Being cold is never in style but one can sure look stylish while dealing with it…
Being cold is never in style but one can sure look stylish while dealing with it…
There was a time in middle school when, if you weren’t wearing one of these, you weren’t sitting with the cool kids. Granted, in a class of 40 people tops, it wasn’t that hard to be one of the cool kids but, proper attire was definitely required. And then came the boot cut jeans, and the skinnies and the jeggins and well proper attire was more like anything that wraps tightly around your bottom half. But as LaQ has smartly pointed out, what goes around, comes around and even though gone are the days were being cool was my biggest concern, I still feel some sort of satisfaction when sporting this look.
For flares, basic styling rules apply: a simple top to complement the not-so-simple jeans and then… just layer the s**t out of it. Why? Mostly because it’s cold in this portion of the world right now but also because you want to cause some sort of symmetry within your look. And because all the cool kids are doing, throw in a hat to seal the deal!
In Panama, we have a saying that goes something like this: You are no one until your portrait is in the back of a public bus. Now before you get all imaginative and start conjuring images in your mind of what our city might look like with these portrait buses running lose, you must first see exhibit A and B to understand what I refer to. Also, sorry to disappoint, but as our city continues to evolve in what to many refer to as “Little Miami,” these seem to be more and more scarce. So I have taken the liberty of changing this phrase to my own benefit: You are no one until you get a handbag named after you (to all of you who are not involved in the fashion industry I apologize in advance). I have to admit, this year has been pretty good, a handbag and a tropical storm carrying my name… Not too shabby! So ladies and gents… here you have it, the Leslie Flapover-courtesy of Jane Marvel
As you all might know, despite the fact that fashion will always trump comfort in my book, I am always a sucker for pieces that provide both. Well I am a sucker for money well spent and a flap over bag with an adjustable strap that gives way to several convenient ways of using it plus is big enough to carry everything you need (when I mean everything I am not exaggerating—even my lunch makes the cut), is a worthy investment. And I am not saying this because my name is part of the package, although I am liking the thought of a world where people carry a bag that was inspired by none other than yours truly:. A typical conversation may go something like this: “Excuse me ma’am, what’s that lovely bag you are carrying? – Oh! You’ve never seen it? It’s the Leslie Bag!..”
Narcissistic, maybe… But in this day and age, aren’t we all?
A few nights ago I had a serious conversation about leopard print. I know many people just don’t like it but I’m a huge fan , especially the purple variety. Regardless, the excess of prints being worn this season couldn’t be ignored, so when I came across these jeans at Forever 21 (and for a steal) I couldn’t say no. Since Miami is entering its “fall” season, we can now wear jeans without feeling overly uncomfortable and sweaty in our crotch area. Linen pants are no longer appropriate; cue the printed pantalón.
There comes a time in every person’s life were they are faced with a choice: stick to the status quo or come out of your comfort zone and embrace something different. When I was faced with the challenge of incorporating high heel sneakers into my outfit… the status quo was feeling way more appealing to me than the alternative. I find these suckers to be as hipster as skinny jeans, a white tee and a fedora, and I consider myself the complete opposite of that—save for the occasional visits to 16 handles and the sorts were of course the dress attire is “I don’t give an f** what you think of me, I am getting a the big cup, please…” Bottom line, this was a tough one for me.
To tone up something that is clearly meant to look cash and make it part of my daily ensembles, I thought a nice Miami-Vice-inspired blazer might do the trick… add an embellished pouch that sparkles in the light and the deal is sealed. However, I couldn’t help but feeling like at any point, a boom box would start playing Ciara’s One-Two Step and I would start breaking it down in the hood. I was a huge fan of that song- and dance- way back when, yet I don’t think I would have made the cut if a flash mob was ever put together with my typical choice of attires. So who knows, maybe something good might come out of this purchase. Like my mom would say: there’s always a silver lining!
ps- even the camera was so confused with this look that the pictures came out blurry… completely intentional…
Top- Unknown, Blazer- Zara F/W ’11, Shorts- H&M SS ’12, Wedge Sneakers- Steve Madden, Watch- Michael Kors, Bracelets- David Yurman & Peru, Bag- Southcoast
Ahh. The wedge sneaker. I bought these babies a few months ago in Spain but wasn’t able to wear them thanks to the 100 degree weather. Now, in Miami they are more bearable thanks to air conditioning and…well, my car. As you know, I’m a huge fan of sports wear so getting the chance to mix and match with nicer pieces gives me a fashion boner. Now to my outfit! Nothing says “do me” like an oversized puffy sweater to hide my lady parts which I paired with a pencil skirt for contrast. Women in Miami don’t generally wear this kind of stuff so you can be sure I’ll get a lot of attention.
I might be going to hell for this (well the three of us for that matter) but c’mon! We know you were thinking it too! Let me introduce to you, for the [quasi] first time– The Sneaky Weasel. The third and final member of this establishment. The Sneaky Weasel started her mission about 8years ago when a pair of white squared toed shoes gazed upon her eyes. Ever since, the sneaky weasel has been capturing fashion faux-pas around the world. From the streets of San Miguelito [Panama] to the streets of NYC the sneaky weasel is looking out for fashion crimes around town. Beware the sneaky weasel is everywhere and this week, she found her victim while on the run…
TWO FOR ONE
Last week I made my weekly stop at the Rite Aid around the corner. While strolling the aisles I came across this gorgeous vision. My heart skipped a beat as I stood before these twins. My dear weasels this was a “two for one” deal. Yes…mom jeans paired with a denim jacket. And to top it off white sneakers that look like they come from an 80′s movies. Yes 80′s are in at the moment, but there is a style guide for it and they clearly did not read it. And if there is something that seriously ticks me off are those heavy washed out denim jeans… mama… you are trying too hard! There are ways to pull off denim on denim but this is certainly not the way to go. OH! and please, let’s not forget the denim jacket with the stitched flowers to the right…
El otro dia hice la parada obligatoria a la farmacia de la esquina. Mientras paseaba por los pasillos de la farmacia me encontre con esta vision. Al principio, pense que estaba viendo un espejismo pero ese no fue el caso. Mis queridas comadrejas esto fue un DOS POR UNO. Asi es, mom jeans con chaqueta de jean! Y para rematarlo zapatillas blancas pero de hace dos siglos atras. Si hay algo que me apaga la candela son esos jeans de tela gruesa desteñidos! Esta combinacion puede llegar a verse muy clase pero hay que saber como combinarlo. Si la chaqueta fuera en un denim mas oscuro quizas,y porfavor…no nos olvidemos del bordado de flores en la chaqueta a la derecha.
As part of this cooperative, one of our main goals is to challenge each other by showcasing how each of us can fit a trend to our personal style. By now you must know I prefer heels over flats, classy over undone and the more accessories I can carry in my limbs, the happier I am. So, when I received a message from my dear Quiqui saying: “What are your thoughts on jumpsuits?” right after purchasing my very first one for only $20, you have to think that somehow and for some reason the universe has conspired in your favor—our first challenge was born. Here’s the first in a series of many…
I knew from the get-go that this would be as challenging as stealing candy from a two year old. Jumpsuits are the epitome of sophisticated when worn the right way—of course throwback 15 years ago, not so much. So how do I fit a psychedelic-zebra print jumpsuit into my wardrobe? Tone down the accessories and let it speak for itself. I mean, it is not everyday that you are able to walk out of your building looking as if you were meant to be nibbling on green pasture and running through the wilderness. And by no means is this to be taken in a negative context… If I was indeed a zebra, you would have to admit, I would be the chic-est of the flock.
When I was challenged to do a jumpsuit post, my first thought was–how do I do this without looking like J-Lo circa her Selena years? After looking through my closet I found this black silk suit. I’m going to be honest, I’m generally a low-key dresser: ripped jorts, white tees and tennis are my thing. According to my mother, I am a professional at ruining nice outfits. In this case though, some items are meant to be, well elegant, and even somebody like me, cannot help but dressing this sucker up.