Monthly Archives: November 2012

Quote of the Day…

Posted by The E on November 29, 2012

Take Every Risk

We absolutely love this blog Minna May by photographer and graphic designer, Minna So. She creates stunning visuals and graphics. We especially love this quote for today!

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5 Questions: Lisette Geller of Denimology

Posted by The E on November 28, 2012

Lisette Geller

Regular readers of Denimology will probably recognize the name Lisette, the New York Correspondent who knows all the latest denim news from the Big Apple. But, readers might not know that Lisette isn’t just a denim expert – Lisette is a professional stylist, personal shopper and fashion consultant who has produced catwalk shows and lookbooks. As if that wasn’t impressive enough she is also a designer with experience of creating sportswear collections. And on top of all that speaks English, German and Portuguese fluently!

This week, The Habit had a chance to catch up with Lisette and ask her our five favorite questions to learn even more about her…

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

Preferably both: LA in winter and NYC in summer. LOL! But on a more serious note, I can’t imagine living any place other than New York. The vibe, the action, the feel of this city is just the most amazing sensation in the world. And trust me, I have lived all over the world, just to mention a few places: Germany, Austria, Brazil…and I love the fast pace of this place here. Things get done like we say: “In a New York minute” – this attitude is the biggest drive for me.

Give us a sense of your personal style?

I am basic, no frills. I don’t wear dresses or pumps or carry clutches. I am a jeans-tee-sweater-boots person. I don’t use make-up and I don’t even try to project something I am not. Oh yes, I do take extremely good care of my appearance, but what you see is what you get. I don’t have two inch long eyelashes and my only concession to “come on you gotta do SOMEthing with your self” is black or blue nail polish! My slogan is: “like me the way I am or just ignore me”. And it works!

You’re best known for being a fashion blogger, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

I love communicating with people, understanding the way a person thinks and feels and that’s probably the reason why I am such a successful personal stylist and shopper.

What’s your daily habit?

Because of the different time zones all over in the world, I usually stay up until 3 a.m. to blog and interact with the brands in, like, Australia when they wake up before I go to sleep. The same goes for Europe and Asia. So this is why I work late and get up late. Then I enjoy my daily newspaper, go through some fashion mags to keep in touch with what’s going on and then I do the regular work which is visiting showrooms, attending press previews. When I have clients visiting, I take them shopping. I shop for myself! And I love hanging out in the Meatpacking District and in Soho to watch the street fashion.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

My Harley Davidson black biker jacket that I have had for almost 10 years now! That will stay with me FOR-EVER.

Go- to piece…hmm, that is a bit complicated. I am quite moody and inconsistent in my choices of clothes, so I actually have some different go – to pieces every day, or even twice a day! But lately I have been very much into my leather jeans and, of course, my black coated Habituals!

BONUS: What’s your best tip for styling this winter?

Heavy Army Parker jacket with faux-fur trimmings and bulky, so you can feel warm and cozy even when it’s freezing outside. Lots of leather jeans, coated and wax jeans in all shapes and forms, as they are perfect for keeping the rain/snow off of my legs. (I waterproof them). Please, pretty please, NO UGGS! But go for some cool classic Frye’s, or even some studded Ash boots. Super oversized sweaters, but NOT BULKY, we want to look at least a bit feminine or sexy, right!? Use them with a belt or tie a scarf around your waist. Or if you are wearing a cable knit fisherman’s sweater, tie a rope around your hips.

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Sample Sale to Benefit Communities Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Posted by The E on November 27, 2012

Fashion Girls For Humanity

In response to Hurricane Sandy, we are participating in a special holiday sale with Fashion Girls and HATCH to benefit communities who have been affected by Sandy through Architecture for Humanity and Waves for Water. There is one more day of the sale – so if you are in the area, be sure to stop by for a great cause! Here are some photos from today at The Bowery Hotel.


Fashion Girls for Humanity

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Holiday Sale – This Wednesday in Santa Monica!

Posted by The E on November 26, 2012

Holiday Sale

Just in time for the holidays, this Wednesday, November 28 from 10am – 6pm, we will be having a holiday sale with +Beryll! You can receive up to 80% off apparel and accessories! We’d love to see you there, and if you can attend, please RSVP to Happy Shopping!

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Posted by The E on November 21, 2012


We are thankful for our customers and readers! Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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Made in the USA: WM.J. Mills & Co.

Posted by The E on November 20, 2012

Mills Canvas

Today it seems like there is no shortage of nautical inspired items. The style and color scheme of the Eastern Seaboard’s favorite pastime continues to make its way into the hearts and homes of those out West.

Another amazing “Made in the USA” line, with superior craftsmanship and a 110% dedication to its customers, is WM J. Mills & Co. Hailing from a quaint little coastal town on the tip of Long Island, it’s five generations of authentic heavy-duty marine canvas – and nautically trend-setting bags.

WM. J. Mills & Co.

First popular in the fifties when yachters used them as a way to carry their seafaring accessories these highly practical totes have since made their way into the closets of numerous fashionistas.  Bob Mills’ statement behind their product, “We overbuild our bags,” could not be closer to the truth, as the legacy of William J. Mills, the sail maker from Scotland who founded Wm. J. Mills & Co. in 1880, continues on over 100 years later.

Mills’ canvas bags retail from $110 to $200 and can be found at

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SCOOP NYC Beverly Hills Holiday Shop

Posted by The E on November 19, 2012


This past Thursday, SCOOP NYC opened their very own Holiday Shop in Beverly Hills. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, on the corner of North Beverly Drive and Dayton Way, you’ll find a great selection of HABITUAL’s best sellers! We recently stopped by ourselves and we are so excited to be part of this one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs.

SCOOP NYC Holiday Shop

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Who's Got The Habit: Chelsea Handler

Posted by The E on November 16, 2012

One of our favorite comedians Chelsea Handler was seen wearing the Addison Motorcycle in Onyx on an airing of E! Chelsea Lately this week! We love how she paired her Addison’s with a red silk blouse and heels for a sophisticated with just the right amount of edge-look. She wore HABITUAL on the episode where she introduced George to her dance crew, but now she has seven members when she can only have six people on her crew – have you voted who should be kicked out yet? Voting ends this Monday!

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5 Questions: Kim Friday of WWD

Posted by The E on November 14, 2012

Kim Friday of WWD

We love getting to know fashion experts, espcecially to pick their brain about the latest and greatest trends in fashion, but also just to see how they spend their time outside of fashion! This week, we were lucky enough to interview the Senior Fashion Editor of Women’s Wear Daily, Kim Friday. Kim oversees the American and European sportswear markets, covers the bi-annual runway collections and is a contributor to

Prior to her time at WWD, Kim was a freelance fashion stylist and writer for such publications as W Magazine, The New York Times and Los Angeles Magazine. She was also a frequent contributor to The Today Show and CBS’ The Early Show.

In her personal life, Kim is mom to a rescue pup named Lola, a five-time Godmother, an avid cook, yoga enthusiast and a horrible surfer. Learn more about Kim and her amazing winter styling tips for this season in our favorite five questions…

New York or Los Angeles, and why?

Both. I’ve bounced between the two cities most of my adult life and couldn’t ever choose. I’m from New York originally and reside here now and I love the energy of it, the conveniences, and the culture. On the other hand, my father was from Los Angeles so I was raised a Lakers fan and I went to college there. I actually began my career at WWD in Los Angeles too, first as an intern while in school and years later as the West Coast Fashion Editor. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel back and forth a lot over the years but when I finally convince George Clooney to marry me it will be doubly great because then I can finally be bi-coastal.

Give us a sense of your personal style?

In a word…black. It began as a necessity when I was a struggling young assistant surrounded by all these amazing clothes on shoots, none of which I could afford. I adapted a uniform of black basics that were the best quality I could manage and then saved my pennies for sample sales or the outlets to buy great bags and shoes. The look sort of stuck so now I’m a devotee of labels like Zero Maria Cornejo, Rick Owens, Alex Wang and Tse Cashmere. I am obsessed with Ann Demeulemeester and Christian Louboutin for boots and shoes, Yves Saint Laurent for coats and bags, and over the past few years I’ve started having my tailor make classics with a twist for me. It’s a luxury in some ways as it allows me to get exactly what I want and be assured no one else will have it, but it’s actuality it’s not as pricey as you would imagine so I consider it a win-win.

You’re best known for being a fashion expert, but what do you consider your greatest talent?

Cooking. I love, love, love to cook and I just finished a monster kitchen renovation that turned out pretty amazing for such a tiny space. My friend Heather John Fogarty did a great post about it on her oh-so-chic blog The Foodinista, . I keep telling Teal she has to come over for dinner next time she’s here — consider this her formal invitation!

What’s your daily habit?

Talking to my dog as if she actually has an opinion about my outfit or whether or not I’m too old to still be swooning over Edward Cullen. She’s a wise little rescue pup that Lola Friday.

What’s one thing in your closet you could never give up? And what’s your go-to piece in the closet right now?

Oh God, so many choices, so little space. I guess I’d have to say my little Louis Vuitton bag. The very first credit card I ever got in my own name was a Bullock’s department store card, who merged with Macy’s back in the early nineties. The very day I got it in the mail, I marched up to the counter at the Westwood store in L.A. and said to the sales girl, “What’s the biggest LV bag I can buy for my $500 limit?” She handed me the Speedy 25, which was $495 at the time. I bought it on the spot and wore it for years and years, which is why they are so classic. It’s a little too small for me these days, but my goddaughter will be very lucky on her sweet sixteen.

My go-to is the black raglan sleeve cashmere YSL coat that I splurged on for fall that is to die for. Everything looks better with that coat and I will have it forever.

Though I would be remiss not to mention the ridiculous Louboutin black suede slippers that I got last week that are sprinkled with little gold sequins and beads and disks that are hand-painted with real gold leaf. They are insanely beautiful yet shockingly comfortable and will undoubtedly be getting some heavy rotation until the weather turns to crap.

BONUS: What’s your best tip for styling this winter?

Like the Parisians, I believe in quality over quantity and lists. I never go shopping blind — well, almost never. As each season is nearing I go through my closet, toss or donate what’s done or what I haven’t worn, then make a list of the holes I need to fill, trends I want to add, as well as bring anything I want to fix or altered to my beloved tailor. Clutter is the enemy of any closet and it’s a proven fact most women only wear 20% of their clothes, so by keeping my wardrobe concise and re-inventing things I already have with the help of my tailor, it allows for those unexpected splurges.

This fall I think there is no better place to spend your hard earned cash than on a pair of coated black denim skinny or straight leg jeans. Habitual really does make the best ones — I know this because I’m the denim editor — and they look just like leather yet are much more economical, animal friendly and so comfortable. I’m also loving the boyfriend jean again, either plain or distressed in a medium hued wash. With both of these styles you can wear them casually with a slouchy sweater or T-shirt and a pair of Chuck Taylors (the only street sneaker in my book, sorry Isabel Marant) or dress them up with a blouse buttoned all the way up with a little crystal necklace and sky high heels, which would work for a date or work.

If you want the real scoop head to where all the fashion shows every season worldwide are free to view!

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Artist We Love: Tim Walker

Posted by The E on November 13, 2012

Tim Walker

British fashion photographer Tim Walker has had us ooh-ing and ahh-ing for the past decade within the pages of Vogue. Tim Walker’s magical and humorous style is now on exhibition called “Story Teller” at the Somerset House until January 27, 2013. If we could make it to London before January, we would love to get an even closer look into his fantasy world that he creates in each of his photos. But for now, here are some of our favorites…

Tim Walker

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