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I love a multi-functional piece, and don't understand why more designers do not include detachable elements - a pop-out liner is something I first saw in snowboarding jackets, and it makes so much sense!

For when it is chilly outside - this jacket is prepared, with a fur lined hood, (sorry it isn't very visible in this photo), faux-shearling liner, and field jacket shell. 

Bill Cunningham

I was saddened to read about the passing of Bill Cunningham. I never met him, but I did spend a morning wandering around midtown, when I lived in New York, seeing if I could find him and then casually walk by as many times as necessary to end up in one of the, On the Street, videos.

What I find admirable about Bill Cunningham was his devotion to fashion and fashion photograph - a commitment that, frankly, I don't think is easily rivaled. When I first saw the documentary on him (currently available to stream with Amazon Prime, and a must-watch if you haven't seen it) the first thing I thought of was medieval monks, painstakingly hand-copying manuscripts onto vellum. It doesn't seem too absurd to compare it to Bill Cunningham out on his bike, every day, snapping, viewing, and cataloging hundreds of photos. He had almost a monk-like devotion to what seemed to bring him joy, and while I understand everyone can't devote that much time to their passion, I think his work ethic was admirable nonetheless.
I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite themes of his:

1. Blizzards
I could watch videos of people in business clothes jumping over dirty snow slush for days. Bill Cunningham was not afraid to go out and shoot in the elements, and I think he did a good job of capturing the slog in a New York winter.

2. Civilians
What I mean by, civilians, is that a repeating theme of these videos is his belief that celebrities aren't really who we should look to for fashion inspiration, and that he is most interested in people who actually spend their own money on their clothes, and don't just get them for free, to see what they are interested it and how they are creating and embracing trends. 

3. Annual Events
There are some events that he seemed to photograph annually - the NYC Marathon, the Easter parade, and the hanging of the nasturtium vines at the Isabella Stewart Gardner.

4. Fashion Week
Some of the best videos, IMHO, come from his coverage of fashion week - in NYC, Paris, and Milan, to name a few. I remember watching these years ago, and it was the first time I'd ever seen photos of Paris fashion week. He picks the most interesting dressers and I love watching these.

Outfit Roundup - Wear to Work

Last week, I test-drove two pretty trendy looks in the office: crop tops and over-sized cardigans.

First up, the crop top. This particular one is Elizabeth and James (this available here), and has shiny metallic embellishments. I paired it with a high-waisted skirt, and layered a tank underneath, so even when raising my arms to put on a sweater (like so), there was no risk that some of my skin would peak out.
Upper abdomen is not really business casual, no matter how you slice it. 

All Business

Being dressed up does not mean being boring. Last year, there was a rash of chic blazers lined on the bottom with ostrich feathers. As they were almost always sold out, and over $500, it seemed unlikely that one would come into my possession. However, with a little help from the internet, I ended up making my own, which I now drape over my shoulders when I want to bring the drama.
The drama has been brought-en. 

Light Reading + Glossier Review

For your perusal:

1. In case you missed it, Can America Build its own LVMH? (New York Times)
2. Have you tried Rent the Runway Unlimited? This article on renting clothes is sort of an add for that product but did get me thinking about it (Retail Dive)
3. GoFugYourself has great coverage of everything worn at this year's Tony Awards (GoFugYourself)
4. Lastly, something I've been thinking about for a while, so I'm glad someone did a deep dive into, Have We Reached Peak Bodysuit? (Racked)

Review of Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask
I feel like there has been a lot of buzz about Glossier and I finally gave in and tried them out, recently buying their Moisturizing Moon Mask. Glossier was founded by Emily Weiss, and I believe it started as a beauty blog/website (Into the Gloss) before more recently launching their own skincare and makeup line. Here is a great interview with Racked, if you want to know more.

I've been using this for a month or two, and was waiting to review until I used it a few times and could see if it caused my skin to break-out. It did not, and is a great mask moisturizer. The formula is thick and you can really feel it settle onto your skin. The instructions tell you to apply a thin mask and then wait 20 minutes before washing it off. I also appreciate it has a light smell, as generally I don't like fragrances in my skin care products.
Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

Everlane Review: Ryan Tank Dress

I wanted to do a quick review of this great Everlane summer dress. It has a bit of a Grecian vibe to it, and comes in two colors: Heather Grey, (the color below) and Sand. It is 100% rayon and feels more substantial than a jersey knit, which can be pretty unforgiving, but is still really soft and has a lot of movement when you walk. It says hand-wash only but I machine washed it and hung it up to dry and it seems to have survived.
This dress is currently "Choose What you Pay", so you can get it for up to 30% off, here.

Shoes - Paul Green

Phone a Friend

Fashion is great because you can enjoy it on your own, or share it with other people. Sometimes I go on autopilot when getting dressed for work, and one of the ways I snap out of it is to see what my friends are wearing and become inspired by (aka steal) their style.

Today, I am welcoming the lovely Jess, to show her take on a printed work outfit. 

"It finally has gotten warm and spring-like, so I can break out my spring and summer wardrobe from my closet. I'm wearing a retro-feeling synthetic, sleeveless shirt dress from Ann Taylor in a fun print with a tie belt. While I could wear no sleeves at my office, I prefer not to, and the AC gets cold, so I'm wearing my Boden cashmere classic crew-neck  cardigan (in red-orange). My shoes are Tieks in California Navy- I take the metro to work and walk to the metro so I rarely wear heels and comfortable shoes are a must. My ceramic watch is Bungi and my bracelet and necklace are Stella and Dot."

My printed work outfit is below. My office is really cold during the day, and so tights and a blazer are almost a given. Even though this is a busy print, I layered on the multi-strand necklace in order to add some sparkle. Jess's photo reminds me I should wear more jewelry...
Blazer: Theory
Dress: Michael Kors

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