The Little Black Dress

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The importance of the little black dress cannot be understated. Having a classic, well-tailored, timeless black dress in your wardrobe will make you ready for any occasion. When running short on time, they are the perfect stand-by for feeling fabulous. I am fortunate enough to have a few, but this one will always be my favorite. Thank you Cynthia Rowley for designing my favorite dress. Where did you get your go-to LBD?

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: c/o Cynthia Rowley, Shoes: Lulus

Photos by Anabella V Photogrpahy

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80′s Vintage Revival

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As I mentioned last week, Anabella and I spent last Monday experimenting with more editorial style shots because my friend let us play in her amazing apartment. In love with her vintage leather sofa, I decided to photograph this retro 80′s jumpsuit with the couch as the backdrop. The suit belongs to one of my best friends, Kathy. I’ve talked about Kathy before–she is also a blogger–but more importantly her eye for vintage is unbeatable. Sometimes she sells some of it on eBay, and you should seriously check once a week or so to see what she has been posting, cuz you can get everything from Vintage furs to last season’s Jeffrey Campbell’s.

As much as I adore Kathy and respect her vintage shopping ability, I think we disagree on how the suit should be worn. When Kathy gave it to me to borrow, she said it had a “deep plunging V neck” and I saw the double-sided tape on the inside of the “neck line” to prove that she had worn it as such. However, there is a tag on the inside of the supposed neck line, which made me decide to put in on backwards, which I much prefer. This just goes to show you, that no matter which way it was intended, experimenting with your wardrobe is always the way to go! And it looks pretty fabulous either way. Which way would you wear it? Check at the bottom of the post for links to some similar vintage jumpsuits I found online!

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From Head to Toe:

Jumpsuit: Vintage (Similar here, here and here), Shoes: Dolce Vita

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Making Bold Pieces Work For Everyday

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Why yes, I am wearing thigh-high leather boots and a vintage blazer with shoulder pads. It is hilarious to me that these are two of the pieces in my wardrobe that I have always considered a bit outlandish for everyday, but somehow paired together they make a chic statement. I bought this blazer at my favorite vintage shop in Paris (Free P Star, located in La Marais). It is vintage Yves Saint Laurent and was €8 in a bargain bin in the corner of the shop. My 19-year old heart flipped over the label and the gold buttons and I brought it back to America to hang in my closet for the subsequent 5 years until this post.

The shoulder pads intimidated me. They are just so 80′s. And every time I put the blazer on I felt like a boxed Christmas present, and just couldn’t get into it. When struggling with a difficult-to-match item, I cannot stress experimenting with shapes and textures enough. Something about the modern cut of my turtleneck against the vintage blazer worked for me, and now I think this is one of the outfits I will be wearing all season!

If you saw my post from last Friday, you know I used my cat woman costume as the top to a very fancy look. Well today, I wore the boots. I bought these boots from Aldo when I was still in high school. I watched Devil Wears Prada, and Anne Hathaway’s character rocks a pair of thigh high boots. I decided that I simply needed to own a pair, and spent a bunch of babysitting money on these beauties. Which I have worn to be Cat Woman, to New York Fashion Week, and around my apartment while dancing to Rihanna. That’s basically it. But when you pair super high boots with black pants, the elongating effect it has on your legs is so chic that you lose any impulse to categorize the boots as gimmicky.

The key to wearing super dramatic pieces is to pick classically made, well-tailored basics to pair them with. When you have the perfect cashmere knit, black jeans, blazer, or pumps to go with a super crazy piece, the whole look stays elevated. So don’t be afraid to wear the craziest pieces in your wardrobe! You bought them for a reason!

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From Head to Toe:

Sunnies: Vince Camuto, Blazer: Vintage YSL, Bag: ASOS, Turtleneck: c/o Piperlime, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Boots: Aldo (old, similar here)

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Starting the Day in Style

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Let’s be real here, I am a 24 year old recent grad, so this is obviously not my apartment. But it is good to be aspirational, no? My fabulous friend let us (us being myself and my photog…who you should all know by now because I write about her in basically every post) borrow the space for the day. We took some incredible photos of the panoramic views, (she does live on the 71st floor, after all) and then we messed around with some editorial shots in some of my favorite vintage pieces–check back for those next week.

Though I love street style photography, this was a unique way to experiment with lighting and styling techniques, and it inspired some projects that hopefully I can share with you all in the coming weeks! As for this look in particular, I consider myself fortunate to be a morning person. I don’t love getting up early, but I find it relatively easy. I like to ease into my day, and will usually get up with a significant amount of extra time so that I can relax on the couch and mindlessly scan Instagram before I have to run anywhere.

These extra moments make me feel like the morning belongs to me, and that I am not getting up exclusively to do things at the behest of other people. Though I get the impulse to hit snooze until the last possible second, personally this makes me feel anxiety about being late. Since I am freelancing right now, I have a lot more freedom to be leisurely in waking up, but I hold myself to a pretty strict schedule. I always try to be at the little coffee shop where I like to work by 8:30. This is mostly because I am really weird and like to sit in the same spot every day, so I try to steal it before a lot of people get there. But it also makes me feel in charge of my day.

If I am not grabbing breakfast at the coffee shop, chia seed pudding is one of my favorite ways to start the day. The recipe takes less than five minutes, and it is packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins to get your morning off the best possible start. It also tastes a bit like a milkshake, which is always a good thing…read on for the recipe (which is so ridiculously easy that I don’t know if we should call it a “recipe”).

Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1 cup of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of your choice of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Mixed berries
  • Slivered Almonds

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You can make this either the night before or the day of, but if you make it the night before the chia seeds puff up a little more and it becomes more like a pudding. Both ways are delicious. Simply mix the yogurt, milk and honey together until blended. Add the chia seeds. After this you can either refrigerate until morning and then add the fruit and nut garnishes, or garnish and eat immediately. Super fast, super healthy, and super yummy, this is by far my favorite breakfast! Let me know if you like it! And scroll through for more of mine and Anabella’s fun and flirty photos from the 71st floor!

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PJ’s from H&M

Photos at New York by Gehry, photographed by Anabella V Photography

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Seasonless Mini Skirts

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A thick knit and some nice tights are all you need to make your favorite skirts last you year round. Just because the thermostat has dipped doesn’t necessarily mean you need to put your legs away. Whether it is tights or high socks, I dare you to show a little leg this season. It is such a demure part of the body to highlight, and circle skirts are such a fun and flattering shape. This look is a go-to for looking put-together, but still being super cozy and comfy.

I am loving this fall fashion, but headed home to Florida later this week to see my friends and family. Can’t wait to soak up some bonus sunshine and shoot a few looks in the warm weather! Happy Monday beauties!

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From Head to Toe:

Sunnies: Elie Tahari, Turtleneck: Piperlime, Skirt: H&M, Bag: ASOS (Sold out), Booties: Vince Camuto

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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