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UPDATE YOUR STAPLES: JEANS + TEE

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What I wear more than anything? Grey tops + jeans. This combination will never get old to me. However, the type of silhouette of your top can take your classic t-shirt and jeans to a whole different level. Queue: the off-the-shoulder top.

I’ve been obsessed with off-the-shoulder anything since last spring and I’m so excited this trend is here to stay. One day I was browsing one of the 100 H&M’s in NYC and there it was – the perfect update to my grey tee collection: the off-the-shoulder grey top! I envisioned another Kendall Jenner outfit recreation and had to purchase.

I paired the top with my go-to high waisted American Eagle Outfitters jeans that are this amazing saturated indigo blue. These jeans seriously do not lose their shape — the Denim X technology is incredible wear after wear – I highly reccommend!

Now to accessorize — I completed my look with the belt of the moment: the concho belt. I’m pretty sure my oldest sister wore this belt in high school (mid 90’s) and I kind of wish she still had it. I found this one for under 10 bucks at Forever 21 — it was a must buy!

Next, I added a simple gold choker, my latest round Ray-Bans (obsessed) and my beloved Dolce Vita ankle boots.

Are you ready to recreate?

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Photos by Jess Rao

TOP: H&M

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BOOTS: DOLCE VITA (OLD, SIMILAR HERE)

EYEWEAR: RAY-BANS

BELT: FOREVER 21 (SIMILAR HERE)

BAG: KATE SPADE

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.

 

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

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

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!

CONCERT LOOK: On The Run Tour

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Dreams do come true. My sister got us tickets to the ‘On The Run Tour’ and I had the time of my life! I’ve seen JAY Z now four times and Beyoncé just once last summer but nothing is like seeing J+B together! For those of you who don’t know (or can’t already tell) — I’m kind of obsessed with all things Beyoncé, recently even started taking Beyoncé dance classes (I love NY/future post?). My icebreaker usually when I meet people is, “I have the same birthday as Beyoncé.” (September 4th, comin’ up Bey!)

One might ask though — what do you wear to a Beyoncé concert? Well the thing to remember is — you are actually not on stage. At the show it’s of course exciting to dress up and maybe throw on some sequins but remember you’re going to be standing/dancing for a few hours — leave the heels at home ladies and embrace the “sneakers with everything” trend! I can’t tell you how many bodycon dresses I saw in the audience. Believe me, I love a good bodycon moment  but at a concert I think it’s best to be comfortable!

I naturally got me and my sister matching outfits — I couldn’t resist these “I Woke Up Like This” tanks I spotted in a NYC boutique. Not only is that one of the most memorable lines from the album but on one of my favorite tracks, “Flawless” (Have you heard the remix yet?! http://www.beyonce.com/flawless/). I wore it with my favorite AE skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff crossbody (hands-free dance party) a chambray shirt tied around my waist and my Nike Free sneakers and I was ready to dance all night and stay warm when it got cooler after the show.

Highlights of the night? I can’t pick just one — I practically lost my mind when JAY Z performed “Clique” and Beyoncé came in killing it with a remix of “Diva”. I also almost died when they sang “Forever Young” together (insert heart eyes emoji). It was truly magical. Beyoncé also dancing to “Partition” was ridiculous. Basically, the music video and more came to life. If you have a chance to see this show I highly recommend it — or definitely tune into the HBO documentary!

This is my effortless “I Woke Up Like This” Beyoncé concert look — what’s yours?

 

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OTR Photos via LifeandTimes.com

MET YOUR MATCH

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Everyone has that pair of jeans that they can’t live without — and for me, that pair is my American Eagle Outfitters Hi-Rise Jegging in a perfectly faded charcoal grey. Sure, it might be your not so typical blue jean but I literally live in this neutral and can’t seem to take them off!

On a beautiful Saturday in the city, I was shopping around the Meatpacking District and popped into All Saints where I usually walk around in awe of their sea of grey selection…and there they were — the perfect pump in a beautifully distressed leather in faded charcoal grey. I had to have them! I tried them on with my grey jeans and had that “aha-moment”, my jeans had met their match!

Paired with my favorite white AE tee (which I could also analyze for hours…future post?), this is an incredibly easy outfit to take day to night. My favorite chambray shirt tied around my waist nods to the 90’s grunge trend we’ve been seeing and adds function for when it gets cooler at night.

For some color, I scored this Scotch & Soda clutch with awesome beaded detail that adds some texture to my look. The finishing touch? My latest sunglasses obsession — these mod-inspired cat-eye shades by Kate Spade Saturday. I love that instant edge they add to any outfit, and I dig the all-black frames and lenses.

What’s your perfect match?

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Photos by Allison Schaller