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 would like to go ahead and suggest replacing the LBD with the LBJ (jumpsuit, that is). I love a good jumpsuit more than just about anything, and I think that having a well-tailored stand-by in your wardrobe is a necessity. I think jumpsuits really stand out in a sea of dresses; and that tailored look is polished, professional, and still so sexy! This one by Lulu*s has subtle sheer cut-outs, but can still be office chic with a blazer or scarf. There are so many fab jumpsuits available right now, so slinky, sexy, or structured there is one perfect for every girl’s closet. I’ve included some of my favorite picks below (though this one certainly takes the cake)!
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
Since I have started freelancing it is sometimes hard to find the motivation to wear anything other than yoga pants unless I have somewhere to go, but I did work an office job for about a year before I started my protest against normal pants. Wednesdays always felt like Fridays to me. And I usually needed something (like a fun happy hour with friends or a Soul Cycle class) to boost morale through the end of the week. Wearing a fun pop of color and a unique spin on a traditional work outfit also seems to do the trick! A basic black and white ensemble is really amped up a notch with this hot pink skirt! I wore some matching lipstick and stashed some flats in my bag and was ready to go!
What do you do to push through to the weekend?