The unexpected

29 Nov

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Daily outfit, Versace for H&M silk skirt, black blouse, black tights, black sandals

Let’s face it, this look is pretty hot. This would be my fall-back outfit if I couldn’t find a way to make this new skirt work. My new Versace for H&M skirt. There, I said it. I was one of those people who made the trek and tested her luck. Here’s how it all went down. My husband and I had taken a red-eye to New York; we were going to stay in the East Village and spend Thanksgiving week with one of our best friends and have dinner with his family. A few days earlier I was telling a friend of mine at work that I was excited about the upcoming release Friday, I thought I might check out the store before going to work. Here is where the first part of the adventure starts. I had the date wrong. The release was set for the Saturday of my early morning arrival.

Next thing I know, I’m contemplating whether I could have the cab detour on the way from the airport to the closest store to my friend’s place after landing. Anyone who’s taken a red-eye topped nicely with a sleeping pill knows that couldn’t possibly happen. I slept through the flight, as expected, remaining only moderately coherent for the next few hours while the successful attempt at managing my slumber wore off. I was in no condition to face a crowd, let alone handle any type of monetary transaction with precision. Or trying pants on. So I laid my head down and slept.

I woke up around 11:00am and decided that once properly fed and showered, I might investigate the idea. I had reneged on my previous commitment to actually go, I was now in a contemplative state while sipping hot coffee. It might sound like I took a few steps back on this whole thing but stay with me. Around 1:00pm, a quick internet search revealed that the nearest store in SoHo was indeed walking distance. I knew I was getting a late start, I’d heard about the lines; I also knew I had nothing to lose. What I knew most of all was that I was not going to subscribe to any kind of frenzy. I was willing to check it out but if it looked like a zoo, I would turn back and leave. Honestly, I assumed that I had missed my chance. Still, I walked down the five flights of stairs, made a left and headed out into the brisk November air.

I spotted H&M easily enough; I popped in and found nothing. A little disappointed that there wasn’t even a trace of a display, I quickly realized this store had probably not carried the line and that the store listing online had been erroneous. Nonetheless, I asked a dressing room attendant where the nearest store carrying Versace was only to be told it was right down the street. A block away, maybe two at most. I strolled over while the clocked ticked. A few minutes later, I walked down a flight of stairs to a line of people and started asking, “is this the…” to which an affirmative nod told me all I needed to know. So I got in line. It was that easy.

It was that easy! There were maybe twenty-five people ahead. It turned out they were letting people into the gated area as others left which kept things incredibly civilized. I had missed the rush, the time slots, everything. The woman in front of me and I chatted to pass the time. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood. Before I knew it, my turn was up. I picked through and found a few things I liked and made my way to the dressing room, elated and a little giddy.

Look, I’m just as surprised as you are how this whole thing went down. I had no expectations, if anything, I was madly curious. I wanted to see the clothes first-hand. Versace’s style isn’t even right for me, it’s completely over the top. But like any curious and adventurous fashion lover I had to see. Fast-forward to the present. It’s safe to assume I tried every possible suitable combination in my wardrobe to come up with a way to personalize the skirt. And so while the look at the top is hot and perfect for a night out, it’s also predictably safe. I want to wear this skirt to work; this is how I’m going to do it.

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Daily outfit, Versace for H&M silk skirt, rust tights, green cashmere sweater, vintage necklace

Vintage Vendome crystal necklace

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Black top/Laundry by Shelli Segal, paradise skirt/Versace for H&M, black tights/unknown, sandals/Franco Sarto, green cashmere sweater/Bloomingdale’s, rust tights/, brown studded booties/Dolce Vita via Poshmark, vintage crystal necklace/Hell’s Kitchen flea market.

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I have a confession to make. I’ve become completely addicted to Poshmark. It’s an iPhone app that allows you to take pictures of your clothes to sell and follow other sellers to buy their clothes and accessories. It’s a much classier solution to ebay, complete with fun photo filters and the approachability of apps like Instagram. Check it out and tell me what you think. You’re going to be seeing a lot more cute things that I bought via Poshmark in the near future. Check out their facebook page for more info. I was one of their early beta testers and am absolutely loving it.


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  1. Franca

    November 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

    brilliant that it worked out for you. I might try for the Marni collection, i am quite excited about that. Though i will be just newly arrived in brussels then, so maybe not!
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  2. Bella Q

    November 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I just got word that Marni is doing a spring collection for H&M. And against my will, I am VERY excited.
    Bella Q recently posted..Forget Matchy-Matchy, Just Wear What You Love

  3. No Guilt Fashion

    November 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    LOVE that skirt. It looks fantastic in you, and you paired it excellently!
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  4. Ofelia

    November 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Really like the skirt and both looks, but I must say that the one with the green sweater and the red tights is my favorite of the two.
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  5. Shybiker

    November 30, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Wowie, zowie! Great shopping adventure!

    Love the skirt. It’s a major statement piece. It looks good both highlighted by the black in the first photo and combined with other bright colors in the second. A pleasure to see!
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  6. Noel

    November 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    i’m completely jealous that you didn’t have to wait in lines, although that would deprive me of meeting the guy who worked at target, who was obsessed with the fur vest and told stories of missoni items he had stashed around the store. or the girl from soho who checked ebay every 5 minutes to update us on the prices of the most sought after pieces. be that as it may, my pink shoes will be making an appearance soon, perhaps after i’ve managed to create a bowtie from the geo print scarf. see you in line for marni march 8.

  7. Shybiker

    December 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Thank you for the comments you just left. They touch me in a real and deep way. Your words are thoughtful, reflective, full of personal history and very empathetic. I’m really encouraged by what you said and appreciate your effort in saying it.
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  8. Magdalena

    December 4, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Versace for H&M. Lucky you. I like both sets but first one is better.

  9. Arash Mazinani

    December 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    The skirt is awesome, it is very Versace. I’m glad you had a pleasant experience with the whole collaboration as sometimes they can end in disappointment. You’re first look is my favourite.
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  10. Fashnlvr

    January 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    My eyes BUGGED OUT when I saw that second photo!! How fantastic! Perfect > I love it!! My local H&M didn’t carry the Versace line so I completely missed it, but I am so glad you got a piece of it. Girl you know how to rock it!!
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