Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tiffany Enchant

A brisk autumn day in the Boston Public Gardens with green grass, orange leaves and the beautiful, ornate gates... Now that’s something majestic. It just so happens that those traditional 19th century garden gates have inspired something even more stunning and symmetrical. Let me introduce to you the Tiffany Enchant collection. The Public Garden came about in 1837 when philanthropist Horace Gray petitioned for the use of land as the first public botanical garden in the United States. That’s right, Boston set the trend! The Tiffany Enchant collection is a perfect memento of one of Boston’s most picturesque places during this 175th anniversary year, capturing nature and designs inspired by flourishes of garden gates that we all love.

 The Boston Public Gardens aren’t the only things with history. Tiffany & Co. has been known for 175 years for its tradition of nature-inspired baubles and its ever so beautiful engineering of timeless diamonds. The Tiffany diamond is a great legacy, and has had me dreaming since I was a young girl to have my very own someday. Much like 19th century garden gates, the Tiffany Enchant collection “provides a frame through which nature’s beauty can be viewed,” as said by Tiffany & Co. itself. Nature is evident in the shine of the diamonds themselves. The shine and dazzling light separate Enchant diamonds from any others, with impeccable craftsmanship and a hand cut finish. All in all, Tiffany Enchant is a tribute to all the beauty that nature inspires. It is also richly symbolic of the company’s commitment to protecting the environment and its precious resources. Tiffany & Co. has partnered with New York’s Central Park Conservancy and other such organizations around the world to preserve urban green spaces for the enjoyment of all. With so many unbelievable sparkles and enchanting motifs, Tiffany Enchant distinguishes the company even more as the world’s leading diamond distributor. 
How fabulous.
xx, ZM


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Trend Report: Dirndl Skirts

Let's talk trend. Currently, dirndl skirts -- longer skirt, but shorter than a maxi -- are sweeping the fashion world. If a girl like Olivia Palermo is wearing it, we all have to have it. Not only have I seen dirndl skirts gracing the glossy pages of fashion magazines, but I've seen them in window displays, on boutique racks and on commercials. The look seems a bit historic, dating back to the '50s voluminous skirts with cinched-in waistlines, but designers have transformed the look into a "modern must" and every stylish girl needs to add a dirndl skirt to her list of must-haves.

Now that you know what it is, let's talk about styling because let's face it, if you wear it wrong you may end up looking like you belong in The Sound of Music. We all know that's not a compliment! To avoid this, keep dirndls formal. They're not something you're going to get away with wearing to the gas station. I'd suggest pairing a dirndl up with a chiffon blouse or a light sweater. Once you've done this, the accessories come next. Over-accessorizing is probably the worst fashion crime you can commit, so keep it simple. A statement necklace does the job perfectly, or if you're tucking in your top, a belt would be the perfect accessory to top off the look. Since dirndl skirts are long, usually past the knee, they aren't going to look too great if you aren't wearing heels. Sans heels, you might come across a bit homely... It all depends on the person, but it's better to play it safe. But in combination with the season's hottest colors, textures and patterns, if you're wearing a dirndl, I'm sure you'll look super fabulous. Popular fashion website and e-magazine Who What Wear calls the trend a "runway resurrection" and predicts that the look is really taking off. I couldn't agree more. As it gets colder, women have to put their short dresses away and succumb to longer, warmer looks. Dirndls are suitable for everybody, so shop around, put your look together and don't forget to wear your confidence on your sleeve.
Get your chic on.
xx, ZM


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Recycle Your Outfit :: day to night ::

Diane von Furstenberg peplum top / L'Agence pleated skirt, $1,140 / 7 For All Mankind , $340 / Diane von Furstenberg platform sandals / Madewell low heel boots / Madewell / Marc by Marc Jacobs crossbody handbag / Madewell / DANNIJO jewelry / Butter London , $27 / Butter London Shag Nail Lacquer, $17 / Essie Nail Color, Good Morning Hope For Breast Cancer Awareness-...
The moral of the story is, keep it on the lighter, more colorful side during the day, and save the ultra-dark looks for nighttime. The evening is for amping it up, but it's better to play it safe and casual during the work day. The colors incorporated into daytime fashion are more inviting and bright; just like how the sun is out. But when the moon is high in the sky and the sun is nowhere to be found, unveil your dark colors and add an extra edge to your look. Your nighttime ensemble will be sleek, sexy and style-savvy if you choose to follow these rules. You could even be with the same people and they wouldn't recognize your outfit. The look isn't about going from a rainbow to a complete absence of color, it's about transition. If you were to wear dark hues during the day and wanted to incorporate a piece from your daytime look to your nighttime look, then you'd do the opposite as the photo guide. You follow? Like I said it's all about the transition, it doesn't matter which colors and looks come first. I just think the dark theme for the night is appropriate, you know? Do as you please.
Whatever you do, make sure it's fashion-forward.
xx, ZM

Monday, October 15, 2012


With twenty-one days left until the presidential election, the beginning of this week is crucial if you haven't registered to vote yet. Some states' deadlines for registering have passed, but in Massachusetts where I am and other surrounding states, you can do so through the middle to end of this week. You're all probably wondering why I'm blogging about politics, but it's much more than that. The CFDA, Kenneth Cole and many famous names in the fashion industry have been pushing for young people to register to vote. It's important to voice your opinions and no matter what anybody says, every vote counts and is an effort toward improvement for the US. Voting is a privilege that millions of people across the world don't have access to and would do anything to have. 
"As Americans, our vote is a privilege
 often squandered," says Kenneth Cole
 designer and social activist. 
"What one wears is not as important as 
the need to be aware, and on Election Day,
 we all need to proudly wear our voices."
-Kenneth Cole
See, even people outside of the political "industry", or whatever you want to call it, are pushing for citizens to register. No matter old or young, the government has some sort of role in your life. To make sure you agree with that role and you're able to voice your opinion, you have to be registered! Register now at Rock the Vote and stand your ground.
Tweet to @fash_is_freedom if you've registered and use #wewill.
We will vote because we make a difference.
xx, ZM


Friday, October 12, 2012

Bare Necessities

AllSaints / Isabel Marant oversized sweater, $650 / J.Crew puffer vest / Commando polka dot tight / 7 For All Mankind jeans, $360 / Jeffrey Campbell platform sandals, $88 / Madewell kitten heels / Marc by Marc Jacobs marc jacobs handbag, $630 / Stella & Dot chain necklace / Kate Spade jewelry / Alex and Ani gold bangle / Marc by Marc Jacobs marc jacob / Dolce&Gabbana dolce gabbana, $250 / Deborah Lippmann / Deborah Lippmann Bitches Brew
Well, well, well, what do we have here? It looks to me like I've compiled all of fall's dark-colored and deep-colored must haves, with the exception of that cream sweater, that is. This fall is all about dark. Colors aren't obsolete, but there's more of a dark aura in the air. You know? The mornings are dark, it gets darker earlier -- that sort of thing. Embrace it! I know it's not bright and sunny like summer, but it's a time to let your fashion run wild, so go with it. Be a queen of the dark and don't be afraid of going for that nighttime look. It's fabulous, you're fabulous, and the fall is just another excuse to make your fashion ultra-chic.
Sometimes darker is better.
Yes that was a compliment to brunettes.
xx, ZM

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What're You Craving?

Acne collared blouse, $320 / Alexander McQueen long cardigan, $1,915 / 7 For All Mankind printed jeans, $260 / Madewell ballerina flat / Madewell vintage leather handbag / Kate Spade glass necklace / Alex and Ani set of bangle / Alex and Ani spike jewelry / Ted Baker leather glove, $95 / Smythson Runway textured-leather notebook
What are you craving this fall? Hot chocolate or warm apple cider, perhaps? That's not quite what I'm talking about, even though I could go for a glass of both right now. Fashion cravings are what I'm talking about. The yearning for new, leopard print flats or the desire for a chic leather notebook with New York London Milan Paris printed on the front. Now we're talking fall cravings. Let's talk about what I want -- Mom and Dad, I hope you're reading this. This blue "bow tie" blouse is definitely on my to buy list. The simplicity of it is wonderful, but the bow adds a lot. You don't need a necklace, because it basically comes with the shirt! But one problem... it's so chilly outside. Aha! That's where the cardigan comes into play. A bulky, cream-colored cardigan is like the love of my life. I wear mine all the time and it's perfect to go over the blouse. Next, you'll be needing some pants! These maroon-colored 7 for all mankind jeans will do the job. The mix and match well with the top and cardigan, and once you throw on your new Madewell leopard flats, you could be co-hosting Fashion Police with Joan Rivers. The Alex & Ani bangles are a must for me, I don't leave the house without mine on. Did I mention I have twelve? Yes, my wrist is very heavy if you were wondering. The gloves are for a cold day, but the handbag (Madewell, of course) is a must. How else will you carry around your fabulous belongings? That's what I thought. So now you've got a taste of my current [fall] cravings. I just can't get enough! I hope to have inspired you with my style needs. Now, make a list of your own and see where that takes you. Best of luck.
Now all I need is a Shopaholics Anonymous meeting...
It's a problem I have.
xx, ZM

Color Moment: Red Hot Fall

Red Hot Color Moment
Peplum top / Levi’s Made & Crafted skinny jeans, $230 / Loeffler Randall pointed toe flat / Chloé leather clutch / DANNIJO / Kate Spade / Hermès scarve / NARS Cosmetics / Butter London nail polish
Are you looking red hot this fall? Well, if you haven't gotten your red on yet thus far, it's never too late to start. Red is the color of the season! It brings out the best in all of our complexions. So how can you get started? Grab a scarf, a new tube of rouge lipstick or a new pair of kicks in the color you desire (red, of course), and you'll be good to go. When you're out shopping, keep your eyes wandering for red, and when you find it, run for the register and don't turn back. Some people may say "better dead than red", but that's the total opposite motto of this fall's [red] hottest fashion trends.
Stay hot.
xx, ZM


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Fall's Favorite Flats

It's time to give your ballet flats a talk, they won't be the only flats in your closet for long. This fall, smoking slippers AKA loafers, are taking over. This must-have shoe is a staple that us ladies borrowed from menswear... Sorry, boys! Loafers are versatile, comfortable, and easy to dress up or down. They add grace or edge to any outfit, depending on the style of the loafer, and are gaining popularity by the second.
In my opinion, loafers are an effortless shoe. You slip them on, and that's it. And you know what, that's what I love about them. They're easy, they're very slipper-esque and they're simple. Another bonus is that they're manufactured in many different textures and patterns. A few common loafer looks are small spikes with leather, leopard print and bright colors. This makes the shoes fun to wear and almost add an accessory in addition to your shoes. I've seen striped loafers, alligator skin loafers and even metallic-colored loafers. As a complete and total lover of flats, I've made the transition from ballet flats to loafers, and I'm so glad I did! It introduced a whole new look to my outfits, and added a certain sharpness that wasn't evident before. I love my ballet flats, and they'll always be my favorites, but loafers made their way into my wardrobe this fall and I'm glad it ended up that way! So where is the best place to buy a fabulous pair of smoking loafers? I'd say Gap. I have a pair from they're and they were inexpensive, they're very comfortable, and I chose from a variety of patterns. There were stripes, polka dots, velvet -- you name it. Once you've been introduced to the shoe and you're totally loving the trend, I'd say make a trip to Nordstrom's and test drive a pair of Sam Edelman loafers. Not only is Sam one of my favorite shoe brands, but he's got some bold patterns and loafer designs out this fall that will make anyone look like a rock star. But before you purchase the Cadillac pair, start small. Ease your way into the new trend and make sure you like it! Also remember to style your loafers simply, don't try too hard. They're easy, they're chic and they'll look fabulous on their own. Trust me, don't overdo it.
Shoes speak louder than words, ladies.
xx, ZM


Thursday, October 04, 2012

Mix Well. Madewell.

One rainy day after the next doesn't exactly scream "happy October", but Madewell's fall 2012 campaign and collection surely will get you excited for colder days and cozy layers. I don't know about you, but Madewell is one of my favorites. I'll admit, I did some damage in the store while I was school shopping! There are tons of great long-sleeved cotton shirts, chambray shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, trousers, jeans and so much more. Oh, and did I mention the Madewell boots for this season? To DIE for. They're definitely on my "list" of necessities for this fall and will be in my closet soon enough! But enough about me, I want all of you to learn to love the brand and the fabulous fall/winter collection.

"As the face of the Madewell 
fall ’12 campaign, Knowles is 
officially the perfect choice 
for a collection that has already 
inspired us to get creative with 
the way we style ourselves."
- Refinery 29.
Isn't Solange the perfect girl for Madewell? Her style is perfect for the brand's mix of bohemian and preppy style. The collection really is amazing, I can't get enough! The garments are almost basic, but the colors and added details make everything so perfect and unique. I can't wait for it to get a little cooler outside (yes, I know, be careful what you wish for...) so I can head back to the store and pick up a sweater... or two. I know it's only October, but I know where I'll be going to fill up my Christmas list this year! I digress... Madewell is too good to be true and this collection is definitely a standout from the rest this fall. Invest in Madewell, the styles are fabulous and the quality is unbeatable.
Over and out.
xx, ZM

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