Weekend Coffee to Cocktails in Sorel

9.16.2014


SOREL Joan of Arctic Wedge Rachel Martino
SOREL Joan of Arctic Wedge Rachel MartinoSOREL Joan of Arctic Wedge Rachel Martino

SOREL Joan of Arctic Wedge Rachel Martino
In New York the capricious weather often goes from bad to worse so investing in a pair of amazing all-weather pair of boots is absolutely essential. I love this pair, stylishly deemed the "Joan of Artic Wedge"  from SOREL. Now I've talked about SOREL before, and I can't say enough how much I love their high-quality, durable boots that marry style and function. As fall descends upon us and rumors of another Polar Vortex loom, I'm glad I have my hands on not one, but 3 different pairs of SOREL boots. Investing in great footwear is something I've talked about a lot, and when it comes to the right boots for a city girl, it's essential. For a daytime look as I grab a cup of coffee on my way to run errands, I paired my SOREL boots with a striped sweater from H&M, jeans from Urban Outfitters and a denim jacket. To transition to Happy Hour drinks, I paired the same sweater with a bold red skirt and a cropped leather jacket. In these boots, I feel like I can take on the world!


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by SOREL and Style Coalition.

Boys & Girls

9.14.2014

Madewell Filles Garcons Sweater Black High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag and Bone Margot BootsMadewell Filles Garcons Sweater Black High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag and Bone Margot BootsMadewell Filles Garcons Sweater Black High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag and Bone Margot BootsMadewell Filles Garcons Sweater Black High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag and Bone Margot Boots
Madewell Filles Garcons Sweater Black High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag and Bone Margot Boots
Madewell Filles Garcons Sweater Black High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag and Bone Margot Boots
Madewell Filles Garcons Sweater Black High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag and Bone Margot BootsMadewell Filles Garcons Sweater Black High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag and Bone Margot Boots

It's official: Fall has arrived in the city. After a few weeks of Indian summer, the temperatures have finally dropped to the perfectly warm yet sweater-ready. In anticipation for full-on autumn, I took myself out shopping. I picked up this great frenchie-chic 'Filles and Garcon' sweater and high-rise black jeans with just the right distressing at Madewell. I also splurged on a pair of high-quality booties from Rag and Bone (with a little help from a Saks gift card). I've been lusting after them for years and after season after season of disposable black boots, I finally invested in this luxury pair. The leather is so supple, and I can feel them molding to my feet with every wear. Red lips and red nails remain my staple combination and for now, I'm mixing my Mac Lady Danger with Russian Red for a deeper rouge with a hint of orange.  Check out my 10 Outfit Fall Lookbook on my French or American YouTube Channel. What are your fall must-have pieces?

Indian Summer at Central Park

9.11.2014


After a mostly mild summer, the heat has come in strong for our own little New York Indian Summer. In an effort to bridge the seasonal gap between summer and fall while withstanding the 90 plus degree days I created this look with one of my favorite brands, Maison Jules. The dress has a gorgeous low-key drapey effect that's both breathable and chic. The colors hint at the start of fall while the leather boots really lead the way to Autumn. I had a blast shooting this look with my Parisian pal Marianne from France while she was on vacation with her mom in New York. Check out her blog here. Central Park was the perfect backdrop for this between-season outfit that really came to life just as the sun was setting behind the Manhattan skyline. Shop some of my favorite Maison Jules looks for fall above, exclusively at Macy's and Macys.com.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Macy’s Maison Jules through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Macy’s Maison Jules, all opinions are my own

NYFW with a smile

9.09.2014


Every year I attend, Fashion Week goes by in a blur. It's a fun couple of days filled with invites, after-parties and seeing all my favorite blogger besties. I try not to take it all too seriously, especially when I see people getting so caught up and overwhelmed by it all. I love to laugh, see friends and take my favorite outfits for a spin. For this look I paired my favorite H&M skirt, a fabulous find while I was in Paris, with a modern crop top (see all my crop top tips here). I love the retro vibe of the skirt balanced with the modern top, sassy t-straps and a bold little bag. I adore this new one from Pour La Victoire. I recently touched up my hair and I'm loving the lighter look matched with a sultry smokey eye, because why not change it up every once in a while?! More fashion week snaps to come soon.
Photos: Jeff Thibodeau Location: Lincoln Center


#StreetGlam at Chelsea Market

9.06.2014





In the madness of New York Fashion Week, the Glamour #StreetGlam at Chelsea Market was a fresh of fresh air with awesome free services, flash tattoos and eye-opening fun (Air Optix, I'm looking at you!) Among the free and fun activities were makeup application, skin care treatments, hair styling, Hair Fortune telling by the fabulous Theodore Leaf, Virtual contact "try on" plus a sneak peek at Fall'e latest watches and handbags and the Gilt Hearts Glamour Exclusive show collaboration. I adored getting my "Hair Fortune" read by Theodore, who I'm been following for quite some time. He advised me to bump up my length to collarbone level - what do you guys think? I fell head over heels for a pair of pointed-toe red pumps from the new Gilt hearts Glamour collaboration and tried on new eye colors with the Air Optix Colors Contact lenses. I highly recommend it if you're in the area, the pop-up is located in Chelsea Market at 210 West 16th Street and will continue until Sunday, September 7th from Noon-7pm. *Don’t forget to upload your photos to Instagram using the hashtags #StreetGlam and #ContestEntry to enter to win a trip to New York and a $2,000 shopping spree, courtesy of Glamour Magazine.
This post was sponsored by Style Coalition & Glamour

How to Wear a Crop Top (10 ways!)

9.05.2014

I still remember when I first heard crop tops were THE new trend. I pictured late a 90's Britney Spears, low rise-jeans and belly button rings. Not for me, I was sure of it. But then I saw bloggers of all sizes working the style in new and exciting ways and I decided to give it a try and I've never looked back. For me, the key with crop tops is balancing proportions, styling and always wearing them with a smile. You can pull them off with confidence too!  Here's my favorite ways to wear them. 

1: With High-Waisted Shorts 
The trick here is to balance the look with the right accessories and choose the perfect shorts that are high-waisted and flattering. Retro styling optional (but encouraged!) Here's some other girls rocking it Stuff She Likes, Song of Style, Nadia Aboulhosn, Jag Lever, Collage Vintage
2: With a Printed Midi
This is my favorite way to wear a crop top as it mixes classic glamour with a modern vibe. It's the perfect way to balance skin with a little mystery. It's definitely a blogger favorite: 
3: With a slight tuck
Some crop tops are longer than others, and as a petite gal (5'2") the slight tuck is a godsend for adding a little length to my silhouette. Here, I paired my crop(ish) top with a swingy red skirt. 
4: Cut back
On of my favorite types of crop tops are those with a little something special in the back. Be it totally open like mine here at the Bowery wall or with a fun cut-out, it's fun to show a little skin as you walk away. Here's some adorable bloggers also rocking the trend: 
5: Add leather
This might be my favorite tip for wearing a crop top, adding leather makes the look so cool and of-the-moment. Sleeves on or thrown over the shoulders, it's just a cool look but don't take my word for it, check out these fabulous ladies:
Song of Style, Walk in Wonderland, The Fashion Through My Eyes
6: Bralette Crop Top
An easy transition for a newbie to crop tops is a bralette + skirt which emulates the look of a full dress while still following the crop top craze. These girls know what I mean: 

7: Try a cropped sweatshirt (or sweater) 
I'm kind of obsessed with cropped sweatshirts. As a petite, sweaters and sweatshirts were sorta of my worst enemy because I felt they made me look short and dumpy. Enter: cropped sweatshirts. They balance out a curvier silhouette and are perfect to pair with skirts or high waisted jeans. See other girls cropping it up:
8: With a pencil skirt
A perfect balance of ladylike and ultra-trendy, pairing a pencil skirt with a crop top is oh-so-chic. For this look I used three of the guidelines: pencil skirt, a DIY crop top and adding leather. These ladies rock the look too: 
9: With a voluminous skirt
Proportions are key when playing in the crop top world and I adore pairing a slim cut crop top with a voluminous skirt for a bold, fun look. It's the human equivalent of a Magnolia cupcake. These bloggers agree (well maybe not about the cupcake thing)
10: Crop your basic tee in coordinating colors
Lastly, a great way to crop it up is my coordinating colors for a streamline look. Here, I paired a Hanes tee, nice & knotted, with a midi skirt echoing the color of the top. If you're totally new to crop tops, this it's the perfect way to test the waters, just grad your basic tee and knot the front. Voila: DIY crop top! Here's some other ladies rocking the look: 

A Fashionable Sketch

9.04.2014

In celebration of New York Fashion Week, American Express, a proud supporter of the Fashion Industry teamed up with the amazing sketch artist, Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion to create a series of sketches of style bloggers. I was so honored when American Express asked me to be involved! I've been a big fan of Katie's work ever since we met while speaking on a panel at BeautyCon in New York. I chose this look to be recreated in a sketch because it reminds me of my amazing experience earlier this summer in Paris. I love the swingy full red skirt paired with the bold black and white stripes paired & favorite little yellow loafers.  The illustration turned out better than I could have imagined and I can't wait to have it framed it and put it on my wall. Be sure to check out the rest of the sketches by Katie on the American Express Instagram account
This post sponsored by American Express