Category Fashion

Weaving Struggles into Your Story with Soul

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one look (featuring leggings from How We Soul) + one life lesson. This one’s on why you should try adding some soul as you face your struggles.  The Look: How We Soul Stardust Leggings ($58) // Cobalt Katie Medium Satchel from 88 Handbags ($50) // Gracie Mansion Dramatic Bib Necklace from Carolee Jewelry (ON SALE NOW – $75) // Bryant Park Stud Pierced Earrings from Carolee Jewelry ($45) // Similar Blouse from Last Call by Neiman Marcus (ON SALE NOW – $39) // Aldo Shoes (Similar from ASOS – $66) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: I know it’s hard. Shit happens and the first thing we ask ourselves is “why is this happening to me”. We aren’t really looking for an answer. We’re playing the victim. But this moment is just one thread in your story. Occasionally, there are excess strings. Ones that we can cut off. Ones that

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The Side of Us We Don’t Want to Show

Everyone has a dark side. I mean everyone. Whether you like to admit it or not, you have one, and you suppress it constantly because we are afraid of judgement. Namilia was BEGGING to be judged. It pushed the lines of what is hidden in your subconscious. You wanted to scream with excitement with every look that came down that runway, finally someone saw the really raw part of how everyone feels but no one wants to say. These looks were pushing the boundaries of how society perceives celebrity, and politics, it made you uncomfortable but you couldn’t help but look in awe. This was your split personality in your face, unapologetically. RELATED: Freeing Yourself from Judgement in Fashion I think we’re always looking for our true selves, the ones we were before we were told what is socially acceptable. When I was in my early 20’s I had this black

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Act like You Know What You’re Doing

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one look + one life lesson. This one’s on the opportunities you’ll create for yourself when you simply act like you know what you’re doing.  The Look: Endless Rose Double Breasted Romper from SerenDipity Boutique // Drew & Co Zircon Gold Hoop Necklace ($48.14) & Gold Open Bangle ($45.85) // Amazfit Activity Tracker ($80.00) // Ella+Mila “Purple Reign” Nail Polish ($10.50) // Alterre Shoes Mist Grey Mule ($145.00) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: I first got bit by the New York Fashion Week bug in September 2013. We weren’t going to leave for NYC until 9/5, BUT one night when I was working through my chaotic inbox, I received an invite via Fashion GPS for the 10th Annual Style Awards. I instantly RSVP’d and without hesitation printed out the confirmation barcodes that landed in Gmail. After Googling what the Style Awards were (that was the last year they held them I believe) I was on

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The Evolution of the Power Suit and Finding Yours

“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… this is known as Fashion Week” – Carrie Bradshaw Everyone has their idea on what Fashion Week truly is, but you only get to see bits and pieces via the media. You want the truth? Fashion week is all smoke and mirrors. The people I saw walk through those doors are just like you and me. Some have designer handbags and some don’t, some had perfect hair and makeup and some were sweating from walking God knows how many blocks to make it to the show. Everyone was coming together from all types of backgrounds in order to join in this one moment. Where the rooms stands still for five minutes and you get lost in a story. RELATED: Take Off Your Sunglasses and Put the Phone Down At Misha Collection, the past was

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Take Off Your Sunglasses and Put the Phone Down

Cameras are flashing from every angle while people with eccentric styles stand before you. And I am pretty sure I just saw Kelly Osbourne and her pomeranian walk by? Have I finally made it to New York Fashion Week? As the lights dim and music echoes through the room, I jump back to reality. Before you can connect with the atmosphere and the anxiousness for the big reveal, a sea of phone lights pop up like we are at a Beyoncé concert. Moment officially ruined… For someone in my shoes, that instance was equivalent to buying a $30,000 Birkin bag and then having it get run over by a truck. Why can’t the people in the front row last more than five seconds without sending a text or taking a selfie? While your body as a whole is present in the room, how can their minds and heart? Chances are, if your phone

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Once a Ballerina, Always a Ballerina

The Look: Custom Tidal Cool tutu // SerenDipity Boutique Black Long Sleeve Romper // Amazfit Activity Tracker ($80) // Ella+Mila “Bags are Packed” Nail Polish ($10.50) // Carolee Jewelry Necklace // Aldo Shoes (Similar from Nine West – $50 ON SALE) // Wristlet (c/o my Second Gem in Command, Alexandra Barone) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: Ever since I was a little girl, all I ever wanted to do with my life was dance. My teacher acknowledging my strength and giving my mom permission to buy my first pair of point shoes was one of the most exciting days of my life (along with that one time I met my idol, Carrie Underwood). I had dreamed of becoming a principle dancer, hoping someday to be cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Sure I’d spend my life prone to injuries, living off a negligible salary, but it would be worth it. Nothing beat the rush of being on stage.

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Athleisure Is Here to Stay Supporting Our Comfort

Fashion is a tool. Not in the “He’s such a tool kind of way”, but as in something useful. Nicholas K, a brother and sister design duo, nailed the balance between athleisure and enchantment. Inspired by the deserts of Africa, the color palette consisted of beiges, blacks, olive greens, taupes, and grays – all known for giving a sense of security. The catch is when fashion becomes unintentional – whether by choice or by requirement – it doesn’t always support our lives. Gliding down the runway, picturing myself and other woman practically within these pieces become involuntary. The lightweight jogger pants, shown below, allow you as the soccer mom to drive around your energizer bunny children with ease, instead of maneuvering in stiff blue jeans. Chunky statement jewelry paired with simple silhouettes, such as off-the-shoulder jackets, oversized sarong-like dresses, and timeless button-down shirts, created an effortlessly empowered look for the runway. Overall, the

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Freeing Yourself from Judgement in Fashion

In a critical and judgmental world, it’s easy to feel like all eyes are on you. The questions that run through your mind of whether or not someone is judging your imperfections simply because of unnecessary pressure. Let’s be honest, insecurities, may they be internal or external, are difficult to overcome. When perfecting your image or appearance, you need to first appreciate your unique style and own every fabulous flaw that you may see in the mirror despite any rules that the fashion industry supports. Although the terms, “fashion” and “style” seem similar, they actually have different meanings. While fashion concerns specific trends and predictions, style is personal and expresses your inner being. Having an unshakable style can elevate your overall confidence and give you that extra push to embody your inner Anna Wintour. It is easier said than done, but stepping out of your comfort zone and owning your style will

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