Dreams DO Come True…

…to those who work their asses off.

Or so the saying goes :) Today marks the end of my 3rd week at my first full-time job, post-college. My wonderful work-fam at Andrew Marc hired me as their new Sales & Marketing Assistant after interning in the Marketing department for 6 months. Phew! I thought I’d never see the day I have a salary + health benefits. They didn’t waste any time either—I came back to the team in the midst of fashion industry chaos: Trade Show season, planning our next #NYFW runway show, planning in-store events…13-hour days don’t even begin to explain the amount of planning that goes into these things!

That being said, you can almost assume what I’ll say next. Yup, you got it: this is an ever-changing blog with my ever-changing life. As always, feel free to drop me a line—I always love to hear from you ladies and gents! But know, it may take me a lil’ longer than usual to get back to you (I tend to neglect my laptop after working a 10+ hour day. Can you blame me?).

I Never Dreamed About Success...Estee Lauder quote

The Joys of Thrifting pt. 2: Dior Skirt Suit

Try and guess how much I paid for this skirt suit. Go ahead…$300? Nope. $150? Haha, no. $65? Give up yet? 30 bucks. At a church’s “opportunity shop” near my old apartment in DC. So many people—friends, coworkers, and strangers—are amazed that I scored this gem for so cheap, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. I purchased it as a size 12. I am a size 0. If your jaw just dropped, join everyone else I’ve told, too. But after $98 worth of tailoring I’m THRILLED with the end result:
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IMG_9769 IMG_9773The secret as to why this drastic change in size was possible: uncomplicated tailoring. The jacket does not have arm hole seams, just princess seams down the back, and thank god the bottom was a skirt—altering pants is far more costly than skirts. There is nothing to a skirt—a few darts for shaping, but a skirt is otherwise simply a tube of fabric with a lining and a zipper. Had this been a pants suit, I never would’ve bought it.

Other ways to wear it: as separates! The jacket can be worn as a coat (below) and the skirt can be worn on its own simply as a bold pencil skirt (further below). The jacket can also be worn as a minidress, but this particular day was a bit too cold for me to be willing to take those pictures on my roof ;).
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Below you will find what the set looked like before tailoring. A bit funny to look at now, especially since these pics below were taken during my first semester senior year in DC. Ah, the memories…and now the thrifted, lipstick red Christian Dior skirt suit:
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How-To: Cutely Masking Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (just one week away!!) what better way to prep than by strategically planning how to mask your food baby while still looking cute and put together. Introducing…the sweatpants’ cuter cousin: boyfriend jeans!! Paired with a fuzzy sweater in a boxy fit and adorable patterned flats, they will be staring at your shoes, not your food bump. Since Thanksgiving is all about family it’s key to keep your look comfortable yet still seeming more put together than sweats. If your holiday is a bit more dressed up…well, I’m sorry, that is unfortunate. Especially with all the food you’re going to stuff your face with and hate that you wore a skirt or fitted dress.

POST Thanksgiving outfit

Describing Your Personal Style

It can be difficult to cast a blanket statement on yourself, but honing in on what you think your personal style is can be a great crutch. Thinking of adjectives to describe your look or even the look you want to achieve can be helpful. I started trying to verbalize my style once I realized how complicated shopping could become. Once you define your style it allows you to recognize which brands you align with best, which designers pique your interest, and which color palettes appeal to you. For instance,

I tend to describe my own style as a mix of minimalism, avant garde, dark colors, leather, textures, cozy knits, long hemlines, structure, sleek, rockstar, bohemia, & androgynous at times.

Once I wrote those out, the words helped me realize what I look for most in clothing: textures, tailoring, and the fine details. It also helped me realize which designers piqued my interest and why:


If you aren’t the type for words, it may be better to create a mood board to see which styles attract your eye the most. Flip through the latest issues of Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, Glamour, and W to see which editorial  spreads appeal to you most and tear them out for inspiration from time to time. Or, make a board on your Pinterest. Below are some of my pins from my style board “My Steez” that help me collect my thoughts:


Or if you just straight up don’t know where to begin, take a quiz! I took one on Harper’s Bazaar’s website and it was pretty dead-on:

You are an Avant-Garde.

As an avant-garde, your style oozes a sense of self-assured confidence. You prefer a bit of grit with your glamour, often adding tougher elements of leather and metal hardware to anchor the softer pieces of your outfits. Your wardrobe is a spectrum of neutrals from cream to ebony, enriched by touches of dark brooding hues and deep jewel tones. Despite your rebel without a cause approach, you still possess a clear sense of balanced refinement in your fashion choices. Drawing inspiration from rocker chic legends like Grace Jones, your personal style is an artful curation of bold edginess and understated elegance.


 

I’d love to hear how you define you! Comments are always more than welcome :)