Check Out Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust For Life’ Video Ft. The Weeknd

With Lana Del Rey, you’re always promised moody, sweet + sultry vocals as heard here in her new music video for ‘Lust For Life’ featuring The Weeknd. ‘Lust For Life’, the title track of her new album, with no release date in sight yet, beautifully envelopes the listener in a soft whispered kiss of lyrics, sung by both Del Rey + The Weeknd.

Opening with Del Rey singing on set, the camera follows her heels with lace ruffled ankle socks, to the top of the “H” of the Hollywood sign, which is a literal take on her opening lyrics:

Climb up the H of the Hollywood sign, yeah
In these stolen moments
The world is mine (doo wop, doo wop)
There’s nobody here, just us together (shadoop, shadoop)
Keepin’ me hot like July forever

Here, Del Rey meets up with The Weeknd who serenades her with his sweet + sexy voice which compliments hers so well during their chorus. They slowly dance into the end, where she slides off the Hollywood “D”, landing in a floral field right next to him.

Here’s to crossing my fingers the remixes are that much better!

Enjoy!

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16 Ideal Khaki Picks For Spring/Summer

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Khaki is a color that is both timeless + seasonless, but, for some reason or another, it tends to really jump out at you during the warmer months. Maybe it’s due in part, to the strong ties it shares with a wanderlust for roaming a boundless jungle or rainforest or maybe, swapping personas with that of a carefree nomad with a ‘zero f*ks’ mentality, that makes it a ‘go-to’ neutral for all genders.

Now if you’re afraid of resorting to a boring pair of khaki pants or even a khaki tee to be on trend, don’t worry, as I’ve picked a few items below, courtesy of *Nordstrom, ranging from beauty to footwear.

What is particularly appealing about this Utility Miniskirt | SELF-PORTRAIT, is how the skirt looks like it was made from a deconstructed khaki trenchcoat, asymmetrical front buttons + the sweet hint of ruffled floral lace peeking in the front. With this piece, you also get to tap into this season’s lace trend.

1-An easy way to tap into a trending color is by just applying it to your nails, like No.204 Khaki | BURBERRY BEAUTY 2-If you have sinful plus-size curves, this Sexy Drape Midi Dress | CITY CHIC, is sure to turn up the heat 3-Floral embellishments can sometimes hurt a shoe’s look, but not in the case of the Lonicera Flower Sandal | JEFFREY CAMPBELL, involving textured khaki Suede flowers with a 4inch heel 4-A tan always looks best when capped off with the right hat like this khaki Safari Fedora | DORFMAN PACIFIC 5-Paint splatters are always fun especially when strategically placed on clothing as seen on these ‘Damiana’ Splatter Paint Stretch Woven Jogger Pants | PRPS, which play up the distressed ‘been in the art studio all day’ look brilliantly

6-This Boy Bowie Off the Shoulder Dress | ONE TEASPOON, shows off just enough leg to keep things interesting for brunch or that ‘first date’ you’ve been so looking forward to or dreading 7-Love this kilt silhouette adapted to this Tulle Skirt | JUNYA WATANABE, with a trio of belted canvas tabs accenting the waist, to give you that street style cred  8-Sometimes, all you need is just a hint of khaki like this Bold Sport Silicone Strap Watch, 43mm | MOVADO, with its black/khaki colorway, to make the right impact 9-In this flirty Crochet Cold Shoulder Top | CITY CHIC, plus size chicks are sure to gain more admirers 10-Tombre Slip-on| LACOSTE can easily become the best shoe for men to just chill, in breezy perforated suede

11-Cortez ’72 Sneaker | Nike, is one of this giant sneaker brand’s most comfortable shoe ever worn by yours truly + when you throw in its distinctively textured leather with this Summery pale gray, khaki + white colorway, you can’t miss 12-You’ll be a total rock star sporting these ‘Super Lunar – Arrowed by Karen’ 52mm Sunglasses | KAREN WALKER, with inset goldtone arrows wrapping your temples 13-Nothing screams comfort when it’s hot out like this mesh Fling 2 Sandal | JEFFREY CAMPBELL, sporting a loafer-inspired notched topline + an 1 ½ inch wedge platform 14-White sneakers might be all the rage but this Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Essential Sneaker | NIKE, with its pale gray, white + khaki colorway, have enough white on them to ‘up’ your game just enough while still staying true to your love for khaki 15-Give your look just enough edge with this Dark Khaki ‘Mini Kalifornia’ Leather Satchel | KENZO, with its signature hardware details + Kenzo’s killer logo

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16 Ideal Khaki Picks For Spring/Summer was originally published on cause and yvette

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Today, I woke up to much-needed sunshine after two days of rain in NYC. And no, it wasn’t the sun so much but rather my blog’s nomination for a ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’.

‘cause and yvette’ was nominated for the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’ by ‘MummyInTheMadHouse‘ (Don’t you just love that name?) [MITMH] + I couldn’t be happier. Out of the many blogs submitted for review, MITMH‘s fellow blogger Gena Horlock deserves a big THANK YOU for taking the time to carefully screen my blog + deem it worthy of such an honor!

But what is a ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’? Well for those of you who don’t know, it is a nomination given to bloggers that are considered creative + inspiring by other bloggers. It’s really a great way to show your appreciation + support of a fellow blogger who knows all too well the highs + lows of crafting engaging + unique content. Once nominated, a blogger needs to follow the instructions below:

1-Write a post in which they thank the blogger for nominating them + link back to their blog. [👌] 2-Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated them. [👌] 3-Nominate eleven other blogs + give them eleven questions to answer. 4-Notify your nominees. 5-List the rules + display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post. [👌]

Here are the answers to my 11 questions asked by MummyInTheMadHouse‘s Gena Horlock:

  1.  What made you choose your topic in blogging? After my brief stint of writing for ‘FULL FRONTAL FASHION’, I realized how much I enjoyed writing about my passions-fashion, art, architecture, film, photography, beauty, style + anything else that influences one’s lifestyle. Once it folded, to continue satisfying my writing itch, I decided to start my own blog.
  2.  What motto do you live by? #Respectthehustle
  3.  What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome while starting your blog? My biggest challenge was leaving it all up to fate + taking that giant leap of faith of believing people would be interested in reading about what I had to say.
  4.  If you had the opportunity to interview anyone you like and feature them who would it be? Hands down, it would have to be stylist Catherine Baba. Baba’s personal style is inimitable, exciting + quite eccentric but one of the first questions I would need answering is, “How do you ride your bicycle wearing 4 inch Louboutins?”                                            (pic: Tommy Ton, instyle.com)
  5.  Who is your favorite blogger? There are several, but if I had to pick one it would have to be Claire Sulmers of The Bomb Life.                                                                        (Claire Sulmers @ Sheen Magazine’s Legendary Weekend)                                                                                                                                          I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at a Simply Stylist blogger conference here in New York + she was more than inspiring. Her personal style sense, her writing style + contributions she makes through her blog, add value that shapes our lives as women including topics ranging from fashion to business. If you can, pick up her book, ‘The Bomb Life: My Brand. My Terms‘ to read about her journey to unrelenting success.
  6.  If given the opportunity to mentor a new blogger, what single piece of advice would you give them? Be authentic + find your own voice. Although the numbers do matter, your numbers are only as good as your original content.
  7.  What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you? I love to cook.
  8. You have a chance to replay your childhood game/video game. What would it be? I always became too invested, to the point of moving the gaming controller with every movement, including kicking my legs in different directions, prompting me to just stop playing.
  9.  Name a blogger you would love to collaborate with. A force to be reckoned, Susie Lau of ‘Style Bubble‘, would be an ultimate dream. Her personal style is awe-inspiring.                                                                                                                                      
  10.  What would you like to achieve by end of 2017? Attract more readers.
  11.  What would you like to tell your readers? To be patient with me + not lose interest, as I’m not always able to post content on a daily basis, but, when I do, I always try to make it fun + interesting.

If you would like a chance to be nominated, leave a blog comment with your blog URL for consideration. The winners will be announced Friday, May 12th. 

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award was originally published on cause and yvette

Top Ten Bird Picks To Fly Into Spring In Style

There’s no surprise I love birds, but these items here prove I’m not alone + in great company. Nothing screams Spring + Summer like the imagery of birds in an array of iterations from realistic prints, to illustrations + quirky motifs. Sure, feathers always make for a grand + dramatic statement, but they never come with a guarantee you won’t be leaving most of them behind after one wear. So for those of you not knowing where to begin in finding what bird or birds to wear, here are my top ten picks to help you fly into the warmer months ahead in style! (If none of these are to your liking, at least they’ll give you an idea of how to incorporate our feathery friends into your already fabulously stylish life.)

1-ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Flying Bird Print T-Shirt | farfetch: is dramatic in all black with the white silhouette of birds in flight. 2-AU JOUR LE JOUR Bird Print Dress | farfetch: is adorable with its light turquoise background covered in a whimsical bird illustration. 3-ATELIER 2.2 SWIMWEAR Birds Of Paradise | tictail: is a triangle bikini with a realistic print of bold colored birds in their surroundings. 4-PHILIPPE MODEL Bird Print Sneakers | farfetch: highlights hummingbirds with glitter + pastel pink, with a red center sole accent, on a classic running style sneaker for chicks. 5-THE CASE FACTORY Lizard Effect iPhone 7 Case | NET-A-PORTER: with its print of birds + lush leaves will make people take notice every time you’re on your phone.

 

6-J.W.ANDERSON Hammered Gold-Plated Earring | NET-A-PORTER: adds drama to any look from his SS/17 collection. 7-ASOS Loafers With All Over Burgundy Bird Print: will add interest to any outfit with beautiful Japanese influenced design of cranes + florals. 8-N°21 Knotted Satin Clutch W/Bird Appliqué | LUISAVIAROMA: the knot detail on this golden satin clutch with silver bird appliqué is sure to work its magic for every occasion. 9-MARA HOFFMAN Bird Print Triangle Bikini | asos: another triangle bikini to turn heads but this time in bright light blue covered in contrasting colored bird illustrations. 10-PHILIPPE MODEL Toucan Bird Print Sneakers | farfetch: with blue accents, here are another pair of MODEL kicks, but this time with toucans on a camouflage all-over print of this classic running style shoe.

How To Build Your Wardrobe Around Snacks

For the most part, a lot of us take different cues on how to build a look, no matter the occasion. Some might start with a pair of shoes + work their way up while others might have a huge pair of bright statement earrings or a cool hat, ready to set the stage for their Friday’s persona. But ever stop + wonder what it would be like to center your wardrobe around your snacks? No, really. And sure, with your unicorn everything polluting all of Instagram (although I adore unicorns), with its latest addition being the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, this task could seem an easy one to pull off. What if you were then asked to work your look around an oyster? Yes, an oyster! (That’s no typo.) Thankfully, through the genius of two fiendishly creative collaborators, a photographic series does exactly just that + more!

Called the ‘Wardrobe Snacks’ series, photographer Kelsey Mclellan reappropriates food by making it a fashionable accessory that sets the tone for her subject’s monochromatic looks. Makes you wonder if that time you stuck that Twizzler in your pocket, sticking out ‘just so’, didn’t add that extra something to your outfit? And with the collaborative efforts of prop stylist Michelle Maguire, these beautiful images are elevated to an ingenious + brill level that will have them intruding your thoughts every time you decide to stash away your snacks for later. By taking monochrome wardrobe looks + pairing them with same color food items, you’re left with a slight smirk, while gazing at each image. Who could’ve thought a gray wool blazer over a sheer gray long sleeve blouse would look so great when holding an oyster?

An all-pink pantsuit is best worn when snacking on pink wafers of course while a deep purple blazer with burgundy pants is the only way to dress when eating Grippo’s Sweet Maui Onion potato chips in a metallic purple bag.

While most of our snacks, not always healthy ones, no matter how many times we publically boast about our healthy lifestyles, still make for great accessories. I for one think Mclellan + Maguire might be onto something in the Tater Tot as the new pocket square kerchief alternative as seen here, but according to Format magazine, that infamous Tater Tot scene in film ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ could be the real suspect.

And why wear any of the ever popular pizza emblazoned clothing items when you can just eat a slice, dressed in Tomato sauce red?

This photographic series will make you rethink “What should I wear out?” + replace it with “What am I eating while out?”,  when choosing your next outfit!

(via FORMAT)

15 Pink Pieces Perfect For Spring

Pink is one of Spring’s trends you can embrace especially with so many variations of this color. But really, when ISN’T pink a trend during this season?! Either way, whether going ‘full on’ pink, from head-to-toe or just adding a hint here + there, just do it! But if you don’t know where to begin, here are a few selections sure to compliment any wardrobe while not setting your credit cards ablaze with debt!

1-Pink Stripe Pearl Cuff Shirt would look great with anything, thanks to its pearl detail, PIXIE MARKET 2-Bauble Bar’s ‘Piñata’ Tassel Earrings would score you high marks when paired with your look, NORDSTROM 3-QUAY Capricorn Black And Pink Mirrored Sunglasses would outshine the best dressed anywhere with its bright pink lenses, LULUS 4-USB Leather Tassel Keychain + Charging Cord makes charging your mobile devices a lot more stylish, URBAN OUTFITTERS 5-Satin Rose Hat Pink with its embroidered red rose + the word ‘BODEGA’ is great for last minute brunch, BODEGA

6-Pan & The Dream’s Pink Tulle Socks are sure to add interest to any shoe you pair them with, NEED SUPPLY CO. 7– Nylon Jacket in gorge bright pink with its modern silhouette could easily make its way to the gym or into the night for hitting your favorite afters haunt, H&M 8-Ray Ban’s Oversized Round Pink Sunglasses are sure to spike any look with that Seventies vibe, asos 9-Ruffle Crepe Midi Skirt would look hot with any top thanks to its flirty front ruffle, TOPSHOP 10-POLAROID SWEATSHIRT is sure to add guaranteed appeal to your office look over a button down + or contrasting long sleeved tee, ZARA

11-LILY’s Pastel Pink Leather Backpack is just great with its simple design, silhouette + hand-embroidered fine details, TICTAIL 12-Pink ‘Sicily’ Platform Sandals add just enough pink for the office or a night out, DOROTHY PERKINS 13-CARVEN’s SHORT-SLEEVE TOP with a light watercolor-pink print + fluttery sleeves make it a ‘must cop’ for Spring, ANN MASHBURN 14-PEARL DETAIL CLASP CROSSBODY elevates this popular bag silhouette with a branded pearl detail clasp, CHARLES KEITH 15-Glacial Threader Earrings are handcrafted with organic pink colored glass drops, ANTHROPOLOGIE

 

 

Happy Birthday Nina Simone

In remembrance of Nina Simone’s birthday, here’s a clip of a live 1968 recording session in Paris performing ‘ The Other Woman’, one of my favorite songs from her vast catalog of treasures.  With lyrics:

But the other woman will always cry herself to sleep
The other woman will never have his love to keep
And as the years go by the other woman
Will spend her life alone
Alone
Alone

how can you not love this song, then again, how can’t your heart not break for ‘the other woman’ in this scenario? Devoid of any self-worth, this poor woman puts all her validation in the presence of this borrowed man as without him she ceases to breathe or even exist. Loves such as these, although toxic + one-sided, as the man is getting the better end of their arrangement, make for great songs of heartache, especially with Nina’s velvety voice, kindly whispering her lyrics into this ‘other woman’s’ ears as a guardian angel, hoping she takes heed of this poison + walks away, but the grip of her love for this man is by far stronger.

Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Nina!

Zac Posen Creates Wearable Fantasy For Fall

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When I first glanced at the pics of Zac Posen’s Fall collection, I got all the feels! From his gowns with tailored bodices attached to ball gown + midi skirts + the expert draping abilities he’s known for, Zac presented pieces full of practical fantasy easily attainable by any wearer. Maybe it’s the textiles he chooses to work with when layered together to create a tiered effect or maybe it’s the idea of taking floral ribbon sewn on black mesh fabric to give the appearance of walking through a cloud of blooms in need of escape + finding the Posen woman as their vehicle for their freedom. But regardless of such things, each piece made anything seem possible from a day at the office, wearing a shirt dress in his famous Liberty print to a skirt suit with an almost bolero style jacket with three-quarter sleeves.

With every piece, you get lost in the smallest of details. From the embroidered holes, creating a pointillist floral design, at the bottom of sleeves kissing their cuffs, to the same detail on fabric panels that hang off the shoulders of a dress like a petal-like capelet to velvet ribbons sewn on vertically creating a caterpillar effect on autumnal colored floral printed textiles, you can’t but help get all the feels. Then you have a delicately layered collar with ruffles on a white top with long ties, under a blue blazer, as the same ruffles peek through covering the wrist, paired with a blue maxi skirt with a very high slit, reminiscent of a film noir femme fatale from the Forties punctuated by his amazing T-strap platform heels bearing a chunky block heel.

The more I stared, the more I could envision old Hollywood icons like Josephine Baker, Lauren Bacall + Greta Garbo, the same way I could see today’s Cate Blanchett, Ruth Negga + Tavi Gavinson lounging in many of these looks, breathing real life into Zac’s pieces seen below. I’ll be surprised to not find one of his gowns on the red carpet for the upcoming Oscars.

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