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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

INTRODUCING MICA

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Now that Summer is over (…gasp, I said it), my focus has shifted to total and complete closet (and apartment!) renovation. I've recently gone through my closet and have made more than a plentiful amount of changes. Nothing left besides the items I love, what I couldn't live without - moto leather jacket, denim bell's, chunky knits - and mostly left are the things I realize I should've been wearing this whole time. Enter my repurposed Adidas Originals, a recent match made in heaven for my pleated mini/cropped sweater Fall uniform.

When I think about Fall in the city, I think walks with spiked spiced hot tea, reading more Anna Quindlen on my fire escape, and the rebirth of my leather-on-leather look for every day. 

Now, after this weekend, I think about other things essential for Fall, like the new MICA bracelet engineered by Intel and designed by Opening Ceremony. MICA, my intelligent communication accessory, is not only wearable tech, but in my opinion, wearable art. Between lapis stones from Madagascar, to obsidian from Russia, the MICA bracelet has a girl counting down until it's official store release date, mid-November.

Check out more information on MICA now!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Baby Spice

Sometimes a girls gotta get her Baby Spice on, am I right?

There's nothing like playing around with your hair and makeup. The quintessential "I'm a grown up" tactic of my childhood, I'd spend hours in my moms make-up case, putting on lipstick and pretending to put on mascara. I'd go through all my mom's old costume jewelry from the 80's - she let me think I was Madonna; one brooch after another, strands of pearls, the most unbelievable clip-on earrings I'd ever seen. It was perfect.

And for me, this two-bun situation, sparks up some serious nostalgia, instantly reminding me of what it used to feel like to play dress up, to be carefree, to have a some old-fashioned f-u-n. I'm not one to change up my look that often, admittedly am a creature of habit and have been rocking the never-before-dyed dark brown hair forever (quite literally). I've also never changed up my beauty routine all that much since, well, I started wearing makeup. Lately, I've been a little tired of the 'same-old-ish-different-day', and decided to make some changes, starting with my day-to-day beauty grind. 

Starting with these two-buns, a matching set, and some cons.
Want to rock a two-bun too? Or maybe you're an eyebrow girl like me and want to learn how to find the perfect arch! Stay tuned for an entire series of my beauty secrets! The Under $100, Under 10 minutes, Wear from Work to Weekend kind of beauty secrets! 
Wearing: Bar III Matching Set and Converse Sneakers

Beauty by L.Be at Authentic. Present. Brave

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Falling for Fall

I know I complained and griped about summer coming to an end, but let's be real, fall is the 'ish. 

I love seeing the seasons change and equally important is the excuse, aka need, for a whole new wardrobe revamp. Thick knit sweaters, chunky boots, leather pants, midi skirts, jumpsuits, vests, hats, layers on layers, crimson lips, dark nails... wait, am I rambling?! 

Unfortunately the days of back-to-school shopping are gone for most if not all of us, but that's no reason to get all emo and think about the fact that we're getting older. Let's instead choose to remember how stressful it used to be to pick the best scented markers and how fun it was to bum-rush the mall for a week picking out your favorite duds you couldn't wait to show off.

In honor of laying out your first outfit of the season (I know, I'm a little late here), below are some of the favorites I can't wait to call mine. 



Monday, September 22, 2014

My Kind of Oxford

The oxford craze, is hardly new, but it's making waves (in my closet) that I never anticipated.

There's no getting around classics. The LBD, a trench, the ballet flat. I don't think there's anyone in the world who would say that a plain white tee and a pair of blue jeans wasn't cool.  Which all brings me to the oxford; a staple for every wardrobe, regardless of if you're teetering on grunge, glam, or both.
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Wearing: LOFT Top, Dex Plaid, Zara Jeans, Urban Outfitters Shoes.

Photos by Stacey Belko.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Slip Dress

Moody Thursday Vibes.

Lately, I've been feeling a little as if my life has been operating fully, under a full moon. So many moving parts, every day bringing new excitement, surprises that rock my world a little, days that I swear last more than 24 hours. It might be the unofficial shift in season, or maybe the fact that I've been burning the candle from both ends lately, but as good as it feels to be busy, the day-to-day can get a little, well.. frenzied.

Sometimes it's nice to take a breath, write in a journal, listen to some Joanna Newsom, and light up sage to take care of the rest. Quiet moments around my neighborhood, is what keeps me sane and grounded. When my schedule is filled from top to bottom, life throws a curveball my way that I don't feel ready for, it helps to find consolation in the place I've come to call home. Is it a matter of fact that when you feel frazzled, you gravitate towards the things in life that bring you most love or understanding? I think so. I also think that I tend to draw near what I feel most comfortable in. A slip dress might not deter the full moon looming, but it sure feels like it does. Simple does it, and so it goes.
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Wearing: Topshop Top, LuLus Slip Dress, Keds Sneakers.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Alright, here it is… I wait with bated breath every Tuesday night, to eat take-out, have a glass of red, and watch Pretty Little Liars with my neighborhood besties. It's an addiction that began a few season ago, during one rainy New York Fashion Week, with Stacey Belko. To this day, although separated by a few Eastern states, Stacey and I will text each other minute-by-minute during a new episode of PLL. If you haven't caught on, you should. Even the boyf, will watch, even though he won't fully admit it.

So, when I found out that Lucy Hale, was collaborating with Hollister,
 to bring us some seriously awesome California style layering options, I was instantly excited to jump on board with my friends at Nylon to style up a few of my favorites from the collection. Even though I'm a tried-and-true New York girl, I can never resist casual, chic Cali-style layers; in fact, if I could live in them, I would one thousand percent opt to. Oh, and did I mention that the entire collection is all under $50 now at Hollister?! Score it.

See the full feature here!
Shot by Michael Dumler of On Abbot Kinney

Monday, September 15, 2014

Littlest Black Dress

Throw on and go.

Every morning, my main concern after coffee and a quick read, is the immediate thought of what to wear. Before I start perusing my closet for this black t-shirt, that little black dress, or those black leather shorts, my main concern is always to choose whatever I'll feel most comfortable in. There's no recipe for picking the perfect outfit and it shouldn't take you an hour to pick out what to wear. What do you want to spend you day in? How do you want to show up?

For me, little black dresses, are the quintessential wardrobe dime-piece. 
Wearing: Express Dress, RL Denim and Supply Flannel, Timberland Boots.

Beauty by L.Be at Authentic. Present. Brave

Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Plaid Layers

Now that Fashion Week has come to an end, it's nice to spend a couple days just bopping around my neighborhood, dressed in some casual and equally comfortable layers, with enough time to grab a coffee and take a stroll.

It's been an entire Summer of me wearing some version of flatform sandals, and I'm admittedly overly excited about the NYC heatwave, because I can still rock out in a pair of lifted sandals or these new ones from Forever21

If not for flatforms to get by, some sort of a light plaid layer is always OK in my book. I can't stand when people dress inappropriately for the temperature, for the sake of 'fashun'. It's 90 degrees outside, put away your matching wool set! My solution to the weather v. fashionable woes, was to cut off the sleeves of my dinky vintage flannel, and call it day. DIY, has never been my strong suit, but this simple solution is easy enough for me to handle. Turn your old flannels (or even sweatshirts!) into tanks and wear it all year long. Score!
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Wearing: ASOS Tank, Vintage Flannel, AMI Clubwear Skirt, Forever21 Shoes, ZeroUV Sunglasses.

Photos by Stacey Belko

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NYFW: Backstage at Koonhor SS15

Boxy silhouettes, oversized playful patterns, lots of layers, and an essence of feeling youthful and free spirited.

The Koonhor, SS15 Presentation, was the perfect dose of femininity, flirtation, and edge. I fell in love with the sweepingly long trench coat layers, but especially was drawn to the lively prints that served up some serious girl-in-the-city vibes. If I had it my way, I'd want to be a Koonhor kinda girl; full of spirit and adventure.
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Photos thanks to Spencer Kohn

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NYFW: On the Cuff

Some snaps from the other day at Lincoln Center, after Georgine

After a few days running around, my solution to beat this crazy New York City heatwave, is to keep cool in flirty skirts and shifty dresses. Keeping it simple, enjoying the last bits of Summer and the last couple days of fashion week. I've ditched the idea of layers, and relied on some fun, delicate yet bold, accessories, like this rad arm cuff by Daniel Espinosa and some oversized shades to hide behind.  I'm a sucker for anything that makes me feel slightly gypsy-esque, free-spirited (even with my wound up top-knot), and an easy to romp around dress, some key accessories, and a touch of gold did just the trick.
Wearing: See U Soon Dress, Daniel Espinosa Arm Cuff, ZeroUV Sunglasses.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Backsage at A D├ętacher

A D├ętacher, 
felt so much like a collection comprised of prints and silhouette's that you want to live in, spend long days in, stroll around the LES in; Broken in and so intriguing.

Designer Mona Kowalska, explained that she "wanted it to feel like hand-me-downs you get from your sister or mom,". The perfect analogy for a collection filled with boxy, oversized, silhouettes, splashes of color and prints that would fit just as perfectly together as they do alone; mixing and matching at it's finest.
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Photos thanks to Spencer Kohn

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