Monday, February 25, 2013

Not Your Boyfriend's Jeans

I've just gotten back to the U.S. from Costa Rica and let's face it, I'm tired, still hot from the sun, and only interested in comfortable outfits at the moment. The perfect solution to my laziness is a pair of boyfriend jeans. For those of you who aren't familiar, boyfriend jeans are designed for women, but are looser and appear almost as a unisex pair of jeans; they're a kind of modified menswear. The style has been steady since 2010, and I've been a fan ever since then, too. . The boyfriend trend is all about wearing pants that look a size too big for the wearer. It is recommended to only go up one size, you don't want to look as if you're not put together! The boyfriend jean is a staple for every girl's closet, and there are many different ways to wear a pair.
I have three favorite ways to wear boyfriend jeans. First, I adore when they're worn with heels. With cropped bottoms and a simple heel, the look makes your legs appear longer and leaner, and who doesn't love wearing a pair of heels? This takes away from the masculine look and brings it right back to 100% feminine. Next, pair your boys with a blazer. Why? Well if you're wearing a simple tee, which I love with these jeans, a blazer is just the right piece to add. They're in style and also a little on the masculine side, so it goes with the entire look. Blazers are slick, and a woman who can pull off a blazer is indeed the best kind of woman. Thirdly, I love a satchel with boyfriend jeans. Satchels are usually kind of droopy and oversized, just like the jeans. Similar to the blazer, it just goes with the look. They're along the same theme, and really go well together. When you're wearing boyfriend jeans, it's best to remember not to go too big, just a size bigger so they're loose but they still fit you. Add accessories and don't doll yourself up too much, that's not the boyfriend look. Wear the pants one of the ways I mentioned, and bam, you'll be the chicest girl on the block. Remember, loose jeans aren't just for boys. Let's give 'em a run for their money.
A pair of jeans is the best kind of boyfriend.
xx, ZM


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Accessorize Effortlessly

I'm currently in Costa Rica and dressing as colorfully as can be. Brights, pastels, metallics -- you name it, and I bet it was in my suitcase. After all, I did only beat the 50 lb. luggage limit by .5 of a pound... Anyhow, part of my fashion statement down here in Central America is colored bangles. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful Valentine who gave me a gorgeous blueish-purple bangle (really a cuff) that I can incorporate into my summer style looks. Looking to try out new accessories? I'd definitely suggest bangles and cuffs, and they're truly so easy to wear.
Step one to rocking the bangle/cuff look is to roll up your sleeves. Leave a little room between your wrists and forearms to put your bracelets. Bangles look best when paired with a watch and a few regular bracelets, so don't be shy. Have your own "arm party", meaning load up on your accessories because it's in style! Usually when I wear my bangles, I move them up a little further on my arm than the rest of my bracelets to distinguish them. I like to put different colored bangles together, and this is based on whichever colors are present in my outfit. The most important part about this trend is that it's so effortless. Round up a couple of bracelets, gather two or three bangles, cuff your sleeves, and you're good to go! Everyone around town will want to know how to wear this look once you have. Believe me... Be sure match your colors, pair the bangles with other bracelets and a watch and make sure the look is bold and visible. 
Much love from Costa Rica
xx, ZM

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day, loves!
Whether you have a Valentine or not, enjoy your day and be happy.
And if you do have a Valentine, remember to love that person every day of the year.
Have a special day! I love you all for stopping by + reading.
- Love always -
xx, ZM

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Think Pink + Red

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Rare London peplum dress / Giuseppe Zanotti suede wedge / Kate Spade pink pumps / Kate Spade handbag / Kate Spade jewelry / Kate Spade / Topshop / J.Crew patent leather belt / River Island round sunglasses / NARS Cosmetics / NARS Cosmetics / Lippmann Collection / Deborah Lippmann nail polish / We Belong Together Hearts / Kate Spade New York Tudor City Large Debra /  Twiggy from Kiel James Patrick
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Have a fabulous Valentines Day with the help of these perfectly pink and red goodies. Peplum, pumps, a purse -- what more could you ask for? Even baubles and beauty supplies to keep you pretty throughout the day! And for when those Giuseppe Zanottis start to hurt your feet... J.Crew flats, and they're pink of course. I love Valentines colors, they're so happy and poppy. Oh, and in addition to wearing and investing in some pink and red tomorrow, how about ingesting some Valentines treats. I'm the biggest chocolate fanatic in the world. There's nothing like treating yourself to some delicious chocolates and candies on this special day, so go for it! Well, I hope you all enjoy your Valentines Day and have prepared your outfits accordingly. Pink and red clothes with the accessories to match. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I'll be sporting. See you then!
Think pink... And red.
xx, ZM

Monday, February 11, 2013

Kick the Cold to the Curb

It's freezing out, and with last week's blizzard, the snow is just in the way. Everywhere I go, I get snow and sand all over my shoes and I thank myself that I was smart enough to wear boots. Oh, and of course that's not it... When a gust of wind comes along, I'm relieved that I remembered to wear a sweater, jacket and gloves. Every move the weather makes, we have to dress for it. Keeping warm in the winter isn't too much of a difficult task, but keeping warm in style may come as a challenge.
Living up here in New England, it can be tough. In a perfect world, I could just throw on warm sweatpants, a sweatshirt, my jacket and Uggs and that'd be stylish, but I'm afraid that's just the opposite. By the way, yes if you catch me sometimes, I will have that on... But my goal this winter has been to dress warm while looking fashionable, and I've kept it up for the most part. Step one is to own several sweaters that are cozy and cute. Match them with a scarf that looks great and will help keep you warm, and you're in business. Next, get a hold of some thicker jeans or corduroys to sport with your sweaters. These will help keep your legs warm, and both types of trousers match well when paired with a scarf and sweater. Step three, wear boots! I usually wear my leather boots outside, and they go just below the knee, and I stay warm. I mean, if you're going to be outside for an extended period of time, I suggest you don't go after a chic look, but if you're just spending the day in the cold, leather boots with a decent lining inside should keep you toasty. If not, add some leg warmers or bulkier socks inside your boots and you'll be just fine. To top it off, add your best outerwear. My favorite look includes a peacoat and brightly-colored mittens. The mittens add a little pizzaz and my signature J.Crew peacoat is a timeless piece and it's super warm. If you can whip up a look like these with similar garments, you'll be warm, stylin', and kicking the cold to the curb. 
Show winter who's boss.
xx, ZM



Saturday, February 09, 2013

If Spring is Ever Sprung

By now you all probably know, or have noticed, that I'm obsessed with anything and everything J.Crew. Well, J.Crew spring is no exception. The pastels, the simplicity of the many colors of chino shorts, and the gorgeous accessories make for many whimsical outfits to be made. I leave for Costa Rica in one week (eep!) and my suitcase will be full of J.Crew spring and summer clothes. So in honor of my trip-to-be, here are a few things from my packing list. Take all of the pieces in the picture below and piece together your own outfit. Make it fun for yourself! J.Crew spring is in stores now, so get it while you can. It might seem crazy to be buying your shorts and t-shirts now, but it's not. Like I said, get it while you can because believe me, it goes fast. Well, here are a few of my favorites from the collection. Excuse me while I swoon over every piece.

Did I mention that mint and pink are my favorite colors?
I think you've figured that out by now.
If spring is ever sprung, this is what I'll be wearing.
xx, ZM

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2013

Thursday's BCBG Max Azria show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was anything but traditional. It seems as though the brand tossed out the typical BCBG woman look, and dug a little deeper for the fall collection. Most of the looks featured layering: t-shirts topped with heavy sweaters and coats. Style dot com describes the collection as "more street than sweet" which is exactly what it was. "We wanted to take something that was centuries old and combine it with something modern," Lubov Azria said at a preview for the collection. Having said that, they took almost a gypsy look and transformed it, combining that look with pattern play, patchwork and statement outerwear. There were more conservative looks on the runway, too, such as a clean mesh tuxedo tank top that I couldn't take my eyes off of. Below are some of the images from the show. Comment below with your opinions of these looks. It was a tough, urban showcase for sure. Who doesn't love edgy?

 It's very Los Angeles street chic to me now that I think of it...
Let us know what you think!
Happy NYFW.
xx, ZM






Monday, February 04, 2013

A Friendly Experience: National Jean Company


National Jean Company. My first memory of the store is from my best friend Kristina’s sweet sixteen. I remember opening her presents with her and the excitement on her face when she saw she had gotten a gift card to National Jean. Then, I didn’t know of the store at all. I wasn’t really in the city a lot and my “passion for fashion” wasn’t fully blossomed; it was the very beginning of FIF. But now, over two years later, I understand every ounce of excitement Kristina had that night having been exposed to the store firsthand in the fall.
Over Veteran’s Day weekend, I stepped into National Jean Company on Newbury Street in Boston (locations also exist in Wellesley, MA and Newton, MA) for an outfit shoot. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was nervous as anything. I walked in shyly and introduced myself to an older gentleman with impeccable style. A younger woman, who I soon found out to be his daughter, also came to the front of the store to anxiously meet me. After I met Steve and Stacy, I was instantly more comfortable. Their family dynamic and the way they worked together and even the clothes they wore made everything so easygoing and stress free. Not too long after that, the store’s “PR girl” JoJo came in who I had been in contact with via email, and she’s just the sweetest thing. I’m always nervous to meet people after emailing them back and forth many times, but she was so welcoming and excited for the shoot. So needless to say, on a personal level, National Jean Company has got friendliness down to a science.

Let’s talk fashion. So I walk in, and the store is much bigger than I expected. Jeans are everywhere. I look around and see leather jackets, blazers, dresses, blouses, shoes, outerwear, accessories -- literally everything. So there I was, in my own kind of heaven. But here’s the catch, NJC may have had a common theme of trendy clothes, but the clothes in the store weren’t just for chic, young girls. As I walked around, I saw things that my mom would wear and my friends’ mothers would love, too. I saw all different kinds of jeans and pants, and tops for women of any age. As I was styling outfits for my shoot, there were countless looks for different occasions. Clothes were available for a day at work, a day in school, travel clothes, casual clothes, clothes you’d wear to a lunch date, and even fashions for a night out. I could go on forever because National Jean had, and has, everything.
So what’s the big deal, isn’t every store on Newbury great? The answer to that is no. Usually when I go shopping, I’ll leave disappointed. Department stores (especially) never have sizes organized and all of the clothes separated by style and occasion. NJC is fantastic about this. I found that sections of the store all had a common theme. Near the tees were vests and leggings for a comfy day, and near the blazers were skirts and dresses for a formal occasion. The layout of the store is strategic and was very easy to shop around. Other small boutiques don’t have the kind of variety of clothes NJC has. Like I said, the store has apparel for women of any age. Different shopper stopped in while I was there and some were older women, some were young teenagers. And they all left with plenty of purchases! 
Oh, and how can I talk about how great the store is without mentioning the price range. Sure NJC has the Paige denim jeans and House of Harlow baubles that can break the bank, but they offer many other brands that are wallet-friendly for those of us on a budget. You don’t have to sacrifice any style to save, either. Steve, the man I mentioned previously, was showing me a pair of leather leggings by a brand named BLANK and comparing them side by side to Paige leggings that were almost the same thing. They were over one hundred dollars less, and had the same type of look. The store also has its own brand that’s manufactured in NYC called Tobey Grey. This line takes a lot of popular, trendy looks and transforms them into fabulous garments that cost less. Dresses, blazers, blouses and jackets all fill the Tobey Grey collection that is in the stores. And might I add, the quality of those clothes are just as good, if not better. National Jean Co. offers so many different styles and items, all ranging in price from low to high, and available to anyone who has a hankering for some major style.
I’m so happy that I got to discover National Jean Company the way I did. With the help of Steve, Stacy and JoJo, we put together a successful shoot and outfit posts (featured on FIF back in November), and had a great time styling. The store is a Newbury Street staple, and there won’t be a time I go shopping now without stopping by and seeing what’s new. There’s so much merchandise, it never gets old! If you can access a NJC store in the Boston area, I highly suggest it. It’s trendy, it’s for everyone and it has clothes of all kinds of prices, so you can spend just as much as you want and need to. National Jean Company is much more than jeans, and a wonderful shop for all of your fashion needs during any, and all, seasons. And since that day in November, I’ve been a huge fan and recommending it to stylish people left and right!
Support this fabulous local business, pretty please.
xx, ZM
Follow National Jean Co.: @National_Jean

PS: Did I mention I was able to meet Gronk at a NJC party before Christmas? Yes, it's true. And that experience may contribute to my love and respect for the store...

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Hey, it's Chambray

   Ah yes, chambray. Also known as lightweight cloth that mimics denim, but less "heavy duty". Walk into any J.Crew and you'll be surrounded by perfectly styled mannequins wearing chambray blouses. It can be a casual or dressy look depending on the pants, skirt, or leggings worn with it. This spring, chambray is big, so I suggest you add a button up to your "to buy" list.
   Just how is a chambray shirt styled? Well, I'll let you in on a few of my favorite ways. First, find one of your favorite, bold necklaces, and pair it with your top. Chambray blouses aren't very detailed, they may have pockets or visible buttons, but aside from that you'll be needing some help in the accessory department. Button up your blouse and wear the necklace over the collar and shirt, or unbutton it and have your necklace peeking through your shirt like you'd normally wear it. Both ways look great. Next, wear your shirt with colored khakis, leather leggings, normal leggings, or white denim pants. I really, well, hate, the denim on denim look even if it's chambray. It's just not very chic. With colored pants, white pants or leggings, your top will stand out and there will be a contrast. Contrasts are fabulous and the shirt will essentially look more bold. And that's what makes a perfect outfit. Lastly, I have more tips about accessories. Stack them on your wrists! Watch, bangles, bracelets -- as much as you can. I mean, don't make it look overdone and sloppy, but have an arm party! When your sleeves are rolled up and cuffed, an arm party is just what you need. 
   With these simple tips -- either each individually or them all put together -- you'll be rocking your chambray shirt as if you were a J.Crew mannequin or model.
Good luck!
xx, ZM

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