Monday, February 23, 2015

NYFW Off-Duty Chic

With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week now across the pond, the industry has rounded up the top street style trends. It's clear from the show what went on inside the tents and showrooms, but the chic show goers play a tremendous role in forecasting trends to come and expressing the true fashions of the season.

1. In spite of the deep freeze that was NYFW, chic onlookers displayed a street style that was all yellow – yes, that’s a Coldplay reference. The unexpected-yet-refreshing color was a complete contrast with the chilly conditions outside of Lincoln Center and other shows' locations, and was a true exhibit of how the fashion community believes the (fashion) show must go on no matter what the temperature.

2. Move over, Kendall Jenner. Gigi Hadid’s model-off-duty style from last week’s NYFW is unbeatable. Each outfit was a mash-up of the hottest trends worn in effortlessly chic ways. In between walking in several of the biggest names' shows of the week, the young supermodel sported a range of outfits that perfected the polished punk aesthetic, while staying luxurious. Hadid rocked rounded studs, chunky footwear, and spiked up black leather that stole the street style show by a landslide.

3. Artful layering is amongst the biggest street style trends from NYFW. With temperatures flirting with sub-zero status during the majority of the week, many fashionistas decided to bundle up with some of their favorite winter pieces. Not only did these chic fashion week goers layer up, they did so with monochromatic colors, differing textures, and bold, printed accessories. Each factor of this un-escapable trend captures an essence of this winter’s key looks.

4. Winter whites may not be a brand new concept, but they swept as far as popular looks go. The beauty of pulling off the all white look is that you have to reinvent it for yourself, and that’s exactly what happened on the streets during NYFW. The look was adapted to 2015 and what’s trending now. So many women were able to put their own twist on it while still remaining traditional and true to the style. Much like history, fashion repeats itself and this trend is hard evidence of that.
Until next time, NYFW.
xx, ZM

Monday, February 09, 2015

A Pop of Pink (or Purple)

With Valentine's Day coming up, pink is all the rave, but this year I'm straying from the crowd. With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicking off, street style is in full effect and purple has been popping up everywhere. I've never been a purple person, and lately I haven't been about color, but for the upcoming holiday I'm replacing a pop of pink with purple.
The deep color adds sophistication to your look and complements neutrals. Purple paired with grey and camel, two extremely popular winter hues, has been everywhere lately and can most definitely be expected on runways this week. 
But never mind fashion, let's talk about you. Introducing a new color into your wardrobe (and your life) is always somewhat of a process. Use Valentine's Day as a way to gift yourself new purple pieces or accessories. All I'm suggesting is a clutch or a statement piece of jewelry, but you can take it further. It's your V-day present to and from yourself, so make it your own. The gifts we give ourselves are always the most valuable, and you certainly don't need a Valentine or significant other to enjoy the day and the fabulous color purple.
Give yourself a gift that you've been swooning over, or something that you'll be able to use every day. Even little things like nail polish, makeup, office supplies or a comfy pair of socks to keep warm for the rest of the winter. Just make sure it's purple. You'll instantly feel more chic knowing you've gifted yourself something trendy that you've been swooning over. It's great to have a Valentine, but we should all treat ourselves, too.
Move over pink, it's purple's turn.
xx, ZM


Monday, February 02, 2015

Winter's "It" Accessory

It seems as though we can't escape the camel trend, and I'm not complaining about it. This color, or lack thereof, has been sweeping clothes and accessories this winter, and it's here to stay. Camel coats were the "it" item during the transition period from fall to winter, and have made their mark, but now it's time for camel scarves to shine.
These accessories stand out without having to try too hard. More often than not we find ourselves wearing dark or neutral colors during wintertime. Not to say camel isn't neutral, but it adds an accent that other neutrals aren't capable of. It brings about a harsh contrast that's effortlessly chic, and highly appealing. Scarves are also great because you can wear them so many ways and really make them your own. We all have our preferences when it comes to tying scarves, and that makes us one step ahead of the trend.
There are lots of options when it comes to shopping, too. You can spend or splurge depending on what works for you, and there are all different kinds of style. Whether you like blanket scarves with a lot of coverage and warmth or thinner scarves you can easily put on and take off, you'll be able to find them without a worldwide search. Stores like Zara and H&M have limitless options for camel scarves for the prices that won't break the bank. If you have a favorite store, check there to see if they have the style that's right for you, and I guarantee you'll find something. Like I said, the camel trend is here to stay and it's primetime for scarves. And with all of this snow, that's enough of an excuse to go out and buy a camel scarf (or three).
You can't be the "it" girl without the "it" accessory.
xx, ZM


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tommy Ton x Milan

Fall menswear shows' style extends off the runway and into the streets in Milan. I couldn't resist sharing these daring looks shot by Tommy Ton that I stumbled upon on styledotcom. Daring and bold are the names of the game, especially in the third photo of Vogue Japan's editor-at-large and creative consultant, Anna Dello Russo. She's always over the top and easy to spot at high fashion events like so. Standing out in a crowd like this can't be easy, so nods to ADR.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, there are 3,000 words above for you to take a look at, so my job is done. I had to post these, as they portray some of the most chic trends of the season thus far. Take mental notes and try to play around with your wardrobe.
Here's to style inspiration.
xx, ZM


Fashion For a Cause

Fashion Project is the industry leader in online clothing donation.  Since its founding in 2012, Fashion Project has supported over 1,000 nonprofits and powered donation programs for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Joie, Milly, Helmut Lang, and more. By focusing on maximizing the value of every item donated, Fashion Project can raise up to 100x than an average thrift store. For more information on Fashion Project, visit the website.
Select Simon malls, including Copley Place, are again teaming up with Fashion Project this winter to offer mall guests the opportunity to donate gently worn clothing to benefit charitable causes. Fashion Project is the premiere online clothing donation service committed to using fashion as a force for good.
Copley Place shoppers can pick up a Donation Bag at Simon Mall® Guests Services which is located on Level 1 across from Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton or request one online here until Sunday, February 1, 2015.
Fashion Project accepts women’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories from brands such as Free People, Tory Burch and Prada. A complete list of qualifying brands is listed on Fashion Project’s ‘Qualifying Brands List’.  A qualifying item must be in near new or great condition.
Upon receipt of the Donation Bag at Fashion Project Headquarters, Fashion Project will sort and sell the items, donating 55% of the proceeds to the donor’s charity of choice.
In addition, for every five qualifying items, the donor will earn a $20 Simon Giftcard. There is no limit to the giftcard quantity so if you donate 10 qualifying items you’ll earn $40, and so on.
“We are excited to again be able to work with Fashion Project, offering our shoppers a unique opportunity to support a worthy cause,” said Debora Konig, Director of Mall Marketing and Business Development at Copley Place.
“We are thrilled to make donating through Fashion Project even more accessible,” says Anna Palmer, CEO of Fashion Project. “We hope creating an in-person experience will result in an increase in donations and funds to support charitable causes worldwide.” 
 Fashion for a cause is the best kind of fashion.
xx, ZM


Monday, January 19, 2015

Dressing the Part

Nothing feels better than putting together a killer outfit after hours or sorting through your closet and thinking, "I have nothing to wear." Dressing up is fun, especially when you have a reason to do so. For us college students, it's time to start thinking about what we want to do postgrad, and researching internships that will help prepare us best for our respective fields. When we get far enough into the process, it's interview time and dressing the part is a big part of whether you're suited for the job or not. Whether you're wearing appropriate scrubs or polished Louboutins, whatever your job, the key is dressing like the boss on day one.
For whoever doesn't think so, dressing is an important part of everyday life. We make so many judgements based on what someone is wearing, and when it comes to you, you want people to interpret you as you wish to be seen. When it comes to styling, you have to always be true to yourself and be appropriate at the same time. Like I said, the environment you're working in has a lot to do with what's deemed right, so you have to get to know your surroundings before you start so you know the standard.
Just like people do research for jobs, it's essential to continue the research when you finally get the job you've been dying for. You want to always be on your A-game and make sure you're abiding by the rules and doing so with your own twist. Remember, next time somebody tells you that clothing and accessories are merely a hobby, kindly remind them that dress outwardly expresses who we are, and people take a look at us and walk away with all kinds of assumptions. Make sure you're sending the right message.
Dress up.
xx, ZM


Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter Woes

It took a while, but winter has certainly arrived. Hearing "low twenties" "high winds" and "wind chill" in daily forecasts doesn't feel too great, does it? The best solution to this problem is a vacation, but the second best is a cozy turtleneck (or five). This classic staple has graced the necks of countless style icons, think: Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O. Go the extra mile to look stylish and fool yourself into loving winter.
I know what you're thinking. Turtlenecks are frumpy, they make your neck itchy, they make you look neckless. Blah blah blah. I know the stigmas against turtlenecks, but I'm here to tell you that they're really not all that bad. 
Before making a huge comeback this season, turtlenecks were never really my thing. My mother has always sworn by them, so I guess she was onto something. Thanks, mom. With that exposure and going to school in snowy Syracuse, I hopped on the turtleneck bandwagon faster than you can say turtleneck.
My current obsession is a boyfriend-fit, thin knit turtleneck that sits comfortably somewhere between a chunky oversize sweater and a slim-fit pullover. No matter what body fit you prefer though, my best advice is to take advantage of a long, lean neck and bunch up the knit a bit. Don’t fashion a roll or perfect fold; let the extra fabric gather in a perfect messy elegance that fits the trend so well. Winter layering with a turtleneck is perfect for any occasion, day or night. Pick a colorful option to off-set an all-black outfit, or layer a cozy cream-colored sweater under a dress that would otherwise bare some skin. 
Say goodbye to freezing your butt off in thin long sleeved shirts and embrace the warmth of the turtleneck trend. From what it looks like, we're all going to be needing this style to stick around, and you never know, you may start to love winter.
Warm and chic is a fabulous combo.
xx, ZM

Monday, December 08, 2014

Lucky No. 5

Five has been my "lucky", and favorite, number since it became my first softball number in elementary school, so it's only natural that I gravitate toward Chanel No. 5, right? I've been an advocate for Chanel fragrances for a long, long time now. The scents are timeless and most importantly, they're tolerable and not too bold. When someone hears the word Chanel, there's a stigma to it. You think classic, timeless, chic and powerful. That's exactly how Chanel No. 5 feels, and why it's the perfect gift for any woman you cherish this holiday season.
Everybody loves being associated with a great scent. It's motivating and it makes you feel like a better version of yourself. I like to call it the invisible accessory. Even though you can't see it, it's one of the most important you wear. It says a lot about your personality and style, and I think there's something special about staying loyal to a brand or specific scent over a long period of time. A lot of chic characters in movies and TV shows pride themselves on their "signature scents" and I think there's something fun about doing that in real life, too.
Giving the scent of Chanel No. 5, which has so much meaning and history attached to it, is a fantastic gift. Even Marilyn Monroe was famously quoted saying she wouldn't wear anything but Chanel No. 5. Who doesn't want to have common ground with such a celebrity? Another great element is that the fabulous scent lasts throughout the day. You can wear it day to night and casual or dressy, it goes with really anything. Plus, there are so many parties and places to go this time of year that a new perfume could turn a good time into a great one. 
So, if you're shopping for any woman, consider Chanel No. 5. It comes in three different sizes in different price ranges. Because there's a lot of variety in size and price, so fragrance can fit into many different budgets for many different people. Giving the gift of Chanel is a lot more than just perfume, it's an old Parisian brand that remains just as special today as it did when it began. It's a really special gift that will be remembered for holiday seasons to come. That being said, if you're reading this and you're shopping for me, I just stocked up on my Chanel No. 5 over Thanksgiving, so get creative.
Happy holiday shopping.
xx, ZM


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Did Somebody Say Blanket?

This year I'm thankful for blanket scarves. You heard correctly, blanket scarves are the "it" accessory of the season. Wrap yourself up in your biggest, most cozy scarf and step out to make the ultimate street style statement. What's better than looking good and being warm at the same time? That's right, nothing. This look is here to stay, and it's definitely a trend that comes with a warm welcome.
With this emerging look comes many options. First, grab the best over-sized scarf for your outfit. If you're shopping for one (or two), go for something neutral so you can wear it with several different ensembles, instead of one, bright-colored scarf that you'll only get to wear every once-in-a-while. Believe me, you will want to get a lot of use out of this accessory. Once that's over with, there are a lot of ways to style this look. Wrap it around your body like a shawl, wear it like a poncho, tie it like a normal scarf or aim for an off-the-shoulder, slouchy look to mimic the style of an actual blanket. However many styles you choose and use is up to you, they're all equally as chic and comfortable.
Recently, this look has been seen on a number of celebrities. Style icons Olivia Palermo and Rose Huntington-Whiteley are among the stars, and rocked chic Burberry ponchos with their initials. That probably has you thinking which brands are best for the trend. You can certainly go all the way with Burberry, but there are many other options, too, with a much lower price tag. Zara has an impeccable selection of blanket scarves, and they're all very versatile and can match any style or function you desire. The same goes for Urban Outfitters and J.Crew. All three of these stores have great selections, and a lot of different styles and colors to match your signature look and personality.
Make sure you take advantage of this trend. Who doesn't want to step out in something that's, well, a blanket! It's supposed to be a cold winter, so prepare yourself by stocking up on warm accessories like so. If you want to be trendy and toasty, blanket scarves are your go-to. This style leaves room for a lot of personalization and it's perfect for the cold weather, so grab your blanket scarf and go.
Stay cozy.
xx, ZM

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Newbury's Newest Gem

Tiffany & Co. recently celebrated the opening of its new store at 5 Newbury Street in Boston located in the Taj Hotel where Chanel used to reside. The 1927 landmark building housing the store borders Boston's gorgeous Public Garden, as a centerpiece of the Back Bay area fabled for its Victorian brownstone homes, fashionable shops, art galleries and cultural institutions.
“This year marks our 30th anniversary in Boston,” said Tiffany vice president Tom O’Rourke. “Coincidentally, Tiffany and the Public Garden were both established in 1837. We deeply appreciate our shared history and extend a warm welcome to Bostonians and visitors to discover Tiffany’s extraordinary jewelry and shopping experience that place us at the forefront of glamour and style.”
Visitors enter a modern and luxurious environment sparkling with the diamonds for which Tiffany has been known for over 175 years. How darling. These exquisite stones are arrayed in engagement rings—the ultimate symbols of true love—and jewels with rare colored diamonds, including Tiffany Yellow Diamonds. Beauty shines too in the bejeweled masterpieces of Jean Schlumberger, sculptural jewelry of Elsa Peretti and the colorful collections of Paloma Picasso—Tiffany’s exclusive designers. Customers will also discover the new Tiffany T collection, created by design director Francesca Amfitheatrof with all the energy and optimism of New York City.
The approximately 1,800-square-foot store is designed with archival and architectural motifs from Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store. These details include the wheat leaf that frames the flagship’s entrance and accents the façade of the Boston store. 
The store comprises three jewelry salons that are seamlessly designed with walnut paneling cerused with gold, walls of glossy cream lacquer or velvet, and white marble floors accented with a contrasting band of dark green marble, the same material that frames the portals on the flagship’s main floor. Custom furnishings and velvet drapery are designed in a palette of pale blue, vibrant aqua and peacock that beautifully complements Tiffany Blue.
A profusion of magnolias, stems entwined, blooms in carpeting, and in hand-gilded and painted glass panels and sconces. This floral pattern is inspired by the stained glass masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the company’s founder and a world leader of the Art Nouveau movement. The private sales salon is highlighted with Mr. Tiffany’s delicate wisteria pattern in white gold, along with lamps of amazonite and a lotus pattern that is based on an archival Tiffany vase.
The décor is finished with archival illustrations, as well as vintage Tiffany ads and black-and-white imagery of New York City, where Tiffany & Co. was founded. Together they tell a visual story of Tiffany & Co. as the city’s first great jeweler that is now open on Newbury Street with all the treasures of its honored legacy.
Kick off your holiday shopping with a little blue box.
xx, ZM
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