Model Off Duty

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

 

 

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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.

 

WARDROBE STAPLE: THE BOMBER JACKET

One of the most exciting moments of my life happened recently… I was featured on WhoWhatWear.com! If you are not familiar with the website, I highly recommend checking it out. It is one of my go-to fashion sites for trends, tips and the inside scoop on the industry. What made the moment even better, the picture they chose features one of my key wardrobe staples – the bomber jacket. If you recall, I did a post awhile ago on Syma Speaks on ‘athleisure’ — I rocked my American Eagle Outfitters bomber jacket and am thrilled this trend is here to stay.

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I wanted to revamp the look a bit with a little inspiration from one of my favorite models of the moment, Kendall Jenner.

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There’s nothing I love more than a model-off-duty look and Kendall nails it every time. Kendall has mastered the athleisure look to make leggings look completely put together and the epitome of cool.

This look is super simple to recreate and you can wear these pieces multiple times which gives you even more reason to shop them below.

I started my look with my black bomber jacket. Yes, I also own this jacket in olive green but when an item is so good, you buy every color – right?

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Layered underneath, is this cool sports bra from Aerie. I love the color-blocking. This bra fits like a crop top, so it’s a perfect match with a hi-rise legging. These high-waisted leggings are also from American Eagle Outfitters – they have a great feel and won’t stretch out which is exactly what you want in a legging for endless wear.

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Accessorized with the bag that perfectly mirrors my motto in life, “After This We’re Getting Pizza”. The bag is a great size to keep a change of clothes if you’re hitting the gym or packing some weekend essentials for your next getaway.

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Add my sleek Nike sneakers and go-to Ray-Bans and I’m ready to hit my favorite dance class or do a little shopping in style.

Photos shot in Soho by Jess Rao 

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET + LEGGINGS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

TOP: AERIE

SNEAKERS: NIKE

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

BAG: BAN.DO AT AERIE

 

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)

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

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

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.