Tuesday, May 29, 2012


If you consider yourself trend aware, you probably are well versed in the stylish sneakers that have popped up all over the streets in a flurry. Isabel Marant and Marc Jacobs have both done heeled versions that are absolutely to die for, but sadly these amazing shoesies are out of my budget this spring, so I had to improvise a little on this trend. While my customized Nikes are not quite a brilliantly wedged sneaker √† la Isabel or Marc's designs, they still provide an unexpected twist to my outfit. Paired with my mom's Chanel knit sweater (thanks Mom!), they dress down my ensemble and keep it from looking too stuffy or clashing in an obnoxious way (at least in my opinion).

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on the sneakers that have all but caused a fashion frenzy worldwide, or even a pair from lower and mid-range fashion lines (I'm currently eyeing a pair from NastyGal), you could wear them with feminine dresses and skirts, or jeans and a cute blouse. Whether you are going for an unexpected juxtaposition between flirty and sporty, or just trying to add a little unexpected twist to your casual sunday outfit, colorful sneaks will make you look effortlessly cool.

Sweater: Chanel. Top: American Apparel. Jeans: Rich&Skinny. Shoes: Nike. Sunnies: RayBan. Jewelry: Alexander McQueen, David Yurman, Gurhan, Hermes, Prada.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Back to Black

Some days, you just don't feel like it. Even self-dubbed glamour junkies sometimes wake up not feeling up to wearing an elaborate ensemble. On days like yesterday when I had a ton of stuff to do, I try to not look like a slob-kabob-and-a-half by at least pulling myself together with a nice knit t-shirt and sweater. I firmly believe that just because you are going casual for a day does not mean that you have to drab yourself down for the sake of comfort.

Those days when you are tired, the key to keeping your outfit from looking blah is the right accessories. I happened to choose two of my favorite rings, a nice belt and my go-to "I want to be comfortable, but still cute" lace Keds, which bumped up my outfit from blasez black and navy with a little ornamentation.  I highly suggest knits by both Alexander Wang and Rick Owens. While expensive, they just feel so luxurious and don't fall apart after years and years of wear (I've had them since my junior and senior year in high school, respectively) and they were worth their weight in gold. Even if the aforementioned designers are not at an obtainable price point, J Crew and Gap have excellent quality knits that are just as comfy and can easily do the trick for a "lazy day" ensemble-- as my mother always says, it is not the price of the piece you are wearing thats important, it's how you wear it. 

As a final note, on the days when you just don't feel up to the task of styling an ornate outfit for yourself, I suggest not reaching for leggings and a t-shirt, but jeans and a loose t. It's a classic look and you can't go wrong with it (You can however, go wrong with leggings if you pair them with a short t-shirt and fail to realize that they are not opaque before leaving the house-- not cute, ladies!). In this more "appropriate for the public" ensemble you'll feel more confident to confront the day and the tasks you have ahead of you, while still not sacrificing your comfort for the sake of style. 

Sweater: Rick Owens Lilies. Top: T by Alexander Wang. Jeans: Rich and Skinny. Belt: Hermes. Shoes: Keds. Rings: Target and Alexander McQueen.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Icky Pop

When the weather is gross like it has been this week, it is incredibly easy to slip into a funk. I often find that it's quite easy for that icky mood to be reflected in the way I dress. My remedy for the rainy sartorial slump is adding a pop of color to an outfit. Be it wearing multiple colorful items or just one, adding bright and happy shades to your outfit can improve not just your mood, but everyone else's too. Throw in a cute patterned umbrella and perhaps a pair of Hunter boots or jellies, and maybe, just maybe, you'll be hoping for it to rain just so you can wear them.

If a fire engine red trench coat is not your style (I realize it's not everyone's cup of tea), another way you could introduce color into your ensemble is a bold lip color. A coral or fuchsia lipstick can illuminate the face and ever so slightly give you more confidence to face the gloomy day ahead, without forcing you to commit to wearing a technicolor raincoat. You never know, it could end up being your signature look regardless of whether the sun is shining or the sky is covered with clouds (I'm looking at you MC).

Top: Gap.  Skirt: Zara. Belt: Gap. Trench Coat: Juicy Couture. Shoes: Fendi. Umbrella: Leighton. Jewelry: David Yurman, Hermes, Topshop, Target, Gift from Italy. Purse: Courr√®ges Paris.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Shorts on Sunday

Top: Zara. Shorts: Joes Jeans (Purchased from Yum Yum Tree in Bronxville). Belt: J Crew. Shoes: LK Bennet UK. Sunnies: Ray-Ban. Jewelry: Earrings: Citrine Bronxville. Enamel Bracelets: Boo Gemes Trunk Show (They sold similar ones at Bendels for quite a while). 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Polka Dot Promenade

Today marks my first of what I hope to be many posts on "Diamonds for Breakfast". As an unabashed girly-girl, with a lot of quirks, I tend to live day by day by the mantra that everyone should get their daily dose of glamour-- regardless of whether they feel glamourous because they are wearing a designer label or something they found at Target. Which brings me to my first ensemble: my very good friend Noura's mother  has taught me that you can never go wrong with polka-dots. While dotted confections appeared everywhere this past fall, Fahda had been rocking them oh so fabulously as a sartorial staple far before they were trendy. I may be putting words in her mouth, but it seems that she sees polka dots as a classically feminine embellishment that instantly makes an outfit more interesting, and I have to agree.

If anything, the above photographs are a testament to the fact that polka dots are not only a timeless staple, but also a wardrobe essential. They can bump up an ensemble from snoozy to sophisticated, but at the same time they dont clash with the neon gingham print blouse that I have layered under my white button down. The instant fun factor added flavor to my outfit, but was not so overly loud that I was upstaging all of the lovely gals at my brother's junior prom. So, while polka-dots may not be in the future collections of every single designer, I think I will follow in Fahda's footsteps and continue to wear polka dots as a personal style staple for years to come.

Top: J Crew, J McLaughlin. Skirt: Forever 21. Shoes: Stuart Weitzman. Sunnies: Karen Walker. Jewels: Alexander McQueen, David Yurman, Hermes, Prada, YSL. Handbag: Alexander Wang.