Hair Ties

Hair ties, typically scattered from handbags to the everything drawer but never on hand when you need one.  They will never go out of style.  The other day, I noticed a friend wearing a silk bow tie scrunchie.  It was a sweet twist that looked chic not to mention kind on the hair.  Check out Silke London (also check out their very cool head wraps!) and Slip for new alternatives that won’t break or damage your hair.  Plus bows are so trendy at the moment!       

Lemaire x Uniqlo Drop

It is no secret that Uniqlo does it well.  You can count on them for all your wardrobe essentials.  They are committed to simple and functional designs for every day living at an affordable price.  Also Uniqlo’s collaborations are consistently good.  They partner with designers who understand their core values.  Check out the Lemaire collaboration that just dropped.  One to not miss!  It is a collection of elevated basics found in warming tones and bold accents.  The long sleeve pullover sweatshirt is a favorite.  A simple no logo and well designed sweatshirt with a nice neckline is hard to find.  One would think this is a simple task but not so much.  Lemaire nailed it in my opinion with their updated version of U’s classic sweatshirt.  The boxy relaxed silhouette with a mock collar is feminine and sporty.  It is offered in five colors.  The pink is pretty fab for spring!  Check out the entire collection.  I also like the simplicity of the ultra light puffy and the men’s black hoody (very nice!).

 

Style Tip: The One And Done Wonder, Boiler Suit

Here is something to think about for spring!  The boiler style jumpsuit, the all-in-one is becoming a wardrobe staple.  It makes itself an easy go to piece.  Neutral tone colors are safe but the brights are super fun.  I do believe you have to style it to really pull it off.  The fit and fabric are important.  It can’t be too tight or to loose and ill-fitting on the backside.  You want enough fabric to play around with the sleeves and pant cuffs to achieve a nonchalant appearance (see the Scandi cool girl above rocking the Ganni pink jumpsuit).  Or perhaps dressing in a monochromatic inspired look of a one piece like Victoria Beckham’s army green ensemble.  A style that is chic, sophisticated, but also very utilitarian.   

Dress it up or down with kicks or heels.  Make it seasonless by layering with a tee, turtleneck, or approach it like a button down shirt.  Don’t over accessorize.  The boiler suit is meant to be uncomplicated.  The one major  downside: the complete undressing to use the bathroom.  Otherwise it is all up.  No matter your take on this style, you can’t ignore the clean, chic look of the dark navy suit, soft black knee-high boots, and the Bottega Veneta bag.  It rivals any two piece number you can put together! (all images from Pinterest) . Check  Net-A-Porter, & Other Stories, Garmentory 

Listening To Greta Van Fleet

(image from Rolling Stone)

Seventies throw back with You’re The One. You can draw your own conclusion about the Michigan rock band, Greta Van Fleet. So many opinions about this young band and their comparisons to Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin. Perhaps you will love the hippie style of this band especially the frontman, Josh Kiszka. As seen on SNL being introduced by Rachel Brosnahan aka Midge from the very hilarious, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Another one to add to the road trip playlist. FYI, they will be playing this summer at the Boston Calling Music Festival. Greta Van Fleet 

Two Snow Boots That May Cheer You UP!

Dream of warmer days but winter is far from over if you live on the east coast or anywhere else that experiences old man winter. Winter boots along with other bulky items are pretty much the uniform for the next couple of months. So hunting for fresh alternative styles that aren’t so common to make winter dressing a bit more exciting.

The Zurich label, INUIKII and the London label, mou are not brand new players. But they are fresh alternatives to the well known UGG boots. INUIKKI and mou’s super stylish handcrafted boots will brighten up your winter days.  These leather and shearling boots are design conscious and and made from ethically sourced hides and fibers. You will appreciate everything from the detailed stitching, glossy finishes, muted tones to bold vibrant colors. All are certain to be suitable for apres-ski or city strolling. If you have to wear them then let them be fun.

Like the Ugg, both labels have a moon boot like appearance. You like it or you don’t. Unfortunately INUIKII only delivers to EU-countries but some styles are available through Mytheresa. Mou you can purchase directly.

Kurt Vile For Your Playlist

Happy Monday! Road trips require great tunes to pass the time. Check out Indie Rock artist, Kurt Vile. He was the former lead guitarist for War On Drugs. His newish album, Bottle It In is the real deal and draws you in with the lyrics and the beat. Good vibes all the way. A good friend has claimed Bottle It In to be the best album of the year for 2018. I think he is spot. Listen, download, and find time to kick back for this one! images and clips from Kurt Vile

I just discovered a great podcast sharing emerging artists. Here is an interview with Kurt Vile on NPR’s World Cafe

Weekends Ahead

After a busy end to 2018, my body just wants to recharge. With this, I plan on taking full advantage of weekends. So no more making lists of things to get done but rather a list of interests. More quiet time even if the window is small. More experiences and learning new skills is my 2019! I am kicking off with the following:

Ansel Adams deserves a second visit. My first visit to see the exhibit at the MFA reminded me of the importance of getting outside everyday to connect with nature. Fresh air does the body and mind good. His photography is amazing. The world through his lens grips you.

More films! Roma, a beautiful film about a young Mexican worker’s journey during the 70’s is on the top of my must see list. The list just got longer after watching the Golden Globes. So many beautiful movies to enjoy.

In my future is the William Forsythe’s installation at the ICA. An interactive exhibit about movement and much more.

Basket making will be the new form of meditation for me. I am hoping for a new summer bag to swing (Jane Birkin inspired). New skill on the horizon that will be a relaxing (hoping this is the case) activity for cold days.

Ballet inspired workouts because dancers are the ultimate athletes (and my body is craving the impossible)! Flexibility and strength are a personal goal of mine. A new way to challenge my workouts and hone in on my weaknesses.

This list of interests will keep evolving. This is an achievable start. I hope this inspires you to make time to have some fun as well as shelve that to-do list for another day. FYI the list never goes away and those windows of free time do! xo