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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Southern Charm

As much as I love the hustle, bustle and thrill of living in a big city, I am (and always will be) a Southern girl at heart. Sure, I don’t have a super-thick accent (most of the time) or drink gallons of sweet tea every day like I used to, but I do still love to incorporate little bits of the South and Southern living into my lifestyle and wardrobe. Yes, my wardrobe. And yesterday was the perfect day to do just that.

Throwing on one of my favorite linen dresses, a woven shoulder bag and a gold-and-pearl statement necklace, I added a little Southern charm to the mix on the warm, breezy spring day with my trusty cowboy boots and a classic pair of pearl earrings.

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To be honest, I don’t get to wear my cowboy boots nearly enough. But when I do, I always enjoy the puzzled looks I get from northerners who think I must be lost and looking for my way back to the South (or to the Midwest, at least). I also love how comfy and casual they are—the perfect way to keep a sweet, floral-print dress, delicate jewels and a color-drenched lip from going too girly.

What do you think: Would you ever incorporate Southern touches like these into your city wardrobe?

Stripes + Straps

When Harrison and I went to Europe a few months ago, I didn’t do a whole lot of shopping (there simply wasn’t enough space in my suitcase!), but I did pick up a few pieces here and there that I absolutely couldn’t do without. I wore one of them out and about in Berlin, but I’ve been saving another dress I bought in London for the perfect spring day. And yesterday, I finally found it!

I have a few striped pieces already hanging in my closet, but this dress is nothing like anything else I’ve ever owned. Its structured fit, wide sleeves, and competing horizontal and vertical stripes make it a fun departure from your typical striped number (and it doesn’t hurt that I’ve already spotted it on January Jones and Beyonce!). Pairing it with an equally bold, strappy heel and a pop of color with my emerald belt and necklace, it was a classically edgy look fit for a sunny, spring afternoon.

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I know there’s the “myth” that horizontal stripes are unflattering on everyone, but with its tailored fit and vertical stripes running along each side, I really don’t think that holds true for this patterned dress—especially when it’s paired with bare legs and a waist-cinching belt.

What’s one piece you’ve been saving for spring?

Friday Four

Hello, Friday, so happy to finally see you again! For some reason, it’s been an exhausting week, and I’m very much looking forward to a little rest and relaxation this weekend. We’re heading to our first barbecue of the season on Saturday night, and I can’t wait to hang out with friends outside and try a new recipe or two for the occasion. There’s also a big flea market event just a few blocks away that I’m hoping to check out tomorrow; I’ll let you know if I come across any amazing finds!

But before that, it’s time to share my Friday Four! Here’s everything I’m wanting to eat, wear, visit and live with this week:

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Clockwise from top left: Croissants; blue dress; Bali; and bistro table.

Eat: Prosciutto + Gruyère Croissants (via Alexandra Cooks)

As a kid (OK, and as an adult, too), I loved pigs in a blanket. Sadly, at my age, it may not be acceptable to serve those at my next dinner party, but these sophisticated and delicious-looking Prosciutto + Gruyère Croissants seem like they could be quite the refined replacement. 

Wear: Cobalt blue fit-and-flare dress from DKNY

I’m really gravitating toward anything cobalt blue as of late, and you know how much I love my fit-and-flare dresses, so this DKNY number is a perfect combination. And when the fabulous Cara Delevingne is showing me how to rock it (wind-swept waves, bare feet and all), that’s all the convincing I need.

Visit: Bali (photo via Matthew Williamson for ELLE UK)

Bali has been one of those dream places I’ve always wanted to go, but don’t see myself actually traveling to until I get quite a bit older. But after reading about British designer Matthew Williamson’s experience on the breathtaking island, it’s getting higher and higher on my must-visit list.

Live With: Mosaic tile bistro table from West Elm

Not that we have a terrace, deck or even the slightest hint of a patio, but I fell in love with this little outdoor bistro table the second I saw it in my West Elm catalogue. I adore that mosaic tiling and the fresh white legs —what I wouldn’t give to have brunch (and lunch and dinner) at it every day!

 

What are you loving this week?

Sunday Best

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your Easter weekend was fantastic and that you were able to spend a lot of quality time with your friends, family and loved ones. We did our fair share of celebrating yesterday when we went to a wonderful brunch at our friends’ house, complete with lots of tasty treats, delicious dishes and, yes, all the mimosas I could ever wish for. The weather turned out to be positively amazing—just warm enough to enjoy a day out on the deck, but not too hot to make it uncomfortable.

I felt perfect—both for the occasion and the weather—in my ruffled-sleeve floral dress, which I paired with a bright orange belt and my favorite ankle-strap wedges. Finishing the look with a straw shoulder bag, floral earrings, a chain link bracelet and my new shorter ‘do, it was an easy spring ensemble that was colorful enough for Easter but laid-back enough for a casual get together.

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I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s finally at the point in the season where I can wear spring dresses and skirts without having to grab a jacket or shiver the whole time I’m out and about. And if it were up to me, it’d stay exactly like this all year long.

How did you dress up for and celebrate Easter this weekend?