Powder Pink

3.06.2015

Free People shag jacket (similar here), Noir coat c/o Reiss, Jbrand jeans, La Valette top, Nanette Lepore satchel, Quay eyewear Fleur sunglasses, Vintage tribal necklace, Anne Klein over-the-knee boots. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


The seventies are back baby!! Which is great news for vintage lovers because... well, duh. Time to bust out all your funkiest wardrobe pieces: bell bottoms, platform shoes, shaggy coats, oversized sunnies, high-waisted pants, vintage jewelry... just have fun with it. 

This look is a little bit 70's throwback, and a little bit just coping with the cold weather conditions by piling on every coat I own. I am loving the idea of combining two coats into one though, and whenever I wear these pieces together everyone thinks it's just one standout jacket. Cop the look yourself by experimenting and layering up coats of similar colors and different proportions... you'll be surprised what winds up working!
xL

Day-to-Night with Rimmel London

3.04.2015

Day look: Nasty Gal shearling jacket, Stolen Uma midi dress, Warehouse satchel, Ladder necklace, Raven booties c/o Shoedazzle. Night look: Obey leather jacket, Vintage vest (similar here), Stolen dress, Vintage belt, Erickson Beamon Rocks ring, Vertebrae earring c/o Bahar Jewelry, Rebecca Minkoff Waverly bag, Steve Madden booties. Makeup: Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in Alarm, Rimmel London Wonder' lash mascara, Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Sequoia. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


To celebrate the recent launch of Rimmel London's new Wonder'lash mascara, Refinery 29 asked me to test drive the product and create a bold day-to-night look putting it to use. The biggest draw for me? The mascara's secret ingredient: Argan Oil. I'm a huge advocate for using Argan Oil on your tresses, so it only makes sense to treat your lashes to it too. 

Inspired by Rimmel London's vibrant, metropolitan edge, I started with a sleek midi dress as the basis of my day-to-night outfits, then used Wonder'lash in two different ways to bring my beauty looks to the next level. For day, I kept things neutral with a twist: layering the dress with a shearling jacket, fringe booties, and a casual braided belt. For my beauty look, I used a little peach blush on my cheeks, some bronzer on my eyelids, then finished off with a swipe of Wonder'lash mascara on my upper lashes. I found that one coat was all I needed for the day, as it created the perfect separation to my lashes and brushed on smoothly without any clumps.

To transition to evening, I swapped out my neutral layers for rich, textured pieces perfect for a night out. A furry vest layered over a leather jacket, some funky gold jewelry and a statement studded bag added a dash of drama to the nude dress. I also kicked things up a notch with my makeup with the help of a darker blush/bronzer combo, a smoky brown eye, and a bright red lip from Rimmel London's Lasting Finish line by Kate Moss. Then to make my eyes really pop, I layered a second coat of Wonder'lash on my upper lashes, followed by one layer on the bottom. Et voila! My day-to-night transformation was complete, not to mention the new Wonder’lash mascara passed my test drive with flying colors. But now for the true test… which fashion/beauty look do you prefer? 
xL

NYFW: Ripped + Refined

3.02.2015

Nifty Thrifty vintage coat (similar here), Jbrand neoprene sweater, Detroit boyfriend jeans c/o Gypsy Warrior, Zara woolen hat, Thrifted necklace, Vistor Hugo Colorblock purse (last seen here), Nine West giraffe-print pumps. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


At the end of fashion week (and, really, for the remainder of the month) all I want to achieve when it comes to getting dressed is ultimate comfort. Which meant it was the perfect time to break out my favorite distressed boyfriend jeans, pair them with a warm sweater and fuzzy vintage coat, and add a few sleek, printed accessories to keep my outfit from appearing too sloppy. I love mixing together different proportions and styles--sleek x baggy, distressed x defined, vintage x designer--and this look pretty much summarizes up that need in one little package.

Below I've also included a few snaps for your viewing pleasure from the Mara Hoffman, Carmen Marc Valvo and Pamella Roland F/W 2015 shows. Mara Hoffman had me dreaming of Southwestern skies and desert getaways, while both CMV and Pamella transported me to far fancier settings, conjuring up images of decadent cocktail parties and lush holiday soirees. Hope you enjoy the pics! 
xL
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Runway details (shot by me) from top to bottom:
1. A fun, digital print like this one from Mara Hoffman never disappoints.
2. Loved this shaggy, colorful coat on the Mara Hoffman runway. 
3. Great patterns and flowing dresses were accompanied by the perfect boho braided updos at Mara Hoffman.
4. Sleek, sparkly veils pulled together a few of the first looks at Pamella Roland.
5. Glam gowns, jumpsuits, and even a feathery wedding dress closed the show at Pamella Roland with a bang.
6. Tartan prints dominated Carmen Marc Valvo's runway, which mixed a hint of prep with a dose of luxe edge.
7. From colorful, patterned furs to decadent textured gowns, the CMV show was rich with sophistication.


NYFW: Lacy Edges

2.25.2015

TOGA Pulla fur moto jacket (similar here), Mossimo cropped sweater, Lace-trimmed blouse c/o Black Swan (similar here), Jbrand jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Waverly crossbody bag, Nine West printed pumps. Shot by Erica Lavelanet.


NYFW may be over, but the excitement of it all is still pumping through my veins, and I'm still sorting through the bulk of images that I took to determine what's worth sharing with you guys. The above look stood out as one of my favorites I wore all week, mostly because I really love the mix of textures and prints going on: from the classic-prep sweater, shirt collar and pumps, to the rocker studded bag, moto jacket, and singular earring. I then topped it off with some funky green eyeliner to add a little color to an otherwise mostly black and white ensemble.

The same mix of ladylike edge was apparent at both the Zimmermann and Honor shows, which each happened to be held offsite at the same gallery space in Chelsea. Zimmermann has long been one of my favorite designers (you might remember I bought my dress from my sister's wedding there) and they didn't disappoint this season, rolling out a bevy of colorful, bohemian dresses and 70s inspired looks that were equal parts rock and refined. Honor's collection was more traditionally feminine and romantic, with voluminous silk gowns, embroidered dresses and Victorian-style blouses in bold colors. Check out some of my favorite snaps from both shows below!
xL
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Runway details (shot by me) from top to bottom:
1. Show-stopping color blocking on the Zimmermann runway.
2. I would easily wear this Zimmermann look from head to toe!
3. Some well-placed cutouts give this boho Zimmermann dress the perfect amount of edge.
4. Intricate adornments, like these beaded sleeves, were a staple at Honor.
5. Pretty and polished on the Honor runway.
6. Bold, rich hues added to the collection's feminine flair at Honor.

NYFW: Asos Girls

2.23.2015

On me: Check coat, Coord skirt and cropped sweater, Leather satchel, Gray felt fedora, boots. / On Stacey: Bomber coat, Poppy print dress, Tassle clutch, 70s sunglasses, boots. / On Erica: Metallic coat, Denim jacket, Mom jeans, Mini crossbody bag, Black pumps. / Shot by Scott Harris Brasher for ASOS.


Taking you on a little flashback to last week, when I joined my girls (and fellow Brooklyn bloggers) Erica and Stacey on a romp throughout the frigid streets of Soho for a little fashion week shoot with UK-based online shopping destination ASOS. Decked in ASOS clothing from head-to-toe, we each put together our ideal #NYFW look to battle the arctic temps. I opted for a sweater co-ord and long check coat with eye-popping accessories; Stacey chose a fun, floral print and sleek bomber coat; and Erica revealed her own take on the Canadian tux, with a chic metallic topper for good measure.

Lensed by one of my fave photographers Scott Brasher (who you might remember from some of his past shoots with me here, here and here) this was probably one of the most easy and entertaining shoots I've done in awhile. It helps that Stacey, Erica and I have become fast friends within the past few years of getting to know each other; that our day was full of laughter despite our freezing hands and windblown faces. It also helps that they're both naturally gorgeous with a great sense of style, and that Scott is an expert in working that lens and getting an amazing shot no matter the weather conditions. We wrapped the shoot with a warming dose of margaritas and guacamole at Soho stalwart La Esquina... a fashionable end to a fashionable afternoon. 

Check out our resulting feature on ASOS here!
xL