Bow Back Dresses

Now that Thanksgiving is over and it’s December, it’s officially holiday party season! I love holiday parties, I love dresses, I love bows, and I love interesting backs. So, adding all of these things together for this post! I love the idea of dressing up a back- why should fashion be limited to just the front of a woman’s outfit? Dressing up the back is unexpected and fun, and gives partygoers a view from all angles. Plus, I personally find backs to be gorgeous. I am girly at heart, so I have also always loved bows. One of my female colleagues in consulting was told she shouldn’t wear bows because they made her seem more feminine. However, not all bows are feminine. Depending on the tie, knot, and shape, bows can be more masculine and sophisticated (see: Club Monaco dress’s bow below). I’ve rounded up five of my favorite bow-back dresses below. Two of the dresses below are from preppy designer Kate Spade. Naturally, when I think of bows, I think of the bow-queen Kate Spade.

 

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Ann Taylor Bow Back Shift Dress
Kate Spade Bow Back Dress
Club Monaco Raniko Dress
Asos Bow Back Lace Pencil Dress
Kate Spade Bow Back Dress

Fall Neutrals

I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday! I spent mine in Chicago with family. I’ve been meaning to do a post on mixing and matching some of my favorite fall neutrals, here with army green, maroon, and dove gray. This rabbit fur vest was an investment piece I purchased last fall. It’s so warm and the deep color pairs nicely with lots of different neutrals. The jersey wrap dress is from one of my favorite designers, Haute Hippie. It’s so cozy and has an open back (hence it needs to be paired with a vest or jacket). The suede, dove gray booties with gold chunky heels are one my favorite things to pull out at the first signs of fall.

New Yorkers don’t always wear black!

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Adrienne Landau Rabbit Fur Vest
Haute Hippie Draped Modal-Jersey Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg 440 Bangle Bracelet
French Connection Kristina Suede Metallic Heeled Boots

Leather & Floral Ruffles

Another edgy downtown look with Tom Naples Photography! Tom and I had so much fun exploring the Lower East Side. We were very inspired by all of the NYC graffiti and the grittiness of the city. Stemming from the first part of our series, I kept my Maje leather jacket. In some of the photographs you can really see the beautiful shoulder stitching. This time I paired the jacket with a tiered floral ruffle dress, and my trusty nude strappy sandals. It’s a little too cold now to wear these sandals! I like the contrast of the tough leather with the feminine dress. To accessorize, I switched things up with my accessory of choice this fall: a choker. I like the delicate gold dangle on the front of this one. Per usual, my ear jackets made the cut.

Enjoy the photographs, I like that you can get a glimpse into our downtown adventure…Tom and I were both obsessed with the heart wall. West 4th Street does Delancey Street!

 

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Ear Jackets
Leather Jacket
Choker
Ruffle Dress- Cynthia Rowley (similar here)
Strappy Sandals

Fall Transition: Burgundy Pleats

Tom Naples Photography and I are at it again. We shot this look a few weeks ago on a beautiful warm fall day in the Lower East Side. We were particularly inspired by street graffiti and the Williamsburg Bridge. This post has a few different key fashion elements: this Maje leather jacket- which is a closet staple and an investment piece which is perfect for fall, this burgundy (trend alert!) pleated maxi dress- which is a great fall transition piece, this tie-string choker (trend alert!) which I have been wearing almost every day, my trusty ear jackets and ankle strap flats. This maxi dress is perfect for summer to fall, as it’s lightweight but long, can be layered easily, and the burgundy color is my favorite fall shade. I felt pretty rocker-chic and edgy between the leather jacket and the choker. It was Tom’s idea to head to the Williamsburg Bridge (I had never been) and it was such a blast. He has such an amazing eye! Enjoy the pics, and be sure to shop the links below.

 

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Ear jackets- Pinkyotto 
Long Wrap Choker- Pinkyotto
Leather Jacket- Maje
Burgundy Pleated Maxi Dress- Forever21 (exact same here)
Olive Ankle Strap “Angie” Flats- Dolce Vita

Fall Uniform

This weekend I went up to Sleepy Hollow for a very spooky weekend! Highlights included staying at the castle-like Tarrytown House and exploring the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery- which came complete with a headless horseman riding around! I packed my “fall uniform”: a nautical-inspired skinny striped black and white long sleeve shirt, a new burgundy quilted vest (burgundy is my favorite color this fall), black denim, and my favorite red zipper-back riding boots. A light vest like this one is great for transitional fall weather like we have been having in New York. This outfit is classic, cozy, and comfortable! Thanks to Daniel for the pics 🙂

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Skinny striped long sleeve shirt- Forever21 (similar here)
Burgundy quilted vest
Black denim
Red zipper riding boots

Bell Sleeves

Bell sleeves are one of my favorite trends this fall. Also referred to as “fluted” or “flared” sleeves, they have a very hippie, bohemian vibe. However, I love that they can be sophisticated depending on the cut of the piece. The lace blouse below from Ann Taylor is great for work, and almost feels Victorian. The Parker double-bell sleeve (or bell sleeve with a ruffle) dress beneath it is the same dress that I wore in my last post! It’s also fun to see bell sleeves being combined with other trends from the season- like lace-up and off-the-shoulder tops. I remember bell sleeves being trendy when I was in about third grade- Limited2 had some great ones! I am happy that they are making a comeback.

Welcome back, bell sleeves!

 

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Ann Taylor Fluted Lace Geo Blouse
Parker Double Flared Sleeve Dress
Rachel Zoe Bell Sleeve Mini Dress
Forever21 Bell-Sleeve Lace-Up Top
Chicwish Dramatic Gingham Off-Shoulder Top with Bell Sleeves

OTK Boots & Bell Sleeves

My favorite thing about fall is fall fashion, if you don’t count candy corn. This fall, there are a few trends that I am loving: OTK (over the knee) boots and bell sleeves. OTK boots are very bold, and I wasn’t sure if I could pull them off. I have found that I love pairing them with mini dresses, like this Parker mini with ruffled bell sleeves. I love the ivory color and the beautiful cloth buttons. One of my best friends, Alex, completed the hippie-chic, boho inspired look with milkmaid braids and dreamy fall makeup. We shot the photos from this post in Lincoln Center, which was really fun even though it was rainy. If you need someone to do your makeup, let me know and I will put you in touch with Alex. She is the absolute best and can work with pretty much any type of makeup (you should see how many makeup brushes she owns!) Also, if you are thinking about getting OTK boots, get them.

 

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Parker “Risa” dress
Unisa black OTK boots (similar here)
Delicate black and gold drop necklace
Old Navy delicate ear jackets

LBD: Engagement Party

You can never have enough LBDs! This dress is one of my absolute favorites. I love how simple and sophisticated it is…plus I will wear pretty much anything with ostrich feathers! The high collar is elegant, and nicely complements the deeper dip in the V-neck back. I paired this dress with one of my favorite pairs of Brian Atwood glittery heels, complete with peep-toes and ankle straps. I wore this dress to an engagement party, and as with most LBDs, they are classic closet staples that are very versatile. They speak strongly without being loud. Ladies at the engagement party, and during our shoot, complemented the heels. All photography was taken at the Highline by my talented friend Tom! Check out his work and book him at Tom Naples Photography. I also had an Agave Smoothing treatment and blowout from the Damian West Salon in the West Village. It was the first time I had this treatment and the results were great. I’ve linked everything at the bottom of this post!

 

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Hair- Damian West
Black ostrich feather dress- Ann Taylor (similar here)
Brian Atwood Liese Sandal

Embroidered Statement Dress

At long last, here is a post from one of my favorite shoots earlier this summer with Tom Naples Photography. I purchased this Alice & Olivia dress for a benefit, and I love the flower embroidery so much. Floral embroidery was definitely on trend this summer, and I love how feminine it is. This dress is exquisite and unlike any other piece I own. We shot in New York’s Meatpacking District and it was one of the hottest days of the summer (for those of you who were here to remember it!) I highly recommend you book Tom for all of your photography needs- he is incredibly talented and has an amazing eye. It was his idea to shoot near the highline.

I kept this look simple, as the dress has so much detail, pairing it with my favorite Brian Atwood Labrea stilettos. I call these strappy sandals a “barely there” shoe, and I consider having at least one pair as a closet staple. You can shop this look from the links beneath the post.

 
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Alice & Olivia “Ellen” embroidered cap sleeve sheath dress
Brian Atwood Labrea Snake Heel
Cole Haan round sunglasses

 

Grown-up Overalls

Overalls. Dungarees. Most of us wore them as kids. I know that I used to love wearing them to play in ball pit birthday parties! I hadn’t worn them in about 15 years though, and it felt great to be back in them. This pair is a “grown up” pair- short shorts with distressed denim (more for fashion than function). I paired my overalls with a black tank, and a favorite pair of beaded espadrille flats I bought at the end of last summer. The colorful beading and zebra print are so fun! I also paired this look with a favorite pair of retro round tortoise-shell sunglasses, and a new simple choker (trend alert!) that I bought from a street vendor. I love the gold dangly from the middle of the choker, it adds an unexpected detail. Even though it’s September, it has still been pretty warm and humid in NYC. I have been feeling very “downtown” and edgy lately!

 

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Grown-up overalls
Cole Haan round tortoise-shell sunnies
Black choker with gold dangly
Rebecca Minkoff studded hobo bag
Sam Edelman lida brahama hair espadrille flats

 

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