A New York Minute

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The days pass in the blink of an eye in NYC. One minute it’s sunrise and the next, it’s dusk. It’s such a fast paced city with something happening everywhere, all the time. In a busy city like this, the best thing you can do is just take it all in. Explore the streets and cafe’s that are rich in character and admire the fashion and style that surrounds you. The boutique’s are one thing but just by walking through the city, you find yourself face to face with the trends and labels fresh off the catwalk. Everyone with their own unique and individual style, wanting to turn heads on what can only be imagined as their own runway – the city streets.

Keeping in with the tone of “turning heads”, this look is a little more edgy to create a grungy street look. We all know grunge’s best friend is ripped jeans so where would this look be without a pair? Instead of the typical (but ever so loved) boyfriend fit, I chose the mum jeans. Mum jeans are a little more tapered at the leg and usually are a mid waist to create a feminine silhouette. A chunky grey knit for warmth layered with my staple piece (the black leather biker jacket), to outline the waist, creates the ultimate minimalist street look. Finishing off the look with a chunky grey scarf, an oversized bag of the same colour palette and my go-to black booties. This look can easily be adjusted to suit different climates simply by just adding and removing layers! Swap the booties for Birkenstocks and add a basic tee and sun hat to transform this outfit from winter to summer!

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Outfit Details

Jacket – Portmans

Chunky Knit – Supre

Scarf – Street Market
Jeans- Topshop

Shoes- Betts

Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Bleecker & Bradshaw

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Standing on the corner of Bleecker Street and Perry Street. Perry Street being the address of one Miss Carrie Bradshaw! The well known brown stone apartment is actually in the West Village district of Manhattan, and boy does it have character! The coffee shops, boutiques and cosy restaurants on Bleecker Street are to die for – especially to a first time New York visitor like myself. So much character in this neighbourhood but have I mentioned how freezing it is in a New York Spring time? FREEZING!
Fashion is definately a top priority to me when putting together an outfit but how can you accomplish style with comfort and warmth at the same time? Because sometimes dressing like an eskimo is necessary!
My tip: Attention to the finer details. If you have to wear the thick black coat and the comfy, warm jeans then try to add your own style with different textures and neutral tones in your outfit. This jacket was a bargain find and I bought it here in New York because it was such a freezing day and I needed something thicker. But just because you need that thick, puffy coat doesn’t mean it has to be plain and boring. The first thing that caught my eye about this jacket was the faux fur trim on the hood – warm and chic! The gold hardware adds femininity and more attention to detail. I also love an anorak with a draw string waist to add a silhouette, to what can sometimes seem like a frumpy overcoat.

The ankle boots are simple, yet still a contrasting fabric with a chelsea gusset for easy styling. And now for my favourite part – the handbag! I am a handbag girl at heart (there’s no denying it!) because the possibilities are endless. I truly believe that the handbag is the outfit’s exclamation point, and in this case it stands to be true. A handbag can make or break an outfit. I decided to go with a contrasting taupe handbag, to my black outfit, to give the bag the attention it deserves! I found my new Marc by Marc Jacobs bag right here in New York and I loved the way the neutral tones in the faux fur complemented the taupe leather.
When push comes to shove and you don’t have a lot of flexibility with your outfit, may it be due to weather, living out of a suitcase etc focus your attention into the smaller details of your outfit for a stronger look overall.

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Graffiti Grunge

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A chambray shirt, a light grey basic midi and a pair of slides. Can a summer outfit get any comfier? (Tip: Tie the shirt around your waist while it’s warm and add extra street style at the same time!) Styled to suit a casual street look but can easily be dressed up with a long necklace, heels and a blazer. This dress will take you from day to night – a must on my wardrobe checklist! Or throw it over a bikini for the beach, slap on a floppy straw hat, oversized sunny’s and slip on some thongs, for the ultimate beachy look!

Outfit Details..

Dress – “The Fifth Label”

Chambray Shirt – Sportsgirl

Slides – Betts

Watch – Mimco

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Trench Trend

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Anything with a bit of a twist – I’m a fan of. Whether it’s an asymmetric hem, an unusual fabric or rounded side splits, as featured on this shirt dress. If you’re anything like me, you probably love winter fashion. That’s why this trench trend attracted me immediately! You get a winter-inspired piece, tailored to fit with your summer wardrobe! It wasn’t until I tried it on that I noticed the gorgeous side cuts that give a feminine edge to what could otherwise seem like a basic maxi. But I’m all for tran-seasonal pieces that you can wear all year round. Throw on a fitted black skivvy underneath, opaque tights and some black ankle boots to match and your new summer wardrobe piece is also your winter’s!

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Outfit Details..

“Shirt Dress” by Bardot

Black Bandeau by Factorie

Two-Tone Felt Hat by Bardot

“Keepsake” Sandals by Betts

Accessories by Tiffany&Co., Mimco and Pandora

Stripe Right

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Looking for that perfect summer dress? You know, the one you can just throw on and it’s wonderfully comfy but at the same time so effortlessly chic? I was on the hunt too, until I found this staple piece. I didn’t want a full length maxi so I found the midi to be the perfect length. It covers just enough skin for when you’re feeling frumpy (and pale!) but the low back shows off a little skin to keep it looking feminine – that, and the cap sleeves!

Stripes are my newest, neutral favourite/obsession! And no, they’re not just for casual wear! These stripes I’ve worn, simply, with flat tan sandals and an open chambray shirt OR dressed up with these lace up cuban heels and a two-tone felt hat. Day to Night – simply!!

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Outfit Details..

“Rib Maxi Dress” – Bardot

Two-Tone Felt Hat – Bardot

Rose Gold Watch – Mimco

“Nano B” Heels – Betts

Under the Trees

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This laser cut midi is rated highly on my list for many reasons. Let’s start with its laser cut detailing. The pattern is constant through the whole piece. What makes this garment so unique is how the slip underneath stops at the knees, to reveal the laser cut pattern against your skin tone. Black isn’t usually the colour I would go for in Summer, but in this piece, and its detailing, it doesn’t appear as heavy as most black fabric’s tend to do. This skirt would also be a great transition piece into Autumn and Winter! I teamed this look with a soft mint, zip back, crop and a tan, block heel sandal. So the tan in my shoes didn’t get lost under the black skirt, I accessorised  with a floppy, felt hat in a similar tone. This whole look doesn’t only look great from day to night but it’s oh so comfy too! What’s your go-to comfy summer outfit?

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Outfit details..

Top & Skirt – Bardot

Shoes – Betts

Hat – Cotton on

Pastel Pleats

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It’s the style that makes it’s way in and out of fashion (and then back in again!). Yes, it’s pleats. This piece isn’t only gorgeous for it vertical pleated style but for it’s mid length that falls from the waist. Oh so fun to style too! Match it with a striped crop or an off the shoulder fitted tee and delicate sandals to match. Make accessorising easy with a crystal necklace. Here I’ve chosen one to match my skirts pastel pink. For a day to night look swap those sandals for a nude strappy heel teamed with a cropped neutral blazer and you’re set to go! Did I mention that this skirt can be tran-seasonal too? A white button down shirt with a cropped light knit will execute that preppy look. Don’t forget to add a pair of block heeled chelsea boots and a grey or nude tote to keep those neutral tones. A pleated skirt is a wardrobe must have for any season!

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