Nov 11, 2014

Comfort Zone: Winter Layers | EDIT

Elle Sweden makes thick winter layers look oh so cozy (and far from frumpy) in this editorial entitled "Comfort Zone" (see the rest of the photos, here). The key is over-sized outerwear (a few checkered versions from Tommy Hilfiger which we saw on Alexa Chung in last week's post), so that those chunky knits, sweatshirts and flannels all have room to co-exist and keep you warm. There's nothing better than layer upon layer for warmth, snug as a bug, as they say, against the cold. Get the over-sized and boxy cowl neck sweater, seen up top, from Acne Studios at shopbop, $500. That Florida State sweatshirt is vintage, and you can browse similar styles at Beyond Retro, a UK-based site that has a wide selection of these perfectly vintage sweatshirts being sold for about $35.

Photos: Johan Sandberg for Elle Sweden, Nov. 2014 via Design Scene

Nov 10, 2014

Delicate Pendant Necklaces | EDIT

It's all about natural beauty in this editorial photographed by Mario Sorrenti for the November issue of Vogue Paris. These lovely models need little embellishment, but for perfect lighting and perfectly applied concealer. And some delicate pendant and charm necklaces, quite in keeping with the "off-duty model" look of tousled hair, minimal make-up and simple tanks. My favorite is the 18k gold and lapis lazuli cabochon necklace (top photo) from Tiffany & Co. -- perfect necklace for everyday wear (it also comes in a green jade cabochon, as well).

TOP: TIFFANY & CO. ELSA PERETTI DESIGNS Color by the Yard Pendant (lapis lazuli) $500
MIDDLE: TEN THOUSAND THINGS (similar) New Luxe Combo Charm Necklace $3,265.  
BOTTOM: TIFFANY & CO. ELSA PERETTI DESIGNS Letter "N" Pendant (A-Z available) $800.

Photos: Mario Sorrento for Vogue Paris, Nov. 2014 via Visual Optimism

Nov 7, 2014

Barbara Palvin in Madame Figaro | EDIT

Madame Figaro makes a case for drugstore beauty in this editorial featuring model Barbara Palvin in all L'Oréal Paris make-up looks (see the rest of the editorial, here). She is, after all, a spokesmodel for the beauty brand.

Gorgeous matte skin (courtesy of L'Oréal's liquid to powder foundation), minimal eye make-up (but for those thick eyelashes), and cherry red lips for a night out to the theatre, in the top photo. Next, dramatic eye make-up with glitter lashes and blue-grey nail polish for a formal evening look with an edge. And a girl-next-door "natural" look that's all about healthy glowing skin and pink lips -- though we all know this is likely the hardest beauty look to emulate of all three! See below for a product list (unfortunately, some of the products listed in the editorial aren't available here in the states, so they're listed with a link to the French L'Oréal Paris site and in Euros):

TOP: FOUNDATION Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 18 $13; MASCARA Mascara Million De Cils So Couture 15,50 € (or similar, Voluminous Million Lashes Excess $9); LIPSTICK Rouge à Lèvres Collection Exclusive in Leïla 13,50 €. 
MIDDLE: FOUNDATION Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 18 $13; EYELINER Crayons Yeux Color Riche Le Khôl 7,50 (or similar, Colour Riche Eyeliner $9); Super Liner Mat Matic 9,70 ; GLITTER MASCARA Volume Millions De Cils Top Coat Paillettes 15,50 (limited edition for 2014). LIPS Baume Caresse in Tickle Me Pink 7,50 € (or similar, Colour Riche Balm Pop $8).

BOTTOM: FOUNDATION Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 18 $13; BROWS Sourcils Brow Artist Plumper Le Mascara 14,00 €; LIPS Baume Caresse in Tickle Me Pink 7,50 € (or similar, Colour Riche Balm Pop $8). 

Photos: Nico for Madame Figaro, Oct. 31, 2014 via Visual Optimism

Nov 6, 2014

Alexa Chung for Tommy Hilfiger | Oversized Checkered Coats

Have you heard? Last month, Alexa Chung, style "it" girl extraordinaire, was tapped as guest editor at Tommy Hilfiger through January of next year, which means she'll be curating (and photographed wearing) a monthly edit of her favorite pieces from the American designer's label.

These checkered plaid coats really make the case for investing in an over-sized coat for the winter. The play on proportions -- pairing skinny pants under the over-sized, masculine cut of the coat looks very of-the-moment right now. There's a menswear-inspired element here to the styling -- the simple button-down tops underneath the exaggerated navy/black/white plaid and red/black 'lumberjack' pattern on the coats, and pointed monk strap buckled shoes.

And all that extra fabric will certainly feel welcome when snow season starts. Two words: plaid cocoon (Tommy knows how to name his coats!).

TOP: TOMMY HILFIGER Collection Great Coat $790
BOTTOM: TOMMY HILFIGER Plaid Cocoon Coat $429

Photos: Instagram | Instagram |

Nov 5, 2014

Carey Mulligan in Harper's Bazaar UK, Dec. 2014 | EDIT

Carey Mulligan, the subject of a massive girl crush from yours truly, covers the December issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, and you can find part of her interview, here. She's lovely, sure, but she also comes across as thoughtful, gracious, and her killer work ethic and dedication to her craft comes as no surprise. Here's a very brief highlight reel:

1. She eats avocado on toast with poached eggs for breakfast (sounds delicious, puts my oatmeal this morning to shame).

2. She uses the phrase "tits up" (which is hysterical to this Yankee).

3. She works with the charity War Child, a network of organizations humanitarian organizations dedicated to the plight of children and young people affected by armed conflict. Learn more, here, and donate, here

4. Look forward to her new film, Suffragette, about the early years of the British suffrage movement in mid-2015.

5. Her 'hunger-strike' diet for the film caused her to gain three kilos -- a natural consequence of being on a no sugar diet (which I'd never survive). Because you compensate by eating "massive packets of nuts every day" (as would we all).

Get your copy of Harper's Bazaar UK with Carey's full interview on newsstands starting this month! 

Photos: Alexi Lubomirksi for Harper's Bazaar UK, Dec. 2014

Nov 4, 2014

Black and White Stripes | PICKS

[1] DONDUP Long Striped Sweater $337 [2] FLEUR OF ENGLAND Brighton Boudoir Bra $138 $69 [3] RUNAWAYS Striped Square-Frame $55 [4] ZARA Striped Shirt $50 [5] DKNY Striped Cotton Jersey Dress $160 [6] COMME DE GARÇONS PLAY Striped T-Shirt $150 [7] HOUSE OF HOLLAND Peggy Striped Round-Frame Sunglasses $250 [8] SOPHIE WEBSTER Lacey Printed Leather Sandals $695 [9] ZARA Striped Beanie $16 [10] SPLENDID Belmont Striped Stretch Jersey Mini-dress $200 [11] ZARA Long Striped Dress $50 [12] ZARA Striped Sweatshirt $50.

Last week, we saw Sofia Coppola and Giovanna Battaglia in black and white stripes -- simple tops that nevertheless looked chic and timeless. So, here are some striped favorites, including a wallet-friendly beanie from Zara, a pair of retro sunglasses, and a seriously fuzzy sweater dress from Dondup. And how about those zebra heels from Sophie Webster? Pair them with some cuffed boyfriend jeans and a fall sweater. There's really no way to go wrong with monochrome stripes!

Nov 3, 2014

Céline Flared Knit Trousers | EDIT

I imagine there's nothing that feels cozier than wearing knits top to bottom. Nor anything that looks any more stylish (knits-wise) than the ones sent down the runway in Céline's fall 2014 collection --  those flared knitted matching bottoms are certainly a favorite of mine, as they seem to be for many a fashion editor. (I'd be remiss not to point out the cool clutches, with their exaggerated stitching, paired with the matching knits, see below.) Knits seem to be having a moment, with Marc Jacobs showing similar matched knits (including flared trousers) in his collection, as well.

Vogue Paris features Céline's knitted flared pants in an editorial photographed by Inez & Vinoodh for their November issue -- Natasha Poly transforms into an eccentric seaside winter nymph in fabulous fur, big hair, and if not with flared iridescent mermaid tails, she has fabulous flared knits on her legs in an array of earthy colors. So, where to get yourself a pair of flared knits? Check Céline boutiques. Get the Marc Jacobs Flared Cashmere Flared Pants, here at net-a-porter ($1,200), and matching sweater, here ($1,200). Or, head over to Zara for their version of knit flared pants for $100, and matching top for $80.

Photos: Inez & Vinoodh for Vogue Paris, Nov. 2014 via The Fashionography | Naomi Yang for Grazia France, Sept. 19, 2014 via Visual Optimism | Jason Kibbler for Vogue Russia, Sept. 2014 via Visual Optimism |