The Beauty Look You’ll be Dying to Wear This Fall

Backstage New York Fashion Week Beauty Secrets

Let’s be honest. The hair and makeup at New York Fashion Week is just as exciting as the runway looks! My head is overflowing with all the inspiring looks I’ve seen presented this season, not to mention the tips and tricks I picked up hanging out with the beauty team backstage. Get the scoop on the look super sexy but still every day friendly look at Irina Vitjaz.

Backstage Beauty Makeup Application
Makeup Backstage

Irina presented a stunning collection of couture gowns in classic and bold hues with intricate materials and embellishments. To go with the elegant, romantic clothing, makeup artist Tawni Michelle designed a sophisticated, yet playful take on a smoky eye and matte lip. Watch her breakdown the method!

This look is definitely inspiring me to play with layering my assortment of neutral eyeshadows and lipsticks to see what I can come up with. Now if only I could get my hands on one of these gowns!

Irina Vitjaz NYFW Look
Irina Vitjaz NYFW Look
Irina Vitjaz NYFW Look

NYFW Style Diary: Look 2

Fashion Week is in full swing! The Fall collections have been amazing - so much rich color, texture and embellishments. Even though I'm still hoping to transition into Spring dressing soon enough, Fall will be just around the corner, and so will those gorgeous clothes. I'll be doing a full recap on my favorite trends for Fall 2017,  so stay tuned for that next week! 

As Fashion Week drags on, maintaining your energy levels and daily rotation of stylish outfits is a tough challenge.  With so much non-stop running between work, shows, after parties you need looks that keep you comfortable, but also street style worthy. Even though all you want to do is curl up on the couch in pajamas with wine and Netflix! 

Since athleisure is still having a moment, I had no doubt about pulling out my classic Adidas sweats. They are warm, comfy, and have a slimmer fit at the bottom of the leg, so the look is more tailored. 

Since it's still pretty chilly out, I'm actually layering jackets today. This is my favorite leather jacket, a thick quilted baby I've had for years. And on top of that is my fur and suede vest. The cropped chunky style adds a lot of volume, and I love the play on proportions. 

And even though I desperately wanted to put on sneakers, I felt like the look needed a sharp finishing point to really make a statement.  Accessories are like the exclamation point on your outfit, and these definitely get the point across in high energy! I'm at least going to start the day in these super sexy Sergio Rossi pumps, but no promise I'll end up keeping these on all day! 

Stay tuned for the details on my next look, and of course follow all my adventures this week in real time on Instagram! 

 

Valentine’s Day Looks I Love!

Love is in the air. Whether you may be single or in a serious relationship, Valentine’s Day is always a good time to show some love to the special people in your life. Plus it’s a great excuse to get all dolled up for a fun, romantic night out. Here are some of my favorite looks to celebrate the special day.

Stone Cold Fox Christy Gown

Slay in this sexy, sleek gown. The burgundy silk gown with front slit is simple, elegant and stunning. If dinner or dancing somewhere swanky is the plan, this dress will have you looking and feeling like the belle of the ball.

YFB Clothing Adele Dress

This twisted wrap front dress is perfect for a 70’s glam vibe. The shimmery fabric and deep v-neck are showstopping and the length is made for twirling around on the dance floor. Just keep things from spilling over with a bit of strategically applied fashion tape!

Vava by Joy Han Engleberta Dress

If you are going for a softer romantic vibe, you’ll love this off-the-shoulder dress with embroidered sleeves. The bold red is the perfect hue for Valentine’s Day, and the colorful details call to mind a beautiful, tropical vacation. Plus the silhouette is fun, unique, and universally flattering.

Word is Bondage Sleeveless Red Jumpsuit

For the daring girls only. This bodycon bandage jumpsuit in hot red will show off your curves like nothing else. This is the option if you want to keep all eyes on you! This one of a kind style is best paired with simple, clean, shoes and accessories so let the jumpsuit do the talking!

Material Girl Graphic Bomber Jacket

When you gotta let them know! This trendy bomber will be a hit for a Galentine’s Night Out with your besties. Keep the boys away with the cheeky Heartbreaker graphic on the back of the jacket. With jeans, high heeled booties and a bold red lipstick you’ll be ready to, well, break hearts.

Red Vinyl Jaime Jeans

Party like a rock star in these standout vinyl jeans! The hot red hue just screams I’m with the band. Whether your plans are to go to a concert or cocktails at a hip new bar, these jeans will have you looking like you just walked off a stage. Keep the rest of the look simple with a basic tee and simple booties

Giant Tutu Tulle Skirt

Embrace your ballerina dreams with this fun, fluffy tulle skirt. The soft red color is edgier than pink and incredibly delicate and romantic. With a simple silk tank or classic white t-shirt you’ll be date night ready! If you are feeling a little more hipster, try it with sneakers instead of heels for an unexpected cool girl vibe.

I originally wrote this post in collaboration with Party Mean

NYFW Style Diary: Look 1

Photos by Priscilla Reyes

Photos by Priscilla Reyes

It's that time of year again! New York Fashion Week kicked off on Thursday and so far the days have been long and a nice mix of exhaustion and excitement. I've been in fashion for so long, but this honestly never gets old. I love the energy and chaos, the crowds of fashionable people all converging on a few venues in the city, and the chance to preview the trends you'll see everywhere next season. 

So far the week has been interesting to say the least. I've hit up a few presentations by independent designers and have a jam-packed schedule for the rest of the week. The hardest part of NYFW, other than maintaining your stamina, is figuring out what to wear for each event! I try to mix in a few standout pieces and pop colors, but comfort is the priority when you are legit running in between shows. Plus the February weather adds the even more challenging layer of looking stylish but staying warm. 

Clarkson Square NYFW

I got this bomber in Zara's massive end of season sale. Red is one of my favorite colors, and varsity styles are super trendy this season. It's not as warm as my beloved Canada Goose or long wool coat, but it does the job as long as I'm not standing around outside for too long. 

Plus this neoprene dress from Nasty Gal has a nice amount of weight to it so that helps make this look a little cold weather friendly. It's super figure flattering and the modern silhouette and detailing make it a conversation starter And these Italian cashmere tights from Calzedonia will keep my legs warm and toasty, even in this mini dress. Calzedonia still does not sell or ship here, but I bought a ton of tights back from my trip to Rome in November. 

I started to wear plain black knit booties, but since it's fashion week, decided to be a little extra. These chunky suede booties are a sexy silhouette but comfortable enough to walk around in all day, and the metallic silver star embellishments are the perfect finishing touch. 

Patchwork Varsity Bomber Close Up Details

Stay tuned to my Instagram and Snapchat to see what shows and events I'll be going to! I'l also be guest blogging on a few other sites and will let you know where to find my posts!

Happy Fashion Week! 

How to Shop Like a Street Style Star

Photo by Priscilla Reyes

Photo by Priscilla Reyes

You’ve probably wondered how your favorite fashion bloggers always look so stylish. The answer very well could be a generous bank account and several brand partnerships. But a lot of the fashion and street style bloggers I know rely on secret weapon websites that are even cheaper than fast fashion chains like Zara and H&M. It may be scary ordering from a foreign website with an almost impossible return policy, but I’ve recently started exploring these sites and consulted with some of my blogger friends on their shopping tips. Here’s how to navigate some of the best new fast fashion sites and not hate everything you end up with. If you’ve never heard of Romwe, Shein, or Choies, get ready to add these babies to your bookmarks.

The Romwe coat I fell for, shot by Priscilla Reyes

The Romwe coat I fell for, shot by Priscilla Reyes

Get Social

Start by browsing the website and picking out your favorite pieces, like you would for any other retailer. But before you check-out, browse their Instagram, their hashtags, and tagged pictures to see how people style their merch. You can get a great idea of how the end product will look on a few different people to decide if it’s for you.

Choies Red Off the Shoulder Dress, shot by Eddie Woods

Choies Red Off the Shoulder Dress, shot by Eddie Woods

Do Some Research

In addition to insta-stalking, Google the product name or description to see if you can find some reviews or comments from other sites or blogs. You may end up finding a detailed description of fit, color, shipping, and any other info you may need to make your final decision. I saw this red dress on several bloggers with different body types before I finally caved and bought it, and luckily it looked perfect on me! 

Choies Black Asymmetrical Dress, shot by Eddie Woods

Choies Black Asymmetrical Dress, shot by Eddie Woods

Assume You Won’t Return It

You may be used to the free returns and very generous return policies most retailers offer.  A lot of these sites do allow returns, but when you read the fine print, the terms make a return or exchange costly and difficult. We’re talking you are on the hook for return shipping to China and restocking fees. If you end up with an item that doesn’t fit or isn’t what you expected, you’d be better off trading it at a local consignment shop, selling it online, or giving it to a friend who may like it. Just keep that in mind when you are placing your orders! When I ordered this black dress I was worried about it showing too much cleavage and I hated the included black patent belt, but I found a way to style it that I love. 

The sweater Romwe called a dress

The sweater Romwe called a dress

Choose Carefully

Since you will more or less be stuck with whatever you purchase, shop carefully and attentively! Pay attention to the sizing and measurements, care instructions and fabric content. You won’t be able to buy multiple sizes or colors then decide to keep some and return the rest. So go in with a clear head and few distractions so you can really choose items that you will love. I’ve ordered from Romwe and Choices several times and have only been disappointed once, by a knit “dress” that was marked one size and barely covered my butt. It makes for a cute sweater with jeans though! Happy shopping! 

 

This post was originally written by me for Party Mean

One Key Piece: The Street-Art Inspired Bomber

 

Sometimes all you need is one key piece to finish your look. Even the best dressed fashion babes have days where you just want to throw something basic on and go. When my schedule gets so hectic I can barely think, I go to a basic formula for dressing. Jeans, leather pants or culottes on bottom, simple sweater or t-shirt or top, then throw on a standout piece. It could be shoes, a ton of eye-catching jewelry, or a jacket to top off the look. 

So when I found this amazing graffiti bomber there was no way I couldn't grab it! You guys know from my Instagram I'm a huge fan of street art, so this piece was really calling me.  

Plus it's just as cool from the back as it is from the front! This item is part of Rachel Roy's limited edition Graffiti Collection available at Macys. Rachel collaborated with George  "SEN-One" Morillo, one of the most revered artists in graffiti history. The collection is inspired by NYC's graffiti scene in the 80's, and the current athleisure trend that is still going strong. You may remember Rachel Roy's unfortunate Instagram post that ended in a flood of "Becky" allegations. However she was first and foremost a fashion designer, and this piece is a nice, edgy departure from her usually restrained, classic items.

There really are dozens of ways to wear this baby! Today I'm rocking it with jeans, a cashmere sweater and booties. But it would be great on top of a feminine dress for some contrast, with leggings running errands, or even thrown on top of your gym clothes on the way to a workout. Just try to avoid the temptation to pair it with the matching leggings, because that would be entirely toooooo much! 

Rachel Roy Graffiti Bomber, available at Macys. It's now $139, but try to catch it on sale! Also check out more of George's amazing work and stay tuned for the launch of his online shop! 

Top 10 Trends of Resort 2017

Photo by Eddie Woods

Photo by Eddie Woods

The dog days of winter have me dying for a tropical vacation. Thank the fashion gods for creating resort collections, so even if you’re not jetting off to some exotic locale, you can still have some inspiration for next season. Whether you are heading off to cruise the French Riviera or relaxing on the beaches of Tulum, or just sitting at home avoiding the cold and fantasizing about such a trip, here are the trends that should stay top of mind.

1.       Palm Frond Prints

This cheery print is the new floral. Seen at Rochas, Valentino and Pucci, the green is a perfect way to tie in Pantone’s Color of the Year to your look.  

2.       Tartan

While this print is usually reserved for Fall/Winter, it began popping up on the runways at Chanel, Gucci, and Rosie Assoulin. Instead of wearing it in cashmere, wool, or other wintery textures, try it in silk or lightweight cotton poplin for an easy breezy, sophisticated look.

Photo by Eddie Woods

Photo by Eddie Woods

3.       Ruffles

Ruffles are loads of fun, and will be appearing on everything from skirts to tops this season. Peter Pilotto, Louis Vuitton, and Norma Kamali all showed different variations on the trend, but it can be sweet, romantic, and dramatic all at once, depending on how you style it.

4.       Athleisure

The athleisure trend is still going strong. Givenchy, Fendi, and even Tory Burch made a statement with sporty chic looks in their collections. The Adidas classic track pant is now a coveted fashion item, and an affordable one at that, so grab a few pairs to rock with crop-tops and sandals all season long.

5.       Crochet

Crochet is all the rage, and not just among the Coachella set. The pattern appeared on the runway at Oscar de la Renta, Max Azria, Moschino in luxurious fabrications, but you can always find it at your favorite fast fashion shops, or even DIY it if you are feeling crafty.

6.       Buckles Everywhere

Bold buckled belts somehow came back into fashion. The iconic Gucci logo belt is all over your Instagram feed, and waists were cinched all over the runways, including at Calvin Klein and Missoni. Try adding an oversized one over all your floaty sundresses to add a bit of edge to a casual, romantic look.

7.       Cropped Flares

We obsessed over these for Fall and they were the perfect companion for all our favorite ankle boots. Cropped flare hems are still super popular and not just in denim. Versace, Rachel Zoe, and Cinq a Sept all showed 70s inspired versions of cropped flares, and they’ll be popping up in your favorite stores in tons of vacation ready prints and fabrics.

8.       Dressy Denim

Denim is a classic staple, but this resort it gets a little dressed up. Adam Lippes and Kate Spade showed tailored shifts and ruffled or pleated skirts in denim, a refined but not stuffy way to wear the fabric.

Photo by Jacob Mante

Photo by Jacob Mante

9.       Blush & White

This will be the key color palette for resort, and it’s easy to see why.  Wear each individually or together for a soft romantic look perfect for long days and balmy nights.  Narciso Rodriguez, Delpozo and Milly showed gorgeous blushing looks and both colors are flattering on all skin tones.

10.   Layers

It’s hard to pull off layers when dressing for a warm weather location, so keep each piece light and breezy. Try dresses over pants, bralettes over a t-shirt, and of course, a breezy scarf on top of everything. 

What resort trends are you most excited to try? 

*This post was originally written by me for PartyMean.com

Winter Beauty Essentials

Image by Jurre Banks

Image by Jurre Banks

Well January is halfway over! Hopefully it will start to feel like Spring soon enough, but we're still in for a few more weeks of chilly temps and maybe more snow! I've been tweaking my beauty routine to focus on keeping my skin moisturized and glowing and my hair healthy in this trying weather. Here are some new products that have been in rotation

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Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion

This lotion is a steal at only $9 and provides even better hydration that products that go for triple it's retail price. It's rich, but not greasy and keeps your skin nice and protected. I got this complimentary in my Influenster VoxBox to review, and will definitely keep this in rotation all season long. 

Jack Black Lip Balm

Jack Black Natural Mint Lip Balm

I think this is a men's line, but who cares! It's super moisturizing, especially when you love long wearing liquid lipsticks like my signature blue! Plus the minty flavor is nice and refreshing and the SPF25 means you can keep using this through summer. 

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

This was another product sent to me complimentary from Influenster. I was a little skeptical about trying this, but was actually pleasantly surprised. I usually protective style through the winter months, and this def came in handy when I wanted to refresh my hair, without a full on shampoo and detangling session. 

Baby Foot Peel

This foot peel is disgusting but the best way to get your feet sandal ready. The amount of skin you will shed is horrific, so you need to do it in January or February while you can still wear socks and boots every day. But after the treatment runs its course, you'll be left with brand new, callous free, baby smooth feet!

What are some of your tips and go to products for slaying through the harsh winter? 

Making me Blush

Blush Pink Outfit Details

In case you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of culottes. I own them in too many colors to count and can't seem to stop myself from buying more. They are easy, comfy, and look super chic and sophisticated. This sweet blush pair is from Zara, and I bought them full price but now they are half off in Zara's big end of season sale. If you are on the hunt, grab them at an amazing price while you can! 

Blush Pink Street Style Look

And how amazing is this sweater! It's J Crew Collection and when I saw the romantic pink and cable knit details, I was all over it! It's lightweight but warm, and has a really cool oversized feel, though not too dramatic. 

Pink Suede Pom Pom Pumps Fishnets

And since it's still too chilly to have your feet fully exposed, I added these nude shimmery fishnet tights and pink Armani pumps. 

Stay tuned for more of my favorite monochrome dressing outfit ideas!

Blush Pink Outfit 1

A Lesson In Layering

The season is barely halfway over but I'm already feeling completely over my winter wardrobe. We've got at least 2 more months of blistery temperatures, but I can't bring myself to buy new sweaters at this point, since my eyes are so set on the new Spring arrivals starting to hit stores. 

In the spirit of keeping to my resolution to shop my closet more, I decided to start playing with layering ideas to get some of my Spring items into the rotation. I pulled out this sexy lace slip dress from Nicole Miller, and added a classic Gap t-shirt underneath. With a chunky cardigan, tights, and booties the look becomes a perfect option for chilly January days. 

I also added this awesome wraparound choker from Intuition LA. You guys know I love that site for all their fashion forward and affordable accessories. I tied the long choker into a dramatic bow to play up the feminine vibe of the dress, but you can keep it simple and let the ends hang low. 

Hopefully I can continue to channel my creativity to stay stylish and keep my credit cards happy until it's time for a Spring wardrobe refresh! 

My Head to Toe Skin Care Secrets

Even though  I look younger than my age, I'm still aware of the fact that I may not always be so fortunate. My skin has had it's ups and downs, being plagued by acne since college. Thanks to a vigilant skin care routine, a wonderful dermatologist, and probably some sheer dumb luck, my skin is more or less decent. Except for that time of the month when all hell (and pimples) break loose. 

Here are some of my holy grail techniques for keeping the skin on my face and body in top condition! High maintenance, maybe. But hey, no woman has ever regretted taking care of herself! 

Double Cleansing

Yes, I wear a good amount of makeup on a daily, and my cleanser literally just doesn't cut it. I start by gently massaging a light oil, like coconut or sweet almond oil into my skin, then gently wiping it off wit a steaming hot face cloth. This gets all the makeup off, opens my pores, and gets my skin ready for cleansing. My go to formulas are the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser or the Boscia Detoxifying Cleanser

Toning

My night I use Neutrogena Fight and Fade toner and by day  SKII Facial Essence. There is a difference between an essence and a toner, as several beauty specialists have tried to explain to me. However I still don't get it! I just know you apply both the same way, and at the same point in your skincare routine (after washing, before serum). 

Treatment

I recently started using the L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal system that I got complimentary for testing via BzzAgent. I love the eye cream, and the day moisturizer, but the night cream is a bit too heavy for my oily skin. However it makes for an awesome hand treatment! I always rub a serum and bit of anti-aging cream onto my hands before bed. That skin is delicate and is exposed on a daily basis, which is why your hands are the first place to start showing signs of aging. Give them the TLC they deserve.  

Exfoliating

I exfoliate weekly, starting with a good brush down with a body brush on dry skin before hopping in the shower. Then I scrub up with a body scrub, lately Ole Henrikson or something from The Body Shop. After buffing I apply a few drops of my hair oil, which containts jojoba, almond, olive, castor oil and rose and vanilla essential oils for fragrance. 

Foot Treatments

 

Keep those puppies soft by giving them a daily once over with a pumice stone. When callouses get stubborn, I use a gel and foot file to slough them off, and do a Baby Foot peel about twice a year. A quick Google image search will confirm that this is the grossest beauty treatment ever - but the feeling of having brand new feet keeps me doing it!  

What are your go to skin care products? Any tips to stay flawless from head to toe?

I Have This Thing with Sleeves

How amazing is this sweater! I found it on one of my last trips to H&M and immediately fell in love. It's a warm, fluffy mohair type material with menswear inspired striped sleeves and hem. 

And let's talk about these sleeves! Volume was a huge trend on the runways this season and this hits the trend on the head! And at only $69 it's a steal! I paired it with skinny leather pants and sock booties to counterbalance the volume and keep the rest of the look chic.

Volume Sleeves Sweater Street Style
Images by Jack Soltysik

Images by Jack Soltysik

What winter trends are you loving the most right now? 

My 2017 Style Resolutions

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It’s a new year, and the perfect time to think about your look. Everyone suddenly becomes obsessed with fitness and workout tips, but I’m really thinking about honing in on my personal style. Every woman’s body changes, but if you nail your look and some core style principles, looking amazing on a daily basis becomes a much more manageable task. Here’s how I plan to step up my style game in the New Year!

1.       I’ll find new ways to wear sneakers and comfort footwear. 

The days of lugging around flats or suffering in heels all day are over. It may take some experimenting until I figure out enough ways to dress them up for various occasions, but finding the balance between style and comfort is a necessity.

2.       I’ll have fun with color, especially on my face.

I love makeup, but have found myself with a seemingly endless array of shimmery neutral eyeshadow palettes, and taupe or blush lip stains. Occasionally I would do a classic red or burgundy lip. However this summer I stumbled upon a cobalt blue liquid lipstick and wearing it was one of my favorite style statements of the year. A bit of bold color on the lips or eyes, or even both is an easy and inexpensive way to make your look pop. I promise to have more fun in the makeup department, even if only on weekends or special occasions.

3.       I’ll spend less time shopping and more time shopping my closet.

Working in fashion for almost 10 years has helped me build up a pretty impressive wardrobe, thanks to constant sample giveaways, insider discounts and private sales. I usually adopt a golden rule while shopping – if it doesn’t go with 3 different things I already own, I don’t buy it. I slacked on that rule a bit in 2016, largely due to the sudden emergence of some really exciting trends in Spring and Summer.  But in 2017 I’ll channel my creativity, get thrifty, and be more environmentally friendly by inventing new ways to rock some of the amazing things piled up in my closet.

4.       I’ll invest in a quality, timeless designer handbag.

I’ve been wanting a bag upgrade for a while, but whenever it came time to bit the bullet, I spend on something else, usually an experience. That approach has brought my amazing memories, but I never stop wanting the bag. This year I will strike the compromise between splurging on a luxury item vs an unforgettable experience by stalking sample sales and the famous Barney’s Warehouse Sale.

What are your style resolutions for 2017? 

*This post was originally written for Luxe Radar 

All That Shimmer

new years eve sequined jacket

New Years Eve means bring on the bling. For the last party of the year I'll be dancing it up in this sequined tuxedo and bandage crop top. Can you believe this entire look is from H&M?!  The top is from a few years back, but I stumbled upon the jacket and pants in one of their flagship stores a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love. 

And since the event I'm attending is a surrealist theme, this silly, sexy lace bunny mask is the topper, which I found in the H&M Halloween clearance bin for $5! 

The end of the year has me ready for fun, but also feeling reflective on everything that has happened this year. There has been immense joy, sorrow, pride and fun in my life this year. I'm choosing to not dwell on the bad, but to learn from it. In 2017 I promise to be more attentive not just to my close friends but to the all the people in my life, because they are here for a reason. I promise to stick to the promises I make to myself - to maintain the shape I'm in instead of letting it swing back and forth; to have adventures in the moment without compromising my future financial security; to embrace wholeheartedly what is worth clinging to and let go of what is not. Here is to a new year, and the same old me, only, maybe, a little bit better. 

Last Night of 2016

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It's one of the last days of 2016 This year has been an intense one, and for me, largely positive. I got a lot of the things I wished and worked for. I made accomplishments in my career, strengthened my relationships, and had bucket list worthy experiences. I'm ready to welcome 2017 with open arms and try to remain optimistic through some very difficult political changes. Let's bring on the new year and take on all of the joy and challenges with mindfulness, grace, and of course, style. 

If you are still trying to figure out what to wear for the last party of the year, I break down 3 different looks on Accidental Fame. This is one of my favorite looks. It screams old school glam and reminds me why velvet was the hot texture of the season. 

velvet backless urban outfitters dress

If you are still scrambling to figure out what to wear, here are a few looks I love! it's almost as if Urban Outfitters knew you weren't going to be ready, because all of their amazing party dresses are 25% the price listed! If you can't get overnight shipping most of these babies are still available for in-store pickup, so reserve online then get to your nearest shop! 

Silence and Noise Sinderella Sparkle Dress $69

Silence and Noise Sinderella Sparkle Dress $69

Silence and Noise Mesh Bodycon Dress 

Silence and Noise Mesh Bodycon Dress 

If you are wondering what I'm actually wearing tomorrow, stay tuned for my next post! The only hint I can give is that the party called for a surrealist theme, so a headpiece will come into play! 

All Black Everything

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Even though I love winter whites, an all black look is a New York girl's style staple, no matter the season. When the temps cool down, I go for rich, luxe materials and some of my favorites are cashmere, wool, and velvet, so you can see why I'm obsessed with this look. It's come, cozy, and a little bit sexy. 

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All Black Winter Fashion
Photos by Jacob Mante

Photos by Jacob Mante

What are some of your go to winter outfits? 

Obsessing Over: Shimmery Neutrals for Holiday

Holiday Makeup Ideas

It's no secret I love makeup.  This is the time of year where getting extra glam becomes almost a daily requirement, thanks to the endless array of holiday parties. I live for a classic red or dark lip, but have been playing with shimmery neutrals and I love the effect. Here are some of the products I've been using to get the glow!

If you haven't heard of Kiko get familiar! I discovered this brand when I lived in Milan and on my recent trip to Rome I had to stock up on their amazing and affordable color cosmetics. For the look above I'm wearing their water eyeshadow in champagne and layered their brown matte lipstick and glitter pencil lipgloss. I am usually nervous about doubling up on shimmer products, but I love how this combination turned out. 

I've also been really into Julep's Skip the Brush Cream to Powder Blush Sticks. The creamy formulas go on smooth, but work well with my oily skin. The desert rose and warm bronze are my favorites, and they have a subtle shimmer that's great for highlighting your cheekbones. 

Another favorite from Julep! Their full coverage eyeshadows are all amazing, but I especially love the shimmery shade in the 5th Avenue & Broadway duo. It's really great for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes, which I do pretty much every time I want to make my eyes pop. 

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The ultimate in shimmer is Pat McGrath's Metamorphosis Kit. Since she debuted glitter lips on the runway, Pat has been blowing minds with her shimmer, glittery creations and this kit is a holiday must-have. I haven't tried it, but I'm really hoping it ends up under my Christmas tree! 

Going Golden

Here's to being the best dressed at the holiday party! This season is all about bringing the glam, but trying to stay warm. This dress does the trick! It's custom Chloe and Reese, one of their signature silhouettes done in this amazing Italian wool. 

I dressed it down a bit with my cozy shearling coat, but instead of wearing basic booties, finished the look with these gold strappy sandals. 

Photos by Jordan Edwards

Photos by Jordan Edwards

How amazing are these shoes! I love the crackled detail and metallic finish. They are too good to save for summer, and when paired with black tights, there is no need to! This look is definitely giving me major holiday vibes. 

Tune in all week as I share my favorite looks for Christmas and New Years Eve! 

Statement Coats are a Major Winter Style Key

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Winter weather demands staying warm, so you may as well do it in style! I love a coat that makes a statement, especially because that is the main thing people see when you are out and about. When the temps drop, the coat makes the outfit. I love this classic hounds-tooth, updated in a navy, aqua, black and white color palette. 

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Statement Coat 3
Pics by Jack Soltysik

Here are a few under $150 statement coats I'm currently obsessed with! 

Sundays in Brooklyn

Since I'm in the LIC area, Greenpoint is basically one of my coolest next door neighbors. When I don't want to bother coming into the city, I can walk or hop on the G, and hang out in one of the cutest areas that is bursting with scenic streets, top-notch coffee shops and diverse restaurants. 

I went for a cozy chic look with distressed jeans, a cashmere turtleneck, sequined beanie and my classic Gucci bag. For a pop of color I went with cobalt blue lips courtesy of Anastasia, a color I'm completely obsessed with. This look was perfect for a day of exploring vintage stores and artisanal coffee shops.  If you have any favorite places I should checkout next time I'm in the neighborhood, leave your tips in the comments!