We are in the doldrums of winter in NYC and the warmth of spring seems tragically far away. The snow we got last week has melted and the city is grey, grey, grey. That’s exactly what I did with this outfit, go full steam ahead into the grey vibes of the New York streets.Read More
High-Waisted Black Skinny Jeans
Is there anything more flattering than black skinny jeans? They are slimming and can be worn pretty much anywhere and with anything. I've had a few great pairs over the years, but my current favorite is this pair from Urban Outfitters (seen in this post and this post). I wear them all . the . time. I need to get another pair before the ones I have totally wear out. While you can definitely find some pricier skinny jeans, I am partial to the wallet-friendly options like these from Old Navy and these from H&M.
- H&M Skinny Ankle Jeans - Only $9.99!
- Old Navy High Rise Rockstar Jeans
- BDG Twig High Rise Skinny Jean - I wear these constantly!
High-Waist Mom Jeans
I waited awhile before hopping on the mom jean trend because I just didn't think they would flatter my petite shape. But once I got this pair from H&M (seen here , here and here)....game changer. The straight leg and high cut feels modern and retro at the same time. I love how I can tuck in any shirt or sweater and still get a flattering fit. My H&M pair is a little wider through the leg, so I have been looking for an additional style that is just a bit slimmer. I've had my eye on these H&M jeans, but after seeing this Gap style I may be looking to get those instead.
At the start of a new year, many people think over what they did in the proceeding twelve months and also plan what they would like to do in the next twelve post 1/1. This year I did a lot of designing and sewing, much more than I've done in a long time.Read More
Dressing stylishly in the cold months is hard. Yes, you can wear cute things for when you’re inside. But living in a city like New York where we don’t drive cars around, we spend a lot time outdoors walking places.Read More
Hello 2018! I for one am super excited to move into a new year and get a fresh start. I got a new planner for Christmas and have already been using it a ton to plot out upcoming plans and daily to-do lists. While I use my phone calendar to keep track of plans, personally I really like using a physical planner to keep organized. Anyway, now on to the actual topic of this post - colorful winter coats!
Winter is in full force and a warm coat is absolutely necessary here in NYC. There is much to be said for a great black, navy or camel coat, but these neutrals can get to be a bit boring after awhile. I hunted down some great pastel options to brighten up my outerwear with candy-colored shades of pink and blue. I especially love this bright pink funnel-neck style and this longline blue topper. Take that Winter doldrums!
Once Black Friday hits it seems as though the sales just never stop and I am totally ok with that. As I start thinking about resolutions and goals for the new year I also have been thinking about what holes are currently in my wardrobe and the pieces I need to fill them.Read More
I've been a big fan of mixing prints every since I saw Jenna Lyons pull it off so beautifully with J.Crew's styling years ago. Combining stripes and plaids adds dimension and interest to what could otherwise be a simple look.Read More
I've been talking about statement sleeves for what feels like ages now, yet my interest in them has yet to wane. In plotting out my next sewing creations, I wanted to create a structured top with voluminous bell sleeves.Read More
'Tis the season for gifting, but that doesn't mean I don't have my eye on a few pieces to update my wardrobe as we move into the near year. Right now I am particularly interested in color, texture and details to add some style to my existing pieces.
High-Waisted Straight Jeans - High-waisted jeans have quickly become my go-to fit. I especially love the straight fit with mild distressing.
Bright Scarf - Since I know I will be wearing a lot of dark colors and neutrals this winter, I am looking for some bright scarves to lighten things up. I also love this one from Express, on sale right now for only $29.
Beret - The French staple is trending hard this season, test out the look with this budget-friendly version from Urban Outfitters.
Cozy Grey Cardigan - You can never go wrong with classic grey, this cardigan will serve you year-round.
Plaid Coat - One part classic, one part menswear and at the same time totally cool, I love the idea of a classic plaid coat this winter. This is only $44!
White Ruffle Blouse - Simple but still interesting, I love the cascading ruffles on this top which make it easy to dress up or dress down.
Embellished Mules - It may be getting colder out but I'm not quite ready to give in to wearing only boots. I love how funky and fun these mules are, perfect for adding the finishing touch to a look.
Men can be hard to shop, any time of year but especially when the holidays roll around. Sure, they could probably use a new button down shirt or tie, but do they want that for Christmas? Of course not! They want something fun, useful or unique. Today's Gift Guide is full of ideas for the men in your life, be them boyfriends, husbands, dads, brothers or friends. Some are fun, others are useful and hopefully many fall under both camps. Happy shopping!
SprezzaBox Subscription - By now we are all familiar with subscription boxes, SprezzaBox is one your guy will actually use. For only $25/month, he'll get a box of stylish accessories such as a tie, socks, pocket square and tie clip. The best part, all pieces in each box coordinate into a chic look, no thinking required.
Super Tech Kit - Not only is this a super chic little travel case, contains all the necessary travel tech items; earbuds, flash drive, charging cable, phone stand, and more included.
Patagonia Retro-X Fleece Jacket - Functional yet still stylish, this Patagonia fleece is perfect for the guy who doesn't want to think about what he's wearing (but you want to give him some help).
Floris Travel Collection - Conveniently sized and airplane ready, these colognes are perfect for the guy on the go.
Polaroid 600 Camera - Who doesn't love a Polaroid!? Give him something fun to fiddle with this Christmas that will create some memorabilia in the process.
Charging Cable - Doesn't get much more practical than a charging cord, but this one is actually chic as well as functional.
Kiehl's Men's Starter Kit - Kiehls is a favorite of mine and I've gotten Jeff hooked on their Men's products as well. This kit includes all the essentials to get 'him' on the path to great skin.
Vans Leather Hi-Top Sneakers - Rather than try to convince your man to wear nicer shoes, why not just get him some leather sneakers that are both comfortable and stylish.
Knit Tech Gloves - Everyone needs a good pair of tech gloves, 'nuf said.
U-Turn Turntable - Whether relaxing or hosting, a record player takes music to the next level.
Since I was a child I have loved reading. Not one to get carsick, I would always be reading on the long road trips we took as a family. While I was in undergrad and then grad school, I had enough reading to do for class that I didn’t do too much else on the side.Read More
We had our first snow of the season in NYC this past weekend and it is finally starting to feel like Winter on the East Coast. On Saturday evening while SantaCon was raging near our apartment and the snow was falling we decided to walk up to Union Square for some shopping.Read More
I am a huge fan of vintage and thrift shopping, I just love it. I feel this sense of competition when perusing second-hand wares, like I am competing to find the best hidden gem for the best price. For me, it's not just about getting a cool item but getting it for so cheap that when someone asks where it's from I can proudly say I got it for $5 and wait for their incredulous response. It's a similar thrill I get when finding amazing buys at fast fashion retailers but we'll save that for another post. Today I wanted to talk about my top tips for buying from vintage, thrift and second-hand stores and highlight some of the looks I have worn on Fizz and Fade that include vintage pieces I have scored over the past year.
Vintage Find : Men's Hawaiian Shirt
Tip #1 : Think Outside the Box
I don't focus on the womenswear section of a vintage shop, I look at everything. Men's, children's, home goods...I scour all of it. With changing trends, there are often styles worn by men or kids of yesteryear that are now on-trend for women. Case in point - Hawaiian shirts. Last summer I had seen some pricey versions of the classic vacation topper being sold by trendy retailers such as NET-A-PORTER and Revolve. My local vintage shop had some great Hawaiian shirts...in the men's section of course. Some quick alterations to narrow the width and tack the rolled sleeves and I ended up with the above shirt (worn originally in this post). I have also found sweaters in the kids section, shawls in the home section and jackets in the men's section so make sure you get a look at everything not just the pieces for "women".
Vintage Find : Women's Housedress Re-designed Into Wrap Skirt
Tip #2 : Fabric First, Fit Second
Unless the item in question is super teeny, the fit of a vintage piece is totally irrelevant. I scan the racks for fabrics before I even pull anything out to see what it looks like. Why? Because everything can be altered, tailored and adjusted but the fabric is what you're stuck with. Just by scanning the racks I can see if there are specific colors, prints or textures that catch my eye. I found a bright blue floral housedress last spring at my vintage shop that was a size XXL. It was comically huge on me when I tried it on. Which was the jackpot in my eyes since it meant I had a ton of fabric to work with. I ended up cutting this up and creating the above wrap skirt with the fabric (worn originally in this post). I know not everyone is going to create a brand new piece like I did, but simple alterations are easily done by any tailor. So focus on the fabrics, not the fit. You can never go wrong with a great vintage print!
Vintage Find : Beaded Clutch
Tip #3 : Look Off the Beaten Path
Unless you are willing to pay more than you have to, never go to the famous vintage shop or market looking to buy clothes. They jack the prices up at these places since they know tons of tourists will be there. Instead I like to hit up the the more unexpected spots. Beyond my local vintage shop, I check out Goodwill, Salvation Army and random mom and pop shops. Oftentimes the people who are shopping at these stores aren't interested or even know what the "trendy" styles are so your competition for finding an amazing piece is way less. I even scored a beaded blush chiffon vintage flapper dress from Buffalo Exchange for $12 once, so I don't write those places off either. On one visit to Goodwill I found the above white beaded clutch (worn originally in this post) sitting in a bin in the "accessories" section. Though I imagine it is from the 80's, it had a great Art Deco feel to it and has served me well at multiple weddings. I think it cost $6 or so, can't beat that.
So those are my top tips! I hope this has inspired you to get out there and dig for hidden gems at your local vintage, thrift or secondhand store. Not only will it save you some money, you get something totally unique and help reduce waste by recycling old items. Let me know if you have any other tips for finding great vintage!
We may be wearing more layers in the winter but that doesn't mean we should be neglecting our most precious personal feature - our skin! If your are on the lookout for gifts to give the Beauty Junkie or you want to give yourself some extra TLC this holiday season, these gift ideas will help beautify you from the inside and out.
Glow Beauty Boosting Eye Mask - This eye mask is infused with copper, an essential mineral known to enhance skin appearance for a healthy, youthful glow. Wearing this mask while you sleep has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At the very least it helps you sleep in a little later on the weekends.
Fresh Rose Face Mask - One of my favorite face masks. The rose petals tone, soothe and hydrate all at the same time. Plus it smells divine.
Oaui Treatment Masque - I love my Oaui wave spray and have been itching to try out more of their products. This treatment repairs damaged hair, increases resistance to future damage AND mends split ends. Triple threat!
Silk Pillowcase - I have been reading for years about the beauty benefits of sleeping on a smooth silk pillowcase, now may be the time to finally give it a go.
Gua Sha - I snagged a gua sha tool after reading about the benefits and have been using it nightly every since. Smoother skin, reduced puffiness and a more defined jawline are all benefits - done, done and done.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - My all-time favorite serum. Light, soothing and multi-purpose, I always feel glowier the morning after I use this.
Get Gorgeous Tea - Health teas are poised to become the next juice trend, as sipping the right blend can improve your skin, sleep, energy, even digestive system. This Get Gorgeous tea eases stress, improves skin tone and tastes delish.
Nails Inc Nail Grow Treatment - Who doesn't want stronger, healthier nails? Simply use this base coat before painting and step up your hand game.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream - Lightweight yet still super moisturizing this cream is a favorite of mine and now comes with sunscreen - which is essential, even in the winter months!
Beauty Dust - Meant to "enlighten cognitive powers, clarity and memory while aligning to the mighty cosmic flow" this supplement is as trendy as they come. Who knows if it works, but the cache alone makes it worth a try.
The holidays are here and that means our calendars are packed with work events, family gatherings and celebrating out on the town. Dressing nicely for all those occasions is tough, I feel the pain. I always want wear something that is "fancy" enough but still comfortable. Also with the cooler temps, baring my shoulders suddenly seems overly revealing, not to mention shiver-inducing. Today I've assembled a selection of statement tops that will work for all your events and take you into the New Year. Bonus - they are all under $100!
This bow-sleeved top and this ruffle top from SHEIN are super steals for under $15 (how can that be?!). This voluminous top from Madewell and this layered version from J.Crew are similar to a favorite in my closet (as seen in photo above) and incredibly versatile. This knotted wrap top from Topshop is sure to be flattering on all body types, even with festive indulgences! Lastly, this knot-front version from J.Crew and this dotted blouse from Forever21 add some print while still being understated enough to wear often. What do you guys like to wear to dressier events in the cooler months? Need all the inspiration I can get!
Is there any outfit easier than all black? When the weather gets cooler and layers are required, black on black is a sure way to look pulled together with minimal effort.Read More
We all know someone who loves to get sh*t done, whether at work or on the weekends, or maybe all the time. They have a busy schedule but somehow are able to do it all and then some. They know the best apps, the quickest way to get anywhere and how to make the most of every situation. What could this person possibly need?! The answer? Ways to make their daily life even more productive!
This Gift Guide is for the person in your life who has a lot going on and is always looking for ways to get it done, more efficiently - The Careerist / Worker Bee.
Gift List - The Careerist / Worker Bee
Charging Cable - at work, at home, on the go, this is a necessity! Bonus points for a phone cord that is patterned and chic like this one
Initial Key Chain - always on the move, why not make it personal? First or last name works equally well for a fun keychain
State Candle - for the constant traveler, give them something that feels homey and familiar, like the scent of their home state
Wireless Headphones - ain't nobody got time for headphone cords. Make the commute much more bearable with wireless buds
Travel Cocktails - a work trip/family trip/anything trip needs something to take the edge off, like a tasty cocktail mid-flight
Plaid Scarf (original sold out, similar) - you gotta be comfortable in order to concentrate, a plaid scarf is a go-anywhere staple
On-The-Go Vietnamese Coffee Maker - nothing beats a delish coffee to kick start any project or workday, especially some Vietnamese coffee! One of my personal favorites
Glass To-Go Mug - you need something to put that Vietnamese coffee in on the way to the office, the KeepCup mugs are practical and chic
In Case You Missed It...
I started my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide series last week with my favorite finds for Black Friday - check out for some great gift inspiration, whether for yourself or others!