Sunday, August 31, 2014

Back to School Lookbook 2014: 002 Flannel Forever

F21 Plaid Shirt Dress, F21 Metal Moment Booties, Free People Hat,
 F21 Mini Flat-Top Crossbody, The Base Project Kavango River Bracelet c/o Hugssy

Photos by Corinne Louie

Who doesn't love some good ol' flannel??? 
 In my opinion, plaid is the quintessential sign that fall is on the horizon and if you don't already have a checkered number in your wardrobe, what are you waiting for, love?! ;)  Currently, Forever 21 has some crazy cute, affordable tartan pieces from the classic button-down shirt, to cozy dresses and adorable school-girl skirts. Plaid is this season's must-have print!

I loved this hunter green & navy plaid shirt dress from F21 so much so that I purchased another in a different colorway. Its easy, comfortable and can be worn several different ways. As is, belted, with tights, over jeans or leggings, with a long sleeved top, under a jean or leather jacket, wearing a skirt over it to give the appearance that its solely a top...I mean, the possibilities are endless. I will for sure do another post featuring a unique spin on how I'd take this dress to the next level for a more grown & sexy look ;)

 For this specific ensemble, I wanted to achieve a more tailored look and give myself more of a waist to an otherwise boxy dress. I decided to belt this oversized number with a simple skinny brown belt, which instantly gave the appearance of a more put together look without overly accessorizing. I topped the look off with a brown hat, this super cute camel cross-body, which perfectly fits my essentials, and to break up the look a tiny bit, I opted for these black booties with zipper detailing instead of sticking to the obvious brown hues.

Now, where is that fall weather? High 80/Low 90 temps, you're killing my vibe!


P.S. In case you missed it: Check out this adorable Back to lookbook video created by talented photographer Corinne Louie of Corinne Noodles Photography featuring all 3 looks from my "Back to School" series & don't forget to give the video a big thumbs up!! ;D

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School Lookbook 2014: 001 Nerdy Chic


Schott NYC Perfecto Moto Jacket, Love Junkee Wilde Vintage Crop Tee
Elizabeth & James Gramercy Glasses, Armed & Readi Neon Necklace & Earrings

For some, school is just around the corner & for others, school has already begun! 
I'm super excited to release these amazing pictures and the most adorable video by friend and photographer Corinne Louie of with music by another super talented friend EVVY featuring 3 back-to-school looks I put together in hopes of you all gaining some outfit inspiration this school year!

This first look has got a bit of a nerdy chic street style vibe going on, which I can get with! ;) 
Who says you can't wear sequins and statement necklace to school without looking over the top? 

Here's how it's done:

1. Give that second day bedhead a run for it's money by spritzing on that dry texturizing spray at the roots, work in, comb through once for effortless, easy waves 

2. Master a 5 minute everyday makeup routine with the basics. My favorite is my signature cat eye, some concealer under the eyes, a couple coats of mascara, a dash of blush on the cheeks and the perfect nudey pink lipgloss

3. Grab your favorite graphic tee, staple moto jacket, the essential lace-up sneakers and put together a super cool ensemble with the focus being around your fancy schmancy piece whether it'd be a sequin skirt or shorts

4. Top the look off with some super cool jewels. If your outfit is primarily neutral, add jewels with a little pop of color to really make the outfit come alive

5. Nerd alert! Put on those fab glasses & own it

& Voila! You've got look #1 down to the beat!

A massive THANK YOU to Corrine Louie & EVVY! This collaboration means the world to me! :)

Check out Corinne's work & EVVY's music below:


P.S. Won't you be so kind as to head over to YouTube and give this video a big thumbs up?! <3

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fashion: Crossroads Trading Co.

Fendi Wool Cardigan & Rachel Roy Polka Dot Trousers from Crossroads Trading Co., H&M Turtle Neck Muscle Tank, Carly Spiked Necklace c/o Hugssy,  F21 Faux Patent Oxfords, F21 Faux Leather Envelope Satchel
Karen Walker Super Duper Sunnies

I've been following Crossroads Trading Co. on instagram for months now, admiring their posts of customers in their insanely good finds--most of them designer! What's even better? The unbeatable prices! After a day of shopping for some "back-to-school" wardrobe essentials for a few upcoming posts (stay tuned for an awesome feature with YHM Mag & a special project with photographer Corinne Louie), I decided to walk from Herald Square down to W. 26th St and check out this, what I thought, too-good-to-be-true consignment shop. Ladies & Gents, the hype is valid!

Upon walking in, I was impressed by the organization & selection. In the front, colors with like colors with like items, racks with the latest arrivals, killer designer items perfectly cared for behind the counter and truly special pieces highlighted high up on the walls for all to see! There were so many pieces I wanted to take home with me, but full well knowing I had to behave, I grabbed two wonderful wardrobe staples my closet had been lacking. A fabulous, super warm black Fendi wool cardigan and a pair of ultra chic Rachel Roy polka dot trousers for $70 total! I mean, $70 for QUALITY pieces & a Fendi?! C'mon!! So good! I can't wait to see what outfits I create with these amazing finds & I can't wait to go back!

The hunt for seeking out one of NYC's best consignment shops is over! Say goodbye to endlessly searching through disorganized racks displeasing to the eye in the most drab lighting! What NYC gal has the time and energy for that?!

Crossroads Trading Co., you da bomb dot com!