Thursday, September 29, 2011

Would you Wear this to Work?




Snake skin print, H&M loose flowing dress. Grey Steven heels. Worn to work.
(actual picture was from P. Luca event - blog post coming soon!)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stylish in Suede

It's officially Fall! I'm definitely looking forward to the slightly cooler weather and to what that means to my workwear wardrobe. I just love deep, rich colors of Fall, trench coats and stockings.

Right now I'm loving the suede shoe trend and all the lovely colors that are available. With this trend and the pop of color I prefer to go with a simpler high-heeled pump. To wear this look to work, I'd keep the rest of my outfit a single color or incorporate an accenting piece - think shirt, scarf, etc.




Steve Madden, CORPRATE $62.97





Stuart Weitzman "Lasagna" Pumps $365.00 



GLAM Green Suede Court Shoes $92.00 

Via Spiga "Callie" Platform Pumps $198.00

 

DVF "Roxanne" Penny Loafer Pumps $280.00

 




Friday, September 16, 2011

N:F:P Fashion Show for NYFW Spring 2012

N:F:P or New Form Perspective held their Spring 2012 fashion show on Wednesday night at Wix Lounge. I got to meet wonderful pro-blogger, Maria of One Style at a Time, chatted with some of N:F:P's fans and sipped on some Chardonnay before the show started.  

Overall the show was very well-done. I loved the concept - being a voyeur into the world of a woman going about her morning, deciding what pieces to wear from her wardrobe.

The models came out, some holding pieces and the walked over to a rack of additional items from the line.They demonstrated how easy it was to mix and match different items from the collection by putting on and taking off sweaters, vests and the like - showing that the entire collection was interchangeable and easy to build layers with. I especially liked the fully layered cardigans. They looked so billowy and comfortable - and although part of the Spring collection, are just in time for fall.

For all you NYC folks, N:F:P is holding a Pop Up Shop in the Lower East at Kaight NYC until October 18th. If you like what you see, check em out.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pink & Blue

Work is in full swing these days and so is my travel schedule. For the next few weeks I'm between Philly, CT and Atlanta. So far the travel has not gotten to me but it's only week 1.

With planning my outfits for the week I basically have to know what I want to wear from Monday through Thursday by Sunday night. This can be good and bad.

Good because this allows me to be a lot more efficient during the week. I don't have an entire closet in front of me with a ton of pieces to have to choose from. I only have that which I packed on Sunday night.

The bad is that I can't change my mind mid-week. I'm stuck with the outfit choices that I made several days prior. And if you're anything like me, I change my mind ALL the time. To combat this, I typically try to pack several lighter pieces that allow me to mix and match if I decide that I'm not especially feeling an outfit anymore. This plan worked perfectly this week.
The skirt was amazing. Light, airy and feminine but with a sheen and cut that exuded modernity.





Shirt: Club Monaco, Skirt: JCrew, Bag: Coach, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman


Monday, September 12, 2011

Wear to Work - NYFW Spring 2012 (Part 1)

New York Fashion Week is in full effect and although I'm not one of the lucky ones to be present at the shows, I have been living vicariously through so many of your tweets and blog posts!

In lieu of fashion week live blogging-awesomeness, I'm selecting my favorite wear to work Spring 2012 looks straight from the runway. I'm intrigued by the flowly geometry of so many of these pieces, mixed with the electric hues and muddled down pastels. Many of the looks below are both pretty and bold - a look that is hard to pull off yet powerfully suggestive when well-executed.
 
Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

Peter Som

Peter Som

Peter Som

Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Does the Perfect Laptop Bag Exist?

The quest for the perfect laptop bag continues. I've never been one to carry the traditional laptop bag marketed as such because, well, they are just plain old ugly! Most seem to place function over fashion and the ones that look great tend to fall apart. If I could design the perfect vessel to carry my "office-in-a-bag" it would have the following characteristics:

Functional
I consider a laptop bag functional if it has several, separate compartments of different sizes and closures for me to store my myriad of work and personal items. There's nothing more I hate than digging through my bag to find my wallet or god forbid my iPhone slides down to the bottom of my bag. That's a good panicked 3-minutes of rummaging.

Durable
I'm willing to drop a nice penny on a good bag but it's got to last. Since I carry a lot of stuff with me all day, my bag can get pretty heavy. My laptop and accompanying accessories alone weigh over 5 lbs! I need a bag that is structurally-sound and can withstand that kind of weight. In the past I've definitely worn out several bags in a short amount of time.. leaving handles broken and threads coming loose.

Stylishly Classic
Most laptop bags that are marketed for women are bulky and unattractive. I prefer bags that are made of real leather with a nicely lined interior, have simple, clean lines & contours and classic accents.
 
Comfortable
I need a bag that not only looks great but also feels good to carry around. I like my shoulders and would appreciate a bag that didn't totally wear them down. And cross-body/messenger-style bags are not really my thing. The crossbody strap kind of gets in the way of my outfit.

Ok, so maybe I'm asking for too much? Can't a girl have it all??

Coach has "business bags" marketed for both men and women but I honestly think the male bags are sexier (sorry, I'm not a monogram fan). I'm considering the New Crosby Leather Commuter or the New Crosby Leather Flap Business Brief.



A new player in the game, Alesya, claims to be the holy grail in chic laptop bags for women. And for $265, almost 50% less than the Coach bags, I'm definitely eying this as my next purchase. I just wish they came in black.





Have any brands that you love? Please share!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Work OOTD! (My First Ever!)

So excited (and nervous!) to have my first outfit of the day!! I am to please my readers so here you go!





Dress: JCrew, Bag & Shoes: Micahel Kors

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

#IFBCON Pre-Party!

In case you haven't heard, it's Fashion Week in NYC and that means tons of fashion shows, conferences, pre-parties and after-parties.

I some how got invited to attend The Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference pre-party at the Mandarian Oriental Bar. (ahem, thank you Grit & Glamour for the invite!) Although I couldn't make it to the actual conference - gotta pay the bills - I did have a fabulous time networking and learning from some seasoned bloggers.




 Ari from Advanced Style

I got some great advice from Ari about approaching random strangers to shoot street style. What's the worst they can say? "No thanks" Not so bad afterall. I definitely have more courage to venture into Corporate Street Style!


 Yours truly hanging with Tony Wang of post.fashionism

We chatted a while about business, consulting, fashion, school, nerdism... Great guy!

I didn't get to snap a shot of the beautiful Anika of By Anika but she was just as amazingly positive and supportive as she comes off on her blog. You inspire me!

Overall I was surprised by how "cool" everyone was. I mean really. Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly was absolutely down-to-earth and sweet. She even gave me advice on blogging time management: You make time for the things you're passionate about. And both Bella of The Citizen Rosebud and Monroe of Fashion Steele NYC had me giggly all night. Ok, it might have also been all the bubbly that the servers were passing around too. Don't judge. 

Embarrassing Blogger Story Alert
So here I am soaked from the deluge on Tuesday night, trying to balance myself from sliding down the Mandarin Oriental's lobby, when I see a woman in an awfully beautiful floral dress. I say nothing as we both enter the elevator but I do notice that she's also going to the 35th floor. Hmm... an hour later I find out that it was no other than Jennine Jacob aka The Coveted aka IFB's founder! Oops. I later went and said hello after I laughed at myself.








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