Author: symaspeaks

LET THERE BE LEOPARD: TOP 5 PIECES TO SHOP THIS PRINT

Leopard is everywhere you look this season. It’s a timeless print you can easily add to your closest for fall.

My first nod to the trend in the last few months was a leopard skirt I scored at & Other Stories in the perfect slip style.

Of course, I can’t get enough. Being a denim girl, I wear jeans on the daily. These leopard pants I came across at Zara make the print even more wearable and a bit unexpected in a jean.

Wear with your favorite neutral tee like me or add a cool vintage style to mix it up. As soon as the temps drop, I see myself styling these with an oversized sweater and loafers.

Possibilities are endless. Are you ready to step into the wild side? (Had to! Lol)

Top 5 pieces to shop this print:

Whether you decide to lean hard into the print or add a touch with an accessory, you can’t go wrong with these picks:

JEAN: ZARA , ADDITIONAL OPTION: FRAME, NORDSTROM

SKIRT: & OTHER STORIES

PANT: J.CREW

SHOE: J.CREW

BELT: AMERICAN EAGLE

 

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THE SUMMER TOP YOU NEED NOW

It’s finally summer in NYC and somehow spring came and went?!

With these hot temps up to 95 degrees…you have to stay cool in more ways than one.

This summer, I’m loving the white eyelet top. This one has a beautiful square neck-line (very on trend + flattering) and the cutest button detail.

Guess where I got it….Forever 21!

Shocking I know. This could be mistaken for a Reformation top which I’m obsessed with. Pairing something eyelet with your favorite pair of jeans adds the perfect feminine touch for the season. Accessorize with your favorite gold necklaces, an easy summer sandal and a straw bag and this outfit can take you from work, a date or a fun day with your girls.

Here’s a few more styles I love for easy shopping by American Eagle, another American Eagle, H&M and another great H&M find.

Happy Summer!

 

BLACK DENIM ON DENIM

I’ve always been a jeans girl and black denim has consistently been a wardrobe staple for me. Living in NYC, you can never have enough black. It’s timeless, can go from day to night and an all black look adds that model-off-duty edge I can’t get enough of.

I’m all about an oversized denim jacket. I couldn’t find the perfect black denim jacket for some time then I realized…why not try a men’s? There’s something very cool about “borrowing from the boys”. This one is by American Eagle and worn in a men’s size small. It gives just the right amount of boxiness without looking like the jacket is wearing me.

What’s great about wearing an oversized jacket is that you can layer so much underneath. To stay warm throughout the longest winter of my life (blizzard in March?!) I pair a cozy sweater underneath. This sweater is by H&M and I discovered it via one my favorite fashion bloggers of all time, Sincerely Jules. (Thanks, Jules!) She wore it one day on Instagram and I immediately purchased it via my phone because I’m always on the hunt for the perfect grey sweater. I’ve never loved a sweater more, it’s a great crew neck and has become a piece I’ve repeated all season long.

The jeans I’m wearing are also by American Eagle. These are the Vintage Hi-Rise. I sized down in these since they are pretty high-waisted and added a personal touch by cutting the bottom for some undone fringe. I wear these jeans all the time. They’ve faded to a unique greyish-black tone that I love.

To complete the look? I’ve added the bold white bootie and Gucci crossbody. I know many people are a bit indecisive about the white bootie but anytime I wear these with an all black look like this I feel like it completely elevates my look. I enjoy wearing these with a wide leg jean or pant to let the shoe really make the statement. Also, these are very comfortable! I scored these at Urban Outfitters and am very pleased with my purchase.

Are you ready to make your next denim look black on black?

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Shot by Kevin Tun in NYC

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: American Eagle, older style — updated version, here

SWEATER: H&M, similar, here 

JEANS: American Eagle, older stye — updated version, here

SHOES: Urban Outfitters (currently on sale!)

BAG: Gucci

ADD SOME SHINE: THE PATENT PUFFER

It’s February and it’s still freezing.

The parka game may be getting a little old and it gets harder and harder to actually attempt dressing up in the winter. Thankfully, some outerwear trends can make a statement and still keep you warm like the patent puffer.

Since fall, the patent trend has been everywhere. I love it in boots, skirts and yes even pants! I gave into the skirt and sadly declined on the pant once I tried them on in the fitting room and heard how they sounded as I tried walking back and forth and immediately thought of the Friends episode with Ross’s leather pants…the horror. lol

On Black Friday I had ventured into Zara in the suburbs and there it was…shining bright…the patent puffer. I knew I had to have it!

Yes, it was a bit ridiculous. Yes, it kind of made me feel like Missy Elliot in the ‘The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)’ video but I didn’t care — I needed it…and it was on sale! I got that and these boots I’m wearing here which also happen to be borderline patent…I can’t help myself. The heart wants what it wants.

For this look, I kept it super simple wearing a black turtleneck sweater by H&M and these amazing jeans by Levi’s in collaboration with Aritzia. They’re the jean I have been searching at every vintage store for…a light wash, non-destroyed pair of Levi’s 501s with a high waist. They do cut at the ankle so wearing a high ankle boot like these are perfect.

This puffer may seem a little bold to some but I think it’s a great way to ease into the trend if you’re still a little on the fence. It’s a fun outerwear piece that can also go sporty. I think it would look great with sweats or leggings for a more athleisure look as well!

Ready to shine?

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: Zara, similar here

SWEATER: H&M, similar here

JEANS: Aritzia

SHOES: Zara

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SELF CARE SPOTLIGHT: Facial at Heyday

I’m all about self care and skin care. Taking care of my skin has always been very important to me and every now and then I like to treat myself to a facial! I was fortunate enough to experience a facial at NYC facial hot spot, Heyday.

The Heyday window alone stopped me in my tracks with its Instagrammable decor and a few of my friends have raved about facials here so it had been on my list to try! There are a few locations around the city but I had the privilege to check out their Upper East Side location.

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Heyday offers three types of facials, in 30, 50 and 75 minutes. I received the 50 minute facial and it was perfect. The 50 minute facial is a classic, comprehensive, deep cleansing facial to reset and refresh your skin for the month ahead, aka my ideal facial. My Skin Therapist, Alexis, was super friendly and listened to my skin concerns. I told her my skin was oily and on the sensitive side and she assured me nothing she would use on me would affect my skin in a negative way and she was right!

She even checked out my skins hydration levels which was very cool. I left the spa with the most amazing glow and a great product recommendation. Sometimes when I get a facial I try to take in all the advice I can from the esthetician but I don’t always remember everything in full detail. What is amazing about Heyday is that your Skin Therapist will send you a detailed recap e-mail after your visit with certain product recommendations you may have forgotten while you were relaxing in bliss.

She suggested I use the IMAGE Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque and I bought immediately. It is an exfoliating enzyme mask with Vitamin C great for removing dead skin cell buildup. My skin felt so nice after this facial, not red or irritated which was a game changer for me.

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I would definitely recommend checking out Heyday for yourself if you want a simple no fuss facial that’s quick, effective and well priced. Also, Heyday is also a great place to shop skincare products that are approved by their Skin Therapists. They have locations in Nomad, Tribeca, Upper West Side and Noho in addition to the Upper East Side.

Check out the HeyDay webiste here to book your facial and also they have a very informative blog filled with skin care tips!

Thank you, HeyDay for a wonderful facial experience, hope to be back soon!

NYE BEAUTY: ADD SPARKLE TO MORE THAN JUST YOUR OUTFIT THIS NYE!

On New Year’s Eve, add sparkle to more than just your outfit! Play up your make-up and have some fun. Day to day I don’t wear a smokey eye and keep my make-up more on the natural side so when it comes to a night out, like NYE, I love playing up my eyes. Also, I’m a big fan of any excuse to buy gold glitter eyeliner as you’ll see below. Here are a few of latest additions to my make-up bag that are perfect to ring in the New Year!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette – Discovered this palatte in Scandalust from mega beauty influencer Marianna Hewitt who was recreating Emily Ratajkowski’s look done by makeup artist, Hung Vanngo. Highly suggest you follow his Instagram account, he is behind some of the most iconic models and celebrities beauty looks and is such an inspiration! I recently met Marianna Hewitt at a blogger event for Who What Wear in NYC, where she spoke on a panel. I had the privilege to meet her and told her I had just purchased this Marc Jacobs palette because of her and she said it is such a good one which made me feel even more excited about my purchase! I always lean towards bronze and golds on my eyes and loved the mix of rust within this palatte. It’s the perfect base to create a NYE look!

Emily’s look — major inspo:

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner — I cant help it, ever since elementary school I’ve been drawn towards glittery things. Perhaps the obsession started with my first purchase of the Bath & Body Works ‘Art Stuff’ glitter roller ball. Me and my friends loved putting this ridiculous purple and blue glitter all over our eye lids and face. (I hope those of you reading this can relate because looking up a picture now to hyperlink to ‘Art Stuff’ has brought me so much joy!) However, this Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter liner gives me the same satisfaction but way more grown up. I discovered it when Byrdie.com invited me to join their Byrdie Beauty Lab powered by Nordstrom here in NYC. They had a pop-up where they featured the best beauty products sold at Nordstrom and I was immediately drawn to it! A touch of it over my black eyeliner and it adds just enough sparkle for a fun night!

Laura Mercier Kajal D’Orient — I was gifted this Laura Mercier Kajal D’Orient in Noir Supreme and am obsessed. For years, using a thick pencil like this was my signature move but then I somehow started using liquid liner and took a break from the Kajal life. But within the last few months since receiving this I absolutely love it! If you enjoy a more smudged liner look and smokey eye, this is for you. I use it with an angled brush to wing it out. It’s also easy to line the inside and waterline of your lids with it’s smooth application.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder — Can’t have enough of Laura Mercier! I love this highlighter in shade Indiscretion for a quick J. Lo glow. A little bit above my cheek bones and above the eyelid add the perfect amount of sheen. Also, I have super sensitive skin and this product hasn’t made me break out like past powders have. Shop it, here.

Dior Addict Lipstick — I took a photo into Sephora of this model I discovered on Instagram during NYFW with the perfect pink pout that looked effortless and natural but still there. This is basically the constant lip color I’m searching for and this Dior shade in 578 is a top favorite of mine! Since I usually smoke up my eyes for a night out, especially NYE, I like to go more natural on the lip. This lipstick is perfect because it makes your lips look like your lips  — only better. It’s also a great everyday product because it’s moisturizing, sheen and gives the right amount of color.

Artis Brushes — Your tools to create your makeup look are just as important as your product! I recently had the privilege to be invited to the Artis showroom in NYC and learned so much about these luxury makeup brushes. They just came out with these brushes in the “Smoke” shade, how fitting for NYE! Their brushes have changed the game when it comes to makeup tools and feel amazing to use. Shown here is the Circle 1 brush, great for shadow or even to conceal. The second brush is the, Linear 1 brush, which is great for liners and making things precise. Shop them, here.

I hope this inspires you to switch up your NYE look and add some sparkle in more ways than one!

Thank you for all your support in 2017 and following this journey with me. Here’s to 2018 and making it one of the best years yet!

Happy New Year!

GOLDEN.

This season thus far has a been dominated by the puffer jacket. An athleisure classic which reminds me most of hip hop stars in the 90s is a wardrobe essential.

Great news is that newer styles won’t make you feel like the Michelin Man (lol) as they’re more tailored and cropped.

I’m usually attracted to all things gold so it was no surprise my eyes went straight to this American Eagle Puffer Jacket.

It’s a great weekend piece to add to an all black ensemble complete with a hoodie and leggings, my favorite way to wear.

This season’s puffers come in so many styles, it’s hard not to pick just one. From bright cherry reds to patent to bold yellows, this jacket is meant to stand out as you should! Ready to add this jacket to your wish list? Linked my favorites below!

Thank you so much for following my blog, wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Be sure to check out more updates via Instagram, @symaspeaks.

 

Photos by Kevin Tun in NYC

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: American Eagle, additional favorites here and here

HOODIE: Urban Outfitters

LEGGINGS: Aerie

SNEAKERS: Nike

THE PARTY TOP: UPDATED

As the holidays approach, it seems like this month is filled with even more events, birthdays and dinners with friends before family time and some much needed hibernation. When the temps drop it can be challenging to put effort into your outfits. I know I tend to gravitate towards dark jeans and cozy sweaters but sometimes that can get a bit boring for a night out.

Quick way to upgrade your look? Add a fun blouse! It’s been a while since I’ve updated my “going-out tops” and for the longest time it was a sea of tank tops. However, I came across this top at Zara and was immediately drawn to it. I love the unique shade of blue and contrast of color with the floral print. The drapey fabric is so pretty and fun fact –it’s actually a bodysuit which makes it super easy to tuck into a high waisted jeans.

Keeping the rest of the look simple is key. I kept it clean with my go-to black jeans by American Eagle to let the top be the star and added my black ankle boots. I accessorized with my black Gucci bag and gold vintage earrings.

Linking below a few of my favorite tops similar to this one to ease you through the holiday season. Happy shopping!

 

Photos shot in NYC by Kevin Tun

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Zara; similar here, and here — also loving this one by Mango.

JEANS: American Eagle, similar here

BOOTS: Steve Madden, similar here

BAG: Gucci

 

 

 

LEATHER WEATHER: TOP 5 JACKETS TO ADD TO YOUR WARDROBE NOW

A leather jacket is something that can elevate any outfit. It is so important to invest in one you love. It took me a while to find my favorite after a big debate and I found a great option by Zara. Best part? It was under $200! Links to all my favorites from high to low are on my LiketoKnowit profile here as well as below — happy shopping!

  1. ZARA
  2. H&M
  3. AMERICAN EAGLE
  4. MADEWELL
  5. ALL SAINTS

FALL ESSENTIAL: THE PLAID BLAZER

Menswear inspired pieces have always been a favorite of mine and this season there’s a print that has resurfaced…plaid.

Around NYC and my Instagram feed the plaid blazer began taking over which in turn led me to looking for the perfect one. I normally don’t jump to plaid prints, but something about this in a blazer silhouette felt very wearable and easy to add to my usual casual looks.

I found this gem at a store that is very dear to my heart — Target. Can you believe it?!

I was home visiting my parents in Indiana and had to make a trip to my classic suburban Target because in the city I don’t have the luxury where the Target inventory is fully stocked and organized. Any New Yorkers feel my pain out there?

But there it was, the perfect plaid blazer and guess how much it cost?? $34.99!!! *crowd roars*

It was a no brainer. I bought it and about 100 other things I don’t need in a matter of minutes because that’s what happens at Target…you get overwhelmed, excited and all of sudden you need everything.

When I got back to NYC, I wanted to style this blazer in a very easy way. I paired it with a fun graphic tee by American Eagle. I love the bold red letters and ‘Femme Vibes’ is always a good message.

Next, I’ve been obsessed with the Levi’s Wedgie fit jean. They have just the right hint of stretch and a thick vintage like denim feel without having to go through billions of thrift stores to find the best fit — ideal!

As for accessories, I kept it simple with my Gucci cross-body, minimal black heel by Steve Madden (comfy too–important) and my go-to round Ray-Bans.

Are you ready to add a little plaid to your closet? I say yes.


Photos shot in NYC by Kevin Tun

SHOP MY LOOK:

BLAZER: Target

T-SHIRT: American Eagle

JEANS: Levi’s

SHOES: Steve Madden

BAG: Gucci

SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban