Saturday, March 31, 2012

On Lines and Zebras

Giorgio Armani jacket, Theory top, Free People jeans, Isabel Marant heels, Louis Vuitton bag

Lines or, in more sartorial terms, stripes are prints too you know. Just because lines are insipidly defined as the segment between two points doesn't mean they are inferior in style to the cutesy strawberries or birds you see on print trend fanatics this spring. Let's start from the ground up. You can see a linear motif going on with the horizontal lines on the bucket bag and the nearly imperceptible lines meandering around the nether half of the outfit. 

Then there are the inky streaks on the heels that don't quite fit into the category of lines but rather zebra stripes on heeled hooves if you will. Exuding a safari meets pointy-toe princess shoes look, these heels contrastingly correlate with the ultra sleek silver of a collier de chien (another allusion to the animal world). Now back to the upper region of the outfit, you will find a seemly structured and fitted blazer that is ideal for taming and keeping the wild in check. Remember, blazers are not just for guys. Zebra stripes are not just for zebras.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Alexander Wang shirt, Forever 21 shorts, Chanel bag, Louis Vuitton boots, Mont Blanc belt, Chanel sunglasses

If it weren't for the barely-there pieces of leather on this shirt, I think it would be unseemly to call this unique Alex Wang creation a shirt. It takes the prosaic business woman's white button-down to the next level, actually six levels up. The same way fingerless gloves are extant, this shirt has the right to be on the verge of imitating an x-ray image. I teamed it up with orangey shorts that coincidentally match those flowers ― again.

Now allow me to regale you with an anecdote about my dear lace-up boots pictured above. An acquaintance of mine once made a preposterous proposal to sever the laces on them to make them short! No thank you. That's as sane as saying let's cut off the strap of this Chanel bag because it would make it shorter and easier to carry!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Theory top, Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket, Current/Elliott jeans, Isabel Marant boots, Mont Blanc belt

This is what I wore today. A little denim, a little leopard, a little game of tug-of-war with the hair against the wind is what makes this look appropriate for wild, untamed weather that neither indicates an end to winter nor a start to spring. Now I find it more convenient to take pictures of the outfit of the day at school. If I roll myself out of bed early enough, sometimes I take a few photos in the morning as I am running out the door. Otherwise, expect to routinely see me at random areas of school while Conor takes over with the camera.

Let's talk belts. Last weekend I went to South Coast Plaza in search of a simple black belt without one of those colossal logo buckles that you usually find on Gucci and Valentino belts. I went into Prada, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Bottega Venetta, Bally, and Miu Miu. And low and behold, none of these boutiques had a plain black leather belt. Most of the belts they had were either made for the waist, not the right color, not the right width, made for men, or not the right size. I know it's kind of insane that I couldn't find such a basic accessory considering the fact that I was in the inordinate mass of stores known as South Coast Plaza, where you can find pretty much anything. I was about to leave without a belt until — gasp! ― I stopped and stared through the windows of  Mont Blanc. I know Mont Blanc is known for their illustrious pens, but their belts are equally impeccable, which is why I bought the slick double-sided belt pictured above. Moral of the story? Finding a basic black leather belt is not as easy as you think but never give up.

Monday, March 26, 2012


Blue high school basketball bench meets loaded cargo ship. To be honest, I'm running out of these outlandish little spots around school to take pictures at while targeting students for dana street style. I couldn't walk past this site without a shot of that number 48, I couldn't. It goes along with spring's trend of sports-inspired clothing and random jersey numbers printed on clothes that are not meant to be used for athletic purposes i.e. an overly priced Isabel Marant tee I came across recently. Today I kept it comfy in a sheer, light-as-a-feather H&M blouse that I can't seem to stop wearing these days and Steve Madden lace-up boots that are basically made to wear well, everywhere.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Half & Half

From top to bottom!

H&M shirt, Zara jeans, Louis Vuitton bag, Chloé boots

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


top Givenchy, shorts Alexander Wang, blazer Theysken's Theory, belt Balmain, sandals Giuseppe Zanotti, hat Lanvin, scarf Balenciaga, bag & watch Hermés, sunglasses Céline

I would wear this outfit anytime anywhere, although those heels aren't the smartest thing to wear if you are planning on walking more than ten feet. But who said shoes are for walking? Orange is just so catchy right now. Let's sidetrack for a minute just to overly peruse the role the color orange has played in my day thus far. I had orange juice at Via de France, and I was looking at orange Beats by Dre headphones, since Conor sat on the ones I had before and broke them in 1/2. Back to regular programming, this is definitely one of those looks you could wear during the transitional time between winter and spring when you can neither wear a sweater nor sandals without feeling "off" temperature-wise.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Blustery Day

Theory knit, Zara jeans, Chanel bag, Hermes belt, Chanel boots, Louis Vuitton boots, leather gloves from Italy, Hermes bracelet

Chanel sunglassesYou should have seen how my hair was "whipping back and forth" in the wind. Conor began laughing to no end, impeding his ability to use the camera without blurring everything out. Don't be fooled by the stillness of these photos. Flashes of silver here and there teamed up with this chevron patterned Chanel bag spiced things up a bit. It's almost perturbing that the bold pinkish red color of the bag precisely but unintentionally coordinates with the Chanel lipstick and those little flowers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Floral Pastures

H&M shirt, Zara jeans, Isabel Marant boots, Yves Saint Laurent ring

Mornings this week mostly started out cold and grey, only to clear off into balmy afternoons that remind us of the coming of spring. Cast yourself in a flowery field, or rather a school-fenced corner of concentrated purple flowers and you will feel it. This newly bought floral button down could not have been more appropriate for the occasion of sitting in a patch of plants, watching students pass by thinking you are solidly insane to do such a thing.