Rooftops are probably one of my favorite things about NYC. There’s something about being sky high among the tall buildings and feeling like you’re on top of the world. You can feel this way at The Skylark — a hidden gem in midtown Manhattan.

When you’re looking for a great spot to hang with your friends after work, The Skylark is the perfect Monday-Friday lounge. Besides the Instagramworthy views, the menu offers some delicious items that are for sure to leave your work worries behind.

I had the pleasure of checking out this NYC hotspot on a Friday evening. For these early Fall nights, I love a great shirt dress. This one is a neutral number from Forever 21. That’s right — this dress was a steal and the perfect day to night silhouette.

I love shades of white and cream that allows your summer tan to pop for a perfect contrast. To add a bit of color, I added these fun turquoise earrings from H&M – another steal for under $13.00!

I added my Scotch & Soda beaded clutch I scored at a sample sale last summer and my go-to All Saints pumps and I was ready to hit the city in style. To make this dress transition into the cooler weather we’ve been feeling lately, I love a great structured blazer on top or your favorite leather bomber jacket to edge it up.

Be sure to check out the Skylark to enjoy amazing views of the city that never sleeps. :)



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Photos by Allison Schaller


Dress: Forever 21, similar here & here


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It’s technically the first day of Fall but it’s a bit hard for me to fully transition into sweater weather in NYC when it’s still a high of 80 degrees! #endlesssummer

The solution? My dark floral jumpsuit. In my mind — this is the perfect transitional piece. It’s long sleeves and pants in one! I was searching for a jumpsuit with a tie/cut-out/floral combination and there it was one night as I was browsing online. It was everything I could want in a jumpsuit! (Probably my favorite thing to say to myself when shopping “it’s everything I could want in a _____ ” then I know it’s a must-have – ha!)

This is the 2nd jumpsuit I’ve scored at Forever 21 — I know — you’re just as shocked as I am! A full outfit for under 25 bucks?! Anything is possible people.

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Photos by the talented Allison Schaller


Jumpsuit: Forever 21 

Heels: Mango, Similar here


A few months back I went on a weekend getaway to surprise my sister Amber for her birthday! We had the best time celebrating and hanging poolside at the Fontainebleu Hotel with her best girlfriends.

Every time I visit Miami, I wonder…can I live here?! A 2 hour flight from NYC and just like that you’re in paradise!


For this look, I kept it strictly Diddy style — all white everything.

There’s nothing like a white V-neck and jeans. I’m a huge fan of this simple look for summer days into night. To break it up a bit – I tied a destroyed denim jacket around my waist to add some texture. A pair of nude heels is a great way to elevate your look into evening and add some flare.

The sunnies of the season? Reflective shades. You can have so much fun with your selfie game with a pair of mirrored sunglasses. This unisex trend has been spotted everywhere from the signature Dior’s you see all over your Instagram feed to a cheap thrill at Forever 21 which has now become my favorite spot to stock up on trendy shades. (It’s a problem.)

This pair is by Aerie — I love the clear white frames with neon green lenses. They just so happened to match my palm tree backdrop perfectly.  (I promise I didn’t plan it!)

It’s super important to invest in a great pair of white skinny jeans. This pair is from American Eagle Outfitters and is part of the new Denim X collection. The jeans have a next level of stretch that won’t bag out. They truly hold their shape and were a staple my entire trip!

Throw on a straw hat and a corally-orange red lip with some tossled beach waves and I was ready to take on Miami in style.

Cue Will Smith.



Thank you to my dear friend & sister, Soumya for taking these photos! xoxo


Top & Sunnies: Aerie

Jeans and Denim Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters

Heels: Mango, Similar here

WEDDING SEASON: Boho Bridal Beauty


Who doesn’t love wedding photos?! If you’re like me, you might start looking at a friend’s wedding album then somehow come across another wedding and get lost in a whole new love story of up-dos, decor and dresses. This happened to me once I came across my fellow Fashionista’s gorgeous wedding on my Instagram feed. Erica and I used to work together when I was a young summer intern at Victoria’s Secret — I always admired her effortless style and that showed through as she tied the knot just a few months ago. While most brides to be may opt for a classic up-do — Erica’s wedding look is the perfect inspiration for the non-traditional bride who wants to stand out for more reasons than her white dress.


When deciding her look, Erica wanted to channel, “the modern-day gypsy who loves natural glamourous hair and doesn’t try too hard.” Hair stylist, Dominick Pucciarello created gorgeous soft, cascading loose waves for the ceremony.

“My inspiration for my hair look was very boho inspired. I love that natural, effortless vibe with a touch of glam. My dress was the statement piece and my hair was the accessory so I didn’t want anything too overpowering. I just needed a nice accent.” 


For the reception, Erica added a touch of glam with a beautiful head-piece. I love the idea of mixing it up when you’re ready to party! Being Pakistani, I especially adore this look. For the past couple of years, the trend at many Pakistani wedding I’ve attended has been incorporating a headpiece into your look. Whether you’re the bride or a guest it’s a great way to be festive and fashionable. It’s so awesome to see part of Pakistani/Indian culture being translated into American style. For a while it was very rare to find a piece of jewelry like this in the US but now they are so accessible. Glad I don’t have to make them out of my mom’s necklaces anymore. (True story). Erica’s wedding look is one of my favorites I have ever seen — I hope you find them just as inspiring! Be sure to follower her on Instagram for even more style inspo!

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It’s no secret one of the hottest trends of the season is baring your shoulders. It’s just a subtle amount of skin to show without being too over the top. I’ve fully embraced this trend this season paired with a new found love for jumpsuits. Being a bit taller (5’6)  I never thought I could rock the jumpsuit – thinking maybe my torso was too long and the proportions would be all wrong. Until one day I spotted this striped silhouette on a hanger in Forever 21. I was stunned by the stripes alone, I bought it for under 25 dollars without any hesitation. #steal I went home and tried it on and was so impressed by the fit and flare. I love the black & white pattern. This color combination is timeless and makes me feel sophisticated and classic. Adding a simple ponytail and a bold statement earring is all you need to dress this look up and let your shoulders really stand out! Are you ready to #freetheshoulder and get your jumpsuit on? I vote, yes.

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Photos by Allison Schaller



JUMPSUIT: Forever 21 EARRINGS: H&M BAG: Forever 21 SHOES: Mango

Be sure to follow more fashion & fun on Instagram, @symaspeaks



Can you believe July is already here?! I can’t believe the 4th is this weekend! It’s one of my favorite holidays. There’s nothing like being with your favorite people, grilling out and watching the beautiful fireworks on a summer night!

On the 4th — I always go casual. What’s more American than wearing denim? For my look I decided to wear a pair of white destroyed boyfriend jeans with an easy striped crop tee from American Eagle Outfitters. Adding a pop of red with my Kate Spade Saturday crossbody gives a touch of Patriotic love without being too red, white and blue.

I love a good statement hat. This fun style I scored at H&M — this style has been super popular this season and being under 20 dollars, there’s no reason not to embrace the trend!

For the evening when you’re ready to watch the fireworks with your favorite people, an easy denim jacket around your waist is not only fashionable but functional to keep you warm once the sky lights up.

My favorite sneaker of the moment are these Stan Smith’s — the light grey is a nice alternative to the white and neutral enough to go with most pieces in your wardrobe.

I’m sure you already have similar pieces in your wardrobe — what will you wear to celebrate?!

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Photos by Allison Schaller


TOP: Don’t Asky Why, American Eagle Outfitters

JEANS: American Eagle Outfitters

JACKET: American Eagle Outfitters


BAG: Kate Spade Saturday






Living in NYC is amazing but at times all you want is to get out of the city. The destination that’s trending these days? The “un-Hamptons” otherwise known as Montauk.

This was my first time venturing to a New York beach and I loved every minute of it. Its incredible that just under a three hour drive you can be transported to a whole different world. New York City is a distant memory in your rear view mirror.

Montauk is at the very end of Long Island and is surrounded by breathtaking views of endless water. Known for it’s laid-back surf attitude, Montauk was filled with cute boutiques, great restaurants and lounges.

My personal favorite? The Surf Lodge. Everything in that hotel was Instagram worthy – I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the decor. Not to mention, it was the site of my very first Lobster Roll and it did not disappoint.

I highly recommend Montauk for an easy getaway if you’re looking to venture out of the city and want some easy-breezy beach vibes.

Hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed being there!








This summer, I am all about the LWD — otherwise known as the Little White Dress.

I dreamed about this silhouette from Aritzia (as I do most things) when I spotted it on the racks when it was still freezing in NYC. I decided to purchase and stay optimistic thinking one day summer may indeed come and I can rock this dress with open toe shoes and bare legs.

Finally – summer arrived and it’s insanely hot in NYC. The instant fix? This easy breezy dress that I can take from day to night.

I wanted to show you fellow Fashionistas the versatility of this dress by simple switching up your accessory game.

For a casual day look – I love this paired with a flat cognac sandal, turquoise jewelry and my new favorite tassel earrings. For the summer heat, I love the hairstyle that has been trending over your Instagram feed: the half bun.

This look is perfect for the office, brunch out with the girls, or a fun day date.

For the evening it’s all about your shoes. To add some edge, I paired this dress with my statement heels from Zara. The red gives that extra pop you need that elevates the look into night.

I literally “let my hair down” and embraced my natural waves to switch up my look. It’s important to embrace your natural texture in this season because no matter how much you may try to fight it — the humidity will win.

If you want to add more shape, this dress comes with an adorable rope belt you can tie for a more fitted look. However, I love this dress loose. It has so much movement, and the hem comes up just a bit on the sides to show-off a bit of leg which never hurt anyone.

Are you ready to rock this look day to night? (Cue Kid Cudi.)

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Dress: Aritzia

Shoes: Zara, American Eagle Outfitters

Earrings: H&M

Bracelet: American Eagle Outfitters

Photos by talented Allison Schaller


It’s no secret – ever since I moved to New York I have loved getting facials at Mario Badescu.

Not only is it an affordable facial, but the estheticians are so kind and really take the time to evaluate your skin and understand what type of regimen is best for your skin type. I highly suggest their spa if you’re in the city!

I have always had sensitive skin so once a product works for me – I stay loyal. When it comes to MB I’ve stayed true to their Seaweed Cleansing Lotion. It’s a great toner that balances the oiliness of my skin and give that extra clean finish after cleansing. There isn’t alcohol in the toner so it never makes your skin feel tight or irritated.

If my skin is every feeling a bit on the the dry side, I love the Herbal Hydrating Serum. It gives an extra boost of hydration that still feels light.

My latest obsession? The Vitamin C Serum. Not only does it smell amazing — but it is a great addition to my skincare regimen to boost brightness.

I am super excited that MB has released a new scrub – the Botanical Exfoliating Scrub. I’m always looking for a good exfoliator to mix into my routine and this one is gentle enough that it won’t irritate or cause break-outs. (Win-win!)

Thanks Mario Badescu for sending me the below – so excited to rotate these products into my beauty regimen! 

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In honor of Pharrell winning the CFDA’s Fashion Icon of the Year – thought I would share one of my favorite Pharrell songs. As you can see, he was still stylin’ and looks exactly the same 12 years later! (Read his feature on Into the Gloss here, I love it.) Congrats Pharrell! Let’s dance.



The crop top has become a summer staple in my wardrobe. Surprisingly versatile, you can dress it up or down.

I love this style from American Eagle Outfitters that has a low ballerina back. The black and white stripes make it classic and easy to pair with anything from denim to a maxi skirt.

For this look, I wore my hi-waisted “Mom jeans”, also from AEO. I love when people ask if they are a vintage pair of denim that I’ve had in my closet for ages. Best compliment ever.

A hi-waisted jean is a key pairing with any crop top. Be sure to check out the amazing hi-rise selection AEO has to offer. From jeggings, to skinny jeans to flares —you’ll be sure to find a style that is super flattering on you.

Add a pair of statement heels and you’re ready for a fun night out!

Are you ready to crop it like it’s hot?

Be sure to also check out my feature with American Eagle Outfitters on their blog at!







Photos by Allison Schaller


TOP: c/o American Eagle Outfitters

JEANS: American Eagle Outfitters




Boyfriend jeans – not the easiest type of denim to wear even though they claim to be!

Since I’m used to wearing a tight skinnier fit denim, I tend to feel a little frumpy when I wear a looser style. It’s important to find a pair of boyfriend jeans that still give you a shape. American Eagle Outfitters latest revamp of the boyfriend jean is called the “Tomgirl” — which has a skinnier fit. I also suggest playing with sizing. In a boyfriend jean I usually size down so they are not too baggy and overtime they will give you the right amount of slouch you want.

To feel more put together it’s all about adding the unexpected – a fun pair of heels! I scored these beauties at Zara a few summers back and love the bright bold turquoise. Turquoise is such a flattering shade on so many skin tones and the perfect pop of brightness to ease our way into summer.

I love a white crop top – especially this one from Aritzia. It fits a little oversized, but layered with a favorite lacy bralette from Aerie adds a just a bit of edge. Denim on denim has always been one of my favorite combinations. To continue with the “boyfriend” look – I actually borrowed from the boys and wore a men’s denim jacket from American Eagle Outfitters as well. Draped over my shoulders, I’m ready to hit the city for a fun summer night. Perhaps a rooftop?

Where will you wear your boyfriend jeans?


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Shot in NYC by Dea Jenkins


May is here which on the fashion calendar means the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, an annual red carpet event that brings some of the most Instagram worthy fashion of the year! This year’s theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass” which brought some very interesting fashion choices down the red carpet. Here are my top picks – who were your favorites?!


BEYONCE in Givenchy.


KENDALL JENNER in Calvin Klein.

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DIANE KRUGER in Chanel Haute Couture.


ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY in Atelier Versace (Versace Versace…)

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AMAL CLOONEY in Maison Margiela Couture


MIRANDA KERR in Louis Vuitton


LILY ALDRIDGE in Carolina Herrera

Photos via 




If you’re like me, you probably haven’t worn a flare jean in a few years – but this spring – the flare is back in full force and it’s time to embrace it!

I am all about a high-rise. Whether it’s a skinny jean, jegging or dare I say “mom jean” — I am obsessed.

In a flare, a high rise is especially important to give this jean a modern feel and not look like you just pulled out your favorite jeans from the 7th grade when low was the way to go.

I know some people are scared of a high-rise, but the style is actually super flattering on most shapes. It won’t give you the dreaded muffin-top and definitely elongates the legs. (Win-win!)

For this look, I paired my American Eagle Outfitters Hi-Rise Artist Flares with this great button-down from Forever 21. I love the light wash of these jeans. When I put them on I immediately channel my inner Rachel Zoe and want to say, “ba-na-nas.”

This woven top was a hidden gem I found on a recent trip to Forever. I love the soft linen and stripes. It’s the perfect staple as we head into spring/summer. I see me pairing it with so many different bottoms but I love the look of a button-down with a high rise pant.

In these flares, I made sure to get them in a longer length so I could wear them with heels. (Pro tip!)


For the past year I have been loving delicate gold jewelry. Whether its layering a few different necklaces and rings (post coming soon), I love the idea of simple dainty jewels for everyday. This gold necklace I randomly came across at a mall staple, Windsor! Who knew, right? The ring I recently picked up in a pop-up shop in Chelsea Market here in NYC by Alexandra Beth Designs.

Adding my favorite Ray-Ban aviators and pop of color with my Kate Spade Saturday (RIP) crossbody I felt easy and breezy walking around the city.

Are you ready to give your next outift some flare?




Photos by Allison Schaller


Top: Forever 21

Denim: American Eagle Outfitters

Bag: Kate Spade Saturday (Similar)

Jewelry: Windsor, Alexandra Beth Designs, Michael Kors

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban



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It’s finally getting warmer and those long months of hibernating and staying in on Friday nights with Netflix is becoming a thing of the past!

Test out these fun manespiration ideas for your next girl’s night out. We love taking more risks when we’re hanging with our best girls. Whether it’s asking that hottie at the bar for his number or experimenting with a sky high ponytail — this is your time to try something new.


Dance the night away without worrying about your hair falling flat! We love a girly ponytail for a night out on the town. Add some tease to the crown and pump up the volume with this flirty style. Must have: hair bungees.

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Wet hair? Don’t care. This bold style is the perfect look to add some edge and paired with a smokey eye…you’ll be turning heads left and right. We suggest using Oribe Original Pomade for a shiny finish and hold.

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Your favorite half-up style from the 90’s got updated. Take the top knot to a whole new level with this half-up style. We love adding some waves to this look for that cool-girl texture. Must have: Oribe Wave and Shine Spray.

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I have been following model Neelam Gill via Instagram for a bit now and it’s so exciting to see her story on one of my favorite sites, IntoTheGloss today!

Being Pakistani-American, it is super inspiring to see a model on the rise with a similar cultural background. Growing up being in awe of the fashion industry, it’s awesome to know fellow brown girls around the world have someone to represent them.

“I hope that agencies will realize there is a place for Indian girls in the modeling industry. I’ve been working for over a year now, so maybe we need to give it some time, but I hope that for me and other Indian models, we continued booking jobs and people continue believing in us.” – Neelam Gill

It’s just the beginning. Read her full story, here.

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So excited to share that I’m contributing to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin’s site, Mane Addicts! She’s behind styling the gorgeous locks of Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen and more A-list celebs. Read my first post below on a little hairspiration for to get you ready for your favorite festival:










Athleisure: Not Just Your Weekend Wear


Ladies– it is now socially acceptable to wear leggings and sweatpants outside of the house and gym.

Yes you read that correctly.

“Athleisure” is not just a trend that has brought workout wear to the streets, it’s a lifestyle.

Though I am not an avid gym go-er, I do consider myself  an avid Beyoncé dance class fanatic where I can wear  a sporty look. This may derive from my second-grade obsession for the “windbreaker suit” while working the halls of Indian Meadows elementary school – but I digress.

In today’s time – it’s all about staying polished. Leggings can be a substitute for pants if you make them appropriate.

It’s important to cover the obvious “assets.”. Take a note from  the 90’s and wrap your favorite gray sweatshirt around your waist if your top doesn’t make the mark.

For this look, I added structure with my American Eagle Outfitters quilted bomber jacket. A military green is a great addition to your wardrobe since it acts as a neutral and can be very versatile as we gear into spring. Layering with my current favorite cropped sweater from Aerie adds the perfect mix of texture.

These leggings that I call my “scuba pants” are awesome because they don’t lose their shape. Many brands are starting to sell this fabric in cool new ways from track jackets to tops to even dresses so you can incorporate this trend into your wardrobe whatever your style.

Purchasing these Nike Free sneakers changed my life. I didn’t know walking around the city could be so comfortable. The shoes feel like you’re walking on a cloud – not to mention, on my walk to work in the morning I usually spot about 5 other men and women rocking these kicks and we all have an understanding of how comfortable we feel.

Who knew a simple black knit sneaker could be so amazing? (I need more!)

I finished my look with this baseball cap from Aritzia. I love the simple black design and that I can throw it on when I want to feel a little more mysterious.

How will you athleisure?

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Photos by Allison Schaller



Hat: Aritzia

Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters

Sweater: Aerie

Leggings: Forever 21

Sneakers: Nike

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Lip: Custom, Bite Beauty Lip Lab (see my previous post)

THE SWEATER DRESS: Your Most Unexpected Spring Transitional Piece


I honestly haven’t worn a sweater dress since 2007, which was my senior year of high school and probably with a combination of Ugg Boots. (Whatever, you did it too!)

Now when I think “sweater dress,” I picture “soccer mom going out with her girlfriends on the weekend and feeling hot” – this is not my ideal look.

However while browsing one of my favorite sites one day, – I fell in love with their take on the silhouette.

There it was, black, sleek and complete with an edgy hem. I had to have it! I didn’t know a sweater dress could make me say, “damn!” but it did.

I decided to make this look super easy and casual with my over the knee boots — and for some extra texture and warmth, I added my knee-high American Apparel socks. I like that these socks elongate the boots and allow you to show some skin without being over the top. You still get a touch of spring but still keep your legs from freezing as we transiton out of the cooler months. (Thank God!)

I can easily add a heeled bootie for a night out or give my feet a rest and wear these over the knees out on the town. What I love about an over the knee boot is that it gives the illusion of being dressed up but they’re flats so I can literally run to grab a cab or dance all night with ease.

These mirrored sunnies I scored at Urban Outfitters  add that cool girl flare I long for (and not to mention super Instagram worthy). I am all about a mirrored moment right now.

This sweater dress is not only warm, but comfortable and chic – which you might consider an oxymoron, but I speak the truth! I would highly suggest scoring one if you don’t already have it in your closet.

Are you ready to join me in my new found love for sweater dresses? You won’t regret it, I promise.



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Photos by Allison Schaller


Dress: Wilfred Free by Aritzia (Similar here)

BOOTS: Vince Camuto

Socks: American Apparel

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Watch: Michael Kors


Just because winter is dull and dreary doesn’t mean your skin has to be! It is very important you invest time in your skin care especially in these colder months when our skin is struggling the most.




1. Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub Unlike what TLC told us, this is one scrub you do want. This exfoliator is for the days you feel like your skin is dull and dreary similar to the weather outside when you just long for brighter more radiant skin. I love this scrub because it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Believe me, I am someone that gets a weird allergic reaction to most scented cosmetics but this fresh blueberry scent doesn’t bother me – it feels so good getting all the dead skin off but definitely don’t use more than once a week!

2. Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask This mask saves lives. Not exactly but any time I feel like my skin is getting dry or a potential allergic reaction to something I slather this on my face and let it sit 20 minutes. After I rinse off, my skin has never felt smoother. Everyone needs this mask – and at only $20.00, you should get one for your boyfriend, mom, sister and brother too!

3. Cerave Moisturizing Lotion – A drugstore favorite. I’ve talked about this moisturizer before but it had to be done again. I got recommended this by my dermatologist and haven’t looked back since. It gives just the right amount of moisture to my skin without feeling greasy. It also is unscented and perfect for sensitive skin types like me. It also comes in a huge bottle which might not be the most travel-friendly but you won’t run out for months which is great!

4. Bite Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub If you read my previous post on the Bite Beauty Lip Lab you know I am a strong advocate for lip scrubs. In these winter months our lips tend to feel so dry it’s hard to wear our favorite lip colors. However, investing in a lip scrub like this helps remove all the dead skin just like a scrub would do for your face to allow a perfect canvas for your favorite new lipstick.

5. Aquaphor Another drug store miracle. This balm is the perfect follow-up post lip scrub. It is super moisturizing for your lips in need and also can be great for any cuts or cracked skin. It comes in multiple sizes. I suggest the large bottle for home and the smaller size to throw in your bag when you’re on the go.

6. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Cracked skin is not cute, not to mention painful! With the constant washing of our hands in these cooler months our hands really suffer. It’s super important to invest in a hand cream to keep your hands as soft as possible. The smell of this cream isn’t overbearing and works really well to sooth skin when it needs it most.

7. Lush Sympathy for the SkinThis lotion is bananas. No really, it’s made from organic mashed bananas, vanilla extract, lemon oil and sandalwood. If that doesn’t sound like a dream, I don’t know what is. I love lush products and this lotion does a great job at moisturizing my skin without leaving a filmy residue.

I swear by these products for an (almost) flawless complexion. Pretty soon you’ll be feeling like B and saying, “I woke up like this!”


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Valentine’s Day is approaching and whether you’re planning a day with your bae or night out with your best girlfriends it’s always fun to dress up!

Color for me, especially moving to New York, has not always been easy. My wardrobe, as you’ve seen, consists of 50+ shades of grey, black and white. However, my strategy to mix in color is all about the accessories.

Over the holidays I went to Chicago to visit my sister. Before we even hit the after Christmas sales I already had visions of the perfect red pump dancing in my head.  I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment; in a sea of chaos otherwise known as “7 am on the Saks designer shoe floor”, I found them. The perfect red Jimmy Choo pumps in my size!

Cue up the heart-eye emojis because it was love at first sight.

What better opportunity to wear my new red pumps then V-Day? To turn up the volume on this look, I added a cherry red lip stain which is the best type of red lip because it won’t come off for hours, so there’s no need to reapply!

I always feel my best when I’m in denim. High-rise jeggings like these Denim X from AEO are my new favorite jeans. I love the slash at the knee – they are just destroyed enough to edge up my look but dressy enough to wear at night.

I love a good graphic tee especially when it immortalizes the words to one of my all time favorite jams, Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement”. When I found it at Aritzia, I had to have it.

Throwing on a blazer adds structure to my look and pulls it together to make it appropriate for evening. I love this tuxedo blazer, also from Aritzia — it’s a staple in my closet. I can always add this blazer on to pull any outfit together in no time.

Have fun this Valentine’s Day and do something different. Ditch the dress and wear your favorite jeans, chances are you’ll feel more confident and look effortlessly chic.


My wish to you this Valentine’s? Hope you find your Jay Z…


Photos by Allison Schaller



Blazer: Aritzia, (similar)

Tee: Aritzia (similar)

Denim: American Eagle Outfitters

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Shoes: Jimmy Choo, (similar look for less here)

Lipstick: Stila

Best V-day Card Ever: Urban Outfitters



I am usually all about posting my “Best Dressed” picks after a major award show but after being a bit underwhelmed on this year’s Grammy red carpet I decided to switch gears and focus on what did blow me away — the beauty!

From the highlighting to the perfect contour — this year the make-up artists truly brought it! Who were your favorites?


Rihanna wins the night for perfect contouring. Her makeup was fresh and glowy with strong brows. A look that will never go out of style.


Beyonce + Beach waves + Bronze = Flawless. Queen B looked effortless. I love when she switches it up and forgets the smokey eye – it can be unexpected on a red carpet and let her true beauty shine through.


Chrissy Teigen followed Queen B and kept it simple with beach waves and warm bronzey makeup. I love this look on an olive complexion. Her added cat-eye was just enough to glam up the red carpet.


Even Kim K. is doing it. Goodbye extensions and hello lob. Kim worked the red carpet debuting her new haircut with her signature smokey eye and nude lip. Werk it.


Taylor Swift’s eyes never stood out more to me than with this look. Her lashes looked amazing and kept the rest simple with sleek strands and a statement earring.


Anna Kendrick, is that you?! I’ve never seen her look better. An exaggerated side part and loose waves needs to be the look she rocks every award show. A sleek winged eyeliner added just enough to her menswear inspired look.


Denim, a fuzzy sweater and leather might be my favorite winter combo.

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This texture mix is a bit unexpected. It makes it the perfect “model off duty” combination — my favorite look to rock!

I got these leather leggings last year at Aritzia and usually wear them for a night out but wanted to try them out for day time and what better way then wearing them with a great denim jacket?

This one is from American Eagle Outfitters – it is a boyfriend fit which I love. An oversized denim jacket modernizes the look – where so many denim jackets can be awkwardly cropped or too short for most tops. #thestruggleisreal

This one pairs great with this sweater by Babaton (also from Aritzia). I love this shade of cream, it’s super cozy soft and softens my leather leggings.

Throwing on my classic black Converse keeps the look casual with some edge but I can easily add a black bootie for the evening and meet friends out for dinner in no time.

I bet you already have these pieces in your wardrobe which makes this look super easy to recreate.

Are you excited to try this look?



Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters (similar)

Sweater: Aritzia (similar)

Leggings: Aritzia

Shoes: Converse

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Can’t find the perfect lipstick? Make it!


As someone who owns more than enough lipstick and lipgloss I can never find the right shade of pink for my skin tone.

There is one lip color I have saved since college (Go Hoosiers!) that I use as reference till this day for my ideal pink shade. But my search had been unsuccessful until I discovered the unimaginable: Bite Lip Lab.


If you’re familiar with Bite Beauty cosmetics that are sold at Sephora – they are delicious lipsticks and glosses that look as good as they taste (it’s safe). Here in NYC in the fashionable hood of Soho you can make an appointment at Bite Lip Lab and create your own shade.

I immediately booked an appointment. One of my best girlfriend’s Marisel and I made a morning of it and I am so excited to share my experience with you fellow beauty lovers.

The space was a beautiful studio decked out with gorgeous murals and inviting vanities with jars filled of endless lip color possibilities. I sat down with my Bite expert and before we even started discussing colors she had me prep my lips with this amazing lip scrub to get any dead skin off.

I highly recommend treating your pout to a lip scrub before you wear any color especially in these winter months where our lips tend to be a little more sensitive and dry. After the scrub, we followed up with an Agave lip mask which is a super moisturizing balm you can leave on your lips to lock in extra moisture.

Now we were ready to talk color!

I brought in my vintage Smashbox lipstick and showed my expert the type of pink I was looking for. She had a great sense for what colors would mix well together and compliment my skin tone.

She asked me what type of consistency I wanted — perhaps something more sheer or luminous and I decided to go with a more sheer finish as I wanted this lipstick for a more easy, everyday wear.

She started mixing one shade of pink, painting away on this blank canvas with my name written in the corner. The “Syma” hue had been started.


After testing a few different mixtures adding more berry here or there — we came to a beautiful pink hue that is a dream come true.


The next step was picking a flavor — being that Bite Beauty is known for their “lip color that’s good enough to eat”, I couldn’t wait to test out the options. I ended up going with a mixture, “Cherry Vanilla” that smells just like the signature Cherry Chapstick we all grew up with – I love it.


Last but not least, you pick your packaging! Out of four lipstick tube options I went with a sleek and simple style that I felt reflected my own personal style.

 I would definitely recommend paying a visit to the Bite Beauty Lab with one of your BFF’s, sister or mom – it’s such a fun activity even if you’re not a beauty junkie like me.



My friend Marisel started the experience saying, “I usually just wear lip balm” and her end product was a beautiful red lipstick.

The experience was truly inspiring and a way to look at cosmetics in a whole new light. Thank you Bite Lip Lab — I will definitely be back.





 To get the “Syma” lipstick of your own see the exact ingredients below:


 For more information on the Bite Lip Lab visit here.