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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

When You Feel Your Worst, Look Your Best

"When you feel your worst, look your best"

- Not sure who said that

Lately, I've been feeling down because summer is officially gone and a person who I had romantic feelings for, basically kicked me to the curb and moved to Europe in the process of doing so. 

With lack of sun and lack of said guy, it would be easy to settle into a rut on a chilly Sunday on my couch eating cinnamon toast crunch (ahem...which happened). But I didn't let my rut last long. I knew I had to get out and keep living my life as my fabulous self.


I threw on one of my new favorite patterned suits, stepped out side, and let the good feelings flow. 

Since it's fall, I slid into some tights, chunky booties, and for a spin added door knocker earrings and a western inspired hat.

Clothing is an expression and I choose to be chic. 

No matter who just ditched me, 

and

No matter the season.










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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bathtub Gin's Kin The 18th Room

Who doesn't love a finely crafted gin cocktail along with full burlesque show featuring performers in a giant bathtub? If you can manage to fight the urge to slip into Bathtub Gin in Chelsea, wander into the plain glass door right next to it to find The 18th Room. 

The 18th room is ran by the same team behind Bathtub Gin and is one of my new favorite speakeasies in the city. Dark, sexy, and alluring, this bar has mixed classic Art Deco and millennial neon decor, almost as seamlessly as they mix their cocktails.

Speaking of drinks, you can request a custom made spirit tailored to your very liking. Let your server know you would like your custom cocktail and she will guide you through a few questions to determine your preferences and finally come back with your unique boozy masterpiece...and maybe some popcorn too.

This speakeasy is definitely one to add to your to do list. 











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Monday, October 8, 2018

A Betsy Ball Gown

Somehow in the summer months I managed to accumulate about six (gorgeous) formal floor length gowns. Where I am going in said gowns was beyond me but damnit if I needed to wear a gown to the bodega on the corner to get some pop tarts, so be it. On this particular fall day, I decided to galavant to the park wearing a whimsical ball gown by Betsy Johnson. 


I love how much fun Betsy Johnson incorporates into her pieces and this dress is no exception. The strapless sweetheart neckline and boning in the corset gives beautiful structure to the dress while the tiny bows and not so tiny lace ruffles provide a bold yet feminine and romantic feel. 

Since I was heading to the park, I ditched my heels and threw on a pair of chunky Steve Madden Metallic Silver Sneakers. This was a departure for me since I am typically a stilettos by any means necessary kinda girl. However, the sneakers added additional character to the already animated gown and pulled the entire look together. 

The accessories? Simple and elegant. A minimal smile necklace from Tiffany & Co. along with black and gold Kate Spade stud earrings did the trick. 

Well styled, if I do day so myself.








 


 












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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

When Cheetah Meets Cowboy Mixing Fall Trends

Cheetah print in the concrete jungle? Seems like a perfect fit. 

Since animal print is trending this fall, I wanted release my inner wild woman, step out of my comfort zone, and give it a go! I've never been one for prints and have steered far, far away from clothing that is bold and busy. What can I say? The NYC uniform is basically all black all the time. However, after embracing this trend, I am completely reevaluating my decisions because this long sleeved, turtle neck, cheetah print top looks so good!

#shook


A beautiful and unexpected aspect about animal print is that it is surprisingly easy to style. I threw on some mom jeans, added a western inspired cowboy belt, slapped on a hat and had an instant vibe. I elevated the look even further by adding a pair of my now favorite sunglasses and popped the outfit with a vibrant purple cross body bag. I couldn't believe how chic and effortless a busy animal print could look. 

Trends are fun and can push you into fashion you never thought you would ever wear. I will definitely be incorporating more animal print into my staple wardrobe this fall and even for future seasons. 
Will you? 


 














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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Tips and Tricks for A Glam Bedroom Shot

You’ve seen them on your Instagram feed. The hotel or bedroom shots with your favorite influencer in a towel or plush robe on the bed looking lavish and luxe while enjoying room service with fresh fruit and bubbly. #bestlife
Well yours truly, @thechicpaige tried my own glam hotel photo shoot for the gram and I love how the images turned out! It wasn’t all glam tho. First moments of the shoot were just me awkwardly fumbling to gracefully situate myself on the bed, figuring out what poses worked, and what items to place on the bed. I finally got into a good flow and figured out what worked so I thought why not share a few tips and tricks.



OOTB
Outfit on the bed. Determine what you want to wear in the shot. Will you be in a lacy body suit or a plush robe? I chose a feminine bodysuit from topshop because it was lingerie-esque and because I didn’t order a robe from Amazon and had work with what I had.
The Accessories 
I suggest grabbing your favorite magazine, sunglasses, and some sort of colorful and instagrammable food. Flip the magazine open to an image that looks fancy (perfume or sunglasses ads are great for this) and bonus points if the images match colors on the bed or what you may be wearing. For the food: if you ordered room service it will already look aesthetically pleasing but if you brought your own food (like how I did) you will need to put it on a nice plate. Put the sunglasses on the bed or wear them in a few of the shots. 
Furniture
The bed is the go location obviously but scope out if other areas in the room are IG worthy. You could stand by cool piece of art or lamp or sit in a fancy chair if is there is one. 
Vogue – strike a pose
Most challenging part is looking natural in this very staged setting but no worries these are fool proof.

Legs for days pose
Sit on the bed on your butt with one or both legs extended (your choice). Angle your legs to one of the corners of the bed. You can look down slightly to make it seem like you are reading your magazine, stretch your arms out to reach like you are putting on moisturizer, or be bold and look dead at the camera. 


Propped up pose
Sit on your knees on the bed. Then sit to the left side or right side (whatever is most comfy for you). Think of something funny and laugh a little. Hold your sunglasses, some of the food, or the magazine to add some movement to the shots. 



On your toes pose

If you are standing, stand on your toes to make your legs look longer and put one foot in front of the other. You can hold on to a wall or  to help keep your balance if you're feeling unsteady.

These tips will definitely help you but ultimately feeling comfortable and confident is the key to any photoshoot!









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