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Blazer Your Own Trail

Walking the streets of NYC, the fashion certainly evolves from different neighborhoods to boroughs. On the Upper East Side it is all about the “it” bag, the large purse that screams a designer brand! You will also see all sorts of high heels there. Travel down to Chelsea and everyone is sporting a small dog as arm candy and a very fierce haircut. In Times Square the tourists are clutching puffy coats and fanny packs. On the Upper West Side every has a pair of perfectly tailored, dark-wash jeans. They also wear perfect peacoats and wool trenches. In Morningside Heights, the college students are traipsing around in T-shirts and Uggs. In Williamsburg the men (and sometimes the women?) are confident in handlebar mustaches, and steampunk nods to the Victorian era. If not so fancifully minded, the Chuck Taylors will do. West Village street style is defined by a tight, dyed pant and a flowwy top and never-ending locks, the interns trotting from store to store with coffee in hand.

Regardless, wherever I may be from Alphabet City to the Bronx, I always see several confident women bedecked in a blazer. The blazer is the proverbial tabula rasa of tops. It can be elbow-patched and dun colored, black and sharp, oversized and comical, or whimsically printed. I believe our outer fashion says a lot about our interior fashion – our insides being our homes. Lets explore what armchair each blazer-wearing lady would sit back and relax on by the end of the day – and perhaps I’ll leave you to wonder which novels each will be reading.

1. LONG LINE S/B DOUBLE COLLAR JACKET by Reiss = Clara Chair in Chairs by Crate&Barrel

2. Rachel Zoe Sullivan Tailored Leather Blazer = Soflex Houston Accent Chair Brown

3. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Vicent oversized tweed jacket = Cameron Chair by Crate&Barrel

4.  KAREN WALKER Orange Leopard Silk Blazer = Old Hickory Tannery Red Tufted Chair

5.  DAKS Velvet blazer =  Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair – Royal Hide Designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll®

6.  Emilio Pucci PEAKED LAPEL BLAZER = Vitra. C1 Lounge Armchair

7.  MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Tuxedo jacket =  Barcelona® Chair Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

8.  QSW Sand Stripe Blazer by QuicksilverWing Chair and Ottoman, Divina Melange Designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

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Be Fruitful and Multiply

Dress 1 (left): Fattori Flower & Fruit Print Dress

Dress 2 (right) : ASOS Summer Dress in Fruit Print

Slip-ons: Banana Print Slip-Ons by HVBAO

Platforms: Jeffrey Campbell Fruitylicious (Fruit for your Feet!)

Ring: Petit Plat Tart Ring

If designers are able to make fruit wearable (rather than edible) why not bring fruit to places in your home other than your kitchen?! Fruit’s naturally bright neon colors can help enliven any mood. The cheerful, sun-drenched colors in fruits can help to subconsciously improve mood, concentration, and speed metabolism. These colors also help sunlight to penetrate a small space. Sometimes repetitive fruit patterns lend themselves well to bright and beautiful wallpaper with an unexpected abstract twist.

Bowls:  GRAPEFRUIT BOWLS – SET OF 2 at Uncommon Goods 

Pillows: Wool Fruit Pillows by Jonathan Adler

Wallpaper: B-A-N-A-N-A-S! by Flavor Paper

Art Print: Sherbert Dot by Tyler Resty at Society6

Lazy Susan:  LAZY SUSAN FRUIT SLICES at Uncommon Goods

Fruit Compote = Homemade, a recipe here!