Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Studs and Skylines

 Tobi pants//Top, Kohl's heels, Etienne Aigner clutch, Onecklace necklace

I'm not frequently one to purchase clothing unless I'm in dire need of a pair of heels for an event, or winter boots since last seasons no longer fit. On my recent trip to St. Louis Fashion Week, I knew my wardrobe was going to require a bit of an upgrade from New York last season, so I opened up my laptop, on a breezy day during the week (trying to avoid school at all costs) and clicked on to Asos and Tobi, thinking I could window shop from my house and avoid temptation. Consider it me learning what trends were going to be around this season by checking out some online stores! 

Fast forward two hours later, and my cart is filled with $500 worth of clothing, and I'm begging my mom to buy me a few pieces for my birthday. Screw you, online shopping. I successfully "walked away" from that shopping trip with these amazing $18 pants above (hello, weapons on my body!) and a few affordable tops. Throw a pair of sling backs on with a simple outfit, and you've got a daytime look from school to Fashion Week. And a weapon or two if you need one. 


Miss. Fashionista

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Norwich Inn and Spa Getaway

A few weeks back, post-NYFW and pre- St. Louis Fashion Week, the Norwich Inn and Spa invited me down to a weekend getaway away, close to home. I had previously been to this property once before, but was excited to head back to Norwich and get a true taste of fall at this spa. 

Thanks to the beautiful amounts of woodland surrounding CT, I consider Norwich Inn and Spa to be nothing short of a hidden country gem. After your massage or facial, walk through the stunning gardens, and grab a fresh beet and carrot juice for major rejuvenation. 

Dinner was steak and butter. I adore you, butter. 

On the weekend, Norwich Inn offers a continental breakfast, different than any other hotel continental breakfast. This one is full of homemade waffles, gluten-free muffins, and omelets made to order. I couldn't resist a waffle with fresh cream, cause just how sexy does that masterpiece look. 

For my spa treatment, I went with a teen massage, and managed to fit in a pilates class during the day too. For you East Coasters that deserve a trip but can't get the courage up to leave the state, the Spa at Norwich is a close to home miracle. 


Miss. Fashionista 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fox 2: Fashion Week for Less

I'm wearing a dress by Asos, heels by Guess, Cultures of Love bracelet and a super cool necklace by STL designer Grace Kubilius. 

Hi y'all and happy Saturday! This St. Louis Fashion Week has been pretty damn amazing, to put it shortly. I've never witnessed such an intimate and organized setting (compared to the chaos of NYFW) and can thank Alive Magazine for that! In between events yesterday, I managed to prepare for a segment on Fox 2 on 3 Fashion Week Looks for Less, and casted models and pulled outfits last week back over in CT. At 5:30 yesterday AM, I journeyed to 13th and Washington, and then straight to the Fox 2 studio to get my models set up in their trendy and cute looks! WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE

Model #1: Mixing Patterns 
Paris Fashion Week Runway 

At New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, I realized designers putting looks together that you wouldn't expect to match, but ultimately do! So I put my first model in an affordable skirt and sweater from Kohls, and accessories from 9th and Elm. 

Model #2: Menswear

I put my second model in the always trending menswear look, inspired by these hot looks from the Pyer Moss show at NYFW. I couldn't get over how I would've rocked every single outfit that these guys wore!

Candie's Blazer (to keep the trend menswear, opt for a size larger than your one so the blazer is slightly oversized) 
Model #3: 70s
Inspired by the always sexy Cara (above) I put my 3rd model in a 70s inspired look. 

Mudd Tassle Boots (I'm getting another trend in there too- fringe!) 
9th and Elm Satchel

Miss. Fashionista

Thursday, October 16, 2014

St. Louis Fashion Week Day 1

Hi all, typing here from St. Louis! I arrived after a very long day of travel yesterday to the Union Station Hotel with Alive Magazine to dive right into STL Fashion Week activities. First up was a little meet and greet in the lobby of our hotel with some of the other bloggers, and then we went straight to the event of the evening! Designers like Danielle Kallmeyer (congrats on winning the ultimate prize, $15,000!) strutted their newest looks down the runway to an array of judges including Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week. 

There was also a cocktail and little marketplace where designers showcased some of their newest looks, which was super fun to take part in. We sipped on champagne, had some delicious little appetizers, and played around in the photo booth- I already love it here! More coverage coming soon!

P.S. Catch me on Fox 2 tomorrow morning at 9 AM- I'm hosting a segment on  4 Fashion Week trends to get for less!


Miss. Fashionista 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Styled by Sam: How to Look like Beyonce

Happy Tuesday! My guest contributor, Samantha, writes on how to dress like Beyonce. Ready to get fearless, girls? 

“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence” ~ Beyonce

I have this strange obsession with wanting to be/thinking I am Beyonce, and I’m pretty sure I am not alone. I’ve broken down Queen B’s style to hair, makeup, and fashion teaching you exactly how to master the look of a diva.


If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Bey in the hair department, it’s to never be afraid to change things up. Miss Knowles is notorious for constantly rocking a different hairstyle; in her latest visual album, B’s hair/weave was different in almost every scene. The second thing Beyonce has taught us is that hair always looks better when blowing in the wind. She has that whole hair flip thing down to a T – one of the many reasons Beyonce Knowles is the most fabulous woman on this earth.

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So whether it surpasses your booty or skims your shoulders, as long as you can flip your hair like the most fabulous being on this earth, you are one step closer to being Beyonce – sweet!


According to Beyonce she “woke up like dis” but something tells me she doesn’t wake up wearing lipstick (am I crazy to assume this??). Though the one thing I noticed about Queen B’s beauty routine is how she only uses cosmetics to enhance her beauty. Bey never wears enough makeup to make her look anyone other than the flawless woman she is.

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Enhance your beauty by focusing on your favorite feature and using makeup to make that feature pop. If it’s your lips, throw on a shade of ruby red lipstick, or if it’s your eyes rim them with smoky black eyeliner. If you’re feeling brave, keep things really simple with no makeup at all. Bey is all about letting your natural beauty shine so whatever you do, DO NOT overdue it.

I don’t know about you but Beyonce Knowles is hands-down my biggest style icon and not because of what she wears but because of how she wears it. ‘Yonce is not scared to take fashion risks, and she carries herself with such confidence that she could make a garbage bag look hot. Now I know that if I tried wearing one of her famous bedazzled leotards I would probably come across as estranged, so below are a few of Beyonce’s more wearable looks.

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Lately, Queen B’s been rocking quite a few two-pieces and bold prints/colors, sometimes both at the same time. My suggestion in achieving Beyonce’s sense of youthful sophistication is to wear structured and fitted pieces but not be afraid to show a little skin. And before leaving the house, take one final check in the mirror and “Say I look so good tonight.” It’s that easy.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Stop Along the Way: Laduree Soho

Sweets sound SO much better over chicken and broccoli every day and every hour, am I right? In a place like NYC, there are dozens if not hundreds of places to go for your late night froyo craving, or if you're just dying for that Sunday morning almond croissant and latte. One of my go-to NYC spots is Laduree in Soho. Hailing from Paris, the mecca of macarons and croissants, Laduree recently has opened 2 NYC locations, fit for the ideal 
"Carrie Bradshaw in Paris" moments. 

During another busy Fashion Week day, I took two of my friends and ventured into the little (just kidding, this location is HUGE, with a stunning and intimate outdoor patio) Soho shop for an evening of steak and pastries. What could ever be better?

Frequently, prior to venturing to a restaurant for the first time, I always type the restaurant name into Google to get feedback on what to order, what not to order, what to wear etc. To my surprise (and after a quick peek and their $40 per course dinner menu) several of the reviews said not to get dinner at Laduree. For a restaurant hailing from the food capital of the world, this didn't exactly make sense to me, so I knew I had to go in with an unbiased opinion. 

We ordered a few main dishes, including caramel tea to begin (delicious), burrata (fluffy, handcrafted cheese with tomatoes and olive oil), steak, and 2 chicken courses. The steak was phenomenal, and cooked to perfection, with a salty and sweet glaze on top. I could have eaten 7 dishes of that steak! I wasn't as impressed with the tomato salad, because it was too reminiscent of other mozzarella/tomato courses offered at other restaurants, and the chicken just wasn't up to our taste standards, though the steak made up for some of the other side dishes.

Now to dessert. I'm a major macaron fanatic, maybe due to the fact that Laduree macarons are all made with gluten-free almond flour (no stomach ache for me!) and Laduree has every macaron and dessert option. The possibilities are endless. Rose and salted caramel were our choice of macaron flavors, and with a plate the size of Kentucky (literally) offering other dessert options, we went for a few pastries and tarts too. Laduree, I give you approval to take my heart. 


Miss. Fashionista

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