Feminine White Ruffles and Masculine Plaid Pants Straight from Italy- NYFW Outfit Highlight #1

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Sorry guys it’s been so long since I’ve found some time to recap my NYFW outfits and highlights. It was definitely my busiest season yet! I’m going to start off my first post with my first favorite outfit, my second post with my second, and so on and so forth throughout this past NYFW. My last post will be a recap, so stay tuned for the highlights of my week!

My first fav outfit came straight from Italy. Literally. My entire wardrobe came from a super cute store in SoHo called Official Made in Italy. The store embraces its very own name: every single brand in there is made in Italy. This season, I was so happy and proud to be dressed head to toe with their brands. What I wore ranged from sunglasses, blouses, pants, to leather gloves. I felt like a bougie European badass with class. #watchout

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Museum of Ice Cream Tour

Check out my latest VLOG on my silly self touring the Manhattan’s Museum of Ice Cream!

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I had WAY too much fun at the Museum of Ice Cream. Watch my VLOG for a fun preview, or if you’ve been there already, relive the experience!

Dear Victims of Broken Hearts,

You need to understand that it is not your fault. It is simply not. Been there, done that. Blaming yourself or blaming the other person and dwelling on whose fault it really was is not going to get you any further in the healing process. The only way to move on is to grow and improve yourself until you are one badass chick who no one can tear down.

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“Just Keep Swimming” – Dory, From Finding Nemo

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I was always a big believer that in order to grow, you had to keep moving – whether that moving was forwards, backwards, or lateral. You had to continue moving somewhere, anywhere. Stillness was simply  too bland. I’ve lived by this mantra during the beginning years of my young adult life. The day I turned 18, my journey of endless motion and unexpected surprises began to unfold.

I ceased to stop moving. My life never slowed down for me, and I had to keep up in the race.

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Now, let’s talk about how I physically never stopped moving. Throughout my education at NYU, I lived in three different dorms throughout the East Village in Manhattan. Just two years away from obtaining my B.A. in Economics (I know how bizarre that I’m in fashion), my new home was in Downtown Jersey City right along the Hudson River. I took the Path to the city every day for class and was lucky enough to wake up to the Manhattan skyline and say goodnight to the newly-constructed World Trade Center. I lived there for about 2.5 years, embracing the fact that I had my car and the luxury condo’s pool and gym facilities.

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I then landed a full-time job upon graduation, and unfortunately, it was right at the time I had to sell the Jersey City apartment. I was forced to move back to my hometown in northern New Jersey. Just two days before my job, I had to adjust to a new place again. 5am mornings, 2-hour commutes, and sleep deprivation became the norm. For the next few months, I lost sleep, time with my boyfriend and friends, and time for myself.

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I decided it was time to change. For the fourth time, I moved out of my childhood home and ventured out into Manhattan again, but this time to the Upper East Side. Everything about it seemed glamorous – this was the neighborhood where the Gossip Girls lived; it was full of luxury consignment shops; and it had a wonderful reputation. Also, it was here where I got my first puppy, Einstein, who I love so dearly.

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Too bad rent was so high and the area I was living in was pricey. I swear the restaurants and stores in the Upper East Side had arms that extended like vines inching to pick-pocket my wallet. Nothing was ever easy to afford, so I never lived comfortably.

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Now what? Fast forward to a couple of months ago, and I decided that renting was a complete waste of money, especially in the city. So, I saved up a ton of money, took out a loan, and bought a place in NJ close to NYC. This way, my monthly payment went to building my equity instead of disappearing into some landlord’s wallet. Life was getting better for me.

For six years, I had a fleeting definition of the word “home.” On top of all that, my life was simultaneously changing right before me. During all my moving years, I had graduated NYU, taken on several fashion internships, started my full-time job, and then launched my blog. So much growth for me happened both physically and developmentally. It was all one hell of a roller coaster ride and it still continues to be. And you know what? I’m okay with that. Actually, really glad. As Dory said, “just keep swimming.”

 

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter with your family and friends.

Xoxo,
Kasey

 

Kasey is wearing – Booties: Dune London; Cardigan: Vince; Necklace – MD13 (amazing handmade jewelry by my girl Monica; Dress: Victoria’s Secret; Chanel Wallet-On-Chain: Saks Fifth Avenue

 

NYFW 2016 – Couture Fashion Week

Fashion Week in February is no joke. Shit is mad cold! 5 degree weather Saturday got my fingers barely living on my hands and my piggy toes hardly maintaining a healthy color. The only reason I didn’t lose them was because my shoes were doing a phenomenal job keeping them together. Kudos to that. Arctic weather strong.

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Thank God what also was strong were the collections I had witnessed strutting down the runway. If it weren’t for these beautiful models and their clothes, I definitely would have found myself running away from the wind in an Uber instead.

Thanks to Couture Fashion Week and their 23rd season, I saw lines of designers from all over the world: The U.S., Romania, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and the Netherlands.

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Fashion – For Your Appraise or The Male Gaze?

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For centuries, the utilization of fashion and its ultimate purpose has changed over time. Believe it or not – the beautiful “peacocks” were once the men. Dressed with prestige, men used to dress elaborately to demonstrate their wealth, and it was the women who were more obscure in taste.

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With the rise of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th century came the work-wear of the man. Blue-collar work was at an all-time high, and it became impractical for the male to wear ornate clothing. The man’s garb became simpler and reversed in eloquence, whereas the woman’s hour-glass figure started to become more prominent. For the woman, sleeves shortened in length and the bodice was cut extremely low with exposed shoulders. Gradually, the woman’s body was becoming unveiled for everyone to see, stitch by stitch.

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One Shirt, Two Skirts

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1:2 – the ratio that represents that there is 1 for every 2 of something. See examples below:

  1. One shirt, two skirts – the concept in which there are multiple ways to “jazzy-up” a single item. It is the utilization of a staple item such as a t-shirt and creating two looks simply by interchanging other aspects of the outfit, such as pants, skirts, shoes, etc. I.E. My blog pictures today with my white tee and my two skirts.
  2. One celebration, two life events – how I have felt my birthday and Christmas were celebrated together every year. They happen to be six days apart from each other (My birthday is on the 19th of December). My birthday at times feels forgotten because of this worldwide holiday. These two life events were melded into one get-together for years with my family and friends, just like my presents were.
  3. One present, two events. Self-explanatory. Le sigh.

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Life Is A Simple Formula

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My, it’s getting chilly over here in New York City! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and safe travels. I am good on the free and fattening turkey leftovers for weeks. For that, I am extremely thankful :-D. Thankful for this delicious (gluttonous) holiday, and for the time to be with family and friends.

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Do you ever feel like you just want to slap everyone’s face that passes by just because everything is just pissing you off? Sometimes, I can be in such a bitter mood and can find anything in the world to complain about. ‘Oh, my commute was 15 minutes longer today because some stupid conductor said there was train traffic,’ says every New Yorker as they take the subway to work every morning during rush hour.  ‘I am so f*cking exhausted after work, I don’t ever have the time to work out and here I am just getting fatter by the second!’ says everybody with a desk job. And the most dreadful and painful one of all, ‘I hate my life.’

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Did I Hop On the Yurman Train Too Late?

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So, did I catch on the trend a little bit too late? One thing I like to say, (or as Justin Bieber says), “never say never.”  I was always jealous of my friends who were able to catch up on the latest trends of designer goods because their parents were well-off enough to give them luxury presents. I was not as lucky back then, but with work and all, I have finally saved up enough to buy my first David Yurman ring! Here is the outfit I decided to celebrate my way to Bloomingdale’s in as I put that shiny amethyst stone on my middle finger. (Stupid truck in the background.)

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Top: Neoprene V-neck tank top from Zara

Skirt: Wrap Me Skirt in Royal from Lushfox

Bag: Suede bucket bag with gold chain and studs, Japanese imported from Hong Kong

Shoes: Rockstud knockoffs from Valentino by BCBG Generation – Darron Patent Pump (I can’t afford them in EVERY color, although I do have a few pairs..they’re dangerously close in design, but I can still tell the difference. I bought my black BCBG ones after I bought a real Valentino pair in red. At least with the Black pair, I won’t have to worry about soiling them on my weekend nights out!)

David Yurman Albion Ring with Amethyst & Diamonds

David Yurman Albion Ring with Amethyst & Diamonds

And the best part of the day was acquiring my final prized possession and latest obsession: my brand new David Yurman Albion Ring with Amethyst & Diamonds. I have worn this ring every day, and I absolutely adore it. Amethyst is also the stone of luck, so luck is with me wherever I go 🙂

Let me know your thoughts!

Xoxo,

Kasey