July 29, 2011

My Summer Tan

Nine West Heels; Zara Buttoned Wedge Heel;  Gap Shoes

As I have discussed in a previous post here, I try to avoid getting too much color in the summer.  Instead, I would much rather have my tan fall south of my ankles.  This summer, I have been addicted to buying varying shades of camel and nude shoes.  My personal favorites are ones that add a little funk  (like the one's pictured in this post) since the shoe color is muted.  All of these options pair great with a wide variety of outfit combinations and will definitely work into the fall season too. I must admit this was a pretty fun "photo shoot" for me (even if it was at circa 7 a.m.).  Enjoy!


July 25, 2011

Feverish Temperatures

Not that I don't appreciate warm weather, but last week's temperatures in NYC were almost unbearable.  Since all of the men at my job have to wear full suits in the heat, I realize I have no right to complain.  However, one particularly steamy day last week, my roommate and I were discussing how tough it can be to dress in this weather.  You essentially leave the house wearing the bare minimum but when you get to the office/coffee shop/etc the AC is blasting sub-zero temperatures and you are then freezing.  Since I know many of us face this dilemma, my roommate suggested warm-weather layering options as my next post topic (she's a smart one!).  Since wearing a wool sweater in July might be going a bit overboard, the key is to find a lightweight summer sweater that won't cause us to overheat on our walk to work and yet keep us warm in the chilly indoors.  Below I have picked 6 different pieces that are made of the lightest cottons and linens around.  Added Bonus:  Because these sweaters are not bulky, they can easily be transported in your day bag to have on hand whenever you start feeling a chill.  Enjoy!

  1.  Kain ALva Open-Knit Linen Blend Cardigan - $285
  2. Aubin and Wills Walmsley Cardigan - $64
  3. H and M Fine Knit Cardigan - $24.95  
  4. Acne/Lauren Cashmere Pullover - $165
  5. Vince Slate Melange Side Draped Light Sweater - $250
  6. Anthropologie Spring Shelter Cardigan - $88

July 22, 2011

Favorite Neutrals

   Zara Top Sale $29.99; Banana Republic Necklace; Pinky Otto Dress, H&M Necklace, H&M Cropped Sweater; 
Necklace from NYC Street Jewelry

While I have always been a fan of wearing contrasting, bold looks I have recently been into muted neutral combinations.  More specifically, wearing neutral accessories that almost blend with my outfitThe outcome is a very simple and clean look, which works perfectly for my job attire.  Above I have pictured a few of my rotating favorites for my work wardrobe.  While it is hard to tell in this picture, the H&M striped sweater is actually a cropped cut making it great to either tuck into a pencil skirt or wear with my favorite white skinnies on the weekend.  Enjoy!

    July 21, 2011

    Hung Up

    When I came to the city 2.5 years ago, I was moving into a bedroom that was literally the size of a closet in my previous apartment.  Because of this, I ended up with 10+ bags of clothing, shoes, etc to give to Goodwill (and my sister).  Knowing the measurements of my new room, I strategically figured out exactly how much furniture I could bring and maximized the space as much as possible.  From there, with what little wall space I had left, I essentially turned the rest of my room into a closet.  I purchased decorative hooks and nails from flea markets or vintage stores to hang my favorite jewelry, scarves, purses and coats.  Not only did this create more space in my room, but it also allowed me to see my things, rather than have them tucked underneath my bed and forever forgotten.  Yesterday morning I snapped a few photos of what I currently having "hanging around" my room.  Enjoy!

    July 18, 2011

    Forming New Ideas

     I am constantly brainstorming new ideas and concepts for the site.  Since there are a GAZILLION fashion blogs in existence, I want to be able to offer something unique to ES readers.  While I love making the clothing/accessory collages, as well as displaying photographs from my life, there are endless opportunities to continue enhancing ES.  Therefore, I am looking to add another element to the blog.   Since putting together outfits is truly a passion of mine, I will be taking pieces from my own closet (as well as my friends' that allow me) and creating the styles that I love.  The catch is these outfits will not be pictured on me (or any person for that matter), but rather a dress form.  Don't get me wrong, I love looking at other fashion blogs that feature pictures of the actual blogger in his or her outfits, but I am not quite ready for that concept for myself.  With the dress form I can still showcase my personal style and outfit ideas, while not necessarily displaying "me".  The biggest challenge I will have is figuring out where this lovely piece of furniture will fit in my apartment.  However, based on a the below picture a friend took on her subway ride last week, anything is possible...

    July 13, 2011

    Cute Commuters

    As I've mentioned before, I LOVE feedback from ES readers.  It was recently requested that I put together a post on commuting shoes, which I thought was a great idea.  Living in NYC, I commute everyday by foot/subway.  Even when I lived in Pittsburgh, a much more car friendly city,  I still had a long enough walk from the parking lot to work that would have been treacherous in heels.  The good news is, there are SO many cute commuter friendly shoe options.  I personally think any comfortable flat you own works great, but some shoemakers (i.e. Cole Haan and PUMA) are making "sneaker" ballet flats (see #1, #3, and #7) that are perfect for anyone who is looking for a little more support in their step.  Additionally, Tieks makes an awesome commuter shoe that actually folds up for easy storage in your purse, suitcase, etc (#8).   Below I have picked out some of my favorite styles of shoes that can be worn to and from work, as well as on the weekends.  Almost every style comes in a wide variety of colors and prints, so be sure to peruse the sites.  With options like these, there is no excuse for white sneakers and black tights to ever be worn again!


    1. PUMA Karlie Ballet Flat - SALE $59.99
    2. Tom's Gold Glitters - $54
    3. Cole Haan Women's Air Tali Flat - $137.50
    4. Sperry Angelfish Slip-On Boat Shoe - $85
    5. Miss KG Lychee Flat Ballet Pump - $77.58 
    6. Asos Leila Canvas T-Bar Pumps - $43.10
    7. Cole Haan Air Eliza Quilted Ballet - $148 
    8. Tieks by Gavrieli Foldable Ballet Flats - $235

    July 11, 2011

    One Piece

    This past spring I made a quick lunch break stop at Nine West and left with a pair of 70s style orange slides.  The shoes were mega on sale and they had a different look than all my other espadrille wedges.  Turns out my spur of the moment purchase was one of the best I made this season.  There literally hasn't been a weekend or vacation that I haven't worn them.  They a.) are shockingly comfortable b.) give every outfit a pop of color and c.) make me clear at least 5'5".  Since I couldn't find a picture of these bad boys on the internet, I decided to take a stab at my first "photo shoot" for ES.  I took some random shots in my apartment utilizing a mirror and an ottoman from my room.  I tried a variety of angles and lighting, but it definitely made me realize yet again that I need to invest in a professional camera ASAP.  The good news is, I have been doing some research and I think the purchase is right around the corner.  Until then, you can (hopefully) enjoy the shots I took with my pocket camera.

    July 6, 2011

    Structured Situation

     I have never considered myself a person that falls under one specific style category.  I do however, tend to become obsessed with certain pieces that I can incorporate into every outfit and occasion possible.  For example, in Spring 2010 I bought a SUPER on sale jean shirt at the Gap (final price tag was literally $7.99).  Since then, I have managed to wear this shirt at least once a week.  I dress it up with chunky jewelry and a skirt at night; I dress it down as a coverup or "sweatshirt" at the beach.  I literally make sure it is readily available at all times.  I have recently had this same feeling with the amazing vintage briefcase style purses I am seeing ALL OVER Manhattan.  The bags are all very structured with clean edges, giving them a classy, old-school vibe.  Every time I see this bag style, I can picture it with a new outfit.  The first one I saw and fell in love with was the gorgeous Ralph Lauren Calfskin Crossbody (pictured above right).  While I think we all enjoy a good splurge once in awhile, we also have to be realistic.  I knew I could find a similar style purse for a more reasonable cost, thus resulting in this blog post.  As you will see below, this purse can be found all over and the price tags are much easier to swallow.  If you aren't into the classic brown leather, a lot of the designers offer the same style in a brighter color.  I have a feeling once I make the big decision on which purse to buy,  it will be featured as a One Piece (along with the jean shirt).  Enjoy!

    1. Zara Buckled Messenger Bag - SALE $29.99 
    2. ASOS Leather Vintage Style Briefcase with Shoulder Strap -$77.58 
    3. H&M Cross-body Bag - $14.95 
    4. Michael Kors Gia Shoulder Bag - $594
    5. J.Crew Edie Purse - $238

    July 5, 2011

    Thankful Celebrations

    Between the wedding and a fun-filled busy weekend at home, I did not have any down time to do a proper 4th of  July post.  More importantly, I also didn't have a chance to give a huge thanks to everyone who has supported, followed, and "liked" ES over the past 3 months.  ES reached a small, but important personal goal over the weekend with 100 Facebook Likes.  I can't begin to tell you how much this means to me and how much I appreciate everyone's continued support with the blog.  While this is not a traditional ES posting, I wanted to share a few pictures I took last night from NYC's firework celebrations.  I am lucky enough to have friends who live in a beautiful highrise building on the Upper West Side and invited my boyfriend and I over to watch the show.  The view was breathtaking and the event was a perfect ending to such a wonderful weekend.  I hope everyone had a great holiday as well.  Thank you again and here's to 250 "likes" next.  Enjoy!

    July 1, 2011

    Vintage Knows Best

    As I mentioned in my One Piece post earlier this week, I am back in my hometown for the holiday weekend to celebrate one of my best friend's wedding.  It has been so wonderful being home with my family and all of my closest friends that I grew up with.  My mom and I had a great day yesterday getting our hair cut, nails done and having lunch with my grandma.  We also had to squeeze a little bit of shopping in when I realized that I forgot to pack an evening clutch for the wedding (I was so concerned about my shoe options that I completely overlooked this detail).  We made a quick stop at a local consignment shop, The Sassy Peacock, to check out their vintage clutch selection and my mom stumbled upon the below gem: 

    Since the bridesmaid dresses are mostly black with a pink accent, this clutch will accent the color in the dress perfectly.  For the incredibly reasonable price of $12.99, I think it was a blessing I left all my clutches back in New York.  Between my family, my boyfriend's grandma and a few more consignment store purchases, I have several vintage finds to share with you in future posts. 

    Have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!