• Catalog Police
  • Catalog Police: J. Crew August 2014 Edition


    Say what you want about the e-commerce “takeover” — retailers still love to send snail mail. Judging by the number of catalogs I receive, brands must be destroying millions of trees per month, all in the faint hope I will somehow be swayed to buy a $250 faux leather sweatshirt. Most of the catalogs come from brands I don’t even recognize. (What is […]

  • Trends
  • Planet of the Platforms: The Rise & Fall

    Dress: Catherine Malandrino (Lord & Taylor) | Bag: Stella McCartney (Saks Fifth Avenue) | Platforms: Sam Edelman (Gift from Mom; Purchased from Nordstrom)

    There are some fashions that just won’t die, and most of them hail from the 60s and 70s. Bell-bottoms, PVC and fuchsia tights are all as stubborn as Styrofoam, doomed to repeat the same Sisyphean trend cycle: ascendance, eclipse and return. The most enduring example is the platform shoe, a style that refuses to be snuffed out, despite its status as […]

  • Nails
  • Nail Art for Busy People

    Pink Base: Ink-Ling of You (OPI) | Turquoise Tip: Mint Sprint (Sally Hansen Insta-Dri) | Accent Polka Dots: Posh (Revlon)

    I believe in fiscal responsibility, and my attitude boils down to this: The less you spend on manicures, the more you can spend on clothes. I’ve been doing my own nails for three years, and my self-penned designs and cray color combinations have become my signature. The first thing onlookers often ask? “God, how long did THAT take you?” Not only […]

  • Consignment
  • Can a White Shirt Transform Your Look?

    Skirt: Craven (Consignment) | Belt: Vintage (C. Madeleine's) | White Shirt: Q. Mack (Macy's) | Shoes: Christian Loubitain (Saks Fifth Avenue) | Clutch:  Marie Turnor

    There are the fashionista factions who will advise you to spend as much as you can on your wardrobe basics. I am not one of them. Today’s theme is the white shirt, the queen of all wardrobe basics. The variety in price is astounding.  First up is the white Oxford, a working woman’s uniform. At the high-end of the spectrum is Carven’s version for […]

  • Consignment
  • Are We Okay Going Gray?

    Blouse: 3.1 Phillip Lip (Consignment) | Necklace: Lanvin (Consignment) | Belt: Miu Miu (Consignment) | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (Consignment) | Bracelet: Henri Bendel

    Is it possible to max out on minimalism? I tested the thesis with this head-to-toe granite combination. I blame this look entirely on the Jenna Lyons cyborgs featured in the J. Crew catalog I received last night. Gray is not a cheerful color, and it doesn’t do much for the complexion. Gray is TV snow. It’s aluminum foil. […]

  • Consignment
  • Don’t Make Excuses for Summer Dresses

    Dress: Theyskens' Theory (Consignment) | Belt: Artist & Fleas, Williamsburg | Neck scarf: Christian Dior (Vintage) | Shoes: Alexandre Birman (Consignment) | Leather Tote: AllSaints

    Sometimes it’s easy to feel guilty when you opt for yet another summer dress. Women often feel like sophisticated style should be opaque to all but Vogue editors — and a dress just seems TOO easy. My inner-critic is fond of chanting, “Oh. A dress. How original.” But let’s be practical: Choosing a dress over separates means less time stranded in front of an […]

  • Consignment
  • Tweed Dreams Are Made of These

    I don’t consider myself a slave to fashion — I’m really more of a student. It all started when I received a subscription to W at the frighteningly young age of 10. In the years since, I’ve pored over hundreds of fashion magazines with all the seriousness of a monk studying a religious text. For the last 16 […]

  • Alterations
  • The Holy Grail

    Dress: Alexander Wang (Consignment) | Shoes: Jimmy Choo (Saks Fifth Avenue) | Clutch: Jess Rizzuti

    I’m sick of fall clothing already, and we haven’t even hit August. I blame this on the pre-fall shopping hysteria unfolding online. Every fashion blog has been crammed with “previews” of pre-fall sales, imploring me to scramble for limited quantities of boots, coats and sweaters. Every promotion is a thinly veiled threat: Shop NOW or […]

  • Consignment
  • The Ring of Fire

    Top: Issey Miyake (Consignment) | Jeans:  Jessica Simpson (Lord & Taylor) | Leather Tote: AllSaints | Shoes: Prada (Consignment)

    Some clothes just scream for attention, and this Issey Miyake piece is a YELLER. The collar is constructed like origami, fades from black to red and ends in stiffened silk that’s been micro-lasered to resemble tiny flames – or perhaps thorns. The effect is beguiling, but mildly threatening – like the gaping maw of a Venus […]

  • Consignment
  • The Puffy Shirt’s Comeback

    Ruffle Shirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim (Consignment)

    If you buy consignment as much as I do, an excellent tailor is essential. My tailor and I are BFFs, and he’s saved many of my blouses, dresses and skirts from closet purgatory. When I bought this ruffled blouse, I knew it would be a challenging item. For one thing, it had sleeves that looked exactly like these: […]