Archive for June, 2009

Coral Diving.

June 28, 2009

At this moment in time I’m absolutely in love with the coral color! It’s absolutely gorgeous on either sex. From polos to accessories, dresses to makeup, the aforementioned shade is a splash of colors that doesn’t overwhelm. And the best part? It looks great at nearly ANY summer outdoor function!

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(This peach and white striped necktie is a summer staple and will definitely let everyone at that next outdoor wedding that your fashion sense is peerless.)

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(sexy and form-fitting, this short-length dress is a great way to show off those fantastic legs!)

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(This is a darker shade of coral that is simply stunning with gold heels! Wouldn’t have thought of that combo? Trust me, it works and works well!)

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Clear as black and white.

June 27, 2009

The skillful balance between light and dark is absolutely necessary for a successful wardrobe. You just have to know when it’s appropriate and how to do it. When the specific colors black and white are paired successfully, the result can be nothing short of spectacular! That particular color combo is elegant, classic, and modern all in one. For whatever reason many get this timeless match absolutely wrong but with the following examples, this should never be the case for you.

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(Pair this with medium wash cuffed jeans/black kicks/dark shades and you’re the all american bad boy.)

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(Note the vintage black-and-white tee and raw black denim? Classic rock-chic. Pair with a muted black (non-glossy) pair of dress shoes for a unique touch of class for your ensemble. Also note how the white is but a brief flash of brightness to balance the darkness.)

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(Short trench/White button-down/solid or patterned black tie/ and you’re on your way. Dress it up with black slacks and dress shoes, or dress it down with jeans and black kicks. For bold flavor, rock a white g-shock with either the dressed up or dressed down outfit.)

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(Nothing needs to be said about this one. This cardigan + white tee or button-down + indigo denim and you have ‘the swagger of a college kid’.)

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(Ah, jessica alba..Why not look like this off the red carpet? *sigh*. Ladies this is a no-thought look. White blouse (looks kinda boyfriend-y, no? Since many of the fairer sex are rocking that jive), black skirt. Heels are up to you. To keep it classic, black is just fine. Or, if the occasion warrants it, throw some poppin’ Christian louboutin joints on!)

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(One of my favorite looks to see on you ladies. Such a trust-fund/jackie-o iconic statement match-up! Black skirt/white top/wide belt/and those always timeless freshwater peals! Such a classic sexiness! If you really want to turn up the heat (and are bold enough, since your confidence level has to be high for this to work), leave that third button un-done.)

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(This isn’t really for summer but I couldn’t resist! Black and white at their best! Layered on top of one another in a fantastic and slimming way. The bottom of the dress acts like a pencil skirt, accenting the lower curves, while the top flatters the upper ones, get it? good.)

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(This is one of the best swimsuits I’ve seen in a while in the black and white colorway. The black chunky bracelet is a perfect accessory. And notice how this particular one-piece looks amazing on curvy ladies. Love it!)

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(This is a great example of black as an accent! All white dress with a thin dividing black belt. Stunningly simple. A beautiful black-diamond necklace would look wonderful here!)

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(Another no brainer. Black suit/white dress shirt/black shoes. Tie can be swapped for a modest chain (peep the ‘touch my medallion, meet my berretta post I did for examples). As a matter of fact, if you can afford only one suit to throw on your back, make it a solid black one. The versatility is unmatched. The jacket can be used with casual looks and the pants can be rocked with just the white shirt/understated tenis in black or a black-and-white combo colorway and a slick watch of either black or white. Top it off with the aforementioned necklace/roll the sleeves if you like, and take back the night!)

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(This is where deconstructed and classic styles collide. The black and white colorway perfectly illustrated, yet with rough/unfinished stitching and edges. Great by itself paired with black or white hi-tops. The slimmer fitting supra skytops or modest thunders would work well. Or throw on some chunkier puma first rounds in black or a black-and-white combination color scheme.)

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(This is another option for the black suit from before. The understated kicks, white button down, and for a twist, the matching vest combine for a casually chic outfit perfect for the museum, art gallery, or your little one’s school play 😀

With these examples it’s clear how stylish the black and white color matching can be when done right. For us or the ladies, this combination is a classic and timeless fashion statement that is a must-have for EVERY wardrobe!

Deconstruction.

June 26, 2009

For me, being fashionable means not ‘following the trends’ as it were, but rather, rocking what I like at the moment and changing only when I prefer something else. Currently, I’m into much simpler ensembles, letting the outfit as a whole make the statement. Among my fashion interests lately are many pieces that have a ‘deconstructed’ or almost ‘unfinished’ appearance. I find that these mix very well with a modern outfit. It almost mixes old world craftmanship with modern fashion. Mira lo que me gusta con estos ejemplos…

Kicks.

Tops.

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(The bottom looks almost unfinished, but works perfectly with the rest of the hoodie. And being one of a lighter weight, it’s great for layering, or on its own on those slightly cooler summer evenings.)

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(Doesn’t get more toned down than this!)

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(Unfinished edges and quite the blatant roughly stitched ‘X’ pattern screams style! Throw this under a dark charcoal blazer and hit the town!)


Bottoms.

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(definitely rock the shirt tucked in with these to show off that bangin’ fifth pocket!)

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(Leave the SUPER distressed to the ladies guys. This is about the max we should be seen in. Rough but not destroyed, dig?)
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(That pocket placement is fantastic! Ignorant and mad stylish.)

As always, these are merely jumping off points, tailor your look to suit your mood.

Shades of gray.

June 23, 2009

If white is too bright for you this summer, try gray. It’s super stylish and it lends a touch of elegance that can’t be matched. Nearly all colors you’d pair with white work equally well with gray, so same rules apply here. And, like any other color, overkill is whack! No gray from head to toe because no one wants a ‘THX 1138’ look going on. From tees to kicks, going gray can be a great way to stand out from the rest this summer (and trust me, if done right, you will not look monochromatic :D).

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Table tennis.

June 17, 2009

I’m absolutely in love with modern design. Whether in architecture, landscapes, fashion, or web design, modern and fresh design has no equal. What I’ve found is that many furniture designers are dedicated to the modern aesthetic when creating their respective pieces. Many times, people forget that it is not always necessary for a furniture piece to have a splash of color or some unique material to make a statement. Sometimes the placement of the piece or even the design of the piece itself is the statement. I’ll illustrate what I mean below. This time (since I’m searching for a few new accent tables and a coffee table myself) I’ll be focusing on one of the home’s most essential pieces: The table.

Accent tables.
These are perfect because of their versatility. They can be used for anything from side tables for the sectional couch, to bedside tables, to displaying art, to impromptu settings for those dinners in front of the tv.

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Coffee table.

The coffee table is absolutely necessary for the living room. It’s functional and is often one of the focal points of the room.

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(This particular table is very unique and may just find it’s way into my livingroom. If it ever goes into production.)

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(This table is very functional. The slots are actually built for magazine storage.)

These are just a few examples. Check out places like ikea, 2modern.com, and cb2 (right here in chicago) for a ton of other modern table options.

Man in the mirror.

June 16, 2009

As with everything in life, there’s absolutely no reason to settle for anything less than spectacular. The mirror is no exception. Whether in the entryway, above the vanity or anywhere else, there are plenty of examples of beautiful and functional mirrors that don’t look like they belong in your grandmother’s cottage!

(This mirror has a space for a vase built right in. Long stemmed flowers such as calla lilies are a perfect choice . )

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(I absolutely love the concept of this mirror top! Wash your face, and look right in the mirror. Genius.)

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Understated

June 12, 2009

Sometimes the most Appropriate way to go is minimalist. From shoes to accessories, tops to bottoms, there are times when simplicity works best.

Shoes.

These ProKeds are extra fresh while maintaining an exceptionally simple aesthetic.

Onitsuka tigers are always fashionable, and these are no exception. These particular examples are unique in that there are no bright colors present, just a modern combination of white and gray. Pair these with denim or chinos and a white button-down or a tank underneath a simple track jacket and you’re good to go!

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These Supra Thunder’s are super sweet suede high-tops. Nothing more, nothing less. Effortless chic.

Accessories.


This Issey Miyake ‘Twelve’ watch designed for Seiko is minimalist design at it’s best. Each angle of the watch represents the hour. I would definitely recommend wearing this with rolled up sleeves because you’ll want to show this one off!

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The nooka ZON watch is sleek and unlike many nooka timepieces, has the option of displaying time in a traditional way if you desire. I think the unique design and the way it sits asymmetrically on the wrist makes this watch perfect for the discerning modernist.

These panasonic headphones are beautifully retro and not too flashy in their design. Sound quality isn’t too bad for the price either. The neutral color looks great regardless of the outfit.

Tops.

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Many of us forget about the long-sleeve lightweight tee. This doesn’t have to be just an undershirt. It looks great by itself, especially highlighted with a great accessory (i.e. watch, bracelet, etc.). Some slick linen pants and sandals would also be right at home with this one.

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The light-weight hoodie is another essential for the warmer seasons. Most heavier ones are just too hot to wear during the summer, even in the evening. However, the light-weight hoodie is about as heavy as a t-shirt, so overheating (and therefore sweating, eeeewww) isn’t an issue. This example is mad affordable too!

Bottoms.

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Khakis aren’t just for the golf course. Especially with all of the variations we have, these summer staples are a beautiful way to maintain a crisp look for the bottom half.

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Nothing screams summer like linen! These loose-fit examples from 80’s purple go great with those onitsuka’s above, or some nice leather sandals. Pair with said sandals and an a-tee and you’ll be casually chic at the beach or at that pool party.

So remember, it’s not always necessary to rock the bright colors everyone else is. Sometimes minimalism is the most appropriate choice when putting together your ensemble.

Tall tale.

June 8, 2009

Dude may have been a complete prick, but norah’s “sort-of-ex-boyfriend” ‘Tall’ sure had some great style! Many people get distracted with bright colors in the summer and forget that a mostly black outfit with splashes/hints of color is absolutely stunning! Sleek, sophisticated, and an all around classic cool! The aforementioned douche may have conjured up desires of punches to the mouth, but he nailed it fashion-wise. First let’s break down this effortlessly stylish ensemble.

1. Kicks.

Have to set it off right. Dude went with puma first rounds (which are great to skate in too btw with the padded collar). I’d definitely recommend these. Or, if you want to ‘tighten up’ the look (since the pumas are a bit chunky), spend a couple more bucks and go with some supra skytops or vaider mids since both of those options have a slimmer profile (but both have the memory foam soles supra’s known for to make sure your feet are mad comfortable). Either way you go, make sure the colorway is correct (note examples).

2. Denim.

I’d recommend a dark indigo or a NON-FADED black jean. Also, the fit isn’t of utmost importance here but should be appropriate for your situation. I’d definitely stay away from the baggy though (straight leg would be best here).

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3. Shirt.

Go button-down. It’s easy and takes no thought. Dude went with a blue pattern. This is where you can opt for creativity or leave it simple. Creative option: a uniquely colored shirt (maybe a pastel since it’s summer), or a patterned one (maybe checked)? Simple option: the white button-down will never fail ya!

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4. Tie.

The black tie pictured is a perfect option because it looks great and pulls the look together very well. If you go with the white button-down, you can have some fun with the neckpiece. Keep it dark though because too bright can kill the look.

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5. Jacket.

There are so many options here! I’d probably rock either a motorcycle jacket or maybe a slick windbreaker, but either way, keep it black.

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(check out the sick purple stripe on this one! Subtle detailing always boosts the style of the look)

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(I threw the short trench in because it’s just as ignorant as the pea coat, but more appropriate for the summer nights).

6. Optional but HIGHLY recommended: Watch.

The possibilities are endless. Of course I’m partial to the G’s, but if you want to dress it up a bit, why not go with a Nixon or skagen? Heck, even a tokyoflash or nooka would work well! Be creative and throw in a splash of color while you’re at it!

(remember the subtle purple stripe on that jacket you just saw? This complements it perfectly!)

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(The shine of this G-shock dw6900 complements the shiny jackets and the sheen of the kicks very well.)

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(Still one of my favorite watches ever, the ceramic player by Nixon fits perfectly with this outfit and definitely is a dressy choice.)

Dippin’ Dots

June 1, 2009

With summer upon us, it’s time for you ladies to bust out that killer bod you’ve been working on all winter! And what better way than in a bright polka-dot swimsuit? One-piece or two-piece, no importa (they both look great). And no need to limit this particular pattern to just swimwear either. Polka-dots scream summer and look just as wonderful on dresses, sleepwear, “ropa interior”, casual clothing, etc. And if you’re feeling fashionably adventurous, why not try a vintage polka-dot piece (seeing as how vintage is exploding in popularity currently)? Either way you go, chica+polka dot = HOT! (Note the versatility of the polka-dot below).