Fall Transition Look: Feminine Floral Pleats & Edgy Leather Accessories

Is there anything better than an October Saturday morning stroll in Soho? Not in my book! One of my best friends, Nicky, and I went for a walk this morning and the fall festive decorations were in full swing. There were so many gorgeous pumpkins everywhere! It is still warm enough to get away without wearing a jacket, so I opted for this beautiful drop-waist floral pleated dress. I love that this dress has a navy base color, which makes it very transitional and perfect for fall. I also am a pleat-lover, so was immediately attracted to it! I love to keep a look edgy by mixing feminine pieces with tougher masculine pieces– such as these leather studded combat boots. It’s unexpected and “toughens” the look up, making it perfect for downtown Manhattan. I completed the look with my favorite cat-eye sunglasses, and my trusty silver embossed leather Rochas bucket bag!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Kim’s Boutique Drop-Waist Floral Pleated Dress
Forever21 Studded Faux Leather Booties  (Similar Givenchy Prue Buckle Bootie here)
Rochas Snake Embossed Drawstring Bag
Cat-eye sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

Winter White

Even though it is March, it still is so cold in New York City and feels like winter! So, there is still time for my chunky winter white sweater. I bought this sweater a few years ago at a Calypso (one of my favorite brands) sample sale, and it is so warm. I kept the look simple and chic with gray raw hem denim, edgy sunnies, and snakeskin cap-toe ankle strap heels. I love the blue skies and brighter light though…spring really must be around the corner!


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JustFab snakeskin heels, sold out (similar here)

Leather Jacket Weather

After a few unseasonably warm 70 degree days, NYC is back to being spring and chilly. Chaussures Adidas Yeezy 330 Boost This leather jacket is probably the nicest item of clothing I own (not including shoes!) I bought it last fall from Maje- one of my favorite designers of all time. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Acheter I was attracted to the motorcycle style, the gorgeous and unique shoulder stitching detail, and the soft lamb leather. However, it took two separate trips to the Bleecker Street store before I bit the bullet. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Pas Cher I am so glad that I did, it is an investment piece and a closet staple, and I have already gotten so much wear from it. Leather jackets are functional, too- great for fall and spring transitional weather. They are also great for traveling and flying, and I always get complements on it when I wear it. I paired this jacket with a black scarf, tortoiseshell sunnies I bought off the street last weekend, my favorite metallic bucket bag (another favorite designer piece), white skinny jeans, and edgy Rebecca Minkoff calf hair wedge booties that I treated myself to for my 27th birthday. When I was in college, skinny jeans were just becoming super trendy. It’s fun to watch fashion shift, as skinny jeans are still trendy but now at a higher ankle length than a few years ago. Adidas Ultra Boost France Enjoy the magnolia blossoms in Central Park from our shoot.

Lace Shift Dress

I had so much fun styling and shooting this vintage-inspired look in the West Village. I paired a mini lace shift dress (also a LWD!) with nude strappy sandals, funky sunglasses, and my new Lulu Guinness snakeskin lip clutch. Shift dresses are great because they are so versatile. I dressed this one up with heels, and I could also pair it with flats and a cross-body bag for a more casual look. This lace shift dress is perfect for brunch, a date, you name it. I particularly liked it because of the bigger lace printed flowers. They remind me of doilies! My friend Alex styled my hair, and it kind of reminds me of a Farrah Fawcett inspired look. We also went for a bright pink lip. It was fun to switch up my hair and makeup from my usual styling. This whole look costs under $100. Except for the lip clutch 🙂

I have had my eye on one of Lulu Guinness’ fun and whimsical classic lip clutches for some time now. I finally pulled the plug. It also doesn’t hurt that she has a boutique on Bleecker Street that I walk past all of the time.

As for the shoot, I am in a stoop phase. Enjoy the pics!

 

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Vintage-inspired sunglasses (similar here)
Lace shift dress
Nude strappy sandals
Snakeskin lip clutch

Fuchsia Halter Dress with Nude Strappy Sandals

I recently picked up this fuchsia halter dress and I love how bold and cheerful the color is. I also like that the silhouette is simple, but the high halter draws  your eye up. I have previously paired this dress down for a summer day downtown with a straw hat and gladiators, but I went for a more elegant look below. I dressed it up with accessories to pass for a cocktail dress- styling it with nude / blush strappy sandals, a snakeskin envelope clutch, and an updo. The strappy sandals shown in the photos below are one of my favorite pairs of sexy, versatile summer shoes. Also, they are very comfortable and easy to walk in. Stuart Weitzman also makes a similar pair, although they are about five times as expensive! We only have a few weeks of summer left to wear fabulous red pedicures, but I love dark nail polish. On my toes are my favorite color, Essie’s “Wicked”. I wear this color all fall!

Hair and makeup are by my friend Alex. Please reach out to me if you want to book her, she is the best. We had so much fun shooting in new locations in the West Village.

 

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Fuschia halter dress- 1.STATE
Faux snakeskin envelope clutch- (similar here)
Vintage-inspired bracelet- (another great one here)
Nude strappy sandals- Steve Madden

Festival Fever

Festival fever is definitely in the air! Even though I haven’t been able to attend any festivals this year (yet!) I have been majorly inspired by festival fashion blowing up my social media accounts. Festival fashion. It’s a thing!

I’ve picked out some of my favorite festival pieces, from head to toe, in the images below. From flower crowns and headpieces to metallic tattoo jewelry, crochet or tie-dye, festival fashion is pretty fabulous. Although I am beyond obsessed with the Stuart Weitzman gladiator sandals below, realistically they would get ruined in the inevitable mud-pits and your feet would be stomped on. (Plus, tan lines, people). Booties may be more practical.

Three words: Velvet Fringe Kimono.

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Flower Crown- Flower Children Only
Fringe Headpiece- Forever21
Sunglasses- Westward Leaning
Snakeskin Print Skirt- Boohoo
Saddlebag Crossbody- Dailylook
Fringe Kimono- Forever21
Flash Tattoos- Birchbox
Tie-Dye Off-the-Shoulder Top- Forever21
Gold Gladiators- Stuart Weitzman
Nyrvana Booties- Steve Madden

“Spring” Into Love: Evening Drinks

As a follow up to my previous post, today’s post features the second part of NYC Relationship Coach Natalia De Oliveira and my “‘Spring’ Into Love” collaboration for first date looks. While the last post focused on a more casual brunch day date look, this look is something that I might wear for an evening dinner or drinks date. I paired a simple blush lace blouse with my favorite repeat-offender Cynthia Rowley cropped pants and peep toe pumps to create a more dressy look.

This look is dressy and chic, but not over the top. I can think of many different restaurants, rooftops and lounges that I would feel comfortable showing up to in the below outfit. I kept my jewelry, hair and makeup simple, too.

What would you wear for an evening first date?

 

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Blouse- Milly (on sale!)
Cigarette Pants- Cynthia Rowley (similar here)
Peep Toe Heels- Christian Louboutin (similar here)
Bracelet- Hermes (similar here)
Earrings- Kate Spade

Valentine’s Day Party Dress

Last night one of my best friends and I attended the Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita Launch Party, red cocktail dress required! I love parties that have fun attire themes, and lucky for me, the red theme justified a splurge I made over the holidays on a drop waist Diane Von Furstenberg dress. It’s still cold outside, so I accessorized with fun black polka dot tights, and classic patent leather pumps. I styled my hair in a top knot, and I accessorized with some sparkly jewelry. The event was so glamorous and fun: the entire cast of the Real Housewives of New York City was there to support host Bethenny Frankel. I also chatted with Jax Taylor from “Vanderpump Rules” and Chris Bukowski from “The Bachelor” (super friendly and sweet).

Yes, I actually stole a rose from one of the centerpieces and asked Bachelor Chris if he would accept it in exchange for a pic! He blushed a little…

The cocktails were delicious, the deejay was great (I especially loved when the Housewives started dancing on chairs) and I loved the decor and Valentine’s Day theme of the event. It’s safe to say that last night was one of the best nights I have had in New York.

Enjoy some the Valentine’s Day inspired outfit photos below, in addition to some crazy party pics from throughout the night!

 

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Dress- Diane Von Furstenberg “Maeryn”
Patent Leather Heels- Stuart Weitzman “Platswoon”
Polka Dot Tights- Urban Outfitters
Faux Snakeskin Envelope Clutch- Century 21 (similar here)
Statement Necklace- Nordstrom (similar here)
Bar Line Bracelet- RAGEN 
Double Orbit Onyx Crystal Ring- RAGEN
Ear jacket earrings- RAGEN

Classic Black & White

Black and white, or black and cream, is one of the most elegant, classic color pairings. It is always a safe bet to wear to the office or to a big meeting or presentation. Below is one of my all time favorite classic looks: I paired a flowy, feminine ruffled blouse (although not over the top feminine) with a black pencil skirt. A black pencil skirt with a clean line is a closet staple, in my opinion. On my black and white “canvas” I made the look more interesting by adding some unique layered necklaces and jewelry, along with my favorite snakeskin pumps.

A love note to these pumps: They are by Isaac Mizrahi for Target, circa 2008. I paid $30 for them at Target (yes, I remember!) To this day, I have probably worn them over 200 times, they are super comfortable because the heel isn’t too high, and they are frequently mistaken for Manolos (I love you, too, Manolo Blahnik). Also, no snakes were harmed! These pumps were a major win. Snakeskin goes well with a surprising amount of outfits, and I highly suggest investing in a pair that you love as a closet staple.

I wear this blouse and skirt together a lot to work (repeat alert!), but each time I try to mix up the shoes and jewelry and then I have an entirely new look.

Work ready. Client ready. Boardroom ready!

 

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White ruffled blouse- I designed this and had it made when I was in Vietnam (similar here)
Black pencil skirt- The Limited (similar here)
Snakeskin Pumps- Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar here)
Layered necklaces, bracelet, ring- Lunessa Designer Jewelry

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