OHAI GUYS! Guess what we’re doing after 10,087,622,215 years of not doing any outfit photos (started a new job, lost my main photographer, life, etc. etc.) I am back with one thanks to the folks at GiGi New York who snapped my picutre at the rewardStyle fashion week shindig.
Now the sweatshirt: when a friend asks “hey do you want to come to the Phillip Lim for Target party?” the only acceptable answer is yes. It was a unicorn of events where I ended up inside before the rush of editors and bloggers and was able to snap up all of the pieces I wanted (minus a dress but I like to think that was divine intervention).
Now whenever these designer collaborations pop up I temporarily lose my mind – not because of the price point – but because I tend to really like (or love in the case of Prabal) the designer at hand. I was a bit hesitant with the Lim collab only because I saw a blatant knockoff of the Pashli as an option for purchase. My friend Dena summed it up pretty well in her post so it doesn’t bear any repeating. It wasn’t until I saw a friend’s clutch from a press preview that I decided it was worth a gander. I went to the preview party and conquered. I got the sweater above (obviously), two scarves (BOOM and leopard print), animal print skirt, trench coat, satchel, and a clutch (someone told me it’s an iPad case for dudes but YOLO).
A simple rule for shopping high/ low collaborations is as follows: don’t go in expecting designer quality. At the end of the day, the collection will be available at Target (or sometimes H&M) which means I never expect silk and genuine leather. If you want a designer, shop designer. If you want something to look great for a few seasons, go wild! I still have dresses from the Rodarte x Target partnership from 2009 so it’s all about how you take care of your clothes.
Outfit details: BOOM Sweater (Phillip Lim for Target; out Sept. 15), 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, booties from a boutique in Paris (old; similar here)
So I layer on every “preppy” pieces I own. But me being me, I have to add other elements. Style is a funny thing isn’t it? I still don’t quite know what to call my personal style but I do know what I love, what I will and won’t wear, and how to wear it. There are certain buzzwords thrown around on the subject “uptown meets downtown,” “romantic,” and yes “preppy.” I like to say comfortable but apparently that’s not descriptive enough.
In other news, I’m killing it with the outfit posts this week, aren’t I? This was taken earlier this week pre-Aveda haircut. The stars have to be the blazer (on sale!) and the shoes (new for spring!) which worked so perfectly together in a moment of unplanned glory.
What I’m wearing: Banana Republic blazer; Forever 21 tee; Madewell jeans (on constant rotation); Coach flats (gifted); Kate Spade iPad case (used as a clutch); Juicy Couture necklace
Guess what!?! It’s warming up in NYC! I know it’s like beating a non issue but I feel the need to tell everyone just how amazing it is when the city warms up. It’s been slightly schizo the past few days so it’s only natural I JUMPED at the chance to wear a springtime dress and bare legs. Yeah, that’s right. I said BARE LEGS!
PS – your eyes do not deceive you, I cut off more of my hair so that it’s a pretty pixie and less bowl cut thingamabobby. I went to Aveda on Monday (Earth Day!) while they were attempting to break the Guinness World Record during a global cut-a-thon. Best 40 bucks spent since money went to a local charity. You can still help Aveda raise money for Earth Month by purchasing a Light the Way candle!
While the weather in New York City is heartburn inducing, I can’t help but think about how my style changes based on how cold (or warm!) it is out. I’m definitely much more of an in between seasons kind of gal. Give me Spring or Autumn (although preferably Autumn because my allergies are more agreeable!)
When I was contacted by Guerlain to share my interpretation of their cult fave – Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder – I jumped at the chance because they were introducing four new shades that way every woman can enjoy the benefits. The shade I was given, Ebony, is absolutely beautiful and comes with a red blush to give cheeks a pop of color. Each powder contains four shades, which can be mixed and blended to create natural looking color for all times of the year.
It’s a versatile powder that can create a year-round glow. In the winter, sweep the two lightest shades across the prominent areas of your face; in the autumn and spring combine all four shades and sweep the powder across your entire face for an instant glow; and in the summer Blend all four colors together using a “3” motion and contour to add to your summer tan.
Back to my style. I usually go for something cozy (year round), adding in a few favorites (full skirts, chunky sweaters, and dashes of color here and there). The result? Something a little like what you see in the post. Ladylike with a bit of an edge (can’t be too sweet!)
Outfit details: sweater: ASOS // skirt: H&M // booties: Bass // makeup: all courtesy of Guerlain
The sole purpose of yesterday’s outfit was to test the limits on how many shades of pink I can pull off in one outfit. What’s not pictured here is my pink hat AND beats headphones (I figure, I’d spare you). #killedit
Can we also talk about my sneakers? They’re part of the Kate Spade x Keds collection and my second pair. I can’t say no to polka dots and gingham so I ended up picking up both pairs and cannot wait to wear it all summer. They’re unbelievably comfy (doesn’t hurt the arch) and a-do-ra-ble!
After shopping my life away these past couple of weeks, I’ve instituted a strict shopping ban for the next 60 days since I really need to save. Apartment hunting has proven just how poor I am and need to save up since my budget can get approximately a half a room in NYC (not fun).
outfit details: blazer and tee: forever 21 // jeans: madewell // sneakers: kate spade x keds // bag: coach (gifted) // watch: bcbg (gifted) // sunglasses: cole haan (gifted) // necklaces: my mom’s and juicy couture