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Street Style: Lauren from Dear Golden

April 28, 2009

img_4957Lauren, from Dear Golden, looking awesome. Go check out her blog and awesome Etsy shop. Seriously, one of my favorites. Also, I want her entire outfit.

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Have a sweet weekend.

March 13, 2009

floyd_teaset_4_r071Cute.

Have a fantastic Friday!

February 6, 2009

sign_up_v1_m56577569830521161Photo via J.Crew

What are your plans for this weekend, my dears? I am laying low tonight, but tomorrow my best friend A is throwing a fun Birthday party for her boyf. Should be tons of fun! I hope you all have a glorious weekend and I will see you on Monday! Spxx

Looped

October 14, 2008

It’s fair to say that I am loopy about belts. I like writing about them and love wearing them. I honestly think almost every outfit could be improved by some type of belt. So, when I saw this beautiful strain of waist-wear on style.com from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2009 collection, I flipped. I stared at it forever trying to trace the looping of the leather to see how it was constructed. Now, if only I could create my own version of this incredible belt…mmm…looks as though this may be my next DIY project…

Spring 2009 3.1 Phillip Lim belt

Spring 2009 3.1 Phillip Lim belt

Style Q&A: how to wear a traditional leather belt

October 3, 2008
Dear SP,
I am so fed up with trying to wear leather belts. I see them on other people and they always look so cute, but when I try and put one on, it looks awful. Since I am pear-shaped, my hips are wide compared to the rest of my body, so when I wear a belt, it never sits quite right. It always rides up and never just drapes loosely on me. If it’s too low, it accentuates the horizontal line and if it’s at my natural waist, like over a dress or long shirt, the clothing around my hips stick out. It’s basically because my hips are too big. How can I work with my shape? Help!
~KS, NYC
Dear KS,
Trying to wear a traditional leather belt proves to be quite difficult for almost all body shapes because of its firm structure and shape. I have tried to wear my hard leather belt slung casually around my waist and it never looks or stays the way I want. This is not to say that you can’t ever wear a leather belt—quite the opposite actually— but it’s just that these types of belts are usually better off worn with clothing that already have some type of belt loop available, whether it’s on jeans or a dress. My suggestions is, when you want to wear a belt at your natural waist, opt for a stretchy version that has elastic in the back and maybe has leather in the front near the buckle. The stretchiness allows for it to naturally adjust and form to your body so you don’t have to worry about it riding up, and the touch of leather gives off the effect of wearing a leather belt. If you are determined to wear an all-leather version, try out a braided style, which usually has more give, or a skinny belt, which works well because of its slim shape. Both these styles will solve the bunching problem and provide you with the low-slung or up-high look that you want to achieve. See below for some different options to try!
Hope this all helps!
~SPxx
1. Forever 21
Knitted elastic belt
$8.80
This piece has the elastic back and the touch of leather in the front,
creating the best of both worlds plus making it easy and comfortable to wear.
2. Forever 21
Braided leather belt
$14.90
Braided belts tend to be softer and more flexible, letting you achieve the
look of a pure leather belt without any of the hassle.
3. TOPSHOP
Leather Asymmetric Stitch Belt
$40
This belt is 100% leather and quite firm, but because of it’s asymmetrical shape, it can be worn lower,
and will fit more naturally, by molding to the curve of the hips.
4. Urban Outfitters
Leather Saddle Belt
$68
This is a perfect example of a soft leather belt. It can be worn high up on the natural
waist or low on the hips because of its flexible shape.

5. Urban Outfitters

Skinny Studded Belt

$24

Skinny belts tend to lay better over clothing also helping to avoid any bunching that might occur with a thicker style. So, when wearing an all-leather belt either high on your waist or low-slung on your hips, my motto is always: the slimmer the belt, the better!

Hey all! Thanks for reading and please know, I am here to help! So, feel free to send me any questions, qualms, wonderings, musings or ponderings you might have regarding style, fashion, clothes and/or accessories. I look forward to hearing from you dear readers, just email me at stylist.stylepill@gmail.com
Cheers!
SPxx

Tie one on

September 25, 2008

I am a huge advocate of scarves. All sorts of scarves actually, and I love wearing them in different ad unique ways. As I was doing some research on innovative scarf-wearing techniques, I came across this incredible link on geocities.com. It talks all about this booklet that was published back in the 1960s called Scarf Ability – 25 Ways to Tie a Scarf. Complete with illustrations, it goes about explaining all the the different ways a woman can express herself with a scarf. The various looks are genius and many of them are, interestingly, very “now.” One style that I have been seeing everywhere lately but have yet to try, is the bow tie. In my opinion, and partly why I have yet to try it, I find it imperative that I have the correct shape scarf to pull off this look, otherwise it won’t look right. The booklet suggests using a square scarf, but I think it can also work with a long rectangular one as well. Needless to say, I am still searching for that perfect piece of silk to execute this style.

I definitely recommend clicking on the link above and checking it out for yourself, but in the meantime, for your viewing pleasure and mine, here are a few of my faves:

bowtie

bow tie

The elusive bow tie I have yet to try!

isadora

isadora

I find this so chic and sort of dashing.

ringtie

ring tie

This one looks fairly plain at first sight, but the advice they give is to slip the ends of the scarf through an actual ring and then pull them through.You could spice it up by selecting a small, but chunky plain or decorative gold ring for a fun effect.

the stole

the stole

I especially love the way this last one looks. Definitely going to be trying this look at home! I will report back with a photo. Stay tuned!

SPxx

A tribute to 9/11

September 11, 2008

I moved from Seattle to Manhattan, four years ago today, fresh from college and ready to start my career as a magazine journalist. I was beyond excited, a little scared, but more than ready to start my real life in the big city. The cab dropped us off at our hotel, we deposited our bags and decided to take in a meal somewhere in Little Italy. Afterwards, we made our way to Ground Zero to pay our respects. Back in 2004, it was much different down there, having only been three years after the attacks had taken place. People were everywhere, walking up and down and around the outside area of the site, reading the signs, peeking through the fence, trying to take it all in. People were also still allowed to leave posters and photocopied pictures of their loved ones up on the surrounding metal fence, along with prayer candles placed below, many with bouquets of flowers resting along side, creating a silent memorial to remember their loved ones whose lives had been lost. This intensified the experience for me and as I wandered around, I became overwhelmed with the reality that stared back at me everywhere I looked. Choked up, I tried to imagine even what a sliver of that day had been like and it was almost unbearable. Ever since 2001, I have always paid my respects to 9/11 in some shape or form, but somehow, living here now, knowing this is where it took place, combined with arriving in the city on that day just three years after it happened, I have made it my own private ritual to make my way down to Ground Zero to pay my own personal tribute to the people of 9/11.

Today will be no different.

Jenny Kayne’s 2008 Fall Collection

September 8, 2008

I recently attended fashion designer, Jenny Kayne’s, Fall preview collection and was delightfully surprised with what I saw…scroll down to see a few of my favorite looks.

Trapeze Gown in Floral Watercolor Silk Organza

Trapeze Gown in Floral Watercolor Silk Organza

This brown leather belt is the perfect addition to this pretty floral silk dress. Adding just enough contrast with the difference in material, this accessory gives the dress a slight edge and steers it away from becoming too prim and proper.

Blouse in Denim Chambray with Tube Mini in Gold Paillette Embroidery

Blouse in Denim Chambray with Tube Mini in Gold Paillette Embroidery

I adore the combination of these two textures and styles. This look comes together creating a laid back, yet uniquely chic look perfect for a night out or a dressy dinner party with friends. It inspired me to look into the depths of my own closet to see what unassuming gems I might find and be able to pair together, in hopes of mimicking this great look.

Boyfriend Shirt in Black Thin Shirting and Corset Short in Black Suiting

Boyfriend Shirt in Black Thin Shirting and Corset Short in Black Suiting

Something about this outfit just makes me so happy. I think it is the mix of the high-waisted shorts and the “boyfriend” shirt, which, in this particular case, reminds me of something Grace Kelly would wear in “To Catch a Thief.” Sigh. I love her in that movie. So flawless. So effortless.  The shorts offer a structural element, with their tailored seams, which really completes this look for me. End result: casual, yet stylish and well put together. Below, a similar look:

Silk blouse from Banana Republic and high-waisted shorts from Forever 21

Silk blouse from Banana Republic and high-waisted shorts from Forever 21

Photograph taken while out and about, I liked how this outfit used similar elements and found it to be a cute and more affordable alternative to Kayne’s version shown above. To get this look, check out these links:

Shirt from Banana Republic: Silk tie-neck blouse

Shorts from Forever 21: Pleated High Waist Short w/Belt. Side note…belts are one of my favorite accessories, but there are times when a look need not be complicated by one. The belt on these particular shorts is removable, so I advise taking it off in order to achieve this particular look.)

As always, thanks for viewing…à demain! xx

London-style…shortalls

September 5, 2008

As per ushe, I was perusing through my English friend Mark’s Facebook albums and came across this photo. Like I mentioned in my last post, I have become fixated on shortalls and have found myself fantasizing about them, and all the different ways they could be worn. Shown here, this hip Londoner has chosen to opt for a more bohemian look for summer, however I would like to think these could also be paired with tights to be worn during the colder months. I love how she is casual with her look—not trying too hard—but is still put together and makes it her own. If you too, are loving this look, but are not quite sure which fit to buy or how to make sure you don’t end up looking like Donna Martin on 90210 circa 1990, I would suggest a loose fit. It is also important that they are not too long in the leg creating a strange capri pant look but also not too short or tight around the thigh so that they become bootie shorts. Check out this link: Yoox denim shortalls

For options regarding the differing seasons, try these two on for size:

For…

Summer pairings: White or black tank, one or two necklaces/thin chains, gladiator sandals, or cute woven caramel-colored flats.

And, for…

Winter pairings: Black tights, black puffy-sleeved top or more casual black V-neck short sleeve top,  a braided caramel leather belt, one long necklace/thin chain, booties, tan or brown lace-up oxfords, or if it is still relatively warmish out, say like a Fall temp, then switch it up and slip on the same woven flats mentioned above.

I must say, I love the look of black against caramel. It creates such a stimulating contrast.

Signing off…xx