Fall

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

 

 

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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.

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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

THANKFUL FOR NEUTRALS

If you’ve been following my blog thus far or know me well – all I love is grey. I don’t know what it is about this neutral but I can’t get enough of it.

It’s also the perfect hue to travel with this Thanksgiving weekend!

When it comes to traveling – it’s all about layering. I used to be an “over-packer” but now since moving to NYC, I’ve gotten much better at it due to my favorite people living in various cities and I can’t lug so much luggage around alone!

It’s all about packing with items I can wear in different ways to maximize my outfits for the weekend.

This look is ideal and perfect for the airport – with the key item; the cocoon cardigan.

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I love a good oversized sweater, but it’s important to understand how to wear it so you still keep your shape.

With my favorite go-to American Eagle Outfitters hi-rise jeggings, I tucked in my Aerie turtleneck and added this Forever 21 concho belt to show-off my waist. This allows me to break-up the monotone look and add some 90’s flare.

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Now time to talk about this hat – it’s everything. I literally visited Madewell a total of three times before I purchased because I wasn’t quite sure about the hat, but after dreaming about it and saving a selfie I took on Snapchat (#thesearemyconfessions) I knew the hat had to be mine!

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I can’t think of a better look to be thankful for this Thanksgiving – ready to recreate?

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SHOP MY LOOK:

SWEATER: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

TURTLENECK: AERIE

DENIM: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BELT: FOREVER 21

BOOTS: RACHEL COMEY

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

 

 

 

 

“Fall” In Love with the Perfect Seasonal Bootie

You could say my fall uniform consists of two things: black booties and black jeans.

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Living in NYC I feel like I have to buy a new pair of black booties every year and it was a never ending search for the perfect pair until I found the “one”.

They say, “you know when you know” and it’s true. The first time I tried on the Sam Edelman “Petty” bootie – my search was over.

It had everything I could want in an everyday boot; black leather, a low heel, sleek look, comfortable and timeless flair.

Paired with my newest destroyed jeans from American Eagle Outfitters — you could say it was a match made in heaven!

Possibilities are endless — and want to know the great thing? This boot comes in a variety of colors so now I need all of them (naturally). Cognac, grey, nude…and suede?! At under $150 – what’s not to love?

P.S. Happy #ShoesdayTuesday 🙂

SHOP MY LOOK:

BOOTS: SAM EDELMAN

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

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

FALL MUST-HAVE: THE BUTTON-FRONT SKIRT

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This is the skirt that is clogging your Instagram feed and the skirt you need to update your fall wardrobe!

The button-front skirt is everywhere – from denim to suede it’s the perfect way to work in this 70’s flashback into our wardrobes.

I am a denim kind of girl. Jeans, jackets, high-waisted, chambray shirts — it’s a way of life really. However this skirt is not the one you rocked in the early 2000’s when you paired it with your favorite fleece sweatshirt and Uggs — don’t worry!

There’s a reason you keep seeing it — it’s one very versatile piece!

I decided to style this skirt from American Eagle Outfitters with one of my favorite tops I purchased a few months back from Zara.

I’ve really been loving the off-the-shoulder trend since last Spring and I’m excited to see it transition into fall.

I tucked in my blouse from Zara and added this cool western-inspired concho belt (also from AE :)) + my fun sunnies to channel my inner 70’s ‘It Girl’.

You can definitely have fun this season with the 70’s trend — whether it’s a fun button-front skirt, suede jacket or a bit of fringe (all coming soon to the blog!) take a bit of the era and mix it in with you wardrobe and you’ll be right on trend!

Xo,

Syma

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Photos by Allison Schaller

Queue Drake?

SHOP MY LOOK

TOP: Zara

SKIRT: American Eagle Outfitters

EYEWEAR: Forever 21, similar here

SUMMER TO FALL TRANSITION: DARK FLORALS

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It’s technically the first day of Fall but it’s a bit hard for me to fully transition into sweater weather in NYC when it’s still a high of 80 degrees! #endlesssummer

The solution? My dark floral jumpsuit. In my mind — this is the perfect transitional piece. It’s long sleeves and pants in one! I was searching for a jumpsuit with a tie/cut-out/floral combination and there it was one night as I was browsing online. It was everything I could want in a jumpsuit! (Probably my favorite thing to say to myself when shopping “it’s everything I could want in a _____ ” then I know it’s a must-have – ha!)

This is the 2nd jumpsuit I’ve scored at Forever 21 — I know — you’re just as shocked as I am! A full outfit for under 25 bucks?! Anything is possible people.

To take this into evening and cooler temps — simply drape your favorite leather moto over your shoulders and you’re ready to take your #OOTN in style. IMG_0066_MG_3818  _MG_3766_MG_3897

Photos by the talented Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK:

Jumpsuit: Forever 21 

Heels: Mango, Similar here

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!