THOM BROWNE WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY MIND

"Borrowing from the boys" was a phrase I heard countless times when I was working at Anthropologie. It always kind of irked me though...because I don't want to borrow anything from a random boy. I want that $hiT to be my own. it's 2016. With our nation's first woman presidential nominee standing proudly at the podium, she is constantly criticized (among plenty of other irrelevant topics) for her choice of dress (or literal lack thereof): a lapel-less, brightly colored pantsuit. Gif after gif, meme after meme, Clinton flaunts her matching pieces unapologetically, and rightfully so. She's got other issues to focus on, and I'm sure her wardrobe is something she prefers to be streamlined and minimal. It is one less decision she has to make that day. I commend not only her veracity to sport a uniform capsule wardrobe, but her 'no f*cks' given attitude about the entire topic in general. Menswear as womenswear is more vital now than ever before. Not only does it show equality between genders, but ownership, leadership and effortless class. 

Thom Browne took all of that to the next level with his SS17 womenswear debut at NYFW. Two striking lines were established, one flirting with the playful Trump i mean trompe l'oeil, and the other, deconstructed school girl uniforms that force me to recall middle school Spanish class. His use of color, lines and of course sequins make my head spin. He's doing it so so right, and with the simplest of silhouettes. Two for you Thom Browne, you go Thom Browne! 

Hey now, hey now, this is what dreams are made of. (Technically FW16 but WHO CARES)

Hey now, hey now, this is what dreams are made of. (Technically FW16 but WHO CARES)

Dog purses FTW

Dog purses FTW

FW16 deets

FW16 deets

And then there is this masterpiece. Everything is perfect and nothing hurt. Tavi Gevinson straight up murdering the day in this head to toe Thom ensemble. If I had the resources I would dress in this everyday. Every. Day.

And then there is this masterpiece. Everything is perfect and nothing hurt. Tavi Gevinson straight up murdering the day in this head to toe Thom ensemble. If I had the resources I would dress in this everyday. Every. Day.

Statue of Liberty meets Wall Street? I would get married in this masterpiece. Complete with sequined dog head veil.

Statue of Liberty meets Wall Street? I would get married in this masterpiece. Complete with sequined dog head veil.

  

It's just so perfect. Different shoes. I'm dead.

It's just so perfect. Different shoes. I'm dead.

What is real and what isnt?! Am I in the Upside Down!?

What is real and what isnt?! Am I in the Upside Down!?

Marge Simpson goes to a business meeting?

Marge Simpson goes to a business meeting?

I just can't stress how much this collection resonates with me on so many different levels. Growing up in Louisiana uniforms were required in public school all the way through high school. I always slightly resented clothing being forced upon me, but soon my 16yr old self reveled in the fact that I could wake up 20 mins later and throw on the exact same outfit I wore yesterday and no one would be the wiser. I rebelled by cutting my garish green pullover sweatshirt down the middle and creating a cardigan, an item of clothing I still have today. Thom just gets me. Suiting is all about the details, and he turns those traditional elements on their head, throws some sequins on there and somehow makes a wetsuit fashionable. We are not worthy. Thom Browne RULEZ.

xoxo

LizRlz 

S T . V A L E N T I N E

It should be, by this point in my life, no surprise that Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. Don't get me wrong, Arbor Day is pretty cool too, but lerd help me if I don't love pink and red and chocolate and champagne and hearts and friends and lovers and pink and fluffies and tulle and pearls and candy flowers and fake flowers and fondue and...you get the idea. I adore the idea of spreading love and happiness and showing appreciation for those you care for, significant other present or not. 

This V-day, Georgiy and I are escaping to DC--one of my favorite places--to check out the Renwick gallery I've been dying to see. In preparation for my fave fake holiday, I needed to get my outfit details in check. BUT OH WAIT. I CAN'T WEAR ANYTHING ADORABLE AND SKIMPY AT ALL BECAUSE IT WILL BE A WHOPPING 7 DEGREES IN DC. COOL MOTHER NATURE. REAL COOL. LITERALLY. 

So thank goodness I styled this Valentine's date look with the lovely Jenny Wolf of Janpim Wolf Photography. If I can't wear it in real life (yet!) then it might as well be in pretend blog land, right? Right. This look is perfect for date night with the SO, drinks with the Galentines, gallery hoppin, or champagne drankin by yourself with your cat while you watch 30 Rock. Here she blows:

Don't be afraid to mix hues that are close in color...People always shy away from hues that are similar or one shade off, but I think it looks smart and makes you look like you know what you're doing. And yes, I do mix black and navy. These pinks and purples are just close enough to work together seamlessly.

This lilac NastyGal romper screamed my name in our last trip to Santa Monica. I'm a sucker for anything in this shade of purple, with a flutter sleeve, and a sweetheart neckline that makes my left boob look real good. ;) It was a perfect storm, really. And combine that with a gangster tulle skirt from Net-A-Porter, you get a tsunami of cute.

I picked up this ridiculous pearl studded dress coat at my fave Buffalo Exchange on Magazine in NOLA. I tried it on one day, then decided against it. Then went back the next, and it was still there in all its pearl studded glory, and I decided yea, I need that. I'm so sorry I ever doubted you, crazy pearl coat with a fluffy skirt thing attached to it. I call it my, "I Don't Get Carded While Wearing It" coat. Mostly because I think it makes me look like a well to-do Spanish Editor from Barcelona. Ole!  

Hope all you kittens had a wonderful day. Only 363 days left till next year!! <3<3<3

Thanks to Janpim Wolf Photography for the lovely pics. 

www.janpimwolfphotography.com