Look: Ruffles & Leather

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Grey ruffle sleeve sweater | leather mini skirt (old Zara, similar here and here) | white booties (the COMFIEST) and ON SALE!!!

Before temps in New York dropped to cold AF this weekend, I wore this look for a date with my guys.  A fun mini skirt, whether leather (faux in this case), patterned, textured or in an unexpected color like this season’s standout red, has been my hero piece this fall— I’ve been pairing them with sweaters like this one and vintage inspired tees with either loafers, sneaks or booties.  The juxtaposition of a slightly feminine top with an edgy skirt is one of my fave pairings… so this combo was a natural one for me.  I have this ruffled sweater in grey, seen here, and also an olive green… it’s super comfy and soft— I sized up to a large  for a slouchier look.  White booties, the other piece  that I can’t stop wearing for the past few seasons (proudly called this trend over a year ago; just saying !), add the perfect touch to this look. Try this combo for your own date night this week— shop my pieces above!

xo, ❤

christine

Look: Red & White on repeat + how to never (really) grow up

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Red and white star print mini dress: ASOS | sneaks: converse | sunnies: Gucci | Leather jacket (tied around waist): Zara (old… similar ones linked here and here)

This past weekend was the annual “Broadway Bomb” — a skateboard race that starts all the way uptown near Columbia University, and ends all the way at the southern tip of Manhattan near Wall Street. Tim does it every year, and this is our second year bringing Nolan along with us! I wore this red and white star print mini dress, remixing it from NYFW when I first wore it with white booties and white sunnies for a dressier look… for this casual day running around the city, I dressed it down with classic white converse kicks and a leather moto jacket tied around my waist ( bc we’re in that awkward time in October where it’s freezing in the morning and by 2pm you’re sweating your butt off).  If there are two stand out “trends” or “colors of the season”, It would be safe to say that RED and WHITE, particularly paired together, are IT. You’ve prob already seen red and white EVERYWHERE on your insta feed, with good reason— they feel fresh, clean and a little retro, in a 90s hip kinda way— both red and white bring a lot of drama to a look, not needing much else to make an impact.

Side note, I titled this post “how to never really grow up” — because this particular event (the skateboard race) just makes Tim and I feel like we’re still 15 years old, hanging out at the local park — my friends and I watching the cute local boys skateboard, sippin’ on a Snapple iced tea, prob wearing something from Pacific Sunwear or Delia’s (omg !!! Who else used to die when the catalogue came?!) Maybe it’s because Tim and I met in middle school, and here we are married for 9 years this year… (!)… I just feel like we’re still the same goofy teenagers we were all those years ago.  Even though we both have well established careers, own and home and ARE PARENTS (!) , I still feel like I never really grew up! We try and do fun things that make us feel the simple pleasures of being a kid— little things like riding bikes and skating around the city, camping out on the beach, eating ice cream for dinner, laughing at “poop” jokes (sorry mom), making up silly songs… Even though we have a kid of our own now, we’re still kids at heart.  I don’t take myself too seriously, and try to approach life and it’s challenges with the mindset of my teenage self— where you live in the moment (bc cell phones and the internet hadn’t run rampant yet!) and didn’t really stress about the big things yet.  I think a lot of times, adults feel like they have to act, dress, and BE a certain way in order to be taken seriously— I’ve found though, that as long as you’re a good person, who does the right thing, works hard and treats others with respect, you can still “adult” and take command of a room, even while wearing overalls 😉

Just some thoughts for the week ahead!

Xo, ❤

Christine

Mix Musts: Fall Favorites

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I just love everything about what is happening in fashion right now– the pops of fresh white, the unexpected textures and overall boyish/ streetwear vibes– it feels very much “me”. In terms of outfit planning, some looks, involving pieces similar to (or the exact ones) below, include:

1) Mini skirts in all sorts of colors, textures and patterns– red, floral, leather, ruffles, and plaid. I’ll pair them with vintage graphic tees now, and with sweaters/ sweatshirts come cooler temps.

2) White booties/ white shoes– guys if you don’t own a pair yet, what the heck are you waiting for?! I will say that I called this trend more than a year ago (!!) and I’m super happy that it’s still going strong… believe me, white shoes GO WITH EVERYTHING and will punctuate your looks in the freshest way possible.

3) Mules, slides and loafers with jeans, dresses and skirts– keeping things boyish and casual

4) (faux) Furry or textured outerwear… come cold weather, I’ll be keeping things interesting on the outside as well– if you’re normally a “black or grey coat only” person, make this the season that you step outside your comfort zone in a standout jacket or coat!

5) RED– The current IT color is everywhere and for good reason– it feels fresh, just slightly 80s (in a good way) and pairs super well with all the white accessories we’re seeing, as well as with the menswear plaid and polka dot trends.

6) Sweaters with interesting details– a ruffle, a zipper, a cool graphic or text– choose sweaters with personality and pair them with minis, OTK boots and leather pants, or straight leg (or skinny) jeans and an unexpected bootie.

I’ve rounded up a few of my current fave fall mix musts, all on sale for 20% off on Shopbop’s site– USE CODE EOTS17 at checkout! Shop my picks below…

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Ruffle sweater; also in grey

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Straight leg jeans; perfect for day or night

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Polka dot midi dress

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Faux fur varsity bomber

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Ruched floral mini

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Multi stripe leather bag

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Distressed denim skirt

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Faux leather wrap mini skirt

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Gold choker

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Red leather booties

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Fur loafer slides

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Chenille striped sweater

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White leather stacked heel boot

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Faux fur golden bomber

Remember to use code EOTS17 at checkout for 20% off your order!

Happy fall shopping!

xo,<3

Christine

 

NYFW September 2017

September NYFW is always a whirlwind– exciting because it’s the first real sign of fall and fall fashion (even though designers are showing spring collections), but also chaotic because it ALWAYS coincides with the start of school.  Being a full time teacher, I try not to take off any days the first week of school for fashion week (unless, like last year, there are events or shows that I’m REALLY excited about during the weekdays)– this year, it worked out in that I chose shows I really was excited about on the weekend right in the middle off fashion week.  Two days felt like enough this time of year– I don’t know how some people do the whole week straight through, AND go to London, Paris, and/or Milan fashion week as well!

I planned my looks in advance, as I usually do– like the weeks leading up to Christmas, it’s part of the fun- shopping for and putting together schedules and looks would be the equivalent of Christmas shopping and decorating.  This year, dark florals, bold red, start white and patterned pants were huge, and these trends anchored my looks.

Look 1: For Runa Ray SS18 at the Dream Hotel

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Checked blazer: Missguided | Red faux leather skirt: Asos (old, similar here and here) | Black suede OTK boots: Marc Fisher | Vintage Nirvana tee: Starstruck Vintage NYC | Sunnies: Givenchy

I wore this look to the Runa Ray show at the Dream Downtown (lots of light colored, flowy fabrics, exaggerated sleeves with an ethereal feel).  I’ve worn this red faux leather skirt about 85747 times; its just so useful, bold, yet neutral feeling– it’s def one of my favorite closet staples.  I paired it with a vintage Nirvana tee and topped it with a checked menswear inspired blazer and OTK boots to give it some edge — this look totally makes me feel most like myself!

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Look 2: Yuna Yang at the Garden at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, Upper East Side

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Dark Floral Dress: Banjara via Bloomingdales | Fishnet booties: Zara | Mirrored sunnies: Quay

My second show of the day was one of my favorites– Yuna Yang, presenting at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum– the show was held in the back garden, and the presentation followed, using random rooms throughout the hotel.  It was really different, visually stunning and unique– the show was incredible and the collection stunning.  Almost all of the looks hit that girly-tomboy nail on the head that I love so much (see fave looks below!).  I wore this dark floral long sleeved, semi-sheer dress to sort of “go” with the vibe of the show, and paired it with edgy, sharp fishnet booties for contrast.

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Some of my favorite looks from Yuna Yang SS18– note combat boots with dresses!

 

Look 3: For Dan Liu SS18 show at SkyLight Clarkson Square

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Red star print dress: Asos | White booties ( MUST HAVE THIS SEASON!) : zara, (old, similar here, here, and here!) | Sunnies: Saint Laurent

I wore this red star print dress white pops of white to the Dan Liu SS18 show at SkyLight Clarkson Square.  This dress will def be on repeat this fall, and I can imagine also carrying it into next spring– red is THE COLOR this season, and I happen to love it paired with stark white.  Also…NOLAN made a guest appearance at fashion week this year!  Tim and Nolan met me for brunch (and a quick photoshoot) at the Standard between shows…I love being able to include Nolan in our adventures- I always figure that the more he’s exposed to, the better, right?

Liu showed lots of spring dress options in all sorts of happy, feminine textures- and with lots of peacock-feather accents, the theme of the show:

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Look 4: For Leanne Marshall SS18 show at Skylight Clarkson Square:

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Floral and Stripe Printed Pants: Zara | Bruce Springsteen tee: Topshop (similar here) | Suede mule heels: Gucci (in black here, a few left in gold here)

For my last show, and probably the one that I was looking forward to the most– Leanne Marshall, who always does the MOST GORGEOUS, fashion-forward yet wearable dresses ever– I wore this look, based around these fancy striped floral pants from Zara.  When I picked them up weeks ago, I knew that I’d build a fashion week look around them.  The vintage looking Springsteen tee was the perfect tomboyish contrast, and my golden suede Gucci mule heels added the perfect touch of color and interest.  I really want to try and add more interesting pants to my wardrobe this season, and these area pretty solid start! See the Leanne Marshall finale below:

And that was a wrap on fashion week for me — until February (which usually coincides with our winter break from school, so it’s a little easier to attend shows etc!)

Hope you guys enjoyed following along, got a few tips on next Spring, and some wearable (and shoppable) options from my looks above!

xo, ❤

Christine