Athleisure: Not Just Your Weekend Wear

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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

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

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

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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, aritzia.com – 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

SHOP MY LOOK:

Dress: Wilfred Free by Aritzia (Similar here)

BOOTS: Vince Camuto

Socks: American Apparel

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Watch: Michael Kors

THE ESSENTIALS

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.

WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL KIT

 

 

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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Bae Mine

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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.

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

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Photos by Allison Schaller

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

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

 

TOP BEAUTY LOOKS: GRAMMY’S 2015

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?

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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

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

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.

KIM K.

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.

T. SWIFT

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 K.

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.

TEXTURE MIX

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?

 

SHOP MY 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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

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 For more information on the Bite Lip Lab visit here.

 

BEST DRESSED: Golden Globes 2015

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Award season is here and this year’s Golden Globes red carpet did not disappoint! Having major heart eyes for these Hollywood A-listers tonight! See my best dressed picks below:

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Allison Williams in Armani looked like a classic Hollywood starlet.

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Amal Clooney made her red carpet debut looking stunning in Dior Haute Couture and like true royalty — in gloves!
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Chrissy Teigen in a beautiful beaded Zuhair Murad gown. Loving the long sleeves and winter white.

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Dakota Johnson sparkled in Chanel – as every girl should. Loving this metallic with a strappy Jimmy Choo sandal.

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Gina Rodriguez (Golden Globe winner!) looked sleek and sophisticated in Badgley Mischka. The LBD never fails.

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Step up! Jenna Dewan-Tatum looked flawless in Carolina Herrera.

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Naomi Watts killed it in Gucci – loving this shade of yellow and her pop of red lip.

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Emma Stone makes a statement on the red carpet in my favorite silhouette, the jumpsuit, in Lanvin.

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Reese Witherspoon looked timeless in Calvin Klein. CK can do no wrong.

Who were your top picks? Share in the comments below!

GREY ON GREY ON GREY

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 50 shades of grey — almost.

I live in grey. From my wardrobe to my bedroom — it is by far my favorite hue. One look I love is wearing this neutral from head to toe.

This coat I first discovered on Instagram and instantly took a screenshot. After dreaming about it for a week, I purchased at Aritzia and was so excited to wear it.

I wanted an alternative to my black coat this winter, and sometimes being in a sea of puffers around the city can get a little boring — having a statement coat to mix in every now and then is a great way to switch up your look.

I layered my coat with this dream of a sweatshirt I found at Forever 21. Under 20 bucks, I regret not buying two!

My jeans are Denim X — the latest fit from American Eagle Outfitters. They feel so soft, almost like a second-skin. The fabric has a ton of stretch and keeps their form. No one likes a saggy skinny jean!

My shoes are All Saints, I scored them last summer — they have become a staple in my closet and are surprisingly comfortable.

You can easily recreate this look with my picks below — who knew one color could be so versatile  – how will you wear it?

SHOP MY LOOK:

Coat: Aritzia (now on sale!)
Sweatshirt: Forever 21
Shoes: All Saints (Similar)
Sunnies: Ray-Ban 

Photos by Allison Schaller