Aritzia

A MOTO MOMENT

As summer in the city came to an end and store window displays switched their focus to fall, all I had (heart) eyes for was a tan moto jacket.

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It’s all I could think about it! The only thing I needed to start my fall wardrobe right was a tan moto jacket and I was determined to find the perfect one!

On a chill Sunday in the city, I was browsing at one of my favorite stores, Aritzia (a usual weekend activity) and there it was; a tan moto jacket with my name on it!

I quickly grabbed it and tried it on. After taking a few (maybe 10) selfies in the mirror, I knew I had to have it!

I could see it worn in endless ways but the look I was most excited to try it with was an ‘all black everything’ moment. For this look, I paired it with my Aerie turtleneck and my American Eagle Outfitters black hi-rise jeggings.

To add a bit of 70’s flare that I can’t get enough of — I added this fun fringe clutch I picked up at Forever 21. I love that it’s an easy way to add a bit of the era to my look without overdoing it.

I kept accessories classic with my favorite Ray-Bans and my newest black booties from Sam Edelman. I’ve professed my love for the Sam Edelman bootie before and these continue my admiration. They’re simple, comfortable and go with everything — it’s my go-to bootie of the season and I highly recommend them!

I love the moto jacket for an easy way to edge up your look. It’s a quick way to add instant cool and give you that “model-off-duty” look everyone needs in their life.  The tan is a nice alternative to your black. Think of it as your new neutral. Whether you wear it with a t-shirt and jeans, drape it over your shoulders with a little slip dress —  you can’t go wrong with this wardrobe staple.

No matter how you wear it — this is definitely the moto of the moment.

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: ARITZIA

TOP: AERIE

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BOOTS: SAM EDELMAN

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

CLUTCH: FOREVER 21

DAY AND NIGHT

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whitedress

This summer, I am all about the LWD — otherwise known as the Little White Dress.

I dreamed about this silhouette from Aritzia (as I do most things) when I spotted it on the racks when it was still freezing in NYC. I decided to purchase and stay optimistic thinking one day summer may indeed come and I can rock this dress with open toe shoes and bare legs.

Finally – summer arrived and it’s insanely hot in NYC. The instant fix? This easy breezy dress that I can take from day to night.

I wanted to show you fellow Fashionistas the versatility of this dress by simple switching up your accessory game.

For a casual day look – I love this paired with a flat cognac sandal, turquoise jewelry and my new favorite tassel earrings. For the summer heat, I love the hairstyle that has been trending over your Instagram feed: the half bun.

This look is perfect for the office, brunch out with the girls, or a fun day date.

For the evening it’s all about your shoes. To add some edge, I paired this dress with my statement heels from Zara. The red gives that extra pop you need that elevates the look into night.

I literally “let my hair down” and embraced my natural waves to switch up my look. It’s important to embrace your natural texture in this season because no matter how much you may try to fight it — the humidity will win.

If you want to add more shape, this dress comes with an adorable rope belt you can tie for a more fitted look. However, I love this dress loose. It has so much movement, and the hem comes up just a bit on the sides to show-off a bit of leg which never hurt anyone.

Are you ready to rock this look day to night? (Cue Kid Cudi.)

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SHOP MY LOOK

Dress: Aritzia

Shoes: Zara, American Eagle Outfitters

Earrings: H&M

Bracelet: American Eagle Outfitters

Photos by talented Allison Schaller

NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND’S JEANS

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Boyfriend jeans – not the easiest type of denim to wear even though they claim to be!

Since I’m used to wearing a tight skinnier fit denim, I tend to feel a little frumpy when I wear a looser style. It’s important to find a pair of boyfriend jeans that still give you a shape. American Eagle Outfitters latest revamp of the boyfriend jean is called the “Tomgirl” — which has a skinnier fit. I also suggest playing with sizing. In a boyfriend jean I usually size down so they are not too baggy and overtime they will give you the right amount of slouch you want.

To feel more put together it’s all about adding the unexpected – a fun pair of heels! I scored these beauties at Zara a few summers back and love the bright bold turquoise. Turquoise is such a flattering shade on so many skin tones and the perfect pop of brightness to ease our way into summer.

I love a white crop top – especially this one from Aritzia. It fits a little oversized, but layered with a favorite lacy bralette from Aerie adds a just a bit of edge. Denim on denim has always been one of my favorite combinations. To continue with the “boyfriend” look – I actually borrowed from the boys and wore a men’s denim jacket from American Eagle Outfitters as well. Draped over my shoulders, I’m ready to hit the city for a fun summer night. Perhaps a rooftop?

Where will you wear your boyfriend jeans?

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Shot in NYC by Dea Jenkins

ESSENTIALS: FALL 2014

Fall Essentials 2014

Fall is somehow already here and the best time to maximize your wardrobe — it’s time to layer! I’ve put together my Top 5 Fall Essentials that I am craving this season.

1. Wide-Brim Hat — This particular hat is by Janessa Leone which I came across on Instagram and immediately fell in love. It’s definitely an investment piece being a bit on the pricier side but you can definitely achieve the same look for under $100 here.

2. The Black Ankle Boot — I never knew you could wear one shoe so much. Being in the city this shoe can transition from fall to summer. I wear this style all year long and this pair by Rachel Comey looks great with jeans or a skirt — not to mention, comfortable too! Definitely worth the splurge as you’ll get endless wear out of this item.

3. The Dark Lip — Previously I called this “The Lorde Lip” but I am still loving “Volga” by Nars. It’s the perfect shade of dark berry burgundy that you can intensify to a stain or mix in with gloss for a toned down berry hue. This shade looks amazing on a variety of skin tones and I would highly recommend – don’t be afraid!

4. The Leather Jacket — Again, another investment piece which I could do an entirely separate post (coming soon?) on but now there are so many great faux leather options that won’t break the bank. I’m loving this one from American Eagle Outfitters – for under $100 – you can’t beat it.

5. The Blanket Scarf — A staple for life. You can wear this Wilfred Scarf from Aritzia can be worn in a couple different ways; around your neck, a shawl or even a poncho. This tribal print makes a statement and I’m into this color combo of maroon and navy — a great pop of color in a sea of black.

What items are you going to add to your wardrobe? Serious staples that every girl should have!