I have lived in New York for eleven and a half years now, which is crazy to think about. Over the years, I have found that I’ve acquired my favorite spots to do things such as work, eat, drink and shop, so when StyleCaster and H&M asked to collaborate with me on a project sharing my favorite haunts, I was definitely down to share! Since I live downtown, I decided to focus on the West Village and Meatpacking District as my focal points to keep it local and easy to navigate. My mini city diary guide is now live on StyleCaster so if you’d like to see and read more, click HERE! Thanks for following along! xo
I am not the biggest fan of tight fitting clothing as I am sure many of you know…I basically live in boyfriend jeans and turtlenecks. But that said, I do like the idea and look of body-con skirts when worn and styled correctly.
Case in point, this ankle length, super fitted ribbed skirt with a big slit up the thigh. I scooped it up the other week when I was in Zara and decided to challenge myself by wearing it with something other than an oversized baggy sweater that would totally hide my shape. I started by wearing the skirt without shapewear and I felt okay but definitely not as structured or shapely as I wanted to look.
So I took it a step further and pulled on my Hi- Waist Long Leg Shaper by Wacoal, which creates a nice lift to your seat while shaping your midsection and thighs, redefining and flattering your natural curves. And because they are virtually seamless with leg openings for the smoothest possible look and feel under clothing, no rolling up or bunching happens. So when I pulled the undergarment on, I immediately noticed that everything seemed tighter and more toned looking. Win win!
All of these perks helped boost my confidence in wearing it in the first place and made me feel comfortable enough to pair it with a cropped sleeveless sweater, (progress!) a structured blazer and my favorite high heels. Overall, I felt comfortable (the high-waisted aspect of the shapewear comes up right below your ribs so you can still breathe) and very feminine. What are your thoughts on shapewear? Do you wear it, and if so, how different do you feel when it’s on? Head on over to Wacoal to check out their other awesome shapewear options. Also, I would love to know your thoughts on this so make sure to leave your comments below!
Photos by: Lydia Hudgens This post was in collaboration with Wacoal. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting all My Style Pill collaborations! xo
Whenever I come home to Seattle I always head down to where I grew up, which is an area called Richmond Beach. I love walking all the way down to the beach, sitting on the sand and taking in the expansive view. But I also love standing at the top on the bluff, which is so breathtaking.
The thing about Seattle is, it can be stunning with its surroundings, but it can also be gray, rainy and kinda gloomy, which can make it very hard to take outfit photos! It can be drizzling (or pouring) one minute and then all of a sudden there will be a sun break.
So when I got up the other morning and put this outfit together, I wasn’t quite sure if my new suede boots would get ruined (seeing that we had a torrential downpour the day before) or if I would luck out and hit a sweet spot. Luckily, by the time we arrived at the overlook, the clouds had started to part, the sun began to shine through, and the different contrasts and dimensions of the sky were silvery and calm.
My Dad getting the perfect detail shot. :) He’s the best.
Anyway, we snapped a few photos of me for old times sake in front of my favorite backdrop and I was so taken with how my outfit blended perfectly with the sky! I kid you not, it started sprinkling shortly after we finished. Oh, Seattle.
This post was in collaboration with Lyst. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting all My Style Pill’s collaborations!
Everyone is always telling me that I am the spitting image of my Mom and that we have the same mannerisms and personality. Well, seeing that she is not only a beautiful and stylish woman, she is also one of the most kind, generous and funny people I know, so I take that as a major compliment! I feel so lucky to call her my Mother and best friend.
Isn’t she the cutest?! I wanted to treat her to an early Christmas present and had recently been sent a gift card from T.J. Maxx that was sent to me with the intent to treat a loved one who I felt deserve a special gift. I immediately thought of my Mom, so we drove over to a nearby T.J. Maxx and ended up find the most perfect gray cashmere sweater for her. Seattle tends to be pretty damp and chilly throughout the winter, so this cozy little number was just the piece to add to her wardrobe.
She has been wearing it nonstop since we got it and has been layering a cute striped top underneath it for fun. I took a cue from her and decided to dress up in a similar outfit. I told her to put on a pair of my sunglasses so we could match and we headed out to the front stoop to take a few photos for fun.(Thanks Dad!)
If you get a second, check out T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods’ new holiday campaign, Bringing Back the Holidays, which focuses on shopping for people, not for gifts. I love that it’s more about about finding that thoughtful present that will make for an incredibly meaningful moment this holiday, which was exactly what it was for my Mom and me. :) xo
I recently teamed up with NYDJ to create an outfit to share on Instagram, but I loved the pieces so much I wanted them share on the blog as well! My jeans, top and jacket are all from NYDJ and I loved the fit and style of each item. I also loved that I didn’t have to hem the flares because they were already the right length for me. That is a always win-win in my book!
Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I feel like it flew by but it was nice to just hang out with Casey and the kitty and enjoy the perfect weather we had in New York. Fall is finally making an appearance!
I worked off of this behind the scenes image from the photo shoot to show where my inspiration came from. I love how her hair is swept off to one side and is sort of messy.
I know, I know, you might not think “punk” when you think of me, but believe or not I love creating an edgier outfit from time to time and that’s what is so fun about fashion! You can change your look just by altering your clothing and makeup. But of course, I obviously still wanted my outfit to be authentic to me, just spunkier, so I styled my look around leather, plaid and red lipstick. I tousled my hair, wore a cat eye and kept everything else really simple and straightforward so as not to overwhelm the overall look.
If you live in New York, make sure to check out the Sunglass Hut SoHo Pop-in shop, which connects NYC to their London Fashion Week sponsorship and was totally recreated for consumers to touch and interact with the Sunglass Hut PUNK IT UP campaign. And for every purchase at the SoHo location, an exclusive tote bag designed by Gareth Pugh will be given away for a limited time only, so go check it out!
When I first moved to New York, I lived on the Upper West Side. I loved it up there because it felt safe and quaint, yet still a part of the big city. After living there for a year I became familiar with the different avenues and eventually made my way down to Columbus Circle to explore, which is on 59th street. The Shops at Columbus Circle are pretty amazing and quite a destination spot if you ask me. There are so many stores there plus the fact that there is a huge Whole Foods, an Equinox, plus many restaurants and more.
So with all that said, I recently partnered with The Shops at Columbus Circle with the plan of action to spot five lucky people shopping and gift them great pieces from The Shops that would complement what they were already wearing. You can read on to see how the weekend went!
First off, I saw these two cute friends and their adorable babies and new they would be the perfect fit for the items I had in store. One being a pair of classic black Ray Ban Wayfarers from Solstice Sunglass Boutique, and the other, a grey Eileen Fisher circle scarf. They already looked so cute in what they were wearing, that is was so easy to style them with one extra accessory each.
For Jessica, I thought that they Rayban wayfarers would be the perfect piece to edge up her outfit a bit. The size of the frames looked great on her face and her little boy seemed to love them too, so it was a win win.
And for Tiffany, I liked her striped dress a lot and thought that the grey circle scarf would really complement the colors she was already wearing plus her overall look.
Next up came Todd, who was visiting with his wife from Florida and they were about to get a glass of wine after shopping all day before I snagged him! I really dug his relaxed style but loved how he still looked put together. I knew that just a couple accessories could elevate his look in no time.
I chose this wool grey tie from J.Crew for him and a blue and white silk pocket square from Thomas Pink, just for fun, to take his afternoon look straight to pre-dinner cocktails.
The next girl I found was named Julie and she was just shopping around killing some time before meeting a friend for lunch. Since my gift was a few bracelets from Satya Jewelry, I thought her outfit would be perfect with the addition of some pretty black and gold bangles. They accented her classic gold watch so well and I loved that they played off her already white and black ensemble.
After Julie, I spotted another young girl shopping around named Katelyn, who I thought would be perfect for the next gift! I had found some really pretty delicate necklaces in Montmartre and since her original look was fairly straightforward and simple with no jewelry, I knew this girl’s outfit would be even more perfect with just the addition of these two pieces.
Lastly I ran into such a sweet guy named Eric coming out of the New York Running Company Store. He already had a great athletic look going on, but was only wearing a t-shirt and shorts. As the weather starts to get chillier, I thought that the pullover shell I had selected from the store would be a great and practical piece for not only seasonal running but also just hanging out with friends.
The day was super successful and I think everyone went home happy with their gifts. It was a great time and I loved meeting new people and spending time in such an awesome space. If you are ever in town or live up near the park, make sure to head on over to The Shops at Columbus Circle and check it out! xo
(More photos of this outfit to come later this week!)
This September marks my sixth year attending New York fashion week, and it never fails to amaze me that I am lucky enough to be involved in such an amazing experience. Sure, it can be stressful and busy and hectic, but it’s such an incredible feeling when all the chaos settles down just minutes before the lights go dim, and the music starts pumping through the speakers. Everyone becomes still and very focused, waiting with baited breath for the lights to go bright and see that first model stride out onto the runway, wearing some incredible outfit, with flawless hair and makeup. It’s just so exciting!
So earlier this week, when I was asked to attend the Tracy Reese show and go backstage on behalf of Mary Kay I of course jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek behind the scenes to see and learn about the makeup for the show. I haven’t done a lot of backstage in the past but love doing so because I find it fascinating to see how everything comes together as well as learning where the designer’s inspiration comes from. The shows are definitely focused on the clothing, but there is so much more that goes into the overall look.
Whenever I step backstage, I am always in awe of how many people it takes to make everything happen. There are stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, nail artists, coordinators, photographers, media, press, you name it and everyone has a very specific and timely job to do. It looks a bit like pure chaos, but everyone just works together to make the magic happen that we see on the runway.
The Tracy Reese SS16 collection was inspired by light; focusing on a theme of transparency and layering fabrics together. By using sequins and beautiful rhinestones, Tracy incorporated shine and sparkle but in subtle and organic ways. The beauty look translated by celebrating shine and luminosity, giving off a natural yet modern, fresh aesthetic.
Read more below about how to get the final makeup look using all Mary Kay products!
What a beautiful show! I had such a fun time and can’t wait to try this makeup look on myself! Even though it is geared toward spring, I think by wearing a slightly darker lip for fall, this makeup look is really versatile. Love it too? Learn how you can get the look below!
GET THE LOOK:
Tracy Reese Spring/Summer 2016 Makeup:
1. Prep your skin for a glowing, luminous finish. First, use the Satin Lips Mask, which is the best prep for lipstick ever. Apply it to the lips for 1-2 minutes to
1. You want to get a “just caught in the wind” look so use Mary Kay At Play Lip & Cheek Stick in Peach Pop for fair skin or Razzleberry dark skin, which will give you a soft, rosy glow. Make sure to apply in a circular motion and
blend until you get a soft stain.
2. Optional: Apply rhinestone “freckles” for a bit of sparkle!
Et voila! You just recreated the exact look that was worn at the Tracy Reese show, so congratulations! Now go out on the town and flaunt it! :)