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Whether you’re last minute shopping for your sister, bff or boyfriend – these Syma Speaks approved gifts are for sure to win their hearts and too good you might have to buy another for yourself :)

Be sure to scroll down to see gifts for the guys certified by the Preston Konrad and John Soper of WingtipJungle.com!

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What gifts are you going to get for your favorites — or for yourself?

Xo,

Syma

FLORALS FOR FALL? GROUNDBREAKING.

Some might say florals are just for spring (Devil Wear’s Prada) but at Syma Speaks we beg to differ and are loving this trend for his and hers style. I enlisted my favorite Fashionisto friend, John to showcase how the floral trend can work not just for the ladies but for the guys in our life as well.

It takes a confident man to rock a trend like this but when pulled off correctly, it can have dramatic results. Though florals are mainly a warm-weather staple, the designs from the spring and summer 2014 collections were dark — thus making them easy to transition to the cooler months. If you’re not afraid to wear a bold color and fun pattern, put on a pair and match it with your key basic pieces in your closet like denim to balance it out.

Denim is your best bet. I wasn’t sure I could wear my favorite summer dress into the cooler months but layered over my favorite pair of destroyed AEO Jeggings and with my Aritzia trench it was a smooth transition. This look can easily take me from shopping in Soho to brunch with the girls. My boots by Rachel Comey are super versatile and not to mention comfortable when I’m running around the city.

John’s keeping it classic with a denim jacket and white button-down that don’t compete with his amazing Kenzo pants. We just so happened to color coordinate — promise we didn’t plan it. :)

Will you wear this trend in time to make Thanksgiving a little more festive? You can do it! Xo, Syma & John

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Photos by Allison Schaller

 

OUR LOOK:

Syma

Trench, Aritzia

Dress, American Eagle Outfitters

Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters

Boots, Rachel Comey

 

John

Jacket, Gap 

Shirt, Zara

Pants, Kenzo (similar)

Shoes, Keds

 

HOW TO BE A WRAP STAR

My absolute necessity for fall is the blanket scarf. I can’t live without it. I purchased my first one a few years ago from Aritzia and decided I needed a fresh one for the season! At first you might wonder, “How does one wear so much fabric?” or “Does it look like I’m wearing an actual blanket?” Have no fear. Here at Syma Speaks, we’ve made our first .gif (#trendy) to show you a few ways to wear this season’s most versatile item.

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1. Easy Breezy – I like this look for a day where I’m not freezing and just want to add some color and texture.

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2. The Shawl – This adds drama. Draped as a shawl, this not only keeps you super warm but plays up on the Kimono trend we’ve been seeing this past summer and the heavier fabric works for the cooler months.

_MG_02183. The Classic – Fashion meets function. Your safest bet to stay warm all winter long. Your scarf tied with an easy loop around your neck won’t go anywhere and is best when you’re running  errands around the city.

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4. Wrap Star – Wearing your blanket scarf like this lets it double as a coat  and you mean business. Your arms might not be handy but who cares – you’re as warm as can be.

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5. Flip It and Reverse It – Take a cue from Missy and wear the reverse side of your blanket scarf  the next time you drape it like a shawl. I’m obsessed with this navy and it gives a whole new feel to this look.

With so many ways to wear it – how will you rock the Blanket Scarf?

Shop some of my favorite options from Aritzia and aerie.

My Look

Hat, American Eagle Outfitters 

Sweatshirt , Forever 21

Scarf, Aritzia

Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters

Boots, Sam Edelman 

Photos by Allison Schaller

KILLIN’ IT: KENDALL JENNER

Major congrats are in order for model Kendall Jenner on being the newest face of Estée Lauder cosmetics. After gracing countless runways during fashion week (month really) and filling up our Instagram feed — this reality star continues to give the fashion industry something to talk about and I will definitely be keeping up with Kendall Jenner. Killin’ it.

Watch this adorable video below:

SNEAK PEEK.

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Sneaker style has always held a dear place in my heart. I remember in 3rd grade getting a pair of suede navy Vans and being so excited to wear them to school the next day I could hardly sleep. In 7th grade came the adidas Superstar obsession where me and my best friend Jessica had to have a pair.

The excitement holds strong to this day, and living in NYC has given me a whole new appreciation for sneaker style. In the city you’re constantly running around and as the fashion world may look like it’s a sea of women in high heels – it’s not. A good pair of casual street sneakers is key in your wardrobe!

I love the idea of making your sneaker be the statement. In this look I chose to salute Hov and do “all back everything.” These olive green Nike Blazers are from J.Crew and a dear gift from my co-workers. I had my eye on this pair for some time. What’s awesome about this style of sneakers is that you can customize them at Nike, and they come in an endless range of colors – I need them all!

I love the look of a high-top. With a skinny jean you can really show them off and have some fun. I paired my sneaks with a pair of high-rise jeans by Talula at Aritzia, tank from American Eagle Outfitters, leather jacket from this random boutique in Soho and Kate Spade Saturday sunglasses which make me always feel put together. A leather jacket  keeps this look structured so you still feel polished. I also enjoy pairing this type of sneaker with a dress — a bit unexpected and adds that cool-girl edge I love.

From high-top to low-top you can’t really go wrong. This is not the sneaker you are wearing to the gym but could totally work at a Beyonce dance class (a personal favorite activity)!

Are you ready to step up your sneaker game?

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Photos by Allison Schaller. Check out her Tumblr!

ESSENTIALS: FALL 2014

Fall Essentials 2014

Fall is somehow already here and the best time to maximize your wardrobe — it’s time to layer! I’ve put together my Top 5 Fall Essentials that I am craving this season.

1. Wide-Brim Hat — This particular hat is by Janessa Leone which I came across on Instagram and immediately fell in love. It’s definitely an investment piece being a bit on the pricier side but you can definitely achieve the same look for under $100 here.

2. The Black Ankle Boot — I never knew you could wear one shoe so much. Being in the city this shoe can transition from fall to summer. I wear this style all year long and this pair by Rachel Comey looks great with jeans or a skirt — not to mention, comfortable too! Definitely worth the splurge as you’ll get endless wear out of this item.

3. The Dark Lip — Previously I called this “The Lorde Lip” but I am still loving “Volga” by Nars. It’s the perfect shade of dark berry burgundy that you can intensify to a stain or mix in with gloss for a toned down berry hue. This shade looks amazing on a variety of skin tones and I would highly recommend – don’t be afraid!

4. The Leather Jacket — Again, another investment piece which I could do an entirely separate post (coming soon?) on but now there are so many great faux leather options that won’t break the bank. I’m loving this one from American Eagle Outfitters – for under $100 – you can’t beat it.

5. The Blanket Scarf — A staple for life. You can wear this Wilfred Scarf from Aritzia can be worn in a couple different ways; around your neck, a shawl or even a poncho. This tribal print makes a statement and I’m into this color combo of maroon and navy — a great pop of color in a sea of black.

What items are you going to add to your wardrobe? Serious staples that every girl should have!