Mind the (Gender) Gap

International Women’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop supporting one another. Thursday night, I attended Rebecca Minkoff’s two-part Press for Progress talk moderated by Jill Manoff, editor-in-chief of Glossy. It was so empowering to be surrounded by such strong and intelligent women discussing important issues encompassing the fight for gender equality.

The first conversation featured Anna Auerbach of Werk, a startup that aims to champion flexibility in the workday for women. Today, the standard work day is rigid. We work eight hours (or more) five days a week and there’s little room for play or to even take care of personal responsibilities such as raising a family. Women often get the short end of the stick due to this structure. You have so many amazing women killin’ it at their jobs, but then you begin to lose them along the way because life. They leave their jobs to raise their children for some time, but eventually never come back to work. Shockingly, 30% of women opt out of their jobs because of this, but 70% would have stayed if they had a flexible schedule.

Anna believes that if we close the flexibility gap, we can close the gender gap. It’s going to take a lot to accomplish this, but organizations such as Werk are taking the right steps to bridge that. If we can normalize the flexible workday, more and more women won’t be afraid to continue living their best lives.

The second talk featured Va$htie, a music video director, designer, DJ, social media personality – a girl who does it all. She’s just 36, but she’s done so much in her life including directing videos for Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber, working at a tattoo shop when she was only 12, being the first woman to design a pair of Jordans, traveling the world to create short films and DJing a pre-Oscar party recently, just to name a few.

Aside all of that badassness, the work she’s done has changed societal norms for the better and she’s been an activist for women in today’s culture. She broke into the streetwear game early and is dominating an industry that’s made up of mostly males. Her success stems from the fact that she’s always stayed true to herself despite being so different from everyone else.

Over the years, streetwear has been popularized in main society – especially with all the luxury brand collaborations popping up such as Louis Vuitton x Supreme, Off-White x Jimmy Choo, etc. Everyone’s trying to be the next hypebeast (hypebae?). To Va$htie, it’s always been a representation of who you are and where you come from and now it’s all encompassing, even for women. She’s shown that it’s okay to show off your boyish side and dress the way you want if that’s what makes you feel good.

It’s so important to have these conversations to raise awareness about gender inequality. There’s still so much that needs to be done, but with inspiring women like this leading the way, we’re on our way to closing that gender gap.

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Wear This: Badass Feminist Edition

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Today marks an important day for women all over the world. A commemoration of the movement for women’s rights, International Women’s Day allows us to remember that we, as women, have come a long way over the years. With last year’s wave-making Women’s March to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements of today, it’s evident that women are not slowing their roll anytime soon. Seeing females band together to rally behind important women’s issues is nothing but empowering. There’s still so much for us to conquer and we’re not backing down.

In honor of ladies everywhere, I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite female-inspired tees and accessories. Rock these today and every day to show the world what a badass feminist you are.

So who run the world? You already know.

Time’s Up Keychain, $15 at Urban Outfitters

Babe Baseball Cap, $12 at The Style Club

She Came/She Saw Tee, $40 at WildFang

Girl Power Necklace, $68 at SeoulLittle Etsy

Feminin Sweatshirt, $44 at Rebecca Minkoff

Girl Power iPhone X Case, $35 at Shopbop

Overeducated Tee, $25 at The Style Club

Strong Female Lead Pouch, $40 at WildFang

Rebel Rebel Beret, $125 at Cynthia Rowley

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Be Mine

Madewell dress | Mango coat (in stores only) – similar here | Zara booties

All I want for Valentine’s Day is to wear this fur coat all day every day. For someone who’s not big on wearing red, I couldn’t pass up this silk midi dress. Not to mention, this color combo is to die for! Midis are a necessity in the winter, especially when you’ve been in an outfit rut for weeks. A thick pair of tights does make all the difference! And if you’re feeling bold, you could wear a pair of medium wash boyfriend/girlfriend/mom jeans underneath (see here, here and here for inspo). Topping this look off with the fur for a stark contrast made me feel like the ultimate fashion gurl.

What are your plans for the big V-day? I may or may not be ordering a heart shaped pizza for dinner later. Sending all the love your way!

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Now You See Me

Mango blazer + skirt

Fashion Week is winding down, but along with it came a ton of outfit inspiration to last me a few months. I had the hardest time deciding what to wear for Nicole Miller’s show last Friday (check back for a recap later this week), so instead of choosing one outfit, I may or may not have bought four. Options are everything!

I decided to try something a little different with this look. I’m loving this check print a lot right now and couldn’t resist this skirt + blazer set from Mango. They also have this pair of cropped trousers if skirts aren’t your thing. It’s something chic you can wear to the office and toward the end of the workday, you can shed the blazer for something more happy hour appropriate.

The last day of Fashion Week is tomorrow, and if you’re having total FOMO, you should definitely check out the “Now You See Me” art installation inside Club Monaco’s flagship Fifth Avenue store (160 Fifth Ave) where I shot this set. It’s a prime photo opp (obviously) and February 14th is the last day, so if you’re in the area I definitely recommend checking it out!

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Teddy Bear

Urban Outfitters teddy coat | vintage Calvin Klein jeans | ASOS booties

My very first clothing purchase of 2018 was this cute little teddy coat. I managed to stick to my shopping fast (one of my many new year’s resolutions) till the last week of January – a huge accomplishment, especially for me! I sized up in this jacket so I could layer it in the winter, and it makes a great transitional piece into spring. I especially love this rust + light wash denim color combo. Ideal for exploring the pretty streets of the West Village!

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Stay Gold

Zara culottes | H&M sweater – similar here | Zara boots | Mango bucket bag – similar here and here

I’ve got my party pants on, which means I’m ready for the weekend! I’ve always loved the look of culottes, but sometimes they can be tricky to wear. This gold pair by Zara is my favorite! They’re super cropped, which works perfectly with my height, and they have pockets! Culottes are typically something I’d wear in the warmer months with some sandals, but I decided to pair it with a black knit for the winter and loved the end result. Lately, all I’ve been wanting to wear is pants, so these are a great alternative to denim. If you’re worried about your legs being cold, just throw on a pair of black tights underneath for an extra layer!

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January Blues

Silence + Noise jumpsuit | turtleneck – similar here | Brixton hat | Zara booties | YSL clutch | & Other Stories hoops

2018 brought a lot of new changes for me. Just in the past few weeks, I finished up my master’s program at Columbia, started a new job in fashion PR and turned another year older. I took some time off to relax, focus on myself and get adjusted to my new schedule, but now I’m back at it again and ready to share all new content!

This is my second winter in the city and it’s definitely been the coldest. I’m ecstatic it warmed up a little this past week! Lately I’ve been caught in between the struggle of wanting to be warm and wanting to dress cute. I have a ton of summer dresses and jumpsuits, so I made it a mission to create new ways to incorporate them into my winter wardrobe. This is where layers are key! I wore this jumpsuit to a wedding in July (see below) with some sandals, but completely changed the look by throwing it over a turtleneck and pairing it with my favorite black booties.

 

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GRL PWR

Overdressed tee | Girl Power tee | Liberated denim jacket & red cropped jeans

Woman sweatshirt

Feminist Tour tee | Womyn tee

This amazing set of photos was taken in Central Park right before the leaves fell for the winter. All pieces are by girl power fashion brand The Style Club (linked above)! We were actually featured on the Huffington Post, so I’ll let the original story do all the talking. Check it out here: ‘Tis the Season to Wear it on Your Sleeve

Special shout out to my Columbia girl gang Allie George and Fitore Mifari. Thank you to Rebecca Li for being an outstanding photographer so last minute!

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Eyes On You

Nicole Miller Evil Eye leather jacket | Calvin Klein vintage denim | turtleneck – similar here | Zara booties

How cool is this jacket?! Leather always makes me feel like a badass, but I felt invincible the minute I put this on! It was perfect to pair with my vintage Calvin Klein jeans I somehow found rummaging through a tiny Goodwill back home. I like to consider these my lucky jeans because sometime magical always happens when I’m wearing them!

How would you style this jacket? Comment below!

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#THISisNICOLE

This week, I was invited to my first official event as a blogger, and with the legendary Nicole Miller nonetheless! Myself, along with five other bloggers who are considered “micro-influencers” were invited to spend the day with Nicole and Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What (a blogger who’s style I’ve been completely obsessed with) at the Maritime Hotel.

We walked into the midst of a photoshoot for Nicole’s Pre Fall 2018 collection (which you can see here in its entirety on Vogue). It was so cool to see these stunning pieces in person and before everyone else! Nicole told us her inspiration for this collection came from some vintage travel magazines she found at her late parents’ house. We even got to flip through a couple of them ourselves and it was a perfect step back in time!

We were then thrown into quick touch-ups for hair and makeup (shout out to Tovah and Manana!) before choosing some items from Nicole’s past collections to shoot photos in. It was super exciting because we got to choose from one of Nicole’s three Evil Eye pieces that I saw on Danielle’s Instagram just the week before.

We finished the day customizing our own pair of denim with some Nicole Miller patches. It was such an enriching experience to be surrounded by other likeminded women who shared the same love for style. I’m so grateful for this experience and am still in shock by everything. Stay tuned for more posts featuring the outfits I styled!

 

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