LITTLE DARK AGE – MGMT

I’ve been playing the first single off of MGMT’s new album, their first in four years, on repeat over the last week or so and it was the perfect pre-cursor to Halloween. The song clearly pays homage to gothic 80s synth-pop (which the music video overtly refers to), but it feels like more of an acknowledgement that the band is in on the joke than an indication that they’re heading for a major genre shift.

The song somehow mixes a funky dark bassline, monotone vocals, and a breakdown that sounds like it’s been lifted directly from the baroque era to create a completely modern sound. This song certainly will not change pop music the way songs like ‘Time to Pretend’ or ‘Kids’ did, but it’s a solid addition to a band’s discography whose last two albums failed to make an impact.

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LUSTING AFTER…

I’ve mentioned before how crazy happy I am that velvet has been a major trend as of this past year. For some reason when I was really young, I would gravitate toward every velvet dress I saw come winter even though it seemed completely outdated at the time. So, this is pretty much the moment I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Luckily, you can currently find a velvet item in any shape, size, and color you can dream up. One I’m particularly in lust with are these delicate forest green J. Crew pumps. I have a pair of houndstooth trousers I cannot wait to wear them with. I still also want every furry jacket I see  and I love this rust color because it’s totally ’70s. More and more I seem to be gravitating towards a looser vintage fit for jeans over my usual skinnies and I really like the color and wash of this CoH pair. I’m not over pearl accented items either and these Paige jeans with pearl detailing at the hem are to die for. I’ve always had a thing for combat boots and I’m so happy they’re in this year. They look just as good with ripped jeans and a band tee as they do with a feminine floral dress for added edge. This Frye pair is my favorite because they’re tough, but still manage to look polished. I love both of these satin cropped wrap blouses and I think either would look great with both these pairs of jeans. Lastly, these silver loafers are a great go-to and I like that they’re soft leather rather than patent even though they’re a metallic. 

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EVERYTHING’S JUST ROSY

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Don’t we all wish we could wear ripped-up jeans to work? I work in an office where I can’t even wear jeans to work, let alone an outfit like this one. However, when I bought this Zara blazer, all I wanted to do with it was figure out how to make it more casual to fit my style. When it comes to getting dressed, I’m all about contrast. A slip dress with combat boots, a floral print with a leather jacket, and here, a supremely structured blazer with destroyed boyfriend jeans. This blazer is so gorgeous because it’s completely a menswear cut, with wide lapels, shoulder pads, and a double-breasted front, but it’s been rendered in a girly pale rose. I love that this silk camisole from Aritzia is just low enough to let a delicate lacy bralette peek out from behind it as well. Be sure to shop the links before for similar looks!

Blazer | Zara

Camisole | Aritzia

Jeans | Zara

Shoes | Tahari

 


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NEVER-ENDING SUMMER

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It may be October, but it has yet to really feel like Fall to me here in NYC — this is all due to the fact that it stayed in the eighties throughout most of September. October is my favorite month, not only because it’s my birthday month, (coming up this weekend, woo!) but because it is usually my favorite weather and anyone who knows me knows that I love Halloween to an unhealthy degree. I’ve been talking about Halloween costumes since August…it’s not normal. 

Anyways, this unseasonably warm weather has caused me to make use of my summer items for longer than usual. This ASTR dress was my favorite piece I picked up this summer. It made its way with me to the streets of Portugal and back to NYC. I’ve worn it for a night out as well as for these hot city days. In Portugal, it felt appropriate to style it with espadrilles and lace-up leather sandals, but something about wearing it with sneakers and dark aviators feels particularly New York. I feel like this is a summer-only dress, but what do you think? Is there a way to transition this dress for fall that I haven’t thought of? Shop similar looks below and let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Dress | ASTR

Shoes | Rebecca Minkoff

 

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PORK SODA – GLASS ANIMALS

I have to admit, it took me a long time to get on board with Glass Animals. There are just certain bands where I need to mature a bit before I listen to them with fresh ears. I was the same way with Vampire Weekend. I absolutely did not understand them when their first album came out and now that I’m older I can appreciate what amazingly innovative musicians they are. Now, I think Glass Animals are a completely unique band who sound like they’re from another planet in the best way.

Every Glass Animals song sounds like a fever dream that I don’t want to wake up from. ‘Pork Soda’ in particular from their newest album, How to be a Human Being, is both disconcerting and seductive at the same time. The hook in the chorus of “Pineapples are in my head” is ridiculously catchy while at the same time being absolutely nonsensical. So catchy, in fact, that it’s managed to get pineapples banned from multiple music festivals the band has played at. Any song that causes mass hysteria about fruit is all right with me.

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WHITE CAT EYES FOR SUMMER

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Dress | Lucy Paris

Sunglasses | zeroUV

Shoes | Dune London

Purse | Elizabeth & James

The end of summer is approaching and I’m holding on as tight as I can. Nothing makes a cooler look in the summer than than summer whites. I love the slightly Asian-inspired feeling of this shift dress and I’ve been craving white cat eye sunglasses since the beginning of summer. These Dune London sandals are the perfect height to walk around the city in and the light grey suede feels so fresh. Click the links below to shop similar looks!

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LET’S GET GRAPHIC

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Dress | French Connection

Sandals | 1.STATE

I love the idea of a t-shirt dress in the summer because you can just throw it on with a pair of sandals or sneakers and you’re ready to go. It’s pretty much just an easy way to trick people into thinking you’re put together. This French Connection t-shirt dress is my favorite because of its boyish fit and fun darkly graphic design. I think this heavy looking pair of black gladiators make it a little edgy, but I would wear it with black and white sneakers as well for a sportier look. The breathable cotton is perfect for a hot summer day when you just can’t stand to wear another pair of shorts. Shop this and similar looks below!

 

 

 

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APOCALYPSE – CIGARETTES AFTER SEX

I recently heard Cigarettes After Sex’s song ‘Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby’ somewhere and realized I somehow knew all the words without actually being aware of who sang it. I looked up the band and could not believe they had only just released their first album on June 9th because I felt like I had known this song forever. As for their debut album, ‘Apocalypse’ is one of my favorite songs. It perfectly embodies the band’s dreamy, hazy, melodic sensibility.

There is no rational reason that the lyrics “Your lips, my lips, apocalypse” should work. Even writing them now makes me cringe a little bit with secondhand embarrassment to be honest. HOWEVER, I hear Greg Gonzalez sing them within the context of this song and all of a sudden they sound beautiful and heartbreaking to me — such is the power of the band’s ability to create an atmosphere of warmth and the perfect kind of romanticism that borders on melodramatic without tipping over the edge.

 

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LEATHER SKIRTS AND RAINBOW STRIPES

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Top | Vince

Skirt| Free People

Espadrilles| Paul Smith

When the temperatures start to rise, I would almost always rather wear a skirt than a pair of short shorts. I truly think skirts are so much more comfortable for roaming around the city (even if I try to mind myself when I’m walking up the subway stairs so no one gets an eyeful). I love the unusual color of this vegan leather skirt from Free People. It’s a great piece to dress down during the daytime but also for going out at night. These bright yellow espadrilles from Paul Smith have such fun rainbow detailing and I think the green skirt really sets the color off! I get compliments from strangers every time I wear them. I chose to keep things easy and neutral up top by tucking in my favorite breezy cotton grey Vince tee. Click the links below to shop similar looks!

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A TEA DRESS FOR ONE, PLEASE

There’s a reason tons of fashion blogs write about the ‘secrets to dressing like a French girl’ and ‘mastering French girl style’. Who doesn’t want to be effortlessly glamorous and look put together without trying too hard? I envy this look myself and try to replicate it with tousled hard and minimal makeup besides red lipstick. The latest look that epitomizes French girl style for me is the tea dress. This dress is sweet with its romantic and girly prints, yet sexy with its short hemline and body-hugging silhouette. French brand Rouje and Australian brand Réalisation Par have been the pioneers behind this look and while they make gorgeous dresses, I thought I would give you some more affordable options. All the pics above are shop-able!

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