Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#TuesdayShoesDay: Foot Notes from Notable Feet

Shoes. I just felt half of you get psyched at just the word. Good shoes can either make or break a look and make you stride conscientiously or confidently. Much has been said about footwear, from celebrities to designer, both current voice on the forefront of fashion to some of the first large scale style makers. Here are their words about one of our favorite parts of our outfits.
  • "You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet." —Christian Dior
  • "Men tell me that I've saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it's cheaper than a divorce. So I'm still useful, you see" —Manolo Blahnik
  • “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” -Marilyn Monroe
  • A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman. Christian Louboutin
  • How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” Sonia Rykiel

  • I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world. Bette Midler
  • “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.” Marilyn Monroe
  • "I like Cinderella, I really do…And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I'm a big shoe girl." Amy Adams

  • I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes. Oprah Winfrey
  • “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.” Coco Chanel
  • "A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes." Christian Louboutin 
  • "I can't concentrate in flats.'' Victoria Beckham

Reclaimed Readables, March 31st

Happy Tuesday readers and friends! Let's send the 3rd month of 2015 off right. Today in the Readables, we are talking helpful fashion hacks you haven't heard yet, navigating the world of superfoods, TSA (finally) puts a stop on searching afros and other ethnic styles, money saving decor swaps, what Tidal actually is, signs it's time to part with your well loved clothes, and where you fall in the millenial annual income may surprise you.

WhoWhatWear: 12 fashion hacks you haven't heard before
Career Girl Daily: The smart girl's guide to super foods 
The Cut: TSA to stop searching Black Women's natural hair
Apartment Therapy: Short on cash? Save big on these lovely home decor swaps
Relevant Mag: So, what is this Tidal thingy?
Career Girl Daily: 5 tips on when it's ime to part with your clothes
Refinery 29: Are you a working millennial? See where your annual income falls

Monday, March 30, 2015

Look for Less: Spring Preview

Dressing for spring (especially this year) has been downright confusing. One day, you're perfectly fine in a tee and joggers. The next day, you're pulling out that well used parka and winter gear. So what do you wear when the weather doesn't even know what it wants to be?

The key to early spring comfort is layers. Take this look, for example. A long sleeve button down and jeans are plenty comfortable. The addition of a blazer or sport coat polishes the look. Finally, a classic mens trench keep this look pulled together. 

Here's this editorial outfit for a fraction of the price. This is this week's look for less!

Look for Less: Spring Preview

Reclaimed Readables, March 30th

Greetings and salutations readers! This week's #Mancrushmonday features the men's shoe matrix (where to wear which pair), the spring coat dilemma solved, the lazy dude's guide to spring cleaning, keys to making it to the top, a barber talks avoiding in grown hairs, 10 things to make coming come after work sweeter, and and your weekly style inspiration. Keep slaying gents. 

Dappered: Men's summer shoe matrix
Menswear Style: Spring coat dilemma
Domaine Home: The lazy person's guide to spring cleaning 
Suit Up Weird: Weekly outfit inspiration
He Spoke Style: Keys to getting to the top
Style Girlfriend: Slay those ingrown hairs for good
Apartment Therapy: 10 things you can do in 10 minutes before work to make coming home nicer

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Real VS Deal: Monster and Creature Accessories

What is fashion without a little fun? 

I appreciated when high end designer, Fendi, came out with their creature and monster accessories. When such a reputable luxury line produced such fun and often silly creatures as fashion, they were not only attention grabbing, but well received. 

However, what wasn't well received for those of us who love high end style that is budget conscious, was the price for such fun, but perceived as frivolous, pieces. Often, when purchasing high end items, we usually gravitate to classic pieces as opposed to trendier items like these monsters.

Good news is that smaller production and fashion groups have been producing chic and cheap versions of these accessories for a small fraction of the Fendi price. Here are a few examples of this super cute and unique style of accessories. 
Real VS Deal: Monster and Creature Accessories

Friday, March 27, 2015

Reclaimed Readables, March 27th

Happy Friday readers!

Today in the Readables, we talk shopping for spring trends on a shoestring budget, what to do when disillusionment hits hard, how to save for the down payment on your first home, what those food expiration dates mean, curling iron mistakes we all have made, and how to not only set but achieve those goals.

Domaine Home: How to save for your first house
Byrdie: What food expiration dates really mean
WhoWhatWear: The broke girl's guide to spring trend shopping
Refinery 29: What one women did with her disillusionment
Relevant Mag: What you should do with yours
Byrdie: Curling iron mistakes almost every woman makes
Career Girl Daily: Set and achieve those goals

Thursday, March 26, 2015

#Throwback Thursday: Pat Cleveland

Born in New York on June 23rd, 1952, Clevland was spotted early on for her lovely looks, long and lanky limbs and vibrant personality. 

After working with Ebony, Cleveland began to attract the attention of the major fashion playmakers and designers of the time including Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol. 

Despite her early success, Pat, like many other black talented individuals, became very frustrated with the prolific racism of her home country. She soon found herself in Paris in 1970, famously promising not to return to the U.S. until Vogue printed its first African American cover. 

Paris was very kind to Pat. She had opportunities to model for Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Dior. She became one of Halston’s favorite models.

But it was on the runway that Cleveland established herself, bringing a unique theatrical style to the catwalk making her appearances more like performance art pieces and less like fashion shows. On November 28, 1973, Pat and 30 other black models to participate in a special runway event at the Palace of Versailles in Paris. Five famous American fashion designers lined up in a face-off with five of France’s best, in front of 800 guests. 

Pat finally returned to United States in 1974 (the same year of US Vogue’s first black cover model), and continued modelling into the 1980s. She went into semi-retirement after getting married and giving birth to two children, Anna and Noel. Today she still makes intermittent appearances on television and on the runway. In 2014, she made waves resurfacing as a model for a Zac Posen campaign. 

At 61, Pat shows no sign so slowing. She  continues to model and encourage her daughter, Anna in her own modeling career. For her indomitable spirit and for bringing art and color to the runways of America and Europe, Pat Cleveland is this week's Throwback Thursday.

Reclaimed Readables, March 26th

Greetings and salutations readers and friends. Today on the Readables, we talk beauty products to store in your desk, body shape loving spring dresses, tackling those junk drawers, a funny video with a serious message about the fashion industry, curvy girl tips on wearing all white from a top blogger, beauty gurus talk their fave products, and life saving hacks for packing for that next big trip.

Byrdie: 15 beauty products to have at work
Refinery 29: Your perfect spring dresses based upon your body shape
Apartment Therapy: 9 tips to tackling that junk drawer
Huff Post Style: This funny fashion video has something to say about the industry
Garner Style: Curvy girl tips on wearing all white (yes you can!)
Refinery 29: 3 beauty gurus on their top products
WhoWhatWear: 11 packing hacks for that impending trip

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#TuesdayShoesday: Sneaking Around

Im starting to realize that I am not alone in my personal love for comfy yet cool looking footwear.

Call it a rebellion against the high heel trends of yester-season, call it my inner tomboy bursting through, call it my jet set life that requires (more like demands) comfortable choices. 

Whatever you call it, you can call me a happier woman now that sneakers and slip ons are considered fashionable.

Here are a few pairs, all under $100 for your perusal. Happy Tuesday ShoesDay!
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So, about that YSL mascara...

So my beloved followers on social media already know about my uncontainable excitement about the recent Vox Box Influenster* sent me. Unlike previous boxes, this one carried only one product to test, the Yves Saint-Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara. As soon as it arrived, I unboxed it, and immediately got to work testing it. 

Here's what I found: 

-Gorgeous and durable packaging. 
-It definitely does what it says. The mascara coats the lashes making them thicker and longer (and who doesn't want thick long lashes?)
-Did I say no clumps? Yes ladies. No clumps. 
-Unlike a lot of mascaras, this one doesn't leave the lashes crispy feeling or flakes. The formula goes on smooth, dries fast, and leaves the lashes feeling soft. 

- As with all things high end and most things quality, the price is steep. Considering I have never paid over $10 for mascara, $30 for this one is pretty high (but it's totally worth it)

Yeah, those are my lashes with only the product on it. No falsies here.

So what's The Reclaimed verdict? This YSL mascara is virtually perfect. Seriously. I'm in love. I was looking for a problem with it and couldn't find a thing. But what I did find was my new must have mascara. 

You're going to pay for it, but it's completely worth the price due to a gorgeous product that works and works well. I say it's worth every penny.

*I received this product et gratis from the Influenster program. 

Reclaimed Readables, March 25th

Happy hump day readers! Today on the Readables, we talk taking pics tips with your phone, organization habits to adopt now, yummy at home beauty treatments, how to be more assertive at work, home pattern and color mixing tips from a pro, and 7 major sleep myths debunked. 

WhoWhatWear: Take better pics with your phone now
Domaine Home: 10 habits of the insanely organized
Career Girl Daily: At home beauty treatments good enough to eat
Apartment Therapy: Pattern mixing at home
Refinery 29: Be more assertive at work
WhoWhatWear: 9 timeless transitional pieces
Byrdie: 7 sleep myths debunked

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Reclaimed Readables, March 24th

Happy Tuesday readers and friends. Today's Readables feature ways to make yourself a morning person, the styles fashion editors are craving, 12 next level outfit ideas, super chic DIY tassel heels, how to spring clean your beauty stash, 7 painting projects for the lazy, and why Vogue's April cover is game, set, match.

Domaine Home: Trick yourself into being a morning person
Huff Post Style: Spring styles these editors are craving
WhoWhatWear: 12 next level outfit ideas
Honestly WTF: DIY Tassel Heels
The Cut: How Vogue nailed its April cover
Refinery 29: How to declutter your beauty stash
Apartment Therapy: 7 painting projects for the incredibly lazy

Monday, March 23, 2015

16 Menswear and Style Quotes

Talking fashion is not just for the ladies anymore. Men too are exploring their own personal styles and are not ashamed to discuss it. You all by now know how I feel about finding your own personal look, but here are some quotes from fashion and style experts to inspire, encourage, and embolden you to continue on your own style quest. 

"A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life."-
Oscar Wilde, Poet

"Fashion changes, but style endures."
-Coco Chanel

"Fashions fade, style is eternal."
-Yves Saint-Laurent

"People will stare. Make it worth their while." —Harry Winston

"Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance."
-Arthur Ashe, Professional Tennis Player

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." —Rachel Zoe

"Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them." —Marc Jacobs

"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live." —Gianni Versace

"Looking good isn't self-importance; it's self-respect."
—Charles Hix, Author

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.-Orson Welles

"Fashion is what you're offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose." —Lauren Hutton

"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." —Edith Head

"Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life." —Bill Cunningham

"Do the clothes suit you? Do the clothes suit the occasion? Do the clothes suit each other?”- Richard Plourde

“I can go all over the world with just three outfits: a blue blazer and grey flannel pants, a grey flannel suit, and black tie.” Pierre Cardin 

"Dressing well is a form of good manners."-Tom Ford, Fashion Designer

Reclaimed Readables, March 23rd

Happy Monday to ya. Today on the #ManCrushMonday Readables, we feature early spring suit inspiration, the art of creating an outfit as told by a very fashionable menswear blogger, why women really dig facial hair, 8 men's grooming spots to know, how to obtain that affordable leather jacket, 15 clever things for your kitchen, and the most stylish dudes of this week.

Suit Up Weird: Early spring suit inspiration 
He Spoke Style: The Art of creating a look
Dappered: Why most women like facial hair
Huff Post Style: 8 men's grooming spots you should know
Put This On: An affordable great leather jacket is easier to find than you think
Apartment Therapy: 15 clever things you never knew your kitchen needed
The Fashionisto: The most stylish dudes of the week

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Shopping: Chic and Cheap

A sad reality: Fashion can be so expensive.

A happier reality: Style doesn't have to be.

Real style doesn't take big bucks, one thing I've tried to exemplify here. It's all about knowing what to wear and how to find pieces that look expensive. Just because something is cheap doesn't mean it has to look cheap.

Here are a few examples of gorgeous style that doesn't have to break the bank.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Why I'm still not into Fashion Week

You will have noticed that, unlike other "fashion blogs", The Reclaimed didn't run a "Top looks from New York Fashion Week" or a "Best looks from Milan Fashion Week" post this fashion month. And I hope you're relieved by that. Best you're going to get from me is probably a trend report.

Im obligated by virtue of this profession to pay attention to the month long gauntlet of next season's lines, and I feel the weight of that responsibility more and more each year. No shade to those writers, reporters, and bloggers who choose to include each and every show's highs and lows on their own sites (more power to you), but it won't be seen here. 

I've already told you guys how I really feel about the Fashion Week hooplah.

But to be transparent, it's more than that.  I've been so disappointed with the artistic direction the market is moving. My heart was broken when overalls were being forced on me as something high fashion. (My name is certainly not old McDonald.) When heel-less high heels came out, the still clumsy girl in me burst into tears. Bleached eyebrows made me raise my bushy brows in horror. 

What I've come to discover is the longer I've written about fashion and the style industries, the least I've come to trust it. More often than not, "insiders" often suggest things that I don't like, "experts" back things that don't look good to me, and fellow style hunters fall head over heels with what all these people say while I remain less than impressed. ( For an idea of what I mean, check this out).

What it boils down to is what The Reclaimed aesthetic has always been: fashion for all, style that is affordable and amazing, and if you love it, wear it. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Find: Smells like your new subscription service!

I love fragrances. I also love my subscription boxes. Nothing like that Christmas morning feel and childlike anticipation every time I crack open a box of new products.   

That's why I was so happy when I stumbled upon ScentBird, a monthly subscription service that delivers the perfumes you want to your door every month.

For under 15 bucks monthly, you will receive a 30 day supply of the most lovely fragrances and sultry perfumes ScentBird has to offer. 

Your first vial will arrive in this super handy twist top perfume dispenser. The following month you will receive simply the vial insert of perfume. Just remove the old vial from the perfume dispenser and slip in the new and you're good to go for another month. Very Eco-chic.  

Not sure what to get? ScentBird has you covered by offering a different "fragrance of the month" every 30 days.

Let me just say that I've tried it, I love it. The perfume container is a little bit longer than a lipstick case, and is not only adorable, but it's compact and fits right into most bags, purses, even your evening clutch. What made me even happier was ScentBird's wide variety of perfumes. These are not your low budget, imitation fragrances, but most of these perfumes are high end, well known, reputable brands like Hermés and Dior. Needless to say that I'm very happy with my subscription* and I believe you will be too.

For more info, check out ScentBird.

*This products was received et gratis from ScentBird for the purposes of testing and marketing. While the perfume was theirs, the opinions remain mine.*

Reclaimed Readables, March 20th

Congrats, gorgeous! You made it to Friday! Let's celebrate with some end of the week Readables. Featured today are great ways to care for that pretty face at night, signs your job is better than you think, ways to make your clothes look more expensive, how to use those beauty blenders, trends that will be in your closet by next fall, the best denim for your figure woes, and Giuseppe Zanotti and Beyoncé want to make your next shoe craving. 

Huff Post Style: Take care of your skin at night
Relevant Mag: Signs your job is better than you think
Career Girl Daily: Make your clothes look more expensive
The Coveteur: How to use that beauty blender thingy
Fashion Bomb Daily: Giuseppe Zanotti and Beyoncé teaming up for a shoe line
The Cut: 13 runway trends you'll probably be wearing next fall
WhoWhatWear: The best jeans to solve your body concerns

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Reclaimed Readables, March 19th

Happy Thursday readers and friends! Today in the Readables, the best beauty Tutorials on YouTube right now, a 5 minute feature on every noteworthy moment and trend of fashion month, why you need to know Winnie Harlow, a broke girl's guide to working out, how to kill debt, the top 10 best dressed of the fashion gauntlet, and 7 life lessons you learn from fashion.

WhoWhatWear: Every trend and noteworthy moment of fashion month in 5 minutes
Career Girl Daily: 5 of the best beauty tutorials on YouTube right now
Refinery 29: How Winnie Harlow is changing the style industry
The Cut: The best dressed humans of fashion month
Domaine Home: 7 steps every young person needs to take to kill debt
The Coveteur: A broke girl's guide to working out
Huff Post Style: 7 life lessons you can learn from fashion

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

One Piece, 3 Ways: The Kaleidoscope Skirt

A few weeks ago, we talked Kaleidoscopic clothes and a few of you had some questions on how to wear the print. I've chosen one skirt to show you three different ways to wear this trend as well as shared 4 insights to wearing this look with confidence.

1) Pair loud with quiet
The boldness of the Kaleidoscopic piece shouldn't be in competition with another piece (that's how clashes happen). Instead, pair your Kaleidoscopic piece with quieter pieces. They should collaborate, not clash.

2) Pick a color in the pattern and bring it out with your add ons
Monotone pieces in a color within the kaleidoscopic pattern will not only bring out the color within the pattern, but it makes this very busy pattern more polished and gives you a pulled together look.

3) Know where to go bold:
If you're going to go bold in addition to the Kaleidoscopic skirt, know where to do it. Location is everything. Choose small bold statements, like within accessories. 

4) Be true to you:
Like all outfits, when using a kaleidoscopic piece, it should be in an outfit that speaks to you; your likes, your personality, your mood. Never try to make an outfit that doesn't speak to the best parts of yourself. Otherwise you're just making a mediocre copy of some other girl's outfit genius. If you like crop tops and combat boots with your kaleidoscopic skirt, then go for it! If you like it with heels and a blazer, then do it. Just be true to your sensibilities.

One Piece; Three Ways: The Kaleidoscope Skirt