The Pajama Romper: A Possible Faux-Pas Worn Anyway

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When I found this jumpsuit-new, with tags-on the rack at Housing Works (one of my favorite places for thrifting in the city) I immediately fell in love. I liked the silk, the crazy print, the fact that it was a jumpsuit, and a label (Ted Baker). For $10 I thought not of trying it on, only buying it and pairing it with various styles of shoes as I traipsed across the city in it. Its loose cut wasn’t exactly flattering to my body type, but it was so comfy and so cool, I was excited about wearing it anyway. Its baggy style is supposed to be slouchy and laid-back, but I never have seen this as a look that worked for me. That being said, rocking it with confidence is really all that matters, and I was so enamored with the print that I saw it as my new go-to brunch look.

If you really love something and it isn’t exactly the most flattering piece, I think you can pull it off anyway with one of two tricks.

1) Take it to a tailor. I may actually end up doing this with the romper, because as you can see in the photos below, it has a bit of a potato sack effect around my hips. I think trimming a few inches of fabric off could really make this piece look better for me. Never underestimate the power (or value) of getting something you really love custom fitted for you.

2) Wear it and remind yourself how hot you are anyway. Sure, this is something my grandma may have made curtains with, but I love it and it makes me smile. People gravitate toward positive energy, and I received several compliments on this jumpsuit which I attribute to that.

Fashion is about self-expression and its supposed to be fun! Don’t limit yourself!

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From Head to Toe:

Jumpsuit: Ted Baker via Housing Works (similar), Bag: c/o Brahmin, Shoes: c/o Cynthia Rowley

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A Carrie Bradshaw Moment Thanks to Shabby Apple

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Which came first, Carrie Bradshaw or the tulle skirt? I can’t really remember, but it feels like before SATC a tulle skirt was reserved only for ballerinas. Thanks to Shabby Apple any girl can have her Carrie Bradshaw moment, and then some. I picked this pink pouty number because it did remind me of SJP’s opening credit look, but the Shabby Apple website has tulle skirts of every shade and length for every Sex and The City loving lady.

I’ve seen a ton of bloggers pair their tulle skirts with graphic tees and casual tops, which is great because it shows how these versatile beauties can be worn during the day, but I really wanted to go all out with such a dramatic piece. That’s why I parked mine with the Greek-insired blue and white dress (worn as a top) and my favorite heels. It was so sweet because when I was taking these photos on the sidewalk of the Upper East Side a little girl came up to me to compliment my outfit! As a blogger, usually being yelled at or spoken to when taking outfit photos is sort of annoying, but this made my day!

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From Head to Toe:

Dress (worn as top): Lulu’s (similar), Skirt: c/o Shabby Apple, Bag: c/o Brahmin, Shoes: Lulu’s

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Stylephile Suit Up

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I have spent the better part of the past year of so aggressively job hunting across the spectrum of digital media, social media, and editorial jobs around the city. I share this with you guys because I know just how frustrating it can be to work relentlessly at something and feel like it hasn’t paid off. When I started my blog, I was pursuing a master’s degree in something that was interesting to me, but also something that seemed depressing when I imagined myself spending the rest of my life doing it. I took a leap of faith to pursue a saturated career path that was full of thousands of qualified and talented women who had busted their butts during their undergraduate career to accumulate far more experience than it was remotely possibly for me to have.

Knowing this, I went about building a portfolio of work that made me proud and showcased my abilities. The Stylephile was a part of this–a place for me to do what I loved in a public way, and turn my voice and my style into a brand. I may not have spent my college summer’s interning for a major publication, but I have learned and adapted to selling my skills in a marketable way. In the past several months I have slowly transitioned from building a portfolio to working as a copy writer, editor, digital marketing expert, and brand developer for a number of companies. The rapid growth of my freelance career was both unexpected and incredibly natural. I took an nontraditional path to get here, so it made sense to me that I was doing what I loved in a nontraditional way. Furthermore, I was pleasantly taken aback by the fact that I was suddenly able to make a career out of something that I truly loved. That when I woke up on a Monday morning I actually WANTED to get to work, and I was excited to create, collaborate and cultivate my aptitude for writing with clients and companies that encouraged and shared my vision.

Many of my friends–and that includes those of you whom I may not know, but who follow along–lament the feeling of being trapped in a career that does not fulfill them. I understand better than anyone that the drive for personal and financial security limits the career path that many choose to take, but I also believe in manifesting your own happiness. For me that meant knowing that eventually I would find my footing and spend my life doing something that I genuinely love. Whether that is a career, hobby, skill, or craft for you, I cannot recommend the exhaustive path of giving it every single fiber of your soul until whatever you envisioned for it comes to fruition. Because when you look back on it, no matter the result, you will know that there was no better way to have spent your time.

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As for this outfit, since I am a freelancer I mostly wear whatever I want (read: yoga pants). But on days I spend running around the city, meeting clients, or attending events, this is exactly the right mix of professional and edgy to suit my tastes. Rocking shoes, a tailored vest, and subtle sex appeal make me feel like I can enter briefly into the standard professional arena while maintaining my own unique sense of style. This is easy enough for any woman to accomplish as long as they stay true to their tastes while maintaining professional hem lines. Having a work look that truly represents who you are will have an immeasurable impact on your time spent working!

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From Head to Toe:

Vest: Top Shop, Top: Shop Tobi, Bag: Vince Camuto, Pants: Think Closet, Shoes: Top Shop

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Short Hair Do(n’t) Care

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If you haven’t hear the “lob” or the “long-bob” is the style of the season, with everyone from Taylor Swift to Jennifer Lawrence sporting the look. And, personally, I love it. Its chic, a little 20’s with some modern boho vibes mixed in. And I think it is really flattering…just not on me. But, when you go from blonde to brunette to highlights to three-weeks of hiking in the course of six months–and when you went to middle school with your hair stylist–you have no choice but to chop a bunch of it off.

I sat in Kali’s (that’s my stylist) salon chair knowing that at least an inch or two had to go. “It is basically straw,” Kali said, “I’m taking it off…its hideous.” You can say these things when you have known someone since you were 12. I didn’t want to take off so much, but there was no denying that my split ends were inching a bit too close to my ears. So, I trusted her, and she did it. And it is just way too short on me. Not that the cut is bad, just that a lot (probably too much) of my identity as a woman was tied to having mermaid locks. I haven’t had hair this short since…well since I met Kali. But I’m trying to learn not to sweat the small stuff about your appearance, and plan to rock the sh*t out of my trendy lob until it grows back to my usual security-blanket-length.

In the meantime, stay tuned for tips on styling shorter locks and tips and tricks for keeping your hair healthy!DSC_8908

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From Head to Toe:

Sunnies: Vintage, Top: American Apparel, Shorts: Zara, Bag: GiGi NY, Shoes: Leoffler Randall (on sale!)

Photos by Annabella V Photography

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Neoprene Summer

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Neoprene has been the “it” fabric lately, with everything from sweatshirts to bathing suits being fashioned out of the thick and stretchy fabric. I’m a fan, as it seems to hold every part of your body in the right place while giving of a shiny and trendy vibe. It can be a bit hot for this time of year, but it is so comfortable–like a high end form of leggings–that I have incorporated into my summer wardrobe with breezy tops like this one. I just picked this awesome Derek Lam blouse up from Intermix. It is one of my favorite stores in the city. If I could, I would literally buy one of everything that they sell. They are a bit pricey, but right now you can grab steals from their summer sale with everything an additional 50% off! (Catch the link below!)

I felt like this look was a fun spin on the traditional Fourth of July look. It has all the traditional colors, plus a few more because personally, I like to mix it up. I hope you all have something fabulous planned!

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From Head to Toe:

Top: Derek Lam via Intermix (Shop the sale here!), Pants: Cynthia Rowley, Bag: Brahmin, Shoes: Cynthia Rowley

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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