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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Unexpected Elements

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Personally, there is no outfit more fun than a super fitted top with a giant girly skirt. Flattering on every body type, this combo has been in style basically since the Middle Ages. But just between us, the best thing about this outfit to me is the story behind the pieces.

I don’t know how many times I have gone on and on to you guys about the benefits of experimenting with your wardrobes. Try pairing things that you didn’t think would go together, mix low and high-end items, and don’t be afraid of a vintage cut; these are just a few of the things we have talked about here on The Stylephile. And in this post, I have actually taken those sentiments to quite an extreme. In honor of Halloween being just around the corner, I decided to turn my college Cat Woman costume into a look that is about as far from that of a super-villain as one could get. Let me break down the anatomy of this look for ya. The leather top is a dress that was my costume. This skirt, if you can believe it, was $20 from Choie’s. The fur is faux from a vintage store on the Upper East Side, and I think it cost me $20, if that. And while the bag and the shoes are a little more high-end, they are wardrobe staples that I plan to wear forever.

When you take the time to play around with the items in your closets you can come up with super unique outfits that really tell a story. This is my favorite way to express myself with fashion, because everything about the look becomes significant and memorable to me. I never thought I could feel like Carrie Bradshaw in a Cat Woman costume, but that is what is so great about having fun with your personal style!

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From Head to Toe:

Fur: Vintage, Top: Similar here and here, Skirt: Choie’s, Shoes: c/o Piperlime, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Cuff: BCBG

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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From Desk to Dinner

DSC_0557 Looking professional for work, but stylish for the drinks you will be grabbing afterward is not always a simple task. Striking the right balance between office-appropriate and happy-hour-hot is always a bit of a challenge, but also an important thing to master when you live in a city that doesn’t allow for time to come home and change. Piperlime is one of my favorite places to shop for things that are professional and classic, but that also have a little bit of sex appeal. Dressing up a simple (but skin-tight!) dress with a killer pair of heels and some fun accessories is a sure-fire way to take your outfit from the desk to dinner in style. I paired this French Connection dress and Shulz heels with a pop of color and my favorite work bag for an easy transition from day to night. (I also stowed my Yosi Samra foldable flats in my purse, because y’all know I am not walking from the desk to the dinner in those heels). While we are on the topic of the shoes, can I just tell you ladies that these have got to be the pair I am most excited to wear this fall. Piperlime also has them in navy, and I may just have to go ahead and grab those too. The subtle, but sexy chain link detail on the bottom makes these babies extra special, but they are still so easy to pair with literally everything in your closet (boyfriend jeans, that little black dress, your favorite skirt, etc. etc.). I would advise you to size up however, as I have them in my usual size (7.5) and they are a little bit small (especially with tights). For more of my Piperlime wishlist check out this post from a few weeks ago, it has everything I am craving for fall!

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: c/o Piperlime, Blazer: Target, Bag: Vince Camuto, Necklace and Earrings: Thrifted, Watch: Vince Camuto, Shoes: c/o Piperlime

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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