excel-lent

by jessica harshman


Every year when the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to fall, one can count on a superabundance of pumpkin-flavored things popping up on grocery store shelves and menus cross America. Similarly, the classic plaid motif reappears in early Autumn and dominates storefronts and e-commerce home pages much like the omnipresent pumpkin theme. Call it plaid, checkered or windowpane. I prefer this black and white excel-lent geometric pattern to the typical red/green tartan: it is a little less Christmas-y and a lot more sleek. 

Wearing: Cooperative tunic - similar, Helmut Lang blazer - similar, Steve Madden boots - similar

Photography by Goldie Rosenfeld

Text editing by Grace Delia


wardrobe optimization

by jessica harshman


When I tried on this brown buttery leather vest my brain instantly ran a closet optimization test – the result: so necessary. I concluded that it would benefit my wardrobe in every season, for years to come. Investment justified. 

In other news.... On Monday I leave for New York Fashion Week. I'm so excited because I will be backstage helping create the social media content Milk MADE Fashion Week. As I prepare for the intense week ahead, I am going to be relying on comfortable flats and particularly my Stan Smiths. I know can count on Mr. Smith to have my back, I mean sole, when the going gets tough. I'm also very much looking forward to seeing what designers have in store for Spring 2015 in terms of functional footwear. 

Wearing: Veda vest, Vintage Levi shorts - similar, Topshop tee - similar, Stan Smith shoes

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Photography by Goldie Rosenfeld

 Text editing by Grace Delia


something (semi) corporate

by jessica harshman


A summery semi-corporate look that I wore for a meeting in NYC. For me, walking in stilettos can be a feat in and of itself, so successfully navigating speed walkers and the fast-paced New York hustle was a real femme fatale experience. Nothing's more intimidating than an accomplished businesswoman who can charge down a city street in fabulous stilettos -- I aspire to be her. 

After a month-long bender in NYC, I'm back in LA. But as a concluding trip anecdote: while flying back to LA I was stopped through security because my furry pink friend here, which doubles as a knuckle ring clutch, is all to reminiscent of brass-knuckles. As if I would dare risk getting blood on her. 

Wearing: Funktional skirt - similar, Gerald Darel blouse - similar, BCBG bag - similar, Theory heels

Photography by Goldie Rosenfeld

Text editing by Grace Delia


a fiber lesson

by jessica harshman


My last white on white look before summer ends. I found this leather-studded skirt at one of my favorite consignment stores in Los Angeles, Ampersand. Amazing assortment. 

Today's post is about fiber education, or as you may know it, the small words inside your garment label. Firstly I want to say that you should definitely pay attention to the material of your clothes because their fiber content and price should correlate. I.e a silk blouse should cost more than a Polyester one. So, this blouse is viscose. Viscose (also known as rayon) is the oldest manmade fiber. It was invented to mimic silk, with its drapability and lustrous hand. Drapability and luster aside, viscose is one of the worst fibers in terms of resiliency (wrinkle resistance). So while this blouse looks beautiful on camera, I should mention that I had to carefully steam it before this shoot – and the fresh steam lasted less than ten minutes. The lesson: if you are going to wear viscose in warm weather, particularly white which shows everything, prepare for a wrinkly, wrinkly day. 

Wearing: Zara blouse - similar, Vintage skirt - similar, Michael Kors shoes - similar

Photography by Goldie Rosenfeld

Text editing by Grace Delia