Denim

BUT FIRST, COFFEE.

All I need is coffee..mascara…an oversized grey cardigan…ripped jeans and maybe a slice of pizza.

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I was never a coffee drinker. I somehow made it through college without drinking one drop of coffee. I was the girl that ordered a hot chocolate when friends wanted to grab a cup of joe. Then soon the real world hit — where it somehow became the thing to do. It was like being at a college party and feeling the peer pressure — “What?! You don’t drink coffee?!”

I felt out of the loop — coffee time was a sacred moment at the office where coworkers could share fun stories and recap their weekend — if I didn’t partake I might not be part of the conversation – the horror!

Then one summer, an intern we had enlightened me. “Syma, why don’t you add some hot chocolate to your cup of coffee, then you’ll have an instant mocha!” Pure genius.
Four years later, I still drink coffee with hot chocolate mix — I apologize to my dentist but for now this is the only way it can happen.

So now what do I need in the AM besides coffee and my solid 15 minute morning routine? Mascara. This tee from Aerie couldn’t be cuter or more Insta-worthy if I do say so myself (Jay Z voice).

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Sadly, it’s freezing out so I couldn’t show you the beautiful low-back but I love the soft jersey this tee is made in. I paired this tee for a casual coffee run with my American Eagle Outfitters Tomgirl jeans and oversized cardi.

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In the Tomgirls I size down 2 sizes — I’ve never loved a super slouchy jean on myself so these still feel like I won’t lose my shape but give that effortless look I always love.

A simple grey cardigan, also from American Eagle Outfitters is all you’ll want to wear this winter.

I completed my #OOTD with my go-to Rachel Comey booties and I’m off to grab a cup of joe and run my usual weekend errands with a side of window-shopping.

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SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: AERIE

CARDI: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

SHOES: RACHEL COMEY

 

Photos shot at Beansmith Coffee by O.

 

 

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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

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

 

SNEAK PEEK.

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Sneaker style has always held a dear place in my heart. I remember in 3rd grade getting a pair of suede navy Vans and being so excited to wear them to school the next day I could hardly sleep. In 7th grade came the adidas Superstar obsession where me and my best friend Jessica had to have a pair.

The excitement holds strong to this day, and living in NYC has given me a whole new appreciation for sneaker style. In the city you’re constantly running around and as the fashion world may look like it’s a sea of women in high heels – it’s not. A good pair of casual street sneakers is key in your wardrobe!

I love the idea of making your sneaker be the statement. In this look I chose to salute Hov and do “all back everything.” These olive green Nike Blazers are from J.Crew and a dear gift from my co-workers. I had my eye on this pair for some time. What’s awesome about this style of sneakers is that you can customize them at Nike, and they come in an endless range of colors – I need them all!

I love the look of a high-top. With a skinny jean you can really show them off and have some fun. I paired my sneaks with a pair of high-rise jeans by Talula at Aritzia, tank from American Eagle Outfitters, leather jacket from this random boutique in Soho and Kate Spade Saturday sunglasses which make me always feel put together. A leather jacket  keeps this look structured so you still feel polished. I also enjoy pairing this type of sneaker with a dress — a bit unexpected and adds that cool-girl edge I love.

From high-top to low-top you can’t really go wrong. This is not the sneaker you are wearing to the gym but could totally work at a Beyonce dance class (a personal favorite activity)!

Are you ready to step up your sneaker game?

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Photos by Allison Schaller. Check out her Tumblr!