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I'm at it again with the ties. I can't help it; I love them. There something about taking a masculine piece of apparel and making it sassy that I find super appealing. So I originally had the idea of sporting a tie with a fitted white shirtdress but upon thinking about it, I decided that maybe it wouldn't be a look that would work for work. I just pictured myself looking like I had slept over my boyfriends house and had just decided to walk around the office pants-less in his white dress shirt. Not the best visual for the workplace. So when I found this option from Armani Exchange I thought it would be a great alternative. As you know I love color, so I paired the flowy white dress with a pop of color by adding the super hot pink pumps and matching pink tie. A little silver bracelet and tie clip complete this part business, part fabulous look.

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For my outfit for the NU You Empowerment Brunch I decided to combine fun and flirty with classic and feminine. I had this dainty piece sitting in the back of my closet for a while now. When I heard about this event, I immediately thought this skater dress would be perfect. It’s got a vibe that says brunch in an old New York feel that’s a little bit Audrey Hepburn and a little Sarah Jessica Parker.

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I turned down the traditional and turned up the memorable with not-so-subtle pops of pink, actually, hot pink. I love throwing a black and white outfit for a loop with the addition of a bold, unapologetic color. I borrowed the ribbon belt from another dress and can't quite remember where I picked up the little clutch but the contrast of these items and my pink shoes, and necklace against the black came together perfectly to create a nearly effortless ensemble that still demands attention.

  • Dress: Love…Ady Striped Lower Teacup Dress
  • Shoes: ALDO Forquer Hot Pink Heel

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I got the idea to pair a pretty formal looking blazer with a less-formal ankle pant. I preferred this pairing to a skirt, which I thought might look a little too stuffy. I contrasted the white with the bold colored pants and accents of silver. I think it's an interesting cross between "I'm bold and fun" and "I'm serious about my business. A short tail in the back is reminiscent of an old formal tuxedo but this blazer is best suited for the risk-taking, business fashionista.

 

 

 

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Photo credit: Sharaz Allahar

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I'm at it again with the menswear pieces. I love to see funky looks with women wearing suspenders but I kept it pretty simple this time opting for this chic black and white look, which is primarily white with a touch of black. It's a look that resembles something you might see a reporter wearing in an old school movie. I'm a writer so it seemed pretty appropriate, n’est-ce pas? A classic button-down, long sleeve shirt and white pants are given some smart personality with black suspenders which feature subtle silver finishes along with a black fedora. I'm ready to get the story.

  • Shirt: H&M, White Long Sleeve Button Down
  • Pants: The Limited, White Slacks
  • Suspenders: Carter Room, Pinstriped Suspenders
  • Shoes: Nine West, Nubuck Peep Toe Heels
  • Fedora: Novelty store find

camel collection clothes and accessories collage headerThe hot new trend in color is the ever-chic looking hue of camel.  The color has been popular for a couple of years now but has recently experienced an explosion in popularity and right fully so. The smooth neutral tone has the unique ability to pair extremely well with nearly everything. Also something about the color steps up the perception of quality and luxury.  Add a classic camel, wool scarf to an ensemble and instantly make the look appear more expensive.

Though the color probably works best in fall, I’ve always been a firm believer in breaking a few fashion rules. I’ve gathered a couple of fabulous pieces that I thought you might be interested in adding to your collection.  Of course current Miami weather won’t permit me to rock that amazing wool cape but some of my friends up north are still dealing with some pretty chilly weather and could totally go for a piece like that. That is the only reason I envy you northern friends.  Have fun sporting your warm camels. I think I’ll make a move on those caged sandals.  Yup, don’t mind if I do.

  1. Doubleweave Wool Cape – Leon Max view item 
  2. Floppy Hat With Contrast Band  - Cartazi view item
  3. Classic Swayze Leather Belt – DAILYLOOK view item
  4. Russell & Hazel Mini Clutch - Casa view item
  5. Graham Portfolio Holder Case - Mark and Graham view item
  6. Stella Dutti Handbag – Stell Dutti  view item
  7. Ernesto Esposito Sandals – Ernesto Esposito view item
  8. Brielly Pump – Guess by Marciano view item
  9. Hettie Heels - Dolce Vita view item
  10. Pointelle Knit Bolero – The Limited view item

 

Favorite looks top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

 

Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/2016 came to an end last week. My apologies, I would have reported sooner but sometimes life throws monkey wrenches in your plans and sometimes those monkey wrenches come in the form of an adorable 3 year old, walking contagion/petri dish. But “one (flu) don’t stop no show.” Anyway in this case I guess I’m just fashionably late and better late than never. Lets get down to what I loved.

Herve Leger top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

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I wanted to contact someone. Get someone on the phone and get me these outfits immediately. Who’s my contact at Leger? Huh… I don’t have a contact at Leger? All right fine but if I did and also had an obscene amount of cash to spend, I would totally be on the phone with someone working on getting these looks into my closet. This was my favorite collection by far. Each look came sashaying down the runway like abstract art. These brilliantly crafted pieces completely stole my heart. I want it all.

View the entire collection here

Cushnie et Ochs top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

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My second fave was Cushnie et Ochs. All of these looks were made to compliment a woman’s body. I love designs that focus on femininity and highlight a woman’s beautiful curves. Everything in this collection was near perfection also.

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Derrick Lam played to my inner Olivia Pope with a wonderful assortment of coats and winter-chic looks. I almost want to book a ticket to somewhere cold just so I can have a reason to sport some of the looks showcased in his collection; almost.

Oscar De La Renta top 4 Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 - 2016

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One should expect nothing less than sheer elegance and class when you deal with Oscar and this showing was no exception. I’m partial to the white ensembles that came prancing down the runway but the collection offered up lots of beautiful, classic looks. This collection was superb but of course you already knew that.

 

I should also mention:

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This jacket from The Row by designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen was a standout piece amongst everything that stood out to me at fashion week on the whole. I didn’t care much for the collection overall but this unusual piece merits special recognition. It’s bold, and edgy but can still be worn conservatively. I Love. That is all.

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This look from Carolina Herrera was also a standout to me. I didn’t get Carolina’s collection this year. I just… I didn’t get it. The oversized boxy collection just did not resonate with me.  To add insult to injury they wore flats the entire first half of the show. This look however, made a great impression. Add it to my cart please. Yes.

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Trends

Let’s talk about the trends we noticed on the runways. The jacket/cape not jacket has officially become a thing.  I don’t know who to fully attribute this to. Probably fashion bloggers (myself included) who wear their jackets over their shoulders because it’s the thing to do or Olivia Pope (because it all comes back to Olivia Pope) and her famous capes. I first noticed it at the BCBG Max Azria show. I usually love BCBG Max Azria but this year’s Aztec/grandmas throw vibe threw me off. I did take note of this weird creation where it looked like a normal jacket worn in a caped fashion with additional holes for the arms. Turns out that would not be the last I would see of this novel idea.

 

Other trends:

  • There were tons fur stoles and fur elements.
  • Designers tapped into their love for the 70’s. Flared pants, tweed and hues of brown were in abundance
  • Fringe details were all the rage.
  • ...and yes crop tops and culottes are still in.

 

That’s my round up. Looking forward to having a powerfully stylish fall and winter.

Thank you for reading. Now… “Let the power moves continue”.

 

 

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My work place isn’t super stuffy so I can take certain liberties with my ensembles that I might not be able to take, say if I worked at a law firm.  I get to have a little more fun with my outfit choices and how I accessorize but what if… what if I worked in a super creative atmosphere like an edgy ad agency or high-fashion office? What if I worked at Vogue?  Gasp. Oh the outfits I would stroll in wearing. I can only imagine how glorious it would be.  Let’s not even talk about the access to fashion I would have at my disposal on a daily basis.

In honor of that dream scenario I put together this little number. It’s the kind of brow raiser that you wouldn’t typically see in an office environment but totally work appropriate if you work in an office full of creative types who appreciate a little risk taking.

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Platforms or pumps?

What do you think? Switch out the ultra-high, funky platform heel for a somewhat more conservative red pump. This shiny, patent-leather pump is still a little spicy but more of a tamer option if you're trying to get away with the look at work.

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Soooo, I have an embarrassing story.  Last week I committed the ultimate in business professional, fashion crimes.  I’m still shaking my head because I, of all people, should know better. So here’s the deal. I don’t commute in heels. I learned the hard way that driving in my heels is not only uncomfortable but causes wear and tear on the heel of the shoe from all of the friction that occurs when pressing and releasing the pedal. So in an effort to preserve my pretty pumps and also heed my mothers warnings on the dangers of driving in heels, I commute in sensible flats or sandals. Sandals I don’t mind so much but I loathe flats and any pair I own are for comfort only. I probably die a little on the inside each time I have to put them on.  Therefore, I drive in flats and when I arrive to my destination I put on my real shoes in the car.

As far as work is concerned, I can’t recall exactly when but somewhere along the line I stopped putting my shoes on in the car and started putting them on at my desk. If I think about it, it was probably around the time I started taking the train to work. Which would make sense since there really wouldn’t be a comfortable place to discretely put on my shoes before walking into the office.  Nowadays I don’t take the train anymore. There are too many inconsistencies involved in taking the train and my schedule just wont permit. However, since I’ve stopped taking the train I have not returned to the ritual of putting on my shoes in the car. I figure "What the hell, I’ll save my shoes a little wear and tear by sparing them a few extra steps on the concrete."

Cut to my mid-week revelation. I walked into the building sharply dressed in a blue-green pencil skirt and bold yellow cardigan, with matching yellow and blue green skinny waste belt, and non-matching black ankle strapped sandals with my fiercest green pumps tuck securely away in my rollaway laptop bag.  Just as I waved my badge to cross the secured entrance, I noticed I was face-to-face with the CEO.

Not only was I late (oh, I didn’t mention I was late?), I was pumpless (fail). Oh dear God. I panicked (on the inside). I didn’t even bother to say good morning (fail #2).  I just made a futile attempt of trying to hide my toes with my rollaway bag while all I could think of was “Damn it. He can’t possibly think this is it, right? He can’t think that this is how this fabulous ensemble ends. Damn it to hell.”  Now does the CEO of a Fortune 500 company care about my toes? Probably not. Even if he noticed, he probably put two and two together and surmised that somewhere in my luggage was some sort of dress-code compliant footwear. Or maybe he thought I had an injury. Who knows? The point is, I didn’t look my best and the opportunity to make a powerful first impression was lost.

Though I may have redeemed myself somewhat by displaying a sense of humor with a super forced smile at his “Smile it’s Wednesday” comment followed by a cheerful “Have a great day!” exchange, I certainly had a good laugh at myself afterwards.  The following day I put my shoes on in the car and have continued to do for the past couple of days. There’s just something about meeting a millionaire in an elevator that makes you want to reevaluate flopping around with exposed toes.

Moral of the story: Always look your best. Look like the person you want people to believe you are. You never know who you’ll run into at the elevator.

Thank you for reading. Now… “Let the power moves continue.”

Super Culotte outfit inspiration collage

They’re super cute and super cool. This year’s hottest fashion item might be the beloved culotte. They’re shorts with a slight identity crisis primarily because from afar you might mistake them for some type of flared skirt. Depending on the dress code at your place of business, you can easily create an ensemble that’s not only safe for work but right on trend as well.

  • Culottes: 3.1 Phillip Lim Ponte Culottes view item
  • Jacket:  Michael Kors Zip Front Tweed Jacket view item
  • Shoes: Varcityy Suede Pointy Toe Pump view item
  • Handbag: Dooney & Bourke Saffiano Zip Zip Satchel view item
  • Necklace: Nordstrom Sequin Stone Collar Necklace view item

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I couldn’t decide what to wear for this year’s holiday party. As I rummaged through my closet, I found a great leopard print dress that I hadn’t worn yet. I thought about wearing it but didn’t quite think it was fitting for the holiday party. A coworker of mine gave me the idea to pear it with a red bag and shoes to throw in a little holiday flair. I didn’t go with the red shoes but accented with gold and red jewelry and a bright red clutch. It was certainly an untraditional way to do holiday but I think it totally worked.

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  • Dress: Rampage, Leopard Print Dress
  • Shoes: BCBG, Mahogany Perdra Pumps
  • Handbag: Vieta, Red Envelope Clutch