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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Green is the New Black

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Pharrell happily does it with bionic yarn and G-Star.


The plastic garbage in our ocean (6x more than sea life) is transformed into bionic yarn’s denim – actually fibre that can be made into clothes – gorgeous, cool, style that does way more good than ANY designer denim EVER has.  Shop the collection here!

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Stella McCartney does it with a lifelong commitment to sustainability, no fur no leather no suffering just green.  Highlighted recently by reversecommuter, Stella’s Green Carpet Collection was inspiring, beautiful, clean and pretty.  Despite all of those attributes it was also green!

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Über-fab Australian accessories line LouenHide uses polyurethane PU and it looks like leather, feels like leather and the price is silly – as in good silly!

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FYI Their cosmetic pouches make a phenomenal evening clutch.

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Our planet is such a delicate, amazing place filled with unlimited inspiration for fashion, art and imagination.  Making a small difference individually can result in a monumental change for the good.

 

 

 

 

Getting Mooned!

Half mooned to be precise.  On the nails.

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One of the strongest nail trends that came out of NYFW was the half-moon mani.

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Metallic base was the most prevalent, but there are no rules in mani-land.  Get creative!

 

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There is even room for the Mademoiselle & Bubble Bath muted colors.  SWOON!

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Yet another way to subtly rock the ‘burbs!

O.W.O. (One Weekend Outfit) “Scarfing It!”

Best creative addition to the wardrobe in early fall?  Un cravat. ( translation: a little neck scarf).

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Adds a fun pop of color and fun flair to even the most basic of outfits – hello white t-shirt and ripped jeans, meet fancy scarf!

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A little chill in the air but the sun is still blazing – so of course reversecommuter is going to squeeze a little more time out of the shorts season.  Top a pair of shorts and a t-shirt with a blazer and a scarf et voila!  Zippier than a Vespa!

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Alexander Wang’s paisly ascot is a current fashion have, but Hermes is still the house of classic silk prints.

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

FRIDAY IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NYFW is done – everybody exhale.

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reversecommuter’s personal faves include Jonathan Simkhai’s shards of glass dresses, Victoria Beckham’s stripes, Proenza Schouler’s fringe (MAJOROMG!!!!), Calvin Klein’s minimalist gorgeousness all round, and Marc Jacob’s pink house set and those amazing hobo bags.  Onward to London!

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Guccio Gucci (great-grandson of The Original Guccio Gucci, who founded Gucci) is under house arrest after being found guilty of fraudulent bankruptcy.  Guccio no longer works for the family firm (he left in 1989).   Rather he attempted to launch his own line of handbags, which didn’t work and he filed bankruptcy…and apparently syphoned the assets in an attempt to save a little money.  Not so buono Guccio.

Enjoy the last remnants of summer this weekend.  Champs o’clock!

xo reversecommuter

 

 

Excuse me, do you speak FASHIONWEEK?

Living the dream in the ‘burbs?  Up at 6am, down at 11pm, nonstop giggles filling the hours?

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Desperate Housewife clinging to your style and love of fashion, yet as a “Real Housewife of SOMEBURB” you are uncomfortably friendly with your yoga pants?

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Have no fear, reversecommuter is here to provide a quick translation of the New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 designs that are walking the runway up until Friday September 12.  Parlaying the fashions into ‘burbspeak, an everyday interpretation directly into your wardrobe!

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Wide leg culottes – buy them now.  Wear them now with sandals, flip flops or heels.  Parlay them into fall with ankle boots, brogues and a denim jacket.  Winterize them with boots.

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Navy Blue.  Classic, cool, rich, navy blue.  (full disclosure, this is reversecommuter’s all time fave color!!)  Invest in a great piece worthy of this color.  Think navy blue blazer (so good with ripped jeans, shorts and patterned pants).  Maybe a navy blue jumpsuit.  Something meaningful, significant and navy.

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Lace has invaded the runway in a Valentino pleasing manner!  Veronica Beard, Jonathan Simkhai, Oscar de la Renta, 3.1 Philip Lim, Cynthia Rowley and more, all offering gorgeous, light, airy, lace detailed pieces.

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Light blue.  Think robin’s egg and invest in it.  Rosie Assoulin and Jonathan Simkhai (who’s dress was inspired by broken glass shards), delivered my personal favorites.

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Start lightly with a t-shirt or sweater, test drive the light blue color, fall in love deeply before a heavy investment.  This is a great color to break up the grey winter blahs!

 

 

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Sorry.  Late posting.  I blame the weather.

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Jason Wu just presented a beyond-beautiful Spring 2015 Collection that was all about mules, navy blue *reversecommuter’s all-time-fave-color*, crisp whites, gorgeous tailored lines and rich suedes.

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Seemingly the perfect collection to launch on the day he announced he had sold a majority share to Interluxe.  CEO Gary Wasner has long been a Jason Wu fan, and the influx of cash will help him polish up his online business as well as build a flagship store.  Congratulations on a banner day!

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Choupette’s Shupette Shu Umera Holiday Line has released a sneak peak at the feline-ferociously gorgeous make-up!

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Click here to read more on this kitty-cat collaboration.

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It’s enough to make a fashion blogger PURRRRRRRRRRR!

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NYFW is officially underway, which means reverse commuter is getting no sleep this weekend!

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Better pop the champs, raise the flute and smile for everything that makes you look taller, thinner and more fashionable!

xo reversecommuter

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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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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!

Hello End of the Week!

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Is nothing sacred?  Lord & Taylor’s 5th Avenue flagship store is going to open for business on Thanksgiving!  Let’s hope the Macy’s parade doesn’t drop off it’s employees by float to work a shift or two to compete…

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reversecommuter used to live in Toronto, and Sundays were retail non grata days, it was a family day.  Then a couple of retailers fought hard enough and soon Sunday was just another day to hit the stores.  Let’s hope major holidays don’t become a thing of the past!

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Coach & The Jones Group both released very positive numbers for Q3 – let’s hear it for the  non-luxury goods sector kicking it!

And now back to luxury…

Versace opened a cool new store, Versace Vibe this past week in SOHO – big BIG party! Dior opened up two STELLAR boutiques in as many weeks – one in Milan and one on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.  Louis Vuitton opened it’s first Brazilian boutique this week.  Alexander McQueen opened it’s first men’s only boutique in London, and there are creative plans to launch new retail for men and women and McQ!

Happy Happy Weekend!

xo reverse commuter