the new look: too cool.

can't go wrong with all cool tones, like grey, silver, and navy...

j.crew cardigan, truly madly deeply t-shirt, zara skirt (similar) and bag, jil sander pumps (sandal version), linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, elle-meme vintage earrings, michael kors watch (new version), jewelmint bracelet (similar), campbell and vita fede rings


go/see/buy: AYR.

back in april, menswear brand bonobos introduced their women's label called AYR (for all year round), and the concept had me intrigued. a selection of clothing for women that works, you guessed it, all year round. headed up by brand director maggie winter (formerly of j.crew and madewell) and design director jacqueline cameron (formerly senior denim designer at madewell) the line is not big on frills or fuss, just well made pieces that are the foundation of every wardrobe—a tweed coat, a soft as can be sweater, a clean button front shirt. they also focused on denim because it's such a big part of today's lifestyle, with four fits, seventeen (17!) washes, and nine inseams, with every pair made by hand in los angeles. 

AYR just released its latest "edition," which has so much amazingness, like this drapey top and sexy cami, the perfect cigarette jean, and a dress it up or down black and white coat. you can shop it all online, but if you're in san francisco, the brand is launching a pop-up shop tomorrow night where you can see the line in person, be fitted for a new pair of jeans, and save 30% off. details are in the invite but i'd love to see you there!

AYR (twitter / facebook) pop-up shop
thursday, october 23 / 5-8pm 
55 grant avenue, 2nd floor (near geary)
rsvp to max@ayr.com

all photos via ayr


the new look: boy meets girl.

every once in a while i get the urge to switch things up, like last week when i was over my skinny jeans and pants. so with that in mind, i pulled out a pair of pants from hugo boss from years ago (such a great buy: grey is timeless, and they travel beautifully), a j.crew boy shirt (you know how i love those), and an oversized moto jacket. it definitely made me think, 'why haven't i worn these more often?' as they look equally good with a shirt as they do with a graphic tee or chunky sweater. expect to see more of these as we head into cooler weather...

photos by krystal bick

acne studios jacket, j. crew shirt, hugo boss pants (old, similar here and here), hervé léger pumps c/o dsw, chanel bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, forever 21 earrings, express belt, henri bendel and vita fede rings, jewelmint, céline, and eddie borgo bracelets, dior addict extreme lipstick in paparazzi


alexander wang x h&m.

people seem to be truly gaga over the alexander wang x h&m collection. last week the hype hit a fever pitch, as the lookbook with prices was released, and wang staged a sport-inspired runway show at the new balance armory (where i've seen a few track meets). for me, the highlight of the show was the performance by missy elliott, who has been out of the limelight for quite a few years. hopefully this means she's back making music.

anywoo, maybe because i own quite a few pieces from aw and i know you can find it (and t, the more casual diffusion line) on sale, i'm not overly excited about this collaboration. but also because just about all the pieces are sports-inspired in a bit-too-sporty-for-everyday sort of way. if you're like me and work a 9-to-5, you'd be hard pressed to find a way to incorporate a cropped sweatshirt with the word "wang" emblazoned across it into your work wardrobe. so if you want something that whispers instead of shouts, get this dress above, which at $99 is a steal. the cutouts are sexy not vulgar. i'd play off its fitted silhouette and pair with an oversized cardigan or boyfriend blazer. and if you've scoured ebay in hopes of finding the coveted freja bootie you're in luck because the line will feature a new version, done in leather and neoprene.

check out the video from the show, plus some great behind the scenes photos on the coveteur and get ready for the mayhem on november 6.

photo via hm.com


the new look: long and lean.

a look from last week when it was a few (ok, at least 10) degrees warmer than it is now. it sort of looks like i'm wearing my dad's shirt—and the print is reminiscent of a hand towel—but i love it. it's just oversized enough (given my newfound love of oversized), and shows a sliver of black mini.

H&M shirt (similar), rvn skirt, vince pumps, marc jacobs bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, banana republic and jest jewels necklaces, céline and jewelmint bracelets, alex mika and vita fede rings, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park


the new look: not so basic.

taking my new jeans out for a spin by pairing them with two pieces everyone should have in their wardrobe: an oversized blazer (oversized based on what that means to you...could be slightly so or from the men's department) and a luxe tee. i'm doing it the hi-lo low way, but not the way most would think. this blazer was unearthed in forever 21 a year or so ago (the cost per wear on the jacket and these hoops is mind-blowingly low, like half pennies). and the tee is from one of the row's earliest collections; bought at the grocery store. i was definitely skeptical about a "luxe" t-shirt line (seeing as most of mine had been from the gap), but after feeling the modal/cashmere blend and seeing the details, i was sold. $175 was a lot to pay for a tee (the price has since risen), but i've made that money back tenfold considering how much i've worn the grey and the black one i also have (that's slightly sheer, perfect for evening). if you're looking for a luxe tee, it's not about the price, it's about the details and material—it should be drapey and have a nice hand-feel (code for soft fabric), and a more feminine neckline. basic doesn't have to be so...basic.

forever 21 blazer (similar here and here) and earrings, the row t-shirt, mih jeans, tildon pumps (similar), céline clutch, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, céline, jewelmint, and elle-meme bracelets, melanie auld and vita fede rings, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park


wear anywhere: the original jean.

when it comes to jeans, certain styles have ruled the roost for the last few years and those have been the skinny/super skinny/legging and the boyfriend. in my denim closet, i gravitate more toward the skinny variety and i've got blues in all hues, plus those that are distressed, rinsed, or coated—it's definitely my go-to silhouette. but back in march, i picked up a pair of boy/straight fit jeans from zara and they've become a favorite for dressing up and down. sometimes, though, you don't want distressing or holes, you just want a clean, cropped, higher waist, slightly loose, slightly tapered pair of jeans. and as i've been pinning style inspiration, i've noticed in more and more of the denim looks that the bottom layer is more of a straighter fit.

levi's 501s are the gold standard (and affordable!), but unfortunately they just don't work on my shape. so back to zara i went to try on this pair, but they didn't quite the fit the same as my lighter pair (and the little holes bugged me). the search continued online until this weekend when i stumbled upon the perfect pair from mih (called the tomboy) in the sale section of anthropologie. they're on sale at amazon, and some other washes are below, along with some of the other pairs that i uncovered in my search.

are you branching out of your denim comfort zone and trying some newer fits whether it's straight, flare, or high-waist?

main photo via style.com, design by kim mitchell stokes / all collage photos via collage vintage except top left from sea of shoes