Pleated Back Blouse, Gold Cap-Toe Pumps, & Heart Sunglasses

I love beautiful details on pieces, especially if it’s unexpected and a “surprise” on the back! The backs of clothes are seen as much as the fronts of clothes if you think about it, so it’s fun to give people something to look at- even if your face is on the other side! I bought this beautiful silk back pleated top last year and I love it. It’s a great neutral creme color, and a staple for work. The accordion-style pleats are so flowy and gorgeous. I kept the look simple by pairing it with raw hem gray denim (can’t believe it’s jean season again!), Zara gold cap-toe pumps, a matching gold watch, and my brand new heart shaped sunglasses (trend alert!). I love how whimsical these sunglasses are and have been wearing them nearly every day. They will be featured in a few upcoming posts!

Happy October, everyone!

Rebecca Taylor Pleated Back Silk Jacquard Top
Raw Hem Gray Jeans
Zara Gold Toe Capped Pumps
Heart Shaped Sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)
Skagen Gold Watch

Jersey Dress & White Sneakers

It’s 81 degrees right now in NYC! It’s the perfect opportunity for me to wear one of my favorite easy jersey dresses, a closet staple. I love the navy blue color, the high neckline, and peekaboo back on this one. It’s so cute and simple with fresh white sneakers (trend alert!). I completed the look by pairing it with a suede crossbody bag and cat-eye sunglasses. I love the jeweled fringe detail on this bag. It’s just the right amount of detail and sparkle to spice up an otherwise simple outfit.

360 Sweater Jersey Dress- sold out (similar-ish here)
Calvin Klein Double-Strap White Sneakers
Zara Suede Fringe Bag- sold out (similar here)
Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Ric Rac Ruffled Backless Dress

It was a hot one today in NYC! With only a few weeks of summer left, today was the perfect opportunity to pull out my new ric rac (trend alert!) dress. A friend showed me this dress back in June, and I immediately fell in love with how flouncy, feminine, and fun it was. The rainbow ric rac is so whimsical, and my favorite part of the dress is the surprise open back (perfect for an end-of-summer tan!) I matched the dress with my navy espadrilles– also super summery. The top and bottom ruffles of this dress are navy, so I loved that it matched perfectly with my espadrilles. Finally, I completed the look with my new glam cat-eye sunglasses.

Stay cool out there!


Wayf Tiered Fit & Flare Dress 
J. Crew Espadrilles (similar here)
Cat-Eye Sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

Royal Wedding in Windsor (Part 1)

Last weekend I traveled to Windsor, UK for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! It was so surreal to see the massive castle, and there was such a special light-hearted energy in the air. My friend lives in Windsor, so she hosted a fabulous hat (fascinator) party with lots of her friends. For the occasion, I wore a silk blush pink (trend alert!) hand-pleated Tibi dress (I love all things pleats) with a high neckline and a waist tie. I chose this dress because the attire for the party was “long summery dress”. I own tons of dresses, but not many of them are long! I also liked the slight waterfall hem on this dress- the back is a little bit longer than the front. I paired the look with a black netted and feathered fascinator. Being an American, it was super fun to pretend to be British for a day by dressing up! I kept the look simple with diamond studs and my trusty black block-heel sandals.

Tibi “Simone” Silk Pleated Dress
Black Netted Fasinator
Block-Heeled Sandals

Trench Coat Season, with Bettye’s “Carly” Pump

I loved this photoshoot with photographer Alex Van and Abbey Liebman’s Bettye “Carly” shoe desigs. Due to the fact that this was a shoe collaboration, I started the styling process with the red ankle strap shoe and built it “up”. I love navy and red together. This dress has an amazing open back too- I love anything with interesting back details! The dress can go from work to play by pairing it with a sweater for the office. I completed this look with a trench coat with black piping details, and feminine touches such as flared and ruffled bell sleeves. I love how polished, sophisticated, and classy this look is, and the red shoes really make the outfit pop (and I love the little tassel detail). This fall, I have been very into wearing jackets draped over my shoulders. It instantly makes an outfit look more chic!

Bell sleeve trench coat with black piping
Backless navy dress- ZARA (similar here)
Bettye “Carly” Ankle Strap Pumps

Yellow Ruffle Strapless Sundress with Keyhole Back

It’s nearly October but it’s still in the 80s in New York, which means I get a little more time to wear some of my favorite sundresses! I love to wear yellow. It is such a cheerful color, and I love the subtle gray print on this dress. Strapless dresses are always a good idea to wear if you’re going to be in the sun, to avoid tan lines. I like the double ruffle at the top of this one.

However, my favorite detail on this dress is the “surprise” keyhole back with a bright pink elastic strap. It’s such a fun, unexpected detail.


Yellow Ruffle Strapless Dress- Miami (similar here)

Floral Neon Sundress, Strappy Platform Sandals, Monogrammed Envelope Clutch

Happy September, everyone! It feels like fall in NYC today, so gorgeous out. I wore this neon floral print dress to a Girl’s Night on Thursday with my friends Jeni and Janel. It is SO bright- you can tell from the pictures, it’s not the lighting. I love the cut of this dress. The front looks like a halter top, which is great for showing off your shoulders, but that back is actually criss-cross (secured with a button, interesting). I paired this pink and white number with black accessories, a monogrammed clutch that was a gift from when I was a bridesmaid in my friend Katie’s wedding, and black platform strappy sandals from my friend Helene (a lot of friends in this post!)

These shoes remind me of a quote I recently heard, and agree with: “I just want to make enough money to afford impractical shoes” 😉

Neon floral print dress- Mimi Chica
Monogrammed Envelope Clutch
Black Platform Strappy Sandals- Michael Kors (similar here)

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)

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 🙂 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

Club Monaco Wish List

I dropped in Club Monaco on Fifth Ave last week, and I think it’s safe to say that I would happily wear everything in there! When I think Club Monaco, I think elegant, feminine, details, neutrals, and staples. All of their pieces have some sort of detail work that makes the piece special. Right now I am particularly loving the scalloped pieces (trend alert)!

Do you have a favorite piece?

 

 

Frederrika Trench Coat
Teodora Cold-Shoulder Dress
Colema Silk Top
Priyalla Top
Spie Top
Sidone Bow-Back Cashmere
Edni Dress
Indya Knit Skirt
Helek Shirt (Black & White!)
Atrina Scallop Skirt
Cookson & Clegg Military Vest
Marysia Antibes Swimsuit
Edni Flat
Traiger Vest

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