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Embracing the 90s...again

The resurgence of 90s fashion has me feeling deeply conflicted. For one, I refuse to believe that anything from my teen years can be classified as "vintage", and besides, I've been there done that. And yet, I find myself irresistibly drawn to a couple of these trends, specifically florals and chokers. 

I bought a floral blouse at Zara lately, and I've been pairing it with black skinny jeans and heels, and Bombay Taxi's very own HEERA bracelet - a super fun look for fall. And despite my intense dislike of tattoo chokers, I have been intrigued by more architectural gold-tone chokers, particularly when paired with a bodycon dress. My current favorite is Bombay Taxi's HEMA necklace, which is very similar to another white gold necklace that was a gift from my parents... in the 90s. 

My look from a recent wedding: HEMA necklace paired with a Banana Republic bodycon sheath dress, and a red lip.

My look from a recent wedding: HEMA necklace paired with a Banana Republic bodycon sheath dress, and a red lip.

I'm seriously considering a floral bodycon dress next- why not just wear both trends together?

Birkenstocks were almost ubiquitous this summer, and I even spotted the occasional pair of overalls, but there are two 90s return trends in which I will definitely NOT partake: chunky platform heels and chunky highlights. Basically, if the trend has the word "chunky" in it, I probably want nothing to do with it! 

How are you feeling about the return of the 90s? Any must haves or must have nots?

Fashion Flash

Last Wednesday I took a half day off from my day job, packed a suitcase, got my hair done (Thanks Carolina at Tease!) and made my way....downtown. To the offices of the Plain Dealer for a conversation and photo shoot with Allison Carey who authors and photographs a weekly column called Fashion Flash

Allison is so fun, and shares my love for accessories! We talked about Bombay Taxi and She In The CLE, my favorite beauty products, my philosophy on style and fashion, how I curate my wardrobe, and my irrational love of beards, man-buns and mohawks. Here's a link to the final piece-- huge thanks to Allison and her colleague John (who filmed a video) for making me feel so comfortable during the whole experience.

I'm not going to tell you everything I wore in this post (you'll have to read the piece), but suffice it to say, I wore a LOT of Bombay Taxi pieces, particularly some news ones that I just added to the site, so I hope you will click over and check them out! 

As always, these are all limited edition (one of a kind in some cases) and handcrafted by artisans in India. They are absolutely gorgeous and I ADORE them all, and I hope you will too! 

Summer Solstice 2015: What to Wear?

This weekend marks Summer Solstice, and along with various yoga studios that celebrate with extraordinary amounts of sun salutations (108 to be exact), there are of course, solstice parties. This year, as in every year since I've been blogging,  I will be attending the sold-out Summer Solstice at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This year, unlike other years, I do not have a "what to wear" dilemma. As I've mentioned, I'm in my "All White Everything" phase, and so surprise surprise, I will be wearing white. I have a few different options: one is a long white and cream vintage dress, the other is a lace mini, and the third is a printed white and blue and gold with a full skirt. With either of these outfits, I'm keeping the same accessories-- gold sandals, gold jewelry, and a pop of color with my bag.

My inspiration board:

Solstice inspiration

If you're looking for more Solstice inspiration, look here, here, or here.

The Style Guide to West 6th

This is a tongue-in-cheek post. If you love West 6th, and are easily offended, I recommend you stop reading now. 

Ah West 6th. Its been a long time since I visited you on a Friday or Saturday night, and now I remember why.... For my non-Cleveland readers, let me set the stage here a little. You know that bar that's REALLY popular with the early 20-something crowd? The one sorta reminiscent of a college bar, where the vibe changes around 1:30 am, and you know people are looking for that person they're going to make out with for the next 30 minutes at least? Well, we have a whole street of such bars- its West 6th.

Anyway, N and I found ourselves on W 6th Friday night, specifically, at Velvet Dog- Cleveland's premiere nightclub, FYI. It has been a while since either of us had been there, and I felt it was my duty to examine and report back for my late 20-something and 30-something friends, who perhaps haven't visited in a while. SO, like any good (or wannabe) anthropologist would do, I observed. And took copious notes.  And left 90 minutes later. Although my stay was brief, I learned some important tips to fitting in style-wise on W 6th, which I will share with you, you know, if you want to make your own visit:

Men: If the normal jeans with a button-down just isn't cutting it for you, take your look one step further. How, you ask? Well, here are your options:
1. Wear a deep, deep v. neck tee (white, of course), and pair THAT with an unbuttoned button-down;
2. Add your high-school letter jacket;
3. Forgo the button down altogether, and wear your very best Ed Hardy/Affliction tee.

Women: This is your chance to shine, and make that guy-that-you-made-out-with-that-one-time-and-didn't-call-you really see what he's missing.
1. Wear your hair extensions. With lots of hairspray. Or a bumpit. Or a fascinator. Bonus points if you do all of these together
2. Don't wear pants. You will stick out. Wear a dress. The shorter and tighter, the better. Ideally, your dress should feel like sausage casing, and threaten to cut off circulation. No one will notice if your turning blue, its too dark in there anyway.
3. Duck face. ALL.THE.TIME. But make sure you save your best duck face for the stage-dancing.
4. High heels. The higher the better. Balance is overrated. Plus you can just lean on other people as you make your way across the dance floor.

Here you have it ladies and gentlemen- A few quick tips to make sure you fit right in.  In all seriousness, I was deeply conflicted by the whole night. I desperately wanted to hate it, but I found myself oddly amused by the vague smell of barf, and all the excellent people-watching. I really really enjoyed the DJ too. But like all things so bad that they MUST be good, moderation is key. And with that, I'm probably going to stay away from Friday and Saturday nights on W 6th for at least another few years!