NYFW: Outfit Recap with Trunk Club

It’s been a crazy week here at New York Fashion Week, but also one of the best weeks of my entire career that’s reminded me there is nothing better than pursuing what you love. I’ve had so much fun running around to shows, events, meetings, parties and shooting content with Alicia. Shooting in NYC is like a playground, there are endless options for photoshoot locations! Thank you guys SO MUCH for all your sweet messages and comments on my posts this past week. It’s so rewarding to read through all of your comments after all the work and passion that we put into each styled shoot. Believe me, you have no idea what your words mean to me! 🙂 I’ve felt so loved reading through everything, especially the messages when I reached 200K last week, woohoo!!

This year, I was given the opportunity to take on NYFW with Trunk Club Women. Trunk Club is a personal styling service that matches you up with a highly skilled stylist who works with you to: create unique outfits you love or even to revamp your entire wardrobe completely.  After the selection and styling process is finalized, a ‘trunk’ full of items is shipped right to your doorstep, where you’re able to try them all on in the comfort of your home, keep what you want, and send back what you don’t. You are then only charged for the items you keep!

I spent the days leading up to fashion week working with my stylist, Kelsey, on 4 outfits we styled specifically for various shows, meetings, events, and photoshoots at NYFW. We schedule a styling appointment at Trunk Club’s Chicago Clubhouse where we talked about what I had scheduled for the week and the types of outfits I was looking for. Because most of you probably have no idea what really goes on at New York Fashion Week (I had NO clue before I started attending), I wanted to take you behind the scenes to show you the wardrobe styling that goes into a single day at NYFW.

6:00 Wake up + Shoot 

Get up + get ready for a sunrise shoot for outfit #1,  because lighting is everything when it comes to photography. 9 times out of 10 we don’t just get lucky with the lighting, shooting is usually very strategically planned out to make for the best final image. During fashion week, we woke up at the crack of dawn to utilize the early hours of morning light to shoot content for my blog and Instagram, while keeping the entire afternoon open for other responsibilities.

 

12:00 Lunch Meetings 

After morning shoots, I’d change into a different out outfit for lunch meetings and afternoon events. For a fashion blogger, networking during fashion week is so important. So while shooting content for my blog/Instagram and attending shows is important, there’s nothing quite as crucial as taking time to meet in person to talk to brands about partnership opportunities.

This all pink look was my favorite outfit of the week I put together with my Trunk Club stylist. We wanted to focus this look around these epic pink jeweled booties by Jeffery Campbell. We had so much fun putting this one together and I felt like it captured my style so perfectly! The pink leather skirt gave the outfit a super feminine look and the faux fur cardigan made it playful and fun. (PS – you have to check out Cha Cha Matcha for an iced latte in NYC, it’s the cutest place with delicious lattes!)

Booties | Skirt | Sweater | Similar Pink Cardigan | YSL Bag

3:00 Afternoon Shows:

The fashion shows at NYFW are exactly what you’d imagine: the room goes dark, the music is loud and epic, there’s flashing show lights and camera flashes, and then the skyscraper models covered in dreamy gowns make their appearance as A-list celebrities watching the show from the front row. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. For one of my busiest days at the shows, I put together this look with my stylist that was centered around this sophisticated Veronica Beard she picked. Mustard yellow is a big color for Spring 2018, so these high-waisted trouser pants were perfect. Paired with a velvet crop top and a quilted Chanel, I loved the look off this classic and business-chic outfit.

Veronica Beard Blazer | Yellow Trouser Pants | Velvet Crop Top | Similar Bag

Side Note:

Two of my favorite shows during the week were: Oscar de la Renta and the Kate Spade Fall 2018 presentation. Kate Spade was incredible for obvious reasons – it’s a brand I’ve loved and worn for so many years.  But Oscar de la Renta felt like a complete dream. The moment I walked into the building my heart starting pounding – it was such an incredible feeling to walk in there alone and sit among some of the most recognized names in fashion to view the designs from one of the most iconic designers of all time! I was sitting right by Dakota Fanning, Maren Morris, and Nicky Hilton (obviously trying to play it cool but mostly just freaking out). Exhibit A (hiiii):

6:00 Shoots + Events

Right before sunset is also always a great opportunity to shoot. The lighting is beautiful and I’ve gotten through most of my meetings and shows at this point. This sporty chic outfit with bold red stiletto booties was the most unique look my Trunk Club stylist and I put together for NYFW. I loved how the different elements came together here – the sporty bomber, feminine bodycon dress, and edgy stilettos. We shot this right in the heart of Times Square about a half a block away from Hotel Edison, where we stayed the entire week. I absolutely loved the location, service, and restaurants inside the hotel, and views from the room we stayed in! I usually stay in Soho or Tribeca when I’m in NY, so it was so cool to stay further north in the heart of all the chaos.

Topshop Bodycon Dress | Bomber Jacket | Red Pumps | Red Earrings | YSL Bag

8:00 After Parties + Dinners

One of my favorite things about the long days at fashion week is when you can unwind and just get together to network with your favorite PR girls you’re constantly long-distance e-mailing with or fellow bloggers you hardly ever get to actually hang out with in real life! The last outfit I styled with Trunk Club was a going-out look for dinner and after parties. I wore this sequin blazer with knee-high boots and a gold dotted blazer for a dinner with the TRESemmĂ© team at Nomo Soho. We had picked out a few other options to pair with this blazer, but both agreed the sequin top was the extra element this outfit needed!

Sequin Tank | Gold Dotted Blazer | Stuart Hiline Boots


It was so cool getting the chance to partner with such a creative team of women at Trunk Club Women on my NYFW ’18 outfits. Whether you’re planning a big trip and want help putting together outfits that fit your style and frame perfectly, are wanting to revamp your wardrobe for Spring, or simply just don’t have time to shop– this is the best way to do it.

The Trunk Club team is made up of expert stylists who will look over every single detail you’re concerned about as far as your wardrobe needs go – and work to find you plenty of options that fit your body perfectly and showcase your own personal style.  Contact your own personal stylist here to get started on your first trunk!

All photography by Aesthetiica

Thank you to Trunk Club for partnering with me on this unforgettable experience!

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6 Guilty Pleasures Getting Me Through Winter

Outfit from VICI: Sweater (size small) | Jacket | Tassel Loafers | Jeans

It’s 10 degrees in Chicago right now and I’m sitting on the floor in my room next to my space heater because IT’S SO COLD. I just packed everything up to leave for New York Fashion Week in the morning – where it’s also looking like a prettyyyy cold week. Because spring feels so far away and bad weather always puts be into hibernation mode, I’m sharing 6 guilty pleasures that get me through the winter months. (Never said they were all good for you, just some things to make the cold and bleh weather not so bad 🙂 ).

  1. LONG showers. I love really hot showers. Not only do they help wake me up in the morning, but I like to get up a little earlier than necessary just to get some extra warmth before heading out in the cold.
  2. Spray tans. Yep, I’m serious. I get so pale in the winter and I stopped going to the tanning bed years ago, and I lucked out with this place just a few blocks from my front door. I go to an awesome ‘organic spray tan salon’ (whatever that means) on North Avenue. If you live in Chicago you have to try them out, tell them I sent you!
  3. Red Wine. There’s nothing like a cozy night in on the couch with a glass of red! I really love A to Z Pinot Noir. Pretty sure you can find it at most liquor stores. And I know I’ve posted about these glasses a million times but they really do just make drinking wine more fun, haha.
  4. Alone time. Read online articles/your favorite blog, listen to an inspiring podcast, put on a face mask, take a bubble bath, listen to your favorite playlist.
  5. Sweets. They just make everything better. Everything in moderation!!
  6. My space heater. We are in a serious relationship all winter. When I’m working in my room – it’s upstairs in my room. When I’m at my desk – it’s right underneath. It’s the little things guys 😉

What are you guilty pleasures? Comment on my latest Instagram post so I can get some new ideas to get through these cold winter months! Can’t wait to take you guys along with me to fashion week – fun stuff coming this week! xo, liv

Pictures: Aesthetiica

 

 

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2018 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: For HIM + HER

Outfit details: Similar Faux Fur Coat | ‘Feelings’ Tee XS | Converse | Petite Ripped High-Waist Jamie Jeans 

Valentine’s day gifts don’t have to be anything extravagant! Just a little something that says I love you and I put a little thought into this. Here’s some ideas I came up with:

Gift Ideas for Him

Notes on the gifts above + other ideas:

This coffee mug is the coolest idea, it heats itself up: Ember Mug

Conner has Spice Bomb cologne (above) and loves it.

This little money clip (above) is the best! My friend John has it and loves it so I got it for Conner last year.

The Kiehl’s facial fuel and face wash (above) are a fail proof gift. Guys love this stuff.

MunchPak: OK, I love this idea. A monthly subscription box that sends a collection of unique snacks from around the world (like: peach gummies from Japan, panda cookies from Korea, blue raspberry bon bons from France, bizarre Doritos flavors only sold south of the equator). SO COOL

Personalized Desk Calendar: Shutterfly has these cute little desk calendars that you can personalize for each month. Put pictures of you two, places you’ve traveled together, and any other memories you’ve photographed.

Get him an Uber gift card! Who doesn’t need that?

Love with Food: get him a 6 month subscription (on sale for V-day) – this box is full of organic, all-natural, or gluten-free snacks every month.


Gift Ideas for Her

Notes on the gifts above + some other ideas:

I love getting jammies for every holiday. You can’t go wrong with Victoria Secret pjs.

Get her a slip pillow case (above)! A great gift that’s good for her hair & skin.

Honestly one of my favorite gifts from Conner is a portable charger. I use it every single day because I’m constantly on 1%. This one is so cute for v-day.

Hanky Panky underwear (above) is THE BEST. So comfortable – a great galentine’s gift.

Rifle paper always has the cutest v-day cards.

You can never go wrong with a dozen roses (or 2 dozen 😉 !)

Thanks for reading! xo

photos by Aesthetiica

 

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