Fashion

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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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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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

 

 

 

STAND OUT IN THE STRIPE PANT

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. 🙂

SHOP MY LOOK

TEE: American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

PANTS: H&M, similar here and here

SHOES: American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

BAG: Gucci

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

 

 

 

Wardrobe Must-Have: The Aerie City Sweatshirt

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

SHOP MY LOOK

TOP + LEGGINGS: Aerie, Aerie

HAT: ‘47 Brand

SHOES: Vans

 

 

 

Not Over Summer Staples

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

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Forever 21

JEANS: Levi’s

SHOES: Forever 21

BAG: & Other Stories

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