Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Finds Under $50

Photography by AnyaFoto
Outfit Details: Charlotte Russe Crop Tee & Skater Skirt (similar here) c/o, BCBGeneration Hat & Heels (similar style here), Michael Kors Clutch, H&M Moto Jacket, Pink Slate Boutique Bracelet

You don't need to be a millionaire to look chic this fall. The key is to mix pieces to create a dimensional look. You need to put together designer + affordable + vintage clothes. The search for pieces of real value requires plenty of time and a good eye. Since I love to deal hunt, I decided to put together a fun collection with Mavatar to help save you time...and money! 

Early fall transitional pieces include a sleek moto jacket, cupcake skirts, cozy accessories, cropped tees and sweaters. Mixing edgy pieces, like the moto jacket, with soft basics feels super fresh for fall. The pieces you will find in the below collection have been inspired by this outfit. I just can't get enough of this Charlotte Russe skater skirt and fitted jersey jacket from H&M! It's a style thats suitable for every body type and budget.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Trade Your LBD For A Jumpsuit

I recently purchased this red jumpsuit from Aqua and I have already gotten so much use out of it for events, lunches, and meetings. It's the one piece in my closet that I can turn to for comfort and convenience. If you're in a rush most mornings like me, this piece will save you time and energy. No need to stand in front of your closet staring aimlessly at skirts and dresses wondering how you'll mix the perfect outfit. All you need to do is step into your favorite jumpsuit and head out the door!

This sleeveless jumpsuit came in handy last week when I was in need of a quick and fun outfit for the StyleList Fashion Week event in Soho with Jyo from Cuppajyo.com. Jyo is such a sweetheart and I have been following along with her blogging journey for quite some time now. This was our first time meeting and when we showed up to the event...we were both wearing jumpsuits! So if you're not already a fan of the trend, jump on it- or in it ;). Keep scrolling to read my styling tips for accessorizing the jumpsuit, plus get a little behind the scenes from the rooftop of the Mondrian Hotel from the StyleList event. The views were truly amazing!
When it comes to accessorizing the jumpsuit, I like to keep the jewelry lightweight. Pair with simple layering necklaces, a thin belt, bangles and strappy shoes. I am currently crushing on gold plated necklaces, as worn by celeb style gurus Lauren Conrad and Kourtney Kardashian. This Gold Bar Initial Necklace from My Monogram Necklace simply dresses up any outfit. I can't wait to wear it in the fall with big chunky sweaters. If you are looking to treat yourself or a friend, this necklace makes a great gift. You can monogram it or put your initials on it as shown below.
Jyo (from Cuppajyo) and I on Sonny's Soda Shop Rooftop Bar at the Mondrian Hotel

Outfit Details: Aqua Jumpsuit, Mint Market Ring & Bracelet, Charles David Sandals (similar pair here), H&M Tote Bag, Gold Bar Initials Necklace (c/o) My Monogram Necklace

All photography credit goes to the lovely Jyo of Cuppajyo.com!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New York Fashion Week: Chanel Inspired Crop Set

Outfit Details: Mint Market Boutique Crop Set, Charles by Charles David Sandals (similar pair here), Aaraa Accessories of Hoboken Handbag, Rings and Bracelets

Fashion Week is well under way here in New York City. The streets are flooded with stylish editors, bloggers, celebrities, and of course...beautiful runway models. This time of year is magical in the city. I love how the entire industry comes together to celebrate fashion and the art of dressing. There's something that we can all take away from fashion week and that is to: mix things up. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Mix ladylike skirts with menswear accents, mix textures and accessories, mix high-end pieces with boutique finds. 

When I spotted this vintage-inspired crop set combo at Mint Market, New York fashion week came to mind. This set is easy and chic. It can be worn as a combo or as separates...the styling options are endless! I couldn't wait to wear this set for a few NYFW events over the weekend including TheVane Fashion Tech brunch located at the Vanguard. It was a very special gathering with some of my favorite blogger gals. In addition to the yummy snacks served, we were able to speak with Kirsten Anderson and Chubi Nwagbara, Founders of TheVaneIf you are not already familiar with TheVane, it's essentially a convenient way to browse outfit options for travel and weather! I am a visualist so the photo recommendations are a huge help. You can even filter the outfit options and choose from casual combos, chic work ensembles, or a night out with the girls. Download your free version by clicking here!

A very big thank you to the sponsors Air Optix and Proximo Spirits, and to the TheVane team for a delicious brunch!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

#StyleStalking: Overalls With Alexandra

Outfit details: Washable Silk Overalls from Go Silk, Topshop Crop Top, Zara Leather Booties (super great alternative here),  Illia Clutch, Ray-Ban Sunglasses

I introduce to you ladies and gentlemen, the chicest New Yorker I know, Alexandra Rodrigues. Alex and I grew up together and shared the same love obsession for fashion at a very young age. It's true that we once snuck an issue of Vogue into our Business Law class to catch up on the latest catwalk trends instead of paying attention to the mid-term exam overview. Rebels? No. Just two teens dying to make their way to New York City to live amongst the most fashionable people in the world. 

I always admired Alex for her ability to take low budget pieces and style them into an ultra couture-looking ensemble. Every time I see her it looks like she has stepped out of a magazine. I'm always completely shocked when she tells me a few of her pieces are from Forever21. She styles them so well, you would never know. 

What I love the most about this outfit is the silk material of the overalls and chunky ankle booties. Overalls usually tend to look very boxy and stiff. The lightweight fabric helps to soften the look and the classic ankle booties perfectly finish off this laid-back combo. 

So what do you think, will you experiment with overalls for fall? Hope this outfit convinced you! Click on the below Mavatar button to shop some more lightweight overall alternatives hand-selected by Alex and I.
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P.S. In case you were wondering, here's some insight on the #stylestalking series: Since a young age I have been obsessing over the art of style. I enjoy watching how other men and women put their outfits together. When I see a perfectly styled outfit, I get a super excited feeling and the urge to tell that person I love them...and their outfit. It usually puts me in a really awkward situation after approaching complete strangers, but I don't mind. Which is why I am introducing my #stylestalking series. I want to share my favorite styles straight from the streets of New York (or any other city for that matter) from real women and men. A good outfit should never go unnoticed. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Statement Making Tops

Outfit Details: Mint Market of Hoboken Top, H&M Skirt, Aldo Accessories Handbag, Aldo Shoes, Henri Bendel Layering Rings

It's not always about the statement necklace, sometimes it's about the top. When I first laid eyes on this distressed top my denim-loving heart skipped a beat. I love the simple grating and shoulder chain cut-outs. It exudes the chic off-duty look. Distressed denim pieces are not just for relaxed occasions, they are perfect for going out too!  You can dress it up by pairing with a circle skirt and metallic pumps, or you can put on a pair of black slouchy trousers and slip-ons for a more casual outfit. Either way, keep the jewelry at minimum. There's already so much going on with a statement top, no need to distract the eye any further. 

The fun doesn't stop at denim. Statement tops come in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures. To shop more statement pieces click on the below Mavatar button. I promise you will love a few...or all of them ;).
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Photography by AnyaFoto