winter

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

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GET THE GLOW…EVEN IN WINTER

Can winter be over already?

I don’t know about you but I’m over these freezing temps! But just because it’s dark and dreary out doesn’t mean your skin has to be.

It is possible to achieve a glow that will reminisce of your summer days with a few key products.

I was at brunch with a few friends over the weekend post snow storm and my friend Sophia admired my highlighter. I obviously had to get a pic and it inspired me to share a post with you all on what I use to achieve the look. See below 🙂

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PAT MCGRATH SKIN FETISH 003 in GOLDEN I have Instagram to thank for this purchase. World renowned make-up artist, Pat McGrath launched her own makeup line a few months back and I saw this highlighter teased out on Instagram by some of my favorite It Girls. I’m all about any product that helps you achieve that J.Lo glow so I had to have it. I immediately texted my make-up artist friend, Kendall because I knew she’d want this product as much as I did! So grateful to have a make-up obsessed friend like her because she was able to order it for me as it sold out so quickly and could barely make it in my cart! What’s cool about this product is that it has two ends on the stick –a balm to achieve a dewiness, a golden hue and then an illuminating powder to set the highlight stick with a special edition brush that comes with the kit. A little goes a long way  — I like above my cheek bone and on the brow bone.

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NARS BLUSH in GINA + DEEP THROAT – This is my everyday blush combo I am sharing with you all, you’re welcome. I wanted a matte peachy blush forever ago and came across this shade by Nars called Gina. However, that wasn’t enough. I needed a touch of sheen that wasn’t over the top shimmery to layer on top which resulted in the perfect pink shade called ‘Deep Throat’. It’s a toned down version of the favorite ‘Orgasm’ and it looks good on everyone. You’ll adore this combo – trust me.

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I complete this look with a simple neutral lip color. I love Laura Mercier’s lip sheen in “Bare Lips”. Not only does it give a touch of rose sheen but is super moisturizing – win-win!

Hope these tips will not only brighten your skin but your day!

Xo,

Syma

 

BREAKING: IT’S STILL SWEATER WEATHER

Daylight savings has occurred and we’ve had a couple of amazing warm spring-like days in NYC…

Just when I thought I could put my parka away for good (rejoice!) it’s somehow freezing again in the big city.

Before we go full-on spring closet flip — let’s keep it real. We might as well get some CPW (cost per wear) out of our favorite winter sweaters, right?

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I love an oversized sweater with a leather legging. This look is by Aritzia. I love the oatmeal shade of this sweater. It’s super cozy and insanely warm.

I’m always into a good texture mix so I brought back my go-to leather leggings to keep it cool and sleek.

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My favorite accessory of the moment? The bandana. First I was a little nervous about the whole neck-tie thing but again, blame the world of Instagram to see so many of my favorite Fashionistas rocking it.  (Tutorial coming soon!) 

I styled this bandana like a choker. It gives a little bit of edge to any look.

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Added my American Eagle Outfitters sunnies, Rebecca Minkoff cross-body purse and my Sam Edelman booties and I’m good to go. 🙂

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Don’t worry…we won’t be wearing sweaters for too much longer but while we are we might as well be cute — wise words to live by from Reformation:

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Photos by Jess Rao in Soho

SHOP MY LOOK

SWEATER + LEGGINGS: ARITZIA

BANDANA: TARGET

BOOTIES: SAM EDELMAN

BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF

Blanket Scarf 101

Back by popular demand (my sister), I’ve decided to do an updated post on how to wear my favorite winter accessory — the blanket scarf!

Many of my friends know that I’m a bit addicted to this large accessory from Aritzia. In these colder months, it saves me walking around this chilly city! If you don’t own one yet, I highly suggest buying one for yourself, your mom, your sister and your girlfriend too!

There are many ways to wear it — so prepare to be amazed!

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Also, how fun is this gif?

Let’s begin — I like to first fold it diagonally so it’s a bit easier to work with.

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The Shawl – When it’s not too cold, this is a perfect way to drape the scarf to add some texture and color to your look. A great sub when you don’t feel like wearing a coat. Especially on a day like today where it was randomly 50 degrees in NYC!

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2. Swaddle Me – I’m a new Aunt to my baby nephew Ali — let’s just say babies aren’t the only ones who can get their swaddle on. (Lol) Sure you might not be able to move your arms but you’re going to be super comfy and warm all day long!

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3. The Classic – Fashion meets function. Your safest bet to stay warm all winter long. Your scarf tied with an easy loop around your neck won’t go anywhere. Sometimes I completely cover my mouth and throw on my parka with a hood. Your friends might say, “Are you climbing Mt. Everest” (true story) but who cares — anything for warmth!

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4. Flip It and Reverse It – Take a cue from Missy (she’s back!) and wear the reverse side of your blanket scarf the next time you drape it like a shawl. I’ve been loving winter whites and creams this season to brighten my everyday look in a sea of black parkas.

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Add my favorite camel coat and I’m ready for a very fashionable February!

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Photos by Allison Schaller in NYC

SHOP MY LOOK:

SCARF: Aritzia

TOP: American Eagle Outfitters

JEANS: American Eagle Outfitters

COAT: Aritzia

BOOTS: Rachel Comey

 

 

 

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.

 

 

THE ESSENTIALS

Just because winter is dull and dreary doesn’t mean your skin has to be! It is very important you invest time in your skin care especially in these colder months when our skin is struggling the most.

WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL KIT

 

 

1. Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub Unlike what TLC told us, this is one scrub you do want. This exfoliator is for the days you feel like your skin is dull and dreary similar to the weather outside when you just long for brighter more radiant skin. I love this scrub because it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Believe me, I am someone that gets a weird allergic reaction to most scented cosmetics but this fresh blueberry scent doesn’t bother me – it feels so good getting all the dead skin off but definitely don’t use more than once a week!

2. Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask This mask saves lives. Not exactly but any time I feel like my skin is getting dry or a potential allergic reaction to something I slather this on my face and let it sit 20 minutes. After I rinse off, my skin has never felt smoother. Everyone needs this mask – and at only $20.00, you should get one for your boyfriend, mom, sister and brother too!

3. Cerave Moisturizing Lotion – A drugstore favorite. I’ve talked about this moisturizer before but it had to be done again. I got recommended this by my dermatologist and haven’t looked back since. It gives just the right amount of moisture to my skin without feeling greasy. It also is unscented and perfect for sensitive skin types like me. It also comes in a huge bottle which might not be the most travel-friendly but you won’t run out for months which is great!

4. Bite Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub If you read my previous post on the Bite Beauty Lip Lab you know I am a strong advocate for lip scrubs. In these winter months our lips tend to feel so dry it’s hard to wear our favorite lip colors. However, investing in a lip scrub like this helps remove all the dead skin just like a scrub would do for your face to allow a perfect canvas for your favorite new lipstick.

5. Aquaphor Another drug store miracle. This balm is the perfect follow-up post lip scrub. It is super moisturizing for your lips in need and also can be great for any cuts or cracked skin. It comes in multiple sizes. I suggest the large bottle for home and the smaller size to throw in your bag when you’re on the go.

6. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Cracked skin is not cute, not to mention painful! With the constant washing of our hands in these cooler months our hands really suffer. It’s super important to invest in a hand cream to keep your hands as soft as possible. The smell of this cream isn’t overbearing and works really well to sooth skin when it needs it most.

7. Lush Sympathy for the SkinThis lotion is bananas. No really, it’s made from organic mashed bananas, vanilla extract, lemon oil and sandalwood. If that doesn’t sound like a dream, I don’t know what is. I love lush products and this lotion does a great job at moisturizing my skin without leaving a filmy residue.


I swear by these products for an (almost) flawless complexion. Pretty soon you’ll be feeling like B and saying, “I woke up like this!”

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