The Many Faces of the Hudson Nico Midrise Skinny Jean

The Many Faces of the Hudson Nico Midrise Skinny Jean

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For those of us who are fairly familiar with the premium denim world, we know very well the butt-lifting, superior fits of Hudson Jeans! As someone with a curvier shape, I find they fit me better than most and are always so flattering. I have a few models from them: the Beth Baby Boot (review here), Signature Boot (one of the original favorites from back in the day), Barbara High Rise Skinny, Colin Skinny and the ever so popular Nico Midrise Super Skinny. The Nico is a comfortable, figure-hugging in-between for those who aren’t so into high rises but aren’t partial to low rise jeans either, and it comes in several ankle-skimming or full length cuts. It’s one of my favorites, as I own it in a few cute prints as well as a gorgeous medium-dark blue wash. The Nico also has modest brand detailing, for those who like a more streamlined and clean back pocket design.

I think it’s easy to demonstrate here how tough it is for us that are a bit denim or fashion obsessed to only own one, five, or even ten pairs…when you look at how many variations just one highly-sought-after jean comes in, it kind of makes a little more sense, right? A pair of premium jeans isn’t just a pair of jeans when you see how much innovation and creativity goes into each one to release an endless stream of available styles every season. For today’s post, I figured I would feature the Hudson Nico Midrise Super Skinny jean and some of the beautiful new options currently available in this popular fit!

Do you have a favorite wash or cut of the Hudson Nico, or any other pair of jeans from Hudson?

Go Beyond the Basic Tee with LNA

Go Beyond the Basic Tee with LNA

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We all know how much of a staple the essential tee is. It’s always been marketed to us in the form of fashion articles or ads, and like a good fitting jean, the “perfect tee” can be hard to find. With the barrage of new trends and designs that have emerged over the years, it seems a modern, minimalist company with quality essentials has become a gem among the noise. Some of my favorites are DSTLD and Michael Stars, to name a few, with Alternative and Pact Organic being favorites in the sustainable and eco-friendly apparel realm. However, as much as I love a nice essential tee, sometimes I’m finding myself looking for something a little different to switch it up now and then; basic but with something modestly unique.

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New Beautiful Activewear Designs from Zobha

I’ve started to see activewear a little like I see jeans…I just can’t have enough! The explosion of the “athleisure” trend a few years back brought us so many beautiful designs that crossed between gym and street life, and I just love shopping and collecting unique pieces! It probably helps that I’m very active myself, but that’s only part of the appeal to me. Zobha is one of the activewear brands that I follow, and I already own four items from them. It all started when I found an army green jacket on RueLaLa which really looks more like something to wear everyday than on an active endeavor, as well as a super comfortable black and white tunic (also from RueLaLa). Since then I acquired their Dakota Sleeveless Hoodie and Jett Wide Sleeveless Hoodie, both of which I used at the gym when it got a little chilly this past winter. Everything is of such amazing quality, and so well made and beautiful that it’s hard to want to sweat in it all! I wrote about Zobha a little over a year ago, and it’s definitely one of those brands that deserves a revisit here.

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New Vegan Backpacks and Totes from MeDusa Bags

As someone who basically prefers shopping for leather bags or shoes for their durability and ability to age beautifully, I rarely ever considered any vegan alternatives. Of course, as a young college student, I shopped for the cheapest items I could find…and eventually learned the true cost of that as pieces gradually fell apart! Now, I understand the value of investments, but I’ve also learned something else over the last few years: that leather doesn’t always have to be the only guarantee for a quality product. I’ve been impressed with such brands as BLANKNYC, American Eagle Outfitters, Matt & Nat and MeDusa for their incredibly sturdy vegan leather items, and although I am no vegan, and still love my hard-earned leather pieces at home (and still treat myself now and then), I’ve gradually moved towards more vegan products with a much more open mind. When I find one of true quality, I share it here with all of you! I’m giving MeDusa a revisit for this post, after I first wrote about them in 2015 (see that post here), as I’m so happy to see they’ve expanded their amazing product line with some brand new totes and backpacks!

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New Handcrafted Rugged Boots from Freebird by Steven

For most ladies it’s shoes. For me, obviously it’s jeans. However, I’ve started to see my focus sway a bit more into the shoes department again, especially ever since discovering the amazing rugged looking, vintage inspired collection by A.S.98 on various models at Nomad’s Hemp Wear. Although fast fashion still is alive and thriving, it seems there has been a slow but steady shift to more quality items as awareness grows and people start to understand how to take advantage of stretching the real value of the dollar. Handmade items tend to last longer, as they were most likely made with more love and attention to detail and quality. In addition, you can be sure to get that true, beautiful, well-worn, vintage appeal when things are made with the careful, creative touch of a true artisan.

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21 Sultry Mesh Looks to Get Your Party On

21 Sultry Mesh Looks to Get Your Party On

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If you know me well enough by now, you know I like the darker looks. I’m not much of a girly girl, so you can assume I usually dismiss the lace, frills, and absolutely anything pink—black makes everything better! I know that my tastes aren’t totally unique in that sense though, as black is always a go-to for a sultry night out. We all know about the classic LBD. However, that basic little black dress can only go so far, as much as it is a closet staple, right? Add in some mesh, and even some frills or lace at times (ok, sometimes they aren’t so bad), and you’ve got yourself a hot little number. Revolve has you covered in that department, with their new Party Girl edit, featuring mesh!

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Apparel and Accessory Picks from Cost Plus World Market

This post almost became an addition to a fairly neglected category on my blog here in terms of home goods and design, but maybe I’ll save that for another post. Cost Plus World Market is one of my favorite local shops to peruse and fantasize about how I’d go all out with the decor in the home of my dreams. It’s also entertaining, of course, to shop all the fun and delicious treats and wines from around the world! Either way, I’m pretty sure this popular chain is best known for their selection eclectic pieces to make any room of your home look like it came right out of a land far away. I’m always oohing and ahhing at all the rugs, tapestries, furniture and even random items that serve no purpose other than to set a theme or tone. However, I always wonder how many people really know that the place offers a lot more than that, in the form of apparel and accessories! Every trip I make to my local World Market always includes a little window shopping in that department. My local store doesn’t have a lot of apparel, but the bags, jewelry and scarves are always such a treat to browse through.

When I first looked at the Cost Plus World Market website, I honestly didn’t realize how much apparel they had since I haven’t really seen any in the store! Dresses, vests, tops, wraps and more are all available to fit your ethnic or “boho” tastes. I still think it’s the jewelry that stands out the most to me, as I noticed while collecting images for this post—I wanted to share all of them and ended up a lot more pieces to share than any other category! I wanted to share this side of one of my favorite stores, and see if any of my readers also frequent the store for items other than home goods, consumables and decor!

Do you have one of these awesome stores near you, and if so, what do you prefer to shop for? Shop Cost Plus World Market online here!

My Current Most Unique Picks in Premium Denim

As I’ve mentioned countless times before, one of the reasons I love denim so much is that it seems virtually unlimited in what you can do with it. It is an art form of sorts after all, and it’s amazing to me to see the endless stream of new cuts, washes, and designs that come out every season from the industry’s top contenders. Every now and then I love window shopping all of the latest looks in denim, from all price ranges. I find it sparks my own creative juices, and of course, it gives me ideas on what to write about next! When it comes to denim fits, most of us think of the obvious: skinny, bootcut, flare, straight…you get the picture. However, brands continue to push the limits and come up with their own every now and then, and sometimes you’ll see one that makes enough of an impression to become a new thing across the board. Old styles are always coming back, whether as they were remembered or as rehashed versions—we’ve seen culottes and overalls make it back on the top trends lists, for example. I even remember when the now all-too-familiar boyfriend jean was new. You never really know what the denim industry is going to churn up next! View Full Post

Graphic Tees to Rock With your Favorite Jeans

I feel like I’ve somehow had an increased appreciation for graphic tee shirts lately. When I was in high school, I had a pretty big collection of rock and metal band tees, and I know I still have them packed away somewhere! Back in college, I was all about American Eagle tees, back when it was trendy for people to sport around graphics from fictional (and often satirical) companies. I also had a decent collection of graphic tees from surf brands, but as I got older I ditched most of those for more chic or “grown up” looks. It’s funny though…once you get into your 30s, you seem to, well…not give a crap anymore (I know that a lot of people don’t like wearing names across their chests, but to each their own). Yeah, nowadays I happily walk around downtown with my Star Wars tee from Junk Food, or various band tees (my favorite being Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd). I’ve even found myself gravitating towards tees that bring back amusing or nostalgic memories of yesteryear, such as Rainbow Brite, Nickelodeon or Ren & Stimpy. I’m also often finding myself in the graphic tees section of Lucky Brand’s website for their eclectic collection of Hindu-inspired or rock band pieces. Junk Food has also been a favorite (although their site seems to be on hiatus at the moment, but they can also be found at Revolve)! I also, as usual, love perusing eBay for vintage band tees!

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My Picks from the Nasty Gal 40% Off Sale

My Picks from the Nasty Gal 40% Off Sale

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First I want to apologize for being M.I.A. for a bit…I came down with a nasty bug last week, and I just found out today that it’s bronchitis. Hooray. Either way, I’m doing my best to keep some posts up, so bear with me here! On the positive side though, at least it’s given me time to peruse Netflix and window shop online for a bit, and come up with more ideas to post! At least, I’m trying to see a positive side in all of this but you know, shit happens.

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