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Shopping: Fall Jackets

Shopping: Fall Jackets

If you follow my Instagram stories you’ll know that I recently bought a new jacket, that is perfect for fall. I was especially excited that I bought it from one of my favorite stores, the Loft Outlet and that it was on sale! What was originally a moto-style jacket for $119.00 went down to $27.88! Yes you read that right! I had thrown out my faux leather jacket during the spring due to so much wear and literal tear, and was in need of a new one. The Loft is like Target for me, when I go into those stores there’s a 99% chance I’m walking out with clothes. You can read about pieces from Target that I’ve bought here, here and here.  Check out my try on stories on my Instagram to see me trying out the latest Who What Wear for Target collections among others as well. And be sure to tune into my IG stories EVERY TUESDAY for my Fashion Tip Tuesday series, in where I previously gave a tip about shopping at the Loft and finding sales there.

The jacket I bought from the Loft Outlet fits like a glove. Its perfect for fall, with pockets deep enough to put things in and extremely stylish to boot. Its also classic enough to last me seasons of cold weather to come but it’s grey, so it steps out of the traditional black, that a moto style is usually made in. Here are similar options for you to add to your outerwear wardrobe. The post includes affiliate links.

Dark Greys

Light Greys

Greys with print or texture

 

And of course if you really want a traditional moto style….

You can’t go wrong with this style. It can be a staple year round and in diffrent colors like grey it can feel fresh. Stay tuned to my Instagram to see me in the one I bought from the Loft Outlet. Do you have a moto style jacket? Is it in the traditional black, or in a different color or print? Let me know in the comments and on social media.-T.S.

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My NYFW Favorite Shows Part 1/ NYFW Los Desfiles que me Encantaron parte 1

My NYFW Favorite Shows/ NYFW los desfiles que me encantaron

New York Fashion Week came and went with fashion shows, networking events, presentations and more. Some of which I didn’t get to make it to, but here are some of the shows that I particularly loved.

La semana de moda en Nueva York vino y se fue con desfiles, eventos de redes, presentaciones y mas. Algunos que no e puedo asistir, pero aqui les dejo con los desfiles que ame.

 

Perla Del Caribe by Marisa Santiago. This Puerto Rican designer brought the Island of Enchantment to the Concrete Island with her tropical prints and bright colors all set to a sound track of Puerto Rican musicians.

La disenadora Boricua trajo la Isla del Encanto a New York Fashion week con su linea, Perla Del Caribe. Los colores, disenos y la musica elegido, para la mayoria de artistas Boricuas,  tambien representaban a Puerto Rico.

 

Tux Couture X Dawnstar

I’ll just go on the record and say I want it ALL! The prints, structure and play on feminine and masculine tell a story of a woman in charge, who isn’t afraid to wear something diffrent yet classic to the office. The jewelry by Dawnstar and tuxedo’s by Tux Couture paired perfectly together.

Dejame que te cuente que lo quero todo! Las impresiones, la estructra y el juego de femenino y masculino cuentan una historia de una mujer a cargo, que no tiene miedo de llevar algo diferente pero clasico a la oficina. Las joyas hecho por Dawnstar y Esmoquin por Tux Couture combinaron perfectamente.

 

 

L2R The Label

Fashion you can feel good about wearing is what comes to mind when I watched the L2R The Label collection as this self proclaimed “sustainable green UrbanLuxe” label recycle’s and reuses fabric.They also use scrapes to make handbags, hair pieces and Moroccan dolls that are given to orphanes. The line partners with artisans and small factories to create their lines that or influnced by music, vintage time periods and different cultures around the globe.

L2R The Label es moda que puedes sentir orgullosa de ponerte. La linea es creada con tejidos reciclados. Usan tela sobrante para vestimentos, carteras, accesorios para el pelo, y munecos marroquies para huerfanos. La marca se asocia con artesanos y pequenas fabricas para crear sus lineas que se inspiran en los tiempos de la musica antigua y en diferentes culturas de todo el mundo.

 

 

I’ll see if I can put up more of my favorites soon. What were your favorites from the list? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

Intentare poner mas de mis favoritas pronto. Cuales eran tus favoritos de la lista? Dejame saber en los comentarios y en las redes sociales.

 

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Como Ponerte Este Blusa de Target en cinco Estilos

5 expemlos en como puedes ponete esta blousa de Target.

Algo que deberias saber sobre mi es que amo a la tienda Target! Se que no hay Target en Puerto Rico, tristemente! Pero ojala un dia lo habra. Compro de una linea de ropa en Target en particualr, que se llama Who What Wear. Una linea creada por blogueras, y que combina piezas perfecta para la oficina y el fin de semana. Cada nuevo etapa o estacion que tienen una nueva coleccion, la coleccion anterior va en venta. Ese es mi tiempo favorito para compra nuevas piezas. La linea tiene accesorios y prendas, que tambien son muy ´´trendy¨ y aun classico. En mi ultimo ¨´Target run¨ como lo llamn aqui o en la ultmia vez que fue a Target compre unas piezas desde la linea Who What Wear. Este  blousa verde que tiene un ´´print´´ o impresion de flores en blanco y negro fue una de esas piezas. Tambien compre una blusa con un impresion en blanco y negro y una flada ¨midi¨ en un azul real, que combine para un ¨look¨para New York Fashion Week. Lo siguientes son cinco ejemplos en como puedes ponerte esta blusa de Target. Este entrada tiene enlaces de afiliados.

 

  1. Lunes: En este “look” he emparejado la blusa con una falda gris de la tienda Loft y tacones en el color ´nude´´ desde Payless. Tengo pusto una cinta del pelo y aretes para completar el conjunto.

2. Martes: En este conjunte jugue con colores, elegi unas panatalones en un color de vino desde The Limited. La cintura tiene una banda en negro, que empareje con los zapatos. Aretes sencillos completan el conjunte.

3. Miercoles: Con este conjunte me quede en la familia de colores verde y azul con el collar y los tacos altos desde H&M. Los pantalones son negro y los aretes son en dorado.

4. Jueves: Empareje la blusa con un ¨midi’ falda tambien desde la tienda Loft. Tacos alstos en morado desde Payless y aretes en oro terminan el conjunte. Mis gafas so de Zenni, una tienda por internet que tienen precios bajos.

 

5. Viernes: Para un ¨look´´ de fin de semana elegi mahones en el estilo de ´´moto´´. Los tenis son de Steve Madden y complete este conjunte con arretes en un estilo ´´hoop´´ o aros.

Ojala que te di inspiracion en como puedes llevar o ponerte un print o impresion como esta. Te gusta usar los ´´prints´´ o eres mas amante de los colores solidos?- T.S.

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5 Ways to Wear the Robe Top Trend

Robe Trend

Currently trending is the daytime pajama look. Done correctly the trend is sophisticated, sexy and even office appropriate.  Not to mention it is extremely comfortable! On a recent trip to H&M, like any good bargain hunter I found myself browsing the sale rack. And lo and behold I found a robe top that I loved and was also obsessed with the price (originally $50, paid $7.69). Now the trick to buying trends at fast fashion stores like H&M is to ensure the garment has a few things. Here are a few tips on buying trends at fast fashion stores that will ensure a long life in your closet. * This post has Shopstyle affiliate links within it. Upon you clicking or buying from my link I receive a percentage of the final sale.

  1. Cut: The cut should be classic, if its a very bold print. You also want to make sure its not too short or long on you. Buying a trend that doesn’t go with your proportions will make you look odd.
  2. Color/Print: The color should be neutral if the cut is what is making it trendy. A classic color like black will make the trend more wearable throughout seasons and years.
  3. Fabric: The fabric should not be too thin, the thinner the fabric the faster it takes on abrasion from wearing and washing. Making the fabric pron to deterring and breaking down. You can also look at the fabric content and wash care instructions on the tag to help you decide.
  4. Trims: Buttons, linings, pockets and zippers should be working perfectly. All these items are considered trimming in the fashion industry, and you should pay attention to how they look and work on any garment. Why buy a garment when the zipper doesn’t close properly?

So with those tips in mind, don’t be afraid of fast fashion, because they CAN have a long life in your closet. Another reason to continue your use of fast fashion are programs like H&M Conscious were you can bring in any garments you don’t want and receive %15 off your next purchase. Through the program old garments get resold, reused or recycled through various programs and industries that collaborate with H&M. Fashion is still a big component to the pollution problem. Although with the help of programs, designers and by being self-educated on how to buy and take care of fast fashion items this problem can be remedied.

Here are 5 ways to wear the robe top trend:

  1. Black on Black: For this look I went with a simple black dress, but added a pop of color with Aldo pumps. I would also do an all black look and wear black pumps or sandals.

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2.Casual Party/ Event or Office Day: I paired the robe jacket with this black and white Victoria Beckham x Target collection dress to keep the look in the same color family. Flats make the look perfect for a casual event. I’d wear this to the office as well, just add heels if you want to pump up the look. For this look I tied the belt with a bow in the back for sleeker look.

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3.Office Appropriate: Keeping the robe closed and pairing it with a knee length skirt makes the trend office appropriate. The robe acts as a blazer but in a more relaxed form for this look. Add a blouse and pumps to pull the outfit together.

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4. Casual for Everyday Wear: In this look I picked my favorite Target jeans and a camisole that has a lingerie feel because of the black lace. The lingerie/lounge wear is accented in both the blouse and robe top, but the belt adds a waist and creates structure in the look.

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5.Classic With a Pop of Color: An office jogger like the one I have on adds structure yet keeps the outfit relaxed. A classic t-shirt or cami underneath in a neutral like black, white or tan makes the pop of color and the robe stand out. For this look I also tied the belt in the back with a bow.

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If you want to test out the complete sleepwear look for daytime make sure the top and bottom are a matching set. Pair it with pumps and clean accessories to pull off the look. Which one of my looks do you like the most? Have you tried this trend yet? Would you dare?- T.S.

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Must Have Coats

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It is COLD up here in the North East, so its safe to say we might still be using our thick coats well into February. Let’s all do a little prayer that we don’t have a snowstorm in February, I’ve totally been stuck indoors for my birthday because of it.  Although one opportunity granted to you because of the cold is the ability to take out great coats. I myself have a collection and love to switch them around. It’s also a great way to stay fashionable and show your style while staying bundled up. From patterns to colors and cuts the possibilities to standout with a great coat can be endless. Here is a great selection to add to your collection of coats. Don’t have one yet? Start one!

 

Shearlings and Furs- A great way to keep warm is to infuse a faux fur or faux shearling coat into your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to pick a bold color like the red Alice and Olivia piece.

Puffers- A popular coat no matter what the price range is, the puffer, will always be a go to. I own a dusty rose one in velveteen similar to the floral Collusion piece. All though puffers draw attention own their own because of its shape, a bold print will add extra flair to your outfit.

Swing Coats- This classicly cut coat will never go out of style. I practically love that it can be an everyday coat or taken out for special occasions. Because of the classic cut don’t be afraid of a bold print like the Asos animal print piece. It still has a sleek put together feel thanks to the cut.

Teddy Coats- I haven’t delved into teddy coats yet but it’s on my list of maybe’s. Feel free to combine trends as the French Connection piece does with its robe style cut.

Do you have any of these in your coat collection? While I have some of these in my collection I definitely see some that I would love to add to my closet.  Which ones are you adding?- T.S

 

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Fashion Wish List

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What’s on your Christmas wish list?  Whether you like to wait for Christmas to open gifts or you gift yourself presents, here are some items I’m currently loving. I’m planning a road trip to Florida for Christmas so I must admit that hotter weather is on my mind. It’s so cold here in the north-east and I’m never a fan! But don’t worry I added some statement coats and boots because even when you are bundled up you must remain fashionable! Shopstyle Collective affiliate links are used within this post for easy shopping! ( I get a small cut) You can click the heart on the items you love and enter your email. You’ll also be notified if a price drops on something you feel you don’t want to buy right now. Here’s my fashion wish list.

 

My hot weather wish list since I headed down south… I’m thinking good wishes aka hot weather! Light sweater-like fabric should be good for Florida’s cooler nights. While you can’t go wrong with a comfy pair of jeans.

But back to reality, here are some great boots that would look great in my closet! I love a great black boot that goes with everything. I’m running the pair I got from Call it Spring into the ground. I think its time for new ones! The Aldo and Frye pairs are calling my name!

I am a lover of statement coats. They’re an easy way to avoid freezing to death while still looking fashionable. Rich colors are a great choice if you want to make a statement, while neutrals are always a go-to.

Who doesn’t need more jewelry? I particularly love gold and tortoise pieces, which are timeless and classic. I do love the BaubleBar pair though, they’re a unique shape in sleek resin.

What’s on your fashion wish list? Let me know your thoughts on the pieces I chose and what you plan to buy!-T.S.

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The Fashion Industry: Is It For You? Or Not?

fashion industry

As I write this its 3:00 A.M, I’m a bit of an insomniac and when I think of something I need to do I usually like to start right away. So here I am writing. Fashion week is upon NYC and I just started thinking of all the inconsistency’s people think the industry is like and some things that are true. If you are thinking of going into fashion or a similar industry here are some tips and just overall knowledge that I’ve gained.

 

First and foremost I’m writing this to help people who have a SERIOUS passion and attitude about getting into the fashion industry. If you don’t have a serious passion for the fashion industry, do yourself and your parent’s wallets a favor and figure that out soon. Figuring that out in the middle of college and having to switch or pay extra for changing your mind when you realize it’s not what you thought it would be, will be frustrating. Here are some of my tips!

 

On College Education

Do you really need it to get into fashion? Well YES! For the most part, unless you have a great connection that can get you in without formal education or you’re self-taught with a great portfolio you will need that degree. On every single application, you will be asked if you have the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or some type of certification. Does that prepare you? Well yes and no. You’ll know the basics of how the industry or parts of the industry works. And knowing basic textiles, proper names, how the chain of production to final sale is done and more will help you.

 

The real learning begins when you start working, not only will you learn how a garment is created but you will learn how each company you work with differs. You’ll also learn how to deal with a fast paced environment and multiple personalities, something you can’t learn in school. There are so many parts in the chain of getting a garment made and sold, you’ll be surprised how many different jobs there are. Learn how they are all done!

 

On Internships

So now you’ve figured out that you really want to continue your education in fashion. Perhaps you’re in your senior year like it usually works and you need an internship. How do you get one? My very first advice is DON’T wait until you are in your senior year to start looking for internships. Many companies do require that you receive college credit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wait for the senior year. There are smaller companies that may just really need the help. It could be a designer that needs help color coding lab dips or a public relations agency that needs help keeping contacts in order.

 

Start looking when you feel you can balance an internship and your everyday tasks! This will also ensure you have more experience than your competition. Do your own hunting and have your career services helping you as well! You can also intern during your career as well, you just have to do a lot of hunting.

 

 

On it being catty/mean/tough difficult… whatever you’ve heard or think you’ve seen on Project Runway etc

Well yes and no! Most of my career I’ve been able to work with absolutely wonderful people. People who have helped me, trained me and retrained me when I felt confused. People who have absolutely no problem helping 101 times. Who are not catty and keep the office space light, enjoyable and a great space to work in. Those are the people I remember because honestly most of the people I have worked with in every company have been great. There will be days when the stress of a deadline will be felt and seen in an office, and sometimes there will just be extended periods of that.

 

It is a high paced stressful industry, your job is to learn how to deal with that and more while remaining level-headed. A level head and get it done attitude will get you through those high-stress days. If people in your office are being catty on a daily basis well that is up to you on what to do. Do you look for a new job or can you stick through and perhaps prove yourself a valuable asset? That is completely up to you, you know yourself best. I don’t recommend being in an environment where the people are stressing you out on top of working in a stressful industry.

 

I do believe that if you are thin-skinned or don’t learn how to grow a thick skin you will get discouraged and not survive the industry. I always recommend finding something that you’re either learning something or enjoying. Money? I know this may seem dumb but don’t do it for the money. This is advice I’ve been given and its true, being stressed or sad, or angry or in a job where you feel you’re stuck is NOT worth it. The industry will continue to be hectic and you’ll be angry. Remember: Am I gaining experience? Am I learning? Do I like it? And lastly, is it paying me enough? If you can’t answer at least one of those questions start looking elsewhere.

 

On the industry being full of lazy people

This is a stigma I feel sometimes is given by reality tv and just a general confusion by the public on what actually goes into the fashion industry. I’ll say this, LAZY PEOPLE ONLY MAKE IT SO FAR IN THIS INDUSTRY. I have not worked with many lazy people! For the most part people know what they have to do and they get on with their work. I’ve only ever experienced a lazy coworker in internships of my past. And that was usually a person who really didn’t realize how much work goes into fashion and no longer wants to be there.

 

There is always work to do if you’re done with something ask: What can I do? Trust me your coworkers or boss will find something for you to do. And if you have absolutely nothing to do, your work ethic and helpful attitude won’t go unnoticed. And the lazy attitude, won’t go unnoticed either.

 

On New York Fashion Week

How do I attend fashion week? I always get this question. For the most part, you have to work in the fashion or media realm to attend or get invited. There are shows that sell tickets to the public if your interested in that Google it! I won’t guarantee first or second row seats, most of the time those are reserved for invited editors, bloggers experienced in covering shows, buyers, press, and celebrities. It is a busy week where your schedule can change hourly or daily. You can think your only going to two shows and then get three invites that same day. If you are looking to volunteer, for the most part, designers and public relations companies are looking for college students.

 

In my college days, I volunteered for a trade publication and walked around Lincoln Square. I also volunteered for a public relations company and saw a bit of what its like in the back of the house before a show. At first, you should try smaller shows like Couture Fashion Week, that’s how I started volunteering. In the past fashion week was strictly for people who worked in fashion and some of the media. Over the years its become a bit of a ruckus with famous people and the crowds they attract. Although NYFW is not the same as it was years ago, I think that it like most things in the fashion industry, will change again.

 

On unconventional office spaces

A few things differed when I went from regular jobs to fashion corporate and creative fashion jobs. Wardrobe depends on each company, but I can honestly say that 99% of the companies I’ve worked for have allowed me to wear what I wanted. Jeans every day? Yup did that! High heels every day, done that as well. Showed off the latest trend or watched it be showed off fabulously, absolutely. Colorful hair? Yes seen that too! I think being able to do this does a few things, it allows you to express yourself but it also allows you to be as relaxed as possible in a high-stress environment. And after all, it is the fashion industry, so show off your style! It all depends on every company and what your boss says is acceptable. You can also get an idea of what’s acceptable by what your co-workers are wearing and what they suggest.

 

Pets in the office are something you might see. I worked many jobs where someone brings their dog to the office and no one is bothered. They just want to get work done and for the most part gush over your fluffy puppy. Knowing your boss, coworkers and overall office environment will tell you what dress code and pet code they have.

 

Music is played a lot by people as they work. This is not surprising to me as music has been proven to help people get their work done. For the most part, it’s not unusual to see your co-workers with earbuds in as they type away at their computer. As long as you’re getting your work done, it’s normally not an issue. Again go off what your office environment is, what coworkers suggest and what your boss is ok with. I’ve worked many jobs where I’ve been able to pop in my headphones in and work away. There are even companies that play music in the office space, I’ve worked through that too. A lot of office spaces have a relaxed vibe, which can make your work day enjoyable.

 

On Making Money

For the most part, you won’t see large sums money until your well into your career. As you try to figure out where you’re supposed to be in the industry this will mean taking jobs and internships just to get more experience and opportunities. Don’t go into this industry for the money, fame, or anything else other than a real passion for fashion. The careers that make money from what I’ve learned and heard of are, Buying (but you have to be good at math, please don’t say I want to be a buyer and hate math!), Merchandising, Marketing, Sales and Production.

 

The more creative parts of the industry like Styling, Designing, Editing etc. can take a while until you are making good money. There is always a period in your career in which you will have to do different jobs or internships to get to a point in which you are making MONEY. And that period may be long! There are other career choices that I haven’t listed that can potentially make you a lot of money. Just make sure to do your research to figure out where you want your career to go. Or like me figure it out as you get more experience with each job and figure out how to create your own opportunities.

 

Recap

  • This must be a passion for you
  • You can’t be lazy
  • Don’t do it for the money or the fame you think will come
  • Be realistic
  • Do your homework, it never ends
  • Have a thick skin or learn to grow one quick
  • Get educated because no matter how many times the industry changes, you’ll have your degree and experience to help you

Those are all the pearls of wisdom I have so far. Hopefully, that helped you if you are thinking of going into the fashion industry. If you know someone who is thinking of entering the fashion industry, please share this with them! I always tell people how it really is in this industry when they ask. This is just what I’ve learned since I was 18, I’m sure I’ll learn more as I get older and gain even more experience. When I’m ready perhaps I’ll share that as well.

 

P.S. Just because you see a celebrity or blogger work with a brand, doesn’t mean they now work in fashion. There is a whole team of production, sales, marketing etc that make that line or product possible. Just like in school or college group projects, putting a person’s name on something doesn’t always mean they actually did the work. I always admire when a celebrity can actually talk about how a product was created and executed. That is how you can tell if they simply put their name on it or not.

 

 

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-T.S.

 

 

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90’s Baby- The Trend Comeback

90’s grunge, hip hop, East Coast vs West Coast, fanny packs, ruffle socks, slip dresses, butterfly clips, colorful rubberband hair styles… its all back! And I love it! As a 90’s baby I can’t help but feel happy and nostalgic that these iconic trends in fashion are back. I’m loving the updated sleeker versions of these trends, as if they are purposely made for the 90’s child now traversing adulthood. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t want to see the ugly sweater trend come back (I’ve seen this already and I still don’t like it!) and I’m sure there’s other trends that can stay in the past. Although overall I’m really loving it, here are some pieces that I’m loving. Are you loving the 90’s comeback? Affiliate links included within this post.

 

 

 

 

Chockers

Steve Madden N-STARS BURGUNDY Price $2.99

Steve Madden N-CROSSED BLACK Price $4.99

 

 

 

Amazon $6.99

 

RuffleSocks

 

 

Amazon:$16.99

 

Amazon:$19.95

 

 

 

 

Amazon $7.29

Neiman Marcus Blythe Leather Belt Bag/Fanny Pack Retail Price $195.00

FannyPacks

 

Steve Madden W-STUDLY BLACK Retail Price $45.00

Steve Madden BMACY LEOPARD Retail Price $68.00

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon: $6.82

Slipdress

Bloomingdale’s BCBGeneration Ruffled Slip Dress Retail Price $78.00

 

 

 

Bloomingdale’s Vince Camuto Twill Slip Dress Price $99.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon $16.98


Thin SunGlasses

Bloomingdale’s Quay Women’s Heart Breaker Sunglasses, 53mm Retail Price $50.00

 

Bloomingdale’s Quay Women’s Showdown Slim Oval Sunglasses, 56.5mm Retail Price $50.00

 

Bloomingdale’s Le Specs Women’s Outta Love Cat Eye Sunglasses, 50mm Price $59.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon $10.99

 

 

 

 

Chunky Shoes/ Jellies

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon: $33.45

 

Amazon $7.99

 

 

 

Steve Madden WERK WHITE LEATHER Retail Price $169.95

 

 

Bonus:  Catchphrases you should know from 90’s tv/movie shows …. AS IF!, DID I DO THAT?, HOW YOU DOIN?

 

Are you loving the 90’s comeback? Let me know what you’re loving about these trends. Do they make you miss the 90’s?- T.S.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Part 2

heavenly bodies part 2

Currently on display at the Met Museum on Fifth and the Cloisters in the fashion exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Read part one here, the premise of this exhibition is fashions relationship with the Catholic religion and religions in general. Many of the designers showcased grew up in the Catholic church or still practice a belief. Items like Papal robes and other catholic dress were on loan to the museum. While the designer pieces were set among artifacts found in Medieval time periods or set in the Cloisters, a regal feeling building. To get a total understanding of how the exhibition flows, its best to visit both locations. Can’t make it? Keep reading, and don’t forget to read part one. Click images to enlarge.

 

Items From the Vatican.

These items were not allowed to be photographed. Only the artifact in the entrance was allowed to be photographed. Inside this portion of the exhibition were papal dress worn by Vatican Popes including crosses made of precious stones and gold, crowns, zucchetto skullcaps and various robes among other items.

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Chasuble Designed by Henri Matisse-1950

 

 

Treasures For Heaven I

Medieval churches held many treasures within them and like those found in the Cloisters, they inspired designers. Pieces that inspired them include alter frontals, stained glass, rosaries and more. This section included a piece by Alexander McQueen, which consisted of a S/S 1999 Ensemble made of plywood, leather, wood and lace. This piece was apart of the ‘No. 13″ collection where he explored the tension between man and machine. Pictures were not allowed.

 

Earthly Hierarchy

In this portion of the exhibition religious dress and color schemes are examined. It showcases the different religious dress within one religion, usually expressing a hierarchy and religious differences in dress between different religions. Focusing mainly on the Roman Catholic church where colors black, violet, white and scarlet are heavily used. They also highlight hue changes for specific occasions within Catholic proceedings.

 

 

The Habit

This religious dress worn by females usually consists of a tunic, a scapular or apron, a veil and a sash at the waist.

 

 

 

The Dominican Habit

Perhaps the most widely recognized Habit thanks to Hollywood is the Dominican Habit. Its black and white contrast has a  stronger visual appeal for designers, as opposed to the simple brown and plain white of other habits.

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Thom Browne A/W 2011-12

 

The Soutane

The  everyday dress of the secular clergy is the Soutane. Created in the late 12th century this garment usually has a white clerical collar, a floor length, long sleeves and 33 buttons. Daily dress is normally a black soutane with a sash and skullcap.

 

 

 

Ecclesiastical Fashion Show

The liturgical processions of the Roman Catholic Church have similarities to a fashion show. Both follow an orderly arrangement, involve active and passive participants and involve music. The following designs were put in a fashion show like order and were placed near the rolling film “Roma” by Federico Fellini in which there is an “ecclesiastical fashion show” scene.

 

 

 

 

Celestial Hierarchy I

Inspired by saints, angels and the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Angels, which usually are depicted as guides and messengers for humans, inspired many fashion designers.

 

 

The Dressed Madonna

Many designers created and continue to create garments for Madonna and Child sculptures. Featured here are vestments created by Ricardo Tisci and Yves Saint Laurent.

 

 

 

Celestial Hierarchy II

The designers showcased here were inspired by early Italian Renaissance paintings that were based on religious themes. Particularly inspiring were saints, angels, The Virgin and the work of painter Fra Angelico, who specified in frescos following this theme.

 

 

Mosaics I

Inspired by Byzantine art that showcases figures such as Christ, The Virgin Mary and more. Dolce and Gabbana were inspired by fresco paintings found in the Moreale Cathedral in Sicily.

 

 

Mosaics II 

The Gianni Versace dresses showcased here were inspired by mosaics of Ravenna’s Byzantine monuments. The mesh like material and cross take inspiration from elements Gianni saw in the Met when he visited “The Glory of Byzantium” exhibit in 1997.

 

 

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination will be on display at the Met on Fifth and the Cloisters until October 8th 2018. I hope you can check it out, and see how fashion is inspired by everything, even religion. Have you been able to visit the exhibit? What were your favorite parts? -T.S.

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Bandelettes Annual Gala

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Sponsored post featuring Bandelettes.

Ladies! Lets chat real quick on how much we love the thigh gap! NOT!! In fact I’m pretty sure that most of you ladies reading this are perfectly fine with not having a thigh gap. As you should be, because lord knows we don’t all need to look like the original Barbie. As someone who has worked on multiple sides of the fashion industry, including production of clothing I have seen how the industry has struggled to get the correct sizing for plus size women. But slowly over the years with voices like that of Ashley Graham, screaming load and proud about her natural curves the industry is changing. Because there is one thing that all women want, to feel beautiful! As a Bandelettes model told us at the end of the night ” I want to wear sexy clothes too!” As a professional FIT model, she has grown an understanding of how clothes are supposed to feel and fall on the body. Which also means she knows how many times a brand has to fix or remake clothing to correctly fit a plus size woman. Getting it right the first time in what women needed was Bandelettes. This genius invention of sexy thigh bands allows you to wear your skirts and dresses without fear of chafing! No more uncomfortable sweating or painful cuts or having to wear shorts under your cute skirts, dresses or shorts.

 

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Created by Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova, these boss women came from their native countries with non fashion backgrounds. Once they met, they knew they had to create something groundbreaking which lead to the creation of Bandelettes. With a body positive message behind the brand it didn’t take long for women including Project Runway designer Ashley Nell Tipton to take notice. She made an appearance at their first Annual Gala with testimonials on how much she loved the brand. And her tune has not changed as she and the brand recently unveiled her own limited edition designs earlier this month.

The annual gala was held downtown at the recently opened event space, The Mezzanine in the financial district. Special guests included Becca McCharen-Tran, designer and creator of the boundary pushing brand Chromat. The CFDA Fashion Fund Alumni first partnered with Bandelettes last September when she sent models down the runway in the SS18 Serenity collection accessorized with Bandelettes. The partnership, a merriment of body positive brands continued in the AW18 Wavy collection and hasn’t stopped breaking molds since. Becca was the absolute sweetest and took a picture with me! Also in attendance was drag queen extraordinaire Coco De’Ball who performed. The drink of the night was a strong “Thigh-Piranha”, a take on a Brazilian cocktail. While a fun photobooth, a great DJ, hor d’oeuvres (that I and other bloggers stuffed our faces with) and cupcakes with mini sugar Bandelettes filled the room.

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I seriously can’t say enough how Bandelettes have saved my thighs during the warmer months. A question I was asked by a fellow blogger was “Can you see the lines under your dress”? And honestly I’ve worn a pencil skirt with Bandelettes and they were not visable at all. Thanks to the thin fabric and strudy silicone bands they are virtually invisable and stay in place. Bandelettes come in a range of colors and designs from neutral to bold, thanks to their designer collaborations. And ever the inclusive brand they come in sizes A-F (pantyhose sizes). Have you tried Bandelettes? Let me know in the comments and on social media. Read more about Sparkling Carla here and read more about Bandelettes here!

– T.S.

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