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Bella Bow Tie

Jessica Wagner

Charming & Sustainable Fashion

It doesn’t get much more charming than a classic bow tie. 

It evokes earlier times. Simpler times, and that’s exactly what up-and-coming fashion house Canapé is setting out to do – simplify, through sustainable fashion.

Earlier this year, Rob traveled to LA and had the opportunity to meet and shoot with Bri (Brianna) Olenslager, LA native, model and designer. If you aren’t already in love, just wait!

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Revamped staples made to last
— Canapé

Bri runs an amazing women’s apparel company, Canapé, based in Los Angeles. Through her designs she is seeking to provide woman with gorgeous and sustainable fashion choices. Canapé is one of the few that are sustainably and ethically made here in the US. 

Canapé launched this past summer with one {darling} staple item in five patterns: The Bella Bow Tie. Prim, with vintage-eclectic flare. While a proper bow tie might be menswear inspired, there is nothing formal about this look! A classic staple piece, this boxy button-up ties at the top into a jaunty little bow. Bri was kind enough to send me one of my choice to shoot with and keep! I went with the “vintage rose” (as you know my weakness for rose anything, here.)

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Miss Olenslager is on a mission is to change the way we think about fashion and introduce the idea of investing in truly artistic staples. Each item she designs is constructed with the intention that it will maintain and sustain in your closet.

I LOVE this idea. The more I delve into the world of blogging and fashion the more I see the need for awareness, especially when it comes to ethical fashion choices.

We need to demand open-conversations on the subject. I am guilty of buying into "fast-fashion" brands because they are inexpensive, but you end up with cheap items that don't last. I've have worked multiple retail jobs and it amazing how much waste we create through the clothing industry. It’s wreaking havoc on our ecosystem

 As a consumer we have a responsibility. I want to know where my clothing is coming from. How are your clothes being manufactured and by whom? I know there have been lists released calling out specific fashion houses for using child labor and subjecting employees to unsafe working conditions. There is much to be done to wage battle for the underpaid, over-labored and unfairly compenstated. One way to help put an end to these actions is to buy from trusted designers and invest in quality pieces.

Know your brands babes. Look for equal and fair trade companies who empower sustainability. Help speak awareness. Knowledge is power!

In Bri’s own words:

"For me, shopping is a luxury. I believe in only buying items that I know I'll love and wear for years. I curate my wardrobe to reflect my quirky personal style and only select pieces that I feel truly belong. Canapé is just that - only unique pieces that truly belong in every woman's closet."

YES! This is a goal for me as well. I tend to “fall” for fast-fashion. The price is right, but it’s not going to last. Trendy doesn’t always mean fashionable. This is an area I am working on, and a great place to start is with socially conscious brands like Canapé.

As Bri shared with me:

“It's {Canapéall staple pieces, not trends, made out of unique fabrics with quality sewing. I really try to make them artistic and a little loud so they'll stand out. I want people to buy my things knowing that it's a good investment. I want them to feel like they can keep it forever and wear it a bunch and feel unique and cool each time. I feel your wardrobe should be like a fine art collection, each piece should be unique and stand on its own. Everything should be your favorite. Or maybe I just have a weird attachment to clothing, lol who knows!”

Confession: I had no clue how to fashion a traditional bowtie (!) and Bri has an easy how-to video here that even I managed to master in a couple tries!

Right now the Bella Bow Tie top is 20% off with code FALL20 at checkout! 

If you can’t tell I’m a bit obsessed. You guys know decision making is not my strong point, and I seriously had to go back and forth on which pattern to style because they are all so cute and well-made. The material is a wispy cotton poplin, and each print can easily pair with everything from a classic jean, to old school overalls, or even a frilly skirt. 

 Check out all the chic ways to style a bow tie top, by following Canapé on Instagram here!


Outfit Details:
Top: Canapé Vintage Rose c/o Skirt: Express (old, similar here) Basket: Free People Shoes: Zara Kitten Heel Faux Patent Ankle Boots Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Plastic Oval Lips: Kylie Cosmetics Kristen 

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Miss Independence

Jessica Wagner

Nautical Prep
 

Happy Fourth of July weekend!

Summer is full of occasions that call for special dressing. From baby showers to BBQs, bring on the red, white, and blue and get ready to sail into high-summer season!

These classic colors translate nautical when styled in a clean-cut, polished fashion -- prep style at its core. This look calls for clean lines, high quality textiles, close fits and modest cuts. Add on few collegiate-style trademarks and you’re ready for the yacht club. 

Cultivating a seaside preppy look requires a few principal details. More than a pastel polo or boat shoes, you want to present an aura of a privileged lifestyle. Anyone can pull these pieces together (privileged-elite or not) and they serve well for occasion dressing.

A good place to start is with your basic solids colors: white, black, navy, beige, as well as lime-green, yellow, or pink. Steer clear of anything too flashy, complicated or revealing. Oxford shirts, ballet flats, cable knits and tea length skirts are all your friends.

Continue building from there. Classic prints in gingham, seersucker, or (my favorite) stripes all are distinct was to pepper an outfit with a dapper feel. Drape sweaters, show off monograms, and balance out the stuffy with pearls and big bows. Lastly, don’t slouch. Stand up straight and carry yourself with an air of confidence. Need some inspiration? Look no further than lady liberty.

Know the places to shop like J Crew, Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer, (which just oozes summer time in the Hamptons) Lands End, and your local high-end shopping boutiques. Mirror old-school style icons like Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy who made this style what it is today. Want a more modern take? Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Blair Waldrof (aka Queen B) are all perfect examples of how to wear this look, prim and proper.

Preppy outfits not only look adorable, but are also comfortable to wear. Acquaint yourself with the shift dress. Nothing screams nautical prep like a New England inspired navy and red trim dress. Girlie, preppy and sophisticated.

A shift dress will carry you through interviews, nice lunches and dinners, business casual functions, hot dates, and so much more. The key to keeping this piece from looking stale is to freshen it up with well-balanced accessories. I paired mine with dark tortoiseshell sunglasses and an oversize clutch. Red-orange heels add a touch of whimsy, and play off the gold red trim back zipper. Try pairing one with Mary Jane heels, a long necklace and an easy up-do for a date night look. Also, don’t be afraid of pattern! You can always tone it down with a blazer or cute cardigan. This style should hit right at or slightly above the knee. Shift dresses are ideal for formal occasions because they're thick and structured, creating a flattering silhouette. Conservative enough for proper functions, short enough for play!

I found mine at local shopping boutique, Ragazza. High-end specialty shops can offer a huge selection of clothing boasting this aesthetic. Clean stripes, bold hues, upscale fabrics and bright trims.  

Once you find your own swanky little number, hit the town happenings and parade your own shift dress looking flawless for every and any summer event.

Hope you and your family have the happiest of holidays!

Thoughts? Do you identify with this style? Do you own any of the items from this post? What else would you add? Sound off by leaving a comment below!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ragazza Boutique  Shoes: Nine West (old, similar here) Bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction (old) Sweater: Madewell Earrings: Vintage Chanel Sunglasses: Vans Watch: Michael Kors Bow: Forever 21 Lips: Stila Beso Nails: NYC Red Velvet Rope 

A special thank you to Ragazza Boutique for sponsoring this post!

Welcome

Jessica Wagner

discovering and identifying personal style
 

Happy weekend guys! Welcome to The Weekender - A Fashion Field Guide.

Typically, a field guide is designed to identify wildlife birds/flowers or other aspects in nature through photographs and drawings, and organized by color, shape, location or other descriptors.

The Weekender is about discovering and identifying personal style. My “field” exists between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is where I find myself most style-conscious. Organizing an outfit by color, shape, and location. (Just like a field guide – but for fashion.)

I’m a creature of fashion. I believe the more glamorously strange the better. Personal style is an evolution and here you will find a place to explore with endless options of self-expression.

Taking an outfit that “sort of works” to “polished loveliness” is a challenge. Think of the times you felt most polished and lovely. It takes effort (amiright?) It takes thought. It takes feeling. Usually it's the finishing touches that complete a look.

If you love vintage, romantic, bohemian, mixed with a classic touch of the Audrey Hepburn - this is your place for inspiration. Darling and daring.

Through photography, (and hopefully some artful brilliance!) I wish to leave you feeling that you too can master your style, and show you how. Fashion is about taking risks and sometimes making mistakes. We’ve all looked back on those photos with a smirk, and hey, that’s ok! That’s part of the adventure.

 Fashion is always evolving, and in a sense, finding your style is a journey all of it’s own. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy!

Outfit Details:
Blush Trench Coat: Zara (old, similar here) White Bow Button Down Top: Gap (old) Black Scalloped Skater Skirt: Francesca's Collections Shoes: Top Shop Giselle Multi Buckle Courts  Leather Fringe Clutch: (vintage, similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle