On Film: Fall Lookbook

Apologies for not posting on here in over two weeks! I’ve been focusing my efforts on something a little different: YouTube. I started a YouTube channel with my best friend Bella early last year and we’ve been making a lot of videos recently. I greatly enjoy filming and editing, and our latest lookbook was a blast to put together. Instead of showing you photos of all my favorite fall outfits, I thought I’d just include this video for a short snapshot of what I’m feelin’ for fall.

Bella and I would really appreciate if you checked out our YouTube channel and subscribed. We’re working hard on putting out great, consistent content for you guys. I’m going to start posting our videos here on my blog in a series called “On Film”. Let me know if you enjoy and want to see more.

xoxo,

Clare

London Fashion Week: The Highlights

I’m a little late on this post, but better late then never, right? To be quite frank, I was underwhelmed by London Fashion Week. It’s still pretty up-and-coming and I feel like LFW doesn’t have the sheer volume of incredible designers that NYFW has. Nevertheless, I’m going to share with you a few of the collections that I was drawn to:

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Right off the bat, Erdem blew me away. I love the real showmanship exhibited in this collection through the rich textiles and colors. Emerald green is one of my favorite shades and I enjoy the luxe vibe that’s exuded from the feather coats and strappy sandals.

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This collection was right up my alley. The metallic elements add such a great pop to a simple ribbed or sheer black dress. These clothes are totally wearable too; the jackets can be taken from day to night and the colors match with pretty much everything in your wardrobe. Two huge thumbs up for McQ.

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I debated on whether or not to include Mulberry in this post because I’m not extremely keen on the clothes this season, but the shoes sold me. I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of classic clogs and platforms, and Mulberry offered the best selection. The presentation itself was absolutely beautiful and the models looked natural and sophisticated.

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I’d never heard of Orla Kiely before seeing these images on style.com, but I appreciate her mod aesthetic. The floral prints and bright colors drew me in initially, and even though I’m not sure if I’d ever wear her pieces, I thought that her clothes were a nice switch-up from the all black/sporty ensembles that I typically blog about.

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Quirky denim was all over the runway at See by Chloe. I’m lusting after the overall dress on the left with the subtle daisy pattern (which also comes in jacket and pants form). I like the soft textures and romantic, sideswept hair seen on the models. See by Chloe always gets it right in terms of beautiful and wearable hair and makeup.

What was your favorite collection from London Fashion Week? Leave me a comment!

xoxo,

Clare

images: http://www.style.com

Two Ways to Wear: Chelsea Boots

Last season I was totally and utterly obsessed with Chelsea boots. After finding the perfect pair at Urban Outfitters for a fairly reasonable price, I wore them every single day for maybe three months. On one fateful, tragic day in January, I was walking through the cobblestone alleyways near Pike’s Place Market in Seattle (one of my favorite places ever, by the way) and the heel of one of my Chelsea boots completely broke off. Since January of 2014, I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of Chelseas and recently I’ve come across not one but TWO pairs that I like.

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This pair of boots is by the designer Jeffrey Campbell. They’re actually rain boots, which is perfect for the upcoming gloomy weather. They’re so comfortable and slip easily on to my feet, just like my old Chelsea boots. And oddly enough, even though they’re rubber, they kind of smell like vanilla (which is a nice plus, I guess).

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I styled my rain boots with my most worn t-shirt dress and slouchy wool cardigan. It was 90 degrees outside when these photos were taken, but I added a felt bowler hat in my favorite color anyway. The boots remind me of something Alexa Chung would wear while strolling the streets of London, so I aimed for a chic uptown feel.

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This second pair of Chelsea boots is from Zara. I had been lusting after these shoes for so long that I saved up my money and purchased these as soon as I stepped foot in the San Francisco Zara. I cannot say enough good things about these incredible shoes. The only downside is that they’re tough to break in, especially since I broke mine in by climbing the hundreds of steps to Coit Tower in San Fran…. not my smartest idea. With some thicker socks and weather-proof spray, they’d be the perfect winter chunky boot.

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I went for a more sporty aesthetic for my look using the Zara boots. The leather wrap skirt is from Topshop last season and I don’t get the chance to wear it that often but I love it paired with these shoes. I have to say, the socks are my favorite part of the outfit. They’re sheer black socks with a white grid pattern and I bought them on a whim (and spent probably a little too much money on them) but they’re such a statement piece and an interesting addition to my wardrobe. My new go-to hairstyle is the one I’m rockin in these photos. My best friend Bella introduced me to the half-bun-half-down look and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Try it out!

Hope you all enjoyed this nice little break from fashion week blog posts. I wanted to showcase my own personal style, so let me know if you like these types of posts.

All images taken by Will Nielsen.

xoxo,

Clare

NYFW: The Best of Street Style

In addition to the two posts I did highlighting the collections from the New York Fashion Week spring shows, I thought I’d share a few of my street style favorites. All images in this post were captured by Tommy Ton, legendary street style photographer and NYFW veteran.

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I love these two beauty looks spotted on models outside the spring shows. Slicked back hair and bright makeup are going to make a comeback this spring (like the ’90s!). I love the multiple eyebrow piercing look on the first model, although I’m afraid I’d never be able to pull it off myself. It’s a great edgy look to pair with a more classic shirt like she did.

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Who says you can’t wear white after labor day? I noticed so many white-on-white ensembles on the streets of New York Fashion Week that not all of them would fit into one collage! I often wear the color white, but I’ve never tried an all white outfit. Wearing white with a chunky black or metallic shoe could definitely make for a more laidback pairing as opposed to the pristine white looks that people typically go for.

Stay tuned for a new fashion week post next week and leave me comments on what you thought about this season’s street style.

xoxo,

Clare

images: http://www.style.com

NYFW: Highlights of Week Two

The second and final week of New York Fashion Week ended a few days ago, so I gathered some images from my favorite collections of week two to share with you all. London fashion week is happening as we speak and I’m planning on doing some coverage of those collections as well. Enjoy!

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Bibhu Mohapatra is a designer I had heard of before, but somehow the name always flew under my radar… until this season. I’m absolutely head over heels for everything in this collection from the fur to the graphic patterns to the cornrowed hair and dark lips. This sort of look is perfect for a New York spring- still very full coverage and bundled up, but with light textures and seasonally appropriate colors.
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If I’m being completely honest, it’s the shoes that sold me when it came to the Marc by Marc Jacobs runway show. I’ve been a fan of chelsea boots since last year and just when I thought I was getting sick of them, Marc Jacobs did a chunky chelsea rainboot in yellow, pink, white, and black that made me fall in love all over again. The shiny textures in this collection are perfect paired with the simple, edgy tees and slim pants.

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I’m really glad that Margiela toned it down this season. Normally they’re known for doing simple garments with outlandish shapes that lean toward the more avant-garde side of fashion, but it was refreshing to see these totally wearable pieces walk down the runway this past week. I’m a huge fan of patchwork denim and have been on the hunt for the perfect pair since this summer. I also love the lace slip dress (bottom left) and would pair that piece with a cropped jacket of some sort for a night out.

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Let’s just be pretty this spring, ok? It’s easy to get lost in the whole “I wear all black and drink strong coffee and don’t care about anything because it’s too cold to dress pretty” mindset every February and March. But what we can glean from Oscar de la Renta’s spring presentation is that it’s perfectly okay to be feminine and wear lace and pastel and gingham. The trends will always be changing, but we can count on de la Renta to remain the same. These pretty frocks were a breath of fresh air amidst the harsh black ensembles that most other designers were doing this season.

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Luckily, I was able to catch the Proenza Schouler show on livestream. They’ve been one of my favorite designers for years and I fell in love with all the clothes they did this season. Even though the colors are dark and the line is almost reminiscent of fall, something about this runway show just screamed spring to me. Proenza Schouler, keep doing what you’re doing, because you’re doing it darn well.

tumblr_nbto6a9cEo1th2jyro6_1280I saved the best for last of course. I was also able to watch Alexander Wang live on their website and I’m pretty sure I held my breath the whole time the looks were walking down the runway because everything was just SO INCREDIBLE. In the short 12 minutes it took for 40+ looks to be presented at his show, Alexander Wang convinced me that black trousers are a must, I should really invest in a statement jacket, and that slicked back hair is chicer than ever. I could probably write a 10 page paper (been there, done that) on all the reasons I love Alexander Wang but I’ll spare you…. for now.

Next up: London Fashion Week! Let me know your thoughts on NYFW by leaving a comment.

xoxo,

Clare

Images: style.com

NYFW: Highlights of Week One

Week one of New York Fashion Week has come to a close. Since this week was coincidentally the first week back at school for me, I wasn’t able to follow the shows as closely as I have in previous years. I chose a few of my favorite collections to show here on the blog from Monday-Friday of this first week. I’ll be showcasing more and more images from the best shows next weekend so make sure to keep reading!

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I had previously never heard of this designer before browsing the fashion week collections. I fell in love with the bright colors which is a nice change from the neutral and sometimes even monochromatic looks that most designers are doing for spring 2015. I love the necklines on all of the pieces in this show, especially the dress in the bottom right corner. 

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I. Am. Obsessed. Pretty much everything about these pieces is perfect. Fringe was very prevalent in last year’s spring shows and fringe is back again this upcoming spring season. I absolutely loved the organic print on the dress on the left; the simple silhouette definitely allowed for the unique print to have a moment in the spotlight. Another print I’m loving for spring is grid/geometric prints and I think the coordinate set in the top corner is the best way to get the most out of a busy print.

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I’ve been a Yigal Azrouel fan for ages and this new line is no exception. The shoes are absolutely to die for, especially the treaded black and white loafers and peep-toe heels. The bomber jacket is huge on the fashion scene and I love this black and white version, wonderfully lightweight for the increasingly hot weather of the spring and summer season. 

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Chadwick Bell is another designer I had never heard of before this fashion week. After seeing this collection, I’m definitely going to keep my eye on this up and coming designer. I was drawn to this collection because of the Bianca Jagger vibe, something I will definitely try to emulate this upcoming spring season. The white in this collection is so crisp and clean and any of the pieces would be the most versatile addition to any wardrobe.

What shows are you looking forward to this NYFW? Leave me a comment, let’s talk fashion.

xoxo, Clare

Images: http://www.style.com 

Lush Lovin’

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I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a sucker for Lush products. I can’t walk into a Lush store and NOT spend my college fund, life savings, and entire piggy bank on bath bombs, soaps, and other delicious smelling skincare items. I tried out a few new products this time around and thought it’d be great to review them for you all.

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tumblr_natxezPtQg1th2jyro5_1280I’m quite picky when it comes to shaving creams and body moisturizers. I like my legs as smooth as they can be and this product definitely fits the bill. I was drawn to this strawberry shaving soap first because of the fruity scent and secondly because of  the whipped formula. Although scooping this product out of it’s little pot while in the shower can prove to be a bit of a struggle, the positive result (smooth, silky legs) far outweights the drawbacks of the packaging.

tumblr_natxezPtQg1th2jyro2_1280I was very excited to try this mask, only to be let down. This is the only Lush product that I’ve ever had a less-than-stellar experience with. This clay and mint infused mask smells delightful and is tingly once applied to your skin, but the results are not as delightful as the texture and scent. The morning after I used this mask, I woke up with a few blemishes and my skin was more oily than usual. I would recommend this product if you have dry skin because it’s moisturizing, but if you’ve got oily, acne-prone skin like I do, I would pass on this face mask.

tumblr_natxezPtQg1th2jyro3_1280This is the third time I’ve repurchased this yummy mint lip scrub. Nothing has ever left my lips softer and more kissable than the Lush mint julips buffer. I’d highly recommend this product to anyone! I use this before applying vibrant lipsticks, because nothing is more agonizing than going for a bold lip and ending up with a flaky, smudgy pout.

After my recent trip to Lush, I’m becoming more interested in all-natural beauty and skin products. If you have any recommendations or reviews for me, feel free to leave a comment!

xoxo,

Clare