Levi’s® Tailored Western Shirt in Dark Heritage Review on Denimology
All of us over at Denimology are so excited to commemorate 100 years of women’s jeans at Levi’s®! There are very few iconic denim brands that symbolize classic Americana as they do. With that said, here is my second (out of four) installment for the brand with a Levi’s® Tailored Western Shirt in Dark Heritage review! As mentioned in my last review for the Authentic Trucker Jacket in Forever Dark, Levi’s® stays true to its original roots with items from their Icon Collection such as the Trucker Jacket, the well-loved 501 jeans and Western Shirts.
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From L to R: Giverny Garden Necklace at luisaviaroma.com, Silver-plated, silicone and cubic zirconia necklace at http://www.net-a-porter.com
The Statement Necklace by Ek Thongprasert
The style and fashion world is well-rehearsed in the concept of the statement necklace, and I’ve seen them time and time again without ever seeing one that I didn’t think was too bulky or made it look like I ran out of the door in a hurry. I’m more of a pendant kind of gal. It’s hard to style these, I think, but my eyes are always drawn to things that look more crafty than manufactured…items that have that handmade look always seem to just scream all of their possibly styling solutions at you. I ran across these pretty Ek Thongprasert necklaces and thought that they looked so beautiful all together, but each one has its own unique characteristics that don’t necessarily make me feel like I need to hoard an entire collection. The inspiration behind the designs is another story in itself!
Designer Ek Thongprasert finished his first degree in architecture, which would later influence the creativity behind these pretty baubles. He then joined the Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp. He paired with Passama Sanpatchayapong who graduated with a degree in industrial design before attending GerritRietveld Academie which is a famous jewelry school in Amsterdam. The rest is history. To describe the resulting work, the brand states “The essence of Ek Thongprasert’s design philosophy is a strong approach toward the conceptual aspect; each collection is a complex combination of thoughts, design elements, which come from deep analysis into a concept. A result is a collection with pure uniqueness and originality.” I’d say that’s a great way to explain these creative, innovative pieces!
Each piece is created with silicone as the main structure, with cubic zirconia and Swarovski crystals adorning them. I could see pairing these with long maxi dresses for the upcoming summer months…the pastels for the daytime and the darker ones for a romantic dinner by the seaside!
Browse and/or shop a few of my favorites below!
Bluer Slim Skinny High Rise in Soulmate Medium Review on Denimology
Hey everyone, today I am happy to introduce you to a nice casual jean for summer! In the winter, I think most of us grab for our dressier, darker skinny jeans to tuck into our tall boots…at least that’s how it is for me. I’d never really consider wearing any of those jeans to the beach or the park! With the summer months ahead, we not only prefer lighter washes to keep cooler and reflect the sun’s rays, but our casual everyday jeans are also once-again employed to tackle the summer with the laid-back attitude that it’s meant for. Today I’m bringing you a Bluer Slim Skinny High Rise in Soulmate Medium review to give you an idea of that great closet piece that will keep you feeling cool but still flatter you enough for those days you aren’t showing off your hard-earned summer figure in a bikini.
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Image: J Crew. From L to R: The Cropped Jean in Griffin Wash, The Hightower Skinny Jean in Drifter Wash, The Slim Stacker Selvedge Jean in Marshmallow Wash
J Crew Launches Point Sur Denim for that Broken In Fit
It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world out there for the denim industry…with so many brands coming out every day claiming the best fit, best broken-in feel, best fabric or shape retention…and while there are definitely a ton of improvements that have been made (seriously, I haven’t needed a belt to wear any of my latest jeans as opposed to so many of my older, once-loved pairs, or felt the need to change out of any of them if the need for a nap arrives), which obviously shouldn’t be complained about since it was a long-time coming, sometimes it can still be frustrating once again to find that right brand out of a sea of great contenders. J. Crew is a brand I have never heard anything negative about, having mastered the competition it seems in regards to basics and classic apparel. J. Crew is no newbie to denim, having launched the much-adored Madewell in 2006. Now, they have jumped on the competitive bandwagon themselves with their own brand-name, upscale denim line called Point Sur Denim.
The mission of Point Sur Denim is to be those beautiful broken-in, vintage jeans you covet “after you see them on some cool girl.” “That vintage jean you’ve always wanted but couldn’t find.” J. Crew finds inspiration for this new line all over the place, from flea markets to hikes in state parks (the Point Sur Denim name is inspired by Big Sur State Park), and each pair is constructed of exotic fabrics like Japanese selvedge and Cone Denim fabric from North Carolina. The factory itself is right here in California, in downtown Los Angeles. The attention to detail in each product is impeccable — each button, label, cuff, or extra details are sewn in by hand, and all whiskering are sanded on and modeled after existing vintage jeans to keep the look as authentic as possible. Denim is broken in at the factory in huge washing machines with pumice stones and sometimes golf balls. I love denim technology! I only wish to visit one of these factories sometime. What a blog post that would make!
From L to R: Point Sur high tower skinny jean in epic wash, Point Sur slim stacker selvedge jean in frederick wash, Point Sur hightower skinny jean in drifter wash, Point Sur slim stacker Japanese selvedge jean in klutey wash
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Trying Out KUT From The Cloth
One of my next reviews for Denimology will be for a new Spring 2014 style from KUT From The Kloth! This brand is pretty new to me, and I am totally enamored with this print! This is the Mia Toothpick Skinny in Young. Unfortunately it’s not available yet, but it will be soon! As mentioned in some of my earlier posts, printed denim finally grew on me, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with it and experimenting with being bolder in my personal style. Since it’s so creatively flexible, I see it more as a fun, casual thing than an “out-on-the-town” nightlife thing, when I usually wear dark denim (unless the print is dark). Here, I paired it with a cheap coat I got from Forever 21 (honestly, I rarely visit that store for various reasons…I usually only go for if I have something in mind I need quickly for a party or whatnot, and I’d been craving a fleece peacoat for awhile, and found this one for $20 so I thought why not…and I actually love it), a soft slub shirt from Old Navy, my favorite boots ever from American Eagle, and a cheap-o black cap I found for $19 at a gas station (again, one of those why not items that I was looking around for anyway). I love neutrals, but I love pairing them with some color! I’ve been a bit obsessed with burgundy lately for some reason, which is strange because I hated it as a kid.
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Image Credit: Betabrand
Gay Jeans by Betabrand Reveal Colors as They Break In
These brands are getting creative now, aren’t they? Yeah you read that right…these jeans by Betabrand are a crowdfunded new project that looks like it’s doing just fine already…it’s at 547% to its goal, with just a few days left! They are 10% off until they hit the end of their funding campaign, so $88 now as opposed to their not-too-bad $98. These jeans come in two styles: The men’s Slim-Cut, which are fitted through the hip and thigh and slim/straight through the legs, and based off of Betabrand‘s classic Sons of Britches men’s jeans; and the women’s Stretch-Skinny style based off the women’s version of Sons of Britches. I mean, the Betabrand concept alone is awesome…based in San Francisco, these guys whip out new products constantly, mostly designed and crowdfunded through their fans.
Jeans that change color as they wear out…I think maybe I can say I’ve seen it all now? But wait, I’ll change my mind once I see mood jeans hit the market…it’s only a matter of time, right?
Help fund this project and grab your own pair of men’s or women’s Gay Jeans!
Levi’s Legging Jean in Bloom on Denimology
Here we go with with my third installment of my four Levi’s reviews from their Icon Collection! We are all very familiar with skinny jeans, but it seems many of us still need some convincing on jean leggings. I remember when “jeggings” came out with sirens blaring, many of us hid behind our bootcuts in fear. It almost seems like the word “jegging” has faded out a bit, to be replaced by the cleaner (and maybe less intimidating) “legging jean.” So with that said, today I’m bringing you a Levi’s Legging Jean in Bloom review!
As mentioned before in my last two Levi’s reviews, Levi’s is one of the few companies that has stood the test of time as a classic American denim brand lately has created many updated styles to cater to more modern tastes, while staying true to its original roots with items from their Icon Collection such as the Trucker Jacket, the well-loved 501 jeans and Western Shirts. The Levi’s Legging is a more modern style with the emergence of super stretch technology over the last several years.
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Artechnica Jaipur Pendant in Blue/Red on Fab.com
The (urban) hippy in me is strong with this one. Or bohemian, whatever you call it. I’m always looking for fun ways to fix up my home, yet always afraid of just buying more…junk. I know I’ve heard of Artecnica (I have to copy/paste that ever time, despite my decent spelling skills) before…actually several, several years ago. I’m happy to see they are still going strong! I love how beautifully handmade these look. The cool thing is that Artecnica was created by Enrico Bressan and Tahmineh Javanbakht (husband/wife team) in 1986 in Los Angeles, but actually supports other artists (both seasoned and up-and-coming) by working with them to create these awesome home decor items you see here. Even better, in 2002 the brand went even further to support artisans in 3rd world countries by launching its Design w/Conscience program. Is it just me or does it seem like there’s an emergence of more and more socially and ecologically conscious brands out there? Or is the media just showing them more support?
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From L to R: Mara Hoffman Cap Sleeve Mini Dress in Mufasa Navy, High Neck Column Maxi Dress in Cosmic Fountain Coral, Divine Cutout Maxi Dress in Divine Black, Fitted Column Dress in Jungle Trip Turquoise. Photo Credit: Shopbop
Going Trippy with Mara Hoffman
Trippy indeed…and I love it. Normally when looking at the marvelous creations of a designer, I feel like every piece looks good together, complimenting each other as a collection, and I couldn’t possibly pick just one out from the rest…at least not easily. However, as awesome as these all look together, they definitely have their own, individual appeal! I love Mara Hoffman‘s work, and I love tribal designs, and COLORS. They are all statements on their own. I think Shopbop styled these models right, with minimal accessories, if any at all. What also impresses me is how Mara Hoffman doesn’t seem to have just one style of maxi dress across all prints, but each dress has a different cut and style. My favorite is definitely the Divine Cutout Maxi above in the dark-skinned model…and being dark-skinned myself makes me pine for it a little more, seeing as how amazing it looks on her! I also don’t understand how you’d wear a bra in most maxi dresses out there, but this one looks decently supportive on its own.
Mara Hoffman‘s prints span across dresses, bikinis and rash guards, skirts, tops and bags, as seen below. I’d definitely carry these around to a beach or pool party. So pretty, and so roomy! Bikinis and bags are like shoes, it seems you never can have enough. Actually, that’s my “problem” with denim…but hey, Denimology came to the rescue, so it’s not technically a problem anymore, is it?
From L to R: Mara Hoffman Vinyl Tote in Rays Pink, Cosmic Fountain Tote in Cosmic Fountain Black
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Jeans: DL1961 Florence InstaSculpt in Warner, Bag: vintage Coach, Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters, Top: Gypsy05
Just a casual Saturday shooting some Denimology photos for Bluer Denim, Freddy and one of my all-time favorites (the other probably being AG…with some Level 99 and Agave mixed in there), DL1961. With my and my hubby’s busy schedules (he’s my photog, as apparently is the deal with most bloggers), most of our photoshoots are done en-route to somewhere else. He’s a budding photographer, so he has no problem carting around his camera bag wherever we go! With it being nice and light out after work thanks to the time change, sometimes we’ll run somewhere later in the afternoon, or just carry the camera around on our weekend jaunts around town. You never know when a photo opportunity comes up, which is another reason why I carry my work-issued iPhone around in my purse (really, I can’t stand the things, but if I got one from work, I might as well take advantage of the fairly good camera they have!) for times when I actually wasn’t in too much of a rush out the door for work and feel my outfit is decent enough to document (which is one of the reasons I thought about starting a blog a long time ago, to help organize my closet by seeing how many outfits I could make out of it, and the Denimology came along and gave me the push I needed)!
Really, I have a lot of fun doing this (I have a bit of a passion for writing and sharing ideas), and it’s been a fun journey in gaining self confidence, self awareness and learning to frikken relax…it’s hard to be completely comfortable in front of a camera…what you feel you look like isn’t always what you look like (helloooo resting bitch face?)! Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my work thus far 🙂
Shop my look here, if you feel so inclined! The DL1961 jeans are the only item current, but I found similar items for your perusal.