Bridal market week is truly as romantic as it sounds. Today, a good friend of mine gave me a glimpse into the world of renown bridal gown designer, Jenny Packham. Her whimsical designs sent me back to the mansions of The Great Gatsby and the roaring 20’s. Romantic, feminine, and playful.. these dresses are truly timeless. I love how this antique look easily translates to the modern day.
Below I’ve taken of my favorite Jenny Packham pieces of today and illustrated them with souls from the past…
I was going to start off this post raving about how this outfit is perfect for a Monday morning at work, but then I realized it probably isn’t the best option unless you are working in the fashion world. Let’s be honest, these pants below are PJs disguised as real clothes. Best trend ever! I started noticing the gals at work wearing these last summer but I wasn’t ballsy enough to pull of the trend then. I decided to go for it this time around, and most definitely will be investing in a few more pairs this season.
1. Zara Printed Pants – 2. Kate Spade New York Tote – 3. J.Crew Classic V Neck Tee – 4. J.Crew Factory Crystal Sunrise Earrings – 5. Fendi Cuff, H&M Necklace – 6. Ray Ban Classic Aviators – 7. Zara Pointed D’Orsay Flats – 7. Zara Leather Moto Jacket
I believe in visualization leading to manifestation.
I know its sickeningly new age and probably breaks a number of Roman Catholic laws. I can’t ignore my present life playing out exactly how I imagined it all those years ago. My parents called this “Lisey Land,” my sixth-grade teacher called it ADD, a taxi cab driver from Brooklyn called it “psychic tendencies.” Nonetheless, I love and hate my ability to get lost in my imagination. Today, as I look back on the last handful of years here in New York, I know this old habit of mine has been a bit dormant. Perhaps I’ve been busy trying to “corporate-ify” myself… forcing myself to only pay attention to the calculated path. The truth is, I’ve never worked well with a plan – and somehow my life seems to work best the less I try.
Continuing with the theme of adolescent day dreams, below are a handful of 2002 Spring/Summer ad campaigns that made me fall in love with fashion. I had no taste, and no knowledge of what was actually respected in fashion (still arguable). All I cared about was the name, the feeling, and one day possibly becoming a part of it all – whatever that meant. Today, I’m so close, and I can feel it manifesting…
1. De Cecco Linguine – 2. 1 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes – 3. 1/3 Cup Olive Oil – 4. One Clove of Garlic – 5. Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon – 6. 1 Cup Green Olives – 7. Salt & Pepper – 8. 1 Cup Packed Basil – 9. Grated Parmesan Cheese
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For desert I stopped by Magnolia Bakery, a landmark bakery here in New York City. I picked up a small Red Velvet Cheese Cake, perfect for just us two. I would have loved to be able to find these little bomb candles… I’ll have to keep and eye out. We ended the meal with some Elderflower Soda – a light citrus tasting soda in this pretty bottle.
10. Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet Cheesecake – 11. Belvoir Elderflower Soda – 12. Bomb Candles
About four years ago I picked up this flared Miss Sixty pea coat and it stays in my closet for three out of the four seasons. I love the weight of this coat and structure. Of course it wasn’t purchased as perfect as it is today – I had the sleeves lengthened, and the waist taken in a bit to emphasize the flare. Again, making these little tweaks to ensure the perfect fit always pays off.
I paired a black Helmut sweatshirt with a high collar under the jacket, having the dramatic collar stick out of the jacket.
Throw on a HUGE pair of Prada sunglasses and voila! You’re ready for brunch after a late night and no one will notice you aren’t wearing make up!
Today was beautiful. The sun was shining, peaking through the buildings as I walked down 5th Avenue this morning on my way to work. It was still brisk, but the kind that makes you feel awake and happy to be out of bed. After a much needed birthday shopping binge earlier in the week, I’m feeling rejuvenated. I think my outfit matched my attitude today.
1. Printed Skinny Trouser, Zara – 2. Lightweight Knit with Sheer Shoulder, Zara – 3. Shield Necklace, H&M – 4. Wool Scarf, Gucci – 5. Neutral Pointed Flats with Gold Plate Ankle Strap, Zara – 6. Multi Color Tortoise Sunglasses, Prada – 7. Cluster of Bracelets, H&M, Zara, Fendi, 8. Classic Trench, Zara