Black and White Series: Part 2

Black and White looks can make a splash with minimal effort, just add some imagination.

Look 2: Rooftop Pajamas

So the pajama trend is in full force, and my approach is:

Wear pajamas.

I love being comfortable and I happened to have really cute pajamas so I fail to see the point of purchasing pieces that look like pajamas when I can just cleverly style my own. Case in point, my lovely sheer robe from Adore Me, doubles nicely as a kimono/wrap dress  and is so light and comfortable. The black lace sleeve detail paired perefectly with plaid crop trousers creates a head to toe pajama look that is still appropriate for running errands, attending brunch or lounging on a rooftop with your dog. The black and white plaid give the look structure and elevate a trendy look.

You know that feeling when you’re not sure a look is going to work? I get that feeling all the time, a sort  of happy anxiety. I definitely like to experiment with my wardrobe, however when I do … I find that I’ll do a playful silhouette ( like a robe with detailed sleeves) in a neutral color … like black or white. I will actually test out most trends in black or white first, and this blog is proof. From silk joggers to cheeky graphic tees- all b & w. Not sure if a part of me likes to play it safe or keep something about a look timeless, but with this look, my habit worked. I was able to incorporate the pajama trend, classic black and white, and comfort in one effortless look!

I added a pop of color with a mustard head scarf and my adorable pup for a bit of fun!

Keep dressing fun and exciting birds,

xx

J

 

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Black and White Series: Part 1

Look #1 : Audrey goes Punk

Once upon time, TFC started out as a blog about a bird (me)  that stood out in her sub-tropical, pastel colored backdrop (Miami) by wearing – almost exclusively- black and white. Times have changed, as has my location and personal style. Being the contrarian that I am, I now rebel by wearing color in my concrete jungle. It’s my nature to stand out after all. However, my heart beats a bit faster for anything black and white. The simplicity, the timelessness of it- the way it sends a bold message without being loud are all too much to just forget about. This 3 part series is all about making a strong statement with with black and white staples that may already be in your closet.

Audrey Hepburn and rock star edginess are two imperative parts of my style DNA, and have been for a long time. I love the classics: crisp white button downs, big black sunglasses and pearls. Are all indispensable staples in my wardrobe. My other side however, can LIVE in black tulle or lace with chunky chain linked jewelry, and I often do. So what do I do when both sides are calling my name?

Wear it all at once.

These 4 staples helped  achieve this cool look in minutes. Here’s what I did with what I had:

The Button Down: White, Wrinkle Free and $29 bucks at Uniqlo. I wear it for work and play and I probably should have at least 3 for when one gets dirty.

The Tulle Skirt: Black and slightly above the knee, I wear this skirt more than any denim I own. It adds a bad ass element to any top and I feel glamorous in it with out feeling uber girly. It is by far one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe and it was $20 at Forever 21 like 5 years ago, shop a similar one here.

The Pearls: You may have not guessed that this edgy bird owns a pearl suite ( earrings, strand and bracelet), but she does! I have had it for over a decade and wear it to death. No I’m not the usual, preppy pearl wearing gal, but pairing pearl studs with trendy statement dress  or layering a strand of pearls with chunky costume jewelry never gets old for me. It’s a nod to vintage style and an unexpected classy touch. Pearls ( like diamonds) are the little black dress of a jewelry box and can often be found found at accessible prices (like here) , not mention ANYTHING adorn with pearls is the hottest trend right now, so you may as well adorn yourself with them!

The Sunglasses:  Nothing says “fabulous” quiet like large, black sunglasses. They often make me look like some sort of insect, but I’m okay with that. I own about 30 pairs of sunglasses – #floridagirlprobs – and I wear these the most, because it’s the easiest way to elevate any look.  Rounded, with wide stems are my favorite, these are from Wyeth and are incredible.

 

I’m sure you aren’t surprised to find out that all of the elements of this look are older pieces.  It’s all about creating looks you love with the pieces you love, and most of the pieces happen to be black and white!

Stay tuned for Look #2 very soon,

XX

J

 

 

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Live to Inspire with Boy Meets Girl

Many years ago in 2010, what seems like 4 lives ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a kind and talented soul by the name of Stacy Igel.

She is the creative director behind the young contemporary brand: Boy Meets Girl. We met at my old job, SOHO House NY, where I was chosen to be a part of a shoot featuring her and the brand for Elle magazine. Stacy dressed the entire female service staff with adorable dresses that were as airy and comfortable as they were chic. Needless to say, that dress was one of the best things I’ve worn at any job to date. I instantly became a Boy Meets Girl fan, and dove head first into the collection. Stacy’s pieces were made to be worn and loved, and it was clear that she didn’t make anything she wouldn’t wear herself.

Fast forward to today, still wearing and loving my Boy Meets Girl pieces, it gives so much joy to see the evolution of this brand and the woman behind it.  Boy Meets Girl is effortless, always relevant, and always comfortable. It’s the kind of fashion that takes a positive stand on important causes including anti-bullying, immigration and gay rights. It celebrates living a life of style and purpose. It’s born and bred in New York but likes to travel, as you can find BMG from Paris to Finland.

It’s hard to believe that such a youthful brand has been around since 2001, and can boast being in retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom,  Colette in Paris( to name a few) and has most recently launched in Macy’s! To celebrate the launch this month, I partnered with Boy Meets Girl to be a part of their ‘Live to Inspire’ campaign where I took their track suit for a spin together with fellow NYC blogger, Reza Cristian. I had a blast styling it in less transitional ways by breaking up the set and dressing the individual pieces up a bit. Reza is sporting her hoodie over a cropped tee and denim skirt- perfect for day or night in NYC. As for my look, you all know I LOVE to be comfortable, and stylishly wearing sweatpants on a night out is the epitome of comfort!

In addition to the fun shoot, I was asked a few questions by the brand that I was humbled to answer. Please see below:

What (or who) inspires you?

Anyone who has the audacity to stand for change – whether it’s personally, in their community or the world.

What do you love about the state you live in? 

New York City. All of it. Give me the crazy, non stop sights, sounds, people, energy…everything. I adore it all. It is my first love.

Causes you advocate for? 

There are many causes I believe in, but one that is close to my heart is marriage equality. Why should anyone prevent two people in love from making their union legal? I have NEVER understood that, the world needs more love, not less of it.

Are you excited for our Macy’s launch? Do you shop at Macy’s?

I’ve shopped at Macy’s since I was a little girl. I would accompany my grandmother on weekend shopping trips  there and  have fond memories. I’m so psyched for #boymeetsgirl to launch at Macy’s and for more people to discover this amazing brand!

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I truly love this brand and what they stand for, and their new collection at Macy’s has something for every girl! I will be rounding up my girls this WEEKEND to go to Macy’s Herald Square and try everything on; if you are in the New York Metro area, I strongly suggest you join! Shoot me an email or DM on Instagram for more to details. If you can’t make it, don’t fret you can find a few pieces online already like this fab sweatshirt .

 

Stay stylish and stay inspired girls!

XX

J

Photographed by @thedappermethod

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