January 31, 2012

laces: zara knee high socks + urban outfitters skirt

MGMT'S ELECTRIC FEEL came on while shooting this outfit and my body... it started a'twitchin and a'movin and I jumped back to 2008-just-graduated-Duke-and-drove-with-windows-down-in-the-jeep-BLASTING-that-ish-JaKenna. #Memories.

I've been wearing this Urban Outfitters skirt at least twice/week since I bought the damn thing 2 years ago (see! see!). It's the bestie and I heart pairing lace + lace for a play on textures. Nice depth.

Top: Forever 21 (syke it's a dress!)
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Knee High Socks: Zara
Velvet Wedges: TopShop


January 28, 2012

blogging for new york girl style: alexander wang teases spring with edgy pieces

TWITTER CHANGES LIVES. And not just because New York Girl Style tweeted and asked If I'd guest blog for them. I think it's awesome because... well yeah because of that :-)

The post covers my fav pieces from Alexander Wang Spring 2012. Feedback? I'm all ears! 

Alexander Wang Teases Spring With Edgy Pieces


January 27, 2012

jakenna changing and tumbling

JAKENNA GOT AN upgrade. Which is probably a metaphor for my general happenings and subconscious desires... But in this case, it means my Tumblr blog got a refresh. Aaahhhhh, that feels nice.

Tumble with me, won't you?


January 26, 2012

the little black dress by paul and joe

IF YOU DON'T know how much I love the photos from my shoot w/ Max Bernetz, then you haven't been reading my blog. CAUGHT YA!

And sometimes, all you need is a Little Black Dress :-) Paul and Joe make the best ones. TRUST.

Dress: Paul and Joe
Necklaces: Aldo

January 24, 2012

the navy series: american apparel california fleece cape

AND SO IT continues: The NAVY Series. This time, with my how-did-I-ever-survive-without-this American Apparel California Fleece Cape in, you guessed it boo, NAVY

I went on a New York City wide hunt for a cape coat last year and finally settled on this. I love it. BUT I'm still looking for something a little more structured/refined. Any suggestions?

California Fleece Cape: American Apparel
Shorts: Forever 21
Velvet Platform Wedges: TopShop

January 20, 2012

kickin' it casual: men's plaid uniqlo shirt

ONCE AGAIN, I'M going to gush over the photos from my shoot w/ Max Bernetz. Just lovely.

Y'all know that I like to dress like a tomboy. Exhibits A and B.
Y'all also know that I occasionally steal borrow boys' clothing to wear in my erry day life. Exhibits C and D.

This plaid Uniqlo shirt is not only stolen borrowed from a boy, but it's comfy as all hell and I can't stop wearing it. I'm wearing it right now. And I'll be wearing it tomorrow. TRUST.


January 19, 2012

latchkeys live @ pianos

LATCHKEYS LIVE AT PIANOS! Did you miss our show? No worries darlings.

Break Thru Radio was dope enough to record us: Listen here.

And BONUS! Here's a video of our closer. Sea Cave.


January 16, 2012

latchkeys @ pianos: tuesday january 17th

YOUR FAVORITE NYC band (and by your favorite, I mean EEK MY BAND!) is playing this Tuesday night at Pianos. Come. Dance. With. Us.

Show Details:
Date: Tuesday, January 17th ← that's tomorrow!
Time: 8PM

See you tomorrow :-)


January 12, 2012

the navy series: zara striped blouse + knee high socks

IT TOOK ME a sec to figure out the best way to wear this Navy Zara striped blouse, but shaazzaaaaa I did it! And now I want to wear this outfit overandoverandover again. #DONTJUDGEME. Let's welcome this outfit to The Navy Series.

Special SHOUT to the one and only RenaReborn, where I never fail to find one-of-a-kind jewels. Like you don't love this piece. Psh.

Red Pea Coat: Forever 21
Striped Blouse + Knee High Socks: Zara
Lace Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: RenaReborn
Belt: TopShop

January 11, 2012

stylish bird: jess

Jess is kickin' off my new Stylish Bird series, featuring the birds in my life and the birds I meet on the streets of NYC... So, without further ado:

JESS.IS.A.BADASS. And, she's a friend who will (at any time of day/night) hop in a cab and meet you for a shot of whiskey, help you move into a new apt, whisk you away to FIT for a Daphne Guinness exhibit and tell you which books you should be reading. In short, she's a keeper. 

Where are the items in your outfit from?
Jacket & Dress, Necessary Clothing
Belt & bracelet, Flea Market
Embellished Ring, Forever 21
Boots, Steve Madden
Scarf, H&M
Bag, Vintage Guy Laroche

What is your favorite part of this outfit?
Well, I love leather and I was searching for a cropped leather jacket. It happened to appear in my face. Literally. I took it as a sign, so I bought it. The dress is lace and has an asymmetrical hemline. It also dances in the wind. Need I say more? 

It really grabs your attention and the way the dress flows is just supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (holy crap I spelled that correctly without Google-ing). It’s perfect for summer, but I had to break it out on a 60 degree day in January. 

Who is your style icon?
There’s no one I specifically look up to. My style is derived from a mélange of New Yorkers and everything around me. In a sense, NYC is my style icon. Nothing says sexy & stylish like the Chrysler building.

Your current beauty product addiction is...
Buxom Lip Tarnish in “Scandal” - My lips feel tingly and plump.

The last song played on your iPod was…

What is your earliest memory?
I remember the day my newborn baby brother came home from the hospital and I got to hold him for the first time. Le sigh.

The best piece of advice you’ve ever received is… 
My dad always told me to look for the best in people, even when I didn’t like them. It would make me a happier person.

If you spent an entire day with your friends, what would you do?
Eat. Walk. Drink. Shop. Explore. Eat. Drink. Play. 

What is your favorite quality in a man? In a woman?
Humor. You have to be some kind of funny for us to get along.

What makes you a Stylish Bird?
You can’t find real birds in NYC (Note: pigeons don’t count), so when you do you’re pleasantly surprised. I just happen to wear clothes that make people notice me every now and then. I hope you were pleasantly surprised. Tweet

Don't you lover her? Follow Jess on Twitter and Tumblr to lover her even more.


January 9, 2012

the navy series: forever 21 coat + navy leggings

MY LOVE FOR the color NAVY was alive and kickin' this weekend. I realized that all of my outfits had a navy component. When I love you... I really, really love you.

And I often pair with black too (Wait, is that navy or black? It looks like black. But no, the coat is black, so the leggings are definitely navy, right?). Ef the conventional rules! Stay tuned for more outfits in "The Navy Series" as I continue to feed my addiction.

Coat: Forever 21
Navy Leggings: Calvin Klein
 (American Apparel has some Winter Leggings in Navy!)
Suede Pumps: Borrowed from the roomie

January 5, 2012

jakenna & max: american apparel sheer + zara knee highs

FINALLY! PICS FROM my shoot with my favorite not-to-mention-handsome photographer, Max Bernetz, are trickling in.

Oh, hey old friend old dear old pal, American Apparel sheer shirt! Oh how I need love you. I keep finding new ways to wear this while secretly cursing past-JaKenna for not buying one in every damn color. Paired with these Zara knee high socks, and you've got one naughty very well-behaved school girl...

Sheer Shirt: American Apparel (also seen here and here!)
Pleated Shorts: Forever 21
Belt: Vintage! Christian Dior
Shoes: TopShop

January 3, 2012

miami. new years eve. we out here. dolphins. red bull sound clash. heat.

the view
dolphin spotting = good luck
lunch at the pier
soundcheck. 1.2.3.
the skull found a friend
my nye getup
almost midnight
hungover and happy
miami heat vs north carolina bobcats
honey, i'm home

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