6 Trends to Try This Fall

Fall 2019 is here, and while I love summer, I’m ready to stop sweating and start layering. I love experimenting in the fall, especially since there are so many shapes and textures to work with. Here are the 6 fashion trends I have my eye on this fall. Have some fun and try one or all of them!

Remixed Animal Print

Animal print is here to stay and I’m loving it. Put a fresh twist on the animal print trend with pieces that break up animal prints with different patterns or animal prints in unexpected colors.

Lace-up Boots

Switch up your boot game with lace-up boots. From chunky heels to flats, to stilettos, there’s something for everyone.

(Faux) Leather Everything

One of the funnest parts of fall fashion is getting to play with texture. I’m loving all the silhouettes and pieces now available in vegan leather that add a touch of luxe to any outfit — crop tops, pleated skirts, wide-leg pants.

Exaggerated Sleeves

This year is taking some cues from the 80’s for exaggerated sleeves. I love how these sleeves offer structure that you don’t often get from simple tops and blouses.

Statement Headbands

Hey Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here. Blair’s statement headbands are making a comeback and they’re bigger and better than ever.

Cool Girl Jumpsuits

I love a good jumpsuit because it ALWAYS simplifies the process of getting dressed. Looking put together without much effort has to be a girl’s favorite things. Plus, they’re super versatile — boots, sneakers, or heels all look good with an awesome jumpsuit.

How and What to Shop This LDW

Labor Day weekend is here and you know what that means — final beach days, back to school prep, and tons of SALES. I’ve rounded out some sales, tips, and picks under $100 to save you some time scrolling.

Here are some strategies for smart shopping.

  1. Look ahead. Retailers are trying hard to dump their summer inventory, but do you really need a new bikini in September? Instead, look for deals on fall and winter fashion.
  2. Pay attention to return policies. A lot of clearance items will be ‘final sale’, which is my personal hell based on the fact that sizing is far from standard. Skip yourself the pain. Additionally, opt for retailers that have free online and/or store returns.
  3. Stock up beauty products that you use every day. This one is probably the biggest money saver because you’re bound to use these! Look for deals on makeup, skin, and hair products that you use daily and buy enough to get you through Black Friday. 

Forever21 – 30% off regular priced items, 60% off sale

What to buy: If you’re tall like me, you know what a nightmare Forever21 can be when it comes to pants and short dresses, so I stick to tops here.

Bloomingdales – 20% off sale

What to buy: Shoes! Such great deals on quality pairs.

ASOS – Up to 40% off new season

What to buy: Fun weekend looks. Loving the colors, patterns, and cuts that range from brunch to wedding guest looks.

Topshop – 20% off full-priced items with cod LABOR20

What to buy: Cool girl jackets.

MAC – 25% off for MAC Lovers (free to sign up!)

What to buy: Everyday staples

Shine Into 2019

New Year’s eve is right around the corner and I’m just getting around to thinking about what to do and, of course, what to wear! Even though I grew up in New York, I’ve only seen the ball drop in Times Square from the TV screen, and I’d like to keep it that way.

My favorite ways to spend New Year’s Eve are with family or out dancing into January 1st — there’s really no in between for me. This year I’m leaning towards the dancing and if you are too, keep scrolling, because I’ve got some New Year’s lewksss for you below — all under $150!

 

Fall Florals

I know fall is almost over, but I can’t stop wearing floral dresses. In my experience, floral dresses with a black base never let you down no matter what season it is. For the fall, throw on a cropped jacket along with some booties. When the winter temperatures drop, layer a fitted turtleneck underneath, pull on some tights and over the knee boots, grab a cozy coat, and you’re good to go. It’s the perfect weekend look — thank me later. Scroll down for my top floral maxi dress picks with some items to style them with.

 

Now & Later: The 5 Bags You Need on Rotation

Fun fact: I use to be a tomboy. From puberty up to high school I only wanted jeans, t-shirts, and cool sneakers, but my mom (who hated jeans) always had the upper hand and going to Catholic school didn’t leave much time for me to shine in my Baby Phat / Rocawear / Timberland’s prime.

I started getting into handbags when my father got me a Louis Vuitton Damier bucket bag for my 13th birthday (don’t ask, I don’t know what he was thinking either). It’s funny to me how I loved it and didn’t know it’s value at the same time. It wasn’t’ until high school, when those Murakami Louis Vuitton bags were all the rage that I figured out I had something special and got me curious about designer bags. Since bags were one of the few ways to infuse any sort of style into my daily life I got really into them.

After college, my love of handbags somewhat waned, but lately, I’ve been back on the train with a lower emphasis on designer names, so I decided to write a post for you all. I want to retire sooner than later, so no Louis Vuitton picks in this post, however, there is a range of picks from mid-range investment pieces to fast fashion based on what I own right now. Plus, for any bag over $100, I put in similar-looking under $100 options.

The Convertible Backpack

Last year I was on a quest to find the perfect work bag — something that held a lot, didn’t get dirty easily, and would be convenient to carry. I was initially drawn to the Henri Bendel convertible bag, but the leather one that I wanted was sold out for weeks. I ended up getting the Lo & Sons O.M.G., but weeks later, and I’m sure because of crazy ads targeting, I saw an Instagram video for a 5 in 1 convertible bag from a Swedish brand called Bukvy.

I’m usually skeptical of Instagram ads for brands I’ve never heard so I did some research and still couldn’t find much in terms of reviews. During my internet sleuthing though, I did find an Indiegogo page for the company and decided to take my chances and order the bag at a reduced price, even though I would have to wait MONTHS to see it.

It was a great decision. This bag is an investment piece (depending on the color, it retails for $579 – $696), but completely worth it for the quality and versatility.  Made in Portugal with European calf leather and goat suede, it can transform into a backpack, laptop case, tote bag, shoulder bag, or clutch. It suits so many lifestyles and transitions in life, so anticipate using this for years to come.

Under $100 options:

The Transparent Purse

The clear/transparent bag is on the trendier side, so if you’re like me, you spend less on pieces that will go out of style in a year or two. I got an orange transparent faux croc version from ASOS similar to the more expensive Staud version. I will say, I’ve already gotten my money’s worth. It’s more versatile than I was expecting and makes a statement without being overpowering. It’s also ripe for customization — change the inside purse out to whatever you’d like, whether it be another purse, a photo, or just your random assortment of favorite knickknacks. Plus, I’ve discovered that security loves it more than I do.

The Neutral Classic

I first spotted the Polène Numéro Un on the late and great Kyrzayda Rodriguez last year. I instantly loved the classic look and wanted to place an order right away, but couldn’t justify spending $400+ on a purse without seeing and touching it in person. Fast forward to a trip to Paris last month where I got to do just that and fell even more in love with the bag. If you’re looking for quality and craftsmanship in an everyday bag, this is it.

Under $100 options:

The Belt Bag

The festival favorite fanny pack is all grown up. I love being able to give oversized dresses both shape and pizazz with a double accessory. Keeping those pickpocketers away, the belt bag is perfect for concerts and traveling. My absolute favorite is from Zara, and yes, I got it in both black and red. If you’re ready to step this look the way up, the Gucci Marmont belt bags are absolutely exquisite.

The Metallic Cage Purse

I actually haven’t seen much of this around, but I get a ton of compliments whenever I use mine. Cage purses are a uniquely whimsical evening bag alternative. And even more than the clear bags, everything’s on display. Unlike the clear bags, I think these also double as jewelry. My favorite is this round one from ASOS that you can wear around your wrist like a bracelet. Amazon has a similar reasonably priced pick in different finishes, and if you’re looking for higher-end versions, both Anndra Neen has lovely ones to choose from.