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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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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

 

 

THE UNIFORM – MOTO + STRIPES

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This spring the weather has been a little all over the place. This week has really warmed up but some days it turns back to cooler temps so it’s important to be prepared and layer it up!

What I can’t stop wearing? A moto jacket and stripe tees. I was so excited last fall when I got this jacket from Aritzia and I love that I can transition it into spring/summer easily with my Aerie stripe t-shirt. Around this time of year, I’m all about a bold nautical stripe. It’s a timeless trend that always looks great.

My favorite accessory of the moment? Round sunglasses. I love this style by EyeBuyDirect — it’s a take on the classic round Ray-Bans for a fraction of the cost. Be sure to check them out, here.

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Paired with a my current favorite American Eagle high waisted jeans and menswear inspired flats I’m ready for any spring day that comes my way — warm or cool.

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Photos shot by George Evan in The Meatpacking District, NYC

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: ARITZIA

TOP: AERIE

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

SHOES: TARGET (SCORE! BUT SIMILAR HERE)

EYEWEAR: EYEBUYDIRECT 

 

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.

 

BUT FIRST, COFFEE.

All I need is coffee..mascara…an oversized grey cardigan…ripped jeans and maybe a slice of pizza.

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I was never a coffee drinker. I somehow made it through college without drinking one drop of coffee. I was the girl that ordered a hot chocolate when friends wanted to grab a cup of joe. Then soon the real world hit — where it somehow became the thing to do. It was like being at a college party and feeling the peer pressure — “What?! You don’t drink coffee?!”

I felt out of the loop — coffee time was a sacred moment at the office where coworkers could share fun stories and recap their weekend — if I didn’t partake I might not be part of the conversation – the horror!

Then one summer, an intern we had enlightened me. “Syma, why don’t you add some hot chocolate to your cup of coffee, then you’ll have an instant mocha!” Pure genius.
Four years later, I still drink coffee with hot chocolate mix — I apologize to my dentist but for now this is the only way it can happen.

So now what do I need in the AM besides coffee and my solid 15 minute morning routine? Mascara. This tee from Aerie couldn’t be cuter or more Insta-worthy if I do say so myself (Jay Z voice).

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Sadly, it’s freezing out so I couldn’t show you the beautiful low-back but I love the soft jersey this tee is made in. I paired this tee for a casual coffee run with my American Eagle Outfitters Tomgirl jeans and oversized cardi.

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In the Tomgirls I size down 2 sizes — I’ve never loved a super slouchy jean on myself so these still feel like I won’t lose my shape but give that effortless look I always love.

A simple grey cardigan, also from American Eagle Outfitters is all you’ll want to wear this winter.

I completed my #OOTD with my go-to Rachel Comey booties and I’m off to grab a cup of joe and run my usual weekend errands with a side of window-shopping.

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SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: AERIE

CARDI: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

SHOES: RACHEL COMEY

 

Photos shot at Beansmith Coffee by O.

 

 

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

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