Rebel Glam

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20130415-IMG_6951 Sometimes dressing up is hard to do. OK sure, maybe not for the bow loving, skirt rocking, glam girly girls out there... and don't get me wrong, I'm completely at home in a sequin laced Vegas wardrobe any day of the week. But when I'm not going crazy on the peacock end of the spectrum, I tend to reach for jeans whenever remotely acceptable. So dressing up in a classic skirt and top combo for a regular evening out is not something you'll see me do very often. This outfit on the other hand manages to be right up my alley. The top is covered in gold jewels trickling from top to bottom yet it's still restrained and classic, and the skirt is easy, stretchy, structured trumpet perfection. Throwing on an orangey bright lip, arms of gold, and black leather everything else brings it to a place I'm more than happy to be in.

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20130415-IMG_7284a-thread top and skirt (c/o), Theyskens Theory jacket, Pour La Victoire shoes, BCBG clutch (sold out but I love this snake version), Kule cuff (c/o), Michael Kors watch, Bracelets: Forever21, BCBGeneration, J.Crew, BP, Lipstick: Maybelline Color Vivids in Vibrant Mandarin
Photos by Ian Sheppard

Noir Neutrals

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So many of my wardrobe staples are black, I often forget there are other rich neutrals that can mix in just as well. I'll admit I even felt a little weird pairing these pieces together - oxblood + olive + blue gray. How... colorful? Maybe for a girl who uses black as an anchor to every outfit. It's slimming, chic, and goes with everything, which is why it's always the first color I go to if I'm investing in something pricier that I expect to have forever. But my latest challenge is to stray a bit from the black and start playing with other sleek, sophisticated colors. These Alexander Wang booties were my first non-black investment shoes and I like where they've taken my wardrobe. I've still got the Helmut Lang oxblood version of my black waxed skinnies (seen here) on my list as well. It's a whole new world of possibilities.

BCBG blazer (last seen here), Gold Hawk top, Joe's jeans, Alexander Wang booties, 3.1 Phillip Lim pouch, Tom Ford sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, Forever 21 necklace, NARS Scarlett Empress lipstick

Photos by Ian Sheppard

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The Mix

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Theyskens' Theory leather jacket, All Saints top and boots, Zara pants, Alexander Wang bag, Michael Kors watch, HRH Collection bracelet, Dita sunglasses, NARS Scarlett Empress lipstick, necklace - similar

I wasn't kidding when I said that my fashion week suitcase consisted of not much other than every kind of black and white combo I could find. I wore it in one way or another every single day, and saw that a lot of stylish ladies on the streets of NYC shared my love for the mix. The white pants and sequin top were a nice way to honor the lingering summer temps. My new obsession is to incorporate white in my wardrobe long past Labor Day and into the winter - luckily at this point in the week the weather had cooled down to a perfect fall crispness. The black leather jacket and buckled boots added a very necessary autumn feel to the outfit and brought it far away from soft and light. This was one of my most favorite ensembles of the week, mainly because it made me feel like... me.

Photos: Shoemocracy