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.
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