Vintage Denim and Hand-Me-Down Heaven

My husband calls me a hoarder.  I just say I’m “sentimental.”  Regardless, I have once again been proven correct in my assumption that some things are just worth keeping.

As a child, I was constantly given hand-me-downs (the perks of being one of the youngest family members).  As a child in the ’90s, my denim collection is… large.

While I’m currently on the search for the perfect vintage jean jacket, I have lately been obsessed with the one from Gap Kids (yes, kids!) below.  My older cousin’s name is printed on the inside, so I’m guessing he must’ve brought this thing to camp with him.  Eventually it was passed to my brother, and then to me.  Sitting in my closet for years, and years… and years, who knew I’d ever wear it again? ME.

Despite this 90s frock being a bit short, with sleeves that end just above my wrist, I find it’s baggy and shapeless silhouette to be just on trend.


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What items are you “hoarding” in your closet in hopes of a comeback?  Let me know!

 

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See Now, Buy Now – 3 Hot Trends from NYFW

One of my favorite parts of September is New York Fashion Week.  Yes, it is technically still Summer, but it’s time to start prepping for Spring. Hey, planning ahead never hurt anyone!

Check out three of my favorite new trends that covered Manhattan’s runways last week:

STRIPES
Stripes are timeless and are in no way a new trend, but the simple and classic pattern was seen in a vast variety of NYFW shows this season.  From traditional horizontal and vertical design to diagonal and clashing lines, stripes of all colors were seen creating body movement and shape in even the most shapeless women!

Carolina Herrera, Tibi, Christian Siriano

Carolina Herrera, Tibi, Christian Siriano

 

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RUFFLES
Ruffles on ruffles on ruffles.  The dainty detailing of the past is taking an edgier and yet still flirtatious turn into the future.  From one simple ruffle to layers of them, this Spring will be the time to mix up your wardrobe from the waist down.
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Elizabeth and James, J Crew, Rodarte

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DECONSTRUCTED SHIRTING
Time to move your classic button-down shirts to the back of the closet.  The timeless top has received an upgrade, perhaps more shocking than the headphone jack-less iPhone 7!  From one-shoulder shirtdresses, to wrap styles, crop tops, and shirts sliced with cutouts, the new for spring button-downs are mismatched and asymmetrical.

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Elizabeth and James, Monse, Self Portrait

 

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What are some of your favorite trends from fashion week?

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NYFW 2016: Let the Games Begin!

Every September, New York Fashion Week takes the city by storm, beckoning fashionistas from all over the globe.  Listen, I’ve been to fashion shows before.  I’ve flashed my backstage pass to super thin women dressed all in black, guarding the doors leading to a mysterious abyss of fashion frenzy.  I’ve chit chatted with stylists, designers and PR people as their coveted models patiently accept being poked and prodded at with curling irons and sticks of eyeliner.  One time I even saw a model eat.  A sandwich!  There’s carbs in that!

But this year, for the very first time, I was not invited as press covering the runway show for an entertainment news program or a digital publication.  I was just invited.

My first event, which is the one I will highlight today, was for Kyboe watches.  As a LookBooker BeautyBassador, I began my day at RPZL Salon in Chelsea.  Using my coupon (I don’t go anywhere without them), I received my very first crown braid.  I know it can be a bold look… but I kind of loved it… and might have slept in it, hoping to get a second day out of the braid that made me feel like a mix of a milk maid and a Lanister.

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One of my close friends, and fellow IG Blogger, known as The King of 5th Ave (aka Nicky), met me at the Salon and after a sip of champagne to start the day, we made our way to midtown.  Our first stop was a loft space on 37th St, where we picked up our complimentary (yes, I said complimentary) Kyboe watches.  There, we met up with our friend and super talented photographer, Jackie (@jackiembarr).

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After picking our our watches (a difficult task) and taking a few selfies (obviously), we made our way to craft coffee shop, Ramini to fuel up for what would be a hectic (and humid) day!

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It was only 4 blocks to Moynihan Station, the site of the Kyboe show, but we were still waiting for the caffeine to kick in.  Jackie’s stilettos got stuck between a crack in the sidewalk, and I could feel the sweat dripping down the back of my Spanx.  NYFW isn’t as glamorous as you might think! Once arriving we swiftly entered the air-conditioned venue and stood, somewhat impatiently, in line waiting for the doors to the show to open.  As I stood there, eyeing every outfit from head to toe and coveting handbags left and right, I couldn’t help bouncing up and down as I resisted the urge to pee right then and there (the coffee had kicked in).  I didn’t dare go to the restroom and lose my friends and place in line.
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As we found our seats beside the runway, we were delighted to find foam fingers waiting for us.  This was definitely a first for me! When the show finally started (20 minutes late – which is basically on time in the fashion world), I was thrilled to watch a double runway filled with models.  The first was a motorized runway driving watches up and down the aisle.  The second, was a real runway, with real models.  As the first model appeared, I wasn’t surprised to find another ridiculously skinny woman wearing an outfit that would without a doubt make me look pregnant.  But then, out came the men.  The shirtless, chiseled men.  Was this a fashion show for a watch company or was I really at an Abercrombie & Fitch photoshoot?  I didn’t know… and quite frankly, I didn’t care.  Oh, and I guess I should mention the watches were fabulous too…

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After the show, we went our separate ways – all of us off to different events.

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By the end of the day, I was done.  I’m a complainer, I’ll admit it.  I always say I’m tired, I’m exhausted, I need a nap.  But out of 52 weeks of the year, NYFW is by far the most depleting.  Alternatively, out of 52 weeks of the year NYFW is by far the most fun!

How are you celebrating NYFW?  Would love to hear your stories!

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Brand Spotlight: Q&Q SmileSolar

Q&Q SmileSolar is an amazing brand that combines their passions for innovation and global happiness to create products that are loved by many.

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By using recycled materials, Q&Q SmileSolar develops well designed watches that are completely solar powered.  Say goodbye to changing your watch batteries.  So long as you have access to an hour of sunlight, you’ll have 3 months worth of power.

By changing light into energy, the watch needs no battery replacement, making it a green option for all.

My husband and I recently wore our Q&Q SmileSolar watches on a recent trip to Bermuda.  These water resistant watches were perfect for all of our aquatic adventures in paradise!

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Q&Q SmileSolar is on a mission to create moments of happiness to the world.  One way they do this is by supporting people by making donations.  When anyone purchases a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated for TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa.

Being able to own a great timepiece at an even better price, while also being able to help people around the world, puts Q&Q SmileSolar on my favorites list!

Get your own at Store.Smile-QQ.com.

 

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WOODn’t It be Nice?

If you’re anything like me, you love searching for, finding and ultimately wearing unique pieces that standout.  If you’re anything like me, you LOVE watches!  From antique timepieces to digital tickers, I’m all about that arm candy.
I recently came across a brand of watches that utilizes a material I rarely see in a wristwatch – wood. JORD Wood Watches are wildly unusual in the best possible way.
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My JORD watch, Cora, is made from purpleheart wood which is sourced from the Solomon Islands and has a naturally rich purple color.  The opaline Mother of pearl face provides a beautiful contrast and showcases the luxe nature of natural materials.
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My JORD watch is such a special part of my jewelry collection.  Check out www.woodwatches.com to add a wood watch to your special collection of timepieces.
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CitySeat a Cyclist’s Treat

Summer is here and so far, it’s hot! Whether I’m riding my bike through Central Park, snagging a CitiBike downtown, or begrudgingly hitting up a SoulCycle class to get my booty into summer shape, there is only one thing I know – my seat is sweaty, sticky and in need of a bubble bath!

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In Kindergarten we learn that sharing is caring.  And, today’s entrepreneurs have taken that lesson to brand new heights.  From shared rides and shared bikes to wear and return clothing and jewelry, we seem to live in an age where we share everything.

It makes me wonder, how sanitary can this possibly be?

Well, CitySeat has come up with the perfect solution, and I took one for a test ride on a recent getaway to Asheville, North Carolina.


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CitySeats are portable, padded bicycle seat covers that allow any cyclist to ride comfortably and in style.  There are so many patterns to choose from, all offering a fun aesthetic that allows your bike to stand out from the pack.

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This Edge Padded CitySeat is part of the brand new line.

Get your CitySeat bike cover at http://www.cityseat.com  #RIDEON

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CitySeat. The opinions and text are all mine.