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Sep

18

90′s + 70′s

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Perfect, I totally want to look like this right now. Except I totally don’t have the energy to sew a snakeskin jacket like this.

Her purse, shoes, jacket, everything accessorized to perfection I don’t really know how she does it! Also like how this look is both 90′s minimalism and 70′s vibes all at the same time. (Photo via vogue.com)

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Sep

18

Filigree Enamel Cross Pendant …

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These necklaces are Sicilian in style but also Byzantine influenced. I’ve done too much research on cross necklaces and their archetypes. There are a thousand versions, all beautiful and decorative. This is exactly what I’m craving for fall. Something glossy and thick in detail.

Crossing paths with this micro Western Goth Trend, these are hardly futuristic but much more on the nostalgic side. Planning a date with a handsome fella, off to watch Western inspired Sin City? Perfect, this is the pendant for you.

I’m working more on my accessories game, kinda feeling Rihanna vibes a little bit. I can’t get down with most of the stuff she rocks like body chains and cheap looking gold jewelry. But actually I think jewelry + outfit coordination is not as easy as it looks. Stayed away from jewelry for years, the bloggers really ruined the look for me. I don’t want to rock what everyone else is doing. The bracelet stacks for example. I just…I can’t.

And…This is SO atypical of me. I usually hate boat stone bib necklaces and etc. but I strolled in JCREW discount and saw these gems…(’cause God knows if you’re smart you don’t buy JCREW at full price…I mean you shouldn’t ever buy full price in general but you know sometimes you have to pay…). They’re really flattering on and add just enough boldness to an outfit.

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So in my e-shop you’ll see much more jewelry, most of the stuff I produce and sell are very personal to me. Like personal belongings in a way, I don’t design or produce anything that I won’t wear. And jewelry is very personal, an easy way to customize an outfit.

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Sep

17

Western Clutch

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I brought these older designs back, except this time expanded on production. Experimenting with patchwork, each of these bags are same, but a little bit different. This purse uses new and vintage leather pieces for a real “worn in” vibe.

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Sep

10

En route … 9/10/14

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Truth is, I don’t fuck around in the mornings.

Literally all my photos are straight from my iPhone. That’s just how I roll nowadays.

On the go in my uniform. Easy black knit stretch round neck shirt with JBRAND jeans and a belt twisted and locked down.

Jacket is under my label. Luxirare.

Shoes are Degen. These are the highest quality shoes I’ve ever purchased. The production, not associated with Paris or Italy. Worn now for nearly 2 years and wore them like sneakers, walked everywhere. Only had to repair them once. Once!

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Sep

10

No-brand effect …

If you’re like me this fall, you crave a “fashionable” look with sort of a blank stare. A black accessory that carries with it no stamps or re-appropriation of a current runway trend.

Here are some items, I think, may or may not make the “must have” cut. If you’ve ever heard of “stories.com”, it’s the best e-commerce on the net right now. Some picks below.

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This bag, is everything. Just everything. Incorporating an accordian style gusset with a bare front flap, it’s unnoticeable.

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A kick back loafer with a masculine edge and hi-contrast, half and half vibe. Half-suede half-leather.

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Photos are all from www.stories.com …

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Sep

10

Summer’s over

If there’s one thing I’m craving right now it’s more sweaters. Some of my favorite staples below, from a hairy angora with over sized sleeves to drop shoulders these are all basics I’d work into my uniform. When you choose a knit it should always be done with precaution…A wrong purchase could mean an item you bought (under retail light and music seduction) your knit will not see light of day. It has happened to me before.

Atypical of your classic round neck knit, this one features an a-line shape.

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Extreme perfection, now the sleeves on this one are a-line. Slightly belled sleeves, a good look, but maybe the most impractical thing while working or cooking.

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A bold drop shoulder with ribbed sleeves.

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It’s a cardigan, no… it’s a blanket with sleeves..

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A must have for fall – it’s a ribbed mock neck or what you would call a very bold turtleneck. Basically a tube scarf attached onto a sweater.

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Ugh god, this look below is so…”Shopbop” if you know what I mean. The typical half sheer patched look at the shoulders and neckline…so so “done”, and yes it is a bit contrived, not really even natural, very..how do you say, Alexander Wang like 6 years ago. This is one of the less successful items in this lot. The look is too “fitted” and there’s a calculated vibe I really don’t like. But it’s the perfect item for fashion bloggers and “off-duty” fashionistas slash c-list models.

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Quintessential “Kate Moss” 90′s vibes below and I love hairy angora but I don’t wear it because it would look like I had poison ivy or something. My skin is sensitive. I’d be scratching myself all day. No I’d take it off the minute I had the chance.

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Contrast gauge knit.

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This approach below is way too hippie for me but if you’re into the holey texture. I like something much more covered.

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Really really great sleeves…

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Was this a mistake below? This sweater for me, is the worst. The only way I would style this is with an oxford underneath…and even then it would be a total mess. The knit would grab all the oxford’s extra fabric and create a weird kind of empire line..kind of like a sweater dress + shirt accident…This cropped knit would not work on a basic knit shirt either, it’d just look like you put two sleeve holes into a large scarf.

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I love this look below. This one I saved for last, the way this woman has styled her beefy cardigan and jeans – it’s so everyday but still pulled together and sexy. There is nothing contrived. She’s not dressed to the teeth. She doesn’t look so “done” in that typical “hair blown out lipstick coated” blogger-y or celebrity tabloid-y kind of way. You will notice a lack of stacked bangle bracelets, body chains, and other pretentious crap that goes hand in hand with selfies. With just a little more effort in the morning (some light makeup and hair considerations) any woman could work this look easily.

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Sep

09

Let the public decide …

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(Veil from Armani Couture)

Yesterday I walked outside to realize that I needed a jacket. Upset and horrified, I rushed back in and quickly changed into some layers (sweater, long sleeve…) and scurried off to work.

I am dreaming though, dreaming about this moody veil. With glorious bead work and just enough sparkle to glisten under the reflection of moody street light, I wish I could pair this casually with an all black ensemble.

The problem is that this is just a dream. It would never work. No I will not risk going out into the street with people heckling “Beekeeper! Beekeeper!!!!”….

But seriously though, why couldn’t I work this. I mean everywoman I know is offending me with body chain harnesses and head chains! Is a veil so wrong?

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Sep

09

Hyper Customized Loafers …

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There are so many amazing options in both high end and mass market for loafers. It was The Duke of Windsor’s favorite shoe, along with JFK’s. Isn’t it funny how there can be so many different versions of the same thing? Just a piece of hardware tucked in there, with a leather sliced on a 1 inch band or 1/2 inch band, it makes the biggest differences.

This selection below, as I’ve purposely left out who the designers are, is a mixture of shoes that go from over 1k to under 1 hundred. But the quality is deceiving, as China is now catching up with Europe’s standards and means of production. They are also delivering at a much faster pace.

My particular favorite is the one with the 1/2″ platform.

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Sep

08

Salmon Skin Salad

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In a recent effort to eat healthier, I’ve gone back to some salad options. If you think about Sushi Rolls, any roll can be transformed into a salad. I’m using a soy, lemon, ginger, and sesame oil concoction for a dressing, but any light soy + citrus mixture works. Look it up on Google for more reference. I just posted about salmon skin rolls so the recipe is visually documented there.

Without the rice this salad is simply a ton of Cucumber sliced through a mandolin, watercress, shiso, gobo, and of course, Salmon skin. Blistered to perfection this is literally one of my favorite things.

If you prefer I swear this makes the perfect beer snack. I’m not exactly sure it will work as a superbowl snack or a holiday snack … especially if your guests are used to Doritos and hot wings but it’s insanely delicious.

Serve the dressing on the side, if you mix it with the skin the skin will get all soggy and salmon skin that is soggy is basically inedible.

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