Friday, September 12, 2014

Rent, Wear, Buy: The How To's of Clothing & Accessory Rentals for Ladies & Gents

The hot topic of the tech world is to share. We share our houses (Airbnb), our cars (Uber, Lyft) and we share our clothes and accessories!  From red carpet gowns, to leather jackets, designer bags and shoes to statement jewels.  By renting you can obtain items you need or want at a fraction of the cost and without the commitment.

Renting clothes and accessories is not a new story but recently there have been some fresh additions of  renting menswearmaternity, curvy and curating monthly membership programs.  Check out these sites below and learn how to stretch your dollar and expand your wardrobe with minimum cost and
  maximum style.

Chloe Baylee Medium Shoulder Bag Rent for $175 a month

Bag, Borrow or Steal is the notorious rental site that was featured on Sex and the City years ago.  The newness is that you can rent luxury accessories, buy new or pre-owned pieces OR sell your gently worn luxury goods.  They have an awesome selection of designers, styles and price points.  You pay monthly for your rental which you can return after the first month or keep longer at the monthly rate.  Perfect for when you need that unique piece that is out of your price range to purchase but you covet for a specific occasion or outfit.

Rent the Runway Unlimited
'The thrill of something new everyday'

Rent the Runway has been on fire for the past few years.  They started as an event dress rental site.  Then they expanded to have brick and mortar shops in NYC making the process easier to get your fit and styling right in a super tight time situation.  I need a red carpet dress in 3 hours!!!!  Most recently RtR added Unlimited.  For a monthly fee you can que-up a wish list of clothing and accessories, then three pieces at a time arrive at your door.  As you return each piece, another is sent.  A great way to add a bit of oomph to your wardrobe, try out new designers or break out of your shell and try new silhouettes with low commitment. offeres the curvy gal sizing 10-32 the option to choose clothing for monthly rental.  I love the Shape Report which directs shoppers to styles and silhouettes that flatter different body types.  The site is very well curated with sophisticated, of-the-moment pieces that will enhance any gals closet.  Love the dress selection!!!

Mr. Collection

Love, love Mr. Collection!  A monthly rent or rent-to-buy website that curates deliveries broken down by casual, career or fashion driven.  You choose your subscription and receive 5-10 items of coordinated clothing and accessories.  Keep for a month, return for new ideas or buy at a discount of 40% off.  A clever way for gents to get exposed to new labels, styles and outfit combinations.  The best part is they have gift cards!  So ladies, look no further when you need a unique gift for the man in your life.  Even more perfect when paired with my styling services!!!

Mine for Nine
Lastly, Mine for Nine, is a curated maternity rental site.  Rent items for a monthly fee, keep for one month or 3, pay the same monthly rate.  Ideal for the expecting mother who needs variety in her maternity wardrobe without committing to the cost of buying one.  Also great for those last few months when your bump grows quickly and your closet needs to keep up.  Better yet, invited to an event and 8 months pregnant?  Why buy a maternity dress when you can rent one.  Genius!

Take the opportunity to check out these sites and dive into the world of sharing.  Beyond that its budget conscious and eco friendly, it opens your closet doors to a world of new ideas. 

Happy Weekend!
M x

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jump Into Fall '14 With These of the Moment Silhouettes

J.Crew Loafers

Paul Smith Wrap Coat
Moschino Fluted Dress
Zara Knit Cardigan
Stuart Weitzman Knee High Boot
Akris Punto Pleated Midi Skirt
COS Necklace
Proenza Schouler Fringed Purse
COS Earrings
Elizabeth and James Cropped Wide Leg Pant


Friday, September 5, 2014

The Culotte vs. the 7/8 Pant vs. the 3/4 Short: How to Wear It & Wear It Well

TOME Cotton Culotte

Culottes, 7/8 Pant or the 3/4 Short...  Whatever you want to call them, they are the hot bottom silhouette for the season.  They are marked by the voluminous skirt-like leg and sit hit higher on the waist.  Heels are the easiest shoe to pair (blocky heel is of the moment) as they compliment the calf and ankle.  For those who want to camouflage below the hemline, tall heeled boots are best!  As a contrary to the skinny jean,  the culotte beautifully masks the thigh, hip and bottom region.  Yippee!!!  A breath of fresh air for all that are tired of squeezing into skinny's.

Peruse the looks below and sharpen up on how to wear this new silhouette!

Broadcloth Gallery Pant

Super casual.  An alternative to the jogger.

No. 21 3/4 Length Short
Weekend afternoon: Go casual, layered & comfy.  A change up from skinny's.

Proenze Schouler Cropped Stretch Wool Wide Leg Pants
Office ready!

Rosie Assoulin White Silk Twill Rave Pants
Monochromatic and perfect for desk to dinner.

Rochas Casual Pant
The new black pant and so forgiving!

Paul & Joe Phuket Leather Culotte
Love them in leather!  Perfect for office or evening.

TOME Cropped Wide Leg Taffeta Pant
Why do a cocktail dress when you can do 7/8 pants?

This silhouette has been around the block before.  If you dare to dig up a pair from the past,  then make sure to style them with of-the-moment tops, shoes and accessories.  

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

3 Stylish Road Trips: Where to Go & What to Wear:

Check out these 3 road trip destinations for 
New Yorkers and Californians.
              Book a lovely bed and breakfast: Sunrise Guest House!
    (Shop these J.crew sale pieces)


Stay at this scenic resort right on Shelter Island
(Shop These Pieces) 

Try this one of a kind hotel nestled in the woods!
(Shop These Pieces) 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Get Inspired on How-To Wear Head To Toe White!

Let Your Closet Inspire You!

6 Different Ways to White Out Your Look:
  • Utilize different shades of white in your closet to wear all at once:
  • Incorporate a flash of metallic in an all white look:
  • Pair different textured whites to switch it up a bit:        
  • Add in a pop of color to break up the whites:

  • Sometimes keeping it clean and simple is best:
(Photos Courtusy of WWW and Le21eme)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This Fall The Shopping in LA & NYC Will Get So Much Better!

This Fall The Shopping in LA & NYC Will Get So Much Better! 
Check out 
For men and women who want high end design with good quality at an affordable price! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Expressionism in Germany and France From Van Gogh to Kandinsky

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A friend had highly recommended going to see the Van Gogh-Kandinsky exhibit so I packed up the family on a Sunday and off we went.   The curation of the exhibit was wonderfully solid, primarily showing how the French and German modernist movements evolved pre-World War I.   In the post below I'll show you some tidbits from the exhibition, but photos can never
replace seeing the paintings in person.  Go learn and explore.
I walked away feeling moved and inspired.  

Die Brücke meaning, The Bridge, was a group of German expressionists who had a major impact on modern art in the 20th century.  Brückes were often compared to the Fauves, who were a french counterparts with similar passions.  Characteristics shared by both groups were intense use of color and realistic abstraction.

Canal d'Anvers by Orthon Friesz, 1906- French
Modjesko Chanteur Soprano by Kees Van Dogen, 1908- Dutch active in France

Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) was a group of Russian emigrant artists (started by Wassily Kandinsky and others) who came together due to the rejection of their already established group, Neue Künstlervereinigung München. Characteristics of the movement were horses, riders, medieval art and the use of the color blue.  This group only remained together for 3 years, 1911-1914.

Blue Sea (Blaues Meer) by Emil Nolde, 1914- German
Murnau, Burggrabenstrasse by Wassily Kandinsky, 1908- Russian active in France & Germany

Cubism is considered one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century.  Pioneered by Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay and others, the movement represented the 3-dimensional art form.  Objects were analyzed, broken part and the reassembled through abstract paintings and sculpture.

Street, Berlin (Strabe, Berlin) by Ernest Ludwig Kirchner, 1913- German
Red Eiffel Tower (La Tour Rouge) by Robert Delaunay- French

Once you have walked out of the Van Gogh show you could head right into the Calder and Abstraction: From Avante Gards to Iconic exhibit (unfortunately, it closed on July 27th).  Alexander Calder was an American artist known for his iconic mobiles; kinetic structures made of metal and wire that are propelled by motors or wind currents.

Iconic mobiles by Alexander Calder

The old May Co. building on Wilshire sits directly next door to LACMA where the Hollywood Costume exhibit will be running October 3rd through March 2nd. This multi media show will  be hosted by the Victoria & Albert museum of London and the Academy of Motion Picture Art & Sciences.  The exhibit boasts 145 costumes with an additional 30 from the Academy that span from the Golden Age to the present.  This exhibit is NOT to be missed!  See up close how designers have created our most beloved characters through costume and wardrobe.

Top Reasons to Go to LACMA:
* World renowned modern art collections, exhibitions, speakers and film
* Its free for an adult when you sign up a child for their Next Gen Program
Family Friendly (take that, Getty!)
*Amazing grounds and fun outdoor installations to interact with
and get lots of fab photo ops
* Indulge and imbibe at the Stark Bar with fabulous cocktails and divine flatbreads
*Food Truck row across the street from the museum

*Free weekend music events; Jazz, Latin- Food & Drink stalls!