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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How to Avoid Getting FOMO During NYFW

New York Fashion Week kicks this week! For many, getting to attend the event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is full of action... and sore feet. I've been lucky to live in New Jersey, and have the convenience of hopping on a train to New York to spend some time at Lincoln Center to take in a show or just people watch - which is honestly, one of the best parts.

But, this year, I won't be attending since I haven't been feeling well. And I am all too familiar with the exhaustion and hecticness that NYFW brings. I'll have to sit this one out, and watch from the sidelines... which opens the door to developing a serious case of FOMO = Fear of missing out. 

And perhaps you're starting to develop a case of feeling left out of the crowd because you can't be at New York Fashion Week. I know I have, since the number of #NYFW tweets on Twitter have started to fill my feed.

But fear not! You can still keep up with the action from afar.

Here's my suggestions on how to avoid FOMO during NYFW

1. Watch the live feeds - Check out the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Website and stream shows anytime you want! Best seat in the house - guaranteed! They often re-run the shows in case you tune in a little late. A schedule of the NYFW shows is available now so you can reserve your spot on your computer!

2. For picture perfect galleries of runway shows, is my go-to. They always have amazing photos that bring you front row and center to the action. 

3. Go shopping as if you were looking for the perfect NYFW outfit... then wear it to work or for a night out. 

4. Get inspired by the street style! While the runway shows are a huge part of what makes fashion week exciting, the audience at Lincoln Center is just as enthralling. Keep watch of what attendees are wearing on sites like:

5. Sulk about it over a bunch of fashion magazines. Try not to get your tears all over the pages.

6. For up-to-the minute exclusives, and truly unique perspectives, the #NYFW and #MBFW hashtags are your friends. Whether you love Twitter or Instagram, there will be an overload of images to give you your NYFW fix.

7. Avoid it all together. While I want to be in-the-know, sometimes, it can be overwhelming to be bombarded by NYFW news on every single social media feed. For that reason, tuning out might elevate the pity party associated with not attending. But don't you dare feel bad that you can't attend because you work, or couldn't take time off, or couldn't afford to go - fashion week isn't going anywhere. You'll get your moment to attend in person! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brand Spotlight: ARK Clothing

Across The Pond: Ark Clothing

One trend that I think the Brits put on the map is playsuits. I, for one, didn't wear them until I visited England in person, and my perspective on this one-piece wonder absolutely changed. 

One UK brand giving jumpsuits and playsuits their day is ARK Clothing. From trippy hippie flower prints, to solid playsuits that make the seasonal transition effortlessly, their selection of jumpsuits and playsuits appeals to a variety of style aesthetics.

But don't limit these to just summer. A short playsuit can still make an appearance in the Fall.
Try these tips for styling playsuits and jumpsuits well into October:

 - A short jumpsuit looks just as formal as a dress for a night out. Pair it with a kimono cardigan and simple stilettos for a night-out look.

- Throw a blazer over it, accessorize with jewelry and it's the perfect dressed-up Fall look.

- When it gets a little colder outside, put on a pair of opaque leggings underneath to keep warm. The contrast of the leggings against the shorts looks a little boho, but cute!

- When it's cold outside, wear a knit sweater over a sleeveless pants jumpsuit. The pants will look like joggers!

Check out ARK Clothing's selection of jumpsuits and playsuits here!

*Compensation was received for this post.The opinions herein are soley my own.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gypsy Spirit of Summer

My obsession with Betsey Johnson started in my early teens, and even today, I get as giddy about her designs as I did in the 90s.

A couple of months ago, Betsey did a vintage collaboration with Urban Outfitters that drew inspiration from her 90s roots, and of course, appealed to the inner tomboy in me that loved wearing dresses. Her nostalgic prints reminded me of her carefree aura, and this lovely Juliana Rose Maxi Dress, to me, epitomizes, the gypsy spirit of the summer. The flutter sleeves are a chic complement to the dainty floral print, and I can see myself wearing this dress to a bridal shower, or perhaps even a formal event.

Oh, Betsey, you sure do you know how to make a girl feel pretty.

Outfit details:
Betsey Johnson Vintage for Urban Outfitters Juliana Rose Maxi Dress / Etienne Aigner Coral Wedges / Brandy Melville Faux Suede Fringe Bag / Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Rimmel London Lipstick in No. 30

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Haute Hippie

Haute Hippie

Since preppy really isn't my thing, I opt to wear blazers in lieu of cardigans. That's not to say that I don't love the geeky nature a cardigan can bring, but kimonos have a way go being uber feminine yet downright sassy. I have to give credit where credit is due - Stevie Nicks was rocking em way before they became this summer's must-have outerwear. Hello, gypsy chic!

From fringe and florals, to basic solids, kimonos have a place at work, and up at the bar served with your favorite martini... And black pumps. A pair of semi-distressed jeans, paired with a fringe kimono and thin heels looks so dressed up. Yet, put on a pair of leather shorts, a crop top and a cropped kimono to match, and you're ready for a concert!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Girl in the Eiffel Tower Dress

Vintage Handbags, Modcloth Dress | House Of Jeffers, a fashion blog from NJ |

Eiffel Tower Dress from Modcloth, as worn by Jen of House Of Jeffers |

Although I do have a tendency to wear loud prints, I've felt a need to turn my choices toward ones that are a bit subdued. Don't get me wrong - I'm not turning my back on mirror prints, polka dots and most certainly stripes... But I wanted to try out a print that was really more flirty in terms of its femininity. I think I've found my favorite summer dress of 2014 when I bought this Eiffel Tower Dress from ModCloth. Rach Martino, I hope you approve! Oui?

The plunging neckline had me nervous, yet it doesn't reveal too much as far as cleavage is concerned. Regardless, the print is just too charming. I've never been to Paris, but I think I'd love it.

 A security guard at my job said, "Cute dress!" as I walked in to work, and another called me "The Girl in the Eiffel Tower Dress." And both were men!

Tower Favorite Things Dress from Modcloth | House Of Jeffers |

Vintage Dresses Modcloth | House Of Jeffers |

But the hidden gem of this outfit was found in my mother's closet. She lent me this iridescent pearl bag for a wedding I was in over the weekend, and I refuse to give it back. I first thought it was vintage, but it turns out she bought it in the late 1990s! I am not a fan of wearing white in any capacity, but the bag matches the Eiffels precisely, so I'll let it slide.

N'aves vouz aimez juste il?!

Outfit details:
Tower Favorite Things Dress - Modcloth / White Pillbox Purse - Vintage (but this white handbag looks just like it!) / Peep Toe Wedges - Nine West / LOVE Bracelet / Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick Color in No. 9