Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Accessorize Like: Rachel Zoe


In honor of Rachel Zoe’s second book, Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour, out today, I thought I would debut a new series focused solely on accessories and pull some from my own closet that channel a bit of Rachel’s style. I can see wearing these pieces with dark-rinse jeans—flare or bootcut of course, Rachel’s favorite!—and a long black drapey cardigan, I have a great one from Anthropologie. Here are the accessories I already own (hey, look everybody, no shopping required!) that most remind me of Rachel’s glamorous look:

Shopping my own closet for Rachel-inspired accessories!

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute tote in aubergine patent. Rachel said in her first book that patent never dates. I’m with her! I know this is not the most practical bag in the world but I still love the shape and color of it.

Simply Vera purple sunglasses. I picked up these Vera Wang sunglasses for $20 at Kohl’s and wear them year-round.

Tom Ford nail polish in Bordeaux Lust, vintage Givenchy pendant, Julie Vos Tribeca Tower ring.

Vintage Givenchy enameled pendant on a snake chain. Rachel is a huge fan of vintage Givenchy and I think she would approve of this 1977 pendant, which I found on eBay for a song.

Tom Ford Nail Polish in Bordeaux Lust. Yes, it has a bit of a price tag to it ($32, ouch), but I have been very happy with this deep red since I bought it and the quality of the polish is excellent. It makes me want to try other Tom Ford beauty products, it’s that good.

Detail of the ring. The fabric holding it up is a swatch from Mendel Goldberg!

Julie Vos Tribeca Tower ring in amethyst and sapphire. I got this at the recent Julie Vos sample sale, which I am so glad is over because I kept finding pieces I wanted every time I went to the site. Rachel loves a big cocktail ring and I loved how unusual this one was.

Wedge boots by Calvin Klein. Rachel loves high heels, upwards of five inches, which is just insanity in my book. I think she’d like the look of these but I’m sure she would want to add two inches to the height that’s already there!


I thought Rachel’s first book, Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour, was a good mix of practical advice, personal history about how she got her start in fashion, as well as insight from designers, and pictures showing the highlights of her red carpet work on stars like Jennifer Garner, Keira Knightley, and Cameron Diaz. I hope her second book will be as fun and practical as the first.


What are your favorite accessories right now? Will you be reading Rachel’s new book?

20 comments:

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I love the deep rich burgundy colours you have chosen here. That bag is especially cool.

I must admit I don't read fashion books. I love going to an exhibit or something more interactive.

bisous
Suzanne

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, I hear you, I have been staying away from fashion books since most of them seem to cover the same (boring) ground--what 10 items to buy, how to find your style, blah blah blah. I make an exception in Rachel's case because I can't help liking her, plus I usually learn some off-the-wall fact about the history of fashion from her. Her knowledge is nearly encyclopedic when it comes to fashion from the 1960s and 70s and it's interesting to listen to her talk (or write) about it. XO, Jill

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I used to love Rachel's style, but it seems like she's gotten a little boring lately... Maybe just me.

Jill said...

Hi Becky, I feel like I haven't seen Rachel all that much since she had her second son in December. I am curious if she will be out and about promoting the book and if so, what she will be wearing! XO, Jill

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I want to read the book!! And I love the color of the bag and accessories...beautiful, Jill!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Strangely I am wearing a vintage coin necklace a lot these days...it is faux, which for me is rather new as I usually only wear genuine gems and stones, sterling and gold. Scarves will be my go to accessory forever!
I'd like to read this book and I like that you shopped your closet!

wabisabiwife.com said...

Gorgeous! I especially love that deep rich nail color. May have to rethink my nails for this spring. Now I need to check out the book as well! Love her style, I just wish I had her hair!

wabisabiwife.com said...

Gorgeous! I especially love that deep rich nail color. May have to rethink my nails for this spring. Now I need to check out the book as well! Love her style, I just wish I had her hair!

JoanneM said...

Please consider a nailpolish review.

I love it as much as you do!

But when I checked the price of the TF I about keeled over......you must have a good reason for this purchase.....please tell!

donna macdonald said...

Jill, thank you for identifying the nail polish in your "green" post. I probably will not buy Rachel Zoe's latest. Her style is a little too young for me although I think she has an excellent eye and ideas. These days, I get a lot of inspiration from the designers of the past: Chanel, Vionnet, Lanvin. I prefer to study what they did and try to figure out if it can be incorporated in today's look (for me). I wish someone would write a great style book for women of a certain age but lots can be found on fashion blogs today (including yours ;)

Deborah Montgomery said...

I love the bag, and may have to think about the TF polish. I love style books, even if I've heard most of it before. I usually pick up something. One good hint or idea or inspiration makes it worth it. I love accessories, b/c they always fit! and b/c they add interest and personality to my rather classic style. fun post Jill!

Jill said...

Hi Pam, if you read this book, let me know. Also, btw, Rachel would approve of the swing coat in your latest blog post and would not change a thing about its length! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Wabisabiwife, thanks for stopping by! Rachel does have good hair, doesn't she? Although I think I like it better without bangs. If you read her book, let me know what you think of it! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Joanne! I can't remember if I swatched this Tom Ford polish or not or did a review. Hmm, I will look into it. I went ahead and spent the money on it because I was at Bergdorf at the very last Fashion's Night Out in NYC (although we didn't know it would be the last one at the time) and I couldn't resist buying one special thing. I figured if I was spending that kind of cash for nail polish I'd better get a classic color! I have definitely gotten my money's worth out of the bottle, I still use it a lot! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Donna, thank you for such a nice compliment! I'm with you, I still look to the past designers for a lot of inspiration and to see if I can incorporate what they did into a modern look. I have been so crazy for sequins lately that if I had to name a designer from the past I'm looking to for inspiration, I'd have to say Edward Molyneux. His sequined flapper dresses are still utterly gorgeous and wearable today. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Deborah, I always give fashion books a look, I will admit. I am trying to not buy every one that gets published though because I have too many as it is! Eeek! And I'm with you, accessories are the best! I spend more there than on clothes in general. If you give the Tom Ford polish a try, let me know what you think of it. I have had a very good experience with the formula and color. XO, Jill

Dawn Lucy said...

LOVE your picks here, Jill. Now I want to read Rachel Zoe's book. :)

Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy! This post was a great exercise in shopping my own closet, which I need to do far more often. XO, Jill

Heather Lindstrom said...

I love this post Jill. You put together some beautiful items. Love the looks and how smart to shop your closet for them. I love Rachel Zoe....Maj!!
xx, H

Jill said...

Hi Heather, I need to shop my closet so much more. I think there may be things in there that I forgot I owned! Let me know what you think if you read Rachel's book! XO, Jill