American Eagle Outfitters

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

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NEW YORK IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

Take your bomber jacket to the next level. This style of jacket isn’t going anywhere. Whether you’re digging the athleisure trend (a Syma Speaks previous post) or wanting to be casual cool and wear at the jacket with some jeans — this outerwear piece is here to stay.

What’s been all over my Instagram feed is the embroidered bomber jacket. I’ve come across some amazing styles at vintage stores around Brooklyn but great news for the rest of the world — you can score a version of the trend at Forever 21.

I have always loved the color mustard yellow and when I came across this jacket with this message true to my heart on the back, “New York is Always a Good Idea” — I had to have it.

I love making this the statement piece so I kept the rest of my look pretty simple. I adore a great pair of distressed denim –these I had my eyes on for months after seeing countless paparazzi shots of Kendall Jenner wearing them I had to try them on!

The result? Just as amazing as I imagined. The ‘Liya’ jean by Citizens of Humanity  at Aritzia will definitely be a wardrobe staple. A similar pair at an amazing price point would be the Vintage Hi-Rise by American Eagle Outfitters — there’s a ton of shades with a true denim feel that I love.

I completed my look with a simple white tee and my new favorite booties (I got on sale!) by Steve Madden. I’ve been on the hunt for a block heel pointy black boot for a while and these don’t only look great but are actually comfortable (rare). Highly recommend.

 Photos by George Evan in Downtown Brooklyn

SHOP MY LOOK:

BOMBER JACKET: Forever 21, similar here 

T-SHIRT: Aritzia

JEANS: Aritzia

BOOTIES: Steve Madden

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

 

 

LEATHER WEATHER

There’s nothing like leather jacket weather in New York. October is here and the temps have cooled down making it the best time to break out your little moto jacket. It’s the perfect piece to edge up an outfit and give the ultimate ‘cool girl’ vibe.

I had quite the debate when choosing a leather jacket. It’s a big decision in your wardrobe! You want to invest in one that gives you a buttery feel and instantly boosts your confidence when you put it on. I was back and forth between two options — it was serious. Ask my friends, family, coworkers, loved ones…strangers…you name it, they were involved. I finally let my heart decide — Zara, you won me over.

It’s kind of amazing — every time I would see a girl on the street in NYC in a great leather jacket and asked where she got it thinking it was from an outrageous unattainable brand…she’d say, “Oh it’s from Zara!” — and then I knew, Zara, you were the one.

I love the shape of this one because it’s not too bulky and still feels feminine. I can still layer a sweater underneath but also easily wear over a tank or tee.

I adore gold. This tank was a fun find at Forever 21. Champagne gold is so flattering on a variety of skin tones. It gives such a pretty sheen. I styled it with my go-to “Mom” jeans from American Eagle Outfitters. I’m all about a high-waisted denim.

Now for accessories, I added nude pumps from Mango and a vintage sequin bag because you can never have enough sparkle.

To complete my look, I paired these minimal gold earrings I found from a designer on Etsy, Kalliste,– you must check out her shop!

Now recreate this look and please blast, “Cool Girl”  by Tove Lo while doing it because that’s what I’m jamming to right now. 🙂

Photos shot by Jess Rao in Brooklyn, New York

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: ZARA, similar here

TOP: FOREVER 21, similar here

DENIM: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, similar here

SHOES: MANGO

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

EARRINGS: KALLISTE

 

TOP 5 SPRING TRANSITIONAL JACKETS YOU NEED NOW

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The forecast has been a little all over the place in NYC but we’ve had a few amazing days hit the high 60’s which basically makes me feel like a completely different person. Like I said in my last post, I can’t officially put my parka away but my go-to Spring jackets are making their way to the front of my closet and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve rounded up a few favorites for you to transition into the new spring season with ease — hopefully you’ll get a little inspiration from the below!

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I love this AEO classic military jacket. This style is boxy and fits a bit oversized. A timeless piece and a must-have in your closet.

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The perfect Anorak from Aritzia. The hood saves you on rainy days and won’t go out of style.

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Everyone need a good denim jacket. AEO never fails to give you this classic. This borrowed from the boys inspired fit will add just the amount of edge to the cute spring dress you’ve been dying to wear!

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You can never go wrong with a trench jacket. This structured style by Aritzia is a great staple to add to your wardrobe. Mix it up with some clean white sneaks for a minimal and clean look.

 

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I really can’t get enough of the bomber jacket. This is my fourth one I bought but “can’t stop won’t stop” – it’s the perfect update to take me into spring in style, found at Zara.

 

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)

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

 

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

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

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Whether you’re last minute shopping for your sister, bff or boyfriend – these Syma Speaks approved gifts are for sure to win their hearts and too good you might have to buy another for yourself 🙂

Be sure to scroll down to see gifts for the guys certified by the Preston Konrad and John Soper of WingtipJungle.com!

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What gifts are you going to get for your favorites — or for yourself?

Xo,

Syma

FLORALS FOR FALL? GROUNDBREAKING.

Some might say florals are just for spring (Devil Wear’s Prada) but at Syma Speaks we beg to differ and are loving this trend for his and hers style. I enlisted my favorite Fashionisto friend, John to showcase how the floral trend can work not just for the ladies but for the guys in our life as well.

It takes a confident man to rock a trend like this but when pulled off correctly, it can have dramatic results. Though florals are mainly a warm-weather staple, the designs from the spring and summer 2014 collections were dark — thus making them easy to transition to the cooler months. If you’re not afraid to wear a bold color and fun pattern, put on a pair and match it with your key basic pieces in your closet like denim to balance it out.

Denim is your best bet. I wasn’t sure I could wear my favorite summer dress into the cooler months but layered over my favorite pair of destroyed AEO Jeggings and with my Aritzia trench it was a smooth transition. This look can easily take me from shopping in Soho to brunch with the girls. My boots by Rachel Comey are super versatile and not to mention comfortable when I’m running around the city.

John’s keeping it classic with a denim jacket and white button-down that don’t compete with his amazing Kenzo pants. We just so happened to color coordinate — promise we didn’t plan it. 🙂

Will you wear this trend in time to make Thanksgiving a little more festive? You can do it! Xo, Syma & John

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Photos by Allison Schaller

 

OUR LOOK:

Syma

Trench, Aritzia

Dress, American Eagle Outfitters

Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters

Boots, Rachel Comey

 

John

Jacket, Gap 

Shirt, Zara

Pants, Kenzo (similar)

Shoes, Keds