Author: symaspeaks

Sugar + Stripes

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.

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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!

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Photos by Christina Emilie at Sugarfina in NYC

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Zara, similar here

JEANS: Aritzia

SHOES: Steve Madden

CANDY: Sugarfina

A SUNSCREEN SAFE FOR SENSITIVE + DARKER SKIN EXISTS?!

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.


I have the most sensitive skin – many products break me out in some form of allergic reaction but this passed the test! I have layered with make-up and no white cast — it’s simply amazing.

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!

Shop it, here.

ON REPEAT: Slip Dress + Tee with Aerie

Two closet essentials by Aerie – a striped tee and slip dress. I’m all about a 90’s comeback! Wearing a classic slip dress like this over a t-shirt makes this #OOTD super fun and casual.

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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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Shot at NYC downtown favorite, La Esquina by Christina Emilie. Highly recommend the chicken tacos and Jaritos if you’re ever in the neighborhood. 🙂

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Aerie

DRESS: Aerie

SHOES: Vans

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

BAG: Gucci

 

 

 

SUMMER SOLSTICE: TOP 5 DRESSES

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!

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Going global. Embroidered pieces have been all the rage. Love the details of this by Zara


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A maxi is always a good idea in these warmer temps. Love this AE dress.

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Can’t beat a classic cold shoulder white dress. This Aerie one is perfect to take from the beach to the streets.

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A bold print is what your wardrobe needs to have some fun! Living for this Mango mini.

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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.

POWER SUIT

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?

SHOP MY LOOK

BLAZER: Aritzia, similar here

TEE: Aritzia

JEANS: Levi’s, similar here

SHOES: Mango

BAG: Gucci

 

UNEXPECTED EMBROIDERY

This spring it’s all about embroidery.

I’ve seen so many unique pieces this season with the most beautiful embellishment. Anywhere from denim, tees, jackets and accessories — this extra detail can really update your look.

This jacket by French Connection just spoke to me. Maybe it’s my Pakistani roots, but the embroidery on this jacket is so reminiscent of my heritage. I love the intricate detail and color combination. It’s such a statement piece that is made super wearable on a sporty silhouette — the classic bomber jacket.

I decided to make the jacket the star of the outfit and keep the rest of the look super simple. An easy white v-neck tee, by Don’t Ask Why, has the best slouch and oversized fit. I am always on the hunt for the perfect white tee and this one is by far one of my most loved.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a denim girl. These Vintage Hi-Rise Straight distressed jeans by American Eagle make this look easy, relaxed and casual.

One of my favorite parts of this outfit? My earrings by Baublebar. Not only are these a great accessory to add to any outfit – they’re very light weight and won’t hurt your ears by the end of the day! I’m a huge fan of statement earrings but the worst part is that most are so heavy and painful. However, these are quite comfortable and I want every color. Dangerous! It was hard for me to not buy them all…I opted for the white and pale pink for now. Highly recommend!

Completed the look with my go-to menswear loafer and I’m ready to hit up brunch with the girls or some easy shopping around the streets of SoHo.

Ready to recreate?

Photos by Kevin Tun in SoHo, New York City

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: Courtesy of French Connection

TEE: Don’t Ask Why

DENIM: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Target

EARRINGS: Baublebar

 

 

 

Remix Your Rock Tees

The rock tee trend isn’t going anywhere and I can’t get enough.

Worn by top street style stars – my faves, Kendall + Gigi, this is the perfect way to add some vintage flare to any outfit.

And it’s ok if you don’t know every song to the band’s name you’re wearing…but maybe at least google them so you’re not totally stunned when someone asks you, “What’s your favorite AC/DC song?” Lol.

I was inspired by Gigi ever since I saw her wear this look; rock tee, amazing wide leg white pants and sneakers. I love the unexpected wide leg pant with this tee. Sure denim looks classic with this top but something about a wide leg pant gives it an entirely different vibe.

I found these amazing pants at H&M. I’m always a huge fan of anything high waisted and this pair had an ideal rise. I also love the oversized belt they came with!

Adding my leather jacket to this look was a no – brainer. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a solid leather jacket in your wardrobe. With the amazing styles they have now at Zara, you can get a luxe feeling jacket without an insane price tag. I love the details of this Moto one – the hardware can edge up any look.

Lastly, it’s all about a clean white sneaker. I decided to give my Stan Smiths a break and go for something different. Hello, Puma’s! So comfortable and so chic – yes, it is possible.

A pop of my red bag, by (now vintage) Kate Spade Saturday, and I’m ready to be snapped by the paparazzi in style. Just kidding, but hey, shouldn’t you always feel like a model walking down the street? The sidewalk is your runway.

Let’s recreate.

Shop the look below and be sure to follow me on Instagram, @symaspeaks, where I post even more frequently and have recently joined the Reward Style family so you can shop my looks easily and directly with LikeToKnowIt!

Photos shot by Kevin Tun in Brooklyn, NY.

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: Zara

TEE: Zara, love these also by American Eagle Outfitters

PANTS: H&M, similar here

SNEAKER: Puma

 

THE PERFECT EVERYDAY LIP

I don’t know how many times I’ve searched for the perfect nude, everyday lipstick.

It is so hard finding the right balance of pink and warm tones that work well for not only my skin tone but every day wear.

I’m constantly looking for a lip color I can wear on a daily basis for an easy, fresh face.

And then you finally find it…behold, Laura Mercier’s Lip Colour Sheer in Bare Lips.

The name alone is perfection. It goes on so smooth, almost like a lip balm. So many lipsticks are not moisturizing and really dry out your lips — but not this one my friends. It glides on so easy and has the right amount of color that lasts all day! I promise!

I love wearing this lipstick alone for a subtle pink hue or lately I’ve been using it as a a base for other lip colors. The soft pink shade evens out the tone of my lips making any lip color I layer on top, really pop.

I highly recommend this lipstick because when you find the right one with the exact balance of rosy pink, nude tone and moisture you can’t just keep it to yourself!

Shop the color, here.

You’re welcome,

Syma

 

ALL BLUSH EVERYTHING

I’m not sure what it is about the color blush but my year long obsession continues. Even the cherry blossoms around New York inspire my wardrobe! I can’t get enough.

As we transition into spring, I can’t quite put away my sweaters with temps between the 50s and 60s so I tend to reach for a lighter silhouette like this one. I’ve been loving this sweater by Don’t Ask Why so much I have it in two colors.

The cut-out choker detailing makes your every day sweater a little more interesting. I love the oversized sleeves for a cool relaxed look.

Paired with my go-to jeans by Citizens of Humanity from Aritzia makes for an effortless OOTD.

I love pairing a cropped jean with a pointed black boot. Gives that cool model off duty vibe that if you’ve been following my blog for some time you know I’m all about.

Ready to recreate? Be sure to follow even more outfits and fun on Instagram, @symaspeaks.

SHOP MY LOOK

TOP: Don’t Ask Why for American Eagle Outfitters

DENIM: Citizens of Humanity

SHOES: Steve Madden

EYEWEAR:  Ray-Ban

 

 

 

SPRING TRANSITION: COZY NEUTRALS

Spring is near they say…but in New York I’m somehow still wearing my parka jacket. When will it end?!

I am so ready to give the puffer coat a break and transition into something a little cooler. Queue the oversized moto jacket + cozy sweater combo.

I found this jacket at H&M and am obsessed with the shape. This is actually an XS but it fits oversized which is perfect to layer over a a thick, dreamy sweater.

I first fell in love with this sweater which is also from H&M (I’ve had insane love for them lately) on Instagram and was on the search for it for weeks! I finally found it in a size medium and went for it anyways because I just had to have it.

I’m so glad I purchased it — definitely one of my favorite purchases of this season. It’s not only super comfortable but makes me feel so chic when I pair it with a great pair of vintage jeans. The color is an ideal neutral and the perfect addition to my wardrobe.

For this look, I kept it very simple and went with all black. I’ve been loving layering fishnets under my jeans to add some edge to my look. A super inexpensive trend to try that I highly recommend. To complete my look, I added my go-to menswear inspired loafers and a fun statement gold earring, coincidentally also from H&M. ( I’m obsessed with them lately!)


Ready to recreate?

Photos by Kevin Tun, shot in SoHo, New York City

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: H&M, similar here

SWEATER: H&M, similar here

DENIM: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

SHOES: TARGET, similar here

FISHNETS: EXPRESS

EARRINGS: H&M, similar here