The Marketer and the Muse

Yesterday I went to New York City for a business meeting with Cibu Celebrity Stylist Sharon So. Sharon So is super cool. Even her name is cool: “Sharon So.” So what? You fill in the blank.

Every inch a platform artist, Sharon’s look is on point. Hair and makeup flawless – always; apparel is that rocker edgy situation that you’d find on an off duty model with a mean streak.

Though toned down, her outfit yesterday was no disappointment: Draped asymmetrical cardigan, paneled leggings, leather corset and sharp (yet sensible) over-the-knee flat boots. The monochromatic gray ensemble was set off by a brilliant blue saddle bag and those nerdy chic thick black glasses that only the chic can pull off without looking like an actual nerd.

Sharon and I have been travelling together since Cibu was born; over the past 13 years my personal style has evolved under her influence. But it only took one mishap (a bi-color mullet in 2005) for me to realize that while Sharon’s personal style is inspiring, it wasn’t my style to imitate. Sharon makes me cooler by osmosis.

So that is my explanation as to why the outfit I selected for a day trip to NYC, fashion capital of the world, was so deliberately DC. I dress in deference to the coolest person in the room.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of Sharon’s entire outfit, but this shot captures the edgy vibe she emanates 

Sharon on stage and in her element

Outfit details: Hermes Eperon d'Or Remix silk maxi twilly scarf (birthday gift from Matt, 2014); Citrine pendant on gold chain (birthday gift from Matt, 2010) Stella & Dot Norah Chandelier earrings (2014); JCrew ruffle trench (2008); Theory white knit sweater (belonged to my original muse, my beloved Aunt Catherine, 2015); layered over JCrew silk camisole (2015); JCrew Minnie Pants (2013); Loeffler Randall Tamsin Haircalf pumps (2004)

Signature Style

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Part of the appeal of Project 333 is the opportunity to save money. The goal is to edit your belongings down to a seasonal collection of coordinating items that play well together. Arguably, you save money because you are shopping your own closet and you save time because your choices are limited.  Leave it to me to spend money executing a minimalist lifestyle change. 

You see what happened was… the process of curating a three month wardrobe revealed gaps in the coordination matrix. There was no black and white striped t-shirt, no nude go-with-everything stacked healed sandal, no gray ruched mini skirt - obviously items necessary TO TIE IT ALL TOGETHER. Not to worry, gaping fashion holes were filled, online, while nursing at 4:14AM. World’s best shopping conditions. 

As soon as I tapped the order confirmation button the familiar nervous/guilty anticipation set in: In 3 - 5 business days all of my problems would be solved by J Crew. This very feeling is the dragon that I am attempting to shake. Even as I type this her fiery breath is whispering that I need just one more thing to complete the perfect spring capsule – black nude flats. A good quality pair by Loeffler Randall. But I haven’t pushed ADD TO BAG. Yet. 

Dragon lady is graciously quiet on the jewelry and scarf front. These signature items, mostly special gifts from Matt, didn’t require deliberation because they bring me joy. 

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Jewelry: From left, David Yurman, Tiffany & Co, Stella & Dot, Kendra Scott, Gorjana, model’s own

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 Hermes Scarfs: From bottom, Red Horse Bits 2007; Purple Love Birds 2009

Day 2 Outfit Credits

Top: Tart Collections (2014 Gilt.com)

Cardigan: JCrew (2010 stolen from sister Emily)

Pants: JCrew Minnie (2013)

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple 85s (2007)

Bag: Loeffler Randall Industry Bag (2014 gift from sister Emily)

Scarf: Posh Boutique, Charlottesville, VA (2010)

Jewelry: David Yurman (2006 - 2013)