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

Isabel Marant Etoile | Ryker Top

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I've had my eye on this embroidered top by Isabel Marant since it first popped up in the new arrivals online a few months ago. It's sale time now, which means it's also time to click through my wish list and choose favorites to add to my wardrobe. This one is a definite yes because it's casual and easy to throw on and style many different ways. The color and the details are what really get me with this one. I typically go for black and grey but if you see me in color, it's most likely a shade of blue. This one is bright and beautiful. The embroidered details make it interesting while still maintaining a minimalist vibe with a hint of the bohemian style that Isabel does so well.

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If the blue doesn't do it for you, the Ryker top is also available in black (also tempting) and white. Shop this style below:

Martiniano Shoes

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I purchased my first pair of Martiniano Glove shoes a couple of years ago, direct from Martiniano himself. I went with navy for versatility + durability but ever since I slipped my feet into them I've been coveting these beauties in other hues. They are so comfortable and chic. I just wore them today and the love continues to grow after all these years. I'd be thrilled to have an assortment of Martinianos like this:

There are a few different styles to choose from and a range of color options (with some new surprises each season). Shop the pics below:

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

Somi Apparel | Modern + Easy Basics

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I've been on the hunt for better basics in the intimates department. Undies should be comfortable, flattering and functional. If they don't tick all those boxes, I'm not interested. Somi Apparel is a San Francisco-based newcomer that fulfills those requirements perfectly. I recently had a chance to chat with the brand founder at the Noe Valley SF shop and check out the line. I'm hooked.

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Somi is produced in small batches in the SF Bay Area and is comprised of bras, undies, slips and chic kimono robes. The fabrics are fantastic and feel amazing on the skin. I'm particularly smitten with the Heather set, a super-soft blend of recycled polyester and spandex, aptly described on the online shop as "soft, heavier athletic fabric, likened to buttered kittens".

I opted to review the Edie Slip in Heather, as well as the Cheeky underwear (also in Heather). They are so incredibly comfortable. I'm in love. Fingers crossed Somi does this same fabric in other hues for future collections (hint hint). I'll take one of each, in every color. These are pieces that feel like a first layer should. Clean lines and minimalist styling are always winners in my book. Also can't go wrong classic black.

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The prints in the collection are limited runs and the current offering is a collaboration with artist + designer Julia Kostreva. It's gorgeous and I may have to add a pair of the Cheeky skivvies to my drawer. I got a sneak peek of the Julia Kostreva silk print for the new robe and it's amazing. I am officially a Somi fan and look forward to seeing what's in store for the coming seasons.

More importantly, Somi gives back: "All across the world, women suffer from discrimination and gross maltreatment due to their gender... Good news is, there are a lot of wonderful, brave organizations that are putting forth great effort to change social stigmas and empower women. What they need is capital and support. We are proud to partner with the Harpswell Foundation, a group that is working to build the next generation of women leaders in Cambodia, a country that was depleted of its educated class during the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Harpswell takes a comprehensive approach by providing much needed dormitory housing, leadership training, English tutors, and professional guidance to a talented and intelligent group of young women."

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).

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag via TresChicNow.com #treschicmedia

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag via TresChicNow.com #treschicmedia

words_dena rochelle I've always had a thing for handbags. I will invest in beautiful pieces that I know will last for countless seasons and years to come—things that I can some day hand over to my daughter. My latest acquisitions in the bag department embody minimalist design at its finest with a focus on being classic + timeless. Having fulfilled the quest for the bucket bag (ahem, Mansur Gavriel), as well as a super-functional navy tote, I'm now on the hunt for the perfect nude. This A.P.C. beauty has caught my attention before and looks all the more enticing in The Dreslyn's latest editorial feature. The A.P.C. Sac Luxembourg Bag in Beige Natural (AKA the perfect nude) is currently on my wish list. Modestly sized at 9.5 inches x 3 inches x 7.5 inches, it would be a welcome break for my shoulders and back (often overloaded and stressed by oversized + overstuffed bags). The minimalist design and size would force me to minimize the amount of stuff I carry inside. I find this to be a welcome challenge. I've recently added a cool plaid A.P.C. top to my wardrobe and can't help but imagine how chic this bag would look with it and everything else in my closet...

Here are some other angles of this beautiful satchel:

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag via TresChicNow.com #treschicmedia

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag via TresChicNow.com #treschicmedia

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag via TresChicNow.com #treschicmedia

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag via TresChicNow.com #treschicmedia

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag via TresChicNow.com #treschicmedia

A.P.C. | Sac Luxembourg Bag via TresChicNow.com #treschicmedia

"A.P.C. or 'Atelier de Production et de Création' is the quintessential Parisian ready-to-wear collection of military inspired apparel for everyday living."

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

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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

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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.

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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. 

 

mansur gavriel | lady bag

Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag via TresChicNow.com

Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag via TresChicNow.com

words_dena rochelle I finally got my hands on a Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag last year. I've been carrying it since the day it arrived and love the looks + functionality. I have no doubt it'll provide many happy seasons and years of use. But I have my eye on another... During NYFW for Fall 2015, Mansur Gavriel held a press preview to show off their latest designs. You can see the full range of new bags at Style.com

Designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel are sticking to their minimalist roots with classic understated shapes. I'm smitten with this Lady Bag. Similar to the bucket bag, the Lady has a drawstring closure but this is a different shape and the flap helps keep the contents secure and out of site at all times. It will be available in two sizes and can be carried by a top handle or with the strap. I think it's beyond chic and something I'd love to carry. I have not doubt this newcomer will be a big hit, which means I really need to decide on a color and get a pre-order in the works. If not, I'll be eagerly awaiting the MansurGavriel.com launch of this new style in July. In the meantime, I may have to pick up a mini bucket or tote this spring... I hear there's a mini mini bucket coming too!

P.S. Their Instagram is a must follow for eye candy and keeping tabs on the brand.

Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag via TresChicNow.com

Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag via TresChicNow.com

Raquel Allegra | spring 15

Raquel Allegra Spring 2015 via TresChicNow.com

Raquel Allegra Spring 2015 via TresChicNow.com

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It's time to start thinking about Spring 2015, which means it's time to get some new RA. Per usual, I'm having a tough time narrowing down my choices. These blue stripes are definitely near the top of my list, especially the blazer. But there are many other pieces I'm coveting too... I'll be pinning them (Currently Coveting board) and keeping a close eye on the new arrivals page of RaquelAllegra.com

Check out the full lookbook at Style.com

Raquel Allegra Spring 2015 via TresChicNow.com

Raquel Allegra Spring 2015 via TresChicNow.com

Sea NY | Fall 15

Sea Fall 2015 | Photo: Gilbert Francois / Courtesy of Sea via TresChicNow.com
Sea Fall 2015 | Photo: Gilbert Francois / Courtesy of Sea via TresChicNow.com

words_dena rochelle I've admired the line Sea NY for quite some time and have been tempted while perusing the racks at some of my favorite boutiques that stock brand. However, I've yet to add anything from Sea to my closet. A stylist friend mentioned it during a recent shopping discussion (as one of her current faves) and my interest has been greatly renewed after seeing the Fall 2015 look book on Style.com

This look in particular is my favorite from the collection. That beautifully textured knit is calling my name and I love how they've styled it from head to toe. The details on that skirt are so fantastic—pockets, zipper, slit, frayed hem and belted waist—not your average denim skirt. Will have to wait months for these pieces. In the meantime, here are some currently available pieces (some on sale!) to help us get our Sea NY fix: