Chic-spiration: Change it Up

When I saw this photo browsing through Tommy Ton’s street style shots, the first thing that flashed in my mind was Jenny from the Block circa the risque Versace dress era.  Which, when you consider the rest of the photos in this series of Anna Dello Russo, and the fact that she was wearing a watermelon on her head not to long ago, seems a little out of character.

But, for today’s Chic-spiration,  she is the perfect role model. There are always styles, materials, colors, and textures that we gravitate towards. I will always zone in on watermelon pink, something with sparkle, a stacked heel, and avoid khaki like the plague. However, stepping out of this comfort zone is what helps us avoid a style rut, and missteps are part of the learning process.  Just because you define your style as “preppy” does not mean you have to spend years on end in nautical stripes and box pleats, and working to define a personal style should be an expansion process rather than a limitation.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Chic-spiration: You Can Do It!

Happy Friday! Unfortunately the rampant changes in weather and pushing myself to the brink has caught up with me in a big messy, sore throat, mucus filled kind of way (too much?) So as I’m huddled up with some blankets and a cup of tea, I found this print from Julia’s online store. Wouldn’t this be fun to have in your house? Sure it’s not an outfit inspiration, but the holidays are over, the weather has turned arctic, and the reality of fulfilling New Year’s resolutions is daunting- so a pep talk on your wall seems like a smart idea. Have a wonderful weekend and stock up on the vitamin C!

Chic-spiration: Updo

This week’s chic-spiration is of the hair variety. I’ve been growing my hair out for over a year- ever since the tragic haircut of Thanksgiving 2010. I’ve finally settled back into my long, thick hair routine, which I love. However, I’ve never been one who is particularly talented working with my hair, but seeing all of the fun updos sporting around have me itching to try it. I don’t love a super tight top knot, but a swept up messy cluster of hair, possibly with some sparkly accouterments ,seems right up my alley. Plus, between the wind, snow, and woolly scarves, I have a feeling this could help me avoid the dreaded winter dreadlock debacle. I’m using these ladies for inspiration as I practice my “easy” messy updos, do you have any tips?

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Chic-spiration: Weighty Layers

On Wednesday I “attended” my very first #StyleChat hosted by StyleCaster. It sounds bizarre, but frankly I was ready to jump out of my office window and needed a bit of a break: enter the Twitterverse. I have never gotten so wrapped up in an online conversation and was shooting out answers, replies, and retweets at rapid speed.

One question that got thrown out, and is often top of mind this time of year: how to layer without adding bulk and stiffness. The answer-it’s a weighty issue. As cozy as it sounds to wrap up in cashmere sweaters, a leather jacket, shearling vest, and giant chunky knit scarf, you will also feel slightly like the Michelin man.

This lady photographed by Tommy Ton got it beyond correct. The wispy layers and bold colors create a dynamically layered look without hiding her silhouette or any bulk. While this look lacks the warmth necessary for the cold front moving into the city, it is definitely worthy fodder for chic-spiration.

Chic-spiration: Spade for Spade

I have been hearing rave reviews for the talented editors, quaint charm, and fantastical appeal of Matchbook Magazine for months –  it seems like everyone on the interweb is addicted! However, I will fully admit that I only scanned through a few issues up until this afternoon. (I’m an old school print magazine addict.) Today I clicked over and lost well over an hour clicking through the gorgeous layouts and getting completely absorbed in their digitally glossy feature on the Spades.

I love the story of Kate and Andy Spade, but until this article had not read an interview with them together. There seems to be an honest business respect as well as a college sweet heart love story that balances into a true power duo. They are completely humble and homey, but still with a spirited fire not to retire after launching and selling their namesake label (apparently a new project is in the works).

Today they are the weekly Chic-spiration for their combination of class, humility, business sense, and reality. They’ve created a signature aesthetic of prep and quirk that still resonates in the Liz Claiborne brand. OK and a pretty killer statement necklace and teased updo!

**A funny side note: During one of my jobs, I worked with the manufacturer produced for Kate Spade in her very early years. Story has it that the infamous black name label was actually sewn on the outside by mistake!