NYFW

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Stripe 


     I love to push the envelope when it comes to approaching everyday style. I get bored very easily so wearing things that are tricky to pull of are intriguing. If you have ever seen Beetle Juice or a vintage prison uniform you would probably never ever want to attempt this look. Fashion should be fun so I did just that. 


     Stripes are very tricky in general. Vertical stripes can be very slimming while horizontal stripes tend to make things look wider than they are. The key is knowing your body type. I am a true believer that there are no rules when it comes to fashion. There are however, some helpful guidelines that can help you look more visually appealing. 


If you’re smaller on top then you want to wear your horizontal stripes on the top portion of your body and vice versa. If you have wide hips and you want to wear horizontal stripes then go for a thinner line pattern or one with alternating pinstripes. At the end of the day you look the best when you’re confident. If you love the way you look nothing else really matters. 

     If you think your outfit may or may not look like a prison uniform then give them a good pose and own it! Always put your best foot forward in fashion. Life is to short to wear boring clothes. 


Top – HM (4+ years ago) 

Pants – Fancy Kouture


Shoes – BU 

Sunglasses – Gucci 

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New York Fashion Week: Shopaholic EXCESSories

  
I am sure that none of you are unaware of the fact that I love accessories. Since I have been old enough to work for my own money and was able to travel to the mall on my own; the one thing I couldn’t leave  without was an accessory. I have dedicated a hashtag to my collection of pieces and entitled it ShopaholicEXCESSories. My pieces are always excessive, over the top and statement making. 

  
For fashion week I had to highlight that with the looks I put together to attend the shows. I shared all of my looks on social media for the six out of seven days I attended Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer  of 2016. I decided to share some of the details of my two favorite looks. 

  

I rarely if ever, wear black. I picked up this fabulous cape blouse at my favorite H&M location. This piece also came in a jumpsuit option but since I am tall, I opted for the blouse instead. This also allows me to be able to style this piece in numerous ways. I still mimicked the jumpsuit by pairing it with a simple black pant. 

  
I will get to the point because I know you guys are here for the accessories. I wish I could just give you guys a magical link to wear I purchased these fluffy shoes but there isn’t one. Fringe and fluff is definitely on trend for the past few seasons. I personally have been searching for a pair of fur sandals for quite sometime. My biggest problem is my shoe size. I just couldn’t find it! 


So, I ended up just doing it myself! I already owned a pair of red heeled sandals and I just picked up a red foxtail at a fabric store in the Fashion District here in New York and just went to work! Everyone loved it so much I ended up wearing them twice that week. 

  
 
This next look is super simple! I decided to do a neutral monochromatic look and paired it with an unconventional accessory. I can’t take any credit for the idea because I stole it (the idea not the accessory) from my style-influencer “Cris Cavallari” she paired a similar tassel style accessory a few weeks prior and I just loved the look! 

  
I chose this curtain tassel in particular because the colors mimic that which you would see on your normal statement piece. You kind of know it’s a curtain tassel but the color pallet makes you question its purpose. Is it a curtain tassel or a necklace? 

I never take fashion too seriously because trends come and go! I always try to have fun when it comes to style! I hope you all will do the same!  

  

What to Wear During Fashion Week

If you are like me and you have no clue what you will be rocking at runway shows this season; then, you are in luck. I decided to compile some style-spiration. Most of my inspiration comes from the actual streets of New York; however, there are several ways you can gather creativity without staring at people. I picked up every fashion magazine ever written… In hopes of finding THEE perfect look. 

  
Before I can browse a magazine I have to first have an idea of the kind of girl I want to be during fashion week. In my mind there are three types of fashionistas. During the fashion holiday season that is Fashion Week, you will find categories of women. 

The Minimalist. 

  This chic street gal loves clean lines and simple accessories. The pieces she chooses are usually well tailored, and made of the best fabrics. She might get a statement shoe like the lady on the far right or a structured bag like the beauty on the far left. On a good day she may also step out of the box and don a chunky statement necklace (after all it is NYFW). 

The Trend-Setter. 

  
These style goddesses are usually wearing the latest style trends and know exactly what is hot and what is NOT. Trendy style seekers are usually mixing their old and new pieces to create unique and interesting trend stories. Maybe the printed pants you bought last year would go well with the statement blouse you got in this years ZARA Sale; why not sweeten the deal and wear your moms vintage heels circa 1986. 

The Show Stopper (Avante garde) 

  
If it hasn’t been seen before, these women probably know exactly where it exists or where to have it made. They coexist in circles that house designers, a seamstress, and a boutique owner all of whom like to use her as their muse. These women style these pieces in a way that make you feel like you could never afford their street style swag. Thinking outside of the box is so last year… These women are now using the box as a clutch and creating next years trend.

  
Once you have figured out the kind of essence you want to bring to the sides of the runway this year, find out what pieces you need to make that happen. Search your favorite magazine and try to find looks that are similar to your style animal. The magazines are great because for the most part they will tell you exactly where you need to go, to purchase that piece. 

  
Maybe you aren’t a fan of magazines. Maybe some blogger came to your local CVS and bought up all of the good ones. Social media is a great place to find motivation to put your best style forward.

  
Just like the magazines your favorite style blogger is usually more than willing to share where they snagged their great pieces (if you ask nicely). 

  
Keep in mind you might not be able to get exactly what you are looking for. The vest might be sold out, the dress might be back ordered and the perfect shoe might not be available in your size. I always tell my clients not to marry the image but more-so the concept. If you like the look of a vest or blazer with one solid color story inside and a simple black or nude shoe; then, go with that. The theory is what you should be looking for when you set out to make your purchases or shop your closet.

  
You also want to keep in mind that the overall silouhette is important. Take into consideration what shapes and styles are best for your body type. Once you have decided what your final purchases are going to be, you can style them. Pay attention to complementary colors and don’t over do it. 

   
I hope these tips where helpful… I will end it here because I feel you ladies are now ready to shop. I hope to see you guys out and about this fashion season. Until next time. Happy Shopping! 

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week : New York

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Fashion Week is over in New York and London Fashion Week is in full swing. I am still reeling from my experience this past week. I have lived in New York all of my life but I have never been to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week before this year. I had been to many fashion shows but never a grand show like the one they do at Lincoln Center.

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The Idea of Fashion week started back in 1943 and was held under white tents in Bryant Park. This made it possible for fashion journalists to showcase American designers. In 2010 the tents were moved to Lincoln Center. The admission to shows at New York Fashion Week is typically by invitation only. I never thought I would be able to go to a show much less receive and invite!

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I hosted a Fashion Night Out Dinner this season and met a group of women from Michigan who were in town to see the shows. They were not the most fashionable but they did work in the retail industry. This sparked something inside of me. How could they come all the way from Michigan and see a show and I was right down the road and didn’t even try!

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I had previously tried to gain tickets before the season began with no luck. I read blogs and did my research. Unfortunately again I reached a dead end. By the middle of the week I had lost all hope to attend a coveted show. Then I received a message from a very good friend. You guys may remember meeting Oyin the first entry into my style directory column.

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Not only did I get to see a show at Lincoln Center I got into two shows! It was everything and more! I can’t even begin to express in words the emotions I felt sitting alongside the massive runway. I couldn’t even soak everything in and we were off to our next show!

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I look forward to attending more shows in the future and never intend to miss another show ever again! I want to thank Oyin again for extending the invitation. I hope you guys enjoyed the recaps I was able to share in my two previous posts on Erin Fetherston and the iiJin Collections for Fall/Winter 2015. Hopefully I will be able to cover more shows soon! My next big show will be London Fashion week, it has definitely been added to my bucket list!

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Iijin Collection NYFW 2015

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I had the pleasure of attending my second show of the season featuring Iijin . The word iiJin means “precious” in Korean. The design team at iiJin believes that everyone should have fun expressing themselves through fashion. The iiJin collection fuses the Grunge rocker attitude with a Glam sensibility, which makes the line perfect for the daring fashionistas.

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The collection is inspired by the music icons of the 1990’s Grunge Rock movement when trendsetters like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain expressed their personal style and individuality through their style and sound.

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iiJin is famous for their Invisible Wedge Shoes, which are a favorite of the biggest stars in the industry. Iijin has gifted their shoes to stars Randy Jackson, Mario Lopez, Lil Mama, Brandy, Chaka Khan, Fonzworth Bentley, and NBA legend John Salley! Iijin has also been featured on “The Insider”, E!’s My Style and Perez Hilton’s fashion site CocoPerez.com.

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I must admit I am new to the brand. But their street style edge kept my interest that night. The wedge sneakers, tartan patterns and leather made the show memorable. The tribalesque sequin pieces were fun and I could definitely see them on funky urban socialites. I have shared some of my favorite images from the show at Lincoln Center down below. Please let me know which of the looks were your favorite!

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