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I'm a Jewish fashionista living in New York and I write this blog to try to deliver modest fashion to all women, everywhere. This blog is all about Less Is More. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @vinniecocoa and on instagram @the.oak! CONTACT & INQUIRIES: the.oak.blog@gmail.com

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This Week in Dresses via ASOS

So, I hear you're looking for some new dresses to spice up your wardrobe and make it more haute (without the price tag of course)? Enter ASOS, the store that never fails to deliver (free shipping both ways, mind you) in all aspects of fashion perfection. Their dresses are not only adorable and on trend, but they tend to be a fraction of the price of their designer counterparts but look just as sleek.

There is no one dress of perfection (I lie-- it's the little black dress. That is the dress of perfection), so when it comes to embracing different styles and trends, don't be afraid to do so. Below are a series of dresses that would cater to a multitude of women, begging for them to leap out of their comfort zones and try something new. I love taking risks, and some of these dresses have all the makings of a true risk. Others are modern updates on old classics, and the rest are just the type you order, try on, and send back (for free). Because this is America and you can do stuff like that here. Long live free shipping. Most of all, all the dresses below are modest and fully acceptable in your local shul or at any Jewish occasion worth getting dressed up for. You can thank me later. So consider these dresses my Chanukah gift to you, and when you buy them, they will be your Chanukah gift to you. We make such a great team, don't we?




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Modest Hollywood

The holiday season has dawned upon us and the fabulous women of Hollywood are out in full fashion force. 2014 has been a year for the record books in the realm of modesty and it is no surprise that the notion modesty has surpassed "trend" status is now a full blown expectation of classy women everywhere. The women below have proven time and again ( yes, you, Maggie Gyllenhaal) that covering up is not only sophisticated and feminine, but sexy too. 

While white, lace and full silhouettes seem to be trends to look out for as we head into 2015, nothing beats a classic LBD; Amy Adams, Angelina Jolie, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon prove that the little black dress is as timeless as can be. 

ALEXA CHUNG

AMY ADAMS

ANGELINA JOLIE

CAMERON DIAZ

CHRISSY TIEGEN

EVA LONGORIA

FELICITY JONES

JULIANNE MOORE

 KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL

MICHELLE DOCKERY

NICOLE KIDMAN

OLIVIA PALERMO

 OPRAH WINFREY

PAULA PATTON

POPPY DELVIGNE

REESE WITHERSPOON

SARAH JESSICA PARKER 

VICTORIA BECKHAM

Thursday, December 11, 2014

So You Wanna Dress Like a Princess

She came. She saw. She conquered. Sure, she looked a little miffed while doing it all-- it didn't seem like Kate was particularly excited to be in New York (can we blame her-- #FiveMonthsPregnant), but she rose to the fanfare nonetheless, and she looked fabulous doing it. That's why we love her so much. And by we, I clearly mean me. It's an unhealthy obsession.

Speaking of looking fabulous, I know you loved Kate Middleton's LBD she wore her first night here. You know, the lace black dress she wore to the snazzy British dinner. Well, you may not be able to afford a Princess's wardrobe, but nobody said you can't copy it, and copy it you shall. You're welcome.


This dress from ASOS captures almost all of the elements of Kate's Beulah London dress, only it's a fraction of the price (under $100!)-- and slightly longer too! With free shipping both ways, how can you not try this one on. It's the perfect little dress for that special occasion, or for a random dinner with your Prince and a bunch of rich people in New York. Take your pick. Watch this dress on the runway in the link below to get a true idea of how fabulous this dress is and you'll see just how much like a Princess you can look.







Tuesday, December 9, 2014

That Time I Saw Will and Kate

I'm about to tell you a series of true stories about a night of fairytales for this New York lady.

True story-- I was just at the Met. I just saw Prince William and Kate Middleton. I stood in the freezing cold for almost an hour, but tonight a dream came true.

True story-- I got a stellar spot right in front of the famous stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. William came out of the car first on the spectator side of the street. He waved, I died. So the story goes. Kate got out on the other side, so at first my view was obstructed by the ridiculous convoy they have, but it wasn't long until I saw the beauty that is the Duchess of Cambridge in all her Jenny Packham adorned glory. She is nothing short of fabulous. And tall. Really tall. The Duke and Duchess turned around to smile and wave to the crowd. It was incredible.

True story-- the woman standing next to me and I were talking very excitedly about the arrival of the Duke and Duchess, and I told her about this here blog I have. She asked me what I think Kate would be wearing and I told her it would hands down be Jenny Packham. I win.

True story-- I was interview by the news about royal spectating. Fox 5 people. That story will never get old to me.

One last true story-- Kate and Will ascended the steps of the legendary Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were greeted by a guard of St. Andrews students adorned in red robes to welcome them to the 600th anniversary dinner and fundraiser for the University. A hush came over the crowd as the two royals greeted their welcoming party and everyone was watching the two in awe when suddenly, in my most Brooklyn-y accent ever, I screamed at the top of my lungs WE LOVE YOU KATE! I was told she heard me loud and clear. I may officially be the most un-British, crass American ever, but Kate heard me. Life=complete.

Tonight became a memory that I will be able to tell my kids, a time that I can say I saw the Prince and Princess. It's not the typical fairytale-- no, Kate is living that dream, but tonight was just a little slice of fairytale for me and it's certainly something I will never forget.









When Life Hands You a Nor'Easter, Wear a Pink Coat

And that's exactly what the Duchess of Cambridge did this morning. In true regal style, the Princess wore a fabulously expensive pink Mulberry coat (another British designer!) that was the brightest spot of color on this gloomy dark day.

Will and Kate were at the September 11th Memorial this morning to pay their respects and leave a little note and some flowers. The Duchess was dressed to perfection and basically gave the royal middle finger to this horrible weather. If there is one thing British people know how to deal with, it's rain.