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Topshop Blouse (sold out, similar here and sleeveless version by Dolce & Gabbana here), Citizens of Humanity Jeans (which I clearly love and wear constantly, most recently here), Expressions NYC Bag (with a custom strap that did not come with the bag. Similar here and subtly color-blocked one here), Tahari Heels (old. This pair is close and I also like this lace up pair), vintage rings and earringsfashion blogger mixing casual and dressyTopshop sequin top and blue jeans

I love wearing something unexpected as daywear. There are few things fancier than sequins, but I like to wear my sparkle just out and about. This Topshop blouse, with bell sleeves and an open back, might not be the first thing you think of for a daytime jaunt, especially paired with jeans. Denim is a staple and classic for a reason. The blue tones complement everything, even a disco ball top. When you mix together different fabrics with their own texture and level of “dressiness,” the result is a visually interesting combination. I finished the look with a blush toned bag, leopard kitten heels, and subtle gold pieces. Just remember: she who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten.

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Double D Ranch Jacket (similar here, and cool stone-colored one here), Closet Space Dress (similar here, also love the exaggerated sleeves on this one), Tory Burch Bag (old, last seen here, similar here), Candy Heels (this pair has a little extra embellishment, and this one by Gianvito Rossi is gorgeous), Vintage Choker (here’s a new version)

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Five thousand miles southwest of London, a family of mavericks located in Yoakum, Texas created a jacket that I had to bring with me to London Fashion Week. Their studded leather biker is a statement piece if ever there was one. Double D Ranch is western couture’s first family. They draw their inspiration from a long line of outlaws and revolutionaries to create pieces blending bohemian, cowboy, and Native American influences. It is rare to find clothing that embraces culture and heritage while simultaneously defying the tendency to be pinned down or labeled. But here Double D Ranch excels.

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The Marble Arch across from Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park

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London’s Regent Street was named after the Prince Regent – the future King George IV – and was designed by architect John Nash. Its reputation as a fashion mecca has earned it the nickname “mile of style.” Hamleys Toys is the oldest operating business on Regent Street, having originally opened in central London in 1760.

Regent Street London, England

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Samuel Dong Coat (similar here and vintage Burberry one here. Also here’s a polished silk version by Diane Von Furstenberg), Custom Rimini Dress (similar here, and also love this beaded one by Balmain), Gianvito Rossi Pumps, Edilson Carvalho Clutch (vintage), Cristabelle Tassel Earrings, Wolford Tights

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Collections with physical and optical movement characterize London Fashion Week. Pieces with texture, fluidity, and shimmer made their way down the catwalk at J. W. Anderson, Burberry, Halpern, Christopher Kane, and others. The movement of fabric and the play of light on material inspired my look to tour the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square between fashion week events.

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National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

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BB Dakota Coat (similar here and I also love this one), Zara Blouse (similar here), Banana Republic Skirt (close to this one by Alexander McQueen or this one), Louis Vuitton Bag (vintage), Sam Edelman Boots, Wrap Belt (vintage, similar here and here), Gucci Tights, Ralph Lauren Earrings

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There is something distinct about Fashion Week in London. England’s capital has a way of attracting experimental dressers and exciting combinations. The collections are vibrant and designers imbue their creations with a sense of wittiness. The idea of “mod” still lends its unmistakable and vibrant mood. Mod is a subculture that began in the United Kingdom in the 1960’s and from there spread around the world. What first comes to mind are miniskirts, bright colors, bold patterns, pop art, and the iconic model Twiggy. In many ways the mod influence is still reflected in the young-at-heart designs that characterize London’s fashion scene.

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Buckingham Palace

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Whitehall London

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St. James Palace

London Parliament, Westminster

Parliament

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Big Ben

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London Eye

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Volkl Jacket, Bogner Ski Pants, RBX Performance Warm Up (similar here), Banana Republic Sweater (similar here), Bolle Goggles, Pom Hat (close to this one), Moon Boots (Turquoise! Rainbow! Outer Space!), Leather Ski Gloves (similar here and here)

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Feel the mountain and let it show you how you’re going to ski it. Relax and cruise. This isn’t a fight, it’s a dance, and the mountain always leads.

– Jim Bowden, extreme skier

To take part in this dance requires the right winter clothing. Being a New England girl introduced to the ski slopes at age 3, I learned to layer early on. Different layers give you the flexibility to deal with anything from a sudden snow squall to the sun bursting through the clouds. Much has been written on how to achieve the layered look in a fashionable way. So basically it’s a science now and if you are cold, then you are probably not doing it right. Whether you are on the slopes, après ski, or in the city, here are some tips to consider:

  1. Firstly, why layers work. Air is trapped between them and this provides insulation. Layers can also be easily added or subtracted depending on the weather. So now onto how to do it properly.
  2. Base Layer. Long underwear, leggings etc. under your ski pants. If you are not on the slopes then leggings also work under jeans et al. or tights if your pants are slim fit. Add a cotton tee or shirt with lightweight sweater on top, preferably wool or cashmere.
  3. Mid Layer. Another sweater or a lightweight jacket (thin puffer, cargo jacket, bomber…depending on the temp). Ignore the static.
  4. Socks. Pick ones that are decidedly functional i.e. wool.
  5. Footwear. Won’t go into detail here. Everyone has some kind of cool boot. But if you want to be really warm and by that I mean, “Not the SLIGHTEST BIT cold,” opt for Moon Boots. They kept the feet of astronauts cozy on the moon and they work here on earth.
  6. Scarf. Silk is very dense and thus blocks the cold well or swath yourself in something oversized that you can wrap around a few times to avoid any air leaks.
  7. Coat…finally! Go sporty, city, long, short depending on your location.
  8. Hat. Though the old myth that we loose 80% of our body heat through out head is not entirely accurate, we do lose a significant amount of heat there. Keep you brain toasty.

Take the science of layering and fuse it with fashion. With its mercurial weather, New England was a great training ground for this. Mark Twain said it best: If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.

The weather is what it is and smart layering sets you up so you can enjoy – not just endure – it.

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In July of 1969, Giancarlo Zanatta of Italy was watching the lunar landing and became fascinated by the shape and construction of the astronaut’s boots. He started sketching and went on to design the original Moon Boot. Since the 70’s, these boots have embodied an enigma of form and fashion.

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Vintage Coat (similar here and here’s a shorter version), Joseph Pants, Vintage Bodysuit (velvet version here), Handmade and Vintage Scarf (similar here), Moon Boots,  Gloves (here’s a suede version and a plaid leather version)

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There is a serenity and beauty you only experience in the wintertime. In the glow of the sun or under a celestial canopy of winter stars, dark shadows cast across an untouched expanse of white are indescribable. Coco Chanel once commented that women think of all colors except black and white. Even though some theorists would argue that black and white are the absence of all colors, she felt these colors had it all. In her words, “Their beauty is absolute. It is perfect harmony.”

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I think it annoys God if you happen upon a field covered with fresh snow and don’t walk on it.

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I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Double D Ranch Coat (vintage, similar here), Victoria’s Secret Slip (similar here and here), Velvet Bodysuit (this one with a cut out is cool, and I also like this champagne-colored one), Gap Horse Print Cross Body (I love this embellished one), Soda Boots (try this pair. I am also dreaming of this starry pair), Polka Dot Tights

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Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it. – Danny Kaye

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We should never hesitate to be individuals. Now is a time of amazing creativity, and fashion is a reflection of the times we live in. I feel a lightness, an exuberance…a joie de vivre. The surreal aspect of fashion is inescapable for me. There are so many imaginative ways to expand our idea of what we can wear. I love things that are a little elusive, a little offbeat…but mostly things that treat fashion with a sense of fun.

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The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Bertrand Russell

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Vintage Flight Jacket (similar here), Citizens of Humanity Jeans (last seen here paired with a shadbelly), American Eagle Cargo Shirt (similar here), Zara Printed Top (I like this white studded one and this Guipure Lace one), Talbots Bag (similar style), Adrienne Vittadini Boots (this pair is amazing), Vintage Knuckle Ring (this one is close)

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Fly boys wore jackets that were handsome, comfortable, substantial. There is an excitement you feel when you put on a real bomber. Maybe it is their storied past, warming daredevil fliers since the days of open cockpits. Whenever I want to play with scale and volume, I borrow from the boys. The coats of pilots and Hollywood legends, utilitarian shirts, oversized proportions…can be worn by the girls as well.

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2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the bomber jacket. In September 1917, the U.S. Army established the Aviation Clothing Board, which began distributing leather flight jackets to the American pilots of WWI.

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