NYFW: TOMMY x GIGI PIER

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If there was one designer showing at NYFW who made the biggest wave, it was probably Tommy Hilfiger. Never one to ‘go with the flow,’ Hilfiger partnered up with current it-girl Gigi Hadid and converted Manhattan’s Pier 16 into a Tommy Pier! A runway show the first night and an open-to-public carnival the next day, Tommy Pier featured free rides (albeit long lines), tasty food vendors, and millions of perfect photo-ops as well as several tents showcasing the covetable new Tommy x Gigi collection.

Having made major headlines this time around, it comes as no surprise that the fashion crowd is already wondering what they can expect from the designer next season.

In the meantime, you can shop the entire Tommy x Gigi collection here.

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Dress: Express (similar)
Jacket: Victoria’s Secret (old; similar)
Belt: Asos
Sneakers: Vans

NYFW – FRANCESCA LIBERATORE SS17

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Happy Monday! Just wanted to churn out the rest of my September NYFW posts before they become completely obsolete! I was able to attend Francesca Liberatore’s show at the Skylight at Moynihan Station during the first week of NYFW and needless to say, it was a show-stopping affair (my apologies, these photos don’t do it justice!). Fun note: what was probably as show-stopping as the collection itself was Miss Universe and Miss USA seated in the front row looking impeccably chic as usual!

I loved that for this spring/summer collection, Liberatore embraced juxtaposition with cool-season fabrics such as suede, velvet, and satin which were then cut into summery silhouettes (think slip dresses, t-shirt dresses, and rompers) in vibrant colors. Meanwhile, I chose to attend in my safe colors – a dark olive billowy jumpsuit that aligned with the collection’s balloon and pleated silhouettes, complemented by this season’s dominating jacket trend – the bomber in black.

For your consideration, here is the gallery in which you can view Francesca Liberatore’s complete SS17 collection! Enjoy, and see you soon as I wrap up my remaining thoughts from NYFW!

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NYFW – KATIE GALLAGHER ECLIPSE SS17

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This is it – I’m back in blogging business!

After a few months of summer hiatus, I’m determined to somehow squeeze in some time for this blogging brainchild of mine. And what better time than now to dive back in with some New York Fashion Week coverage? Now that I’m living here in New York City, you would think it’s a lot easier than before to attend shows, but when you’re balancing a full time work schedule with night classes and a little side gig for some extra pocket money as well as being a cat mum, it becomes quite the endeavor to squeeze fashion week events into an already crammed schedule! Nonetheless, I was determined to make the best of it, so the other day, I was honored to attend the Katie Gallagher SS17 presentation!

An all-black palette used to be my uniform (and is still my go-to formula), so this collection resounded deeply with me. Black shares attributes with being secretive, unknown, and mysterious. It is the darkest color yet it is a color with no color at all. It represents both full absorption and complete absence of light. It is both evil and elegance. Katie Gallagher’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Eclipse, is her third all-black collection, followed by last season’s all black collection, Veiled and her initial collection, S/S 2010, Veil.

Eclipse is a monochromatic collection that relies on textures and subtle details, nodding at an inspiration gleaned from gothic architecture, Harry Clarke illustrations and traditional Catholic rituals and symbols. To balance these heavy themes, Gallagher contrasts with lightweight fabrics and whimsical embroidery by combining Swiss Dot sheer jackets with delicate lace and pony fur and English tulle skirts. Gathered, twisted seams further juxtaposed with grosgrain ribbons and silver zippers set against a sea of black define Gallagher’s SS17 collection.

Scroll on to see all the looks from Katie Gallagher’s SS17 collection – Eclipse.

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Thank you so much for reading! Until next time!

DRAMATIC LINES & NORDSTROM SALE

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Wow, can’t believe it’s been almost two months since my last post! But that’s the downside of blogging – if you have no consistent photographer to help you document your #ootd (and honestly, it’s just been too hot and humid to stand outside for more than 2 minutes at a time), you don’t exactly have much material to work with. But thankfully, I have enough to post on Instagram almost daily so you can stay updated there!

This set was taken last month when I went back to LA for a couple of weeks. Dramatic silhouettes are always fun to try out, so I went with one of the season’s covetable trends – the bell sleeves – and paired it under a black suede drape vest. My sister called it a ‘pirate look,’ but no matter, because bell sleeves are ridiculously fun to sport, even though you have to be careful not to accidentally drag the sleeves through food! Practically everything I’m wearing in these photos is now sold out, but with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you can find similar pieces…at great prices! Win! Currently, the sale is on an ‘early access’ status, meaning it’s only open to Nordstrom card holders, but you can still browse through the selections and bookmark your favorites. Beginning July 22, the sale opens up to the public, and prices will go back up on August 8. Below, I’m sharing a few of the pieces I’m coveting:

Topshop Ripped High-Rise Jeans (purchased!)
BLANKNYC Faux Leather Skinny Pants (purchased!)
BP Stripe Ruffle Hem Blouse
BP Anorak Jacket
Wayf Lace-Up Shirtdress
Soprano Tie Neck Dress (would work as a tunic too!)
Topshop Faux Wrap Bodysuit
Wayf Off the Shoulder Blouse (HUGE trend at the moment!)
BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket (I have this in black!)

Thanks so much for reading! Wishing you all a happy weekend!

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Top: Express (similar)
Vest: Zara (similar)
Jeans: Express (similar)
Heels: Kurt Geiger (similar here and here)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

THOUGHTS FROM MONTRÉAL

There’s really nothing like visiting an unfamiliar destination, however short of a duration, to give you a boost of creative spark and a new perspective. By the time you’re reading this, I will have already returned to bustling NYC, but as I’m working on this draft, I’m gazing out my large room window, watching passersby strolling lazily under the warm afternoon sun on Rue Sherbrooke Ouest in downtown Montréal, and I’m suddenly reminded of some thoughts that had crossed my mind of which I had made a mental note to share with you all.

The first day I arrived here in Montréal, I sat alone at a corner table in the terrace of Café Myriade, a delightful local coffee-shop, deep in reverie as I sipped on my latte and enjoyed the wafting of the warm breeze. As someone who was lucky enough to have been raised comfortably – and by that, I don’t mean “coddled,” but comfortable enough – I realized once again how important it is to regularly force yourself out of your comfort zone. This is no new notion; I’ve been a firm believer of it for years and constantly try to carve out opportunities to do just that, and this solo trip to Montréal is the perfect example. Unfortunately, it is human nature to fall into the trap of being stuck simply due to comfort. Sure, change is scary, unfamiliarity is even scarier, and I, for one, have this intense fear of venturing alone into the unknown without any sort of solid backup plan. But it is exactly change and unfamiliarity that gradually shapes us into stronger, better people and breaks us free from the claws of mental torpidity and tunnel-vision.

So despite how scary it may seem, try not to get stuck. You only get one life, and the sand in that hourglass won’t ever flow backwards. Move to a new city, travel to someplace new (bigger challenge: travel alone to someplace new), quit a lackluster job and pursue one that awakens your passions and fulfills your dreams. Need to start off with baby steps? Eat alone at a restaurant – I’m not talking about fast-food joints. Strike up an intellectual conversation with a stranger. Take a class you never even imagined you would ever take. Discover a new hobby. Bottom line: just take that leap. Stagnancy in life is one of the worst things that can happen to you.

Hope this sparks some food for thought today! Enjoy the photos from gorgeous Montréal!

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