Manic Monday


1. Not saying that I am looking to Miss Miley Cyrus for fashion inspiration... but..... I stumbled upon her new video on youtube  and I'm really digging this Blusher Beanie combo. I have a feeling some hat manufacturer is going to jump on this - watch out Fall 2013 - I'm totally going to DIY one of these. 
Watching the video is strongly recommended - seriously entertaining. Will possibly leave you perplexed. (warning: this video might be blocked on your work computer ;)

2. Fashion tip #? Keep a beautiful bowl of berries laying around your fridge. 
For more inspiring instagram photos from Jenée Sais Quoi follow here

3. "Men are the New Women" as per Nick Graham of NGO Inc. and founder of Joe Boxer in an online article in WWD. Guess what!? Men, yes straight ones, are starting to care about fashion. 
 Is it all of the estrogen being pumped into milk? High def cameras? or Have guys just figured out when you look good, you feel good and others around you respond accordingly. Good Read on WWD

Are you having a Manic Monday? Hope this helps.

Styling: Flowers on Cold Spring Days

In "the industry" (fashion that is) we call the early part of the year Transition. It's somewhere between Winter and Spring. It's a difficult time of year to dress stylishly because your mind is ready for spring but your body still needs protection from the cold. March is just the worst as winter seems to linger on even tho the Calender has officially proclaimed Spring has arrived.

Here's an Idea for this tricky time of year.

.....a look light in color and pattern for my spring state of mind
but with full coverage  for my Louisiana cold nature.

Floral Blouse is from Pilgrim in the East Village, NYC
Ivory Trousers are from J.Crew
Brown VNeck Sweater from Banana Republic
Taupe Wedge Boots from Dolce Vita
Metallic Jenna Handbag from Beirn

Pictures taken by my Dad :)


FEATURED HANDBAG: Marc by Marc Jacobs Clearly ColorBlocked

Transparent,  Exposed, & Socially Networked

It's clear - the see-thru plastic handbag trend has arrived. It's easy to understand why this trend is now finally catching on - hello social media. Rarely does anyone have secrets that the world does not know.

This Marc by Marc Jacobs transparent, shoulder bag is today's Featured Bag.
It's on trend (or à la mode) and unique with it's interior organization. I wish I had come up with it myself.

Plastic Transparent bags have been showing up every where. Actually, every Spring the token Plastic bag makes it's appearance for the season, but I would say it never really "catches on". Bags hold very private belongings and it's uncomfortable to expose yourself in this manner.

This season, though, there are more of them than normal, which leads me to believe:  
We might finally be ready to accept the See-Thru bag, as we accept Social Media to be the norm.  As we now share our most intimate thoughts and moments on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.... why not expose all of the nonsense in our handbags too.

The most popular are beach style totes and clutches made famous by Charlotte Olympia.

Here are more that I think are fun!

It's Clear to See

Fashion Note: Thai Highland Style, even Tory Burch Approves

While we were in Thailand this winter, we found the colors and patterns of traditional Thai Himalayan textiles as intoxicating as a Mai Tai. It's hard to not be drawn to the vibrant colors and intricate patterns. Then you keep going back for more, just as you keep reaching for that bright and sweet Mai Tai.
 Note: Thai highlands are in the northern part of the country where the foothills of the Himalayas lie. 

At the Sunday Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai, Ari and I found bits of Thai fashion we could not leave behind.

In a Vogue Thailand article, I discovered even Tory Burch could not help but to also be inspired by the rousing textiles and colors of the Thai Highlands. These are part of her Spring 2013 Collection.
From Vogue Scrapbook to my travel Scrapbook

FASHION NOTE: Inside Clothes on the Outside

Lingerie, Pajamas and Aprons

Madonna made showing your Lingerie in public a fashion statement. From black bras under white shirts to sexy slip nighties as dresses, underwear became outer wear.  I'm sure other ladies before her exposed their undies in public, but not until the age of Madonna did popular culture follow suit.

Last year the Pajama pant was made popular by Prada and now we see everyone from the fashion set to The Gap set sporting silky men's printed, generously cut trousers, sometimes with matching tops.

After finding this apron while shopping for fabrics in Thailand,

I am bent on making the Apron the newest HouseWear worn Outside of the House.  It's way too pretty for cooking or to be confined to the kitchen, and it serves the function of adding pockets to any outfit! As much as I love pure aesthetic, I love utility.

I thought it would be fun to pair this Homemade Suzy Home maker accessory with
Chanel for the ultimate contrast.
Chanel Turtle Neck Sweater from Second Chance

 And then, just for kicks...
Kicks: Dolce Vita Bootie Wedges
What's hotter than flashing totally flattering Adriano Goldschmied pants

You can flash someone!!!!!

Now, for wearing your pink sponge rollers (which I adore for some kick ass banana curls) outside the house... Maybe 2014?  I'll have to consult Sean James about this hair trend.

Images above: Apron - My own/ Pajama / Madonna