As a working girl, I’m usually looking for any and every way to spice up my day-to-day wardrobe. I really enjoy getting dressed for work – whether that means pulling on a dress or just throwing together something that I’m happy to walk out of the house in. As long as it makes me smile I’m ready for the day. It’s a little thing that helps me feel productive and awake … kind of how most people feel about their morning coffee!
That being said it can get really expensive and difficult to continue to come up with new outfits everyday. A crisp black blazer is your best friend when it comes to extending the wear of your more seasonal items. This drop waist peplum dress was a summer favorite of mine, but heading into the Fall I need to make it more practical for the weather and turned to this Jones New York blazer to help me out.
I can pull a blazer on over it for a simple way to make this LBD almost look like a flouncy skirt and boom – instantly refreshed into a new outfit for the week! I paired it with simple two-toned camel and black accessories for an office chic feel. This Danielle Nicole satchel was a welcome to New York gift from Danielle and will be a go-to for my new commute when I need to tote around my heels and necessities to and from work. How do you extend your summer wardrobe into the Fall?
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Like I mentioned before, New York Fashion Week this season was a bit of a short but sweet blur. I did however make it to a few shows and fun events in between doing “New York” things with my parents who were in town. Aside from the Dee Ocleppo presentation I shared with you guys, one of my favorites was the Lacoste show. It was a great reminder that sporty chic is more than black Nikes with skinny jeans (although I love it) and encouraged me to experiment with waist wrapping shirts over dresses, layering over long sleeves, and left me drooling over a two toned chambray shirt Courtney wore to the show from their Spring collection. You can never have too many chambray shirts!
Tresemme invited me to their suite at NYFW after the show and helped me out with an insane half up, Bardot-esque style hairdo that was the perfect match for my cape dress. Not to mention, my hair went completely flat in the humidity that day so I was beyond grateful for the help! I also got to pop in to the Yosi Samra and GiGi New York pop up at the Empire Hotel for a little personalization and pampering. Yosi has some pretty killer flats and booties I’m excited to share with you guys for Fall. I also found my cape twin, Ashley, who was super sweet and we chatted marketing and Revolve Clothing!
One of my favorite parts of fashion week outside of the shows is just getting to see everyone in town! Our friends at Reward Style threw a party at the Empire Hotel on Saturday that was full of catching up with old friends and meeting a few new faces. It’s always a good time!
I also had the pleasure of swinging by the Kendra Scott showroom to preview the Winter collection (and some of the 2015 collection) before the official launch. It’s full of drusy sparkly necklaces, rose gold earrings, and sparkly jewels that will be perfect for Holiday parties and hopefully exciting dinners and nights out in the city. One of the things I’m most excited about for the upcoming Kendra Scott lines are the addition of edgier pieces that are still feminine and classic. Being a mix of those myself, I like that some of the pieces really resonated with my overall aesthetic — knuckle rings, small studded earrings, midi rings, and darker stones are all headed your way and let me tell you, they’re fabulous. These are a few of my favorites:
I also attended a presentation for Maison Kitsune, a French designer with a Parisian schoolgirl chic aesthetic. I’m loving the old school sweatshirt comeback and think I’m going to have to pair one with a mini skirt and oxfords before the temperatures drop too drastically.
I almost forgot! I had a total fangirl/over the moon/pinch me moment on Saturday when Bill Cunningham snapped me walking into Lincoln Center! I was wearing a Monica Rose Rhodes cape dress and apparently Bill liked it enough to catch me in passing. I actually didn’t realize right away and then after I did stopped dead in my tracks. He said.. “keep walking!” :). There are thousands of people who he has taken pictures of and it’s truly an honor that he even glanced my way with that camera. He’s an artist and will always be known in the fashion community as a legend and innovator. If you haven’t seen his documentary, cozy up on a lazy Sunday and do yourself a favor and watch it. It’s inspiring (even if you’re a guy, I promise).
It must be the bustling city and overabundance of suits and impeccable style, but I’ve found myself a bit dressier for work these days. I laugh a little to myself when I think back at the horrible things I used to wear to work when I first graduated from college. I really thought that you had to be stuffy to be “business casual”, but really I’ve learned that you can put your own spin on it.
My work attire is thankfully pretty casual and admittedly much more fashion forward than most can be, but it doesn’t mean you can’t find your own niche in it. I enjoy giving a little edgy touch to most of my looks, like camo shoes or a sleek black accessory. Recently I’ve been on a “scuba” kick. If you’re thinking the material of what you wore in in the ocean when you were 5, you’re on point.
The material has been making a huge comeback with a big push a few seasons back from Proenza Schouler and Michael Kors and now you can see it all over your fast fashion favorites, like ASOS. It gives a streamlined and slightly elevated feel to anything from a midi skirt to a high neck top. This one in particular was my favorite find on the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (and somehow I haven’t seen it on a single other person yet!).
How do you keep your work style fresh and unique to you?
P.S. These Bauble Bar tassel earrings are back in stock + a great statement that pairs well with black LBD’s.. I wore them to a wedding recently and they were a hit!
Fashion week was a quick, but exciting blur. Due to some very first world/blogger problems with my Dropbox syncing before my trip this slew of posts is a few days later than I had planned, but I’m excited to share my experience with you guys!
I started the week with a beautiful presentation and launch of Dee Ocleppo, the stunning and talented wife of Tommy Hilfiger. I had the pleasure of meeting them both and they couldn’t have been sweeter and more excited about Dee’s line. It’s vibrant, radiates a tropical getaway vibe and is inspired by their love of travel (which I share) and Dee’s desire to create bags that are beautiful and functional (which I really appreciate).
While some of the bags have more exotic shapes fit for a trip to the Greek Islands or Turks and Caicos, there were plenty of everyday options for Spring and one in particular that I fell in love with named after a city on my bucket list – Hong Kong. She created a crossbody with a studded chainstrap and fringed body (this version isn’t on the site just yet) that fits just enough of what you’d need to take out and allows you to use your phone while it’s still in the purse. It’s a must have, especially for a girl on the go! Which color is your favorite? I loved them all, but I think the white or pink won me over. It’s a home run, right?
More to come from my New York Fashion Week adventures this week!