Wedding Guest Edition: Conservative Look for a Religious Jewish Wedding

Last Thursday night I attended a religious Jewish wedding of one of my closest friends, Elana. The wedding was held in Staten Island at 4pm (to not overlap with Shabbat), so I took the day off and really pampered myself. I got my hair done in the morning- trying a new split end removal technique that I was skeptical about but actually really worked! These “clamps” that kind of look like a straightening iron are pulled through your hair, and it only removes the split ends. Then I had a dusting cut at the end to even everything out. My hair stylist, Anita, also put in amazing hair extensions that I bought from The Hair Shop. The color match was perfect, and I felt glamorous the whole night. The Hair Repair Bar just opened on Bleecker Street around the corner from my apartment, so that made things extra convenient, too!

At an Orthodox wedding, I knew I had to dress conservatively. This meant no cleavage, no shoulders, nothing skin tight. I found this sophisticated Marni black dress a few weeks back and I loved the dramatic draped hemline. (It reminded me of a dress Meghan Markle might wear!) However, I did opt to pair the dress with sexy guinea feather strappy sandals by Stuart Weitzman. I completed the look with a bright red lip and gold accessories.

The wedding was super fun. I loved seeing the bride Elana, my friends from Poland, and the acrobat entertainment! Mazel Tov, Elana and Alex!

 

Black Draped Marni Dress, sold out (similar here)
Strappy Stuart Weitzman Guinea Feather Sandals, sold out (similar here)
Skagen Gold Watch

Mexico: Pom Pom Straw Tote

I just returned from a trip to Cancun, Mexico with my Mom, and we had a blast! My trip was cut one day short due to a big snow storm in New York, but we had perfect weather the entire time. I brought a few different “Mexico inspired” looks to shoot, but we were having so much fun that we only made it around to shooting this one. I paired this black pleated Swiss-dot popover dress with this fun pom pom straw tote bag (a trend I am still loving from last year), which was perfect as a beach bag, too. I got complements on this tote from everyone from the pilot and flight attendants on my plane, to couples sitting next to us poolside. I like the bright cheerful colors and also how fun and whimsical it is. I kept the look easy breezy with classic gold-rimmed aviator sunglasses.

I highly recommend visiting Cancun if you have never been. There are gorgeous Mayan ruins to explore, and beautiful deep swimming holes called cenotes to jump in. I would go back any time.

Thanks to my Mom for taking my pictures!

Ray Ban gold aviators
Black swiss-dot pleated sundress- Sanctuary, sold out (similar here)
Pom pom straw tote- Amale, sold out (similar here)

 

NYE Wedding in Tel Aviv: Little Black Sparkly Dress

I had a super special NYE this year: I traveled to Israel for the wedding of my friends Alejandro and Maya! It was a beautiful wedding and evening. When packing for this trip, I wasn’t sure what to wear for a NYE wedding…in Israel…but I figured that I couldn’t go wrong with a black sparkly (NYE, duhh!) jersey sleeveless dress. I love all of the sparkly pailettes, and that this dress is very easy to wear. I kept this look easy and comfortably by pairing it with my trusty black strappy block-heeled sandals. I can walk, and dance, miles in these shoes…literally! I have had this black dress for 7 years, and I have worn it on several other NYE, and it is a classic dress that I can wear over and over again.

 

DKNY pailette sleeveless dress (similar here)
Black block-heel sandals

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)

LBD: Engagement Party

You can never have enough LBDs! This dress is one of my absolute favorites. I love how simple and sophisticated it is…plus I will wear pretty much anything with ostrich feathers! The high collar is elegant, and nicely complements the deeper dip in the V-neck back. I paired this dress with one of my favorite pairs of Brian Atwood glittery heels, complete with peep-toes and ankle straps. I wore this dress to an engagement party, and as with most LBDs, they are classic closet staples that are very versatile. They speak strongly without being loud. Ladies at the engagement party, and during our shoot, complemented the heels. All photography was taken at the Highline by my talented friend Tom! Check out his work and book him at Tom Naples Photography. I also had an Agave Smoothing treatment and blowout from the Damian West Salon in the West Village. It was the first time I had this treatment and the results were great. I’ve linked everything at the bottom of this post!

 

lbd-5

lbd-1

lbd-2

lbd-3

lbd-4

Hair- Damian West
Black ostrich feather dress- Ann Taylor (similar here)
Brian Atwood Liese Sandal

LBD: Engagement Party

This weekend was the engagement party of two of my close friends, Katherine and Nick! They had an amazing rooftop party in Jersey City. I knew that I wanted to wear a Little Black Dress (LBD), as it’s always a safe classic. I picked this lace, one-shouldered one up a few months ago at Intermix- possibly my favorite shop. I paired it with a fun pair of ostrich feather Kate Spade sandals, as the bride and I always loved Kate Spade in college. I like the shade of blue, it really pops. Plus, these shoes were a conversation starter all night- a great way to make new friends. I kept my jewelry simple with this trusty pair of ear jackets. I styled my hair in a side swept part- I lightened the color today, if it looks lighter.

lbd-2

lbd-1
lbd-3

lbd-4

lbd-5

lbd-6

lbd-7

lbd-8

Alexis Maji dress
Kate Spade sandals (similar here)
Ear jackets

LBD for the Holidays

I know I have posted before about the Little Black Dress (LBD), but because it is a closet staple and can be worn in many different contexts, I am posting about another special LBD. Last Friday I attended the St. Jude Winter Gala at the Bowery Hotel with a bunch of friends. This benefit has turned into somewhat of a tradition for me, and this is my third year going. Attendees wear anything from short sequined dresses and cocktail attire to long sweeping ballgowns. It is such a fabulous people-watching event. I found this black silky, swingy dress at a boutique in Boston when I was in college (which is about 5 years ago give or take!) I have already worn it to winter weddings, summer parties, and now this gala. I have gotten so much wear out of it because it is black, simple, and elegant. In the winter I throw on a little fur bolero with it. I was drawn to it because the thick halter straps are very vogue-esque. It also is a very swingy party dress for dancing! I paired this dress with my new hot pink rockstuds! Another great benefit of the LBD is that accessories can take center stage.

I wore my hair in a simple bun and did sophisticated, clean makeup with a red lip. I thought that this combination really allowed the dress and shoes to stand out, and wearing my hair up allowed the fun halter strap to bask in all of its glory. Tomorrow is my new company’s holiday party, so there will be another holiday party look coming soon!

 

 

holiday 1

holiday 2

holiday 3

holiday 4

holiday 5

holiday 6

holiday 7

holiday 8

holiday 9

holiday 10

holiday 11

Dress- my own (similar here)
Rockstud shoes (similar here)
All makeup- Birchbox

Baby got Back (Ruffles)

Today it was 77 degrees, and probably one of the last days I can get away with wearing this black fall dress, a staple transition piece in my closet. I love an unexpected “back”, and the ruffle racer-back strap on this dress is a fun feminine surprise. I paired this dress with some new Vince Camuto taupe strappy sandals- also great for early fall. I pinned my hair up, and I also put on one of my favorite pairs of skull earrings (I have always had a bit of an obsession with skull patterns and jewelry- more to come later!)

Hope everyone is enjoying one of the last few Indian Summer days!

 

Ruffle 1

Ruffle 2

Ruffle 3

Ruffle 4

ruffle

Sunglasses (similar here)
Skull Feather Earrings- street vendor (similar here)
New York Necklace- street vendor (similar here)
Dress- Nordstrom (similar here)
Sandals- Vince Camuto

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.

 

Fur Coat 1

Fur Coat 2

Fur Coat 3

Fur Coat 4

Fur Coat 5

Fur Coat 7

Fur Coat 8

Fur Coat 9

 

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)

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.

 

P5

P1

P2

P3

P4

P6
P8

P9

P10

 

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