Vivetta sweater. Fausto Puglisi coat. Charlotte Olympia pumps. Lulu Guinness clutch. Juicy Couture perfume.
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.
Make Me Wanna Die
“I had everything, opportunities for eternity, and I could belong to the night.” — The Pretty Reckless
Prabal Gurung cocktail dress. Vivetta skirt. Lariat necklace from The RealReal. Flower brooch and ring from Moda Operandi. Lydia Courteille lips ring. Judith Leiber minaudiere.
Holiday Style — The Fourth of July
Happy Fourth of July everybody! I was in Noho when I spotted the above American Apparel, because it’s hard to miss. One doesn’t have to so much as enter to see camis, bustiers, tank tops, crop tops, tees, leggings, baseball caps, swimwear, and towels emblazoned with the American flag. I think it’s pretty boring to observe a holiday without dressing for it — I personally dress up for Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas — so I appreciate this store’s spirit. That said, I think there is a more creative way to dress for the Fourth, and that is the Three-Color Rule: wear red, white, and blue, to the exclusion of other colors.
Bustier, XOXO; jeans, Boom Boom; sunglasses, St. Mark’s Place; belt, Apt. 9
Vintage cropped jacket; Pier 1 ring
The difference between wearing red, white, and blue versus wearing the American flag is like the difference between showing and telling. The flag motif means THE FOURTH OF JULY; whoever buys that merchandise at American Apparel might only want to wear it once a year, perhaps pulling it out of the closet on an election day. With the Three-Color Rule, you can wear items that would each make sense any other day of the year, while still effectively communicating “Fourth of July” with their particular combination. You can stand apart. Your favored juxtaposition might not be blue on the left, red on the right, and white in between. Your print of choice might not be stars, or even stripes. Your shirt will look different from the next person’s. It’s the perfect way to make the holiday your own!
Dress, Gap; headband, Forever 21; belt, Charter Club; lips purse, Far Nine
Necklace, Macy’s private label; chunky sandals, Paolo
And the best part is, you don’t have to buy anything new…and even if you don’t have a single bright red or dark blue item in your closet, whatever you buy, you can wear again and again.
Lux cami; Forever 21 skirt and sash
Forever 21 bow pumps; Forever 21 bracelet
Abercrombie & Fitch cropped sweater; Lauren Ralph Lauren blazer; H&M jeans; Nine West newsboy cap
Vintage brooch; Forever 21 ring
Top, Forever 21; skirt, American Apparel (see, they’re not all bad!); headband, Anna Belen; handbag, Gucci
Watch, Betty Boop
“Looking for Love” tank, Forever 21; pumps, INC
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in any state, and the refusal of a state to recognize marriages legally performed elsewhere, is unconstitutional. The Fourteenth Amendment provides that no state deny any of its residents “the equal protection of the laws”. Other cases that came down to the Fourteenth Amendment include Roe v. Wade (1973) and Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
“Love” ring, The Market NYC; Celtic wedding ring, found on the floor at Forever 21
“Kiss” ring, Forever 21
Purse, sewn by me
The sculptor, Robert Indiana
Obergefell v. Hodges, which we affectionately refer to as “Love Wins”, was a case especially significant to me as a bisexual woman. In June 2015, I was 22. In Fall 2005, when I first thought I might be gay, I was 12. Everyone thinks of the San Francisco Bay Area as a liberal place, but there was a palpable current of homophobia at my middle school and, later, at my high school. The word “gay” was frequently used as an insult, and I got the sense that if one was openly gay there, one would not be accepted. I hung out with two main groups of friends in middle school, all female, and let’s just say that they thought lesbians were creepy. The terms “lesbo” and “lezzy” were used. Okay, only three of my friends said as much, but no one had the nerve to argue with them. Not even me. I was paranoid that someone, somehow, would figure me out. I felt certain that I would spend the rest of my life feeling bicurious inside, and simply never acting on it.
Kiss print skirt, Forever 21
The legality of same-sex marriage across the country is about more than marriage, more than even the legal advantages of being a spouse versus a partner. This is about recognizing that although homosexuality and bisexuality are uncommon compared to heterosexuality, they are not expressions of deviance. This is about kids going to school and thinking that the homophobic people are the weird ones, not the LGBT individuals. And this is about making the United States an environment where everyone can work up the courage to find love.
“Love” earrings, Forever 21 “Happy” necklace, Forever 21
A Kiss on the Lips
The lips are one of the most beautiful and expressive parts of the body…so it only makes sense that they would be picked up as a common motif in women’s clothing. Whether you crave the delicacy of a pale pink lipstick, the pop of an Andy Warhol piece, or the edginess of an Ed Hardy tattoo, in today’s trend landscape it is easy to find an item you will want to kiss as soon as you bring it home (just take your own lipstick off first).
1. Alice McCall dress, $440
2. Liz Black dress, $2,480
3. Romwe blouse, $14
4. Giles shirt, $420
5. Hallhuber t-shirt, $14
6. Philipp Plein t-shirt, $545
7. Choies sweatshirt, $27
8. American Retro sweatshirt, $291
9. MSGM jacket, $478
10. MSGM coat, $3,162
11. Choies skirt, $24
12. MSGM skirt, $310
13. Soho Girl jeans, $30
14. MSGM trousers, $192
15. Au Jour Le Jour shorts, $154
16. Adriana Degreas swimsuit, $329
17. New Look thong, $6
18. Mimi Holliday thong, $61
19. Mancienne sandals, $31
20. Rupert Sanderson sandals, $835
21. QQ Trend flats, $21
22. Philipp Plein sneakers, $814
23. Stephen Webster necklace, $4,100
24. Delfina Delettrez mono earring, $6,311
25. Solange Azagury-Partridge ring, $2,300
26. Lydia Courteille ring, $17,719
27. Alison Lou bracelet, $1,495
28. Overstock sunglasses, $10
29. American Retro scarf, $160
30. Anna Coroneo scarf, $325
31. Studio DKS by Deborah Shavlik carryall, $46
32. Diane von Furstenberg pouch, $158
33. Melie Bianco clutch, $35
34. Sarah’s Bag clutch, $1,645
35. Miss Sweety handbag, $21
36. Philipp Plein handbag, $2,985
37. M.R. backpack, $29
38. Manish Arora backpack, $747
39. Unique Vintage umbrella, $13
40. Diane von Furstenberg iPhone case, $48