Friday Favorites: NYFW – Fashion Not For The Weak

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Fashion Week is embarking upon us in a matter of mere days. Today’s Friday Favorites is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know in preparation for the most important 8 days in fashion. For everything from what to pack to where to go, check out the links below:

1. Need style inspiration? Let your creative hair run wild as you peruse through pics of the 20 best-dressed women at Fashion Week. {Fabsugar}

2. People come from all around to the world to attend NYFW, yes for the shows, but most importantly, for the parties! The Vivant shares all the parties you don’t want to miss. {The Vivant}

3. So you didn’t make the list. Guest of a Guest explains a bit of tongue-in-cheek Fashion Week Etiquette for working your way to insider status. {Guest of a Guest}

4. As noted by the title of this post, Fashion Week is not for the weak. If anyone has surviving the intensity of back-to-back shows and events down to an art, it’s the designers. Here they reveal what’s in their emergency kits. {Popsugar}

5. Can’t make the shows? Pinterest comes to the rescue with an inside look through the lens of the experts. Following these boards will have you feeling like your front row and in the midst of all the action. {Pinterest} 

See you at the tents! 

Into the Blue

Work Wear, Weekend Wear, Blue Work Shirt, Menswear Top, Navy Chiffon, Ann Taylor Top
Each season the word, “neutral,” takes on a new definition. This season it’s all about leopard, gray, and navy. Lucky for me because navy and gray have formed the base of my color palette for as long as I can remember. In elementary school I developed a drudging affinity for blue tees. My uniforms were reminiscent of a Zoloft commercial. College was a slight upgrade as I somehow managed to work a soft gray v-neck into outfits suited for long nights with my nose buried in medical texts at the library. 

Thanks to a quarter-life awakening, I’ve replaced the pima cotton navy and gray tees with chic chiffon, silk, and wool pieces that bring life to the ordinarily understated hues. And most importantly, with J Brand jeans, which give me (and my backside) life. 
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Hugo Buscati Coat// Ann Taylor Blouse (similar)// J Brand Jeans// Diba Tenith Pumps (similar)
Fall Hues, Fall Colors, Fall Neutrals, Navy and Grey Colors for Fall
J Brand Jeans, Kate Middleton Jeans, Fall Jeans, Cuffed Jeans, Ann Taylor Top

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Sunday Best

Fausto Puglisi, Cambridge Satchel, Joie Day Dreaming Tartan Canvas Smoking Slippers, Stella McCartney Cropped Plaid Sweater, McQ Alexander McQueen tartan leggings, Christian Louboutin Tartan Pumps, Topshop balloon pants, Asos A-line skirt

In keeping with the recent 90s revival, tartan has taken over the fashion world. From remakes of the classic Catholic schoolgirl skirt to unexpected color variations and print-mixed leggings, it’s starting to smell a whole lot like teen spirit. Here are a few of my favorite ways to rock the look:

1. This Fausto Puglisi skirt is equal parts drama and sass with a hint of schoolgirl charm. 

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2. The satchel bag is already a massive hit in the UK. Whether you’re getting ready for back-to-school or trekking to your next meeting, the Cambridge satchel is the essential bag of the Fall season. 
UK It Bag, Satchel purse, Tartan satchel, tartan purse, leather school bag
3. These Joie Day Dreaming tartan slippers are the perfect complement to any look from preppy to punk.
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4. There is nothing I love more than unconventional takes on classic looks. Stella McCartney does just that with this color-inverted cropped sweater.
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5. Wear these Alexander McQueen mixed-print tartan leggings with everything from an oversized cable-knit sweater and riding boots, a crisp white shirt and black sweater, or the classic Ralph Lauren crested blazer. 
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6. Christian Louboutin’s Anita pumps need no introduction. They are everything we’ve every wanted and more when it comes to perfecting this punk-luxe look. 
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7. This Fall expect to see skinny pants fade into the darkness and the slouchy trouser come front and center. These Topshop tartan trousers are great for the office and the waistband and panelling design give them that little bit of edge to transition into Happy Hour. 
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8. The ultimate schoolgirl look, this ASOS A-line skirt is a key piece to cop this Fall. However you decide to rock this trend, remember it all started here. 

Friday Favorites

Street Style, Fashion, Fashion Week, NYFW, what to wear, New York Fashion

1. A Beautiful Mess shares four new smoothie flavor combinations to try.

2. Glitter Guide’s round-up of chic office space inspiration.

3. How to achieve the enviable J. Crew undone bun by Into the Gloss.

4. Seriously obsessing over H&M Paris Collection – Get a sneak peak before it hit stores here

5. With NYFW only a few weeks away, get inspired before you pack your bags with Candice Lake’s captivating Street Style site.

Happy Friday from the land of palm trees and eternal sunshine, aka, San Jose! 

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Helping Hands

Boutiika, Brick and Mortar, Boutique Buy, Be Good Clothing San Francisco, Philanthropic Fashion, International Rescue Committee, Natural Disaster Relief, Moore Tornado, Maxi Dress, Fall Maxi Dress
As some of you may recall, earlier this Summer my hometown of Oklahoma City, specifically Moore, was devastated by one of the worst tornados in history. I watched from over 1,500 miles away as the grief-stricken residents mourned their lost loved ones and tried to pick up the pieces. Witnessing a tragedy like this, especially one that hits so close to home, opens up your eyes to the immense needs of those affected by natural disaster. Further, it inspires you to want to do something about it. 

When I recently had the opportunity to try out Boutiika and shop some of my favorite San Francisco boutiques, I was impressed by their focus on community and immediately drawn to philanthropic retailer, Be Good Clothing, and their Threads for Thought line. Boutiika works to highlight and support local brick and mortar boutiques (right now in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Austin) by offering their latest stock on their website. Shoppers can go on the Boutiika site to see what’s in at each boutique. Then, they can either:
1.) Have an item held in store for them to later go in and try on


 2.) Purchase on the spot and have it delivered to them with same day DASH delivery

So, after perusing all of Be Good’s amazing pieces, I settled on this Threads for Thought dress. While I couldn’t pass up the season-less maxi dress, what was most important to me was Thread for Thought’s support of the International Rescue Committee. The IRC’s mission is to rebuild the lives of the many people affected by the world’s worst humanitarian crises, including natural disasters. Thanks to Boutiika, Be Good, and Threads for Thought, I feel like I am able to support my hometown from afar while also supporting my new local community. Now, THIS is fashion you can feel good about. 
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Threads For Thought Paula Dress c/o
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Just Fab Ambrosia Heels c/o
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