Posts Tagged ‘scarves’

Lizzi’s Look of the Day


(Erika/Mom) We think spring is finally here. At least this week. Temperatures actually reached 60 a couple of days and the mood around here is decidedly brighter. Lizzi put together an outfit that celebrates the hint of warmth yet acknowledges that winter is not quite gone.

Lizzi found a great pair of cropped pants a few weeks ago at our new favorite store, Rosana in Princeton. She paired them with a black shirt from Old Navy and ballet flats. Wrapped around her neck is the lucky scarf I actually found on the ground (our first post!) last winter. It’s a gorgeous striped cashmere that I took to the cleaners and has been a soft staple for us all winter long. Her headband was a Christmas gift.


Trend Spotting for Moms and Teens


fashion sketch

When I was 12 I entered a Levi Strauss design contest. The premise was to create a product in denim that was entirely new and unique. I spent many days sketching and rejecting things and finally came up with two winning ideas: knickers and a trench coat. These little drawings were submitted with high hopes. I was going to be a fashion designer someday!

I’m still waiting for that to happen. Meanwhile, daughter Lizzi seems to have caught the same bug. She’s entered about 100 Polyvore design contests and usually sketches out her entire back-to-school outfit–accompanied by a scary-long list of items she simply cannot live without for the year. Channeling all of this pent-up fashion frustration we bring to you our first annual Favorite Back-to-School Trends for 2009. Keep in mind our demographics (47-year-old editor Mom, 12 1/2-year-old 7th grader, suburban New Jersey), body sizes (8 and 00), and personalities (conservatively creative Mom, nonconformist adventurer daughter) and don’t be shy about offering your own opinion. Fashion is a community pool with a huge deep end!


Trend #1: Ruffles. After years of androgynous shirts and jeans, it’s nice to welcome back the feminine ruffle. This trend is really hard to miss–it’s everywhere, from dresses to jackets to simple blouses. Here is a great plaid blazer from Free People with a relaxed ruffled lapel:

Free People plaid ruffled blazer

Trend #2: Houndstooth. I would swath the world in houndstooth if I could. And I’ve waited a long time for it to come back but it has, in earnest. In fact, I got up early so I could beat Lizzi to the punch on this one.

Houndstooth dress Marc Jacobs

Houndstooth began sometime in the mid-19th century in Scotland and in the 60s and 70s tickled the fancy of Geoffrey Beene. You can even find a 1969 Camaro upholstered in houndstooth if you’re lucky!

Houndstooth upholstery-1969 Camaro
This year instead of a predictable houndstooth skirt I want something more exciting–are tights going to be in? I’ll have to check with Lizzi.

Trend #3: Loafers. Yes, loafers! Thanks probably to Michael Jackson the little loafer is making a big comeback. Macys has tables of sleek, shiny loafers like these by Etienne Aigner:

Etienne Aigner loafers
Bottom line: There’s a lot of great stuff out there. Watch your wallet!

(Lizzi/Daughter) Wow, Mom! Great trends. I had a feeling you would do houndstooth for one of your trends.

A lot of the Fall trends I get are from Teen Vogue or Who What Wear Daily or I love a lot of the Fall trends this year, so choosing my top three will be hard. Right now, I only have one in mind. I’ll start with that.

Trend # 1: Bright scarves. I haven’t been seeing a lot right now being worn, but I have seen them in stores, in magazines, and online. I love the bright colors and they can make any boring, dark, outfit into an exciting bright one by just wrapping it around your neck!

marc jacobs bright scarves fall 2009
Ahhhh, Marc Jacobs, the best designer (in my opinion) of all time. His Fall 2009 collection was full of his bright pink, green, and yellow neon scarves, but this outfit really caught my eye because the outfit had such dull colors when you look from her shoes to her top, but then you see this statement scarf.

You can get your own bright scarf this year from Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, Forever 21, and more. It’s one of Fall’s biggest trends.

You can get this scarf in either color for $18.90 at Nordstrom. I think I might get one!

bright orange scarf bright turquoise scarf
Trend #2: Pretty in Pink! My favorite color has been pink ever since I can remember and I love how designers like Michael Kors are incorporating a lot of pink into their collections.

michael kors fall 2009

michael kors fall 2009

michael kors fall 2009
Michael Kors almost beats out Marc Jacobs with his Fall 2009 collection. It was full of neon colors like yellow, orange, and pink plus a bit of black, gray, and khaki here and there. But, my top 3 looks were these because of the awesome pink color. I’m so glad that pink is one of the Fall colors this year.

Trend #3: Boyfriend jeans. Loose and comfortable jeans that are also very chic and stylish if you dress them the right way. GAP’s new line of jeans has a wide selection of jeans including boyfriend jeans. American Eagle, Current/Elliot, and Levi’s also has a wide selection of boyfriend jeans.

gap boyfriend jeansgap boyfriend jeans
You can dress ’em up:

polyvore - boyfriend jeans - dressing them up
by BellaMarie on Polyvore

Or dress ’em down:

polyvore - boyfriend jeans - dress them down
cropped boyfriend jeans by popbarb on Polyvore

Either way, they’ll still look great.

So now it’s back to Polyvore and listmaking. Mom and I have a BTS shopping trip in NYC to look forward to this Thursday. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Paris Fashion Part 1

whaaa...? no wifi? they promised!

whaaa...? no wifi? they promised!

(Erika/Mom) Elizabeth and I had grand plans. We were going to POST from the road. Yes indeedy, we were going to take our blog across the Atlantic and share our wonderful discoveries and observations of Parisian, Cote d’Azurian, and Venetian fashion in real time, on my sleek 17-inch Macbook Pro. I should know from long experience with the fickleness that is Europe, to never expect things to turn out the way you want. I can brag because I lived in France for one year. Spontaneity? Je ne crois pas. You have to plan grocery runs. Clerks at the post office do one thing really well; they will NOT take a package if they are in charge of airmail letter stamps. Flying by the seat of one’s pants is obviously not a French expression. So trying to secure the wifi to which we were entitled by the U.S. Constitution didn’t hold any water in Paris. We were “merde out of luck.” Pardon my French.

So we made the best of things. We kept our eyes open and our imaginations on high speed. We did not lament the lack of wifi access for long because there was so much to see and do. I not only got to see my beloved France again, I got to see it through the enthralled, fresh eyes of my children.

The photo above is our first apartment in the 3eme arrondissement. We are still experiencing jet lag, but itching to hit the rues and avenues. My aunt Phyllis promises to lead us to some of the great shops and Elizabeth of course wants to make sure she rubs elbows with the greatest couturiers of all times.

Dior and Valentino and Chanel...oh my! Walking down the greatest avenue of fashion design.

Dior and Valentino and Chanel...oh my! Walking down the greatest avenue of fashion design.

Elizabeth and I were glad we brought some pretty scarves with us. They’re easy to pack and dress up an outfit without compromising comfort. We even picked up a fun one that says Paris all over it, from a vendor in front of Versailles. We saw a lot of trends that surprised us, and some that we hope to jump on with our own wardrobes. Coming up are some more posts on specific looks and trends, with blurry examples from Paris, Lake Como, and Venice. It’s hard taking pictures of moving targets! We hope that you’ll enjoy the journey.

Tossing the Winter Scarves

Brown multi winter scarf; hmmm, cashmere?

Brown multi winter scarf; hmmm, cashmere?

(Erika/Mom) I was running the other day and spotted this mound of clothing on the side of the road. I stopped to inspect and saw that it was a woolen scarf. “Aha,” I thought, “a sign that winter is over” and went on with my run. Later as I was driving the same route I saw it and decided to stop and take a picture. It looked so picturesque lying there in the grass and dead leaves. (There was an old grungy glove nearby but I didn’t deem it as blog-worthy and didn’t really want to touch it.)

Lizzi and I got a kick out of this scarf as we visualized some guy who didn’t know or care how much scarves cost, flinging it out the window while driving way over the speed limit.

And yet…must scarves be stuffed into drawers until October? No way–stick out your neck and wrap something heavenly around it! I love how scarves bring insta-class to a mediocre shirt or boring jacket. They are unparalleled for enhancing eye color. I met an artist in SF recently who creates felted scarves with ruffled edges and variegated color. They have the extraordinary effect of rose petals wrapped round your neck.

Rose Petal ScarfA few years ago I spotted a wonderful ruffled scarf in Paris and picked up one as a gift for my sister-in-law. These things are so ultra-feminine it isn’t funny. I wonder why I didn’t get one for myself. They are readily available all over the place now.
Ruffled ScarfOh well. I should march back upstairs and dig out a pretty spring scarf for my very boring outfit. Lizzi is wearing a sherbet-orange LV scarf that her friend Cassidy brought her from Italy. It looks great. Meanwhile, the brown cashmere castaway is in my trunk. It’s actually a pretty nice scarf. An appt. with the dry cleaner and it’ll be waiting for me when the leaves fly next year.