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The other night I was cruising Instagram when I came across this amazing brand: TTYA. The acronym stands for “Taller Than Your Average”, a new line of apparel for TALLER THAN AVERAGE WOMEN.

As their site says, “TTYA offers clothes for tall women, specialising in jersey staples and key wardrobe essentials for women 5’9″ and taller. Shop for tall leggings, tall maxi dresses, tall tops and jersey dresses. All designed by a tall woman for tall women worldwide.”

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That’s right – tall, tall, tall. Formerly gawky, gangly women of the world, rejoice: this one is for us! Finally, cool clothes for women who aren’t 5’5″.

Admittedly I myself am only 5’8″ (ha!) and some of these pieces are not the most novel but I rarely find brands dedicated to tall women, much less clothing that actually makes me feel like 5’8″ is short! Another thing to love about the label? The reference to Notorious B.I.G!! You know the jam…

I’m actually probably most excited about that. If TTYA is actually a reference to Biggie’s line in “Hypnotize”, and not just the notion that women who are 5’9″ are literally, taller than your average, then TTYA you have my full affection. (Although, less so if this is actually a reference to Craig David‘s “Slicker Than Your Average”).

Judging by the street-smart style of each look and the choice of models (Jourdan Dunn hello – the 5’10” beauty also openly endorses the brand), it’s highly likely the designer is a hip hop lover herself.

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

If you know me, you know I love my turtlenecks. And this one actually looks sexy…

Ok my search for the perfect crop top is over.

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This looks comfortable, and chic. I’m good with that.

Cozy sweats. Oversized tees. Slinky dresses. Minimalistic colors. I’m so down for you TTYA. This entire site has just become my outfit inspo for the fall/winter season. Thanks for the good vibes, TTYA. Ta!

I’ve been so negative about the coming of summer that I’m barely enjoying the last bits of winter here. It’s a pity considering within a few months, these brisk, cool temperatures will be long gone, replaced by humidity, sweat and mosquitos. Weee.

But between then and now, there is spring. Walking through Times Square today, I finally noticed that the coming of summer is actually really beautiful — all the windows were dressed in bright pastel arrays, a winsome departure from the drab navy blues and blacks I’ve been in for the last few months.

One color that really stood out to me was powder blue. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this modest shade of blue is going to be front and center as we move from l’hiver to le’printemps… What do you think?

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A powder blue leather biker jacket. Say no more.

Image: Alexander McQueen

powder blue purse

*My eyeballs are hearts*.

Image: Sarah Klassen

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Leave it to Nars to create spring, in a bottle!

Image: Pinterest

powder blue earrings

Earrings! An impossibly easy way to get some powder blue in your life.

Image: Etsy

powder blue flowy dress

Lady, I love the oversized sleeves of your dress.

Image: Fashion Vibe

powder blue dresser

This is just stupid cute — and it rolls. And it’s recycled.

Image: En Mi Espacio Vital

powder blue square dress

Hoooly want. (Also this.)

Image: Pinterest

It’s been a long time… cue Aaliyah + Timbaland.

Well, I have a fat backlog of posts I’ve started (three months worth now… yikes) that I never finished but I resolve to finish them ALL. In due time.

I’ll ease into it with a Creepy Happy Feelings post. Folks I bring you true objects of desire: leather goods by Mansur Gavriel.

If you like to huff leather fumes like I do, this site will make you want to scratch and sniff your computer screen.

Brace yourself, leather fiends:

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Oh you fainted? Me too. I’ll wait while you pick yourself up off the floor.

Aren’t they beautiful?! Rachel and Floriana cover all my bases in terms of leather accessory needs. These Italian vegetable tanned leather babies are simple, well-crafted and classic–with just a touch of quirk (look at all those colors. Swoon!). They do 4-5 things and they do them well.

In my blogging absence, one thing I have been doing faithfully is purging my closet. In this process I’ve sat with each article of clothing I own and whittled away the excess: anything I haven’t worn recently or could be more useful to someone else. It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff only to donate it and buy more again but I think from here on out, I’m going to try diligently to exist on less yet be exceedingly intentional with what I buy and how I invest my hard earned clothing budget. It’s challenging when you consume fashion in various mediums on a daily basis but it’s possible and it’s worth it, dammit.

So on that note, I do think it’d be in my best interest to stave off any fast-fashion needs for an MG bucket bag or tote. I mean look at the lines of that bucket bag. So strong yet so refined. So handsomely understated. I got goosebumps as I watched the homepage load and wondered if I was still thinking about a bag or something else.

Some of my favorites from the collection:

1.) Bucket Bag — Black with Flamma

This is like a pair of Louboutins but in bag form which means way more functional. And affordable. So pretty. I just want to pet it.

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Heaven, must be like this.

2.) Large Tote — Cammello With Sun

Okay, tell me you would not drop anything and everything if one of your gfs showed up to brunch with this bad girl resting on her arm. I love that the interior is coated in a completely different color. I’d put stuff into my bag just to take it back out just to stare at the insides of this bag. (Similar feelings felt for this lovely pool of Royal).

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3.) Medium Wallet — Brandy

I’m partial to the Cammello but this color is just too sexy not to include.

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I heart leather, big time.

What are some of your favorite leather good brands?

Images: Mansur Gavriel

I think we’re all in agreement that the following article of clothing is back in full force for the summer season:

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Don’t believe me (or the Biebs)?

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River Island Jumpers

 

Asos JumpersJumpers, overalls, dungarees: they are back. Personally I’m passing on this trend. I rocked my Gap overalls hard enough as an angular, gawky 6th grader –who unknowingly also looked like a scarecrow–to ever want to relive any of those days (and is the photo of Bieber not enough to convince you otherwise?).

That is, unless I could make a pair look as good as this woman does:

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Then maybe I’d reconsider. Til then, on to the next.

Next up: my search for the perfect summer wedges!

In case you didn’t know, I am not good with hair. Aside from mastering The Bun, The Ponytail and the basic functions of a curling iron, I can’t do much else with my mane. Actually, the other day a stylish friend told me I should try parting my hair on the opposite side of my head. I looked at him with the amount of amazement that should only be reserved for things like the end of world poverty or discovering a cure for cancer.

So you’re saying I can wear my hair… on the other side of my face??

Sad how limited my imagination is when it comes to hair. I guess it’s just never been my thing.

I’ve temporarily banned myself from buying any new clothes (more on this later) and thought it would be great to spruce up other aspects of my daily attire.  As the title of this post wrongly implies, there are no braids or DIY dye jobs, yet–but scarves, bows, and hats? I can manage that.

Check out some of the cute things I’ve been noticing in the headwear department–easy enough for someone who never knows what to do with her hair or her head.

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Thank you to everyone who liked my last post! Clearly I don’t know how to use Polyvore quite yet… I didn’t realize it was automatically publishing my inspiration boards here. Heh.

So let’s try this again! A few months ago, I finally bought a leather skirt (alright, it’s not leather at all. It’s more synthetic) because I noticed that a) my wardrobe could use a few skirts and b) these bad girls seem to be the next “it” item. I had been seeing them pop up on various celebrities and runways and thought maybe this would be an appropriate spring purchase.

But now that I have the skirt, I haven’t worn it at all! I haven’t been able to figure out how to best wear it with what I have. Thus, I turned to Polyvore to dream up some potential outfit ideas. And then I sort of went crazy and just started making inspoboards for the heck of it.

I’ve come up with 5 different ideas that more or less suit my actual wardrobe. What would you wear with a leather skirt?

Street Chic

Street Chic

The reason why I love leather skirts is because it’s easy to dress them up or down. Depending on where you work, you might even be able to get away with wearing one to work, with tights. (Then modify appropriately for after-hour festivities) This outfit would be great for the weekend: casual enough for brunch yet dressy enough to wear out later that night. And I’ll find any excuse to wear neon colors…

J Crew slim fit shirtMadewellLeather skirtZara lining shoesCartier jewelryBib necklaceCartier bracelet jewelryStetson baseball caps hatAmerican Apparel neon nailpolish
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Upper East Side Hipster

I’ve been noticing a lot of models wearing mixed ensembles lately. It’s not uncommon to see a girl wearing a $20 Urban Outfitters beanie with a $700 Chloe satchel. It seems streetwear in general is changing everything in the fashion world and I can’t complain–I don’t mind getting away with printed tees and beanies!

Stoner shirtBlack skirtAlexander Wang high heel shoesChloé black handbagUgo Cacciatori sterling silver ringDANNIJO bib necklaceHatNars cosmetic

A Pop of Green

A Pop of Green
I have a strange affinity for white button downs. I’ve accumulated a good number over the years and a white shirt with a pair of jeans has somehow become my go-to outfit. Even as I was making these boards, I kept defaulting to white collared shirts. So in thinking of ways my white shirts could be utilized, I came up with this outfit. A flowy white top is a nice feminine contrast to the sass of a black leather skirt. I also wanted to focus on accessories because I find them a fun to help way to mix up what you already have. I’d personally love to invest in a Cartier bangle or a classic bowler hat over another pair of shoes. Another thing: I tend to think a nice rich rouge on the lips goes perfectlywith a crisp white shirt. (Yes, um, can you tell how much I love Nars lip care?)

T By Alexander Wang down shirtBlack skater skirtDorothy Perkins mary jane pumps
Marc by Marc Jacobs leather bagLoren Stewart gold earringsCartier gold bracelet
Christys wide brim hatNars cosmetic
City Slicker
City Slicker

In my closet, the only thing that rivals white shirts are striped shirts (does this surprise you?) so when I was looking into leather skirts, I definitely had a few outfit ideas in mind that involved any one of my many striped shirts. There’s a number of ways you could dress up or down a striped shirt. I think it’s all in how you accessorize and what shoes you decide to walk out the door in. I love booties and was looking for a pair with a nice Cuban heel but I came across this pair and thought they bring out the Western flair without seeming too country (bonus points: they’re by Acne!). The other thing I love about this imaginary outfit is the bag. I love anything with a fringe. Anything.

River Island crop shirtBlack leather skirtAcne star bootsZara suede messenger bagLinea pelleDannijoNars cosmetic
Cherubic
Cherubic

As someone who doesn’t necessarily pull off “girly” in the traditional sense, I’m always in awe of fellow females who can really work a pink lace top or a dainty dress with all the right accessories. I think you can’t go wrong with a pretty pink, some strong gold accents and just the right amount of black.

Topshop crop topAlexander McQueen peplum jacketFloral skirtZara high heel shoesCÉLINE leather shoulder bag, Accessorize pearl bangle braceletMarc by Marc Jacobs gold bangle jewelryMango jewelry

This is about all I have on Polyvore at the moment but now that I’m hooked on making imaginary outfits, I’ll be here quite a lot. Do you use Polyvore? I’d love to see what you’ve come up with!