Bucket List: Get Critiqued by Joan Rivers…Check!

Made my fashion TV debut with blogger NYCPretty and American Eagle Outfitters rocking the latest 90′s trend to come back — overalls!

I had no idea until that morning that Joan Rivers was going to be a guest on WLNY’s “The Couch” or that she would be there for our segment! It was pretty crazy — luckily Joan Rivers gave me her “Fashion Police” seal of approval…thanks Joan!

#TBT: Do the 90′s again — The Right Way.

Jared Leto you'll always be Jordan Catalano to me!

Hey Jared Leto, I know you won an Oscar and all — but can I borrow that shirt?

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to channel your inner “My So Called Life” – the 90′s are back and not going anywhere. However, this time around let’s do it a little better. Less baggy and saggy, let’s actually look put together.

Growing up, my oldest sister did the 90′s to perfection. She had the overall-plaid dress combo, the dark lipstick and high-waisted jeans. It’s pretty crazy to see, but that small dull floral print she loved is now everywhere and you can walk around NYC spotting countless fashionistas with a casually tied plaid shirt around their waists.

It’s time to embrace the trend — but how can you ease in? Just a few easy steps…

1.The Dark Lip

Think updated Claire Danes, also known as “The Lorde”.

For this I’m all about the Nars Pure Matte lipstick in Volga. A little goes a long way, you can do just a touch and gradually build the color to your liking. For a more casual berry lip I like mixing it with a sheer pink for the perfect hint of color.

2. The Doc Martin

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I remember going with my sister to buy her first pair of Doc Martins — it was a big day! These shoes can come across super masculine but worn with a dress adds a cool-girl edge and femininity. I enjoy the red for a great contrast with black and easily goes with your blue denim.

3. The Plaid Shirt

Let’s face it — Joan Smalls can make anything look good but here she makes the plaid shirt look easy and effortless! The perfect “model-off-duty” look. Pair your favorite plaid over your go-to distressed jeans and you’re so on trend. AE.com has some great acid wash plaids to get this look.

4. The Crop Top

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Probably my favorite take from the 90′s. I am all about a crop top. In these colder months it’s been a bit harder to work in the trend but with the art of layering — anything is possible! A great cropped sweater will easily transition you from winter to spring and layered over your favorite T or dress is a really easy look to switch things up. Forever 21 makes some great crop sweater options under $20. #backups

How will you do the 90′s trend — again?

After the party it’s the after party and…

The red carpet fashion for the Oscars never disappoints, and for some of us it’s the most exciting time of the night! However, not only did the A-list pizza party steal the show but I can’t get enough of the fashion at Oscar after parties! Living vicariously through these pictures of my favorite stars in these amazing dresses.

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Kate Hudson in Zuhair Murad was killing it all night. I was already dying over her red carpet Atelier Versace dress she wore, but then I saw this and thought she can do no wrong!

Miranda Kerr wore a plunging metallic Kaufmanfranco gown and gave us old Hollywood glam with soft curls.

Vanessa Hudgens rocked three of my favorite things; gold, mermaid and waves. Win-win-win!

Chrissy Teigen in stunning Naeem Khan.Obsessed with the beading and draping of the skirt. The simple hair and sunkissed glow with a statement turquoise earring was perfection.

Who was your best dressed?

 

Photos via PopSugar.com

BREAKING: Winter is still here.

Yes, this Saturday marks March 1st, and in NYC last weekend we got a taste of 50 degree weather which surprisingly felt like summer. As I sat around with my friends at The Standard wearing only a denim jacket, I thought, “Wow, possibilities are endless, I can’t wait for more spring fashion!” …Then the weather sadly turned on us and we’re back to a mere high of 27 degrees.

Instead of getting all Debbie Downer on you on with this winter weather that somehow won’t leave us – we might as well make the most of the key pieces every Fashionista (hopefully) owns to maximize your style during these colder days.

1. The Over-sized Knit Sweater + Leather Legging

Check Out Our Street Style Snaps from London Fashion Week!

I can’t get enough of this combo. On top you’re casual and relaxed, but add the leather leggings and you’ve easily edged up your ensemble. Model off duy? Nailed it. H&M makes a great option at an even greater price, I would size up to get the over-sized look.

2. Colorful Beanie

Cara Delevigne in red cap, biker leather jacket. #streetstyle

Beanies are a quick and easy accessory that serves as fashion and function. Your mom will be happy you’re staying warm, and a pop of color can easily add a bold statement to your everyday leather jacket, parka or puffer. Borrowed from the boys, this trend is unisex and can be a quick steal out of your boyfriend’s closet! Get the look from ae.com

3. Statement Jacket

Winter Fashion 2014. Don't you just love this pink coat?!

In a sea of puffers and parkas or what I like to call “sleeping bag coats” — a bright jacket is something so out of the ordinary to brighten up any dreary day. I love how this Fashionista paired hers with a cute beanie, over-sized shades and leather pants. Take notes ladies! #screenshotworthy

Get the look from TopShop — dreaming of it now…

4. The Black Ankle Boot

The most versatile item you can own. I wear my black ankle boots with everything! Jeans to skirts to dresses — there’s nothing this shoe can’t go with. I have various styles; flat, heeled, platform — suede to leather to studded, this shoe has endless possibilities. If you don’t own at least one pair, I’m not sure we can be friends. NECESSARY. I’m obsessed with my recent purchase from Sam Edleman, so comfortable and stylish – win-win!

5. The Blanket Scarf

This scarf has saved me the past two winters. Some may say, “Syma — are you wearing a blanket?” but in my mind, haters gonna hate. Put this on and you will basically feel like you’re in Miami, so cozy and warm! You can also wear this scarf as a poncho — who doesn’t want that option? Aritiza, thank you for this.

With these pieces you’ll be sure to turn the sidewalk into a runway — cue street style photographers!

All photos via Pinterest.

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY — J. Lo Glow

Just because the weather outside is drab doesn’t mean your skin has to be! For as long as I can remember I have admired Jennifer Lopez’s dewy skin and don’t think anyone’s make-up has ever looked more flawless. (Sorry Kardashians!)

This woman has mastered the glow, or at least her glam squad has. Let me take you back to the “I’m Real Remix” video featuring Ja Rule — have you ever seen anyone wear a fedora and look that amazing with perfectly contoured face and highlighted cheekbones? Didn’t think so. This video was not only a favorite of mine for it’s lyrical genius or Ja Rule’s very on-trend leather baseball hat but it’s basically an anthem. Please feel free to play as you read along to these beauty tips!

Oily skin girls — put down the mattifiers! It’s time to embrace your natural sheen in the right places and those with dry skin I will enlighten you with some go-to products to get close to looking like Jenny from the Block.

  • Post amazing skincare routine (moisturize!), put on your base – a tinted moisturizer or lightweight foundation and mix in a pea sized amount of liquid illuminator, like Nars ‘Orgasm‘ to give a touch of rosey golden glow.
  • Next, take a matte bronzer like Smashbox, Suntan Matte, to contour the face with an angled brush. For this, just swipe the bronzer with a light hand under the apples of the cheeks in an upward motion. Be sure to blend so you don’t get the dreaded stripe so it looks natural. Be sure to brush along your jawline and top of forehead to even out.
  • After bronzer, it’s time to add that signature J.Lo peachy tone to the cheeks. I love Nars ‘Gina‘ blush, it’s a shade that looks really great on a wide range of complexions. Take your blush brush and swirl around the apples of your cheeks again with a light hand.
  • Now time to highlight – most important! With a feather brush, dust a bit of Too Faced ‘Sun Bunny‘ on just the tops of your cheeks — I guarantee this will give you a beautiful shimmer without tacky sparkle.
  • Lastly, take a concealer brush using Benefit Cosmetic ‘Watts Up‘ (a favorite of mine) to add the last touch of glow. Kendall Bennewitz, an NYC based make-up artist says, “only put highlighter on temples, bridge of the nose and tops of the cheeks.”
  • End with a nude lip like Marc Jacobs lip gloss in ‘Sweet Escape‘  and hello — you’re J  to the L – O.

Let’s dance.

NYFW – Fall/Winter 2014

“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… this is known as Fashion Week.”

Carrie Bradshaw said it best. However, now Fashion Week isn’t limited to the women of New York, the runways have never been more accessible thanks to something called the Internet. With top designers giving us live-streams, instagrams and tweets, it’s almost impossible to not see their collection!

Over the weekend, I was loving life watching the Alexander Wang show not from Brooklyn — but on my couch in some very chic sweatpants. It was hard to narrow down my favorites from this Fashion Week but I gained some inspiration from none other than Queen Bey and decided to give you a visual album of my top picks!

Steven Alan — Sea of Neutrals. I could literally live in his entire presentation. Greys, creams and navys — what more could a girl want? I’ll take one of each, thanks. J. Crew — You had me at sequin pants. I am so happy this is still a thing — call me cheesy but I appreciate sequins for far more occasions than New Years. We deserve to sparkle on more days than one! The mix of oversized coats to cool metallics was what we call a dream. Rebecca Minkoff — She always nails that cool girl style. Loving the midi length skirts with sporty jackets — I’m so happy the varsity trend is here to stay! Rebecca Taylor — One collection where I can honestly say I would wear everything! From the cool over-sized coats to sexy short dresses — this is the ultimate wardrobe of the “model-off-duty” and will be my inspiration for the next few months/life. Joie — Menswear. Over-sized. Grey. What more do I need to say? I feel like every woman needs a floor-length coat! It’s all about fashion and function — this coat would give me both! Win-win. Tory Burch — Pleats, high-neck collars, thigh-high socks and a mix of textures were such a statement. I am obsessed with this look! DKNY — All up in my eye. I now am committing to rocking my all black Yankee hat and not letting it sit on the shelf collecting dust. In other words, we can all be Jay Z. Opening Ceremony — You can wear black and blue together. Cobalt clearly isn’t going anywhere — embrace this color that is already in your closet! Victoria Beckham — Let’s face it, we all wanted to be Posh — and we still want to be Posh! I am loving the beautiful white sheer dresses with a classic menswear oxford shoe. Opposites attract. Wes Gordon — Loving the deep V-neck dresses with color-blocking. Maroon and soft blues never looked so good. The mustard yellow dress I am still dying over and would look amazing on a variety of skin-tones. Prabal Gurung — 4 words: Joan. Smalls. Finale. Dress. From bold hues to thigh-high slits — these dresses are for sure to end up on the best dressed list — I can’t wait to see which lucky A-lister will get to rock them! Naeem Khan — Absolutely stunning. A mix of beautifully embroidered dresses to that incredible green feathered gown! Love!

What look will you use as your wardrobe inspiration? Anything could happen…xo Photos via Style.com

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

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It’s been a minute friends but I could not be more excited to bring Syma Speaks back — what better time than the first day of New York Fashion Week?! This relaunch is very important to me and has taken me a while to really understand what I want this platform to be (still figuring it out actually). Hoping to bring you my favorite trends, jams and all things I find “screen-shot” worthy to make 2014 a very stylish year — on and off the runway.

For those of you who may not be familiar with me, I started Syma Speaks in 1998. Yes, before the blogosphere struck, I was that 3rd grader growing up in Indiana just wanting to create my own fashion magazine. I did so, and sold it for 50 cents to classmates and family. Sorry Dad for making you buy so many ink cartridges and use all the computer paper — I promise it was worth it!

After a few issues, including one feature titled “Gap Summer” where I featured clothing from Gap Kids (I mean I am even laughing about this now), it is kind of unbelievable. There were even album reviews I wrote – most importantly Jennifer Lopez’s “On the 6” — pre J-Lo era.

Then came 2010 when fashion blogs were starting to pop up everywhere, I did what every fashion obsessed person could do – join Tumblr. I got to share inspiration, music I was into and clips of fashion week that I one day hoped to see.

Fast-forward three years later — I graduated college, moved from the Midwest, took a chance on New York City and haven’t looked back since. Opportunities here are endless and I got to experience what every Fashionista aspires to do — work New York Fashion Week!

After seeing legends up close and personal like – Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Francois Nars himself – I knew NYC was the place for me. As I continue my journey I hope to inspire others as so many people have inspired me!

Like they say “there’s nothing you can’t do” when you’re in this city – cue Jay Z and Alicia Keys