She Wore Blue Lenses

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For once I’ve put aside my strong inclinations for frame shape. Aviator, John-Lennon-round, modern, yet retro, cat-eye – whatever, as long as they have lenses the reflective blue color of a Santorini sea I want them.

Don’t be blue, wear blue shades.

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Cocktail: Jumpsuit Ed.

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Image by Harriet Russell

Is the jumpsuit today’s answer to wear pants as evening attire?
There is a huge place in my heart (and closet) for the tuxedo pant/jacket duo. It’s always been a great way to go out for the night : you don’t have to shave your legs OR underarms!
Also, suits are sexy. They can reveal cleavage and/or clavicle while contouring the body tightly in some places with ample room in the belly region to consume as much food and beverage to your liking. A win/win.
The jumpsuit provides all this, but in one solid piece. It’s a great way to have all the garments you have on look cohesive, whether it’s jersey, chiffon, or lace. You can even say your ‘I do’s’ in a onesie. The only drawback is having to peel the whole thing off every restroom visit. Even said, make your suiting jumpsuiting -

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A Very Indian Passover

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The conception of this ethnic-union dinner idea came long ago. Long before I even snagged my Indian boyfriend, didn’t I luck out?
It was thought up by none other than my mother, at our favorite Indian restaurant. We ran into a friend of mine who she thought was Indian (he’s Brazilian, but whatever) and pitched the idea to him hoping he would come, because he’s that good looking. I’m sure glad she mistook his cuisine-of-origin – it was a great south-Asian-delicacy-fusion AND I got to wear the sari I had laying around.
We invited the Trill City Gang and our parents, who’s dietary restrictions dictated a gluten-free, vegetarian, kosher for Passover, Indian style menu. Raj in a matter of days had his recipes dreamt up, consulted, prepped, while I moved every dining furniture piece from both of our apartments and crafted ironic-decaled felt yarmulkes.
In the end, we only had one burn (mine) and ran an hour and a half behind schedule, but what are holidays for?
It was a fantastic soirée without enough photo evidence.

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Feminism Lite

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Is pop music introducing the idea of woman empowerment even while being questionably counter-feminist?

A couple albums have come out this year that have left a lot of listeners scratching their heads at contradictory messages about the topic. We can start with Beyoncé and then move to Pherrell, who is trying to bounce back after the misogynistic controversy of Blurred Lines.

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Midi Midi Bom Bom

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Everything but the ankle: welcome the skirt length of the season. The Midi Skirt, because who’s ready to show off gams that haven’t seen the sun in six months?

Let’s get long up in here -

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The Denim Diet – Boyfriend Jean Ed.

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Illustration by Lauren Friedman

Are we still wearing boyfriend jeans? Well, look down. Are you?
I remember the first time Katie Holmes was spotted wearing those baggy jeans: cuffed with flats, with that short hair cut and stripped shirt, like Where’s Waldo gone wrong, and having the first conscious thought: that to my dismay, the new exciting thing in denim was in fact very ugly. The boyfriend jean was so avant guard. Me not liking it (yet) had me questioning my fashion-diligence – Does that school of thought also define being a Fashion Victim? Whatever. It’s a fine line/art.
I was selling stiff jeans, soft jeans, tight jeans, embroidered jeans of $500 +, gem encrusted jeans of of $1,000 + and I could pay my way with those because of the tightness on the butt. Really. That and pocket placement. All women cared about until then. So, how could I get into something that obscured the rear?
It took probably 4 years, but here I am. Loud, proud, and baggy bottomed.
A word to the wise though – don’t really wear your boyfriend’s (boyfriends’…?) jeans. Make sure they fit your hips tightly and don’t droop too elephant-butt like. Plus, what’ll your shacker wear in his way out?

Onto your boyfriend/ex boyfriend jeans-

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The Odd Pair

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Earrings that don’t match but compliment each other are accentuating lobes currently. I personally love this – finally, a way to wear that earring that you love who’s mate has been lost or broken. I’ve realized though, that it’s hard to make cleaver, well balanced, thought out matches without looking like you weren’t paying attention while you got dressed.
So….cheers to the designers doing the matching for you!

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