It seems like every high-end fashion blogger has been wearing some variation of the Valentino Rockstuds lately. And I must admit, all the Instagram shots of these beauties have given me a serious case of shoe envy. That’s why when I stumbled across these Wild Diva Heels on Lulu*s for…wait for it…$34 (!^%@^@%#) I literally flipped. They are one of the best look-for-less comparison buys I have ever seen. And they are actually super comfortable too! I paired mine with a tailored dress and my little Brahmin clutch for a classy uptown inspired look.
I’m a huge fan of vibrant patterns in the summer. When I saw this cute little dress from Lulu*s I fell in love with the pattern and fit-and-flare shape. I’ve been wearing it at least once a week all summer. It’s just one of those fun little numbers that is great for all occasions and comfy for all day. Paired with accessories that pull one color out of the dress makes for a uber feminine outfit that is still chic. Check back later this week to check out my favorite patterns for summer, or check out my Pinterest for more patterned inspiration!
I got this dress when I hosted my party at Cynthia Rowley with Hallie several months ago. It was seriously love at first sight. It is a bit risque and unique, but still the ultimate little black dress. I was inspired to do this shoot on the roof of my building because I am covering the first fashion show at the new World Trade Center this Wednesday. In watching the promo for the show, I was obviously wow-ed by the views. The show is going to be on the 63rd floor at sunset, and it is supposed to reflect the global significance of the building and empower global unity. I cannot wait to see the designs! The event will feature everything from haute couture to ready-to-wear, and you know I will have all the behind-the-scenes details on Instagram (@thestylephile) and on Joonbug the next day!
I decided to shoot something inspired by this special writing assignment and shot at sunset on the rooftop of a building on the Upper East Side. Something about the skyline of this city always takes my breath away! I kept the accessories simple, modern and a little edgy because that is how the architecture feels to me from this view. But make no mistake, NYC can be historic, warm and inviting as well! I just feel very blessed to live in such a dynamic place that inspires me to do what I love every day!
Photos by Richard Cline
I bought this dress from an adorable little shop on the Upper West Side called Think Closet. They specialize in selling one-of-a-kind pieces from up-and-coming designers. Most of the designers are from East Asia, specifically Korea. This is really amazing, because if you buy something there, odds are you will be the only person who has it. On the other had, they usually will only have one size (since the pieces are that rare), so if you find something you like, you better hope it fits.
I fell in love with this dress the second I saw it. The print, the tasteful midsection cutout, the shape, I had to have it. It said small/medium on the tag. “Scoreeee!” I thought to myself. Literally, I could not zip this thing over my rip cage. I pulled and pulled and asked the salesgirl for help. She was pretty awesome about it. “You really love it,” she says. “If you can cram my body into this dress, I will buy it,” I replied. Ten minutes later, we were both a little sweaty but the dress was on. And it was a little tight, but not too bad. Mostly the zipper just kept getting stuck on the crocheted part. But seriously, I had to babysit for 5 hours after I found this dress and then I had a press event to cover. I wanted to wear the dress to the event, but I was scared if I took it off I wouldn’t be able to zip it on my own before the event. I wore this dress to babysit, specifically to play in a sandbox with a four year old. Maybe I am crazy, but the dress was fine. Perhaps this is what the expression “beauty is pain” is about. Anyway, after like eight hours I stretched it out enough it wasn’t even uncomfortable any more. (Again, it was really just the crocheted midsection.) I wore it on Thursday for the photoshoot, and this time it zipped like nothing. So worth the risk in buying a dress I thought I may have to get altered. And honestly, if that had been the case, it is still an amazing buy! Totally unique and totally gorgeous! Check out their website for other amazing one-of-a-kind pieces!
It was a nasty rainy day in the city yesterday, my perfectly styled hair turned into a frizzy mess before I took these photos. (Sorry, not sorry…life happens!) Also, check out my adorably punny Kate Spade Umbrella….#obsessed!
With blogging, I always try to keep my outfit posts current. Not necessarily on trend, because I don’t attempt to follow trends when I wake up every morning-that sounds exhausting and boring at the same time. However, I do like everything I am wearing to be shoppable. So I feel like this look is a bit of a blogger faux-pas, because I bought all of it ages ago. I can’t even remember where I got that bag! But the whole thing came together sort of organically, and I just couldn’t believe I had never worn this before. It was like the shoes and dress were made for each other, and I had to do an outfit post. As usual, I will find some similar styles so you can shop the look. It’s just hilarious to me that literally everything I am wearing has been buried in my closet for well over a year. Especially the dress. I bought it while I was studying abroad in Paris, at a little music shop that had a small rack of vintage dresses by the door. I fell in love immediately, and wore it everyday that summer. And, like a moron, I completely forgot about it until today! I recently did a little wardrobe cleanse, and it is almost embarrassing how many cute clothes I have forgotten about! Does that ever happen to you? I don’t think it is that uncommon of a problem, but how did I forget about this dress?!?!
On an unrelated note, I usually do my hair everyday, but I feel like it is developing the consistency of straw. I have really frizzy hair and I use tons of heat to try to tame it. So I have a new goal of not heat styling it more than once a week. I will be testing out a bunch of products to try to fix this little issue for myself. If I love anything, you know I will share. If you have any tips, let me know in the comments below!