The Dreslyn Style Edit | Raquel Allegra

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The Dreslyn hit it out of the park with this one. Their editorial is always impressive but this feature in particular is exceptionally beautiful. The images are so captivating. Naturally, as a Raquel Allegra loyalist, these clothes most definitely caught my eye. I actually saw the Midnight Tie Dye Victorian Dress (and fell in love with it) during a recent trip to NYC. I've yet to purchase but will be keeping tabs on it for my fall wish list. Clearly it's top of mind because seeing it styled and captured in cool photos made me pause everything and immediately click through the email to see more. It was absolutely worth a click. 

Raquel Allegra Victorian Dress via The Dreslyn

This photo story is titled "The Living is Easy" and sums up the Raquel Allegra design aesthetic perfectly. This line remains among my favorites because the pieces hang beautifully on the body and move with ease. I reach for these pieces time and again, season after season. Silks and the softest cottons, many shredded in Allegra's signature style, are instantly recognizable as the work of Raquel. In a palette of perfect neutrals punctuated by tie-dye prints that are like art, this line is a perfectly mixed wardrobe of luxe basics and statement pieces. It's never easy narrowing down selections each season. I happily return to old favorites in new fabrics + prints, especially the Easy Pants, Maxi Dresses, and Basic Tees (which btw, have the best fit and sleeve length ever). I also try to choose special pieces each season. The Victorian Dress is a strong contender this season... 

Raquel Allegra Victorian Dress Tie Dye via The Dreslyn

Of course, you can never have too many basics. I live in layers and more often than not my first layer is a Raquel Allegra Basic. Shop these + more RA at TheDreslyn.com

Raquel Allegra Basics via The Dreslyn
Raquel Allegra via The Dreslyn

Apiece Apart | Fringe Poncho

Apiece Apart Fringe Poncho via TresChicMedia.com

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I spent the last week in NYC and it was the first time I've returned in nearly a decade. I lived in Manhattan after finishing undergrad (way back in the late 90s) and had visited a few times after moving in 2001. But 10 years have passed since my last visit to this city like no other and a lot has changed. I arrived with a curated list of places to check out while I was in the city (all of which did not exist when I lived there 15 years ago). The list was mostly shopping with a select few restaurants included. Our Airbnb on Mercer and Broome in Soho was perfectly situated within walking distance of pretty much everything on my list. These are places I've shopped online for years but many I've never set foot in because they don't have California locations (yet... I hope?!). 

Apiece Apart is among my top few beloved brands and I was thrilled to browse their pop-up shop and make some purchases at their sample sale (I swear I didn't plan my trip to coincide with the sample sale... it was just luck). A stylist friend told me about this brand years ago and I've shopped a couple items online and lovingly followed their social channels for quite some time now. The website is bookmarked in my browser—always enticing a weekly visit to see their latest "stories"—interviews featuring a truly inspiring group of women. #ApieceApartWoman 

Designers Starr Hout + Laura Cramer launched the line with the intention of creating a simplified wardrobe with impeccable tailoring + made from beautiful fabrics. In one word, chic. This Peruvian-made fringe poncho is among my sample sale finds. I'd admired it online and knew within seconds of slipping it on that it was a must-have piece. The hand-woven cotton is lightweight and drapes beautifully. I know that I will reach for this often and have no doubt it will become one of the most-loved pieces in my wardrobe.

Being able to visit their space, see the current collection in person, to feel the texture and weight of the fabrics, to slip them on and fall in love, has only increased my admiration of this brand. I will continue to follow each season + new stories with curiosity and loyalty. The mix of online retail + beautiful product + styling + inspired editorial features on the website will keep me coming back for more. Small details like being able to see each item featured on a model + within other "stories" on a variety of women, makes the brand even more appealing. 

Well done. I'm hooked. 

Raquel Allegra | Blue Stripe Tank Dress

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I love stripes, maxi dresses, any shade of blue, and Raquel Allegra remains one of my all-time favorite wardrobe contributors. This gauze tank dress recently caught my eye. The frayed edge (along the neckline and the hem) is one of Allegra's signature details and I can report, from the few RA items in my closet with this fray, that's it's rad. I suspect I would have to get this beauty hemmed, even if I wore sky-high platform wedges like it's styled here. Totally worth it in my opinion because I rarely get through a season without adding a Raquel Allegra maxi dress to my closet. I'm wearing one right now actually. Size options for this one are almost sold out at RaquelAllegra.com but you can still score this beauty online. In addition to the tank dress, this beautiful striped fabric is also available in a button-up henley blouse, shirt dress and hooded jacket. 

Issey Miyake | Pleats Please Dress

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How stunning is this? The photo, the dress, the movement of the fabric, the model. It's eye-catching and definitely worth a click, which is what I did on the Totokaelo homepage. One click led me to more beautiful pics of this striking blonde in an Issey Miyake Pleats Please navy sleeveless dress. It's styled simply, as I like, with white hi-top Converse—something you could wear any day. But you could absolutely dress this up as well, with heels and some bracelets for a dressier occasion. The texture of the pleats and the movement, as you move, is what makes this so special. Shop at Totokaelo.com

designer q+a | lunya sleepwear

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When I recently stumbled upon Lunya via social media, I said "yes" out loud because the idea of cool, effortless and comfortable sleepwear is something I didn't even know I needed. But I do. Much like Lunya founder, Ashley Merrill, I've climbed into bed many times wearing oversized tees in lieu of lingerie or other sleepwear. Honestly, I feel like I've been doing this most my life. I even have a small collection of concert tees, from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Manchester Orchestra, Arcade Fire and Radiohead, in a very specific pile of my closet that I only reach for at bedtime. I realize this is not ideal and not always as comfortable or stylish as I'd like to be, which is why a few years ago I also started throwing some super-soft dresses and oversized tees into the mix. These pieces, however, were not designed for bed. But after rotating them out of my regular wardrobe, I found them to be ok options for night time. The problem? They are definitely not designed for sleep. Lunya is 100 percent. That means silhouettes that don't bunch, twist or ride up while you're getting those much-needed hours of rest.

Impressed by the whole aesthetic of the brand online, I called in samples of the Asta Tank and Hazel Romper (both in black). Slipped them on and didn't want to take them off. Hazel, in particular, is fantastic. That kangaroo pocket is key. Despite the "sleepwear" label, I wouldn't hesitate to wear this to drop off the kids at school ... and work... I'm wearing it as I type right now (bonus of being able to work from a home office). Sadly, it's almost time to pack up the samples and return them. I need to place a personal order asap. Hazel is first on my list.

Now, please enjoy a closer look into this brand with a designer interview featuring Lunya founder, Ashley:

dena — What inspired you to create this line?

ashley — The line was inspired by the modern woman and her multifaceted needs and wants. We think a lot about who she is in the daytime and what styles she's wearing.  Recently we feel she is wearing a lot of basics and neutrals but pieces that have subtle specialness and attention to detail. We combine that awareness with how the clothes need to function; things like temperature awareness, tops that don't twist, waistbands that won't ride up, pockets, etc. Lastly, but certainly not least, we we allow ourselves to get swept away by inspiration. In fall, we did a capsule that played with a modern and cozy lodge feel. We had an amazing time exploring the dichotomy between  rustic + modern and cozy + minimal. Picture an angular all glass home nestled in the woods—I love combining the unexpected. The result was a monochrome capsule that delivered structure and modern style in a completely unexpected plaid flannel.

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dena — How has the collection evolved since you launched?

ashley — We have continued to refine the Lunya aesthetic and have continually improved the fabrics and styles based on feedback. We are not a fashion for fashion's sake company. We are focused on function and that means listening to our customers and improving the products.

dena — Favorite pieces that you wear?

ashley — The Romper hands down. It's easy and functional, unbelievably comfortable with its double layer Pima blend fabric, and unquestionably fashionable—and it has a kangaroo pocket!

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dena — The line is marketed as sleepwear but be honest, do you wear it out of the house too? The tanks and tees in particular seem like lovely layering pieces.

ashley— Everything is designed for sleep. The reason we do that is sleep represents the epitome of comfort needs. Historically sleepwear was something so old and ugly that you wouldn't wear it out of the house—we are unquestionably breaking down those barriers. We design clothes that are stylish and exceedingly comfortable so generally women who love Lunya feel no need to change for brunch, errands, or to drop their kids off at school. I think the days of women accepting "fashion is painful" are getting fewer and far between. Today's woman recognizes that confidence and comfort often come hand and hand—if our woman wants to wear her Lunya out of the house, I'm definitely not going to stop her. I certainly do.

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dena — Do you have any intention of expanding the line beyond sleepwear?

ashley — I have always believed in the philosophy of doing one thing really well so I am very focused on creating best in class sleepwear. I can't imagine straying from sleep at this time but I can't predict the future so who knows!

dena — What other brands/designers do you like to wear?

ashley — James Perse, Celine, COS, Stateside, MIH Jeans

dena — You have a nice following ramping up on social media. Which network do you like best and why?

ashley — Instagram is fun because its such a visual conversation, but we use a lot of mediums because they all allow us to have a diffferent user dialogue.

dena — Favorite instagram accts? ashley — @samsinggg@canarygrey@jengotch

Raquel Allegra | Holiday

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So it's been about 15 minutes since my last Raquel Allegra post. Not here, of course, because I don't blog all of it... but there are RA pins + instagrams on my accts at least once a day. My closet is home to many beloved Raquel pieces. I remain among her most devoted fans after years of wearing her rad clothes. I'm actually wearing a top right now and some days it's three or more pieces (think pants, tee, cardigan, scarf). These clothes are made for layering and it's one of very few brands that I think looks cool when you wear more than one piece together. I'm scoping out my fall favorites and adding a few more. Wishing I'd been able to shop the sample sale (I seriously would have flown down to LA but it seems the dates never work out for me). I am hopeful the online boutique sales will not disappoint. Now I'm looking at the Holiday 15 collex. These are some of my faves. It's time to narrow down choices. Then shop and wear wear wear again and again.

Raquel Allegra Holiday 2015 via TresChicNow.com
Raquel Allegra Holiday 2015 via TresChicNow.com
Raquel Allegra Holiday 2015 via TresChicNow.com
Raquel Allegra Holiday 2015 via TresChicNow.com

Fall Layers | Margiela + Totokaelo

Margiela Biker Jacket styled by Totokaelo #TresChicMedia

Margiela Biker Jacket styled by Totokaelo #TresChicMedia

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My last post was about longing for cooler temperatures. This is more of the same. I love living in Northern California because it's stunningly beautiful and the weather is amazing. We've had a long hot summer this year and I'm ready to get back to layering and cozy sweaters as we normally do in fall/winter. Cooler mornings have allowed me to throw on some sweaters (only to shed that layer in the afternoon). I'm seriously ready to bundle up NorCal style with ensembles like this one. The MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Biker Jacket is incredible. Textured lambskin and gorgeous details make it a worthy splurge. It's the way that Totokaelo styled it here that really gets me. Black maxi skirt and that sweater... Yes, please. Shop at Totokaelo.com

Lauren Manoogian | Chambray Capote Coat

Lauren Manoogian CHAMBRAY CAPOTE COAT via treschicnow.com

Lauren Manoogian CHAMBRAY CAPOTE COAT via treschicnow.com

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I can see myself wrapped up in this felted chaine wool coat... foggy mornings, chilly evenings, snuggled on the sofa reading a good book, working at my desk with a cup of hot tea, Sundays in San Francisco exploring museums with the kids, winter beach days, Tahoe weekends, a pre-holiday getaway to wine country with my love. I am longing for the chill of those days and the feeling of being enveloped by beautiful layers of warmth.

Lauren Manoogian's Chambray Capote Coat looks like one of those pieces you'd put on over almost anything to enjoy a softness and comfort that feels like a favorite blanket. I love how it drapes. The hood and pockets are important details. It's the color that first lured me in though... that chambray blue. In a closet full of black and grey, blue tones are among the chosen few to punctuate my minimalist neutral palette.

Available at Totokaelo.com

The Dreslyn | Take a Tone With Me

the dreslyn editorial via treschicnow.com
the dreslyn editorial via treschicnow.com

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Most of my wardrobe is black and grey. On any given day, I'm wearing at least one, if not both, and/or variations of different grey tones. I am a monochromatic minimalist with a strong love of neutrals, which is why this editorial feature from The Dreslyn speaks to me. This grey ensemble in particular caught my attention. It's chic from head to toe with timeless appeal and subtle details that make these pieces must-haves. I've been eyeing these Rachel Comey kicks (Mohair Dia Flat) and love how they are styled with other grey hues and textures. Mohair, wool and cashmere are perfection for cooler months. I wish I was a little bit taller because I'd be better suited for the beautiful Avelon Realm Wool Pant. I can definitely do the Tess Giberson Cashmere Rib Cardigan + Tank though. 

Apiece Apart | FW 15

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I've been admiring this line for a few seasons now and I think it's time I get some in my closet. NYC-based Apiece Apart is the work of design duo Laura Cramer and Starr Hout. Clean lines, simple silhouettes and chic details give the line classic appeal. This brand speaks to my minimalist aesthetic and easily fits into my wardrobe. The palette is mainly comprised of neutral tones (yet another nod to being timeless and versatile). You really can't go wrong with black, white, navy, chambray, and camel, punctuated by some bold pops of color here and there. While I contemplate some sale finds from SS15, I am looking ahead to FW15 and this stunning look book. Time to start narrowing down my choices... the list is long. Shop online at ApieceApart.com or use the photo links below (there are some great sale finds in there).

Y's By Yohji Yamamoto | Black Swing Sweatshirt + Shorts

Y's By Yohji Yamamoto BLACK SWING SHORT

Y's By Yohji Yamamoto BLACK SWING SHORT

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It's that time of year when online sales are calling my name. I am a devoted Totokaleo shopper (online only thus far since I call the SF Bay Area home and this incredibly cool shop is in Seattle). At the moment, I'm coveting quite a few items from their sale offerings including this Y's by Yohji Yamamoto ensemble, comprised of an oversized sweatshirt and swing short. I love the stitching details and slouchy drape of the cotton fabric. It looks supremely comfortable but without being basic. Those white stitched seam embellishments, notched collar and swing sleeves are incredibly cool. Get them here: shirt + shorts

Y's By Yohji Yamamoto BLACK SWING SHORT

Y's By Yohji Yamamoto BLACK SWING SHORT

Y's By Yohji Yamamoto BLACK SWING SHORT

Y's By Yohji Yamamoto BLACK SWING SHORT

Mother Denim | Splash 15

Mother Denim A KISS IN THE DARK HIGH WAISTED PATCHIE FRAY SKIRT #MotherLovesYou #TresChicMedia TresChicNow.com

Mother Denim A KISS IN THE DARK HIGH WAISTED PATCHIE FRAY SKIRT #MotherLovesYou #TresChicMedia TresChicNow.com

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This morning I slipped on my Mother Denim Straight A skirt. It's the very first incarnation they did of this skirt and many seasons (years) after its release, I'm still wearing it and loving the fit and feel. In fact, I've been totally devoted to Mother Denim for years now. It's still the only denim that I wear. Even though my stack of jeans is impressive and I have two Straight A skirts, I'm scoping out what's new from the line for spring/summer 2015. Loving these looks in particular and definitely want to add The Looker skinny jean with ankle fray to my collection. In addition to fantastic denim, Mother also makes cool tops now. Check out the full collection at MotherDenim.com

A KISS IN THE DARK LOOKER ANKLE FRAY #MotherLovesYou #TresChicMedia TresChicNow.com #denim

A KISS IN THE DARK LOOKER ANKLE FRAY #MotherLovesYou #TresChicMedia TresChicNow.com #denim

Also, this model's hair is inspiring me to skip my color appointment and stick with my darker roots. Love the look.

WATCH YOUR BACK  THE BREEZY FOXY #MotherLovesYou #TresChicMedia TresChicNow.com Mother Denim

WATCH YOUR BACK THE BREEZY FOXY #MotherLovesYou #TresChicMedia TresChicNow.com Mother Denim

raquel allegra | fall 15 rtw

Raquel Allegra Fall 2015 via TresChicNow.com
Raquel Allegra Fall 2015 via TresChicNow.com

words_dena rochelle Another day, another Raquel Allegra post. It's no secret that Raquel Allegra Studio is among my top three clothing resources. On any given day, I am most likely wearing at least one RA piece. As I start thinking about which Spring 15 pieces I'll be adding to my wardrobe, I look ahead to Fall 15 courtesy of Style.com featuring the full look book and video. This new collection boasts Allegra's signature tie-dye prints and drapey silhouettes with hints of lace and cozy knits that look + feel like they've been favorites forever. I love to layer and these pieces are perfect for doing just that. Can't wait to get my hands on this black ensemble (above) and some other key pieces from the fall collex.