Meet Layne

Layne the black cat

Happy Monday!  You may have noticed, I haven’t posted in two weeks.  Well, I adopted a cat on April 5th and have spent the past week bonding with him and getting him healthy after a bit of an upper respiratory scare.

He’s named Layne after Layne Staley from Alice in Chains who, along with Kurt Cobain, passed away on April 5th.  I rescued him from the NYC Animal Care & Control center and am looking forward to sharing his adoption story with you guys!

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Howdy, Texas

Long Sleeve Denim Mini DressDress,  Asos.  Sunglasses,  Miu Miu.   (Free month of unlimited sunglasses at Ditto.com with code MADAMEOSTRICH)   Bandana,  Social Distortion.  (Similar here.)   Bag,  Henri Bendel.   Shoes,  Public Desire.

As I may have mentioned here before, all of my family on my dad’s side lives in Texas.

Growing up, my family would take a road trip from California to Texas each summer, so the state has always held a special place in my heart. (One of the perks of having teachers as parents is that they have summer vacations, too. We could stay for a month if we wanted!)

Now that my sister and I are grown up, my family still tries to visit as often as possible. Instead of piling up in a minivan, we fly in from different areas of the country—my parents from LA, my sister from Seattle, and myself from NY. However, being there and spending time with family feels just like old times.

 

 

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Where To Get “Those” Shoes

public desire julia heels in nudePublic Desire Julia Heels in Nude.

If you haven’t heard of UK based shoe retailer Public Desire, count today your lucky day! After you read this, your life will change forever. (But seriously…)

The shoes I’m wearing in these photos are the Public Desire Julia Heels in Nude. They’re super comfortable since they have a sturdy block heel, and the lace up style is great for adding extra support for your ankles. The best part is—they’re only $42.81! (You can thank the GBP to USD conversion for that odd 81 cent.)

Ever since I took them out of the box at work, I had co-workers asking “Where did you get those?!” As we all know, it can be difficult to find shoes that are 1. On Trend, 2. Affordable, and 3. Good Quality, but these shoes meet all three!

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Classic White Button Up & Jeans

Classic White Button Up Fashion to FigureShirt and Denim c/o Fashion to Figure.   Bag,  Henri Bendel.   Scarf,  Vintage.   Sunglasses,  Dior.  (Similar here.)

There’s something to be said for the age old adage, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

The combination of a classic white button up and jeans will always look stylish and put together regardless of which trends are in currently in fashion. Like the LBD, it’s foolproof. It’s perfect for those days when you need to look polished, but don’t want to put in a lot of creative effort.

 

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Now Playing: “Don’t Even Try It” – Purling Hiss

"Don't Even Try It" Purling Hiss

This weekend, James and I went out to Bushwick to see Purling Hiss play at Alphaville. If you follow me on Snapchat (madame_ostrich) you’ll have seen a few clips of the performance already from last Friday.

I’ve had their closing song, “Don’t Even Try It” stuck in my head all week, and it’s so good that I wanted to share it with you guys. I’ve linked it in the Youtube embed below, or you can click here to listen to it on Spotify as well

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Spring Forward: Non-Infantilizing Sundresses

Non-Infantilizing Sundresses1.  Folk Flair   |   2.  Bell Sleeve   |   3.  Retro Bright   |   4.  Romantic Tiers   |   5.  Striped Shirtdress   |   6.  Breezy LWD   |   7.  Classic Chevron   |   8.  Vertical Stripes   |   9.  Romantic Indigo

The other day at work my co-worker Angela approached me— “Do a blog article about finding sundresses that don’t look like they’re cut for a 16 year old.” 

Yes, empire waists, babydoll dresses, and shapeless frocks look great on teenagers, (then again, what isn’t flattering when you’re a teenager?) but shopping for warm weather dresses can be a bit of a challenge if you want to find something that’s more chic than cute.
 

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Sunglasses… On Demand

Ditto Endless Eyewear

Prada 57MM Studded Cat Eye Sunglasses, $24/month at Ditto.com – Try your first month free with code MADAMEOSTRICH.

During warm weather months, I always have a pair of statement shades on hand. Not only are they an easy way to elevate an outfit, but they’re also perfect for days when you don’t want to wear make up and still want to look put together. So, naturally, when Ditto reached out to ask me to try their Endless Eyewear program, I was game on!

Essentially, Ditto Endless Eyewear is like the Netflix of sunglasses. For $24 a month you can choose from hundreds of designer sunglasses, have a pair shipped to you, and then when you’re done with that pair you can request a new pair and ship the old pair back for free. You can wear a pair of Dolce & Gabbana’s one week, Pradas the next, and then when you get bored trade them in for a pair of Karen Walkers. It’s pretty ingenious.

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Designer You Should Know: Anthony Vaccarello

Anthony Vaccarello FW16Anthony Vaccarello FW16 shot by Fabien Duman for Self Service Magazine

I remember the first time I heard the name “Anthony Vaccarello.”

It was 2012 and I was sitting at my desk at work clicking through red carpet recaps of the Met Gala.  I saw a photo of model Anja Rubik wearing a white gown with a sky high slit all the way to her thigh bone, made by a designer whose name I never heard, but had to find out everything about.

Mind you, this was before thigh high slits became all the high street rage.  People were still into peplum & colored denim.  That dress was different—so unapologetically sexy and edgy.

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