Un-Clog Me!

Being a mom in the ‘burbs is not synonymous for icky clog wearing creature.

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If stilettos are  not on the menu for a sporting event or school story-telling appearance, there are stylish offering available!

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Fall is a tricky transition season for footwear – buh bye open toe fabulousness, yet not quite time for shearling lined tootsy treats.  A few of my current loves include these Gucci horsebit ankle boots.  “GIDDYUP!!!!!”

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Alexander Wang’s Anouk Chelsea Boot is an absolute knockout in reversecommuter’s all time fave color, navy blue!

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Nothing works better with jeans and a sweater than Prada’s classic patent Chelsea Boot

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If it is a weekend game day and you are in the stands all day long, why not rock the Rick Owens’ Moody Low Sneakers (I am kind of obsessing over these right now!!!!!).

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ps back to the icky clogs – if you are looking for a fun read, reversecommuter highly recommends “All Fall Down” (those clogs make an appearance!)

O.W.O. Something on my Pants!

Vive la France – or at least the cool factor Isabel Marant sprinkles on all her clothes.

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Hippy Dippy Tie Dye is such a creative way to differentiate a pair of jeans.  Even if designer jeans are out of the budget’s reach, a bucket of bleach is always affordable!

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Celine had a sweater/sweatshirt in the Fall 2013 Collection that reverse commuter obsessed over for a really long long long long time.  Justifying $2000 for that piece was not going to happen in this lifetime.

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Oh Happy Days!  J Brand offers a similar piece for less than $300 – what is better than that?!?!?!  NADA BABY!!!

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When lying awake at night thinking about the AMAZEBALLS designer piece you have ripped out of a magazine, wondering how you are going to ever afford it, and how long it will take until you get baby spit or the remainders of a chocolate bar wiped on it while receiving a loving hug from your bandito, keep in mind that fashion is all about interpretation & creativity!

Culotte Me Some Slacks!

Culottes cut the fall transition a lot of slack (get it?).  Cropped, wide leg and even with a hint of pleating!  A wide cropped leg with a gorgeously flattering waist, what  a perfect wardrobe piece to wear while bidding adieu to a ridicunculously great summer!

This is going to be my main look for 2014 fall – maybe even investing in cream, navy and gray as I already own 3 pairs of black.

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Culottes from The Row

Not quite banishing the ankles and calves behind bolts of fabrics quite yet.

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Acne Culottes

Culottes even allow for a little extended life for sandals, mules and kitten heels.

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DKNY Culottes

So UGGS, mukluks, and snow boots hold off a little, bring on the culottes and let that tan fade away slowly…..

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O.W.O. City/Beach Style

Ever been to a busy bustling city that has a sandy beach one block away from your hotel?

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reversecommuter is experiencing this strange phenomenon right now in Chicago…and liking it!

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Perfect outfit to take you from surf & sand straight to shopping at THE coolest shop in Chitown?  Shan bikini, 100% Capri linen oversized shirt, Rag & Bone cut offs, Havaiana flip flops and a Panama hat to cover up the post-swim hair!

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IKRAM is a women’s boutique, art gallery and restaurant all tied into one tidy luxe red ribbon of fantastic!

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Click here to peruse the boutique, and all the phenomenal designers that live there.

P.S. Completely addicted to the contents of this bottle.  Harmless Harvest’s Pink, raw, delicious coconut water (did you know it is better than sports drinks to replenish and rehydrate?).  Can you think of a better way to recover from the beach and strengthen up for shopping?!?!?

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

Beach + Friday = PURE HAPPINESS!

That’ll learn him!  Chip Wilson – ousted founder and former CEO of lululemon just sold 20.1 shares to Advent International – the investment banker brought in by lulu’s board once they decided to throw Chippy out.

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Remember when Chip told the bigger girls that lulu’s yoga pants were not meant for curvy body types on national tv?  BEST AWESOME CORPORATE F-UP EVER!!!!  (Click here for a reminder of the awesomeness!)

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The board wanted Chip gone immediately after that, and so Chip agreed to sell 20.1 million shares yesterday and made $845 MILLION.  reversecommuter is quite sure Chippy learnt a valuable lesson here…

Luxury design houses are starting to report lower sales and earnings, based primarily on China not buying as much as was projected.

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Tod’s just released a profit decline, citing China as well as two major US boutiques closing for renovations as the reason behind the lag.  CEO Diego Della Valle is optimistic that 2014 Fall Collection is strong enough to rally Tod’s clientele back into power shopping mode.

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Note to Diego, the awesome car shoe and delicious Italian leather handbags are what makes Tod’s clients deliriously happy, and apparently Simon Doonan a little bit hungry!   Attempting to draw us in for a clothing line hasn’t accomplished the same pull.  Stick to what you know, let the profits grow (catchy huh?!).

Champs in a flute and the sun shining is reason enough to slap on the fancy shoes and wow the world with that outfit you secretly want/need to wear…Do It!

xo reversecommuter

O.W.O. City Spitter Style

From beach to city.

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Chicago’s Millenium Park has the coolest art installation/fountain, the Crown Fountain, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, and funded by a multimillion dollar donation from the Crown Family…thus the name.  It consists of two LED walls that run 1000 videos of a variety of Chicagoans, all of whom were instructed to smile, frown, and then pretend to blow out a candle.

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When that happens a spout sprays out a canon of water – much to the delight of anyone close enough to get sprayed!

O.W.O. Beach Buggy Bliss

Summer simplicity.

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Sundress, flip flops, sunglasses, sun kissed.  Happiness.  Done and Done.  James Perse is the master of cotton dress deliciousness.  Well worth the investment as his dresses last – just keep them out of the dreaded dryer!  Not to mention mommy friendly fashion – wake up, shower, put on sundress, GO!

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James Perse online is currently hosting a sample sale – CLICK HERE!!!!!  Not only can you stock up on sundressses, you also start to plan your attack on Fall 2014.  Apologies on mentioning the impending cooler weather.   Now back to the beach and P.S. is that yellow beach buggy not just THE BEST??!?!?!?

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Shearling in July?

See what happens when reversecommuter is stuck in the beach house for one itty bitty rainy afternoon?

Longing for shearling jackets overwhelms me and a hunting I did go!

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Acne’s oversized shearling is just about the dreamiest recreation of the aviation classic for Fall 2014.

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But it is a RIDICULOUSLY close tie with Chloe’s reverse able blanket shearling – um,  shaddup!  How luxurious would a polar vortex be with one of those sweet babies wrapped all over you?!?!?!   And I will happily sign up for a pair of those yummaroooo clompy booties too!

Not to worry, sunset this evening offered up a cotton candy kaleidoscope of pinks and blues, bikinis and beach days in reversecommuter’s very near future!

 

 

O.W.O. Sunset Edition

O.W.O. (one weekend outfit) is all about sunsets and rosè…and sweats.  Insert “HUH?” here.

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It is in reference to the launch of net-a-porter‘s net-a-SPORTER, a dedicated portal for all things sporty, be it golf, tennis, running, yoga and even apres-les-sportifs!

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reversecommuter has long been concerned about women trapped in the dreaded “I GAVE UP” yoga pant uniform.  Net-a-SPORTER is different.  It is a gorgeously selected group of designer pieces that make the sporty look look fab!  Designers include Laiin, Monreal London, Bodyism, Stella McCartney, Nike, Hey Jo etc.  Suffice it to say that the old fading yoga pants have had their day.

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Natalie Massenet and her troops can help clean up the world just a teeny tiny bit – in the same vein as reversecommuter aims to do on a daily basis – to remove one burnt out elastic yoga pant from one woman’s wardrobe.

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Don’t you just love it when your wine matches the sunset?  ;)

 

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Beach, sunshine, toes in sand, Shan bikini, happy children, happy reversecommuter… Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!

Choupette is about to earn her tender vittles by being the “face” of Shu Umera‘s new campaign.  Not Kidding.

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Shu Umera (maker of THE best eyelash curler ever!!!), will launch SHU-Pette (get it, not CHOUpette but SHUpet (as in Shu Umera) for the 2014 Holiday Season.  The Holiday Collection make up line will most likely include furry fake eyelashes and some incredible winter white/siamese white colors.  Le Meow!

Westfield WTC (the real estate management behemoth who will open the new World Trade Center in the financial district in NYC, has just announced the signing of a  REALLY COOL tenant.  CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund will be THE pop-up shop, offering a rotation of CFDA winners, past and present, selling their dreamy designs to the masses cruising by.

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Public School, Jonathan Simkhai (yup, reversecommuter loves the man and his clothes!), The Row, Alexander Wang, Philip Lim etc, will all be selling designer wear to the masses that cruise by…or at least the one’s with incredible taste in fashion!

Enjoy the weekend – pop the champs, pull out the good clothes and rock that outfit like nobody’s business!

xo reversecommuter