How to Master the “Casual & Chic” Fashion Formula

My favorite kinds of outfits are the ones that are just thrown together, yet feel super comfortable and somehow end up looking chic at the same time. For some people, mix matching items isn’t always super easy, but I promise you, once you nail the “casual & chic” fashion formula you’ll never look back.

So what’s the formula? I like to think of it like this: Heels or Booties + Casual Pants or a Dress + a fun Accessory (Hat, Earrings, Bag) = Casual & Chic Style. Simple!

Take the outfit pictured above for example. The morning before my shoot I couldn’t figure out what to pair with my favorite Kat Maconie heels. Since the shoes already have so much detail, I didn’t want an outfit that did, too.  As such, I decided to throw on a mini t-shirt dress and blue hat to complete the look. As a last touch, I tied my denim GAP coat around my waist to give my look some added character.

Try it out for yourself! I linked to some items below that can help you nail this fashion formula.

True Life: I’m Addicted to Podcasts and Here’s Why

In recent months I started noticing that some of my favorite celebrities and reality stars began promoting their podcasts on social media. To me, the thought of a podcast always seemed boring. Why waste your timing listening to someone, when you can’t actually see them? TV was always the more appealing route to take, until I caved and finally decided to give in and see what the fuss was all about.

Within minutes of subscribing to a few of my favorites, I was hooked! Since I’m not a big “TV before bed” type of gal, I started quietly listening to podcasts while I drifted to sleep. Something about the soothing tone of someone talking really does the trick. Once I was accustomed to the “podcast life” (as I like to call it), I was ready to try something new. Finally, I started to up my game and go from just listening to celebrity interviews to listening to audio fiction podcasts, which is much more interesting to be completely honest.

My favorite is Jules & James, which is a just half hour podcast (perfect for a before-bed listen). The story is a narrative fiction between two artists whom are connected by fate when a “wrong number” situation introduces the two. After deciding to continue conversation, both Jules and James end up talking weekly about their lives, dreams for the future, the world around them and everything else that the comfort of speaking to a stranger allows you to reveal. I don’t want to give too much away, but Jules & James captures the charm of falling in love with the unknown.

To learn more, visit meetjulesandjames.com and be sure to subscribe via iTunes, Android, Stitcher, Tunein.com or Google Play.

Ruffles, Stripes & Pops of Color

 

 

I saw this skirt featured on Bloomingdales Spring Edit and needed to have it! I searched online and was so sad to realize it was sold out. Luckily, I was able to snag it in store. For those of you that are interested in it, but unable to find it in store, I linked to a few VERY similar versions by the same brand above. Now you can still mimic the exact same look!

I really loved the way this skirt was paired online, so I mimicked the look with some items I already had like nude heels, a tailored white button down and fun accessories such as tassel earrings and a clutch. Ps. how darn cute is this initialed clutch? It also comes in a satchel and tote bag form – also linked above.

If you like this look, you’re in luck because you will for sure continue to see tassel, stripe and ruffle EVERYTHING as we transition from spring to summer. This trend is here to stay all season long.

Move over Rosé, it’s all about Frosé this Season!

I don’t know when “Rosé Season” officially begins, but for me, it starts the second the temperature outside hits 80. Considering the weather’s been beautiful this week, I want to formerly say happy drinking ya’ll!

At the risk of not sounding like an alcoholic, there’s just so many reasons I love rosé. It just reminds me of summer, friends and warmer times. While it’s perfect in its natural form, there’s a new and improved version that’s straight up next level. Enter, frosé. Yes, frozen-rosé.

If you want to be fancy, by all means make it yourself. See the tutorial below:

OR, if you’re like me and just want to cut to the chase and soak in the ambiance of a beautiful restaurant, you can enjoy frosé at various locations around New York City. Below, find my list of top places around NYC to sip on some frosé.

Bar Primi
I could be wrong for saying this, but I consider Bar Primi the originator of frosé. The hot spot was the first place that I started seeing this fruity and fun beverage pop up. Now, it’s hard to miss it while scrolling your Instagram feed during the summer months.

What’s up, Wednesday? Photo credit: @ekillin211 #froséallday

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Extra Fancy
Frosé isn’t the only frozen beverage this gem serves. In fact, you can enjoy an assortment of delicious drinks, all while grabbing some good eats. How can you go wrong?

Toro
Generally known for it’s food, Toro is a NYC fav. However, don’t look past the frosé selection. No summertime meal is complete without the perfect paired beverage.

Yes way frozé 💁#sundayspecial

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Gansevoort Park
This place is conveniently around the corner from where I live, hehe. Not only is the space beautiful, but there’s a rooftop bar! Soak in the sun and sip on some deliciousness.

 

Get My Look: Silk Jogger Pants

 

These silky smooth joggers are a freakin’ dream. Yes, they’re as comfortable as they look, plus the lightweight material is perfect for this transitional time of year. You can dress them up or down, but as you can see, I went with the dressing-down option. I just couldn’t resist pairing them with my ivory loafers, as the slit allows for the best peekaboo shoe moment.

If you’re opting for the casual-chic look, pair these pants with a killer heel (these would look sick) and a silk button down bloused (tucked in of course).

Shop my entire look below: