Wedding Guest Edition: Colorblock Pleated Maxi Dress

My cousin Sarah got married last Saturday in the most beautiful vineyard wedding in Traverse City, Michigan! For the occasion, I knew that I would need to be careful about my footwear choice as there was grass. I decided to go with one of my favorite seven year old (!) pleated maxi dresses that I bought in Thailand. I don’t wear maxi dresses too often, but I do enjoy them. I like the summery bright colorblock on this one! Also, it allowed me to wear flat gold sandals…perfect for grass and allowed me to happily dance the night away! I accessorized with gold earrings, my gold watch, my quilted Chanel bag with gold hardware, and my trusty heart sunglasses. I am wishing it was last weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend in NYC: Polka Dots & Chanel

I have had the best Memorial Day Weekend being back in NYC and catching up with my core group of friends there. Additionally, I had a Danish and German friend who both were in town, which is what prompted my trip. I recently purchased these Ann Taylor Loft polka dot culottes, and I was ecstatic when I found them because I had been looking for a pair just like this… I am a polka dot lover! I also like the length of these pants and the elastic waist (super comfortable and flattering). I paired them with a cloth-button cold-shoulder blouse (trend alert!), Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals (trend alert!), my trusty heart sunglasses (trend alert!), and a dream item I took out for the first time…my classic Chanel jumbo black caviar-leather gold-hardware flapbag! A classic look to kick off summer in the city 🙂

Heart Earrings, Classic Parka, & Lace-Up Croc-Embossed Booties

Two of my favorite trends of the season (trend alert!): heart earrings and lace up booties! These pearl embellished earrings are from H&M and are so fun and Valentine’s Day appropriate! The coat is a classic from Sandro, and I adore these croc-embossed lace up booties with a chunky heel. Perfect for one of my final West Village strolls 🙂

Classic Houndstooth Coat for Fall

I know we had one winter snow storm in New York City already, but let’s go back to fall for a second! I am still loving houndstooth for fall, and I have had this coat for almost a decade! It just goes to show you that classics can stick around. I kept the rest of the look really simple: black! I added some feminine touches with my pearl embellished shoes and whimsical heart shaped sunglasses.

I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving this week already! Also, how gorgeous are these fiery orange trees?!

 

Houndstooth Coat
Black Top
Black Pants
Pearl-Embellished Shoes (Booties here!)
Heart Sunglasses

Downtown Look: Fuchsia for Fall

I will keep this one short but sweet: fuchsia for fall! I love the bright and bold hue of this silk fluttery top by Parker. I am a sucker for any piece that has cloth buttons! I kept the look downtown and edgy with raw-hem jeans, my favorite studded buckle booties, matching gold accessories and whimsical heart-shaped sunglasses.

Parker fuchsia silk blouse
Gray raw hem jeans
Gold studded booties, Coconuts by Matisse (similar here)
Heart sunglasses
Gold star necklace

Fall Transition Look: Quilted Leather Skirt (Part 1)

One of my favorite closet staple pieces and the first part in a two part series is about this black faux leather quilted skirt! I got this skirt about 7 years ago (when I was still in college!) and it’s been such a versatile piece in my wardrobe. In my blog moving forward, I am going to try to focus more on sustainable fashion and styling the same piece multiple ways. I love an all black look (c’mon, I’m a New Yorker). I kept it interesting with embroidered booties (trend alert) that are one of my favorite fall accessories! I love the gold embroidered pattern, the chunky block heel, and the height of these booties. I accessorized with my favorite gold watch, gold delicate star necklace and whimsical black heart sunglasses!

These photographs were professionally shot by my friend Jenna Minchuk. Check out her beautiful website to book her: Jennaminchuk.com.

 

Black sweater
Banana Republic quilted faux leather mini skirt
Ash “Flora” embroidered block heel booties
Gorjana gold star necklace
Skagen gold watch
Black heart sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

 

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

Valentine’s Day: Blue Hearts & Pearl Booties

I can’t believe it is yet another Valentine’s Day! As a child, I loved to wear red and pink on this holiday. Today, I still like to stay in the festive spirit with whimsical heart prints. A few years ago (hard to believe) I styled the pink and red version of this heart print button-down on the blog. This year, I am styling the blue version! I paired it with a faux fur navy sweater, and white denim. Who says you can’t wear denim after Labor Day 😉

My favorite part of this whole look, however, are the pearl booties. They are Jeffrey Campbell and it took three orders to get the perfect size and style. However, I LOVE them. The gold in the heel complemented the gold buttons on the blouse nicely.  The heel is the perfect height, and the pearls add such a nice surprise detail in the back. I wore these with my friend, Nicky, into Jeffrey’s over the weekend, and the sales people were all squinting at my boots and asking if they were Chanel (HA!)

I am off to Copenhagen tonight. Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!

C. Wonder faux-fur sweater
C. Wonder gold button-down heart print blouse
White denim
Jeffrey Campbell pearl booties

Hearts & a Pom Pom

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s only appropriate that this post features one of my favorite silk heart-print button-down blouses that I purchased almost one year (!) ago when C. Wonder announced they were closing. I love to layer this blouse under a fur vest or layered with an open front blazer for work. The heart print is subtle, yet feminine. I styled this look for an Upper West Side shoot with a pair of my favorite booties. I bought these boots in black and gold a few falls ago, and I liked them so much that last year I bought them in this pretty camel color. The gold detailing at the front, and studs at the back, are so edgy and the heel is short enough to be comfortable to walk in (important!). I got this tote bag from my big sister when I started consulting almost three years ago, and it is so functional and I have gotten so much use out of it. I snagged this pom pom charm (trend alert) at a major sale, and I find myself switching it from bag to bag to add a pop of fun. I first saw pom pom charms about a year ago, exactly, when I was in Aruba at a Louis Vuitton store with my friend Evy. We looked inside the glass case and burst out laughing at the seemingly ridiculous giant charm. I had no idea what it’s practical use was, and it was hundreds of dollars. I guess the joke was on me because pom pom charms are everywhere now…and I have fallen victim to this trend.

 

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Blouse- C. Wonder (similar here)
Skinny Jeans- Forever21
Bag- Longchamp
Pom Pom Charm- DSW 
Aviators- Ray Ban
Booties-Coconuts Matisse (similar here)

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

 

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