Tag Archives: h&m

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

 

shine on

14 Apr

metallic home pic

I have no idea where i am going in this outfit but I hope it’s somewhere fabulous, and hope that time is sometime soon.  I’ve been obsessed with it since the try on session and instagram snap over a month ago.  Spring is a buzzing here in NYC and as far as seasonal trends go, metallic is high up on the list of must-haves. Who says sparkle is just for the holiday season?  Rules are made to be broken, clearly.  The best part about this ensemble is not the mere fact that I was able to find a coordinated top and bottom in the coveted silver metallic color.  It’s that both of these pieces from H&M, together were $65!!!  I swear this may be the best investment I’ve ever made.  I appreciate a luxury item no less then the next person, but when finding exactly what I want for a steal – you can sign me right up, STAT!  The weather is warming here in NYC and this head-to-toe look is begging for a night out, along with other metallics I found on the interweb like this rose gold option from Topshop, an effortless high-low maxi dress from Alice & Olivia, this wear-with-everything cami by Parker, and this green (be still my heart) cropped, embroidered beaut from Zara.

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leather pants: take two

19 Mar

leather - 15This is my second pair of faux leather pants since the ones I got around the time of my wedding simply do not fit anymore.  A few weeks back I took them out of the closet and although after much tugging and pulling they were able to close, they were RIDICULOUSLY UNCOMFORTABLE.  And really didn’t look so great unless I threw on a big bulky sweater to cover the waistline.  Needless to say, I’ve definitely gained a few pounds.  Does anyone maintain their wedding weight anyway?  Seems like a total impossibility if you ask me.  I had a moment of beating myself up about it, wondering how I let this happen, and getting angry for allowing these few pounds to creep back up.  But then I came to my senses and reminded myself that our bodies are ever-changing and go through ups and downs just like all else in our life.  I remembered that I need to be kind to myself and forgiving.  I remembered how crucial it is to accept and love who I am no matter what size that may be.  And then after resolving that being a few pounds heavier won’t make or break anything in my life, I marched myself right back to H&M and bought a similar pair, one size larger!

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overalls + fur

10 Mar

fur and overallsWhen I bought this pair of overalls last summer, I certainly did not think the trend would sustain.  After wearing them a few times I reckoned they’d be one of those items I’d feel guilty about buying because of such little wearability.  And although I’m becoming more strategic on where I spend my pennies, stumbling now and again does happen, naturally.  I imagined this would be another one of those instances.  But alas – the good ol’ fashion denim staple marches on.  I busted mine out again this past weekend when the temperature reached an exciting fifty degrees because like the weather, I am ready for change.  I paired them with my J.Crew keeper chambray shirt to facilitate a full-on denim suit also referred to sometimes as a Canadian tuxedo.  Figured to either go big or go home.  Overalls have been around since the late 1700’s, first worn for function in the workplace and then transforming into fashion by the 60’s and 70’s.  LeeLevi’s and Wrangler, are just a few of the early denim companies that monopolized on the silhouette.  Things have come full circle and despite the heritage brands reproducing old classics, you can now find modern, fresh updates everywhere like these from FRAME denimCitizens of HumanityCurrent/Elliot and a distressed version by H&M.  Go get yo-self a pair.  Happy Monday!  xx jenny

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motoring into spring

3 Mar

spring inspoI am counting down the seconds till spring for a multitude of reasons.  First and foremost, this NYC winter has gotten the best of me and despite my hardcore love of this amazing and wondrous city, I’m pissed off at the weather patterns.  The novelty of snow is appreciated, but when occurring weekly, it gets old really fast.  It’s safe to assume I’m over it.  With that said, I’m super excited to shed my heavy winter-wear and embrace the fashions of spring  which includes lighter jackets and more skin exposure.  I’m inspired by the above look and would love to replicate it when the temperature creeps up.  I don’t usually wear short necklaces, but am feeling this choker from Zara.  And a hint of a lace bra through the double breasted blazer is OH-so-sexy, bringing femininity and softness to the overall menswear inspired look.  Adios sweaters and boots!  Don’t let the door kick you in the ass on your way out!

spring ahead

SHOP IT:  pinstripe blazer // leather pants // gold choker // lace bra // moto jacket // crossbody bag

photo via The Haute Pursuit

quilt-y pleasures

26 Feb

soho - 7Now that sweatpants, joggers, boyfriend jeans and slouchy fits are all the rage, I’ve embraced this trend with full force.  As if I’d choose to wear a skinny jean over pants with breathing room when given the option – come on!  My tight bottoms continue to take a back seat and this winter has got me questioning the body hugging silhouette all together.  Which is why when I found this H&M quilted style, I scooped it up to add to my rapidly-growing collection of glorified pajamas.  Although perhaps this pair reminds me more of a blanket.  I wear them here with booties and sweater for a casual weekend ensemble, but will just as easily pair them back to my black suede pumps for some Saturday night swag.  You can find them at an H&M store (sadly, I can’t find on their site) or re-visit this post with similar suggestions.  Cheers to comfortable fashion!

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in the trenches

21 Feb

trench coat A forever fashion staple, trench coats have been around for eternity.  Which is why it’s a good idea to keep one on rotation in your closet since season after season, the classic silhouette proves to stand the test of time.  Whether your look is boho, edgy, polished, etc., a trench works well with any particular style and keeps you just the right amount of warm on cooler spring days.  The interweb is bursting with newness from low to high price points so now is the time to get on it!  Here’s an edit of some current faves for your shopping pleasure.  Happiest, happy weekend!  See you on the flip side.  xx jenny

in the trenches

SHOP IT:  1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

photo via vanessa jackman 

sexy sweats

4 Feb

sexy sweats 2I put this photo on instagram over the weekend and after a friend commented that she “must own these pants”, along with another chiming in, “agreed”, I decided to put together a post.  Sweatpants are now a staple in my wardrobe since traditional silhouettes have evolved to slimmer and more fashion-forward fits.  While I understand that weekend days are a time to kick back, there is no reason why you can’t be comfortable and still look good!  The ones I’m wearing are H&M from last season with limited sizes left, but here’s a few current styles that will surely do the trick.

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SHOP IT1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 

a good sport

14 Jan

fashion sneakers - 4 (2)In the spirit of taking more style risks in 2014 like said here, I’ve been embracing my sportier side.  I found these converse star player leather sneakers while researching for a client, and like any typical shopping-obsessed stylist, bought one pair for the photoshoot and one pair for myself.  Lately instead of grabbing booties, I’ve been inserting these high tops into my look and welcoming the fresh change.  And you can’t beat the comfort if you’re an urbanite whose feet are a means of transportation.  While sneakers have been a streetstyle fashion choice for decades, mine have mostly been reserved for exercise.  Until now.  This year I’m upping my shoe game and plan on being a really good sport about it!  How will you step outside of your style comfort zone in 2014?  Would love to hear your stories!  xx jenny

SHOP THE LOOK:  sweater: Zara, pants: h&m (similar), coat: zara (similar), sneakers: Converse, bag: MZ Wallace, hat: Neff, scarf: vintage (similar), ring: old (similar), hand chain: Jacquie Aiche (similar)

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spotlight: patrice batson

14 Nov

patrice batsonI met Patrice Batson by way of instagram.  Yes – instagram!  We became fast friends via our common ground of fashion and I’m pleasantly surprised by this modern, unexpected 21st century relationship.  At 27, this Bajan beauty quickly impressed me, which I now know is thematic.  While interning during Merecedes Benz Fashion Week at 17, she caught the eye of a Fashion Editor from Seventeen magazine and impressed her too.  Poached right out of the mix and asked to come on board at the publication, this was the beginning of her beginning.  After a few more years of paying her dues and learning the ropes at companies like Donna Karan, IMG Models, Chanel and Versace, Patrice landed her first “real job” at InStyle magazine in Advertising Sales.  It wasn’t until her work at Digital Brand Architects though, that she discovered her interest in branding and strategy.  She currently holds the position of Marketing Manager of Brand Development (for products and services) at ELLE Magazine.  It is here where she has found her groove, engaged in creative strategizing, problem solving and understanding the consumer on a deeper level.  She coins herself part anthropologist.  Outside the corporate walls, Patrice co-founded Cup of Tea, an interior design service.  She is passionate about helping others create a home that is personal and inviting.  Like Your Soul Style, she believes in authentic expression and feeling connected to your spaces since they are an extension of who you are.  Her dream job is to travel the world, remodeling boutique hotels.  In June, Patrice will marry Kalvin, whom she’s been with for 8 years, in the West Village of Manhattan.  Ethereal, romantic and intimate are just some of the objectives she hopes to capture for the evening.  When Patrice and I got together, I asked what her favorite part of living in this great city was and she said, “of course the food and restaurants”, but more importantly, “the people”.  Her source of inspiration from the street has provided a road map to her personal style.  So we had a chat about that.  Here’s what she had to say….

DSC_0687 - Version 2Patrice, what is your soul style?

My soul is actually pretty lazy so my style stems from that. I strongly stick to a color palette of neutrals and navy. I’m almost always in black.  It has become my signature amongst friends.  If I’m not in black, they think something is wrong. 

How do you describe your style? 

My style is minimally classic.  I love finding pieces that are simple, but will still be relevant 10 years from now.  I’m not a fashionista.  Firstly, I can’t keep up because there are new trends almost everyday.  Secondly, I don’t do well with constant change.  My “uniform” consists of skinny jeans, a t-shirt and a great jacket/blazer.  Or I’m in a shift dress.  I wear some variation of the two almost every day.  

What does your style say about you? 

My style says that I’m comfortable, yet pulled together.  It took me a while to find my style and while it’s still evolving, I’ve reached a point where I’m finally comfortable in what I wear.  And it shows.  I recently cut off all my hair and feel like that has a lot to do with my style right now as well.  I was nervous because I thought I’d have to dress more feminine and girly which is so not me.  But, I’m pleasantly surprised that this hairstyle has enhanced my personal style even more.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

I work in one of the most stylish buildings in NYC – the Hearst Tower, so my favorite pastime is going to the cafeteria and people watching.  It’s definitely a catwalk situation and I enjoy it because I’m inspired to up my game.  I wanted to start a style blog about the fabulous people in there, both men and women, but I’m too lazy.

I also draw inspiration from my fiance’, Kalvin.  He’s one of the most stylish and coolest guys I know.  I’m obviously bias, but it terms of style, there are not too many men that can go from a boardroom meeting to a Jay-Z concert and he does this effortlessly.  His closet is much bigger than mine, yet his style is very defined.  If Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford had a baby, it would be Kalvin.

Other than that, my style icons are the French Vogue gang.  They’re literally the best dressed women I’ve ever seen.  I definitely worship at the church of Emmanuelle Alt, the fearless leader and Editor-in-Chief.  She is responsible for making me go home, strip my entire closet full of the ‘fluff’ and streamline it.  I’m constantly editing because I feel overwhelmed with too many options.  Women don’t typically say, “I have too many clothes”, right?  Well, I guess I’m rare.  I’ve applied my edited closet approach to many other aspects in my life, like my desk at work.  It has a curated theme.  Less is more.

Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

My style has definitely evolved.  Thank god!  I seriously don’t even know what the heck I was thinking with some of my outfits, but I guess everyone has to go through that period of finding themselves.  I’m so glad it’s almost over!  For a long time, I tried to dress like someone else and it didn’t quite work out for me.  Once I started dressing like myself, it all clicked.  Over the past year and a half my style has been consistent – timeless with a modern twist.  What has also helped is taking the time to find designers and brands that work for my body and are also of a certain quality.  I’m a huge fan of J.Crew, Theory, A.P.C, Francisco Costa from Calvin Klein, Chloe and Rag & Bone.  I adore finding designers that bring bring something fresh to the table like my friend Fe Noel of Simply Intricate.  The top and skirt from this shoot are hers.

Do you have any style challenges?  

My biggest style challenge is my lack of unlimited funds.  I’m at a point in my life where stores like H&M are just not cutting it anymore.  Don’t me wrong, I love H&M, but I’ve started investing in my clothing as I’ve gotten older.  I find it important.  Since the investment pieces are indeed, major investments, I have to pace myself so I don’t go broke.  Especially since I’m in the process of saving for both a wedding and a new home! 

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Do you have a favorite fashion/style moment?

My favorite style moments are anything Michelle Pfeiffer wore in Scarface.  I’m actually not a huge fan of the movie, but I find myself constantly playing it to watch her style.  It’s effortless, chic, sexy – just genius.  She mainly wears neutrals and simple suits and that (to me) is the epitome of sleek femininity.  My goal is to dress like that by the time I’m 30.  

And your worst? 

Take your pick of my many disasters from kindergarten to my mid-twenties.  I seriously cringe when I click through old facebook pictures and see some of the outfits that I put together.  The irony is how I thought I was so fashion forward and stylish! 

Must have item in your wardrobe?

My Balenciaga moto bag with rose gold studs, now discontinued.  My finance’ bought the last one in North America as a Christmas gift last year and it has been with me every single day since.  It instantly adds a bit of luxe, bad-ass-ness to anything I put on.  I hope to hand it down to my daughter one day.  This is probably weird, but sometimes when I shop I say to myself, “would my future daughter want to wear this in 20 years?”  You’d be surprised how many things I put back on the rack because of that question.  Look at her, already helping me make major fashion decisions!   

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