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    Move over LBD (little black dress) cause this little black top needs a moment. This “rescue me” top from Keepsake is everything! I absolutely love the asymmetrical back with the detailed back drop; it’s definitely not just your average black tank. And if you like pleats, you’ll love this brand. The pleated waistline adds an elegant drape and gives you a bit of curve. For a night out, mix it up with a pair of wide leg pants like these and a pair of metallic stilettos for a pop like these (or, for a more affordable version, these). Black on black never looked so good.

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    Mavi ripped jeans here

    ASOS similar shoes here

    David Yurman similar bracelet here

    Coat here

    embroidery designs

    I know what you’re thinking. Velvet and embroidery designs? Are we in the 90’s again?

    I couldn’t believe it either, but opposite to my fiancé, who absolutely detests this purple velvet-y cami, I absolutely love this look. Since the jeans are light wash, I balanced out this dark top with dark shoes. Now let’s talk about the jeans. As I’ve said before, I think when Gucci showcased their fall/winter 2015 collection, the world took notice. Since then, I’ve seen so much embroidery from jackets to tops, from jeans to shoes. It only took me one year to jump on this trend train, but I’m happy I did. These embroidered birds are so pretty! I wear these jeans with so much. In fact, just the other day I wore them with a light grey cashmere turtle neck and crisp white sneakers. The possibilities are endless!

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    New York makes everything look so chic. Every corner I turn I find another beautiful spot to shoot. Can I just live there already?

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    Cami NYC tank here

    All Saints jeans here

    ASOS kitten heels here

    Gucci dionysus bag here

    It’s not every day that you get to say, “I’ve met the love of my life!

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    I’ve typically kept my relationship with Kevin on the DL (down low) since I wanted to focus my blog on all things style related. But after some time of questioning whether or not that was the right choice for me, I chose to open up my life a little more. I thought to myself, why do I follow certain bloggers? The answer was obviously because of the pretty photos and great style, but even more, I felt as though I was invested in their lives. It’s not easy to put yourself out there and have the world judge you based on what they see, but once I let all of that go -and it wasn’t easy- I’ve truly never felt more free. I love reading what some of my favorite bloggers write, and when they share insight into their world; it moves me and makes me feel inspired, touched, motivated, or just plain entertained. I hope upon reading this post you will feel one of those things, too.

    Kevin and I have been together for just over 3 years now, we met through a mutual friend. After our first date I swear I could hear Michael Buble’s, Love At First Sight playing in my head. It’s ironic because he took me to the Space and Science center during a Human Bodies exhibit, where we got to see the insides of real people. It made me sick, and, yet, at the same time, I was already sick with love.

    Banff 2014

    We most certainly did not have an easy start. For the first year and a half things were rocky to say the least. Relationships aren’t always easy but they shouldn’t be tough all the time either. I won’t get into the nitty gritty but bottom line is, we both weren’t in the right place even though we cared deeply for one another. When we broke up after that grueling year and a half, I had a really tough time (and that’s even an understatement). I struggled with pretty much everything in my life and blamed him for all of it. After some time, though, I realized that it’s easy to place blame on another person rather than looking at your own faults. I had hit rock bottom but the silver lining was that it changed me. (Time is your best friend and your worst enemy when you’re going through heartbreak). My blog was born and, simultaneously, I had found confidence and independence again. I enjoyed what I was doing and it showed. It’s like that cliché saying your mother would tell you, “You can’t be happy with someone else until you’re happy with yourself.” Six months later I ran into Kevin at a restaurant, we hadn’t seen each other in what felt like ages and from there after, things changed.

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    That time apart had made us both realize what’s important, and all those fights suddenly didn’t mean anything anymore. I let everything go and so did he. That’s the thing about relationships, without trust, you have nothing. We were so worried about each other not being trustworthy that it completely ruined our relationship. I’m sharing this with my readers now because I feel trust, or lack thereof, seems to be a pattern in many relationships these days. Friends tell me things like, “Well, I had a bad history where I was cheated on,” or “I’m just really stressed.” And although those are valid points, many people, including myself, have been through those things and I believe those reasons are also excuses to not trust someone. When I’m stressed, the person I turn to for comfort is my partner. Being in a relationship is about total humility. It’s about opening your heart to another person with full venerability. It’s about indirectly saying, “I trust you” even though you have a past. And, to me, the best way to prove to someone that you love them is to trust them. It’s now been another year and a half and I truly couldn’t be happier. No one’s story is the same, there is no specific time frame, and you can’t rush things, but if it’s meant to be, it will be.

    Banff 2014

    NYFW 2016

    Things I learned while being in New York/ attending NYFW:

    1. If you don’t honk your horn while driving, you’re not a true New Yorker
    2. The Subway system is f’ing confusing
    3. Always look your best because you don’t know who you’re going to run into (true story)
    4. The cobblestone streets of Soho make for the best fashion Instagram shots
    5. Yellow is a happening color for S/S 2017
    6. Every show always runs late
    7. Don’t sleep too much in the city that never sleeps

    Since the Tadashi Shoji show ran late the night before, I wasn’t able to make it to the Paul Andrew show the next morning (hence the advice “don’t sleep too much in the city that never sleeps.”) Hindsight, I wish I woke myself up with a cold slap of water and forced myself out of bed; however, the morning wasn’t completely wasted because that extra hour of sleep got me up enough to make my way down to Soho and enjoy some much needed coffee and breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda– a hot spot in the city for breakfast/ coffee. Be prepared though, there is almost always a line but totally worth the wait.

    Back to the third point of my Things I learned list, since it was so hot and humid outside, I brought a change of clothes to walk around in, and by change of clothes I mean: a face wipe to take off all my foundation, a pair of Nike running shorts, and a tank top. Biggest mistake. Right after I changed out of my fashion week attire and into my “comfy” walking around clothes, I walked right past Aimee Song, from Song of Style, and her sister Dani. Lesson learned: Look your best at all times.

    After, I went straight to the Son Jung Wan show where I was quite taken back by the unique attire she had designed. I imagined Gwen Stefani and her harajuku girls wearing Son Jung Wan. Her brand is definitely for a very specific audience. Although very interesting to learn about the different cultures of fashion, more specifically from an Asian decent, the designs weren’t for me. With that being said, I appreciate all styles of fashion and I love immersing myself into different worlds, I feel it gives me a greater take on diversity and the fashion world itself.

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    During the second half of the day, I was fortunate enough to attend the backstage area of Etienne Deroeux before the show itself. Emerging from France, this designer has been seen on Kendall Jenner for the cover of her Vogue Dutch shoot. He has such a unique, fresh take on fashion, believing that yoga pants, for instance, should be worn with ballet flats. He’s all about high-end active wear mixed with a leisurely style. Deroeux claims his clothes are for all different personalities and styles of women and men. He is definitely on to something there because I can certainly see myself wearing a few of his pieces.

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    Since I only had one more full day left in New York, having never been before, I wanted to spend it with my fiancé (still so crazy saying, or in this case, typing that!) So I didn’t attend any other shows. We spent the next day shopping like our lives depended on it, and eating at the best spots we could think of! We also attended the second Maybelline party at Milk Studios penthouse later that night where I met some amazingly talented people and got to enjoy a firework show overlooking the water. All in all, this trip was truly one for the books- or in my case, blog.

     

    I’ll be posting my New York vlog and very personal post on my engagement later. Bye for now!

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