I'm ready for the warm weather to get here for good so I can finally wear my new Wilt paneled tank dress. I will live in this dress this summer and thanks to Soca Clothing for gifting it to me after I hosted the Chaser 'Tee' Party during Nashville Fashion Week. I love tank dresses like this, because they're fun to layer on the jewelry and they're perfect for those sweltering summer days. I'm having a turquoise jewelry moment, so you'll probably start seeing a lot of it in my style sets this spring/summer.
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Unfortunately, the Wilt tank dress is currently sold out online, but I've included similar dresses here. In Nashville, check SOCA Clothing to see if they have any in stock.
Thursday is the day for the SOCA Tee Party. I'll be styling SOCA's new inventory of Chaser tees from 4-6pm. Join me for a glass of bubbly, enjoy 10% off your purchase and be entered to win a free pair of denim. I love Chaser's vintage looking rocker tees and skull tees. They're super soft and the fit is spot on...just like your favorite old band tee. Let's get ready for festival season together.
I'm having an overalls moment. I remember being a kid shopping with my mom and my aunts to find the perfect pair of OshKosh B'Gosh bib overalls for my cousins. Fast forward some years and here we are. The overall is now the more practical version of its chic jumpsuit cousin. Just because overalls may look casual, doesn't mean you need to style them that way. I'm on the search for the perfect pair to get me through festival season this year. This navy crop ankle pair from Goodnight Macaroon may be just what I need.
Okay, okay. I haven’t posted for the last few weeks….
Where oh where has your Stella Shops Sustainable Style Editor been you ask?
Well, all of this cruelty-free do-gooding has led to some mighty fine karma, as I was a guest for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers for the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, I missed the final US stopover in Monterey, but the incredible experiences I enjoyed will certainly last a lifetime.
As an avid music festival attendee, I have pretty much seen it all but I was beyond impressed with the layout of this series. Each location was handpicked and supported the hosting community by utilizing local resources and businesses. Each day-long event truly supported music, food, people, and embraced the small town culture.
My behind the scenes experiences ranged from campy bonfires, ping pong or soccer matches to dance parties in historic train stations, trickery from magicians, and rides in a chicken car…yes, that actually happened. I definitely had an amazing time and developed some friendships that I will continue to cherish. Here is the perspective of my first stop, Bristol, Tennessee AKA Birthplace of Country Music.
The Mumford’s curated lineup in Bristol included a mix of Nashville’s finest including Apache Relay, Justin Townes Earle, and JEFF the Brotherhood along with tour mate Dawes, London club kids The Very Best, The Felice Brothers sibling Simone Felice, and emerging LA girl posse Haim.
JEFF the Brotherhood didn’t disappoint with an energetic set that included singer and guitarist Jake Orrall dropping trou during the set. Rock and roll babay.
Justin Townes Earle also gave the sold out crowd a proper education on country music.
Proper festival hobbies included the following:
And, we couldn’t leave you hanging. Here’s some festival style to peruse:
Next Sunday I'll bring you the scoop on the Gentleman of the Road Stopver in Dixon, Illinois. Comment below if you were able to attend any of the stopovers. We’d love to hear your feedback!
They’re here. The September issues. When fashion defies all predictions about the death of print, and goes ALL OUT. They’re breaking the scales this year (and apparently, presenting some challenges in terms of mail delivery).
Full disclosure—I don’t subscribe to any fashion magazines. I have enough distractions from my modicum of daily productivity as it is. Instead, I indulge in the stupidly expensive and inefficient practice of purchasing a small fortune’s worth of the latest issues anytime I’ve got a plane to catch. I make an exception in September though—I just buy ‘em, whether I’m traveling or not. And rationalize that I’m doing my part to save the world’s print publications…
These September issues got really famous with “The September Issue.” This 2009 documentary about the production of Vogue’s massive September 2007 tome gave us Anna Wintour and (especially) Grace Coddington on-camera, and provided a semi-inside look at the makings of a blockbuster issue. And for anyone with an eye to the business of fashion, the documentary’s timing had an additional unintended sub-plot. It was shot before the economic bust of fall 2008, with its dramatic effect on the fashion and publishing industry—and released just before fall 2009, when the aftershocks were still penetrating and powerful.
It would be way, way too superficial and unfounded to tie this year’s September issues to any economic predictors. Suffice it to say, though, they’re bigger than ever.
Not surprisingly, Vogue sits atop the heap (you know Anna wouldn’t have it any other way). Weighing in at 4.5 pounds and almost 1,000 pages (658 of which are ads), it’s a behemoth. According to Sarah Leon in Stylelist.com, it’s too big for apartment mailboxes. Residents are getting package notifications instead.
On the scales, W Magazine comes in at 3.5 pounds (415 pages, 272 are ads), with Elle at 2.5 pounds (556 pages, 344 are ads) and InStyle with 639 pages (374 ad pages). The clever folks at Racked.com hauled their September issues to a local Whole Foods—providing a useful and hilarious comparison, including the number of animals in each issue and noting that Marie Claire weighs about what a dozen glazed Krispy Kreme donuts would (1.5 pounds).
Of course, the September issues may be bigger than ever, but they’re nothing new. Vogue takes us down Memory Lane with an online montage of its September issues since 1893. It’s hard to resist Lauren Hutton in 1974. Or a decade earlier, the helmet hat on the 1964 cover (with the tantalizing article “No Smoking: The Luxe Way to Stop”).
My favorite, though, is Vogue’s September 1943 issue—an elegant babe, jaunty hat with veil, a pencil in her gloved hand, perusing a piece a paper that would (in reality) change the world for American women—with the telling headline, “Take the Job! Release a Man to Fight!”
And who says fashion magazines aren’t serious?!? Excuse me…I’ve got 25 pounds of heavy reading to do.
About Cindy Wall
Cindy’s a communications and marketing pro, a writer, a grammar snob, and a rapacious reader. In her own words, she knows “a little about a lot”—i.e., 19th century literature, Karl Lagerfeld’s latest adventures, professional bike racing, and when to use the Oxford comma. She’s a fan of indie film and music, and bullish on local eating and shopping. And she’s recently re-reved her blog, Paris State of Mind, where she writes about all things French.
Just $5 is all it will cost to support Abolition International, an organization whose mission it is to eradicate sex trafficking and the exploitation of women and children across the globe. Nashville is actually the headquarters for Abolition International's accreditation, awareness, education and fundraising initiatives. The numbers on their website are pretty astonishing...Human trafficking is estimated to be a $32 billion industry. 1,000,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. The three strand To Be Free bracelet was part of a summer initiative called the 31 Days of Freedom. Purchase of the bracelet helps raise support for the expansion of aftercare in the United States and abroad.
Showing compassion and getting involved is always in fashion. Here's how Sierra from The Lookbook and I styled the To Be Free bracelet,