VIS A VIS Is Worth A Peek!

Meet Yon Hui Choi. The designer behind the very cool Seoul, Korean based clothing label, VIS A VIS. If I could empty my closet, I would start with a few pieces from VIS A VIS. Everything I see is truly 100% wearable with the undertone of menswear. Perfect for city dwellers. Clean lines, subtle detailing, uncomplicated comfortable pieces made from high quality fabrics. VIS A VIS could be your pathway to uniform dressing. Choi does not focus on seasons but rather on building upon her designs. She has a clear vision.

Choi started her career at Barneys with the men’s merchant team. It now makes total sense why she exclusively launched her first line with Barneys in 2015. This line is expensive but stay alert for sales. Think investment pieces. Appreciate the subtlety that makes these pieces go the distance with a fresh take on classic. La Garçonne is also an option.

VIS A VIS

Back With A Breezy Style

Something for those hot summer days that is just perfect for your summer wardrobe. Check out Loup Charmant from NYC. A company I stumbled across recently and immediately fell for their lovely flowy style. Airy feminine dresses to be worn anytime of day. Summertime dressing to me should not be fussy or require accessories besides your sunnies and hat. I also love how a pair of Nike slides, tennies, or stappy sandals can easily transform these beauties from sporty to sweet. Effortless dressing from Loup Charmant seems perfect to me. There is beautiful selection so good luck picking your favorite. Happy Summer ladies!

The Reality Of All Those Returns

At times I am guilty of ordering and returning like a revolving door.  Boxes come in and boxes go out.  I sit comfortably on my iPhone or iPad to scour sites that make ordering, returning, and free shipping not just compelling but effortless.  Especially with a growing child that has zero interest in shopping.  Online shopping is painless for he and I.  It allows me to order multiple sizes since every brand runs differently.  The inconsistency of sizing is a real challenge.  Delivery to the front door 24 hours later with free returns makes it appealing.  So how do you break this habit?

Something has to change.  When you start reading about the harmful effects caused by the fashion industry you just can not ignore the facts.  After reading an article forwarded to me, I am rethinking my shopping habits.  BBC has revealed what happens to a large percentage of those online returns.  For the most part, they end up in landfills.  But it is not just the returns.  It is the whole process of the garment industry.  Time to make some changes. 

My online ordering is going to take on more discipline.  Practicing being selective with my purchases.  Choosing to support more transparent companies.  It is difficult when it comes to shopping for children.  But thanks to a friend who shared with me Gap Inc.’s commitment to environmental goals through their Gap For Good has me revisiting Gap as a resource for the whole family.  Plus they always have a promo!

Here is the eye-opening article, Your brand new returns end up in landfill from the BBC.  Awareness, action, and even the smallest steps can make a difference.   (images from BBC and Getty)

Alex Mill Is Timeless Not Trendy

Alex Drexler, son of Mickey Drexler and Somsack Sikhounmuong, former design director of J.Crew are the duo behind the fashion label, Alex Mill. They know a thing or two about American classics. Alex Mill will easily slide right into your closet with its crisp, clean, modern styles for both men and women. Pieces that should be worn on repeat and make a good case for a uniform look that is uncomplicated. You will not only appreciate the core wardrobe basics but the refreshing reasonable pricing that is right in line with the likes of J.Crew, Gap, and Everlane.

Here are four pieces that caught my attention. Love the button details on the cardi, the bows on the trench, and the khaki pants look super promising. Always in need of a white tee. https://www.alexmill.com/

One for the dudes!  Men have it so damn easy and it just got easier with Alex Mill. You just can’t go wrong.  The Camo jacket is a nice modern upgrade for the spring.  Just round off the above look with a pair of Nike kicks or Allbirds.  Done!

How To Wear A Scarf Via NAOMI NOMI

A scarf is chic, sharp, and stylish.  But how to do you tie a scarf?  Here is an easy step by step guide from Naomi Nomi showing you six different ways to wear your scarf.  Naomi is an artist and designer currently living in New York city.  Her scarves are bold, modern, and just perfect!  NAOMI NOMI  

I’m pretty much the cowgirl and the classic but the bow is nice with a crewneck sweater.

The Stella Way

Stella McCartney is a leader in the fashion world.  She speaks openly about the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment.  Stella operates a transparent company that designs with intention and produces clothing in a responsible manner.  Her designs are a combination of: feminine + masculine, utilitarian, and timeless.  Stella hopes her pieces will be lifers in your closet.  She is not about fast fashion.  She is about awareness with action.  Stella leads by example and believes the industry must do better.  She was one of the first designers to drop leather and fur some 15 years ago. 

Her recent Paris runway shows her commitment with upcycling, faux leather, organic materials, faux fur, Eco-canvas, and sustainable viscose (btw this is nothing new for Stella).  She partnered with the iconic British brand, Hunter boots for this collection.  A sustainable boot crafted from natural rubber and feature Yulex sock inserts (a plant-based alternative to neoprene).   Stella McCartney is one to support!   All images from Stella McCartney

Revisiting Tie Dye

Embrace tie-dye because it’s in full force on the runways.  If you care to invest in a piece then I suggest you do so now and wear it straight through summer.  Not all tie-dye pieces will have you on board with this trend.  But here are few selections that can easily be worked into a wardrobe.  Maybe one piece would be fun to play with.  The Raquel Allegra (California-based designer with an interesting approach to everyday wear) jumpsuit piqued my interest.  It also checks the box for both trends:  jumpsuit + tie-dye.  Brace yourself, the cost of tie-dye is shockingly expensive!   

Jonathon Simkhai denim, Raquel Allegra jumpsuit, DSQUARED denim shirt, Jerome Drefus clutch bag, Diesel Black Gold dress, Raquel Allegra blue pink dress, MM6 t shirt (subtle, I like it), PSWL short sleeve poplin shirt