We simply cannot choose whose style we salivate over more of this musical duo – Adam or Binki? It’s a sartorial toss-up! Adam’s penchant for flare will make you ditch the skinnies and seriously re-evaluate your stance on the bell-bottomed jean. Binki is the reigning queen of effortless 70’s style, with accessorizing skills that are not to be messed with.
The unlikely two have veered from their previous projects – Adam with the quirky snark of the Moldy Peaches and Binki with the California cool threesome Little Joy – to concoct an intimately enchanting new album that rings of late 60s folk pop. Their self-titled album will be released on January 29, 2013, but three songs have been released to hold us over until then. Our favorite, “Here I Am,” froths ethereal melodies wreathed with heartfelt, metaphoric renderings of love lost. The song is a bittersweet ode to romantic reflections of both song-writers.
Adam and Binki played their first-ever show together recently at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan – and we wanted to put them in our pocket. Their rapport is endearing and adorable in a way that lets the audience into their inside jokes and banterful ways. When they laughed, we laughed.
Here is a vignette from the duo on their newly released single “Here I Am” and two other newly released tracks. Listen to “Here I Am” below.
While tweed is recognized as a go-to style for cold-weather fashion, Rebecca updates the wear-with-all winter fabric this season with her downtown twist, giving it just the right balance of elegance and edge. Through her signature bodycon and cropped silhouettes, Rebecca introduces a selection of holiday pieces in the ladylike fabric featuring her trademark detailing: black, navy and metallic gold stripes, gold zipper trims and flirty cut-outs, adding a hint of playfulness without revealing too much. Shop the look here.
This fall, we had the fun opportunity to take a ride around Williamsburg with blogger duo, Lauren and Micol, of The Marcy Stop. A personal fashion blog on the rise, their style is a reflection of their Brooklyn stomping grounds: an eclectic mix of old and new, always with a pinch of that artistic flair synonymous with the borough’s creative vibe. Below, the blogger team reveals their favorite places in the ‘hood and their take on holiday dressing. Make note: Sequins are a girl’s best friend!
(Want to shop the video? Check out the boutique here!)
If you had to create a Williamsburg cheat sheet, which of your favorite places would make the cut?
The Whiskey: Our favorite Sunday sports bar where you can compete at shuffle board while cheering on your favorite sports team and taking down a few picklebacks.
Maison Premiere: They have a great $1 Oyster happy hour but if you can’t get in during the special it’s still worth a visit for the amazing cocktails and ambiance.
La Esquina: Yes, Brooklyn has one too! And there’s a spacious backyard with festive Christmas lights and heaters that’s perfect for after work drinks.
Beacon’s Closet: We could get lost for hours in this vintage store. Weekdays are the best days to go, but even on weekends braving the crowds will be well worth your time.
What we love most about Williamsburg…
Lauren: Riding my bike around without (as much) fear that I’m going to get hit by a car, the amazing restaurants and bars that are all within a five-block radius from me (including Pies n’ Thighs, Traif, Dram, Post Office, and Marlow + Sons), and being only a subway stop from Manhattan, even though it feels like a world away at times.
Micol: Honestly I love that so many of my friends are close by! And, if you keep away from the touristy section on Bedford that there is a very real neighborhood feel to it. When I leave my job in the city to come home it really feels like coming home. And, I don’t know anywhere in Manhattan where I could have as big a backyard as I do!
You have an all-girl bike gang called the Southside Heartbreakers – during the winter months, do you take a hiatus from the gang or do you bundle up and power through the cold?
Sadly the gang is on hold during winter. If it’s a mild day, we’ll bundle up and brave the cold, but typically we don’t resume our biking adventures until spring.
You’re wearing a lot of fun metallics and sequins in this video. What are your tips for rocking these looks from day to night?
For day, we love dressing down bold sequins and metallics by layering up with more casual wardrobe items. Tossing on a chunky sweater, beanie or scarf always works well, or pair ‘em with ripped up denim, some beaten up moto boots, and a vintage army jacket for an effortless day look.
For cocktail hour, we love pairing sequins with a standout coat and contrasting fabrics like leather, lace, and tweed. A great clutch and sky-high pair of heels never hurts either!
What’s your go-to look for the holiday season?
Micol: Lately I’m all about over the top, whether it’s wearing several chunky rings and bracelets AND necklaces or pairing statement earrings with crazy, curly hair (my hair is generally straight so this one takes awhile). Sartorially speaking, I can’t get enough of leather, either as an accent on a jacket or as a skirt or dress.
Lauren: When it comes to holiday makeup, I’m all about a bold lip. Paired with a subtle, brown smoky eye, rosy cheeks and mile-long lashes, you can’t go wrong! As for an outfit, it really depends on the occasion. For a night out on the town I’m all about leather, like Micol. For more formal events, a fun cocktail dress in a deep jewel tone will do. I also hope to experiment more with my hair this holiday season by way of braids and messy up-dos.
What are the top five things on your holiday wish lists?
Lauren: A new iPhone, the perfect cocktail dress, like the gold sequin Wednesday Dress, a new wallet, and a pair of flat, black riding boots like the Rogan Boot.
Micol: A vintage 70s winter coat (channeling Ali Macgraw in Love Story), the Pave Round Horn Pendant – I’m always in the market for a new chunky necklace I can layer with my current collection or wear on it’s own, Heath Ceramic Dinnerware (I love hosting dinner parties), a new Matt Schwartz (She Hit Pause Studios) print, and these rad Rebecca Minkoff Dante Boots I’ve been eyeing for a while now.
How will you be spending the holidays?
We’ll both be spending time with our families, but after the Christmas holiday we’re meeting up along with 14 of our friends to ring in the New Year in a cabin we rented in the Catskills. As much as we love New York, sometimes a weekend getaway is seriously underrated (and much-needed)!
With the frosty bite of winter comes an innate longing for warmth and all things cozy. Our new Pinterest board, Warming the Wolfpack, is an ode to just that: A visual feast of soul-warming hot chocolate and other wintery drinks, thicker than thick knee socks and uber-soft sweaters, frolics in the snow and inviting living rooms that function as a haven for loafing of all kinds, from burrowing into your favorite book to watching classic holiday flicks.
Think of “Warming the Wolfpack” as your virtual winter wonderland. Enjoy – and stay warm!
There’s just something about being around family, friends and good food that reminds us of life’s little pleasures and what really matters. So in celebration of Thanksgiving, we asked the RM team to share with us what they’re thankful for this year. Whether it’s their family, quirky pets or beloved Rebecca Minkoff handbag collection, these RM employees are showing their appreciation – one Instagram photo at a time.
Nicole Hulsen, Customer Care Manager: “I’m thankful for my wonderful husband and dog, and of course, all my RMs!”
Ashley Gosik, Account Executive: “My godson, Quinn, and his hipster haircut.”
Christina Cartaino, eCommerce Manager: “I’m thankful for my little sister and best friend – the perfect person to share my RM phone case with!”
Jessica Roska, Marketing and Events Manager: “My family’s top secret apple pie recipe – it’s dangerously delicious. And, of course, my family and friends!”
Emily LaCivita, Director of eCommerce: “I’m thankful for these two sweet – and sometimes crazy, but always loving – dogs!”
Jessie Cohen, Digital Marketing Assistant: “I’m thankful for my big loving family! There were 18 of us at Thanksgiving dinner this year, and it was only a small part of the clan. This photo is from our post-Thanksgiving dinner walk into town.”