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PFW {Chloe}

New York Fashion Week has obviously come to an end, but there is not rest for the fashion. Paris Fashion Week is occurring full swing, with fantastic couture shows and outfits straight out of designers fantasies. Highlights include Jean Paul Gaultier’s last RTW show after 38 years, and one of my favorite shows from Paris, Chloe! Chloe truly blew me away with its stunning collection of airy and fresh looks that had beautiful movement and structure. The chiffon and micropleats felt so feminine, and colors like seafoam green and mustard made the looks pop. Chloe’s use of textures like eyelet, sheer paneling, denim, pleats, and suede was innovative and modern. The overall look was unique, and incredibly chic.  

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The Best of {Black Boots}

Anonymous said:
Hey Emma, I’m looking for a pair of booties or boots for my preppy style that are a reasonable price. I already have a pair of brown riding boots, but I’m looking for some type of black boot. Thanks

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Black boots/booties are a closet staple for anybody, no matter what your personal style is. They go with almost anything, and make the transition between seasons easy when it comes to footwear. Pair a pair of ankle booties with a sundress and cardigan, and suddenly you look autumn ready. Or try tall riding boots with leggings and short-sleeved tunic. No matter what you pair yours with, I believe it will be well worth your investment! Here are a few of my affordable favorites, both preppy and otherwise for you to try: 

Lucky Brand buckle riding boots / Anne Klein black bootie / Franco Sarto side zipper boots /Sole Society lace up high heel booties / Chinese Laundry black suede bootie / Nine West equestrian boots / DV by Dolce Vita heel ankle booties / Unisa shoes

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Fall Feeling

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With all of the boiling hot days this August and September, I was truly starting to doubt that fall would ever come. Yet, here I am, finally able to comfortably sport an oversized sweater and booties! A small fall fashion feat that has put me into the autumn mood. Which translates to lots and lots of layering like I did with this dress and knit combination. I love the juxtaposition of the big, loose sweater, with the more structured LBD. It was the perfect outfit for a (finally!) fall afternoon. 

Sweater- American Eagle Dress- Brandy Melville Boots- Urban Outfitters Necklace- AliKat (Similar styles at JCrew!) Ring- Etsy

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Inside Look at NYFW

I’m super excited to share with all of you an interview that a friend and I had with Gabriella Bower, a student an NYU, as well as an attendee at a few up-and-coming shows at New York Fashion Week. It is one thing to follow the shows on social media and stay up to date with all of the collections, but another to actually experience what the whole event is like. Fashion Week is so influential, and hearing about it first-hand makes it feel that much more relevant to my own style, and I hope that all of you feel that too. I hope to continue to post more interviewers from fashion insiders too, so stay tuned! 

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1. What was it like being seated at an actual fashion show?

I went to two shows this season: A Moi and Barbara Tfank. Neither were at Lincoln Center, because they were presentations versus actual shows. So instead of sitting everyone was standing, walking around, and were allowed to see the clothes up close. It was a very cool atmosphere to be in and both shows allowed for me to meet the designers quite easily.

2. Have you met anyone big in the fashion industry?

I met Tavi Gevinson after a Wednesday night performance of the Broadway play This Is Our Youth. She was super sweet, a little shy, but more than willing to sign my copy of New York magazine that she was the cover model for!

3. Even though you didn’t see a huge designer, do you think her work has potential?

A Moi’s designer Alejandra Alonso is definitely an up and comer, this was only her second fashion week collection. She is incredibly talented, has a unique vision for clothes, and everything was definitely ready to wear straight off the runway. I loved everything in her Spring//Summer 2015 collection that I saw. Her having potential is an understatement. The second designer, Barbara Tfank, is already pretty famous. First Lady Michelle Obama and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton are fans of hers and have been photographed wearing her designs. I would not be surprised if we saw many of her Spring//Summer 2015 collection gowns on the red carpet.

4. With what you have seen on the streets of New York, what differs (if anything) from the streets of GE?

People in NY are always dressed up. The only time you see people in work out clothes is if they are physically walking to or from the gym. Lots of blacks and lots of layers too because I think weather in NY might be more unpredictable than Chicago’s.

5. Was there an atmosphere about the city at this time (with all of the celebs and action)?

In Greenwich, where NYU’s campus is, the atmosphere didn’t feel any different. As for the atmosphere within the showrooms and hotels where the shows took place, the atmosphere was amazing, creative, and contagious. I loved every second of being surrounded by such talented designers and beautiful models.

6. If you could describe New York Fashion Week in one word….

New York Fashion Week is….potential. Potential for the designers to stand out, for the models to be discovered, for the editors to publish amazing articles, for college students aspiring to make it in the industry!

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Classics Revisited

Stripes & Denim. Two words that are in every fashion enthusiasts vocabulary. Arguably two of the biggest staples when it comes to style, it is no secret that denim and stripes have classic and All-American connotations that embody these closet staples. They may not be new to most of you out there, but I want to take a minute to emphasize the revival and re-imagination of these simple, yet effect trends when put together.

Never underestimate the power of a basic striped dress + jean jacket combo. Nowadays, everyone from models off duty to fashion bloggers are trying their own twist on this tried-and-true combination. Try yours with statement pieces like big earrings or a bejeweled necklace for a unique twist! 

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New York Fashion Week Highlights

I already touched upon the incredible beauty of a show that Oscar de la Renta put on this week, but he most certainly was not the only one to blow me away. From hairstyles that reinvent the idea of even the simplest of styles to runway set-ups from our wildest dreams, it has already been an incredible success for the fashion industry. Here are some of my highlights from this week: 

Tommy Hilfiger’s Circus Themed Runway:

Polo Ralph Lauren’s 4D Holographic Runway in Central Park (Check out the link, it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugBbTiBmZ2g) 

ICB’s Incredible Paint Dripping Runway Backdrop 

Kate Spade’s Quirky Clutches 

Alice + Olivia’s Fantastic Prints

Thom Browne’s Amazing Garden Party Presentation 

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New York Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta

New York Fashion Week. Even the mention of this iconic week-long event makes everyone from streetstyle bloggers to the designers themselves feel a thrill. As one of the biggest culminations of art, style, and even architecture, this event marks the success and epitome of innovative creativity for hundreds of designers as they put forth the latest and greatest designs. I decided to feature some of my favorite shows from this week starting off with my ultimate favorite: Oscar de la Renta

The show was a beautiful hodge-podge of fabrics like gingham, checks, eyelet, lace, and florals, all of which fell under a fresh color palette of soft pastels and crisp white. The whole collection felt like  breath of fresh air with feminine touches like vintage florals, feather and  perforated accents, and romantic silhouettes. It was a truly unique take on a spring collection with ensembles looking more like pieces of art than clothes. 

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Get Flashy

Introducing the latest trend in accessorizing: flash tattoos! I like to describe them as metallic hennas, because they are temporary tattoos that come in everything from wave designs to Egyptian-inspired motifs that last up to six days. They can be easily applied on your skin just using water and are the simplest way to make a statement of a flashy tattoo without the long-term investment.They truly look like two-dimensional pieces of jewelry.

I recently tested some out myself (I used one as an armband and an arrow on my forearm) and I was in love with the results. It’s the coolest new way to accessorize and packs range from $20-30 with the price being totally worth it. You can buy your own flash tattoos at www.flashtat.com

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Transition Outfits Breakdown

Although the weather is not currently screaming fall (cue the past two ninety degree days!) that doesn’t mean we can not get into the fall wardrobe mindset. Now is the time to start shopping for those transitional pieces like a great pair of ankle skinny jeans or the perfect chambray shirt. Even though the current temperatures like to tell me otherwise, I am already starting to plan out ensembles that will transition into the upcoming chillier weeks. Here are two of my favorite fall outfit examples that I broke down for you to give a try once autumn is actually upon us; 

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Revamped Tees

I think that often times people underestimate the power of accessorizing. I try to emphasize all the time that the way you accessorize an outfit can turn your most basic outfit into a trendy ensemble. The thing is, even something as simple as a tee shirt can be made into a statement with the addition of some playful jewelry.

I encourage you to try the latest form of styling; taking a regular old t-shirt and simply adding a statement necklace. Try a layered necklace for some dimension or a neon stone necklace for a dose of color. No matter what combination you choose, it is a simple way to revamp a tried-and-true ensemble. 

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The Leather Jacket Revival

Sometimes when people see a leather moto jacket in a store, they immediately conjure up images of bikers gone wrong or even wannabe rockers. I myself used to be guilty of these associations with the leather jacket. That is until designers like Acne and models like Cara Delevingne redefined the purpose of the leather jacket. It now has become that “model off-duty”, effortlessly chic while still adding in edge kind of look.

The key is to pair the tougher jacket with things like light summer dresses and lived-in type classics like denim cut-offs. I’m also loving the whole black skinny jeans + white tee + leather jacket combination that has been the unofficial streetstyle uniform for many city goers. Here are some of my favorite pairings to take you from rocker to runway: 

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Emmys 2014 Best

  1. Kate Mara in J. Mendel 
  2. Kerry Washington in Prada
  3. Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad 
  4. Hayden Panettiere in Lorena Sarbu 
  5. Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano 
  6. Heidi Klum in Zac Posen

The Emmys, although not always the most fashion forward red carpet event, really pulled through with punchy dresses and glitzy embellishments. Strong eye makeup paired with flawlessly tailored dresses seemed to be a huge theme. As was citrus shades or the always classy neutral looks with fantastic beading. All the looks were bold without being too over the top! Overall, I was quite impressed with the strong ensembles the celebrities were sporting at this much anticipated event. 

Sarah’s was my personal favorite with her new sophisticated twist on the crop top

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Oh So 70s

There are days when you are feeling like wearing a minimalist outfit and keeping things simple, and then there are days when you are looking for a statement. Well, thanks to this jumpsuit borrowed from my fashionable friend Abby, the bold pattern certainly made a splash, especially when I wore it to work at my new job at a local boutique. Not only is the funky print reminiscent of the 70s, but the shape feels very polished. I added a belt and layered necklaces for simple accessorizing. It was a great way to brighten up this rainy day.  

Jumpsuit- Forever 21 Belt- Urban Outfitters Anchor Necklace- Etsy Cross Necklace- Alikat Shoes- Target Watch- Urban Outfitters 

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Not So Shortie

Anonymous said:
Hi! I’m running very low on “school appropriate” shorts. Do you have any suggestions on where to find appropriate denim shorts and other types of shorts that can be worn at school?

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It is so hard nowadays to find shorts that aren’t leaving you feeling half dressed. Call it the daisy duke epidemic, jean shorts are leaving nothing to the imagination these days. Yet, for school that simply will just not fly. In order to save yourself a trip to the principals office while still looking cute, try shopping for shorts like the ones down below. Just because they are not super short, does not mean that you can’t still look and feel great! 

  1. JCrew Chinos (Love the 3’ or 4’) 
  2. Levi’s Denim Shorts
  3. Rag & Bone Denim Shorts (expensive but totally worth it) 
  4. Topshop Patterned Shorts
  5. Nordstrom Patterned Shorts
  6. Aritzia Denim Shorts
  7. TJ Maxx Lace Shorts
  8. Billabong Patterned Shorts 

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Back-to-School Essentials

Anonymous said:
Hey Emma, since school is coming around I was wondering what some back to school essentials were? Especially ones that you can transition from the end of summer to fall?

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With school right around the corner (or even starting already for some of you out there!) it comes to be that time when many of us start stocking up on clothes for the new school year. Usually I go shopping with little to no plan of what I might be getting, but this year I was really focused on getting quality foundation pieces that will carry me through all year. Here is my round-up of some essentials that I believe will be important for both the transition season and beyond: 

  1. Basic Oversized Tees in Black, White, & Striped for layering and accessorizing 
  2. Long Cardigans in a Neutral (black or brown) & a Color 
  3. Skinny Jeans in Distressed (looks best with summery tops for transitioning) & Olive 
  4. Vests in Denim & a Puffer version to put over sundresses 
  5. Printed Dresses (stripes are a classic) & an LBD (not pictured) 
  6. A Neutral Mid-length Straight Skirt & Circle Skirt
  7. Necklaces for Layering
  8. Tan Booties (can be worn with brown & black!)