the modern classic

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An infusion of romantic, vintage-inspired elegance with synergistic comfort and functionality, The Modern Classic top by up and coming fitness brand, gwenyth, is a breath of fresh air.

When the line’s creator, Michele Cheowtirakul Braxton, reached out to me about reviewing the inaugural piece from her new brand, I immediately checked out their start up video, and was completely hooked.  I love the way Michele compares her designs to dance, describing both as a marriage of beauty and precision which come together to create a “sublime combination of art and science”.  Genius.  And she’s not making this stuff up; Not only is this the most visually beautiful workout top I’ve ever worn, it’s also extremely flattering and supportive.  Fashion meets function.

When I opened up the little gwenyth package, the first thing I noticed was how incredibly soft the fabric was.  I’m not kidding, guys.  I want to cuddle with this top.  Sweat-whisking, shape-shifting components leave most fitness tops slightly stiff and scratchy, but the Modern Classic is different.  It’s flexible, adjustable, absorbent and soft.  Activewear sorcery!

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this top, in my case, is the built-in sling bra.  First of all, it comes with two different types of removable pads, depending on your needs: shape & support or just coverage.  Options?  Yes please!  Secondly, the straps on this thing are what I would like to call “super adjusters”.  Of course they alter the way normal camisoles do, but the addition of adjustable trianglular straps at the sides plus an optional back strap boost this built-in bra from average to exceptional.  As a self-proclaimed busty ballerina, this feature has me absolutely sold, and frankly reluctant to put on any of my old workout shirts.

The cinch-able ties on either side are a fun bonus, allowing the Modern Classic to grow and shrink in length, seamlessly transitioning from tank to tunic, studio to real world, day to night.  If you feel like hiding those little ties on the side, no problem- tuck them up into the convenient little loops on the inside of the top.  These designers have thought of EVERYTHING.  Plus, if you choose not to use the back strap in your bra, it doubles as a headband.  So you know how sometimes you leave the studio and your hair looks like 80’s SJP but you promised an old friend you’d meet them for a drink?  Pop a cute head band in that rat’s nest and suddenly you’re a little less impulse-perm and a little more I-woke-up-like-this-flawless.  Win-win. (win, win, win, win.)

Clearly I’m a believer, are you?  Read more and get your gwenyth here.

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photos of me by Jenay Evans for STB

this week’s pinterest wish list

My pinterest boards are getting pretty clogged up, so I figured I’d share a few things that I would love to be rocking this season.  First, in a sea of pigeon-toed fashionistas donning all black outfits, this interestingly tailored wool blazer from Madewell caught my eye.  I love its unique shape and refreshing light gray color.  When these charcoal suede and leather Nike’s popped up on my pin-filled screen, I knew it was love at first sight.  Even if they only come in men’s sizes (what is up with that anyway, Nike?!), I’m still picturing them with skinny jeans and a varsity jacket.  Next up, a few Free People items- surprise, surprise.  This embellished peterpan collar sweater is to die for, no?  And if anyone is searching for that perfect leather jacket, FP’s black motorcycle jacket has come to save the day (plus it’s actually vegan “leather”…animal friendly- yay!).  Last but not least, I’ve been lusting after Ariel Gordon’s initial necklaces ever since spotting them on Pinterest some time ago.  They are delicate, dainty, and adorable…need I say more?

haute hippie

HAPPY thursday chickens!  I hope you all had a fabulous day.  This is just a quick little post about a new skirt I’m completely and utterly obsessed with pretty fond of.  I snatched this Haute Hippie beauty up last night and I’ve already tried it on with several different toptions (see what I did there? combined top + options into one word…genius I know it).  I love it for a whole bunch of fun reasons: 1. The colors are amazing.  My poor quality photo does not do it justice, so please check this out.  2. The fit is almost too good.  It’s short, it’s tight, it sits low on the hips, yet somehow it evades that whole “I just stepped off a pole” thing.  Always a plus in my book.  3. Remember my recent creation of the word toptions?  This skirt is surprisingly versatile, people.  I cannot wait to wear it to the final Up Close On Hope after party Saturday night.  Curious to see which toption I’ll choose?!  Stay tuned…

style inspiration

denim shirt + blazer + eggplant cords
layered pea coats + beanie
solid neutrals
all black + stripesrolled up varsity jacket + fitted green cargosstructured jacket + a pop of redblazer + stripes+ ballet flats + skinny jeans
retro sunnies + statement jacketnavy/tomato/camel stripes + leather skirt
tweed + lace + delicate gold necklaces
layered tops + detailed back mini
bright cozy knit + aviators
button-up + sweater + cuffed camel pants

Here’s a little outfit inspiration, brought to you by my unhealthy obsession with Pinterest.  Enjoy!

the color of the season

Happy October 1st, everyone!  I’d like to start off the year’s spookiest month with a little discussion about this season’s most gruesome new hue: oxblood.  Also known as maroon/burgundy amongst the squeamish, this deep brownish red is EVERYWHERE right now.  From blazers to sneakers, oxblood is coating the fashion industry with a thick layer of its rich hue, bringing an element of drama to everything it touches.  As for me, I’d like to try out the trend with some oxblood tinted jeans or maybe even a burgundy felt hat?  How would you wear fall’s most popular color?

flower power

I was feeling pretty groovy in this flower power top from H&M today.  There’s something about the juxtaposition of the retrograde pattern on such a crisp silhouette that just radiates cool.  H&M, you’ve done it once again, providing trendy, uniquely current pieces that have true staying power.  Which means I can rock the flower power without feeling like I just raided Marcia Brady’s closet…score.

scenes from nyfw

Just a few of my favorite detail shots from New York Fashion Week, courtesy of Jak & Jil.  I love the retro vibe in the first photo of the girl in all blue, and how amazing are those gingham slingbacks?!  Then there is Olivia Palermo, who can do no wrong.  Gorgeous.

Hope you’re all having a fabulous week!  I am so happy to be back at work, but my bruised toenails would probably beg to differ…

duck walk

One of the tell-tale signs of a ballet dancer is that unmistakable “duck walk”.  Do you know what I’m talking about? That toes-to-the-sides, awkwardly-outturned-hips strut that can only be acquired through years of pliés and ponchés?  Well, now the duck walk (or at least the bunhead behind it) is entering into the world of high fashion.  It’s mode of transportation?  Why, these pointe shoe poser Chloé ballet flats, of course.

The soft leather shoes feature a square tip and a ribbon-mimicking ankle-crossing strap, both very reminiscent of the shoes that keep ballerinas like myself on our toes every day.  With an assortment of ballet themed color options, Chloé’s expert design has finally made it possible for everyone to feel like the sugar plum fairy, tiara and 32 fouettés optional.

ballerinas for free people

A few weeks ago, after doing our own little private ballet class (that is true dedication right there, people!), the roommie and I decided to fool around and take some artsy/dingus/ballet nerd pictures with our upcycled Free People dance bags.  Go ahead, laugh at my silly pink trash bag pants, you know you want to.

If you follow Free People on Instagram like I do,  you know that they have a contest every Friday asking fans to get all dolled up in their FP duds, snap a picture, and upload it using the hashtag “fpcloset”.  Although the free bags they give you when you purchase something in store does not exactly qualify as “current Free People merchandise” (details, details), we thought recycling the bags to tote our pointe shoes and toe tape was clever and figured it would be fun to try and enter the contest anyway.  Long story short, we came no where near winning, but had a fabulous time goofing around and taking the photos, and our final picture actually received an impressive amount of “likes” (take that rules and regulations!).

Does anyone else upcycle their Free People bags?  What do you use them for?  I’d love to hear all about it!