A Statement to Fall Back On by Christiaan Choy

FALL IS HERE. And in full force. I don't think I truly recognized the validity of this statement until a few days ago when the temperature in NYC didn't reach beyond 50 degrees and the wind chill had me borderline shivering in my favorite Balenciaga leather motorcycle jacket a' la James Dean – my style icon though I fall short in the area of that perfectly coiffed hair; mine is far too curly. Needless to say, its my favorite, so no, it won't make its way to the back of the closet; I'll just layer much more heavily underneath. But the true issue lies here; How Am I Not Ready For Fall? Even the most thoughtful person can't possibly be prepared for an NYC fall, where its 70+ degrees one week and barely 50 degrees the next. I put a lot of effort, and anxiety, and near tears spending 45+ mins every morning ransacking my closet and thusly my bedroom floor to put together an outfit that I will inevitably change 3 times before I say, “f--- it,” and walk out the door; how dare fall weather dictate that I put a coat over all that neurotically hard work?

Then in as much time as it takes for me to have that emotionally jarred rant, hopefully only in my head because sometimes I genuinely worry if people can actually see me arguing with myself, I remember my penchant for statement pieces – ESPECIALLY STATEMENT COATS. Now don't be fooled into believing that a statement coat means you can be less neurotic about what you wear underneath. Unless you plan to spend your entire day outside, coat belted, at which point you're actually wearing your coat as a dress – ooooh chic – then hats off to you and I hope you bring snacks, because sitting inside a restaurant for an actual meal in a coat is about as faux pas as sunglasses at night, unless its resting on your shoulders because that's chic. Gaahh, are there enough rules for being fabulous and fashionable? Probably not.

So here we are. Daydreaming of what the perfect statement coat can do for us. In a perfect world, it would make bearing through the cold fall and winter days much more tolerable – because lets face it, chic makes everything better. And what's more? Fashion finally understands that there can be comfort in exceptional style. Male or female. Reality star or star in your reality. Bold prints, luxurious textures, exceptional detail and design, are all the things that will help us get through those sometimes unbearable days of cold weather where our first inclination is to throw on a sweatsuit but we power through...even if that means sweat pants with heels – because that's chic – and if all else fails, there's always the leopard Snuggie.

 

 Larkin Tri-colour Felted Coat - Roksanda

Wool Blend Wrap Coat - T Tahari

Striped Faux Fur Coat - DKNY

X Paisie Two Tone Faux Fur Panel Coat - The Laden Showroom 

Aspesi Coat 

On the Edge

I loved pairing this H&M gown with a motorcycle jacket and edgy boots. Expect the unexpected this fall.  Buy a gown for an event and wear it a bunch of different ways. Throw on a leather motorcycle jacket or some funky black boots - or in my case do both! 

 

Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket - Madewell

Long Jacquard-Weave Dress - H&M Concious Exclusive Collection

Leather Obi Belt - MANGO

Freja Eel-trimmed Suede Ankle Boots - Alexander Wang

Diamond Pinky Ring - KCT for Jennifer Miller

Diamond & Tanzanite Ring - Jennifer Miller 

Triple Stone Gypsy Ring - Jennifer Miller

 

 

 

Working GIrl

The Inspiration

The Look

Not quite sure why but this look really reminds me of Melanie Griffith in Working Girl. There is something sexy about a business woman all dressed up getting her lunch from a NYC food cart. Just please trade out the Reebok high tops and slouchy socks for your heels. Hmmm only thing missing is my Harrison Ford.

Leather Baseball Cap - J.CREW

Tank Top Dress - H&M 

Clutch back - Rochas

Nude BB Suede Pump - Manolo Blahnik 

Ruby Coat - Club Monaco 

Triangle Drop Necklace - Jennifer Miller 

Multibox Chain Bracelet - Jennifer Miller

Tribal Earrings - Jennifer Miller 

Triple Stone Gypsy Ring - Jennifer Miller

Diamond Pinky Ring - KCT for Jennifer Miller 

Wide Pave Band - Jennifer Miller 

Oval Link Bracelet - Jennifer Miller

 

 

 

Warm Scarf- Hot Look

Christiaan and I have been watching this blanket scarf look for sometime. I am big fan of a scarf.. I was interested in how this whole thing would work.. I have to say I put it on and loved it.. there is something tre chic. I felt very feminine and elegant.

Brixton Piper Felt Hat - Urban Outfitters

Oversized Striped Tape Edge Blanket Scarf - TOPSHOP

Belt - Orciani

Jeans - Citizens of Humanity

Two-Pocket Denim Shirt - J.CREW

Beige BB Suede Point-Toe Pumps  - Manola Blahnik

Chunky Link Bracelet - Jennifer Miller

 Diamond Pinky Ring - KCT for Jennifer Miller

Diamond & Tanzanite Ring - Jennifer Miller

Organic Adjustable Ring - Jennifer Miller 

Nail Polish- Patricia Yankee color CLAY

 

 

 

 

Mens Shirt

These boots are made for walking or perhaps laying down on a NYC rooftop on a warm November day. Its all about the boots. Stuart Weitzman has done it again and again. I refrained from buying these boots last season when it was a round toe and stacked heel. This season he brought it back and in a pointy - I am so happy that I didn't pass this one up. I really should have listened to Christiaan Choy and splurged on these last season. Now I want them in another color!!  They are chic, sassy and believe it or not comfy! Pair a thigh high boot with an oversized mens shirt and go!! 

Plaid Boyfriend Shirt - Band of Outsiders

The Highland Boot - Stuart Weitzman

Clutch Bag - Rochas 

Alina Round Sunglasses - Illesteva

Triple Strand Bracelet - KCT for Jennifer Miller

Triple Flex Bracelet - KCT for Jennifer Miller

Chunky Link Bracelet - Jennifer Miller

Diamond Pinky Ring - KCT for Jennifer Miller 

Diamond & Tanzanite Ring - Jennifer Miller

Organic Adjustable Ring - Jennifer Miller

Shimmer

Don't be afraid of a little shimmer.

3 quick tips and products for your pretty face from Jacquelyn Grubbs

1. My all time favorite is Bobbi Brown shimmer brick. It can be used on eyes, checks & even lips. Highly pigmented so a little goes a long way.

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Drug store comp that works just as well, for half the price. Famous by Sue Moxley shimmer brick. If your worried about the packaging or brand name. Pop it out and put it in a palette. No one will know the difference.

2. Madina Milano Chic and Shine Stick

Simply swipe the pearly stick across the bridge of the nose, the cheekbones, and under the brows for a perfectly radiant look.

3. Watt's Up! In golden champagne by benefit 
An amazing shade for the high points on your face. Gives your face an extra dimension that can easily be blended with your fingers.

Drugstore comp that works almost the same and half the price:
Sonia Kashuk in Summer Sands. Benefit's has a tiny hint of bronze to it, Sonia Kashuk's is pure champagne. Both creamy and easy to use. 

Tips:

1. Skip Your Forehead- No matter how light handed you are, shimmer on your forehead appears greasy. 

2. Where It Goes- *Eyebrows *Inner Eyes * Cheekbone *Nose *Cupids's bow *Chin

3. Highlight One Thing- You want to focus on cheekbones or brow bones, not both. 

Reflections

Street Style

The weather is beginning to cool and I would love nothing more than to wrap myself in a cozy oversized sweater, so lately I've been playing with the idea of making oversized styles chic and feminine. I'm loving this sheer t-length skirt - it transforms my cozy sweater into a sophisticated and sexy look and paired with this mod conductors hat and layers of accessories, it takes on that vintage feel I always love. 

Soto Ribbed Sweater - Club Monaco

Mesh Net Maxi Skirt - Forever21 

Corduray Driver Cap - Gucci

BB Suede Pump - Manolo Blahnik

Gold Tribal Earrings - Jennifer Miller

Oval Link Bracelet - Jennifer Miller

Matte Triple Strand Bracelet - KCT For Jennifer Miller

Triple Strand Bracelet - KCT For Jennifer Miller

Coil Snake Anklet Bracelet - Jennifer Miller

 

 

The Beauty of the Brow

The Inspiration

Ok ladies...we have been tending to our eyebrows for years. They have gone through many transformations. I was doing my own for years, cutting and trimming, then I moved to waxing until I met my eyebrow match in Robert Sweet William. He is the tweezing king of Manhattan!! One of the first times I went in to see him I said that I was so impressed by how perfect my brows could look from plucking - he quickly responded, "Plucking is for chickens darling, I tweeze!!" Ohh I certainly didn't want anything to do with a chicken when it came to my beauty routine so that was that. Robert tweezes and trims to perfection. I will no longer touch my own brows again. I go to Robert once a month and I have to say its worth the money! Visiting NYC? Treat yourself. You only live once.. :)

The Look