MIXED METALS

Planet Botkier March 31, 2010

Right now, I’m really into mixed metal. I’ve always been inspired by jewelry and it’s a huge influence on my design of bag hardware. Whether it’s a vintage score or investment piece, I love to make a statement. Black gold and pink gold are particularly unique and work well with both silver and gold tones. Perfect with an understated outfit, like a worn-in tee and a pair of boyfriend jeans.  You don’t have to choose between silver and gold. Be a bit of a rebel and wear them together…

A few favorites I’m currently rotating:
1. Three key necklace in pink, white and yellow gold 2. 1930s black onyx, diamond and yellow gold antique ring 3. Platinum, diamond and yellow gold earring 4. Fallon ‘Mistaken Identity’ chain bracelet 5. 1970s black and yellow gold chain link bracelet

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SPOTLIGHT ON ELIN KLING

Planet Botkier March 26, 2010

We’re currently smitten with Swedish darling Elin Kling, who shares her sartorial obsessions with the world via her blog, Style By Kling. Her casual chic style is a mix of flirty floral frocks and edgier, fashion forward pieces like tough leather boots and structural jackets. We’re not the only ones captivated by Elin’s amazing attire–she’s been snapped by the likes of The Sartorialist and The Street Peeper. During the midst of fashion week craze, she graciously took a few minutes out of her busy day for a captivating Q&A with Planet Botkier.

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A BIT OF GLITZ

Planet Botkier March 22, 2010

Emily Blunt’s role in The Devil Wears Prada afforded her a super luxe wardrobe, and off the screen she is equally stylish. Her day to day look is classically cool, choosing blacks, whites and solids instead of busy prints. The look is anything but basic, Emily adds a modern edgy factor by accessorizing with a pop of color.  Whether it’s electric red flats or her Jackie Hobo in pewter snake, she’s always looking effortlessly chic.

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UMBRELLA GRAVEYARD

Planet Botkier March 19, 2010

I was visiting our store in NoLIta on the first real day of Spring in NYC. It’s 70 degrees out and the city has come alive after a brutal winter. Stumbled upon this umbrella graveyard– it must be the aftermath of the crazy rain storm last Saturday!

xoxo,

Monica

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ON OUR RADAR: JAZZI MCG

Planet Botkier March 10, 2010

New to Planet Botkier, get to know the stylish femmes popping up on our fashion radar. We’ll share a glimpse into their world via exclusive interviews and sartorial advice from the it-girls themselves. At the moment, we’re smitten with the fashion forward Jazzi McGilbert. Hardly a style rookie, Jazzi pens her industry chronicles via her blog, Jazzi McG. We quizzed the blogger on her favorite trends for spring, wardrobe must-haves, and the essentials inside her Botkier bag, the Howard Street satchel.

First things first-tell us about your blog in a sentence or two.

My blog is just a piece of my mind for anyone that’s interested. I post advice, personal stories, outfits, DIYs, and anything at all I find interesting or inspiring. My blog has followed me on a path from boredom, dreams, to a number of internships, to my work as a freelance writer and stylist, to everything in between (and whatever comes next!).

We adore your personal style. What’s your one most cherished look?

Firstly, thank you! And I guess I’m not terribly sentimental about my own style, because I can’t think of a cherished look per se… but I do feel a little naked without my arsenal of rings, bangs/fringe, a hat, heels and dark black eyeliner. In general, I tend to mix high, low, very low and vintage, but it’s not a conscious thing. I’ll go a little dark or sexed up one day, innocent another, and almost tomboy the next… or just mishmash it all together in one look – it’s definitely a mood thing, but I’m not scared to have a little fun.

Since you’re such a coast-hopper, where are your two most cherished shopping destinations, in New York and LA?

In LA, it’s the Fairfax flea market, my regular Sunday morning stop, and Maxfield – more for playing the racks and drooling than actually whipping out the wallet, but I would if I could.

In NY, I love the selection at Seven and always find something awesome for a steal at Century 21.

Which three new trends are you excited to see for Spring?

I’m feeling the braids, wacky colored hair, and cat eye glasses. And I’m excited to see girls’ looks in clogs (though I’ll be sitting out this trend).

Which four blogs are you loving at the moment-fashion or otherwise?

It’s so difficult to pick just 4! I subscribe to and love tons, but these are in heavy rotation at the moment:

1.Sundance’s Full Frontal Fashion has quickly become my favorite fashion/culture destination. They have some incredible contributors, informative posts & videos, and a really fresh voice.
2. Kris Atomic I love everything about her blog: her white blonde hair, quirky illustrations, food & travel porn, all her dreamy fashion inspiration and her kitty Matilda.
3. KCRW-The BEST podcasts, music, and news. I’m constantly listening to KCRdubs – stuck in traffic, on my iPod, laptop, wherever.
4. Not new or anything, but as a fellow Cali girl, I’ve found myself inspired by Rumi of Fashion Toast a lot lately. There’s no denying she is damned captivating – even my boyfriend loves her (and they look like siblings) – and I’ve come to appreciate the simplicity in that she doesn’t try to do it all. She does the personal style blog very well.

Lastly, what are five essentials you’ve always got in your bag?

1. Camera, which is a big DSLR that demands a big bag (my Howard Street is perfect).
2. Chapstick, strawberry to be specific.
3. Whatever magazine or book I’ve picked up.
4. Junk food – candy or chips. Fruit on a good day.
5. Pen, Moleskine, and/or Digital Recorder – tools of the trade.

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