NYFW – part 2 – the rewardStyle party

After an early night on Friday I was up and raring to go on Saturday morning. There were a couple of things that I had promised myself that I would do while NYC on my own – one was to head for a run in Central Park, which I did! Even in the crazy, nasty humidity that morning!

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Sweat I did, but it felt good, I was cleansed and ready to imbibe again! That started with the second thing I’d promised myself – coffee and an egg and bacon roll from a deli on the way back to the hotel!

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It was still only 10am so I decided I had time to mooch around the shops before I had to get ready for the rewardStyle blogger party that started at 3pm. Given how hot it was still I threw on a Mango t-shirt and denim shorts with my Avarcas pons – perfect for beating the heat in the City.

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The party was held at the Empire Hotel next to Central Park – so I had decided to stay in Times Square. This was my only error of the weekend. I HATE Times Square. Tell me please why people will queue for hours to get into TGIF, Ruby Tuesdays or the Shake Shack when they can dine at the most amazing places in the USA, for the same price, just a few blocks away? It baffles me.

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Still I had fun and it was easy to walk across 46th to 5th to get to all the stores. Though I have to say I spent longer in the American Girl Store than I really wanted to – mainly as their air conditioning was so welcome! I managed to snag the cheer outfit for Poppy which she was thrilled with.

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From there I nipped into one of my favorite shoe stores – Stuart Weitzman. I just wanted to ‘look’ of course – but I ended up trying the Highland in charcoal and the Leman in black and white. I fell in love with both immediately, especially the Highland which I wore a lot last season in black (here, here, and here). This season they have raised the bar with their boots and shoes!

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I’ve had an obsession with black and white lace ups since I saw Victoria wearing hers.

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I stunned myself by walking out of the store empty handed – but only because they didn’t have my size! Trying on shoes when it is hot and sticky is pretty nasty too! ūüôā

So then it was back to the hotel and I was ready in less than an hour – I was quite impressed! I did have a little dither over which shoes to wear though!

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In the end I opted for the Sam Edelman Anastasias in grey – they coordinated really well with the AllSaints Rip it Up sweater dress and gave an edgier vibe than the originally intended Vince Claires.

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I met some fun people and even Coco Rocha was there! After a thrilling day I was in bed by 10pm – that wouldn’t have been the case 20 years ago in NYC!

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A haircut for date night.

It was time for a color refresh yesterday and even though I am growing my hair it had got to the stage where I needed more shape. ¬†The bob was getting a bit heavy so I had lots of layers added to blend it and make it easier to keep growing – it’s almost over my collar at the back now!

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Thanks as always to the gorgeous Lauren at Plum Salon who got me out of there in time for my Brazilian appointment – Christmas takes some preparation! ¬†In fact after reading MommyEnnui.com‘s latest post top of my wish list for Santa this year is painless, permanent, immediate removal of all my unwanted body hair!

My outfit for the day was rather festive – red and sparkles!

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Sneakers – Golden Goose (old similar here¬†and here) // Jeans – Zara // Sweater – Uniqlo men’s cashmere crewneck // Jacket – Zara (old similar here¬†and here on sale!) // Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviators

Last night we went out for dinner – a bit of romance before the Christmas mayhem begins. ¬†I broke all the rules and wore my new Stuart Weitzman Highland boots with a short, tight, printed dress. ¬†I felt quite boho though with my H&M gilet. ¬†The boots are incredibly comfy and easy to wear – they made me feel pretty fabulous. ¬†I think they are true to size – I’m wearing a US 8.5. ¬†I have a pretty wide foot too and, contrary to many reviews, I don’t find them narrow at all.

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Boots РStuart Weitzman Highland // Tights РMarks and Spencers Merino rich tights (LOVE these) // Dress РZara (this is a medium and dangerously short) // Gilet РH&M (similar here) // Clutch РBoden Canonbury clutch (just $44 in the sale!)

It is miserable weather here today so I am going to curl up on the sofa with a box of Belgian chocolates and watch It’s a Wonderful Life again! ¬†What is your favorite Xmas movie?

 

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How one ‘need’ can lead to another ‘need’ in a matter of moments.

I’m still debating with myself about the over the knee boots. ¬†It’s now moved on from ‘should I get some?’ to ‘which do I get?’. ¬†It’s a tricky one. ¬†The choice rests between two¬†Stuart Weitzman styles – the Stuart Weitzman Highland or the Stuart Weitzman 50/50. ¬†Both over the knee but VERY different. ¬†I actually could make an argument for both – which is the problem – because now I want both. ¬†The Highland is long, sleek, heeled and sexy – definitely a going out boot, and the 50/50 is a low heeled boot, more practical looking, but still a gorgeous riding boot that could be worn during the day too. ¬†My heart says the Highland, my head says the 50/50.

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If I go for the 50/50 another multitude of decisions needs to be made – suede or leather, print or plain, and then what color? I love both the black suede and the topo suede.

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Then look what arrived on the Bloomingdale’s site the other day! ¬†This nubuck pair is divine – imagine them with bare, tanned legs and a dress.

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So that’s what I did – imagined myself with OTK boots and a dress. ¬†Fatal. ¬†That vivid imagination of mine led me straight to the ASOS site. ¬†ASOS are killing me. ¬†They are my new go to site when I am on the hunt for something.

For me the critical features that a dress must have to be worn stylishly with OTK boots are:

1. Slightly loose or flowy – nothing tight – way too hoochy mama with boots – think Pretty Woman.

2. Not too dressy – for the same reasons as above – let the boots do the talking.

3. Don’t show too much skin up top – no boobs or cleavage for Pete’s sake. ¬†We’re looking at the legs not the tits.

4. Slightly shorter than the top of the boots Рlet at least an inch of flesh show between the boots and dress, either bare legs or opaque tights.  If you wear tights Рmake sure they are a slightly lower denier or color from the boots Рyou want people to see where the boots end Рthey are thigh highs and supposed to be a little sexy! (again just not Pretty Woman style)

Okay those are the rules Рfairly easy to follow and easy to apply.  All I did was search for ASOS brand black or grey dresses and here are the all the dresses that I now cannot live without.  Especially once I have my OTK boots Рwhichever pair I end up with.  If I procrastinate any longer they will be sold out.  These first few dresses are lovely casual dresses that contrast brilliantly with the decadence of thigh highs.

I love this dress – I’ve seen a few sweatshirts with similar print. ¬†This would be perfect with suede Highlands.

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I’ve just ordered this sweatshirt dress – again perfect for wearing with a dressy heeled boot – I love the juxtaposition of the two together.

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This jersey nepi dress is the PERFECT shape as far as I am concerned for thigh highs. ¬†Nothing too OTT about the dress – it’s all about the boots.

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I love this skater dress for the same reasons.

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Remember what I said about no flesh up top.  This dress takes it to the extreme Рgorgeous with short hair or long hair in a high pony tail, with the boots of course.

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Now this one bends the rules slightly – but there’s always one isn’t there? ¬†With the flat 50/50s this would be perfect – here the top of the dress compensates for the lack of heel on the boots.

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This crack print dress fell in the mix purely because I adore the print Рvery Mint Velvet.  A perfect party dress with high or low heeled OTK boots.

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Finally a drop waisted dress.  Pretty, flirtatious and no hoochy mama in sight.

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So now the conundrum Рwhich boots is it to be?  Choosing the dress will be easy then no?

As I head off to dream about thigh high boots here’s what I’ve been wearing the past couple of days.

I bought these Steve Madden boots so long ago that at the time it completely escaped me what fabulous Marant tributes they are!

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Boots – Steve Madden Carlsen (old) // Trousers – Zara (old) // Sweater – Off Duty sweater Boden // Coat – Mango

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Jeans – H&M (old) // Tank – H&M (old) // Sweater – Zara // Boots – Isabel Marant pour H&M via eBay // Scarf – H&M (old) // Jacket – Zara

 

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