Saturday, April 25, 2015

April Obsession - Slide Sandals


Maybe we are a little obsessed sometimes.  (For example, I just figured out, with a little Buzzfeed help and $5, how to make GIFs.  Watch out!)
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Well, the current obsession is the slide sandal.  They are everywhere, and as one friend concluded: "They are nice way to update your summer wardrobe."  A sentence like that can totally push me into a purchase.

But which one?!  I've ordered 2 pairs (one more on the way) but haven't yet found the right one for me.  But maybe some of these are right for you!

I started with Ancient Greek Sandals because I had read in either Vogue or InStyle or Marie Claire (etc.) that this brand was hot.  Enough said.  So, I ordered these babies to start:
Images from net-a-porter.com.
However much I loved them in the photos, they didn't do a lot for my feet.
Images from Jennifer Houston.
The last ones looked like slippers.  Not what I'm looking for.

I'm waiting for these See by Chloe sandals to be delivered.  Will the smaller amount of leather in the front make a difference?  Will the thick sole?  I hope so. 
Image from shop.nordstrom.com.
In the meantime, check out slides next time you are shopping, either online or in store.  For now, contemplate this selection below.  I will too!  Let us know what you find! ~ JH
W2WW: Slide Sandals

Sunday, April 12, 2015

...you are attending an engagement party at the Yale Club.

A reader writes: "Just got invited to an old friend's engagement party at the Yale Club in NYC (in May). Black cocktail dress seems so easy, but as a conservative, dare I think outside the box?"

Yes!  And we'd love to help you.

First, the venue.  The Yale Club is no longer a stuffy old men's club.
Image from yaleclubnyc.org.
It has come miles from its founding over 100 years ago.  With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, the Yale Club of NYC is rocking its dignified neoclassical design in 22 stories of guest rooms, ballrooms, restaurants and modern service and amenities.
Image from yaleclubnyc.org.
So, we're working with understated elegance.  Timeless design.  Not stuffy.  Got it.

Let's start with this lovely Kay Unger embroidered jacquard dress with pleated skirt.  It's beautifully fitted and our reader would make an elegant entrance to the party.
Image from neimanmarcus.com.
Next up - Teri Jon's gorgeous one-shoulder sheath dress with jewel neckline.  The asymmetric overlay creates a flattering silhouette.  Cap sleeve on the right shoulder with a lovely drape over the left.  Can't you just see our reader tittering over cocktails at the bar overlooking Grand Central Station?
Image from neimanmarcus.com.
I'm not a big fan of patterns, however, I do love texture to create interest when I'm wearing solids.  This Adrianna Papell sheath in orange has a classic fit, but the flowered overlay adds some fun.  It maybe a little too casual/day dress for this event.  
Image from nordstrom.com.
What about this Alex Evening sheath dress?  Blue is my new black these days.  It's much less severe than black and just as elegant.  All you need are diamond studs, a big cocktail ring, silver heels and a killer clutch.  Done and done!
Image from nordstrom.com.
Lace is a popular look again this year and the royal color is stunning on this Adrianna Papell dress.  Add some sparkly earrings, a complementary bracelet and nude sandals.  And red lips!  The model rocks it with red lips.  Red lips would be totally acceptable at the Yale Club.
Image from nordstrom.com.
Reader, we hope you are inspired; send us some pictures! ~ LB

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to cuff your jeans.

Should be simple, no?  I balked when I saw this, but in fact, I had been rolling but not tugging.  Gasp!  No matter what kind of denim you're sporting, here's the skinny on getting the perfect roll (thank you Madewell!):
Image from blog.madewell.com.
"1.  Start with gently wrinkled denim, which holds its shape better than an ironed-flat pair.  (It's the same idea as unwashed, next-day hair being better at holding a curl.)
2.  Depending on how much skin you'd like to show, fold the jeans up once, approximately two inches.  Make sure this cuff is a bit larger than your ideal final roll - the extra fabric keeps the look loose, rather than starched and precise (a la Happy Days).
3.  For your last and final move, gently roll the jeans another time and-attention, please - lightly tug the cuff downward.  This creates an anchor effect so that the jeans hang stylishly straight.  Done and done." (From blog.madewell.com)

A dark jean and pumps are killer paired with a loose blouse and structured blazer.
Image from makeupandbeauty.com.
SJP rocks the skinny with flats and a big coat.
Image from posh24.com.
I am really into ripped jeans right now (and you should be too) and scored a great pair of Joe's Jeans on a recent trip to FL that remind me of a pair I had in college.  For a while there, my nickname was "Holes" because of my beloved Levis.  
Image from joesjeans.com.
In 2015, I'll wear a big ol' white shirt like this one from Ines de la Fressange (on promo right now for $19.90!), a scarf and layered bracelets, either with flats or canvas sneakers.

Last week, while Jen was in Tokyo, she spied the rolled look on the streets with pumps and white jeans (and white jeans were EVERYWHERE).
Image from Jennifer Houston.
Enjoy rolling your jeans!  Don't forget to try ripped jeans! ~ LB

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

...it's Spring 2015: Florals

Yes, kind of obvious, spring, flowers.  You get it.  But this spring, there are SO many florals to be worn in SO many different ways.  Shoes, dresses, t-shirts, clutches, scarves, lions and tigers and bears oh my!  

Clearly I'm tired of my neutral palette and feeling the need for color (or could it be the 4' snow drifts out my back door?!).  BUT - what I realized last year with these shoes...
Image from barneys.com.
...is that my neutral wardrobe can be completely updated with a floral piece!  A couple of things with florals...
  • Get one or 2 key pieces.  I have those shoes and I purchased a dress for Easter that's a floral pattern.  I think that's enough.  Well, maybe a scarf?  
  • Floral doesn't have to mean "prissy".  Those Givenchy black floral pumps in the Polyvore set below are killer - imagine them with black jeans, black blazer with white t-shirt under?  HOT.
  • If you end up with a floral dress or another piece that has a large amount of floral, minimize everything else.  I'm wearing my barely-there sandals on Easter to go with the floral dress I purchased (not unlike that Ted Baker dress below).  Make all other items neutral - jewelry, shoes, purse.  
  • A floral scarf can cheer up any neutral outfit!
  • An understated floral top can be a nod to the trend if you don't want to jump into the deep end (with an all-over print dress).  And if you don't want to scream floral, pair with a neutral blazer for a little edge or structure or a cardigan.  Both let the floral 'peek' out.
Play with these items next time you find yourself at the mall!  Think spring! ~ JH

W2WW Spring 2015: Florals

Monday, March 2, 2015

...it's Spring 2015: Fringe

A big trend this spring that I want to integrate into the repertoire is fringe.  The tassel has been big for a few seasons and now we've morphed to a full-on fringe binge.  From shoes to earrings, it's easy to add some swing to your look.  Here's some rules of thumb:
  • Pick one.  Not two.  Stick to one key piece.
  • Think of fringe like a pop of color.  It’s got great movement and will draw the eye to it so when you pick a piece, know it will get attention.  If you don’t like your feet, don’t get fringe sandals.
  • No fringe dresses - too 1920s. A vest or jacket over a very neutral palette will work so much better.
  • Get leather.  Faux fringe on a bag will not fall well and it will look cheap.  Keep it real.
Have fun with fringe! ~ LB
W2WW Fringe


Saturday, February 28, 2015

...it's Spring 2015: Pink

Lisa and I had a first, great shop this spring on Thursday with the one-and-only Loren Munro at Bloomingdales.  Maybe because we're sick and tired of the snow, winter sweaters and winter boots, but one thing stood out to us:  pink.  Theory had some great blush/tan/pink items, Ted Baker had some lovely pink and floral pieces, and Vince had some yummy pink cashmere.  Even I, the queen of neutral, got in on the act.  A Vince sweater with a MaxMara scarf and a Ted Baker t-shirt - all in pink.  What is the world coming to?!

Lisa has been known to dabble in pink, so she had no trouble jumping into the pool.  Next time you are out, gravitate towards a springy pink.  See some of our favorites below. ~ JH


W2WW Pretty in Pink

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

W2WW News Flash - Head to T.J.Maxx - New Designer Arrivals in store now

There may be 89” of snow on the ground here in Boston, but I’m thinking spring!  

With yet another blizzard on tap for the weekend, it was time for another day of snow forts, hot cocoa, movies and Legos.  So my hub and I loaded the kids in the car to Toys R Us for a Lego shopping spree.   Shopping for clothing YES!  For Legos, not so much.  Oh look!  It’s a T.J.Maxx next to Toys R Us.  Drop me off people.  

I bee-lined straight to the Runway Section.  If you’re not familiar, Runway is separate section in the store that has designer clothing at 1/3 of the original price.  Usually it’s one season behind or sometimes, current season.   

It was eerily quiet (as most sane people were already home and hunkered down).  Just me and racks and racks of New Designer Arrivals.  Hello Vince and Helmut!  My dear, dear friends, Rag and Bone, and Theory.  DVF, Missoni, Tory Burch, Moschino.  Clothing! Shoes! Purses!




Images from Lisa Bida.
 I spy with my little eye some Valentino and Chloe with a sale tag on it….
Image from Lisa Bida.
Time was limited so I need to work fast!  Here are some of my favorite finds.  I’m a sucker for navy and white stripes, as you know, and this Tory Burch dress is a cute find. $99.
Image from Lisa Bida.
Rag and Bone Prairie Shirtdress in black and white.  Gorgeous skirt dress from Rag and Bone.  $199.  Originally $495.  No white in my size. :-( Adore!
Image from dreamofadress.com.
This Gucci Bag is crazy amazing.  Love everything about it.
Image from Lisa Bida.
Vince Double V neck white linen sweater, $99 (originally $225).  Wear it with faded or white jeans, sandals or heels.  Done!
Image from bloomingdales.com.
Helmut Lang, black and white silk front tank, black jersey back.  $99.  Very cute transition top that can be worn under a blazer to work or black sweater for a more casual look.
Image from bloomingdales.com.
In the hopes that someday summer will come, I tried on this red La Blanca swim suit to cheer me up.  $30, originally $115.
Image from bloomingdales.com.
If you’re in the Northeast, grab the shovel and dig yourself a path to TJMaxx.  There’s some deals to be had! ~ LB