do you double denim?

been seeing it all over the place. loves it! looks fresh which is an amazing feat since it's june and all.. though it has been raining like eh-va-ry day. so maybe it was function as much as fashion.

anyway, check his:

fun nerd glasses

varying shades of denim (kind of essential to pulling this off)

slight cuff to the jean

perfect on everyone canvas shoes... which may even be a light blue... hmmm.. lemme put on my glasses...
either way, flashing back to 6th grade and my raging keds obsession.

once again i've been harassing strangers at my subway stop.. but-what can i say? bed-stuys gentrified yo...

i dont have an it bag....

but if i did- this chloe black leath-ah, worn by bluefly model elyse, would more than totally suffice. yup sure would...

australian model Elyse Taylor at the bluefly studios.



so i felt like a snark-monster from the last post so i'm putting this up to make amends. but the sometimes and the nevers are the realities of always/sometimes/never ya know? anyways...

doesn't everyone look smashing in their white tees and jeans? i love how they each, using basically the same outfit ingredients, are entirely unique and look 100% themselves. sidenote: why are both the fellas holdin' a drank?

white tee shirts + jeans= always classic
whether you want to go retro classic workman, laid back garconne chic, or cool urban ..uhhh.. guy.

photos from left to right: mickey spillane image from the selvedge yard, "emily" from garancedore.fr./en/, and my own picture of my friend, the artist nathan jalani taylor.



animal print: one's doing it right, one's doing it wrong. granted, it's not a fair fight...

i love expressing my inner feline as much as the next gal but i have to put leopard (and it's other jungle friends) firmly in the sometimes lane. lest you think im body snarking on the civilian, heiny-hatred would = self-hatred round these parts so that's not it. my problem lies with the cheap faux fur, weird crop length of the pants, and boots with said crop. hey at least nobody (except my mom) is still worried about the whole no white before memorial day thing right? speaking of, i'm so looking forward to this much needed long weekend.


the rest of the story...

so as i mentioned.. i went to my pal alison's house, not only for the champagne and two bite brownies, but mainly to ogle the clothes (that she designed) at her trunk show.

her very charming apartment has a similar aesthetic to her clothing: whimsical and dreamy yet sophisticated. the sale was open to a select grouping of clientele, most of whom either modeled in her fall presentation or styled it (moi).

and of course she had plenty of cute friends for me to harass for pics:

all in all, i learned about knockout nail polish, ate chocolate, and made some new friends. now if i could just figure out how to put pictures "after the jump" so these posts wouldn't be so long...



so blogging is hard work yall.. to post not only timely, relevant content but also in a visually appealing manner is def quite the challenge. more posts to come-promise! oh, the lil' deer above is from designer alison lewis's super cute apt. i recently went to her trunk show and snapped pics of her and her cute friends so i can't wait to share that with you.


call me crazy but...

photo via the cut

i never in a mill. thought i'd say that posh reminded me of adriana lima but...

photo via victoria's secret

kinda right? c'mon, squint your eyes a little. i think this may be her best angle. posh that is, adriana doesn't have a bad one.

models in the wild

i would love to have a look-see at the manual that apparently, all models are given on day one of how to look cool off duty. at left: french model noemie lenoir running around nyc. on the right: bluefly model jana, post shoot. i think the cliffs notes would say something like:

wear black.
wear boots.
wear leather.

well-- and to be skinny and beautiful, blah, blah, blah...

photo of noemie via jezebel.com; jana by moi.


manga madness... knee socks abound

wow, so i headed to the brooklyn botanical garden to scout locations and photo ops for my impending nuptials only to find that today was in fact the sakura matsuri "cherry blossom" festival.

obvs the cherry blossoms were great and all but more importantly, all the goth-lolita-cosplay gals (and some guys... and some girls dressed as guys..) came out to play.

i did some light research (ie: google) to make sure i'm not saying anything ignorant or offensive but in short, i saw rainbows of wigs, lots of knee socks, and even some creepy dolls. what?! is that offensive?

so consider this "a just the facts" rundown of what i saw. not my style per se but you gotta respect their commitment.

i loooove that she posed for me. omg

skittles wigs

some were more into the goth aspect than the whole little girl petticoat thing...

while others were super (little) girly...

the aforementioned creeped out dolls. see, they're kinda creepy right?

actually, it's kind of editorial no? rolling around on the wooded ground, vacant eyes, the boy doll hinting at a threesome. remember that muse story with hanne gaby odiele? yeah, very that.

not surprisingly, the doll's momma was dressed as a victorian doll herself; which is a strong vein of the whole cosplay (costume play) movement.

another example here...

so awesomely distracting i almost forgot why i was there. almost...



um, i don't know who they are, what they're wearing, or any that stuff i usually try to find out.

i was at a friend's art exhibit drinking wine so alls i can tell you is they were cute so i followed them around the room until i could get a good shot. not creepy at all.

i dig their: plunging necklines, shoved sleeves, and fun pants in both the red pin dots on the left, and the pristine white cuffed on the right.

question: is it a boyfriend blazer if you're a man?

another question: is it wrong that they remind me of these guys?

and i mean that in the very most complimentary of ways; everyone wanted to jack their style.

yeeessss! they might just as soon kick it with kanye as solve crimes! stop--they'll be fashion police! yeeessss!!

sigh, i love them. i like to imagine they coordinate always and have varying themes. cowboy day, disco day, new school preppy yacht wear day...and like, if you're a poor dresser who's not cute you can't be their friend.

i can't handle it..


l.l. cool j(ulie)

did i ever tell you how cute my friend Julie is? she's got this whole americana thing going on that convinces me the secret to chic lies in an l.l. bean catalog. even though she's my friend and i totally made her take this picture, let's give her the same street style treatment that regular ol' strangers get.

the beauty of this look lies in it's simplicity. there's only 5 things you need to know about this outfit:

1. classic little boy's blazer.

2. basic white tee.

3. simple gray scarf.

4. cuffed just right jeans.

5. and you already know i love her classic clarks.

add accessories; like say, a gold watch and bangle that play off your blazer buttons and a perfectly beat up tote et voila! an outfit you'll never look back and wonder what the hell you were thinking.


street style

hmmm... not much to say here 'cept she looks cool as sh*t.

in point of fact:

-the bold shoulder jacket; very balmain, although very margiela before that anyway, which in either case references the 80's, which touched on the 40's, ..gah!

-ripped and faded jeans; also very balmain-ish

-cross body bag; just very current (she applied the chain strap herself!)

-disheveled bangs with wild waves; very.. whatever i'm tired of this game.

and, i was delighted to hear that almost all of the look was thrifted aside from the jeans and shoes but even they were from H&M so what can i say? a good eye will get you far style wise.

kind of reminds me of someone else i know (of). doesn't she totally look like irina lazareanu???



today was fun in that i saw two pairs of shoes that i loved. one, a cool classic best friend you can count on and the other, a sexy new exciting lover.

the clark's desert boot always looks good on everyone: man, woman, or child. seriously they can ground a dress or jeans. and from what i hear, you'd have to pry them from tonne goodman's cold dead hands (feet?). when im feeling floppy and casual, i reach for 'em.

i haven't yet purchased any clog boots ... oh--- yes well, clog boots are just what they sound like. here look:

clog-boot girl was traipsing through bryant park. when i stopped her to snap a pic, clog-boot girl's boyfriend said,
"cool boots right?"

damn straight. i particularly love her pant indecision; casually cuffed or open and free? both apparently!


not yo mama's jeans...

i spied this cutie while out buying a plastic king crown of all things for an upcoming shoot... even from behind i knew she had an awesome look and she didn't even freak out when i came jogging up behind her. in fact, in true 'only in new york' fashion, once i was done she whipped out her own camera to take a picture of me!

now-let's chop it up and serve it yeah?

pants: harem/cropped/pleats. high risk = high reward

cool shades: check

tangle of wristwear: check

tee: possibly her man's

hat: oversized, sumptuous knit

let's get back to the pants for a sec'. quite reminiscent of the much discussed "mom-jeans" from the marc fall (09) show wouldn't you say? nice to see a for reals interpretation. not that i wouldn't wear the marc version if given the dough and the hip circumference; i'm just sayin...

more street/subway style shots to come but i gotta tell ya, there are some shy new yorkers out there! yes ma'am! i get told no more often then yes. guess i have to work on my pitch; it's not like im the sartorialist or something...




referencing nickelodeon stars = sad? i mean, alanis started there...

Karlie Kloss as seen on a midtown gap advt... you can't tell but it's like 50ft. tall


thunder stealin'

i wasn't told this was a double. get out of my shot

p.s. seriously, this 'city' isn't big enough for the both of us.


fashion victim

carine has a boo boo

photo via the sartorialist

hel(mut) yeah!

i found an old helmut newton book at my office. i pounced on it and ran away, much like i do at the thrift store. even though no one was challenging me for it, also much like the thrift store. i've always loved his images and this was a small collection of his most iconic. it hits all the helmut high notes: boobs, voyeurism, sapphic lovin' and celebrity portraits. i've included a few here, my favorite being a portrait of a young karl lagerfeld looking h-o-t!

karl lagerfeld, 1973

tied up torso, 1980

woman examining man, 1975 (love this one!)

saddle I, 1976 (click here for saddle II if you're curious, i know i was)



dont you kind of love those pimp suits some guys wear? and by some guys i mean yeah, black guys. reminiscent of the zoot suits popular in the 30's and 40's, they now seem to be standard baptist church fair and conversely, a fave of snoop dogg friend the bishop don "magic" juan.

right off the train station by my house is the stacy adams plaza, a 3 store strip that houses every manner of suit, hat, and shoe for your inner pimp.

i like to walk by real slow like im not really looking; visions of hamish bowles and andre 3000 dancing in my head. we've got to get those two together for a shopping playdate; the fun they'd have! i love that very few degrees seperate a vogue editor and a rapper from the south. erha, sartorially speaking that is...


if you haven't already signed up for stylecaster, hurry up and do it now... seriously, i'll wait.... you back? ok. so meg cuna and the gang invited me down to guest style which was loads of fun. just racks of clothes and no advertiser list**. wheeeee!

once you're all logged in, you can add items to your own personal fantasy closet, check out other peoples style boards and listen to exclusive interviews. its almost like facebook or something but made especially for fashion folks. good times.

so the look above is one put together by moi.

**when you style an editorial for a magazine, even though your creativity is supposed to be king, you are still given a list of advertisers, for example: armani, diesel, reebok, etc... that must be worked into the story. advertisers are afterall, how the mag makes money at the end of the day!

Brent from the block

i spotted this fine young dandy while hopping on the train late for work the other day. didn't stop me from getting out with him at 14th st (3 stops earlier than my own) to snap his pic. good sport that he was, he forgave my early a.m. stalking. we made fast chatty friends and turns out he lives right in my neighborhood in brooklyn. wonder if he shops at the stacy adams plaza on nostrand? doubtful...
there are so many aspects of this look i covet: the cute specs, jaunty scarf, lv tote, and shiny loafers. i was actually wearing a scarf and loafers myself when i snapped this. maybe im just a narcissist. although, i had more of a grey gardens thing going on.



Cindy, Claudia, and the whole lot of them are on a campaign to torture me. these heifers look gooooood! and most of them have had children right? cindy has two for sure, christy turlington has at least one... now im not sure about linda and claudia and certainly not ms. naomi. in any event, i bought cindy's workout tape in middle school and at no point did i ever look like this. hhhgggrrggh... guess i will go to monday's chisel class.

Cindy in the april issue of allure


ooooh yeah mama likes!

The sound i made when i saw these shoes made my dog come running from across the room with a distinct look of concern in his eye... "its ok, mama's just looking at shoes," i assured.

look, i make ridiculous noises when i shoegasm ok? Cosmo told me this is totally natural and not to be embarrassed.