Monthly Archives: February 2013

Denim on Denim

The Texas Tuxedo (also known as a Canadian Tuxedo, but I am partial to Texas because that is where my mom is from) cycles its way in and very far out of style, luckily it is IN (in all caps) this spring.  Like all cyclical trends the key to success is taste and fit.  If something is done tastefully it never goes out of style.  Denim on denim can be tricky and if done incorrectly can get a lot of judgmental stares, but when done right it is absolute perfection!  The trick? Making sure the denims do NOT match!  Go with two different shades and you are set for success.  This is also a gender neutral trend so to all my male readers out there, jump on this band wagon!

Shirt: Vanishing Elephant (old, similar found here), Jeans: J Brand (old, similar found here), Shoes: Zara (old, similar found here), Hat: J. Crew (old, similar found here), Sunglasses: Han Kjobenhavn (found here), Sweater (pictured later): Life After Denim (last season, similar found here),

Shirt: Vanishing Elephant (old, similar found here), Jeans: J Brand (old, similar found here), Shoes: Zara (old, similar found here), Hat: J. Crew (old, similar found here), Sunglasses: Han Kjobenhavn (found here), Sweater (pictured later): Life After Denim (last season, similar found here)

it was a seriously windy day!

It was a seriously windy day!

the beanie is a winter necessity! i love this one because of its sparkles of gold, which makes it a bit more feminine.

The beanie is a winter necessity! I love this one because of its sparkles of gold, which make it a bit more feminine.

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I really do love a good Texas tuxedo! Just remember to go with two different shades!

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Another winter necessity is an oversized cozy sweater!

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Oscars 2013 Best Dressed

The magical night that we have all been waiting for has finally arrived!  Dresses are snatched fresh off the runways of fashion weeks worldwide and placed onto Hollywood’s ultimate runway, the Academy Awards Red Carpet.  The real excitement for me is the red carpet, obviously I care about the big awards and I always root for my favorite movies, but the red carpet is really where it’s at.  Similar to the awards, I have my fashion favorites and I root for their red carpet success and my must sees this year did not disappoint. In the spirit of true glitz and glamour sheer, sequins, sparkle, tulle, and texture dominated the carpet this year!  I hope you enjoy my favorites from this years Oscars Red Carpet and feel inspired to embrace some of this glamour into your every day life.

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Alicia Vikander in Elie Saab

Alicia Vikander in Elie Saab

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Georgina Chapman in Marchesa

Georgina Chapman in Marchesa

Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan

Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan

Louise Roe in Monique Lhullier

Louise Roe in Monique Lhullier

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Menswear Spring Preview

Today is the last day of my menswear spring preview featuring Kirven and Antonio, dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  I loved every minute of putting this post together and am so grateful I had the opportunity to work with such talented people!  For today’s post I went with a more casual look, while of course embracing lots of color.  When putting a menswear look together have fun with it, go for something a little unexpected and most importantly make sure the fit is perfect. I do hope you have enjoyed this spring/summer preview as much as I have and hope you feel inspired to dance your way through the seasons.

A million thanks to Kirven Boyd, Antonio Douthit, Abby JiuDurklBuffalo Exchange, and Rise Events! And for behind the scenes pictures and videos of this photo shoot make sure to follow me on Instagram and Vine.

On Kirven: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), T-shirt: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Jacket: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here). On Antonio: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shirt: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Jacket: c/o Durkl (found here), Hat: c/o Durkl (found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here)

On Kirven: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), T-shirt: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Jacket: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here). On Antonio: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shirt: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Jacket: c/o Durkl (found here), Hat: c/o Durkl (found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here)

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Menswear Spring Preview

Welcome to the second day of the menswear spring preview featuring Kirven and Antonio, two incredible dancers with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.   I have always appreciated menswear, I flip through GQ monthly, often find myself perusing their website, and hey I even have a pinterest board dedicated to menswear.  So I was obviously excited going into this photo shoot, not just because I would be working with two unbelievably talented dancers from one of my favorite dance companies, not to mention a fabulous photographer whose work I admire, but also because I love menswear.  I enjoy the subtle nuances of menswear and its simplistic nature that is accented by boldness.  Through putting this post together, I learned that the absolute most important component when it comes to menswear is fit, obviously this is important for women as well, but it is EVERYTHING in menswear.  If a jacket is too loose it automatically looks sloppy and if a pant is too tight it is just offensive.  There is however a fine line when it comes to tightness because tight is in (you have the hipster revolution to thank for this one), so it is important to stay true to yourself and your comfort levels when embracing the slim cut.  Other quick tips for spring when rocking a slim cut pant, cuff your jeans and expose your bare ankle for the world to see!  Also, try embracing an old man loafer, this is the perfect way to polish off an outfit.  I love color so I styled Kirven and Antonio in a full spectrum, when mixing and matching colors trust your gut and don’t over think it! Chalks, which are the male equivalent of pastels are also huge this spring/summer season and are generally easier to play around with.  Bottom line, have fun with your look! Embrace change and whatever you do make sure the fit is perfect!

Again, special thank you to Kirven Boyd, Antonio Douthit, Abby Jiu, Buffalo Exchange, Rise Events and Durkl!

On Antonio: Pants: Shipley & Halmos (similar found here), Sweater: Barneys Coop (similar found here), Shoes: Sperry Topsider. On Kirven: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shirt: Gant (similar found here), Sweater: Shipley & Halmos (similar found here), Tie: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here)

On Antonio: Pants: Shipley & Halmos (similar found here), Sweater: Barneys Coop (similar found here), Shoes: Sperry Top-sider (similar found here). On Kirven: Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shirt: Gant (similar found here), Sweater: Shipley & Halmos (similar found here), Tie: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here), Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange (similar found here)

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Menswear Spring Preview

My latest (and greatest) collaboration is a menswear spring preview featuring Kirven Boyd and Antonio Douthit, two incredibly talented, graceful, and wonderful dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Alvin Ailey was recently performing at the iconic Kennedy Center and Antonio and Kirven were kind enough to take time out of their incredibly busy schedules, which were jam packed with rehearsals and performances to model this Spring/Summer’s hottest trends.  I danced most of my life and spent a great deal of my childhood in studios so I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to work with such brilliant dancers.  My inspiration for the photo shoot was the fluidity and grace of dance juxtaposed with rigidity and grind of daily life.  And I have to say I could not be happier with how everything turned out!

To outfit the shoot I turned to one of my favorite shops, Buffalo Exchange who graciously lent us incredible pieces that showcased the hottest trends for spring.  Durkl, an independent American streetwear brand whose flagship store will be opening in DC shortly, went above beyond and sent hot items from their latest line.  And finally to photograph this spread I turned to Abby Jiu, one of my favorite photographers who has the most stunning eye!  I would also like to give a special thank you to Rise Events for letting me use the historic Powerhouse as the backdrop and my dear friend Sadie for introducing me to Kirven and Antonio, who without which this post would not have been possible.  It seriously takes a village!

Stay tuned all week for more fabulous ensembles and incredible moves!

Antonion (on the left) is wearing: Shirt c/o Buffalo Exchnage, Pants: Gant, Shoes: Sperry Topsider.  Kirven (on the right) is wearing: Sweater: Vince, Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange, Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange.

Antonion (on the left) is wearing: Shirt c/o Buffalo Exchnage, Pants: Gant, Shoes: Sperry Topsider. Kirven (on the right) is wearing: Sweater: Vince, Pants: c/o Buffalo Exchange, Shoes: c/o Buffalo Exchange.

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Giveaway

I am so excited to announce my very first giveaway courtesy of the fabulous Fornash!  When it comes to accessories I have never been able to take Coco Chanel’s advice, instead I always add one more thing before leaving my apartment and right now I am all about layering bracelets. Fornash has such incredible bracelets for stacking and I just can’t get enough of them.  This giveaway features the Melisa bracelet, which is perfect for layering or bold enough to be worn on its own.  At the risk of sounding so 2012, let’s get this arm party started!

The rules of entry are as follows (and SUPER simple):

1. Comment on this post & pick your fav color of the Melisa bracelet (make sure to leave your twitter handle & email)

2. Follow Garden of Glam on twitter by clicking here 

3.  Follow Fornash on twitter by clicking here

4. (optional) For extra entries tweet at Garden of Glam & Fornash about how excited you are for this giveaway!!

The winner will be announced in one week on 2/20!  This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.

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