Chicistan: (noun). Land of chic; home of the attractive and fashionable.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Green Dream

Last week I attended my first wedding as a friend of the now married couple. It was a very mature moment for me. Naturally though, it was three days before said wedding and I had no idea what to wear. I'm not really good about dressing up. I mean, I am, but getting all fancy shmancy is kinda annoying to me. As everything came together it was actually really fun (!), but I definitely went out of my way to not get my hair, nails, and face professionally done. Not really sure how anyone enjoys sitting still for so long with people probing at them, but that's besides the point.

The dress code was black tie which kind of stressed me out. And then I remembered Nili Lotan made these amazing silk slip maxi dresses that appear to be black tie material but really what is more comfortable than wearing a sack of silk? It also doesn't hurt that it is cut in the most flattering of ways. Seriously. The most flattering. I never knew my body even had the potential to give the illusion of curves, but oh did Nili accomplish it. I tried on the navy, because it is on my fall wish list after all, but the deep emerald was a game changer. It matched these black and forest green Alaia heels I have too perfectly to not go with it. It also looked great with this big ass brassy gold and blingy necklace I got years ago from..... drum roll... J Crew (I know. Great find).

Point of today's rambles: if you have a fancy big kid event to go to and you're really lazy and/or just low maintenance, Nili is your girl. This is the perfect dress for so many things - a blank canvas, if you will. I could easily wear this dress again with an oversized sweater and old Converse for a totally different look. Cha-ching. Shop it here.


This shot by Adam has me pin crazy. How swaggy are Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh's jackets?! I love how personal this accessory can make an ordinary jacket. Need me some pins ASAP! If you're in the market, Etsy is a pretty good starting point.

Picture by Adam Katz Sinding of Le21eme

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

La Muralla Roja

I stumbled across this Vogue feature on famous Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill's La Muralla Roja earlier this week and have been mesmerized ever since. It's located in Calp, which is in the south east of Spain and just across the ocean from Algeria.

Not gonna lie I was first captivated by the colors, but the precise geometric details present from its foundation to the finishes is what has really blown my mind. It's so pretty and perfect. Built in 1973, it's Arab Mediterranean influence is undeniable. It is the coolest maze of apartments I've ever seen. It also doesn't hurt that there's a rooftop pool and sauna overlooking the ocean. Feast your eyes below.

Pictures from and Ricardo Bofill.

Now Trending: Colonial Farmers

And by colonial farmers (or renaissance prairie girls even) I obviously mean high, ruffled necks.

From Chanel to Altuzarra to McQueen, there's been an abundance of frilly turtleneck-like blouses all over the runway and my shopping cart. It's definitely kind of a weird look at first, like the kind that could only look good on a 7 foot gazelle of a model, but once you try it I can almost guarantee you'll love it. I don't know what it is but something about a covered neck is really elegant to me. As soon as I saw the below one from Zara I knew it was coming home with me.

The first time I wore it I paired it with denim shorts and pumps. I was in LA and definitely felt out of place, but once I got one compliment they didn't seem to stop coming. If you like compliments, I highly recommend it. Also, a special shout out to these glorious sleeves.

The plumettes, the frill, the volume - it all makes my heart flutter.