Elena Kriegner Fine Jewelry Campaign

I am so excited to share with you some photos I did for a campaign with renowned jewlery designer, Elena Kriegner! Elena is an artist, and you know this immediately by looking at any of her gorgeous and unique pieces. Her distinct style involves changing pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. The jewelry is hand crafted from the finest and highest quality materials, with each gemstone being individually selected by Elena herself. Elena started jewelry designing in her Austrian village when she was a child, and she is living her dream. After our photo shoot along the Hudson River, I loved visiting her Chelsea studio and seeing where she creates her jewelry (pictures below). My favorite pieces are the ones inspired by her travels and nature: seashells and the ocean.

Please use the discount code “W4STREET” to enjoy 30% off of your next purchase by visiting her website here. Plus, you can also check out all of the pictures we did together for the shoot, which are now live on her site!

Elena Kriegner (all pieces)

Printed Romper

It’s officially romper season! I started warming up to this trend about two summers ago, but now I am a huge fan! I love that rompers can come in all different kinds of fabrics and styles, I think that the one I am wearing below could even be described as “sophisticated”. I love the interesting V-shaped neckline, ruffle detail, and the fun mix-and-match prints (the tiny star-print top matches the stars on the sandals). It was a sunny and beautiful 75 degree day in NYC this weekend, so I paired this romper with my trusty gold aviators and gold star lace-up sandals. It was the perfect, easy outfit for bopping about the Upper East Side with my cousin, Nancy!

In my opinion, a jumpsuit is a romper with pant legs, while a romper has short bottoms.

Gold aviators
Printed romper
Gold star lace-up sandals- Forever21 (similar here)

4th of July Summer Stripes

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I spent mine at home in Chicago for the long weekend. I wore quite a bit of red, white, and blue all weekend! I was very proud of this red and white striped cotton jumpsuit for the family BBQ…it’s practically an American flag! A lightweight, easy summer jumpsuit is a closet staple, in my opinion. Plus, unlike skirts or dresses, I didn’t need to worry about the wind on the balcony. I paired this casual jumpsuit (which I plan to wear all summer) with gold strappy sandals and my new favorite accessory…a boater hat! I have enjoyed watching the “hat evolution” over the past few years. The fedora gave way to the Panama hat, which gave way to the boater hat (trend alert)!

Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday and is enjoying their post-holiday weekend.

Straw boater hat
Red and white striped jumpsuit- Forever21 (similar here)
Gold strappy sandals- BCBG (similar here)

Seersucker Off-the-Shoulder Balloon-Sleeve Bow-Back Blouse

This might be the longest named post I have ever written! I am a sucker for surprising backs, and especially if they are seerSUCKER (get it?!) I don’t think that anything quite says “summer” like seersucker. I ordered this fun blouse online a few months ago. I thought that it was so cute and perfect for summer. I also love that it combined a few of my favorite trends: off-the-shoulder and balloon-sleeves! What sold me on it though, was the surprising, fun, and feminine bow back! Everything is better with a bow on it ūüôā I paired this look with white skinny jeans, wedge sandals (a gift from my sister) and a sun-kissed glow from lying out at my cousin’s pool earlier in the day. I am in Chicago for the holiday with my family, and my sister, cousin, and I found an amazing outdoor champagne bar last night in the West Loop. Rose prosecco forever!

Let the 4th of July summery red, white, and blue looks continue!

 


Seersucker bow-back blouse- Few Moda (similar here)
White denim
Sam Edelman “Turner” Espadrille Wedge Sandal

Flutter Sleeve Cold-Shoulder Dress

The 4th of July is right around the corner, which means it’s time to wear your favorite red / white / blue! I picked up this cold shoulder dress in 2014 (I know, I was three years ahead of the trend ;)) from a boutique on Bleecker Street near my apartment. I love the feminine and flirty flutter sleeves, and the royal blue hue. I paired this dress with my block-heeled sandals, trusty gold bar bracelet, and dainty chevron necklace. We found these gorgeous white blooms overflowing the red brick wall, so there is red, white, and blue after all!

 

Flutter sleeve cold-shoulder dress- Jean Claude Pierlot (similar here)
Rose gold chevron necklace
Gold bar bracelet (similar here)
Block-heeled strappy sandals

 

Nautical Vertical Stripes

Yesterday was my close friend Jeni’s birthday party, and we celebrated by going out on her boat in Oyster Bay! (It’s a tough life, I know). It was the most beautiful day yesterday, perfect for a little sail. I wore one of my favorite new dresses that I plan to wear all summer- an off-the-shoulder (trend alert) and ruffled top (trend alert) vertical striped dress. I love stripes, and they are intrinsically nautical, but I have recently been very into vertical stripes. I paired the dress with my favorite Panama hat and classic gold aviator sunglasses, a black string bikini, and my favorite new gold star lace-up sandals. I love this entire outfit- feminine and on-trend, but minimalist. Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I might be re-wearing this dress…it’s 4th of July acceptable!


Panama Hat
Gold Aviators
Black String Bikini- American Apparel (similar here)
Nautical Vertical Striped Ruffle Dress- DizzyLissy (similar here)
Gold Star Lace-Up Sandals  (designer version here)

Ball Drop Earrings and Off-The-Shoulder Jumpsuit

I never thought I would start a blog post with “Ball Drop”, but here it is! Last night I caved in for the latest statement earring trend that I initially was not on board with but now am…the ball drop earrings! Also known as “orb” and “globe” earrings (trend alert). I bought this sunny yellow pair from a NYC street vendor but I have linked a few similar versions below. I know that J. Crew, Club Monaco, Intermix, and BaubleBar all carry them. They were the perfect summer touch to this amazing Theory jumpsuit (trend alert) I have been waiting to wear. I first saw this jumpsuit last February at Bloomingdales, and was immediately attracted to the off-the-shoulder / strapless (trend alert) top, and culotte / wide leg bottom (trend alert). Also, jumpsuits have been on the steady incline for the past few years and I am happy to support this movement. I finished off the look with my favorite nude strappy sandals. I have gotten so much wear out of these, and they go with everything!

Ball Drop Earrings- street vendor (similar here and also here)
Gold Bar Bracelet- street vendor (similar here)
Theory Faley Mosaic Culotte Jumpsuit
Nude Strappy Sandals

Red Beaded Sheath Dress

On Thursday night I attended the New York AIPAC gala at Terminal 5. AIPAC is an organization committed to strengthening, protecting, and promoting the US-Israel relationship. I couldn’t decide what to wear to the event, and it was also the same day as the Alice & Olivia Sample Sale, where I found this fabulous red beaded / studded dress! Sample sales are always funny, because you change in a fitting room with 20 other strangers and everyone gives their opinion. I was deciding between this dress and a whimsical lipstick-mascara printed dress, and the vote was unanimously 5 for 5 for this dress. I love the intricate cutout patterns, and the delicate beading. I can wear it in the summer, and also in the winter to holiday parties. It is very sophisticated! I paired this dress with one of my tallest pairs of patent leather peep toe stilettos. It was so good to see so many of my Poland friends at this event (almost been a year since that trip)! Later in the night I went to Ludlow House for its 1 year anniversary, and Questlove performed…which is a coincidence because exactly one year ago I attended a different gala with my friends Nic, Helene, and Steve, wearing an Alice and Olivia dress, with Questlove performing. June 15th must be a special day. Deja Vu!

 


Alice and Olivia Nat Embellished Dress
Stuart Weitzman Peep Toe Pumps Victoria High Heel

 

White Lace Tea Length Dress

Last Thursday I attended the iMentor Gala with one of my close friends, Jeni, at the Bowery Hotel. iMentor matches high school students with college graduates to help guide students towards college graduation. It was a chillier spring day, and the perfect occasion to wear this white lace tea length dress I have had sitting in my closet since last fall. This dress is almost a statement dress in itself, the lace is so delicate and I love the sexy “tease-y” nude underlay. I picked this frock up at Nordstrom and it’s by a brand called “Just Me”. However, it is a knockoff of the popular Self Portrait “Azalea” dress. This article shows a ton more similar options of this it-dress if it’s what you’re looking for! I paired this dress with statement navy blue fringe earrings and simple nude strappy sandals. I completed this look with a baby pink woven floral clutch by Brazilian brand Serpui. I love the feminine combination of the white lace, baby pink, and floral detail.

Fringe earrings
Serpui Woven Floral Clutch

White lace dress (Self Portrait Azalea) or (Cheaper Option)
Nude strappy sandals

Hosting H√©l√®ne’s Bridal Shower

I am so happy that my blog is back up and running after being hacked! This is why this post is so late. Now that the malware issue is resolved, it’s time to look at pretty friends and pink cakes ūüôā

The Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, after my sister’s graduation festivities, I hosted a bridal shower for my dear friend H√©l√®ne in my boyfriend’s courtyard (Garden Party!) I landed back in New York early Sunday afternoon, so it took quite a bit of preparation to pull off, and I am really pleased with how everything turned out. I ordered the pink cake from Amy’s Bread & Cake (right down the street from me on Bleecker), and I had a lot of fun emailing with the baker about the vision for it. I picked up some feminine crystal dish ware and champagne glasses. The drink of the evening was champagne¬†with raspberries. The highlight of the party decor was the rose gold “love” balloon. The ivy backdrop made it the perfect spot! As host, I wanted to wear something light and pretty, so I chose this feminine Yumi Kim spaghetti strap dress. I usually don’t like wearing bold prints, but the bright fucshia and navy were so unexpected and fun. I paired it with a simple delicate black stone¬†necklace, and the block-heeled sandals I have been wearing non-stop since I bought them. They are also great because they are easy to run around in…very important when you are on constant refill-guest’s-drink mode!


Black stone necklace
Yumi Kim printed dress- sold out (similar here)
Black block-heeled strappy sandals

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