I’ve noticed a plethora of combat boots and berets at runway shows in both New York and London. I’m a shoe/hat person so it figures I’d be all over this stuff. In fact In the last 24 hours I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time on bay bidding on “vintage” Doc. Martin’s. So first up let’s check out the looks. then we will get into why they work and where to get these latest must have items.

Combat Boots On The Runway

Combat boots at NY and London Fashion Week

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Berets

Runway and street styled berets

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Why it works

Combat boots add a punk rock vibe to what otherwise might be kind of bland clothing. Take for example the little black dress in #1. Without the boots the outfit would be kinda blah, but add the boots and all of a sudden the outfit has strength and structure that looks new and fresh. I also like the way designers juxtaposed “sweet” (like the swing skirt in #3 and the floral prink in #5)  with decidedly not sweet boots. It works for me. Add to all this the fact that combat boots are about as functional as they get–easy to walk in, able to stand up to the elements–I think we have a winner on our hands!

Berets on the other hand add softness and femininity to outfits. Sometimes the beret is just the cherry on top of what if already a fairly “girly” look (see 1), other times the softness and femininity of the beret provides adds an element of softness to a more punk rock look (see 3). I like berets because they are functional (gotta keep that head warm) and (can be) really affordable.

Where to get yours

I trolled the internet to find the best combat boots and berets for you all. There is an abundance of options at every price point….so no excuses. Get your boots and beret on.

Combat Boots to BUY
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Berets
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

 

I’m going to go out on a limb here. I’m guessing doing your nails isn’t something you associate with supporting social justice.  But in an era eroding civil rights activism is popping up in some of the most unexpected places. Thanks to two enterprising NYC-based manicurists, getting your nails done is just the latest greatest way to give the world a piece of your mind.

Ami Vega Nails

Ami Vega uses nail art to support Black Lives Matter, feminism and the Women’s March on Washington. What I particularly appreciate about Vega’s work is the implicit reminder that there are many ways lend your voice to a cause. Some us of are uncomfortable speaking up with words, but there are other ways to lend our voices and be an ally.

Nails for Humanity

 

 Jinsoon Nails

Jin Soon Choi, a Korean immigrant and long time manicurist, teamed up with graffiti artist Chris Riggs to create a politically-minded line of nail polishes:  Love (pink), Hope (orange), Peace (blue) and Grace (grey). “I believe [these themes] are the most important things in life,” said Riggs in an interview with Refinery 29. “[We’re going through] a really hard time,” Choi added. “Why not spread positive words through art and color?” My favorite part of this collaboration is the line of nail art stickers the duo created, the perfect way to express yourself if you’ve neither the skill nor the patience for a Vega-style manicure.

JinSoon Nails

 

If there is one color that really stands out from the pictures of NYFW it is yellow. How do you feel about yellow? I used to think it made me angry, however, lately it’s making me smile. There something cheerful and optimistic about this color that resonates with me right now.

(Could it be because I need hourly reminders to be optimistic and hopeful about the fate of the good ol’ USofA.)

Back to our scheduled programing.

Yellow At NYFW 2017

Let’s take a look at all the ways people are making yellow work for them this season. First up a few of my favorite runway looks.

 

Not to be left out on a cool trend, check out all the ladies wearing yellow to the shows.

 

Can I Wear Yellow?

There is a perception that only certain skin tones can wear yellow, the truth as demonstrated in the street style and runway photos, is that yellow can work for just about anyone, the trick is to find the hue that works for you. To help you find the shade of yellow that works best for you check out “yellow rules” guide below.

 Women with cool/pink undertones look SMASHING in bright yellows and mustards (like Michelle Williams and Michelle Dockery). Lighter yellows (as shown on Diane Kruger) can also work provided you create some contrast with a strong red lip or some kind of accessory (as shown in the runway image from Zadig & Voltaire).

Women with warmer/yellow undertones look STUNNING in punchy bright yellows (as shown on Minnie Driver and Angela Bassett). I also like them in richer earthier yellows as shown on Penelope Cruz. PC’s dress is more of a mustard yellow–which tends to also look great on paler skin tones but she is also rocking it–which just goes to show that you don’t know if something will work until you try it on.

My Favorite Yellow Items

No post would be complete without me tossing out a few of my favorite yellow items currently in stores. The J.Crew cardigan is a HOME RUN as far as I am concerned—but I love anything a little over-the-top. Happy shopping!

Wear Yellow

 

Shopping Guide:
1. Crispin Drops, Bauble Bar. $48
2. Poplin Blouse, Zara, $40
3. Embellished Cardigan, J.Crew, $98
4.Velvet Trimmed Socks, Topshop. $6
5. Regent Blazer, J. Crew. $168
6. Shoulder Bag, H&M. $30
7. Frilled Sleeve Dress, Zara, $50
8. Peplum Tank, Old Navy, $18

I’m having lots of fun watching runway images come in from Fashion Week.  I like following the shows–not because I can actually afford anything–but because it’s a great source of inspiration for styling, color trends and possible DIY’s. While looking at the Tommy Hilfiger’s spring 2017 ready to wear show I realized that one of my favorite looks from the show, a pair of patchwork jeans, is a total DIY. Let’s take a look.

Examining the Look

Here are two images from Tommy’s show which feature patchwork jeans. Pretty great, right?

TH Patchwork Jeans Runway Trend

TH patchwork denim

To buy or DIY?

I adore these jeans. They are relaxed and retro, and for me hit that perfect casual-cool note. The only problem, $$$

DIY Runway Looks

Make your own patchwork demin

I’m not really at a point my my life where I can justify $430 for jeans.  Lucky for me, and maybe you too, this is a look that we can easily replicate.

No Sew Runway Knockoff

How much this DIY costs you really depends on what your scrap fabric situation is. Maybe you (or someone you know) as lots left over from other sewing projects. If not, you can buy grab bags of scrap fabric on Etsy. Another option is to buy fat quarters of a set fabric, like what fabric designer Anna Maria Horner sells on her website (pictured below). Maybe you do some combination of all three.

Patchwork Jeans DIY supplies

Supplies for this project

 

Once you’ve settled on your fabric, go ahead and start cutting your patches. This tutorial from Boat People Vintage (I LOVE THEM!) will give you lots of inspiration on how to get your patches to look just right. They suggest pinning your patches to the jeans and then using fabric glue to affix them once you have a layout you like. Also FYI it is essential that you eat pop tarts and watch Netflix while doing this DIY.

Good Morning! It is time for another edition of “Cheapo Completo.”
Until recently I wasn’t really “in” to holidays. I liked them well enough, I just didn’t do anything to try to make them special.  But my attitude changed when I had my daughter. I wanted to have traditions, to decorate, to make things special for her. It’s a work in progress (a work helped along by the Target Dollar Bin section.) but we are having a lot of fun with it.
Since pink and red are one of my favorite color combos it figures that I am all over Valentine’s.
Here is a quick look I put together for Feb. 14. This is a truly BUDGET outfit. You get pants, a shirt, a bag and pouch, shoes and all kinds of jewels for $150. Yeehaw!
Valentine Budget Outfit

 

Shopping Guide

Pants, Topshop, $36
Shirt, Zara, $36
Shoes, New Chic, $10
Cuff,  Zaful, $3.50
Earrings, Betsey Johnson, $25
Purse, Zaful, $19
Clutch, Accessorize, $6
Total: $135.50