Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Painted Ladies with Banana Republic

When I first received this dress from Banana Republic I loved how feminine and beautiful it was. (Their whole line right now is really just to die for). There was part of me that saw this dress as a challenge to make it edgy and another part that knew it was the perfect dress to wear to a wedding or to meet his parents. When I tried it on my roommate wouldn't stop shrieking at how pretty it looked on. It was like this structured dress was built for my body type (which rarely happens). Nonetheless I still felt like it was SO girly. I was freaked out looking in the mirror at this new person in front of my eyes. It was fascinating how much just one piece could change my look so much. So I decided, let's add some sass to it. With few studs here and there added with a belt and slingbacks, we were ready to go! I know this is an eclectic look, but what do you think? It'd obviously look great with a pair of espadrilles and a straw bag at the beach...but sometimes you just have to do the opposite of what you know. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Military Chic

My M.O. is paring girly items with edgy, tomboy, or avantgarde items. I think it's because I was raised in a family of artists where not only my outfits were about what looked good together it was about composition and balance. If you wore something super girly, wear it with a military jacket. If you were wearing something really dark and edgy, wear soft makeup or balance the look with a feminine accessory. My mother always instilled this in me and today I am so thankful for that. We used to always make fun of the word juxtaposition because it was (and still is) such a buzzword...BUT fashion is about balancing your look with opposing trends and styles. It brings everything together, especially when you're an edgy boho girl like me wearing a lacy ruffled dress. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Lady Love

I think maybe every post is just going to be about a playlist moving forward. This one in particular is filled with all female artists, I made it for a friend and it has quite the array of genres, but I love that it's an entire playlist has all female vocals. Because girls rock. End of story. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Oscar de la Renta at the de Young

I've been hunting for this quote for so long that now I am convinced I dreamt up the whole thing. But...recently I was reading an article and it had a quote about why fashion is art. It went along the lines of, "Fashion is most certainly art, how could you argue that something that makes you feel something every day, every time you get dressed, is not art?" I've looked at plenty of art (especially from being born into a family of artists) that has made me feel nothing. Everytime I get dressed it's a rollercoaster of emotion, confidence, sulking, smiling, hating, how could clothing make someone feel such a way!

So when I was at the Oscar de la Renta press preview and a woman came up to me and said she wasn't sure if the exhibit could be justified as an art exhibit, I was shocked. Mostly amused by her hollow outlook on the arts in general, but since then ,y interest in this topic has continued over the past few weeks. When I overhear my friends talk about looks they wear to feel confident I try to dig deeper and it's amazing to hear their responses. They all exclaim that they agree and that they too find it's fascinating that fashion can make you FEEL something.

What I'm trying to say is that this exhibit makes you feel something. It's seriously one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen. The way the exhibit was designed, the kind words of André Leon Talley and his curation, and the array of designs displayed (that were all still SO relevant) just blew me away. 

Some of my favorite moments of André's discussion about Oscar and the exhibit:

In tears, "His [Oscar's] world was a world of flowers, entertaining and loyal friendships."

"Oscar wanted the dresses to make women feel happy. He loved living in the sun and nature. He loved singing and dancing. He wanted his clients to feel beautiful."

Oscar asked me if André wanted to meet someone, André kept dilly dallying around the subject and finally Oscar told André it was Laura bush. André explains his hesitation to meet her with, "I thought it was inappropriate to meet Laura bush in a sable lined trench coach and a tracksuit." 

"Oscar made me stand taller. I learned by example, I was insecure and Oscar saw something in me that I didn't see in myself."

So all in all what are your thoughts on fashion, emotions, and the fashion is art debate? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

One of my favorite dresses is Annette de la Renta's favorite!
These pants are truly a dream.
Pants and tunic, yes please.
This coat.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rose Gold & Thursday Tunes

I hadn't realized I started obsessing over black and rose gold until one day I looked down at my wrist and at the headphones on my lap...and noticed they matched. Which kind of got me on a whole coordinates thing, what if they made watches and headphones that matched...on purpose! Well if they did that I would suggest that Tokyobay and Sudio Sweden partnered immediately. As much as I am crushing on these pieces individually, let's talk about them on their own. 

Tokyobay – a local San Francisco watch and leather good company that has been on my radar for awhile. Totally stylish, stackable, and chic watches for a classic, boho, or retro gal. The guys pieces are gorgeous too! I love this big black watch and the feminine touch of rose gold. I wear it every day!

Sudio Sweden – I needed headphones and I needed them badly. I've been on such a music kick lately and noticed my headphones we're producing the best sound. I discovered Sudio and haven't gone back since. The sound quality is superb, the cable never tangles,  and the design is beautiful. Plus, they came with a carrying case that I love because I can throw them in my purse and always know they're safe, organized, and easy to access! If you're looking for yourself or a gift these are PERFECT and you won't regret investing in the premium swedish design. Want a pair for yourself? Take 15% off with the code FOXSTYLE15

To celebrate good sounds, amazing design, and that the week is almost over I've put together a playlist of my favorite tunes right now! Check it out and follow me on Spotify for more.