Last September, my sister Courtney had the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to. The ceremony took place outside in Fort Tryon Park in NYC, overlooking the Hudson River. Her ethereal gown, designed by Sarah Seven, was just what I had always imagined her wearing. As Maid of Honor, I ended up picking out a corresponding one-off dress from a lower east side boutique. Sarah Seven features a picture of the two of us in the Blushing Brides section of her website.
“Ask yourself, Are you sure this world is for you? And are you sure you are the right person to survive in this world- the world of fashion, a world with no rules, no laws?”—Karl Lagerfeld (I cut this out of a magazine and taped it to my mirror 3 years ago as a reminder to stay strong in a tough industry)
Fitting denim has its perks- I never have to wonder what silhouette works best for my body type, I know most of the brands’ fit models (e.g. their overall fit) and I’m familiar with how different washes and fabrics affect sizing. Since the fashion industry runs seasons ahead of the rest of the public, I also see denim trends months (or even a year!) in advance. This is both awesome and kind of desensitizing at the same time. Nothing really impresses me anymore (but it sure makes me a great shopping buddy). Until Katie Holmes wore hubby Tom Cruise’s jeans in 2009, denim trends were pretty slow moving. Current/Elliot led the pack of boyfriend jeans that followed Katie’s groundbreaking look, and even made the reinvented silhouette a new wardrobe staple.
Of course over the last few years denim trends have evolved- leg openings have shrunk and are now wide again, front rises are raising and distressing has come and gone. Although I am enjoying my ’70s moment and LOVING J Brand’s mid-rise, flare leg “Babe,” I can’t get enough of the innovative jeans BleuLab debuted from its reversible denim collection. That’s right- REVERSIBLE DENIM!!! The silhouettes include jeggings, skinny, straight and now even shorty shorts for the spring (including acid wash lace print!). Originally, the washes were basics and easier for the masses to swallow (black reverse to deep blue, lighter blue reverse to dark rinse, etc.), but keeping up with current trends, BleuLab now offers a wide variety of head turning washes. My favorite is gray leopard or the waxed black denim that looks like leather.
Living in a city where space is limited, Bleulab’s twofer jean could be the answer to every New York girl’s continual battle for closet space. If every piece of clothing was reversible, then she would only use half of her closet! Or, at least she would have an excuse for shopping to fill the empty hangers…
Are Chimes Ginger Chewsthe new coconut water? Just like Vita Coco was 2 years ago, these little candies seem to be all over the fashion industry recently- models, designers, even my bookers are hooked! I’m excited because they’re vegan, all natural and preservative free. (My fave is mango- flavored with real juice). The ginger also serves as a little energy boost when I start to fade after being on my feet all day, which is a major plus. I’m trying to kick my 3 a day coconut water habit (I’m now down to a healthy single serving a day), but thanks to a technical designer I work with who keeps me stocked with ginger chews I may have a new addiction…
Herbivores grab the nearest carnivore and get ready to hit the red carpet! The long awaited Vegan Documentary, Vegucated, premiers Thursday at Chelsea’s SVA Theater in Manhattan. This is the movie’s first stop on the “Let’s Get America Vegucated!” nationwide tour.
I’m looking forward to Vegucated’s fresh perspective on meat-lovers’ paths to greener and healthier lifestyles. All of us (even vegans) can use a little more vegucation.
Tickets to the premiere are still available for purchase.
Yes, it’s true. As a volunteer with Dachshund Rescue of North America I always have at least one weenie dog in the bed with me, which is why my mom so lovingly gave me pillow cases with the aforementioned title embroidered on them. I recently took a sleep quiz on Dr. Oz’s new medically based beauty website YouBeauty and the quiz suggested I kick the dachshund(s) out of bed in order to sleep better! I will go to great lengths for beauty and better sleep, but this step was taking it a little too far. In fact, I tried a night without my little rescue weenie next to me and found that I slept worse than before. Other than that, the recommended action steps worked wonders and I’m now sleeping (almost) as well as my pup.
This year, Fashion’s Night Out was kind of a bust- over crowded, somewhat dangerous at times (if you were in Soho then you understand!) and definitely not as fashionable as it has been in years past. Despite that, I managed to stumble upon a few fun activities like the accessory station at Madewell on 5th Ave. The girls from Honestly WTF helped shoppers turn scraps of denim into edgy (or preppy depending on your style) accessories like bracelets, bow-ties and headbands.
I just found the bag I wore that night and the monogrammed wrap bracelet I made out of a waistband and 3 shanks (for adjustability and decoration) was hidden in a pocket. I’ll be rocking it tomorrow- so pumped!