#NYFW

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“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… this is known as Fashion Week.”

-Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)

Today marks the kickoff of New York Fashion Week (#NYFW) when fashionistas from all over the world congregate together in New York’s Lincoln Center and throughout venues on the city’s west side for a runway, media, retail and cocktail frenzy.  Oh, and let’s not forget about the fashion.  In this Polar-Vortex winter which will never end, designers have already moved on to Fall 2014.

Since I can remember, I’ve been dying to attend Fashion Week.  As a young-wide-eyed-post-college-twenty-something, New York Fashion Week epitomized all that was glamorous and exciting about the fashion industry.  Designers, models, editors, industry-insiders, photographers, hair and makeup gurus all frantically buzzing in and around the tents turning midtown Manhattan into a sophisticated sea of click-clacking stilettos.  Now, 10+ years later and with much more real life under my belt, I understand that while beautiful and glitzy, the business of fashion is just that: business.  Designers and luxury goods corporations need to churn out new designs to make money and just as importantly, they need US to want to spend that money.  Thus begins the dog-and-pony show that we call Fashion Week. Obviously, I’m still dying to go! Duh!  Just in case a last minute invite comes my way, I’m 100% prepared.

This is what I’ll be wearing:

#NYFW What To Wear

Uniqlo silk polka-dot blouse / MHL by Margaret Howell cropped sweater / Rag & bone/JEAN boyfriend jeans / Zara navy leather booties / Vintage faux-fur coat / Catarzi fedora hat / Acne Studios navy scarf  / Celine tri-color purse /  Rolex watch / Hermès bangle bracelet / J Crew bracelet / Baublebar “Middleton” earrings / Jules Smith midi ring / Gold stacking rings

So, are YOU excited for New York Fashion Week?  What are some trends you hope fade away in 2014?  What new trends do you hope make the cut?  I would love to hear your opinions in the comments below!

XOXO,

Stella

Style Chameleon- The Little Black Dress

I have to tell you… while a short one, this week is NUTS!  Between back to school orientations and chaos, my son’s 5th birthday and subsequent party, upcoming weekend house-guests, etc.  I feel as though my mind (and body) is being pulled in one-thousand different directions.  It’s weeks like this that I attempt to simplify my life as much as I can- even down to my outfits.  Well, what is simpler than a little black dress (LBD)?!  I can already predict that it’s going to be my go-to all week long, taking me from pre-school playgroup with my daughter, to school-curriculum night, to a late dinner and drinks on Friday!  Here’s how:

Playground Momma- LBD

H&M jersey dress / J.Crew fleece hoodie / Superga grip trainer / Jennifer Meyer Jewelry yellow gold earrings / Hat Attack black baseball cap / Stella McCartney Aviator in Gold

PTA Momma- LBD

H&M short dress  / Zara mixed materials trench coat / DV by Dolce Vita leather booties / Coach purse / Topshop chunky necklace

Hot Momma - LBD

H&M short dress / Zara leather jacket / Zara black booties / Gap leopard purse / Cartier Gold jewelry / Cartier Gold bangle / Hermès red leather wrap bracelet / BaubleBar stud earrings

Done and done.  Now, if only packing 20 birthday goodie bags was this easy!

XOXO,

Stella

Style Chameleon- The Oxford Shoe

As I mentioned in previous posts (here), sadly, only a few wardrobe items made the cut from “Working Momma” to “Stay-at-Home Momma.”  One of my closet all-stars, that not only made the cut, but continues to garner compliments 2+ years later is my pair of leather oxfords.  These tomboy staples give all of my outfits some interest and flare, and give my feet some serious comfort!  Now that we are headed into fall, what better way to update your closet than with this new classic.

9-5 Momma

1) French Connection blue cropped jacket

2) French Connection blouse

3) BaubleBar gold charm jewelry

4) Longchamp leather purse

5) Bass oxford shoes

6) J.Crew cropped woolen pants

7) Mango buckle belt

Playground Momma- The Oxford

1) J.Crew Slim indigo chambray shirt

2) Alliebelle crossbody handbag

3) J.Crew iphone case

4) Bass oxford shoes

5) Zara boyfriend jeans

6) BKE wrap bracelet

7) Quicksilver blazer

Hot Momma- The Oxford

1) BaubleBar clear lucite earrings

2) BCBGMAXAZRIA gold envelope clutch

3) Bass oxford shoes

4) Mango embellished jacket

5) Zara fit & flare dress

Have a great Tuesday!

XOXO,

Stella

Style Chameleon- The White Button Down

It’s Monday morning at “The Heart’s Delight University.”  My name is Stella, and I’ll be your instructor today.  The topic of the day is a rather mundane one- the white button down.  But don’t let that fool you!  Today’s “Style Chameleon” lesson will make something I’m sure all of you have in your closet, into something new and exciting.  Now, let’s begin!

Our subject matter- the ubiquitous white button down shirt:

Stretch perfect shirt

Everyone owns one of these… it’s time to put it to work.

For LOOK #1, our white shirt functions as an extra layer of coverage over a basic tank.  Whether you need protection from sun, summer AC blasts, or just want a bit more modesty, leave the shirt open, roll up the sleeves and you’re ready to go! 

White Shirt- Playground Momma
1) J.Crew top
2) J.Crew cami top
3) Ray-Ban green sunglasses
5) Merona Flat pump shoes
7) Toy Watch green jewelry
LOOK #2 gives a standard cotton maxi dress a little bit more interest.  In this case, I recommend tying the bottom of the shirt at the waist for a little more definition for any body type.  Again, roll up those sleeves for a casual, cool look.
White Shirt- Lady Who Lunches
1)  J.Crew j crew shirt
2)  BaubleBar nautical jewelry
3) Tory Burch leather shoulder bag
4) Vince Camuto shoes
5) Michael Stars dress
Lastly, LOOK #3 lets the white shirt stand on it own and helps focus attention to where it really matters- YOU (and that fabulous party skirt).  Pop that collar up, unbutton the top few buttons and let the shirt frame your smokey eyed makeup look.
White Shirt - Hot Momma
1)  J.Crew j crew shirt
2)  BaubleBar opal jewelery
3) L.K.Bennett vintage sandals
4) Milly skirt
5) Chanel matte eye shadow
So class, as you can see, that white shirt in your closet can take you from day-to-night with little effort and a few accessories.  Not so mundane anymore, huh?
Any questions?!
XOXO,
Stella