Housing Works Annual Fashion for Action Benefit

Writing for Joonbug had granted me press passes to some fancy shmancy events, as well as inspired me to even start this blog in the first place, so thanks Joonbug! From Fashion Week to Champagne Week, (yes, that is a thing here in New York) Joonbug has given me the opportunity to see a side of New York City typically only depicted on Page Six or in Sex and The City. However, if you keep up with our daily coverage, we let you know the inside scoop of events that you can attend, too! Housing Works Fashion for Action Benefit is, by far, the event I would most recommend to any self-proclaimed fashionistas or shopaholics. VIP tickets to the event were $100, but they gave you access to what was the best sample sale I have ever attended. Think Derek Lam dresses for $25, Ted Baker silk blouses for $10, Jimmy Choo’s for $125, and $50 Wild Fox sunnies. Typically, Housing Works is one of my favorite places to find great thrifted items, but all of this stock was NEW and current season!I was there as press, but I spent the first two hours feverishly grabbing everything I could carry and having a shopaholic-induced frenzy. Below you can see me in line for the fitting room, and I think no further description is really necessary.

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As one of the premier organizations in NYC to use a sales model to run a non-profit, Housing Works helps educate, employ, and treat NYC citizens in the fight against AIDS and HIV. Their annual benefit, this year hosted by fashion powerhouses Zac Posen and John Varvatos, raises money to support their youth education and prevention efforts. Obviously, this was a great excuse reason to spend some hard-earned money. Though the event has passed, I would mark your calendar’s for next year, because I was literally flabbergasted by the prices. The benefit party was also pretty spectacular, with models in the House Works finds, and Mr. Posen and Mr. Varvatos there to talk about the cause. The ultimate highlight was seeing posing goddess and America’s Next Top Model judge Miss Jay Alexander, who graciously agreed to make a slow motion video with myself and my blog wife Kathy. Watch it here.

The charitable aspect of the event, combined with the ridiculous deals, and the amazing people involved (the whole Housing Works staff is wonderful) make this possibly one of my favorite nights for fashion here in the city. Not to mention I got a bunch of unbelievably awesome clothes for practically no money. To see the pieces in action you will have to stay tuned…

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Boho Ballerina

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As the holiday season approaches festive colors and forgiving fabrics are truly the way to go! I love adding some holiday sparkle while also covering my impending food baby with a skirt a pouty as this one. I would be hard pressed to find a better Thanksgiving option than a tulle skirt. I could eat an entire pumpkin pie and the elastic waistband on this beauty would leave everyone none the wiser. A Carrie Bradshaw-esque ballerina skirt is as much of a wardrobe staple to me as a great LBD (which I actually wore as a top under this skirt in this post, coincidentally).

One of my favorite wardrobe secrets is to wear your dresses as tops, or as skirts with different tops over them. A flirty dress can be dressed up with a structured blouse, and a body-con dress can make for the perfect skirt. It is a great way to get extra mileage out of your wardrobe, as well as to come up with new outfit combos if you feel like your looks are a bit tired but you don’t want to spend money on new clothes.

I am attending a super special event hosted by New York’s best line of thrift stores, as well as Zac Posen and John Varvatos tomorrow. I am seriously beyond excited! Can’t wait to share my designer finds with you guys! Check out the post event coverage on the blog on Friday!

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From Head to Toe:

Coat: ASOS (old, similar here), Boots: Vince Camuto, Bag: ASOS, Dress (worn as top): c/o Nomad, Skirt: Lily and Violet

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Timeless Looks: A.K.A. The Time I Wore My Prom Dress on My Blog

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Y’all know I love a great little black dress, but what about a sumptuously long, sinfully curve hugging black dress? I found the perfect one when I was 17. So I wore it to prom (spoiler alert! You can see a photo of how I styled it back then at the end of this post). It is really the simplest of dresses. Made out of the most smooth and soft silk, it feels like a nightgown. With no zippers or tight seams, I would literally sleep in this dress every night. It is so the opposite of my usual taste, simple, classic, and timeless, yet somehow it was perfect for the occasion; worth the $450 I spent on it (which was an unthinkable fortune to me back then) because it is so classic and easy to wear I’ll probably be able to wear it when I am an old lady.

I decided to photograph it at an equally timeless location, New York by Gehry. The backdrop of the New York City skyline is an endlessly amazing scene, and I feel a perfect compliment to an easy and elegant dress like this one. It is also the perfect opportunity for me to tell you about how you can join me to take equally fabulous photos in front of the New York City skyline.

Anabella and I are now booking photoshoots at this iconic location. Whether you are looking for a LinkedIn shot, high fashion photos, or something a little more demure, we will be launching a website in the coming weeks with full photo packages available for purchase. I will help style you, and Anabella will create gorgeous photos for your personal use. I am so excited to share this opportunity with you guys, as no one knows better than me the uniquely special experience of having a collection of photos that truly represent who you are. In the meantime, feel free to contact me for more booking inquiries:

cara{dot}kovacs{at}gmail{dot}com

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Photos by Anabella V Photography

Prom 2008:

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Lazy Day Looks

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I love giant cozy sweaters and skinny jeans for a walk in the park or brunch with friends on the weekends. When I saw this one at one of my favorite boutiques, I fell in love with the corset-like lacing on the back. Fun little details like that take a piece from basic to statement-making. In case you were wondering about the boutique, I have written about them before. Think Closet has several NYC locations, and I love popping in to their stores every few weeks to check out the new stock. The specialize in finding one-of-a-kind new and emerging designers and pieces. Most of their stuff only comes in one or two sizes, so when you find something you love, it is almost like you have to buy it. Every piece is so uniquely gorgeous, you will be amazed by the things you can find. From stunning patterns to truly inspired cuts, their looks always surprise me in the best ways!

I will be partnering with Think Closet for some super exciting stuff in the coming weeks! Check back for more info!

Happy Friday beauties! I am going to a tequila and cheese tasting tonight for Joonbug…so likely I will be slightly tipsy and stuffing my face. I wish you a weekend filled with good mezcal and dairy as well! ;)

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From Head to Toe:

Beanie: H&M, Sweater: Think Closet, Jeans: Target, Bag: NineWest, Shoes: Peter Fox

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Fashionable Sweatshirts

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Nothing beats the ease of finding fashionable sweats to wear in public during the cold months. I would even go so far as to say that paying some extra cash for a super sleek sweatshirt may be worth it so that you can always look put together no matter how lazy you are feeling. I scored this badass beauty at a Rebecca Minkoff sample sale last year, and it has seen me through some cold and miserable days in style. Refinery 29 recently did a piece about the perfect chic sweatshirt for every style. True to form, I sort of wanted to buy all of them…which was the inspiration for this post.

The key to making a sweatshirt into a statement is pairing it with chic accessories, and not letting its slouchy nature venture into the rest of the look. Basically what I am saying is don’t wear sweats on the bottom too. Or boyfriend jeans. Fabulous outfits need balance; so sleek skinny jeans, or a feminine skirt are the way to balance the loose top.

Check out Refinery’s article for the rest of my sweatshirt wish list, and have a kick-ass hump day love bugs!

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From Head to Toe:

Sweatshirt: Rebecca Minkoff (old, similar here), Pants: Mango (sold out similar here), Boots: Vince Camuto, Bag: ASOS

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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