Category Archives: Tashionista

Choices

#kesnyc #theory #vince #ragandbone
#amicale #kesnyc #theory #coach #ragandbone
#kesnyc #michelledarinjewelry #saksfifthavenue #daydreamerforfreepeople #tashkovski #frame #rebeccaminkoff

We are doing an art lesson called “my favorite things”, which is a small drawing illustrating items using pictograms and some graffiti. I see a lot of pizza, video games, pets, and sports teams represented. Yes, there were clothes and shoes in my sample, but I tried not to be so one-dimensional. I also added…other stuff (I can’t really remember, off the cuff).

Many of these clothing items are among my favorite things/newest things – the Theory sweaters, the Coach leather skirts, the Rag & Bone boots…. Pretty much everything!

#kesnyc #rachelzoe #cbybloomingdales #360cashmere #allsaints #ragandbone
#sofiacashmere #kesnyc @freepeople #aquacashmere #remainbirgerchristiansen #sorel

I had to change my wardrobe this year because it just feels so cold at school. I used to live in cardigans over short sleeve or sleeveless tops – layering to peel them off as the day progressed. I guess I used to get too hot, lol. Oh, and it was also because when I prepped the painting lessons and/or washed the paint brushes I didn’t want my sleeves to get wet or dirty. So there’s currently none of that.

We decided to give each student individual supplies. We are focusing on principles of art captured through sketch book assignments, as well as smaller colored pencil drawings on tagboard or Strathmore drawing paper. We just started second semester.

#kesnyc #theory #360cashmere #tashkovski #joesjeans #ragandbone
#kesnyc #saksfifthavenue #daydreamerforfreepeople #michelledarinjewelry #coach #rebeccaminkoff

I was a V-neck girl before Zoom. Now I think crew necks look better for sitting in front of that screen all day. Saks Fifth Avenue to the rescue – they had a mega sale of cashmere sweaters for only $39.99! Craziness!!!

#kesnyc #aquacashmere #equipment #ragandbone
#kesnyc #theory #cbybloomingdales #coach #ragandbone
#kesnyc #aquacashmere #saksfifthavenue #joesjeans #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #trinaturk #sorel

Here (above and below) are examples of the double sweater look. I know. I have a lot of sweaters. I will get them dry cleaned over mid-winter break, That starts in T-minus nineteen hours.

I will probably live in pjs and work-out gear during break. And possibly my art smock? I have several art projects that require my attention. I must take inventory of my Tashkovski jewelry collection – I recently acquired more vintage butterfly pins! I’d like to do more writing. And organize my closet. Maybe I should do that first.

Decisions/options/choices….

#marcjacobseyewear #360cashmere #bcbgmazxazria #marcjacobs

The Roaring Twenties

#rachelzoe #joesjeans #marcjacobs

This is how I began the Roaring Twenties. Shimmer-shammer in the form of this magnificent Rachel Zoe top, silver leather Marc Jacobs sandals with rhinestone heels (!) and lamb leather jeans (possibly my favorite item in my closet, as I keep them in heavy rotation and they go with EVERYTHING)!

The theme for this decade is sparkle, shine and animal prints/hides. I am really not keen on the safari look, although that cheetah thing was huge in Wonder Woman 1984. Those pumps look amazing on Gal Gadot (but what doesn’t?)

On second thought, maybe I will add some WW flair (and all it encompasses) to my 2021 wardrobe. <3

Colorburst

#amicale #kesnyc #theory #coach #ragandbone
Karen Tashkovski, Princess, 2017, encaustic on masonite, 8″ x 10″ (mounted on chalkboard), $111
#kesnyc #tashkovski #allsaints #joesjeans #ragandbone

Although I was in all black yesterday (above), I’m making a conscious decision to add color to my wardrobe. Color looks better in #ootd pictures. Color is just fun. I color coordinate my walk-in closet – this makes it easier to notice items bought separately and even years apart that end up looking amazing together.

#kesnyc #blackbrown1826 #vince #tashkovski #ragandbone

This Black Brown 1826 cashmere sweater (above) is something I often wear around the house over my pajamas. It is a thick 4-ply cashmere – very cozy and soft. The sleeves had frayed but I loved it so much, I didn’t want to get rid of it. I brought it to DeWitt Cleaners, recently, because I spilled yogurt on it and when I picked it up, it was not only pristine, but someone had magically mended it as well! The yarns of the sleeves were somehow stitched together (crochet hook?) and now it looks great with the most expensive skirt in my wardrobe!

$75 – ITALIAN
#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #360cashmere #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs

This outfit (above) was inspired by one of my encaustic angel paintings, currently located on my bedroom dresser. I have had these silk velvet pants for a while. Paired with Marc Jacobs combat-style boots and the double sweater look, it felt super comfy on that cold day. We are in school on Wednesdays while the students are at home. #officehours

Confidante, 2017, encaustic on masonite, 8″ x 10″ (mounted on 11″ x 14″ chalkboard), $111
#amicale #kesnyc #warnerbros #anntaylor #coach #ragandbone

I rarely wear red – then this Coach leather skirt came along and now I’m singing red’s praises! Absolutely in love with the length. I paired it with an old Ann Taylor cashmere sweater from when the Ann Taylor store was on the second floor of the mall. (Does that store still exist? – IDK)

Royal Gamer, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125
#kesnyc #bcbgmaxazria #sorel
Karen Tashkovski, “Geisha”, 2019, 8″ x 8″, encaustic & collage, $250
#kesnyc #tashkovski #saksfifthavenue #rebeccataylor #frame #rebeccaminkoff

The monochromatic look was the rage at the 2021 Inauguration. It looked a bit like a circa 1980s rainbow wedding to me but fashion instagrammers didn’t agree. They loved that parade. I am not a purple head-to-toe fan either, lol. But blue? Yes!

One color works best when it is a blend of textures while allowing the hues to vary. Here (above) a new cashmere sweater with my tissue thin Rebecca Taylor summer denim dress, a navy silk mask and Frame cropped jeans. Boots, kind of, match my hair.

NFS . – MONKEES #2
#kesnyc #rebeccataylor #karllagerfeldparis

Sometimes I throw on my hat or earmuffs for the #ootd picture and sometimes I wear them most of the day when I am not in the classrooms. There is a lot less moving around these days due to all the Covid restrictions and such, and it just feels a lot colder at work. Hence the double sweater business too.

“SECRET”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
#aquacashmere #talithacollection #tashkovski #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

The fist time I wore this silk Talitha Collection top (above), I was at the Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan concert at the Ampitheater. It was something like ninety degrees in the shade that July day! For a January school day, I threw it on over a thick cashmere turtleneck.

And, P.S., every color in the rainbow looks great paired with these lambskin leather jeans (Joe’s Jeans!)

Karen Tashkovski, “Shibori”, 2019, 8″ x 8″, encaustic & collage, $250
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Finally and full circle, dresses over pants is a fun look – the dresses become tunics/jackets and I get to wear them through the winter and still manage to stay warm. Thank you, Joie and AllSaints, for the leathaaaaaaaa! <3

#kesnyc #tashkovski #allsaints #joesjeans #ragandbone

Golden

#kesnyc #equipment #tashkovski #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #vince #ragandbone
#kesnyc #aquacashmere #tashkovski #vince #ragandbone

I guess you could say I am in a golden fashion mood lately – meaning I am really into golds, butter yellows, creams and caramel colors while still doing the occasional black Monday looks.

I’m thinking it may be because my hair is blonde now – IDK. Although, I’m feeling the desire for change again. Saw a picture in a magazine of someone with my dream hair and realized it was my old look. Right now I don’t truly feel like me. I mean I don’t feel like I am being true to my authentic self.

#kesnyc #freepeople #tashkovski #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Maybe it has something to do with wearing masks all the time. It’s a metaphor for hiding yourself from the world, isn’t it (insert Billy Joel’s The Stranger here). I keep making excuses to myself about why I haven’t been painting or writing much. Why I haven’t been blogging about art events either.

Some of those excuses have to do with the pandemic, with the time it is taking to complete the renovations on my house, with my frustration with myself in regard to my faith, belief system and pursuit of happiness. Who am I?

Everything is a work in progress including ourselves as individuals. Will it ever be finished? Will we ever achieve the ultimate self-actualization? I’m going with no…(it’s the journey, it’s the journey, infinity).

#kesnyc #tashkovski #aquacashmere #ullajohnson #trinaturk #ragandbone
#kesnyc #360cashmere #tashkovski #ragandbone #marcjacobs

Fashion is the only thing right now that I feel like I can count on – the luxurious comfort of enjoying cashmere, leather and silk on my skin. I appreciate having someplace to go where I can wear clothes that may or may not reflect the lifestyle I have in the now.

I am in love with Vince, Theory, Rag & Bone…. My Vince lamb leather skirt is in heavy rotation, currently. It is like butttttaaaahhhhh!

#kesnyc #theory #trinaturk #tashkovski #ragandbone

I look forward to the time (the actual day and moment) when I can set up my jewelry shop, both on-line and on my back porch where one side will be jewelry and the other side will be my encaustic art studio.

I have visions of new paintings based on the instructions I gave for my students’ peace posters, as well as work that piggy-backs on the past – hearts, fans, horseshoes and other familiar motifs.

I am contemplating creating a viral holiday, called Positivity Day or Creation Day or Art Appreciation Day, where friends gather in party form (parades would work too) to simply celebrate one another’s talents, as its primary goal/function.

The dream is to have it all – the art, the fashion, the writing, the celebration – that creative life is the golden dream.

That’s what’s authentic. <3

#kesnyc mask #rebeccataylor top #vince skirt #joie sandals #tashkovski bracelet
#kesnyc mask #equipment dress #bcbgeneration sandals
#kesnyc #allsaints #ragandbone
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #milly #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Thankful

#kesnyc #aquacashmere #tashkovski #vince #ragandbone
#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #bcbgmaxazria #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #michelledarinjewelry #theory #freepeople #rebeccaminkoff

I know – I have a lot of sweaters. I keep them in two cedar chests. Pullovers in one, cardigans in the other. I am in love with Theory right now. The cashmere is luxurious!

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for on-line shopping. And of course, for all the wonderful people in my life including you. I feel incredibly blessed – thank you, thank you, thank you! <3

#kesnyc #theory #trinaturk #karllagerfeldparis
#kesnyc #ullajohnson #aquacashmere #tashkovski #trinaturk #ragandbone
#kesnyc #360cashmere #tashkovski #ragandbone #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #cbybloomingdales #freepeople #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #allsaints #ragandbone

SILK-CASHMERE-LEATHAAAAAAA

#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #joesjeans #bcbgmaxazria

Last week there was a day I forgot to bring a mask. I had to wear a standard issue one from the stash the school gave me. Ugh! It is crazy how different school is these days with the masks and the social distancing – the integration of the on-line technology and all the paperwork/organization/mayhem. But it hasn’t put a damper on the fun.

#kesnyc #theory #joesjeans #bcbgeneration
#kesnyc #tashkovski #saksfifthavenue #frenchconnection #marcjacobs

My students are happy to be back in school. I only actually have classes twice a week and students are there one day and at home the other day. My colleague and instagram photographer, Katy, and I, have been working together to recreate our art courses to align with the new safety protocols and to allow students to access the courses on-line. No clay, paint or collage work this year – the focus is more on formal principals of art, illustration and design.

#kesnyc #rebeccataylor #forloveandlemons #frame #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #halston #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #bcbgeneration #tashkovski

We purchased sketchbooks for everyone, as well as dry media including markers and colored pencils. We are still working with the local Lions Club (awesome!) to create peace posters for their international contest. Some of my students may become professional artists by the end of the month.

#allsaints #calvinklein #tashkovski
#kesnyc #theory #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs

I know I haven’t blogged much since the onset of these “Covid-19 months”. I plan to improve my on-line store on this site – I’ve upgraded the website to the bells and whistles one, but I haven’t really gotten around to uploading more than a few bracelets for sale. I have a new email address – artist@karentash.com. And I did go to a museum today. I’ll be writing a couple of blog posts about that soon.

#kesnyc #bcbgmaxazria #jcrew #joesjeans #calvinklein #tashkovski #rayban
#kesnyc #cinqasept #ragandbone #marcjacobs

I’m happy to be back to school too. I love fashion sooo much – love getting dressed to go someplace. I’m having fun incorporating the mask into the mix – the ones from Kes are phenomenal because I can wear them around the neck during mask breaks. My other favorite ones are by Jonathan Simkhai and, yes, my own, available on www.redbubble.com.

Oh, and, of course, I am a blonde now so I look a lot different than I did in March.

#kesnyc #theory #milly #joie

Change is good. <3

#kesnyc #talithacollection #tashkovski #trinaturk #bcbgmaxazria
#kesnyc #360cashmere #freepeople #bcbgeneration #tashkovski

#kesnyc Masks for the Win

#kesnyc mask #rachelzoe dress #joie boots

School looks a bit different this year. Masks are a mainstay. I am in love with these masks from KES (www.kesnyc.com). I bought them in every color. LOVE!!!

#kesnyc mask #freepeople dress #marcjacobs sandals
#kesnyc mask #rachelzoe top #allsaints skirt #bcbgeneration sandals
#kesnyc mask #bcbgmaxazria blazer and sandals #joesjeans pants #daydreamerforfreepeople top
#kesnyc mask #trinaturk top #frenchconnection skirt #ninewest slides #tashkovski bracelet
#kesnyc mask #theory cardigan #rebeccataylor top and pants #calvinklein boots
#kesnyc mask #remainbirgerchristensen dress #joie sandals
#kesnyc mask #akemi+kin dress #bcbgmaxazria top #ninewest slides
#kesnyc mask #girldangerousforfreepeople top #bcbgmaxarzria top #joesjeans pants #bcbgeneration sandals #tashkovski bracelet
#kesnyc mask #equipment dress #bcbgeneration sandals
#kesnyc mask #rebeccataylor top #vince skirt #joie sandals #tashkovski bracelet
#kesnyc mask #wilsonsleather jacket #bcbgmaxazria dress and sandals #michelledarin bracelets

Pajama Party

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Ugg flannel pajamas

I had the foresight to purchase new pajamas – I didn’t know then that I would be spending the majority of my time in them.  But, hey, it is fun!  I love being home, love spending time with my cat, love time to figure out this remote teaching thing.  Turns out we are spending more time teaching remotely than we did actually teaching face-to-face.  Lots of individual emails with students and parents, lots of information added to my Schoology platform, lots of learning how to use technology – I am no longer a Zoom virgin, lol.

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Vicherub long underwear, Ugg boots

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Ugg flannel pajamas

We were supposed to go back on April 15th but they are targeting April 29, 2020 now.  I added names to all the canvases and papers I planned for students to use in class – so, I am just going to trust that they will eventually be able to create those projects.  I sent them home with an art packet on the day before our government-mandated mass exodus from school.

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ThermaJane long underwear

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Ugg flannel pajamas

The Social Studies teacher told me that many of my students were working on that art homework during her Zoom meeting.  Yeah!  I love that. <3

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ThermaJane long underwear

 

Before March Madness

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Here are my outfits of the day for the month of March 2020.  No more school for a while.  I just discovered a show on ABC called Schooled to help with my school withdrawal.  It is almost as funny as the silly things kids say at real school. It’s set in the ’90s, which is when I started working at my job.  Back then I think my fashion look was sort of Monica from Friends.

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Rebecca Taylor jacket, Milly top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Calvin Klein booties

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Free People dress, Sorel boots

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Joie leather dress, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet

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Baublebar choker, Rachel Zoe silk dress, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet

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Aqua Cashmere sweater, Trina Turk leather skirt, Rebecca Minkoff boots, Harry Potter lanyard

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Rachel Zoe silk dress, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs sandals and sunglasses

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Honora necklace, Tashkovski bracelet, Halston Heritage dress, Banana Republic top, Marc Jacobs boots

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Cinq a Sept silk dress, Marc Jacobs boots

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C by Bloomingdales cashmere sweater, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet

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Aqua Cashmere sweater, French Connection leather skirt, Rebecca Minkoff boots