Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category

I’m With The Band(eau)

August 27, 2014

Young Hollywood turned out for the awards ceremonies this week, and the accessory of choice was a toned midsection.

The VMA’s drew an edgier crowd, with black leather playing a starring role.

Miley rocked a leather bandeau with high waisted leather pants, for a look that was sexy and age appropriate.

She also stole the show for a second year in a row, shedding last year’s raunchy image for a surprising show of humanity when a homeless youth accepted her award, bringing awareness to the cause.

 

 

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Lucy Hale mixed her leather halter top with a full black skirt for a look that was “a little bit country, and a little bit rock and roll.”

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Kendall Jenner added a sheer layer over her black bra and high rise trousers, creating a look that was youthful and tasteful. She and her sister Kim texting during the silent tribute to the residents of Ferguson, was not.

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The following night, Sarah Hyland took the trend to a more formal and demure place, with her white cropped top and orange princess style skirt.

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What’s On My Mind This Week

August 7, 2014

After almost 10 months of traveling endlessly for work, I am back in New York for awhile and settling into my new, OLD routine again!

I am finding joy in the mundane things that I haven’t been able to do lately. Here are just a few of them:

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Cooking and eating greenmarket fresh vegetables : I love vegetables and finding a variety of fresh, simply prepared produce isn’t so easy to come by on the road.

Many hotel restaurants don’t offer a lot of vegetable choices, and slathering them in butter, a creamy sauce or frying them doesn’t help matters. My current fixation is zucchini. It has become my main course when the family is having meat ( which I don’t like,) or pasta, ( which doesn’t especially like me!) In addition to spiraling it into noodles and eating it with my other current fascination, tomatoes, I am playing with it in zucchini bread, and instead of lettuce in a salad, among other things. I’ll keep you posted with unrecipes soon!

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Nesting: I am reveling in being home, and taking time to do some improvements. I shampooed the bedroom carpet, and am slowly reorganizing.  My sofa needs recovering, and the whole loft could use a coat of paint. I have been discussing this for months, but the current downtime is allowing me to look at fabrics and paint chips, and actually make it happen. I didn’t plan to do anything else, but yesterday I swatted a mosquito that had flown in through the kitchen window, and both the insect and the glass backsplash in my kitchen did not survive. I’m thinking of replacing it with mosaic glass tiles in neutral tones. Any ideas?

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Training…hard! I have been a gym rat for many years, but it’s not easy to keep up with a fitness routine on the road. Yes, there are hotel gyms, and I do run outside a little, but those workouts tend to be maintenance, not real training. Travel days and early morning meetings wrecked havoc on my schedule, and I have been finding my fitness level has slipped. I was lifting lighter weights, running shorter distances, and biking at lower wattages. I am back on a serious regimen, and feeling great about it!(Okay, a little sore, but energized!)

Slow foods: I got a slow cooker a long time ago, but lately, I am actually using it! I can prep everything early in the day and leave it cook while I do whatever else I need to do. It means that I am not scrambling to get dinner ready at 7, or slaving over the hot stove when it’s hot outside. So far, BBQ pulled pork and Bolognese sauce were a hit, and I popped my favorite coconut miso chicken with shiitake mushrooms in there a few hours ago. It smells great!

Rebooting: It feels so good to relax, reconnect with friends, and think about what’s next. I love what I do, and the busier I am, the happier I am. Yet, I have missed a lot of social events, kid’s milestones, and just sitting back and relaxing! It’s also giving me enough breathing space to think about what I really want to do next, instead of just taking on the next project blindly. I usually panic at this stage, but this time I am enjoying it. Before the craziness began, I was working on a new concept for Indigo Jones. Perhaps now, I can take it to the next level. I’m pretty sure that will be what I will obsess over next week! I can’t wait to be able to share it with you.

Finding balance: These days it seems like it’s all or nothing with me. I’m not retired and I do still have work to do. I need to find the balance between committing myself to it fully, and living a normal life. And that is what I intend to do.

photos: Glasshouse Images

 

Chic Trackers

July 16, 2014

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Fitness tracking devices have been gaining prominence, and it seems many of the chicest women are sporting rubber wrist bands, to record their activity, calorie expenditure and even sleep cycles.

It certainly comes as no surprise that Fitbit, one of the early adopters of fitness tracking bracelets has teamed up with designer Tory Burch to create a line of fashionable jewelry with tracking technology.

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From colorful printed bands with Burch’s signature logo, to gold caged bracelets and pendants, these pieces are designed to house Fitbit’s “core”, which pops out of the original bracelet.

While Tory Burch is not the first to merge fashion and fitness, she certainly is the most high profile.
Watch for a flurry of activity around this concept as fashion firms and tech firms begin to collaborate on this type of product. It’s only a matter of time before Apple steps in and blows the competition out of the water.

pictures courtesy of Tory Burch.

Dress Code Violated

July 10, 2014

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Getting dressed for an event used to be easy. People were expected to look appropriate, and those perameters were  clearly defined by the occasion. The casualization of America, as well as many other places around the globe, has served to make getting dressed more difficult.

Long ago, women never even thought to enter a place of worship with out a skirt or a dress, and stockings. Now,pants are not only permissible, but are often the norm.  Jeans have found their way into many churches, begging the question of appropriateness to many.

Jeans have become a mainstay in most people’s wardrobes, and fashion often dictates how they are worn. Men dress up jeans with open collared shirts and blazers. Women add heels and a dressier top for a night on the town. Jeans have become acceptable in many workplaces, restaurants and at social functions.

Shorts are an item that fashion has endorsed in recent seasons, with women wearing them back to crisp shirts, tailored jackets and chunky heels for a polished look that is suitable for many occasions and venues.

But what happens when those who are not fashion conscious decide that shorts or jeans are right for them?
Often, chaos and bad taste ensues. Shorts suddenly become too short, or too casual. What was once a “look” easily becomes sloppy, when shorts are paired with casual tee shirts and flip flops, or heaven forbid, Crocs.

Torn jeans are a big trend right now, but when placed in the wrong hands, they become a reckless, slovenly mess.

How do you enforce a dress code, when you can’t enforce good taste? The answer sadly, is that you can’t. If you want people to look “appropriate” you have to prevent them from making fashion faux pas with a stringent dress code.
I recently experienced this first hand, when I became stranded in Florida due to inclement weather at home.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a July 4th soiree at a country club, but discovered that I didn’t have anything in my bag that was deemed appropriate for the occasion.

My jeans, strategically torn by the designer, and paired with a printed silk top, hand knit flyaway sweater, a statement necklace and heels were on trend and in my opinion very pulled together and fashion right. Unfortunately, they did not meet the criteria of appropriatness  for this venue. Although I would have been the most fashionable one there in that outfit, I ran through the local mall, frantically searching for something to wear. I ended up with a white tee shirt, paired back to some other pants I had with me, and while I looked fine, I didn’t look chic. And for the most part, neither did anyone else.

It is sad that places need to have a specific dress code in order to ensure that people look “nice.” And even sadder when looking nice equates to looking bland. In this case, the dress code of “country club casual” meant white pants, a colored tunic length sweater or blouse, and gobs of makeup for the women. Pleated trousers, often white, worn back to collared shirts, were the uniform for the men.

Although cookie cutter, and as exciting as the canned peaches on the buffet table, everyone fit in, and met the social norms of the area.  Although it would have been completely disrespectful to my hosts to try to defy the dress code, I was a bit miffed that mediocrity trumped fashion sense. Yet, at the end of the day, it should be about the company, and not the clothes that make the evening a success.

What do you think about dress codes? Are they a nuisance, or a good way to make sure that everyone looks appropriate? Would showing up in a too short skirt, or an extremely low-cut blouse be better than jeans? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

photo: glasshouse images

Sneaker Stalker

July 7, 2014
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The Original Stan Smith sneaker by Adidas

Look out Chuck Taylor, there’s a new kid in town, and he’s been around for a long, long time.

Fashionistas worldwide are embracing the serenity of clean, white Stan Smiths as the sneaker of choice.

Adidas ode to the tennis player, Stan Smith has recently made a comeback with chic men and women wearing them across all seasons.

Here are a few of our favorite street spottings:

Stella McCartney and Adidas? Sign us up!

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A trio of lovelies all in Stans:

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Men love them too!

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Skinny jeans, a textured sweater and brand new Stan Smiths: perfection!

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They work with pants or skirts

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Style and comfort collide.

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photos via Pinterest

Blogger Boredom

June 30, 2014

You might want to sit down for this one…

I’m getting bored with blogs. There, I said it. I’m ready to move on. What’s next?

Fashion blogs in particular are quickly losing their luster for me. The genre started with unique young women with great style, who took to the internet as a vehicle to share their sensibilities with the cyber world. Today, the web is saturated with pretty “young -ish” women, narcissistically sharing their every bland outfit, manicure and soy latte, painstakingly documented by their husband or boyfriend.  While I won’t name names, there are a few very high profile, highly paid bloggers, whom I couldn’t pick out of a line up of “pretty enough” blondes in ordinary clothes, trying to be extraordinary.

Their loyal followers comment on every post, stroking their super sized egos, and scampering to recreate their basic-at-best looks. On the flip side, the bloggers who really stepped out, showcasing their eclectic and truly original style have been watered down by the designers and brands that now endorse them.

While I am sure there are still a group who offer great insight into the world of fashion, they aren’t the biggest or most successful ones.

These bloggers epitomize the meme of the “basic bitch:” unoriginal and just doing what everyone else does.

I look to blogs to inspire, inform, amuse and educate me. Show me emerging trends, and how to wear them. Show me your own twist on the “it” item and make me want to wear it. Talk about a new sleeve roll or a novel way to layer a tee shirt. Go big or frankly, just go home.

Now that everyone and their mother is a blogger, regardless of their style, it’s gotten a little dull. How do we disrupt this space and make fashion blogs interesting again?

Until then, we are destined to live in a mundane world of pumpkin spice lattes, logo covered ballet flats and Ugg boots, while we wait for the next round of originality emerge.

Video via: College Humor

 

Cuff ‘em

June 25, 2014

Sometimes, it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it, that separates the uber stylish from the rest of the pack.

This summer, the wide cuffed jean is making a comeback, replacing the nonchalant double roll of yesterday.

Stiffer, less broken in denim tends to hold the cuff better, but white works as well as indigo.

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Are you ready to roll?

Pretty Girls, Ugly Shoes

June 23, 2014

This season’s breakout trend isn’t about skirt lengths, or a specific color. It isn’t about making your legs look longer, or your waist look smaller. Dare we say, it may be rooted in comfort?

Designers across the globe showed low heeled shoes for spring, many inspired by some of the ugliest, yet most comfortable shoes on the planet. Birkenstocks are turning up everywhere this summer, and some of the most well-heeled ladies are opting for these clumsy looking sandals usually associated with tree huggers and kibbutz workers.

Check out these beauties in Birkenstocks:

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Eva Chen’s daily accessory selfie: A high/ low mix of Chanel and a Birkenstocks.

Tevas are coming in as a close second, with these Prada versions taking the runway by storm:

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Marni took the shoe to new heights with this chic platform version:

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It wasn’t long before they hit the streets:

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Just last week, Lucky magazine’s influential editor in chief Eva Chen showed these beauties on instagram:

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Stay tuned…those fluffy slippers could be next!

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Indigo Blues

June 9, 2014

Lately I am obsessing over indigo. Yeah, I guess since I named my blog Indigo Jones, it’s on my mind a lot.

I loving the rich hues of indigo blues. The shades, the tones and way the color bleeds so beautifully, creating interesting effects.  The slightly bohemian style of deep blue embroidery on crisp white cottons. The way that indigo wears and fades, becoming a whole new shade in the process.

While it seems to be a fashion trend right now, it’s something that never goes out of style.

Here are just a few of my favorite indigo photos that are inspiring me this week:

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Ethnic embroideries

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Light as air paisley

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Faded prints and tribal jewelry:

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Indigo and crisp white:

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Indigo stripes on twill tape:

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Tie dye and tropical surfer motifs, circa 1988 and looking very 2014.

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Sheer indigo wraps, blowing in the sea breeze.

Belles of the Ball

May 7, 2014

The annual Met Ball, feting the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute is the fashion equivalent of the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards all rolled into one. This year was no exception, as the rich, famous and simply fabulous walked the red carpet to celebrate the opening of the exhibition entitled “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in the newly christened Anna Wintour Costume Center. The dress code included white tie and tails for the gentlemen, and grand gowns for the ladies.
While the new designers generally set the tone for the future of fashion, tonight it was the old guard that ruled the red carpet.

Oscar de la Renta dressed some of the evening’s standouts, including this spectacular look on Sarah Jessica Parker:

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Allison Williams was also elegant in a red Oscar de la Renta gown:

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Taylor Swift glowed in her de la Renta dress:

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Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer wore a stunning baby blue Alexander McQueen gown:

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Idina Menzel ruled in a frothy Donna Karen Atelier gown:
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Blake Lively glowed in gold Gucci with the ultimate accessory: husband Ryan Reynolds!
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Others didn’t fare as well, as many of the younger stars took fashion risks and failed.

The very sexy Kate Upton donned something from a bad western movie. Just…no:
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Chloe Grace Moretz also missed the mark in Chanel:

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Sarah Paulson was a hot mess in Prada:

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Diana Agron looked matronly in Mui Mui:

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Katie Holmes channeled a Disney princess, and failed:

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Speaking of Disney, it appears that Sandra Lee’s gown was semi-homemade and came off as more wicked step mother than princess:

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Check back later this week to see the starlets that took risks and ruled!


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