have already picked up one for the season from zara (I have searched high and low for an image to show you but can’t seem to find one!), but here are a few others I’ve curated from the interweb to keep you protected and looking ultra chic this summer.

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  1. MSGM floral printed hat, $107, luisaviaroma.com
  2. Sensi Studio straw hat, $115, net-a-porter.com
  3. H&M straw hat, $12.95, hm.com for locations
  4. Anthony Peto Hats, $188, matchesfashion.com
  5. J.Crew summer straw hat, $34.50, jcrew.com
  6. Eugenia Kim kurt hat, $104.99, theoutnet.com

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