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The Mark

One of my favorite hotels in New York is The Mark. When I first stepped in the lobby of this amazing place I fell in love. There are many reasons to adore this luxury place: the black and white floors and the whole interior were created by French designers; it houses a flower shop and a famous French book shop Assoulin, with one of a kind fashion publications; it offers an express lift to Bergdorf Goodman for fashionistas like myself; and of course, it offers one of a kind dining experience by one and only Jean-Georges. It was my treat to stay at this luxury hotel for my birthday for a mini stay-cation.

My outfit was inspired by this place, as I am loving bold and textured materials and colors. Red velvet has become my favorite, as seen me wearing red velvet accessories at the fashion week (see post here). My blazer is by JCrew, but few seasons old, they have an amazing velvet blazer in stores now, shop it here. My beret, skinny scarf, pants and top are all from Zara’s older collection, but they make these classics on repeat, so definitely can find something similar in stores now. My round tote is by Vivienne Westwood, but here’s the similar but smaller version of wine color circle wristlet.  And lastly, the sock boots are my must-have this fall, I’ve posted my favorite boots on my fall shopping list here.

Fall shopping list

Here are the trends I am loving and shopping for this fall:

  1. Sock boots

2. Military style coats…again 🙂

3. Statement coat in color and texture

4. Headwear – Beret

Italy travel style

Thank you for following my Italian getaway. As promised I am sharing links to items I wore on the trip that are still available online or very similar in style. I am working on post with detailed itinerary and will be posting soon.

Ciao, Elena

NY Fashion Week 2017 Recap

September Fashion Week in New York came to a close and I was very fortunate to be part of it and get a glimpse of the newest collections from established and new emerging designers. It used to be that only people in the fashion industry such as models, editors, buyers, designers and celebrities could attend the runway shows but that recently has changed with fashion bloggers’ growing influence in the industry. Now bloggers are invited to attend the shows, sit in the front row and some even walk the runway.
What also has changed in the fashion week industry in New York is the number of emerging international designers getting their own shows, and to which I was able to get front row seats to. Names like Galtiscopio, Dan Liu, Runa Ray, and my favorite of them Francesca Liberatore, are quickly becoming well-known fashion names.
NYFW is of course first and foremost is a home to big American mega-brands like Michael Kors and Tory Burch, whose collections I loved. My other favorite was Rebecca Minkoff whom I was lucky to meet in person. She held her show right in her boutique which was followed by a party and not a standard shopping spree of her collection right after the show. My other favorite shows were Self-Portrait and Zimmerman, I am a big fan of these two brands for their romantic, one of a kind dresses.
Runway shows aside, the real fall fashion happened on the streets of New York with the street photographers documenting every detail of the outstanding outfits. I wish I could have someone take a picture of me in the back when I was attending the show at Skylight Clarkson Sq Studios, when tens of  photographers jumped to take a picture of me wearing my white lace trench coat with red velvet Chanel bag and Bruno Magli shoes. It was such a surreal moment and it will stay in my memories for a long time.
Since the runway shows demonstrated collections for the Spring/Summer 2018, the real inspiration for the current fall trends came from the streets, when fashionistas walked to the shows, as well as dinners and parties. The most notable trends I liked were short metallic skirts with simple tee and a blazer worn over the shoulders, colorful fitted pantsuits, as well as oversized sweaters. For accessories there was an array of Gucci bags, wide strap cross body bags, berets and flat caps, most inspired by Dior Fall 2017 collections. Satin over the knee boots and sock boots are back in style. Fall transition colors were in the jewel tones of burgundy, emerald, marigold and deep blue.
Aside from attending the shows, what I love fashion week for is the chance to meet with fellow bloggers and share the secrets, ideas, trends and just have a good girl time. It was great to meet beautiful inspirational bloggers at events held by Like.it and Blogger and the Brand – the invite-only events that connect the bloggers from New York and all over the world.
Hope you enjoyed following my stories and pictures and here are few links to outfits I wore:

 

Travel Style – Accessories

My friends who travel with me can attest that I always travel with one suitcase almost the size of a carry-one, even after becoming a “fashion blogger”. My secret is that I plan out every outfit and never bring with me things I won’t wear. I write down and take pictures of all my outfits when packing. I consider how many days I will be sightseeing, on the beach, on the boat, etc. Any outfit is made by an accessory, so I make sure to bring few statement necklaces and earrings, 3-4 scarfs, 3-4 wide belts, 4-5 sunglasses, 3-4 flat clutches and one large straw bag where I pack all these accessories. I wear my fedora hat on the plane and always take a canvas bag that folds, where I can put a hat, scarf and other things while on the plane. I usually bring 2-3 pairs of flat sandals in neutral colors of black or white, as well as gold, as I can mix and match with all my outfits. I also take beige or white heels that go with any evening ensemble, as well as rubber shoes by Melissa that are comfy, waterproof and go with all my nautical outfits. While on the plane I either wear white or silver sneakers / walking shoes, that I can later pair with shorts, dresses or pleated skirts while sightseeing. See my previous post on the cloths I pack and check out things on the shopping list here, which you’ll find me wearing on my upcoming trip.

  • Straw Bags

  • Statement Bags and Clutches

  • Statement Earrings

  • Hats

  • Footwear

Travel Style

The question that I get the most is how do I pack for vacation. Here are the pictures of my looks from the previous trips. And I am sharing items on my shopping list for my upcoming trip to Italy’s Tuscany and Amalfi Coast.

I’ve never went on vacation without white shorts and jeans, a white blazer and a white dress. These are my staples. I know I can wear them multiple times with different accessories. White feels and looks good on pictures in any scenery.

To go with the Italian vibe and the colorful coastal and Tuscan scenery, I will be bringing lots of dresses and tops in red and hot pink, red and blue stripes, yellow and possible something deep green. When it comes to prints, stripes are my long time favorite. I love accessorizing blue stripe shirts and dresses with red or yellow accessories.

Also don’t forget to bring basics like white and black tees, ripped jeans and a cardigan and scarf for the night.

In the separate post I will share footwear, bags and other accessories that make any outfit complete, as well as easy to pack. Happy Shopping.

  • White crochet

  • Stripes

  • Dresses in Color

  • Ruffles

  • Basics

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom is currently having an Anniversary sale and lots of great staple pre-fall items are on sale. Take advantage of this sale, which ends on August 8th to shop for light sweaters, jackets, jeans, over the knee boots and lots of back to school items if you have kids. On this picture, I am wearing Blank NYC jeans and jacket and Kendal&Kylie boots. Shop this look while it’s on sale.

Double Breasted blazer

Loving white double breasted blazers. Shop similar finds below.
To complete all white look, gold button skirt inspired by Gucci latest collection is by Storets.

Straw bag

For a chic effortless summer look my go-to pieces are white eyelet or lace dresses with straw hats and bags. There are so many options of straw bags right now. I especially like a round shape, as well as blogger favorite arc bag by LA brand, Cult Gaia. They striked gold with this bag when it became so popular and now sold out for months. I bought it at ShopStyle.

My other bag favorites: Free People / Asos / Eugenia Kim / Moda Operandi /Misa bags / Rebecca Minkoff / San Diego hat company / Coco bag

My straw hat is from Asos (sold out), but they have other very affordable pretty options. I also have this medium width brim hat available at Nordstrom