The It Bag for Fall From Gigi New York

The It Bag For Fall

The It Bag For Fall

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Now that fall is here, it is time decide which bag you’ll be carrying this season. You’re going to want something that is classic, versatile, and can go from day to night. The number one bag of my dreams is Chloe’s saddlebag. Unfortunately, I can never quite pull the trigger due to its high price tag. When I started my fall handbag research, the first place I visited was Gigi New York. Known for their high-quality leather goods, I have become a huge fan of their simplistic and classic designs. I was very excited to see that a part of their FW collection is a Saddle Bag called the Jenni. One reason why I am drawn to the Jenni is because it reminds me of the Chloe collection.   Thanks to Gigi New York, I can have the look I love without breaking the bank nor compromising quality and style. The Jenni Saddle Bag comes in several timeless hues that are perfect from autumn. I can’t quite decide which one I want. Should I go for a rich cognac or navy, or a lighter option like stone or grey? Whichever I pick, I know that this bag will be a part of my wardrobe for many years.   Do you have a favorite bag style? I have been a slave to the clutch and tote but I think this style might be my new go-to bag. It fits all of my necessary items and is fabulously chic, and perfect for fall!

 

It Bag For Spring: Zara’s City Bag

If you’re going to carry one bag this spring, make it Zara’s City Bag. This is Zara’s signature bag and every season it is re-designed to be better than ever. There are three different styles to choose from and I really can’t decide which color to get. Maybe I should just get all three? My favorite element of these designs is the two-toned color. You can carry one in nude and white, navy and white, and a light to dark pink variation. Since I primarily wear white, navy, and nude, these bags will go with my wardrobe seamlessly. Other than their color, the size is also why I’m drawn to it. I always tend to carry less with me when it’s warmer because I don’t need as many accessories like hats and gloves. I have only just scraped the surface of the fashions being offered for spring, but I do know that this is what I will be carrying around this season. It is sophisticated, polished, and practical; all things that I look for when choosing my spring bag. Wear it with white jeans, a shift dress, or shorts. It’s very versatile and you’ll get a lot of use out of it. So what do you think? Is this the bag of your dreams, because it sure is mine!

 

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Investment Pieces Every Woman Should Own

It seems that we are on a never-ending mission to create the perfect closet.  You may feel like no matter how much you shop, you never have anything to wear.  A well-balanced wardrobe is a little bit trendy mixed in with classic investment pieces.  Try out my shopping motto: less quantity, more quality.  It’s more important to spend more on a few classic pieces that will never go out of style rather than trendier styles that you’ll throw away after a year.  There are certain items that belong in every girl’s closet.  If you are thinking to yourself that it sounds super boring, then clearly you don’t know the power a crisp white button-down shirt can do.  Once you have filled your wardrobe with the perfect staples, you can build your closet around them.  This task is even more useful to those who haven’t quite found what their personal style looks like.  Once you have a strong selection, you will have a better understanding of what you want your clothes to say about you.  Everyone is different but when it comes to the following, I believe we can all get onboard and say that they are pieces every girl should invest in.

 The Right Jean

You can own dozens of pairs of jeans but what is most important is finding the style that works for your body type.  It doesn’t matter if flared is currently the “in-style” jean, if your body type is best for skinny jeans, then spend the money on the perfect pair and take care of them.

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LBD

If you do not own a little black dress, turn your computer off, and buy one right now!  The LBD is the most important item in a girl’s closet.  It can be worn for any occasion, and it has versatile style options.  When investing in the perfect one for you, make sure it is feminine but not too revealing.   You want to make it appropriate for work and for cocktail hour.

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Tailored Blazer

Whether it is black, navy, or nude, we can all agree that the key word in this title is tailored.  If the blazer does not fit to your body, then what’s the point?  I own a few (okay 10) blazers and each one is classic and goes with everything.  It can be worn conservatively with trousers for the office, add sophistication to a flowy dress, or dress up a pair of jeans.  There is really no end to what a classic blazer can do!

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Black Pumps

Why black pumps?  They go with everything!  We should start referring to them as the LBP because they are as important as a black dress.  Whether they are pointy or round toed, black pumps can be sophisticated, professional, and sexy all at once.  The most important thing when buying your perfect pair is to make sure they are comfortable.   Most women are drawn to high heels but, if they aren’t comfortable to walk in, what’s the point?

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TOTE

Every woman should own a structured tote.  It can be in whatever color you choose.  In my opinion, sticking to neutral colors is the best way to go.  You need at least one bag that is chic,  fits the necessary belongings, and can be worn throughout the day.

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White Buttoned Down Shirt

This is the perfect layering piece that also looks good when set apart.  If you put it together with your tailored blazer, jeans of choice, and black pumps, you have an outfit that will never go out of style.  Make sure it is crisp, high quality, and take care of it with trips to the dry cleaners.

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Day to Night Style: Zipped Fall Sweater

In my option, fall fashion is the best.  One of my favorite things to wear is a chunky knit sweater.  If you live in a cold weather state, like I do, you find out pretty quickly how important it is.  I used to think it was more of a casual style, but after last year’s polar vortex, I found creative ways to wear it for different occasions.  It’s important to have an open mind about styling options because, after our fifth snowstorm, you get pretty sick of that sweater you were excited about when you bought it in September.   Knitwear is a cozy, warm option for a casual Saturday but, when paired with a fabulous skirt, you can elevate it for work or an evening out.  Every year I try to add a few new sweaters to my wardrobe, so I can be more excited about the impending cold weather.   But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Right now the temperatures are cool enough for layers, but it is too soon to need our wool coats.  This is the perfect time to play around with your knitwear as an outer layer to keep warm.  Everyone needs a classic fisherman sweater, but this year I want to play with patterns and embellishments.  That is why I am in love with this new addition to my wardrobe.  The zipper detail gives it an edgy look, but can easily be paired with a feminine midi skirt.  Take a look at the ways I styled my new favorite sweater for a seasonal day to night outfit.

Day to NIght Style: Fall Sweater Day

1. J.Crew – Zipped Sweater | JustFab – Dignified Satchel | 3. Gap – Always Skinny Black Jeans  | 4. Mango – Checked Scarf | 5. Daniel Wellington – Sheffield Watch | 6. Sam Edelman – Petty Booties

 

 

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 1. J.Crew – Zipped Sweater | 2. Claire V – Foldover Clutch | 3. Dorothy Perkins – Plum Zig Zag Waffle Midi Skirt | 4. Nordstrom – Crystal Stud Earrings | 5. Stella & Dot – Renegade Cluster Bracelet | 6. Nine West – Gushing Mary Jane Pump

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What’s In Your Bag? Fashion Week Essentials

It’s that time of year again….New York Fashion Week is here and it’s time we get prepared for the intense and exciting week of shows, parties, and blogging.  No matter how you participate in NYFW, you have to come prepared.  What you wear to the shows is key, but just as important, is what you carry. Although the shows for the big names are fun, my primary focus is to see the independent shows for up and coming designers, I spend a lot of time in cabs or subways going from one area of the city to the other.  That is why it is important to bring a bag full of essential items for surviving the week in style.

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  1. iPad & iPhone – Gadgets are a girl’s best friend during NYFW.  It is essential for taking pictures, notes, and for managing your social media channels.  If you have access to more than one phone take it; the more tech savvy items in your bag the better.
  2. Power Up – Trust me, the Starbucks across from Lincoln Center will be packed with NYFW goers, so it’s best bring portable battery packs to juice up your iPhone so you never miss a moment.  These colorful Jonathan Adler tech accessories are perfect for making a fashion statement.
  3. Handbag (J.Crew)– of course I can’t go on any further without mentioning the bag that will store all of these NYFW essentials.  I’d love to carry a small stylish clutch with me to the shows but let’s get real!  There is a lot to lug around, and you’ll need some extra room for free goodies.  This is a chic and stylish bag that is versatile enough to get you from day to night.
  4. Refresh Yourself – I never leave home without this YSL Radiant Concealer or a bright red lipstick, so of course they’re in my NYFW bag.  The concealer is perfect for covering up those pesky under eye dark circles and any blemishes.  And in order to stand out in the crowd and give yourself a boost of confidence, make sure your lips shine with a bright color.  With these makeup tools, you will stay radiant all day long.
  5. Chia Bar – These tasty bars are truly a natural and healthy snack that will get you through the day.  Trust me, they work.  I usually munch on one right before a SoulCycle class.   When you are going from show to you rarely have time to stop for a bite.   Chia Bars will satisfy your hunger and give you the energy and you so desperately need.
  6. Band Aid stick – You may love your pumps but they don’t always reciprocate.  You have whole week of events and that’s a lot of shoes.  So in order to prevent painful blisters, rub this stick over areas of your feet to keep them away.  It works wonders!
  7. Fold Up Flats – For those who insist on wearing heels even in the snow and ice, you must have a pair of these flats in your bag.  They are so stylish in this metallic hue. They fold up so they are easy to hide in your bag and are comfortable when running the city.  Give your feet a rest they will thank you later.
  8. Business Card Holder – One very important part of NYFW is networking.  Fashion Week is social but it’s still work.  You want to make connections and build your brand or company.  Therefore, keep your business cards in a cute and easy to find case so you are ready to represent yourself properly.  You have about 30 seconds to make a great impression so make it count!

Shopping Guide: Must-have Clutches for Spring

Clutches have never been so chic and stylish.   Check out these five styles of hard-case boxed clutches an essential addition to your spring/summer wardrobe.Slide1

1. Inge Christopher – Corsica Clutch

2. Zara – Minaudiere Clutch with chain strap

3. Juicy Couture – Lucite Minaudiere

4. Sondra Roberts  – Stingray Embossed Box

5. Vince Camuto – Horn Clutch

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