Wimby Wear

 

Wimbledon 2016  just ended this past weekend, and I for one am a little sad.  Tennis is my bad habit.  Not only playing, but specifically watching major tournaments while simultaneously online shopping on my iPad/phone/ laptop for the outfits of the pros.  Naughty naughty naughty reversecommuter.

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A highly anticipated late June tennis tournament played on the All England Club grass courts in England since 1877, the fashion image conjured up is stuffy.

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reversecommuter is here to correct that bland boring fashion reputation.  Yes, players at Wimbledon do have to wear white.  Not cream nor off white – the Wimbledon official website has laid out the details clearly!

Please note if the players have any color on their tennis whites, it cannot be any larger than a one centimeter trim.  Pretty sure this Monreal London neon fold over skirt (on sale right now) might just be acceptable!

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Just to be perfectly clear, that includes warm up jackets and headbands and shoes!  Nike might have to dial down the do-rag swoosh

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True story, at the Miami Open 2016 I came uncomfortably close to purchasing one of these – I convinced myself that for sure I could/would rock the do-rag in the burbs.


Note to self – less champagne booth time prior to shopping time at the tennis majors.

Back to Wimby Whites…

Nike’s pleated white “dress” was the talk of London’s grass courts, and not all of it good.  Nike’s Premiere Slam dress was very short, very breezy and very busy moving in ways that didn’t exactly please the tennis players.  Belts were added (not a good look FYI), alterations were made to close the side slits, leggings were worn underneath, and the media went banookies!


Actually other than Canadian Genie Bouchard, not one single player had a positive comment towards the dress.


Naturally reversecommuter fell completely in love with it (blissfully unaware of the brewhaha) and managed to buy it before it completely sold out in both black and white.  Guess not everyone hated it after all!

Fun fact – that’s tennis legend Cliff Drysdale reversecommuter is standing beside, and he even commented on the dress!

Thankfully, Stella McCartney for adidas has many less volatile pieces in her collection  Her gorgeous prime knit white dress is divine!

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Monreal London could also contribute to the Wimby white dress with their Finish Line dress

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Sadly the red visor and multicolored (fabulous) tennis bag might have to be left in the locker room.

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Alo Yoga’s Goddess Bra Top  has the very best back around and could single handedly wake up the English audience.  For post Wimbledon wear, the Goddess comes in a veritable rainbow of happy sexy colors!

Now if you will excuse me I need to charge my iPad/cel phone / laptop for the Olympics – imagine the shopping!

Happen Stance

It just happened.
Walking around Soho on a sunny afternoon, a window display teetering on an artistic exhibit caught my eye.


Imagine my surprise when I realized it was a sock store.  Just socks.  In the entire store, socks.

Not just the plain daily white tube sock variety mind you.


Stance socks are so much more than socks.  Stance socks rock.


As in designed by Rihanna socks that rock.


As in Star Wars characters’ socks that rock.


As in Stance brand ambassadors waaaaaay cooler than mere mortals will ever be.


Go ahead, click the link and take your own Stance!

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Holding the phone a little too far away from your face?  Tired of contact lens early morning eye pokes?


How about updating your look with a new pair of designer glasses?

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Tom Ford is my current obsession.

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Totally asking Santa for Cèline’s tortoise shell round frames…oh yes, THE list is already being prepped!

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Earlier this year in Italy I came across Micromega, “the most exclusive eyewear in the world”.


The designs are extraordinarily unique, and their prices are clearly living up to the description!   The first picture shows a pair for 1070 euros, and the ones below are a cool 840 euros.   A visit to the website is highly recommended, the creations are so incredibly artistic!
A new pair of designer specs is a faster fix on your total look that a great fitting pair of jeans (yup, going there in an upcoming post…)

Sleeveless Wonder!

Fall is one crazy season!

 Jacket, no jacket, layers, stripping off the layers, OY!


Invest in a sleeveless vest.

Put a tank top underneath.  Pair it with a long sleeved t-shirt.  Add a thin cashmere layer. A tailored shirt works too.
Jeans, leggings, even a tailored knee length skirt works with this piece.  Add a pair of statement boots and vamanos mamacita!

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Budget friendly options available if your name isn’t Amal Clooney or Gwyneth Paltrow.  Current faves include Trouvè at Nordstroms for $78 and  ASOS for $72.

Who Needs Sleeves?!?!

Bergdorfs Meets Lycra in the Burbs

Bergdorf’s in the burbs?  Dare to dream!

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First thought that popped into my head when I experienced LEGIT activewear, an online and retail boutique in Wellesley, MA, a suburb just west of Boston.


reversecommuter has been upfront honest about my dislike of the unimaginative yoga pants suburban mom uniform.  Legit is here to change it up.


Owner Lisa Goldberg (warning, she will instantly seem like your super fab sophisticated city girlfriend) single handedly tracks down the most intriguing design lines that will shake the lulu lemons right out of their tree!


LEGIT activewear is like the legitimizer of workout clothing.  Designer clothing for actual workouts…it is like the directions on how to wear lycra are found right in the name of the store.  Take what you worked out in off after the activity, but feel free to wear the gorgeous jackets, outerwear, cashmere, etc all day long.


Tennis lines such as Monreal London and Adidas by Stella McCartney, brilliant colors and the necessary tennis white all included.

Banging out those pre-marathon miles just got a whole lot sexier.  Leggings from Lucas High, Michi, Charli Cohen with mesh, neon, ribbing, cutouts, seriously these are the clothes that make you jump out of bed and want to hit the pavement!


Spinning class outfits just got so real you are going to ask them to keep the lights on so your outfit gets appropriate admiration time.  Snakeskin prints by Human Performance Engineering, and Ultracor’s Camo crops and leggings with a shock of brilliant yellow neon beg for a SoulCycle diva showdown extra long class!


Yoginis rejoice!  More Spritual Gangster than you thought possible and Out Incorporated’s mesh side leggings will make the most stylish zen bendy in town!


Pheel blends lycra with metaliics to deliver a superhero feel to any workout, and let’s face it, carving out time to workout is a superhero feat with our schedules ladies!


Cool down jackets and wraps from lines such as Nesh, Vimmia and Alala will make it imperative to run a couple of errands after your workout, too luxurious a statement not to make.


See you at the checkout line…or is that the now Chic-out line?

Classy Classic

Classic is in!

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That is the message delivered in New York this week by a majority of the presenting designers.

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Proenza Schouler rejigged the double breasted blazer, opening their show with a sleeveless jacket wrapped up in a Pussy Galore meets the KFC Colonel’s skinny black bow tie.  Nothing represents classic fashion more than black and white.

Click here to watch the Proenza Schouler Spring 2016 show – it is a lesson in fashion magic.

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The spectacularly sexy cool white designs found in Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 2016 Collection should make every woman deliriously happy!  The cut and style flow and ooze with style.

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This could get dangerous!!!!

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Michael Kors is THE gentleman of classic clothing.  His Spring 2016 Collection is clean, forever fashion that glided across the runway and made buyers, editors and fashion lovers drool! The simplest design with the cleanest of lines in the very best of fabrics and colors.

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Kors also brought out a bouquet of decadence in brocade floral pieces.  The richness in their design and material is beyond compare, and an investment in his clothing guarantees a healthy roi!

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Budget wise Michael Kors also offers a lower priced line, Michael Michael Kors which is always influenced by his ready-to-wear designs.  So these fashions will easily translate into mall shopping!

Tomas Maier aka Mr. Miami, is all about linen, full skirts, maxi dresses, shirt dresses, pinks and reds.  Simple one piece dressing – perfection in ease  and style.

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Simple one piece dressing – perfection in ease  and style.

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Now if we can all just ride out the 70’s vibe for Fall 2015…

Straight Up

L’Oreal Paris has launched  Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight, a four step product line.  I have straight hair that has magically started to form weird kinky parts and curls that have never ever appeared before.  I wondered if this new line of hair care would unkink the kinks…

reversecommuter was asked to review the line, and that is where the fun started!

Step one – go to SoulCycle and workout like a fiend to get your hair really really really dirty!

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ew…stinks and kinks…

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Step 2 -Lather Up!  This is my cheeseball “and I’m worth it” pic

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Shampooing, an early morning art form!

The shampoo smells great (as does the entire line) and is not too heavy which is a good trait if you are not into the greasies.

Step 3 – No need to lather-rinse-repeat as there are 4 products to use…just move on to Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Boosting pre-conditioner

This step is new to me but seemed to enhance the conditioner when applied.  Not sure if it is necessary for me as my hair isn’t super curly just annoyingly kinky.

Step 4 – Conditioner

reversecommuter is a conditioner junkie – meaning there are usually two or three different bottles on the go at one time in a Goldilocks kind of approach : not too oily, not too heavy, not too light #pickypickypicky

L’Oreal Paris’ Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straightening Conditioner smells like a bouquet of lilies, doesn’t feel oily or greasy and is not too heavy on the hair.

Step 5 – Styling Balm

I like the idea of the balm as a protector from the heat, and if it can help to unkink the weird kinks in my hair then this is one step I will be sure not to skip.

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All in all I was impressed with the unkinking result Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight delivered, and even more impressed that it kept the kinks away for over 48 hours.
* please note that I did not receive payment just the product *

Palm Trees

reversecommuter’s favorite hashtag on twitter and instagram is #ineedapalmtree…wherever palm trees are it has been practically scientifically proven that I am happiest! IMG_7895

My favorite whine is seemingly now trending with designers for Spring 2015!

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Yigal Azrouel’s Hawaiian Skirt

Yigal Azrouel and Veronica Beard are both offering palm tree skirts with pleats – super retro adorable, especially paired with black gladiator sandals and a simple white t-shirt!

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Veronica Beard skirt @ Kirna Zabete

Penfield’s Vassan Parka @ Madewell has palm trees all over it 133747271

adidas by Stella McCartney’s warm up jacket is SO FREAKIN’ CUTE front and back! Unknown-4

MSGM even put some palm fronds on some sneakers!

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Click the picks to get your palm on and please feel free to use my fave hashtag anytime!

Coachella Mama

Coachella Mama How To

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The flight to Palm Springs was easy, the sun is gorgeous and we are totally walking in the Coachella Valley grasses, passing through the vendors, nodding absent mindedly to the bands currently on stage, and ROCKING the crop top under overalls with a fierce felt hat and ankle boots.

Allow me to point out the uncomfortable truth.  No one who is called Mommy, Mom, Mama or Mother should be found at Coachella in that outfit.  Unless you are a super model who’s body bounced back to the pre-pregnancy super freak form that caused your super modeldom.

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That doesn’t mean the Boho vibe is lost on us.  Heck no, paying for our children’s outfits is not our only role at the mall.  Coachella Mama can be achieved with just 5 items.  Prepare to hear the dreaded phrase “Can I borrow that?”.

  1. Overalls

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Get them and put a white t-shirt underneath, with slip on sneakers and a paisley scarf tied around your head.

MOTHERDenim “The Overall Dropout” $275

2. Flared Jeans

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All summer long with a pair of Haivianas and a gauzy tunic.  purrrrrrrr
MOTHERDenim “The Cruiser” $ 228

3.  Romper

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Not just for toddlers anymore, but same philosophy – what in the world is easier than a one piecer?  Slap on a jean jacket for cooler temps.

JOSA Tulum Daisy Romper $165

4.  Gladiator Sandals

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Not just for Spartacus anymore, this is THE shoe for Coachella and Coachella Mama.  Give yourself 5 extra minutes in the morning to get them done up, then stomp like a Roman all day long!

Zara Leather Gladiators (with a back zip!!) $ 159

5. Maxi Dress

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Big meal forgiving dresses all day long.  Sexy drawn in waist and decolletage detail makes this tunic style a crowd pleaser, you might even someone wanting your autograph!

JOSA Tulum Carmen Maxi $250

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To further your street cred, click here for the Coachella lineup.  Be sure to casually drop into your conversation while weekend carpooling to the soccer field, “Woah, can you believe Alison Wonderland is going on at the same time as your game?”
BoOm – Coachella Mama strikes again, in overalls no less!

Breaking up the Black

Ever get dressed head to toe in Black and feel like an Italian grandmother in mourning (no disrespect)?

Black is everyone’s favorite basic. The trick is to add a piece that pops to break up the monochrome.

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Queu Ranjana Khan, creator of beautiful embroidered bejeweled necklaces. Click here to read more about a love affair between reversecommuter & Ranjana Khan’s pieces.

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Just tie one on and off you go, breaking up the black beautifully!

Chaiken Bermuda shorts, Alexander Wang leather t-shirt, Louboutain shoes, Ranjana Khan necklace.

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