Cotton Candy Coat

It’s springtime in February! How glorious has this entire weekend been? This coat was a bit of a trend splurge last fall, which I don’t usually recommend, but it’s just so FUN! Last year’s teddy bear coat has made it to a second season! I wore it out on Friday night, and my girlfriends called it a “Carrie Bradshaw coat”. A few boys told me “your coat is…wonderful” and “your coat looks like cotton candy”. I loved this description so much that it is the new namesake of this post. My boyfriend thinks this coat is silly (re: Man Repeller ha) but I tell him that I make the streets of NYC interesting and fun and give something to delight the people outside! I paired the coat with a favorite pair of gray stretchy skinny jeans, my black Rebecca Minkoff envelope cross-body bag, my go-to tortoise-shell sunnies, and brand new burgundy Chloe moto boots (completely obsessed with these). I love the femininity of the coat, especially when paired with the edgier and more rugged moto boots.



Round tortoise-shell sunglasses
Cotton Candy Coat
Gray Skinny Jeans
Envelope Cross-Body
Burgundy Buckle Strap Boots

Barbados: Bare feet, Braids, & Bougainvilleas

This weekend’s girls getaway in sunny Barbados was the perfect setting to wear some of my favorite beach pieces. Also, there was a real boardwalk! All white is one of my favorite looks for the beach, it is crisp and clean and feels very luxe! This Rebecca Taylor white tiles embroidery coverup tunic is lightweight and very comfortable. I love the detail of the eyelet lace and mirrored embroidery, the winged arms, and cinched waist. A go-to tunic is a closet staple in my opinion, as they are very versatile and easy to wear and pack. I paired this look with a white fedora, my new black bikini from American Apparel, and cat-eye sunglasses I bought from a street vendor in New York City. I completed the look with a red mani pedi, a side French braid, and bare feet. Enjoy the bougainvilleas, possibly my favorite flower…they remind me of Thailand.

 



White fedora
Cat-eye sunglasses- street vendor (similar here)
Black string bikini
White tiles embroidered tunic

Geometric Print Bustier Sundress

This weekend a few friends and I traveled to Barbados for a little girls trip. We pretty much just went to the beach everyday and walked around, which made it a perfect opportunity to break out one of my favorite geometric printed sundresses. This one is a few years old and from Target! It has a stretchy elastic back which makes it extra comfy. I love the blue geometric pattern, and especially the stitched bustier top. I remember seeing some Parker strapless peplum tops with this same sort of stitched bustier top a few years ago, which is a trend I loved. I paired this look with some whimsical bubblegum pink sunglasses and navy blue closed-toe espadrilles which matched perfectly with the dress. Hair in a messy bun, because I could not be bothered! Enjoy this casual tropical look and the change of setting!

Pink gold-inner-rim sunglasses- Laundry by Shelli Segal (similar here)
Geometric Print Bustier Sundress- Target (similar here)
J. Crew Sardinia Espadrille Wedges

Downtown Glam

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Is this look too much for a viewing party? (Ha!) I had so much fun pairing this borrowed Vince black, white, and gray fox fur vest with my favorite pleather leggings. The fur is so luscious and big with an extra cozy collar! The leggings are lined with fleece and have adorable side zippers. I glammed up the look with some classic cat-eye sunglasses, purchased on the street in SoHo for five bucks. These studded and jeweled gold capped pumps are also my latest consignment find, and they are so comfortable to wear! I promise there aren’t TOO many more fur vest posts coming, I am a little obsessed with them. They are the warmest and chicest!

Enjoy the final pic in my favorite Nikes- I had to!

 


Cat-eye sunglasses (similar here)
Black turtleneck
Vince fox fur vest
Pleather leggings
Zara gold capped court pumps (similar here)
Black & white Nikes

RIP American Apparel

American Apparel is the latest clothing retailer to hit the dust. I’ve always liked American Apparel’s classic staples and edgier basics. Due to the closing of their stores, everything is 40% off! I picked up the below olive green sweater (which I LOVE), a dressier pair of tailored sweatpants (if there is such a thing), and a classic triangle skimpy bikini (which will be perfect for an upcoming Barbados weekend!)


Unisex Fisherman Pullover
Leisure Pant
Black String Bikini

Floppy Hat, Fur Vest, & Vintage Boots

This post is special to me because I have been waiting to write about this look for two years since my blog’s launch! This is a fall look that I think transitions well into winter. It consists of a floppy hat, a fur vest, skinny jeans tucked into riding boots, delicate gold jewelry, and a fabulous pair of sunglasses. It is a classic, sophisticated pairing that involves neutrals, vintage pieces, and mixed textures. In keeping with New York, this look is almost all black, with a pop of gray. I bought this floppy hat and these amazing black leather vintage boots at a rummage sale almost a decade ago. Both pieces cost me less than $10, and are still in style years later. This winter break I polished up my boots, waterproofed them, and had heel caps added on. I am a big believer in taking care of your things.

The shirt, although hard to see in the pictures, is a light weight jersey shirt that has an open “dip” back from one of my favorite designers, Splendid. It is wonderful for layering and oh so cozy-  worth paying retail for! The Yves Salomon vest was a 27th birthday present to myself, from myself, from Intermix. My friends Gracie and Aisha went with me when I pulled the trigger, helping me choose between a wood-y brown color and the gray I ended up with. I love this vest because it is so warm and comfy, and it also can be reversed to show a different cut! The best part is that it fits perfectly underneath my leather jacket, so the jacket can have furry flaps. A fur vest is a warm, functional, closet staple, and fur vests have been trending for a few years now. 

Thanks to Daniel for taking these West Village pics!


Black vintage felt hat (similar here)
Prada “Cinema” Sunglasses
Delicate gold and black drop necklace
Diane Von Furstenberg 440 bangle bracelet
Splendid light jersey open back top 
Yves Salomon reversible rabbit fur vest
Black skinny jeans
Black vintage riding boots (similar here)

Leather Leggings, Quilted Coat & Wedge Sneakers

This Saturday it was chilly but sunny, so I wore my favorite practical fall coat that I could get away with. It’s black, quilted, has a hood, hits mid-thigh and my favorite part are the thumb loops (very edgy!). I paired my coat with a whimsical DVF reversible black and red lip print scarf, pleather leggings, wedge sneakers, and big sunglasses. I have been crushing on leather pants / leggings for a few months now, and the insides of these ones are fleece! I love the ankle zipper detail, too. The sneakers- I have always liked wedge sneakers. They are very polarizing, people either love them or hate them! I had my eye on these Isabel Marant velcro “downtown” edgy sneakers. The neutral color pairs with nearly everything, and they are very comfortable.

This outfit must have been good luck, because on our walk to SoHo we saw ASAP Rocky!

Laundry Gold Top Cat-Eye Sunglasses (similar here)
Diane Von Furstenberg Lips Jacquard Woven Scarf
Michael Kors Black Quilted Thumb Loop Coat (similar here)
Faux Leather Leggings with Ankle Zipper
Isabel Marant Bekett Suede Wedge Sneakers

Camel Coat & Croc Collar

Happy New Year! W4street is officially 2 years old today! This snowy weekend in NYC was the perfect opportunity to pull out one of my favorite birthday presents to myself: this wool blend coyote fur trimmed coat. I am from Chicago, and one rule I always stick to when purchasing coats is to only buy coats and jackets that have hoods! Lately, I have been very into fur trim. I have a dark olive green puffer that I wear when it is really cold, but for this weekend’s light snow this “Little Red Riding Hood” inspired coat was perfect. I saw it in September at Nordstrom Rack and they only had a few left. It was love at first site. I love the camel color, fur trim, and the toggle details. It felt very “cloak-like” to me. I was okay with the splurge because it’s so practical (there are even double pockets!) not to mention it’s from one of my favorite designers- Trina Turk. I saw an extremely similar coat at ZARA, too. My coat is still available in black!

This post must be a delayed birthday post, because I paired the coat with my favorite new black leather tassel cross-body– another birthday present from my good friend Nicky, and an amazing Baublebar crocodile and pearl collar (trend alert!) I saw and had to have. I have been wearing my OTK boots over pants this winter, too. They add an extra layer of warmth to my legs! Sorry there aren’t more pictures- it was really cold!

 

Trina Turk Elizabeth Toggle Coat
Forever21 Black Jeans
Rebecca Minkoff Envelope Cross-body
Unisa Black OTK Boots (similar here)
Baublebar Croc Collar

 

 

Lace Dress of the Year

The dress of this year, and arguably the brand of this year is Self Portrait’s Azaelea dress (seen in the top pic below). This intricate lace spaghetti strap dress was seen on everyone from celebrities to fashion bloggers. The original dress has a fitted bodice and a girly flared tea-length hem, with a nude slip underneath the lace. This dress can be worn from summer garden parties with open-toe wedges to winter holiday parties with closed-toed pumps. This dress can even be dressed down by being paired with a leather jacket (leather and lace is one of my favorite combos). While red is perfect for the holidays, I’ve seen this dress style available in mint, yellow, baby blue, and white. I actually purchased a white version that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet but I plan to wear it this spring / summer. I’ve selected a few similar red options below (LRD!), at different price points, with the lowest price around $32! Further comparisons can be found here. Now everyone can find an option to jump on this Self Portrait lace dress trend.

 



Self Portrait Azaelea Lace Dress
Club Monaco Bolari Dress
Romwe Flare Lace Cami Dress
New Chic Evening Party Crochet Dress
Persun Lace Sleeveless Dress

Holiday Party Part 2: StyleWe Collaboration

I can’t believe it’s already towards the end of December, and the holidays are upon us once again! I have teamed up with one of my favorite design stores to pick a few of my favorite holiday looks! Today I am featuring one of their unique designers, Demi, who has created a line called D. Fanni. You can explore her full collection and find this StyleWe designer here. Below I have selected three of my favorite designs of hers. The first design is this beautiful deep blue military-style coat. I love the button detailing, and I think that this would be fun to accessorize. This coat screams “winter” fashion! The second design I love is this whimsical dress with twirling ladies all over it. I am a sucker for fun prints, and this dress would be the talk of the holiday party! The third look of D. Fanni’s I think would be great for the holidays is this twist on a little red dress- I love the intricate and unusual black lace detailing and cutouts. I would pair it with sky high black patent leather stilettos to complete the look.

You can check out more looks and read further StyleWe reviews here.

 


 D. Fanni Dark Blue Simple-Buttoned A-line Coat
D. Fanni V Neck Girly Sleeveless Mini Dress
D. Fanni Red Long Sleeve See-through Look Sheath

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