Fashion

Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

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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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Beauty, Fashion

Cheetah Girl Cheetah Sista

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_DSC9564American Apparel spandex crop top, printed silk joggers from LF Stores, Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal pony hair pumps, Boyy ‘Slash’ cross body bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, MAC lipstick in ‘Heroine.’

High-waisted pants with a crop top is my go-to nighttime look, because I personally like to show a little skin without risking a wardrobe malfunction. (Getting in and out of cars gracefully is not my specialty.) I also like to create the optical illusion that I have long legs. When you find an outfit combination/particular silhouette that flatters your figure and makes you feel good, stick with it when in doubt. Having a few “fashion formulas”, as I call them, can seriously cut down the stress of getting dressed, and you won’t seem like a repeat offender if you collect a variety of prints/colors and switch up your accessories. Trying different hair and makeup styles can also completely change the vibe of one look. (Warning: do not wear cheetah-print pants in public unless you’re comfortable talking to strangers.)

Photos by Lev Avery-Peck

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Fashion

Micro Mini Purse

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1Q1A8873Striped chiffon blouse from Nasty Gal, American Apparel black chiffon camisole, trousers from Urban Outfitters, Maje pumps, vintage Chanel cross body bag.

Though some might call it impractical, the micro mini purse is a simple accessory that can add a hint of feminine flair to menswear/tuxedo-inspired evening looks. Opt for fabrics like chiffon and touches of lace to create even more contrast.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Conservative Sexy

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1Q1A5885Rag & Bone X Intermix blazer with perforated leather sleeves, American Apparel Spandex Crop Tank in “Athletic Grey,” Helmut Lang skirt with asymmetrical hem, Wolford tights, Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal Luxe Pump in pony hair. An outfit appropriate for those rare occasions when I go to a bar that doesn’t have license plates all over the walls.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion

BANG BANG!

Why some staples need a makeover, and why others should remain untouched…1Q1A6792Revamped staples can be a wonderful thing. Dressed up versions of athletic classics like sweatshirts and joggers, for example, are huge right now, which makes chic comfort easy to achieve. Suddenly I can’t imagine life without my Sandro graphic sweatshirt and Vince jogger pants. Other times, however, designers get so caught up trying to reinvent classics that they’re just not classic anymore…

Believe it or not, I didn’t have a black leather jacket until today. I bought a simple, surprisingly real-looking faux leather bomber at Urban Outfitters in the tenth grade, and wore it constantly until it finally bit the dust last year. So, I’ve been looking for a more grown-up replacement ever since, only to find myself bombarded by embellishments on embellishments—designers have been overloading leathers with quilted shoulders, overly-dramatic collars, colors that go with just about nothing, and enough buckles and zippers to render them straight-up straight jackets. Leather is an investment, and a leather jacket should be versatile above all. Committing to a leather jacket has to be in the name of good old fashioned true love, because if you fall under the spell of fleeting trends, you’re going to want a divorce within the next two years, and that’ll cost ya.

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Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion, Pop Culture

Dressing Up Boyfriend Jeans

Everyone knows that Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen have fashion figured out. They look effortlessly cool everywhere they go, plus they’re the masterminds behind The Row and Elizabeth & James, two of my favorite labels. As you saw in my earlier post, “Like It’s ’92,” going grunge was my first instinct when it came to wearing my beloved boyfriend jeans. Then I saw this picture of fashion’s favorite twins and went gaga for the way Mary-Kate took her distressed boyfriend jeans to a whole new level of off-beat chic by pairing them with black pointed-toe heels:1381227_648681955166468_1986580530_nThough MK (right) appears to be wearing some kind of shag or shearling coat, I emulated her look with my new Sandro turtleneck sweater. (Also, please note Ashley’s amazing green leather jacket.)1Q1A5762

1Q1A5769My very beat-up Ramirez suede kitten pumps are extremely comfortable because they have elastic trim, much like a lot of the ballet flats you see these days. I love them so much I got them in purple, too!

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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