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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!

Festival Chic: Vintage Floral Toppers

April 18, 2014

Music festival style is a well curated melange of denim, merged with feminine items with a bohemian vibe. While this look may not work for most of us on a day to day basis, there are great items to incorporate into your wardrobe to add an element of boho chic.

The sheer floral print top was a big trend at Coachella. Whether it’s a vintage robe or dress, or a new piece inspired by them, these were the topper of choice over denim shorts and bra tops.

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This floral piece with flounced sleeves adds a girlie touch to distressed denim and an oversized tee. Accessories compete the look.

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Long and languid cabbage roses top a laced edge camisole and cutoffs.

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Lingerie inspired boy shorts and bra top are covered by a floral kimono.

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High waisted shorts and cropped top are feminized by a long sheer rose printed robe.

Want to try to inject this into your wardrobe? Try a floral top or dress over jeans, slim pants or even a pencil skirt.  Add some necklaces, and channel your inner hippie.

Photos: Pinterest

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Festival Style: LACE

April 16, 2014

It’s music festival time, kicking off with Coachella last weekend. Festival dressing has a style all it’s own, with sexy, boho looks ruling the day. While flower crowns and hippie inspired dresses may not fit into most of our day to day lives, there are some trends to be extracted. Such is the case with lace. Textural cotton laces and crochet add a feminine, yet casual twist to any look. Why not try a lace trimmed blouse with your jeans this weekend, and embrace a little festival chic!

Here a just a few of our favorites:

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Softly tiered cotton with insets of rustic lace give this dress a sweet, yet edgy vibe. Add a sheer floral top to complete the look.

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This voile blouse trimmed with cotton lace is tucked into distressed denim cutoffs.The  tapestry bag is the perfect finish to this haute hippie look.

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Vintage lace and high waisted denim looks flawlessly chic.

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These macrame sandal-boot hybrids, leather bracelets, and woven bag take this eyelet top to another level.

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A soft peasant top and lace shorts make a case for tough and tender, when paired with studded leather accessories.

Photos via: Pinterest

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