Monika Chiang F/W 2013 | New York Fashion Week

I walked into Monika Chiang expecting a collection with a unique edgy/preppy twist, but I what I got was even better. The hair and makeup were obvious nods at 80s glam rock, and overall there was a luxe, elegant 70s and 80s vibe carried throughout the collection.

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STEWART/STAND Spring 2013 Minimalist Accessories

Last week I had the opportunity to stop by NYIGF and meet Paul Stewart-Stand, designer of the STEWART/STAND stainless steel accessories line. Originally a minimalist men’s accessory line, STEWART/STAND has recently begun producing women’s clutches and zip wallets.

STEWART/STAND’s signature material is industrial grade stainless steel fabric, which has a sharp, futuristic look but is surprisingly soft, lightweight and pliable. Eco-friendly and sustainable, most STEWART/STAND accessories are made with at least 85% recycled materials. The stainless steel accessories also come with the benefit of securing personal information stored in radio-frequency identification chips. Near field communication tap-and-go credit cards use RFID technology to store personal data, as well as all U.S. passports issued from August 2007 onwards– including mine, issued in early 2008.

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Snapette and Piperlime Snaphunt in SoHo

Piperlime Holiday Picks

Last weekend I went on a treasure hunt in SoHo to find a Piperlime gift card waiting for me at the green balloons! I was delighted to run into Sarah (co-founder of Snapette) at secret location #1 with plenty of gift cards still available. After snagging a green balloon, I headed down to the Piperlime store to meet Hope and we ended up braving the last day of the Alexander Wang sample sale. It was totally worth it for the final price cuts.

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Free People Holiday 2012

Free People Holiday is my absolute favorite catalog of the entire year and always a great resource for holiday dressing inspiration. I love the party dresses and covet them every year. What do you think, do you like Free People’s approach to holiday as much as I do?

P.S. I ducked into Free People yesterday to see some of these pieces in person and am seriously in love with the sequins. The holiday store decorations are seriously sparking, too. Wish I had some of these lanterns to decorate with!

A Fitting Clutch

Hi, Delayed Missives readers! My name is Caitlin, and I blog over at Re-Mix-Her! Alex and I have been blogging friends since she was at her old Tumblr address (which, by the way, she continues to update, in case you’re interested).  I’m a recent college graduate and looking for a full-time job in editing and publishing. I’d definitely be classified as a book nerd, and I’d love to live in NYC someday, partly so I can go to all the blogger meet-ups Alex is constantly blogging about.  This is definitely what I would call a typical Caitlin outfit: stripes, army green and pretty brown and gold accessories. Of course, I thought it was only appropriate to include my envelope-inspired clutch in today’s post because of Alex’s blog theme.  H&M dress (last year) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Cardigan via garage sale | Banana Republic heels (old) | BCBG Clutch (gift) | H&M sunnies | H&M cuffs  Please feel free to visit me over at Re-Mix-Her, or follow me via Twitter and Facebook! And a BIG thank you to Alex for having me on her blog today!





Little Black Everything

Hey there! It’s Nnenna here from star-crossed smile and I’m so excited to be over here on Delayed Missives today! There is a stereotype that New Yorkers only wear black and there is no one I know who wears allover black better than Alex (for example, here and here).  With some great pieces in her closet, she is able to put together chic all-black outfits that are anything but boring. As a little tribute to Alex, I thought it would be fun to round up some inspiring street-style images of people who also nailed the all-black look.

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The little details and the unexpected twists are what make these all-black looks special. Whether it is a pop of color, a sleek silhouette, metallic accents, or great accessories, each of these outfits have little something extra that make them stand out.

Tell me: Would you wear an all-black look? Many thanks to Alex for having me over here today! :)

Mirror Shopping

I had to make a trip to the Apple Store (two dead iPods), and I popped in at LOFT when I saw they were running an extra 50% off sale blouses and tees (still going on today). I ended up grabbing a few other things for the fitting room, including this dress. Instant colorblocking….

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Spring Accessories

Dear Kelsey,

I’m out in the country, so I trotted off — okay, drove — to Target, which has been some producing some nice accessories lately (although the prices do reflect the better than usual quality). Cuffs like these are made by a popular jewelry designer whose name currently escapes me. At first I thought they were Alexis Bittar-inspired, but I don’t think that’s right. I just can’t remember where I’ve seen them before. It’s a popular style, so possibly in the collections of several different designers. They’re $24.99 each, which honestly seems a little steep, although the agate does appear genuine to me. …

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IFB Conference Top Fifteen

Yesterday I attended the IFB Conference at Milk Studios. I was looking forward to hearing what the panelists had to say after hearing about how great IFB was in September. The conference was excellent for new bloggers just starting out, but as someone who’s been blogging on Tumblr since March 2008 and who even had a Xanga (yes, I’ll admit it), I found the amount of useful information limited.

So instead of a panel-by-panel recap, I put together fifteen quotes that I personally thought were the best of the day.

Hilarious photo of Shenneth and me. This was apparently our best of six– the early morning must have been getting to us.

On brand partnerships:

Brands are looking for bloggers with credibility, flexibility, and scalability. Blogging is the next marketing medium. – Lauren Tesar, Lifebooker

Have a media kit ready when you start to reach out. – Jessie Thorpe, Denimology

Glamour looks for level of engagement when considering new contributors. Blogging and bloggers have changed the meaning of brand. Influence. – Susan Cernek, Glamour

Think about a lifestyle mindset because a lot of brands are becoming lifestyle brands. Check in on GetGlue. Share where you eat, where you go. – Macala Wright, FashionablyMarketing.Me

New friends Jaimie and Shari.

On content:

Don’t be afraid to be too different. – Karen Moon, Style Musée

Be transparent, honest, have good voice. You can’t be everywhere [on every social media platform] focus on a few and do them well. – Aliza Licht, DKNY

Your point of view is so important. Pay attention, even to your layout. Stay consistent. Keep the same look and feel no matter what platform you’re using. – Erica Domesek, P.S.- I made this…

Make sure quality is not sacrificed. Post at a speed you’re comfortable with. Your readers appreciate consistency. – Connie Wang, Refinery29

Don’t post for the sake of posting. Take the time to edit yourself. Good high quality content is more important. -Nicolette Mason, Nicolette Mason

I also met Jill and Nicole (also known as Glamamom and MomTrends)!

On community:

It’s important to value your audience and respect their time. Always disclose sponsored posts. – Kat Griffin, Corporette

Find out how you can add value to the current community. – Wendy Ngyugen, Wendy’s Lookbook

Create a community you can give back to. – Erica Domesek, P.S.- I made this…

It’s important to keep your blog and presence organic. Dont follow in anyone else’s footsteps. – Bryan Grey Yambao, Bryanboy

You never know where great relationships will take you. – Grace Atwood, Bauble Bar

And what Bryanboy does in the dressing room at Barneys (wouldn’t you?): hide and take a picture of this and tweet.