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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

POWER SUIT

A monochromatic look is always in style. I love wearing all white — it always looks so classic and chic.

For this look I rediscovered a blazer I have from Aritzia and completely gave it an update by pairing it with a white crew neck tee and my high waisted cropped Levi’s.

This is my modern power suit.

I’ve always been a denim lover and a pair of white jeans is a wardrobe essential. The frayed hem trend isn’t going anywhere for a while and this little detail helps show off what I call a ‘wow factor’ — these heels.

I bought these shoes impulsively before a trip to Vegas with my sister and am so happy I did. The block heel is actually pretty comfortable and I love the shade of gold.

The finishing touch? My Gucci crossbody.

I have shared this item on my Instagram but haven’t blogged about it yet! After probably a year long thought process of what designer bag to splurge on (many conversations, focus groups, lengthy group texts with my sisters) I finally decided that this Gucci bag was what I wanted most. The classic camera style is perfect to fit my necessities; iPhone (Plus), mini wallet, metro card and a lip color. I am obsessed with the gold hardware and am excited to officially start my designer handbag collection….which could be dangerous.

Photos by Christina Emilie in NYC

 

How will you wear all white everything this summer?

SHOP MY LOOK

BLAZER: Aritzia, similar here

TEE: Aritzia

JEANS: Levi’s, similar here

SHOES: Mango

BAG: Gucci

 

A TOUCH OF BLUSH

Can winter be over already? This past weekend we got a glimpse of spring and it’s amazing how much different I can feel with a glimpse of sunshine and temps above 30 degrees.

My day to day winter wardrobe has been consumed by my black parka puffer but occasionally I do like to switch things up when it gets above freezing — the outfit? Winter white with my menswear wool outerwear staple from Aritzia.

This past fall everyone was fraying their denim and I was all about this trend. A cropped flare to show off more of your shoe? Sign me up.

This pair of cropped denim by Levi’s I found on the sale rack and they’re the perfect shade of ivory white. They have the ideal high waist I’m constantly searching for and pair so nice with my Aerie off-the-shoulder sweater.

I’m happy to see I can still bare my shoulders in the winter which was probably my favorite trend of the summer. I know everyone and their mom is wearing an off-the-shoulder top these days but I can’t give it up just yet. For spring ,I’m already seeing the trend evolve into one shoulder silhouettes and some bold statement sleeves which I’m excited to incorporate for future looks!

But the real star of this outfit? The blush velvet bootie.

I originally longed for the navy velvet bootie. I went back and forth, tried them on at the store and then dreamed about them for days…months really. Then came, Cyber Monday…where the bootie was on sale and I couldn’t pass them up! I added the navy to my cart but then also clicked over and saw the blush. I had to have both.

My blush obsession has been pretty real lately — it’s such a pretty shade and even acts as a neutral within my wardrobe. It pairs beautifully with greys, whites and taupes. Highly recommend mixing it in yours!

The monotone look is super easy to recreate and never fails to look chic. Ready to go winter white?

Photos shot by Moeez Ali in SoHo

SHOP MY LOOK:

SWEATER: Aerie

DENIM: Levi’s

OUTERWEAR: Aritzia

BOOTIE: Steve Madden

 

 

 

 

Sunday Styles

Crisp fall weather means one thing…cozy cardigans…and lots of mocha lattes.

Sundays are always filled with running countless errands around the city — instead of grabbing your go-to black leggings (which I fully support), switch things up with an oversized cardigan and a great pair of denim.

I’ve been loving the two-tone denim look for a new take on your favorite pair of jeans. This pair from American Eagle Outfitters is one of the latest fits from the brand – the Vintage Hi-Rise. At first you might be confused on how to wear the two-tone style but think of them as a statement pair of jeans when you want to switch things up.

I love a dramatic cardi in these cooler months. It’s easy to throw on and be comfortable but the length adds a new level of chic.

It’s been all about the menswear loafer — whether or not you’ve got your hands on the Gucci loafer (#goals) you can still have this trend in your wardrobe by so many brands offering a similar look without breaking the bank. I scored these over a year ago from Target — yes Target. Fun fact, these were on major clearance for $8.00 – talk about deal of a century! I’m still beaming. That’s cheaper than your Chipotle burrito bowl which means more money for guac. #winning

Layered with a simple white tee and an addition of round  Ray-Bans  and gold hoop earrings, this is an easy breezy outfit to wear while checking off your to-do list and meeting up with your girls for brunch.

Ready to recreate?

Photos taken in Downtown Brooklyn by Kevin Tun

SHOP MY LOOK:

SWEATER, T-SHIRT & DENIM: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Target, similar here

BAG: Aritzia

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

EARRINGS: H&M

 

 

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.

 

VIEW FROM THE TOP

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Rooftops are probably one of my favorite things about NYC. There’s something about being sky high among the tall buildings and feeling like you’re on top of the world. You can feel this way at The Skylark — a hidden gem in midtown Manhattan.

When you’re looking for a great spot to hang with your friends after work, The Skylark is the perfect Monday-Friday lounge. Besides the Instagramworthy views, the menu offers some delicious items that are for sure to leave your work worries behind.

I had the pleasure of checking out this NYC hotspot on a Friday evening. For these early Fall nights, I love a great shirt dress. This one is a neutral number from Forever 21. That’s right — this dress was a steal and the perfect day to night silhouette.

I love shades of white and cream that allows your summer tan to pop for a perfect contrast. To add a bit of color, I added these fun turquoise earrings from H&M – another steal for under $13.00!

I added my Scotch & Soda beaded clutch I scored at a sample sale last summer and my go-to All Saints pumps and I was ready to hit the city in style. To make this dress transition into the cooler weather we’ve been feeling lately, I love a great structured blazer on top or your favorite leather bomber jacket to edge it up.

Be sure to check out the Skylark to enjoy amazing views of the city that never sleeps. 🙂

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

Dress: Forever 21, similar here & here

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