Steal Her Look For….

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Oooph Monday, you do love to sneak up on a girl don’t you? For those mornings where the last thing you feel like doing is climbing out of bed, let alone washing your hair, this is a look to keep on repeat. I think everyone raised an eyebrow when culottes made a comeback (grade school gym class anyone?) but this season’s version is more wide leg capris than bunched up bermuda short. Now grab a sweater with equal parts tailored silhouette and snuggle factor plus a double espresso. Wayfarers may not make the cut in Monday’s status meeting, but they’ll steal you a few more minutes in bed before you swipe on some concealer at your desk. Here’s to a great week!

– Culottes can easily toe the line between terribly unflattering and calf skimming chic. I vote for a pair that hits mid shin or lower and a gradually flared silhouette instead of a full length wide leg. This Elizabeth and James pair may be my favorite, but the above black staples are stylish and far more budget friendly.
– While I love this lady’s exaggerated sleeve length, I would tidy up the structure for the office. This slim turtleneck has the length I love with a tight knit and loose neck.
– The punchy color of this bag will wake up any morning, and the clean lines are definitely commute worthy.
These pumps are obviously not an exact match, but I actually like them more. This is not an animal print you often see, but I supersized black and white motif feels fun and neutral (a tough pairing!)
Sunglasses because it’s Monday, enough said!

Remembering a Legend

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Last night, right before bed, I checked out Twitter only to find that the legendary Oscar de la Renta has passed away. Anyone who has fantasized about fashion, dreamed of working in the industry, or day dreamed about lunching with ladies during a particularly dull day at the office knows that Oscar stood out among the most elite of designers. He will truly be missed and the red carpet will never be the same.

Steal Her Look For…

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A day date could be brunch, lunch, antiquing or a matinee movie. In any case, the date you’ve been waiting for pops up at a moment’s notice. Maybe it’s last-minute, maybe earlier plans now have you running late in preparations. The look for this occasion needs to make you feel special while portraying confidence and general attractiveness (it is a date!) The answer for fall is the statement coat, preferably one that nearly acts as an outfit on its own. The near ankle-length of this red stunner is over the top drama, but you can just as easily use a calf grazer or cocoon style. Boyfriend skinny jeans and slouchy white tee keep it casual (aka you didn’t try too hard, but just happen to look this good.) Of course you add python heels. There is a subtle sexiness to animal print that will off set your casual denim perfectly. Now run out the door and cross your fingers that your coat catches in the wind like this lady, but avoid any cobblestone tripping hazards.

This image has been pinned all over the internet and catches my eye every.single.time.
– This Vince coat has the same shocking hue in a slightly shorter length. This one is a darker burgundy, but an equally cozy shape. Maybe hold it for the last-minute night date.
Skinny boyfriend jeans in a slightly faded traditional blue. Check.
Pointy pumps in subtly sexy snake print. Bonus points for these actually being comfortable – nobody likes the date that can’t walk.
– A substantial clutch in the season’s must-have print to hold only the essentials.

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Sky High Obsession

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It takes a lot for me to truly obsess over an article of clothing- I like to think it makes me discerning. It has to be fantastically unique, functional, and versatile with visible advantages in style and quality. Enter the Stuart Weitzman Lowland Boot. I am 110% completely obsessed. I have a pair of stacked heel over the knee boots from Weitzman and I grab them pretty much every night as soon as the temperature dips. They were a Christmas gift from my husband three years ago and they are amazing. I can walk around the entire city without so much as a toe twinge and they elevate even the most basic outfit Now take this comfort and eye-catching height, pair it in a more casual flat style, and add another few inches of drama in the calf height – perfection. The 50/50 boots from Stuart Weitzman are classics, but something about the supple suede, tie at the top, and extra height make these extra special. Let alone these boots have been styled all over the internet so I can’t take my eyes off of them (here and here for example), but my goodness that is a hefty price tag. For right now I’ll wipe the drool off my keyboard and just keep on staring (I’m particularly infatuated with the yummy brown suede.)

Discovered: PRIMARY

Discovered is a series capturing new to me findings in fashion, food, beauty, or the fun niceties of life. They may be new, or they may just be new to me (and maybe you.)

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This is really a lesson in rediscovery. I first came across PRIMARY on The Glamourai when she began styling their photo shoots years ago. As with many of the shoots Kelly styles, the lookbook was a cool mix of sophisticated edge, and led me to spend a good deal of time perusing their site. However, due primarily (no pun intended) to the price, I left the site as a source of inspiration rather than shopping.

Last week something led me to check out the site again, and I was pleasantly surprised by a series of updates. The first, and most noticeable change, is that the price of their pieces have dropped dramatically.  There are more than a few unique easily mixable pieces falling under the $150 mark. After noticing this I quickly hopped over to the about page to see what had changed, hoping it was not a shift toward lower quality fabrics and questionable manufacturing. What I found instead was a shift in the brand’s thinking of retail, how they would reach their consumer, and how their own fashion calendar would stand. In their own words…

The new PRIMARYNY.COM is here!  By Spring of 2014 we shipped our last apparel wholesale delivery.  By no longer wholesaling our apparel line we have effectively cut-out the middle man.  What does that mean for you? Higher quality fabrics, better garment construction through our all-USA manufacturing ( 80% is produced in New York ), much lower prices since there’s no retail markup, and monthly fashion editorials; that you can see now / wear now.  No more 6 months waiting for our collection to hit stores.  We are designing in-season, and producing small batches at our local factory in New York.  We will also begin to slowly add new designers to our shop this Fall; designers that excel in their specific category for a broader scope of the PRIMARY lifestyle; all united by aesthetic. 

Since working for Marla Cielo I am completely fascinated by local manufacturing and the New York garment district. Plus, although I may day dream seasons ahead, I am definitely of the buy now / wear now mindset! A few of the pieces that grabbed my current fall shopping brain were this semi sheer lace set, an ultra cool pencil skirt, and the pants that may convince me to give harem pants a whirl (love!)