The Weekender

Listening to:

“Never Win” by FischerSpooner

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Drinking:

Rum Rita

Mixologist: Jamie Mulholland of LOTUS

Ingredients
Note: One fluid ounce equals two tablespoons. 

2 2-inch cubes watermelon 
1/2 ounce simple syrup 
2 ounces Bacardi Límon 
1 ounce triple sec 
1/2 ounce Rose’s lime juice 
1/2 ounce sour mix 
Garnish: 1/2 lime

Simple syrup
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 cup water in a saucepan

Mixing Instructions
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add juice and rum, and top with chilled champagne. Garnish with a pineapple leaf.

Simple syrup
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for a few seconds. Set aside to cool.

Wearing:

Tangled Machine Necklace by Made Her Think

What’s problematic about falling love with this season’s statement necklace? Unfortunately, the semi-coy, strategic mixing of this piece into your daily wardrobe has a much shorter shelf-life then the accessories of seasons past .

When I discovered the Made Her Think line, I was overcome by curiosity, smitten with their distressed, rusted and well-worn industrial pieces. Since acquiring my well-loved longer version of this necklace, I have made it an inseparable, day-to-night  permanent staple.

As all you ladies know, getting ready for a night out usually entails a brief run-down of outfit possibilities with the usual coterie of gal pals. However, it is a fairly bad sign when your friends can stop you mid sentence, their ESP rendering you completely speechless, knowing your exact strategy for accessorization. This may make for an embarrassing moment now and again, but I will easily overlook a brief cheek flush for this must-have accessory. 

Lusting:

Sequin Dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim 

 Don’t you just love holiday parties? Whether your swinging back eggnog, while a Bridget Jones look-alike is treating you to an off-key rendition of christmas karaoke or you are enjoying a flute of bubbly with your closest friends, while counting down to your fresh start in 2010, it is essential adorn an absolute show stopper. Many opt for a LBD, but we all know that you can’t settle for blending in, so why not stand out in dazzling sequins from head to toe. With options from Alexander Wang, Ashish and this little number by Phillip Lim.

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Doing:

Attending the Sassy Chicks Fashion Bash

Yes, I concur. It may be a thoroughly questionably named event, but with the prospect of purchasing a few self-indulgent  pre-holiday gifts, I am willing to overlook it. With prices up to 80% off you need not worry about making it on to Santa’s naughty list. 
Enjoy  a complementary cocktail or two while browsing deals from Chanel, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Nanette Lepore, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and  many more

Consider purchasing two VIP tickets for $20 which will ensure you get the fist dibs on the designer goods, avoiding the predatory fashionistas. If that isn’t enough to sway you, you will also be treated to a gift bag of goodies, complementary cocktails and complementary spa services. 

FASHION BASH
WEDNESDAY DEC 02, 2009 
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM 
GOLD BALLROOM @ HOTEL PENN
401 7th Ave New York, NY 10001

The Weekender

Listening to:

Bullet by La Roux

Drinking:

Town Asia

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Mixologist:

 ALBERT TRUMMER of Town

Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 sticks lemongrass, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 
Juice of 2 limes 
1 and 1/2 teaspoons simple syrup, or to taste (recipe below)
1 paper-thin slice of peeled fresh ginger 
2 ounces Tanqueray No. Ten gin 
2 ounces club soda

Mixing Instructions:
Place lemongrass, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger in a food processor, and purée. Allow to rest for 30 minutes. Pass purée through a fine strainer. Pour the juice into a shaker filled with ice, and add the gin. Shake well. Strain into a glass filled with ice, dilute with club soda, and stir to incorporate.

To make simple syrup: 
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil for a few seconds. Set aside to cool.

Wearing:

Jennifer Gold Mine gloves by 2BD

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I recently acquired a disturbingly fabulous Alice & Olivia dress ridden with larger-then-life shoulder pads and a strikingly sexy open back. Just when I couldn’t have been more pleased with my find, Serena van der Woodsen just had to make me wish I had purchased it in green, when she dazzled in it on this weeks episode.

To make the dress my own again, I have been on a hunt for fingerless driving gloves to add a rocker edge to this 80s style dress. Instead, I happened upon a scandalous array of studs on everything from sunglasses to shoulder pads at  the online boutique 2BD. However, it was not until I saw their array of gloves, especially these Jennifer Gold Mine’ Gloves and the Chain Reaction’ Gloves that I was absolutely smitten.

Lusting:

Combat Boots by Rag and Bone

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Those who know me could safely say I am definitely not a ‘combat boot person’, but this irrefutable clash reverence and femininity, makes these boots a pair that I would love to hate.  After styling your new utterly wicked alter ego, with the help of a bag and dress by Alexander Wang and a disastrous necklace of chains by Fallon, you will love the you, you no longer recognize. 

Doing:

Sample Sale ing

Let’s be honest…. who doesn’t love a good sample sale? And this weekend there are plenty to choose from:

What: Lela Rose
Why: Seventy-five percent off fancy outfits with a Southern sensibility.
When: Nov. 18-20. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 224 W. 30th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves., 13th flr. (212-947-9204).

What: Christain Lacoix
Why: Coats, jackets, pants, tops, and dresses from past seasons are 75 percent off.
When: Nov. 18-21. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 260 Fifth Ave., at 29th St., grd. flr

What: Rebecca Minkoff
Why: Our girl with the mean bag-making habit unleashes her latest (which includes ready -to-wear).
When: Nov. 18-22. Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 17 W. 17th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Ave

What: Inhabit
Why: Classic cashmere items are $80 (reg. $278-$328). Cotton basics are $50 (reg. $158-$198). 
When: Nov. 18 & 19. Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1441 Broadway, b/t 40th & 41st Sts., 24th flr

What: Steven Alan
Why: Blowout featuring labels you love (The Lake & Stars, Sophmore). House-label shirts for dudes are $65; Demylee cashmere cardigans for gals are $90. 
When: Nov. 19-22. Thurs. & Fri., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 87 Franklin St., b/t Broadway & Church St. (212-219-3305). 

*courtesy of http://dailycandy.com

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The Weekender

Listening to:

“Shoes” by Tiga

 

 Drinking:

American Beauty at wd~50

50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002 

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Ingredients:

3 drops white crème de menthe
1 1/2 ounces cognac (preferably Courvoisier)
1/2 ounce dry vermouth (preferably Noilly Pratt)
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice, strained
1 teaspoon port

Directions:

Pour the first five ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, and shake well. Put 1 teaspoon port into a chilled martini or tulip glass, and strain the liquid from the shaker over the port.

 

Wearing:

Dolce Vita Marley Booties

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Who doesn’t love a peep-toe bootie? Add a little hardware and a wicked wedge and you’ve found yourself  a day-to-night companion for your urban safari. While flaunting your still summer kissed legs for a few final days, pairing these booties with a contrasting classic tweed mini and a slouchy thick-knit cardigan will make your look a sassy meld of 

 

Style with:

Bop Basics 5 Band Miniskirt

Tibi Sequin Blazer

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Lusting:

All of Lavin Spring 2010

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While eagerly checking my Style.com app. between classes, I found myself helplessly drooling over the sumptuous silhouettes of designer Alber Elbaz for Lavin. Their showing in Paris was a parade of delectably light fabrics, in which Elbaz transformed characteristically structured separates into freely sweeping shapes, sexily caressing the female form.  This allowed the line  to remain refreshingly youthful, yet still maintained a the typical Lavin sophistication.

I continuously find myself daydreaming about striding in to the office, stilettos clacking against the marble lobby floor, pulling off my tall leather gloves in a single swoop, as my airy pencil skirt sways and my blazer is gracefully swept aside as I stride forward revealing the soft neutral beneath. However, as the dawning of reality peeks over the horizon, I am brutally reminded that I will have to endure four months of Lavin deprivation before my stiletto clacking dreams become a reality.

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Doing:

Embracing My Inner Frugalista

While unfortunately penny-pinching has become a mandatory hobby for the masses, it has also opened a new door of creativity, causing those dedicated to staying in accordance with Vogue’s creed to resort to alternate measures. While retail as a whole has been swimming desperation, resale, consignment, vintage and thrift stores have been monopolizing this resurgence. Repeatedly embracing the life of the unpaid intern, becoming a bit resourceful never hurt anyone. 

Manhattan is scattered with opportunities to make  someone else’s forgotten treasure and make it your own. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • DAHA Vintage175 Orchard St. LES  
  • Screaming Mimi’s, 382 Lafayette St.
  • Cheap Jack’s Vintage Clothing, 303 Fifth Ave. (at 31st St.)
  • Chelsea Girl, 63 Thompson St., Soho
  • Cherry Men, 17 Eighth Ave., West Village
  • Encore Designer Consigment, 1132 Madison Ave., Upper East Side (near 84th St.)

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The Daily Bite

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Pamela Love Fall 2009

Doing away with their bow clad attire, the prim young ladies of seasons past have instead favored a wicked discord of leather studded boots, tousled groupie hair and bleached vintage rocker tees. This darkly intoxicating It Girl, has allowed her modesty to take a back seat, instead transforming last season’s muse into her ultra rebellious younger sister. This thirst for a rougher facade has become increasingly dependant on cultivating a stash of go-to accessories, mandating an assortment of studded cuffs, rocker boots, heavily tangled oxidized chains and harshly buckled platforms be found in every Fall wardrobe.

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Love in Her Own Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was first introduced to jewelry designer and Rock guru Pamela Love while working on the Frank Tell Spring show during New York Fashion Week. For Tell’s collection an assortment of raven’s claws were sparsely styled against a backdrop of space-age sophistication. Copper clawed brooches and bracelets were paired with each look. Some modernized 80s references crept in, such as a barrage of one-shoulder dresses, which were styled with dark, yet deeply sexy bracelets by Love on opposing wrists. Stylist Natasha Royt, pushed the collection away from convention by harnessing the collection’s strong shouldered ensembles and adding a significant edge. Raven’s claws were placed just- so; each talon curling under, barley grazing the surface of the shoulder. These accessories channeled an allure and an ambience only reminiscent of Poe prose. 

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“I think fashion is definitely going through a very tough phase. The popularity of Alexander Wang and Rodarte really show that there’s a more gothic or rock and roll, more morbid sort of curiosity in fashion right now. I think that translates into jewelry as well.”

             -Pamela Love 

 

Since Love’s recent exposure in both W and Vogue, she has become a commercial success. This downtown designer has quickly become the go-to girl for industry shows, contributing her creations to the shows of Zac Posen, Frank Tell and Yigal Azrouël

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The Daily Bite

My recent introduction to Nary Manivong, which don’t worry, I won’t leave you in the dark too much longer- I need another day or two to lick my wounds, while abrupt spurred me to do a bit of investigation. 

Other then being completely charming in person, he is a fellow Midwesterner, Ohioan actually, which earned him major brownie-points with me. To add to my growing admiration Manivong’s story is nothing short of inspirational. This once homeless, self-taught designer has risen to acclaim of Women’s Wear Daily and  Fashion Group International. He has also been featured in the documentary Dressed (to view the trailer, click on the clip below).


“This is my invention. Every woman who wears my clothes is also wearing a part of me. She will look timeless, confident, sexy, modern and yet classic all together. I want her to feel good, look good and ready to go out in her off-hours.”

Manivong not only seems to be an unmistakeably admirable individual, but also incredibly talented. His pieces are completely wearable, but also (as he alluded) will translate seamlessly  from season to season. He appears to have has a restrained opulence and  an ever present luxury that is wrought with a captivating femininity.

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I found this last excerpt from an interview with the designer exceedingly beneficial:

“My advice to members of the younger generation out there is to be true to yourself. Of course you will have positive and negative people around you, but do go with the positive. Achieve something from nothing. You have to make it, and to make it you have to really be yourself, be who you are, be real and do the best for yourself.”

The Weekender

Listening to:

“Get Myself Into It”, The Rapture

Drinking:

Pisco Punch

You can always trust the Pegu Club to whip up a tasty Cocktail. Thank goodness New York Magazine stole the recipe.

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Ingredients:

Pineapple Pisco
1 750-mL bottle of Pisco Capel
1 pineapple
Lime Syrup
2 limes
16 oz. simple syrup, chilled
Grapefruit Syrup
1 white grapefruit 
16 oz. simple syrup, chilled 
Punch
750 mL pineapple-infused Pisco
8 1/2 oz. lime syrup
8 1/2 oz. grapefruit syrup
12 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

Pineapple Pisco
Cut pineapple into chunks, and put into a covered jar. Add bottle of Pisco. Cover, shake to agitate, and refrigerate for 3 days. Strain and store in refrigerator.

Lime Syrup
Zest the rind of 2 limes into 16 oz. of cold simple syrup. Cover, shake to agitate, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain off zest and store in refrigerator.

Grapefruit Syrup
Zest the rind of 1 white grapefruit into 16 oz. of cold simple syrup. Cover, shake to agitate, and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain off zest and store in refrigerator.

Punch
In large bowl, combine pineapple Pisco, lime syrup, grapefruit syrup, and lemon juice. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Place ice block into bowl before serving. Garnish chilled cocktail glasses with pineapple leaves. 

 

Wearing:

Flippa K Dress

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Flippa K Dress

My mission as of late has been to master the day to evening look. Creating a wardrobe that works as hard as you do is rather daunting. A simple stand-by is a basic dress with stand-out accessories. 

This Flippa K dress has a simple neckline that keeps the goods under wraps, but also but shows enough to be able to “sex it up” for evening. The strong shoulders both keeps it in toe with the 80s ubiquitous reincarnation. 

Pair with a pair of peep-toe bootie, like the Brian Atwood pair featured below, with a patent sheen and enough height to parlay this dress  to your evening venue. The necklace by Dirty Librarian Chains, which let’s be honest, half of the fun is calling it by name, is a perfect pop of gold, with staggered lengths that will keep this look from being an office snooze.

 

Pair with the following:

Card Catalog Necklace by Dirty Librarian Chains

Card Catalog Necklace by Dirty Librarian Chains

Brian Atwood Bootie

Brian Atwood Bootie

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Miu Miu Tote

 

Lusting:

See by Chloe Dress

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See by Chloe Dress

Envision a dimly lit club on Little West Twelfth. Smelling of sweet liquors swigged by dark gentlemen in tipped fedoras, melded with the gentle musk of cologne. After confidently striding past the bouncer in stomp worthy stilettos, you  make your entrance.

Your low-slung bag taps gently against your swaying hips as you move to the soft techno mix of the house DJ, slash your  soon to be BFF. It’s not your look that screams party girl, after all you chose to toss on that 80s vintage boyfriend blazer hidden in your mother’s closet, it’s just merely your attitude. 

As you engage in your usual social dance across the room, you steal the attention of every bad-boy you meet, drowning in a world of glamour, vanity and champagne.

As you awake from your delightful day dream, make sure you thank Chloe for your make believe moment as Ms. Vanderwoodsen.

 

 

Doing:

Painting My Apartment

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Moving back from New York has proved to create a longer To-Do list than Nancy Pelosi’s. 

I recall a time, I believe maybe it was first grade, when your social status was define by both you and Crayola. I kid you not! You had committed a social faux-pas if you were missing one of the three critical colors; Razzle-Dazzle Pink, Jungle Green and Robins-Egg Blue. If only it were still that easy t stay among the in-crowd.

As a throwback to our Crayola Crayons of Old, when choosing what color to splash against my bedroom walls, I turned fondly to a familiar color. Adorning my bedroom walls will be a harmonious blend of Robins-Egg Blue, splashes of black silhouettes and white and black printed accents. Definitely not Elle Decor, but an attempt to make the drabness of  beige and white a bit more bearable and perhaps bring back a memory 

 

7th Avenue Style

Thank you to all of the dedicated readers, I truly appreciate all of your support. 

In the coming weeks I will be working on a new and improved website. This site, titled 7th Avenue Style, will contain a combination of a blog, free lance styling advice and fashion industry updates. It will be a multimedia site containing videos, interactive quizzes, online forums, email updates, a virtual interactive shopper and much more. I will keep you updated as the site progresses. 

http://www.7thavestyle.com