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, Travel

Leather Skirts

As my coworker (whom we call Mother Sauce) recently said, “It’s like leather threw up all over everything this fall.” This is entirely accurate, and I have no objections. However, I think when a leather skirt comes to mind, over-sexed images sometimes to come to mind, as well. Here are two ways you can rock a leather skirt without going too S&M.1Q1A5492I’m not usually one for micro-minis, but I fell in love with this AllSaints Mini Split Lucille Skirt in “Bottle Green,” which I’m wearing here with my REISS London Bebbington Knit, Wolford tights, and my Jeffrey Campbell In the Mood Boots with an ombre lucite heel. Yes, this skirt is leather, short, and has an asymmetrical zipper with a bit of a slit, but I think the warm forest green (a fall/winter classic) brings it down to earth. 1Q1A5494 - Version 2Although the sweater’s sheer panels are in tune with the skirt’s edgy vibe, the long sleeves and low heels minimize the sex factor. These tights are pretty sheer, but opaque black would also make the outfit more casual.1Q1A5521Another one of my coworkers described this skirt as “Madonna goes Christmas.” I’m not sure whether she meant this as a negative or a positive, but I’m definitely leaning towards the positive. That’s one claymation Christmas special I would love to see.1Q1A5497

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1Q1A5506This whole look could work for day or night, depending on where you’re going.1Q1A5359 - Version 2Metallics and fair isle prints are fall/winter staples, and this comfy vintage Ralph Lauren Collection turtleneck sweater is the perfect way to tame this vintage silver leather skirt for a sleek daytime look. The fact that the sweater is slightly cropped keeps the outfit from being too boxy.1Q1A5381Don’t you just love Mom’s hand-me-downs?1Q1A5369Photos by Amanda Rosen

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