changement de saisons

Have you ever woken up one morning and not recognized your life? Or perhaps just realized it had been months since you had done something, ANYTHING, for yourself? Or found that something that once defined you has no longer been? I think we all find ourselves at a loss (or just lost) from time to time. Life has ways of distracting us, redirecting us, shifting the focus. But the thing about being passionate about something is that no matter the distraction, or the length of time that we find ourselves off track, we can rest assured that we will find our way back. Sometimes it’s on our own accord, and sometimes it’s with the help of a friend, but it is never by chance. When you are passionate, it is that passion that drives you. Without it we won’t get very far.

We knew it had been a while since we had posted. This summer somehow flew by and our crazy lives got the best of us.. and now we are well into fall and feeling the changes in the air. We have definitely been feeling a bit more motivation these past few weeks. Maybe it’s the transition into quite possibly the best fashion season of all, or for me personally, perhaps the last surge of adrenaline I am getting as I await the arrival of my second child (eta: less than 2 weeks…). Whatever it is, we’ll take it.

These images were shared with us recently by our friends up north in Montreal at Agence KA; an agency representing exclusively Quebecois designers. This is part of the fall-winter 2011/2012 collection of Annie 50. We loved everything about this shoot; the amazing setting on an antique train, the model’s bright red lips and hair, the lighting choice of the photographer, and of course most importantly the color and classic lines of the clothing itself. This line showcases the perfect balance of femininity and masculinity. It’s a sexy, soft, yet bold collection that we just had to share with you all.

Hope you enjoy.

available through Agence KA

check out their blog here

photos courtesy of Agence KA… merci pour l’inspiration;)

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summer’s slipping away…

..and once again we will encounter what is possibly our favorite fashion season of all… FALL.

these are some fall inspired images of a couple of shoots we did with the fantabulous Will Haddad this summer that we wanted to share and somehow never got around to it until now.. enjoy these beauties;)

Hair, Makeup, Styling by FlaxenTawny

Photography by Will Haddad

Feather Jewelry by Oscen Designs

All other Jewelry from Fashionmongers

plus que l’amour…

Let’s face it. There is just something about the French. The french fashion, french kiss, french press, french toast, french fries… all awesome. We american/english seem to have a sweet infatuation with them, sort of a love/hate thing… much more than a weekend fling, it’s that long-term on-again off-again romance that is so far from stable or logical but will never leave you be. So naturally, when one thinks of finding the most romantic place on earth, we are pretty sure that France is going to make it to the top-5 list. I mean, really, what place is more romantic than the south of France??

We stole these gorgeous photos from a friend who recently spent her honeymoon in this fabulously beautiful country. enjoy!

dress: Milly

bag: Michael Kors

hat: Flora Bella

location: St. Paul, France

dress: Karen Millen

headscarf: Oscar de la Renta

sunglasses: H&M

bag: Micheal Kors

shoes: Isaac Mizrahi

location: Antibes, France

dress: Suzanna Monaco

bag: Red Fish Designs

sunglasses: H&M

earrings: Forever 21

location: Monte Carlo, Monaco

romper: L Space

sunglasses: H&M

location: St. Saturnin, France

Il n’y a aucun remede pour l’amour mais pour aimer plus.

-Thoreau

model: Leah Fiedorowicz

all photos taken by her husband: Jason Ward


bastille day, brooklyn style.


                                              

Bastille Day, France

Sunday marked Smith Street’s annual Bastille Day celebration where hundreds flock to the french “quadrant” of the borough of Brooklyn to play petanque and eat and drink in celebration of France’s independence, something that relates to hardly any of us 😉

Irregardless, it was a true “Sunday Funday!” and a blast, filled with interesting people and of course fashion…                         on her: sunglasses by Michael Kors, skort jumper by Top Shop, earrings by a Soho street merchant, ring from Mongo BK

on him: Frenchie by McFrencherstein


Night was a wonderful time in Brooklyn in the 1930’s. Air conditioning was unknown except in movie houses, and so was television. There was nothing to keep one in the house. Furthermore, few people owned automobiles, so there was nothing to carry one away. That left the streets and the stoops. The very fullness served as an inhibition to crime.

Issac Asimov

the art of covering up.

Wooohoo! Summer is here. Time to put away the wool and bring out the linen. When showing off some leg does us all a lil good since we have been hibernating under our tights for 5 months. But wait a minute…a lil leg.

There appears to be a misnomer that women should bare it all to get the attention of male suiters in the summatime. Ok, that’s fine. But there seems to be a contingent of women (and no, not necessarily young) that go balls to the walls and are way too scantily clad, regardless of their body type. I have seen women with bodies to die for whose shorts are just too short to be wearing with a crop top, i.e. above Ashley Greene. I mean, she’s gorgeous, but regardless, short+short=fail. We see women with large breasts, who are putting it all out there in a halter top, with a mini skirt ta boot. Young, pear shaped ladies, sporting body hugging dresses that fall just a wee bit too short.

The point is to stay cool, all while looking savvy. Sure, you can wear your “wife beaters” with a pair of cut off short shorts, but know the appropriate time: at the beach, by the pool, riding your bike, or gardening for the afternoon. I can not speak for everyone, but I don’t wanna see your inner most thigh region at 8:37 am. Where are you going? Work? Hustler Club? We aren’t quite sure, but thought maybe these images could help…

doing shorts and tanks-the RIGHT way

why this works:

we’re getting the laid-back summer-skin-show, without bearing it all.. a light cotton cardigan gives us a delicate curtain to peer through.

why this works:

the shorts are short, but just loose enough, falling at her hips and the cuff gives a cleaner look than a ripped edge.

the tank is perfect on her, loose and yet not frumpy at all. falling at the hip, it creeps up slightly at the belly area to show just enough skin when waving down a cab(or to that cute guy across the street;)

why this works:

as much as we are not fans of EVERYTHING Miley Cyrus does, we do love this look.

she has the beater/black bra down perfectly… by not exposing her chest or midriff, and pairing it with a very loose fitting pair of pale tan linen shorts, she tones down any of the potential ‘stripper’ connotations one might want to make on this look. It says easy-breezy-summer-sexy beautifully.

please note that all of the above are wearing FLAT shoes. never ever be caught in heels and jean shorts above the mid-thigh region, that is unless you do in-fact work at the hustler club.

wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.

And for the boys…

Recently, I have been diagnosed with sciatic nerve pain (thank the G-man that it wasn’t a blood clot my hypochondriac mind led me to believe it was). Basically this means I got me a bum leg that I can barely walk on. MRI’s and physical therapy aside, what the hell am I supposed to do on a day to day basis living in NYC and using my stems to walk everywhere?

Well, summertime is here and regular old flips flops for the commute were totally not cutting it. Did a lil’ research and found myself at the Walking Store. Shop Zealand (exclusively sold at the Walking Store) for both foot and leg pain issues. I mean they could be cuter, but this is a matter of life or death. I’d prefer to live while looking semi-cuteskis. 😉

what NOT to wear: Smith Street Fair

Aside from a bunch of drunkards, and perhaps druggers, the Smith Street fair was quite the delight. It’s always nice to enjoy a day in the neighborhood while meshing with all of the other cultures Brooklyn has to offer in people, food, clothing, drink, and music. But what I took away from it was this; the MC Hammer/Jammer pants look is dunzo (never really began for me, but whatevs).

Unfortunately, some adults do needs diapers, but I got a hunch milady on the left need not. As far as her comrade goes, there’s a reason linen pants are so difficult to keep from wrinkling, especially when wedged between two cheeks 😉

Fashion as King is sometimes a very stupid ruler

E.T. Bell

industry is a better horse to ride than genius: long island city edition

Shirt - Nordstrom, Skirt- Zara, Linen Satchel- Callalilai (BK), Sandals- ASH (purchased at Lord & Taylor), Ring- Maleeka (BK)


Ok. So you work in a scary industrial area where your competition for “best dressed” is the rastafarian pot smoker you see on your daily trip to seven eleven to scoop your slurpee. But you still want to feel good and put on some clothing that will make your day a little less mechanized…and your new favorite ring.

Shop Maleeka on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn for all One of a Kind crafted pieces

Beat em. Don’t ever join em. 😉