Holiday Party Edit: Metallic Pleated Skirt & Tiered Ruffle Sweater

With Thanksgiving officially behind us, it’s now one of my favorite seasons of the year: Holiday Party Season! I love this time of year because it’s totally okay to wear all things sparkly and shiny. I have six holiday parties over the next two weeks, and I plan to repeat-wear the below outfit to a few of them. I adore this pleated metallic (trend alert) Rebecca Taylor skirt, and dove gray ruffle sleeve Endless Rose sweater (from two years ago). I completed the look with a red lip- perfect for holiday parties (or any time of year!) and my favorite ankle strap PVC heels. This look is conservative and would also be perfect for a work holiday party!

Who else is excited for the holidays?!

 

Endless Rose Sweater
Rebecca Taylor Metallic Pleated Skirt
PVC-Trimmed Ankle-Strap Heels, Forever21 (similar here)

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

Paillette Embroidered Feminine Top

The last weekend of summer has officially passed, but it is still in the 90s in NYC, so I will continue to wear my summer pieces for as long as I can get away with! This Rebecca Taylor top is a few years old, and I love the feminine ruffles and paillette and beading embroidery. I paired it with skinny jeans and my favorite 80’s inspired slingback white and beige kitten heels (trend alert!)

I am en route back from a wedding in Vail, Colorado. Hope everyone had a great holiday!

 Rebecca Taylor Rose Garden Beaded Cami
Stretchy skinny jeans
White slingback kitten heels

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)

Wedding Guest Edition: Silk Yellow Ruffled Dress

This weekend I had the pleasure of being the Plus 1 wedding date for one of my best friends, Gracie! One of her best friends, Valerie, got married in a beautiful intimate wedding in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am so honored that I got to attend! I remember meeting Val in Thailand when she visited Gracie almost 7 years ago (wow). For the wedding, I decided to wear one of my favorite summery colors: yellow! I love wearing yellow because it is so cheerful and warm. This is a silk BGBC dress that has delicate pleated ruffle layers. I love pretty much anything that is feminine and girly, so naturally I was drawn to this simple dress.

The most fun part of the outfit for me, however, were the party shoes! You can just call me Carrie Bradshaw. These ones are beige satin with a bejeweled crystal heel by Nicholas Kirkwood. Changing the shoe pairing with this dress can transform the formality of it. Pairing it with a leather jacket and booties could transition the dress into fall- and dress the whole look down.

I hope that the beautiful bride Val and her husband Will are having a blast in Portugal now!

BCBG silk yellow dress
Nicholas Kirkwood Faye Strass Bow Satin Sandal

Miami (Part 2): Two-Piece Lilly Pulitzer Crop-Top and Midi Skirt Set

One of my favorite trends for this summer is matching two-piece sets! They usually involve some flavor of a crop top, and a matching skirt. While this set at first glance appears to be a dress, it is actually a ruffled crop-top and skirt. I love the Lilly Pulitzer classic tropical colors- it was too perfect for Miami! Miami also has a certain glitz and glamour, so I paired the look with comfortable Jimmy Choo wedges (which I have owned for almost 10 years), as well as a dainty gold evil-eye necklace and a gold watch. I completed the look with a sun-kissed tan 😉

These photos were taken at Soho Beach House’s Italian restaurant Cecconi’s. It was pretty magical.

Lilly Pulitzer Berk Crop-Top and Midi Skirt Set
Jimmy Choo Baxen Glitter Peep-Toe Wedge Pump 
Honeycat Evil-Eye Necklace
Signature Slim Gold-Tone Steel-Mesh Watch

Spring Edition: Embroidered Dress & Cage Sandals

The days are getting longer and lighter…and it is April! I love spring fashion. I paired this embroidered tiered dress from Zara with Schutz cage lace-up sandals. I love the contrast of the sweet and feminine ruffle tiered dress with the edgier and rougher cage sandals. I bought these heels five (!) years ago as a gift to myself when I started my at-the-time new consulting job. Fast forward five years later and I still love wearing them, and they are great transitional shoes for both spring and fall. I actually own them in a more nude camel color, too.

Zara embroidered ruffle tiered dress, sold out (similar here)
Schutz “Slate” lace-up cage sandals

Blue Velvet Booties, Raw Hem Jeans, Ruffle Sleeve Sweater

Thank you to all of my subscribers for reading my blog! I wanted to send a little note and apologize that my latest posts for the past few weeks were not sending you an email. WordPress had a glitch, which has been restored. Please be sure to check out the posts from these weeks though, I kept up with posting regularly, for the most part! There are some holiday party and NYE looks (I know that sounds ancient).

So, the below look is really a fall look that I have been meaning to post, but I think that it transitions well into winter. This ruffle-sleeve sweater is a variation on the popular bell sleeves (trend alert!). I also love the mock turtleneck, and the soft dove gray color of this sweater. I kept this look current with raw hem denim, and possibly my favorite trend of these colder months: velvet booties (trend alert!). When I saw this Nine West pair, I had to get them…I loved the rich deep blue velvet, the button detailing (very Victorian), the round toe, and the interesting shape of the heel. I completed the look with my favorite clear plastic sunnies. I love these because they go with everything!

 

Clear mirrored sunnies
Endless Rose dove grey ruffle-sleeve sweater
Raw hem denim
Nine West blue velvet booties

Holiday Collaboration with Bettye’s “Crystal” Pump, designed by Abbey Liebman

I am so excited to share a holiday shoe collaboration post I did with Abbey Liebman and Bettye shoes! These black suede pumps have a bejeweled and pearl embellished heel (trend alert), and because they have a chunkier heel they are pretty comfortable to walk around in. You can dress them up and dress them down. I paired the heels with one of my favorite feminine, elegant, and sophisticated black and white dresses. I love the pleats on the dress, very fun to twirl around in! Black and white is a classic color combination that I always feel comfortable in. I completed the look with pearl drop earrings, which subtly match the pumps. This outfit is perfect for a work holiday party, or any other polished party 🙂

All photography was taken by the extremely talented Alex Van! These are my favorite photos she took. Message me if you would like to work with her!

Max & Cleo pleated dress- sold out (similar here)
Bettye “Crystal” Pump- sold out (similar here)
Pearl drop earrings- Taj (similar here)

 

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

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