Thursday, October 12, 2017

Girl Tribe

Last weekend I finally had the chance to connect (in real life) with so many amazing girls from NJ.  Connecting Hudson Creatives is a group formed by Ana and Anyelis as a way for NJ creatives to get together to meet, brainstorm, vent, and just a way for creative entrepreneurs to not feel so isolated in such a "social" world.  I was able to see some old friends and definitely meet some new.
Their Blender event was held at the Showroom in Hoboken, NJ which is a newly renovated area that was the perfect size for the event.

We were greeted with tasty bites and mimosas from Salt + Seed.  Some of the vendors there were Moon Child, Pura Body Scrubs, Via Nero, Artfinity and Beyond, Wicked Wire and Wox, Soul Happy Boutique.  Everything was well curated but of course I couldn't resist some good accessories so I walked away with a dainty piece from Moon Child that I actually haven't taken off since I got it. It's a pretty sterling silver necklace with a moon charm.  I loved how it looked but I got it for 2 reasons.  1) Alessa's middle name is Luna which is moon in Spanish.  2) Its a reminder to follow your dreams.

It was such a fun, intimate gathering and I was honored to be invited since I'm still getting my feet wet in the NJ creative scene.

Huge thank you again, Ana and Anyelis, for having me and cheers to more meet-ups and collaborations.   All my NJ/NY friends be sure to follow Connecting Hudson Creatives and hope to see you at a future gathering.

xoxo, Karen

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fall's biggest trend: embellished purses

Its no secret that I'm obsessed with embellishments and all things shiny. So the fact that embellishments are still in and in a major way has me on cloud 9. Not only are accessories a cheap and effective way to update your wardrobe but they are a way to truly make a statement with your outfit. I have scoured the internet for the prettiest handbags with pearls, studs, embroideries, appliques, and all the bells and whistles you can think of and here are some great options of varying price points to look at for the fall/winter season.

Street style just isn't as impactful this season without that handbag with a special twist.

image via here.

Here are some great options I found.  I want them all!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Day with Maggy

 New York City, the city of a thousand dreams, the city of Carrie Bradshaw and the lifestyle every girl dreams of. I can't believe I stayed away for 10 years! I love every time i go into the city. I was floored when Maggy London, the designer known for their beautiful dresses, asked me to spend #aDaywithMaggy. I was able to visit their showroom and see their up and coming designs for both their Maggy London and London Times lines. The sight of rolls and rolls of luxe fabrics that filled their rooms from the floor to the ceilings to origami mini models of their designs, it was literally a dream. I come from a production background so I could totally appreciate the luxury of having an in house sample room.

After the tour and chatting with their fun e-commerce and PR team (shout out to Via, Shannon, Rachel, Hannah, Karen) we made our way to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. There I got to shoot 3 looks - 3 dresses from their petite line. All of these dresses were different looks yet all hugged my curves in the right areas. Dresses are always tough for me because I'm bottom heavy and not as large on top. With these A-line silhouettes they were so flattering. It was fun styling them for fall. All of these dresses pack well too! I carried them into the city and they were wrinkle free which is a plus in my book.

Imagine the excitement of walking to the edge of Bryant Park where half the shot is calmness with greenery and trees and the other half is craziness with yellow taxis and cars zooming past. It was the quintessential shot that everyone dreams of getting - huge skyscrapers in the background with bonus points for catching a yellow cab in the back. Me, a micro influencer getting photographed by a clothing brand, with a legit camera instead of the Iphone 7 plus that my Instagram hubby uses, complete with a huge round reflector. Like - what??

This was a low key shoot with their team but for me - what a dream! I had to change outfits and looked for a restroom inside the public library. When i went in, of course my head-space went straight to visions of Carrie Bradshaw in her Vivienne Westwood dress with huge blue feathers adorning her head, dropping the cell phone as Mr. Big told her he needed reassurance. Ahh! The interior was so surreal with a grand staircase, beautiful windows letting in just the right amount of sunlight, arched doorways and vaulted ceilings. I was on cloud 9.

I kept thinking to myself - how lucky am I????? I'm back home. I'm back in the city i love. I'm doing what I love, creating content, and working with my first love of fashion. And they chose me to shoot!! It all goes to show, that you just need to keep working on what you love, trusting the process, and trusting that your hard work will pay off in the end. I'm a big believer that your settings play a big factor in your attitude and your happiness so surround yourself with inspiring things and beings. 

Thank you so much Maggy London for working with me on 2 projects and for giving me the chance to enjoy NYC from the other side of the lens. What a treat for someone who's slowly figuring out their path. #blessed

 xoxo, Karen

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Weekend With Maggy London and London Times

Buongiorno loves!!  We are here on our last day in Italy but I wanted to share some fun news! One of my favorite brands, Maggy London, who is known for their beautiful dresses has launched a separates line under the brand, London Times!  When I think of Maggy London, I think of classic silhouettes with a twist.  Their dresses are made of impeccable quality and there's something about them that consistently flatters a woman's body.  I know the brand boasts about empowering women and helping them feel feminine and sexy.  And I'm excited to say, their separates pieces stay true to that.

I styled 3 of their beautiful blouses and paired them all with their Hunter pants.  First can we all hail the hunter pants because as someone who is 5'3" with hips that don't lie, pants are always a struggle. I was pleasantly surprised to find these pants to fit as nicely as they did.  The high rise style was very flattering and very comfortable.

The 3 blouses had a casual chic vibe that could easily transition from work wear to weekend wear.   They all had an element of something special that made these  pieces stand out.  From lace insets, to could shoulder details, to pretty paisley prints for a boho feel, they each had their own personality.
I'm excited to wear these in the fall with some good boyfriend jeans, booties, a nice floppy hat and good old pumpkin spice coffee in hand.  Or paired with a leather pencil skirt, chevron black tights, booties and a layered with a fur vest.  The possibilites are endless!

Here's a peek at my weekend at home with London Times.

The Eleanor top:

The Marlowe top:

The Delaney top:

Check out their separates and let me know your favorite pieces!!  xoxo, Karen

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Slipdress from Day to Night

By far the most used and universally flattering piece is the slipdress.  I've been wanting one for a while but haven't found "the one." That is, until I came across one on the sale racks at Banana Republic. I found a classy navy blue one with a slight wrap in the front, which is every mama's dream because, let's face it, a mama pooch is not sexy.  This dress is so simple yet so flattering (If you get it at the store it's an extra 50% off).  

I'm showing you here how you can take this same dress from day to night.

During the day, dress it down and layer it with a denim jacket.  You can even pair it with a white button down over it.  Accessorize with cool sneakers - bonus points if you have metallic ones.  

At night, keep it simple with a sleek clutch and with ankle strap shoes for minimal elegance.  

try it out!!  xoxo, Karen