Hey shoppoholics! It is the best time of year to shop sales, and I am personally ignoring my entire gift list in favor of stocking up on discounted duds this holiday season. Friends, you can wait for your gift after I figure out how much money I have left. Below, I have listed links to my favorite sales + codes if applicable. Shop safely! xoxo
In the meantime, my freshly festive Thanksgiving look combined a tutu and some leopard print for an unconventional holiday looks to inspire your shopping frenzy. Links below!
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Photos by Anabella V Photography
If you live in New York, than you know that today is one of the first days in a long while in the season that it was cold enough to warrant a real winter coat. Of course, I could add tights to this look and make it weather-appropriate, but I am really just mourning the loss of the days of bare-legs until some random warm spring surprise. If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the country where you stretch the days of short skirts and shorts into the dead of winter, this outfit has a universal appeal. Us northerners simply need to suck it up and slip on some tights.
For me, this is one of my favorite shapes to wear, as I love things that are big and slouchy on top (to hide a food baby, and curl up in) but still have some semblance of sex appeal with a flirty leg-baring look. All women in the know get that you have to play to your best features, and that is what I personally love about this silhouette.
I am headed to Florida for the holidays so I will be bare legs and Vitamin D through the weekend, but as beautiful as the holidays are in NYC, I am not going to pretend like I don’t prefer 75 degree winters. I think if you are raised with seasons you get more excited about layering and apple cider and such. I love the leaves and crisp air here, and the food in the fall is dop, not going to lie. But I will always be a bit of a Floridian at heart.
What about you? What’s your favorite season for fashion?
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Photos by Anabella V Photography
I found this jumper at a sample sale on the way home from work last week, and considering the fantastically and unseasonably moderate weather we have been having, I took the opportunity to make this summer romper a bit more “fall-appropriate.”
The fall sample sales are certainly one of the biggest perk to being a fashion-obsessed 25-year old living in New York City. Sure, they happen in other cities, but not quite to the same degree, nor with the same “Sex And The City” ambiance to them. The main location for samples sales for those in the know in New York are at 260 5th Avenue (heads up, Rebecca Minkoff is going on there this week!) or at random places in Brooklyn, Soho or inside the Chelsea Market. I love and frequent these, but my favorites are the more obscure sales that require you to know and plan for them in advance. These are often invite-only and feature such amazing mind-boggling deals on designer duds that they will give any full-fledged fashion lover a heart attack. My personal favorite is coming up next week, and despite the selfish part of myself that doesn’t want more people to know about it, it is really worth sharing because it is for an amazing cause.
Every year, one of my favorite thrift stores hosts a blow out sale of donated NEW designer duds to donate money to AIDS research and their youth program initiatives. This event is none other than Housing Work’s Fashion for Action event. And I will be there (15 minutes early) to shop the sale and you should seriously consider coming too! Last year I bought new DVF Oxfords for $75 and silk Ted Baker jumpsuits for $10 and $15 respectively. It is by far the most fun sample sale I have been to with the widest selection of designers and the best prices.
Sample sales can be intimidating, but your closet and your wallet will thank you. Just go in with your game face on, and don’t be embarrassed to change in public and you will likely find your favorite wardrobe items!
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Print mixing is not an intuitive thing for most women (including me). Unless you’re lucky enough to have a natural eye for it, it can often take too much effort for most to want to deal with when picking an everyday outfit. A good tip for making this trend work without trying every combo in your closet is to pick two pieces that may coordinate in color and clash in pattern. The mixing of steely grays in this look for example, play off of each other in a trendy way. I added the pink jacket to break it up, but you can pull something similar off with mixes of any monochromatic palettes.
This week has been busy (what else is new) but next week is one of my favorites all year in New York. NY Champagne Week runs through next Friday; and I may be just a bit too in love with bubbly, but if you’re in town you should seriously pop in for at least one event. I had the best time last year and I’d love to see you too!
Fall is a great time for really unique events and press previews in NYC and I will be sharing details for you guys too in the coming weeks!
Hello Stranger! I have been the worst blogger ever lately! My apologies to my loyal readers (meaning you mom and dad). Between starting a new job, and, furthermore, waiting to launch this pretty little layout, posting wasn’t my top priority; and also not something that could really be done well until launching this fab new design! A big thank you to Amanda O’Brien (my fabulous website developer, I highly recommend! Check out some of her other blogs on the sites of my friends Lex and Elena!) for putting together this amazeballs new layout which reflects my aesthetic so much better than the old design did!
I am so excited to share the brand new site with everyone! (So much so that sorry, I am not sorry for the excessive use of exclamation marks in this post thus far! ! !) This website revamp comes at a particularly good time for me, as I am kind of rounding off a whole personal revamp as well…as such…it is about to get a little personal here on The Stylephile. Furthermore, I am going to sneakily insert some professional tips that came from some personal tribulations.
Blogging began as a way for me to explore the journey I took as a naive and newly-minted New Yorker, hitting the streets of the city to cover topics of
hard journalism fashion, eating, drinking, dating, and makeup. I fell in love with writing; and, subsequently took a big leap of faith by dropping out of the graduate school program that I had been planning to pursue for basically my entire undergraduate career to see if I could really follow my dreams. (That is what New York is about, amiright?)
glamorously laboriously developed my personal portfolio (which you can now see a lot of here on the new site, hooray!) I worked 5 or 6 random odd jobs at all hours of the day and night and wrote for free on sites like Joonbug, Elite Daily, and 20Something in an effort to develop the kind of clout that would land me an actual job. I was hilariously optimistic that I would be doing this for all of three months or so, and then magically I expected to land some kind of high-paying, fabulous, glossy editorial job that would skyrocket me to journalistic superstardom.
When that didn’t happen, I continued to work (as a hostess, babysitter, dog walker, tutor, personal assistant, intern, academic editor, freelance copywriter, digital consultant, personal stylist, failed entrepreneur, retail associate, beer promoter, and probably several other things which I am forgetting) for what has essentially comprised the past 2 years of my life.
Though I did not have the traditional background of a journalist or digital content creator, I cut my teeth in the industry by providing free labor in exchange for on-the-job-training and exposure. I did not take “no” for an answer, and was so obnoxiously tenacious and unapologetically optimistic, that basically I think I just tried at it for so long that something eventually clicked.
What is the point of this overtly peppy ramble? Well, basically, though I wouldn’t say I have exactly “made it,” because I have a lot of untapped ambitions toward which I am working, I would say that I have managed to establish a career in my dream industry in New York via old-fashioned hard work and dedication.
And this was not accomplished without a seriously hefty dose of self doubt, minor bouts of depression, self medicating with bottles of wine, and a lot of complaining. This new website design, and my new job, are a testament that continually manifesting your destiny does work. Breaking into an industry that is over saturated and not very welcoming is not easy, but it is worth it if you can literally cannot imagine yourself doing anything else.
I picked this road because the prospect of spending my life behind a desk doing something else seemed like one giant missed opportunity. And so I relentlessly sought experiences that would help me meet the right people, be in the right places, and develop the right skills. And so, no, I am not an expert, but the bow are my top tips for developing a professional network without an obvious in.
1.Be nice to everybody. You never know who they work for, or who they know. Being genuinely interested in people’s passions will help you become a better communicator. It will make people respect you and want to work with you. It is the most powerful networking skill you can possess.
2. Be flexible. Say yes and attend as many networking and social events as you can. Life is busy, but you never know who you will meet, and I have never regretted showing up to something, even if it was just because I got free wine.
3. Diversify your skill set. So you want to be a stylist, blogger, writer, or x,y,z creative? There are other things you need to make people want to work with you today. Learn about social media, basic HTML, perfect your administrative skills, and be well-informed about cutting edge news in your industry.
4. Be an expert. Be the person your friends think of when they are talking about your industry to a friend. Referrals are powerful tools, and people respect you when you really know what you are talking about.
5. Don’t be shy. Send someone you admire an e-mail, and ask them if they need help on a project o how they got their start. Meet other friends in the industry for coffee. Listen to their advice and really use it in your life.
6. Ask questions. The worst thing you can say in a job interview is to answer the interviewers “Do you have any questions for me?” with, “No, I think you covered it.” Ask people about their visions for a company, department, brand, or project. Get people talking, it will make them like you.
7. Invest the time. We are all tired. A lot of times following your dreams means working the extra hours, or squeezing in the space in your life to pursue those goals. Maybe that means skipping out on something else. That’s okay, it will be worth it.
8. Don’t give up! Seriously, don’t. I almost did. I thought I had tried for so long that it was tie to try something else. I wallowed in self pity for about a month and ate my weight in peanut butter to cope. But I kept applying, and it paid off.
9. Write down your goals. Refer back. Check off when accomplished.
10. Be fabulous. Show up in something that makes you feel good (like the outfit in this post). And don’t let anyone make you feel like you aren’t the fiercest bitch in the city.
Stay tuned friends, and thanks for following along!
Photos by Anabella V Photography