On Wednesdays We Wear Black

What better to wear with an all black ensemble than a bright red classic peacoat?  I think that an all black look, head to toe, is uber chic and gives off that edgy, yet still feminine vibe.  This slightly off the shoulder sweater is fuzzy and warm, perfect for cold winter days, like this one at New York Fashion Week in February.  Over-the-knee boots paired with a mini-skirt, not only take this look to the next level trend wise, but keep your legs nice and toasty. This classic red peacoat is a closet staple, which I have owned for 10 years!  This style is classic and I believe that everyone should own at least one.  I have several colors which I have acquired over the years and sometimes they take an outfit from okay to over-the-top just like that. ^

Let’s talk more about NYFW… the main venue switched this year from Skylight Clarkson Square to Spring Studios in Tribeca.  Here, you will find street photographers lined up for days shooting some of the most trendy, unique, and outrageous styles.  Looking for outfit inspiration?  No need for invitations to exclusive runway shows (although I would have died to attend the Zimmerman show).  You will find real people, wearing real outfits all around Tribeca.  Everything from top designers (see global influencers like Caroline Daur and Aimee Song) to everyday fashion lovers like you and I… Their styles are real and speak to their individuality.  And do not be shocked to see a Zimmerman floral top paired with vintage distressed Levi’s found a thrift shop.  Nothing is against the rules.  Lydia Hudgens (my photographer for this particular look) is amazing at capturing streetstyle during NYFW.  You can view some of her work here.

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The Year of the Fur

Looking for the perfect coat to wear with the quintessential little black dress?  How about a fur?  The one I am wearing here is in fact a vintage mink, but faux furs popped up in showrooms everywhere this winter.

Before you get your panties in a wad over this coat, read the back story here. (Also, I don’t care.)

As we all know, fashion does not always equal function.  However, I spent a lot of time outside in NYC during February Fashion Week and not once was I cold.  Furs are not only uber fashionable, but the warmest thing you could wear.  Whether you like non-traditional colors like pink, purple, or yellow, or you prefer something that resembles the real thing – here are a few of my favorites…  These coats aren’t the same overly shiny, synthetic material that they were years ago.  The quality really blows my mind.  And best of all… they’re timeless pieces, therefore a good investment.  Shop below…

 

Details on this look here.

Photography by Lydia Hudgens 

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NYFW: Bold Colors & Mixed Prints

Wow, I have been on the road a lot this month, but obviously the highlight was New York Fashion Week!  I’ll be sharing what I wore over the next week or so, so stay tuned for a variety of looks…

We left bright and early on Thursday morning and headed to NYC, where we stayed at ROW NYC, in Times Square.  I highly recommend this hotel, not only because of its fabulous accommodations, but the location is central to everything!  The interior is trendy and chic, styled with neon lights and covered in images of Manhattan’s neighborhoods.  It’s like being outside, in.  Everything you need is readily available without leaving the hotel, a beauty bar, and indoor cycling class (I wish I had it in me to get up early enough to partake), and even a food hall (City Kitchen), featuring some of NYC’s finest eateries, all in one convenient space.  We stopped in once each day for donuts and coffee at DOUGH, and also ramen and beers from Kuro Obi.  Another highlight was District M, a swanky coffee bar by day and a cocktail lounge by night featuring live music.  We began and ended each day there.

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Mixed prints are very in right now…  Not sure how to “make it work”?  Look for prints with unifying colors, so the floral pattern in this pant is black on blue, similar to the leopard print shoes, black on tan.  This is just an easy rule to remember if you’re unsure, but definitely doesn’t mean it must be followed always.  Fashion is about self-expression, so if you love two patterns together, you should wear them.  Maybe I should create a post specifically about mixing patterns?  Would that be interesting? Helpful? Comment below!

I am loving this bright pink, open back top with cut-out bell sleeves.  Pink and red are very popular in fashion right now, but look for lavender (ultra violet is the Pantone color of the year) and also yellow to be popping up everywhere. Details on this look linked below… Happy shopping!

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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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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