A Bolder Shoulder // high-low skirt + sweetheart neckline

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Street-influenced style with a couture spin is the look of the season. So I took that trend a step further and added my own version of polish to a date night ensemble. And while it's not really a fusion of uptown/downtown, it's certainly a look that'll turn heads no matter WHERE you are. 
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Although this is a date night look, you don't have to JUST reserve a dramatic skirt for after dark. This statement bottom looks fabulous with everything from t-shirts to sexy off-the-shoulder tops. But it also creates a killer evening outfit with virtually zero effort. Just look at how it drapes and flows - it's a date night no-brainer for sure! 
zara high low skirt
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My secret to this flawlessly tucked-in top? It's not tucked in at all! And it's actually a bodysuit rather than a top - did I fool anyone? At this point, the wonders and magic of the bodysuit are pretty well known, and for good reason. I myself am obsessed with bodysuits as they make getting dressed a cinch. I love the special touches this one has - like the sweetheart neckline and off-the-should detailing. It's pretty & polished, and will never look sloppy.  
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There are so many things about this heel that I love. It's suede - aka perfect for fall - it has a block heel, which makes it super easy to walk in, and it dresses up any outfit without trying too hard. When at a loss for what shoes to wear, just remember that you can never go wrong with a straight-forward ankle-strap heel. 
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Similar to my stylish yet no-fuss footwear, a simple patent leather clutch is a closet essential for a variety of reasons. A style like this is chic, sleek, and extremely versatile. And bonus - this one fits my wallet, keys, AND more than a few lipsticks...because, you know, being prepared is important. 
pink floral high low skirt zara
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When styling an eye-catching neckline like the one my bodysuit has, keeping jewelry to a minimum is your best plan of action. While I didn't want to overwhelm my look with a necklace, a look-at-me earring served as the perfect finishing touch to elegantly top off this outfit. 
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Using Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette, which features rose golds and shades of purple, I gave myself a romantic smoky eye. See the flecks of pink on my lids? I wanted to subtly tie in my makeup to my skirt and give off an overall flirty feel. 
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This is one of my favorite looks. Wearing it around New York City, I felt comfortable, beautiful, and confident. And while it's a bit more daring than I typically go for, I think that's what made me fall in love with it. After all, stepping OUT of your comfort zone is the best way to discover your true self. 
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Photos by Antonio Owens 
[skirt: Zara (old, but I also like this one) // bodysuit: Express (similar look here) // heels: Ann Taylor (super similar pair here) // clutch: Hobo (I also like this one) // earrings: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // cuff: Ted Baker // lipstick: Bare Pop by Clinique // eyeshadow: Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay]

Of course I couldn't call this a "date night" outfit without testing it out as such first. And I am happy to report that yes, this is a *tested* and approved date night look - would I ever steer you wrong? 

I wore this beautiful number out to an Italian restaurant/wine bar on the Upper Eastside with my longtime boyfriend. And not only did his jaw drop just a little when he first saw me, but I felt like a true princess the entire night! Now if that's not proof enough of a fantastic date night look, then I don't know what is! Oh, and I did I mention that our waitress complimented my outfit? Because she did ;)
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 // SHOP // 

Birds Of Paradise // printed shorts + oversized blazer

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Shorts can be dressy too! Pair your favorite printed pair with a simple top and a well-tailored, oversized blazer for a fresh take on office chic. 
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It may be September, but that doesn't mean you have to cut shorts out of your wardrobe rotation just YET. After all, it's still summer until the 22nd! I love this printed pair that features a "birds of paradise" pattern. The intricate design and bright, tropical colors make them that much more luxe. 
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A shorts-and-blazer look is polished and modern. It provides stylish juxtaposition between weekend/work and uptown/downtown. I also love how this oversized jacket plays with proportions by hitting right above the hemline of my shorts. 
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A touch of metallic is almost always a good idea. Silver was huge this past year and, good news for my fellow lovers-of-all-things-shiny, this trend is staying strong through fall! A bit of shine truly helps elevate even the most casual of looks. 
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Speaking of shine, this Kate Spade crossbody compliments my silver sandals beautifully. In a neutral tone, it's also super versatile. But of course a stripe of gold gives it an added element of sophistication and pop. 
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I incorporated both cream and white into this ensemble, which to some may be considered a bit daring - especially after Labor Day. But I love the look of bright whites against more yellow tones, and with a necklace to match, my entire outfit comes full circle. 
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Delicate yet statement-making, these pearl-back studs are classic go-to for me. 
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I love how this look is professional but not stuffy, it's laid-back and easy yet packed with polish. And that's all thanks to this gorgeous oversized blazer. A piece like this (in any color) is a definite must-have for anyone and everyone! Cropped versions are officially out of style...at least for now ;) 
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Photos by Dan Harper
[v-neck tee: Ann Taylor // blazer: Elizabeth & James (I also like this one) // shorts: Ann Taylor // sandals: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // purse: Kate Spade // necklace: Loft (I also like this one)// earrings: Ann Taylor (similar here) // watch: Kate Spade // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // cream bangle: Kate Spade // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // lipstick: Bare Pop by Clinique

As summery as this look may seem - I know, I know, everyone is SO fixated on fall right now - it's actually perfect for this time of year! Because let's face it, it's still super hot outside (it was 90 degrees this past weekend in NYC). But by adding a chic jacket into your usual shorts-and-tee mix, you're putting your own autumn spin on a tried-and-true summer favorite. Pretty genius, right? 
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// SHOP //

Hot Tropic // leaf-print sundress + floppy hat

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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A dark, printed midi dress is the perfect transitional piece to effortlessly carry you from summer to fall. I can wear now with caged sandals and a sunhat, and later with a denim jacket and booties. 
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When I first spotted this dress in early summer, it was one of those "I have to have it" pieces. I love its ladylike silhouette, and don't even get me started on the beautiful colors - it looks like I'm wearing a painting! After all, leaf-print was super big this season and I definitely see this pattern continuing its popularity streak into fall.
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This is my very first floppy hat! I'm not a HUGE hat person, but in the past year or so I've seen the light. Hats truly are a great way to "top off" your look. And this dress is what inspired me to purchase my first beachy hat, but it did take a while to find the right one. My boyfriend and I were on the hunt for this beauty all summer long, and when we finally found it at Bloomingdales, he surprised me by buying it for me. I love that he gets just as excited about finding the perfect hat as I do!
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I call these heels, sandals, but technically they can also be categorized as "booties," which makes them the perfect shoe for - you guessed it - transitional weather. And their earth-tone hue pairs well with absolutely anything - even an LBD for a casual night out. 
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I can't get enough of carrying this clutch around. It seriously looks amazing with so many different outfits. I've found that there's nothing a bright yellow clutch doesn't compliment.  
rebecca minkoff yellow clutch
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These statement earrings are so fun to wear! They truly stand out, especially against dark hair, and the best part is that they're super lightweight. I also love how they give off a sophisticated boho vibe. Even better, they're available in black and silver as well as white. 
alexis bittar dangle earrings
ann taylor leaf sundress
A red lip added the perfect punch to this bold look. I just love how red, blue, and yellow look together. 
leaf print sundress
ann taylor summer dress
This is late summer's perfect formula: muted-tone midi dress + floppy hat + open-toed sandal booties + bright clutch. 
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[dress: Ann Taylor (I also like this one)// hat: August Hat Company via Bloomingdales // sandals: Sam Edelman (similar here) // clutch: Rebecca Minkoff // earrings: Alexis Bittar // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // gold link bracelet: Stella & Dot // lipstick: Mally in "Crush" // eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked palette]

These photos were taken on the Lower Westside of Manhattan after I enjoyed a belated birthday brunch with my friends. It was so fun wandering around this part of the city afterwards and shooting with my boyfriend, Antonio. Since Antonio started taking my photos, we've become urban explorers together, scouting out the perfect spots to capture specific looks. I love how my dress blends into the foliage in some of these shots. 
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 // SHOP //