Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Obsession of the Month

Westward Leaning Shades

 Sunglasses that are cool, unique, reach a relatively reasonable price point, AND support social equality simultaneously? Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie. Westward Leaning, a designer I've recently stumbled upon, has achieved all that and more. Each of their sunglasses are designed in dedication to a particular social cause. With each pair sharing one frame shape and one frame size they claim to be the Model T of sunglasses. In addition to claiming one size fits all, it in actuality does just that, fits all. Men and women alike. The particular pair I ordered, currently they're in Reno, NV making their way to me, (I've been tracking them like a lunatic since I clicked to place the order) are pictured above. The neon reflective lenses celebrate democracy movements around the world. The proceeds of my future beloved sunglasses will go to Reporters without Borders a group working to protect journalists reporting on the front lines for social change. Here's a link to their site explaining each frame of unique materials representation in terms of social change. Looking good while helping society, that's a trend I'm more than happy to follow. I'm already pretty stressed out attempting to narrow down my favorites for my next order. I can already hear myself now, "Uhh hey dad, can you spot me on my next credit card bill? I was ya know, doing community service...promoting social change." No need for him to know it was done purchasing one pair of sunglasses at a time. 

**In the spirit of  giving back and unifying for social change, in the wake of the distress left by Hurricane Sandy if you're still feeling on a generosity roll from buying a pair of stylishly charitable sunglasses, keep going and text REDCROSS to the number 90999 to make a 10$ donation to disaster relief efforts.**

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Right Way to Wear Plaid

Clad in Plaid

After coming off the Far Hills, NJ horse race weekend, otherwise known as "The Hunt," I'm re-cooperating from an extreme overdose on flannel, plaid, and Patagonia. What's worse, I attended probably one of the worlds preppiest colleges this side of the Mississippi so I've been spending the past two years post graduation still trying desperately to recover from all the horribly pastel covered, plaid, paisley, and pearl wearing get ups I witnessed during my college career. Woof! But plaid is a tough one. I don't hate it with the passion I hate pastel Lilly and paisley. It's a classic design that's here to stay. However, there is with out a doubt a right and a wrong (a very wrong) way to wear plaid. You boyz out there are guilty of this too. The key to pulling off plaid correctly, (to not look like your about to go fake pumpkin picking and play around in some hay to pose for the "perfect" fall picture) is to mix it up with some trendy and non conventional pieces. Or, you could always take a page out of the Olsen book and grunge it up. Or is it down? See these lovely ladies below that took the plaid but left the prep at home. Do you really want to be "that girl" who looks like she just inherited daddy's trust fund and is taking a break from her regular country club routine? Yes, I admit it's hypocritical coming from a girl who would do anything to carry a Chanel bag worth more than my car while at the same time decked head to toe in seemingly "F21 tee shirt replicas" branded Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant and Elizabeth & James. So bite me. At least I wouldn't look like I'm leaving a snooze fest tea at a country club. I'd look like I was leaving the best damn party you wish you were apart of. One day. 

Small Disclosure: Once I stopped believing in God I stopped going to confession.  I remember it used to feel good. So here it goes, I do in fact belong to a country club and boy, do I love their tea. I know I deserve the hypocritical finger pointed right at me. "Ligas".
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And last but not least my human friend Kerry who pulls off the right plaid just as well as the beautiful freaks of nature above. Ignore the floating head below, if only she was wearing plaid.