Basket Case

Summer is literally around the corner!

Basket bags are the most fun accessory of the season and make every single activity drop with summer fun vibes.


Market shopping with children in tow?  Basket Backpack to go please!


Dinner date with your hunka hunka burning love?  Class it up with a leather Lindthrop market basket bag, and order yourself a glass of ros√®!


No budget?  No problem, there is definitely a basket for you, lucky ducky!  Prada delivers a pillbox version begging to be taken out for lunch with the ladies.


My current fave is the Mark Cross market basket bag.  Purrrrrrrrrrrūüíē


Fret not limited purchasing power petal, how about a cool $29.00 investment to get you through the summer basket bag trend?  Add a silk scarf around the handle et voila, fabulousness!  

Colette, tres coquette!

On a recent trip to Paris, there was one store I hit over and over again.

 Colette an institution in Paris and throughout the fashion world, is one of THE best shops.
When I arrived in Paris Colette¬†had started their winter sale, and the store was jammed! ¬†The window had blue blow up men wiggling in the breeze, D.J.’s were banging out the most incredible sounds and the crowds were trying hard to look casual while grabbing the uber cool discounted threads from drool worthy designers.


A few days later I went back – honestly I could not help myself, I LOVE Colette!


The Spring Collections had magically appeared, the blue blowing dudes were gone from the window and the most mesmerizing brilliant designer pieces were draped artistically over mannequins throughout the upper floor.


Colette is unique in that it is a designer clothing boutique upstairs and has a veritable playroom in the street level complete with books, candles, candy and tech gadgets galore! ¬† One of my favorite post-Parisian rituals is unpacking my Colette purchases and falling in love all over again. ¬†‚̧

Plane Jane 

What do you wear to travel?  Airlines have exorcised the glamor right out of plane travel.


The onus is on each and everyone of us is to be prepared for any potential temperature, seating arrangement or delay.  

Full Disclosure I am sitting on the tarmac delayed while I write this…


Slides are the first absolute must every air traveler should own.


Easy on and off when going through security and stylishly cute enough to keep you happy even when your feet are swelling.  Don’t try to deny it, it happens to all of us!


Next up is a good blazer.  Flying from one climate to another can be challenging, and there is not always a need to bring a big bulky jacket.  A blazer can be layered,  hoodies are HOT right now, so why not invest in a Vestments piece to go with the blazer?


Once you land somewhere warm, the blazer goes perfectly with a tank or t-shirt.

Next on the list, a carry on suitcase.  Seriously.  Yes, just one bag. 


Never again will your eyes well up with tears as the luggage belt circles around & around, empty without your bag.  Don’t check it, bring it on the plane with you.  If the editors of British Vogue can do it during fashion weeks, then so too can we!  Rimowa offers colorful, hard case carrying suitcases that allow a lot inside.  


Finally, an  exaggerated sized cashmere scarf.  Planes get cold and passengers get sleepy.  Why not pack something like Alexander McQueen’s scarf, that will make you feel like a princess despite the stranger snoring loudly right beside you?  It will also double nicely as a wrap in the evening wherever you are traveling to.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to run to my connecting gate!

Sweater Weather 

In Boston that is pronounced “Sweatah Weathah”.

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Some of reversecommuter’s favorite sweaters for Fall 2016 are surprisingly reasonably priced! ¬†#yay

Autumn Cashmere is a brand that consistently delivers gorgeous Cashmere styles and colors with a user friendly price point.

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This boyfriend cut Cashmere olive green turtleneck has holes delicately peppered throughout.  I cannot tell you how many Fall soccer games this distressed sweater has been worn too Рit is a no brainer addition to the wardrobe!

 

Fair Isle patterns are all over the place for Fall 2016. ¬†Chloe offers a “fleece-ish” style pull over for a cool $1300 at Kirna Zabete. ¬†m

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Alternatively J. Crew has a collection Fair Isle sweater currently on sale for $89 (plus an additional 30% off with the top secret code “SHOPNOW”).

 

Cut out style sweaters seem like the ultimate oxymoron (wearing holes in the cold), but really with enough red wineand a roaring fireplace, the extra “va-voom” style factor will seem like a brilliant idea.

reversecommuter is loving Yigal Azrouel’s cable knit cut out winter white sweater from his current collection. ¬†Pair it with wide leg frayed jeans or leather pants or a great pencil skirt.

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Iro’s cutout cream sweater is simply begging for a distressed pair of jeans and a biker boot for a simple statement of cozy contentment.

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Bell sleeves are everything for transitioning from day to night with one fantastic statement piece.  Elizabeth and James has a ribbed bell sleeve piece of drama for a user friendly price.  LOVE that!

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So no need to panic when you read that chilly forecast, get excited…about which sweater you will wear!

 

 

Squad Goals!

I am a goal focused person.


In order to push myself I set goals.  It helps me grow, achieve and strive on a daily basis.


A great t-shirt reminder never hurts!  Suburban Riot’s t-shirts are a favorite go to of mine.  Inexpensive, fun fashion pick me ups.


Imagine the happy squeal when a fashion blogger named reversecommuter found a t-shirt company called Sub-urban Riot?!  Match made in heaven!

 

Caffeine with Style!

The Fall season in New England reminds me of the importance of caffeine.  The weather is cooler and the mornings are a little darker a little longer.  There is a prescription to combat that and it’s written by Dr. Smood!


reversecommuter recently discovered Dr. Smood in Wynwood, Miami.  The caf√®’s tag line says it all “Smart Food for a Good Mood”.


Walking into the cafe you are immediately  drawn to the amazing architecture and the reminiscent feel of an apothecary accompanied with the unmistakable smell of aphrodisiacal coffee, oh and the vibe pulsates cool.

Models are nonchalantly splayed all about the cafe, in offduty hip attire and makeup free dewy gorgeousness.  “I’ll have what she’s having!”


The art that accompanies quite possibly THE best almond milk latte ever consumed is beyond mind blowing.  Who knew “sketching” was a foam art thing?


Dr. Smood is a growing concern. No need to FOMO your latte.  Dr. Smood has planned openings in NYC and throughout various countries.  


In the meantime order your own Dr. Smood experience for home.  Just make sure you are appropriately fashionable in your attire!

Everything’s Coming up Rosie!

Rosie Assoulin‘s Spring Summer 2017 Collection is everything. ¬†Everything I want to wear everyday for SS17!


Rosie’s NYFW presentation was held in the meatpacking district in a cool urban concrete industrial space, that she transformed into the coolest interpretation of a beach.


The sand dunes were comprised of recyclable packing peanuts, the palm trees were strategically placed throughout the space and there were fun, brilliantly colored, disruptive piles of foldable beach chairs on the beach.


Voluminous khaki wide leg pants (seriously no other designer does a wide leg like Rosie), chambray denim, stripes that beg for an accompanying surfboard and florals that immediately transport you somewhere ridiculously happy and warm.


Swarovski crystals played a really large part in this collection.  Complete rainbow brilliant sparkly dresses


Happy Faces and Thank You’s




Tangerine dreams dresses that beg for an outdoor event with a tent!

The only disappointing point of the Rosie Assoulin SS17 collection is that we all have to go through Winter 2016 before we can wear all this happiness!