New Year’s Cleanse

No green juices involved, unless you so choose to sip some delish juiced veggies while reading this post.

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New Year, New You.  Time to take a break from the parties, the cocktails and all the other parts of the decadent life.   Why not do the same to your wardrobe?

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Closet Cleanse 2015!   Pull those pieces that you have not worn in over two years, and put them in a box.  Seal the box with tape, label it with a sharpie and record the date, all the while sniffling back the tears as you say adieu to those overalls, suede pants and fluorescent anythings.  Put the box in the attic / basement / garage / etc, and revisit it in six months.  If you’re closet resembles anything like Cher Horowitz’s (aka Alicia Silverstone in Clueless) then do 3+ boxes!

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If you haven’t missed any one piece uncontrollably, as in waking in the middle of the night tear-streaked cheeks from sobbing into the pillow yearning for that mustard yellow pilled sweater, then give that box of previously passionately loved clothes to a charity of your choice.

Incidentally, this is a picture of the closet at Teen Vogue’s office – dare to dream people, dare to dream!

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Funny reversecommuter story: my husband had a meeting at The New York Times and accidentally got off on the fashion floor – can you imagine?!?!?!?  He said he realized that if I had been with him he probably would never have seen me again!  LOL & painfully accurate!!!!

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Go reward yourself with the purchase of something that has been sitting in your Moda Operandi or net-a-porter wish list.  Maybe something in Pantone’s Color of the Year Marsala? Purging never looked so good!

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

Greetings & Salutations to the Weekend!!!!!

Timing is everything!  Yes, reversecommuter got to take camel selfies and shop at Chanel in Dubai in April, but I completely botched the opportunity to attend the 2014 Chanel Cruise Collection held in Dubai on May 13th.  

 

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Camel Selfie!

The CHA CHA appreciative Dubai audience was appropriately quilted, double C jewelry and bel adorn, and there were also a few black abayas, scarved heads (Chanel scarves obvi!), and some Keffiyehs scattered amongst the audience sitting upon pillows on the ground of the most glamorous tent ever created complete with indoor palm trees and shishas!

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The fashion seemed perfectly tailored for the U.A.E. crowd, with veils, Chanel’s diamond encrusted crescent moon hair clips, gold lamè pants, the obligatory fabulous tweed, pearl dotted quilted bags and sunglasses and oodles of Kurta pajama inspired skinny pants.

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Chanel’s 2014 Cruise collection (available in October fyi!), went far beyond beautiful – it was like watching a magical performance of Alladin meets Lawrence of Arabia, complete with the best transe filled soundtrack. King Karl said that Dubai is “…interesting and exciting…the modern thought of the world… mix of the old world and the new world…it is the 21st Century Chanel.  Dubai is the home of the tallest buildings in the world, it was time for an Oriental revival.”  BRAVO KING KARL!!

 

Rumor on the money street is that there may be a takeover in the works for Lululemon.  The yoga pant machine has been suffering with low stock price, bumbling ex-CEO quotes insulting the curvaceous qualities of Lulu’s army of size 12+ devotees, and a couple of falsely labelled bamboo/not-bamboo pants headlines.  

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Some potential interested parties include NIKE, V.F. (as in Splendid, Ella Moss, Wrangler…) and even Columbia Sportswear.    Goes without saying this fashion blogger is doing a happy dance over the potential demise of the company responsible for the SINGLE WORST fashion trend to fall upon our society!  Toodles everyday lazy uniform of yoga pants, hello sportswear for sports!

Bellinis for everyone at least once this weekend!

xo reversecommuter

 

Chanel’s diamond encrusted crescent moon hair clips

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Bring on the LOOOOOONG Choco-Bunny Weekend!

“It’s good to have goals.” – One of reversecommuter’s favorite mantras, and it appears the same can be said for The Gap Inc.  in regards to China.  Gap has 81 stores in China and is planning on adding 30 more shops this year.  Gap Inc. will probably consider introducing additional Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta stores into China in the next 2 years.

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The Gap wants to reach $1BILLION in sales in China by 2017.  How do you say “Khaki’s Everywhere” in Mandarin?

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reversecommuter mini-rant (* DIRECT bi-product of being cooped inside since Sunday with sick stomach flu children – apologies!)

The world’s total clothing spenditure is $1.4 Trillion.  If Gap Inc. hits $1 Billion by 2017, reversecommuter shudders to think how very similar everyone’s outfits will be.  At the risk of ranting (on a Fashion & Finance Friday no less!), fashion is not about looking like everyone else, nor is it about mass producing inexpensive, poor quality clothing – that puts garment workers in developing countries at risk.

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King Karl once again proves his regal worthiness.

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Despite the shared opinion of reversecommuter and Karl Lagerfeld (um, how much fun was that sentence to write?!?!?), it seems as though the fashion world’s love of all things workout-y is expanding.  How is it that the suburban masses of yoga pant uniformed housewives are influencing Paris, Milan, New York and London?!?!?!  net-a-porter is rumored to be expanding the website into workout wear, Tory Burch is about to launch her workout line, and Lululemon is about to launch their “&Go” line of everyday clothing.

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Tory Burch being “influenced” by recognizing a lot of women wear their gym clothes all day makes reversecommuter once again ask “how is she considered a leading designer in fashion?”.  And if designers waive the white flag and surrender their creativity based on the bored masses in their yoga pants and unkept ponytails, this era will be more horrific than the 80’s shoulder pad debacle.

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reversecommuter appreciates gorgeous, stylish workout clothing probably more than most, perfect example is this adidas by Stella McCartney top I just nabbed on net-a-porter.com, but I will be wearing it to work out in, and then I will shower, float around on my endorphin high and change into other clothes!

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Easter Weekend is upon us, get ready for happy, giggly children, pastel outfits, chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, family time, sugar highs, and Easter bonnet parades (my absolute favorite Bill Cunningham spread in the New York Times Fashion section of all year!!!!).

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Dress up, smile for all you have and add some champs to that glass of o.j. at Easter Brunch!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Hot Diggity it is finally here!!!!  Happy Friday!!

Fashion reporters make news too.  Sartorialist favorite Bruce Pask for instance, (nope, he isn’t just some impeccably dressed dude who happens to always get snapped!).

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Pask, formerly the men’s fashion director for the New York Times, has joined Bergdorf Goodman as the most magical retailer in the universe’s men’s fashion director.  CONGRATS!

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And not to leave out the ladies, The New York Times has scooped Vanessa Friedman, ultra classy fashion editor of the Financial Times, as fashion director and chief fashion critic.  Vanessa will be replacing UBER fashion journalism institution Suzy Menkes, who announced she was leaving the NYTimes last month.

images-1As if the crazy schedule of the international Fashion Weeks wasn’t enough of a whirlwind, now it continues in the print!

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CFDA announced it’s nominees for this year’s Designer of the Year awards in NYC March 11th, at a DVF hosted bash.

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Women’s Designer of the Year is up for grabs between Marc Jacobs, Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Wang.

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Men’s Designer of the Year is a battle between Public School (YAY!), Rag & Bone and Thom Browne.

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Accessory Designer of the Year is a PHENOMENAL KNOCK DOWN DRAG OUT between The Row, Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang.

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This year’s host is the eccentrically moustached John Waters, and the magnificent man of all this sexy, Tom Ford, will be honored for Lifetime Achievement.  CFDA what a powerfully packed event June 2nd promises to be!!!!

Pop the champs, throw a strawberry in the flute and enjoy your fancy self!

xo reversecommuter

Cute Accoutrement!

Accoutrement – French for “additional items for dress”…like a fur scarf!

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Or a fab faux like this Rachel Zoe, on sale right now so click the blue!

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Michael Kors brought it as one of his key looks for Pre-Fall 2014.  reversecommuter could / should / would absolutely live in this all day long!!

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BCBG Max Azria scattered a couple of pelts around the neck too for Pre-Fall 2014.

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reversecommuter is mildly obsessed with fur scarves.  Purple fox?  Check.

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Mink?  Yup.  Sable?  Working on it….Valentine of mine, are you reading this?

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KirnaZabete was rocking it last week when they were hanging with Prabal Gurung, pre-NYFW, pre-streaker (ugh).  Click here for more of that Fashion Week debacle (why is it always the peeps who shouldn’t overshare that do?!)

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Pause here for an Uber-cool reversecommuter moment – when I met KirnaZabete (Beth Puccini and Sarah Easely), I told them the goal of the blog was to get one woman in the ‘burbs out of yoga pants every single day – they LOVED it, and told me it was the same reason behind what they did.   Um….shivers!!!!!!!!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

YAY!!!!  WHOOP WHOOP!!!! HELLO FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

As if reversecommuter needed yet another reason to LOVE Tom Ford (click here to see an additional 10!).

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Tom (as I like to call him) explained the Men’s Winter 2014 Collection’s casual pieces as a reflection of his new lifestyle as doting daddy to his son, Jack.  Shearlings, cable knit  sweaters, pinwhale corduroys, high top sneakers (!!!!), trench coats, and all in rich colors including blackberry and ginger.

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Tom (sigh) said that he needs clothing he can go to the park in.  HE IS JUST LIKE reversecommuter!!!!!!!  All consumed with the proper fashion wardrobe in which to hang in the burbs with his children.  Tom, call me, I can TOTALLY relate!  Let’s have a playdate!

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Pantone has released the Spring color chart (actually it has been out for a bit but that Polar Vortex nearly pushed me over the edge so reversecommuter is just padding this post with warm colors!!!).

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MBFW NYC has announced it’s lineup for February, and reversecommuter thinks rollerblades might be THE fashion statement of the shows.  Major designers have opted to present at off-site locations as opposed to the Lincoln Center tents.

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Big Dogs such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs (is that not THE BEST PIC of him?!?!?), are all going off site which is SO exciting as to see what the venues will look like, and how creative architecture will influence these incredibly talented creative designers!

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awesome hilarious picture courtesy of manrepeller.com

Not to mention the inevitable traffic woes to succumb to all the fashion crowd.  Buckle Up!

Enjoy the weekend – do something to thaw out…like strap on a pair of fantasmic heels and pop a bottle of champs!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion and Finance Friday!

What is it about a Friday before a long weekend?!  YAY!

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Before I get to the F&F, I wanted to take a minute to say “Thank You” to reversecommuter followers – your support, comments, likes and tweets mean the world to me!  Please find me on Instagram (@reversecommuter) and on Twitter (@reversecommutr).

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File under the category of “He Said WHAT?!”  Chip Wilson, the man who founded Lulu Lemon, (and Canada’s 10th richest man interestingly enough), blamed curves and women who are not skinny for the see-thru quality of his yoga pants and also for the piling effect of said yoga pants.  Hey Chip, take a drive through the ‘burbs to realize you just insulted the majority of your clientele!

Chip lost reversecommuter 5 years ago when the New York Times exposed the Lulu Lemon “bamboo” pant as a complete hoax.    Click here to read more on that.  

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Oprah is a copycat!  reversecommuter LOVES SKIN (click here to begin to obsess about SKIN!!).  Now that Oprah has released her Favorite Things list for 2013, the 12th item listed is none other than loungewear from SKIN!  How cool is it to say “Told you so!” to Oprah!  🙂      Click the blue to read the list & start your holiday shopping!

Enjoy the weekend and take the time to raise a glass of champs to all the service men & women, past and present, who collectively make bravery fashionable!

xo reversecommuter

Thirsty isn’t Stylish

What is fashionable about 1 in 9 people on this planet not having access to clean water?  Nothing.  What is stylish about carrying a 40 lb jerry can for over an hour to get clean water?  Absolutely nothing – trust me, those jerry cans are REALLY HEAVY!!!!!

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This man is stylish.  Philanthropy is in always in fashion.  Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water which has raised over $100 MILLION in just seven years.  Fashionable is renting an old plane, getting tech GAZILLIONAIRES such as Melody McCloskey of StyleSeat, Ed Turner of Facebook,  Divyank Turakhia of media.net and Oliver Ripley of Black Ocean and getting them to pay to go to the unpaved mountain villages in Ethiopia to build wells.  Click the blue to read about this trip.

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Fashionable is W Hotels hosting “Walk with Purpose” charity:water’s waterwalk – a runway of sorts where participants carry jerry cans (HEAVY jerry cans) down a runway to raise money for clean water.

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W Boston hosted “Walk with Purpose” last night – what a PHENOM event!  The crowd was in full party mode with outfits ranging from bright sunny yellow dresses to suits to floral shorts to short sleeve plaids and even leather leggings.  Clearly Boston is not prepared to let go of summer quite yet!

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This event was truly an eye opener to how heavy water is and how fashionable clean water is. The facial expression below is not an exaggeration!

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Runway Strut with Purpose!

reversecommuter is walking the runway…in bare feet and carrying jerry cans!

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Clearly this is not for Fashion Week – but it should be!  Wednesday August 21st at the W Boston is hosting “Walk with Purpose” to raise money for charity:water, a non-profit that provides drinking water to developing nations with 100% public donations.

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I read an article in the New York Times a few weeks ago that really peaked my curiosity.  It was about Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water, taking a bunch of actors, activist and techie ka-zillion-aires to Ethiopia on a water mission.  Click here to read the NY Times article that started my new obsession.  Scott was a nightclub promoter in NYC in an earlier life and can probably make water sexier than Evian!  Who else could hire an old plane and fill it up with the likes of Matt Mullenweg (hello co-founder of WordPress), Nathan Hubbard (ceo of Ticketmaster), Tony Hawk & Sophia Bush and set off to Ethiopia?  Imagine my surprise when I was invited to W Boston’s WaterWalk?!?!

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The W Global  Music Director, Michaelangelo L’Acqua will be spinning the WaterWalk – so you just know that SoundHound and Shazam apps will be VERY busy that night.  Dare to dream there will be a playlist provided!

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He has had Jessica Biel, Sophia Bush, Jessica Alba, Seth Myers, and other Hollywooders strut their stuff on the Waterwalk, and now it is reversecommuter’s turn….

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If you are near Boston and want to come support this phenomenal event, please rsvp to W Boston.

Fashion & Finance Friday!

How is it the word “Friday” evokes a big a*s grin, every single week?

Fast Fashion mammoth, Zara, was the focus of a brilliant piece in the NY Times earlier this week (click here to read the full article).

According to the NY Times, an average consumer buys 164 pieces annually. Perhaps such a high number could be reduced if the consumer focused on acquiring quality pieces. Quality not quantity….just saying.

Sak’s Fifth Avenue is blaming Hurricane Sandy. Sales forecasts are down for the remainder of 2012, and Saks says it’s due to the impact the hurricane had on it’s business. The NYC flagship represents 20% of Saks sales, and as the flagship was closed as a result of Sandy, as well as online sales down, Saks is bracing for a less than stellar end of year.

Salvatore Ferragamo released sales profit numbers are up 8%. reversecommuter stayed at one of the Ferragamo boutique hotels in Florence this past week, and it is no surprise that sales are up – this family truly has been bitten by the style bug! Gorgeous Gorgeous Bellisimo!

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Wishing you the most fashionable & fabulous weekend!
xo reversecommuter