Blue Dresses

Mango dress. Steven by Steve Madden platforms. Charlotte Olympia shoulder bag. Valentino dress. Yves Saint Laurent tote. Chanel shoes and hair bow. Elizabeth and James dress. Vans sneakers. Materia Prima ring. Kate Spade clutch. Rotita dress.

Shopping Is an Experience

Some people say they would rather spend money on experiences than the accumulation of objects. To those people, I say that the act of shopping is a beautiful experience.

Model: Sasha Pivovarova

Jimmy Choo pumps. Stuart Weitzman heels. Chanel heels, handbags and clutches. Charlotte Olympia heels. Sergio Rossi shoes. Christian Louboutin heels. Dolce & Gabanna shoes and handbags. Salvatore Ferragamo heels. Versace shoes. Rochas pumps. Valentino platforms. Brian Atwood heels. Haider Ackermann shoes. ShopBop handbag. Judith Lebier handbags and coin purse. Kotur purse. Arunashi ring. Monique Pean ring. Bulgari bracelet. Pandora brooches. Buccellati brooch.

Driving in Cars with Boys

“I’m pretty from afar, like a dark star.” — Lana Del Rey

Junya Watanabe Comme des Garcons top. Donna Karan skirt. Boohoo faux fur coat. Charlotte Olympia heels and clutch. Tatty Devine necklace. Chanel watch. Solange Azagury-Partridge ring. Flower ring from 1stdibs. Forever 21 ring. Les Petits Joueurs clutch.

Expensive Taste, Part III

Marni top. Dolce & Gabbana skirt. Jimmy Choo pumps. Repossi druzy earrings. Bulgari bracelet. Tiffany & Co. tennis bracelet and ring. Piers Atkinson headband. Chanel bag.

One Hundred Sunglasses

Besides being a blogger, I am a sales consultant at Sunglass Hut in Times Square — the highest-grossing store out of 3,000 Luxottica-owned retailers! Helping people with their style, talking to tourists from all over the world (Mongolia? Check. Nepal? Check. Cayman Islands? Check.), and seeing all the new luxury sunglasses come in is very exciting. Upon greeting a customer, we always let them know that they can try on any of the sunglasses on display. I thought it would be cute to say “Feel free to try everything on!”, meaning that they can look and think as much as they need to before making a purchase, without feeling judged or pressured. When I shop, I make sure to look at every product that meets my needs. It’s simple if I need a belt and there is literally one belt in the store that fits me. What’s more challenging is scouring a store with a great many qualifying products…like, say, a store that has hundreds of different sunglasses when I need sunglasses for summer. And I wondered, could I do it? Could I honestly consider every pair I liked in the entire store?

Miu Miu

I can. I went in on June 27, National Sunglasses Day, and spent three hours inside Sunglass Hut trying on every pair I liked. Here are 100 of the pairs I tried on:

Bulgari 6083 $370; Bulgari Serpenteyes, $470; Bulgari 6088, $510

Bulgari 8189, $440; Bulgari 6093, $440; Bulgari Serpenti, $410

Bulgari 8188, $470; Burberry 4241, $215; Chanel Butterfly Summer, $350

Chanel Round Spring, $515; Chanel Pilot Fall, $610; Dior Homme Composit, $565

Dior So Real, $595; Dior So Real Stud, $670; Dior Sight, $380

Dior Chicago, $395; Dior Diorama, $500; Dior Liner, $375

Dolce & Gabbana 2172, $340; Dolce & Gabbana 2169, $340; Dolce & Gabbana 4288, $330

Dolce & Gabbana 6105, $270; Dolce & Gabbana 2173, $650; Dolce & Gabbana 2170, $650 

Fendi 0060, $455; Fendi Iridia, $520; Fendi 0133, $380

Fendi 0041, $470; Fendi Hypnoshine, $695; Fendi Rainbow, $545

Fendi 0025, $355; Gigi Hadid for Vogue 5211 in black/pink and white, $140

Gucci 0061, $400; Maui Jim Nalani, $280; Maui Jim Summer Time, $319

Maui Jim Manu 64, $270; Michael Kors Hvar, $139; Michael Kors Evy, $179

Michael Kors Lia, $159; Miu Miu 52RS, $410

Miu Miu 13NS, $380; Miu Miu 52QS, $320; Miu Miu 12RSA, $410

Miu Miu 52SS, $470; Miu Miu 11RS, $410; Miu Miu 05SS, $470

Oakley Tie Breaker, $200; Oakley Elmont, $210; Oakley Frogskins, $120

Oakley Crossrange, $210; Oakley Mainlink, $200; Oakley Catalyst, $160 

Oakley Holbrook Ink Fade Collection, $170; Persol 100th Anniversary Collection, $410; Prada 65TS, $420

Prada 16TS, $460; Prada 68TS, $410

Prada 27NS; Prada 51SS, $330; Prada Cinema, $430

Prada 54SS, $330; Prada 61TS, $370; Polo Ralph Lauren 4125, $169

Ralph 5203, $150; Ray-Ban Cats 5000, $165; Ray-Ban Hexagonal Flat Lens, $150

Ray-Ban Gatsby, $185; Ray-Ban Flat Lens, $185; Ray-Ban 4274, $165

Ray-Ban Clubmaster, $175; Ray-Ban New Wayfarer, $155; Sunglass Hut Collection 1003, $80

Sunglass Hut Collection 2001 in red, black, and clear, $80-$100

Sunglass Hut Collection 2005, $80; Tiffany & Co. 4136 in brown and black, $380

Tiffany & Co. 4121, $380; Tiffany & Co. 4134, $390; Tiffany & Co. 3058, $330

Tiffany & Co. 3051, $310; Tom Ford Kasia, $390; Tom Ford Savannah, $445

Tom Ford Arabella, $475; Tory Burch 9046, $195; Valentino 4002, $350

Valentino 4005, $390; Valentino 4013, $290; Valentino 4008, $410 

Valentino 2002, $350; Valentino 2004, $380; Versace #Frenergy, $315 

Versace 4338, $240; Versace 2160, $265; Versace 4294, $240

Versace Medusa, $280; Versace 2177, $375; Versace 2140, $215

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And the winner is…the Oakley Elmont!

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Me and my new shades in my favorite corner of the store. Bebe blouse. H&M skirt. Bandolino pumps. Claire’s earrings. Topshop headband. Handbag from my mother’s friend, with no tag inside. Photo by my coworker Baruch. 

Before I started working here, I thought Oakleys were for guys. There is a scene in the TV show Workaholics where the protagonists join a fraternity, and upon their initiation a frat member says “Here are your Oakleys,” as if every frat boy wears them. I know that show is basically one long joke, but the impression stayed with me. Until I found a pair of Oakleys that was polarized, had Prizm lens technology, and was feminine enough for even me.

Happy Summer!

Sun Shady

Video — “Hanging On” by Ellie Goulding

I have seen the music video for “Hanging On”, and it is amazing. But I still like to imagine my own storyline when I hear a song, even if it divulges from the artist’s concept and vision. The exercise of imagining a music video as I hear a song makes the song feel personal to me, which makes me form more of an attachment to it. This song in particular fascinates me. The drawn-out vocals, combined with an elusive meaning, are so eerie.

Song: “Hanging On”. Artist: Ellie Goulding. Album: Halcyon. Written by: Patrick James Grossi, Ariel Rechtshaid. Produced by: Billboard. Label: Polydor. Original by: Active Child. 

The lyric I can relate to most is “Tell me if you feel this pain, ’cause I don’t wanna be a ball and chain”. I was overjoyed to find a ball and chain novelty bag by Judith Leiber to include in the video. Below are more “ball and chain” style handbags.

Deux Lux  Vans    Dolls Kill 2

                 Deux Lux, $30                  Vans, $33                       Joyrich, $78

Gryson  Love Moschino     She + Lo

                Gryson, $162              Love Moschino, $175              She + Lo, $178

Gucci 2   Kenzo 2   3.1 Phillip Lim 2

                 Gucci, $190                      Kenzo, $280                   3.1 Phillip Lim, $615

3.1 Phillip Lim 2  Dolce & Gabbana     Rag and Bone 2

                3.1 Phillip Lim, $655         Dolce & Gabbana, $696   Rag & Bone, $720

Olympia Le-Tan  Dolce & Gabbana 2     Fleet Ilya

                  Olympia Le-Tan, $870    Dolce & Gabbana, $935      Fleet Ilya, $1,035

Paco Rabanne  Clara Kasavina    Chanel 8

                  Paco Rabanne, $1,390   Clara Kasavina, $1,585         Chanel, $4,875

Trend of the Day — Platform Heels

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Forever 21                                                      Alba

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Shiekh                                                              Pleaser

I have always loved platform heels, and have worn many over the years. The four above are my current favorites. My style is feminine, but in a way that stands out; as a young adolescent I was very shy, and I decided that if I couldn’t be the life of the party, then at the very least I wanted to show up in a fabulous outfit. Some “avant-garde” apparel can come off wacky, but using a bold accessory, like a shoe or a handbag, as a focal piece is just wild enough.

Wearing the Shiekh shoes in the Meatpacking District.

I am also attracted to platform heels because the platforms make it easier to walk. Pick your favorite shoes on this page. Now imagine the same heel height, with the platform removed and the toes dropped to the ground. My feet are crying just thinking about it. The two solutions to shoe pain are: 1) a lower heel or 2) a higher platform, and it’s obvious which side I’m on. There’s also something about the size of a platform that makes me feel powerful, in a way that a kitten heel or a flat never could.

Here are my favorite platform heels at every price point!

CiCi Hot 2  Lulus                CiCi Hot

CiCi Hot $25                         Lulu’s State Your Fame, $27                     CiCi Hot $28

BCBGeneration  Unique Vintage 3                Luichiny

BCBGeneration Sochi, $50  Unique Vintage Lolita, $54           Luichiny Great Lee, $56

Jeffrey Campbell  Betsey Johnson 2      Iggy Azalea by Steve Madden

Jeffrey Campbell Stride for Perfection, $100 Betsey Johnson Leanah P, $110            Iggy Azalea by Steve Madden Paatra, $110

Martinez Lierah  Kat Maconie    Chanel 2 (2)

Martinez Lierah Dissolving, $410         Kat Maconie $473            Chanel $499

Charlotte Olympia 8  Charlotte Olympia 9    Christian Louboutin 2

Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Dolores, $945   Charlotte Olympia Century, $985  Christian Louboutin Highness, $1,595

Zaha Hadid for United Nude  Charlotte Olympia 10 Christian Louboutin 3

Zaha Hadid for United Nude Nova, $2,138  Charlotte Olympia Avalon, $2,395   Christian Louboutin Daffodile Strass, $5,995

Style Icon — Marina and the Diamonds

Everyone who knows me knows that I live for the music of Lana Del Rey and Marina and the Diamonds, and if I find out that someone does not like either of these artists, I regard him or her with a healthy amount of suspicion. As if it isn’t enough that I have fifty-two of Marina’s songs on my iPod, I also adore her sense of style. She has described her fashion sense as “vintage, cheerleader, and cartoon,” and her style icons are Gwen Stefani, Leigh Lezark of the Misshapes, and Shirley Manson of Garbage. Here are my favorite Marina looks:

      

    

    

    

Marina and the Diamonds (aka Marina Diamandis) was born in Brynmawr, Wales and began her musical career in London. She has released two albums, The Family Jewels and Electra Heart, and will be releasing Froot in its entirety this coming April. She has also collaborated with Charli XCX and BetaTraxx, and has covered songs by Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber, 3OH!3, Late of the Pier, and Paolo Nutini. She has had two headlining tours, The Family Jewels Tour and The Lonely Hearts Club Tour, and has toured with both Katy Perry and Coldplay as a supporting act. She has won the following awards: Best UK & Irish Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards (2010), Best Newcomer at the Virgin Media Music Awards (2010), and Best Music Award at the Attitude Magazine Awards (2012). She even has a fashion line, 11 Diamonds.

Investment Shoes

As the saying goes, these boots were made for walking. However, in my opinion the best shoes were made primarily to stop people in their tracks. Here are some standout, high-quality investment pairs guaranteed to attract attention:

Tod's  Jimmy Choo 3

Tod’s, $5,610, harrods.com ~~~ Jimmy Choo, $4,225, mytheresa.com

Alexander McQueen (2)

Emilio Pucci, $4,160, luisaviaroma.com ~~~ Alexander McQueen, $3,895, luisaviaroma.com

Dolce & Gabbana 3  Dolce & Gabbana 4

Dolce & Gabbana, $3,995, luisaviaroma.com

Julia Haart  DSquared2

Julia Haart, $3,784, farfetch.com ~~~ DSquared2, $3,640, luisaviaroma.com

Chanel (2)

Givenchy, $3,625, luisaviaroma.com ~~~ Chanel, $3,451, shop-hers.com