18 August 2014

bikebaby

Its been a good summer for biking, and thus outfits to bike in. Its been nothing but high waisted shorts and cropped tee shirts in various combos around here and lots and lots of vintage. Two years ago I picked up these shorts and finally got around to having them shortened last summer but by that time it was too cold out to wear them. You know how that happens? You keep meaning to do something and don't? For the entirety of my time living in NYC I kept saying I was going to bring my bike to my apartment and it never happened. One of the selling points of my apartment building was the bike storage and I was so lame that I just kept saying, "I'll do it next weekend." Now I've got both my bikes here and I'm definitely making up for lost time on the road.
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Thrifted shorts (similar here)
American Apparel crop top
Vintage bag (similar here)
American Deadstock vintage sunglasses
Birkenstocks

15 August 2014

what's inside you

Eleonora Carisi has been one of my favorite bloggers for years; I love how she creates outfits that capture the elusive "perfectly put together but not trying too hard," look and her hair is always enviable. I discovered that she was designing her own clothes under the name Whats Inside You 'when her S/S14 lookbook came out filled with co-ords and fun pullovers in the most gorgeous, vivid prints of fruit and neon minerals.
The latest looks she's created for F/W14 are just as vibrant, evoking classic wintery motifs that bring to mind imaginary ski trips to the swiss alps paired with girly, fun illustrated patterns like Eleonora's lips with beauty mark and lipstick tubes. And the colors she uses ranging from neon greens and pinks to deep blues and fiery red-orange seem expertly chosen to pop against freshly fallen snow and later, to ward off winter dullness.
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14 August 2014

sucker

On constant rotation: seersucker dresses. I've got this one in brown too, but I had to have it in classic blue. It just screams SUMMER even when I'm trapped in my cubicle. A fantastic summer dress for romping around outside, drinking late into the humid nights and occasionally going to the office.
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Madewell sunglasses (similar here)
American Apparel dress
Clare Vivier Messenger Bag
Moheda clog sandas here
Weird sunlight c/o LB, NY

13 August 2014

reformation

Ever since I challenged myself to be more conscious of where my clothes come from I've been obsessively following Reformation. Their mission is "killer clothes that don't kill the environment" and they're clearly killing it. Using deadstock materials, vintage pieces as inspiration and created locally in New York and Los Angeles the brand is transparent and committed to sustainability. And it seems like every other day I see another celebrity or just a girl on the street wearing their pieces.
That's not to say it doesn't have its drawbacks. Based on a dress I bought and returned the clothes are definitely made with the tall and thin in mind. They did branch out and create a line for busty ladies, specifically styles with which a bra can be worn, but fit is an issue if you're petite or aren't boyishly shaped. It definitely shows a commitment to their customers that they listened to their requests though.
If you're reading, I'd love a petite line!
The clothes also come at a price: most dresses running well over $150, though not often exceeding $300. However, when you take into consideration how and where the garments are made the dollar amounts make sense and in my opinion are fair.
Regardless of whether or not you buy their clothes, they have a great marketing message that we should all keep in mind: respect the earth, its the only planet with pizza.
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30 July 2014

channeling kw resort

Sometimes I just don't really want to go anywhere or do anything, and I'd like to dress for the non-occassion in what could be considered borderline pajamas. I mean, my favorite days are ones where I go for a bike ride to the farmers market in the morning and spend the afternoon reading and eating blueberries on the beach. This was what I wore last Saturday for a day just like that. Lately I've been really feeling inspired by Karen Walker's 2015 resort collection: comfortable, loose fabrics with subtly feminine details. Its just right for hanging around home all summer. It was easy to get into that vibe with my pale pink Karen Walker for Uniqlo shirt that I picked up last summer for a steal ($5)and some light blue seersucker American Apparel shorts.
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Madewell sunglasses similar here
American Apparel Hampton shorts
KW2 for Uniqlo tee shirt (2013)
Saltwater sandals
Vintage straw bag (similar here, and its really pretty!)

24 July 2014

housekeeping

As you can see I'm doing a bit of construction on the blog layout. The old one never really sat well with me, it never matched up with the type of content I want to share here. A lot of things I wanted to try out in terms of photography, styling and using my favorite swear words fell by the wayside because it just didn't jive with the feel the layout gave the blog. Now I feel like I'm off to a fresh start. And it feels really fucking awesome.
Being completely incapable of coding, I purchased a template from the talented and helpful Maira Gall Etsy Shop. I'm still tweaking a few details, working on a spiffed up new header and I have content ideas for days. But one thing at a time.
Speaking of housekeeping, this is a picture of my living room after I spent several hours cleaning the apartment. I'm a total neat freak and my place being this clean made me dizzy with joy (or I was half drunk on Bloody Mary's--either way, I was dizzy). Bonus points for Rich because he bought me two giant bunches of peonies at the farmer's market and only made me repeat myself twice when I told him what kind of flowers I wanted.
"Tee hee you said peonies." Thanks, babe.
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21 July 2014

trademark

Happy, Honey & Lark is currently under construction, thanks for reading while its still in progress!
A few months ago Trademark caught my eye on Pinterest with their Spring 14 collection and I remember thinking this is exactly how I want to dress. Casual, but sophisticated enough for the office with a minimal feel and comfortable look. Barely a hint of skin, nothing revealingly clingy and not a high heel in sight. This is a brand that keeps the girl who likes to walk in mind. These are the kind of clothes I envision a New York girl (like myself) wearing to feel equally as cool if she were visiting Paris or her parents out in the suburbs. Its also not going to break the bank: priced similarly to French Connection, JCrew and Kate Spade Saturday, this line isn't unobtainable but its not fast fashion either.
Looking ahead to chilly days and kicking around fallen leaves here are some of my favorites from the Fall/14 Trademark lookbook. Classic autumnal pieces like knee length navy skirts and camel colored coats are seamlessly mixed with muted turquoise, periwinkle and cream with shots of red throughout. One of the goals set forth by the founders, Pookie and Louisa Burch was to take an artistic approach to fashion with keen attention to color. By the looks of the collection I think they're succeeding. I'll be keeping this impeccable lookbook around for styling tips come autumn. My particular favorites are the red and blue rollneck sweater and the quilted jacket from the first and second pictures.
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Photos from Trademark Fall 14 Lookbook

16 July 2014

belated independence day

On the 4th of July, Rich and I were at a wedding and he was the best man. We missed out on all the festive, patriotic fun of Independence Day though. On the following Saturday we threw a bit of a belated Independence party and some of our favorite people came by.
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Sam baked the world's most chocolatey cupcakes (I think they were vegan too)
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Joe and Greg testing their sligshot skills (after this I handed the camera to Sam)
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More friends arrived including Lindsay and Dave R
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Joe and Clare being supercute
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Playing beer pong with All-American red cups
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Remi and Rich played with the Schwinn Orange Krate
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Party people!
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