Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Made My Year

Lets just say 2013 was quite busy and meaningful for me - more on the personal level, less on the media, fashion scene and everything else level. Nevertheless, I decided to turn yearly summaries into a welcome tradition. Here are my choices for 2013, in fashion and culture.

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1. Julia and Sandra wearing color

I loved watching how, slowly and gradually, two of Hollywood's most understated leading ladies begun to realize the power of red-carpeting. I can't be sure what exactly happened, but both Bullock and Roberts finally started to look fantastic – Sandra in tight, hip dresses, Julia in purple and red. Both of these actresses have a "next door" charm that got them this far – but our hyper-visual world demands more, and they delivered.

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2. Fashion going places – Missouri, Texas

December was marked by the "Paris, Texas" extravaganza, courtesy of Chanel, and earlier this year a huge fashion exhibit moonlighted in Missoury Chess Hall of Fame, no less. I kind of like this turn of events – fashionistas in Dallas, headlines in the Vogue featuring flyover states – it's fresh and interesting, and makes me wonder where this is going next. What quiet, un-hip town Karl Lagerfeld is going to devour next – that sort of thing.

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3. Scandal and Suits do preppy right

Ever since my year-and-a-half long stint in advertising, I swore off office spaces. No more pencil skirts and "clients" for me, thank you very much. This is why Scandal and Suits, two shows that do office so well, are my guilty pleasures. I look at the cubicles and office politics (Suits) and Olivia Pope's sharp outfits (Scandal) and marvel at the clean, ruthless office aesthetics. Two of the best shows of 2013, for my inner secretary.

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4. Israeli celebrities got the memo

On the other side of the globe, where celebrities go to the same grocer as you, it seems like the Israeli stars finally got the message – black and blah is not a dress code. Young starlets discovered color and local designers, local designers discovered PR – it didn't happen overnight, I know, but it's slowly arriving. Toda la el, amen.

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5. Touchy indie comedies

As the blockbuster relationship dramedy is slowly disappearing from the screen, the indies take over. I enjoyed "Frances Ha" and "Drinking Buddies" immensely, especially the latter – Olivia Wild finally wasn't annoying and the premise of the subtle screen really got to me. As for Frances, a.k.a Greta Gerwig, needless to say it was the hipster favorite of the year. I loved it, despite the over-thinking and the mumbling. Hopefully, more to come in 2014.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Trashy Love

After a long journey into Vintage Land, here's a brief comeback of the "new". Busy times are all around - guests, work, big birthdays and New Year resolutions, but I had a burning desire to pair these items I bought recently and to play around with proportions and even, dare I say, styling. 

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Shorts - Free People
Jacket - H&M
Shoes - vintage

This is the mood these days - big puffy "baseball" jackets, fringe (the shorts - on sale, in a forgotten isle, in a flurry of winter coats), crazy shoes and yes, knee-high socks. "Clueless" meets trashy, and that's the way I like it.

Monday, December 23, 2013

In da spirit

This will be brief - while it might be time for Christmas sweaters (Israeli readers - you're lucky we're not in this game), in my book it's just about festivity. Crazy patterns, crazier finds, floor-sweeping gowns to go shopping in, and just plain old silliness and fun. All concentrating in this dress:

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Dress - Desert Diva
Jacket - vintage
Shoes - Zara

I love this look and I've been loving this dress ever since I found it - it had cartoonish characters on it, and the cut is so flattering - I always feel like I stepped out of the "Gone with the Wind" set (my man has it on repeat - he should have known better than letting me cross my feet in a long dress. I look like a freak of nature in picture 3). The jacket is a recent find - it's a bit too 80s, I won't lie, but something about this works. So consider this a tribute to all things kitschy and out-there, just like the sweater - I'm loving dressing up recently and the end of the year feels exciting indeed. Cheers, y'all. Just kidding. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Strictly Necessities; My Gift Guide for the Hollidays

Oh, the annual gift guide! The quintessence of shopping, the bread and butter of print and websites. Although I was recently entertained by this article about crazy-overpriced gift guides in fancy magazines, I do understand the sheer pleasure of seeking out cute presents you secretly want and putting them out there for everyone to see. Hell, I did it again this year, it's so much fun. This time, I promised myself, only things I really need! Well, maybe except for the ring. 

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1. Clarisonic facial brush - an American obsession i'm curious about. I want to try it. NOW.

2. How come I only discovered Gypset now? Their book might be pretentious, but it looks so damn good. 

3. I'm eyeing this Asos dress for a month now, hoping it reaches the sale. Velvet and embroidery - sigh. 

4. I seriously need a new shoulder bag. This Cambridge Satchel might be it - simple but oh so cute.

5. It's been a while since I invested in a great piece of jewelry. Launch sugar daddy hunt. 

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6. Now this is new, and I already can't live without it. Wes Anderson has a coffee-table book

7. Also, Rene Redzepi, the mighty chef of Noma, issued a whole package of books, with journal and notes. 

8. Cold winter days + my unruly need-to-be-showered hair produce hazards. Hence, the pink hair drier!  

9. I'm running out of my favorite facial cleanser a.k.a miracle worker. YSL Top Secrets, thank you. 

10. 2014 will be year during which I'll pick up running. For now, I'd love some crazy shoes.

11. Madewell, always on my list. A new home for my sunglasses is all I can afford there. 

12. I had Sensuous by Estee Lauder in 2012 and loved it. I believe it's time for a repeat. 

13. And finally- I tried on this beautiful creation in Zara and walked away. But it should be mine.

Modest and efficient, I'd say! Not including: spa certificates (always welcome), charcuterie plates, vacations. Quite honestly, after I complied this list I'll probably make a point to purchase these lovelies myself. You can't trust no one with gifts. No one, I tell you. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ready to Jump

It's been a while since this blog featured a decent jumpsuit, and for a good reason. Amazing jumpsuits (overalls, rompers) are extremely hard to come around, especially since many brands think they produce for supermodels and make them extremely long and narrow. I was just about to give up my dignity and look up the Kardashian collection (plenty of jumpsuits for curvy girls) but then I found this: 

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Jumpsuit, shoes, belt - vintage

What's not to like here? True, with bad accessorizing this magic piece may look like a pajama, but add heels and a slimming belt - and you feel like a couture base jumper (at least I do). I rarely wear heels in everyday life, but this comfy, almost flannel friend requires something edgier than my average getup. A side note: this is straight out the Man Repeller guidebook, methinks: men shriek at it and absolutely don't get it, women love it and covet it. Go figure - men are supposed to like astronauts, aren't they? 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Favorite 3: Grandpa Style

I'm not the one to encourage young ladies to dress up like a grandpa, although this trend had made appearances in street-style blogs, especially on skinny ladies with no need for a bra. Grandpa-chic just doesn't look good on voluptuous girls, and it's a life fact. However: 

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1. A totally cool grandpa cardigan is the stuff of my dreams - my inner geek rejoices whenever I see a smart, old-timey knit like this Sacks piece.  

2. It never comes up in the photos, but I'm blind as a bat and wear black Tom Ford glasses whenever I can (otherwise, in public - contact lenses). I might switch to these Traction glasses, however.

3. Ballet pumps and booties are my shoes of choice, but oh how I envy women who can pull these Pretty Ballerinas off. On red, no less!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mixed emotions

The winter won't start. My new coat is waiting, my boots are yearning, my hair is dry and contemplating a new color - perhaps, Siena Miller's? Anyhow, I'm trying to keep busy and distract myself - instead of waiting for rain I'm lighting Hanukkah candles and developing projects. Candles burn fast, projects go slow.

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Vest - Twentyforseven

This post is a true celebration of some of my new favorite items. I never could resists a crazy print, and this dress may look like a maternity rode from the 70s, but I adore it anyway. A complete contrast - this delicate bracelet, by a designer who incorporates Israeli materials into the jewelry. A perfect gift for the homesick girl. 
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