This is the type of dress that makes me want to go into fashion. Nicole Kidman just debuted this Raf Simons’ number at the Cannes Film Festival. It took an astonishing 150 hours to construct from approximately 180 yards of silk tulle!
“The dress is the incarnation of a modern fairy tale,” said the stylist, who accessorized Kidman’s look with Calvin Klein deco-inspired heels. “It has to be stunning, chic, timeless, and modern!”
On my quest to find my next big business idea, I researched the hell out of leggings. Ever since I was 10 years old, I would always wear my trusty old black pair of leggings. They’re just so comfortable and they go with everything. Lately, there’s been an explosion of different legging styles. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, one of my favorite companies who makes leggings, especially for runs or workouts, is Outdoor Voices. Not only do they have clean, timeless styles, the materials are good and they fit just perfectly.
They just came out with The Rose Collection and I’m loving all of the pieces. I know they’re a bit pricey, at between $75 and $95 dollars a pop, but they’re really worth it for the quality and style.
You know how I love sharing the stories of go-getter, entrepreneurial women? The person behind Outdoor Voices is a young woman, named Tyler Haney, who has the guts to go after the Nike and Lululemon market. More power to her! Read the CNBC article, here.
Ladies, aren’t we always looking for that perfect little black dress? Well, I think I’ve found it! Have you heard of Lark & Ro? It’s a clothing line created by Amazon exclusively for Prime members. This 3/4 sleeve knit fit-and-flare dress is so comfortable! It hugs in all the right places and it’s not too short or too long. I’m kind of a minimalist, I like everything in my life to be simple and clean. Lately, that’s applied to my wardrobe as well. I liked this dress because it acts like a blank slate. You can dress it up or dress it down. Best part? This dress is only $44.50!
The company, This is Ground, just launched a new collection of super organized purses. Called The Self Made collection, the bags come with tons of pockets and places to keep the contents of your purse secure. The bags open completely flat so you don’t have to dig around for a pen or your wallet. The fact that they unzip is genius!
I particularly love The Bank Bag. Though it’s pricey at $695, it can fit an iPad Mini or Kindle, a notebook, cords, cards, your phone, and lip glosses. Imagine taking one of these out to a meeting. I’d be impressed with anyone who sported one!
The bags are limited edition and are made in Italian leather. They come in four different colors: black, rose, baby blue, and a yellow. (Love rose!)
“The ethos of This Is Ground is to make it easier to create anywhere and for women, that means being able to see and access everything in their bag at a moment’s notice,” said women’s creative director Heather Lipner. “So far, the evolution of handbags has just been more and more pockets, but with this design, you can be prepared for anything.”
Let is be known that I own, probably, about 50 pairs of leggings. They’re my go-to pants throughout the day, from the morning run to when I sleep. Yes, I even sleep in leggings! Recently I found out that from 2015 to 2016 online sales of leggings jumped a whopping 41%, while orders of jeans only went up 3%. Have we reached a massive turning point?
Here are three of my favorite pairs of leggings and where you can get them:
Morning Run (Exercise): Outdoor Voices is one of those new-ish companies that sells beautifully designed workout gear. They’re not for the hardcore exerciser, they’re more for the woman who likes to fit in a yoga class here are there. I love their 3/4 Two-Tone Warmup Legging that sell for $85. If you like inspirational stories, you can read about how this young, female entrepreneur is taking on Lululemon and Nike. (The other running pair that I put in rotation are these cool “Dream Leggings” by Goop. Mostly, I love the original pattern.)
Career (At Work):
For work, you want leggings that feel more like pants, they have a bit of structure and they pull you in at the waist. Though American Giant just came out with something similar, called The Pant, I like these Inc. leggings better. They just feel nicer on my skin and they have just the right amount of compression at the waist. They’re called the Pull-On Ponte Skinny Pants and they’re only found at Macy’s.
Lounge and Sleep In:
You can’t find softer leggings than this. I heard about Lularoe leggings from multiple friends but didn’t believe the hype until I tried a pair on. They use this soft brushing technique that creates this “buttery soft” feel. Unfortunately, you have to buy these through a rep or one of their Facebook pages. I find mine through eBay, and though they are a bit pricier than what I’d pay at a party, I get to skip the hassle. They’re so soft I end up falling asleep in them! Hint: Try and ignore all the garish prints and stick to the solids.
Though I’m all about mixing and matching colors and prints (remember my color-blocking post?) there’s something undeniably elegant of just black and white. I recently discovered Brandon Maxwell and his stunning collection on Neiman Marcus’s website and was taken aback by his perfect silhouettes. His clothes are not only beautiful, they are timeless.
Here’s a little bit about him (taken from Neiman Marcus’s website): “Brandon Maxwell rose to fame after designing and styling a gown for a celebrity in 2012. (I think this Lady Gaga.) Riding high on this success, the Brandon Maxwell clothing line was launched in 2015 to critical acclaim. The collection includes stylish cocktail dresses, pants, and jumpsuits that are perfect for daytime, evening, and special occasions. Brandon’s signature use of stunning black and white is on full display in the recent collection.”
Notice the construction and the strong architecture of his pieces? Love.
Lately, I’ve been noticing a swimsuit trend. Long gone are the boring Speedos, these days designers are creating really cool, artistic swimwear. In particular, I like how they’re cutting out certain parts of a swimsuit to show off a bit of skin. While some are a bit subtle, like Carmen Marc Valvo’s black back number, others are absolutely mesmerizingly. They make you want to stare!
I’m loving everything about this living room! We’ll be moving in the next few month to Orange Country and these pictures give me inspiration on how I’d like to decorate the new home. I’m not sure if it’s a bit too girly, perhaps, it’s better suited for an office?
In these pictures, from West Elm, stylist Francie Flynn helped furnish a vintage inspired Palm Springs rental property using West Elm’s staple mid-century inspired furniture pieces with the main focus being pops of pink in varying tones. The artwork is cool, too.
This season, I’m all about statement jewelry. I came across this pair, by Gucci, and loved everything about it. The rainbow crystals and the gold star at the neck make this fun and chic. Again, pricey, but very cool.
Hi, I’m Alice Yoo, founder of art and culture blog My Modern Met, where I curated and wrote about art, design and photography for seven years. I live in southern California along with my husband and two boys, Parker and Logan. I’m also the co-author of a book called For Love: 25 Heartwarming Celebrations of Humanity, which is out now.
This blog chronicles the adventures of my family as well as my new foray into fashion. My goal is to own a clothing line. See what I learn about along the way.