What To Wear When You Don’t Know How Fancy The Occasion

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H&M eco collection dress (similar below) // Loeffler Randall heels // Nila Anthony clutch // vintage necklace via Ifinder Antiques // Maison Antonym ring (c/o) // Gorjana rings

The last time I went to a sweet 16, I think I was actually 16, so when I was invited to a cousin’s soiree for just that occasion, I was dumbfounded as to what an adult wears to this sort of event.

I got a phone call from my mother-in-law while I was in the parking lot saying, “I hope you dressed up because I didn’t get the memo and I’m way under-dressed.” It turned out it was fancy like a mini-wedding-style. The girl of the hour wore a white gown and had a court of girls in adorable bridesmaid style dresses.

My motto is always it’s better to be slightly over-dressed than under-dressed, but when in doubt, wear something you can dress up and down. This H&M dress I scored is something I’ve worn all summer to dinner with friends dressed up with heels and then dressed down as a tunic with boots.

Also when in doubt, keep it simple. I know you’ve heard tirelessly about the LBD (little black dress), but there’s a reason why it’s so popular. It’s easy an versatile. Add a clutch, heels and a couple of accessories and you’re good to go. We solved my mother-in-law’s wardrobe woes by taking off her belt, swapping to heels and throwing her scarf over her shoulders as a shawl. Insta-fancy!

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Find a dress that can be your go-to for dressing up and down:

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{TRAVEL DIARY} Why Madison Is The Next Brooklyn + 5 Must-See Things To Do There

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John & Jenn jacket via Shopbop’s store, “Bop” // Aritzia tee // Zara jeans // DV Dolce Vita shoes // Mansur Gavriel bag // Ray-Ban sunglasses // Stella & Dot bracelet // all other jewelry by etc…

You may have noticed that I had fellow fashionistas Deja and Emily covering this past NYFW for me for Dear Andi and you may have also noticed a lot of my instagram posts about cheese curd and other notable Mid-Western things.

When I told people I was styling back to back photoshoots for Lands’ End over in Wisconsin for couple of weeks, they seemed to feel sorry for me for leaving the excitement in New York. Little did they know that I was having fun exploring my new home away from home, Madison—filled with history, artisanal food and some of the best shopping around.

Here’s what I found and should give you reason to check out this surprisingly hip and fashionable city:

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1. The Farmers Market

Every early Saturday morning, the downtown square gets transformed into possibly the biggest farmers market I’ve ever seen with over 200 vendors surrounding the capitol building. I stocked up on a bag of fresh fruit for the week that beat any produce I’ve found in New York and sampled more cheese curd than I ever imagined. Most of the surrounding restaurants source from these nearby farms and the locals seemed to do all of their grocery shopping here.

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2. The Wisconsin State Capitol Building

Modeled after the DC capitol, but 3 feet shorter, it’s a less hectic and beautiful way to take in all of downtown Madison. The interior’s ornate details are well-preserved and you can climb up to the top to observe a 360 view of the city (and pose casually in front of it like I did).

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3. Biking/Walking/Running Along The Lakes

It’s not what you picture when you think of Wisconsin, huh? Insanely fit folk exercising along the water, but Madison was filled with some of the most athletic people, including those competing in the Iron Man competition while I was there.

Grab a B-Cycle from the city’s bike sharing program (similar to New York’s Citi Bike) and cruise along the city’s surrounding lakes.

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4. Shop ‘Til You Drop (or spend all of your earnings)

When I wasn’t spending all of my earnings at the Lands’ End company store in Dodgeville, I had a little spree in Madison—especially at Shopbop‘s brick and mortar location, Bop, where you can score designer clothes that were used on their e-commerce site at a discounted prices. Also not to be missed were Iona, which carried some of my favorite indie designers like K/LLER, Catbird, Raquel Allegra and Timo Weiland, as well as the gorgeous men’s shop, Context, where I wanted everything for me, including a vintage shirt that I ended up buying.

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5. Eat Your Way Through The City

Of my two weeks in this city, I spent most of my time there eating it seemed. You can’t blame me once you check out some of the best restaurants there, which rivaled some of the best in my own foodie neighborhood in Brooklyn. This is perhaps why all of the locals work out so much.

Merchant is my go-to spot (which locals told me is the most “Brooklyn-y” of all there) because you can’t go wrong with any of the food, the half priced bottles of wine on Wednesday nights and those fried cheese curds will win you over if nothing else.

Some of the locals raved that Grampa’s is the best pizza in the Mid-West and I scoffed, being a New Yorker I know my pizza, but they were right. It was better than most in New York even. The spicy pizza with honey is special and my favorite was a make-your-own version topped with truffle oil. Vegan and gluten-free options make this place one of everyone’s favorites.

Sardine (pictured above) was how brunch should be. Overlooking the lake, this fish-centric cuisine was is one of the top restaurants in Madison because of its culinary masterpieces made from locally sourced ingredients and its old school, well designed atmosphere in the raw space of historical Machinery Row.

Graze is like one of those Portlandia sketches where you can find out where every ingredient came from and the menu will direct you to one of the many local farms the restaurant sources from, it’s that local and fresh, down to even the beer menu.

Tornado Room is one of those spots that transforms you to another era as you sip on a martini at the bar (highly recommended) lined with wood paneled walls and cozy nail head adorned leather bar stools. If you’re a carnivore, the steaks are said to be a treat, but the wedge salad and fish dishes are also equally raved about.


{#NYFW} Noon by Noor

Noon by NoorNew York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014

Noon by Noor New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014

Noon by Noor New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014

Noon by Noor New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014

Noon by Noor New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014

Noon by Noor New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014

Noon by NoorNew York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014

Noon By Noor nailed the minimalist silhouette this season. Clean lines were incorporated into vivid floral prints and painstaking hand sewn embellishments. Spring is a celebration of new beginnings, renewal and youth, all of which the collection drew inspiration from. Fresh blooms, lush greenery and flourishing landscapes were translated into bold floral and botanical prints.

The notable looks from the show included the blush sheer panel embellished dress with floral appliqué; mesh bombers: one with the amazing floral embellishment and one with an easy drop shoulder, as well as a black tuxedo cape and super chic silver embellished “flatforms”—the fresh take on a platform meets Birkenstock, which are sure to be a hit among the street style savvy show-goers that would gladly trade their heels in for those.

The exploration of volume, movement and structure in both silhouette and fabrication were all the strengths of a collection that is effortlessly chic and perfect for transforming your spring wardrobe.

To keep up with Noon by Noor and their spring collection follow @noonbynoor or go to noonbynoor.com.

-Emily Kammeyer

images via Noon by Noor

{#NYFW} Karolyn Pho

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Inspiration for the Karolyn Pho SS15 runway show stemmed from the meandering and wandering of a vagabond. A traveler or a nomad, the girl has lost herself in her own self-perception.

Highlights from the show include the Rone zip-front shirtdress in emerald, Elliot draped trench coat in camel, Moscot cassius with sky blue lens and the Harper workmen’s jumpsuit in camel. Common tones among the collection include sky clue, nude, pearl, flamingo, camel, emerald, and burnt sienna. Popular items to be seen for spring include joggers, shift dresses, trench coats, jumpsuits, turtlenecks and maxi dresses. Sequined fabrics with deep-V cutouts, pleats and crops were also frequent.

Although the collection had true runway appeal, it was the garments appealing to everyday wear that made it a very successful collection.

To keep up with Karolyn Pho and her spring collection follow @KarolynPho or go to KarolynPho.com. 

-Deja Turner

{#NYFW} Georgine

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Georgine - Runway

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Georgine - Runway

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Georgine - Runway

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Georgine - Runway

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Georgine - Runway

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Georgine - Runway

photos: Alberto Reyes/WENN

Georgine is a newcomer on the block in Lincoln Center this week, but her 70′s throwback collection made her look like a fashion veteran. Designer Georgine Ratelband’s nods to the era’s icons like Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall jet setting to Saint-Tropez, somehow still felt fresh for something we’ve seen pop up every now in then in fashion. Everything has been done, but the metallics and turbans didn’t feel stale, but rather something that street style stars may be following suit come this spring.

While the stark black looks felt out of place for such a tropical disco era collection, the black caftan was one of the standout looks, along with accessories like ornate flowers in the air and surfboard shaped clutches—complete with a cuff attached so you don’t lose your board.

Whatever your bag is for spring, Georgine is onto something with the wide legged pants that feel refreshing after the decline of the skinny jean has recently been declared.

To keep up with Georgine and her spring collection follow @GeorgineStudio or go to Georgine.com.


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