Fashion Week Favorites, Part 1: NYFW Spring ’15

How this happened, I’m not quite sure, but we’re already halfway through the Spring ’15 season of New York Fashion Week. For the last four days in a row, I’ve been tuning in to as many live streams as possible and waiting, poised and ready, to pin every pretty outfit I see walking down the runway (check out a full list of my favorites from this season here!). And even though there are still four days of stunning spring style left to play out, I’ve already noticed a few trends throughout the first half of the shows. Check out a few of my faves:

Wow-Worthy Whites

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Clockwise from top left: Dion Lee, Cushnie et Ochs, Honor, Ralph Rucci, Porsche Design and BCBG Max Azria

Summer, winter, spring, fall. I don’t care what season it is: All-white outfits are super chic. They’re also ruling the runways this year at NYFW, with everything from polished dresses and plunging jumpsuits to floaty skirts and sleek separates making an awe-inspiring appearance.

Outfit-Making Coats

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Clockwise from top left: Porsche Design, Christian Siriano, Trina Turk, Victoria Beckham, Josie Natori and Rebecca Taylor

Who needs a stunning ensemble when you can simply throw on a spring coat like one of these, head out the door and be the most fashionable girl in sight?

Fun + Flirty Embellishments

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From left: Thakoon, Christian Siriano, DKNY and Ralph Rucci

Whether it’s candy-dot beads like those at DKNY and Honor or fringe and feathers at practically every other show, not-your-average embellishments are making their way into spring (and make a lack of accessorizing totally OK).

Va-Va-Voom Skirts

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Clockwise from top left: Christian Siriano, Kate Spade New York, Tome, Tracy Reese, DKNY and Monique Lhuillier

Airy midi skirts and flouncy minis will never go out of style, but next spring is all about the voluminous skirt, whether it hits above the knee in a stunning watercolor print or all the way down to your ankle in a delicate lacy overlay.

What are some of your favorite looks and trends from the first half of Spring ’15 Fashion Week?

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Introducing: The Warby Parker Fall ’14 Collection

It’s one of my favorite times of the year again! And no, I’m not talking about fall. I’m talking about New York Fashion Week, where all of my most-adored designer brands will be showing off their latest and greatest collections for the Spring ’15 season!

You know who’s also showing off a new collection? Everyone’s go-to glasses brand, Warby Parker, who debuted its Fall 2014 collection just this morning. Featuring nine new shapes in a number of different shades—including Crystal (for a more modern look), Striped Pacific (for a rich, sophisticated effect) and Petal Tortoise (for a soft, earthy feel)—the collection has a lot to offer in terms of great style.

Available online and in Warby Parker stores and showrooms, you can pick up pieces from the new collection today (and starting from just $95!).

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To celebrate the new collection, the folks at Warby Parker asked me to pick out a few of my favorite shapes and shades. And because no glasses can be chosen without an outfit in mind, I thought it would be fun to design a lineup of fall outfits around each pair. Take a look at my picks:

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Chandler Ti in Newsprint Grey

What to wear with the Chandler Ti in Newsprint Grey:

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Sweater / J.Crew Ring / Marni Necklace / Ted Baker Booties / Maiden Lane Watch / Nixon Denim / Current/Elliot Lipstick / Lancome Clutch / BCBGeneration

I love the thought of rich hues like navy and deep charcoal grey for fall, especially when they’re paired in a casual-cool look that can go from a Saturday of shopping to a lazy Sunday brunch. Throw on a layered sweater with a pair of rugged-chic distressed denim, and dress it up with a statement bootie, crystal-drenched necklace and metallic clutch for a look you’ll never tire of all season long.

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The Coley in Crystal

What to wear with the Coley in Crystal:

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Sweater / Raoul Earrings / Stella & Dot Necklace / John & Pearl Pants / Rag & Bone Nail Polish / NARS, “Hell Bent” Heels / Jeffrey Campbell Bracelet / Alexis Bittar Clutch / Nine West

Practically made for the office, this black, white and gold color combo would look gorgeous when paired with the mod Crystal glasses. Add a ribbed sweater to a pair of tailored-but-loose trousers, then complete the look with luxe booties, a statement neckline, a simple shoulder bag and another touch of lucite for a modern look that will never get old.

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The Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise

What to wear with the Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise:

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Dress / MICHAEL Michael Kors Rings / Alexis Bittar Cardigan / H&M Bag / Carlo Pazolini Heels / Rachel Roy Eyeshadow / Urban Decay Necklace / Sole Society Hat / River Island

For those fall weekends when comfort is key (but you don’t want to look lazy), throw on a printed dress and accessorize with heels, sweaters, bags and jewelry in earthy tones of tan, brown and burgundy (which couldn’t match the Woodgrain Tortoise shade any better!).

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The Durand in Whiskey Tortoise

What to wear with the Durand in Whiskey Tortoise:

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Top / H&M Skirt / Ted Baker Lipgloss / Yves Saint Laurent, “Cuir Grenat” Necklace / Mango Earrings / Kate Spade New York Heels / Kurt Geiger Bracelet / Swarovski Bag / Furla

There’s something about tortoiseshell that feels so classically luxe to me, so naturally I would want to wear it with a look that reads feminine and polished. And what better way to achieve that than with a ladylike skirt, gilded accessories, leopard-print pumps and a swipe of deep red lipgloss?

Which of the Warby Parker Fall 2014 Collection styles are your favorite?

September Want List

Happy September, everyone! I hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend. I spent my days off shopping a little (though I didn’t pick up quite as much as I had hoped to), reorganizing our unruly closets and finally catching up on some reading. Though I would have loved to spend my days lying on the beach or at least hitting the pool, I think relaxing around the house was just what I needed to recharge for the busy month ahead.

And speaking of the month ahead, I’ve already got my eye on quite a few things I’d like to make mine in the coming weeks. Check them out below:

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Bag / Banana Republic Booties / Club Monaco Bench / Young Parisian Beds Bracelet / C. Wonder Skirt / Oasis Sweatshirt / Uniqlo Flats / Dee Keller Lipstick / Bobbi Brown, “Candied Red” Dress / Nicole Miller Denim / Madewell

I spotted this Banana Republic bag on Saturday while shopping and came this close to picking it up. Though I’m still weighing my fall bag options, this one is definitely high up on my list. Also high on that list: new fall shoes, including some suede ankle booties for casual weekends and a pair of D’Orsay flats for days at work when I don’t feel like wearing heels.

The flared skirt from Oasis and fit-and-flare dress from Nicole Miller would make good work pieces, too, while the cozy pullover and that pair of distressed boyfriend jeans would create a perfectly casual-chic number for one of the first crisp Saturdays of the season.

In the beauty department, I’m on the hunt for a slightly deeper shade of red, and my accessories collection is totally calling for that cobalt blue-accented cuff from C. Wonder. On the home front, we’re in search of a storage bench to put in the corner of our living room, and I adore the luxe feel of the velvet version above.

What’s on your must-have list for September?

Cute + Classy Collars

I have zero problem admitting that I often look to today’s teen stars for some major style inspiration. These little ladies include (but certainly aren’t limited to) Kiernan Shipka, Hailey Steinfeld, Elle Fanning and, of course, Chloe Grace Moretz. So when I saw Chloe sporting the most adorable Miu Miu shift dress the other day—complete with a nerdy-chic collar and beautiful sequin detailing—I immediately wanted a collared dress for myself.

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Chloe Grace Moretz in Miu Miu at the If I Stay New York premiere.

Naturally, I started my hunt for the perfect collared dress right away, where I quickly came across 12 dresses I’d love to add to my wardrobe (some budget friendly, and some a little out of my price range). Check them out:

Though the solid-hued dresses are perfect for any occasion, I’m really loving the bright, fun + eye-catching prints on the numbers from Peter Pilotto, True Decadence, Saloni and Mela Loves London—especially for the last few weeks of summer.

Do you already own some collared dresses? If not, would add one to your wardrobe?

Work It

For some people, getting dressed up for work is one of the worst parts of going into an office every day. I, on the other hand, absolutely love it (unless I stayed up too late the night before and want nothing more than to hit my snooze button at least 20 times). And though I sometimes just throw on a pair of tailored trousers, a crisp button down and some basic pumps, I typically try to dress it up a little more with a cute + classy dress and a great pair of heels.

Take this ensemble, for example. I love the steely blue hue of the cowl-neck dress, and its classic structure is something I really look for in work wear. Paired with my new python-print, ankle-strap pumps (which I can already tell are going to be a staple in my wardrobe) and a classic leather clutch, it’s a simple outfit that’s just dressy enough for a day at the office.

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The great thing about a look like this is that it could easily transition into a Happy Hour or night-out ensemble with the help of a bright lipstick and one or two statement accessories, like an eye-catching bracelet or a major cocktail ring.

How do you like to dress up your office outfits?

Ballet-Inspired Style

Growing up a dancer, I walked around in tights, leotards, ballet buns and stage makeup more than I would care to admit. And though I quickly tired of it as a young girl + teenager, I’ve come to really love delicate, feminine and sophisticated ballet-inspired style as I get older (I’m evening sporting a sleek ballet bun right this moment!).

That’s why I’m super excited that dancers and their amazing sense of style are getting a ton of attention right now in the fashion world, starring in campaigns for Under Armour and VPL, among others.

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To celebrate this spotlight on beautiful ballerinas, why don’t you head on over to Wantable’s style blog to check out a piece I put together featuring three ways to rock the ballerina-inspired style trend? And then tell me: How would you wear this look?

Coney Island

How is the weekend already over?! I had a really great one, spending some quality time with my mom and Harrison before finally catching up on a quickly growing pile of work I had been neglecting.

On Friday, my mom and I took the train out to Coney Island for the very first time, and we couldn’t have had more fun. The trip itself was pretty simple—just an hour each way—and the beach was absolutely beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that I immediately started kicking myself for not making a trip out to this part of Brooklyn before now.

In any case, we spent a few hours walking along the beach and the pier, exploring all of the cool rides and shops, and having a few drink at Ruby’s. (I somehow resisted eating a Nathan’s hot dog, but I know it will be the first thing I devour the next time I head out to Coney Island.) For my beachside day, I threw on a basic outfit featuring my favorite summer sun hat, a casual black tank, some white embroidered shorts and a few classic accessories.

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It’s only been three days since our adventures on Coney Island, but I’m already planning for the next trip, which will definitely involve a bit more beach time (and, gasp, maybe even a bathing suit!).

What’s your favorite outfit to throw on for a beach day?