If you have never heard of Olivia Palermo then to be honest, I don't even know what to say to you. This girl rocks urban chic style like it's no ones business. I love that she takes chances, mixing prints and silhouettes that many wouldn't even dare to try. More often then not she nails it, but even when she doesn't I find her failures refreshing, hey at least she's trying something new.
Another thing I love is that although she has a closet full of Hermes, Zac Posen, Missoni, the list goes on, you also see her sporting lower priced labels like H&M, Forever 21 etc. Style isn't about money, obviously its a little simpler with it, but for me its about mixing high, mid and low and making it all look high!
She always adds something un-expected, be it a colorful bag, stunning statement jewelry, sequins, a unique shoe. And no matter what that little something is, it's always a reflection of her own personal style. If I take anything away from her outfits, it's to follow my own personal fashion sense and not let trends or other people dictate how I should look. We could all learn a little something from Olivia's Do's and Don'ts!
Style is such a personal thing and I think it's so cool to see how other women dress and even cooler to see how they interpret my designs (well for me anyway :)
To get things started I asked some of my best friends (and biggest supporters) to email pictures of themselves when they happened to be using one of their MAD bags. I can't even begin to tell you how amazingly stylish these women are, it kills me! (in a good way).
Up first one of my best friends in the world and huge support, Lexie. I would trade closets with this girl in a minute. Amazing personal style, some people just have it! I didn't want to be inundated with emails asking what she was wearing so its all listed. Her main MAD pieces are the Snake Smith in cream and Madison in Cream, throw in some MAD jewels for good measure and voila perfection!
I would also love to encourage any of my fab customers to email me pics of them out and about, or at home for that matter, when they have put together a cute outfit using their MAD bags or jewelry. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As summer turns into fall I am always looking for new and fresh inspiration. Instead of the usual fur, dark colors and leather I wanted to look to a more subtle and cool palete. I am loving the soft feeeling of an ice princess look with a bit of an edge. Instead of the always done chandelier and sandal add an edgy spiked earring and bootie to a feminine frock. Top it off with a dove gray suede jacket and a little wrist bling!
My current purchase and obsession are these black suede Miu Miu booties:
They are sooo comfortable, the 1" hidden platform helps, and their versatility is insane. I wore them out the other night with my cropped J Brand skinnies and a slouchy cashmere sweater, they transformed the look from boring to chic. In the fall I am going to pair them with opaque black tights under dresses and blazers, skirts and off the shoulder sweaters and of course skinnies.
When looking for outfit inspiration, you don't have to look much further then net-a-porter.com. Their stylists kill it every time. Here are some of the looks that nudged me further towards the bootie trend.
Since we now live in downtown Montreal, walking is a much bigger part of my life. Alas, my high heels will be left to nights out and I will have to decide on a pair of flat booties for scoping out my new city. For anyone else looking for a more practical bootie these are my favs.