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How to Style This Target Mossimo Sweater 4 Ways

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A good sweater can become your go-to-piece during these cold winter months. A sweater that is comfy, warm and can go with everything, what more can you ask for? So by now you should know I have an obsession with Target. It is a dangerous place for my wallet and I! I recently went on a Target run, for items that had nothing to do with clothes. But alas I can’t help but check out what they have. Luckily they were having a sale on their clothes (still are) in particular sweaters. I don’t really have enough pull over sweaters that I can throw on. So I made it my mission to find one during the great sale.

I was not disappointed, as I left the store with a piece that I’ve already worn more than once. The side tie pullover sweater is not only stylish but is veryyyyyyyy warm. It’s so warm in fact that I’ve worn it without a coat while leaving my house, in November! That alone tells me that the sweater was well made, making it worth the original price. Here are 4 ways I’ve styled the sweater.

 

1. For The Office

I’ve worn this exact outfit to work and loved it. The billowy sweater gets balanced out with slim straight legged pants. The sweater wouldn’t work with a billowy skirt as the massive amount on both the top and bottom half of my body would overwhelm my small frame. I would also pair it with a black or dark grey business pant to offset the light grey color of the sweater. You can also do a monochromatic look and pair the sweater with a similar shade of grey pant.

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Target sweater, Pant(don’t know, there is no tag), Hat: Target, Grey pumps: Primark

 

2. A Weekend Errand Run

Now some ladies choose to believe that “leggings are pants”  while others believe “leggings are not pants!” I’m usually on the latter side except for when it comes to this extremely warm sweater. If you do choose to pair the sweater with leggings I suggest a fleece lined pair like the ones I have on and a tall boot. Both combined with the sweater will keep you toasty. I don’t suggest a short boot, as a tall boot keeps you warmer.

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Target sweater, standard fleece lined legging, Candies boots.

 

3. Night Out

Don’t think you can wear a chunky sweater for a fun night out of drinks? Why not? For this look I paired the sweater with black moto jeans which adds a tougher feel to the soft sweater. Once again the type of pant you wear is key so go with a skinny jean, that doesn’t fight with the billowy top. Slip on a pair of killer pumps and your ready to turn heads!

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Target sweater, H&M moto jean, Aldo pumps, Mulberry & Grand shades.

 

4. Lunch get together

I’m an advocate for transitioning clothes into different seasons. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me wear a mini skirt in the fall. The same can be done in the winter, just make sure to layer your leggings and tights! I wanted to give the look a more relaxed feel so a pair of Tim’s were a clear choice for me.

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Target sweater, Forever21 mini skit, Timberland boots.

How would you style this sweater from Target? Let me know in the comments and social media.

T.S.

 

 

 

 

 

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Louis Vuitton Exhibition Rooms 6-10

If you pay attention to fashion news you probably already know that the Louis Vuitton exhibition, that has been a hit in other international cities has made its way to New York City. I made my way to the exhibition twice already and plan to go back before it closes. I wrote a review of the first 5 rooms of the exhibit which you can read here. The following is an overview of the next 5 rooms, which concludes the exhibition.

 

The Painting Trunk

Louis Vuitton’s relationship with the world of art began in 1924 when art dealer Rene’ Gimpel ordered a trunk for his business trips to New York, Paris and London. To meet the needs of artists like Rene, Louis Vuitton created larger trunks with drawers that could protect the artwork during travel. Returning to the companies roots of protective packaging caught the eye of the art world and soon other artists became customers as well. Masters of the art world such as the artist Matisse became clients of Louis Vuitton. Many artists developed close ties to the company and were given the opportunity to design one of a kind trunks. Over the years these ” artists in residence” have created new fabrics, patterns and designs for the house of Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton’s most recent collaboration has been with the artists Jeff Koons whose collection includes recreations of master works.

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Curio Trunks

During the 1900’s Gaston-Louis started buying trunks from previous customers to create his trunk collection. To start this process he would send certain customers a questionnaire to learn more about their trunks. Next the customers that returned the questionnaire, were sent an offer by Gaston to buy their trunks. The trunks in The Curio Trunks room consists of the trunks Gaston bought to create his collection.

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The Beauty of Fashion

Trunks for Stars

During the 1920’s and 1930’s the house of Louis Vuitton stepped beyond the trunk and started making beauty items, furniture pieces and specialty items. Hollywood’s starlets ordered velvet lined trunks along with the various new pieces the house was creating. Specialty pieces that were made for stars include a vanity case for Sharon Stone, wardrobe trunk for Katharine Hepburn and a suitcase and vanity set for Elizabeth Taylor. Stars around the globe continue to order from the house to help them with their travel and everyday needs.

 

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Exquisite Bottles

It was in 1927 that Gaston-Louis Vuitton created the first fragrance for Louis Vuitton, in an effort to expand the fields in which Louis Vuitton played. He cared just as much for the look of the bottle as he did the fragrance itself. Being so each time the house created a new fragrance Gaston would commission masters in the decorative arts field to design the bottles. The collaborations became a tradition for the house with its latest being in 2016 with designer Marc Newson.

 

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Sophisticated Dandies

Not only were silver screen actresses customers of Louis Vuitton, but so were actors. Many of the first were French actors that ordered foot and wardrobe trunks. The actors also ordered garment bangs and toiletry bags that helped push the brand into the menswear arena. In the 1920’s the making of canes with carved heads was another collaboration opportunity for the house and different artists to create unique pieces.

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Collaborations

Besides artists the house has collaborated with individual designers over the years. The introduction of different designers to Louis Vuitton began in 1996 when Azzedine Alana, Manolo Blahnik, Romeo Gigli, Helmut Lang, Isaac Mizrahi, Sybilla and Viviene Westwood were invited to collaborate with the house. This event helped mark Louis Vuitton’s one-hundredth anniversary. In 1997 Louis Vuitton officially entered the  fashion sphere with a ready-to-wear line. Guiding this new avenue for the brand was Marc Jacobs, the artistic director of the ready- to-wear line for almost 16 years. Jacobs used many of the artistic collaborations as inspirations for his collections. The designers that took on the role as Artistic Director after Jacobs departure also used artists and authors to create unique collections.

 

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The Music Room

Other than making trunks for clothing, art and writing the house of Louis Vuitton has been known to make trunks for musical artists as well. Delicate musical instruments have been stored in these special order trunks. Violins, guitars and more have found a safe haven for travel with Louis Vuitton.

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Louis Vuitton Loves America

In 1893 Georges Vuitton made his first step into the U.S market when he attended the Chicago World’s Fair. While there he met John Wanamaker, owner of the first ever department stores. A few years later in 1898 Wanamaker put Louis Vuitton in his New York and Philadelphia stores. By the roaring 20’s Louis Vuitton had become the luxury luggage of choice for people all over the country.

Fast forward to 1997 to one of the most memorable Louis Vuitton eras which is when Marc Jacobs became Artistic Director. The designer guided the brand into the new millennium and held the position as Artistic Director for 16 years. During this time he made iconic collaborations with various artists including Yayoi Kusama who introduced her signature polka dot and Stephen Spouse who created graffiti inspired designs. Currently guiding the Louis Vuitton brand through each season is Nicolas Ghesquiere whose dressed celebrities like Taylor Swift and Nicole Kidman among others.

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere worn by Riley Keogh at the 2014 Amfar Ceremony

 

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere 2017 worn by Ruth Negga for the Golden Globes

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere 2017 worn by Michelle Williams

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Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton worn by Taylor Swift at the 2016 Met Gala.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton worn by Jennifer Connelly at the 2017 Met Ball.

 

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Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs and artist Stephen Spouse printed roses skirt.

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Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs, feather headpiece and mink short dress and graffiti legging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Worn by Madonna at the 2009 Met Ball.

 

I hope you get to see this amazing and encompassing exhibition. If you don’t I hope you’ve enjoyed my reviews. I learned so many interesting facts of a brand that I’ve worked for in the past, but had no idea of!

The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez exhibition will be on display at the New York Stock Exchange building on 86th Trinity Place in the financial district until January 7th 2018.

T.S.

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The Louis Vuitton Exhibition: Rooms 1-5

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The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Vayagez (Fly, Sail, Travel) exhibition has made its way around the globe. Originating in Paris, the brands birthplace the presentation has finally made its way to New York City after much anticipation. Both Paris and Tokyo viewers of the exhbition have given rave reviews of this immersive exhibition. And it is no wonder why when each room of the Louis Vuitton exhibition was curated to not only showcase the immersive Louis Vuitton history from past to present, but honor the city in which it is held. The original stock exchange building where the exhibition is housed is a New York City institution and is magnificent on its own. As you make you way into each room you are transported to the past, with each interiorly transformed to represent Louis Vuitton’s history. The exhibition has an accompanying app that gives you an interactive experience, so be sure to download that first!

 

History of Louis Vuitton the Man

At the age of 14 Louis Vuitton left his village in Eastern France on foot and made his way to Paris two years later. As a young man he apprenticed as a box maker and packer for the box manufacturer Romaine Marechal. By 1854 he founded the company of Louis Vuitton on rue Nerve-des-Capucines which became  one of Paris’s most famous shopping boulevards. His lightweight yet strong designs became a hit amongst high society. Louis is credited in perfecting the flat trunk, the first step towards modern luggage. By 1875 he created the wardrobe trunk which allowed the traveler to hang their clothes in the luggage. This invention skyrocketed the already booming company.

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Part 1-The Trunk of 1906

In 1896 Louis Vuitton’s son Georges created the “LV” monogram which the house is known for. In 1906 the monogram was added to the trunk for the first time by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of Louis Vuitton. 1906 was also the first time the trunk was designed with their signature brass corners with a patent lock added for security.

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Part 2-Wood

Woodwork was Louis’s first craftsmanship. As a young boy who grew up near a forest wood was always influential for him. As a box maker he also worked with wood, so it was second nature for Louis to create his own trunks out of wood. In particular he used camphor wood to detour pests, poplar wood for the frame and beech wood for reinforcement. Lastly he would use rosewood for its aromatic scent.

 

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Left: Interior luggage labels of the 1800’s.
Top Right: Advertising card of 1885.
Bottom Right: Mailing envelope for the LV stores of Paris and London 1890.

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Part 3-Classic Trunks

The linage of trunks begins with the Trainon Grey in 1854. The Striped Canvas trunk came next in 1872 which came in the colors red, brown and later in the combination of beige and brown. 1888 introduced the Damier canvas trunk and soon the flat trunk was invented. The house continued to build their reputation for trunks and cemented their reliability with the Ideale trunk, with the purpose of keeping items safe  during travel.

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Part 4-The Invention of Travel

Louis Vuitton was the luggage of choice for explorer and engineer André-Gustave Citroën during the excursions of the 1924 and 1925. The House of Louis Vuitton created particular trunks that could withstand the hot climate, different types of transportation and accommodate the portable comforts needed for explorers like Citroën.

 

During the rise of yachting the house of Louis Vuitton created the Steamer Bag, which modernized the hand luggage spectrum. The bag had the ability to be folded into any wardrobe trunk compartment. The bags weight, size and ease is considered to be the blueprint for the modern day gym bag.

Steamer Trunk on the right.

 

 

During the automobile rise the Vuittonite or Monogram canvas wardrobe and hat trunks were the some of Louis Vuitton’s most popular trunks. Picnic trunks, coolers and flat Morocco leather bag, the precursor to the handbag were in high demand as well.

 

Chauffeur’s Kit in Vuittonite Canvas 1910

 

 

 

The invention of airplanes led the house of Louis Vuitton to meet the needs of aviators and travelers alike. The Aero trunk, the grandfather of the carry-on luggage was the answer for people needing compact and lightweight luggage.

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Advancements in train travel gave the house the chance to create the Cabin trunk. This new trunk could fit under seats, while other bags such as garment and overnight bags also became in demand models.

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Part 5-Writing

Gaston-Louis Vuitton was an appreciator of writing and books. He himself was an author so its no wonder that the house of Louis Vuitton created mobile offices and various trunks that suited traveling writers.

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The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez exhibition will be open until January 7, 2018 on 86 Trinity Place in the financial district. I will have a follow up post covering rooms 6-10 soon. Have you seen the exhibition or are you looking forward to seeing it? Let me know your comments and thoughts here and on social media!

T.S.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Ways to style Who What Wear’s bell sleeve top from Target

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Like every other person I’m obsessed with Target. I am particularly obsessed with their affordable fashion. Namely the Who What Wear collection, which by far is my favorite clothing line there. Although the new line A New Day is has some great work wear that I might be buying soon. Who What Wear at Target is  great for the office but I love the more casual pieces as well. I own a few pieces from previous collections and some like a black bomber have become staples.

On a recent trip in which Target was having (still is) a huge sale on clothes I exited Target with the grey lace bell sleeve ribbed crewneck top. Its important to note that I am not a huge fan of turtlenecks and hardly wear them so a crewneck is more up my alley. If you don’t like the feeling of a turtleneck go for the shorter crewneck, which has a less restrictive feel.

The top originally cost $27.99 but is on sale now for $19.59. What a steal! The top keeps me quite warm because the rib knit has a medium thickness to it. If the top didn’t have a good weight to it I might not have gotten it. But Who What Wear got it right in both the purpose of rib knit (durability and warmth) and style. I’ve worn the top for an ootd (outfit of the day) post on Instagram and many of you loved the top. So I figured I’d show you a few ways I’ve styled it.

Casual

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Top: Who What Wear
Jeans: H&M
Boots: Call IT Spring
Sunglasses: Mulberry & Grand
Hat: Target

 

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Formal

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Top: Who What Wear for Target
Skirt: Five on Seven New York
Shoes: Atmosphere from Primark

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Semi Casual

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Top: Who What Wear, Jogger Formal Pant: The Loft, Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

 

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Formal ( If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this one!)

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Top: Who What Wear for Target
Skirt: Who What Wear for Target
Purse: Target
Shoes: Brash for Payless

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How would you style this top? Did you like any one outfit in particular? Let me know in the comments and on social media. For outfit posts follow me on Instagram!

T.S.

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Top 17 Fashion Documentaries to Watch On Netflix Now!

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It’s probably not surprising to learn that I like to watch fashion documentaries. Like any other documentary its interesting to watch how other people go through their lives. For me in particular I love seeing how other people in my field have succeeded. Most of the time stumbling and failing until they become the household names they are today. I also love history and if you read my fashion exhibition posts you’ll know I love fashion history in particular. Essentially that’s what a documentary is, isn’t? A look into the history of a person and their accomplishments, failures and in this case their imprint into the world of fashion.

 

Iris

This documentary follows 90 something fashion legend Iris Apfel and her husband Carl. The outspoken and fashion risk taker talks about her life, businesses and her take on fashion. Her mothers love of accessories was passed down to her, as you might notice by the endless amount of necklaces and bracelets she combines in one outfit. Both educational and sentimental the documentary shows how she combines art fashion and art into her life and career. It also shows how Iris and Carl have succeeded in their marriage since 1948. Iris’s background in interior design can be seen in the bold patterns she wears. Iris and Carls textiles company Old World Weavers is still a highly respected company today. A spitfire until this day her quick-witted humor and out of the box fashion will enthrall you.

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Franca: Chaos and Creation

Follow the late Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia as her son asks her both personal and industry related inquires. Franca Sozzani edited her magazine completey opposite to that of American Vogue Editor and Chief Anna Wintour. Photoshoots representing econominical, societal, environmental and at times extremely sexual situations became the norm for Vogue Italia. Franca believed that Vogue should speak on all aspects of life and especially the problems that needed to be spotlighted. For example after the BP oil spill of 2010 Franca organized a photo shoot showcasing models washed up on a beach covered in oil, representing the sea life destroyed by the event.

Unlike other fashion magazines Vogue Italia is often criticized and considered controversial because of the style of graphic photography highlighting social issues along side the latest fashion. The documentary not only shows the creation of Vogue Italia but the relationship between Franca and her son. Like most parents and their grown children the love, growth, understanding and mutual humor is showcased in this touching movie.

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Women He’s Undressed

A documentary about costume designer Orry-Kelly. Kelly was the rockstar of costumes in Hollywood for decades. Part sartorial reenactment and interview reality this documentary is both humorous and educational. Kelly was a jack of all trades trying to make money in his early years in New York City. Not long after he was dressing Katherine Hepburn and Ethel Barrymore. After a run in with the mob, Kelly left New York for Los Angeles. Los Angeles was a success for him where he worked for Warner Brothers making costumes for movies like Casa Blanca and many more blockbusters.

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Dior And I

Watch Dior’s previous Artistic Director Ralf Simons navigate the waters of the Haute Couture world as he creates his first collection for the iconic house.

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The First Monday in May

In the fashion universe The First Monday in May is the day of the Met Gala. The event is spearheaded by Vogue Editor in Chief Ana Wintour and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It showcases the collaborative process of creating the exhibition which always correlates with the theme of the gala. How Ana Wintour chooses who will be invited and where they will sit is also fascinating to watch.

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Inside British Vogue

Go inside the pages of British Vogue with this documentary. Watch how photo shoots and runway shows get created and completed across the pond. And of course the drama of rivalries and competitions that are can occur in the industry.

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Jeremy Scott the People’s Designer

Get a biographical look into the life of Moschino designer Jeremy Scott. The creator of the teddy bear, neon colored forks coming down the latest Moschino runway. His humble beginnings for the Missouri native are a far cry from the celebrities he dresses now like Katy Perry.

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Fresh Dressed

The rise of hip hop fashion and its influence on the fashion world.

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Blue Gold American Jeans

If you’re a vintage enthusiast this ones for you. Watch jean hunter Eric Schrader globe trot as he discovers rare jeans and how they became such a staple in fashion and everyday life.

 

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Casablancas The Man Who Loved Women

Learn how the top modeling agency Elite Models came to be with this biography of founder John Casablancas. The man known for creating supermodels.

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Cut From a Different Cloth

In this surprising documentary watch how creators of the brand Superdry and actor Idris Elba collaborate to create a clothing line.

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Sneakerheadz

Its what it sounds like! The sneaker version of MTV Cribs, sneaker lovers showing off their prized kicks.

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In Louboutin’s Shoes

Peek into the world of designer Christian Louboutin and his transition into the Asian market of luxury shoes.

 

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Yves Saint Laurent

Not a documentary but equally as interesting learn about the at times tumultuous life and career of Yves Saint Laurent.

 

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Mexico Disena

If you watch Project Runway this is for you. Mexico Disena is the Mexican version, showcasing 11 contestants battling for the final fitting.

 

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Abstract

A look into different types of designers and their creative process. From automotive designers to footwear designers plus six other creative fields are showcased.

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The Women’s List

This documentary interviews successful women who have conquered all different kinds of professional fields. Creator of Spanx Sara Blakely talks about how a she took a chance that paid off tens times over.

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Have you watched any of these? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

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The Museum at FIT’s Exhibition’s Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme( Safari, Mountaineering, Space and Sea)

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This is a continuation post on the current exhibition at the Museum at FIT. Read my previous post on the Arctic part of the exhibit here. This part will cover the Safari, Space and Ocean sections of the exhibition. As you walk from each section your are transported into different exploration settings. By far my favorite setting is that of the Space collection which included a futuristic spaceship inspired installation. Although choosing my favorite fashion piece would be much more difficult for me.

 

Safari

Fashion specific for expeditions came from the safari treks explorers made and their need for durable clothing. During the 19th century the wealthy took trips to Africa and returned home influenced by what they had discovered. While the world of explorations was growing so was fashion with the rise of retail in cities like New York and London. Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch were transcending the Khaki uniform of the safari into everyday wear for Americans.

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Mountanieering

Short semi-fitted down-filled coats were invented in the 1930’s, but were reintroduced by Mount Everest mountaineers Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary on 1953. While military inspired jackets came thanks to the Korean war and the M-8 and M-51 jackets worn by the military. By the 1970’s down-filled jackets were being created by both fast fashion brands and higher end houses.

 

Space

Expeditions to the moon and space age discoveries inspired designers during the 1960’s. Parisian designers André Courreges, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin lead the way in bringing the youth quake fashions of London and New York to Paris. Miniskirts, sleek pantsuits, metallic and plastic fabrics were some of the major trends of this movement. Combining the craftwork of couture and youthful modernity made these designers the pioneers for trendy Parisian fashion.

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Sea

By the 1950’s deep sea divers were wearing light weight scuba suits. As opposed to the heavier helmet and suit of the past, which were only worn by explorers. The lighter suit encouraged the public to explore the underwater world. By the 1960’s famed editor Diana Veerland directed Vogue magazine to shoot models in wetsuits, mask, google, and flippers. Other magazines followed suit expanding on the trend. By the 1980’s the scuba material neoprene was being used by fashion designers in both couture and ready to wear.

Now you know who you can thank for the everyday puffers and stretchy neoprene pants! The Exhibition Expedition Fashion From the Extreme is on display at the Museum at FIT until January 6th.

T.S.

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The Museum at FIT’S Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme (Arctic)

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Currently on display at The Museum of FIT is the exhibition Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme. The exhibition explores how the discoveries during ocean, space and mountain expeditions influenced fashion. During the 17th century people began to explore the natural world and by the 19th century crucial parts of science such as biology were being discovered. Author of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and creator of science fiction, Jules Verne impacted society with his stories that were based on the latest discoveries. While Charles Darwin’s work was also impactful on the way society viewed the natural world. Science, new worlds discovered as well as indigenous people and their culture inspired western fashion for eternity.

 

Arctic: The very first extreme exploration took place during the 1880-1920’s with the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration. Explorer Robert Leary returned in 1909 to America wearing fur originally worn by the indigenous Inuit people of the North Pole. By 1919 designers in New York showcased fashion influenced by Siberian objects in the American Museum of Natural History. WWII created a need for arctic inspired clothing for soldiers whose uniforms and parka’s were influenced by the Inuit people of the North Pole. Once the 1960’s arrived fashion publications such as Vogue sent models to the Arctic to (photo) shoot amongst the icebergs in the latest fashions. In the 1990’s the parka took on various forms during the eras hip-hop rise. Both designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger and rappers adopted the coat as a statement piece that eventually became an everyday coat. The exhibition showcases both indigenous Arctic fashions and modern-day Arctic inspired pieces.

I will have two other post on the Safari, Space and Deep Sea parts of the exhibition as well. Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme is open until January 6, 2018 at the Museum at FIT.

T.S.

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New Shoes!

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I’m pretty sure I’ve spoken about this before but I have a very small foot. Size five in fact! Yes that’s right FIVE! And a size three in children shoes! Yes I know you’re giggling now, but think of the price difference. Not laughing now right? When I find a pair of shoes that are my size I usually always buy them on the spot, no matter the price. Most stores don’t carry my size or carry a very limited quantity, so I am 99% sure I won’t see them again anytime soon. Yesterday during an evening trip to the mall I was looking for an inexpensive pair of flats. Ask anyone that spends a lot of time in NYC, flats are your best friend! A new pair are a bit overdue, so I was in search of a new pair. I didn’t find what I was looking for because my go to for my small foot (Payless) didn’t have anything! Don’t think Payless has fashionable options? Think again! Its not the Payless of yesteryear, and thanks to their Christian Siriano collaboration more fashionable than ever! Again small feet don’t give you a chance to discriminate anyway! Plus if you are a true fashion lover you can style a $10 anything and make it look like $1000 bucks. After an unsuccessful trip to Payless I checked out Call It Spring. I hit the shoe jackpot and bought 2 pairs of shoes!

New Booties!

I really needed a pair of bottles without a heel! The booties I currently have (fashion week pics) are super cute but killers on my feet at the end of the day! So I was so glad when I found a block heel moto inspired pair at Call It Spring. I was also shocked that they had shoes in my size, as in the past this has not always been the case.The Nunalla booties was exactly what I was looking for. Its definitely comfortable due to the block heel that gives my short stature a lift without a steep angle. I practically like the metal accent detail on the heel that elevates the all black look. It also has a mix of textures that is subtle. They are basically the perfect pair of boots made for walking! The Nunalla was originally $74.99 but I paid $22.50 thanks to the current sale!

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New flats!

To my surprise Call it Spring was also where I found a pair of flats. I couldn’t find a super causal pair, but came across a semi-casual pair of flats. At first I thought they were too formal but thanks to my shopping partner in crime (mother) saw the possibilities. The small heel is covered in sequins giving it a festive feel for a semi-casual event. The satin like fabric is perfect for after work events. While a bow pulls the timeless style shoe together. These are a pair that I won’t being wearing every single day but they are definitely going to be useful. I’m still looking for a new pair that can take on the everyday work of the NYC streets. The Desarro was originally $39.99 but thanks to the current sale they were $29.98. Classic and sparkly!

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I’m always in a happy place when I buy new shoes, no matter the price! Do you have a hard time finding shoes like I do? If you do, wear do you find your shoes?!

T.S.

 

 

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A look at Warby Parker

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I’m a glasses girl, I’ve been wearing them since grade school thanks to my near sided eyes. Of course at first I didn’t embrace them, as teasing was one of my priorities as a kid. Although as I grew up, I learned to like them and made them part of my personal style. Glasses can help you complete a look, just like any other accessory. The options for spectacle wearers have grown thanks to fashionable options and trendy styles. One of the companies providing fashionable and affordable options is Warby Parker. The glasses Warby Parker creates not only include the latest trends but are soft on your wallet. Unlike other glasses suppliers which include a major middle man, Warby Parker designs and creates their glasses. This process allows them to supply glasses at a lower price and connect with consumers directly. Budget friendly and fashionable, what’s not to love?

Newest Styles

In September Warby Parker launched their Fall 2017 collection of eyeglasses and various sunglasses styles. The styles and colors found in this collection were inspired by leather-bound books like the ones you might find in a college library. With a focus on color blocking and mixed materials the collection comes in classic shapes with pops of color. Scroll through to see the newest styles and some of the colors.

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Home-Try-on-Program

Remember when I mentioned Warby Parkers pocket friendly capabilities? Well not only are their glasses affordable, the Home-Try-On program allows you to take their frames for a test drive. Have you ever found yourself staring at the wall of glasses at your eye doctors office when it came time to choose a pair? Well the home try on program allows you to skip the hassle by letting you try up to 5 pairs of glasses at home. The free service includes a questionnaire that learns the shape of your face whether its narrow, medium or wide. Next it learns what shape glasses you prefer which include round, rectangular, square or cate eye. Then its time to chose your color preference be it bright, neutral, black, tortoise, crystal or two-tone colors. Materials come next with the options of acetate, metal or mixed materials. Lastly tell them when your last eye exam was and your questionnaire is finished. Your results are manifested into 5 choices, that you can change or edit.

The glasses chosen for me included the rectangular Upton in the color Rosewater, Cateye Louise in Elderflower Crystal, Leighty in River Stone Blue Fade, Chelsea in Violet Magnolia and the Simone in Tea Rose Fade. I liked the selections I was given, although I changed my color options. My package arrived with the glasses neatly divided and protected. Overall the fit of the glasses was perfect. All but one that was a bit big, stayed perfectly put on the bridge of my nose. The Fall 2017 collection is not part of the Home-Try-on Program but the options are just as timeless and fashionable.

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Charitable Work

Warby Parker not only makes it easy for you to chose fashionable glasses on a great budget but they also give back. Through their partnership with VisionSpring they are able to provide glasses to impoverished men and women. By doing so they are able to go to work and provide for their families. Warby Parker also conducts eye exams and provides students with glasses, many who are receiving their first pair ever. Their program Pupils Project combines their charitability with other organizations and agencies including the Department of Education in NYC and the Department of Health in Baltimore. They also align their mission with the Ver Bien organization which helps provide glasses to the children of Mexico. In total they have reached over 50 countries with over three million glasses distributed. It is estimated that 2.5 billion people around the globe need glasses but simply can’t get their hands on a pair. While 624 million of that population can’t work or concentrate on their tasks due to this problem. Through their work War by Parker is providing a solution to this global issue.

Are you a glasses wearer also? Have you tried Warby Parker before? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

Pictures of the Fall 2017 collection were provided by Warby Parker.

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Why Start Monday

why start monday

Why do we work so hard? Why do we pursue our dreams and goals? What gives us the drive to get up each morning and push forward? Perhaps is a family we need to support or the contract you signed. Well for me  its the knowing that if I never start and hustle I will immensely disappoint myself. Yes I say myself, because I am much tougher on myself than anyone could be. For me the idea of leaving something to be done later keeps me up at night. That is why I don’t leave things for Monday!

As many of you know already I work in the fashion industry and I still find myself having to explain what that is really like. Just reading comments on social media in regards to the industry I feel I work in a fishbowl with people looking in. Many people still have many negative connotations towards people that work in this industry. Whether it is that we don’t work, are shallow or aren’t making significant impacts on important parts of society. When in fact many creative industry people are extremely hard workers that have lives full of late nights.  Do you know why? Because thin skinned people who expect to enjoy the perks of the industry without the work get chewed up and spit out. They get hit with reality real quick and they quit, I’ve seen it.

why start monday

 

So with the fact that I work in such a difficult industry, why the heck would I start a blog/business! I’ll tell you why. When I started the blog I was having such a hard time finding work. I started to feel like I was failing and I was losing my mind without something to do everyday. The idea of talking about an industry that I have a degree in became a no brainer to me.  So I decided to do my homework and start the blog, because why start Monday?

Starting it has been one of the best decisions ever. Although it has added more to my workload and long nights it has enriched my life in many ways. The community of bloggers, some that I have developed friendships with, has always been supportive. The readers and followers who enjoy my content with their positive feedback have also been a testament on why I didn’t wait for Monday. The relationships with  brands, companies and network of people I’ve created relationships have become priceless.

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A company that understands the urgency of starting your journey to your goals is Why Start Monday. Creator Aimee Virtucio realized that we are a society that believes Monday is the day to start tackling our goals. It is an easier decision to leave something for Monday than start immediately. She experienced this with her workout regimen when she made the decision to get healthy. She would leave her diet and workout for Monday, which allowed her time to come up with excuses and not accomplish her goals. This mentality started to affect other aspects of her life. Realizing this she started “Why Start Monday” a brand that constantly reminds you to tackle you goals and dreams.

So go ahead start that business, class, workout regime and tackle that tough industry! Just be realistic on how much hard work you are going to need to put into it. Don’t let the million nos and slammed doors stop you from pursuing your goals. In the end you don’t want to be one of those people that say “I should’ve”  instead of “I did”. Why Start Monday!

Is there something you started that you’re happy you didn’t leave for Monday? Or is there something you have been pushing off for Monday? Learn more about Why Start Monday here, which by the way gives 10% of each purchase to the Make a Wish foundation. Motivational and charitable!

P.S. Use the code sale10 for 10% off of your purchase!

T.S.