American Girl Next Door

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Summertime is smoldering here in the south where beating the heat vs looking fresh are at a constant stand off. Keeping with the aesthetic of my earlier post Steal His Style, this is a more feminine way to go in the casual menswear direction. My button up short sleeved shirt is unisex, from american apparel and its tucked into high waisted, black ,distressed, denim shorts, that flatter my legs. My favorite studded boots always give me that edge and flash I love. Add a bow a la Cult Gaia for extra flirty fun. Overall this is a effortless look that’s still on point for more casual outings.

collar shirt & hair bow: american apparel | shorts: similar | boots: Dolce Vita [ similar ]| vintage wooden toy gun: manready mercantile

Photography by Daniel Colvin Photography

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Mid-Summer Pastel Dream

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My background in the performing arts definitely comes out in my personal style.  From all the tulle, rhinestones and wigs I’ve worn in my day, I totally dig temporary, dramatic change. This summer I’m having a lot of fun with pastel hair. The trend has been underground for years, only just surfacing on the heads of celebrities and in fashion editorials in recent years. If the permeant fairy hair isn’t a feasible option in your 9-5 routine there are temporary sprays and colors that wash out after one use! Be daring and have fun this summer with a little color! Happy Weekend ❤

 

hair color: Color Bombz “Untambed Turquiose” | sweater: Chaser | nude body suit: Max Azria [similar]  | shorts: Nasty Gal So Ripped Cuttoffs  | shoes: Sam Edelman [similar] |bra: Kimchi Blue | wrap bracelets : Henri Bendel & A/X

Check out the wonderful photographer of this series:  Zhanna Kurmanova

Steal His Style

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My relationship with boyfriend jeans is a love/ hate one. I love the relaxed, cool look and how I always feel tough in them- no one can mess with me in my bf jeans [snap snap]. I hate them because they are baggy, hide my legs [I love showing some leg] and the relaxed fit + lower crotch = shorter looking legs! [gasp].

Taking inspiration from “the boyfriend” aesthetic I paired the jeans with a cutoff band tee, tucked the front of the shirt in the jeans casually and  sported studded heal boots. The boots gave added height without getting too girly in a wedge or heel [ though also totally doable]. The t-shirt has oversized arm holes, which I totally dig, it shows a little skin in a otherwise very covered look and the adorable bandeau underneath has a touch of feminine flair. When trying a men’s inspired look I suggest going feminine and soft with hair and make-up to contrast the lack of femininity in the looks silhouette.

jeans: Levi’s | top: Maylene and the Sons of Disaster | boots: Dolce Vita | laptop case: Manready | bracelet: Manready | bandeau: Free People

photography by Daniel Colvin Photography

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Man-Haven, Manready

There is so much awesomeness going on at Manready Mercantile it’s hard to decide where to begin. The decor feels like a rustic hunting lodge reminiscent of a more rugged, outdoorsy Ralph Lauren. The merchandise is a one-stop-shop for quality goods from tobacco pipes, wall hangings, apparel and local coffee, making it a great destination when on the market for a man-gift. The unique thing I love about Manready is that everything is for sale. Their buyer is constantly out shopping for new antique pieces i.e. consoles, sofa’s & rugs etc. So you may find yourself walking out of the shop with anything from beard treatment oil to a leather tufted sofa!

FLAGSHIP LOCATION:

321 W 19TH ST. SUITE B

HOUSTON, TX 77008

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 photos by the wonderful Daniel Colvin Photography  

City Safari with BlackTop Junkies

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Everything about this look makes me feel like I’m on safari with Ralph Lauren. It’s a great blend of casual elegance. The dress is light and breezy- perfect for summers down south or tropical vacations and also doubles as a slouchy tank. The army style vest is what gives this look its casual outdoors feel and the triple wrap belt helps define the waist.

Side story: I  realized I forgot my belt while I was getting ready on location with my photographer friend Michelle. We searched her office for a belt potentially left behind. Then Michelle exclaims “oh how about this!?” as she presents me with her new puppy’s leather [very nice leather might I add] leash. I was in a pinch so I gave it a try. It wrapped three times around my waist and voila it worked out quite nicely. Moral of this story: accessories your pets well, you never know when it might come in handy.

Vest:  Blacktop Junkies | Dress: Hill Country Tank | Camera Bag: vintage from Blacktop Junkies | Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Triple Wrap Belt: similar: freepeople | Jewelry: BlackTop Junkies

BlackTop Junkies Brick+Mortar Location:

2015 D. West Gray Houston, TX 77019 832.668.5023 Tue – Sat 11am to 6pm

Photography by the ever creative Michelle Simmons Photography

Nude and Neon

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top: aa | skirt: bar III | bag & necklace: blacktop junkies | shoes: ralph lauren

I’m rarely afraid to be too loud with my clothing but this neon trend [ which I love] can be a bit overwhelming. I love this pairing of subtle neon pops with a neutral home base. The colors and crop top are young and fun while the skirt length and shoes keep the classy feel to this look.

ps. I adore this clutch and necklace from BlackTop Junkies located on West Gray in Houston TX. More to come from them in the future!

photography by the lovely peiyi chen photography follow her @herpeitsubasakingcow

– Beatrice Brody

@piedaterreblog

Decor with a Pouf

Poufs are making a comeback and now there’s even more unique ways to play with shapes in your living space.  From modern lines to oversized comfy pillows there’s something for everyone’s aesthetic taste. Take a look at these elegant ways to incorporate casual seating in your home.

Collection Little Tom & Fat Tom, from designer Alexander Seifried for Richard Lampert.

Quartier di Claesson Koivisto Rune for Tacchini

Public space poof collection called Fjord designed by Patrica Urquiola for Moroso.

This neutral palate of leather, fabric or felt is designed by Nicola Gallizia for Molteni.

Naoto Fukasawa for Driade designed these sculpture like poofs meant to look like large stones.

60s influence design: Lievore Altherr Molina for Verzelloni.

 

-Beatrice Brody