Sissy’s Spring 2017: What I’m Into

Our Fashion Editor-At-Large, Sissy Sainte-Marie, shares her current obsessions.

DANNY DUNCOMBE CERAMICS

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The series of one-of-a-kind pieces by self-taught ceramic sculptor Danny Duncombe is aptly named As Above So Below to reflect “the link between exterior appearance and interior experience”. I do wish I could live inside of one of them. Maybe someday he’ll do large scale series, such a subdivision of homes, based on his sculptures. dannyduncombe.com

MICRODOSING LSD

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Not planning to try it. Just curious to see how this new trend for treating anxiety and depression pans out.

CARLY JO MORGAN STUDIO

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Speaking of psychedelics, Carly Jo Morgan, is one person who seems to have been born microdosing. In addition to having the world’s cutest haircut at the moment, she also has an amazing mind that comes up with the dopest furniture of this century. carlyjomorgan.com

THERMAGE

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I’m a skeptic when it comes to beauty products and a champ at resisting pretty packaging and promises of miracles, but I’m a sucker for science, technology and proven lab results. So last month, when I was desperate for some real-deal anti-aging help, I went to Los Feliz Med Spa to try Thermage, a non-invasive cosmetic procedure which uses radio frequency energy to improve skin elasticity and firmness by stimulating new collagen production over a period of four to six months. So by my 43rd birthday this September, I expect to be a dead ringer for Elvira Hancock.

ZADIE SMITH

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Thanks to The Gentlewoman for putting her on their cover last year, I discovered my new favorite writer. During fall I read White Teeth and Swing Time back to back and now I’m on to NW. This spring, I look forward to making my way through every word she’s ever written.

Photo courtesy of Reese Blutstein

ERYKAH BADU

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I’m rediscovering another oft-turbaned totem of mine whose LIVE cassette I once listened to exclusively, on repeat, nonstop, for an entire summer, pre-Y2K. Twenty years later and still no other pop star has come close to her wokeness, her songwriting, her delivery, her inimitable style, or her ability to lead with her brains and courage rather than her sexuality, even when she’s buck naked. Well, except Solange of course.

Photo courtesy of Everett Collection

THE RULES OF MAGIC: SOMEDAY SERMONS

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Alan Phillips’ “Someday Sermons” are newletter nirvana. These quick reads “combining real world experience, philosophy, creativity, and spirituality to assist and inspire individuals and organizations on their journey of manifesting their magic and achieving sustainable fulfillment” keep it trill and keep me going. therulesofmagic.com

DUNES MAGAZINE

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I love when people follow through on ideas I’d never have the gumption to put the blood, sweat, tears, and hours into. Big ups to Lauren Coleman, Sarah Kissell and Tiff Horn for manifesting Dunes Magazine. “Dunes celebrates Palm Springs, capturing the women who continue to live the elegance of a bygone age.” dunes.online

Photo courtesy of DUNES Issue 1

SUMMER SUITS

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Yes, I’m a sets addicts and last year I wore a summer suit in the form of an Olderbrother blazemono and matching trousers every chance I had. Judging by the looks of the Spring/Summer 2017 runways and street style cognoscenti, the summer suit is still in full effect and I’m looking to add some slouchy linen and smart silk hook-ups in earthy tones to my wardrobe repertoire.

The Best Gifts For Under $100

So it’s officially December and the holiday events are starting to fill up your calendar with everything from family gatherings to Secret Santa at your office. We know that holiday shopping can get out of hand really fast when you’ve got so many people on your list – best friends, brother’s girlfriend, work colleagues. But the good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice on style when you’re shopping on a budget. We’ve rounded up our best gifts for under $100 because you shouldn’t have to break the bank to get the people in your life something unique. We’re thinking a cheeky bath mat or cool silk sleeping masks or candles that smell so good you want to keep them for yourself. Check out five of our faves below and shop the full edit here.

 

Cold Picnic “Boobs” Bath Mat

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This cheeky bath mat for $60 is the perfect gift for your sister who just moved into that new apartment, or really anyone with a good sense of humor.

7115 by Szeki Single Sphere Ring

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Both classic and unique, this solid brass cuff ring is a great gift to give to your best friend or even your brother’s girlfriend who you love like a younger sister. It’s just under $100 and definitely worth every penny.

Chamula Veg Tan Pouch

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These leather pouches are a simple yet beautiful gift. They come in three different sizes making them functional for variety of things. Give them to that organized co-worker who keeps everything spic and span. From $47 to $73 you’ll be keeping their happiness in order.

Group Partner Rory Pot
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Meet Rory, the coolest clay pot to ever hold your plants. Hand-painted, it’s a great gift to give to someone who enjoys unique art pieces that are also practical. We personally can’t say no to this face for $65.

Maison Louis Marie L’ Aurore 3 Candle Gift Set

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Candles really are the best gift. This set comes with three different scents – lemongrass, inoki wood and vanilla tobacco – that all smell amazing for just $48. Gift them to your new boyfriend’s mom and you’ll be friends forever.

Shop all the Best Gifts for Under $100 this way >

Helen Yu Shares Her Personal Picks From Our Kids Pop-Up

Helen Yu and her irresistibly cute daughter Marni are the complete mother daughter duo. Spending almost every minute together, their style impacts one another in the best of ways. Usually caught wearing jeans, a blazer, Martiniano shoes, and her favorite Celine bag, Helen Yu has tomboy chic style on lock. Obviously learning from her mother, Marni’s sense of style is so on-point that she regularly helps mom pick out the best shoes for an outfit. We couldn’t resist asking Helen for her personal favorites from our kids pop-up shop. With Marni in mind, she picked six charmingly cool pieces.

Brooklyn Boutique SWORDS-SMITH Shares Their Favorite Statement Coats

Briana Swords, co-owner of the Brooklyn boutique SWORDS-SMITH, knows that when it comes keeping your sense of style intact in the winter, a coat is not just a coat. Her Williamsburg-based boutique is beloved for not only stocking some seriously special pieces you won’t find anywhere else, but Briana has that special way of finding new talent before they become household names. She also believes in supporting emerging designers that use an inspiration-driven design process and manufacture their products responsibly (we obviously see eye-to-eye on this). So, as the cold officially breaks, we asked her to play favorites. “These are statement outerwear pieces for women who are looking for something unique and special,” she says. “Your everyday coat doesn’t have to be basic because you are not basic.”

 

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“Rodebjer ‘creates fashion for women who make a difference’ and this pretty much sums up why we love the Swedish brand.” 

Daylon Quilt Coat – Shop Now> 

STINE GOYA

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“The Copenhagen-based designer is known for her unique, artful prints and feminine silhouettes. The extra attention to details on the pin-tuck navy velvet smoking jacket makes it extra luxurious.”

Rubik Coat – Shop Now >

HENRIK VIBSKOV

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Striped Cape Coat – Shop Now >

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Cape Coat in Black – Shop Now >

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Last Coat in Hunter Green – Shop Now >

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This Coat in Black and White Stripe – Shop Now >

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“The Danish designer came through this season with SO MANY beautiful, unique coats. The draping, seaming and fabrics are phenomenal – these coats come to life on the body.”

Babette Coat – Shop Now >

REALITY STUDIO

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“The Xiong coat is one of our best sellers and Reality Studio offers it up in a few colors and fabrications every Fall. This coat makes you feel like you wrapped yourself in a blanket and walked out the door.”

Xiong Coat in Dark Gray – Shop Now >

Can’t pick just one? Shop all of Briana’s favorite statement coats here.

9 ways to wear novelty denim

Blue jeans, jean jacket, denim shirt and even denim dresses are pretty ubiquitous in the denim department by now, so it’s not surprising that in this season’s celebration of all things blue jeans designers have used the time-tested fabric in novel ways. There’s novelty denim pieces that make an offbeat statement and then there are the pieces you never knew you needed in denim. We could literally wear it head to toe with hats from R/H Studio and Brother Vellies babouches. But don’t. Unless you’re Kanye. Or Beyoncé. They can do whatever they want. For the rest of us, here’s nine unexpected ways to amp up your denim game.

Everything but skinny jeans

After all that time it took getting used to skinny jeans, it’s hard to let them go. We get it! They’re comfy and you know yourself in them now! You know what shoes to wear, what kind of shirt works best for the kind of mood you’re in. But isn’t it time for a little leg room? Mom jeans, dad jeans, flares, wide leg, sailor pants… whatever you choose there’s a whole wide (pun intended) world of jeans out there. If there was ever a time to embrace denim’s new silhouette, it would be this season. Whether you’re ready to dip your toe in with a slightly relaxed version of your skinny jeans or looking for a denim wardrobe makeover, we’ve got you. Here are nine of our favorite jeans that are anything but skinny.

Why the slide sandal is our official shoe of summer

Go with anything, wear anywhere and works every time are just a few reasons why we love the slide sandal. Who knew that the original Adidas sport slide, the Adilette, would spark fashion’s interest when it was launched back in 1972. It was the official sandal of sport, something you wear in the showers and around the pool.

And then there was the mule. The closed-toe version goes back centuries – more of a slipper than a trend – but found popularity in the French court during Marie Antoinette’s time. As any style does, the mule went through a few iterations. Marilyn Monroe wore them open toed, the clog style took over in the ’70s and Manolo Blahnik put his signature on them throughout the ’80s.

Slides and mules first became ubiquitous in fashion in the ’90s with shower shoes in every price range and various sightings on the runway and on the red carpet, with minimalist beauties like Gwyneth Paltrow sporting a chunky mule. Today, they pretty much rule together. Maryam Nassir Zadeh‘s Sophie Slide is a bit of a mule/slide hybrid with a low, sturdy heel and sleek styling. We loved the elegant Caelum Slide by The Palatines so much we had to get our own version.

The 5 denim essentials every woman needs

Okay, so 17 pairs of jeans can sometimes feel pretty effin’ essential. Sometimes they REALLY are (when you stumble on a vintage Levi’s goldmine, for example). But for that capsule kind of wardrobe, the one with all those versatile pieces working overtime and stowing neatly away in a compact closet or suitcase, you’re going to need to narrow things down. Not a denim collector? Then it’s time to update your jean dreams with staple silhouettes that will stand the test of trends. Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Here’s the complete edited list of timeless denim essentials every single woman should have in her closet.

 

THE DENIM SHIRT

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Let’s start from the top down. Whether you go chambray or heavy-duty denim, a jean shirt is a staple that will work for 9-to-5, off-duty and everything in between. Dress it up with a midi skirt and heels, or down with slightly darker denim for a classic Canadian tuxedo. Originating from workwear, just like the classic 5-pocket jean, a denim button-up is a wardrobe workhorse that you’ll find yourself reaching for over and over again. We’re partial to a longer version, hitting mid-thigh, for extra versatility and an updated silhouette. Above: Micaela Greg Light Denim Button Up

 

THE JEAN JACKET

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Borrowed from the boys is a classic take on the denim jacket – oversized, rolled sleeves – which is natural considering the workwear beginnings of Levi Strauss and James Dean’s signature style. But it was Marilyn Monroe’s fitted version that brought the jean jacket into a whole new world of fashion icon status. Whether you like the boyfriend fit or a more feminine tailoring version, there’s something that will work for everyone now (proof here) making this wear-with-everything jacket even more versatile. The denim jacket puts a cool-girl spin on pretty much anything: elegant dresses, office skirts and shirts, we could go on. But we’d rather you try it for yourself. Above: Alexander Wang Daze Oversize Denim Jacket

 

STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

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Mom jeans, dad jeans or cropped, the timeless lines of a fitted straight leg jean will look great no matter the trends. Go for a flattering high-waisted silhouette and find a pair that falls straight down from the hip for the longest leg line. Put your own personal style on the fit with a cool wash, patchwork treatment or chopped hem. With a basic straight leg jean, it’s all in the details. We love them ankle length, the best cut for showing off your shoes. Above: Carleen Two-Tone Jeans

 

BLACK SKINNY JEANS

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There’s a reason why black pants have been a forever piece in women’s closets for decades: they always work. Audrey Hepburn new it, Alexa Chung knows it. Which is why the black skinny jean will be the one left standing in the fight over the future of skinny jeans. And why they’re worth an investment. Pick a mid-rise or high waist, go for premium denim that fits just right, wash sparingly, and the calculate your cost per wear. Above: 3×1 NYC W3 High Rise Crop Skinny

 

FLARED DENIM

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Flared jeans and wide leg denim keep coming back into style for a simple reason: they’re flattering. They give you an hourglass waist, make your legs look longer and balance proportions like nobody’s business. So give in, it’s not just a fad. They’re perfect for those days you want an outfit that makes you feel bold, fashion-forward and excudes confidence. Okay, so that’s all the time.  Above: Kohzo Flare Cut Jean

The new jean jacket you need for Spring

Jean jackets are a lot like blue jeans. The original, or the 5 pocket button fly, will always be a closet staple. We all have that one we scored at the vintage store, or from our dad’s closet in the basement. Pop the collar, roll the sleeves, and you’re good to go. But this spring, like all things in denim, designers have revamped and reworked denim jacket styles for a serious update that is making us rethink our approach to denim outerwear. The new jean jacket is a style, cut and silhouette all its own. There’s riffs on bombers, longer lengths, kimonos, zipped up and more. It’s time to give your boyfriend’s denim jacket a break and embrace one that’s all you. We’ve rounded up nine of the best.

12 ways to wear Spring’s new denim mood

Designers have reimagined denim every which way for Spring 2016. Classic blue jeans are either vintage or repurposed, while indigo and varied denim washes do double duty on pretty much everything you can imagine. Kimono-inspired jackets, sailor pants, comfy shoes, denim tanks and denim dresses… We had a hard time narrowing down our faves, but here’s 12 to inspire the season’s new denim mood.