My New Ear Bangers. Seeing Things Clearly

 

Mango Lucite Earrings

There are many ways to make a statement this spring, but oversized earrings seem to top the list after they were incorporated into the collections of fashion heavy hitters such as Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and J.W. Anderson (Anderson’s mis-matched take on the trend was my absolute favorite of the season).

Shoulder dusting earrings have slowly made their way back onto the fashion scene for several seasons. Raf Simmons lead the charge when he resurrected the idea of the one ear banger in his fall 2013 collection for Dior. Many designers duplicated the trend for several seasons after by incorporating the solo earcuff, single chandelier and mono hoop options into their own collections.

However, this season we are seeing the mate return to the other ear, and the idea of oversized earrings taking on a whole new meaning. Rodarte created connecting chains to adorn their model’s earlobes, and Proenza Schouler added three layers of dangling metal to some of his earring designs for spring.

I am making an effort to embrace the new more is more trend when it comes to adorning my own earlobes, but I still find myself gravitating towards minimal designs that are smaller in size, yet high in impact. The lucite and silver option I have photographed above is perfect for the minimalist who is gearing up to embrace the statement earrings trend this season, but needs a little warm up before they fully enter the game.

One could pair their statement earrings with a cocktail dress for a night out on the town. However, I am most excited about pairing my newly-adorned ears with a crisp button down and jeans for a fresh, yet understated look this spring.

How will you style yours?

From the Runway. Elizabeth and James Fall 2017

 

Phs: Via Vogue

It looks like the Olsen sisters are getting back to basics when it comes to their fall collection for Elizabeth and James. However, don’t let the word basic fool you. Their recent offering is anything but.

The shirt dress got an update with the addition of the exaggerated sleeves that accommodate the year’s biggest fashion trend, while the classic trench coat was redesigned with a slightly asymmetrical hem and military-style buttons. These two items weren’t the only staples the duo tweaked though. Even the little black dress was given a makeover when the label added a drop waist to the silhouette and styled it with a crisp, white blouse.

Although Elizabeth and James stayed true to its roots with minimal design and styling, the greater attention to detail, expansion of technique and use of color show just how much the label has grown since its launch in 2007. Cherry red was strategically placed on knitwear, and a wool coat was even painted in a bold orange hue.

Style mavens looking to give a serious update to their basics should take note of this recent collection. The label’s fall selection is so beautifully-crafted in an understated way that even I’m considering the idea of hanging up my favorite black, wool coat and replacing it with a tangerine-hued option instead.

My Musings. A Little Untucked, Undone, Unmotivated, Unfocused (Ugh, That’s a Lot of Uns)

 

vest style at seven nine eighty productions

What can I say, my style mavens?

I have been absent from this whole blogging game for longer than usual.

Travel, work and life are all to blame for my recent hiatus. Plus, with everything that is going on politically and socially here in the states, it has just been difficult for me to get excited about what trend I plan to wear this season, or even a new pair of heels.

The truth is, I have just been completely undone lately.

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Foodie Friday. Pho Ba Luu

pho ba luu

I recently moved to the historical Butchertown in Louisville, and it is definitely everything I imagined it would be: centrally-located to the happenings of the downtown scene, yet still far enough removed that I can sit peacefully on my stoop and enjoy the silence of the day. However, even with the young and slightly eccentric individuals that seem to move into the area on an almost daily basis, and the addition of Butchertown Grocery, the neighborhood has been seriously missing the local and unique culinary establishments that other neighborhoods in the city seem to boast. 

All that recently changed though when the new Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Ba Luu, opened on East Main St this fall. 

By recreating the street fare she experienced growing up in Saigon, Jessica Mach- Pho Ba Luu’s co-owner- is bringing traditional Vietnamese cuisine to Louisville. The restaurant’s menu boasts everything from pho to spring rolls and bahn mi sandwiches, and also features a variety of rice and noodle bowls as well.

What makes Pho Ba Luu’s menu truly stand out though?

The simplicity of its dishes, which are made from scratch on a daily basis with local, seasonal ingredients.

During my last visit, I tasted the chicken Pho bowl and was completely delighted with both the broth (a key component when it comes to an exceptional bowl of pho) and the small bag of additional ingredients that accompany each bowl that you order: Thai basil, a lime slice, bean sprouts, sriracha and a jalapeño that brings all the flavors and smells together in savory unison. The spring rolls are also particularly delightful, which is probably why I order them in addition to my bowl of pho almost every time I visit the local haunt.

With it’s simple and fresh perspective on what Vietnamese food should taste like and a modern approach on how it is served, Pho Ba Luu is a delightful mainstay in Butchertown, and will hopefully serve a model for future restaurants hoping to establish themselves in this neighborhood as well. 

New In. Heels for the Holidays

 

patent lather pumps

ASOS Patent Leather Pumps

Confession time: For many years, I have romanticized the idea of wearing denim to a holiday party. And no, I don’t mean the kind of party you casually have with your family and closest friends. I am referring to the ones that are so festive that people plan their outfits weeks in advance for. The ones where tiny food is served all night on tiny treys. (You know where I am going with this.)

I know, in most social circles denim is completely unacceptable attire when it comes to this kind of festive soiree, but my rebellious streak and constant urge to play with new ideas in fashion has lead me back to this particular dilemma many times. However, I think I have finally cracked the code when it comes to navigating this uncharted territory of mixing denim with holiday dressing.

The key? The right pair of heels, of course.

I mean, didn’t Marilyn Monroe once claim that the right pair of heels can help a woman conquer the world? If that is in fact true, then why wouldn’t the right pair of heels help a style maven confidently conquer a holiday shindig in the denim of her choosing? Maybe this holiday season, add a twist to this idea though by pairing your denim with patterned tights or dress socks that really put some focus on your footwear.

Once you have that in place, expect to turn heads in all the right ways this holiday season.