NYFW SS20 OUTFIT Recap

NYFW SS20 OUTFIT Recap

EVERY outfit I wore and show I attended this season!

At the close of every New York Fashion Week season I am continually overwhelmed with emotions! I am so grateful to be a part of such a creative and inspirational industry and am even more thankful for THIS community created by each of you!

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How to Style the T-shirt Trend

How to Style the T-shirt Trend

Tee shirts with dressy bottoms? Yay or nay?

I’m spilling the tea (or should I say Cola) on styling your favorite tees!

There have been some major mixed reviews on this trend within the industry and as a HUGE supporter of it (I shared a sneak peak of this love in My Monthly Style Roundup), I want to share my favorite ways to create a look like this!

The current tee trend revolves around pairing two unexpected items for a dressy casual look; dressy bottoms like silky skirts, suit shorts, or dressy pants outfitted with a casual tee shirt . Though pairing the unexpected is key to rocking this trend, it is important to find the right top to casually compliment the dressier bottom. Though I’m a BIG fan of sporting oversized men’s T-shirt’s, to score on this trend you must find a happy medium. Pairing a silky skirt or pant with a TOO oversized top will appear sloppy. Instead opt for small men’s tees or a fitted woman’s tee tucked or tied at the waist for a similar esthetic.

So, when is it appropriate to style and sport your favorite graphic or band tee? I would argue it depends what you pair together and the way you style the overall look. For a brunch date to Sunday’s in Brooklyn, I styled my new favorite Lucky Brand Coca-Cola tee with a pair of dressy, wide leg Zara bottoms and Shein platforms. This made for the PERFECT combo of dressy, cool, and casual! Though I wouldn’t suggest this particular style for the workplace, traditionally dressy brands like Anthropologie are pairing tees and skirts for the upcoming fall season leading me to believe the right pair can be worn ANYWHERE!

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Though this is the first time I paired my new top from one of my FAVORITE boutiques in Central Pennsylvania (of course I stopped in The Little Black Dress during my visit) with these dressy black pants, I look forward to seeing how many different ways I can style the top. I’d love to see it paired with bold color or patterned satin midi skirt and strappy heels, a suit and chunky sneakers, and of course a classic pair of denim.

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How will you style your favorite tee?

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P.s. this post is NOT sponsored by Coca-Cola, I just really LOVE it!!

Shopping for the PERFECT frames—glasses as an accessory

Shopping for the PERFECT frames—glasses as an accessory

Brb. I’m re-experiencing NYC for the first time…

because I CAN (FINALLY) SEE!

I don’t know about you, but being a 20 something (getting closer to 30 something, WHAT?) with adult responsibilities, schedule, and budget can occasionally lead to the neglect of priorities…

Case in point- when is the last time you scheduled yourself an eye exam?

For me, it had been literal YEARS since my last eye exam and even longer since an update of my prescription. And because I made it a 2019 goal to be the healthiest version of me and treat my body with more respect, I decided it was time to do something about it!

But being busy and on a budget weren’t my only hang ups in getting myself new glasses. To be honest, my frame game was in need of a complete overhaul, too…I mean my glasses were cute-7 YEARS AGO!!! Timeless style, versatility, and uniqueness are important to me and after WEEKS of research I discovered the diamond in the rough, the one-stop-shop, my answer to finding fabulous frames to seamlessly integrate into my wardrobe.

Cohen’s Fashion Optical

Though 100+ locations are sprinkled throughout 7 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, Cohen’s Fashion Optical fittingly calls New York City home to its fashionable frames and eye exams. Every location is uniquely operated yet each is harmoniously led with style, affordability, and the BEST customer care.

For me, visiting Cohen’s Fashion Optical in Midtown Manhattan (132 W 57th Street) was truly an experience unlike I’ve ever had before. From a warm welcome (even though we had never met), to a personal conversation with my optometrist (making me feel like more than just another patient), to having a one-on-one frame styling experience with my very own ALL KNOWING glasses expert, Andrea, I felt as special as the Dior frames staring back at me! After an hour of picking my brain to uncover my true sense of style, Andrea sent me home with 2 pair of designer frames perfectly matching my personality. Not only that, but she thoughtfully answered EVERY question I asked! I left not only with two new pair of designer glasses, but feeling like a part of the Cohen’s family, too.

Highlights of my Cohen’s experience include

1. My doctor (Dr. Neil Cooper) taking the time to recommend additional eye care specialists specific to MY New York neighborhood. Talk about going above and beyond!

2. Feeling SO welcome in the Cohen’s Fashion Optical space the entire time it took me to decide which frames suit me best. In a city that is ALWAYS rushed, there was no rush around my experience; the staff was there to support ME.

3. I left my appointment feeling like a part of the Cohen’s family, with new friends, and a whole new view of the city!

YOU can experience Cohen’s Fashion Optical TOO! Redeem the below promotion at ANY Cohen’s location!

And for an EXCLUSIVE offer, stop by the 132 West 57th location for $100 off eye glasses or $100 off sun glasses / $250 off both PLUS an additional $20 Off OR Plus a Complimentary Eye Exam* when mentioning this post

Thank you Cohen’s Fashion Optical for an incredible experience, unlike any other!

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Photos courtesy of Victoria Saperstein Photography.

A bottom for EVERYbody

A bottom for EVERYbody

It’s FINALLY SUMMER and with summer comes one very important wardrobe mission-to curate outfits that are cute and exude confidence all while remaining cool in this crazy heat! Let’s be honest, one poorly planned outfit can mean makeup melting off your face amidst thigh chaffing, and girrrrl no one needs THAT!

As I shared in my May Monthly Style Roundup, summer sets and jumpers are ALWAYS a summer go-to of mine, but recently I’ve enjoyed wearing a new piece that is just as trendy and airy as my favorites…WIDE LEG PANTS

Wide Leg Pants

An alternative to another day of wearing uncomfortable shorts, wide leg pants are a breezy, trendy, and comfy outfit option for summer days. ESPECIALLY in light weight materials like linen and chiffon, wide leg pants make for a (literally) cool statement bottom. Typically in bold prints and colors, wide leg pants add a bit of playful sophistication to a basic tank top or T-shirt (even though they feel like wearing pajama bottoms!). Wide leg pants like this leopard print pair from Urban Outfitters are perfect for both a shorter, curvy figure like mine AND a tall, more straight through body style. Many women my height (5’1) with my curvy body type shy away from wide leg pants, feeling drowned in too much material. But the opposite actually happens as the wide leg pant sinches the waist and lengthens shorter builds (especially when paired with a platform sandal or block heel). But flowing wide leg pants also follow the shape of longer legs and hit the floor just perfectly when styled with a flat strappy sandal. Paired with a cropped or shorter top and a confident attitude—wide leg pants are truly a bottom for EVERY body type.

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*photos courtesy of Marc Ladanan

Shein Wide Leg Leopard Pant
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Shein White Platform
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My Monthly Style Roundup

My Monthly Style Roundup
The top 3 trends I’m loving moving into warmer summer months.

YES! There has been a bit of a pause in sharing my monthly style favorites here at A Grim Sense of Style BUT that doesn’t mean my passion for discovering, styling and wearing the latest trends has stopped! In fact, it has made me even more excited to share with y’all exactly what trends I’m currently loving!

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A “locals” guide to see, eat and shop London

A “locals” guide to see, eat and shop London

My guide to London’s MUST dos!

By now, you’ve likely realized my love for New York and city life in general. But before New York, there was London. Let me rephrase that, I’ve had a New York love affair from a young age, but lived in London first (and absolutely LOVED every second).

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How to Accessorize on a Budget

How to Accessorize on a Budget

Recently I shared on the gram that I’m honestly OVER buying everything brand new. For the longest time I associated the concept of “new” with being THE BEST but I’ve realized that’s just not true and quite frankly unrealistic! Life as an adult, running my own business, adventuring around NYC and managing expenses requires prioritized spending—and if I’m REALLY real, shopping weekly for the latest fast fashion piece I’ll style once or twice just doesn’t cut it.

Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE mixing up my wardrobe with new-to-me, standout items. But instead of budget breaking spending, I’ve transitioned into a more sustainable mentality; I’m now taking advantage of shopping pre-loved items through wardrobe rental! Not only does this add “new” back into my wardrobe but it also allows me budget-friendly access to brands my favorite celebs and style crushes wear daily!

But with the wardrobe rental business growing, where do you start?

WELL…

Having consolidated my closet to a capsule wardrobe of key items and statement pieces, I’ve found accessorizing allows me to make outfits new, different, and interchangeable. And the key accessory here for me is jewelry! Statement jewelry is the perfect way to mix up a look while adding an expression of unique taste and personality! SOOOO that makes my go-to for rentals an EASY choice…

RED CARPET ROCKS!

Red Carpet Rocks is a subscription-free, demi-fine (meaning a combination of fine and costume jewelry) 4 day rental service providing hand-made jewels, precious stones, and other red carpet level jewels for $39! Yes. You read that price correctly! Just as the name would lead you to believe, these pieces are high-end, yet still interchangeable between special events, a day at the office or a night out with friends! Though I’ve sported the UNBELIEVABLE Rihanna Crystal Choker and absolutely ROCKED the Cindy Tassel Earrings, my favorite Red Carpet Rocks rental so far is the Bianca Bib Necklace! This statement necklace is not only the perfect beaded compliment to a cocktail dress but also adds a bit of high-end glam to a denim and Tshirt combo! And if that isn’t cool enough, the Red Carpet Rocks owner Urvi and her team are there for you every step of the rental process, adding a personalized touch to your new favorite statement piece!

So if you’re like me and in search of a budget-friendly way to add celeb level glam to an everyday look, OR you have an endless list of upcoming events this sunny season, check out Red Carpet Rocks! Remember, no single item is over $39! With both FREE shipping AND returns, rent one fabulous jewel for $39, 2 pieces for $59 or 3 for $79! AND right now when you join the Red Carpet Rocks email list, you earn 10% off your first order!

Rent. Rock. Return.

Check out some other Red Carpet Rocks accessories I’ve sported with dressy casual looks on Instagram!

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*All photos courtesy of Victoria Saperstein Photography.