Warby Parker: Details Matter

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hey everyone! I have a super exciting collab for this post. I teamed up with Warby Parker, an eyeglasses and sunglasses brand to tell you guys about their new fall collection. The brand offers a wide variety of affordable eyeglasses and sunglasses, plus with every pair your purchase, one pair is given to somebody in need--I love that!

For their fall collection the focus is: Details matter. The collection is inspired by playful constructions and visual trickery from Surrealist artists. I know, you're probably wondering how that translates into glasses. For you that means there are inverted keyhole bridges on the frames, exaggerated end pieces, two-toned laminated color ways, and 24-karat gold accents.

Below, check out a breakdown of the fall collection.

Two Tones: 

Bowen Eastern Bluebird Fade 

This style comes in a many colors, from teal, white, light blue and rose. I'd have to say the rose shade is my favorite, but are you real that surprised? 

Basso Tone: 

This design was inspired by the basso-relievo sculpture. The design was created by two layers of acetate together and then carving away the top layer to reveal a contrast. 

Duckworth Cognac Tortoise with Bermuda Blue 

The contrast between the two tones on this style is very unique, and I've honestly never seen glasses like this before. 

Mixed Materials:

This design took a classic silhouette, then modernized it with hued acetate and 18-karat white gold and 24-karat gold around the lenses for a one-of-a-kind look.

Tansley Jet Black 

I love how sleek and simple this design is. The contrast of the gold with a solid color is clean, and is sure to match any outfit. This style comes in other colors as well, which are available in the new collection. 

Fall Palette:

This design was created by taking some of the favorite silhouettes and mixing them with a seasonal color palette. Think, blush, classic tortoises and deep red shades.

Casey Melon 

Even though the this style inspired by the lovely fall colors, it's safe to say they these will be spotted around town all year long. The colors are neutral enough where you can definitely pull them off no matter what season. 

I love how versatile this entire collection is. The frames are flattering on a wide variety of face shapes, and the colors match just about any outfit you could imagine. Plus, these glasses give off that cozy vibe we're all looking to achieve in our fall fashion. 

If you're looking to purchase a pair, but you don't want to risk choosing a pair you won't like on yourself, there it no need to worry; try #WarbyParkerHomeTryOn. All you have to do is select five frames you want to try, and they're sent to your house for free. After five days, you send back the frames with a prepaid return label. Super simple, right? I think that is such a great idea, because let's face it, nobody wants to go through the struggle of returning an online item they ended up not liking.

Will you be purchasing some new glasses for fall? Let me know if you will and what you think of the new collection in the comments below!

New York Fashion Week

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Life in New York has been pretty great, but two weeks ago in particular was just a little more exciting (okay, ALOT more). If you didn't already know, New York Fashion Week was two weeks ago! Through my internship at New York Girl Style Magazine and F.I.T, I had the opportunity to attend three shows and volunteer at one. I've always wanted to go to fashion week, so being able to do this was incredible! Oh, and let me tell you, the street style really is as fabulous as it looks online. Everyone put on their best outfits and shuffled around from show to show. It's also crazy how many photographers were there. I guess I never really thought about that, but someone has to capture the fashion on the streets, right?

The first show I went to was called Jeans for Refugees, which was actually on the first day of fashion week. I thought it was super interesting. Johny Dar, who created the brand, takes jeans which are donated from people like Anna Wintour and Karlie Kloss, and then paints them and embroiders them. After that, he sells them and all of the proceeds go to various charities. I love the concept of it! It's an innovative way to recycle garments, while helping others in need.

KYBOE! was the second show I went to. KYBOE! is a luxury watch brand. Their watches come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. It was really neat seeing how the watches were displayed. Obviously the models wore the accessories down the runway, but the watches also were displayed on hand mannequins that circled the runway, sort of like a stylish conveyor belt. This was such a fun show! It had a fun/party vibe and really upbeat music.

The third show I went to was Orlando Dugi and Patricia Michaels. This was a joint show between the two designers. Both designers showcased evening wear lines with gorgeous gowns. Dugi's collection was a  little more traditional for what you would think of when "evening wear" comes to mind. For Michael's part of the show, her collection was more eclectic.  For this show, I was able to sit in the balcony, which I actually liked a little better than being flat on the ground. I had great view of all the looks, and best part of all? There weren't rows of heads in front of me!

Did you have a favorite show from fashion week, or get to attend any shows yourself? Let me know!

I'm in a New York State of Mind

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hi beautiful readers! I've officially been living in New York City for two weeks! For those of you who are super confused, sitting at your computer thinking, "I thought she went to school in Pennsylvania?" let me explain. 

I went to Mercyhurst for my freshman, sophomore and junior years of school and studied fashion merchandising there. My school has a visiting student program with the Fashion Institute of Technology, which allows me to study at F.I.T my junior or senior year if I want to. I chose to spend my senior year in the Big Apple, so that's exactly what I'm doing! I'll be graduating in May (yikes...thats scary) with a bachelors degree from Mercyhurst and associates degree from F.I.T, so there's not much to complain about there. While I'm here in New York, I'll be studying advertising and marketing communications. 

When I moved to New York, I had a week to explore the city with two of my best friends, Sophie and Natalie,  before classes started. There was so much we wanted to do, so we started crossing things off our list right away. But let me tell you, when you want to spend a limited amount of money, it's amazing how hard and easy it is to find activities to do. Sure, you can find countless museums and parks to go to for free, which are all really awesome. But if you want to do a more "typical" New York activity, like the Empire State building or see a Broadway show, it's going to be expensive. 

We did so much exploring and walking; I loved every minute of it! We went to Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park, tried the black ice cream at Morgenstern's Finest ice cream, had a picnic in Central Park, explored Times Square, and even went to the DNCE concert when the band was on the Today Show. 

At the end of the week, my fourth roommate, Ceci moved in! Of course, we did even more exploring with her! We checked out Cha Cha Matcha to see what all the hype is about (personally, I wasn't a big fan), went to The Highline and Chelsea Market, and The Met. Oh, I can't forget about our second adventure in Central Park where we found a castle. I'm probably leaving out activities, but check out some of the pictures I took during our adventures! 

I can't wait to explore more of the city and try new things out. I'm going to try to keep you updated about life here in New York at least once every two weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I have to admit though, it is a little weird being at a different school, having different professors, and not having all of my friends here, but I'm so happy to be living in the city. I'm so excited to see what the rest of the school year has in store. 

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