Style

Shoe Dreams Come True

If you didn't know about Castañer shoes, well now you know.

After seeing them on everyone of my favorite French girls via the way of Instagram, I knew I had to have them/insanely wanted them. For someone, aka me, who doesn't frequent the heels route very often, it is a nice addition to my closet that is dominated by sneakers and sandals.

I have worn them with both jeans and blouses (see Exhibit A), to flirty dresses during the night (Ex. B).

Also, I learnt Matches Fashion sells them for a wildly smaller amount than other online hotspots, but you also may be to score a solid deal with the Net-A-Porter sale

Follow your dreams of becoming a fashionable Euro superstar. *heart eyes*

Step to it:

GO VINTAGE !

The great debate of what to buy new and what to buy vintage.

 As I've become a regular vintage goer, I've picked up a few tricks and tips of the trade in order to maximize the pure awesomeness that is vintage clothing. As vintage shops have become more mainstream thanks to social media, the prices have also hitched- also known as "designer" vintage. Whilst, I'm all for a great curated collection of 60s band tees and perfectly fitted 501s, you have to remember that the treasure hunt is half the fun of the great hunt. In correlation to that, always enjoy the hunt. Find that awesome Prada coat for $6. It's discovering a whole new world.

My tips for vintage shopping begin with the big one: budget. Walking into a thrift store or vintage flea can be intense and overwhelming. Having a game plan, along with a budget in mind, keeps you organized and avoids the frivolous purchases of six pairs of flared denim trousers and sequined gowns.

Tip two is to check out online. I know, I know. I said that the hunt is half the fun. But, my friends, the hunt can be conquered within your own humble abode or in transit. My two favorite online shops are Honey Vintage and The Vintage Twin. eBay, Etsy, and Depop are also some other options if you'd prefer digging through the digital space.

When asked what to buy vintage vs new, the answer is whatever your heart desires. For me, most denim pieces in my closet are vintage; ranging from reconstructed Wranglers to overalls scored in Chelsea flea. I also like finding some random pieces like Lacoste sweaters and polos for the ideal modern take on 80s preppie. If vintage makes you a little bit weary, stores like The Reformation have many vintage accessories and remake older pieces into something new. I personally have never purchased any evening wear or accessories via thrift stores, but like I stated... whatever floats your boat.

If you need some more convincing on why to shop vintage, think of the environment.

Sustainable fashion is cool!

Whilst higher-end brands are promoting the remaking of older and dull materials, how about embracing the cycle of clothes with the vintage road? I'm not saying to only shop vintage,  but how about limiting your own carbon footprint and think about how we can reduce waste and promote substainable clothing in our own life? 

I hope I've changed your mind for those weary on vintage shopping, and for those who understand how awesome it is.... homies 4 lyfe. 

 

*All these looks feature vintage*

May Moodboard & Mixtape

This is a hefty "M squared" post for the month of the May. My inspiration and creative juices were all out of whack last week, so it's nice to finally have some creativity flowing once again. I've been working on some more short films and videos, beginning with this super short video of mini moments that never surfaced the inter-web. Yesterday, I spent the day on the Hudson River watching some America's Cup racing. I can never turn down some AC boats, along with some hilarious commentary courtesy of friends and family. 

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This month's moodboard is all about mustard, the 70s, skinny straps, and bright blue. My favorite blog, the Messy Heads has also been a huge source of inspiration for me lately; from their fashion & beauty posts, to Emma's snapchat story. Good vibes have been um... vibing all around?

For hair and makeup, think sun-streaked hair, messy copper shadow and barely any makeup. Bold brows and nude lips are still going strong in my beauty bag. I think it's fascinating how my film style has been influencing my fashion sense and vice versa. Per example, I've been gravitating towards grainy old film with warm undertones that create nostalgia and breaks through fuzzy memories. 

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As for music, it's all over the place with some sick remixes on Soundcloud, to rediscovering Blondie's, "Heart of Glass". The favorites on Soundcloud have been this cover of Coldplay's, "Hymn for the Weekend", and the Steve James remix of ZHU's "Faded". Follow me on Soundcloud here to take a listen to those few, plus a hella lot more. As for those Spotify peeps, here is May's Monthly Mixtape. In the mix, we have some Beastie Boys, Sons of East, and a solid 80s tune from a popular 80s movie. Any guesses? 

SOUNDCLOUD / SPOTIFY

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April Mood & Mixtape

Decided to combine two of my favorite posts, the monthly moodboard and the playlist, to create the ultimate bit of inspiration on this special Saturday post (aka I fell asleep before posting it yesterday). Pretty sweet, isn't? I'm also working through the Anguilla content slowly but surely. My latest travel guide will be launching next Friday, so be pretty pumped for the best of the best selection on Anguilla.  

Thank you for joining me in the little blog update, now back to the regular programming with this month's moodboard. Of course, no day goes by without I, Sloane C. Kratzman, either wearing denim or thinking about it. A fresh pair just entered my arsenal inspired by the biggest buzzing' bee, Vetements. Note the "inspired," as despite contrary belief, I do have a limit on how much money I'm willing to spend on my denim collection. I suffice by taking a trip to The Vintage Twin, my ultimate haven for vintage Levis. Two ways I plan to sport my latest purchase are with a simplistic white t-shirt and oversized navy blazer, and bringing in a trusty rope belt. Hmmm.... what else is on the board? With festival season (editor's note: I cannot stand that term either, so I sincerely apoglize for bringing it up during "chella" time) around the corner, I'm pairing my jeans with broken in sneakers and scrunched socks, plus taking notes with road-trip ready style, and a tiny nod to the 70s. 

Next on the menu, the April playlist. I mentioned a while ago that I have a cumilvative playlist called "The Soundtrack", so take a listen to that as well.

THE APRIL MIXTAPE

Claps for Favorites

First, my sincerest apologies for the sporadic posting this week. I've been running all over the place, jumping from state to state, and barely finding the time to sleep. Spring Break, you say? Simply counting the minutes till I'm on the beach in the hot Caribbean sun. Tomorrow cannot come soon enough. 

Secondly, considering Spring is teasing us with warm days then proceeding to slap us with snow, my sartorial game is currently off its rockers. Everyone is struggling with weather confusion, so share some sympathy as I continue to wear the same sweatshirt for just ONE more day.  That brings me to my current favourites. I like to think that the items deemed favourites, don't necessarily have to be worn religiously, but are being shown some extra special love.

1. Zara leather jacket.  This baby is the definition of an oldie but a goodie as it was one of my OG Zara purchases. Never fails to bring some badass to any outfit. I'm looking to add another (vegan) leather jacket to the collection soon...digging this one.  Yet, nothing will ever rival my one & only from Queen Z. 

2. Superga sneakers. Thinking it is time to take a separation from my Stans, as the soles of them are slowly falling apart. Personally, Superga kicks have never really done it for me, greatly prefer clean white kicks, but it has been a refreshing pep in my step. I'm also eyeing these red bad boys from Vans. Sneakerhead never dies. 

3. Ray-Ban sunglasses. I've been switching between the round Ray-Bans and the classic wayfarers like hot cakes. Simply cannot decide which pair shall stand on my metaphorical pedestal but my Lennon style is currently pulling ahead simply for their radiating cool factor. 

4. Hermes silk bracelets/chokers . Talk about a forgotten soul of Sloane's wardrobe. My parents have given me these Hermes silk and charm ties over the past several years and it has built up quite the collection. I went through somewhat of an anti-jewelry phase during the fall and briefly into the winter, until I whipped out these from my jewelry box. Since then, you can find them either on my wrist or for something a little quirkier than normal, as a choker. 

5. J.Crew hat. Sadly this Panama hat has gone to hat heaven. That's why I was spending some free time trying on hats after hat. Hats are back, who knew? As much as I love the Panamas and fedoras, forever supporting the baseball hat. 

Before closing this post, I had to share some beauty products that have been saving my skin 

1. Toners. My poor skin has been going through hell and back, especially with the flip-flopping weather and these toners are the only things keeping it in check. I prefer to use only natural products on my face as my skin is unpredictable when it comes to trying new things. Witch Hazel is savior, in addition to this new product from Tammy Fender. 

2. St.Tropez Shower Self-tanner & Jergens Instant Sun. I'm always on the market for trying new self-tanners that won't turn me into an oopa-loompa and are foolproof in terms of zero streaks and zero mess. I've tried two this week. The St.Tropez in shower self-tanner is decent but a major emphasis on the GRADUAL. I am a decently pale person and after two uses, the color was barely there. I popped into the drugstore for a backup and behold, Jergens coming in clutch. I'm using the Jergens Instant Sun moose in Deep Bronze and it hits all the stops; zero streaks and no oopa-loompa-ing. 

Dreamland | Video

I tend to take a different creative route when it comes to directing and creating video content. Unlike the tradition planning and storyboarding, I'm normally struck with some specific idea and I can't stop thinking about it until it's done and dusted. Then half way through the post production, I completely switch ideas and mentally file away my original idea until further. 

Did that majorly confuse you? Sorry 'bout that. 

I wrote a short essay that sparked my OG idea, but alas have decided to save it for another time down the road. Without further ado, enjoy dreamland. 

Shot on location in Montauk, NY.