Like A Star

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Madewell star top| Zara leather jacket | Zara skort – similar here| Topshop buckle boots – similar here| Rebecca Minkoff moto hobo | & Other Stories hoop earrings

I think we can safely say the extended “summer” is officially over here in New York. I’m gladly welcoming this leather jacket weather with open arms and so happy I can finally wear this bad boy all day every day!

I love this outfit formula, especially the skort + Givenchy-esque boot combo – ideal for runnin’ thru these streets on a windy day like this. I’ve been seeing stars everywhere, which is why I had to purchase this gorgeous silk top from Madewell, a brand I’ve been low-key obsessing over lately. I love the tie details on the sleeves, which compliment the ruffles on my skort.

I can’t believe the year is almost over, but I can already feel the change in the air. I’m excited to see what surprises the rest of the year has in store!

Photos by Rami Lianda

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xoxo

Zara top | Madewell coated denim | Mango fur coat – almost identical here | Zara booties | Michael Kors watch | H&M belt

Hey there Upper Eastsiders,

I’ve been on a Gossip Girl binge lately so I channeled my inner Blair Waldorf to put together this outfit from Wednesday. I had a busy day ahead of me, starting with Fashion and Beauty Monitor‘s NY State of Influence breakfast panel at the gorgeous Gramercy Park Hotel and ending with a class visit to Brand Union in Columbus Circle. It was so much fun to run around the city dressed like this! All I’m missing is the headband.

You know you love me.

xoxo,

Michelle

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The Tan Coat

Zara coat | & Other Stories top | Zara leather leggings – similar here | Zara booties | sunnies – similar here + here

It’s official – I’ve finally found the tan coat to end all tan coats! I’ve been searching for the perfect wool-blend for the past two years, and this year it was finally meant to be. Tan is also the only shade I’m missing from my (super) extensive outerwear collection. Now that I’ve been living up north for over a year, I’ve realized the importance in investing in quality coats and jackets. Long gone are the days of freezing my butt off because I don’t want to lug a jacket around a bar (shout out to coat check!). I love how this camel tone pairs with my favorite color to wear, black. This boyish style is also a plus because it can swing both ways – casual and laid back with white sneakers or feminine and dolled up with some heels.

BTW, if you ever need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours, I definitely recommend visiting The Met Cloisters in Fort Tyron Park/upper Manhattan. It’s a haven for medieval European art and architecture and the views of the Hudson River are absolutely stunning! Their gardens are so peaceful and I could see myself spending hours at a time here (when it’s warmer, of course) appreciating the art or even reading a good book. The best part is it’s free (if you’re a fellow Columbia student) or you can choose to pay what you want at the door.

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Jump On It

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Zara jumpsuit | Zara sandals – similar here | Timex Metropolitan watch

I love the power of a good jumpsuit. When you find the right style for your body, you feel like you can conquer anything! This silky suit from Zara was a lot of fun to run around in, and it’s amazing because it has pockets! I love the cut, especially the wide sleeves and cinched waist, which makes it more form-fitting. It reminds me of a modern day kimono of sorts.

Also, who says you can’t wear floral in the fall? Moody patterns like this one are great for transitioning seasons and you can easily pull it out again in early spring!

Photos by Rami Lianda

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William Okpo: #WOseasonless

Some of you may or may not know this, but when I’m not blogging or at school, I’m working as an account executive for a small boutique PR agency that represents fashion, beauty and lifestyle clients. Last week, I was given the amazing opportunity to assist with a fashion presentation for William Okpo!

William Okpo is a NY-based womenswear line designed by sisters Darlene and Lizzy Okpo. This collection drew its inspiration from old-school Harlem – think big afros and all the amazing curls (thanks to Shea Moisture stylists) and lots of knitwear in muted tones that worked perfectly together.

The pieces featured in the presentation are part of a seasonless collection, which means you can wear them all year long! Check out some of my favorite styles below:

Pope Medley Jumpsuit

Lenny Bond Sweatshirt

Yvonne Slinky Dress

Tommie Maxi Dress

Images from William Okpo

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Coffee Break

Zara leather jacket | Zara off-the-shoulder dress | Topshop ankle boots – similar here & here | & Other Stories hoop earrings

Today marks the first official day of fall! I’ve clearly been waiting for this all year, hence the leather jacket in 85 degree weather. My favorite part about living in New York City is being able to experience the seasons and see the leaves change color – something I never got back home in Florida.

To help me get into the fall mindset, I splurged on pumpkin scented candles and decor from Marshall’s (because it’s totally necessary) and threw on this pretty red dress. It’s the perfect autumn colors and contrasts well with my black jacket and boots. I can’t wait to start introducing more leather, suede and cozy knits into my wardrobe this season as the temperatures drop!

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Something Blue

Zara dress | Zara leather ankle boots – similar here | Michael Kors Runway Oversized watch

Hi everyone! It’s Michelle, back at it again. I took a little break over the summer from blogging to focus on taking three classes for my master’s program at Columbia, chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool and enjoying my first real summer in the city. I did manage to squeeze in some traveling – I made it to the 6 for the first time with my closest friends, followed by an epic Memorial Day weekend at Lake George, my first New York music festival experience at Governors Ball, in addition to two trips to Florida – one weekend I’ll never forget in Miami with the squad plus a wedding & quality family time in July. It’s been a hectic summer, but I’m glad to be staying put in NYC for awhile to focus on work and finishing up my last semester.

I decided to put together this look in honor of NYFW, which began last Thursday. I had the opportunity to do a little project for one of our clients, Cane + Austin at the Katie Gallagher show, which was super exciting. Surprisingly, I’m not wearing black, but I absolutely adore the print on this high-neck dress from Zara. It has strikingly similar vibes to the Zimmermann SS18 collection, one of my favorites from the week.

Images courtesy of Zimmermann via Instagram

For someone who wears pants or shorts 90% of the time, I’ve really been feeling breezy, flowing dresses lately. They pair perfectly with a pair of chic ankle boots, such as these nude ones I picked up from the Zara sale awhile back or even a simple pair of white sneakers. I’m taking advantage of this gorgeous weather while I can and wearing all the dresses!

Photos by Chris Hernandez

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Amuse Me

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Tobi slip dress | Zara leather jacket – similar here | Quay Lickety Split sunnies | rose booties | suede choker

The outfit possibilities are endless with a good slip dress! Simple, but powerful, this piece is something every lady needs in their closet this spring. The classic silhouette borders the line of power and femininity, giving the wearer the ultimate boost of confidence they need to take on the world. Wear it alone with some simple jewelry for a night on the town with your girls, throw on a statement jacket for date night or even layer it over a black turtleneck when the temperatures get chilly. Top it off the look with your favorite shoes and you’re good to go!

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Cut It

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Tobi maxi dress | Zara choker set | Steve Madden saddle bag – found at Marshall’s | Dolce Vita booties | Michael Kors watch

It doesn’t feel like spring at all here in New York City, but I’m embracing the change of season with this fun maxi from Tobi (it’s on sale for just $14 right now, so get it while you can!). The cutouts and the slits at the bottom of the dress make this piece so unique. I chose to style this outfit with simple jewelry to keep the focus on the dress. You can never go wrong with layered necklaces, so here and here are some other styles from Zara I can’t get enough of! I topped off the look with rose-colored accessories, such as this crossbody saddle bag, which is perfect for running around the city and chunky leather booties.

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Lost in Translation

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Tobi maxi set | Ci Sono denim jacket – found at Marshall’s | Zara heels – similar here | Quay Vivienne sunnies

It feels great to be back in the city! This past weekend was my first weekend back after hanging out in Florida with family and friends for spring break. I used to complain about the humidity a lot, but I’m definitely missing the warm weather (and my tan) now. It’s still a little chilly here in NYC, so I threw on this cozy, oversized denim jacket over my matching set and explored the streets of Chinatown!

Photos by Fitore Miftari

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