Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

June 8, 2015

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Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about what it is that truly defines style. And what has been consuming me is how often style seems unattainable even when it is quite literally all around us. When I take the time to look and really take in my surroundings I realize that the possibility for inspiration is endless (especially in a city like New York). Everything from the children in the West Village being ushered to and from school and activities who look chic beyond their years to the elderly man sitting in Central Park with the oversized sunglasses that I would secretly love to ask him to borrow, serve as constant reminders and even promote creativity. What is unarguable, for me, is that style has power: it draws you in.

Style is also frustrating in that it is never perfected. When it comes to style, there is always room for improvement, it can always be one-upped, reversed and even questioned. And even more confusing is that this ever changing, extemporaneous, and elusive nature of style makes it simultaneously frustrating and desirable. I think that this is one of the things that has me (and many others) transfixed–the understanding that style has no boundaries or limits and that you can always do it better.

This evil eye sweatshirt was one of the things that got me thinking about style, because for no real reason at all, I love evil eyes. Evil eye jewelry, manicures, sandals – you name it, I’ve worn it. And for some reason, every time I put on this sweatshirt I’m not 100% sold on the outfit. So with this look I threw my hands in the air and put on my of the moment favorites – these super light wash Mother jeans, the black, white, and gold Loeffler Randall sandals and this super worn in and perfectly boxy Helmut Lang leather bomber jacket. And without over analyzing the end result I called it a day. The process of creating the perfect look, for me, confirms the strength of style. Even when no one is looking for it, style leaves a real impression: it gets to you.

Wearing: Evil Eye Sweatshirt (old but similar here), Mother Looker Ankle Fray Denim, Monika Chiang bag (also love this one), Loeffler Randall Alexa Sandals, Helmut Lang Leather Bomber Jacket, KREWE St. Louis Sunglasses, Manicure by Paintbox

JewelryLionette Gilmore bracelet, Belliza Knight evil eye bracelet and beaded bracelet, Vintage Rolex watch, Abby Carnevale Flower ring, Lionette Lilu earring, Bing Bang tiny triangle stud, Steven Alan gold bar stud earrings, Number ’13′ earrings found on Etsy

Photography by Alexander Scott Harris

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