Syma Speaks

WARDROBE STAPLE: THE BOMBER JACKET

One of the most exciting moments of my life happened recently… I was featured on WhoWhatWear.com! If you are not familiar with the website, I highly recommend checking it out. It is one of my go-to fashion sites for trends, tips and the inside scoop on the industry. What made the moment even better, the picture they chose features one of my key wardrobe staples – the bomber jacket. If you recall, I did a post awhile ago on Syma Speaks on ‘athleisure’ — I rocked my American Eagle Outfitters bomber jacket and am thrilled this trend is here to stay.

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I wanted to revamp the look a bit with a little inspiration from one of my favorite models of the moment, Kendall Jenner.

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There’s nothing I love more than a model-off-duty look and Kendall nails it every time. Kendall has mastered the athleisure look to make leggings look completely put together and the epitome of cool.

This look is super simple to recreate and you can wear these pieces multiple times which gives you even more reason to shop them below.

I started my look with my black bomber jacket. Yes, I also own this jacket in olive green but when an item is so good, you buy every color – right?

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Layered underneath, is this cool sports bra from Aerie. I love the color-blocking. This bra fits like a crop top, so it’s a perfect match with a hi-rise legging. These high-waisted leggings are also from American Eagle Outfitters – they have a great feel and won’t stretch out which is exactly what you want in a legging for endless wear.

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Accessorized with the bag that perfectly mirrors my motto in life, “After This We’re Getting Pizza”. The bag is a great size to keep a change of clothes if you’re hitting the gym or packing some weekend essentials for your next getaway.

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Add my sleek Nike sneakers and go-to Ray-Bans and I’m ready to hit my favorite dance class or do a little shopping in style.

Photos shot in Soho by Jess Rao 

SHOP MY LOOK

JACKET + LEGGINGS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

TOP: AERIE

SNEAKERS: NIKE

EYEWEAR: RAY-BAN

BAG: BAN.DO AT AERIE

 

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

A last minute holiday gift ideas for the Fashionista in your life!

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PSA: If my family or friends are reading this…take notes. 🙂

Holiday Gift Guide 2015
1. Diptyque Candle – Perhaps the most Instagrammed candle but the “Baies” smells just as amazing as it looks on your feed.

2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette — I received these eyeshadows from my sister last Christmas and I’m still obsessed. It’s the perfect selection of nudes and subtle metallics for any eye look you want to create, from natural to smokey!

3. Stacking Rings — The layered ring trend is here to stay and it’s a great gift for the girl that loves a little gold in her life. Check out rings from Catbird and if you’re in NYC, I highly recommend checking out the jewelry vendors in Chelsea Market — there are so many inexpensive options that you might be able to score a few for yourself too! The more delicate the better, I love stacking them in champagne and rose golds.

4. Coffee Table Books — For the fashionista, you can’t go wrong with a stylish coffee table book. The quintessential, “Tom Ford” is not only a beautiful read but adds a bold statement to any table in your room.

5. Rebecca Minkoff “Velvet Love” Cross-body — I’m loving the velvet trend this holiday season, and to add a touch of it with this Rebecca Minkoff cross-body is the perfect way to work it into your wardrobe. The emerald hue is so pretty and perfect for a fun night!

6. Tech-Friendly Gloves — Being warm is everything and the fact that every glove these days comes out with a tech-friendly element is amazing! I’ve been very into a touch of faux fur lately, and these gloves add a little bit of fun without going over the top. Another favorite of mine? These grey gloves from American Eagle Outfitters!

7. Succulent — Perhaps you can blame Instagram, but these little green succulents are the perfect little accessory to add some green to your life! I love that they are low maintenance and bring a little of the outdoors in. Whether you get one for their desk or bedroom — succulents are cute gift she will truly appreciate! Don’t want the real thing? Target sells some awesome options.

8. Marble iPhone Case — Grey + white…what more could you want?! I’ve been seeing marble iPhone cases and Macbook cases that are so beautiful and chic. It’s a total way to upgrade her iPhone game.

9. Janessa Leone Hat — If you know me, I’ve been obsessing over Janessa Leone hats for some time now. I finally scored one and now I need them all. Definitely splurge worthy but for the hat lover out there, she will love it for years to come!

10. Nars Lipstick — Give a little glamour. Every fashionista loves a bold red lip. I love Nars lipstick in “Jungle Red”. The color is semi-matte and will be amazing to have just in time to ring in the new year!

I hope these 10 items help you with your last-minute shopping needs, or maybe inspired you to shop for yourself!

‘Tis the season!

Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping!

Syma

WEDDING SEASON: Boho Bridal Beauty

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Who doesn’t love wedding photos?! If you’re like me, you might start looking at a friend’s wedding album then somehow come across another wedding and get lost in a whole new love story of up-dos, decor and dresses. This happened to me once I came across my fellow Fashionista’s gorgeous wedding on my Instagram feed. Erica and I used to work together when I was a young summer intern at Victoria’s Secret — I always admired her effortless style and that showed through as she tied the knot just a few months ago. While most brides to be may opt for a classic up-do — Erica’s wedding look is the perfect inspiration for the non-traditional bride who wants to stand out for more reasons than her white dress.

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When deciding her look, Erica wanted to channel, “the modern-day gypsy who loves natural glamourous hair and doesn’t try too hard.” Hair stylist, Dominick Pucciarello created gorgeous soft, cascading loose waves for the ceremony.

“My inspiration for my hair look was very boho inspired. I love that natural, effortless vibe with a touch of glam. My dress was the statement piece and my hair was the accessory so I didn’t want anything too overpowering. I just needed a nice accent.” 

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For the reception, Erica added a touch of glam with a beautiful head-piece. I love the idea of mixing it up when you’re ready to party! Being Pakistani, I especially adore this look. For the past couple of years, the trend at many Pakistani wedding I’ve attended has been incorporating a headpiece into your look. Whether you’re the bride or a guest it’s a great way to be festive and fashionable. It’s so awesome to see part of Pakistani/Indian culture being translated into American style. For a while it was very rare to find a piece of jewelry like this in the US but now they are so accessible. Glad I don’t have to make them out of my mom’s necklaces anymore. (True story). Erica’s wedding look is one of my favorites I have ever seen — I hope you find them just as inspiring! Be sure to follower her on Instagram for even more style inspo!

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CROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT

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The crop top has become a summer staple in my wardrobe. Surprisingly versatile, you can dress it up or down.

I love this style from American Eagle Outfitters that has a low ballerina back. The black and white stripes make it classic and easy to pair with anything from denim to a maxi skirt.

For this look, I wore my hi-waisted “Mom jeans”, also from AEO. I love when people ask if they are a vintage pair of denim that I’ve had in my closet for ages. Best compliment ever.

A hi-waisted jean is a key pairing with any crop top. Be sure to check out the amazing hi-rise selection AEO has to offer. From jeggings, to skinny jeans to flares —you’ll be sure to find a style that is super flattering on you.

Add a pair of statement heels and you’re ready for a fun night out!

Are you ready to crop it like it’s hot?

Be sure to also check out my feature with American Eagle Outfitters on their blog at ae.com/blog!

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK

TOP: c/o American Eagle Outfitters

JEANS: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Zara

GIVE IT SOME FLARE

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If you’re like me, you probably haven’t worn a flare jean in a few years – but this spring – the flare is back in full force and it’s time to embrace it!

I am all about a high-rise. Whether it’s a skinny jean, jegging or dare I say “mom jean” — I am obsessed.

In a flare, a high rise is especially important to give this jean a modern feel and not look like you just pulled out your favorite jeans from the 7th grade when low was the way to go.

I know some people are scared of a high-rise, but the style is actually super flattering on most shapes. It won’t give you the dreaded muffin-top and definitely elongates the legs. (Win-win!)

For this look, I paired my American Eagle Outfitters Hi-Rise Artist Flares with this great button-down from Forever 21. I love the light wash of these jeans. When I put them on I immediately channel my inner Rachel Zoe and want to say, “ba-na-nas.”

This woven top was a hidden gem I found on a recent trip to Forever. I love the soft linen and stripes. It’s the perfect staple as we head into spring/summer. I see me pairing it with so many different bottoms but I love the look of a button-down with a high rise pant.

In these flares, I made sure to get them in a longer length so I could wear them with heels. (Pro tip!)

Accessorize.

For the past year I have been loving delicate gold jewelry. Whether its layering a few different necklaces and rings (post coming soon), I love the idea of simple dainty jewels for everyday. This gold necklace I randomly came across at a mall staple, Windsor! Who knew, right? The ring I recently picked up in a pop-up shop in Chelsea Market here in NYC by Alexandra Beth Designs.

Adding my favorite Ray-Ban aviators and pop of color with my Kate Spade Saturday (RIP) crossbody I felt easy and breezy walking around the city.

Are you ready to give your next outift some flare?

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Photos by Allison Schaller

SHOP MY LOOK

Top: Forever 21

Denim: American Eagle Outfitters

Bag: Kate Spade Saturday (Similar)

Jewelry: Windsor, Alexandra Beth Designs, Michael Kors

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

MANE ADDICTS – GNO

HAIR TO WEAR WHERE: GIRL’S NIGHT OUT

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It’s finally getting warmer and those long months of hibernating and staying in on Friday nights with Netflix is becoming a thing of the past!

Test out these fun manespiration ideas for your next girl’s night out. We love taking more risks when we’re hanging with our best girls. Whether it’s asking that hottie at the bar for his number or experimenting with a sky high ponytail — this is your time to try something new.

 THE SKY HIGH PONY

Dance the night away without worrying about your hair falling flat! We love a girly ponytail for a night out on the town. Add some tease to the crown and pump up the volume with this flirty style. Must have: hair bungees.

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THE SLICKED BACK 

Wet hair? Don’t care. This bold style is the perfect look to add some edge and paired with a smokey eye…you’ll be turning heads left and right. We suggest using Oribe Original Pomade for a shiny finish and hold.

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THE HALF BUN

Your favorite half-up style from the 90’s got updated. Take the top knot to a whole new level with this half-up style. We love adding some waves to this look for that cool-girl texture. Must have: Oribe Wave and Shine Spray.

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MANE ADDICTS

So excited to share that I’m contributing to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin’s site, Mane Addicts! She’s behind styling the gorgeous locks of Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen and more A-list celebs. Read my first post below on a little hairspiration for to get you ready for your favorite festival:

HAIR TO WEAR WHERE: 4 BRAIDS FOR FESTIVAL SEASON