In Between

I have never talked about my body on here. Ever.
I’m not embarrassed to discuss it and I DO think it’s important, however the situation has never presented itself before, till now, so here goes.

I have always been petite with curves, and stayed between sizes 6-8. Shopping for bottoms has always proved to be difficult because I have a small waist, large hips and I’m under 5’3 with long legs. Most things don’t ever fit just right, I need to tailor most of my pants and jeans have always been an issue. My body has changed a bit lately and I wear a lot of size 10’s. Working in retail and apparel for many years, I know how fickle sizing can be, so a size on a tag doesn’t really affect me. I won’t cry in a fitting room over the number on my pants, but I just might if I can’t find something that fits.
My ‘in between’ size or ‘bridge’ sizing is weird. Some designers/brands go up to size 10 (which aren’t always available on the rack) and some consider anything over an 8 plus size.

There’s that word. PLUS SIZE.

Am I plus sized? I don’t really care. I just want some thing that fits, and anything branded as Plus Size EVER fits me. It’s always swimming on me, and I’ll occasionally get a ‘ you don’t belong here ‘ look by the sales person who will say something like “Are you sure this is is your size?”
When I started blogging most clothing brands could care less what size I was (thankfully) when it came time to collaborating, but I wouldn’t have a ton of options in my size, which would discourage me, as I didn’t want to review a brand that didn’t represent my body type.
Then Universal Standard approached me to collaborate.
Their philosophy attracted me, but their aesthetic was the ultimate sell. Edgy, modern silhouettes in a variety of sizes and color ways that don’t hide curves, but accentuate them. I immediately found pieces I loved on their site, and loved them even more when they arrived. The quality and fabric of my items were impressive and I can not say enough about the fit. Not only were my items true to size, they fit like a dream. I felt comfortable and confident in their curved teal cardigan and black ponte pant with zipper detail. The cardigan is purposely over sized, but my sleeves are the appropriate length. SCORE! The pants hug my natural waist and show off my curves while not being incredibly long. HOORAY!

Both items have honestly been on non stop rotation, because I feel great in them.
Universal Standards’ pieces aren’t trying to be flattering versions of fast trends. They just produce well made clothing that fit many different body types, well. It’s that simple. Don’t know why it took so long for a brand to execute this fairly simple concept but I’m just glad they did.
Thanks Universal Standard, for reminding me that being “in between” is not a bad thing.
Check them out here birds, I highly recommend.
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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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Imoshion Handbags

I respect anyone that marches to the beat of their own drum, and when a brand does this, I swoon. The L.A. based, Imoshion handbags is only concerned with making beautiful, animal friendly handbags that are as wearable as they are fun! Their designs are meant to standout, but are still incredibly sensible. I was very fortunate to collaborate with them recently and fell in love with this carry all black tote with fun embossed patches.35-imoshion-1735-imoshion-1935-imoshion-15As you know, handbags are my favorite way to add unexpected pops to my look, especially with my monochromatic tendencies. This is hard to do at times. In all honesty, living the split screen life I lead (corporate working girl by day, fashion blogger by night) has it’s challenges, especially when it comes to accessories. My “work ” bag many times needs to become a part of my off duty look, which can be a logistical nightmare if I don’t have the right bag. Like Imoshion, I too like to march to the beat of my own drum, so having a boring bag (work bag or not) is just simply not an option for me. I’ve been wearing this carry all tote non-stop for a month now, day and night. It’s chic, modern silhouette is perfect for my full work day, the black vegan leather is durable, elegant and matches with everything, and the colorful badges add the perfect amount of personality. It also is reversible (red on the inside), has a removable zip pouch that has different badges as well, and comfortable double handles. I’ve worn it with virtually everything, but my favorite look by far, is this all black one. I paired a body con mesh paneled skirt with an open shoulder sweater tucked in- simple and clean to showcase my bags unique details. I finished my look off a coral and black kitten heels and a chunky gold bangle.35-imoshion-1435-imoshion-1835-imoshion-13

Imoshion makes bags that fit your reality, whatever that maybe, even their clutches are spacious and have at least two ways of wearing of them. They focus on designing bags with versatility, beautiful details, and unique styles that speak to your own individual needs and style. It’s no wonder the animal- friendly, PETA approved, brand is on the rise and can be seen everywhere from People StyleWatch, to  SELF, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Lucky, and Glamour Magazine. They can be found in boutiques across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, but my favorite way is through here.

March yourselves over to their site, and fall in love with a bag or two…

XX

J

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Wood you?

It’s no secret I err on the side of simple. I think less is more. Especially in regards to what’s on my wrist. Watches are one of my favorite accessories to play with, they automatically command attention because it’s nearly impossible to not look at some one’s wrists. My grandmother believed you weren’t dressed without earrings, lipstick, and a timepiece. As progressive as I can be at times, I completely agree.jord-watch-0014jord-watch-0015jord-watch-0018One would think I have drawer filled with watches- however I’m incredibly particular. I carefully choose versatile pieces that also fit my busy lifestyle. I own a cocktail inspired diamond watch, a classic leather strapped piece with a large face, a gold linked bracelet style and my newly accquired wood watch by JORD Wood Watches.jord-watch-0022I was immediately drawn to their unique style, and I was pleasantly surprised at how feminine a piece that is not made with a traditional metal can be. The artists and designers behind the effortlessly cool concept are focused on making timepieces that fit a modern lifestyle. It’s lightweight, sits nicely on my wrist, it’s an automatic (no batteries!) and can be styled in a variety of different ways- and you know how I feel about versalitity! I love to style my piece, the Cora with a rose gold dial, with deep brown and camel shades, but it also looks incredible against a black leather wrap! My favorite way to style it (so far) is with leopard print! The blacks and browns provide the perfect contrast, and the rose dial gives it a femine pop of color. I also love how it can pull together an otherwise casual look, seamlessly.jord-watch-0016jord-watch-0021jord-watch-0013In this look, I mixed different textures. A cotton jumper over a silk top, cognac leather wedges with a distressed denim clutch, and my new favorite combination- leather against wood on my wrist! My new wood timepiece adds the perfect pop and I’m obsessed. Special thanks to JORD Wood Watches for sponsoring this post!

Still wondering if you wood?

You should, and I’m making it super easy to with an awesome GIVEAWAY! Click here to win a $75 e-voucher towards your own JORD watch plus you get $20 off just for entering so it’s a win no matter what!

Check out my JORD Wood Watch here

You can thank me later birds!

J

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Mixed Bag

An American handbag designer changes the game by making a change

Spotlight on : Louise & Eleanor

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Most of us style enthusiasts, curators, and addicts share a passion for anything we can dress or adorn ourselves with, but everyone has there something. That something they are slightly more passionate about and collect (read:hoard) a little bit more of. For me, that something has always been handbags, more specifically clutches and I become quickly enamored if they are quirky and fun! This summer I discovered Louise & Eleanor handbags, and I was a fast fan. As you well know, I wear lots of black, and my handbags are where I like to add a bit of an expected pop. Neon colors, camo, and a bright pink lip shape clutch are just a few in my collection. I’m silly by nature so I NEED to add a bit of whimsy on the regular.

My first acquisition from the L.A. based designer was this Monopoly clutch that was made for a nostalgic pop culture junkie like myself. Beautifully made with quality materials, effortlessly chic and surprisingly convenient…I can’t walk down the street without someone obsessing over it. I of course, am equally obsessed. I love how versatile it is, and how it manages to add just the right amount of fun to a classic look. However, what I love just as much, is what’s behind the brand.

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For me substance is what resonates first- regardless of the object or topic. Louise & Eleanor focus on creating handbags as extraordinary as the women who wear them. They donate a percentage of each bag sold to selected women’s nonprofit organizations. Also, they feature different charities at a time, which ultimately results in a greater and more direct impact on women in need. They are currently featuring two charity organizations: Miami based Lotus House ,whose mission is to provide shelter, support and resources for homeless women and children and Two Wings -Los Angeles who provide assistance to victims of sex trafficking .

I can’t describe how good it felt, to know that from a distance, by one simple purchase, my passion for adorable clutches is parlayed into a positive movement. I was able to obtain a sense of purpose along with my new whimsical fashion statement. I feel happy and proud to know and support a brand with a refreshingly unique business model- changing the world one bag at a time.

Check them out here and shop their beautiful and inspiring site. You will not be disappointed.

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J

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Slip dress- Banana Republic

Boots- Kenneth Cole 

Hat- Forever 21 

 

 

 

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