Grown-Up Gingham


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

heels via Zara
coin necklace c/o Fab Finds Boutique
sunglasses c/o zeroUV
photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography

I had a set of meetings set up in Soho while I was in Manhattan, so when I found this Pixie Market dress, I knew it would be the perfect look. The gingham and smocking have all the makings of a toddler's playdate outfit, but I'd like to think of it as a grown-up version of just that. The sleeve flounce is what originally drew me to the dress, and I also like that the unique waist of the dress keeps the oversized top from swallowing you - instead the waistline is super flattering. 

If you haven't yet heard of Pixie Market, it's one of my favorite secret sites - I shop here to find cool stuff that no one else has yet. You won't find anything on this online retail site anywhere else, and the styles are super unique and creative. It definitely pulls at my graphic designer side. Although some of the styles are kind out "out there," it's always a good time looking at it. OH and did I mention that the prices are super reasonable? Always a plus for me. 

For some contrasting color, I wore my wine Gigi Madison crossbody bag. (Had it been night time, I would have thrown on a wine lipcolor to match!) The bib necklace is from Fab Finds Boutique - I'm loving the new coin bib trend - it's even got me throwing some silver pieces into my jewelry now. 

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Gigi New York / Graphic Image Factory Tour


Monday, September 15, 2014

To start off my New York trip, we spent the first morning touring the Gigi NY/Graphic Image factory. Y'all, I think I speak for everyone - Jenn, Kaela and myself - this tour was pure enlightenment. I had never actually put much thought into where or how my handbags were put together, so it was quite the experience seeing it first-hand (and it made me appreciate my Gigi items so much more).

We started by seeing the wall of leathers and learning the difference between the embossed and pebbled leathers including their different price points and origins. From here, every single station in the factory is operated by the human hand. It was really extraordinary to see considering how many products now are produced on machines and conveyor belts. The cutting, gluing, sewing - all done by human hands - to create everything from pencil cups and planners to picture frames and handbags.

One of the major things I took away from the day was that Graphic Image not only makes their own products but also supplies products to so many other companies too. There were silver planners being made for J.Crew and home goods being made for Henri Bendel. There was even a cost-efficient agenda being produced for Talbot's. And those infamous Tiffany blue notebooks at Tiffany's - all made in the Graphic Image factory. There was a special order in the sewing area all for Rent the Runway. It was interesting to see how the Gigi NY and Graphic Image reach really is so wide.

And because I'm a huge design/typography nerd, I really loved seeing how each product is monogrammed using metal blocks sorted by font (heaven!) and hand stamped using obsolete embossing machines. The Graphic Image factory is the only place that uses this type of monogram process! There really is something so special about those little golden monograms.

Thank you to Gigi New York and Graphic Image (Tom and Rosella!) for hosting us and providing us with such a one-of-a-kind experience to start off our NYFW trip!

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Friday Favorites 9/12/14


Friday, September 12, 2014

boyfriend jeans (code HAPPY) / leopard slip-on (COZY30) / tweed flounce skirt  (FALLSTYLE)

Saks Off 5th - up to 50% off your order with code FFSAVINGS; ends 9/16
Nine West - ends today - use code EXTRA30 to save on sale styles - save 20% on everything with code GET20; ends 9/14
Loft - 40% off everything with code FALLSTYLE, ends 9/13
Aldo - $20 off select boots
Old Navy - use code SAVEMORE for 20% off; deals up to 40% off - 30% off sitewide with code COZY30
Ann Taylor - 50% off full-priced dresses and skirts
J.Crew Factory - 30% off all new arrivals
Gap - 25% off with code HAPPY


You got a little bit of my NYFW trip in yesterday's post, but that was just one of my casual, everyday outfits - that I'm obsessed with by the way. I still have to show you so much more - starting next week! When I packed for this trip and planned the outfits, I tried to keep EVERYTHING attainable for every budget. I don't fully understand the point of bloggers wearing brands that are unreachable or too expensive for readers to buy or wear themselves. Therefore, I'm super proud of all of my fashion week outfits and am especially excited to share them with you. Be sure to check back next week!

Sophisticated Plaid


Thursday, September 11, 2014

nail color : OPI Lost on Lombard
rings: Baublebar / Aldo
photos by Jessa Kae

Let's get this out here right now - plaid has gotten a bad rap. When most people envision plaid, they're either thinking of lumberjacks or early 90s grunge, but that's totally not this print's full potential! I think with the right plaid, you can certainly create a chic outfit moment - which is what I was aiming to prove in today's post.

I paired my oversized plaid (the size shown is a small, so no need to size up) with minimalistic pieces like my double-strap mules and Parker satchel. My animal print sunglasses are the only other print that I wanted to incorporate because it's just enough to play off the shirt's pattern. I love plaid and animal print combinations, but the result can be overkill if not worn together correctly. I kept my jewelry very modern with some thick gold rings and my favorite new Baublebar x-ring. Don't forget a good red lip! This helps give the overall outfit a simplistic but pulled together polish. 

You can do the same thing with a nice blue or navy plaid as well.

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