Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sole Searching

Ankle boots are "in" shoe for fall. Flat, heeled, peep toe - you name it. Your closet deserves at least one pair of ankle boots this season. They look great with every fall essential. Wear ankle boots with boyfriend or skinny jeans, surf skirts, dresses, khaki pants and more. Really, you can wear them with any fall staple. They're versatile and you'll be wearing them through winter, believe me.
A styling technique that goes great with fall booties is layering. Just think, you're matching more than one fall look together and it's coming together really well. Most stylish ankle boots are black or brown and they go with virtually any outfit. Like I said, you can get them flat, heeled, peep toe and other styles. The trend is gaining popularity every day, so booties are becoming available in more and more styles as the season goes on. That's good news.
If you're going with peep toe ankle boots, a pedicure is a must! Dark colors like navy, grey and oxblood are great fall nail polish colors that you should consider. Plus, these colors go nicely with black or brown (the color of most booties). A downside of the peep toe style is that the temperature is sure to drop any day, so you might have to put those boots away sooner than anticipated. If you're looking to buy more than one style, you'll be able to wear the others, so saying goodbye to your pretty peep toes won't be (as) sad.
Because of the growing popularity, I think you can buy ankle boots in every store. This is not a drill. Of course, I have my preferences for shoes as does everybody else. I just scored a great pair of black suede booties at J.Crew and I'm waiting on another light brown pair from Madewell. I know both stores have a large selection of all sorts of ankle boots, but they're flying off the shelves. I've also seen chic pairs at Saks off Fifth and Nordstrom, both of which have amazing shoe departments. If you have a favorite store, which, I'm sure if you're reading this you do, be sure to stop there first and familiarize yourself with their fall shoe selection. If you don't have any luck, try one of the stores I mentioned and you'll be bound to walk out with at least one fabulous pair of ankle boots.
As far as styling goes, wear them like you would wear any other fall shoe. Like I said, any type of jeans, khaki pants, skirts and dresses will look chic, and you can put your own spin on the look to give it that essence of your style. Accessorize, layer and have fun. Fall fashion is meant to be a blast, and every season is about your personal expression. Take the trend and make it yours. Hurry to your favorite stores or one of mine and snag some ankle boots while they last! This trend is one for the books, and you wouldn't want to miss out.
Did somebody say bootie call?
xx, ZM

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Fall's Top 5 Denim Styles

Yves Saint Laurent didn't say, "I wish I had invented blue jeans," for nothing. Denim is versatile and it works with everything; it's the staple of all staples. There's nothing more classic than a pair of jeans.
Let's talk about options because there are a plethora to choose from. Denim is stylish more so now than ever, with so many different types. In my opinion, there a five trends to focus your attention on for a fall wardrobe refresh.

  1. High-Waisted - These are the jeans that are new to everyone. This pair adds a certain polish and put together-ness to a look. Oh, and it truly does make you look two inches taller. Who doesn't love that? Definitely opt for a fitted pair. A flare-style is the go-to high-waisted pair of jeans for fall.
  2. Classic Skinny - You own a pair, or if you're me, you own six. Skinny jeans are perfect for daytime, nights out and whenever else. Tis the season for flannels and cozy sweaters, so therefore skinny jeans are the perfect fall piece.
  3. Denim Shirt - They get better with every wash. I would compare it to my favorite white t-shirt; they're great, everlasting and super versatile. A denim shirt is a neutral, and luckily, denim-on-denim is in this fall, so it can even go with your favorite pair of jeans. Don't be afraid of the trend, at first I was nauseated by it, but now I'm an advocate. The options with denim shirts are endless. Wear them with pencil skirts, black pants, leather pants - seriously, anything.
  4. Novelty - Your collection of jeans shouldn't be entirely blue. It's fun (and essential) to mix it up sometimes! Colors such as oxblood, olive and grey work well for fall, especially when you need to look a little bit dressier than the usual blue denim.
  5. Denim Skirt - Guess who's back! It's definitely a tough trend to get behind because frankly, this comeback was not expected. But, various editors were seen sporting the trend during NYFW and it's Olivia Palermo-approved. So, it's OK.
This all sounds pretty good to me. I've been experimenting with my style when it comes to denim, and I've loved the results. Make sure to play around with your shoes, accessories and outerwear, too. It makes it fun, and who knows, you might find a look you can't go on without. The denim trend is here to stay through fall and winter, so hop on the bandwagon now so you can enjoy it through these seasons.
This is your excuse to buy all of the jeans in the world.
xx, ZM
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Classically Casual

Tucker Blair, accessory designer and online fashion brand, is helping to re-imagine a cornerstone men’s accessory, the men’s belt. For decades, all types of leather belts have dominated this category, from dark tanned leather, to crocodile, to imitation brown and black leather belts, Tucker Blair’s colorful, iconic designs bring life to an outfit, showing off the past times, things, and places you love and help celebrate your best memories.  
No longer should the belt be an after thought in a man’s closet, amongst the 15 pairs of pants, numerous ties and bowties, and a drawer of rolled up socks. Tucker Blair is devoted to giving men the freedom to have fun with their belt, giving their brown belt company in the closet, and hoping one day there are #nobrownbelts. And, ladies, who doesn't love a man who has fun with his sense of style?
Inspired by images from our American heritage, the New England coast, and traditional Boston classic American design, Tucker Blair’s hand stitching is both bold and colorful. The belts are collectibles and conversation starters, offering men an opportunity to express their personality, interests, and style. From casual Fridays to cocktail parties, shorts to slacks, the stylish, classically casual hand stitched belts bring any outfit and occasion up a notch. Collect them, monogram them, gift them, and create a signature style. Headquartered in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, Tucker Blair accessories are exclusively available at www.tuckerblair.com and in their Beacon Hill showroom. 

Follow on Instagram @tuckerblair and Twitter #tuckerblair #classicallycasual #nobrownbelts.
xx, ZM

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Boston Fashion Week at Copley Place

Copley Place, is the official location for Boston Fashion Week during the evenings of Monday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 8th.  Each night Copley Place will have several fashion presentations that include: Retail Focused Shows & Fashion Student Shows from Boston’s very own fashion students.
Copley Place is preparing for all things fashion, as they host the Copley Catwalk during Boston Fashion Week on Monday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 8th from 6:00 – 8:00p.m.  Each night there will be several fashion shows, and I've listed the schedule below, so mark up your calendars! All fashion shows will take place on the Copley Catwalk (Center Court). The schedule is as follows:
Monday, October 6 – 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Retailer Show: Eileen Fisher & Cache
Fashion Student Show: School of Fashion Design

Wednesday, October 8 – 6:00p.m – 8:00p.m.
Retailer Show: L.K. Bennett
Fashion Student Show: Massachusetts of College of Art

Boston Fashion Week is filled with great style and lots of fun. Not to mention you can do lots of shopping before, after and in between shows at Copley. Take advantage! It's a great excuse for a trip to such a great mall. All in all, Boston's small fashion community loves to see people come out and support them, so if you can go, go! Boston Fashion Week is a lot more chic than you would expect, and there's only one way to find out.
Happy BFW.
xx, ZM

Monday, September 29, 2014

Surf's Up

   It's safe to say that summer isn't ready to leave as we head into October with temperatures in the 70s. There hasn't been a reason to go and buy that coat you've been dreaming of or those boots you've had your eyes on since fall catalogues filled your mailboxes in early August. Instead, we're still wearing dresses and maybe, just maybe, a light coat or cardigans for brisk September mornings. 
   Why not add a few stylish pieces to your closet for summer's extended stay? If you're a shopaholic and this sounds like a good excuse for a trip to the mall, the first thing you should keep your eye out for is a surf skirt. No, not a skirt intended for surfing, but a neoprene (yes, neoprene is back) skirt with a flare on the bottom. They're comfortable, chic and even when it finally gets cold, you can tuck in a sweater or blouse and give your fall style a twist – literally.
   You can thank J.Crew for the stylish debut of the surf skirt. All through summer, a bright, floral one was seen on mannequins in almost every J.Crew store and window. They were on models in the catalogues and in countless photos on the brand's Pinterest.
   During the summer, surf skirts were styled with tanks and light blouses, but now, J.Crew is giving the piece a new look. It's still great for warm days – I mean, it's a skirt – but with fall accents. I was browsing through a catalogue and I noticed surf skirts with cashmere v-neck sweaters, blouses and blazers and cable-knit cardigans. This skirt is very versatile and widely popular as a transitional piece from summer to fall. With sweaters, cardigans and blazers, as J.Crew is showing it now, the trend is bound to last throughout fall, too. In other words, this investment is worth making. 
 For Fall, there are a plethora of neutral colors in the skirt. This way, you don't have to worry about having one or two blouses that match the pattern, you can wear it with anything or any color. Surf skirts are great for work, dinner outings, events or just for day-to-day wear. Wearing a skirt has become one of my favorite things, so I would most likely pair it with a comfortable top and cardigan for daytime. For this look, I would wear slip on sneakers (also found at J.Crew) or flats. If I were transitioning into a nighttime look, I would slip on a pair of pointed-toe heels and call it a night. Surf skirts are very versatile, and definitely worth your money.
   Now that I said summer is here to stay it will probably snow next week... Buy a surf skirt anyway. Treat yourself! They're on sale at J.Crew, so there's some more incentive. You can't head into a new month and season without new clothes. That's my motto.
Surf's up.
xx, ZM
PHOTO VIA PINTEREST

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Must Attend - Lookbook Live

Listen up, everyone! LOOKBOOK Live, a fall fashion event will be taking place in collaboration with Glamour and GQ magazines this Saturday, September 27, at the Burlington Mall. LOOKBOOK Live translates fall’s hottest fashion trends from the runway into real life and shares where to shop the trends. There are also print, digital and social media elements of the program.
LOOKBOOK Live kicked off with nine pages of fall fashion trends in Glamour and GQ’s all-important September issues and continues online at simon.com/lookbooklive with his-and-hers in-depth videos on how to wear fall’s best styles. The program’s social component encourages readers to send a photo of their favorite fall look inspired by these trends using both #foundatsimon and #gcglamourcontestentry for the opportunity to win a $2,500 shopping spree at a Simon shopping center.
This fabulous event will include the following:
  • Live Lounge: Dedicated fashion space with his-and-hers style consultations and grooming stations, a selfie station, on-trend product displays and more.
  • Stage Events: Panel forums, trend presentations and styling challenges hosted by experts, including:
    • Style Q&A Expert Panel: Glamour and GQ’s expert-led panel discussion translates the season’s trends from the runway to real life for consumers in an interactive format.
    • Style Challenge: Engaging activity that encourages shoppers to vote for their favorite styles chosen by the area’s most fashionable bloggers and then compete in the challenge themselves.
    • He Said/She Said: Unique fashion presentation that showcases the hottest trends as seen through the eyes of the opposite sex.
    • #foundatsimon Challenge: Style aficionados will be selected in each market at the Simon LOOKBOOK Live Lounge to compete in an exclusive style challenge. After a special mentoring session, they will be turned loose in the shopping center with Simon Giftcards to shop for and then style their ultimate fall look, to be unveiled at the closing of the event.
The event will also include giveaways you REALLY don't want to miss. Contests, giveaways and sweepstakes offer attendees chances to win during the LOOKBOOK Live events along with the gifts and “swag” they'll pick up. Retailers will also be hosting in-store events at LOOKBOOK Live locations. There will be other promotions and deals all around the mall, so before and after you stop by LOOKBOOK Live, you'll have plenty to do (and buy).

Local bloggers will also be on the scene. If I could be there I certainly would be, but I encourage you to go see my fellow Boston bloggers! Bloggers will share style advice and participate in LOOKBOOK Live events while providing up-to-the-moment insights and commentary to their followers before, during and after the events.
Like I said before, this is a great event to attend! You're guaranteed to have fun and you could win some pretty spectacular prizes. If you're in the area, there's no excuse not to go. GQ and Glamour are major publications with some of the best style personnel in the business. Plus, the Burlington Mall has so many great stores. It's the perfect time to stock up on fall essentials and splurge on the things you've been dying for. Meanwhile, I'll be in Syracuse, where there's no guarantee it won't be snowing by Saturday. In other words, GO!
Plus, it's a good excuse for a shopping spree. I need a good excuse for one now...
xx, ZM

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Refinery29 x Simon Malls

Experience The Shopping Block at South Shore Plaza, the first-ever collaboration between Refinery29 and Simon on Saturday, September 27 from 12:00 – 5:00p.m. Inspired by the millennial approach to shopping, the fashion and retail powerhouses have joined forces bringing Refinery29 into the physical world of retail to create custom fashion activations available at South Shore Plaza. 
 The event is completely free and open to the public, The Shopping Block will offer consumer touch-points around fashion, discovery, and community. The event design, inspired by modernist artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, as well as the art and architecture of Marfa, Texas, will provide a variety of features that appeal to all of you.

  • Indie Boutiques + National Brands: Refinery29 and Simon will invite indie boutiques with local reach and relevance to participate in The Shopping Block. This will create an interplay between the native, in-market shopping experiences and the very best national retail brands, all within the mall landscape.
  • Stylist Concierge: The Shopping Block attendees will receive curated style guides that highlight fall’s biggest trends, and where to shop them at Simon retailers.
  • Guest Hosts: At each event, city insiders—chosen from local tastemakers in style, fashion and lifestyle industries—will act as hosts.
  • Sweepstakes: Shoppers can enter to win a Simon shopping spree in the form of Simon Gift cards valued at $1,500. A “virtual closet” made up of the hottest items from Simon retailers and curated by Refinery29 editors will be on display during The Shopping Block event to serve as inspiration for what the winner could buy.
  • Beauty Bars: Makeup artists will be on-hand at pop-up beauty bars to give shoppers mini makeovers, and share the latest beauty tips from the experts at Refinery29.
  • DIY Station: The Shopping Block guests will have an opportunity to personalize tote bags, taking inspiration from two fall 2014 runway trends – Sporty and Embellished. Each trend will have its own mood board of inspiration pictures posted with a brief description and example of that tote. Guests will be given materials to create their own version of the tote. Brand Ambassadors will be on hand to help guests and explain the activation. 
Online, mobile, and social elements all play a critical role in how we shop, so Refinery29 and Simon have created custom activations that marry the digital and physical experiences together and maximize the social aspects of both. How great does this sound? A great way to spend a Saturday, I'd say. I'm missing out, so it's up to all of you to go and have enough fun for the both of us.

Refinery29 has always been rooted in shopping and discovery, and is a champion of independent thinking and true personal style,” said Piera Gelardi, Creative Director, Refinery29. “Refinery29’s audience of millennial women turns to us as a trusted digital source of inspiration and they visit Simon shopping centers for a tangible, tactile experience. The Shopping Block is a perfect marriage of both worlds.”

The Shopping Block experience will be enhanced by editorial posts on Refinery29, including a “Found at the Mall” photo series showcasing the street style sensibility of shoppers who visit The Shopping Block. The events will be supported through co-branded banners on Refinery29 and promotions on Refinery29 and Simon social channels, Simon’s style blog at stylesetter.simon.com and at simon.com/shoppingblock.

Additionally, you are ALL encouraged to share your Shopping Block experiences and discoveries using the hashtags #TheShoppingBlock and #FoundAtSimon. Anyone who posts their style on Instagram or Twitter using #FoundAtSimon #Contest will be entered to win a $500 gift card from Simon... Why not try?! This is the best prize if you're looking to buy new pieces for fall. Refinery29 editors will select the best Shopping Block inspired entry in October. It's worth a shot!

I encourage everyone near the South Shore Plaza to go to this great event. There are a lot of chances for jaw-dropping prizes and lots of fun. Especially if you're young, you'll love what Refinery29 is doing with this. Go with friends, put your best fall style on display and cross your fingers that you win something fabulous. If I weren't all the way up in Syracuse, NY, I would be there in a heartbeat! Have a blast.
For the sake of fall fashion.
xx, ZM

Sunday, September 21, 2014

RIP Flashy - Hello, Normcore

   Fashion month continues on with Milan Fashion Week at center stage. Over-the-top, embellished looks have been the theme at many shows thus far, but off the runway, that doesn’t seem to be the look. Street style it girls have a new favorite means of styling.
   Normcore is an emerging trend in which the wearer opts for clothes meant to be average. The word identifies both a look and a general attitude. 
   It’s quite similar to a nineties aesthetic. Normcore is the epitome of plain; it’s filled with t-shirts, distressed jeans, oversized sweaters, athletic wear and sneakers. Think of Larry David or Steve Jobs. Rather than striving for difference, it’s about embracing sameness. 
   Emily Segal of K-HOLE, a New York-based trend-forecasting group, is an expert when it comes to style movement.
   "There's an exhaustion with trying to seem different. People are genuinely tired by the fact that to achieve status you need to be different from everyone else around you,” Segal said in an interview with British Vogue.
   Normcore lets go of the need to stand out, and makes way for something new. 
Ten years ago, Stella McCartney debuted a ready-to-wear collection with Adidas, and she’s produced another every season since. Now, British designer Mary Katrantzou has teamed up with Adidas to present a capsule collection of chic, athletic-inspired clothing to be released in November. 
   These lines are taking fashion by storm and Adidas has been a visionary for the new style era. You can find the collections anywhere from luxurious department stores like Harrod’s in London to smaller, high-end boutiques like Serenella-Boston. This is proof that normcore is the new black.
   Theory even launched an athletic line last summer. It was a hit for its function as the perfect yoga-to-brunch wear. Much like this, luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter introduced its workout wear spinoff, Net-a-Sporter, in July.
   Don’t forget about Karl Lagerfeld. He transformed Chanel’s fall/winter catwalk into a super-lux supermarket, and sent Cara Delevingne trotting down the aisles in distressed sweatpants and sneakers. When Chanel is in on the trend, that’s when you know.
   The warm welcome to normcore from these fashion powerhouses is a key indication of fashion’s fixation with the bland, anti-style look.
   It’s not about bulky college sweatshirts, but slim, body-conscious fabrics. Normcore isn’t completely un-stylish, it’s a more simple approach that suggests ingrained authority and inner confidence.
   Recent findings by Harvard Business School say that store employees and fellow shoppers were found to perceive customers in gym wear as more confident and likely to splurge in luxury shops than those wearing animal skins and fine furs.
   I think the Internet has taken normcore even further. New media has changed our relation to information, and, in turn, fashion. All it takes to discover the source of any garment is a few clicks. Online shopping has been revolutionized, making each season available for resale almost as soon as it goes on sale. Try saying that ten times fast.
   When I first noticed normcore on coveted fashion websites and blogs, I never expected it to become so widespread. That being said, I’m not disappointed. If I can wear slip on sneakers in place of painful, high heels and not have that be frowned upon, I’ll take it. 
   With so many endorsements by top bloggers and street style muses along emerging high-end sportswear lines, normcore has spread like wildfire. Fashion has becoming overwhelmingly popular and pretentious, and taking a step back into this flat, practical style is just what the doctor ordered.
Cheers to the end of trends. For now.
xx, ZM
PHOTO COURTESY OF PINTEREST

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lookbook Live - Burlington Mall

BURLINGTON MALL, GLAMOUR AND GQ TEAM UP FOR “LOOKBOOK LIVE,” BRINGING THE ULTIMATE OMNI-CHANNEL FALL FASHION EXPERIENCE TO CONSUMERS.

On Saturday, September 27th from 1:00 – 6:00p.m at Burlington Mall, a Simon shopping center, LOOKBOOK Live, a fall fashion event will be taking place in collaboration with Glamour and GQ magazines. LOOKBOOK Live translates fall’s hottest fashion trends from the runway into real life and shares where to shop the trends. There are also print, digital and social media elements of the program.

The LOOKBOOK Live Event Series will bring the best of fall fashion to Burlington Mall via an interactive trend showcase, hosted by style pros from Glamour and GQ, and will include:

  • Live Lounge: Dedicated fashion space with his-and-hers style consultations and grooming stations, a selfie station, on-trend product displays and more.

  • Stage Events: Panel forums, trend presentations and styling challenges hosted by experts, including:
    • Style Q&A Expert Panel: Glamour and GQ’s expert-led panel discussion translates the season’s trends from the runway to real life for consumers in an interactive format.
    • Style Challenge: Engaging activity that encourages shoppers to vote for their favorite styles chosen by the area’s most fashionable bloggers and then compete in the challenge themselves.
    • He Said/She Said: Unique fashion presentation that showcases the hottest trends as seen through the eyes of the opposite sex.
    • #foundatsimon Challenge: Style aficionados will be selected in each market at the Simon LOOKBOOK Live Lounge to compete in an exclusive style challenge. After a special mentoring session, they will be turned loose in the shopping center with Simon Giftcards to shop for and then style their ultimate fall look, to be unveiled at the closing of the event. 
·         Giveaways and more: Contests, giveaways and sweepstakes offer attendees chances to win during the LOOKBOOK Live events along with the gifts and “swag” they'll pick up. Retailers will also be hosting in-store events at LOOKBOOK Live locations.

  • Local style icons: Bloggers will share style advice and participate in LOOKBOOK Live events while providing up-to-the-moment insights and commentary to their followers before, during and after the events.


               
LOOKBOOK Live kicked off with nine pages of fall fashion trends in Glamour and GQ’s all-important September issues and continues online at simon.com/lookbooklive with his-and-hers in-depth videos on how to wear fall’s best styles. The program’s social component encourages readers to send a photo of their favorite fall look inspired by these trends using both #foundatsimon and #gcglamourcontestentry for the opportunity to win a $2,500 shopping spree at a Simon shopping center.

Followers, if you're in the Boston area and an avid shopper (like me), this is the event for you. I mean, just read about the event above. You have the chance to win great prizes, and no matter what, you'll have fun. Bring friends, family and your best shopping pals. Plus, you're sure to buy some great fall finds during your time at the mall. Burlington Mall is my favorite spot, and if I weren't at school right now, I would be there. So please compensate for the fun I won't be having that day - I'll be in the library doing homework - and GO! You won't want to miss out. Some of my fabulous fellow Boston bloggers will be there, and it will be valuable to see them and each of their styles to inspire you for your fall style.

Saturday, September 27 is your chance to boost your style more than you can imagine while having the best time. Take it all in, and good luck in the $2,500 shopping spree contest... If one of you wins, maybe we can share? I'll keep dreaming...

Kick off fall fashion with a bang at Burlington Mall.
xx, ZM

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happily Grey

   I've always loved the color grey, despite its plainness and simplicity. A grey top with colored corduroys or khakis is a favorite look of mine because it's very balanced and neat. Saying this, I complain sometimes, saying, "I have way too much grey in my closet." All of this being said, it's a great shade for every wardrobe, especially during fall and winter.
   While flipping through some of my favorite catalogs and magazines, I've been noticing a lot of grey. In my opinion, there's nothing like your favorite grey cardigan or sweater that you can wear with anything. It's such a simple piece, but adds a certain dynamic to your look. Plus, if you're wearing a grey top (cardigan, sweater, t-shirt, etc.) it's an open invitation for accessories. Talk about the perfect placement of a statement necklace. Or, cuff your sleeves and add some bangles. You'd think silver would match grey best, but stack on your gold baubles, too. Just as the grey adds dynamic, throwing gold into the mix does the same. It adds a shimmer that wasn't present before, and complements the grey nicely.
   Looking for the perfect grey top? That's what I'm here for. If you're in need of grey cardigans, sweaters or shirts (short and long sleeves) you have many options. My favorite stores to buy these at are J.Crew and Gap. Both stores have limitless options for both: wool cardigans, cashmere sweaters, and linen or cotton t-shirts are among the many options to choose from. I like these two stores because they have the simplest pieces and you can also find accessories (often on sale) in both stores as well. One stop shopping! I'm urging you to stop by J.Crew and Gap in search of some fabulous grey. And remember, you can never have enough grey -- it looks great with everything.
When they say less is more, they're referring to grey.
xx, ZM
IMAGE FROM J.CREW PINTEREST

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