Jay Z

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

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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

 

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