Holiday Party Part 1: Feathers & Velvet

I’m really excited to share the first part of a series of holiday party looks. I absolutely love getting dressed up for the season’s holiday parties, it’s a positive for dealing with frigid temperatures! I usually opt for lace and sparkles (there may be some of that later!) but for this past Saturday night’s parties it was too cold to wear the dress I had originally picked out. I recently ordered this elegant black ostrich feather trim top. I love it! I paired it with black classic slim pants and one of my favorite trends of this season: velvet shoes! I picked these ones up at a Tamara Mellon sample sale. I was originally disappointed that the blue and fuschia colors were sold out. However, the gold is so rich and warm. I love playing with details and textures- the feathers and velvet complement each other. I topped everything off with a bright red lip. This look is a great alternative to the standard cocktail dress, and would also be appropriate for office holiday parties. Feminine, chic, sophisticated, and elegant!

 

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Snake Ear Cuffs- Lunessa
Ostrich feather blouse- Endless Rose
Black SkinnyPants- Nordstrom
Velvet Pumps- Tamara Mellon

Black Jumpsuit

This weekend I swapped out all of my summer clothes and shoes in favor of my fall wardrobe. I was sad to say goodbye to my bright sundresses and sandals (summer is my favorite season to dress for!) but booties, capes, and cozy sweaters are making things a little bit easier. One piece that I have been meaning to wear all summer, which is a great transition piece into fall, is a black jumpsuit (romper). Black jumpsuits are a closet staple, as they transition easily between seasons and they can also be dressed up or down and used as a “canvas” for fun accessories.

For this West Village shoot, I wanted my hair and makeup to be as equally edgy as my romper and new yellow Jimmy Choo platform sandals. My close friend Alex did a smokey eye, nude lip, and an edgy braided and coiffed updo. Per usual, please contact me if you would like to book her for your next event. She is the queen.

 

 

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Sunglasses- Ray Ban
Snake ring and earrings- Lunessa
Black jumpsuit- (similar here)
Yellow platform sandals- Jimmy Choo
Nailpolish- Essie “Wicked”

Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are possibly my favorite bottoms to wear. I remember thinking that they were unflattering and unusual when Katie Holmes and Reese Witherspoon first sported them a few years ago, sparking a trend. The girls were onto something, though! Boyfriend jeans are comfortable, easy and effortlessly chic. They are versatile and can be dressed up or down. I absolutely feel that they are a closet staple. I love wearing mine around the city in ballet flats with a slouchy sweater, but I also dress them up at night with amazing heels and a pretty blouse. Due to the cuff around the ankles, they are perfect for showcasing your favorite shoes (for all of my fellow shoe girls out there!)

The below look is one of my favorite city-weekend outfits. I paired my boyfriend jeans (which I bought on sale for under $30 at Urban Outfitters, might I add) with a plain tee, some incredible gold heeled booties, and cool downtown-chic jewelry. Now that it’s April the weather is warm enough to not always have to wear a jacket, but you still need to be covered to stay warm. This look is perfect for April weather!

Also, I am beyond obsessed with the jewelry used for this shoot. Lots of gold and beautiful stones- all hand crafted by local jewelry designers. (The earrings may be my favorite…they are subtle snakes and sort of remind me of jewelry I imagine Cleopatra would have worn!) I really love the funky ring, too, though.

Happy Spring! I refuse to wear a coat anymore.

 

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Boyfriend Jeans- Urban Outfitters
Tee- Express (similar here, and ironic that it is called the “Burnout Boyfriend”!)
Gold Heel Booties- French Connection
Jewelry- Lunessa
Sunnies- My own (similar here)

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