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Jean Genies

In Fashion on September 11, 2013 at 11:03 am


Guys, I’m sick of skinny jeans. For a few months now I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of not-so-skinnies that I can wear with flats or booties, even heels. I finally struck gold with the above pair of Chimala painters jeans in sulphur indigo denim that were on fire sale from their original breathtaking $430 price tag. When I took them into Denim Doctors last week for hemming the guys freaked out at the triple stitch seams and the soft Japanese denim. They’re kind of awesome.

Prior to my major Chemala score, however, I turned to three trusted girlfriends in the biz for their favorite alternatives to the skinny jean. Are we totally ditching our skinnies? Not just yet. But here are some fresh and chic silhouettes to mix it up.



Kim Friday, Senior Fashion Editor, Sportswear, Women’s Wear Daily 

THE SILHOUETTE: Now…(rubbing hands together like Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail when he’s about to type)…boyfriend jeans. They are back with the vengeance. You must get a pair!

THE MAKERS: I am a huge fan of Citizens of Humanity, MiH, Current/Elliott, AG Adriano Goldschmied, and Levi’s Made and Crafted for this style, all of which are slouchy but not crazy oversized and would look equally good with a flat or a heel.



Lizzie Garrett Mettler, blogger, freelance writer, and author of Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion

THE SILHOUETTE: I’m liking and coveting YOUR Chimala painter pants. They’ve got a simple utilitarian silhouette and I find them to be a nice alternative to the slouchier “boyfriend cut.”


Chimala: Pricey heirloom-quality denim that nods to the workwear roots of jeans.

Raleigh Denim: American-made standards that will weather trends and actual weather.

A.P.C.: These jeans are so buttery when worn in that APC actually will buy back your old pair, fix ’em up, and re-sell them (at least at the WeHo store). I don’t think there’s anything more valuable in the denim world than a perfect fitting old pair of APCs.

Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC): LVC painstakingly recreates actual designs from the Levi’s archives, it’s like finding that incredible vintage piece, but you’re the first to wear it. This includes 501s.


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Amy Keller, fashion stylist for personal clients, as well as advertising campaigns such as Levi’s and Madewell

THE SILHOUETTE: Midrise is what I’m feeling right now in terms of denim in general, and my own personal style. I like a fashionable jean for myself after I have my staple jeans covered. I’m bored with a skinny jean, I know a lot of editors still wear them, but skinny jeans are not flattering for a lot of women. For my clients, I’ve been thinking about the new silhouette and in general I have three that I’m really hopped up on…


Dior Homme, circa 2005: They’re so good—a simple and chic boys jean that runs small and has a nice stretch, but not stretchy like a sausage. It’s just a great silhouette that looks good on everyone. Wear with a heel or flip flops.

J. Brand Boot Leg: Think Jackie O, Carolyn Bessette, simple, classic, preppy women. The bootleg balances the hips and the bum, it’s a visual trick that makes all women longer and leaner, taller and thinner. J. Brand has nailed the dark denim wash, and they have the best pocket placement. Stay away from pockets that are too big and far apart, they make your bum and hips look extra wide.

Closed Pedal Pusher Tapered Leg: They have a perfect dark indigo wash and there’s just enough give so they’re comfy so you look expensive instead of looking like a sausage.


Tomboy Style Q & A

In Design, Drink, Fashion, Food, Media on December 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

lizzie garrett mettlerYou know how awesome it is when great things happen to great people? Meet the extraordinarily talented Lizzie Garrett Mettler, creator of the ultra-chic Tomboy Style blog and the smashing book of the same name, and—according this year’s September Vogue—inspiration for J. Crew’s fall collection. For reals. She is also one of my favorite people and mixer of mean cocktails, maker of perfect salads with shallots two ways and, of course, always the best accessorized girl in the room. I hope you enjoy this end-of-year peek into Lizzie’s closet and fridge… See you all in 2013!

What was the inspiration for Tomboy Style?

I felt like there wasn’t a blog out there that really spoke to my style, so I decided to start it myself. I remember realizing that there was a shift in the word “tomboy,” its meaning seemed to be in a transitional phase; growing up I thought of it as a pejorative word, now it’s come to mean something entirely different, especially when paired with the word chic or style.

Can you describe your design aesthetic? 

Not well. I definitely like a mixture of periods. I hate this word, but I guess I’d have to say it’s “eclectic.”

Your girliest moment?

I can get REALLY into table settings.

What piece of clothing or accessory in your wardrobe is in heaviest rotation right now?

My new Mrs. P Hicks canoe boots.


What five things will we always find in your closet?

Striped t-shirts
light weight scarves
Tretorn Nylites
I think I just counted that I have nine chambray shirts (yikes).
a photo of my husband


What five things will we always find in your refrigerator?

baking soda


First song played at your wedding? 

With a Girl Like You by The Troggs (wait, Heather, you don’t recall that from memory!?)

[EDITOR’S NOTE: After the fireworks, things got a little hazy…]


Favorite movie?

Hard to pick one. I’ve seen Casino Royale and The Graduate a lot of times.

Last book you read…

Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem (essays), a gift from Julia Leach the designer and creative director of Chance


Favorite drink?


Five things you always bring on vacation…

Foldable Ray-Ban wayfarers
an L.L.Bean tote with zip-top
Swatch Watch
The latest issue of
The Gentlewoman magazine
Lavender essential oil—it calms, treats minor cuts or bites, helps induce sleep, and can act as a room fragrance. Plus, the bottles are always TSA-friendly.

Favorite piece of luggage?

T. Anothony 1-suiter


Photo of Lizzie, top, by John Konkal.

All I Want for Christmas: Wreath Edition

In Design, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on December 6, 2012 at 9:40 am


This is the wreath I *really* want for Christmas, and like all good things this one comes to those who wait. Moon Canyon Design‘s gorgeous designs, like the wreath above, will be on sale at the Echo Park Craft Fair on December 15 & 16. Maybe I’ll get this one below for my friend Lizzie as a special thank you for introducing me to Moon Canyon Design in the first place. Plus, I have it on good authority that Lizzie has been extra nice this year. (Which is probably how Santa Claus arranged for her to be featured in the September issue of VOGUE.)



In the meantime, both Lizzie and I will have to settle for the lovely boxwood wreaths we scored yesterday morning downtown at the L.A. Flower Mart. I love Lizzie’s repurposed coal bag from San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co.—perfect for toting wreaths or beer.



Here’s mine hanging in all its understated glory. Let’s not break it just yet that a replacement might be on its way…



Tomboy Style

In Fashion, Media on March 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Seriously, you guys. Please watch this great promo video with my friend Lizzie about her new book Tomboy Style (due out from Rizzoli on April 3) with background music from our friends Zinzi and Jesse of KISSES. Love everything about this. Lizzie, you rock!

A Girl’s Guide to Whisk(e)y

In Drink, Media on November 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

A great honor to guest post today on my friend Lizzie’s awesome blog TOMBOY STYLE (her book by the same name is being published by Rizzoli this spring)—and on one of my favorite topics, whisk(e)y! Pour yourself a stiff glass of Ardbeg Supernova and head on over to TOMBOY STYLE for a Girl’s Guide to Whisk(e)y, and say “hi” to Lizzie while you’re there!

Leftovers, Pizza Edition

In Food on July 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

A couple weeks ago my friend Lizzie mentioned that she had a couple black truffles burning a hole in her pocket. Let’s face it. We’ve all been there. I also had a bunch of kale, a couple slices of bacon and orphan pieces of cheese kicking around in the fridge that were looking for a home so we decided to have a pizza night. In addition to truffles, Lizzie and Matt brought over a fantastic watermelon, feta and arugula salad drizzled with olive oil. Mr. Foodinista picked up a couple merguez sausages and three rounds of Whole Foods Pizza dough, which he stretched onto baking sheets and then prepared the grill. And then I cleaned out the fridge. We ended up with…

Black truffle with caramelized onions and mozzarella. Everyone’s favorite.

Bacon, kale (sautéed in bacon fat), fresh ricotta and red sauce.

Merguez sausage, fontina and chimichurri (leftover from the previous evening’s grilled steaks). I’d make any of these pizzas again in a second, but it’s unlikely to happen unless the same mix of leftovers converge again in my fridge one day soon. But other pizzas await. The true satisfaction comes from seeing what you can come up with using the contents of your fridge. What are some of your favorite combinations?

Friends and Pho

In Food, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on May 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Is there any better way to spend a lunch hour than slurping pho with a favorite friend? Today, my friend Lizzie (author of awesome new blog, Tomboy Style) and I hit Pho Cafe on Sunset for some steaming bowls of Vietnames pho—beef soup with rice noodles, basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers. I like to get the #13 with free-range chicken instead of beef, and a side of Silver Lake hipsters in requisite knit caps on a sunny LA day:

Pho Cafe also serves a mean iced coffee with condensed milk.

Perfect fare for discussing our home office routines, namely what Lizzie listens to while she works. For the inside scoop, head on over to Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog, which today features Lizzie’s home office and play list. Rock out.

Photo by Lizzie Garrett Mettler