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CRAVE: Second Edition

Crave, a verb:

1. To long for; want greatly, desire eagerly

2. To require; need

A few months ago I debuted the first edition of CRAVE with a compilation of my virtual hoardings. You know all those pictures, articles, and posts you Like on social media? What happens to them? How many articles have you Liked and actually read? Did you ever buy that great new product you Liked? Most times, the answer is no. So, I began periodically reviewing my likes and bookmarking the information in a folder called Cravings.

In this edition of CRAVE, I’m sharing some of my latest cravings from a Saturday of shopping around New York City. A couple weekends ago, I was hosting some out-of-town company. We walked through the park, hopped onto the subway, and ventured out onto the streets of Soho with one destination in mind: The Reformation. Coincidentally, we’d both been eying dresses from the sustainable LA-based boutique. Next, I suggested we shop for accessories at Erica Weiner, a Brooklyn-based antique and vintage-inspired jewelry brand with a shop on the edge of Little Italy. After that, we let or instincts guide us and roamed based on the flow of the crosswalks. This landed us at our final destination: a below-ground shop with an interesting window display and a name we couldn’t resist: Fair Folks and a Goat. As we explored the wares, I was reminded of that spark you get when a store window catches your eye, you wander inside, and touch, feel, or taste things as opposed to just reading reviews or looking at images on a screen. It was then I realized how much I’d been craving a shopping experience offline.

Not in NYC, don’t worry! All of these retailers are all available online as well.


THE REFORMATION

Image c/o The Reformation

Image c/o The Reformation

Pining for… the perfect LBD to take from day to night? Head to The Reformation and check out their collection of ribbed stretch jersey shift dresses. I opted for the Arly Dress in black. No matter which style you choose, it can easily be dressed down for daytime with flats and a crossbody or dressed up for nighttime with wedges and a clutch.


ERICA WEINER

Image c/o Erica Weiner

Image c/o Erica Weiner

Yearning for… a unique conversation piece to wear to your next event? You need a Heartbeats necklace by Erica Weiner. I wore my Heartbeats necklace featuring the Talking Heads lyric “This must be the place” to a garden party a week after purchasing it, and nearly every person I chatted with that night remarked on the necklace and the quote.


FAIR FOLKS AND A GOAT

Image c/o Herschel

Image c/o Herschel

Longing for… the most functional bag to carry in the city or on your next trip? Let’s start a movement to revive the fanny pack, which has now been rebranded by Herschel as the hip pack. If you’ve ever lived or traveled in an urban environment like NYC, you know it’s essential to have a great bag that is functional and fashionable. I typically turn to my crossbody or occasionally a backpack, but I have to admit, the hip pack is the most aptly designed for pedestrian, city life.

Still craving more? Check out CRAVE: First Edition!

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Styling for Portraits

There are numerous reasons to get portraits throughout your lifetime: graduation, engagement, pregnancy, holiday cards, or maybe just a new image for your website or LinkedIn profile. Portraits are an investment for your family and your business, so it’s important to style yourself accordingly. 

rachel zoe quote 2Rachel Zoe couldn’t have said it better. Whether you consider yourself a fashion fanatic or not, what you wear says something about you. When it comes to styling for portraits, there are three key things to consider: simplicity, timelessness, and individuality. 

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I partnered with a recent graduate to style three looks illustrating the three basic components of styling for portraits.


1. SIMPLICITY

No matter what your size, shape, color, or age, it’s always best to keep your style simple in a portrait. Busy prints and over-accessorizing are too distracting for portraits, particularly if you’re taking a family or office portrait with multiple people.

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Simplicity is embodied in your favorite jeans and a basic white tee. Pairing these go-to items in your closet is sure to make you feel good and look good in any portrait. Make the look your own with a simple, statement accessory like a fedora!

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS:

Denim: Aero Boyfriend Jean (similar)

Top: American Rag (similar)

Fedora: Charlotte Russe (similar)


2. TIMELESSNESS

Because portraits are an investment, you want them to stand the test of time. Avoid trendy apparel and accessories when styling an outfit for a portrait. You don’t want to look back at your photo in a year and feel it’s outdated!

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What’s more timeless than the little black dress? The LBD is perfect for any portrait. Pair it with pumps for a corporate look or a bold accessory for an artistic aesthetic. No matter how you style the LBD, it’s sure to make a portrait that will stand the test of time.

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS:

LBD: Forever 21 (exact)

Shoes: Alfani (exact)


3. INDIVIDUALITY

Simple and timeless doesn’t mean bland and boring. It’s important to let your individual style shine through in your portrait. Think back to Rachel Zoe’s quote and ask yourself what you want your style to say about you. If you’re taking a milestone portrait, choose an outfit that’s age appropriate and fun. If you’re getting a professional portrait, dress for the industry and job you want, such as business attire for corporate settings or artistic apparel for a more creative field.

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When styling the third and final outfit for this recent graduate, I wanted a playful look to reflect her youthful spirit. Since the first two looks are very clean, crisp, and neutral, incorporating a pop of color was key. We completed the look with a classic camel cowboy boot to add a touch of personality and contrast the first two ensembles.

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: Flying Tomato (similar)

Boots: Wet Seal (similar)

Photographed by Meghann Miller of Memories by Meghann

The Little Black Dress

“She’s late. She gets home and sees her guests have already arrived. A moment of panic arises until she slips on her little black dress, dabs on some scent, pats her chignon into place, and clips a string of pearls around her neck. She’s perfect.” – Didier Ludot, The Little Black Dress – Vintage Treasure

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Like Christian Dior, you too may consider the little black dress “the most essential thing in any woman’s wardrobe,” but when you slip on your go-to LBD, did you know you’re wearing a piece of history?

I didn’t realize the extent to which the little black dress had made its mark until reading Ludot’s The Little Black Dress – Vintage Treasure. This book is about one quarter text and three quarters pictures, both of which shed light on the journey of this simple yet profound article of clothing.  Although Miranda Priestly’s monologue on cerulean in The Devil Wears Prada is a bit smug and over the top, she has a point in that there is a deep history behind every garment. I learned quite a few things from The Little Black Dress – Vintage Treasure, and I’m here to share the highlights with you:

BEWARE THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

1. The little black dress should not be mistaken as just another wardrobe staple.

“By some mysterious alchemy, the little black dress embodies the woman who wears it like a second skin.” 

2. The little black dress is powerful in ways we can’t quite understand.

“They say black absorbs the contours, but it’s a magnet for the eyes.” 

3. The little black dress is unsuspecting.

“As we see it through the kaleidoscope of memories, the dress becomes the very essence of the woman.”

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EVOLUTION OF THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

1926

Chanel brings the color black out of mourning and introduces the “Ford” dress, which quickly becomes the uniform of the modern woman.

1930’s

Hemlines may change, but the little black dress is here to stay.

1940

The little black dress joins the resistance. Despite the scarcity of fabrics, the LBD endures as a symbol of patriotic chic.

1945

War is over and the little black dress is just getting started. Haute couture is reborn and the LBD becomes the uniform of the existentialist movement.

1947

Christian Dior presents his first post-war collection, complete with the little black number, the “Diorama” dress.

1953

Two words: Audrey Hepburn.

1957

The little black dress goes back into mourning with the death of Christian Dior.

Early 1960’s

Film is dominated by the little black dress. “It was in the torment of those years that [the LBD] revealed its true nature: it was indestructible.”

Late 1960’s

The little black dress becomes the emblem of the young jet set – think Studio 54.

1970’s

Peace, love, and the little black dress. Despite the Flower Power fashion movement, the LBD holds its ground.

1980’s

Black returns with a vengeance and for a long time to come with the help of Karl Lagerfeld.

1990’s

Miuccia Prada hits the scene. “The dress returned to its place of honor in every fashionable wardrobe. Mothers’ and daughters’ tastes in fashion could strengthen, broaden, and converge around the little black dress.”

2000’s

The little black dress obeys no standards, resists every fad, is fashion incarnate.”

Photographed by Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography