Shoes - Nine West, Skirt - Zara, Jacket - Guess, Sweater - H&M
There is nothing that I love more than dressing like a female version of Frank Sinatra. That's why I was so happy to find these patent leather oxfords, which leave the pain of heels behind me, and are still perfect for dressing up and business events. I found the checker skirt at Zara's Fall/Winter sale, and at just $10 the price made my heart sing.
Published in Harness Magazine
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I’ve always been unconventionally stylish. In sixth grade I bought a fancier pajama shirt and wore it to school like it was the hottest item from the Paris runway. But, my love of fashion is often unapparent to those around me, simply because I am, and have always been extremely studious.
As a business student, I have a theory that most people who meet me think I’m going to become an accountant and then die from cardiac arrest. My passions, however, cannot be expressed from behind a desk at Ernest and Young.
That being said, I’m embarrassed to admit that I like fashion. Last summer, I was working as a receptionist when a co-worker asked me about my blog. She questioned in a rather condescending tone if blogging is something that I do for fun or if I actually want to work in fashion. I immediately responded that it’s just a hobby and that I know fashion is frivolous and that I have no place in the industry. But, I was lying.
I was, and sometimes continue to be, ashamed of my love of the arts and fashion. Because maybe people had a point – if I was good at math, why should my work be style focused?
I’ve slowly come to realize that part of being cultured and ‘smart’ is being creative. And those who view fashion as a minimizer of intellect are simply misguided, as some of the brightest people have shined through their artistry. Diane von Furstenberg imagined the wrap dress, Coco Chanel designed the tweed jacket, and God created Manolos.
Can you ever have too much of a good thing?
A few months ago I decided to visit a naturopath hoping that she could give me something to help with my acne. At my appointment she asked me a lot of questions about my diet, and immediately concluded that I needed to cut down on sugar. As she spoke I could feel the tears building up because I thought of all the chocolate chip cookies, which I'd consumed daily, that would no longer have the pleasure of melting in my mouth.
I ended up taking her advice, and I noticed a slight difference in my complexion. But is too much of a good thing always bad?
Last year I realized that I have a major sweet tooth, not only for sugar but for life itself. I'm constantly craving new experiences, adventures, learning opportunities, and shoes. So, in 2017 expand your sweet tooth and devour the delicacies that the year has to offer.
Happy New Year!
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Ready to shop for groceries.
The days of tacky leopard print are far behind us, and the 70's 'it' print is becoming a major street style staple.
With the rise of more is more fashion, it seems only logical that this trend would make a reappearance. But, of course, there are some women who have always kept this trend alive. These are the women of the Russian Deli, and I admire them for knowing that maximalist looks are in fact timeless.
I usually avoid the deli because of the judgemental stares from these same women, but last week I decided to join my mom on her weekly trip (for some investigative fashion of course). The outing didn't teach me anything new, it just reaffirmed the fact that the Russian women at the deli dress for themselves, and wear whatever they please, as long as it follows the more is more principal.
So, taking a cue from their confident looks, I pulled out my leopard coat, and put together my own outfit. I started off with a leather skirt because leather has the ability to structure an outfit in a cool way, which makes me feel casino ready. Then, I added a white blouse. It's neutral enough not to distract from the coat, but the ruffles give the look movement, which can make you appear extremely stylish pushing a shopping cart. I accessorized with a vintage purse, and booties because…well, more is more.
Blouse - GUESS. Skirt - Express. Coat - (faux fur, don't worry).
Me with the fakest Picasso drawing my parents could find.
A few weeks ago I found myself at lunch with my grandma, an opinionated woman, whom I often find difficult to talk to. But, I had to make the best of the situation, so I basically told her all about my friends' love lives, and made everything seem extremely classy. She, however, saw right through my gossip, and told me that I can't find love because I come off as too serious and pensive. This led me to wonder: can a thinking woman be beautiful?
I've always thought so. In fact I find intelligence to be a key sign of beauty, but then what did my grandma mean? I assume she meant that I seem unapproachable when I'm thinking, and that my untouchable aura, doesn't come off like that of a sexy French woman reading at a café, but instead like Albert Einstein trying to solve a physics problem.
Confused and unsure, I spent my Sunday with Picasso. So, I wore a turtleneck sweater to give off lost poet vibes, and a ripped denim skirt that makes me look like I was beat up by Regina George on my way home from school. The boots, are a war time staple for any British spy, who is the ultimate thinking woman.
Hilary Clinton - Future President or Queen of Blazers?
Image of Hillary Clinton via the Telegraph
The classic red blazer can be hard to full off, however the Teletubbie staple is always worn to perfection by Hillary Clinton. This led me to wonder - can commoners like me pull off the look without looking like a highly desirable children's show character?
The verdict - yes. Wearing red isn't as difficult at most people make it seem, and I think that it's a power color that really reflects the confidence that you have inside. Clinton manages to effortlessly wear red head to toe, something that I'd love to try, but it could scare some people. So, I decided to try the look with just a red blazer, and my usual French wannabe clothes underneath.
Wearing red is all about finding your own balance with the color, and a blazer is the perfect piece to experiment. The style choice left me feeling incredibly influential, and it definitely gives Hillary Clinton a 'ready to lead America' vibe.
Sweater - Zara / Skirt - Urban Outfitters / Boots - Sam Edelman
Despite the fact that it's already fall, the weather seems to be telling us otherwise. So what do I do when it's too hot for sweaters? Evidently, expose my legs, wear suede booties, and layer two tops like a laid back university professor.
Outfit 1: Shirt - Harley Davidson / Denim Shirt - Levi's
Outfit 2: Blue Sweater - Marciano / Leather Skirt - Express / Sneakers - Puma
Leather weather is around the corner, so I think it's time to embrace your inner Hell's Angel and start incorporating the moto trend into your wardrobe. I've still yet to find a good leather jacket, but whether you have one or not, you can still look like the baddest bitch in town.
I've been trying to get rid of a lot of bad habits lately. Pimple popping and late night ice cream are just two of them. But, just because I haven't been able to cut some things out my life doesn't mean I can't get rid of others. So, today I present you with a cold shoulder ruffle top that satisfies my deepest of fashion cravings, and leaves me feeling like a fall ready flamenco dancer from the waist up.
Pink - the color that covers every inch of my childhood bedroom is now one of fall's most fashionable hues. So, get ready to live la vie en rose, and indulge in my grandmother's favorite color (side note: the fact that a 75 year old woman wears pink proves that it's not only for seven year olds).
Anyway, the outfit I created above has a lot of neutral pink tones because no one wants to look like a go-go dancer. Most importantly, remember that pink can be worn at anytime of any day, and is no longer only reserved for Wednesdays.