This is my black vegan leather moto jacket and you may as well get familiar with her because I like to take her out a lot. She’s a supremely versatile date who I can bring just about anywhere and have her fit in quite nicely. Why have I assigned a gender to my jacket? Because she’s worth it! Here I’ve paired the jacket with a textural, sparkly gold, elbow-length-sleeve dress I scooped at Forever 21. I wore this dress to the opening night party of W Magazine’s Shooting Stars photography exhibit here in Los Angeles a few months ago, and let me just say this, when Peter Dundas notices your dress from across a crowded room (for all the right reasons), you’ve done good. Yes, it was the most fun night I’ve had in a loooong time and I give full credit to the frock. These Dolce Vita booties weren’t with me that evening, but as the newest bits of fodder for my shoe fetish, they are here to stay.
I won’t keep you in suspense. The answer is, just do it. This drop crotch, leather, mock-Capri jumpsuit-goodness is yet another manifestation of my “no risk, no reward” dressing dictum. I found the crazy overall languishing alone on a sales rack at H&M. I couldn’t leave it orphaned, so I promptly took it home and then out to a party. Here I’ve paired it with a pseudo-granny boot and a white tank top. When the main attraction is this complicated, best to go with subtle accompaniments. If I may now take a moment and quote someone way more gifted than I, Kahlil Gibran. It’s true, in this quote he speaks of love, but do we not love our clothes truly, madly, deeply? And if we play it safe with our choice of dress, do we not also risk staying in the middle of the road? And then, “You shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.” I know, I know, I overstate, but still, my point is the same. Make some bold choices and feel the rush of adrenaline when you step outside your comfort zone. It’s so worth it. Now, send me some pics of your risky dressing gone right!
Happy Earth Day everyone! In honor of our Mother Earth, today I’m posting a green-ish look that’s at once grounding and oh so style elevating. I figure the best way to connect with the ground beneath us is to keep our feet firmly planted, thus the flat shoe. These Kenneth Cole sandals go the extra earthy mile with flaxseed-pillow souls. I mean, perfect, right?? The rest of the look is all denim all the time. I feel most myself when I’m in a great pair of jeans, plus I never worry about dirt when I’m in denim. To me it’s the universal “I’m ready for whatever you throw at me!” fabric. This jacket and these shorts are both Joe’s and the necklace, is not Dylanlex. Alas, just a knock off from Forever 21. Is imitation still the sincerest form of flattery?? As further homage to the holiday, I will be using small amounts of water (being that we here in LA are in the midst of a drought, in case you didn’t get the memo), eating many greens, and generally treading lightly. Hope your day is full of beauty! With love, Amanda.