Vintage Vera scarf, H&M Skirt, Ellips Shoes
Oh my, it’s finally spring. I can finally break out some old favorites and take skirts I got at thrift stores and clothing swaps in the past few weeks out for a trial run. Now that it’s not so cold I could also pair them with some of my very favorite pairs of shoes, many inspired by my favorite French bloggers. Thanks to my obliging co-workers for the pictures!
Ellips shoes detail
I first found out about Ellips on Dee Dee’s blog, which you can read about here.
Antoine et Lili scarf, Uniqlo shirt, Anthropologie skirt, American Apparel tights, Robert Clergerie shoes
Robert Clergerie shoe details
I first saw these shoes on Aurelia’s blog and fell hard for them. I cannot get enough of them, as you know.
Skirt bought at a Tucson thrift store, Dolce Vita shoes
Dolce Vita shoes detail
These shoes were also influenced by Aurelia, and also Stephanie on her lovely blog By Glam (who always has the best shoes and looks).
Mariniere sweater American Apparel, skirt from Housing Works, Swedish Hasbeens shoes
This outfit was inspired by French blogger Eleanore Bridge!
American Apparel socks, Swedish Hasbeens shoes detail
Stripes, chains details
Antoine et Lili sweater, BCBG skirt, Ellips shoes
Call it a “coup de couer,” but when I read about the fresh, young French shoe brand Ellips on Dee Dee’s blog my heart crumbled a little bit. I love shoes with chunky, functional heels and different colors that still manage to be chique. Add to that the fact that these ones are designed by a young designer and handmade in Spain. Lucky me, they were on sale. Noticing there was no way to order them in the US on the website I emailed the address listed, not sure I would get a response. Not a minute later the creatrice herself wrote me back and voila! soon the shoes were on their way to me in the US.
From Paris studio to DUMBO cobbles
A detail of my lovely Ellips shoes!
To celebrate the latest addition to what is becoming a French shoe (and clothes) collection I matched them with other red French clothes and accessories (okay, actually it’s just a coincidence they are French, mostly it was the color!).
Antoine et Lili sweater, and Ubu ring (a gift from Paris!)
Thankfully, I took advantage of our “false spring” weather these past few days and created outfits that let me wear the shoes two days in a row!
Brooklyn Industries dress, Ellips shoes
Today I debuted a new dress I got on sale at Brooklyn Industries (yes, I wear many dresses from them, and yes, I buy them all on sale). Combined with my vintage silk neck tie I felt like I was rocking a “60’s air hostess turned arts advocate” look. It felt great to be freed from the burden of winter for just a few days and celebrate it by wearing a splash of color.
Soaking in the false spring in beautiful Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn
I always grumble that New Years is my least favorite holiday, but this year I decided to pre-empt my new years ennui and throw a party. It’s a good excuse to see friends, make good food and get dressed up but not have to go anywhere. I even managed to convince my friends who live in Washington Heights, Bushwick and Greenpoint friends to come down to Sunset Park.
To celebrate the passing of the old year and the beginning of the new I wore an old, favorite dress: a sparkly, vintage number I bought at the Garment District in Boston in 2000 and wore to my senior prom! The shoes are brand new and by Robert Clergerie in Paris. They constitute my year end bonus from work. I first saw them on Fashion is a Playground and fell in love.
At some point during the evening we thought it would be a good idea to a photo shoot… on the kitchen floor. Ah, revelry! So here is wishing you all the very best for the new year! May it bring you happiness, health, adventure and joy!
And now, a little blast from the prom night past! Hilariously, my outfit 10 years later is almost the same: sparkly tights, high heeled Mary Janes, but not the pink wig or cats eye glasses. Enjoy!
Prom Night 2000
My mom has great style. She is also a great knitter. All my life she’s been knitting and has made me countless sweaters and even some toy horses! I always seem to find sweater patterns to flummox her though, and my latest request was no different. Keight had knit herself a Sunrise Circle Jacket from a pattern by Kate Gilbert and I wanted one too! I chose a soft grey yarn and chose round buttons instead of toggles for closure. Finished in May it relaxed in my closet until these grey November days inspired me to pull it out. It was so warm, and so chique, I am certain to take it with me to Paris in a few weeks.
Late Fall Style and New Sweater
I paired it with brown oxfords, also from my Mom. I know vintage style Oxfords are all the rage, and these ones are actually vintage and finely crafted by Etienne Aigner. They also go great with the grasses on the Highline!
Taking the Oxfords for a Late fall walk on the Highline