Tuesday, May 27, 2014

trend, trendy, or classic? boyfriend jeans

Recently Who What Wear featured "The Best Boyfriend Jeans for Summer" with the additional tag of ("Yes, They're Still Cool").  I love, love, love, my boyfriend jeans, hell, I wish I had a "boyfriend" to go with them, but I digress.  I was however unaware that boyfriend jeans were about to be placed on the Fashion Trend Endangered List, but luckily they missed that bullet. 
This sudden shock to my fashion system got me thinking about trends.
Trend, in fashion, is defined as a fad, current style, but in all actuality, these current styles were current once, twice, etc., before.  While yes there are some current fashion trends that I consider a fad and can't wait for them to go on the FTEL, ie. "ugly shoes", yes shoes that are intended to be ugly, Birkenstock's.  Trends are born on the runway (and some need to stay on the runway), then they trickle down to us mortals.  Nine out of 10 current fashion trends featured on Glamour, to my knowledge, have been around season after season, so aren't trends just good fashion, classics even?  If I happen to like a "trend", I will buy it and, gasp, wear it again (as long as I still have the physique to pull it off) even when it is no longer considered "in fashion", it's all in how you present it the second time around that keeps it fashionable.
I think trendy is a better word for a short lived (hopefully short lived) fad. Jeans, boyfriend or otherwise are not trendy, unless they have so much bling on the butt that it's hard to stand upright after sitting down.  And maybe the destroyed jean is a bit on the faddish side, but distressed will live forever, in my world at least.  I bought my first pair of boyfriend jeans in 2005, before they were even called boyfriend jeans, $50 Levi's with a 3" cuff and some slight distressing, similar to the $250 Phoebe Jeans from MIH.  My second pair were $20 from Old Navy in 2006, again they were not considered boyfriend jeans, just awesome!  I do have skinny jeans, but my definite go to for style and comfort are a pair of boyfriends.  I think they are uber sexy because they hang and we are our most sexy when we are comfortable, confident, and cool. 

Denim jeans or dungarees, were first invented in 1873 by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss.  The three most historic brands were Levi, Lee, and Wrangler.  It's funny, these brands were all sooooo different.  You were either a Levi person or a Wrangler person, never both.  My family was a Levi family.  Jeans weren't really considered fashionably cool (sorry Coco) until the 50's, until then they were worn for work.
Below are a few photos of the original Hollywood babes in denim; cropped, straight leg and boyfriend styles, including my fave fashion icon Brigitte Bardot.  While the waists are a smidge higher than I find comfortable, they are a true testament to the staying power of a classic.



circa 1952

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

love it, live it: contempo glam dining room

I was first inspired by last week's colorful home from House Beautiful.  Then I was inspired by a couple of snazzy chairs from 1st Dibs. 
This is my contribution to the cool and colorful dining room category.  A little contempo.  A little glam.  A lot of squeal-appeal!
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Monday, May 19, 2014

love it, live it: item inspired style board, pink contempo glam dining room

I was inspired by these little gems from 1st Dibs to create a dining room...since these chairs are a bit at the high end, I found a lovely, and more affordable alternative.   
Pink Contempo Glam Dining Room Style Board coming Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

interior goodness: house beautiful march 2014, when blue doesn't = "the blues"

Our spring here in Colorado has been interrupted by winter, I went from
sunscreen and sandals to a puffer and Wellies...so this lovely Manhattan apartment created by Amanda Nisbet was a very welcome distraction.
The style is transitional with a melding of traditional and contemporary,
but the color story is the definite star.

Great unexpected kitchen lighting.

I could spend all day in this powder room.
Love the glossy ceiling.
A frame of instant happiness.

Monday, May 5, 2014

diy: floral heels

I have been seriously wanting a pair of  heels to go with a pair of pink pants I purchased this spring.  White heels would work, but I have a "thing" about white shoes in the non-sneaker category, so a floral pair would be perfect.  Steve Madden has two pair in the same fabulous floral pattern, Madasyn and Stecy.  I actually found the Madasyn at DSW for a great price and owned them for 5 minutes...the 7.5 was just too big and when I got around to ordering another pair they were not available.  So that leaves us with the Stecy, but do to the fact that I wanted the shoes for an inexpensive pair of pants, I just couldn't rationalize paying $90 for floral shoes. 
So white heels it would have to be. 
I did happen to upon a pair of inexpensive, minimal, white sandals that would work, but as odd as this sounds, they weren't "white" enough.  I thought about painting the heel for a color block look or covering them with fabric...I found a great tutorial on love maegan to get me started and let me just say I am squealishly happy with my new floral heels!
the inspiration, Steve Madden Stecy $90
JCP Cosmopolitan heel $20

the supplies, from JoAnn's (Red Stripe from my fridge)

 the assistant
the floral heels

the floral heels with "the pants"