Monday, 31 January 2011

Here Kitty Kitty....

via Google Images and Bazaar

Every It Girl (yup MK and Alexa), fashion blogger (hello Liz and Rumi) and editor (the new Mademoiselle of French Vogue Emmanuel Alt and of course Joanna) has one, and despite that (ha!), I am still dying to get my little hands on my own. I mean, I am certainly not the first to do a leopard print coat post (obviously) and will definitely not be the last — they are so 1960s but so of-the-moment. They have been popular (not just for Italian grandmas) again for quite some time now (was Mary-Kate the first?), so long in fact, it seems they might become a true wardrobe staple rather than a passing trend. 

It is no secret that I love me some leopard and pretty much own every other clothing item in the print, but I have been on the hunt (hehe, get it) for quite some time now and have not succeeded in finding a coat. I want one in a small print similar to Alexa's, which may in fact be cheetah. I have found a few that fit the bill, but they have been out of my price range, and the cheap ones seem to be the big fuzzy kind, and I am not into that. I have seen a few that work on etsy and ebay, but I am scared to buy a coat without trying it on. So, what is a girl to do?

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Random Sunday

EAST BERLIN—A toilet in a kindergarten in the Friedrichshain district, 1975.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Song on Repeat: "Marathon"

Wow, twice in one week: I have been listening to the song "Marathon" by the husband and wife duo Tennis all morning. It is a perfect little diddy for a sunny Saturday.

Speaking of tennis, aren't these matches awesome? Thanks for sharing A Cup of Jo.

Friday, 28 January 2011

The Dog Days

Today was a day, a really really bad day, and to be honest it has been a pretty bad week. But not to get all terribly maudlin in this space that is supposed to be about positivity and things I love (or are contemplating loving/buying/bought), I am trying to focus on the positive. This week I did get two blog awards, a versatile blogger award from Kendra and a stylish blogger award from Diane. How sweet!

It is a nice thought to think there are people out there, many of them whom I don't know, who are reading and enjoying my musings here on Another Zoe Day. I really do appreciate it. So I guess the drill is that I am supposed to list seven things about myself that you may not know and pass the awards on to the owners of some of my favorite places to hang out on the Internet. 

Okay, well hopefully writing this will not only distract me from the series of ridiculously frustrating events that seem to keep occurring in my life these days, but also show a side of me that is different from this little miserable fashion lover and maybe even introduce you to a few new blogs.  

1 From the age of 18 (so this was not because I was an army brat or had parents who moved around all the time or anything, in fact I lived in the same house from the age of 1 to 17), I have lived in 18 different homes, in 7 different cities and 3 different countries. This is actually new news to me too, I never calculated it out until just now. 

2 So this might beg a certain question: I am turning 30 this year. Yeah shhh, don't tell anyone. No no no, I am proud. 30 is the new 20. 

3 I started this blog, not for the love of fashion or the love of talking about myself, but for the love of Obama. 35 days before he was elected President, I decided to document the amazing change that was happening in the States and my experience being a part of it. Check the archives!

4 My blog is called Another Zoe Day because when I moved to New York City, it happened to be with my best friend, who happens to share the same name as me. We got so sick of introducing ourselves to people as Megan and Megan, that we came up with fake names: Vivian Green and yes, Zoe Day.

5 I am having crazy maternal instincts these days....but they are for a puppy. 

6 My favorite foods are weird bitter greens (don't get me wrong I do love ice cream) like kale and broccoli rabe, but they don't have them in Berlin, so I have to stick to ice cream.

7 I am pigeon-toed and I make a ridiculous pouty face every time I look in the mirror. But turning 30 means embracing silly things like this about yourself, right?

Oh and just for good fashion measure... I am obsessed with really long skirts and short short shorts. I guess I can be kind of extreme at times. 

So now I am going to pass these awards (in tandem yes, because I think these ladies are all versatile and stylish) to:

Megan Elise: Yup, the Megan I moved to NYC with. Her blog is full of lovely insight on art, music and New York City. She has had to slow down on the blogging as of late because of a new jobby job, but she should know the blogoshpere still loves and misses her.
Chasing Heartbeats: To another Northern California girl living in Germany. We have never met in real life, but found each other on the Internet. It is nice to know there is someone out there like me, plus her blog is great.
Inspirafashion: And lastly is actually a blog I discovered just today, but I really love the way she dresses. It is a straight up fashion blog and her outfit pics are fun and stylish. I mean, anyone who wears socks with platform sandals is okay in my book.

Wow, writing this did actually take my mind off things and make me feel better, thanks guys! 

Top image from Fffound!

The PRADA Shake

Miuccia Prada has been kicking some serious fashion ass as of late, and this advert keeps it coming. It actually kind of gets me excited for it being Friday and possibly the urge to go out dancing. You guys have anything good planned for the weekend?

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A...

Yesterday I almost bought a fuzzy little number like these, but decided against it (I did however, snag an amazing striped, hooded wool jacket that I can't wait to show you). The first photo is making me regret my decision to forgo it a bit (maybe because her outfit as a whole is amazing, please do take a closer look), while the second pic makes me feel like I made the right choice (just too teddy bear like). Are you feelin the fuzz?

Song on Repeat: "Undertow"

I haven't done a song on repeat post in sometime, probably because I haven't listened to a song over and over and over again for some time. Well that is until I started listening to the band Warpaint and then the song "Undertow" got the royal treatment. It is a tune just the way I like them: dreamy.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Now That's What I am Talking About

Just spotted this photo on Facebook of my friends Caty and Simone at a wedding over the weekend, and I have to say, their color scheme got me all excited. It is so vibrant and fun, and I am loving the unexpected blue and red combo with an orange flower and yellow purse added in for good measure. Lovely ladies!

Photo by Katie

Brogue-ing Out

Two is always better than one, no?
The vertical shot is by the Sartorialist and the rest are by Tommy Ton for, who's flipbook of photos from the Menswear shows is pretty much amazing. 

Monday, 24 January 2011

Berlin Fashion Week: Runway Inspired Vintage

Green and blue 1960s dress (thrift, Humana, Berlin), leather motorcycle jacket (Humana kids section), velvet boots (flea market, Berlin), bag (Maxx New York) 

Taking outfit photos is not the easiest thing in the world, especially when it's in the dregs of winter grayness, and especially especially when my boo is out of town. I mean, who else am I going to subject to such things? I managed to get a co-worker to snap at least one fashion week pic, and luckily I was in my favorite of my selected outfits, beating out some serious leather shorts and fur jackets. 

I got this dress right before BFW, and even though it was a little big and I didn't have time to get it taken in (I stick with hemming on my sewing machine for now), I had to wear it. I love everything about it from the silky material, to the bright pattern, the collar and the buttons, and how it reminds me of that Fall 2010 Proenza Schouler dress that everyone coveted, Alexa Chung included. Paired with my fave velvet booties (God I wish they were more comfy) and a biker jacket for some edge, it was the perfect last minute fashion week addition. 
via Jak & Jil 
via Google Images

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Random Sunday

NEW YORK CITY—Salvador Dalí. In Voluptate Mors, 1951.

Swedish Hasbeens for H&M: Yes Please!

A co-worker told me about this collaboration on Friday and then I saw the actual photos over on Chasing Heartbeats just now, and I honestly could not be more excited. Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Stella McCartney collabs, whatever, this is something I can really get behind. My Hasbeens are probably the biggest present I ever bought myself and were definitely worth it. But these are at least one-third the price and from the looks of the photos, just as amazing. I so want all three styles, and actually might be able to afford them. Oh April 20th, you just seem way too for away!

See more pics here.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Joanna Hillman Overload

Joanna has taken over the Internet! First I posted about the Harper Bazaar editor's 30 days of outfits and now her very own closet (as well as another blogger fave Mary Kate Steinmiller's of Teen Vogue) is being featured over at the Coveted. A new site that on its own deserves a little mention, it is the Selby of closets, with amazing photos of our favorite fashionables' best clothing decorating their of course stylish abodes. Pretty amazing. And not only are there a bunch of pics to drool over, but little anecdotes about certain items in said closets. And once again my fave shoes make an appearance. Will someone just buy me them already? Either that or a big walk-in closet where I too can show of all my special treasures. 

Thursday, 20 January 2011

LA Lady

There is a certain Berliner style (pretty much short asymmetrical hair, parkas, skinny jeans and wedges) that I am of course seeing a lot of these days at Berlin Fashion Week. But the truth is, I am more feeling the style of this beauty caught in Silver Lake, Los Angeles by Refinery29. It is reminiscent of this photo I posted awhile ago and how I hope to dress once the sun finally comes out. So now still bundled in sweaters, I am on the lookout for sheer mid-length old-fashion dresses to be worn with oxfords and quite possibly a hat, a sun hat at that.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Berlin Fashion Week: The Good and the Bad/Ugly

I went to two shows today. One was good albeit a bit predictable with mostly "in" trend items that we have been seeing for some time (hello pleated leather shorts, love them, but they are nothing new). So although it was good and did excite me, it was going with trends and not creating them — and isn't that what fashion shows are for? Anyway, it certainly knocked the other line out of the water, I mean unless you are really into raver culture. Can you tell which is which?

A.F. Vandevorst 

Click here to find out.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Guten Tag Berlin Fashion Week

Last AW season I got a break from fashion week, but this year I am back in full effect. Starting this evening I will not only be covering the Berlin Fashion Week shows, but the night time party circuit as well. I hate to complain, but I am still pretty tired from my big party weekend in England that I returned from last night, and before that I was still pretty jet-lagged from my trip to San Francisco. Eeek.

But even though I would probably trade it all for a few solid days in bed watching movies and eating pizza in my very unfashionable pajamas, I am starting to get excited to pretty much do the opposite and see what the Berlin fashion world is really all about. I will try to keep you all posted and try to get some pics of my outfits (even though the dude who usually does that is out of town) and some of all those German fashionitas. Wish me luck! 

Photo from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Facebook.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Golden Globe Success

In the past I have most often felt underwhelmed with award show attire and celebs' lackluster red carpet attempts, but when flipping through the photos of last night's Golden Globe Awards, I was actually quite pleased and saw many dresses as well as trends that I am into. Long-sleeve bold-shoulder gowns: feeling it! Soft peach and cream colors: yes! Green: uh huh! Backless: always!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Broadcast Sad News

The lead singer of one of my all time favorite bands has died. Trish Keenen of Broadcast passed away today at age 42 due to pneumonia complications. This is one on my favorite Broadcast songs, one I have played over and over, and will again tonight. 

Thursday, 13 January 2011

By the Bay...

I didn't take that many photos on my trip home (too busy running around), and the ones I did were mostly of my nieces and the beautiful Bay Area scenery. Outfit photos were certainly not on my mind, my sister-in-law actually told that every time she saw me I was wearing the same thing (oh yeah the Fairfax pic below), which you would never believe by the size of the suitcase I brought with me. Does that happen to you to when you go on vacation too?

Anyway, I did change a few times — I wore a cute polka dot dress from H&M on Christmas, a black velvet pant jumpsuit on New Year's with the most amazing shoes my friend Bryn bought me (pics to come) and later changed into a maxi polka dot dress I found at my favorite thrift store in the world, Thrift Town in the Mission. Unfortunately there is no visual documentation of these looks in full, but when I was going through my photos, I found a few that do in fact prove that I did wear a couple different outfits in Cali. 
The Port of San Francisco About to Get on the Ferry to Marin: black booties, maxi leaf skirt, brown satchel, leather biker jacket (all thrift from Humana in Berlin), gray cable knit sweater (thrift from Salvation Army in Marin this trip)
Fort Funston, San Francisco with Dad, Jackie, Aaron and Maisie: Black jeggings (H&M), boyfriend coat (Pimkie, Berlin [pretty much the German equivalent of Wet Seal. Eek!]
The Streets of the Mission, SF Jan 1, 2011 After One Very Long Night: Sweater (thrift Humana, Berlin)
What I Would Wear Everyday if I Lived in my Hometown, Fairfax: Snow boots (Zara Kids), jeans (thrift Humana Berlin), gray hoodie (American Apparel), over-sized button-up buttoned wrong (borrowed from Dad)

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

30 Days of Joanna Hillman

You may already know this but Joanna Hillman, the fashion editor extrodinaire who emerged last season as a street style favorite and the owner of my dream shoes, just finished up 30 days of daily outfit posts over at The mag jumped on the outfit shot bandwagon with their senior fashion market editor's wardrobe diaries and I am sure their numbers have reaped the benefits. Joanna does not fail to give us a serious glimpse into her drool-worthy closet, a sense of her amazing style, as well as plenty of inspiration for our own outfits. She is no doubt a fashion icon in the making.

I have been a fan of Joanna for awhile now (I mean she does have my shoes) but I will have to say I am a bit disappointed that she never mixed in any vintage pieces with all her designer duds. There were a few high street items, but mostly everything seemed straight off the runway, with not a thing from another era. But I still love her awe-worthy style and the fact that she never leaves the house without her red/orange lipstick (she's got my MAC Lady Danger lipstick too!)and is all about the side braid and her prescription Ray Bans. She has three signature things for every day, yet still never wore the same thing twice. Pretty amazing. Here are a few of my favorite looks: