Syma Style

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

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TOP: Zara

SKIRT: American Eagle Outfitters

EYEWEAR: Forever 21, similar here

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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

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Jumpsuit: Forever 21 

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

 

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

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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

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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

 

 

TRAVEL DIARY: MONTAUK, NY

Living in NYC is amazing but at times all you want is to get out of the city. The destination that’s trending these days? The “un-Hamptons” otherwise known as Montauk.

This was my first time venturing to a New York beach and I loved every minute of it. Its incredible that just under a three hour drive you can be transported to a whole different world. New York City is a distant memory in your rear view mirror.

Montauk is at the very end of Long Island and is surrounded by breathtaking views of endless water. Known for it’s laid-back surf attitude, Montauk was filled with cute boutiques, great restaurants and lounges.

My personal favorite? The Surf Lodge. Everything in that hotel was Instagram worthy – I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the decor. Not to mention, it was the site of my very first Lobster Roll and it did not disappoint.

I highly recommend Montauk for an easy getaway if you’re looking to venture out of the city and want some easy-breezy beach vibes.

Hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed being there!

Xo,

Syma

DAY AND NIGHT

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This summer, I am all about the LWD — otherwise known as the Little White Dress.

I dreamed about this silhouette from Aritzia (as I do most things) when I spotted it on the racks when it was still freezing in NYC. I decided to purchase and stay optimistic thinking one day summer may indeed come and I can rock this dress with open toe shoes and bare legs.

Finally – summer arrived and it’s insanely hot in NYC. The instant fix? This easy breezy dress that I can take from day to night.

I wanted to show you fellow Fashionistas the versatility of this dress by simple switching up your accessory game.

For a casual day look – I love this paired with a flat cognac sandal, turquoise jewelry and my new favorite tassel earrings. For the summer heat, I love the hairstyle that has been trending over your Instagram feed: the half bun.

This look is perfect for the office, brunch out with the girls, or a fun day date.

For the evening it’s all about your shoes. To add some edge, I paired this dress with my statement heels from Zara. The red gives that extra pop you need that elevates the look into night.

I literally “let my hair down” and embraced my natural waves to switch up my look. It’s important to embrace your natural texture in this season because no matter how much you may try to fight it — the humidity will win.

If you want to add more shape, this dress comes with an adorable rope belt you can tie for a more fitted look. However, I love this dress loose. It has so much movement, and the hem comes up just a bit on the sides to show-off a bit of leg which never hurt anyone.

Are you ready to rock this look day to night? (Cue Kid Cudi.)

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Dress: Aritzia

Shoes: Zara, American Eagle Outfitters

Earrings: H&M

Bracelet: American Eagle Outfitters

Photos by talented Allison Schaller

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

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TOP: c/o American Eagle Outfitters

JEANS: American Eagle Outfitters

SHOES: Zara

NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND’S JEANS

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Boyfriend jeans – not the easiest type of denim to wear even though they claim to be!

Since I’m used to wearing a tight skinnier fit denim, I tend to feel a little frumpy when I wear a looser style. It’s important to find a pair of boyfriend jeans that still give you a shape. American Eagle Outfitters latest revamp of the boyfriend jean is called the “Tomgirl” — which has a skinnier fit. I also suggest playing with sizing. In a boyfriend jean I usually size down so they are not too baggy and overtime they will give you the right amount of slouch you want.

To feel more put together it’s all about adding the unexpected – a fun pair of heels! I scored these beauties at Zara a few summers back and love the bright bold turquoise. Turquoise is such a flattering shade on so many skin tones and the perfect pop of brightness to ease our way into summer.

I love a white crop top – especially this one from Aritzia. It fits a little oversized, but layered with a favorite lacy bralette from Aerie adds a just a bit of edge. Denim on denim has always been one of my favorite combinations. To continue with the “boyfriend” look – I actually borrowed from the boys and wore a men’s denim jacket from American Eagle Outfitters as well. Draped over my shoulders, I’m ready to hit the city for a fun summer night. Perhaps a rooftop?

Where will you wear your boyfriend jeans?

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Shot in NYC by Dea Jenkins

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

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Top: Forever 21

Denim: American Eagle Outfitters

Bag: Kate Spade Saturday (Similar)

Jewelry: Windsor, Alexandra Beth Designs, Michael Kors

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

BACKSTAGE PASS: New York Fashion Week

It’s that time of year again…your Instagram feed is flooded with #NYFW and blurred images of runway models are all filling your phones. NYC, always known for its street style kicks it up a notch as the buzz from the venues spills out into the street.

I had the opportunity to attend the David Tlale show and get a sneak peek backstage. I may love what happens behind the runway more than what goes down the runway. The frenzied action and stacks of make-up sent my beauty obsessed heart soaring.

I love to see the models getting ready, what make-up tricks the artists are using and just how they accomplish that signature “runway glow”.

Well my dear readers, if you always wanted to look behind the velvet curtain…look no further and come enjoy some highlights of my Sunday at Lincoln Center below:

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I decided I was officially ready for a fall color palette so I paired this Wilfred dress from Aritiza from my closet for a classic silhouette. I added some edge with my American Eagle Outfitters moto vest for some “tomboy chic” and completed my look with my go-to All Saints grey pumps, Zara studded clutch to add some texture and Michael Kors watch. On my nails? I just celebrated my 26th birthday that weekend and got peer pressured by my neighborhood nail salon to try OPI’s “All Sparkly and Gold” glitter nail polish and all I can say is this is the ultimate Beyonce mani…P.S. you know we’re birthday twins right? 🙂

Backstage at David Tlale SS14

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Beauty was directed by makeup artist, Louise Zizzo who used MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze to highlight cheek bones.

MAC lipstick in So Chaud gave a great coral hue with a touch of pink bronze pigment to add a metallic sheen. Lip pencil in Vino added definition to the pout.

This look is the perfect transition as we ease out of summer into fall: pretty, subtle and still adds a nice peachy glow.

Favorite Looks from the Show:

Pastel metallics were a common theme not only in the makeup but in the clothing itself down the runway — I loved this mix within the collection for spring/summer…wish I could rock it now!

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A casual appearance by male supermodel Tyson Beckford didn’t hurt either…

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After the show we caught these male models heading out still in their looks and skateboard in hand ready to hit the next show! The ultimate street style.

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Be sure to stay tuned for more Fashion Week fun coming soon!

Xo,

Syma

Photos by Allison Schaller & Yours Truly