Day 10: Leather Trim Sweaters by SGC NYC

After seeing fellow fashion maven Natalie's post for Blackbook on label SGC NYC's one-year anniversary, I fell in love with their effortless street designs and had to add them to my list. In particular, I'm obsessed with SGC's leather trimmed sweater pieces. Being a huge black leather fan, I'm always looking for pieces that uses the material in a unique way. Leather-trimmed cashmere blend? If it had steel beading it would be the hardest to dry clean piece ever, so don't party too hard in it.

Then again, SGC stands for "Social Gathering Clothing" i.e.party clothes. So... dry cleaning be damned!


My apologies for not posting over the weekend, but I didn't want the 12 Days of Xmas Gift Ideas countdown to end on a Monday, so I thought I'd take the weekend off. There was a certain level of incapacitation due to late nights involved as well, but that's what the holidays are about, right?

I only WISH I had one of SGC's leather detailed sweaters to keep me warm through the ice luge's and bikini bars over the chilly LA weekend. While they may not seem like much on the hangers at first, SGC's editorial shows just how effortlessly styled these pieces are. Considering they are handmade in NYC, the prices are super reasonable compared to other handmade pieces involving leather. 



The sweater dress would be perfect with a matching leather five-panel hat (since it kind of reminds me of a baseball jacket), some Doc Martens lace-up boots and patterned black tights. The gray sweater would look great with some crazy black leather platform shoes, metallic gold denim for the holidays and all the long, antiqued metal necklaces you can layer. Or y'know, just black panties works too.

On a side note, I'm totally in love with the blond model. Her and her real-life husband star in Cee-lo Green's stunning, unexpected cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You". The video makes me want to fall in love so much, good times and bad!

Day 5: Alexander Wang "Marion" Sling Mini Bags



A little late on this one today, but it's a damn good one. My friend Christine--an amazing graphic designer who has created entire looks for the likes of Smashbox Cosmetics and Kate Somerville--had an enviable sling bag with her on a night out that I immediately (without having seen the design before) recognized it as an Alexander Wang piece. Wang's Marion Mini Sling Bag is chic, classic bag that with the rhodium details still retains Alexander's signature edge.

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I was a huge fan of Alexander Wang's stud-bottomed Rocco bag, but the actual portability had mixed reviews. Holding Rocco myself, it had a surprisingly heavy weight despire the small size due to the solid metal spikes. Knowing how much I like to cram into my bags, I couldn't go through with a purchase despite being as lusty as a bar wench for it. Even though it came with an across-the-body strap, it was certainly a shoulder killer.

Side note: Rhodium is a silvery-white, durable metal that is related to platinum. I came to know the material because the high-end store I worked at as a salesperson in college (I was unceremoniously "let go" for sitting down once) used to sell giant fake cubic zirconia wedding rings. For about $100, women with actual giant diamond and platinum wedding rings would buy the CZ/rhodium ones to wear when they travel in case the rings were lost or the women robbed. Funny how that works?
But with the Marion bag, it's the perfect size for a night out to dinner, dancing and then some. You can fit a wallet, car keys, phone, some cosmetics and maybe a few other necessities in it--which is great weight-wise and cutting down on purse clutter (big problem for  me).
At $650, the Marion bag is on the cheaper end of the spectrum for Alexander Wang bags, and is simple enough carry from season to season. Plus, there are different colors and materials to match anyone you're shopping for: Emerald lambskin (sold out in all the places I could find); royal blue leather, black ostrich print leather, black lambskinazure leather and if you act fast, the butterscotch/rhodium color is on sale for practically half-off for $389 at Barneys.com.

Anyone would be lucky to recieve one of these mini babies for the holidays!

Day 4: Silver Collar Tips Chic Up Any Shirt

I was suprised at the reaction to one of my latest accessory purchases: Western collar tips. I was inspired to buy them after seeing Zara's lovely Studio Shirt was sold out everywhere I looked.

The top retailed at about $90.00, which for my taste is slightly too pricey for a Zara shirt. And it didn't even matter because right now I can't even find it on eBay. But for much cheaper, you can have a far better alternative:

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For about $7.00, I bought the best part of the shirt, the tips! A common accessory in Western wear, they're a fantastic addition to a shirt buttoned to the neck in lieu of a necklace. You'll have to dig around for ones that are not blatently Western/horse/cowboy themed, but they really are jewelry in my opinion.

Here are the ones I bought; this is a photo I posted on my Instagram (follow me! Username KidViskous)


The best part about having the collar tips alone instead of the Zara shirt is that you can add them to any collared shirt you own. They have screws in the back to grasp onto the colla for a simple change-up. I bought mine off eBay and I encourage you to search around there for tips that suit you or your gift recipient. They can come in a basic generic metal for under $10 or you can find more intricately engraved, uniquely shaped, sterling silver or 14k gold ones for more. Some even come set with a semi-precious stone like turquoise or onyx.
These sterling silver vintage paisley ones are fantastic for $18 on eBay.

It's almost like DIY, but easier! A great pro-style gift for anyone looking to advance their existing wardrobe.