By Emily Whyte Meridor
When Bornndraised asked us what were our top 10 favorite items for 2017, we couldn’t wait to make our shopping list!
As we enter the shortest month of the new year, check out our list of must-haves from Tel Aviv.
1. This black jumpsuit is perfect for an after-work event or drinks with friends. Pair it with a lace top and you’re good to go!
2. Colle’cte’s yellow slim fit clutch is the perfect gift for someone special (ahem ahem, Valentines is right around the corner). Fun, practical and it won’t break our wallet.
3. This bracelet is a no-brainer addition to any of your evening looks!
4. We love this black sweatshirt’s way of being both feminine and strong.
5. A must-have from the Born From Rock’s collection. Talk about eye-catching!
6. This dress was made for parties. Not your usual winter plaid, this dress is all about movement…did someone say dance?
7. How to get someone’s attention in the glow of candle lights…
8. Maxi length and total comfort, Portay doesn’t compromise style with ease.
9. Our definition of winter white.
10. This lace top is perfectly paired with a glass of red and a “Valentine”. Romance away!
Diving head first into the holiday season has me scrambling for outfit ideas and engaging in the never-ending search for the "perfect" dress. No matter the occasion, we always seem to start with the "main" piece, typically THE dress, and build around it, just like dressing up a Christmas tree.
A week ago, while looking for a cute party dress online I had a eureka moment. I got off my laptop and marched into my bedroom, going straight for my lingerie drawer. I know that most of us don't spend more than 3 seconds in the morning on which bra or set to throw on. I get it - we’re in a haze, we're tired, we're late, we've got the kids and the hubby, breakfast, school, meetings, calls and the weather on our minds. We're multi-thinkers and multi-taskers and we're damn good at it. And we're only good at it because we've learned how to prioritize and invest our energy (divided into portions of various levels of intensity) in everything that's on our list, in a descending order of importance. So gosh, "that fierce red bra because I'm feeling cheeky today or that black really comfy one because LONG day today" is pretty far down that mega-list, if at all.
And that's actually quite sad. Because why wouldn't I take the time to think about myself, even if for a few a minutes each day? What mood I'm in and what attitude do I feel like embracing today? what bra? what dress? what shoes? what bag? but not in that automatic, slightly robotic way but in a "I gave it some thought and I feel boss lady, sexy lingerie, LBD, black booties and powder leather satchel" kind of way.
So, back to my eureka moment. Looking at my semi-organized lingerie collection, I picked out a bra I haven't worn yet, even though it was laying in my drawer for quite some time now. It was a convertible bra that could turn into strapless and criss-cross styles that I got from Brayola a few months back. I decided then that I would flip things around and build my holiday outfit around the very basic item, that goes first on my body and have it inspire my overall style, down to which earrings I’ll wear and which bag I'll carry.
Then, I decided I'll work this method for a full week and see what results I get. Tired from wearing mostly the same outfit combos just because I'm used to matching certain items together, the following week was all about mixing things up by starting with the basics - a bra or a lingerie set. The results? I'll let you be the judge of that. What I can say is that my little experiment was an overall reminder to take some time each day to think of no one but myself, and change things up a little - every once in awhile. I highly recommend it!
So after much anticipation and preparation, we're happy to present the first installation of our collab project with The Mamu blog, our favorite TLV street style duo. Gearing up for the holidays, we decided to sprinkle some fashion joy your way in the form of this thanksgiving style guide as presented by our beloved Mamu.
P.S You can shop all looks here.
A page out of a diary of a Tel Avivian style babe that has never attended a thanksgiving dinner. Ever.
Dear god...thank you.
Thank you for the world's best holiday season, starting off with Thanksgiving. And before we thank you for all the good things you have given us over the past year, there are few more urgent and significant matters to address, like how in the good name of stuffed turkey one is to be expected to think about what to wear for all upcoming holiday events, when really all we can think about is stuffing, gifting, catching a flight, missing one and the long way back home? So, I've been thinking. I've been thinking that I could do the world and its humans some good by directing them away from the sure-to-happen holiday style disasters. Because, well, you see- style is global and so is the lack there of. We (me and my PIC) offer to be your creative directors outlining the proper looks for the upcoming holidays. We volunteer to aid the misguided in the search for the perfect holiday getup for each possible occasion.
Please see below for fresh holiday attitude, XO.
Holiday dinners can be quite amusing. You’ll be attending one at your grandmother’s house, and as far as you can tell, she’s still daydreaming of the 70’s, which means white sneakers are banned indefinitely and Scherpen velvet is the most dignified option to go with. Paired with a red turtleneck (you are bold and free, carry on, yes you can!) and platform grunge boots that emphasize how cool and timeless you are. You're probably the object of adoration of your entire family. Don't forget that your most killer item is your partner, bringing on a retro vintage style. He looks so hot that even your grams will fall for him (expect a huge xmas gift).
The meal is over and you've said goodbye to all your aunts and uncles and maybe gained a pound or two. Now, the night planned out with your friends is finally here…What should you wear? (Dammit!) In this scenario, we beg you to live on the edge! Forget the rules and let your body loose with a flowy jumpsuit. Remember you're full of confidence and you don’t need to always highlight your curves to show how sexy you are. You know you are sexy, feminine and beautiful. Don't they say you look most beautiful when you feel comfortable? so yeah, that. Accentuate your edgy look by adding a yellow leopard boot and pair with a floral bomber jacket. Now look at you, aren't you a walking inspiration!
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