Wedding Guest Edition: Colorblock Pleated Maxi Dress

My cousin Sarah got married last Saturday in the most beautiful vineyard wedding in Traverse City, Michigan! For the occasion, I knew that I would need to be careful about my footwear choice as there was grass. I decided to go with one of my favorite seven year old (!) pleated maxi dresses that I bought in Thailand. I don’t wear maxi dresses too often, but I do enjoy them. I like the summery bright colorblock on this one! Also, it allowed me to wear flat gold sandals…perfect for grass and allowed me to happily dance the night away! I accessorized with gold earrings, my gold watch, my quilted Chanel bag with gold hardware, and my trusty heart sunglasses. I am wishing it was last weekend!

Classic Houndstooth Coat for Fall

I know we had one winter snow storm in New York City already, but let’s go back to fall for a second! I am still loving houndstooth for fall, and I have had this coat for almost a decade! It just goes to show you that classics can stick around. I kept the rest of the look really simple: black! I added some feminine touches with my pearl embellished shoes and whimsical heart shaped sunglasses.

I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving this week already! Also, how gorgeous are these fiery orange trees?!

 

Houndstooth Coat
Black Top
Black Pants
Pearl-Embellished Shoes (Booties here!)
Heart Sunglasses

Fall Transition Look: Quilted Leather Skirt (Part 1)

One of my favorite closet staple pieces and the first part in a two part series is about this black faux leather quilted skirt! I got this skirt about 7 years ago (when I was still in college!) and it’s been such a versatile piece in my wardrobe. In my blog moving forward, I am going to try to focus more on sustainable fashion and styling the same piece multiple ways. I love an all black look (c’mon, I’m a New Yorker). I kept it interesting with embroidered booties (trend alert) that are one of my favorite fall accessories! I love the gold embroidered pattern, the chunky block heel, and the height of these booties. I accessorized with my favorite gold watch, gold delicate star necklace and whimsical black heart sunglasses!

These photographs were professionally shot by my friend Jenna Minchuk. Check out her beautiful website to book her: Jennaminchuk.com.

 

Black sweater
Banana Republic quilted faux leather mini skirt
Ash “Flora” embroidered block heel booties
Gorjana gold star necklace
Skagen gold watch
Black heart sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

 

Pleated Back Blouse, Gold Cap-Toe Pumps, & Heart Sunglasses

I love beautiful details on pieces, especially if it’s unexpected and a “surprise” on the back! The backs of clothes are seen as much as the fronts of clothes if you think about it, so it’s fun to give people something to look at- even if your face is on the other side! I bought this beautiful silk back pleated top last year and I love it. It’s a great neutral creme color, and a staple for work. The accordion-style pleats are so flowy and gorgeous. I kept the look simple by pairing it with raw hem gray denim (can’t believe it’s jean season again!), Zara gold cap-toe pumps, a matching gold watch, and my brand new heart shaped sunglasses (trend alert!). I love how whimsical these sunglasses are and have been wearing them nearly every day. They will be featured in a few upcoming posts!

Happy October, everyone!

Rebecca Taylor Pleated Back Silk Jacquard Top
Raw Hem Gray Jeans
Zara Gold Toe Capped Pumps
Heart Shaped Sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)
Skagen Gold Watch

Yellow Floral Halter Dress and Tri-Strap Heels

I love a classic summer sundress, and between the halter strings, tie at the bust, midi length, and floral print on this one it had me swooning! Sundresses are easy to transition into fall by layering with a jean jacket or leather jacket (coming soon!) This dress will pair nicely with many different shoe options depending on the season or occasion: a block heeled sandal for a wedding guest attire look, low booties for a fall casual look, or these faux patent leather heels with three straps for a glam look!

Thanks to my friend Nicky for taking these pictures around the West Village. It almost looks like I live in the brownstone, right?!

BB Dakota Joss Dress
Cateye Sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)
Strappy Patent Leather Heels- Nordstrom Rack (similar here)

Royal Wedding in Windsor (Part 2): Scallops on Scallops on Scallops

I can’t believe that the Royal Wedding was 2 weeks ago already, and that it is now June! On the first day of the party, the ladies and I went on a barge down the Thames River. The attire theme was “nautical”, so I figured that you can’t go wrong with navy! I love anything that has scalloping trim (trend alert!) , so this mock halter bib neck dress seemed perfect. I kept the look preppy, and scalloped, by pairing the look with a scalloped monogrammed envelope clutch and scalloped black flats. To accessorize, I paired the look with classic aviators and jewelry from my new friend Anna’s “Anna K Collection”! You can shop this look from the links at the end of the post.

 

Aqua Scalloped Dress (similar here)
Monogrammed Scalloped Envelope Clutch
Born Scalloped Flats (similar Chloe here)
Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Anna K Collections Rings and Bracelet

 

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!


Sunglasses
White sweater
Gray raw hem denim
JustFab snakeskin heels, sold out (similar here)

Blue Velvet Booties, Raw Hem Jeans, Ruffle Sleeve Sweater

Thank you to all of my subscribers for reading my blog! I wanted to send a little note and apologize that my latest posts for the past few weeks were not sending you an email. WordPress had a glitch, which has been restored. Please be sure to check out the posts from these weeks though, I kept up with posting regularly, for the most part! There are some holiday party and NYE looks (I know that sounds ancient).

So, the below look is really a fall look that I have been meaning to post, but I think that it transitions well into winter. This ruffle-sleeve sweater is a variation on the popular bell sleeves (trend alert!). I also love the mock turtleneck, and the soft dove gray color of this sweater. I kept this look current with raw hem denim, and possibly my favorite trend of these colder months: velvet booties (trend alert!). When I saw this Nine West pair, I had to get them…I loved the rich deep blue velvet, the button detailing (very Victorian), the round toe, and the interesting shape of the heel. I completed the look with my favorite clear plastic sunnies. I love these because they go with everything!

 

Clear mirrored sunnies
Endless Rose dove grey ruffle-sleeve sweater
Raw hem denim
Nine West blue velvet booties

Red, White, & Nude

Red, white, and nude…one of my favorite color combinations because it really allows the red to “pop”. I bought this red leather jacket at Maje earlier in the spring, and it’s been a perfect transitional piece to wear into the fall. I love wearing it draped over my shoulders, and this white tie-front dress is perfect for layering. These nude lace-up cage sandals are the perfect complement for any look with a statement piece (but they are a little hard to put on!) I got them for my 26th birthday, so they are going on 3 years and I still love them. I also may own them in black, and you may be seeing them soon! I completed the look with mirrored clear sunnies (trend alert) and dark “Wicked” nail polish by Essie.

My birthday is tomorrow, and I am enjoying NYC’s 70 degree weather 🙂

 

Maje red leather jacket
Stylestalker  “Florence” dress
Schutz “Slate” lace-up sandals
Ring- NYC street vendor (similar here)
Mirrored clear sunglasses

Mint Fringe Cover-Up

I wish it was still this weekend! My friend Jeni graciously hosted us on her amazing sailboat in Long Island, and it was a blast, per usual. We have had an absolutely gorgeous September and it was 85 degrees on Saturday! I opted for a simple, elegant, chic look: black string bikini, mint fringe cover-up from LulaRoe, Panama hat, clear mirrored sunnies, and a low messy bun. I love the mint color of the cover-up, and that it is a sheer robe. Also, the soft pink fringe at the bottom is such a nice detail! I love this effortless, easy breezy look!

Panama hat
LulaRoe mint fringe cover-up
Black string bikini- American Apparel, RIP! (similar here)
Clear mirrored sunnies

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