A Common Writing Conversation

Ever Have One of These Days? 

Today I was working on deadline, and for the life of me my brain was just not cooperating.

Brain Conversation I was able to drag myself through it and meet the deadline, but it wasn’t easy and it wasn’t eloquent. I’ve been writing on deadline for years. Shouldn’t it be easier by now?

Nope. Some days it’s like smashing rocks. Some days your brain wants to do other things, like eat a bunch of chocolate and loll around in a field watching butterflies.


Miss Dior Illustration

My Favorite Perfume

I have a few favorite scents.

For the past few years, my heart (and nose) has been all about Miss Dior.

It smells like romance and cotton candy. Every time I put it on I think about visiting a French circus while eating spun sugar.

Now that I write that down I realize that it’s a bizarre notion. But, trust me, it works in my head. (Really. I’m not crazy. Right? RIGHT?!)

Miss Dior Illustration You might be asking yourself, what are those numbers in the left corner?

No idea.

This is a sketch I did a long time ago in the Paper App and rediscovered. My guess is that I was playing around with the drawing, heard something important, and thought, “I will need those numbers later,” and wrote them down.

I just sent an email to my husband to ask if the numbers are ringing any bells. Are we about to give away the code to a treasure that we buried and I forgot about? Entirely possible.

Until I figure out what those numbers mean, though, feel free to use them for playing lotto.

Back to perfume.

I’ve always loved Miss Dior, but am thinking about switching to a deeper fragrance for the fall and winter. In my early 20’s I was all about Hypnotic Poison.

Hypnotic Poison Dior PerfumeOh, how I love this scent. It’s deep and mysterious…and has the WORST name ever. Every time someone asked what I was wearing I found myself mumbling its name, hoping the other person would forget the question. Inevitably the response would be, “What? You are wearing what?” Thus, making me make say the name even louder. HYPNOTIC POISON, okay?

It’s a name that takes itself so seriously, whereas I am a person that doesn’t take herself so seriously. Thus, the whole “this perfume is sexy and mesmerizing,” thing doesn’t work with the reality of me literally running into walls on a daily basis.

But, it is a remarkable scent.

And you? What do you wear? Do you find yourself changing perfumes from spring/summer to fall/winter? Or, do you find yourself switching for different parts of your life? Do tell! Leave a comment below.

Fashion News!

Pop Fashion Podcast News

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Vivienne Westwood Rides in a Tank

Yup, this fashion powerhouse decided to ride a tank through the Prime Minister’s neighborhood in order to protest fracking. I’ll give it to Westwood – she knows how to make an entrance.

Libertine Gets Burned by UPS

Libertine designer Johnson Hartig lived out a fashion horror story when two boxes of his designs were lost by UPS. The boxes contained 30 pieces of apparel that were supposed to be part of his NYFW runway show. Worst. Day. Evah.

Ikea Product Names

Ever wonder how those Ikea products got their names? Well, there is a method to the madness!

Also, this is my favorite instance of Ikea in pop culture. Liz Lemon (aka Tina Fey) has an Ikea product named “Blerg” – one of her catchphrases. Brilliant.

Liz Lemon's Blerg Ikea Furniture

Liz Lemon’s Blerg Ikea Furniture

Macy’s + Best Buy = BFF

This holiday season Macy’s is ensuring a streamlined shopping experience. They are teaming up with Best Buy to have a mini-tech shop within 10 of their department stores.

Zara is Making Stacks on Stacks

Zara’s parent company, Inditex, earned over $1billion in the last six months. Six months, ya’ll.

Gen Z’s Fashion

The New York Times came out with a big article about Gen Z’s fashion sense. The quick version: the lines between male and female fashion are blurring and everyone is wearing everything.

Ralph Lauren Stepping Down

The biggest fashion news story of this week = Ralph Lauren is stepping down from his fashion empire. Surprise! Stefan Larsson (former H&M executive / president of Old Navy) is taking his place. (This story came out yesterday, thus isn’t part of this episode of our podcast.) Ah, Ralph. The Polo shirts in my wardrobe salute you.

Finally, today is International Podcast day! 

International Podcast Day 2015Celebrate by listening to your favorite podcast, trying out a new one, or tweeting to your favorite podcasters. Use the hashtag #PodcastDay.

Here are some of my favorites (besides Pop Fashion!). Warning: I’m a podcast junkie.

  • Death, Sex & Money
  • That’s So Retrograde
  • Guys We Fucked
  • Sorry Not Sorry
  • Food News
  • Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend
  • The Blaze – a 90210 podcast
  • Dear Sugar
  • Human Conversation
  • Weird Adults
  • Gilmore Guys
  • The Fresh Rag Show
  • You Big Dumb Idiot
  • Women of Uncertain Age
  • You Made it Weird
  • WTF
  • The Crabfeast
  • I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast
  • Plz Advise
  • The Read
  • How Did This Get Made?
  • How Was Your Week?

What’s your favorite fashion news story of the week? How about your favorite podcast? Do tell!


How to Wear a Fall Scarf

How to Style a Rectangle Scarf for a Fall Outfit

One of the main questions I get as a stylist is how to style scarves. Most people own a few but get stuck on how to properly utilize them when putting together an outfit.

Here’s a quick trick to give your next outfit a boost:

How to Wear a Fall ScarfNow, let’s break that down.

First, here’s the outfit by itself. Long skirt, black top.

How to Style a Fall ScarfIt’s not bad, but it’s not popping, either.

Let’s grab a long, rectangle scarf.

How to Style a Fall ScarfAnd put that scarf around your neck, making sure the ends are at the same length.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

Now, grab a belt that is in the same color story. For this outfit I pulled out a shade of brown that is prevalent in the scarf.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

I went for a thick belt, but you can grab a thin belt, too. It just depends on your mood and where you would like it to hit.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

BOOM! New outfit with more visual interest.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

This outfit feels very flowy and fun. It’s not how I want to be styled 100% of the time, but it is how I like to feel on a crisp, fall day.

How to Style a Fall Scarf

How do you style long, rectangle scarves? Any tips or tricks? Do tell!

Serena Williams for HSN

The One Where We Want Serena & Drake to Stay Together 4Evahhhh

Lisa and I just finished taping Pop Fashion when I started chatting about Serena Williams and Drake. She had the great idea of recording our conversation. Here it is:

We chat a little about Serena’s collection for HSN. You can check it here.

The song that I rap (for, like, 3 seconds) is a poor attempt at Energy by Drake.

Layering For Fall

Layering a Shirt Dress

Yesterday was all about the sweater dress, but today I wanted to focus on layering a shirt dress.

I haven’t switched my closet to fall clothes yet. Why? Because I took a poll on the Internet.

I tweeted out this question on September 13th:

Poll for East Coasters: Think it’s time to put away summer apparel? Or, is the weather tricking us & will again be the 5th ring of Hades?

The answers that came back were in agreement:

Twitter Comments

Twitter Comment 2

Just for the record – all of these ladies are extremely smart. I trust them.

I’m looking for hybrid answers even though my closet remains covered in sun-soaked, bright florals.

One trick for in-between-season weather is to layer. An easy way to accomplish a quick layer is to put a T-shirt over a shirt dress. Like so:

How to Layer a Shirt Dress for Fall

This look isn’t for everyone. Some people will be put off immediately. But, I tend to like the sharpness of a collar peeking out of a scoop neck. I also like to reimagine the things I already own. So, I’m down with this look.

A word about belts. When a dress comes with a belt I immediately separate it and place it with the rest of my accessories. Rarely do I match a belt with its intended counterpart. But, in a situation like this a matchy-matchy belt can bring things together.

Instead of tying the belt in a bow I made sure it stayed in place by using my grandfather’s tie pin from the 1940’s. Wearing my grandfather’s tie pin is my favorite part of this outfit. I love having it on me.

How do you layer for the fall? Do tell!

It’s Sweater Weather!

Let’s Break Out a Sweater Dress (Finally) 

A sweater dress is such an easy outfit for a cool day.

Fall Fashion - Sweater DressThrow it on, add some earrings, and you are out the door in just a few minutes.

This one was thrifted – I paid less than $4 for it. Plus, a large design calls for simple jewelry.

Here are some sweater dresses on the market right now:

ModCloth Sweater Dress

ModCloth, Warm Cider Dress (isn’t that the best name for a dress ever?) $69.99. Find it here.

Current/Elliott The Easy Sweater Dress - BloomingdalesCurrent/Elliott, The Easy Sweater Dress – $358.00. Find it here.

Sweater Dress - TargetMB Zip Sweater Dress, Target, $32.99. Find it here. 

Ashley Stewart Sweater Dress

Status Print Sweater Dress, Ashley Stewart, $45.17. Find it here.

Shopbop Sweater Dress

Mara Hoffman Sweater Dress, Shopbop, $318. Find it here.



Navy Blue Color Story

A Different Way to Coordinate Navy

Yesterday I talked about transitional outfits. Today the weather was warmer, so I decided to go ahead and get the most out of my summer wardrobe.

I love wearing navy blue – it’s such a classic color. It will always be in style.

My tendency is to match it with white or red. But, today I wanted to go with a brighter shade.

Outfit of the Day - Navy Blue White and PinkShades of pink are a great (and unexpected!) match with navy blue. This coral made me so happy.

Also, I have this adorable necklace that says, “I’ve Always Wanted to Be a Tenenbaum.” Here’s a closer look:

I've Always Wanted to Be a Tenenbaum NecklaceIt’s by Sleepy Mountain on Etsy.

A Wes Anderson reference is always a welcome addition to an outfit.

What are your favorite colors to match with navy? Do tell!

Transitional Outfits: From Summer to Fall

Transitional Seasonal Clothing

The last few weeks of August in DC were brutal. To quote a friend, “It felt like we were living in a dog’s mouth.”

DC was literally built on a swamp, thus each summer we go through a period of time that is equivalent to the 5th ring of Dante’s Inferno.

But, then there comes a day. A day so blissfully welcome that the light breeze becomes a kiss. The humidity falls and we find ourselves in the middle of autumn.

(DC does fall very well.)

I always look for clothes that can transition this period. It can feel cool in the morning and warm by afternoon. Thus, I keep an eye out for dresses like the one below when shopping.

Transitional Season Clothing -Green Bow OutfitIt’s a skater dress with a 3/4 sleeve – which means the ensemble doesn’t get too hot or too cold.

Also, I can easily add stockings and / or a blazer, which translates to easy layering as weather evolves. Items can be stripped mid-day to correspond to my comfort level.

Easy peasy outfit creation and deconstruction.

Two other things:

1. I purchased this dress at a consignment store. I highly recommend consignment shopping – it’s a way to find a myriad of styles in one place.

2. I had to show you this photo outtake –

Green Outfit Outtake

Because this is very representative of my actual personality.

I’m totally willing to admit that I’m a big dork.

What do you wear to transition seasons? Any tips or tricks? Do tell!

China Through the Looking Glass

Exhibit at the Costume Institute

I recently went to NYC to spend time with family. While I was there I saw “China Through the Looking Glass,” at the Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I hadn’t planned on going. It slipped my mind that the exhibit was still up. (Total mistake on my part. How could anyone forget Rihanna’s dress or Beyonce’s grand entrance to the Met Gala?)

It was a perfect NYC day (the weather was gorgeous) and I had no pressing deadlines. A free day is such a luxury, isn’t it? I went on a walk, and that walk led me right in front of the Met. And I thought, “Oh! The Met! Let’s go in there!” Once I entered it dawned on me, “Oh! The Costume Institute!”

Sometimes bumbling into things works in my favor.

I took a number of photos so I could give you a quick look into the exhibit.

My favorite part was this dress by Guo Pei. (Note: The same designer behind Rihanna’s yellow dress.)

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

If anyone ever doubts that fashion can be art I would like to submit this as Exhibit A.

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

Stunning doesn’t begin to describe it.

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute A large portion of the exhibit juxtaposes art forms. A historic object from China is taken and placed next to a modern ensemble. The visitor can see the direct result of Chinese influence on design. It’s clever, and it works.

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

The exhibit changes tone with this section:

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

Mannequins are placed in a bamboo “forest” made of lights. The audience walks around the structure in order to see the clothes.

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

It’s so different in form and concept from other sections. But, it is a welcome surprise.

Other moments –

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute


China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

If you are in NYC I highly recommend going!

Are you planning on seeing China Through the Looking Glass? Do tell!