ALLY Shoes Video Shoot

Right before the holidays I shot a video collaboration with ALLY shoes. ALLY shoes are designed for comfort, with extra arch and toe support. The shoes are elegant, sleek, and sexy. They pair with anything. For the shoot, I wanted a professional look. I went with sophisticated all black! Black tank, oversized blazer (a new purchase which I love), black leggings, and of course, my ALLY heels. I completed the look with gold jewelry: a gold bangle and my favorite statement lion necklace!

ALLY shoes just launched their website (here:(http://www.ally.nyc/), and for a limited time you can receive $40 off by using my code, W4ST.

Zara oversized blazer
Black tank
Black leggings
Ally Pumps
Gold bangle
Gold lion necklace (similar here)

Graduation Party: Baby Blue Cold-Shoulder Dress

I hope everyone had an amazing Memorial Day weekend! Mine was…eventful. Below is the look I wore to my sister’s graduation party on Saturday. This Lush baby blue / sky blue cold shoulder dress (trend alert!) is one of my favorite new pieces. I love how simple the dress is, and the bow details add a nice feminine touch. This dress was a perfect canvas for the brown and gold statement necklace I paired it with. I love pairing colors with neutrals, and brown goes nicely with so many different colors. I finished the look off with the new strappy block-sandals I have been wearing all week since I bought them last week. I was comfortable and could walk easily all weekend long.

Happy Summer!

Modern Statement Necklace- Yumi Kim sold out (similar here)
Baby Blue Cold-Shoulder Dress
Block-Heeled Sandals

Raincoat Weather

We have had quite a bit of spring and early summer rain here in NYC. I picked up this fun watercolor raincoat a few years ago, and I have gotten a lot of use from it. Besides the fact that it’s functional, it’s a statement piece in itself and I get loads of complements on it. I am not sure I would classify a statement raincoat as a closet staple, but I have worn it a lot (and it hasn’t gone out of style in a few years). It’s nice to look polished- especially in the rain! Due to the fact that his coat is a statement piece, I paired it with neutrals: lace up pointed toe flats, a white lace dress, and a sparkly necklace. The lace dress is also great for work, and raincoats are generally useful when traveling, too.

It’s my college 5 year reunion this weekend, so hopefully I won’t be needing this raincoat!

 

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C. Wonder watercolor raincoat
White lace dress- Forever21 sold out (similar here)
Gap nude lace up flats
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Whimsical Shift Dress

In the summertime, I love to add a little flair to my work ready wardrobe by wearing fun shift dresses. Green is one of my favorite colors, and when I spotted this parrot-print dress at Ann Taylor LOFT I couldn’t resist. The parrot pattern was such a fun, unexpected and whimsical detail. I was drawn to the pattern being subtle without being overbearing or overtly obvious. Plus, I clearly love birds on my clothes (re: Black Swan post). Shift dresses are easy to dress up from day to night (think desk to drinks) and they are great for showing off your favorite pair of shoes. In this look, I wore my patent leather grosgrain lace-up peep toe booties (mouthful!) and a bright statement necklace. At work, I like to wear my hair in a bun. A good shift dress is a closet staple because it can be easily dressed up or down by adjusting the accessories. A boxier shift dress is also comfortable to wear on flights, which comes in handy with my weekly consultant travel.

Polly want a shift dress?

 
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Green parrot print dress- Ann Taylor LOFT, sold out (similar shift dress here)
Statement necklace- (similar here)
Black patent leather booties- Saks Fifth Avenue (similar here)

Earth Day Collaboration with Second Time Around (STA)

In honor of Earth Day, today’s post is all about one way we can  reduce our carbon footprint. Luckily for me, my favorite consignment store, Second Time Around, has locations throughout Manhattan where I find my favorite designers at a discount from the retail cost. I have shopped and consigned at many of New York’s STAs, in addition to locations in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. When I shop at Second Time Around I am supporting the environmentally-friendly concept of reusing clothing, it’s less expensive than designer retail, and personally I think it is super fun to sort through the racks. No two treasures are the same! 

Shopping aside, Second Time Around is a also a fantastic place to consign your gently used (and loved) designer duds. I have been consigning clothing and accessories at Second Time Around for years. You simply can’t keep getting new things without exchanging some old ones. Also, my NYC closet cannot only accommodate new purchases! When I consign, it is like a trade. First I clean out my closet, usually during transition seasons. Then I head over to STA with the items that have served their due time with me. I either get cash or a store credit for the items I consign (which goes FAST if I hang in the store for too long!) I love sorting through the neatly sorted racks of amazing designer-everything. Without fail, I always find an “I can’t live without it” piece.

The images below are a few of my favorite items that I have purchased at Second Time Around boutiques throughout the country. I especially love the periwinkle Jill Stuart dress and the Kate Spade ostrich feather peep-toe heels.

Check out Second Time Around’s website, and make sure that the next time you are thinking of going shopping, you consider shopping second hand.

 

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All selected pieces in this post are one-of-a-kind from Second Time Around


 

Not Your Grandmother’s Lace & Pearls

I love lace. I naturally gravitate towards it in shops, and I own way too many lace pieces (just ask my Mom)! In my defense, there is something so feminine and elegant about it. Plus, you can dress it with pearls and peep toes for a girly look, or pair it with leather and hardware for an edgier look. For me, the more delicate and intricate the lace, the more I love it. In the look below, I paired a new favorite neon yellow lace skirt with a simple camel sweater and a chunky pearl statement necklace. Not only is the pattern of this particular lace beautiful, but I love how the bright neon color is so unexpected. The neon color calls for a quiet top. The pearl cluster necklace is a modern, edgier take on traditional strands and goes nicely with the skirt. Of course, my favorite nude pumps made the cut. I promise I own other shoes! This look is office ready. Not your grandmother’s lace and pearls… w4street.com 11 w4street.com 13 w4street.com 14 w4street.com 12 w4street.com 9 w4street.com 10

Sweater- J. Crew Skirt- Dance & Marvel Nude Pumps- Kate Spade Sunnies- my own (similar here) Pearl Necklace- Forever21 (similar here)

 

The Power Necklace

Also known as a Statement Necklace, the Power Necklace is a great way to dress up a work or going-out outfit. The key with these bold necklaces is to make sure that the rest of your look is relatively quiet, so as to allow your necklace to be the statement piece. I love to wear Power Necklaces to work to jazz up an all black look. Power Necklaces pair nicely with pretty much any neutral. Depending on the colors and detailing in the necklace, they can also look amazing with a solid complementary color behind them.

I always rake in the complements when I wear the necklace below. The neon color combination is interesting and unexpected, and the rope detailing adds a nautical spin. I own an embarrassing amount of Power/Statement Necklaces (I can’t help myself) so don’t be surprised if you see them featured in future blog posts!

I suggest investing in a few Power Necklaces that you love as closet staples. You would be surprised at how many years of use you will get from them.


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Power Necklace- Yumi Kim boutique (similar here)

 

 

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

Leopard Skinny Jeans

In the frigid winter in New York City, sometimes it is just not realistic to wear a dress or skirt out at night that will expose your bare legs. Sometimes, ladies, we have to wear pants when we go out.

Last Friday night one of my best friends and I decided to head over to the Top of the Standard (The Boom Boom Room), notorious for enforcing strict dress codes. Also notorious for the Solange-Jay Z elevator incident. I decided to wear my new (fabulous!) 7 For All Mankind leopard skinny jeans, paired with a black pleated flowy blouse, a statement necklace, and my favorite Kate Spade nude pumps. I am a sucker for leopard print, and when I tried these jeans on it was sort of a joke. As it turns out, they are super comfortable, versatile (dress them up dress them down) and they are a statement piece in their own right. Every time I wear these jeans out, I get a lot of complements on them. Surprisingly, they elongate your legs, too, especially when paired with a great pair of stilettos.

 

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Statement Necklace- Nordstrom (similar here)
Black Pleated Blouse- T.J. Maxx (similar here)
Leopard Skinny Jeans- 7 For All Mankind (similar here)
Nude pumps- Kate Spade (similar here)

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