the shape of water

YALL. has everyone seen the shape of water? i watched it on a plane home from SF last night and cannot get over it– the depth of character development, the unusual story line, the gorgeous cinematography, the attention to each and every tiny detail weaving in and out throughout the film…. talk about a work of art.

while obviously this film was very hyped at the oscars, i had put off seeing it because a) pan’s labyrinth scared the ever living s&*t out of me, which was the last big film by this director, and b) i have an extremely hard time sitting still for an entire movie, so i figured i needed to watch it at a time when i was feeling ready to focus, in order give it a fair chance. maybe it was being trapped on an airplane, but i was completely captivated. and don’t get me started on the ending– i won’t give away any spoilers, but text or email me to please discuss, because i am OVERWHELMED (can you ever just be “whelmed”?) and need someone to talk to about it. so there’s that.

the second mind blowing discovery of the day? lychee ice cream. THANK YOU JET BLUE. i have found a new non-sartorial obsession in this stuff. it’s light, creamy, not too sweet and completely worth the lactose-induced belly ache. do any readers know where i can procure such a delicacy at sea level?

in homage to my new favorite feature film, and in the effort of keeping this a fashion blog, a few items worthy of a modern day mermaid…

 

listed from top to bottom:

headwrap,  slip dresscrochet top,  sheer skirt,  capri perfumeruffled top,

  sunglassestrousersclutch,  fish earrings,  surf sprayslides (if mermaids had feet),

one piece swimsuit, pearl bracelet,  striped skirtcolor block dress,

  mixed stone earrings,  raffia tote bag, wrap sandalsbikinilight blue fragrance,

  mother of pearl ringbone earrings

 

 

knit is it

for those diligent fb stalkers out there, you may have noticed (but hopefully not!) that one of my best friends and I frequently mail each other boxes of clothes and often get snapped in the same stuff. we both are over-shoppers and under-wearers. hehe, yes, we wear undergarments 😉 — i mean we share to double our closet, get more use out of certain things and save some dough in the process. in nyc, i know of a few girls who do this through hosting “clothes swaps” at different peoples apartments, which is a game in town i would also like to get in on. thoughts?

in my mailbox i usually find her recently worn pieces, mostly printed tops and party dresses, but occasionally there are basics. i gave myself the rule that everything she sends me must be worn at least once, so i’ve had to get creative. having someone picking out your clothes for you has definitely made me step out of my comfort zone!

one such piece, a grey knit short sleeved dress (worn by gigi hadid below) was sent, accompanied by the text “its too tight for me, but i know it will look great on you!” errr…thanks gf?! we are exactly the same size. body-con styles are definitely not my thing, i literally detest and fear the lower abdomen pooch that inevitably comes with them. but i made myself follow the rule, and figured some layers with it (tights, leather jacket, scarf) would help me leave the house in it.
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fast forward four months, the joke is on me, because i’m wearing this dress on regular repeat. i can’t get over how versatile of a piece it is (truly as basic as a t-shirt) and i know it will be a building block for my spring wardrobe as well. since i am now a clingy dress convert, here are a few tips for styling them:

  1. going it alone is tough- unless you have a rocking supermodel bod or a boatload of self-confidence (or hopefully both! like our girl gigi), these dresses are going to be tough to wear alone. they tend to emphasize every bump and bulge, and the fabrics are usually sheer. if you can find a thicker material, score! but if not, don’t be scared like i was, and read on to tip #2…
  2. jackets are your friend- the key to making myself comfortable in this style was putting something over it. Initially I tried a soft iro blazer for work followed by a leather jacket for night. For warmer weather, I’m thinking a duster cardigan, jean jacket or even trench vest will all do the trick.
  3. so are heels- as with anything tight, heels lengthen and lean you out. as i’ve gotten more comfortable in the dress, i’ve also done a pointed toe flat which has a similar effect.
  4. look for a longer hemline- in this kind of style that is already tight in the booty, the last thing you want to be doing is tugging it down all day. i love how the dress CHG sent is a longer length, and you can always scrunch up this type of fabric somewhat to shorten it. long sleeves can help you feel more covered too.

intrigued? sold? a bunch of options: this white style with a slit, this A&F (which looks shockingly similar to this much more expensive opening ceremony dress), a sleeveless turtleneck, a $59 steal, stripes from our friends at club monaco, a classic version by the gap and a daring raspberry bcbg.

for work…

trench bracelet shoes

for play…

sneakers bag jacket earrings sunglasses

art-ish

sales shmales, im so behind with le blog that i’m giving up all attempts at a holiday sales and thanksgiving roundup. moving on to a few of my favorite snaps from this year’s art basel….

They Are Wearing: Art Basel Miami Beach

They Are Wearing: Art Basel Miami Beach

They Are Wearing: Art Basel Miami Beach

They Are Wearing: Art Basel Miami Beach

so bold and beachy! im sure the personalities are as creative as the outfits. I love how the bright colors, beading and tropical vibes are such a striking contrast to the plush bundled up glitter/fur/velvet of everywhere else in the country right now (& especially in nyc). each of these snaps captures deeply personal style, but also some individual items that are practically art themselves. such great inspiration for mixing and matching.

get the look yourself with some basel-worthy finds:

 gingham-top

gingham top

earrings1

emilia earrings

top1

wrap front top

shoes1

canvas espadrilles

shades1

round sunglasses

dress1

ruffled dress

bag2

vintage looking bag

skirt1

midi skirt

hope you have a great start to the week! i have about 23,432 parties ahead and 0 things to wear, should prove to be interesting! xx

beat the heat

Whelp. In the blink of an eye, it’s already August in nyc. Cue steamy subways, daily afternoon thunderstorms, painfully frigid office buildings, and for me, and any other curly haired manhattanites out there, a hot mess of hair frizz. Most days my hair has been resembling a giant puff ball– and efforts to blow it out in an unairconditioned 5th story walk up just result in the need for a second shower. 

For now, I’m throwing in the towel, and following in the vein of these wiser women….

headscarf2

missoni1

headscarf 4

All hail the hair scarf, ultimate frizz fighter (hider?). This weekend I plan to wear mine with something like this…

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express headwrap

my favorite new marysia swimsuit

a pair of retro inspired sunnies

ultra flattering high waisted denim shorts

simple and chic knot sandals

Now work that updo, ownnnn it. I’m off to find a baby pool to sit by!