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A good winter coat is hard to find — and a good winter coat that’s super stylish is even harder to get your hands on. Up until now, I’ve depended on countless North Face coats (recent college grad, give me a break!) or layers on layers on layers when I’m not going for the puffy look.
This weekend, I experienced love at first sight — or touch, since I couldn’t get my hands off this super-luxe piece — with the Muubaa Isabela shearling coat. With such buttery leather sleeves and sheepskin so soft I’ll never want to drape myself in anything else, I can’t wait to be the proud owner of the most amazing jacket, ever — that is, if anybody’s feel generous this holiday season!
I’m kind of obsessed with watches, and one of the hardest outfit choices I have to make every morning is which watch to wear. The solution? A watch party. Mix your metals and strap on the wrap bracelets for an edgy look that’ll have passersby double-taking to see double. And with two watches, being early is the new fashionably late.
Proposal season is right around the corner, which means that those of us who obsess about our future weddings year round (relationship or not) will be joined on Pinterest by those of you who are, you know, actually to-be brides. But until that happens, let’s take a moment to round up engagement rings even the non-engaged can wear — boys, take notes.
Nora Kogan "Rapture" ring, $4,767
Snakes on a ring! From afar, this beauty may look like your average engagement ring, but a closer look tells a different story — it’s all in the detail. It’s pretty on its own, or if you’re trying to avoid the false congratulations, invite it to a finger party. Plus, rose gold.
Digby + Iona "Fighting Bear" ring with diamond, $880
This ring may be under Catbird’s “Wedding and Engagement" section, but it’s probably a bit more fitting for the single ladies. I mean, how would you feel if your engagement ring was of two bears fighting over a diamond? Talk about materialism…which is all the more reason, of course, to buy yourself an early Christmas present.
Anna Sheffield Hazeline Bridal Set, $11,375
Thus far, most of us have probably stuck with designer Anna Sheffield’s more affordable, girly-meets-edgy Bing Bang line. Her fine jewelry holds the same uniqueness, but without losing the classic look we expect of our engagement rings. This stacking set is the perfect example — can we discuss the mixed-metal look? Wear each of the three rings on its own or put them together for a rock even your married friends will envy. And the black diamonds? The daring touch you’re looking for.
I’ve never been a fan of peplum (do I really need more hip action??) until New York Fashion Week happened and I saw the chicest woman of all time in a bedazzled peplum top that I knew I had to have. Asos.com obviously never disappoints, so I snagged this sparkling number. If you’re going to do peplum, might as well do it with a bang, right?
Ob. Sessed. With the leather trend. But while everyone’s wearing leather skirts and leather-armed military jackets (ugh, yes), is it possible to wear — wait for it — full-bodied leather? We’ll just call it a work in progress.
Since it’s not Halloween yet, avoid the Catwoman look by staying away from all-black leather. You’ve been wearing that fuchsia purple skirt as a statement piece thus far — and there’s not reason to change that now, even when you’re pairing it with other leather pieces! A creamy white top makes for a good match, as it doesn’t look overwhelmingly leathery. And since you already own that quintessential leather jacket? Go ahead, throw it on, because hey — it’s the closest you’ve ever gotten to wearing Lady Gaga’s meat dress, so might as well go all out. My pick: this utterly amazing Veda jacket (the newest addition to my wardrobe)!
Vena Leather Shell in Ivory, Patterson J. Kincaid; Purple Pleated Lambskin Leather Skirt, Viparo; Vivian Jacket, Veda.
Never thought I’d say this, but Charlotte Olympia’s got nothing on Tory Burch. I’ve searched long and hard for the perfect smoking slipper, and this is the one: equal parts sophistication and humor, all with a bow on top. It’s like MBMJ’s mouse flats all over again — put a cute animal on it, and I can’t resist.
Earlier this month, Seventeen magazine took a pledge not to Photoshop its models after 14-year-old Julia Bluhm collected more than 80,000 signatures from readers asking the magazine to feature girls as they are.
Though affecting large-scale change isn’t something most people have accomplished by the time they hit middle school, this kind of a move requires a lot more than just blaming the magazines. I’m not claiming to know where widespread insecurity and obsession with weight and peripheral beauty comes from, but I can be confident in saying that magazines and the fashion industry do not drive the problem.
Like any other publication, magazines strive for perfection. What sets a magazine apart from a newspaper or a novel is that it tells its stories not just through words, but through images as well. Just like an article is passed through the hands of countless editors, photos are touched and retouched to represent the best version of itself. The vocabulary of an article may change through an extensive editing process, but the core of the article still exists. Likewise, though the colors, textures and other details of a photograph may be different, at its core, an edited photograph is the same as it was before it went through Photoshop - except now, it’s been honed to near perfection.
As readers, we know this - or should know this. Magazines are doing no more than what we do every day when spend ages getting dressed and sit in front of our mirrors doing our hair and makeup. We go out every day in what we hope is the best versions of ourselves, and magazines publish their pages month to month in what they hope is the best versions of themselves. And what is the best presentation for Vogue may not be the best presentation for Marie Claire, just like how I dress to impress is different from how everyone else dresses to impress.
Asking a magazine to stop Photoshopping its models, on the surface, seems to be a courageous move, but ultimately I believe that when you take away a magazine’s ability to edit its content, you are taking away its voice. If you’re looking for reality in its rawest sense, the only person you’ll get that from is yourself, because when you’re looking at me, you’re seeing me the way I want you to see me: cat-eyed eyeliner, bangled arms, cowhide booties and all.
Can we discuss for a second how obsessed I am with Chelsea Market? It’s my one-stop shop for food and fashion (the two greatest things) and from cupcakes to independent designers, I can’t stay away from the place. This weekend, when I strolled over to pick up my usual week’s worth of fresh fruit, I stumbled upon the rag & bone sample sale to my utter delight. Needless to say, I couldn’t help myself. Say hello to my Newbury booties! They’re perfect for being dressed up or down, and can be worn with literally everything (really, I challenge you to find an outfit they won’t work with). And at a sample sale price…I just couldn’t say no!