Today’s look features this Red Valentino striped dress.
I actually shot this look back in April when the trees were still bare and the grass had yet returned to green. The weather just happened to be gorgeous and warm and I had this beautiful dress. So I thought, why not take a few photos. Best news yet, the dress is now 50% off. Or you can get 45% off and free shipping here. See, sometimes it saves to wait!
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Today’s post is short and sweet. I apologize that it isn’t my typical trend report or lookbook, but don’t you worry! I am in the process of writing up a ton of new and fun posts for you, so stay tuned for that. I am also in the process of adding new discussion pieces, and revamping how this blog will work! I am beyond thrilled and excited to add those pieces into the blog soon. I really think you are going to enjoy them.
I rarely have birthday parties, but given this was a big milestone I wanted to do something special. I dreamed of having a beautiful dinner for all my close girlfriends who have been there for me and with me along the way. A nice thank you for the memories and laughs.
My only, and I mean only choice for a venue was Black Barn. From the first time I visited, I fell in love with the upscale yet laid back atmosphere. A very rare combination you won’t find anywhere else in New York City. The moment you walk through the big heavy doors, you’re taken out of the city and placed in a beautiful oasis. Especially with the number of private rooms they have available for hosting private parties.
The food is phenomenal as well. You simply cannot go wrong when ordering. Each ingredient is fresh and often bought from the local farmers market. My mouth is salivating just thinking about it. So yes, for my birthday it was Black Barn or Bust. This was the only place I could imagine hosting my friends. Luckily for me and my guest, not only were they happy to have us but were incredibly helpful when setting up the dinner. In a private room, they started the feast with sabering champagne (check out my Instagram), and every type of crafted cocktails you could imagine. Topping it off with a four-course meal everyone is able to enjoy (even the glutton intolerant).
To make the occasion even more phenomenal, I wore a beautiful gold dress by Julie Brown NYC. The beading around the collar and cuff made this a stunning fit for the occasion. Plus, it is so forgiving and comfortable, even after consuming so much delicious food!
I can’t believe Christmas and my birthday are in a few short weeks! It didn’t feel real until I went to Rockefeller last weekend and saw the Tree sparkling and hundreds of tourists shopping Fifth Avenue. I love this time of the year and how festive everyone gets!
Speaking of festive, holiday parties have officially begun. What you wear to these types of parties is up to you, but I love staying warm and comfy! This look was extremely toasty with the faux leather skirt and cashmere off the shoulder. The top was super comfy and cozy as well. It is always a winner when I can look dressed up but feel super comfortable. This look is perfect to go from the office to holiday happy hour or an evening holiday event.
If you live in New York City or visiting, you must check out Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant. It is extremely festive inside and fun to snap photos! Their homey pub puts me in the holiday spirits immediately!
In the comments, let me know what your holiday look is and what you wear to parties!
I am loving the latest sweater trend this season- long cardigan sweaters. It feels like you are wearing a big hug. Plus it looks super chic and it’s an easy way to dress up a casual look.
This sweater is from Gap (PS they are having 40% off sweaters sale). I found the length perfect and the thickness exactly what I wanted. Something comfy and warm that if I am not wearing a coat, I will still be okay. Of course, once winter hits I can double up with a long outer coat.
I just found the best faux fur jacket. So good that I’ve literally fooled friends. People thought I stole the coat out of my mom’s closet, but I just snagged it from Zara. It feels so soft and lush and the color is perfect with a mix of black and dark brown. I am obsessed with the leather trim and buttons that run down the front. It is very 70s inspired.
When I saw the coat in the stores, I did that one thing I swore I would never do… tried it on right in the middle of where everyone was shopping. I dropped my bags and slipped the faux fur jacket off the hanger and onto my shoulders. I loved it from the first moment I put it on. I went up one size because it was a lot smaller in the shoulders and arms than Zara’s usual pieces. I also wanted to be able to layer underneath for added warmth. By going up a size I am more comfortable and have more room for extra layers.
If I could do high school all over this is what I’d wear. Of course, if only I had this level of taste, funds, and didn’t have to wear a school uniform. But back in High School, everyone was in loovvvee with Abercrombie and Fitch. Friends wanted to work there, shop there, live there. I, however, didn’t care for the brand. Like I mentioned in this previous post, I was not the biggest A&F supporter.
But over the summer I attended a fall preview at Abercrombie & Fitch and was blown away by the changes. The clothes were more elegant, tailored and included the color black! I was impressed with their latest eco-friendly jeggings (which I am rocking below) and how they’re constructed out of recycled plastic bottles. That evening they were doing monogramming and decided to stamp my new jeans with my initials.
My bowtie blouse and gold knotted bracelet are also from Abercrombie & Fitch, both of which I have received numerous compliments. While the brand still has their staple logo pieces, I am amazed how many button down blouses they are now carrying. It is a welcomed change.
Earlier this month, in the midst of Fashion Week, I stopped by the GiGi New York Pop Up Shop in the Meatpacking district. There they had a beautiful setup of their latest line of Fall handbags as well as a few special pieces that will be releasing in November. Three of my favorite pieces were the Jennie Saddle Bag, Metallic Clutch, and Olive Piper Suede Pouch.
Why I like GiGi New York handbags is because the material is of a high quality while price point is relatively affordable. The designs are sleek and easy to match with any wardrobe while maintaining a shaping and size that is practical. All around these babies can last a long time and fit an ever changing wardrobe.
With the GiGi photographer Steve, we did a quick impromptu photo shoot with my favorites around the meatpacking district.
There is a sense of nostalgia seeing black chokers, denim jackets with patches, and multicolored everything becoming popular again. The ’90s have been back for the past few years. I love it. It is everything I wanted to wear as a kid, saw the popular older girls wear, but never could throw myself into the trend because I was too young. Except for platform shoes, I had platform shoes and wore them with delight.
Watching what I grew up on become the biggest sensation in fashion has me giddy inside. I proudly picked up two pairs of platform shoes; one pair of sneakers and one pair of sandals seen in these photos. I pulled out my light denim jacket, picked up a slew of chokers, and a few layered tank tops. I looked at my collection of ’90s garb, everything I wanted to wear but couldn’t back in the day. Who says you can’t have a second chance in life?
This next week and a half, I am fortunate enough to attend New York Fashion Week! It will be a fun,dream-likee, world wind journey. I am going to do my best to post the runway shows and presentations as quickly as I can. But for the most up to date NYFW coverage, feel free to follow along according to what you’re most interested in:
Snapchat: username- rockpaperglam: streaming live coverage of events and shows that will not be posted anywhere else
Instagram:@elleselauner– all the behind the scenes, show decor, prepping, in between shows, events coverage and interacting with special guests. AND @rockpaperglam– all editorial fashion, street fashion, what I am wearing
Facebook Page– the most current articles from Rock Paper Glam and any outtakes from the week