Polished, Prim, & Proper: Masculine Pieces with Feminine Details

Bell sleeves, polka dots, and pearls. These are a few of my favorite things! I must have brought back a little “prim and proper” inspiration with me back from London. This post includes a few trends of the moment (bell sleeves, mules), as well as several recent purchases.

Bell sleeves are still very in these days, and I have enjoyed seeing the different variations on bell sleeves- some are longer than others, some have more flare than others, etc. I was drawn to this jacket about a month ago (exactly to the day) at ZARA in London, as I loved the sleek unfussy lines, but the feminine yet structured bell sleeves. They reminded me of little flowers. (A few friends said this jacket reminded them of Melania Trump or Kate Middleton). This jacket effortlessly makes my entire outfit more sophisticated and polished. I paired this look with my favorite black skimmer pants, classic big black sunglasses, and a Rebecca Taylor silk polka dot blouse. I love how the polka dot bows peek through the front of the jacket. I completed this look with another trend of the moment…mules! I originally wasn’t crazy about Gucci’s horsebit slides, but I love anything with pearls on it, and these ones from Steve Madden are just so comfortable and easy to wear. The pearl detail on the shoes adds a feminine touch, just as the bell sleeves soften the sharp edges of the jacket. This outfit is work ready, and perfect for a chilly spring day like today!


Laundry Gold-Rimmed Glamorous Sunglasses (similar here)
ZARA London Bell Sleeve Jacket (similar here)
DVF Bangle
Rebecca Taylor Silk Polka Dot Blouse (similar here)
WHBM Skimmer Pants
Steve Madden “Kandi” Pearl Detailed Mules

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

Bow Back Dresses

Now that Thanksgiving is over and it’s December, it’s officially holiday party season! I love holiday parties, I love dresses, I love bows, and I love interesting backs. So, adding all of these things together for this post! I love the idea of dressing up a back- why should fashion be limited to just the front of a woman’s outfit? Dressing up the back is unexpected and fun, and gives partygoers a view from all angles. Plus, I personally find backs to be gorgeous. I am girly at heart, so I have also always loved bows. One of my female colleagues in consulting was told she shouldn’t wear bows because they made her seem more feminine. However, not all bows are feminine. Depending on the tie, knot, and shape, bows can be more masculine and sophisticated (see: Club Monaco dress’s bow below). I’ve rounded up five of my favorite bow-back dresses below. Two of the dresses below are from preppy designer Kate Spade. Naturally, when I think of bows, I think of the bow-queen Kate Spade.

 

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Ann Taylor Bow Back Shift Dress
Kate Spade Bow Back Dress
Club Monaco Raniko Dress
Asos Bow Back Lace Pencil Dress
Kate Spade Bow Back Dress

Leather & Floral Ruffles

Another edgy downtown look with Tom Naples Photography! Tom and I had so much fun exploring the Lower East Side. We were very inspired by all of the NYC graffiti and the grittiness of the city. Stemming from the first part of our series, I kept my Maje leather jacket. In some of the photographs you can really see the beautiful shoulder stitching. This time I paired the jacket with a tiered floral ruffle dress, and my trusty nude strappy sandals. It’s a little too cold now to wear these sandals! I like the contrast of the tough leather with the feminine dress. To accessorize, I switched things up with my accessory of choice this fall: a choker. I like the delicate gold dangle on the front of this one. Per usual, my ear jackets made the cut.

Enjoy the photographs, I like that you can get a glimpse into our downtown adventure…Tom and I were both obsessed with the heart wall. West 4th Street does Delancey Street!

 

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Ear Jackets
Leather Jacket
Choker
Ruffle Dress- Cynthia Rowley (similar here)
Strappy Sandals

Bell Sleeves

Bell sleeves are one of my favorite trends this fall. Also referred to as “fluted” or “flared” sleeves, they have a very hippie, bohemian vibe. However, I love that they can be sophisticated depending on the cut of the piece. The lace blouse below from Ann Taylor is great for work, and almost feels Victorian. The Parker double-bell sleeve (or bell sleeve with a ruffle) dress beneath it is the same dress that I wore in my last post! It’s also fun to see bell sleeves being combined with other trends from the season- like lace-up and off-the-shoulder tops. I remember bell sleeves being trendy when I was in about third grade- Limited2 had some great ones! I am happy that they are making a comeback.

Welcome back, bell sleeves!

 

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Ann Taylor Fluted Lace Geo Blouse
Parker Double Flared Sleeve Dress
Rachel Zoe Bell Sleeve Mini Dress
Forever21 Bell-Sleeve Lace-Up Top
Chicwish Dramatic Gingham Off-Shoulder Top with Bell Sleeves

Tropical Destination Wedding Look: Part 3

I love halter dresses and tops, and I think that they are flattering on many women. However, I have been specifically trying to find a high-neck halter for a long time now. I love the retro-twist around the neck, it reminds me of Cher and the 70s! I like that high-neck halters are glamorous and feminine without needing to show cleavage. The floral print on this one is so fun, and I thought it was perfect for a tropical destination wedding. I also like the uneven cut of the hem, it’s very ethereal and different. Jill Stuart never let’s me down! I paired this look with nothing except for a red lip- no jewelry, and no shoes. The dress has a lot of different things going on, so I did not want to distract the focus off of it. It’s hard to believe it’s the end of August already, and it is more humid now in NYC than it was in St. Croix!

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Jill Stuart floral halter dress

 

 

Spring Shoot with Tom Naples Photography

Last Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous, warm, and sunny day in NYC. I had the pleasure of working with a very talented photographer whom I went to college with, Tom Naples, and his equally talented videographer friend, Courtney Norris. We were also joined by our buddy Dan- who did an excellent job snapping some iPhone pics. I am very proud to have collaborated with such gifted artists. Tom took the below shots. Our plan was to head to the Brooklyn bridge, but it turned out that about a million (maybe that’s an exaggeration, although it is New York!) other people had the same idea. We floated around the court house and had a blast. I styled this Rebecca Minkoff soft pink off-the shoulder (trend alert!) ombre dress with some cat-eye sunglasses I bought from a Soho street vendor, and my favorite sparkly-soled pumps. I also picked up this gold-pearl accent collar (another trend alert!) It’s edgy, and it looks great with any dress or top that is off-the-shoulder or strapless.

I highly encourage you to check out Tom Naples work at www.thomasnaples.com. Instagram handle @tomnaplesphoto. Better yet, book him! He offers all kinds of photography services for different occasions- and he is a gem to work with.

More to come- we shot two looks, and Courtney’s video is coming soon…

 

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Cat-eye sunglasses- NYC street vendor (similar here from Stella McCartney)
Pink ombre dress- Rebecca Minkoff
Choker- Bloomingdales (similar here from Alexis Bittar)
Glitter heels- B Brian Atwood

 

Flamingos

Every once in a while I get a crush on a particular pattern or object: pineapples, zebras… you get the gist. Currently, I am obsessing over all things flamingo. Flamingos are fun, tropical, preppy, and whimsical. They make me feel like summer is around the corner! Below are a few favorites that I found when scouring the world wide web.

Stay tuned for a very exciting, collaborative, surprise next blog post 😉

 

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Sophia Webster Sandals
Lilly Pulitzer Hotty Pink Fan Dress
Kate Spade Flamingo Wedge 
Flamingo Heart Tank
Endource Blue Flamingo Dress

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)

Tied with a Bow

The holidays may be over, but I still have bows on my mind. Bows, ranging from big flouncy neck ties to thinner more delicate string ties are everywhere now. I like this feminine trend, because there are so many fun variations. I have a few V-neck bow blouses with looser ties that are more menswear-inspired, and I also love the high-neck bow ties. They feel so Victorian and girly! Below are a few of my favorite variations. I am a sucker for classic black and white, but the colored blouses are fun, too. Personally, the bigger and more voluminous the bow the better! I like to tuck mine into a pencil skirt, but some work well worn over jeans, too.

Which bow blouse is your favorite?

 

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Maison Jules Long-Sleeve Bow-Detail Blouse
Vince Camuto Long-Sleeve Neck Blouse
Parker Red Tie Front Blouse
Cooperative Ruffled Tie-Neck Sleeveless Blouse
Forever 21 Flounced Self-Tie Blouse