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!

Indian Summer: Printed Maxi Skirt, Tank, and Shell Statement Earrings

This weekend was GORGEOUS in NYC. Sunny and breezy, with very little humidity. It was one of the nicest days we have had all summer. Maxi skirts will always have a special place in my heart after living in conservative Norhteastern Thailand, as I wore a lot of them to the school I taught at. My friend Nicky and I saw this button-up one at Anthropologie the other week and I fell in love with it. I love the Provence-style yellow and blue print—and the whimsical yellow tulips! I kept the look simple and late-summery with a black cloth button-front tank (thanks to my sister Dara for gifting this to me! I also got it in crème 😊) and gold and pearl big shell earrings. Between the tulips and shells, this look was a fun mixture of sophisticated and whimsical.

If you fasted today for Yom Kippur, hope you will be enjoying the break fast soon! Also happy birthday to my dear friend, Helene!

Gold shell earrings
Printed “Buttoned Cornelia” maxi skirt
Black tank

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)

Banquet at The Drake: Long Sleeved Lace LBD

If you follow me on social media, by now you probably are well aware that I am in Chicago to celebrate my sister’s graduation from medical school. There is not a shortage of parties this weekend requiring some fun outfits. Below is the long sleeved lace little black dress (LBD) that I wore to her banquet at The Drake Hotel on Thursday evening. I love the intricate lace and the ruffle across the chest- a nice feminine detail. I have also been really into higher collared pieces lately as well, this dress’s neckline is almost like a faux turtleneck! I paired the look with simple pearl and crystal dangly earrings, which I borrowed from my Mom, and some old nude strappy heels.

Pearl and crystal dangly earrings- my Mom’s (similar here)
Slate & Willow long-sleeved lace little black dress (similar here)
Preview nude strappy sandals- 7 years old! (similar here)

Camel Coat & Croc Collar

Happy New Year! W4street is officially 2 years old today! This snowy weekend in NYC was the perfect opportunity to pull out one of my favorite birthday presents to myself: this wool blend coyote fur trimmed coat. I am from Chicago, and one rule I always stick to when purchasing coats is to only buy coats and jackets that have hoods! Lately, I have been very into fur trim. I have a dark olive green puffer that I wear when it is really cold, but for this weekend’s light snow this “Little Red Riding Hood” inspired coat was perfect. I saw it in September at Nordstrom Rack and they only had a few left. It was love at first site. I love the camel color, fur trim, and the toggle details. It felt very “cloak-like” to me. I was okay with the splurge because it’s so practical (there are even double pockets!) not to mention it’s from one of my favorite designers- Trina Turk. I saw an extremely similar coat at ZARA, too. My coat is still available in black!

This post must be a delayed birthday post, because I paired the coat with my favorite new black leather tassel cross-body– another birthday present from my good friend Nicky, and an amazing Baublebar crocodile and pearl collar (trend alert!) I saw and had to have. I have been wearing my OTK boots over pants this winter, too. They add an extra layer of warmth to my legs! Sorry there aren’t more pictures- it was really cold!

 

Trina Turk Elizabeth Toggle Coat
Forever21 Black Jeans
Rebecca Minkoff Envelope Cross-body
Unisa Black OTK Boots (similar here)
Baublebar Croc Collar

 

 

Grown-up Overalls

Overalls. Dungarees. Most of us wore them as kids. I know that I used to love wearing them to play in ball pit birthday parties! I hadn’t worn them in about 15 years though, and it felt great to be back in them. This pair is a “grown up” pair- short shorts with distressed denim (more for fashion than function). I paired my overalls with a black tank, and a favorite pair of beaded espadrille flats I bought at the end of last summer. The colorful beading and zebra print are so fun! I also paired this look with a favorite pair of retro round tortoise-shell sunglasses, and a new simple choker (trend alert!) that I bought from a street vendor. I love the gold dangly from the middle of the choker, it adds an unexpected detail. Even though it’s September, it has still been pretty warm and humid in NYC. I have been feeling very “downtown” and edgy lately!

 

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Grown-up overalls
Cole Haan round tortoise-shell sunnies
Black choker with gold dangly
Rebecca Minkoff studded hobo bag
Sam Edelman lida brahama hair espadrille flats

 

Tropical Destination Wedding Look: Part 1

Two weekends ago I traveled to beautiful St. Croix for my friends Natalia and Tom’s wedding. I have a lot of good memories in St. Croix, and I brought my travel buddy Alex as my plus 1. (Last year she brought me to Santorini…we travel well together ha). For the wedding, I knew I would want to wear something tropical and resort wear style. I had my eye on this dress all last summer at ZARA (I know…) and in August I scooped it up. I love the bright yellow hue, the winged, cape sleeves, and most of all the open back. A lady’s back is one of my favorite areas to show off, especially when you’re tan! You don’t need cleavage to be sexy- focus on the other side! I paired this dress with my favorite black fringe statement earrings, from H&M. Tropical destination ready! Thanks to Alex for taking my pics this weekend. More to come.

 

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Yellow open back cape dress- Zara
Black fringe statement earrings- H&M, sold out (similar here)

Cold Shoulder Dress

This past weekend I visited Southampton for the first time. It was gorgeous, and I was able to see a beautifully designed and landscaped home from the architecture firm that my good friend Helene works for! I have included pictures of the house in this post, because it was so exquisite, and it made for a pretty spectacular backdrop. I wore one of my new favorite red “cold shoulder” dresses, as this style is so fun and is definitely trending now. I like this dress because it’s a solid base that you can dress up or down. Also, I paid less than $20 for it (I found it on a major sale). I paired the dress with my favorite new “Hamptons” sandals (appropriately named) and some lovely gold geometric earrings, which were a subtle match with these new gold-top cat-eye sunglasses.

Enjoy the pics, and thank you to my lovely friend Helene!! I always have a blast with her, and she takes some pretty nice photos, too. Xo

 

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Naked Zebra cold-shoulder dress, sold out (similar here)
Gold geometric earrings, my own (similar here)
Laundry gold top cat-eye sunglasses (similar here)
Cynthia Rowley Hamptons sandals

Raincoat Weather

We have had quite a bit of spring and early summer rain here in NYC. I picked up this fun watercolor raincoat a few years ago, and I have gotten a lot of use from it. Besides the fact that it’s functional, it’s a statement piece in itself and I get loads of complements on it. I am not sure I would classify a statement raincoat as a closet staple, but I have worn it a lot (and it hasn’t gone out of style in a few years). It’s nice to look polished- especially in the rain! Due to the fact that his coat is a statement piece, I paired it with neutrals: lace up pointed toe flats, a white lace dress, and a sparkly necklace. The lace dress is also great for work, and raincoats are generally useful when traveling, too.

It’s my college 5 year reunion this weekend, so hopefully I won’t be needing this raincoat!

 

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C. Wonder watercolor raincoat
White lace dress- Forever21 sold out (similar here)
Gap nude lace up flats
Statement necklace


Satin Polka Dot Trousers

Sometimes a girl just needs to wear satin polka dot trousers, a cocoa ruffled blouse, cat-eye sunglasses, and classic bowed Ferragamos. I felt so classic, elegant, and feminine in this work look. I bought these trousers when I moved to New York a few years ago, and I love their menswear-vibe. The polka dots are subtle and fun, while being unexpected and different. I love the ruffle on this blouse (it can be tied at the neck, too), and the billowy sleeves. I have always wanted to rock a pair of cat-eye sunglasses…I felt very Audrey Hepburn in this pair I bought from a street vendor in New York! I also recently purchased this long gold chain necklace a few weeks ago and I have worn it almost everyday. It is delicate and dainty and goes with pretty much anything. I got the silver bracelet in Thailand, and the gold cheetah ring was a graduation present from college- and it is so fierce (no pun intended). The gold-detailed grosgrain bow Ferragamos are a classic closet staple- they are elegant and the heel is low enough that I can wear them all day.

The satin polka dot trousers are a statement piece. Would you consider wearing “statement” pants?

 

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Ruffled blouse (similar here)
Cynthia Rowley satin polka dot trousers- no longer available (similar here)
Ferragamo shoes
Lunessa gold chain delicate necklace
Silver bracelet (similar here)
Cheetah ring (similar here)
Cat-eye sunglasses

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.