If you’re anything like me, you have a constant “Want List” floating around your desk, inspiration board, iPhone – what have you. I’ll admit, mine is ever growing with a whole slew of random goodies, just waiting to be purchased on the mother of all shopping sprees. Or so I can dream. Here are a few of my most coveted items on this fabulous Friday…
I became curious about TOMS after I started seeing them go from the Whole Foods vitamin aisle onto the feet of people everywhere – kids, hipsters, manly men, girly girls…. everyone is wearing these shoes! If you don’t know the ones I’m referring to, you may have heard about their One For One Movement, in which for every pair of TOMS sold, they give a a pair to a child in need. What a heroic and inspiring concept! But… are they fashionable?
The answer is yes. Just like your favorite pair of Chuck Taylors, why not make room for TOMS in your casual wardrobe? With such simple styling and a wide variety of fabric choices, it would be hard to find a reason not to buy these shoes. They come in all sorts of colors and patterns, from vegan to glitter, so you can express your favorite style. They’re comfortable too, making them the perfect shoe for your daily Coffee Bean run, or walks with your canine BFF. Of course, if you decide to wear them for a first date, or an evening out at the hottest clubs, I can’t help you there. But these kicks are definitely stylish when worn with your favorite pair of jeans for your most casual of days. I’ll be picking up a pair on one of the following styles, and pairing them with my Farmers Market jean.
Still not convinced? Check out the fun little section of their website, How We Wear Them, for more inspiration. At $45-70 a pop, you can conclude that you are in a way paying for that second pair as well, but that’s the least we can do considering that TOMS does all the work to actually get the shoes on the kids’ feet. All you have to do is make the purchase. Just march on down to your nearest Whole Foods (or www.toms.com) and put a pair in your shopping cart next to your supply of bananas, Fage yogurt, and hummus! I guarantee you’ll walk away happier than your usual trips to the grocery.
The 82nd Academy Awards were predicted to be unpredictable, and certainly turned out some upsets with winners on and off the red carpet. Key trends in Oscar fashion this year were voluminous gowns, bright pink lips, and messy updos (or maybe those were accidental, given the rain). Here are my favorite looks from an elemental perspective…
Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
There’s no doubt that this was Sandra’s night. As Carson Kressley said on Oprah’s After Oscar Special yesterday, “her stylist knew she was going to win,” and chose her dress accordingly. This dress is a complete embodiment of Metal energy with an extra spark of Fire, making it the perfect choice for her to win the gold in!
Demi Moore in Atelier Versace
Demi sure knows how to wear nude. How Metal of her! Even though this dress feels like a bit of deja vous from previous years (I’m thinking Penelope Cruz), I gotta hand it to Rachel Zoe for nailing Demi’s look. It’s sleek, sophisticated, and most of all, sexy – which is just so Demi.
Zoe Saldana in Givenchy
I think this is one of those dresses you either love or hate, and I absolutely love it. If there is anyone who can carry it off, it’s Zoe. I love that she went for something so fantastical for the year of Avatar. While there’s a lot of Fire going on in all the drama of sparkles and ruffles, my favorite part is the ombre effect – the Water to cool down the Fire, if you will.
Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham
I know Miley has been getting some negative press around her “bad posture” and whatever else on Oscar night, but I think she looked stunning. This gown had everything a young star would want for the Oscars – girly sass in the bustier top, but an element of youthfulness in the tulle skirt. I can’t think of a better person to wear this gorgeous Metal/Fire dress. Just like last year, Miley got it right.
Nicole Richie in Reem Acra
Nicole Richie definitely deserves some points for honoring her essence on the red carpet this year. This elegant Metal Reem Acra dress with a Watery/hippy twist was made for her. I cannot see anyone else rocking it like she did, and that’s when you know someone played it right. I also loved the sleek hair (perfect to combat the rain) and smoky cat eye – it all just screamed “Nicole Richie”, and that’s what I love to see!
Meryl Streep in Chris March
As much as we all love Meryl, sometimes she doesn’t quite nail it with her fashion choices. But this dress, to me, was such a perfect choice for her. I loved the pure white Metal look, with touches of comforting Earth in the boxy shoulder and ample arm coverage. It was classic, yet trendy in all the right places. Best of all, it was far from over-the-top. You can tell she is genuinely comfortable, which is something I love to see on an Earth like herself!
During a closet detox last week, I realized that my stack of denim was in need of an update – certain pairs just weren’t fitting as well as they should, and what used to be my “fancy jeans” are now my Sunday morning jeans. As I searched for the next members of my jeans family, I got to thinking about what would make the perfect jean collection. No matter what your personal style gravitates towards, you can always fall back on a good pair of jeans. They’re perfect for everything, from walking the dog to swanky nights out.
What Stays, What Goes
While it’s fun to watch our favorite pairs age over the years, it is important to stay on top of your jeans – make sure they fit, and don’t wear out (in a bad way). Fading in the legs = good. Holes in the crotch = bad. I’ll admit: I’m one of those people whose weight fluctuates within 3 jeans sizes from year to year. While I would normally say you should get rid of things that just don’t fit you, jeans are sometimes the one exception to that rule. That is, if your size does change from time to time, and you have good quality jeans that are actually worth saving for a rainy day. In other words, ditch that pair you got for $20 at Old Navy 2 years ago and never really flattered you to begin with, but save the pair of 7’s you only wore once during Week 3 of the South Beach Diet – they’ll give you something to work towards. I suggest finding a nice hidden spot to store GOOD pairs of jeans that aren’t your size right now, so they are out of plain view. But when your weight changes, for better or worse, you’ll be glad you kept them.
These can go.
A real keeper
The Perfect Collection
While we’re reassessing our denim, I thought I’d take this time to share with you my idea of the perfect jeans collection. Of course, it would be nice if one pair served all purposes, but once you indulge in a couple more, you’ll be surprised you ever lived without a few different choices.
The Go To Jean
Of course, the Go To jean will be different for everyone, but it’s the one you reach for the most. I recommend finding a medium to dark denim with a basic fade on the leg, which has a slimming effect and goes with everything from t-shirts to sequins. Whether you choose skinny or flare is based on your personal preference, but definitely make sure it’s a flattering fit and sufficient length. Based on body type, here are my recommendations:
The Farmers Market Jean
This one is more important than you may realize. We all have those days in the summer when we need to throw something on and embark on a day of casual errands, and your regular jeans seem too dark and heavy. The Farmers Market jean is your uniform for all things laid back, or casually active. My personal favorite is the AG Stilt in 18 years aged (at Calypso, they’re marked down from $255 to $140, AND you get 20% off your first order!). It’s got the chill vibe of a boyfriend jean, only without the frumpiness. Since they have a slight crop, I like to wear them rolled up a bit, which makes them perfect for summer with your favorite pair of flats or gladiator sandals.
The GNO Jean
Everyone needs a great pair of jeans for Girls Night Out when you’re not in the mood for a dress or skirt. I recommend a dark pair of skinny jeans, preferably with the tiniest bit of flare at the bottom, so they don’t bunch at the ankle, and elongate your leg when worn with heels. I love the True Religion Disco Julie, on which all of the hardware are Swarovski crystals. Yeah, they’re a bit of a bank breaker, but you’re giving your money to a good company. All True Religions are handmade in LA (with the exception of the kids’ jeans), and have a magical fit that molds to your body without ever getting saggy or bunchy. Love!
The Pedicure Jean
In the time of skinny jeans and jeggings, it’s easy to forget that the boot cut or straight leg is still a good one to keep around. They’re flattering with sneakers and heels, and come in handy when you have to roll up the leg for sufficient pedicure access. Rather than go back to your flares from 3 years ago, it’s nice to update this pair for a more current and deliberate look. Have some fun with rips or embellishments!
The Statement Jean
This jean may not be for everyone, but every now and then, my attention is captured by a frivolous and fabulous pair of jeans. It’s fun to own at least one pair that makes a statement, whether you’re getting on a plane, or dancing on a table.
I hope this inspired you go through your jeans collection and make some edits. Any you don’t want to keep, but can’t seem to get rid of? Don’t forget you can always bring out the scissors and turn them into your go-to shabby cut offs!