Fashion

Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

061-2Maje “Edivas” mesh dress, matching Jimmy Choo Abel Patent-Leather pumps.067

021McKenna in a Reiss London suit and Theory tie.055Silver Jimmy Choo clutch purse with gold clasp, Eddie Borgo bracelet.031

053My beautiful sister in the A.L.C. Lucas Lace Pencil Skirt and a Torn by Ronny Kobo crop top.075

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360My dad—the birthday boy, a sharp dresser, and the best dancer I know!

My lifestyle almost exclusively caters to casual street style. I don’t work in an office, and my friends and I typically opt for dive bars. Or couch. That being said, any girl who keeps up with celebrity red carpet looks imagines what she herself would wear to events like the MET Gala, the Golden Globes, or the Grammy’s. When my mother decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my dad, I decided to explore my personal red carpet fantasies. Sister brands Sandro and Maje have been my go-to party attire labels for the past year, so I made the Maje shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida the first stop on my dress hunt—and the last. As soon as I laid eyes on the “Edivas” dress, I fell in love with the vibrant color and unconventional structured mesh.

When I contemplated possible shoes to pair with the dress, I initially thought of white or silver. But when I saw these iridescent Jimmy Choo pumps in almost the exact same shade of orange as my dress, I knew I couldn’t deny fashion fate. Then I proceeded to spend months daydreaming about the outfit, and struggling with the stress of keeping the party itself a secret. I topped off the look with a few elegant yet edgy accessories, and went with plain white nails and understated makeup. And that incredible ensemble on my sister? She bought it the day of the party. The fact that our manicures matched each other’s outfits was purely accidental. (Again: much fashion fate).

Not only has photographer Mark Karlsberg of Studio Eleven Photography won multiple awards, including Best Candid Album in Massachusetts and New England from the Professional Photographers of New England Association, but he also photographed my parents’ wedding, as well as mine and my siblings’ respective Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. However, this was the first family event at which he stepped in for the lead singer of the band. Mind blown! If you’re looking for an event photographer who can also sing a killer rendition of “Brown-Eyed Girl,” then Mark Karlsberg’s your guy.

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Fashion

Printed Pants, Ready to Dance

1Q1A3300When it comes to wearing a loud statement piece, I believe in keeping the rest simple. I also think comfort is key for a fun night out. Here I am in my Sandro printed high-waist pants, paired with an American Apparel spandex crop top to create an evening look that’s bold without being too bizarre, and comfortable without compromising cuteness.1Q1A3302They say beauty is pain, but I’m pretty relieved that towering heels are fading out of the fashion scene. Who wants to stomp Boston’s bricks and cobblestones in stilts? These sleek Jeffrey Campbell sandals with a low lucite heel are fun and easy on my feet (and at least one guy asks me if I’ve got a gold fish in there every time I wear them). I guess it’s time to address the fact that almost all my shoes are by Jeffrey Campbell…Fuck diamonds—JC is a girl’s best friend.1Q1A3293 - Version 2

1Q1A3303Essie “First Timer” nail polish.1Q1A3299If for some reason you need to be wearing more clothes, just tuck a black tank into these pants and throw on a blazer.1Q1A3305Photos by Amanda Rosen

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