A Flawless Affair in NYC.

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I was invited to A Flawless Affair on October 21st and I couldn’t have been more excited to attend the invite-only party. The event was hosted by Chantelle Fraser, the CEO of Flawless Event Casting and Entertainment, a leading national talent and booking company. Chantelle is a cast member of Bravo’s hit show,”Blood, Sweat and Heels,” which will be airing earlier next year.

A Flawless Affair took place at Hudson River Park’s Pier 40 on a Hornblower yacht, one of the largest boats at the dock with a gorgeous view of New York City from the water. A party on a yacht with amazing scenery? Count me in. Prior to the event, I hadn’t even been on a boat since my 7th grade dance (unless you’re willing to count the Staten Island Ferry, which I don’t and you shouldn’t). That being said, I couldn’t help but say yes to the invitation. Some of the stars in attendance included Mario Singer of “The Real Housewives of NYC”, Ms Drama from VH1’s “The Gossip Game” and the legendary rap artist Sandra Benton (aka Pepa of Salt -N-Pepa).

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The event was really glowing with the flashing lights of cameras surrounding the step-and-repeat and the loud hum of New York’s elite chatting over the open bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Granted, my eyes could have been playing tricks on me (the camera flashes never seemed to stop), but it really was a beautiful night and the perfect place to be spending the evening.

What really made the night memorable though were all the performers from the Flawless roster. There was certainly no shortage of entertainment with burlesque dancers, a sword swallower and contortionist, and even a belly dancer. You can’t forget about the fire breather or human strolling table too. Chantelle and her team really pulled out the stops to make sure the night ran smoothly. While the party may have ended a bit early due to a few reckless moments (don’t worry, I was nowhere near any of it), I’ll definitely be remembering the event for different reasons.

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A-Flawless-AffairWhat’s been the most exciting part of your week so far? Have you been to any big events lately? Say hello on social media and leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

Dressing for Fall.

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Sweater – H&M // Jeans – courtesy of Dittos Brand // Boots – Chinese Laundry via Soigne Fashion // Necklace – courtesy of Free Form Industries // Wallet – Burlington Coat Factory (similar here)

It’s fall. How do I know? Not because of the changing leaves or the fact that I went to a pumpkin carving party this weekend. It’s also not because of the ridiculous amount of apple cider I consumed at the previously mentioned party. It’s because I’m wearing pants. Yes. That’s what differentiates summer from fall to me (once a California girl, always a California girl). I’ve got to say this is different territory for me. When I lived on the west coast, I leaned more towards dresses in flowy fabrics because of how versatile and comfortable they are (and the fact that you don’t have to slyly unbutton the top of your jeans if you eat too much).

When dressing for fall in New York though, I love to play with different shapes. Since the season inevitably calls for layering, I like to wear something more fitted on the bottom (like a great pair of fitted skinny jeans and a chunky knit or a few long sleeves with a trench coat thrown over it. Or I might wear a full skirt with tights and a sleek turtleneck. It’s all about checks and balances and not looking like the Stay-Puft marshmallow guy (see here).

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These amazing Dittos brand jeans are my new favorites. Instead of reaching for a pair of tights to wear with a dress and a leather jacket, I shimmied into these lovely Dittos that I picked up this weekend at Simply Stylist. These Mary Midrise Leggings have a nice vintage feel, just the right wash and fit like an absolute dream. I’m generally not a huge fan of leggings because I feel like they leave too little for the imagination. However, these ones are soft and comfy with the structure of jeans – perfect for pairing with a burgundy knit and playing in the leaves.

When it comes to dressing for fall, you don’t need to throw out all of your summer clothes. It’s about working with the pieces you already have and adding a few key items to tie everything together. Over the course of the past month, I’ve been reaching for sweaters that can be layered in a million ways, fun boots, and a great pair of jeans. Throw in a gorgeous piece of jewelry like my 3-d printed Chrysler Building necklace from Free Form Industries and it’s hard to go wrong.
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Need a little more help with dressing for the season? Check out one of my recent articles on TheUrbanRealist to see my five favorite pieces for transitioning into fall. How are you doing now that the season has officially changed?

Photos by Guerrilla Photography

Sunday Notes.

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This weekend is busy with events! I spent yesterday covering Lingerie Fashion Week for TheUrbanRealist, meeting amazingly stylish women and attending break out sessions at Simply Stylist and carving pumpkins with friends. I’ll be heading in to Brooklyn for a photoshoot for an upcoming event and then taking care of an ever-growing to-do list once I’m home. With a swamped weekend, I’m been looking to lots of different tips for making life easier and a little more enjoyable. Here are my favorite links for this week.

1. Loving these fashion and beauty tips from the ever-talented Molly Ford for succeeding at work. (forbes.com)

2. Anything Ryan Gosling is sure to get you motivated. (troll.me)

3. These concerning autocorrect fails are perfect for a brain break. (buzzfeed.com)

4. 5 hair dos for your next workout or next time you’re on the go. (refinery29.com)

5. DIY gifts you can make in less than an hour. The Spock phone case is everything. (buzzfeed.com)

6. Ways to be more productive. Ignore the fact that I read this in order to procrastinate. (greatist.com)

7. 15 bucket list trips you can totally afford. Will definitely keep you motivated.(refinery29.com)

8. 50 healthy habits every girl should have. So many amazing tips here! (stylecaster.com)

What links are motivating you this week? Any articles you’d recommend? Leave a comment and let me know!