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Shearling + Fire

Gosh, red lipstick is hard to pull off sometimes, right?  Finding the right shade of red is the first challenge, but then I feel like the entire time you’re wearing it, you’re constantly nervous about whether it’s migrated outside your lip line, onto your teeth, or onto whatever you’re wearing.  It’s hard to relax when you’re wearing a red lip.  I’m always on high alert.

So needless to say, I was terrified when Julie told me she wanted to try something bold, and subsequently retrieved the loudest, brightest red lipstick out of her makeup palette.  I’m pretty sure I looked horrified.  But when Julie is having a beauty ‘vision’, you don’t question it.  You just go with it.  You close your eyes and let her make a masterpiece.

Behold… Julie’s signature cat eye liner with a super-mega-bright lip… yes you can pull off both at the same time 🙂

P.S. – I stalked this shearling bomber jacket from TopShop for MONTHS until they re-stocked my size.  Yes, the collar was a little overbearing at first, but it always makes a feminine outfit just a little bit grittier, tougher.  Check out the link to the faux one below by Lily Aldridge for Velvet…

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.  Makeup by Julie Funkey  (obsessed!!!!!!!)

Jacket: TopShop (real & faux options).  Skirt: Blank NYC (old; new style here).  Blouse: Zara.  Stuart Weitzman Highland boots.  Bag: Alexander Wang.

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Winter & Summer Blues

We all love it when the weather begins to get warmer and Spring arrives. But do you ever feel slightly disappointed that you can no longer wear all your fun Winter clothes? It’s such a sad day when I move all my boots and sweaters into storage (a.k.a., the guest bedroom closet). No more wool trench, over-the-knee boots, leather gloves, or chunky cable turtleneck. Sad. Just sad.

But the sadness quickly dissipates once I realize that I don’t have to say goodbye to all my winter clothes. Some can easily be repurposed and made fresh again with just a change of the accessories. Like the ubiquitous baby blue mini skirt, that was EVERYWHERE this winter, on every blogger and in every magazine. It’s got a thick, almost neoprene texture, so it’s tough enough to wear in cold weather, but the silhouette and color just scream ‘Spring!’

On a chilly day I’ve paired it with black OTK boots and a wool moto jacket. But then it can also go classic “girly” with a floaty ethereal blouse. So much fun!!

So before you put away your winter items, think twice whether you could still wear it with shorts instead of jeans, or with a tank top instead of a sweater. Your wardrobe just might be bigger than you think 😉

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Look 1: Skirt: Zara (similar). Jacket: Gap. Sweater: Gap. OTK Boots: H&M. Bag: Alexander Wang. Sunglasses: Celine (Solstice, in-store only)
Look 2: Skirt: Zara (similar). Blouse: J.Crew. Ankle boots: Prada. Bag: Zara. Sunglasses: Prada.

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Intervention.

20140113-205146.jpgHave you ever been so obsessed with a piece of clothing, that you wear it way too much? Season after season, it just goes with everything you own, so you keep wearing it. Over and over and over. Your friends and family might have even staged an intervention because they’re worried about your unhealthy attachment to this clothing item. For me, it’s my black wool trench coat. Several years ago in NYC, I saw a woman on the street with the most perfect winter coat. So perfect that I literally turned around and ran after her, like a crazy person, to ask her where she got it. Zara, she said. Thank God, I thought, something I can actually afford. And thank God there’s a Zara on every corner in New York.

I’ve been besties with that coat ever since. It needs no accessories. No scarf, no jewelry. It’s perfect on its own. So here’s my homage to the most versatile workhorse in my closet. I love you, Zara coat, xoxo.

And thank you to my beautiful friend, Cynthia, who took these beautiful pictures, and who convinced me that a vacant auto shop in the middle of nowhere really would be the perfect place to photograph a trench coat. Smartest woman I know.

Boots: Jimmy Choo.  Coat: Zara (similar here, here , here). Gloves: Zara (similar here & here). Bag: Alexander Wang.
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1 Sweater, 3 Ways (part three)

20140113-114836.jpgHave you ever worn hair extensions? If you have, I’m so jealous, you are amazingly confident! But for the rest of us chickens, we’re terrified to even try them, right? “They’re going to look fake!” “People will know!” “What if they fall out?!” Well I’m here to tell you, it’s waaaaay easier than you think. I have no idea why I waited so long to try them.

As I was trying to find a third way to recycle this green holiday sweater, I wanted to do something really different, and tried this boho glam look. But I don’t have the requisite long, beachy waves like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley when she wears a floppy hat. So I decided to fake it.

I went to Ulta, and looked at the entire row devoted to extensions, and was a little overwhelmed. But once I figured out what color I needed for my grown-out ombré, it was ridiculously easy to put them in and actually wear them. These are the hairdo. 16″ Ombré Extension by Ken Paves – yes, Jessica Simpson’s hairstylist. You clip up the top half of your hair, snap in the extensions with the six super strong clips (these extensions will NOT budge), then let down the top half of your hair over them, and just blend it all together. Voila! Long glamorous hair!

And you know what, if others find out that they’re fake, who cares?! It’s a fun temporary accessory, and if you feel like a Victoria’s Secret supermodel for a few hours, then that’s all that matters 🙂

All images by Kari Jenkins.

Sweater: J.Crew . Jeans: Zara. Boots: Jimmy Choo. Hat: Eric Javits. Extensions: Ulta. Bag: Alexander Wang

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And here are all 3 looks together. One holiday sweater – three ways to wear it year round. Thanks for reading!
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The Christmas Shorts…

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Merry Christmas, everyone!  I wish I had a great story about these shorts, like maybe that they’re vintage Missoni, passed down from generation to generation, and I wear them every Christmas or something.  Nope.  Not the case.  They’re Trina Turk, and I simply found them on sale at Nordstrom, and decided they were the coolest dressy shorts I’d ever seen, and I had to have them.  The waistband and front pocket lining is a faux-leather embossed chevron print, too.   Such a gorgeous detail!  And they’re still a pretty great Missoni knock-off, don’t you think?

I paired them with the Jimmy Choo OTK ‘Gypsy’ boots (last seen here), but I’m already dreaming of pairing them with my Kiki ballet flats from J.Crew for a more conservative work look, and then also with my super rad Acne Pistol ankle boots, for an edgier look.  Both with and without black tights…

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The shorts are on sale now… try them out with your wardrobe, you won’t be sorry!

(…and more beautiful photos by Kari at www.karijenkinsphotography.com)

Shorts: Trina Turk.  Top: J.Crew.  Boots: Jimmy Choo.  Coat: Zara (similar here).  Necklace: Zara.  Bag: Alexander Wang.

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Jimmy Choo ‘Gypsy’ OTK = perfection

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So I promised you more from my first blog shoot, and here is the next installment…

I suffer from the affliction known as “narrow calf syndrome”.  You might be thinking, ummm that’s not really a problem?  But I’m here to assure you, it is indeed a real problem.  When you can’t find knee-high or OTK boots that don’t sag and slouch around your miserably scrawny legs, you resign yourself to the fact that maybe you’re just destined to wear ankle boots for the rest of your life (which wouldn’t be so bad, truthfully, but what a shame to miss out on so many great fashion moments with tall boots…)

I can’t tell you how many boots I’ve tried on over the years, only to be met with disappointment that “narrow calf syndrome” has struck again.  So when I saw the Jimmy Choo ‘Gypsy’ black suede over-the-knee boots at Neiman’s, with a hefty price tag no less, I almost talked myself out of trying them.  “Why would these boots be any different from the last 37 I’ve tried?!”  But something told me that the universe was finally going to change my luck.  And I was right.

THEY.  ARE.  PERFECT.  Seriously, divine.  Those designers at Jimmy Choo understand how to craft a suede shaft that hugs but doesn’t squeeze the leg (because the ‘sausage casing’ look is just as bad as the floppy ‘I-look-like-a-little-kid-wearing-my-mom’s-boots’ look).  It doesn’t matter what your legs look like, or the circumference of your calves.  As long as your boots fit your leg, then it works.

These Jimmy Choo’s are a classic, a true wardrobe staple.  And you might call me crazy, but that is worth every (exorbitant) penny.  So here’s my homage to the Gypsy boot.  These pics don’t even do them justice, so will spend my life trying to capture their essence and perfection on film.  Or maybe at least another three outfits 😉

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IMG_4966 IMG_4967 IMG_4969 IMG_4979  IMG_5041 IMG_5012 IMG_5013 IMG_5014 IMG_5027  Boots: Jimmy Choo.  Skirt: Banana Republic (sold out) (similar here & here).  Blouse: J.Crew (similar here & here).  Bag: Alexander Wang.  Necklaces: J.Crew