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

The White Witch

1Q1A8546My need for and obsession with this hat started with my recent, late-in-the-game American Horror Story binge (—not Pharrell). I absolutely fell in love with the wicked, Stevie Nicks meets Nasty Gal wardrobe in the third season, American Horror Story: Coven, in which Stevie Nicks actually makes a few appearances, portraying a fictional version of herself also known as the ‘White Witch.’ Not since Addams Family Values had I felt so spooky-style inspired, so I ordered this hat, and reached for my favorite T by Alexander Wang dress, my Sandro booties, and MAC lipstick in ‘Violetta.’ I thought, who better to emulate the White Witch than the palest girl on the blogosphere?1Q1A8548Then I wore this outfit while I was visiting my parents in Palm Beach and, as if by magic, my mother and I stumbled upon this vintage YSL necklace, the missing piece that would complete my whole bewitched look. A piece like this—a piece of fashion history, really—is hard to find, but there are two women from a group called The Silver Fund who come to the famous Worth Avenue in Palm Beach once a year with a jaw-dropping collection of vintage costume jewelry. When I saw this necklace, I felt a cosmic connection to it, like when Louise finds her magical amulet in Teen Witch. (If that reference means nothing to you, there was a hole in your childhood.) Though the basic elements of this outfit really only scratch the surface of Stevie Nicks/AHS-inspired fashion, the necklace takes it to a much more mystical place…and I’m absolutely going to test its ability to make my girlfriends freestyle against their will.1Q1A8553

1Q1A8563Shellac brand gel polish in ‘Mint Convertible.’1Q1A8570Photos by Amanda Rosen

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