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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?

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JACKET: Zara, similar here

SWEATER: H&M, similar here

JEANS: Aritzia

SHOES: Zara

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5 DRESSES YOU NEED RIGHT NOW

Somehow we skipped Spring and went full force into 85 degrees in NYC. What does that mean? Dress weather!

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I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl most days but in the summer sometimes it’s just easier throwing on a dress in one simple step. Miraculously you look instantly put together and super feminine. I’ve rounded up my top five favorites to keep you looking stylish all season long…

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  1. Off-The-Shoulder — Can’t stop wearing off-the-shoulder everything. This denim dream is from Zara has all the elements you want in a dress – did I mention the pockets?!

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2. LWD — The little white dress. The cutest option by American Eagle Outfitters. Obsessed with the tassel detail and embroidery.

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3. The Slip Dress — If you don’t have a slip dress already in your wardrobe – you need one. Perfect when you want to look casual chic. I love this paired with sneakers or a great pair of fringy heels for date night. I love this style by Aritzia.

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4. The Shirt Dress — Everyone needs a shirt dress. This style by Aerie is a great staple for your wardrobe. I love the linen fabric and stripe detailing. The belt is also super cute and will look amazing on multiple dresses all summer long!

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5. I love this maxi from Zara. Easy, breezy & bright! I’m loving yellow this season — it’s such a flattering color and makes a bold statement.

SPRING IN THE CITY

May has arrived and somehow in NYC it’s still super cold, gloomy and rainy. Not exactly the spring weather I’ve been dreaming of all winter long…

So the question is how do you dress for this weather when it’s gross out but want to feel springy and stylish? Layer.

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The one coat you need for the season is a soft trench coat. I like this style over a traditional structured style because it can add movement to your outfit, dress it up and feels super feminine. I bought this jacket a few years back from Aritzia. They make amazing outerwear — you can find a similar style, here.

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My go-to outfit is my grey high waisted American Eagle jeans and grey v-neck tee. I love a good monochrome outfit but I like to update it with accessories.

I can’t get enough of the bandana scarf. A simple and inexpensive accessory is the perfect way to add a little something to your look. I love this pale pink bandana with my grey and tan jacket — one of my favorite color combos.HOSTING_031316_0140

Paired with my suede taupe booties found at Forever 21 (major score) and my Instagram famous round Ray-Bans I feel ready for any type of weather NYC throws at me…in style.

Photos by George Evan in the Meatpacking District, NYC

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: ARITZIA (similar here)

TEE: J.CREW (similar here)

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BOOTIES: FOREVER 21

BANDANA: PAC SUN

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

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SWEATER + LEGGINGS: ARITZIA

BANDANA: TARGET

BOOTIES: SAM EDELMAN

BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF

THE BLACK ALBUM

_MG_5250Not only one of my favorite Jay Z albums but when I wear ‘all black everything’ I feel like a bo$$.

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Maybe, it’s living in New York for four years now (crazy how time flies) but there’s nothing I love more than some monotone.

Wearing one color makes this outfit super easy to recreate if I do say so myself. (Are you sick of my Jay Z lines yet? I’m not.)

This entire outfit besides my accessories are from one of my favorite stores, Aritzia. They’re known for their killer outerwear and I am obsessed with their sweaters/everything they have.

This coat is the Aubertin coat by Wilfred. It is the perfect long black coat that not only dresses up your look but is insanely warm. The oversized pockets are great to hold your large iPhone Plus (I just got one) so that’s definitely a “plus” in my book.

I’m a big fan of oversized sweaters, there’s nothing cozier you can put on in these cooler months as we are still making our way through winter. This sweater is the Tyrion Sweater by Babaton. It’s a super thick knit that feels like you borrowed it from your favorite boy but has a feminine cut with the v-like neckline — basically the perfect sweater.

EDIT-10Lastly, the faux leather legging. I’ve had these Wilfred Free Daria leggings for years and they never fail. I love wearing them with a simple black bootie — mine are the Petty’s by Sam Edelman — or adding a cool white sneaker to keep it casual. The perfect pant to take you from day to night. These also have a nice hi-rise so they won’t sag which is never a good look.

_MG_5296IMG_0213To accessorize — this is a fringe bag I got forever ago in college from H&M. I was super excited fringe came back in a big way this past year so I could break out this bad boy again. You can find a similar version here.

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Are you ready to rock all black everything? I got 99 problems but my outfit isn’t one…hit me:

Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET, SWEATER & LEGGINGS: Aritzia

BOOTS: Sam Edelman

BAG: H&M

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

Blanket Scarf 101

Back by popular demand (my sister), I’ve decided to do an updated post on how to wear my favorite winter accessory — the blanket scarf!

Many of my friends know that I’m a bit addicted to this large accessory from Aritzia. In these colder months, it saves me walking around this chilly city! If you don’t own one yet, I highly suggest buying one for yourself, your mom, your sister and your girlfriend too!

There are many ways to wear it — so prepare to be amazed!

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Also, how fun is this gif?

Let’s begin — I like to first fold it diagonally so it’s a bit easier to work with.

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The Shawl – When it’s not too cold, this is a perfect way to drape the scarf to add some texture and color to your look. A great sub when you don’t feel like wearing a coat. Especially on a day like today where it was randomly 50 degrees in NYC!

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2. Swaddle Me – I’m a new Aunt to my baby nephew Ali — let’s just say babies aren’t the only ones who can get their swaddle on. (Lol) Sure you might not be able to move your arms but you’re going to be super comfy and warm all day long!

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3. 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. Sometimes I completely cover my mouth and throw on my parka with a hood. Your friends might say, “Are you climbing Mt. Everest” (true story) but who cares — anything for warmth!

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4. Flip It and Reverse It – Take a cue from Missy (she’s back!) and wear the reverse side of your blanket scarf the next time you drape it like a shawl. I’ve been loving winter whites and creams this season to brighten my everyday look in a sea of black parkas.

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Add my favorite camel coat and I’m ready for a very fashionable February!

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Photos by Allison Schaller in NYC

SHOP MY LOOK:

SCARF: Aritzia

TOP: American Eagle Outfitters

JEANS: American Eagle Outfitters

COAT: Aritzia

BOOTS: Rachel Comey

 

 

 

WHAT TO WEAR TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR

It’s pretty unbelievable it’s almost 2016! One of my personal goals for 2015 was growing my blog and staying more consistent with it as my main creative outlet. If you’ve kept up with me from the beginning, I originally started Syma Speaks as a print magazine while in 3rd grade. I’ve always had a love for fashion and writing, so being able to share that is very special to me. I hope to share more of what inspires me in 2016, here’s to the new year & new content!

Now let’s talk NYE. Your plans might not be set in stone yet (always stressful) but your outfit totally can be!

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I’m usually very into a metallic or sequin moment for New Year’s because those pieces aren’t always the easiest to wear post holiday fun. However, this year I’m feeling something a little different; faux fur.

I have never been a fur person…I attempted rocking a vest a few years back but couldn’t totally commit. Then came the fur collar which I really enjoy for it’s versatility and ease into the trend.

Perhaps it’s the power of Instagram but all I have wanted these first few months of winter is a faux fur moment. This jacket is from a favorite, Aritzia. I love the creamy hue as you know I love me some neutrals.

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Underneath this statement jacket, I wanted to keep it simple with this black wrap top layered with a champagne gold metallic tank for a touch of sparkle.

Now what’s my perfect NYE collab? Faux fur X velvet.

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I rocked these Velvet X Jeggings by American Eagle Outfitters in my last holiday post and can’t get enough of the texture. If you don’t have a little bit of velvet in your closet, I highly suggest getting yourself a pair of these!

You can never go wrong with #allblackeverything, this monotone look allows my jacket to not compete with the rest of outfit.

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I couldn’t exactly say goodbye to sequins for New Year’s so I found a way to work them in with this vintage clutch! It’s a great way to add a bit of shine without going over the top.

 I completed this #OOTN with my nude pumps from Mango and I’m ready to ring in the New Year!

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Cheers to 2016 and you recreating this outfit! Hope I inspired you a bit this past year, and can’t wait to continue the fun very soon!

Thank you so much for your support!

Xo,

Syma

Photos by John Soper

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: Aritzia

TOP: Forever 21 (wrap), Forever 21 (tank)

PANTS: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Mango, similar here

CLUTCH: Vintage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT TO WEAR: THIS HOLIDAY

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Crazy to think that Christmas is this week! The weather in NYC lately hasn’t exactly been the “Winter Wonderland” of my dreams but I’m never opposed to warmer weather.

What I am very excited about? Giving my parka a break and wearing one of my most favorite Aritzia wool coats but this time adding a pop of red.

I wasn’t always into the color red or much color at all really since moving to NYC as you can probably tell from my numerous posts raving on neutral color palettes. However, when it comes to the holidays — I think it’s important to switch it up and get a little festive. Now this does not mean go break out your “ugly sweater” but embrace a little color when it comes to #sweaterweather.

 

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This sweater is my new favorite from American Eagle Outfitters. It’s the perfect shade of cherry red that looks amazing on a variety of skin tones and an ideal cropped length.

I decided to continue the holiday fun and work a little velvet into my outfit — my American Eagle Outfitters Velvet – X Jeggings.

When it comes to velvet – I think it’s best to go classic. You can’t go wrong with a black velvet pant. These are a subtle way to wear this seasonal trend and add a new addition to your closet full of black skinnys.

A simple pom-pom beanie also from AEO and my red Kate Spade Saturday bag and I’m ready to celebrate the holidays in style!

 

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Now let’s cue some classic Mariah and get this party started!

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Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!

Syma

Photos by Allison Schaller, shot in East Village, NYC

SHOP MY LOOK:

COAT: Aritzia

SWEATER: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

PANTS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BEANIE: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BOOTS: Sam Edelman

BAG: Kate Spade Saturday

THE COAT OF THE SEASON: CAMEL

The camel coat has made quite the statement this season and the one piece I was so excited to add to my wardrobe this fall.

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If you saw my last post, “Thankful for Neutrals” — this coat continues my love for all things grey, tan and taupe.

When it comes to outerwear, I think it’s important to have three key coats in your closet: black, grey and tan. You can’t go wrong with this combination — the outfit opportunities are endless!

This camel dream is the Babaton Jacoby Coat from Aritzia. Be sure to check out the rest of their outerwear as well, I’m pretty much obsessed with all of it and don’t even get me started about their blanket scarves….(post coming soon!)

In this #OOTD I wanted to dress up my go-to day-to-day outfit; a grey sweater, black jeggings and my Stan Smith’s. This camel coat was the perfect touch to elevate my outfit.

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This look is great for our current weather conditions in NYC, thanks to El Nino, my ankles do not freeze and I can show off my footwear game a bit with a cropped length.

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I cut these American Eagle Outfitters jeggings myself to add some frayed detailing to the bottom. I’m going to admit, I did not cut these that great but after a few washes, they evened out ok. 🙂

I paired my jeans with this comfy and cozy American Eagle Outfitters mock neck sweater which I highly recommend. It comes in a few colors so you might need all of them, naturally.

_MG_5133Paired with my Ray-Bans, black tote and light grey Adidas Stan Smith’s, I’m ready to hit the streets of NYC in not only comfort but so on trend .

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Are you ready to make this your new uniform?

Be sure to follow @symaspeaks on Instagram for even more fashion & fun.

Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: ARITZIA

SWEATER: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

SHOES: ADIDAS

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN