• The Sleeve Detail

    I am a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have learned so much. In fact, I have taken countless classes that explain the fashion industry as a business and I’ve also taken classes that study sleeves in great detail—yes, sleeves.

    Do you know how many different sleeve styles there are?

    Here’s a hint: there’s more than one. To name a few, there’s the Bell, Peasant, Puff, Bishop, Juliet, and Dolman. Yup, you’ve guessed it. The list continues.

    Sleeve details are one of my favorite trends. The trend is currently dominating fast fashion and I LOVE IT! I personally prefer wearing a great sleeve in either the spring or summer season so that it doesn’t get lost behind my jackets or coats. Bring on the warmer weather, Mother Nature! A detailed sleeve is truly an epic fashion statement.

    I generally like to think of the sleeve as an added accessory. When wearing a shirt that includes this trend, I avoid bracelets or rings to keep the focus on my top rather than my jewelry. I also try not to spend a lot of money when purchasing a shirt with this dramatic concept because I prefer to invest in staple or basic pieces. One typically wears this type of shirt a few times before it is quickly remembered by friends and family. I can only get away with wearing it so many times before I look like a serial outfit repeater. Yes, the struggles of a true fashion gal.

    If I haven’t already sold you on the sleeve detail trend I will now. A sleeve statement can be worn on a dress or a jacket too! It does not have to be strictly limited to tops.

    The dramatic sleeve is a chic look—picture yourself with a sleek updo and fitted pants, with that perfect sleeve hanging over each hand. Here are of few photos of me braving yesterday’s snowstorm wearing a Zara striped bell sleeve top!

    With Love,
    Ashley Attianese
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  • The Power of Pink with bodega flowers, crosswalks, and jelly shoes

    Give me pink or give me death.  

    Now, I know that pink is “in” right now – hello, Glossier ads and sweaters at Barneys – but it’s also my second favorite color (behind orange of course). I’m delighted at the multitude of affordable ways to incorporate soft shades of pink, blush, rose, and nude into my wardrobe as of late, as pink has always held a special place in my heart as the symbol of all things female, sexy, and mysterious.  Yea, I think pink can be mysterious.  A woman in pink most definitely gives you pause.

    Today I’ve paired a slick pair of light pink trousers with a long, navy coat for warmth against the brutal winds coming off the Hudson River, and a basic white turtleneck. To finish the look I’ve added a pair of clear, jelly sandals that are the opposite of sensible. Who needs comfort when you have the sauciest of shoes on your feet, daring the almost freezing temperatures to tickle your toes?

    Jelly, or Jam, These Shoes are Sweet.

    I’m off to the bodega in this outfit…

    …because whether you’re running a quick errand to pick up some of the city’s most affordable tulips, peonies, and baby’s breath or you’re heading into a meeting with your boss, a smart pair of trousers matched with an oversized coat really won’t do you wrong.

    Roses for the win.

    Home I went, flowers in hand, eager to get them into fresh water so they’d make it a day longer than anticipated.  I think they lasted for an entire week – not bad for bodega buds.  The sweetest part of my day and this outfit?  Shoe envy.


    Explore more ways to incorporate pink into your everyday look with some of my favorite pink pieces of the moment, right here…

     


    Photography by Stephanie Cheng.

  • Why You Should Invest in a Choker

    Fashion’s “It” Necklace

    Has a definite chokehold on me

    If you haven’t already noticed, the choker trend has been on quite the rise. And, truth be told, I’ve had my breath held, unsure of how successful it would all turn out. You see, chokers remind me of my 10-year-old self–a period in time when I thought I could pull off anything because no one courageous enough to tell me otherwise.

     

    As I sit here, typing away, casually glancing at the six different choker necklaces that hang precariously on my jewelry tree, it’s no secret I’m sold on the marvelous comeback of my favorite 90’s style. Thank you, thank you, Kourtney K.

     

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    Today’s chokers are a huge improvement from their black, stretchy, twisted, plastic wire counterparts. In fact, we’re talking a revolution of velvet, leather, beads and pearls. I mean, they accessorize any outfit, even bathing suits!

    So, if you have yet to purchase one, browse below for some of my favorites. Treat yourself! It’s totally worth it. Your 10-year-old self might even thank you 😉

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  • How to Steal Style

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    Stealin’ Style

    How to Recreate Your Fave Celeb's Looks

    Style is personal, but we all have that one person whose style we constantly strive to emulate. For me, if you haven’t gathered from my incessant references to her, is style goddess Alexa Chung. Her effortless cool vibes embody all of my goals — not exaggerating in the least.

    Of course, it can be difficult to channel a celebrity’s style if you don’t have their designers and stylists on speed-dial. I’m here to tell you, though… it can be done. It may take some work, yes, but it is not impossible. Like thrifting, you need patience and the Internet (best invention, amirite?).

    To get you started… let us help you add some new additions to your closet fit for three of the most stylish girls of the moment.

    Alexa Chung

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    You knew this one was coming, right? Alexa Chung rose to fame mixing vintage and designer pieces several years ago. Since then, she’s gone on to model, host several television shows, write a bestseller (“It” by Alexa Chung) and design collections for AG Jeans and Madewell. Oh, and did we mention she’s also a contributing editor of British Vogue? With credentials like these, Chung is certainly at the top of her style game.

    Recreate her look (kind of): Carven printed skirt, House of Holland peter pan collar dress, J Brand venice blouse, Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, BB Dakota Thekla leather shorts, Blank Denim faux leather shorts, BB Dakota faux leather jacket, Nicholas Kirkwood silver flats, Bella Freud jumper, Goldsign jeans & Loewe bucket bag

    Amal Alamuddin

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    As Tina Fey and Amy Poehler said at the Golden Globes several weeks ago, “Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip.” In other words, she’s not only brilliant, but also, she happens to be married to George Clooney AND have killer style. Anyone else jealous?

    Recreate her look (kind of): Thakoon metallic oxfords, Pedro Garcia oxfords, DKNY appliqué shift dress, Miu Miu handbag, Michael Kors black bucket bag, Reed Krakoff bag, Isabel Marant black glossed-leather ankle boots, Azzedine Alaia flame detailed leather ankle boots, Proenza Schouler jeans in grey & MIH low-rise skinny jeans 

    Hanneli Mustaparta

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    Legs for days is all I have to say about beauty Hanneli Mustaparta. With a resume that reads model, photographer, stylist and fashion blogger, Hanneli travels from fashion capital to fashion capital in the most stylish way possible. To emulate her style, go for casual outfits with a dash of glam.

    Recreate her look (kind of): Valentino studded leather sandals, Valentino rockstud leather pumps, Current/Elliot Charlotte Gainsbourg leather shorts, Alaia cutout suede boots, ASOS bomber jacket, AYR everywhere top, Gucci yellow top & Valextra B-cube leather textured tote

    Do you have one person in mind whose style you’d love to steal? Share below!

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  • Friday Fashion Wishlist

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    New Week, New Cravings

    Jewelry with an Edge

    In New York City, where style walks down the street in packs, inspiration is never-ending. It comes in all shapes, sizes and degrees, and anything and everything can be made fashionable with the right gusto. So, it’s no wonder that every time I walk out my door, I return home with a wishlist as long as my arm! Especially now that New York Fashion Week has recently ended, sartorial desires are at an all-time high (I once heard September was the New Year of Fashion world after all…).

    This week, my focus has been on accessories– especially on pieces that are truly unique and tell a story of their own like this Vertebrae Drop Necklace. A bit eerie, yes, but what a conversation starter! And that’s just the beginning…

    Check out these incredible pieces and tell me– is this not the most perfect way to add an edge to your closet?

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    Shop my Friday Wishlist and the other things I’m Currently Coveting here, and don’t forget to share some of your must-haves with me below!

    Happy Friday!

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  • Ultimate Travel Outfit

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    Airport Chic

    Effortless Tips for the (Airport) Runway

    When traveling back and forth between cities, comfort is the most important factor, but that doesn’t mean that style has to be sacrificed. A girl has to have several tricks up her sleeve to survive long treks across airport terminals and long hours on planes, right? Well, ladies, listen up. Airport chic (yup, those two words can coexist!) is real, and you can create the ultimate travel outfit that is both polished and effortless with three quick tips:

    Keep it simple.  Dresses are always fun, but not when you’re struggling through security. To avoid fuss, create a no-fail base look that you can change with some subtle touches. A comfy pair of jeans (or dark leggings), a cool top and a pair of flats? Classic.

    Layer up. Depending on your location, and especially if you’re traveling between two different climates, layers are your best friend. Keep a scarf and a jacket for those unexpected temperature changes in your carry-on.

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    Add some flair. Inject some personality by adding accessories that reflect your personal style to your ensemble, but skip jewelry that is difficult to take on and off during screenings. With a stylish hat (this Dunaway Hat is a personal favorite), a pair of sunglasses and a handy bag (or a chic backpack!), you are set to go.

    Do you have a go-to, no-fail travel outfit? Please share below!

    Shop some airport-ready looks below and the other things I’m Currently Coveting here. Happy travels!

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