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Mic Check 1,2 [An Sort-of Apology in 500 Words or Less]

*tap tap*

Is this thing on?

Well hey there! How are you? How's it going?

I know, I know, it's been a while. In fact, it has been seven months TO THE DAY since I last posted. What are my feelings? Well I'd say it's a mix of sadness, happiness, longing, and regret. A metaphorical milkshake of emotions, be it that.

I think several things made this absence occur, but the two largest were a) work and b) time. I set the bar WAY too high for myself and whilst working a 50 hr+ job I found myself typing way into the early morning hours buzzed on white wine and not looking forward to my 5AM alarm.

In a sentence: I got overwhelmed and it was obvious that I needed to take a break and make a change.

So the break is now over, and now? THE CHANGE. What does that mean?

Well, it means I'll start posting again which I am excited about, but I will be posting once a week, rather than holding myself to a three time a week schedule. I'm hoping that means I can still deliver fun and beautiful content without driving myself batty with exhaustion.

Hold me to it ok?

And with that said, here's to more fashion fun! Style by Dirty Water returns!


On the Edge of Glory

Although August is not even half over, everyone in the fashion world's pulse is quickening for the impending SEPTEMBER ISSUE. The pinnacle moment when heralded tomes such as Vogue, Elle, and Glamour lets us know what we need to be adding to our closets for the upcoming Fall season.

I personally await the delivery of my Vogue September issue, made famous by the film of a similar name a few years back and although my mama says I have the patience of a saint, I have to admit I love a sneak preview. You know, a little tidbit to satiate my senses! BUT when I saw the leak of this year's cover, can I say I'm a little nonplussed?

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE me some JLaw, but after previous issues such as last years I feel that every subsequent September issue should be just as fantastic, right?

ON TOPIC: I really miss the consistency of seasoned models on magazine covers. Am I the only one who thinks this? Again, no hate on the Jennifer Lawrence, but I'm dying for Karlie, Joan, or Daphne to lock down some serious rotation in American publications.

I wouldn't say my hopes were completely dashed, but I was wary of what else this issue consisted of....but my surprise and awe increased triple fold up on seeing THIS editorial exclusively leaked on Visual Optimism. The title of this shoot is "Ragged Glory" and I can totally see it:

Can't help it with Edie Campbell looking like a COMPLETE badass....

What a shot of romanticism! A care-free loving vibe with still a sense of chic.

So dope! I love the incorporation of Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy, and FENDI, especially in that first flick. I am all over cross branding, and this was done well.

I also was pretty impressed with the use of Hedi Slimane's most controversial Fall 2013 collection [made even more infamous by New York Time's Cathy Horyn]. I was NOT impressed with this collection while browsing through the photos, but here I actually am enjoying the aesthetic of the pieces. I would lying if I said I've entirely changed my mind about the line, but I'll say I'm warming up to it.

SO, we get our September issues, lavish in all that is fall, and then we head straight into NYFW for Spring 2014! There is so much fashion it's going to make my head explode.

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Frenzy Fridays- [Don't] Be a BLOCKHEAD

Guys.....I almost annihilated myself last week.

I was out and about with a couple friends in Faneuil Hall, which for those of you who haven't been to this conglomeration of shops/bars/restaurants, many of the streets look like this:

Cobblestones, albeit beautiful, are NOT a high heel's friend. So many cracks, and I was a bit of a dummy and was wearing some newly acquired stilettos.

Needless to say, I took a couple tumbles and while scraping my knee I thought "there's gotta be a better way to do this."

So I dedicate this Frenzy Friday to a shoe that is not only stable enough so Em doesn't go BOOM, but also chic and on trend enough to be drool-worthy. THE BLOCK HEEL.

Here is a shoe I can get behind. It's fantastic too because I am seeing a lot of these chunkier heels on fabulous bloggers such as Aimee Song, Jules Sarinana, and Leandra Medine [who btw gave a one word reply to one of my comments and I TOTALLY fan-girl-ed, heavy breathing and shaking. 

They're comfortable and look at all the styling! Holographic material, studding, Alexander Wang-esque metal plating, color blocking, serious straps, and....lucite? Yeah that threw me too but the silk print on those Kirkwoods is too pretty.

So what do you think about the block heel? Yay? Nay? How would YOU style this trend? I'd love to hear from you!


Boston image courtesy of New Urban Architect


Dries Dries Dries DRIES

How is it that every time that you have fiscal responsibilities in the way of reckless spending, there are tons of temptations that pop up EVERYWHERE? For instance everyone's favorite money suck H&M has finally come out with their online store after years of promise. As soon as I saw that my heart jumped a beat and I immediately felt like I was in danger.

On-topic: What is it about online shopping that makes it less guilty? It's as though you had no idea you dropped X amount of dollars for that Kenzo dress....until you see your bank account.

Anyways, the latest of these temptations comes in a Parisian form, as the legendary Belgian designer Dries van Noten has finally made his collections available online through Barney's after years of being elusive on the internet.

...I'll give you time for to adjust your television, but this ain't going to change people. This isn't a dream!


Did you just get a shiver down your spine? I think there's an excitement front coming on....

If your volume isn't turned up to 11 [and if you don't get that reference, you shouldn't be here], allow me to show a retrospective of the mix-master himself. Who the hell knew that plaid and floral looked good together? I sure as hell didn't.

My bank account's weeping, my wallet is one fire, and I'm praising whatever is up there to keep my gluttony at bay.

I'm sure I am not the only one whose excited for this?


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Oh Hey Stranger How are You?

Let's see here, how does this thing work again?

OH SNAP at the Distillery Gallery: Forever 21 top, Gap jeans, Kelsi Dagger booties, UO shoulder bag [VERY old], messy hair courtesy of me

Oh HEY! I know you!

How is everyone doing? I know I know, I've been particularly awful as of late, and the blog has slipped to the wayside. Please feel free to put forward all wrist slaps in the comments below, I sure would appreciate them.

Regardless, my life has [somewhat] calmed down again and my motivation is back up....we shall COMMENCE again and I hope that reality doesn't hover over my head.

So whilst I scour the internet for what's going on in the style world [and maybe plow through Man Repeller's musings for a day], I thought it best to show some pictures of what I've been up to for the past month or so. I apologize to those on my instagram and twitter feeds as these will be repeats, but I hope you still enjoy them!

Inevitable indication of my husband's and my immaturity. Star Wars AT-ATs having a good old time while we unpack.

The new living room, complete with sectional couch and Japanese Shogun inspired Star Wars prints. Seeing a trend here?

First and foremost, we MOVED! Moving takes so much out of me, and I'd like to use it as a scape goat as to why I dipped out for a bit, but how does that explain the latter half of June and all of July? For shame...

Anywho, this will surely be the last move we make before our intent to buy property [ohhhh adulthood], and we're very very happy.

We managed to beat the July 4th heat with an adult sized kiddie pool and appropriate safety measures.

I got to go home for the first time since Christmas and hang out with my favorite beast Molly. She's almost 14 and has arthritis but never passes up a lap and ear skritches.

Newest challenge since moving has been my bike commute of 9 miles each direction. It's been fun, minus the mid-ride chain repairs [hence the greasy fingers and shirt].

Got to play puppy sitter for a weekend with this lovely doll. Favorite activity of the day? Lounging in the sun on the front lawn.

Finally getting some reading in with a book that I've been dying to get my hands on. Red headed GODDESS!

Along with the move I finally have a LARGE kitchen to work out of, which I've been wanting for God knows how long, so I have been cooking CONSTANTLY:

Miso Kale Noodle Bowl with Chicken c/o Cupcakes and Cashmere

Snickerdoodle cookies for a sugar pick-me-up.

Thyme Dusted Pork Medallions with a Rutabaga-Pear Mash from my newest cookbook obsession.

And there you have it! Nothing earth-shattering, but if anything it shows you that I haven't been dead or dying....yet.

We roll back into fashion this week.




Hi Everyone!

As you probably noticed, the posting here at Style by Dirty Water has been infrequent for the past couple weeks. NO, I'm not dead, but life here has gotten pretty hectic on many levels [just moved, new project at work, upcoming life events to plan for] and I just have not had the time I wanted to dedicate to this blog. I don't want to post just anything I find and be done with it...I want to give you really fashion news that I am passionate about!

Anywho, I will be back [once we have internet figured out at our new apartment] and SbDW will be back to it's old tricks. Just have to be patient!

Love to all of you, and I will see you soon!



Reminisce Over You

So if you have been following my twitter you've probably figured out by now I'm in the process of moving clear across town, and amidst the stacks of boxes and the sore arms from carrying everything you own, you have a tendency to reminisce, you know?

Just this week I was flipping through my stash of books with a friend. He happened upon my copy of Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation and immediately started asking me questions about his designs. It was great for me to sit down with him and describe McQueen's thought processes with everything from bumster pants to armadillo shoes, but it got me deeply thinking about McQueen's entire career.

then I thought about his former patron Isabella Blow and her passing [it was 6 yrs on May 7th]...

...then about McQueen's last unfinished collection...

...then about how much of an idiot I was for not making it to the Met's exhibition Savage Beauty...

...and the list could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. I could wax philosophical about how I think McQueen's death was tragic on so many levels, but for the sake of your eyes I'll save it [but if you do want to hear me out, click here].

In the moment of remembering, I thought I'd share one of my favorite Vogue America editorials of all time, shortly released after Savage Beauty premiered in May 2011, showcasing some of McQueen's most memorable works:

Caroline Trentini in McQueen S/S 2007, a silk dress embroidered with fresh flowers just moments before it hit the runway.
Coco Rocha in McQueen S/S 2001 VOSS collection, one of the crazier shows he did set in an insane asylum.

Karen Elson in McQueen F/W 2006 collection, which ended with a state-of-the-art holographic image of Kate Moss floating in mid air. 

Karlie Kloss in McQueen S/S 1999 collection, which ended in the final showdown between Shalom Harlow and a couple of paint gun wielding robotic arms.

Rachel Zimmerman in McQueen S/S 2005 collection. This look always disturbed me, but I looked past that to view his genius with materials.

Stella Tennant in one of my personal favorite dresses from McQueen S/S 2001 collection.
I know this isn't a typically style inspired post, but to me this is the ULTIMATE inspiration. One of the things I will always remember about McQueen is how he always said that you didn't have to like the clothes, just as long as you FELT something when you saw them. He [to me] was one of the few designers in the industry who took it beyond just how the clothes looked, making them so much more than tangible items.

I have to get back to packing my kitchen, but in the meanwhile enjoy this retrospective video of Savage Beauty and let me know what McQueen collection was your favorite.

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