For a long time now, I've been meaning to write a post on minimalism, and all the things- both inadvertent and deliberate - I've purchased in the quest for. The list is long, if we're being honest, and includes everything from a leather-sleeved Helmut Lang blazer to a pair of Manolo Blahnik BB pumps. That's the dirty little secret of internet-driven minimalism, you see - it's often about replacing every necessary/loved item in your wardrobe with the ultimate version of. After a season or two, I've come the conclusion that while my wardrobe could be considered nearly "complete" - true minimalism isn't for me, and never will be. As a New Yorker, an Italian and a Leo, excess is just part of who I am. Still, I'm tightening up my list this fall and these are the adds I've got on my list:
- Jack Vartanian Universe Emerald Ear Pin (above, $1800) is the most glorious shade of green. After seasons of focusing on wrist or ring stacks, I'm all about ear cuffs, jackets and pins these days.
- Artizia has a knack for creating a couple of items every season that I unequivocally need. This season, it's the silk crepe de chine + lace Wilfred Desaix Blouse ($70)
- For some reason, Club Monaco rarely fits me well, but I've still got my eye on the Doris Lace Top (149.50). The cutout lace insets remind me of wings.
- A pair of Isabel Marant clogs were my most worn shoe of the summer, so I'm thinking it makes sense to pick up a more seasonally appropriate pair for fall, e.g. this peep toe platform ankle strap (could we have more descriptors here, please?) from No. 6 ($305).
- And lastly, though I've no occasion to wear it at the moment, I could live with having this Solace London High Neck mini dress ($161.87) sitting in my closet. All the more motivation for morning Bar Method classes!
I'm pretty committed to intense lip color and I have the makeup bag and desk drawer to prove it. And while I generally lean towards long-wear matte formulas, even those require refresh after several hours and a meal or two. But removing bold colors has always required a bit of elbow grease - scrubbing that leaves lingering color residue and lips feeling irritated. Until now, that is - BITE's new Lush Lip Wipes ($12 for 10) remove any hint of lingering color in an easy swipe and leave lips feeling hydrated and primed for a fresh application of color. I keep a single use packet or two tucked in my makeup bag at all times - after all, a girl can never be too prepared.
I finally visited the Rent the Runway showroom in West SoHo this past week (a Flatiron store recently opened as well), as my friend Lisa tried on dress after glorious dress - Alberta Ferreti, Marchesa Voyage, Red Valentino! - for a series of work events. So, when an invitation for next week's semi-annual sample sale landed in my inbox, my calendar was promptly marked. While past events suggest that many of the dresses at the sample sale will show damage from wear, there will certainly be some diamonds in the rough. I'll be there, stocking up for party season - will you?
Avery En Pointe Ballet in Sugar Plum
To file under, "Wow, Another," Cole Haan today, to coincide with the New York City Ballet Fall Gala, announced a multiyear partnership with three ballerinas from the org. Debuting on October 1 will be the Avery Ballet Studio Collection, two new styles of a classic Cole Haan flat: the Avery En Pointe Ballet and the Avery Printed Tutu Ballet.
What's so very special about the collection are the discreet design nuances inspired by the stage. Principal dancers Sara Mearns and Megan Fairchild, along with Corps de Ballet dancer Gretchen Smith, consulted with the design team and it shows down to the details, including suede toecaps on the Printed Tutu Ballet style, and a glorious laced grosgrain pattern on the Pointe Ballet, reminiscient of the ribbons on pointe shoes.
Shop the collection on October 1 at ColeHaan.com.
L to R: Nocturne, Pastiche, Heirloom, Melange, Farrago
One of the things I love about JINSoon's collections is how tight and directional they feel. The fall launch, created in collaboration with downtown designer Tess Giberson, is no exception to this rule.
The neat capsule of 5 nail lacquers - some metallic and some with fine specks of sparkles - were born backstage at New York Fashion Week last season. And while fall's JUST arrived (quite literally today) I've already dabbled in what I'd consider the star of the bunch - Heirloom, an incomparable shimmering teal. Like all JINSoon lacquers, it wears formidably.
Pick up the collection at JINSoon.com or at select SpaceNK and Sephora locations.