Category: Style

NYFW: Veronica Beard

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I attended the Veronica Beard New York Fashion Week presentation last night and it was nothing less than enchanting. The venue was located in the charming neighborhood of Chelsea inside a very rustic open space. There were refreshments, an amazing song playlist, and awesome props and furniture to complement the line of clothing being displayed. Everyone was dressed to the nines and snapping photos right and left.

As far as the Fall 15 line itself, I thought everything about it was very versatile and wearable for the everyday fashionista. There was a wonderful mix of textures and prints that really complemented each other and made for super dynamic looks. Models wore ensembles that mixed softer silky fabrics and lace pieces with thicker woven wools, furs and heavy knits. The juxtaposition of textures and fabrics was brilliant and so cohesive.

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You could see that the brand also incorporated the popular trend of the fur stole (pictured below) in many of their looks, I found this piece really adds some extra flare to layered styles. Simple, yet elegant, prints and pops of bright colors made the line that much more exciting.

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After attending the presentation I am so excited for this Fall 15 line to be released.

Stay tuned for more NYFW updates!

How To Shop For Quality: 10 Things to Check Before Checkout

1. Check if fabric is ‘on grain’ – the lengthwise (vertical) and crosswise (horizontal) yarns will be at a 90 degree angle


2. Rub fabric together to check if it pills easily (small balls of fibers will form if it does)


3. Seams have tight stitching without loose ends (more than 9 spi, stitches per inch, is strong and 6 is weak)


4. Check to make sure buttons do not have loose threads (image 1) and also check to ensure that buttonholes have thread bindings (image 2), this will keep the buttonhole from stretching or ripping over time

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5. Look for zipper quality – Metal zippers will last longer than plastic


6. Try buttoning and zipping items a few times, check for difficulty and catches


7. If there is a design on the outside surface of the fabric, check if it is on both sides or just printed on the surface


8. Check lining for sagging or unraveling – This could affect fit and how long it will last


9. Plaids should always match at seams if it is a good quality garment


10. Look at seam finishes… a double folded hem, an enclosed seam or a seam hidden inside a lining will last much longer than an edge-finished seam. you should not see a jagged edge of fabric.



Fall Colors in Firenze

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Fall weather has arrived here in Florence and I am in love. The leaves are changing, the temperatures are cooler and the colors are beautiful. I picked up this gorgeous scarf at the market last weekend and thought it was perfect for this time of year. It’s cozy, colorful and the perfect piece to brighten up a neutral ensemble.

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I purchased this black wrap dress from Nordstrom just before I left for Italy and it has already become one of my favorites. The dress is a great length, super soft and can be paired with anything! I’ve decided that wrap dresses are a perfect fall basic that every woman should have in her wardrobe. They’re an easy go-to outfit that can be mixed and matched with unlimited jackets and accessories.

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As far as my life in Italy goes, I have enjoyed taking a small break from traveling and spent the last few weeks in Florence. I’ve already learned so much more about my city and neighborhood just wandering around and stopping in cafes and shops. I’ve tasted the most amazing hot chocolate in Florence, discovered some awesome leather shops and seen some views that cannot be beat.

My Italian adventure has felt like a dream so far, and I’m looking forward to all of the experiences yet to come.

Ciao for now!

A Transitional Fall Look

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It is officially October and I have been anxiously waiting for some cooler weather here in Florence. By this time of year in the midwest I would already be in full sweater mode, but Italy continues to surprise me with 75 degree afternoons. Don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather, but there is something magical about fall fashion that I have been just too impatient for this year. With rain storms this week came some brisk temperatures though, so I decided to break out some of my favorite fall fashion pieces for the season. This outfit was created as a transitional look; I focused on layering some of my summer pieces with a few fall trends to make them more appropriate for the season.

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For this look, I paired my favorite high-waisted jean shorts with a cropped tank, two very basic summer pieces I packed with me for my trip. I have been obsessed with the tall sock trend this year, so I was excited to finally incorporate a pair into my first fall outfit post. I added a cozy oversized knit cape to my look, along with my favorite black boots. A few key jewelry pieces were added for an extra pop of color and glam.

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Looking forward to styling more fall ensembles!

Mixing Mod

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This look is all about mixing styles. I took my mod-inspired dress and paired it with various accessory pieces and boots to make it have more of an edge. This dress has a looser silhouette, so belting it accentuated my waist and made it feel more feminine. I’ve found that mixing different styles is easy, as long as you have a few key accessory pieces.

Always have a variety of necklaces that differ in style; you can mix more of an edgy or feminine necklace with the opposing style of clothing for a creative clash. Having a variety of shoes always helps too. I love being able to add my combat boots to any look for a statement. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring my entire shoe collection with me to Italy, so i’ll have to get pretty good with mixing my pieces!