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Layerrr Monsterrr.

Haha this is awks. But I love it.

I’m not a New Yorker, so layering on this level during the winter is new to me. But seriously, I’m not used to the cold NY weather! I’m a SOCAL WUSS - spoiled by LA’s sunny, 70-degree winters. To give you an idea of how many layers I’m wearing (and this is without my coat and scarf and gloves) I am wearing Uniqlo heatteach leggings over tights, and a chunky sweater over a sheer shirt over a uniqlo heattech long sleeve shirt. IT WAS CRAY. Once I got inside the trade show venue, I was sweating bullets. Trial and error, I guess.

New York women layer effortlessly, though. Major props and much respect to you all!

On another note, the always AMAZING William Yan shot this on the first day of PROJECT NY, and it was a lot of fun getting to hang with him when he wasn’t busy shooting or blogging! Good times!

On another-nother note, peep my Le Specs shades. Favorite sunglasses of the moment! Did I mention that Le Specs just did a collab with Henry Holland? Definitely worth checking out.

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Meanwhile, down the way taking over a substantial piece of @ProjectShow real estate is the artfully curated Project Wooster space.  I know you are familiar with #menswear so the man @NickWooster is already your biggest man crush. 

He is a master at celebrating clothing in a completely masculine way by showing the fellas how to mix and match patterns, textures and layer without over doing it.  It all comes off so naturally it is truly a joy to step in to this environment and pause to reflect of how clothing should inspire you to be inventive and free in expressing yourself. 

As I write this I am sitting on the camo couches listening to guys and girls ohh and ahh while snapping photos like they are in the Moma in front of a Rothko. 

It is a wonderful reprise from the intensity that is #ProjectshowNYLV

Thank YOU, Wooster!

Plastic Dreams : Melissa Shoes

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I dream in plastic ever since I discovered Melissa shoes a few years ago when I needed a cute flat that could hold up in the summertime rain.  I was pleased to discover they are life savers all year round.  The flats have become my go-to travel slipper.  How excited was I to stumble upon the Melissa booth @ProjectShow in Las Vegas last week? 

Let’s all just take a moment to discuss the 3 finer point of the shoes above.  1) Woven wedges. 2) Color popping.  3)  T-straps with tassels!!

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Said flats in new sparkle colors.  Oh boy.

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Demure bow covered platform pumps.

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Flocked studded wedge booties. 

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Really love the color combo and the texture combo.  One last thing about these shoes… the smell like MAC lipglass.  It is so wonderfully weird, but true.

@ProjectShow : Accessories Round Up

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Sometime you get dressed and you can’t do more than pick out your simplest, most basic pieces to get you out the door on time (if you are like me, that is).  The key to making those outfits shine with personality is everything else; The Accessories.  Here is a preview of what’s in store for FW’12.

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Over sized hats are not going away thankfully and here is a beautiful teal topper from the classic kids at Kangol.

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Bags are always a great option to be on-trend without buying into a full look of something.  Azaya Blue makes such fun neon and studded options.  The Navajo print is still going strong but you should get it from the leaders of the pack with the Dopp bag from Pendleton Woolen Mills.

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Perhaps you are more interested in something a bit more exotic.  Steal from the boys with this Parabellum doctor bag I found at Project Wooster.

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Another obsession of mine are scarves.  Especially bright over-sized ones!  These Kapital ones were lovingly placed at Project Wooster.

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Why be boring with a plain iPhone case when you can get the best ones from Incase.  I love the new Andy Warhol ones.

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Happy Socks came by the ProjectBlogger’s table and gave us their Project Show exclusive.  You can get happy with all these dotty styles here.

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You didn’t think I’d post an accessories round up without any shoes? Of course not.  I saved the best for last.  Get a load of these claw boots by Friend of Mine.  They come in grey too, if you wondering. 

Click links for shopping!  And if you want to thank me for the sneak peeks I wear a size 6 in those Claw boots.  Hint Hint.

Project Wooster Camo Recap!

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@NickWooster loves a camo print.  Here is a quick round up of the offerings he presented last week @ProjectShow in Las Vegas.  He has you covered from top to bottom.

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There were full suits in camo but I think this piece was my favorite.  A felted wool baseball jacket with enough zippers to give it a great motorcycle jacket edge. 

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If you get tired of the classic green colorway try the sunny version in red, yellow orange.  Good for hiding in Miami are these Orlebar x Wooster swim trunks.

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What happens when camo cargos go to die?  They get reincarnated into snazzy tote bags. 

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These beauts are an exclusive NW x Leffot collabo.

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If clothes don’t make the man than surely a camouflage couch does.  Exclusively designed for Project Wooster.  For a full list of the brands gathered in Project Wooster click here.

Project Show: Jewelry Round Up

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I love sparkly things.  It’s the magpie in me.  Do I get it from my Nana Kitty who worked in a jewelry shop when I was growing up?  Or maybe it was the first home we had in Venice Beach had a room I called the rainbow crystal room.  It was a sun-room my Mom filled with plants and flowers and she hung all different shapes and sizes of vintage chandelier crystals from fishing wire so when the sun streamed in there were rainbow prisms everywhere.  I experienced my first earthquake in there and the light and colors flying everywhere was so amazing that when the room stopped shaking I immediately screamed “do it again!”.  

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I post a lot about Alexis Bittar because he is the most Ab-Fab glamorous costume jewelry designer so when I spotted his booth I had to stop revisit his baubles.  You can see why in the photos above.

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A brand new designer I discovered is Kate Cummings.  Her grandma was an estate collector and has a motherload of vintage Chanel. She has rings and necklaces reconstructed from buttons and pins as well as vintage rings like these.  As soon as her line 8185 Vintage hits the market I will post on where to buy so you can scoop yours up before they are all gone.

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If you saw my posts on my engagement ring then you already know how infatuated I am with Anna Sheffield and her BingBang collection.  Here are a couple of pieces I can’t wait to get my paws on.  The anchor ring and custom ID bracelets are the bees knees.

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Chris Habana has been designing rock-n-roll pieces for years.  I have featured him many times in Antenna magazine.  It was nice to see the bad ass new collection called My Enemy by Chris Habana that consists of rope, wire and bone cuffs with claw pendents for equal measure.  This will be the perfect antidote when you need to wear some armor.

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Another new find was Dream Collective by Kathryn Bentley.  I pretty much fell in love with these colorful layered necklaces of record beads.  On top of all the killer handmade jewelry she has a dreamy tumblr too.  Swoon!

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I always like to check out Bernard James when I hit #ProjectShowNYLV to see what he is obsessing over.  Clearly this season it is Native American inspired.  This is a mens collection that any girl would steal from her man. 

Hope you enjoyed my picks and be sure to click the links to find more on all the designers above.

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