Muse Monday: Cher Horowitz

Like every other girl who came of age in the 1990s through 2000s, I am obsessed with Clueless. More specifically, Cher Horowitz’s wardrobe in the movie. The preppy wardrobe was top notch and cemented my love for a bold tartan plaid. A few weeks ago, when Alaia passed away, you bet that it reminded me of the scene where Cher is held up in a liquor store parking lot, rendering her requiring to use a pay phone and *ruin her dress*.

These are my favorite, and nearly all of the looks from the movie. To be frank, they were all winners.


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Muse Monday: Nina Van Horn

Did anyone else watch Just Shoot Me? Along with Will & Grace (see Grace Adler) and Mad About You (see Jamie Buchman), it was one of the big sitcoms on NBC Must See Thursdays.

My favorite character was Nina van Horn. An ex-model, she is the fashion editor at the fictional Blush magazine. At the time that I watched it, I noticed that the actress portraying her, Wendie Mallick, was notably the tallest woman I saw on television. As a teenage girl approaching six feet tall, it was comforting to see a confident, poised, well-dressed, hilarious female in pop culture.

I love her ability to pull off sleeveless in any season (I covet toned arms as she has), her penchant for animal print, and ability to effortlessly and confidently wear a pair of high heels.

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Getting Festive With My Bad Self: For Dad

For parts one and two and three.

I stress out about Dad’s gifts the most. The only time I have ever seen him get excited about a gift was Christmas 2002, when my sister, mom, and I tracked down a KROQ promotional record of “Shake It Up” by The Cars released circa 1982. Very limited release, very happy Dad.

These vintage items are very hard to track down and to be honest, very risky.

I never know if he is going to like what I gift, so I started giving him more utilitarian items that I know he will end up using. Classic plaid pajamas, done.

green tartan // red plaid


For part five click here.

Muse Monday: Kathryn Mertuil

I am taking Muse Monday to one of my favorite movies, Cruel Intentions. It is a remake of Dangerous Liaisons, set in contemporary New York City among the trust fund set.

Kathryn Mertuil, as portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is next level evil. Her wardrobe is equally as fierce. I wish there were more images available of full outfits, but I can say that each ensemble hits it out of the park.

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Muse Monday: CZ Guest

CZ Guest was the queen bee of Palm Beach. A Boston Brahmin, she was certified blue blood. Despite having a tendency for white monotone, I love her clean style. It went seamlessly with her life of leisure on the east Florida coast. I cannot decided whether it is her style or her life of leisure that I envy more…?

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Muse Monday: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

I am forever inspired by style of public figures, celebrities, royals, politicians, movie and television characters. Every week, Muse Monday will examine my favorite looks from a long list of ladies (and sometimes gentlemen) whose styles I admire.

First up: American royalty and a class act who left the world too soon, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. She nailed the mid-to-late 90’s minimalism style, as one would expect from a Calvin Klein publicist. Any of the below looks would be at home in my closet!

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I think the above look inspired my love for an off-white dress.

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I recentrly read from a very credible source that these sunglasses are on their way back in style.

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Holy Hell, ESPRIT is back!

 

Guys, do you remember when I re-instagrammed the photo of Drake wearing an ESPRIT sweatsuit? Around the time I briefly touched on how a rude and definitely now townie girl in my geometry class put me down for being rather statuesque and having the confidence to wear a pair of ESPRIT chunky heel loafers?

I don’t take back wearing any of my high school ensembles. Everything I wore felt timeless and very ME. It was my freshman year of high school that my mom brought me to the newly opened McRaes in Biloxi. We shopped the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger section of the juniors department, but more than either of those premium designers, the ESPRIT section captured my sartorial interest.

ESPRIT served my need for coordinating sets. (I wish I hadn’t give them away in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.) I had a green bias plaid skirt and heathered green v-neck knit top and a khaki, blue, and a color that could only be described as vanilla, bias plaid skirt and fair isle vanilla, khaki, and blue sweater, that I layered over a sleeveless blue knit. During a McRaes semi-annual sale, my mom bought me a “blueberry” plaid wrap skort which I work with a white sleeveless Gap button up and an horizontal striped blue, purple, pink, and white spaghetti strap tank dress. Between the chunky heel loafer and the plastic clear sandals and the black bowler-style handbag and straw purse with pink gingham lining, I had the ESPRIT footwear and accessories to complete any A+ look. Guys, I have to be real when I say that I do not take back any of these outfits. I wore them then and I would wear them now.

Imagine how jazzed I was when I found out that Opening Ceremony teamed with ESPRIT for a collaboration, especially after ESPRIT pulled out of North American operations. My enthusiasm for the brand was only bypassed by a past boss and mentor. Jen, who I worked for from 2002 to 2004 and again 2006 to 2008, studied and graduated with her interior design degree from Mississippi State in the early 90s. Her then-career intention was to design ESPRIT stores. In fact she once shared with me that her dorm room was wallpapered with ESPRIT ads torn from magazines.

The second season of ESPRIT by Opening Ceremony has been marked down. There are still many winning pieces in stock. These are my picks:

 

I need this set.

shirt // skirt

 

sweatshirt // sweatpants

 

dress

Here is hoping for a season three!

Wear What You Know

 

After yoga class last Sunday morning, the fiance and I decided to have brunch at North 3rd. Along the way there, we found a beautiful ivy-lined fence. While I do not condone ivy growing on the exterior of any building, ivy growing on fencing is acceptable, as it is considerably less expensive to replace a cedar fence once the moisture destroys it.

I stuck with an outfit formula that I have used in past (last seen in this post). When the yoga class was over, I changed out of yoga leggings to shower and change into – tada! – a (clean) pair of yoga leggings. With an army green waxed jacket, skater sneakers, and a concert tee shirt older than I am, I was ready for brunch.

The concert tee shirt is by far my favorite part of the outfit; possibly my favorite item in my closet. While my parents were dating, they and a group of their friends went to one of the Hampton Roads dates. As my dad tells it, it was a general admission show and there was actual sprinting of their entire posse when the gates opened to get a plum standing spot in the venue. Rocking out to the Rolling Stones…they were much cooler than I was at that age, but do not tell them I said that.


jacket // tank // wunder under legging // sunglasses // sneakers (similar) // clutch (similar) // ring // pearl cuff // bracelet with black diamonds // eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil

Attempting to Go Off-Brand

In an effort to try new things, I attempted to go off-brand when picking out my outfit for brunch last Saturday. I started with the black studded dress. It is something that I would have gone bonkers for while I was still in high school at the turn of the millenium – does anyone else long for the days where the major clothing trends were metallics, leather, and embellishments? I blame-slash-credit The Matrix – and it was one I went bonkers for a few weeks ago when I saw it online. The dress came in tall and it was on clearance, and lucky for you there are still more in stock.

Even luckier for you, I am giving the heads up that this style is see-through, as I unpleasantly found out as I made my way out of the lobby of my building. Wear a slip with it. The hem of my slip fell beneath the hem of the dress, which I thought really worked for my going off-brand approach.

Not so lucky about the sequin cardigan, however. As mentioned in A Fab Collab: New Balance x J.Crew, I bought nearly every item from the L’Wren Scott (Fact: L’Wren Scott [R.I.P] was a fellow tall girl, clocking in at 6′-3.) x Banana Republic Collection that came in a tall option. I immediately coveted this cardigan, as it and the two others I purchased, reminded me of some Eric Daman-crafted costumes.

I voted the booties as Least Likely to be Found in My Closet in A J.Crew Shoe Review. A purchase I did not remember making, I bought these after taking out an entire bottle of red on Election Night. (For the record, it was not a happy drunk night.) When the J.Crew box arrived in the mail and I opened the shoe box, I had to laugh at myself. I soon realized how free my calves felt after trying them on and walking around on the carpeted area of the apartment. I was sold.

The coat is one of the few I own that is not J.Crew outerwear. I purchased it back in 2010 from The Gap. Like J.Crew, outerwear at The Gap does come in tall options. The material is certainly not the Nello Gori-quality of that of the J.Crew counterparts, but it is also not nearly as expensive. For the 40-50 degree temperature of last Saturday in Philadelphia, the lighter fabric of this coat was ideal.

The accessories are where my attempt to go off-brand went awry. Rather than a winter scarf or necklace, I went with a vintage equestrian scarf that I found in a thrift store in York, England. Wanting to carry something different than my go-to Kate Spade handbag (last seen here), I tore my closet apart looking for a bag that would suit the outfit and realized that I did not own another black handbag. I did have a plaid Coach clutch circa 1999. With that choice, the final nail was put in my off-brand effort.


dress // boots (similar) // boots (similar) // boots (similar) // coat (similar) // coat (similar) // sunglasses // scarf (similar) // scarf (similar) // scarf (similar) // scarf (similar) // earrings (similar) // ring // pearl cuff // black diamond bracelet // lip pencil // eye makeup pallette

The Cars On The Road 1982

 

I woke up Sunday to a rainy morning, effectively prohibiting me from my morning bicycle ride. Rather than getting a morning of exercise in touch-and-go weather, my fiance convinced me to accompany him to brunch. (Twist my arm.) It was one of those days in that only leggings would do.

Lululemon Wunder Unders are the best, no? I am sure we are all on the same page with that sentiment – and if we aren’t and you know of something better, please let me know!

Despite the perfection that is the Wunder Under legging, my favorite part of this outfit is the concert tee shirt. Purchased by my dad for my mom when they went to The Cars on the Road 1982 tour while they were dating, it has been consequently shrunk in the wash and passed down to my sister and me. Right now, it, and several other treasures purchased at shows my parents went to in the early 1980s are in my custody and are the most valued pieces in my wardrobe. While this tee shirt is not part of my traditional aesthetic, it is older than I am, which I think makes it classic in it’s own right. It is beyond special.


jacket // wunder under leggings // sneakers (similar) // clutch (similar) // sunglasses // ring // pearl cuff