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

Mint Green Embellished Peter-Pan Collar

It’s spring! Or supposed to be 🙂 It’s still been chilly in New York, but the daffodils are blooming and the days are getting lighter which makes me happy. One of my favorite colors for spring is mint green. This color was particularly popular about 5 years ago, when peter-pan collars were making a comeback too. I love this embellished peter-pan collar to add a little sparkle to the blouse. I kept the rest of the look very New York– all black! I wore versatile black booties to complete the look. I have had these since my freshman year in college…which was 10 years ago! Today, it’s a work-ready look.

 


Forever21 mint embellished peter-pan blouse, sold out 2013 (similar here)
Black crew-neck sweater
Vince Camuto black leggings
Nine West black heeled booties, sold out 2013 (similar here)
Tortoise-shell sunglasses, street vendor (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

AppNexus Gatsby 1920s Party at the McKittrick Hotel

This year, my company, AppNexus celebrated its 10 year anniversary. To celebrate, they allowed us to have a Plus 1, so I brought one of my best friends who came in all the way from London: GRACIE! The theme was Gatsby and 1920s, and I was excited to dress up for the theme and had so much fun. I ordered this headpiece from eBay! They also sold it on Amazon, it’s an exact replica of one that was worn in the Gatsby film. I ordered the dress from French Connection (believe it or not). I had my eye on it for a while because I loved the fringe and the sparkly gorgeous detailing, and when this theme was announced I had to get it! It was perfect for the party, and I also would wear it again to a different cocktail party, wedding, etc. I completed the look with an old black ostrich feather bolero, and sexy strappy platform sandals- which made the ensemble a little bit 2017 🙂

French Connection Black Diamond Fringe Flapper Dress
Crystal Gatsby-Inspired Headpiece (similar here)
Black Ostrich Feather Bolero
Michael Kors “London” Strappy Sandals

 

New York Athletic Club Jingle Ball

I have been a little behind on my posts because the past few weeks have been pretty much all consumed with wrapping up Yoga School, but I am pleased to say that I was still able to dress up for a few fun holiday parties and I will share the looks now and in a few upcoming posts. I had my eye on this “snowflake” inspired Alice & Olivia dress for a while, and when my friend Jeni invited me to this party, it was the perfect excuse to dress up! I love dressing up, and I love holiday parties as an excuse to wear anything sparkly. I love the nude underlay of this dress, with the mesh beading on the top. There also is one layer of tulle. I really felt like a princess!

The dress was enough of a statement piece on its own, so I kept my accessories simple: my classic Louboutin “Decolettes”, a skinny black headband, and minimal jewelry.

Alice & Olivia “Alyssa” Dress
Christian Louboutin Decolette

Irridescent Pink Sequined Dress

Glitter!!! I had such an amazing night tonight at the QVC FFANY event, which featured a shoe salon where proceeds benefited cancer research. The evening started off with cocktails and appetizers, a shoe photography station for a shoe contest (amazing), and a photo booth. The shoe salon had various designers offering their shoes at half off. Guilty…I bought an amazing pair of boots! I attended the event as a guest of my collaboration partner Abbey Liebman and Bettye Muller shoes. Highlights included hearing Sam Edelman speak, and seeing Alexandre Birman win designer of the year. I even got to congratulate him on the way out 🙂 Oh! And randomly seeing Mandy Moore in the shoe salon. Girlfriend likes shoes just like the rest of us!

About a week ago, I saw this sequin and pailette Halston Heritage dress and I fell in love with it. I had no where to wear it, but I knew that I would someday! That day was tonight haha. The pink was perfect for a gala in support of cancer research. The work on this dress is exquisite. It includes a mixture of both sequins and pailettes in ombre shades of pink which fade from big (at the top of the dress) to little (towards the bottom). I got complements on it all night long. The dress has a lot going on, so I kept the look simple with my lucky black patent leather Christian Louboutins, simple hair, makeup, and jewelry.

Halston Heritage Pink Sequined Kaftan Dress
Christian Louboutin Patent Leather Pumps

Bohemian Black & Gold with Bettye Studded Mules

I loved styling this bohemian look with gold studded mules by Bettye. My style is usually a little more preppy than bohemian, so it was really fun to switch things up. I love the tiny stud details that shoe designer Abbey Liebman added to these mules. The black and gold goes well with so many different looks, and paired perfectly with this matching black, gold, and white dress! I like the shiny gold pailette detailing, the long black tassels, the balloon sleeves (trend alert) and the subtle star embroidery. All photography in this post is taken by the talented Alex Van!

Happy fall, which mean happy booties!


Bohemian embroidered dress- Native Rose (similar here)
Bettye “Stately” studded mules

Kate Spade Spring / Summer ’17 Must Haves

Below are some of my favorite must-haves from Kate Spade’s Spring / Summer ’17 line! I must say I am embarrassed that this post has been sitting in my “Drafts” folder since May! Enjoy the eye candy. I love her whimsical designs!

Happy almost Labor Day holiday!











Kate Spade New York

Elena Kriegner Fine Jewelry Campaign

I am so excited to share with you some photos I did for a campaign with renowned jewlery designer, Elena Kriegner! Elena is an artist, and you know this immediately by looking at any of her gorgeous and unique pieces. Her distinct style involves changing pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. The jewelry is hand crafted from the finest and highest quality materials, with each gemstone being individually selected by Elena herself. Elena started jewelry designing in her Austrian village when she was a child, and she is living her dream. After our photo shoot along the Hudson River, I loved visiting her Chelsea studio and seeing where she creates her jewelry (pictures below). My favorite pieces are the ones inspired by her travels and nature: seashells and the ocean.

Please use the discount code “W4STREET” to enjoy 30% off of your next purchase by visiting her website here. Plus, you can also check out all of the pictures we did together for the shoot, which are now live on her site!

Elena Kriegner (all pieces)

Red Beaded Sheath Dress

On Thursday night I attended the New York AIPAC gala at Terminal 5. AIPAC is an organization committed to strengthening, protecting, and promoting the US-Israel relationship. I couldn’t decide what to wear to the event, and it was also the same day as the Alice & Olivia Sample Sale, where I found this fabulous red beaded / studded dress! Sample sales are always funny, because you change in a fitting room with 20 other strangers and everyone gives their opinion. I was deciding between this dress and a whimsical lipstick-mascara printed dress, and the vote was unanimously 5 for 5 for this dress. I love the intricate cutout patterns, and the delicate beading. I can wear it in the summer, and also in the winter to holiday parties. It is very sophisticated! I paired this dress with one of my tallest pairs of patent leather peep toe stilettos. It was so good to see so many of my Poland friends at this event (almost been a year since that trip)! Later in the night I went to Ludlow House for its 1 year anniversary, and Questlove performed…which is a coincidence because exactly one year ago I attended a different gala with my friends Nic, Helene, and Steve, wearing an Alice and Olivia dress, with Questlove performing. June 15th must be a special day. Deja Vu!

 


Alice and Olivia Nat Embellished Dress
Stuart Weitzman Peep Toe Pumps Victoria High Heel

 

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