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!
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
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T-SHIRT: American Eagle
SHOES: Steve Madden
Stripe pants can be a bold statement. I came across these last summer at H&M and wore them frequently with a simple black top because I didn’t want to compete with the pattern. However, I got inspired to pair them with something a little more daring — a rock tee to mix things up a bit.
Rock tees have become a wardrobe staple for some time now. I had an obsession of trying to find the perfect vintage tee but it was a constant struggle. Luckily, a lot of mass brands have done some cool collaborations to bring that vintage feel in a more attainable way, like this awesome Rolling Stones tee by American Eagle.
I love how this pairs with the stripe pant for an updated look. As we get into the cooler days now that it’s October (!), you can take this into night by adding your go-to leather jacket.
Finishing touches? A simple slide sandal and my Gucci cross-body. Also, my lob. More on that hair transformation later though…I could go on and on….:)
Hope this look inspired you to try out a statement pant. These feel practically like pajama pants so I don’t think you’ll be dissappointed. 🙂
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If I could wear one thing everyday it would be the Aerie City Sweatshirt. I’ve never worn anything more comfortable that is acceptable outside the house. Lol
It’s the perfect item to throw on when you’re heading out for weekend errands or having a chill night on the couch. I love pairing mine with my Aerie Move leggings — also amazingly comfortable.
My favorite part about this sweatshirt is how soft it is. You have to feel it! I also love the oversized fit. I have three colors because I couldn’t just pick one…and at that price, why not?!
I styled this with my Aerie colorblock move legging. I love the rise on these and love the mix of white and grey.
Accessorized with my weekend staples — a Yankee hat (queue Jay Z ‘Empire State of Mind’) , my black Vans and Gucci crossbody I’m ready for a day on the go and effortless as ever.
Get yours, here. Thank me later. 🙂
Photos shot in NYC by Kevin Tun
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HAT: ‘47 Brand
It’s September in New York and everyone is way too hyped about Pumpkin Spice Lattes…but not me. What can I say, I love warm temps and summer style. Last night I was on a beautiful rooftop in downtown Brooklyn and all I could think about was how cold it was and my friend kept reminding me it was only 60 degrees! lol
This look I shot a while back but it has been my go-to outfit of choice throughout the season and will try my hardest to wear these items as long as I can!
First up, the bodysuit. I had major inspiration from the cute bodysuits I saw on Reformation.com but found one at Forever 21 for a fraction of the cost! I literally bought this in two colors. I love the cream and black stripes and tie detailing on the straps. It’s all about the details. Paired with my hi-waisted cropped flares with already fringed hems by Levi’s — it’s the perfect look to transition into fall (if we must!).
Shoes? I can’t stop wearing these satin yellow slides. I love the color mustard and am so excited to see a lot of it for fall as well. I first fell in love with these particular shoes on Instagram and ran to Zara to try on. However, the Zara ones didn’t quite fit right but then I found the perfect replica (again) at Forever 21! Sometimes when Forever is good, it really is.
The final touch? My basket bag from ‘& Other Stories’. I’ve worn this bag all season. It’s the best size to fit so much in and the best part? I got it on sale AND it’s real leather. Talk about winning.
Hope you can get some inspo from this look and we can still have some warm days left to live out summer to its fullest.
Photos by Katherine Pekala shot in NYC
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TOP: Forever 21
SHOES: Forever 21
BAG: & Other Stories
I didn’t know I could become so obsessed with gummy candies again until I had my first Sugarfina Sugar Lips. Sweet, tangy and yummy…they are simply delicious. They’re basically the sour patch kids I had as a child, all grown up and in way better packaging. (Talk about Instagrammable!) I thought how fun would it be to mix up my outfit blog shoots and take this one on location.
Behold, my editorial + candy dream come to life on one Saturday in NYC…
Back to our scheduled programming — the outfit. This look is ideal for a summer weekend brunch or day party. We’ve seen a version of classic blue stripes everywhere this season. I love this simple silhouette by Zara. What makes it stand out is the amazing embroidery on the sleeves. The wrap style can be worn in a few different ways but I think it looks best worn slightly off the shoulder.
To keep the rest of this outfit simple, I wore my Kendall Jenner inspired jeans by Citizens of Humanity from Aritzia. This fit, called the Liya, has a great hight rise and just the right amount of distressing. I sized down in these for a more flattering fit.
Lastly, I added my go-to suede wrap heels by Steve Madden from ae.com and I’m ready to grab some sweets and hit the city in style.
If you haven’t tried Sugarfina, I highly suggest it. I have no shame buying some for myself and while you’re there grab a few for your girlfriends too — they make the best gifts! The store is the cutest – if you have a chance, definitely visit this location on the Upper East Side in NYC!
Photos by Christina Emilie at Sugarfina in NYC
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SHOES: Steve Madden
I will confess – I am not a regular sunscreen wearer. I have tried many different types over the years but some either have broken me out or leave a ghostly cast on my face that doesn’t look natural. I related to this post, Glossier, founder, CEO and all-around beauty inspiration, Emily Weiss wrote so much. I thought I was alone in the SPF struggle.
Welcome, Glossier Invisible Shield. I have had this product for a while thanks to the nice girls at Glossier but have waited to write this post to really make sure the sunscreen did not break me out and wore well.
A lot of people with darker skin like mine don’t always think they need to wear a sunscreen as we are not the ones burning on the beach but that is not the case! A sunscreen isn’t just for the beach – it’s literally SUN day — every day!
As every skin is so different, I would test it out for yourselves and see how you like it. It has a SPF level of 35 so is perfect for daily use and has been part of my daily routine.
Thanks for making another revolutionary product, Glossier!
P.S. — They just launched Wowder (best name ever?) last week and I am so excited that I got my hands on it, will have a review coming soon!
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It’s a perfect outfit for running around NYC in the summer heat. Paired with my go-to sneakers of the moment adds a little edge to my look and not to mention, super comfortable which is so important.
I love the versatility of these two pieces – rocking the tee with a pair of jeans or wearing the slip dress by itself for a night out on the town is definitely in my future. These are two key pieces in my wardrobe I know I’ll be wearing on repeat.
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Summer is officially here — can you believe it?! I wanted to share my top five favorite dresses to celebrate the season we’ve been waiting so long for.
It’s finally time to wear those off-the-shoulder numbers you’ve put away from last year’s wardrobe and bring them back out. This trend may seem a bit overplayed I know but I promise it is still relevant.
I’ve added a few more dress trends I’ve been loving this season and hope you find a fave amongst the list below.
Happy summer and happy shopping!
Going global. Embroidered pieces have been all the rage. Love the details of this by Zara
A maxi is always a good idea in these warmer temps. Love this AE dress.
Can’t beat a classic cold shoulder white dress. This Aerie one is perfect to take from the beach to the streets.
A bold print is what your wardrobe needs to have some fun! Living for this Mango mini.
Can never have enough slip dresses. This silky dress from H&M looks school layered over a tee with sneakers or paired with your favorite tassel high heels for a night out on the town.
A monochromatic look is always in style. I love wearing all white — it always looks so classic and chic.
For this look I rediscovered a blazer I have from Aritzia and completely gave it an update by pairing it with a white crew neck tee and my high waisted cropped Levi’s.
This is my modern power suit.
I’ve always been a denim lover and a pair of white jeans is a wardrobe essential. The frayed hem trend isn’t going anywhere for a while and this little detail helps show off what I call a ‘wow factor’ — these heels.
I bought these shoes impulsively before a trip to Vegas with my sister and am so happy I did. The block heel is actually pretty comfortable and I love the shade of gold.
The finishing touch? My Gucci crossbody.
I have shared this item on my Instagram but haven’t blogged about it yet! After probably a year long thought process of what designer bag to splurge on (many conversations, focus groups, lengthy group texts with my sisters) I finally decided that this Gucci bag was what I wanted most. The classic camera style is perfect to fit my necessities; iPhone (Plus), mini wallet, metro card and a lip color. I am obsessed with the gold hardware and am excited to officially start my designer handbag collection….which could be dangerous.
Photos by Christina Emilie in NYC
How will you wear all white everything this summer?
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BLAZER: Aritzia, similar here
JEANS: Levi’s, similar here