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Fall in Fringe

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The BCBG Brylee Jacket has to be the piece in my closet I am most excited to wear this fall. Not only is it in my favorite color, but it manages to be an incredibly versatile piece while still making a statement. Every girl needs a classic leather jacket for the cooler months, but a fabulous statement-making one can really add that “wow-factor” to your wardrobe! (Also the fringe is really fun to play with while I am walking around. I am like a five year old and have to resist the urge to swing my arms all over the place.)

During the fall, I try to go bare-legged as long as humanly possible. I just love shorts/skirts/dresses and find them so much less constricting than pants. I styled this ah-mazing jacket two ways depending on how cold it is outside. The shorts are your current-to-late October look and the pants can last you through Thanksgiving. Then it just gets really cold and I start dressing like a semi-fashionable eskimo.

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From Head to Toe:

Look 1: Jeans: Seven for all Mankind, Jacket: BCBG (Affordable options here and here), Top: H&M, Sunnies: Elie Tahari, Bag: ASOS (Sold Out, Similar), Shoes: G by Guess, Ear Cuff: BCBG (Similar)

Look 2: Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Top: Forever 21, Boots, Vince Camuto, Sunnies: Forever 21, Bag: ASOS

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NYFW Recap

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Sorry for my mini-hiatus at the tail-end of last week. After sleeping ~3 hours a night through Fashion Week, when my friend Tara arrived to celebrate my birthday with me this past weekend we spent the first two days eating and napping on rotation. And honestly, it was so needed. Between running from Uptown to Downtown and back again in stilettos and attempting to be less than ten minutes late for a seemingly endless stream of events, I end up on auto-pilot and I think I only snapped out of it….five minutes before I wrote this post.

If you follow lots of bloggers, you know we all go on about how Fashion Week is an exciting and spectacular mess of events that leaves us all with exhaustion and a hangover, but to really get the play-by-play I love reading the in-depth accounts the Hallie posts over on Corals + Cognacs. There is not a more hilarious way of reading how a typical Fashion Week day goes down, and you’ll really feel like you are there! As for myself, the days all meld together, and I should really take notes next time!

On a typical day, I wake up early assuming that I will have enough time to get ready AND take the bus (I am such an optimist). Then I decide last minute to change everything about what I thought I wanted to wear. By the time I try to hail a cab (since there’s no time for the bus), I am running up and down the streets in heels yelling at all the 9 to 5ers trying to grab cabs downtown. As a last minute stroke of genius, I order an Uber and pace nervously on the sidewalk awaiting its arrival.

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When I finally hit the west side, I make a pit-stop at where ever the beauty bar is that day and have them fix my hair. I am terrible at doing my own hair, and could not survive fashion week without these cosmological angels. After touching up my lips gloss, I run either to backstage or my seat at whatever show it is that I am already late for.

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Of course the next shows are at some lofty industrial space that is nowhere near Lincoln Center and I have three minutes less to get there than Hopstop is telling me it will take me. Photographers are snapping photos everywhere, but at this point I am so frazzled I know there is no way I am looking high-fashion. CHeck out mow my boots are untied in the below photo.

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After the next show, obviously I have to head back to Lincoln Center. (I don’t know who plans it this way, but it is so crazy.)  By the time the shows are over, I realize all I have had to eat are the mini-cupcakes at the beauty bar and I binge on something I would NEVER eat any other time of year and head to the after-party of the evening.

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It is always at some hotel of note, The Empire, The Andaz, The Highline Hotel, The Row, take your pick. There’s an open bar and tons of beautiful people, and I can never decide if I should stay and de-stress with some drinks or fall face-first in my pillow before getting up to do it all over again. And it’s awesome. I mean the wardrobe inspo is just endless, and everyone is inspiring to talk to, plus there’s practically all kinds of cool samples and free crap practically being thrown at you. I feel so blessed to be among the handful of people thrown into this madness each year, but I am also okay with the fact that I am not doing it again in London right now. Maybe next time, right?

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NYFW: Old Hollywood

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I wrote the completely ridiculous story about my love affair with this dress several months back (read about that here), and it has always been a pretty lucky piece for me. I wore it to interview the cast of Orange is The New Black (that happened!), to the job interview of where I now work, and to last Sunday at NYFW where by some divine act I was not only on time, but EARLY to everything I did that day (unheard of!). Annabella and I hit two shows and took some street style shots for Joonbug (catch them later this week)! Plus we hit the Vogue Runway Retreat and luckily had time to catch up with some of my favorite blogging beauties such as Hallie, Rachael, and Jen! Never has a Fashion Week day run more smoothly!

Today, on the other hand is a different story! I wish I could tell you all about it, but I will have to save this special info for another day! Check back on Friday for my Fashion Week summary, plus a play-by-play of exactly how these crazy days seem to go.

Happy Hump Day babes! xx

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: Think Closet, Bag: ASOS (sold out, similar here), Shoes: Chanel (vintage), Bangles: ℅ Brahmin

Photos by Anabella V Photography 

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NYFW in Three Floor

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I found this dress on ASOS maybe a year ago, and there was only one left, two sizes too big, on sale for $150. So I bought it and promised myself I would take it in to get it altered. Fast forward to last Friday when I decided to wear it to NYFW and begged the tailor to magically take in the dress in 5 days. I am so happy with the results! The dress fit like a glove, and I felt a little Hollywood glam with a modern edge the entire day. I paired the dress with my favorite Lulu*s heels (that were comfy, which is so key) and this gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff clutch courtesy of the ladies over at Bleeker & Spring. After a pit stop at the Vogue Runway Retreat to get my hair done, Anabella and I shot some quick shots in between running around like crazy to make the shows.

There are so many things that I loved from the runways, I wish I could just skip winter and head straight to spring! Once Anabella and I have a chance to review all of the runway photos we got you can check back in for a post about what will be big next season. (Hint, hint, the two-piece trend is not going anywhere.)

Now that we are on the tail-end of the week I have upped my coffee intake from non-existent to like 15 cups a day and I think my toes are going to fall off. I should really keep count of how many cabs I have taken in the past four days, but I won’t post the number here because my dad reads this and he’s going to give me a call being like “How much does that cost?!?!?” (Sorry Pops…) The week is fun and the collections are beautiful, but I am sure any blogger can tell you, this is an exhausting (amazing and unique) experience! Check back later this week for all the details later in the week…perhaps after I have taken a nap. ;)

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From Head to Toe:

Hair: ℅ Vogue Promos, Sunnies: ℅ Elie Tahari, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff ℅ Bleeker and Spring, Dress: Three Floor (sold out, but their dresses are all amazing), Shoes: Lulu*s, Arm Candy: ℅ Armed & Readi

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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#tbt

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New York Fashion Week has officially arrived! I am so excited! I just picked up one of my dresses from the tailor’s and I can’t wait to wear it! I bought it months and months ago with every intention of getting it altered, (it was two sizes too big, but too pretty not to buy) and Fashion Week finally gave me the motivation to bring it in. (By the way, the place I go to has a magic touch! The dress fits like a glove! If you’re in need of a good tailor Dashnor’s on the Upper East is as good as they come!) I decided to do a throwback post to the dress I wore for the first fashion show I ever attended. I took these photos with Anabella last weekend, and loved remembering how much fun I had wearing this dress the first time!

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was Rebecca Taylor S/S 2014. I was covering it for Joonbug. The line stretched around the block full of bloggers that I recognized, and I tried to hide my excitement and “play it cool.” (Inside I was mega fan-girling “OMG it’s CAROLINA!!!!”) I think I had been blogging for…I don’t know…three days at that point, and the whole thing seemed like some unbelievable dream. All I could think was “How the hell did anyone think that I belonged here?” I’m not as nervous this time around, but the excitement always remains the same. There is just something magical about looking at such visually awe-inspiring clothing, styling and design. The vibe is always amazing! Follow along on Instagram and check the blog to see what I will be wearing! :)

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As for #tbt, here’s the photo collage I posted on Instagram the day of the show! :O

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: via Loveday 31, Shoes: Threadsence, Bag: ASOS

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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