i may no longer be pregnant, but i still can’t keep my eyes off the new hatch spring 2014 collection. i think it’s my favorite to date! someone must have sent them the memo about how every pregnant woman looks awesome in stripes. i know i most frequently rotated between a striped pencil skirt and a breton stripe shirt during my pregnancy because they were soft and comfy, but still had an element of simple style. so of course, i really like these playful pieces for spring. in fact, i might actually buy a top or pair of pants to add to my wardrobe for spring!
well, folks, the time has come. after driving myself crazy with the amount of clothes, shoes, and accessories i have stuffed into closets and shelves around my apartment, i’ve finally decided that it’s time to start the process of seriously downsizing my wardrobe. i honestly don’t wear most of what i own, and i’ve decided that there’s no reason for all of this perfectly good stuff to just hang around collecting dust in my closet. so for the next several weeks, i’ll be catching time while adam naps and adding new items to the calivintage shop whenever i can. for the first round, i’ve got a bunch of shoes (used and vintage) up for sale.
but just so you know, i’ve already photographed a bunch of boots that are soon to be added, and am going to be parting with some manolo blahniks and a crazy pair of celine wedges as well. hopefully i’ll be able to start going through my clothes and accessories this weekend… i promise to post an update on my blog whenever i add more stuff so you guys will be the first to know about it!
this season was the first time in a few years that i wasn’t able to visit nina in her studio to preview the latest collection during fashion week. it was hard to be away, but she sent me the images from the family affairs fall 2014 lookbook, which served as a bit of consolation. the collection, titled “milk and honey,” was inspired by:
“tea dances in london when you are wearing your patent leather dancing shoes for the first time, marguerite duras’ melancholy romance, silent movie stars in underwater films, witch potions and mornings listening to records in bed while it snows outside. “
i love the other-wordly vibe of this shoot and collection. for the prints, nina created her own alchemy symbols referencing irish fairytales and italian futurism. it’s a fun mix of references. there are plenty of sweet dresses, but i’m also really enjoying the addition of high-rise trousers and some really cool oversized blazers for the season.
photographed by amanda jasnowski.
i suppose this is a rather fitting subject considering that i am now actually a mom. which means that whenever i wear any pair of jeans, they can technically qualify as “mom jeans.” but more specifically, i’m talking about old-school, high-rise, tapered leg denim. i know i’m not the first or last to talk about such a ground-breaking subject (in fact, i just read a pretty funny dissection of #normcore on the cut earlier this week). but whatever, i’ve been hoarding inspiration photos of said jeans for a few years and decided to share some of them since i recently purchased a nice pair of slim-fitting asos farleigh mom jeans that i’ve been wearing almost every day lately. they have a cool retro vibe that hearkens back to the ’90s, which i hear is popular with the kids these days.
i could go on about how it seems silly to call a classic pair of levi’s a “trend.” but it’s silly to even point that out. we’ve all read article after article about things as ground-breaking as bold red lipstick. or how pink is totally “in” this season. and on the subject of jeans, you’ve got your “boyfriend jeans” and your “dad jeans,” why not append another silly label to what is essentially a pair of standard 501s? so excuse me while i go put on my mom jeans. coz i’m a mom now, duh.
image above via street peeper.
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as if there wasn’t enough to swoon over in the current spring collection, dusen dusen has just released their fall 2014 lookbook. the collection is huge(!) and filled with plenty of cool wearable dresses, separates, and knits in the fun, geometric prints that are the designer’s signature. this season, designer ellen von dusen said she drew inspiration from a variety of sources, “jonas wood paintings, sports uniforms, her, robert wyatt, my dog and my friends.”
photography by amanda jasnowski, modeled by kate lyn sheil, styling by wendy and larae kangas, set design by josie keefe, jewelry by erin considine and still house, accessories available at duo nyc.
have you seen the new video for the latest the loved one lingerie collection? all of the pieces in this campy “teaser” are soon to be released by lingerie duo hannah metz and elvia lahman. and seeing as how i’ve lost all of my baby weight, i think i might need to treat myself to some sexy new lingerie to frolic around in my apartment.
if you’re craving some more tantalizing visuals, you might have fun watching the loved one’s first video here.
came across this camera bag by ona bags. i’m always torn about what to use for lugging around my big old canon 5d, but this one might take the cake. a super classic leather handbag on the outside, a practical and functional camera bag on the inside.
this spring, samantha pleet has partnered with wolverine 1000 mile for the fifth season in a row. when i was last visiting in new york, i managed to snap a few photos of the shoes which will soon be available online! this season, she was inspired by the events of summer:
” your shoes will be going with you on that voyage to the masquerade, and to all the festivals and ceremonies you will be attending, even a picnic. what you do there is your own business, but with the right shoes, the word is laid out in front of you. after all, spring is about new beginnings, where magic can happen, so put your best foot forward. the cut-out details, color blocking and thoughtful lines add currency and experimentation to the classic early modernist shapes. the artfully chosen color palette is naturally beautiful, and unexpected.” — samantha pleet
i’m particularly fond of the picnic sandal. a little spectator style sandal with a low heel that comes in a variety of shades from burnt orange to tan to a deep teal blue. as always, she’s teamed up with an excellent shoe company for a really beautiful collection.
all photos by me.
it’s not only adult clothing that’s been catching my eye this season. earlier this month, the illinois-based wolfechild released their spring 2014 baby and children’s hand-made collection, and i want it all. one of the perks of having an infant around is that i get to dress him up like a little doll. as if babies weren’t cute enough, i just can’t get over it when i see them wearing teeny tiny clothes with silly hats and entirely impractical little shoes. i’m especially in love with the nautical striped onesies and little chambray numbers because i’m a sucker for really simple baby clothes, but of course i love all of these amazing patterns and prints, too! just throw on some saltwater sandals and your little one is photo-ready.
i’ve been a fan of the cool stylings over at ace & jig for a couple of years now, and this is the season i’ve finally decided to give them a try. it’s a bit more casual than what i’ve worn in the past, but living in los angeles and having my new bebe, everything in this collection seems like the perfect thing to wear these days. alone, each piece is well-constructed out of super soft, custom-made cotton textiles, and as you can see by the styling of this collection, they really can be worn to suit just about any style. this season, the designers were inspired by carousels.
“the joyous ride creates an intricate reflection on the spectrum of color and the interlacing strands of shadow and sheer light. the glow, the glaze, the aura take on new formed woven dimensions. the linear blur of flickering textures mark this playful passage of movement. silhouettes take on more variety and volume yet remain timeless, creating a magical composition.”
the collection will soon be available at of a kind.
images courtesy of ace & jig.