hooded up

its been surprisingly cold in la the past few weeks which has called for all sorts of winter fashions, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. my most recent winter touch, hoods. inspired by swedish fashion, im loving this jen kao hooded vest, totally takes the idea of a hood to the next level:

left-stockholm street style, right-jen kao sequined tunic

if youre not really looking to invest a ton into hoods not to worry, the alternative is in your closet. wrap a scarf, silk, knitted, cashmere, whatever you own, around your neck and over your head, similar to some of these shots found on face hunter:

v’wala, instant freshness to your winter robe!!

photo cred: stockholm street style, jen kao, facehunter

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Fashion Toast

There is definitely something to be said for girls that really understand the art of dressing and generally these are the girls with no limits (for some girls, those that dont have the overdone sensor, no limits can be a serious disaster starting some place in forever 21, ending up somewhere on vicelands dos and donts). Rocking easy to find clothing, accessible designers and generic looks is all too easy, boring and frankly passé. The it fashion girls are adventurous, have an eye beyond the brand and carry no inhibitions. Everything goes regardless of its age, size, price and popularity. If you look into one of these girls closets youll find a mixture of patterns and prints, basics and blazers, varied high end purchases, distinctive vintage, extensive accessories, forever 21, h&m and zara finds, perhaps some pieces of target collections, hand me downs, homemade pieces, basic store finds (gap, banana, j. crew, etc.) and the sorts. They wear it all and they wear it all well.

Today I came across fashion toast and ended up spending way too much time reviewing the authors style while shopping in her ebay store, treasure chest vintage. Rumi, the creator of the inspiring fashion toast is entrepreneurial and not afraid to share herself with the world. She posts her street style and believes in Karl Lagerfeld’s quote, “Go either very cheap or very expensive. It’s the middle ground that is fashion nowhere.”

After much scrolling it turns out that Im not the only one jocking her style, WWWD almost profiled her as a Myspace Muse back in October but sadly they didn’t run it on their actual page…not yet anyway. From her minis to vintage, leggings and boots, her style is one that should be noted.

because we’re addicted, some of her interview with WWWD:
1) Favorite designers (daily, going out, events)?
I LOVED what Paulo Melim Andersson did for Chloe this fall – sheer orange dropwaist minidress, black zippered dress, high waisted mirrored miniskirt, ink-splotch abstract dress, slitted ankle boots…so on point (realized only after I properly lamented the end of Chloe’s ethereal/girl about London dresses and ’70s inspired accessories. Sigh.) Also loved Burberry Prorsum’s silhouette with the belted coats, opaque tights, and elbow-length leather gloves. Miuccia for consistently glorious accessories, Olivier for Nina Ricci because if I was a fairy princess with access to modern design I would dress solely in items from his most recent collection.

2)Favorite up-and-coming designers?
I have been waiting patiently for Uli from Project Runway to come out with a line of non-cheesy beach-appropriate garb – where is she!!

3)Favorite stores (clothes, shoes, cosmetics, accessories, vintage, home, gifts, ONLINE preferably)?
Shopbop for wistfully adding items to my shopping cart that will never actually be purchased ooh and browsing their highly inspiring lookbook, FCUK (have I been unjustly ignoring them for the past ten years or did they just step up their game about 68,000 notches?) for cheeky detailed almost-too-short dresses, Aloha Rag ( aloharag.com) for obscure jewelry, being able to grope so much Balenciaga at the same time, and their adorable Japanese staff who tolerate said groping, Topshop when the desire overcomes my resistance to $20 shipping, freepeople.com for insanely pretty pixie-ish dresses, American Apparel for basics, the occasional semi-questionable lame purchase, and the best actually-warm thigh highs I have ever owned, eBay for unique vintage jewelry and vintage boots and the occasional board game (and my beloved vintage ebay store – Treasure Chest Vintage!!), St. Tropez Leisure ( sttropezleisure.com) for lingerie that kills, APC for smugly thinking “I’m wearing APC”.

4) Who are your personal style icons?
Melanie Huynh at French Vogue – fellow half-Asian girl that gets to absorb Carine all day? Yes I’m jealous. Natasha Poly – complete mastery of the tough/pretty thing that Lucky magazine is always going on about and her seemingly vast collection of Chanel bags. Ashley Olsen because she doesn’t annoy me when she wears leggings. Also, Clemence Poesy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kate Hudson, Melanie Laurent, Lily Donaldson, and Valentine Fillol-Cordier, all for knowing how to wear clothes that suit them.

5) Favorite new trends?
The shrunken leather jacket, high waist but not for jeans, riding boots, long sleeved minidresses, oversized clutches, feathers, nude patent heels, LWDs, stained lips, black sequins, plaid, lack of color in outfits (black, gray, cream, white palette), t-strap or ankle strap flats (so sick of plain ballets, sorry), metallics, big annoying chains on bags, non-matching bikinis, leather bags with wide canvas cross-body straps, the new Prada stockings, mirrored shades, textured shift minidresses, pyramid studs.
Still loving: electric blue, beach hair, sweater dresses, gladiator sandals, playsuits, Chloe’s platform Oxfords from last winter, Maryjanes, tent dresses, slouchy berets.

6) Trend you’re over?
Always looking like you might be going to the gym at any given moment, denim skirts with leggings (duh), Wayfarers, fake bags, ahhh and those WEIRD Vera Bradley bags that I will never understand.

7) What is the best purchase you’ve ever made and why?
Well it was a gift but my black Balenciaga city is by far my favorite – suits my wardrobe perfectly and just gets better with time. And my vintage woven leather Bally shoulder bag with gold chain straps that I scored for $3 at a thrift store in San Francisco.

9) Right now, every girl needs a _____ ? (gold metallic clutch, pair of black platforms, deep red lipstick etc.)
pair of Tom Ford sunglasses.

10) If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? (ideally not obvious icons like Sienna Miller, Kate Moss)
Melanie Huynh’s, so I could dive Ebenezer-style through a mountain of holy grail ankle boots, perfectly cut military coats in navy and black, cozy slouchy sweater dresses, Chloe wooden platforms, Miu Miu pumps, and sparkly Paris-worthy party dresses…that Givenchy Nightingale bag looks handy too. And in my mind she is a beneficiary of Carine’s cast-offs and shops in the French Vogue sample closet.

13) What do you buy at the newsstand?
LULA!! W, Nylon, British Elle, Lucky, Vogue, Bazaar, i-D. And Junior Mints.

14) Where do you go to stock up on great, inexpensive items?
I honestly think I have more fun hunting around for treasures at Forever21 or thrift stores than being surrounded by widely coveted goods at Bloomingdale’s or something. I peruse one particular Forever21 outpost so often that a salesgirl there sees me carrying my booty around and proclaims things like “That is so you!”, proceeds to show me other items she thinks I might appreciate, and is actually right. I should probably consider paying her. Some of my most prized items in my closet are from there, from embroidered cutout detail tent dresses and perfectly cut skinny jeans to floaty bohemian printed dresses and black opaque tights. I pretty much only buy their cotton and silk things though. Nine West wins hands down for well designed heels at affordable prices…plus their 4-inchers are almost weirdly comfortable.

15) If you had $1000 to blow on one item for Fall what would it be?
Burberry nude patent ankle boots..I would wear them with EVERYTHING. Or a vintage Chanel bag.

17) What style secrets do you have right now? (example: I’ve been wearing my new gray wooly Wolford tights with my favorite short chiffon dress and a double breasted trench as summer transitions into fall, or I’ve been belting a gold vintage belt I got at The Way We Wore over last season’s loose tunic)
One look I’ve been loving is cozying up a made-for-summer Missoni looking knit dress with a gray slouchy beret, opaque tights, patent platform Maryjanes, a smart cropped jacket, and a bunch of layered short necklaces. I also really want to find a longer military-ish parka to toughen up little dresses with.

For the full interview go to: who what wear daily feature

photo cred: fashion toast

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ABS by Allen Schwartz

The fashionable clothing designer Allen Schwartz has branched into the jewelry market with his own collection A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz. He gathered inspiration from his clothing line to create designs for his spring 2008 jewelry collection. The tribal themed bracelets, fluid gold necklaces and pave bangles can accessorize from day to night.

From teal glass necklaces to embellished cocktail rings, A.B.S. jewelry is a must have accessory for this spring. Allen Schwartz’s creations are now available for purchase in select Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor stores and are hot hot hot!!

If you print this and leave it somewhere your boyfriend will see it perhaps he will get the hint and buy you some bling for Valentine’s Day!

Photo Cred: PaulWilmotCommunications

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