Silver Stunner // metallic pleated skirt + velvet crop top

Thursday, December 29, 2016

new years eve outfit fashion blog
Usher in the new year with metallics, embellishments, and velvet. I'm taking my party style up a notch with dramatic pieces that make a chic impression by day and a glamorous statement by night. Here's how to master YOUR perfect NYE look. 
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Metallic pleated skirts have dominated Instagram feeds this holiday season, and I am loving this silver midi version of the trendy essential. While some versions have a tendency to appear cheap, this gorgeous style from Express is spot on in every way. Even better, it feels just as luxurious as it looks! 
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A mixed medium top like this is perfect for a night out as it's different enough to ensure you stand out in a sea of black. I love how this crop top mixes velvet and mesh to give my outfit an uptown vibe. 
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These. Shoes. I immediately fell in love with these unique heels and I knew they'd be perfect for New Year's! The fact that they're simple black ankle-strap shoes that have a majorly embellished heel makes them extra special and completely glam. 
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No other bag could do the job of complimenting this look-at-me outfit better than my trusty black clutch. Simple, structured, and classic, a purse like this is your best option when donning such a striking ensemble. 
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Turning to my fanciest earrings, I used this crystal dangle pair to mimic the stones on my shoes. I love how I don't need much jewelry at all when I wear these sparklers. 
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Although it's not super clear in these pics, I'm wearing a berry matte lip here, which I love for winter. During the Christmas season I can't get enough of red, but this deep shade is so pretty for January through February. And as for my eyelids, a mix of silver and gray shadow can't be beat for NYE. 
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New Year's Eve is the BEST excuse to dress up. It's one of the only nights you can literally pull out ALL the stops and no one will bat an eyelash! So have a little fun with it and go for a bold look that'll turn heads. A shiny skirt like this will undoubtedly do the trick. 
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There's no question that if you want to wear some subtle sparkle, sporting this metallic skirt is an impressive way to do so. With its glittering threads and swishy, flapper-like hem, it looks like it came from an expensive luxury brand.
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Photos by Dan Harper 
[top: Express // skirt: Express // heels: Ann Taylor (sold out, I also like this pair) // clutch: Hobo (I also like this one) // earrings: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lipstick: Clinique in "Pow Pop" // eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette]

Who's ready for 2017? I'm SO looking forward to starting fresh with a new year, a new perspective, and a whole lot of new adventures to look forward to. This year I can't wait to explore even more of my NYC home and spend time making memories with friends. Cheers to a fabulous new year! 
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Holiday Family Party // lace dress + statement coat

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

holiday fashion pics
Saving the best for last, this holiday look is classic and effortless. It's a no-fail, always-flattering, perfect go-to for any festive affair. But I recommend reserving this type of ensemble for the big day itself - it's just THAT good. 
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Lace dresses with nude underlay were huge this year. They're a modern take on a romantic favorite and I am ALL for this chic trend. While I styled mine with a fun coat, a piece like this looks JUST as stunning all on its own. 
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Throw on a killer outer layer for a look to remember. Of course Christmastime is all about those bold pops of red, so this cherry peacoat compliments my holiday LBD perfectly. Matching red lips are encouraged but not required ;)
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Going along with the theme of my entire outfit, these grownup Mary Janes are super fresh and stylish yet provide that classic touch that just screams sophistication. Chic heels like these are the perfect way to polish off your favorite party look. Trust me, you can't go wrong. 
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I'm always gushing about this black patent leather clutch - and for good reason! Its simple, no-fuss design makes this bag an ideal companion for more detailed looks. In short, I find myself relying on this bad boy on the regular!
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To add even more modern appeal to my timeless ensemble, I threw on a black velvet choker - after all, nothing says born-again-2016 trend more! Donning this necklace style is the quickest way to update any look in your arsenal.  
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A fearless spin on a true classic, pearl-back studs are a NEW forever piece. 
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It's so tough to wear this coat without pulling out some red lipstick! Here, I'm rocking Kylie Jenner's KoKo Kollection in "Okurrr," but this brand has a similar color. Red lips are a total necessity this time of year and you better believe I take full advantage! 
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 Out of all my holiday looks this season, I'd say this one is definitely the most relatable. This is an outfit that anyone can pull off quite easily. And while I love sparkles, feathers, and cutouts, I also totally get that they're not for everyone. But an ensemble like this? Completely doable no matter your taste! Even better, it's 100 percent family-approved as it's classy, flattering, and definitely not over-the-top. 
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 How about these Christmas decorations - SO gorgeous, am I right? These photos were taken at Lotte New York Palace (in 26 degree weather I might add), and I could not get enough of the festive ambiance. A hotel staff member even told me that in 18 years, these were the best decorations the Palace has ever had! 
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Photos by Antonio Owens 
[dress: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this one) // coat: Ann Taylor (similar here) // heels: Ann Taylor  (sold out, but I also like this pair) // clutch: Hobo (similar here) // choker: Urban Outfitters // eyeshadow: Lancome in "Rose Satin" // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics KoKo Kollection in "Okurrr" (similar here)]

Is it just me or did the holidays creep up on you too and then fly by WAY too fast? This truly is the most magical time of year and I can't believe this spectacular season is quickly coming to an end. But the good news is, it's not over yet! I can't wait to fly home for Christmas this week and spend the holidays with my loved ones in Chicago. Merry Christmas, everyone - don't forget to live it up!
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Holiday Glam Party // sequin outfit + strappy flats

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

holiday fashion pics
Become a mastermind of modern evening wear by showing up to your next fete in head-to-toe sequins. And while I'm not quite sure what a "glam" party is, let it be your excuse to don some major sparkle! The holidays are, after all, the perfect time for all things shiny and bright - including your wardrobe. 
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This navy sequin top is a dream (and it's on sale). Even better, I can picture myself wearing it time and time again with high-waisted pants, a plain black skirt, even boyfriend jeans and a chic heel. But paired with a matching skirt, this piece instantly feels luxurious and special. You go, Queen! 
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Ah, the matching skirt; this look would not be complete without it. It truly transforms my outfit into a contemporary black-tie look, which is JUST what I was going for. Sequins, meet more sequins. 
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These shoes have it all. Pointed-toe: check, velvet texture: check, multiple straps: check, extreme comfort: check. You get the idea. These are a must-have for the holiday season as well as into the spring. What I love is that they're equally as stylish as a heel, but a million times more comfortable - securing your spot on the dance floor ALL night long! 
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I know I sound like a broken record, but leopard is THE most fashionable neutral a girl can own. I pair this printed clutch with everything, and it always adds glamour and sophistication. When you rock leopard, it looks like you tried harder than you really did, which is key. 
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I've got a little dangle-earring action going on, which is slightly rare for me, but I break these favorites out when I'm wearing something extra special. Over the holidays, that's quite often! They always seem to give my outfits that extra pop I never knew I needed. 
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A sultry red lip is perfect for this type of glam party look. Instead of choosing a cherry red, I opted for a richer, more oxbloody shade of red, which is super sophisticated and always a showstopper. I can't think of a skin tone this shade wouldn't look amazing on! As for my lids, I chose a light, silvery eyeshadow by Lancome. It has just enough shimmer to elegantly reflect the light, I'm kind of obsessed. 
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Sequins have a tendency to look and feel cheap, but Ann Taylor did a great job with these two pieces to ensure that you feel just as luxe as you look! And boy do I feel fancy dancy when wearing this outfit. There's no question this skirt-and-top combo is a power pairing - these beautiful sequins will make you unstoppable at any party. 
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Dressing for the holidays is all about standing out, right? It's about putting your best-dressed foot forward and letting yourself get all glammed up just for fun! That's why I love going all out in brilliant, look-at-me outfits that MIGHT be considered too over-the-top on a regular day. But hey, I mean, I'll confidently rock sequins any day of the week...but maybe that's just me?
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 Photos by Antonio Owens 
[top: Ann Taylor // skirt: Ann Taylor // shoes: Ann Taylor // clutch: Michael Kors (similar here) // earrings: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this pair) // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection "Gorg" (similar here) // eyeshadow: Lancome in "Blanc Scintillant"]

These festive photos were taken outside the Plaza Hotel in NYC. And while all of New York is completely decked out for the holidays, there's just something so classic and stunning about the Plaza. I knew its twinkling lights would be the perfect backdrop to my own twinkling ensemble. 

After my BF and I snapped these pics, we headed to brunch in midtown at The Upsider - one of my favorite spots! If you ever go, and I highly recommend that you do, definitely order the French toast - it's like nothing you've ever had before. 
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