Friday, February 5, 2010

Snow day goodness

It took them long enough... four days to be exact. Of course the University chooses to cancel everything on Friday, when Calloway doesn't even regularly schedule class. While I sit grumbling at my kitchen table practicing endless homework problems for Quant 1, here is the product of my stifled creativity. Because everyone knows Chloé is so much more interesting than computing summary measures and constructing frequency distribution tables anyway.

Net-A-Porter never ceases to amaze me. I will never forget sitting outside for lunch at the Bryant Park Grill when I saw the famous black Net-A-Porter van speed past the lunchtime crowd of businessmen, PR girls and throngs of tourists trickling out of Times Square. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of Mondays, at least I know I always have the weekly "What's New" e-mail to look forward to in getting me through the week. Below is an outfit constructed from all new items featured on the site.

Vanessa Bruno >> Collarless Leather Jacket >> $915: This jacket really fascinates me. I'm all about leather jackets, even here at Wake, but the ones I've noticed are all rather similar- shrunken and fitted, personalized with metallic hardware and typically hitting at mid-waist. This one is an entirely different character in itself. With cinched arms and defined shoulders, this leather jacket is completely free around the neck, giving this piece a special one-of-a-kind feel. Come on, where else have you seen a collarless leather jacket like this?

Willow >> Sheer Chiffon Blouse >> $520: The photograph of this blouse not on a model doesn't do justice to the absolutely perfect fluttery design of this top at the neck and lower shoulder area. (Go here to click around for some better images.) The shoulder cut-outs add an understated sexiness to this otherwise plainly innocent tunic top. Remaining tastefully elegant, this top could be paired with worn-in jean shorts for a lazy Saturday shopping day, dark-wash skinny jeans and heels for a girls night out in Philly or black Theory dress pants for dinner with the parents.

Chloé >> Striped Denim Shorts >> $540: Yeah, I know. Over $500 for a pair of shorts? But they're Chloé... I know that's no excuse, but this is solely an inspiration piece. Railroad conductor stripes will never get old to me, no matter how reminiscent of seventh-grade Abercrombie & Fitch jean skirts the print may be. As always, I'm challenging myself to step outside my box and pair shorts with heels and formal with low-key. Balance is everything.

Chloé >> Canvas and Leather Sandals >> $650: Wow. These shoes are just something else. While I can imagine Nicole Richie stepping out in Melrose about 900 times more than I could ever see myself parading around in these shoes to a fraternity lounge party, I love the personality and statements that come with this shoe. Without a doubt, these heels will definitely add that extra oomph to any outfit as needed.

Chloé >> Marcie Large Leather Shoulder Bag >> $1,780: What a beauty this purse is. I don't know what to talk about first, the brushed gold clasps, the buttery soft brick-red exterior or the detail incorporated into the twist-braided handles. With its distinct color and trusty large tote size, it's no wonder that this calfskin leather gem is already sold out.

Willow >> Beaded Open-Rope Necklace >> $415: Talk about statement piece. Though I'm not a big jewelry girl (yet), this piece might be my very favorite part of the entire outfit. There's something about knotted pieces of jewelry that really tugs at the impulse buyer in me. I love that the little silver beads cover the base rather imperfectly; this handwork really adds dimension and personality to the piece, ultimately translating to totally fun versatility.

Even though this whole outfit costs about my life savings (Kidding. Slightly.) and more, a girl can dream. If anything, it's more incentive for me to work hard so I can live the lifestyle I've become accustomed to. "When we're baller..."

Here's to you, fashion. Cheers.

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