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How 3 Generations Of Style Brought My Family Together During The Pandemic

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Once news broke about the Coronavirus-related lockdowns taking place, I decided to stay put, not wanting to risk exposing my at-risk family in Indiana to the disease. To cope with the physical distance between us, we’ve relied on lengthy video chats and care packages to stay connected. There are the normal inclusions, like cold medicine and snacks from home, but one parcel contained a surprise: my grandmother’s favorite blouse. It was one of the few things I requested after she died, as it represents three different generations of style in my family — my mom and aunt had both worn the shirt in their heyday, be it for a job interview or a night out — and here it was, sitting in my Brooklyn apartment. The irony of the shirt finally falling into my possession when we seemed further away than usual is not lost on me. But it did, however, get me thinking about the origin of my own sense of style and the three women that influenced it.

I had what some would consider an unconventional family unit growing up. In addition to two very supportive parents, both equally present in my life, I was blessed with an entire village. While most of my friends only saw their extended family during holidays and special occasions, I had the privilege of my aunt and grandmother living right down the hall. Because they played an integral part in my upbringing, I adopted fragments of each of their personalities over time and soon found that habits and mannerism aside, my love for fashion came from the dynasty of posh women before me. It wasn’t until the ripe age of 26 that I realized everything I know about personal style I learned from watching these women.

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From shopping habits to the way that they put together an outfit, their rules of dressing were ingrained in my head at an early age. I remember spending countless mornings before school sitting on my grandmother’s bed, watching her build out her look for the day with pieces that are as relevant today as they were in the ’90s. But this one blouse in particular stood out as my favorite — the colors, the bold chain-link print, the draping, and high Victorian neckline with matching cinched cuffs. It was beautiful. Whenever she wore it I remember thinking how I could only hope to pull off such a “flashy” shirt as gracefully as she always did. I’d even make an occasional joke about inheriting it after she was gone, not thinking that the day I’d lose her would actually ever come.

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Now, in adulthood, my sense of style is one of the few things that make me feel eternally connected to my grandmother. From my love of marrying strong and soft silhouettes to, though a bit dated, the belief that women shouldn’t leave the house without a purse of some sort (her go-to bag was a black leather fanny pack), in some ways, my style is a reflection of her. And even though the industry has since moved past the unspoken rule about wearing white after Labor Day, I still hear her voice forbidding me to put it on once winter arrived. Most of these style mantras can be attributed to the matriarch of our family, but my mom and aunt also imparted their own ideas. There’s no denying my love for skincare comes from watching my mom perfect her beauty routine and after years of observing as my aunt acquired quite the footwear collection I, too, would have a soft-spot for a good pair of shoes.

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As my grandmother’s silk shirt lays on my bed I think about all the many ways it’s been worn, all the rooms its been in, and how in a way, the foundation of my style has been predetermined for me through generations before me and I can’t help but be grateful to have all three women so deeply rooted into my aesthetic. And even though, physically, we couldn’t be further apart, they were always right where I needed them, in my closet.

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Paris prosecutors seek trial for Kim Kardashian jewellery theft suspects

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The trial of 12 men accused over a Paris heist in which reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed of millions of dollars’ worth of jewellery appeared one step closer after prosecutors asked for the case go to court, a source told AFP.

Five members of the gang stormed the luxury residence where Kardashian was staying during Paris Fashion Week in 2016, holding the star at gunpoint and making off with a huge diamond ring and other gems worth a total of nine million euros ($9.5 million).

Prosecutors will seek to take the case to court for all 12 – who are currently at liberty but under legal supervision – charging them with armed robbery, kidnapping and criminal association, a judicial source said Wednesday.

Examining magistrates must now decide whether the case will proceed to trial, the source added, although any trial is not expected to begin until 2021.

Wearing police uniforms, the gang burst into Kardashian’s apartment, gagged and bound her and locked her in a bathroom before helping themselves to gems including a 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring worth some four million euros.

One of the alleged robbers, Yunis Abbas, fleeing the scene on a bicycle, dropped a diamond-encrusted cross worth 30,000 euros, which was found by a passer-by a few hours later.

It remains the only piece to be recovered from the brazen heist, the biggest jewellery theft from an individual that France has seen in more than 20 years.

The alleged mastermind, Aomar Ait Khedache was arrested after his DNA was found at the site. 

He told investigators he had struggled to find a buyer for the Lorraine Schwartz ring, complaining it was “too recognisable” and that he had given it to an unidentified third party.

(AFP)

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5 Classic Summer Fashion Trends You Won’t Regret

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Trends come and go (and come back again), but some things will truly stand the test of time. Why is it that I look at my outfits from 2010 and cringe, but I see 60-year-old photos of Jackie Kennedy’s style and want to dress just like her? Because she stuck to the classics. Experimenting with trends is definitely fun, but certain pieces have much more staying power. 

For all of you classic dressers out there, I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorite trends that I believe will still look chic in 10 years (and beyond). For instance, monochrome dressing is such an easy way to look put-together without really trying. Just grab a few pieces in the same color, and you’re good to go. Scroll down to shop the other classic summer clothing trends I love, along with outfit ideas courtesy of IG’s coolest ladies. 

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6 All-White Outfits for Women That Are So On-Trend

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At least once a week I like to live dangerously. And by that, I mean I slip into a chic head-to-toe white outfit despite the fact that a) I have one seriously messy toddler and b) I drink a copious amount of tea and coffee. Call me crazy, I know. But sometimes when it comes to fashion the heart wins over the head! An all white outfit is sumptuously sophisticated and inherently expensive-looking—even if you haven’t spent a fortune on it.

A flurry of all white outfits sashayed down the S/S 2020 runways this year—from billowy lace dresses at Alexander Mcqueen to sleek, relaxed tailoring at Tory Burch. And if that’s not enough to get you excited, Instagram’s style set have been showing us a myriad of cool and easy ways to wear the tricky trend—proving that there’s no better time than summer 2020—while we are mostly staying home and less risk averse to stains—to give a head-to-toe white outfit a whirl. (Although, I do advise to keep coffee and kids at a safe distance!)

The key to pulling off the trend this summer is to play with textures, layering, and volume which will keep your look interesting. Also don’t be afraid of breaking up the look with contrasting accessories from black sandals to gold jewelry. And if an all white outfit feels a little daunting, mix it up by adding buttery neutrals. Below I’m sharing some seriously cool all-white outfits to help you take on the trend this summer.

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