Happy Birthday Foster Grant!

Foster Grant 85th Anniversary

Foster Grant threw their 85th birthday bash at the Gansevoort Pake Avenue last week and it was a blast! I was there to interview Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham for Joonbug. (You can check out the piece here.)

Kat is the new face of the “Who’s That Behind Those Foster Grants?” campaign. She was such a sweetheart, and I loved swapping style tips with her over Foster Grant’s newest collection. From aviators to mega glam shades, there is something for everyone at Foster Grant! Kat and I agreed that one of the coolest things about the brand is that their amazing variety! At such an accessible price point, they are accessible to everyone as well!Kat dished that she is inspired by the 90′s, and loves dressing with a vintage edge. I loved that, as you guys know that I am a huge fan of vintage shopping! The Foster Grant line has pieces that felt vintage, with cat-eye and thick frames, as well as sunnies that were a bit more modern.

Some of my fave bloggers were in attendance, particularly Jessie of Style and Pepper and Arielle of Something Navy. We all posed for photos and sipped champagne to celebrate the occasion. Jessie and Arielle are such dolls! I can’t explain to you guys how kind and supportive bloggers are within the community. If you ever see your favorite blogger on the street or at an event, don’t be too shy to say “Hi!” We love talking to girls who love fashion as much as we do!

All in all, the Foster Grant party was full of the New York glamor that makes me love working in this city more and more every day! A fancy pair of sunglasses is the perfect accessory to emphasize mysterious city style! I’ll be sure to showcase my favorite Foster Grant glasses soon on the blog…but in the meantime, here are some party photos!

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Snakeskin Pants

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Leopard was the new black, but snakeskin is the new leopard; and I love it. I think snake skin is so chic and gorgeous. It has been catching my eye on everything from bags to shoes, and–as seen here–pants. I bought these pants from Mango for a major steal. I always get asked if they are real, they even have a realistic texture. I always smile and say what a bargain they were! They make a classic look instantly rocker chic! I paired these beauties with a black and white ensemble, perfect for day or night! Shop my favorite snake skin looks below!

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Outfit Details:

Top: Mango, Pants: Mango, Bag: Vince Camuto, Shoes: 6pm, Necklace: Thrifted

  • H&M Sandals H&M Sandals
  • MQN Dress MQN Dress
  • Alexander Wang Clutch Alexander Wang Clutch
  • Apt. 9 Pants Apt. 9 Pants
  • H&M Sandals H&M Sandals

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How To Dress Up a Basic Piece

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I have a hard time investing in basics. This is totally hypocritical because I think the best things to invest in are timeless pieces. But I sometimes have a hard time justifying paying a bunch of money for a denim shirt or a solid top when I feel like I could find it at Forever 21 for less than half the price. That’s why I love shops like Forever, Target and TJMaxx. You can buy cute and essential basics like this, and if they shrink or fade you can basically go back and buy the same thing again. And maaaaaybe over time it might make more sense to just bite the bullet and get some high-quality solid tops, but right now stuffing my drawers with Target maxi dresses like this one seems like a worthy investment.

So easy, and as comfy as a night gown, this sweet little maxi is perfect dressed up or down. Pair it with some heels and a long sweater and it will be great for a casual summer wedding. Add a scarf and some sandals like I did and you are ready to spend Saturday in the city. With a piece like this, truly anything goes. A waist-cinching belt, a statement necklace, or a fun hat would all work with this dress. And at $30, why not add one to your wardrobe?

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Outfit Details:

Dress: Target, Shoes: Dolce Vita, Bag: Nine West, Scarf: Urban Outfitters, Earrings: Stella and Dot

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Pretty Patterns Under $50

You guys know I love patterns! Nothing catches my eye more than a great print! From florals to geometric designs, patterns add so much dimension to a look! Plus I love matching solid accessories with a boldly-patterned piece. Nordstrom is having a serious sale right now, so I thought it would be fun to gather up my fave patterned picks for under $50! Update your closet by shopping my picks below!

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How To Look Professional in a Creative Industry

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When you work in an industry that has more loosely defined wardrobe rules, dressing for work becomes a lot more fun. However, it can also be challenging to dress fashionably everyday while staying within the confines of professionalism. When I worked at a law office, wearing tailored slacks and dresses was boring, but also relatively mindless. Now that I am working in fashion, appearing both on-trend and put-together is a whole new challenge. Incorporating fun details into classic cuts is a great way to add life to a traditional silhouette. The print on these pants and the pleats on my button down are fun details that instantly add pizzazz to the whole look. I also think that an amazing, yet classic pair of shoes is a great way to accessorize in the creative arena. This whole look is a perfect example of how classic cuts in bright colors can create a fun but professional ensemble.

Other ways to spice up your work wardrobe include adding bold accessories! A statement necklace or some great chunky bangles can let your artsy vibe shine through a basic shift dress and pumps. I love bold patterns in modest cuts for work as well. When you have the freedom to wear what makes you feel good to work, experimenting is a necessity!

What is your go-to work uniform?

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Outfit Details:

Leggings: Cynthia Rowley, Shoes: Chanel (Thrifted), Top: Lulu*s, Bag: Aldo

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