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BREAKING: IT’S STILL SWEATER WEATHER

Daylight savings has occurred and we’ve had a couple of amazing warm spring-like days in NYC…

Just when I thought I could put my parka away for good (rejoice!) it’s somehow freezing again in the big city.

Before we go full-on spring closet flip — let’s keep it real. We might as well get some CPW (cost per wear) out of our favorite winter sweaters, right?

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I love an oversized sweater with a leather legging. This look is by Aritzia. I love the oatmeal shade of this sweater. It’s super cozy and insanely warm.

I’m always into a good texture mix so I brought back my go-to leather leggings to keep it cool and sleek.

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My favorite accessory of the moment? The bandana. First I was a little nervous about the whole neck-tie thing but again, blame the world of Instagram to see so many of my favorite Fashionistas rocking it.  (Tutorial coming soon!) 

I styled this bandana like a choker. It gives a little bit of edge to any look.

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Added my American Eagle Outfitters sunnies, Rebecca Minkoff cross-body purse and my Sam Edelman booties and I’m good to go. 🙂

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Don’t worry…we won’t be wearing sweaters for too much longer but while we are we might as well be cute — wise words to live by from Reformation:

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Photos by Jess Rao in Soho

SHOP MY LOOK

SWEATER + LEGGINGS: ARITZIA

BANDANA: TARGET

BOOTIES: SAM EDELMAN

BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF

THE SWEATER DRESS: Your Most Unexpected Spring Transitional Piece

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I honestly haven’t worn a sweater dress since 2007, which was my senior year of high school and probably with a combination of Ugg Boots. (Whatever, you did it too!)

Now when I think “sweater dress,” I picture “soccer mom going out with her girlfriends on the weekend and feeling hot” – this is not my ideal look.

However while browsing one of my favorite sites one day, aritzia.com – I fell in love with their take on the silhouette.

There it was, black, sleek and complete with an edgy hem. I had to have it! I didn’t know a sweater dress could make me say, “damn!” but it did.

I decided to make this look super easy and casual with my over the knee boots — and for some extra texture and warmth, I added my knee-high American Apparel socks. I like that these socks elongate the boots and allow you to show some skin without being over the top. You still get a touch of spring but still keep your legs from freezing as we transiton out of the cooler months. (Thank God!)

I can easily add a heeled bootie for a night out or give my feet a rest and wear these over the knees out on the town. What I love about an over the knee boot is that it gives the illusion of being dressed up but they’re flats so I can literally run to grab a cab or dance all night with ease.

These mirrored sunnies I scored at Urban Outfitters  add that cool girl flare I long for (and not to mention super Instagram worthy). I am all about a mirrored moment right now.

This sweater dress is not only warm, but comfortable and chic – which you might consider an oxymoron, but I speak the truth! I would highly suggest scoring one if you don’t already have it in your closet.

Are you ready to join me in my new found love for sweater dresses? You won’t regret it, I promise.

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

Dress: Wilfred Free by Aritzia (Similar here)

BOOTS: Vince Camuto

Socks: American Apparel

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Watch: Michael Kors

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

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

 

HOW TO BE A WRAP STAR

My absolute necessity for fall is the blanket scarf. I can’t live without it. I purchased my first one a few years ago from Aritzia and decided I needed a fresh one for the season! At first you might wonder, “How does one wear so much fabric?” or “Does it look like I’m wearing an actual blanket?” Have no fear. Here at Syma Speaks, we’ve made our first .gif (#trendy) to show you a few ways to wear this season’s most versatile item.

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1. Easy Breezy – I like this look for a day where I’m not freezing and just want to add some color and texture.

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2. The Shawl – This adds drama. Draped as a shawl, this not only keeps you super warm but plays up on the Kimono trend we’ve been seeing this past summer and the heavier fabric works for the cooler months.

_MG_02183. The Classic – Fashion meets function. Your safest bet to stay warm all winter long. Your scarf tied with an easy loop around your neck won’t go anywhere and is best when you’re running  errands around the city.

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4. Wrap Star – Wearing your blanket scarf like this lets it double as a coat  and you mean business. Your arms might not be handy but who cares – you’re as warm as can be.

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5. Flip It and Reverse It – Take a cue from Missy and wear the reverse side of your blanket scarf  the next time you drape it like a shawl. I’m obsessed with this navy and it gives a whole new feel to this look.

With so many ways to wear it – how will you rock the Blanket Scarf?

Shop some of my favorite options from Aritzia and aerie.

My Look

Hat, American Eagle Outfitters 

Sweatshirt , Forever 21

Scarf, Aritzia

Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters

Boots, Sam Edelman 

Photos by Allison Schaller

#TBT: Do the 90’s again — The Right Way.

Jared Leto you'll always be Jordan Catalano to me!

Hey Jared Leto, I know you won an Oscar and all — but can I borrow that shirt?

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to channel your inner “My So Called Life” – the 90’s are back and not going anywhere. However, this time around let’s do it a little better. Less baggy and saggy, let’s actually look put together.

Growing up, my oldest sister did the 90’s to perfection. She had the overall-plaid dress combo, the dark lipstick and high-waisted jeans. It’s pretty crazy to see, but that small dull floral print she loved is now everywhere and you can walk around NYC spotting countless fashionistas with a casually tied plaid shirt around their waists.

It’s time to embrace the trend — but how can you ease in? Just a few easy steps…

1.The Dark Lip

Think updated Claire Danes, also known as “The Lorde”.

For this I’m all about the Nars Pure Matte lipstick in Volga. A little goes a long way, you can do just a touch and gradually build the color to your liking. For a more casual berry lip I like mixing it with a sheer pink for the perfect hint of color.

2. The Doc Martin

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I remember going with my sister to buy her first pair of Doc Martins — it was a big day! These shoes can come across super masculine but worn with a dress adds a cool-girl edge and femininity. I enjoy the red for a great contrast with black and easily goes with your blue denim.

3. The Plaid Shirt

Let’s face it — Joan Smalls can make anything look good but here she makes the plaid shirt look easy and effortless! The perfect “model-off-duty” look. Pair your favorite plaid over your go-to distressed jeans and you’re so on trend. AE.com has some great acid wash plaids to get this look.

4. The Crop Top

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Probably my favorite take from the 90’s. I am all about a crop top. In these colder months it’s been a bit harder to work in the trend but with the art of layering — anything is possible! A great cropped sweater will easily transition you from winter to spring and layered over your favorite T or dress is a really easy look to switch things up. Forever 21 makes some great crop sweater options under $20. #backups

How will you do the 90’s trend — again?

BREAKING: Winter is still here.

Yes, this Saturday marks March 1st, and in NYC last weekend we got a taste of 50 degree weather which surprisingly felt like summer. As I sat around with my friends at The Standard wearing only a denim jacket, I thought, “Wow, possibilities are endless, I can’t wait for more spring fashion!” …Then the weather sadly turned on us and we’re back to a mere high of 27 degrees.

Instead of getting all Debbie Downer on you on with this winter weather that somehow won’t leave us – we might as well make the most of the key pieces every Fashionista (hopefully) owns to maximize your style during these colder days.

1. The Over-sized Knit Sweater + Leather Legging

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I can’t get enough of this combo. On top you’re casual and relaxed, but add the leather leggings and you’ve easily edged up your ensemble. Model off duy? Nailed it. H&M makes a great option at an even greater price, I would size up to get the over-sized look.

2. Colorful Beanie

Cara Delevigne in red cap, biker leather jacket. #streetstyle

Beanies are a quick and easy accessory that serves as fashion and function. Your mom will be happy you’re staying warm, and a pop of color can easily add a bold statement to your everyday leather jacket, parka or puffer. Borrowed from the boys, this trend is unisex and can be a quick steal out of your boyfriend’s closet! Get the look from ae.com

3. Statement Jacket

Winter Fashion 2014. Don't you just love this pink coat?!

In a sea of puffers and parkas or what I like to call “sleeping bag coats” — a bright jacket is something so out of the ordinary to brighten up any dreary day. I love how this Fashionista paired hers with a cute beanie, over-sized shades and leather pants. Take notes ladies! #screenshotworthy

Get the look from TopShop — dreaming of it now…

4. The Black Ankle Boot

The most versatile item you can own. I wear my black ankle boots with everything! Jeans to skirts to dresses — there’s nothing this shoe can’t go with. I have various styles; flat, heeled, platform — suede to leather to studded, this shoe has endless possibilities. If you don’t own at least one pair, I’m not sure we can be friends. NECESSARY. I’m obsessed with my recent purchase from Sam Edleman, so comfortable and stylish – win-win!

5. The Blanket Scarf

This scarf has saved me the past two winters. Some may say, “Syma — are you wearing a blanket?” but in my mind, haters gonna hate. Put this on and you will basically feel like you’re in Miami, so cozy and warm! You can also wear this scarf as a poncho — who doesn’t want that option? Aritiza, thank you for this.

With these pieces you’ll be sure to turn the sidewalk into a runway — cue street style photographers!

All photos via Pinterest.

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY — J. Lo Glow

Just because the weather outside is drab doesn’t mean your skin has to be! For as long as I can remember I have admired Jennifer Lopez’s dewy skin and don’t think anyone’s make-up has ever looked more flawless. (Sorry Kardashians!)

This woman has mastered the glow, or at least her glam squad has. Let me take you back to the “I’m Real Remix” video featuring Ja Rule — have you ever seen anyone wear a fedora and look that amazing with perfectly contoured face and highlighted cheekbones? Didn’t think so. This video was not only a favorite of mine for it’s lyrical genius or Ja Rule’s very on-trend leather baseball hat but it’s basically an anthem. Please feel free to play as you read along to these beauty tips!

Oily skin girls — put down the mattifiers! It’s time to embrace your natural sheen in the right places and those with dry skin I will enlighten you with some go-to products to get close to looking like Jenny from the Block.

  • Post amazing skincare routine (moisturize!), put on your base – a tinted moisturizer or lightweight foundation and mix in a pea sized amount of liquid illuminator, like Nars ‘Orgasm‘ to give a touch of rosey golden glow.
  • Next, take a matte bronzer like Smashbox, Suntan Matte, to contour the face with an angled brush. For this, just swipe the bronzer with a light hand under the apples of the cheeks in an upward motion. Be sure to blend so you don’t get the dreaded stripe so it looks natural. Be sure to brush along your jawline and top of forehead to even out.
  • After bronzer, it’s time to add that signature J.Lo peachy tone to the cheeks. I love Nars ‘Gina‘ blush, it’s a shade that looks really great on a wide range of complexions. Take your blush brush and swirl around the apples of your cheeks again with a light hand.
  • Now time to highlight – most important! With a feather brush, dust a bit of Too Faced ‘Sun Bunny‘ on just the tops of your cheeks — I guarantee this will give you a beautiful shimmer without tacky sparkle.
  • Lastly, take a concealer brush using Benefit Cosmetic ‘Watts Up‘ (a favorite of mine) to add the last touch of glow. Kendall Bennewitz, an NYC based make-up artist says, “only put highlighter on temples, bridge of the nose and tops of the cheeks.”
  • End with a nude lip like Marc Jacobs lip gloss in ‘Sweet Escape‘  and hello — you’re J  to the L – O.

Let’s dance.