Styling: A Color-less Spring

The ironic thing about this year's "it" Spring color is the fact that... well... there is no color. Winter's love of minimalism seems to be spilling over as the black & white trend remains steadfast into the weeks and months of warmers days & nights. Seeing that I haven't done style sets in a while, it is only apropos that I set out some looks that embrace the color-less dreams of Spring 2013.




Despite the fact that I never wear them, Cropped tops are some of my favorite things about the summer. Add a maxi skirt with a thigh high split and, in my book, we pretty much have the best summer outfit ever. I'm really loving lucite heel details and midi rings this summer so I figured I'd use these current trends as a fun twist to a classic look. And, of course, you can never go wrong pairing a nice red pout with a black and white look.

Heat

Heat

The introduction of the Isabel Murant sneaker wedges a couple of years ago brought in a new wave of athletic wear into the fashion scene. The obsession with sneakers soon lead to our favorite street style stars and fashion brands incorporating chic sports-inspired style into their look. One of my favorite style bloggers, Karla Deras of Karla's Closet, has a knack for the perfect execution of chic sports wear. Her looks for a cropped sweatshirt, track pants, and cut out sweatshirt are some of my favorite sporty chic looks to date. In attempting to keep with the black and white theme but paying homage to my favorite NBA team, I created this look minimalistic-esque sporty look. I feel like it is achievable.

Printed


This River Island dress is everything my striped-obsessed dreams are made of. And, unfortunately, it is already sold out and not found on eBay so that dream is being differed. I love the draped, asymmetrical hem and how the dress flaunts shape.I believe these mixed print lace-up shoe from Zara would be the perfect thing to offset it. Add a leather jacket for a bit of cool to keep you warm on chilly nights and a feather bag for an unexpected twist of texture. Whether worn to a wedding or just a fun night on the town with friends, your red carpet and paparazzi await!

xo,
Jana-Lynn

Boutique Jane


Doing a bit of spring cleaning and realized I have far too many items in my closet that don't get their fair share of use. I decided to throw a couple of the nicer items on eBay. Mostly dresses, shoes, and a skirt for now but I'll probably be updating it with a few more items over the next couple of days and weeks.


There are 16 items in total. A couple of items are brand new but most have been gently used. All shoes are size 9 (except the Converse Chucks which are Men 6/Women 8). Clothes are sized small, medium, or size 6. There is also a Junior's size 5 in the mix.

Style Diary: A Few of My Favorite Things

A quick couple snaps of my looks this week.


I really adore shirt dresses. I love how comfortable they are and yet still so very chic. And, of course, there is the mischievous play on looking like you're wearing you're beau's shirt about town. *giggles* There is a good chance I'll be living in this dress for a while.


I love wearing green. I avoided wearing it for years and then one day I purchased a green skirt on whim from ASOS and the love affair has been blossoming ever since. Also in love with this taupe pants I purchased from Zara a couple years back. I have never had a pair of trousers fit me so well. God bless the Spaniards.

Work week is done and now I'm off to conquer the weekend. Wish me luck!

Euro Star: Rita Ora


I feel like Rita Ora has been on the "brink of a big American breakthrough" for the past 3 years. Does the industry always take this long? 
Nevertheless, she looks absolutely stunning in this spread for May 2013 issue of ELLE as shot by Thomas Whiteside. Joe Zee did an excellent job with the styling. Ms. Ora is one of three songstresses (the other two being Adele and Alicia Keys) in the specials "Women of Music" issue. I'm not sure which two of these shots will be the final Rita Ora cover but I love the whimsical play of both. Which every way they spin it, she looks absolutely magical and the spread was breathtaking.


'questions for the woman i was last night' by warsan shire


how far have you walked for men who've never held your feet in their laps?

how often have you bartered with bone, only to sell yourself short?

why do you find the unavailable so alluring?

where did it begin? What went wrong? And who made you feel so worthless?

if they wanted you, wouldn't they have chosen you?

all this time, you were begging for love silently, thinking they couldn't hear you, but they smelt it on you, you must have known that they could taste the desperate on your skin?

and what about the others that would do anything for you, why did you make them love you until you could not stand it?

how are you both of these women, both flighty and needful?

where did you learn this, to want what does not want you?

where did you learn this, to leave those that want to stay?

Ted's Bulletin


Ted's Bulletin is a retro-inspired American eatery in the Capitol Hill/Eastern Market part of Washington, DC. I went there for dinner last night with friends and instantaneously fell in love with the decor and ambiance. Walking in the quaint restaurant, patrons spill into the bakery/bar area which features adult milkshakes and homemade deserts. The pop tarts, red velvet bundt cake, and oatmeal cream pies are a definite must-dos.


Tuesday is Burger-and-Shake night at Ted's Bulletin and they do no disappoint. Aside from 9 burger guidelines on the menu, you can create just about any burger you want and pair it with any of their 25 original or adult milkshakes for a deliciously divine meal that won't hurt your wallet. I ordered the Frenchie burger and paired it with a Buzzed Berry milkshake and was the happiest girl in the world! Picking off the plates of friends, I soon found out that the mac and four cheese, grilled asparagus, and brussel sprouts are equally amazing!


I definitely enjoyed my time and dinner at Ted's Bulletin and I can't wait to go back! I need those cherry lemonade and blueberry cheesecake pop tarts in my life consistently :)

DC can be so gosh darn beautiful at night.

Style Diary: The Diet Denim That Isn't Denim

Chambray made it’s way into America in the early 19th century and quickly became one of the staple fabrics of the workforce. The lightweight weave, used for it’s sturdiness and durability, became so widely accepted that the term “blue collar” was coined.


Most individuals (including myself) use 'chambray' and 'denim' interchangeably but the fabrics are quite different. In fact, when researching for this post, I found that the only similarity between the two fabrics is the fact that both are cotton fabrics and made by weaving white yarn through indigo dyed yarn.

Chambray originated in Cambrai, France in 1595 where it was used to used primarily to make sunbonnets. It made first appearance in America in the 1800s and, today, there are chambray shirts, skirts, dresses, shorts, pants, ties, pocket squares, and jackets. Denim comes from a fabric that was made in Nimes, France in the 1500s ('denim' is an abbreviated form of 'de Nîmes' which is French for "from Nîmes") which was popularized in America when Levi Strauss, a German immigrant, used it for creating work pants during the California gold rush of the 1870s.

Chambray is a the lighter of the two fabrics and usually light blue in color with less durability. Denim is a twilled cloth (weaved using an iconic diagonal pattern which produces an overall tougher material) and chambray is woven with crossed threads (weaved in the fundamental plain weave: the filling yarns pass over and under the warp yarns).


Chambray and denim shirts are most definitely a year round favorite for me. I usually wear my chambrays in warmer weather and denims in cooler weather. They are, by far, the most versatile pieces I've ever owned, as I am able to dress them up and dress them down for nearly any occasion.

Best. Wardrobe. Staple. Ever.

xo,
Jana-Lynn

Minimal Chique


I ran across this dope spread in Vogue Portugal and thought I'd share. While most modern interpretations of minimalistic chic focus on muted color palettes (blacks, whites, and creams are all the rage), we often forget to look at the minimalistic strength found in a strong shapes and classic silhouettes. This spread did a great job of showcasing the story of shape and silhouette while keeping colors understated. Its the minute details that make it all work together successfully. 









Sharam Diniz
Vogue Portugal, May 2013 
Photographer: Marcin Tyszka. 
Stylist: Paulo Macedo 
Hair: Miguel Viana 
Make-Up: Cristina Gomes

Style Diary: I Think Spring is Here to Stay


Temperatures in the mid 60s made Saturday one of my favorite days in a long time. I snapped a couple photos on my way out of church. I was feeling a little inspired by the warmer weather and decided to pair tartan plaid, stripes, and leopard print with neon accoutrements.


Alice Smith at the 9:30 Club [videos]



You know who is phenomenal? Alice Smith. 

Even though her show started at 11pm and I was worried sick that I would be stuck in the city with no way home, Alice Smith's show last night at the 9:30 club was all I needed in this life of sin.


She is charismatic, witty, and personable. She worked the stage in a sickening lace paneled black minidress and Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120mm as if she were in sweats and sneakers. She joked with the band all night and gave us songs from both her records (and a couple of covers I have never heard of). And I was cool with the random covers because her voice is flawless and I was just captivated with her presence. She ended the show with "Ocean" (my favorite track from her second album) and 'Love Endeavor' (my favorite track from her first album) so I was pretty much the happiest camper in the land. Check out these videos from the show and be sure to check Alice Smith's albums if you already haven't!


Alice Smith - Love Endeavor
Alice Smith - Ocean

Style Diary: That One Time I Tried A Headwrap...



Canadian Tuxedo + Headwrap = Best Thursday Ever.
Sorta.
The best fun interesting part about growing your hair out is the awkward lengths it insists on pursuing on its quest of length retention. I don't really have the time to always keep up with styling so I tried a headwrap.


I'm not sure how I feel about it but...
It was fun!
I think I'll be experimenting with different styles of wrapping in the future.