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I think it’s safe to say that my primary digital interests have shifted from clothes to food over the past year.

Perhaps this is a result of my moving from the fashion capital of the US to one of the more prominent foodie capitals. Perhaps it’s because I’ve had a lot more free time, and have divvied it up between afternoons at the farmers’ market and long hours in my kitchen. Regardless of the catalyst, this is now a food blog.

However, my vanity has not entirely subsided, so I will drop in the occasional self-indulgent what-I’m-wearing/self-portrait post… And this is one of them.

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I wore my Michael Hutchence ensemble:

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I bought a black velvet bralette and re-discovered my love for Michael Hutchence at 3:57 yesterday afternoon.

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Yesterday, I was networking queen.

First, I put together a very serious business ensemble without even realizing it. Basically, I was just trying to find a way to make my new Helmut Lang tank work for the office. I’ve yet to find any nude-colored garments that are the right shade for me, so until then, I’ll just stick with good ol’ basic black. The tank itself is uber casz, so I figured I’d step it up with a very elegant, mega high-waisted pencil skirt from the fella’s days at Betsey.¬† Layered my trusty black blazer over it all to safeguard against any ta-ta spillage and topped it off with my fabulous, fabulous Pour La Victoires and heavy black eyeliner.

Needless to say, I was feeling all kinds of fierce.

Then, a few hours into the workday, I was reminded that I had RSVP’d to a work event in Chelsea that I really had to attend. Popped a few extra business cards into my pocket and my co-worker and I headed over to the far reaches of the island.

We’ve all been to literally TONS of these after-work to-dos and usually they’re the same old thing: a few sales pitches, maybe a presentation, lots of hor d’oeuvres and a whole mess of (surprisingly) poorly accessorized design junkies.

This time, however, we were pleasantly surprised! There was a full open bar, very tasty treats and quite a few interesting guests who provided stimulating conversation and occasionally hilarious banter. I passed out those business cards like it was job (it kind of was) and had an overwhelmingly enjoyable time, no doubt partially due to the delicious cocktails and my power ensemble:

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It was super sunny yesterday and just a little too windy to forego the winter coat, so I rocked my favorite red wool coat, but worn open. Now, I love this coat. I got it a couple of years ago at Betsey Johnson and it is my warmest, best fitting coat thus far. But the color is a bit of a double edged sword; while it’s bright and beautiful, it is also a very strong color that can be a little difficult to work into my wardrobe. So usually, I stick to blacks and whites and cremes when I want to wear it. However, today I decided to throw chromatic caution to the wind and wear it with this purple Iggy Pop t-shirt I got at Beacon’s Closet a while back.

Purple and red together kind of make me happy. Red on its own is powerful, spicy. Purple is quirky – at least it always seemed to me, but that may have just been the Hamburglar’s influence. But put them together and you have something special, something that is usually best relegated to boisetrous old church ladies in fanciful hats.

Purple has always been one of my favorite colors to wear, despite its omnipresence last year. I have never witnessed such a collective overdose on a trend until I was in Milan last October following fashion times. I was enjoying a spritz in the shadow of the Duomo, when all of a sudden, I noticed a startling similarity in appearance between members of the crowd. Practically every other person was draped in purple. A purple scarf here, purple shoes there, an entirely monochromatic purple ensemble over there! It was crazy talk! Thankfully, purple things are starting to die down a little now, so I can pull my purple garments out of temporary retirement! Woot, woot:

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Last year, my fella worked at Betsey Johnson… and I continue to reap the benefits:

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