Okay, this is late, yes it’s Friday. Things have been a little crazy on my end, but this post to me is worth the wait. Hope it is for you too. Holy amazing if you ask me. I’m beyond inspired.

This is the work of Sacha Maric who’s based between Copenhagen and London.  I find it again, similar to the last photographer I posted on from Ben’s Blog, amazing and inspiring that he has been working professionally for about 4 years.  He says this about his inspirations: “I’m inspired by unconventional approaches to art. be that photography, film or music. Nothing is more exciting than having your eyes open to a new perspective or take on things. Also, my surroundings, the mundane things that cross my path in everyday life. Friends, family and my daughter. The dark and cold Scandinavian winter and the rejuvenation that I feel when spring arrives.” (Ben Trovato Blog)  See Ben’s Blog for more of his work and stay tuned for a book coming out soon!

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It’s amazing to see two of my favorite industries blending closer together – surf/skate/snow and fashion. When the economy took a turn a while back, the surf industry and fashion industry began to struggle which has forced companies and designers to put out some really great product in order to survive.

Quiksilver ten years ago consisted of cotton dresses, beach like clothing and sandals. I loved the brand because of what it represented, but I didn’t wear their clothes.  Within  last year Quiksilver and other surf/skate companies really began to take more of a fashion forward stance, along with RCVA (Erin Wasson) and Insight’s skate/fashion streetwear in order to survive the economy.  At least something good has come out of this economy!  The bathing suit and the colorways at the bottom are my favorite.

These pictures are from Sincerly, Jules. Her blog is lovely, you have to check it out! Thanks Jules for the inside scoop!

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American Apparel
There are so many ways to wear to wear the LACE trend – girly flirt LACE, sexy Madonna 80’s LACE, or loose, flowy and lingerie like LACE.  I love it all!  One of the best things about this too, is it’s easy to do and you can find some pieces at almost any thrift store or American Apparel shop has a section all on LACE. Shop it here.
image credits – top left to right  (iluvwildfox.com, fffound.com, and americal apparel)
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Time to update your wardrobe…need to add a piece for the sporty look?

Crop Fleece Grey Top – Only $22
Are you 80s inspired?
Black Puff Shoulder Zipper Jacket $36
Ponchos are back! Throw on at home, over a bathing suit after the beach or just about anywhere…
Oversized Poncho Charcoal Grey – Only $35
If your daring…
Bleach Blank Jeans – $36
With the economy these days, yes it’s hard to spend a lot on trend pieces! Having classics in your wardrobe and adding some cheap trend pieces like these is the easiest way to go :)

Happy Shopping! xo

www.oaknyc.com


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Kirsten Dunst by Kevin Lynch

Fashionable, dynamic, and real, Kevin depicts Kirsten here in what seems to me as very true light. We’d see her often in the west village whether it would be bouncing around at Beatrice Inn’s smokey dance floor or eating a burger and drinking beer with friends at  the Corner Bistro. Down to earth yet a phenomenal actress.

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SHOP THE LOOK

I can’t really remember a time where buckles, structure and laces didn’t have an influence in fashion. Utilitarian influences always have seemed to make an impression on trends and continue to do so. The three choice for booties below are adorable – pair it with a long button down loose dress, bangles and wavy hair – perfection.

images via style.com, and R u Glamour

ALL UNDER $200
Shop this look at Kitson, Topshop, shopstyle.com, French Connection, Madison, Asos, Zappos.

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I probably will not wear these vintage 60s crazy glasses too much, but for $2 how could I resist? When shopping garage sales and vintage stores, I always keep styling/photo shoots props in mind.  When shoots come up it’s great to have fun accessories and props on hand.

Sunglasses – $2 garage sale/Dress – $10 friend’s closet

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When looking at your body type and lifestyle, it’s a great feeling to figure out what works. Everyone says they don’t want to have to spend a lot of time getting dressed in the morning, and once you figure out what works and what you feel comfortable in, you will not have to! Hiring a wardrobe consultant can help you with this.  A lot of people have great things in their wardrobe, just don’t know how to use them. A wardrobe consultant can help you figure out what you need to keep your current wardrobe on trend and up to date. I love to buy trend pieces and accessories at Thrift Store or knock off department stores – some of my best finds are from Marshalls, Loehmanns, and Nordstrom Rack. I say, pick a day to really figure out what you love and what’s working for you – whether it’s alone or with a consultant. It will make getting dressed much more enjoyable!

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London and Los Angeles based fashion photographer Zoe Zimmer, only 22 years old and shooting for only a year. I am blown away at her work for such a young age.  She inspires me to go back and learn all there is to know about photography.  She finds herself inspired by different eras in history, 60’s, 70’s 80’s – particularly in America, and has found herself lately a little obsessed with the fashion industry in the early 90’s.  You can soon find her work in Flaunt Magazine and she’s shooting a spec for Zinc. She’s been interviewed by British Vouge.

images via Ben Travato Blog

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A while back I did a style interview for R A E N Optics on the lovely Morgan George, Sales Manager for EDUN.  She was so great – one of those people you love instantly after meeting them. She has a zest for life that shines through to her style.  Not only that, she’s socially responsible, stylish and rocks some of the most stylish accessories I’ve seen in a while. Fall in love with these hands and socially responsible accessories.

images by Kristen Conahan

Morgan divulges, “The manta ray ring is from Alkemie which uses all recycled, reclaimed metals. The necklace is from a non-profit called Falling Whistles, which raises money fund rehabilitation centers for child soldiers in Africa.” I also asked her about those killer nails,  “My neighborhood nail salon is called Wink on Vanderbilt Ave., they are an eco-nail salon that makes all their own scrubs and uses non acetone products. Plus they do stuff like this, which you won’t find in Manhattan. These nail decals are called Mynx.”

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