Summer

Not Over Summer Staples

It’s September in New York and everyone is way too hyped about Pumpkin Spice Lattes…but not me. What can I say, I love warm temps and summer style. Last night I was on a beautiful rooftop in downtown Brooklyn and all I could think about was how cold it was and my friend kept reminding me it was only 60 degrees! lol

This look I shot a while back but it has been my go-to outfit of choice throughout the season and will try my hardest to wear these items as long as I can!

First up, the bodysuit. I had major inspiration from the cute bodysuits I saw on Reformation.com but found one at Forever 21 for a fraction of the cost! I literally bought this in two colors. I love the cream and black stripes and tie detailing on the straps. It’s all about the details. Paired with my hi-waisted cropped flares with already fringed hems by Levi’s — it’s the perfect look to transition into fall (if we must!).

Shoes? I can’t stop wearing these satin yellow slides. I love the color mustard and am so excited to see a lot of it for fall as well. I first fell in love with these particular shoes on Instagram and ran to Zara to try on. However, the Zara ones didn’t quite fit right but then  I found the perfect replica (again) at Forever 21! Sometimes when Forever is good, it really is.

The final touch? My basket bag from ‘& Other Stories’. I’ve worn this bag all season. It’s the best size to fit so much in and the best part? I got it on sale AND it’s real leather. Talk about winning.

Hope you can get some inspo from this look and we can still have some warm days left to live out summer to its fullest.

Photos by Katherine Pekala shot in NYC

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Forever 21

JEANS: Levi’s

SHOES: Forever 21

BAG: & Other Stories

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Sugar + Stripes

I didn’t know I could become so obsessed with gummy candies again until I had my first Sugarfina Sugar Lips. Sweet, tangy and yummy…they are simply delicious. They’re basically the sour patch kids I had as a child, all grown up and in way better packaging. (Talk about Instagrammable!) I thought how fun would it be to mix up my outfit blog shoots and take this one on location.

Behold, my editorial + candy dream come to life on one Saturday in NYC…

Back to our scheduled programming — the outfit. This look is ideal for a summer weekend brunch or day party. We’ve seen a version of classic blue stripes everywhere this season. I love this simple silhouette by Zara. What makes it stand out is the amazing embroidery on the sleeves. The wrap style can be worn in a few different ways but I think it looks best worn slightly off the shoulder.

To keep the rest of this outfit simple, I wore my Kendall Jenner inspired jeans by Citizens of Humanity from Aritzia. This fit, called the Liya, has a great hight rise and just the right amount of distressing. I sized down in these for a more flattering fit.

Lastly, I added my go-to suede wrap heels by Steve Madden from ae.com and I’m ready to grab some sweets and hit the city in style.

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If you haven’t tried Sugarfina, I highly suggest it. I have no shame buying some for myself and while you’re there grab a few for your girlfriends too — they make the best gifts! The store is the cutest – if you have a chance, definitely visit this location on the Upper East Side in NYC!

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Photos by Christina Emilie at Sugarfina in NYC

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Zara, similar here

JEANS: Aritzia

SHOES: Steve Madden

CANDY: Sugarfina

A SUNSCREEN SAFE FOR SENSITIVE + DARKER SKIN EXISTS?!

I will confess – I am not a regular sunscreen wearer. I have tried many different types over the years but some either have broken me out or leave a ghostly cast on my face that doesn’t look natural. I related to this post, Glossier, founder, CEO and all-around beauty inspiration, Emily Weiss wrote so much. I thought I was alone in the SPF struggle.

Welcome, Glossier Invisible Shield. I have had this product for a while thanks to the nice girls at Glossier but have waited to write this post to really make sure the sunscreen did not break me out and wore well.


I have the most sensitive skin – many products break me out in some form of allergic reaction but this passed the test! I have layered with make-up and no white cast — it’s simply amazing.

A lot of people with darker skin like mine don’t always think they need to wear a sunscreen as we are not the ones burning on the beach but that is not the case! A sunscreen isn’t just for the beach – it’s literally SUN day — every day!

As every skin is so different, I would test it out for yourselves and see how you like it. It has a SPF level of 35 so is perfect for daily use and has been part of my daily routine.

Thanks for making another revolutionary product, Glossier!

P.S. — They just launched Wowder (best name ever?) last week and I am so excited that I got my hands on it, will have a review coming soon!

Shop it, here.

ON REPEAT: Slip Dress + Tee with Aerie

Two closet essentials by Aerie – a striped tee and slip dress. I’m all about a 90’s comeback! Wearing a classic slip dress like this over a t-shirt makes this #OOTD super fun and casual.

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It’s a perfect outfit for running around NYC in the summer heat. Paired with my go-to sneakers of the moment adds a little edge to my look and not to mention, super comfortable which is so important.

I love the versatility of these two pieces – rocking the tee with a pair of jeans or wearing the slip dress by itself for a night out on the town is definitely in my future. These are two key pieces in my wardrobe I know I’ll be wearing on repeat.

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Shot at NYC downtown favorite, La Esquina by Christina Emilie. Highly recommend the chicken tacos and Jaritos if you’re ever in the neighborhood. 🙂

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

TOP: Aerie

DRESS: Aerie

SHOES: Vans

EYEWEAR: Ray-Ban

BAG: Gucci

 

 

 

SUMMER SOLSTICE: TOP 5 DRESSES

Summer is officially here — can you believe it?! I wanted to share my top five favorite dresses to celebrate the season we’ve been waiting so long for.

It’s finally time to wear those off-the-shoulder numbers you’ve put away from last year’s wardrobe and bring them back out. This trend may seem a bit overplayed I know but I promise it is still relevant.

I’ve added a few more dress trends I’ve been loving this season and hope you find a fave amongst the list below.

Happy summer and happy shopping!

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Going global. Embroidered pieces have been all the rage. Love the details of this by Zara


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A maxi is always a good idea in these warmer temps. Love this AE dress.

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Can’t beat a classic cold shoulder white dress. This Aerie one is perfect to take from the beach to the streets.

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A bold print is what your wardrobe needs to have some fun! Living for this Mango mini.

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Can never have enough slip dresses. This silky dress from H&M looks school layered over a tee with sneakers or paired with your favorite tassel high heels for a night out on the town.

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

 

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.

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

WELCOME TO MIAMI

A few months back I went on a weekend getaway to surprise my sister Amber for her birthday! We had the best time celebrating and hanging poolside at the Fontainebleu Hotel with her best girlfriends.

Every time I visit Miami, I wonder…can I live here?! A 2 hour flight from NYC and just like that you’re in paradise!

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For this look, I kept it strictly Diddy style — all white everything.

There’s nothing like a white V-neck and jeans. I’m a huge fan of this simple look for summer days into night. To break it up a bit – I tied a destroyed denim jacket around my waist to add some texture. A pair of nude heels is a great way to elevate your look into evening and add some flare.

The sunnies of the season? Reflective shades. You can have so much fun with your selfie game with a pair of mirrored sunglasses. This unisex trend has been spotted everywhere from the signature Dior’s you see all over your Instagram feed to a cheap thrill at Forever 21 which has now become my favorite spot to stock up on trendy shades. (It’s a problem.)

This pair is by Aerie — I love the clear white frames with neon green lenses. They just so happened to match my palm tree backdrop perfectly.  (I promise I didn’t plan it!)

It’s super important to invest in a great pair of white skinny jeans. This pair is from American Eagle Outfitters and is part of the new Denim X collection. The jeans have a next level of stretch that won’t bag out. They truly hold their shape and were a staple my entire trip!

Throw on a straw hat and a corally-orange red lip with some tossled beach waves and I was ready to take on Miami in style.

Cue Will Smith.

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Thank you to my dear friend & sister, Soumya for taking these photos! xoxo

SHOP MY LOOK

Top & Sunnies: Aerie

Jeans and Denim Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters

Heels: Mango, Similar here

BACK TO BLACK & WHITE

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It’s no secret one of the hottest trends of the season is baring your shoulders. It’s just a subtle amount of skin to show without being too over the top. I’ve fully embraced this trend this season paired with a new found love for jumpsuits. Being a bit taller (5’6)  I never thought I could rock the jumpsuit – thinking maybe my torso was too long and the proportions would be all wrong. Until one day I spotted this striped silhouette on a hanger in Forever 21. I was stunned by the stripes alone, I bought it for under 25 dollars without any hesitation. #steal I went home and tried it on and was so impressed by the fit and flare. I love the black & white pattern. This color combination is timeless and makes me feel sophisticated and classic. Adding a simple ponytail and a bold statement earring is all you need to dress this look up and let your shoulders really stand out! Are you ready to #freetheshoulder and get your jumpsuit on? I vote, yes.

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Photos by Allison Schaller

 

SHOP MY LOOK:

JUMPSUIT: Forever 21 EARRINGS: H&M BAG: Forever 21 SHOES: Mango

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