Faux fur coat

This faux fur coat is my newest favorite obsession. While a faux fur coat may seem like an impractical purchase (at least this crossed my mind!) I have been pleasantly surprised at how much use I have already gotten from it. Dress it up, dress it down. I wear it out at night with a dress and heels, and to the gym with my hair in a bun and my spandex. It is super versatile because of it’s length, and it makes a fun statement. I particularly love the unique criss-cross pattern of the fur on this one, and the wide collar is so glam! I paired this look with one of my favorite simple black dresses, platform peep toe heels and a lucite antique-inspired cuff.

I found some new graffiti outside of my apartment that I took full advantage of for this shoot. (Is that bad?)

This coat though. So obsessed. “Let’s love” it.

 

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Faux Fur Coat- Yoana Baraschi (similar here)
Black Dress- Forever21 (similar here)
Peep Toe Heels- Stuart Weitzman
Cuff Bracelet- my own (similar here)
Sunnies- my own from street vendor (similar here)

Not Your Grandmother’s Lace & Pearls

I love lace. I naturally gravitate towards it in shops, and I own way too many lace pieces (just ask my Mom)! In my defense, there is something so feminine and elegant about it. Plus, you can dress it with pearls and peep toes for a girly look, or pair it with leather and hardware for an edgier look. For me, the more delicate and intricate the lace, the more I love it. In the look below, I paired a new favorite neon yellow lace skirt with a simple camel sweater and a chunky pearl statement necklace. Not only is the pattern of this particular lace beautiful, but I love how the bright neon color is so unexpected. The neon color calls for a quiet top. The pearl cluster necklace is a modern, edgier take on traditional strands and goes nicely with the skirt. Of course, my favorite nude pumps made the cut. I promise I own other shoes! This look is office ready. Not your grandmother’s lace and pearls… w4street.com 11 w4street.com 13 w4street.com 14 w4street.com 12 w4street.com 9 w4street.com 10

Sweater- J. Crew Skirt- Dance & Marvel Nude Pumps- Kate Spade Sunnies- my own (similar here) Pearl Necklace- Forever21 (similar here)

 

The Beaded Mini

Spring has sprung! It’s mini time. I am super excited about it.

I wore this beaded mini to a party last Friday night and I felt so glam.  I love the structured cut of the dress and the jeweled beading on the front of the dress is exquisite. Due to the fact that it is pretty “leggy”, I like that it is conservative around the bust and sleeves. The key is balance! I kept the look simple with my favorite Kate Spade nude pumps (an investment!) and a new pair of Tod’s sunnies. The sparkly beading on this dress required very little jewelry or accessorizing. This dress can also be worn in the fall due to its dark color, although tights would be a must if it’s cold outside.

I felt like a rock star shooting in the West Village in this look. We even had a puppy interrupt us, at one point. How beautiful is the iron work on that townhouse, and how cute is the 7 1/2 address? Love love the West Village and West 4th Street 🙂

I landed this dress from one of my favorite consignment stores, Second Time Around. Be on the lookout for a cool collaboration we are doing together in the coming weeks!

 

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Dress- French Connection via Second Time Around (similar here)
Nude Pumps- Kate Spade
Sunnies- Tod’s

 

“Spring” Into Love: Evening Drinks

As a follow up to my previous post, today’s post features the second part of NYC Relationship Coach Natalia De Oliveira and my “‘Spring’ Into Love” collaboration for first date looks. While the last post focused on a more casual brunch day date look, this look is something that I might wear for an evening dinner or drinks date. I paired a simple blush lace blouse with my favorite repeat-offender Cynthia Rowley cropped pants and peep toe pumps to create a more dressy look.

This look is dressy and chic, but not over the top. I can think of many different restaurants, rooftops and lounges that I would feel comfortable showing up to in the below outfit. I kept my jewelry, hair and makeup simple, too.

What would you wear for an evening first date?

 

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Blouse- Milly (on sale!)
Cigarette Pants- Cynthia Rowley (similar here)
Peep Toe Heels- Christian Louboutin (similar here)
Bracelet- Hermes (similar here)
Earrings- Kate Spade

“Spring” Into Love: Brunch

I am excited to announce a fun collaboration I am doing with NYC Relationship Coach Natalia De Oliveira. We have teamed up to do a two part post on spring fashion for dates! This first post focuses on a daytime (brunch) look, while the next post will be what I would wear to evening drinks for a first date.

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day, and in New York it’s a staple meal. Saturday/Sunday noon – 3pm brunch is pretty standard! For a first date, brunch may be a great option for a more casual dress style day date.

In this first spring look below, I paired a pink and white flowy print top with boyfriend jeans (my favorite) and some fun new gold pointy-toe oxfords that I have been dying to wear all winter. They remind me of nymph or fairy shoes! They are so fun and definitely make a statement. Also, the gold oxfords pick up the gold buttons on the blouse and the gold jewelry I accessorized with. This look would be a good first date look for brunch because it is stylish, yet easy. Bring on those Mimosas!

Stay tuned for the next post, too- a more sophisticated evening drinks “‘Spring’ Into Love” look!

Is it Saturday yet?

 

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Jeans- Urban Outfitters
Gold Oxfords- Nordstrom (similar here)
Gold Lotus Necklace- My own from SoHo street market (similar here)
Gold Scorpio Bracelet- C. Wonder (similar here)
Gold Cocktail Ring- Natalia’s (similar here)

 

Wide Leg Trousers

Wide leg trousers, or culottes, are a big trend this spring. I picked up this pair last September and was able to get away with wearing them through the month until it became too cold! I am really excited that I can bring them out again. Wide leg trousers are a fun alternative to slacks and pencil skirts for work. Pair them with a pretty blouse and your favorite heels. (They are practically begging you to show off your favorite shoes!) I find that wearing them with flats is usually not very flattering, so I stick with heels when I wear them.

I recently wore the look below to work and received a ton of complements. I love the silk menswear-inspired blouse, too! The square oxblood print is such a fun take on traditional polka dots.

Spring is in the air!

 

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Blouse- Kate Spade (similar here)
Wide leg trousers- My own (similar here)
Bracelet- C. Wonder (similar here)
Earrings- Kate Spade
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Shoes- Kate Spade
Bag- Balenciaga


Upper East Side Fairytale

Last night I attended a ball. At the Pierre. I felt like Cinderella, and I think I kind of looked like her in the gown I wore! When I say Cinderella, I really mean Blair Waldorf.

The gala was to benefit “Dancing Classrooms”, a non-profit that promotes ballroom dance for elementary and middle school students. Many of Dancing Classrooms’ students attended the gala, performing for guests. They were absolutely incredible dancers! I danced with a few eighth graders last night, and they put me to shame.

Cocktail hour started at 7pm, followed by dinner, student dance performances, and a live 10 piece orchestra and…more dancing! The night was pretty magical, and the Pierre is exquisite and was the perfect setting for the event. Also, you should have seen the look on my Uber driver’s face when I walked out to get in his car…

It’s not every day that I get to attend Black Tie events- with five close friends, at that! So, I wanted to go glam. Really glam. I wanted to wear a princess dress that I would never normally wear, and one that would take up my entire NYC apartment! I decided to rent my gown from Rent the Runway, as they have some super gorgeous gowns that are perfect for fancy events. Also, it doesn’t hurt that there is a studio in Soho that’s only about a 10 minute walk from my place! The dress I settled on was the first and only one I tried on. I felt like Carrie Bradshaw with all of the tulle! Ironically, I saw Sarah Jessica Parker strolling in the West Village earlier in the day, so it was meant to be! I love that the tulle was a blush/beige neutral, and I am a sucker for black lace.

I wore my hair in an updo (what else with that dress!) and opted for some glam makeup. My good friend Alex gets all of the credit for the hair and makeup- she did an incredible job! I highly suggest you book her for your next big event. She is definitely the best. Reach out to me if you want her contact information!

All in all, the night was enchanting and I will remember it as an Upper East Side Fairytale. For now, it’s back to life on West 4th Street.



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Gown- Nha Khanh (via Rent the Runway)
Ring & Earrings- my own (similar here)

 

Pineapples

My favorite childhood fruit is making a comeback this spring. Pineapples are in!

Pineapples are tropical and delicious, and they also happen to be the fruit of choice this season in the fashion industry. Everywhere from Tory Burch to Forever21 is eating up this print! I love the subtle delicateness of the lace Anthropologie blouse below.

When I lived in Thailand, I spent several weeks living and caring for elephants in an elephant sanctuary. I will never forget planting pineapples and seeing how the plant grows, in addition to watching the elephants gobble up the pineapples in one bite while spitting out the bristly top, untouched! Pineapples will forever hold a special place in my heart.

All of the featured images below are so whimsical and fun. I will definitely be picking up a pineapple piece this spring!

 

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Pina Lace Top- Anthropologie
Gold Plated Pineapple Necklace- Etsy
Pineapple Print Shorts- Jessica Simpson via Polyvore
Pineapple Print Sweatshirt- Nordstrom
Pineapple Bandeau Bikini Top- Forever21
Pineapple Leather Slide Sandal- Tory Burch

The Power Necklace

Also known as a Statement Necklace, the Power Necklace is a great way to dress up a work or going-out outfit. The key with these bold necklaces is to make sure that the rest of your look is relatively quiet, so as to allow your necklace to be the statement piece. I love to wear Power Necklaces to work to jazz up an all black look. Power Necklaces pair nicely with pretty much any neutral. Depending on the colors and detailing in the necklace, they can also look amazing with a solid complementary color behind them.

I always rake in the complements when I wear the necklace below. The neon color combination is interesting and unexpected, and the rope detailing adds a nautical spin. I own an embarrassing amount of Power/Statement Necklaces (I can’t help myself) so don’t be surprised if you see them featured in future blog posts!

I suggest investing in a few Power Necklaces that you love as closet staples. You would be surprised at how many years of use you will get from them.


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Power Necklace- Yumi Kim boutique (similar here)

 

 

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.