OOTD

POWER SUIT

A monochromatic look is always in style. I love wearing all white — it always looks so classic and chic.

For this look I rediscovered a blazer I have from Aritzia and completely gave it an update by pairing it with a white crew neck tee and my high waisted cropped Levi’s.

This is my modern power suit.

I’ve always been a denim lover and a pair of white jeans is a wardrobe essential. The frayed hem trend isn’t going anywhere for a while and this little detail helps show off what I call a ‘wow factor’ — these heels.

I bought these shoes impulsively before a trip to Vegas with my sister and am so happy I did. The block heel is actually pretty comfortable and I love the shade of gold.

The finishing touch? My Gucci crossbody.

I have shared this item on my Instagram but haven’t blogged about it yet! After probably a year long thought process of what designer bag to splurge on (many conversations, focus groups, lengthy group texts with my sisters) I finally decided that this Gucci bag was what I wanted most. The classic camera style is perfect to fit my necessities; iPhone (Plus), mini wallet, metro card and a lip color. I am obsessed with the gold hardware and am excited to officially start my designer handbag collection….which could be dangerous.

Photos by Christina Emilie in NYC

 

How will you wear all white everything this summer?

SHOP MY LOOK

BLAZER: Aritzia, similar here

TEE: Aritzia

JEANS: Levi’s, similar here

SHOES: Mango

BAG: Gucci

 

UNEXPECTED EMBROIDERY

This spring it’s all about embroidery.

I’ve seen so many unique pieces this season with the most beautiful embellishment. Anywhere from denim, tees, jackets and accessories — this extra detail can really update your look.

This jacket by French Connection just spoke to me. Maybe it’s my Pakistani roots, but the embroidery on this jacket is so reminiscent of my heritage. I love the intricate detail and color combination. It’s such a statement piece that is made super wearable on a sporty silhouette — the classic bomber jacket.

I decided to make the jacket the star of the outfit and keep the rest of the look super simple. An easy white v-neck tee, by Don’t Ask Why, has the best slouch and oversized fit. I am always on the hunt for the perfect white tee and this one is by far one of my most loved.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a denim girl. These Vintage Hi-Rise Straight distressed jeans by American Eagle make this look easy, relaxed and casual.

One of my favorite parts of this outfit? My earrings by Baublebar. Not only are these a great accessory to add to any outfit – they’re very light weight and won’t hurt your ears by the end of the day! I’m a huge fan of statement earrings but the worst part is that most are so heavy and painful. However, these are quite comfortable and I want every color. Dangerous! It was hard for me to not buy them all…I opted for the white and pale pink for now. Highly recommend!

Completed the look with my go-to menswear loafer and I’m ready to hit up brunch with the girls or some easy shopping around the streets of SoHo.

Ready to recreate?

Photos by Kevin Tun in SoHo, New York City

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: Courtesy of French Connection

TEE: Don’t Ask Why

DENIM: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Target

EARRINGS: Baublebar

 

 

 

A TOUCH OF BLUSH

Can winter be over already? This past weekend we got a glimpse of spring and it’s amazing how much different I can feel with a glimpse of sunshine and temps above 30 degrees.

My day to day winter wardrobe has been consumed by my black parka puffer but occasionally I do like to switch things up when it gets above freezing — the outfit? Winter white with my menswear wool outerwear staple from Aritzia.

This past fall everyone was fraying their denim and I was all about this trend. A cropped flare to show off more of your shoe? Sign me up.

This pair of cropped denim by Levi’s I found on the sale rack and they’re the perfect shade of ivory white. They have the ideal high waist I’m constantly searching for and pair so nice with my Aerie off-the-shoulder sweater.

I’m happy to see I can still bare my shoulders in the winter which was probably my favorite trend of the summer. I know everyone and their mom is wearing an off-the-shoulder top these days but I can’t give it up just yet. For spring ,I’m already seeing the trend evolve into one shoulder silhouettes and some bold statement sleeves which I’m excited to incorporate for future looks!

But the real star of this outfit? The blush velvet bootie.

I originally longed for the navy velvet bootie. I went back and forth, tried them on at the store and then dreamed about them for days…months really. Then came, Cyber Monday…where the bootie was on sale and I couldn’t pass them up! I added the navy to my cart but then also clicked over and saw the blush. I had to have both.

My blush obsession has been pretty real lately — it’s such a pretty shade and even acts as a neutral within my wardrobe. It pairs beautifully with greys, whites and taupes. Highly recommend mixing it in yours!

The monotone look is super easy to recreate and never fails to look chic. Ready to go winter white?

Photos shot by Moeez Ali in SoHo

SHOP MY LOOK:

SWEATER: Aerie

DENIM: Levi’s

OUTERWEAR: Aritzia

BOOTIE: Steve Madden

 

 

 

 

WARDROBE MUST-HAVE: THE TEDDY BEAR COAT

What’s the next best thing to being wrapped in a blanket? The teddy bear coat.

Ever since I saw this trend via Instagram on some of my favorite bloggers– I was on the hunt for a similar jacket. The fleecy fabric is so soft, adds a cool texture and will be sure to keep you warm through these winter months!

Luckily, American Eagle Outfitters mixed two of my favorite trends together — the moto jacket and the teddy bear coat. The best of both worlds! I went with a size small and it fits a bit oversized which I love.

I decided to keep the rest of my look super simple, all black, and kept the jacket as my statement piece. I’ve been loving slip dresses since last summer and wanted a way to wear the style into winter. I paired my Don’t Ask Why black slip dress over a pair of slashed-knee American Eagle jeggings for some edge.

To complete my look, I added one of my favorite beanies, also by AE, with the cutest faux fur pom and my Steve Madden pointy boots. This is the perfect look to take from day to night.

Ready to recreate?

Photos shot by Kevin Tun in Brooklyn, NY

SHOP MY LOOK:

JACKET: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

DRESS: DON’T ASK WHY

JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BEANIE: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

BOOTS: STEVE MADDEN

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

NYE INSPO: THE VELVET DRESS

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching! If you’re in need of some last minute outfit inspo — add a touch of velvet.

I’ve had a recent obsession with all things blush and this dress from Zara had everything I could want and more. If you’re looking to mix up your LBD – I suggest adding this texture to your outfit.

I paired mine with simple nude heels and a fun faux furry clutch.

Linking a few of my favorite velvet pieces below! I can’t find an exact link to my dress anymore (annoying I know) but I would definitely scout your local Zara because they’re currently having their major sale! I also know it comes in a beautiful emerald green.

Other amaaazing options in the velvet family can be found here:

FOREVER 21

MANGO

DON’T ASK WHY

ZARA

REFORMATION

Happy New Year’s and thank you sincerely for following my blog thus far — I hope for an even greater 2017! For even more updates, follow me on Instagram, @symaspeaks.

Xo,

Syma

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.

 

 

WEEKEND WEAR: HOW-TO DRESS UP YOUR SWEATS

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November is in full swing and temps are dropping in NYC. When Friday comes around, all I want to do is put on sweatpants. Thank God for the trend of “athleisure” where now it’s socially acceptable to rock your favorite comfy pants outside the house.

However, you must follow some rules when attempting to dress up your sweats so you don’t completely look like you rolled out of bed. Listen up guys, I’m talking to you too.

A staple piece in every person’s wardrobe is a leather jacket. If you can’t break the bank at the moment, have no fear — there are so many types of “vegan” leather jackets sold by your fast-fashion destinations like Zara to give you the look of a classic leather jacket without spending next month’s rent.

Whether you want to dress up a hoodie (a la Kendall Jenner) or simply add some structure to your look – this is a great way to do this. It takes your sweats to next level where you go from borderline pjs to “model off-duty.”

I love a neutral palette – so simply adding a grey tee with my black Aerie sweatpants was an easy decision.

Now for the sneaker, one thing I love about living in NYC is how much of a sneaker culture it is. It’s important to have a variety in your sneaker game – you want the basics; Converse, Adidas and Nikes.

I love a simple white high-top converse. They look very “cool-Euro model” in the summer with a dress and love the way they look with an all black ensemble for a little pop.

At under 60 bucks, you can’t go wrong with this timeless kick.

Throw on your favorite eyewear and you’re ready to hit the streets not only comfortable but completely in style.

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Photos by the talented Allison Schaller in Soho

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET: Random find in Soho; similar here & here

SWEATS: AERIE, older style but similar here

TEE: AERIE, older style but similar here

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

SNEAKERS: CONVERSE

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

WHAT TO WEAR THIS WEEKEND: THE 4TH

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Can you believe July is already here?! I can’t believe the 4th is this weekend! It’s one of my favorite holidays. There’s nothing like being with your favorite people, grilling out and watching the beautiful fireworks on a summer night!

On the 4th — I always go casual. What’s more American than wearing denim? For my look I decided to wear a pair of white destroyed boyfriend jeans with an easy striped crop tee from American Eagle Outfitters. Adding a pop of red with my Kate Spade Saturday crossbody gives a touch of Patriotic love without being too red, white and blue.

I love a good statement hat. This fun style I scored at H&M — this style has been super popular this season and being under 20 dollars, there’s no reason not to embrace the trend!

For the evening when you’re ready to watch the fireworks with your favorite people, an easy denim jacket around your waist is not only fashionable but functional to keep you warm once the sky lights up.

My favorite sneaker of the moment are these Stan Smith’s — the light grey is a nice alternative to the white and neutral enough to go with most pieces in your wardrobe.

I’m sure you already have similar pieces in your wardrobe — what will you wear to celebrate?!

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK

TOP: Don’t Asky Why, American Eagle Outfitters

JEANS: American Eagle Outfitters

JACKET: American Eagle Outfitters

SNEAKERS: Adidas

BAG: Kate Spade Saturday

SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban

HAT: H&M