Posts in the MOODBOARDS category

 

Letting other cultures across the world inspire me and my style has never failed.  No matter how many times I look at a colorful photo of a ceremonial ritual in Africa or of a holy man in India, a flutter in my heart occurs.  It may be the lack of interest in their part to please us westerners with their fashion, that is so appealing to me, or the intimate connection that their clothing has to their spiritual lives.  This month’s mood board draws from striking images I’ve compiled while browsing through Pinterest and Tumbr, conducting basic searches like “men in India” or “people in Africa”.  I specifically kept the search vague and open in order to eliminate the fashion riff raff I may have otherwise encountered, and really focus on the essence of these people and their cultures. The images struck a cord in certain instances due to their colors, in others it may have been the expression on ones face, or simply the diligence in which their faces were painted with perfect little dots.

Enjoy!

 

If I showed you the current state of my coat closet you would most likely faint.  I own more coats than there are cold days in a year.  Yet just like shoes, I am convinced that they make or break an outfit, and for that reason have little to no control when I come across a really good one.
So what’s my coat of choice this season?  Well, there is something really appealing about a nice classic boxy camel peacoat that I think I would get a lot of use out of.  Since my fall vibe already includes a ton of menswear: We’re talking turtle necks, slacks, oxfords and fedoras… I think the coat will be the icing on the cake.
Now let’s turn this fantasy into reality with a little collage action!

Where to find these goodies!
Handmade Clutch: Here.
Antique Tribal Bracelet: Here.
 Vintage Grey Menswear Fedora: Here.
Pierre Cardin Glasses: Here.
Coat: ZARA
70’s Platforms: Here.
Turtleneck and Slacks are Stella Mccartney: Pants can be found here.
Turtleneck can be found here.

Someone made a comment recently about the nature of spring and fall, especially those weird months like September and March when your closet is the fullest. Thing is, we aren’t ready to shed the summer stuff, but those nights sure tend to get a tad chilly so layering is a must.  Same can be said for March and April.  Sure, flowers are in bloom, but so is your closet.  You’re not quite ready to put away that puffy coat or your fur ones, cause truth be told, it could be 36 degrees and snowing any moment. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t long ago that NYC had a snow shower in the middle of April.
My anxiety levels do tend to correspond to the state of my closet, and this anxiety is usually at it’s peak when I have difficulty finding things, or can’t figure out how many layers I actually need or don’t need on a particular day. These thoughts tend to leave less time for me to worry about the important things in life (like what I’m going to have for dinner).  Being the practical person that I am then, having pieces in my wardrobe that transition seamlessly from one season to the next is a must for the reduction of aforementioned anxiety.
Below is a mood board of such pieces.  Great for hinting that you’re more than ready for spring to finally rear its bountiful head out, but also still prepared for mother natures wacky April fools jokes.

Moodboard Items from top left:

The Vintage Denim Vest: Any variations will work so the wash and details are up to what works best with your wardrobe (I tend to prefer a utilitarian look with oversized pockets and snap buttons). Generally speaking though the vest is a great layering piece without adding bulk, but a jacket version is also a great basic (find this vest here).

The Spring Leather Piece:  I picked this particular cut out vintage dress in lavender because I loved the springy color and the modern edge.  Find this beauty here.

The Quirky Flats:  These awesome cork and splatter painted pair really scream “Look at me! I ooze spontaneity!”  Which you obviously would if you wore them.  Find these cuties here.

Woven Ethnic Handbag:  The choice is yours, small or large, bright or pastel, point is: it’s a great way to brighten and liven your wardrobe and add an ethnic flair to any look.  Find this pretty little thing here.

The Jumper:  So yes all the rage is overall’s this season, but you know what has way more lasting power?  The jumpsuit!  So get your hands on a safari inspired, or classic tailored piece and make the most of its layering capabilities.  Find this linen beauty here.

The Frilly Colorful Floral Dress:  Truth be told, floral prints will never go out of style, some may try to convince you that they do, and of course there will always be variations on the trend, but find yourself the perfect floral dress that speaks to you and you can make magic.  Find this pretty frock here.

The Structured Leather Handbag:  So many ways to interpret this, but I happen to particularly love the woven variety because yes.. I’m a sucker for all things texture.  Find this gem here.

The Bodysuit:  Ok this may be slightly tougher to sell, but picture this.  A floral body suit worn with slouchy boyfriend jeans and casual sneakers, or for evening with a pair of killer pumps.  So 80’s but soooooo darn right!  Find this beauty here.

The Woven Top:  I’m obsessing with the idea of a structured woven top for spring.  Think vintage inspired prints such as this Jacobean design, or go all ethnic on it. Pair it with your favorite colored denim and you are on track.  Find this sweater here.

The 70’s Espadrille Platform Sandal:  My 70’s rant isn’t over yet, not even close! Great thing about these? You can wear fun socks with them and keep the toes warm.  So go get yourself a pair of killer platforms and live like you’re a disco star.  Find these awesome sandals here.