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The Look on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day—where to go, what to wear, and how to celebrate? For most girls, this is the challenge that  Cupid has set out for us. If you walk into  Duane Reade, you’re bombarded with heart-shaped chocolate boxes and stuffed animals, wondering which one you’ll receive as a treat. As ladies, we tend to gravitate to all things pink, sweet, and fuzzy…and oh yes, LOVE—we love LOVE!

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It’s only worth having a Valentine if your someone special understands that “the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the YOU that you love…well, that’s just fabulous.” – Carrie Bradshaw

 

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“The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the YOU that you love…well, that’s just fabulous.”

- Carrie Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now let’s get down to the important stuff: how to dress. Everyone usually thinks red and sometimes pink when they think of the Vday Date. I think it’s great if you can incorporate hints of red or pink in your outfit versus going for the full-on red dress, but you don’t have to. Wear whatever makes you feel pretty. Have fun with it. Don’t restrict yourself! Wear clothes that you love on Valentine’s Day. People will love you all the more in it if you feel confident while wearing it.

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I fell in love with this h&m skirt the first time I saw it. The dress version was really my first love, but the skirt loved me back more when I tried it on. I’m actually wearing the front of the skirt on the sides. I liked having the two big pleats on my side instead of in the front and back.

The seam now goes down the front of the skirt, but it’s not noticeable and actually looks as though it were made this way.  Having the big pleats on the outside gave the skirt a more elegant and fancy look.  So instead of looking like h&m, I could be wearing Oscar De La Renta (in my mind, at least!).

Having the big pleats on the outside gave the skirt a more elegant and fancy look.

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I added a belt to the skirt to cinch my waistline more. I wanted to really show off my big floral pleats and the shape of the skirt. The belt added texture and detail to the outfit and sealed the look right up.

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During the shoot, Le Photographerinsisted that I did a shot smelling my roses. However I’m not so much of a smelling-the-roses kind of girl. I’m more the put-them-in-a-nice-vase-with-some-water-and-plant-food type. I tried really hard, and  after about thirty frames, finally got a shot where I didn’t look like  a goat approaching some rose petals! #NomNom  What do you think? How did I do?

IMG_0542Maybe this was a good lesson for me. I need to take the time out to “smell the roses”—literally. Living in NYC, we are always on the go. We seldom find the time to appreciate a lot of things, so we take them for granted. Whether you do some shopping, smell the roses, attend some fashion shows for fashion week, or have a romantic dinner for two at Per Se, be sure to enjoy yourself doing what you love and have a   very happy Valentine’s Day! xoxoSB

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 American Apparel turtleneck

H&M skirt

Walford stockings

BCBG belt

Christian Louboutin Shoes - pigalle

 Photos By: Tovah-Marie Bembridge

  

A Modern Take on Mod

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This was my favorite look from my first shoot. I was excited about playing with colored patent leather.  This combination gave me a 60s and 70s feel, so I wanted to play up on that vibe in a modern way.  I knew I wanted to do a crop top versus the traditional big sweater of the mod era, but finding a cropped shirt to pair with this skirt was a challenge.

This Topshop crop top was like a divine intervention—everything from being sheer and black combined with primary colored beading was exactly what I was looking for.  The design of the beading made the shirt look almost like tweed, which for me gave it a bit of a sophisticated spin considering that it is sheer and I am pairing it with patent leather.

Playing with this much color and texture is a bit on the adventurous side, which made me feel very much in my element while shooting. Feeling confident in a NOT-SO-SAFE-BUT-FUN-OUTFIT it is a high all on its own. Do you dare to take this ride on the colorful side?  xoxoSB

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Topshop Top

American Apparel Skirt

Chanel Bag – Jumbo Classic

Christian Louboutin shoes – Pigalle spikes ( similar here )

For a winter take on this look pair the black vinyl mini with a winter knit like this one and black So Kate or Pigalle. If you’re feeling fun and adventurous try these Christian Louboutin Follies.

Photos By: Alena Soboleva

  

Haute Hippie – Full Frontal Fringe

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If you’ve picked up any magazines lately or visited any stores, I’m sure you’re bound to notice the fringe trend. There’s fringe on bags, fringe on skirts, fringe on belts, fringe on shirts, and of course fringe on shoes. I wore this outfit to Milk Studios  in NYC during Mercedes Benz Fashion week in September 2014. So sorry, lovies, but unfortunately you will not be able to purchase these items because they are long gone.  Necessity certainly is the mother of invention, especially in this case. I purchased this embroidered sheer shirt with plans of purchasing an Alice + Olivia box pleat leather skirt, but unfortunately it never happened. I just didn’t have $495 laying around that month. However, I did have a leather skirt from h&m and this fringe leather belt from BCBG. The pair was a match made in heaven because it gave the skirt the appearance of being high waisted and fringed. The belt sat on the skirt as though it came this way, and people did not hesitate to ask where I purchased this haute skirt as I strut through the streets of the Meatpacking District.

 

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Due to the popularity of the look I decided to recreate it and shoot  it for my blog.  So TAH-DAH Anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with anything embroidered or embellished, so I was dying to wear this Topshop shirt.  At the time I was sporting a short bob so I was getting my life and feeling like Cleopatra …the sheer, the embroidery, the fringe, my hair cut.  Only thing missing were UBER HIGH HEELS. These  six-inch snake print babies are by Schutz. This was my first pair of shoes by them. They make some really comfortable, affordable, and trendy shoes. If you visit their site now, you’ll see tons of fringe options to choose from if you want to get in on the trend.

 

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I had to end this post with a  “TWIRL”  so you could really see the effect of the belt combined with this skirt. In the words of one of my favorite Atlanta Housewives, “I’m gone with the wind fabulous…now twirl, hunnie, twirl!” xoxoSB

 

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Topshop Top

H&M Leather Skirt (similar here)

BCBG Leather Belt (similar here)

Schutz Shoes

Chanel Jumbo Classic

Arm accessories: Michael Kors Watch, Zara Earrings, H&M Midi Rings, Vince Camuto T bar Ring, Vince Camuto Turquoise bracelet, C Wonder Gold Bracelets

Be sure to check out this H&M Skirt with Fringe if you’re in love with the leather fringe look

Photos By: Alena Soboleva