This outfit has been my summer uniform for almost the entire month of August. I am just beyond in love with the European village printed on the maxi skirt, and use any chance I have to wear it. Since today is September 1st, I’d just like to say that the old rule about wearing white after Labor Day has long been out-dated. I plan to wear this skirt well into the fall and beyond. I know with tights it will be a great staple piece in the coming months. I really wanted it to be the focus of the look, so I stuck with simple pieces and some complementing accessories. This has got to be one of my favorite pieces in my closet! What are your all-time favorite wardrobe staples?
I am really in love with these photos. My wonderful friend and photographer Anabella meet me the minute the Highline opened last week in order to capture some beautiful sunlight before crowds started to come. The Highline is one of my favorite places in Manhattan, and if you can get up early enough, it is truly a hundred times better when there aren’t hoards of people on it. Anabella is truly one of the most passionate photographers I have ever met. She’s extremely analytical, and takes a lot of thought and time into how she captures poses, lighting and scenery. I think this series of photos is one of my favorites on the blog, because Anabella just had such a way of making me feel comfortable and capturing my face from the right angles. I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of wonderful photographers since I have started blogging, but I have got to say that Anabella truly has a special touch! See more of her work here on the blog in the coming weeks, (and check us on Instagram at NYFW!) and make sure to “like” her on Facebook here!
From Head to Toe:
Hat: Purchased at a street market in London (similar here), Crop: H&M, Necklace: Stella & Dot, Bracelet: c/o Armed & Readi, Watch: Michael Kors, Skirt: Lulu’s (Old, similar here), Shoes: Nine West, Bag: Nine West
After all that talking about crop tops earlier this week (which you can read about in my last post) I decided to challenge myself to do another crop top look, with Addy of course, because an outfit post is always better when there is a corgi in it. #fact I love this Aztec printed crop from Urban paired with an east breezy maxi skirt. A perfect end of summer look with a splash of fall colors. I remember reading “burnt sienna” on Crayola crayons and this skirt reminded me of that color. A fiery orange reddish brown mish-mash that makes a pretty and passionate hue. I usually wear this skirt with a body-lengthening top, but I am throwing caution to the wind this week apparently (and literally, cuz it was windy as sh*t when Brittanny and I took these photos).
Have a fab long weekend y’all! I am excited to be going on a #bloggerbus (trademarking that hashtag for this weekend–you saw it here first!) to Saratoga with some awesome ladies. Follow along on Instagram for the play-by-play. After that we are just counting down the days to NYFW! (:D)
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Crop: Urban Outfitters (Old, similar here), Skirt: Macy’s (similar here), Necklace: Stella and Dot, Sunnies: Elie Tahari, Shoes: Nine West, Bag: Nine West
Photos by Brittanny Taylor
Crop tops have been a huge trend lately, and though I love how they look, I personally have a hard time wearing them. I work very hard to maintain my weight with exercise, diet, and an expensive Soul Cycle addiction. I have read a lot of blog posts about girls talking about how they stay fit, how they love their insecurities and how all shapes are beautiful. One of the things that I love about the blogging community is that real women can showcase their personal styles and it doesn’t have to be 100% representative of modern standards of beauty. I know that I am a small person, but any extra meat that I do have tends to sit around my midsection, and I have never exactly been fond of it. It is hard for me to open up and talk about it because I fear sounding contrived or fake. I know I wear a size 4, and to discuss my fear of being fat could truly be taken the wrong way. However, this is something that I and many women deal with. Additionally, those of us not blessed with a super fast metabolism work hard to be a size that makes us happy, but still struggle with insecurities. I only bring it up because it is important to me as a blogger and a woman in the fashion industry to be open with other women about my personal insecurities in the hope that it may ring true to what other people are feeling.
I think two of the most important things that people can keep in mind when seeking to have great style is to first and foremost stay true to themselves and secondarily to dress for their body type. Even though I don’t *love* my stomach, I’ve been making crop tops work for me lately by paying close attention to how the bottoms that I pair them with fall. I love this look because it is fun, flirty, and girlish. I paired a high-waist circle skirt with this Forever XXI crop, and though I was not as comfortable as I would be in say, a shift dress, I still felt like the cut was flattering and stylish. As I said, I think that being true to yourself is the most important part of radiating effortless style. If there’s a trend you want to try, experiment a bit with what feels right for you. If your imaginative you can make almost any look work!
As one of my style icons, Lori Goldstein would say “Everything goes with anything!”
Skirt: Mink Pink (old, similar here), Top: Forever 21, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Shoes: Threadsence, Beanie: Custom, Watch: Vince Camuto
Photos by the one and only Brittanny Taylor
If you live in New York City, you know that waking up on the weekend for brunch after a late night out is basically a weekly tradition. Personally, after I’ve finally pried my eyelids open, I want to put as little thought as possible into what I am going to wear. Nothing is quicker to me than a dress or a romper, slip it on and you’re out the door. I love the delicate floral print on this one, plus it matches my Brahmin Duxbury, which you all know if my new favorite grab-and-go bag.
I got this romper at a clothing swap party that my girlfriend hosted. If you don’t know what a clothing swap party is, after I tell you I guarantee you’re gonna want to throw one. Basically, you clean out your closet and get together with all of your girlfriends and drink wine while you trade the stuff you don’t want anymore. At the last swap I scored this romper, a faux fur collar, a silver Guess vest, a sequined beanie, and a silk top. Plus I got rid of a ton of things I wasn’t wearing, which freed up space in my closet (which still doesn’t close which may mean it is time for another swap). This is a great way to refresh your wardrobe for free!
From Head to Toe:
Similar Rompers: 1, 2, 3, Clutch: c/o Brahmin, Bracelet: c/o Armed and Readi, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunnies: Forever 21, Shoes: 6pm
When I saw this dress on ASOS a few years ago I knew I had to have it. I don’t know if you guys know this, but I come from a long, proud line of cat ladies. This print was just perfect with the tiny orange kitties and the leather Peter Pan collar. The fit is flattering as can be, and it is just such a fun and flouncy little number. I love this dress because it can be edgy with the leather, but still just downright adorable. If I had to define my personal style I would say it was just that–edgy with a touch of adorable. This dress, unfortunately is an old piece, but I have compiled my favorite playful pieces that I still think are wearable–shop below! Happy Friday Lovecats (pun intended)!
From Head to Toe:
Dress: ASOS (Old), Bag: ASOS, Sunnies: Elie Tahari, Shoes: H&M
Photos by Brittanny Taylor