Linchpin Accessory

I casually touched on the idea of a linchpin accessory in my last outfit post and wanted to elaborate on this concept which I feel has improved many of my outfits in the last year. While belts are not a panacea for all outfit ills, they, along with jewelry, gloves, handbags, coats, and scarves, can elementally transform otherwise humdrum outfits.…

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Puffer Jacket and Leather Mini (+ J. Crew Boy Shirt in Classic White Review)

When I first started stockpiling (or “collecting”) costume jewelry, I made the mistake of buying duplicates of highly-distinguishable pieces, like the J. Crew Bubble Necklace.   There was a time in relatively recent history when bubble necklaces were considered unique (hold your laughs); a time before the market became saturated with copies of these necklaces in every color, often of…

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Tailored Blazer and Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are a thing of many contradictions. They are, in essence, modified men’s jeans adapted for less angular bodies and are meant to exude an air of insouciance yet are anything but. Tactfully low-rise, relaxed but not sloppily so, and about five washes away from actually being your boyfriend’s jeans, a good pair of boyfriend jeans presents a real…

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Asian Fashion Adventures: Persun Mall

Avid consumers of fashion blogs are no stranger to the array of “global” shopping sites that have sprung up in the last year. They infiltrated various blogging alcoves quickly and offered clothes in exchange for features with few strings attached, leaving both sides marginally happier.  I too have been intrigued by these stores but remain skeptical because of how formulaic…

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Nina Ricci Bag

Shopping my mom’s closet is a bit of a treasure hunt. The woman’s taste in fashion is as incalculable as mother nature’s temperament in April. While we share some things (mostly mine when trendy things catch her fancy), I normally stay out of her closet because most of her possessions have sentimental value (gifts my dad would bring back from…

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