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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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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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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Working with Style Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has come to an end, but the excitement for the alluring spring/summer 17 styles that sauntered up and down the runway is still abound. Runway shows continue in the fashion capitals of the world, wrapping up earlier this week in London and moving full force to Milan with the last shows of the season.

As a new resident of New York City, I was given the incredible opportunity to work as a public relations intern with Style Fashion Week September 8th – 10th, my second week here. It was truly an unforgettable experience and I learned a lot over the course of three days that can translate to a career in the fashion industry in the future.

I was assigned the best volunteer job of them all; working in public relations has its perks. Most of my time was spent posted up on the second floor balcony of Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, watching all of the runway shows, taking notes then writing media advisories and recaps after that would be distributed to a never ending list of media contacts. I also learned how much effort is put into arranging VIP seating charts and the strategy of seating important guests in the front row. Months of planning and work is put into the production of these shows, so it was awesome to be part of it to help make it as seamless as possible.

The runway show schedule was as follows:

Thursday, September 8th:

Friday, September 9th:

Saturday, September 10th:

Each designer was sui generis and brought their inspiration to life right on the runway. Below are some photos of my favorite looks and collections.

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Kalisha Hall is the commander behind the luxury women’s wear brand K. Rashaé. She drew most of her inspiration for this collection from the sport of boxing, bringing a new meaning to the word “fighter.”

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Brothers Adam Thomison and Luke Deenihan showed the audience that urban streetwear can be sleek and sophisticated, but still edgy at the same time.

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Mario De La Torre’s collection was my absolute favorite of the weekend, featuring elegant eveningwear in simple, yet stunning colors. Each piece had its own unique silhouette, like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

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Danny Nguyen’s ready-to-wear line was a sea of gold and white in timeless cuts and styles. It was the most beautiful range of trendy eveningwear in two of my favorite colors.

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Adrian Alicea concluded the week with a leading-edge performance, featuring dominatrix-inspired lingerie, men’s underwear and edgy resort dresses for women. His designs were very progressive and liberal and his models closed out the show with a performance to remember.

Thank you to the Style Fashion Week team, Veronica, Lee, Stephanie, Ivan, Emily & Ken for such an unforgettable experience! Hope to work with you again next season!

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