Couture meets Chuck Taylor in Ruffian’s Spring 2013 Collection

Ruffian Spring/Summer 2013
The ’90s and overalls-wearing seem to be a theme around here lately, and that was also the case on certain runways during New York fashion week. Ruffian design duo Brian Wolk and Claude Morais sent 35 models down the catwalk in printed silk getups, some of them featuring overalls, and all of them punctuated by Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers. (And again with the conductor stripes!) [Read more…]

Dispatch From New York Fashion Week: Erin Barr’s Super Pretty ‘Mad Women’ Presentation

I’m not gonna lie, I was like a giddy little school girl as I headed to Erin Barr, my first stop at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. I was greeted at Milk Studios on the tres hip west side of the island by an all-black clad crew ready to check me into the joint. The large showroom had a Mad Men feel, except this story was all about the women. A dozen twiggy-legged models with pin-curls and side swept updoos stood, sat and sprawled around vintage furniture while languidly listening to records, reading fashion magazines and having hush-hush chit chats. The collection was one for the books. Barr’s use of simple black, white, grey, and red kept everyone’s attention. She used classic striped prints on a fitted black collared shirt, mixed in a black leather jacket and showed some must-have red cropped pants. An array of sleek solid-colored dresses featured intriquing bodice cutouts. Any girl would be lucky to sport one of these on a warm New York night. Or in San Francisco as long as she brought a sweater. They weren’t kidding when they said Erin Barr was an up-and-coming New York designer to keep an eye on.

Photos 1-7 courtesy of Erin Barr, 8-12 by moi.

The Perfect No-Stress Dress for New York Fashion Week

Selected New Chila Dress

Twice a year, America’s fashion royalty, masses of fashion writers, hopeful designers, forward thinking bloggers, eccentric stylists, aspiring models and fashion enthusiasts gather in the Big Apple hoping to catch their favorite designer’s show or spy their favorite fashion icon strutting through Lincoln Center for New York Fashion Week. I’m happy to say I’ll be diving right into the madness, along with my boyfriend Terrence and my very fashionable father.

Selected New Chila Dress

The big event is only two weeks away, so it’s time to roll out some wardrobe options. September in New York could mean fierce heat. I’ve decided to keep my outfits minimalistic so I can at least make an attempt at staying chic despite the swealtering subways. While on the hunt for the perfect humid-weather-friendly-dress, I was so excited to stumble upon this gem! This asymmetrical grey frock by Selected has just the right amount of fashion forward design elements, with ruching at the waist plus a swath of fabric flowing flatteringly down the back. It’s made of a breathable jersey and costs less than $100: Sold! Paired with a funky silver watch and my favorite heeled booties, I’ll be set to go. No fuss, no stress just a fashionably functional outfit to take me from show to show. See you at the tents, and check back for my dispatches from NYC!

Selected New Chila Dress

Get Spacey Chic With This Vintage-Inspired Handmade Jewelry Collab at Market Publique

While we’re on a vintage kick, we have to discuss Market Publique. The Brooklyn-based company has been a launch pad for vintage sellers since 2008, and is a go-to for unique clothes and one-of-a-kind accessories. The site just got even better with the launch of an exclusive jewelry collection designed and handmade by Laura Lombardi. She’s known for her Egyptian and tribal styles, and these recent treasures were inspired by her fascination with astronomy. We are loving the chunky brass bracelets and big bold necklaces. Also check out the long, delicate pendant necklaces: so cosmic chic!

Make Your Boho Bride Dreams Come True With This New Line of Vintage-Inspired Wedding Gowns

Lola An absolutely breath-taking gown. Floor length all crochet lace with a dramatic plunging back.Daughters of Simone began as a collection of lacy and bohemian but always elegant reconstructed vintage gowns from the ’60s and ’70s curated and perfected by my sister, Brittany Castanos. She has majorly mastered the art of reworking vintage pieces, and up next for her is her own collection of nine vintage-inspired but completely original wedding dresses. The look is still a touch boho (and you know how we love hippie wedding dresses around here) but these are created 100 percent by Brittany. Read on to find out about Daughters of Simone’s evolution from vintage to vintage-inspired, and how a less-than-inspiring job paved the way for a labor of love. [Read more…]

Stylenik Pick of the Day: Treat Yourself to a Sweet Sleep in This Sky & Earth Romper

Let’s face it ladies, the majority of the time we buy cutesy lingerie not for the person lying next to us, but simply for ourselves. There’s just something lovely and feminine about feeling pretty while sleeping. I often shop at Anthropologie for unique sleepwear and found this Sky & Earth printed romper. I love the powder blue color with the screen printed clouds and canyon walls. The lace detailing on both sides of the shorts keep it super girlie. And it happens to be on sale, marked down to $89 from $179! Every once in a while you need to mix it up from the same old boxer shorts and tank-top. Wishing you all sweet dreams!

Stylenik Pick of the Day: Modern Meets Earthy in This Giant Rock Cuff

Looking to make a statement or refresh your jewelry collection? We can’t get enough of these amazing pieces by Charles Albert. Shopbop has a variety of styles on sale now, but our favorite is the Agate Solid Cuff ($126 down from $180), it comes in three gorgeous colors, dark blue, hot pink and and jade green! Try mixing things up by replacing your stacked bracelet arm-party with just one bold cuff or large stone ring. Check out some of the latest Charles Albert Styles here and be prepared to start drooling.

Viv & Ingrid Celebrate Their One-Year Anniversary With Discounts, Macrons, and Free Jewelry!

Viv and Ingrid at Oxford Hall
Viv & Ingrid, purveyors of lovely jewelry and accessories perfect for weddings and whatever other events you might have lined up this summer, have been at Oxford Hall in Berkeley for a year already! To celebrate their anniversary, they’re taking 25 percent off their limited edition pieces as well as some current styles. The sale starts on Saturday, July 21 and continues all week until Saturday July 28. Plus, on both Saturdays, enjoy blueberry macaroons from Emmacakes while you shop. On the weekdays, shoppers will gifted a free pair of CZ Posts! We’re pretty sure you’ll go home with some pieces to keep your new earrings company: Viv & Ingrid’s designs include covetable selection of unique jewelry pieces, bridal accessories and personalized gifts.

If we had our druthers, we’d take home the Viv & Ingrid pieces below:

Viv & Ingrid are local ladies all the way—best friends who share a calling to design and create beautiful jewelry. But their collections are also sold around the globe as well as at their store in downtown Berkeley. The celebrations are happening at 2142 Oxford Street in Berkeley and they’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm.

Stylenik Pick of the Day: The Perfect Summer Music Fest Dress in Crochet and Lace (and on Sale!)

Addison crochet and lace dress
We are SWOONING over this gorgeous white crochet dress by Addison. The flesh-colored slip and slit up the knee is sure to attract some double takes. Accessorize it with a bright bag and suede booties and you’ll be ready for your street-style close up at Outside Lands! Bonus: it’s marked down 30 percent from $268 to $188 at Shopbop. It could also double as a hippie wedding dress!