G-Star RAW Weekend Casual



 I never knew I liked dressing down until the crew at G-Star RAW got me into this super cozy streetstyle-chic look.

Furthermore, I never knew I'd crave what I can only describe as "fancy sweatpants" this much.

I now know there's a difference between cheap sweats that are meant to get destroyed at the gym and a pair of really well-made, thoughtfully designed knit trousers that are just as comfortable but infinitely more chic, and that difference is embodied by this stretchy jersey pair.

Contrasting shades of black add polish, and with a DIY cuff and topped by a crisp white tee, they play well with gladiator heels. Throw on a zip-up hoodie and some mirrors wayfarers and I'm all ready for a day of city slicking!

If only I could find the Vespa keys...

Sweatpants, $180
All G-Star RAW
Sandals with DIY gold heel - click here to see how I did it.

Pharrell and G-Star RAW Turn Trash into Treasure


Yes, you read that right. Denim from recycled ocean plastic has never looked so good. Read on for more about the line and it's fierce founders, and see how I styled my top picks.

Pharrell, fashion's favorite crossover, teamed up with Dutch luxury denim line G-Star RAW to save the ocean - and our wardrobes - with a capsule collection of jeans and streetwear with a philanthropic bent. Each piece in the collection, from denim to sweatshirts and t-shirts to snapback hats - is made from Bionic Yarn, an eco-thread derived from recycled plastic bottles actually pulled from the ocean! (You didn't think G-Star and Pharrell would run around raiding Yuppies' recycling bins, did you?)

G-Star has been at the top of the denim game for years, churning out sleek collections of classic pieces with a fearless urban edge. The partnership with Pharrell, a fashion powerhouse in the making, is a no-brainer; the hip-pop star is no stranger to design - he co-owns Billionaire Boys Club and Icecream - and he's been making Best Dressed lists for almost a decade now. Plus, Williams has become as well-known for his charity work as he is for his fashion risks, and has proven over and over that his heart is as big as his hat. 

Together, they're unstoppable. RAW for the Oceans is the perfect lovechild of Pharrell's urban skater aesthetic and G-Star's vintage military inspiration. 

The moral of the story? Ever since Birkenstocks became cool again, it seems fashion is trying to tell us something: Loving the earth is in style, but we don't have to forego fashion in the process. And with Bionic Yarn, G-Star and Williams prove that style is in their genes and in their jeans - even literal garbage can become haute with the right intentions. 

If the future is a place where trash is taken out of the ocean and put onto rear-ends 'round the world by way of chic streetwear, then count me in! 

Hat, Bailey and Co.
Necklace, H&M



On working with G Star RAW: "We work alike. It's all about moving things forward and going beyond." - Pharrell


Cheers,
Renata

Channeling Myrtle Snow with a Bewitching Vince Camuto Cape


I, like many witches women, have been coveting a cape for years now. While not necessarily a wardrobe staple, it's definitely a statement piece that dances the boundaries between costume, menswear, and, dare I say, a practical investment. Easy to toss on, it adds instant oomph and a dash of mystery, too. 

Keep away from costumey by opting for a dark neutral like black, navy, or grey -only one bitch can pull off a technicolor dreamcoat in style and that's Andre Leon Talley, thank you very much! 

Correction - ALT, and of course everyone's favorite silverscreen she-devil and ferocious fashion crossover Myrtle Snow, who likely never met a cape she couldn't bewitch in.

I channeled the Grace Coddington protege my first autumnal outfit this year, pairing a Vince Camuto blazer/cape with a grey wool dress by Theory, a grey wool hat from H&M, and a belt pouch perfect for toting around potions. Practically speaking, it served to cinch in the silhouette to give a bit more structure to the drapey material.

Et voila! Fashion magic.

Cape, $199 by Vince Camuto at Zappos
Sunglasses, Make My D in Paris



Before I leave you, I must admit after looking through photos to select some for this blog post, I couldn't help but notice a nod to my favorite stylist, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, whose name may very well be a magic spell and who merely waves a wand over editorials to create iconic and unforgettable looks. She ain't too hard on the eyes, either!


AND, the winner of the Bauble Bar necklace giveaway is....

DaisyLee!!

Thanks all for entering, and I have plenty more giveaways coming up so stay tuned!

Cheers,
Renata

Baublebar Necklace Giveaway

Happy September, and happy Fashion Month!

To celebrate, I'm giving away a delicious, lavender and crystal Baublebar necklace, the perfect accessory on its own or tucked under an autumnal collared shirt.




To enter, simply:

1.) Comment on this post

Boop! That's it!

 I'll randomly select a winner on Friday, September 5, 2014 and send it to you so you'll have a beautiful new necklace in time to finish off NYFW.

(Shipping to US/Canada only.)



Cheers,
Renata

Streetwise Media and Bostinno Get Into My Closet! See Some of My Faves and Read the Interview:

I had a blast shooting my closet for Bostinno's "What's in your closet" series, and it gave me a great chance to take stock of my shelves - and my life, quite frankly, since fashion is my life.

 "I woke up like this" is a fallacy, and the same goes for my closet - I had to do some major cleaning and rezhuzhing to get ready for its close-up, and aside from a cleaner closet, I also took the chance to get rid of things I didn't want anymore and dig up old favorites that had gotten lost in the mix. Only the strong survived, and it's all featured in the spread! 

Take a peek at the interview and some bonus photos, and then head to Bostinno to see the rest of the pictures!







Renata Certo-Ware has been involved in just about every facet of the fashion community over the past 10 years. After earning her degree from Boston University, Certo-Ware has worked as a design assistant, a jewelry brand manager, and a freelance stylist and writer. Her work has appeared on local channels like The Improper Bostonian and Karmaloop, as well as national forums like The Business of Fashion and Bullett Media. 


In 2009, Certo-Ware launched her own lifestyle and fashion blog, Scorpion Disco, which follows on-trend street style, fashion news, travel and culture photography. With such a sartorial background, you know her closet's hiding some seriously awesome scores, and it only helps that, over the years, Certo-Ware has collected an impressive stash of vintage finds from her grandmother.

Get a grasp on where Certo-Ware shops, what inspires her funky, yet classic style, and what she has her eye on before scrolling through the photos below.

How would you describe your personal style?

You can usually find me in bright colors, bold patterns, and space-age materials like neoprene. I love architecture, tailoring and structure in fashion, but in the summer, I tend to wear a lot of drapey, comfortable pieces like stretch jersey pencil skirts and flowy camisoles and sundresses. I have also lately been honing in on graphic black and white with one pop of color, and it's kind of bleeding into my interior design, too – my living room is starting to look like the MoMa.

Where do you love to shop?

Anywhere and everywhere! I always stock up on clothing at the Saks sales each season, and I always find something lovely at Anthropologie. For shoes, it's Bloomingdales. From there, it's all about exploration, trial, and error. One of the things I love about being a blogger is the brands that I learn about – thanks to my blog, I've shot with the local branches of Anne Fontaine, Cynthia Rowley, and Fossil, to name a few, and after being introduced by way of blogging partnerships, I find myself going back again and again! Lastly, I get a huge thrill out of scoring hard-to-find designer pieces at The Closet and Second Time Around on Newbury.

What are your must-have staple items for a great wardrobe?

Like a tree needs strong roots, a great wardrobe needs strong footwear! Each season I start with a solid foundation of chic, classic, and most importantly comfortable kicks with a heel: ankle booties by Dolce Vita for winter, platform sandals for summer. From there, black jeans with a ton of stretch are a must, followed by an androgynous, slinky white dress shirt and a felt hat to top it off. I just described French street style, didn't I?

What up and coming trend pieces do you currently own or have your eye on?

As much as I love summer, I sometimes can't wait for fall, so I can slip into chunky sweaters paired with slim pencil skirts. I've got my eye on a textured grey and white sweater from Reiss, an Alexander Wang cream colored sweater with a delightfully random diagonal zipper, and there are a few Topshop pencil skirts in all manners of splashy prints that will definitely add some zhuzh.



See the rest of the pics of what's inside my closet, on my dresser, and on my bookshelves here.

Cheers,
Renata

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