All That Glitters

Sequins, shimmer, glitter… FINALLY I’m not just being “extra”.  Okay, I’m always going to be a little extra, but if ever there’s a time, it’s now.

I styled this skirt to be worn casually during the day.  Traditionally, it could be worn as special occasion evening wear but I think that pairing it with a cotton top makes for a fun juxtaposition.  I would even go so far to say that black combat boots would be killer, but alas I wore mirrored strappy heels – after all, I like to be a fancy pants.  I paired it with an oversized leather tote and tied a silk scarf to the handle.

When one thinks of glitter and sparkle, what designer immediately comes to mind?  For me, it’s Kate Spade.  One phrase that was trending after her unfortunate passing this past June, was that “she left a little bit of sparkle everywhere she went”.  Creative Director, Angela Weiss took that phrase to heart when planning the SS19 show (last week), adding an element of sparkle in many looks, including a stripe of glitter down the runway.  What a lovely sentiment.  Hopefully she will be remembered for who she was in the beginning – what we know Kate Spade NY to be – a bright and joyful brand that embodies women who carpe diem the shit out of this life, being as “extra” as they wish, every step of the way.

But you don’t have to be young, extra, or a trendy influencer to embrace the sparkle craze.  Saks Fifth Avenue SVP Fashion Director, Roopal Patel was asked about the shiny embellishments taking front stage in their department store, and she responded with, “We find that sparkle has no age limit; there is a wide appeal to all of our customers to add sparkle and shine to their wardrobes,” she says. “For so long sequins and embellishment were used for holiday dressing, but now designers are playing sparkle into everyday silhouettes. Through bejeweled necklines, sparkly collars, and rhinestone trims, popular brands like Gucci, Prada and Miu Miu have brought the idea of adornment into daywear.”

Being “extra” is now just being one in a crowd (at least it is at NYFW).  Find your favorite shimmer, mix it up with different prints, colors, and textures or just add a touch with your shoes or bag (I’m looking at you, Kate Spade NY).  Dress it up or dress it down.  Not your thing?  More into linen or lace?  Move along… because after all, knowing your style is the first step to looking and feeling your best (*shameless plug* read my blog post on “Defining Your Style” here).

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It’s here… New York Fashion Week!  At least for one more day.  I was in NY over the weekend and the weather was crazy.  It went from hot and humid with misty rain to a cold, windy, downpour.  Thanks, Hurricane Florence.  With that said, not even sideways rain can ruin NYFW.  I put on my most waterproof heels – these nude patent leather pumps, and headed out.  September weather is often difficult to predict, which is why I love this boho maxi dress by Free People.

When the temperature drops in Atlanta (Halloween night, no doubt), I’ll pair it with a denim jacket or cardigan and tall boots.  The print is very detailed and contains somewhat of a 1970s vibe, which is perfect given that this season’s trends are heavily inspired by the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.  The material is very light and as you can see, flowy.  It moves with every step.  I actually changed into some light orange/rust colored booties right after this shoot so that I could walk through the city.  It’s very versatile and can be dressed up or down, depending on where you’re headed.  New York Fashion Week, or a fall festival.  I’m ready for you, October.

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photography by Lydia Hudgens

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On our way out of NY, we stopped at Grand Central Station.  Grand Central is showcased in more movies that you can imagine, everything from romance to horror.  This New York icon is more than a train station, it is also a shopping and dining destination.  I love train stations and this is the mother of all.  Is it the history?  The hustle and bustle of people coming and going?  Or simply the grandeur that is Grand Central Station?  Whatever it may be, I love it.  I have some “grand” ideas for a photoshoot here one day…

After visiting Grand Central, we had brunch at another NY icon, The Boathouse, located in Central Park and quite possibly the most popular brunch spot in all of the city.  You can sit on the patio and sip champagne while watching people row by on the lake.  It’s literally a picnic in the park, yet you’re surrounded by some of the largest skyscrapers in the world.  Another longtime favorite of mine…

Brunch in the park, Grand Central Station, a walk through Manhattan, and a late flight back to Atlanta… I needed something comfortable yet stylish, after all it was Fashion Week.  This boho inspired look is perfect this Fall.  I found this sheer dress at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,  it is currently sold out but I did find it available here ,via Amazon.  The hat, I bought a couple of years ago at World Market, but here is a very similar one.  The booties are by Fergie, available at DSW.  And the color block mini bag is by Kate Spade, shown here in the color, punch.  This choker with long, gold tassels is from DressUp Boutique, similar style here.  And to top it off, I am wearing Diva matte lipstick by MAC.  As the weather gets cooler, I’ll add a long, oversized sweater and switch out the booties for knee high boots…  Come on, Fall!  I’m ready.

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photography by KVC Photography

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If you watched any of my InstaStories, then you would have met Erica.  Erica is my sister-in-law and NYFW partner in crime.  She was a trooper and marched through the city in these 6 inch boots until she almost passed out.  On day three, we made our way to Skylight Clarkson Square and after waiting (standing) for almost two hours, we were invited into the Namilia runway show.  Once we were in (standing room only), I looked over and Erica was on the floor.  My feet, however seemed to have went numb and the pain dissipated as the Disney music came on and the models walked down the runway in the most outrageous designs that I have EVER seen in person.  Just take a look here.  Worrrrth it. After all, standing is the new sitting.

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I wish I could say that I were wearing these Jessica Simpson booties (similar style here) that night.  They are super comfortable.  Below is my daytime glam look.  This would work nicely for the office, daytime shopping, or a night out.  It’s all about versatility.  I wore this to DUMBO on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to take in the view of the city and then we went for cocktails at a speakeasy called Bathtub Gin, cleverly hidden beyond a secret door in a coffee shop located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

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This Express dress (now on sale 40% off!) is a classic shape sheath with small balloon sleeves and a simple bow belt.  You can take a classic style (look for a cocktail dress at your local consignment shop) and make it new by adding accessories, and mixing patterns and textures, like I did here with these Simply Vera by Vera Wang polka dot tights.  Then, I glammed it up with a glitzy statement necklace and earrings from Sugarfix by BaubleBar (this is Baublebar’s line for Target!), cocktail ring from Tiffany & Co and my favorite black go-to bag for Fall/Winter by Kate Spade (similar style here, no tassel).

 

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Erica’s Look:  boots Steve Madden – purse Kate Spade – necklace Sugarfix by Baublebar – top and glasses OOTD Boutique

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photos of me by KVC Photography

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