The accessories in this gift guide are perfect for your fashion-loving girlfriend/friend/lover/bff/sister who find inspiration in the quirky, colorful, and always effortlessly chic style of street style blogs*. An unexpected accessory with a pop of color is exactly what they need! Trust me, they will be totally smitten with a cozy, bright snood or …gasp… Proenza Schouler on the cheap??? BRB…fainting.
- Red Snood Dogg, Wool and the Gang,$95
- Field Notes Notebooks, Letterbox Co., $5
- Nail Polish in Fiesty, Topshop, £5
- Mochila Wallet, Proenza Schouler, $145
- Double Finger Metal Feather Ring, ASOS, $13.79
- The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman, Amazon, $16.50
- Elizabeth and James Fairfax Sunglasses, Madison, $185
- Griffith Suede Bag, Madewell, $168
- Thomas Paul Luddite 13″ Laptop Sleeve, Velocity, $56
*See some of my favorite street style bloggies here.
For the past year or two, I’ve been hunting for the perfect pair of oxford shoes. It’s quite a frustrating undertaking because I have a vision in my head of exactly what I want. Aren’t those visions the worst? Because here I am, 2 years after my initial craving and still oxford-less.
I have several requirements for an oxford. 1) It can’t be too chunky, 2) it can’t be too shiny or too glossy, 3) the heel cannot be too thick, 4) it must retain an element of masculinity (since, in essence, it’s a man’s shoe), and 5) at the same time, it must exude a sense of femininity in it’s shape as well.
See, I’m very difficult to please. When I found these oxfords pictured above from the Anthropologie website, I fell in love about 90%. I’m not 100% in love because I’m not sure they’re masculine enough for my taste. They are amazing in every other way so I may be adding them to my MUST HAVE list.
I’m a really big fan of menswear-inspired fashion for women. I think it really dramatizes and enhances the femininity of the woman actually wearing the clothes. I just love. Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) photographs a lot of women in this way. For example:
To me, not only is this outfit perfection, but those oxfords are perfection as well. They qualify for ALL of my oxford requirements! Now why can’t I find a perfect pair like those? I guess I will have to keep searching.
[1st image via Anthropologie, 2nd image via The Sartorialist]
For the past several hours, I’ve been glued to the new Burberry trench-centric website, Art Of The Trench.
Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) has collaborated with Burberry and shot men and women of all ages wearing the iconic Burberry trench in various cities across the world. The result? A website full of the chicest trench coat-wearers I’ve ever seen!
The Facebook-like site allows you to navigate through the images, share them, “like” them, and even comment on them. It’s quite an exhilarating experience, let me tell you.
Oh and the best part?? The Kooks playing the background music. Brilliant, I tell you. Don’t tell my bf but that British accent gets me every time.
Right now, there is nothing I want more than to walk the streets of London or Paris, wearing a Burb trench. But for now, this website will fill that void. Sigh.
[Image via artofthetrench.com]
So I was on The Sartorialist (my fave blog) the other day, when I came across this photo of Olivia Palermo:
For those of you not familiar with Olivia P, she’s the major b from MTV’s The City. Major b or not, this girl knows how to dress. And therefore, I love her. But it wasn’t Olivia P herself that caught my eye in this photo, it was her SHOES. When I first saw this photo, my eyes zoomed in on those lace-up ankle boots like a tractor beam. Ok that was a bad metaphor because I don’t know what a tractor beam is – I just remember it referenced in Dumb and Dumber. Note to self: never use metaphors when you don’t know their meaning.
Anyways, those shoes instantly grabbed my attention. Not only were they absolutely glorious but I knew I’d seen them before. Oh but where? I literally could picture myself looking at them online, zooming over the image and crying inside about their price. But, ahhhh where?! I racked my brain and the first thing that popped in my mind was Topshop so I ventured over to their website and sure enough, the boots were there! I felt I deserved some sort of prize for having such an immaculate memory so I put the damn boots in my shopping cart. Since I often get a really bad case of buyer’s remorse, I give myself a day or two before purchasing online.
So I waited a day and what do you know, they’re out of stock. I nearly threw my powerbook (yes, I’m old school) out the window. WTF?! I need them! Must. Have. Them. Please, Sir Phillip Green, put them back on your website! I’m desperate. Then again, Topshop does still have gray in stock. I can’t seem to jump the gun, though…