Gala Attire: Black Velvet Lace

Last night I attended a benefit to support the Jewish Museum of New York, co-hosted by one of my friends from college. The gala was beautiful, hosted at the Park Avenue Armory (my first time there) and decorated with dreamy crystals hanging above guests and lots of white flowers.

This was the perfect event to wear a black velvet lace dress (the entire back was this gorgeous open lace!) that I picked up a few weeks ago from Yumi Kim. The front of the dress was a simple black silk cutout panel, with the whole back and sleeves made out of unique velvet lace. I paired the dress with my favorite sparkly heels, as I strongly feel that if you are going to a cocktail attire party, don’t miss out on wearing special shoes you couldn’t normally wear!

I opted for a high pony, crystal earrings, and a red lip to complete the look.

 

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Black Velvet Lace Dress- Yumi Kim
Black Sparkly Heels- ZARA (similar here)
Earrings- Givenchy (similar here)

 

Blush Pink

Blush pink is in this spring. It is soft, feminine and pretty. Due to the fact that it is a neutral, it is easily accessorized with great jewelry or shoes. It also looks sophisticated with other neutrals- I particularly like blush pink with gray or beige.

Below are some of my favorite blush pink pieces for the spring. (I really love the jumpsuit!)

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Madison Marcus Delilah Layered Tee- ShopBop
DKNY Lace Mini Dress- Net-A-Porter
Lovers + Friends X Revolve My Way Jumpsuit- Revolve Clothing
Katie Ermilio Pink Long Sleeve Box Pleat Sheath Dress
Valentino Rockstud Slingback Pumps- Barneys

New York Black

The rumors are true. New Yorkers wear black. A LOT of it. Everyday. Even in the summer.

I love wearing color, although there is no denying that black has a lot of favorable traits:

– Black is slimming (thank you, black!)
– Black goes well with every other color (perfect for accessorizing)
– Black looks good on brunettes and blondes alike (and redheads, not to leave anyone out)
– Black has a “seriousness” about it, which is great for the office
– Black is chic

Below is one of my favorite black Calvin Klein sweater dresses. It is very warm and I like the feminine ruffle and button detailing on the front. This dress is very versatile because I can wear it from work to happy hour (who makes it to those…but in theory!) The dress is a little short for my work taste, so I make sure to only wear it with flats. I absolutely love the new pointy toe ankle strap flats I paired it with! To accessorize, I wore some big sunglasses and delicate green drop earrings.

On my morning commute, I felt like I blended right in!

 

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Women’s Ruffled Sweater Dress- Calvin Klein
Sunglasses- my own (similar Tom Ford here)
Green and gold drop earrings- Lunessa
Ankle Strap Flats- Dolce Vita

Work Ready Back-Detailed Blouses

While I love beautiful detailing on the front of a blouse, I feel that the back of the blouse is very often neglected. Dressing up a plain pair of black or neutral slacks with a pretty blouse is one of my go-to looks for the office. However, if the blouse has some unexpected and interesting detailing on the back I find it even more special (not to mention that it makes the piece look more expensive!) Whether it’s buttons, pleating, or an interesting seam line, a little detail on the back of your blouse goes a long way. Below are three of my favorite back-detailed blouses, at three different price points.

Why should blouse “fronts” always have all of the fun?

 

 

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Layered Split-Front Blouse- Forever21
Pleated Back Top- LuLu’s
Band of Outsider’s Scattered Silk Dot Blouse- ShopBop

Hearts & Kisses

Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of the holiday of love, I have compiled a few of my favorite heart and kiss themed pieces.  As silly as it is, I completely love dressing up for holidays and I will be rocking my very own pink and red mini heart print blouse today. Although I am CRUSHING on the Vivienne Westwood plastic heart shoes below!

Just maybe don’t rock all of your heart and kiss themed pieces at one time!

XOXO
Emily

 

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Lips Print Loose Chiffon Blouse- Romwe
Vintage Bow-Tie Love Heart Print Blouse- Chicnova
Kate Spade New York Seanna Oversized Lip Sunglasses
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Heart Shoes- ZAPPOS Couture
YSL Crossover Dress in Black and Red Lips Printed Silk Georgette
Alice + Olivia Pout appliqued stretch-cotton and tulle dress

 

Valentine’s Day Party Dress

Last night one of my best friends and I attended the Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita Launch Party, red cocktail dress required! I love parties that have fun attire themes, and lucky for me, the red theme justified a splurge I made over the holidays on a drop waist Diane Von Furstenberg dress. It’s still cold outside, so I accessorized with fun black polka dot tights, and classic patent leather pumps. I styled my hair in a top knot, and I accessorized with some sparkly jewelry. The event was so glamorous and fun: the entire cast of the Real Housewives of New York City was there to support host Bethenny Frankel. I also chatted with Jax Taylor from “Vanderpump Rules” and Chris Bukowski from “The Bachelor” (super friendly and sweet).

Yes, I actually stole a rose from one of the centerpieces and asked Bachelor Chris if he would accept it in exchange for a pic! He blushed a little…

The cocktails were delicious, the deejay was great (I especially loved when the Housewives started dancing on chairs) and I loved the decor and Valentine’s Day theme of the event. It’s safe to say that last night was one of the best nights I have had in New York.

Enjoy some the Valentine’s Day inspired outfit photos below, in addition to some crazy party pics from throughout the night!

 

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Dress- Diane Von Furstenberg “Maeryn”
Patent Leather Heels- Stuart Weitzman “Platswoon”
Polka Dot Tights- Urban Outfitters
Faux Snakeskin Envelope Clutch- Century 21 (similar here)
Statement Necklace- Nordstrom (similar here)
Bar Line Bracelet- RAGEN 
Double Orbit Onyx Crystal Ring- RAGEN
Ear jacket earrings- RAGEN

Mix & Match Bikinis

It’s almost bathing suit season! Here in Aruba, the season has already arrived. Besides the fact that they are easy to pack, right now I am really into “mix and match” bikinis. Basically, this means that I invest in several different bikini top and bottom separates, and I can combine them to create different bathing suit looks. I recommend investing in either a solid top or bottom, and then you can spice up the opposite piece with a fun print or another complementary solid color.

For Aruba, I bought this amazing black bandeau top. It also comes with a halter strap which is great for support/a different look, although I don’t like tan lines so I barely have worn it with the strap! With this black top, I bought three different bottoms to mix and match. The first bottom is turquoise with flirty ruching on the bottom (I find this look really flattering on pretty much all women). I also bought a turquoise and white polka dot bottom for a more playful look. My favorite part of this bottom is the unexpected cute bow at the back! Finally, I purchased a classic coral string bikini bottom with gold detailing. I think that the black, coral and gold work really well together. Also, I find that string bikinis are really practical because you can always adjust them to fit your body. Generally, I find that the longer the string, the more flattering the string bottom.

The tie-dye bikini at the end of this post is not mix and match, but how fun is it? I love the wire dip at the bust, and the fringe on the bottom is so playful.

Enjoy some of the beautiful ocean and pool pictures from Aruba where these bikinis were put to good use!



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Black bandeau top- Nordstrom (similar here)
Turquoise ruched bottom- O’Neill (similar here)
Polka dot bow bottom- Nordstrom (similar here)
Coral and gold detailed bottom- Topshop
Tie-dye bikini- Nordstrom (similar here- I especially love the seashell “mermaid” top!)

The Day-to-Night Beach Dress

Hello from sunny Aruba! I arrived on “the happy island” yesterday with a few Aussie and English friends for a vacation from freezing cold New York City. So far, it truly is the happy island. The weather has been absolutely beautiful, although a bit windy! We spent the past few days exploring two gorgeous beaches: Eagle Beach and Palm Beach. For trips like this, I usually like to pack a few cute dresses that can act as beach cover ups during the day, and also be worn for the night out.

Below is one of my favorite day-to-night beach dresses. I didn’t bring any jewelry either, just some red lipstick to dress the dress up (no pun intended) for the night out. I love the tropical feel of this floral dress, and the open flutter sleeve detail is unexpected and fun. The nautical gold rope sandals complement the floral print really nicely.

Sending some warmth back home, and drinking a few extra Arubaribas in honor of those suffering through the cold!

 

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Floral Dress – Nordstrom (similar here)
Gold Flats- Target 

Classic Black & White

Black and white, or black and cream, is one of the most elegant, classic color pairings. It is always a safe bet to wear to the office or to a big meeting or presentation. Below is one of my all time favorite classic looks: I paired a flowy, feminine ruffled blouse (although not over the top feminine) with a black pencil skirt. A black pencil skirt with a clean line is a closet staple, in my opinion. On my black and white “canvas” I made the look more interesting by adding some unique layered necklaces and jewelry, along with my favorite snakeskin pumps.

A love note to these pumps: They are by Isaac Mizrahi for Target, circa 2008. I paid $30 for them at Target (yes, I remember!) To this day, I have probably worn them over 200 times, they are super comfortable because the heel isn’t too high, and they are frequently mistaken for Manolos (I love you, too, Manolo Blahnik). Also, no snakes were harmed! These pumps were a major win. Snakeskin goes well with a surprising amount of outfits, and I highly suggest investing in a pair that you love as a closet staple.

I wear this blouse and skirt together a lot to work (repeat alert!), but each time I try to mix up the shoes and jewelry and then I have an entirely new look.

Work ready. Client ready. Boardroom ready!

 

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White ruffled blouse- I designed this and had it made when I was in Vietnam (similar here)
Black pencil skirt- The Limited (similar here)
Snakeskin Pumps- Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar here)
Layered necklaces, bracelet, ring- Lunessa Designer Jewelry

Goodbye, Kate Spade Saturday

SoHo is going to have some retail space for lease, that’s for sure! It’s hard to believe that C. Wonder, Piperlime, and now Kate Spade Saturday have all announced closings in January. From what I have read and heard, these retailers were struggling and the holiday sales were their last hope for survival. It’s like the plague has hit Spring Street within a 5 block radius!

Before it closes its doors, below are my top 5 picks from Kate Spade Saturday. I am especially loving the “Kickaround Pants”. I feel like I would wear those way too often, and at inappropriate times.

At least we still have Kate Spade.

 

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Kickaround Pants
Grey Multi New Balance Sneakers
XXXXXXO Necklace
The Large A Satchel
Cinch Raincoat

The opinions expressed in West 4th Street by Emily are her own. They do not reflect the opinions of Emily’s current or past employers, her clients, or any organization with which she is affiliated.