Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"I'm just thinking of the right words to say. I know they don't sound the way I planned them to be."

My post with my little blue sequin clubbing dress has somehow landed on my blog a day before one of the most wholesome, family-centered holidays, Thanksgiving! Anyway, buying this cute little number was an honest mistake. I was waiting to meet a friend until she got off of work a few weeks ago near union square, and the next thing I knew I was in the Burlington Coat Factory. It totally wasn't planned, I swear. I honestly don't go shopping that much: it is just widely know that I have a clothing obsession so people give me many free items and I also make things or alter old pieces. 

However, once in a while it is always lovely to find myself on a rare shopping occasion when I am not working or looking for something specific. On this day I discovered that Burlington Coat Factory has more than just the awesome discounts on quality brand coats that it's known for (practically all my coats are from a Burlington in Connecticut), it also has tons of cute, cheap dresses! I love places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx which are simply goldmines for fabulous discount pieces, so it was a great surprise to find how great the clothing other than the coats are at Burlington. I highly recommend looking there the next time you are looking to score a deal on a cocktail dress, name brand or not! 

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit Highlights: Dress from Burlington and shoes by Seychelles

Style Tip: Don't be afraid to mix a heavy shoe with a little dress. It's very "in" and gives your look an edge.

Song of the Day: "The Promise" by When in Rome

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Fountains and fluorescent lights, the season has come..."

I spent the weekend visiting one of my best and oldest friends who's a children's librarian in Pennsylvania. It's so nice to regularly get out of the city, especially if you love nature and cute towns! She took me to Peddler's Village, which is somewhat near the town she lives in outside of Philadelphia. We went Christmas shopping, got food, and visited the gingerbread house competition. There was also a festival of lights in the village with the trees and shops lit up! I definitely recommend visiting the village any time of year if you are in the area.

I love Pennsylvania and have decided that I want a house there someday for weekends, vacations, and times when I'm not working between shows. It's such a great location and has the beautiful countryside as well as adorable villages and towns. Perhaps that will happen someday down the line but I'm getting ahead of myself as usual with dreams.

I wore my beloved purple plaid wool coat that I made in college and matched my hat, tights and overnight bag to it. Purple is a fun, yet suitable color for the fall and winter time as it is a great in-between for warm and cool hue choices. I also wore my new black leather Blundstones, which are so wearable yet cute, classic pieces. A basic pair of black, flat booties is the perfect cool weather addition to anyones closet, especially since they can rock them with denim shorts at a summer event! My black velvet scarf with purple and blue accents is from my trip to San Francisco, from a store in Chinatown and pairs nicely with a multitude of looks. It's reminiscent of a velvet, fringe kimono style piece but is less bold.

Photography: Jen Embree, Alexandra Nasto, and myself

Outfit Highlights: Purple is the way to go for a cool weather color that's still exciting!

Style Tip: A fedora or wide-brim hat will cover up some of your messy, wavy hair that you don't have time to style. 

Song of the Day: Snowbirds and Townies by Further Seems Forever

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Youtube Video: Handbag Essentials For A Busy New Yorker!

Hello lovely ladies and gents! In lieu of an actual blogpost for a couple more days, I bring you a new Youtube video on my channel I did my take on the "What's In My Bag?" video, sharing with you what this busy New York gal has with her on a day to day basis in terms of portable electronics, beauty necessities, and more. I hope that it was fun and helpful to watch and please feel free comment on the video or on this post with what handbag essentials that you find necessary or important from day to day! I always love sharing and receiving tips from others.

I promise that I will have a fun, new holiday-themed sewing tutorial for you very soon, as I know that I have been slacking in terms of Youtube. Autumn is my favorite season and has Halloween, my birthday, and Thanksgiving, but all that is almost dying down and I am already being cooped up inside again! I also plan to do a fun room tour video for you guys, since my room is nearly completed and decorated. In the mean time, here's a sneak peak of my bedroom in this new video!

Key items from my video!

-Handbag by Ecosusi
-Poweradd portable chargefrom Amazon (works 3-4 times! why don't you all have one yet?)
-Iphone 4 to Iphone 5/6 charger adapter (I got mine from Apple but they are available other places too)
-A small, vintage wallet that only has the credit cards and such that I actually need (keep everything else at home!)
-Free Neutrogena handcream I got from my mom's recent Hilton hotel (I always grab a ton when I stay somewhere with my parents...the only time I stay in hotels, of course, since I am broke...kidding but not really)
-Mini Aveeno SPF 55 Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion
-Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara by Grow Luscious in Black but I've been using New York Colo Big, bold Volume by the Lash Mascara in black on the weekends for a bolder look (comes in a yellow container)
-CoverGirl Brow and Eye Maker Pencil in Midnight Brown
-Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Lipstick in Violet Frenzy, number 27
-Burt's Bees classic Beeswax Lip Balm with vitamin E and peppermint
-$5 Sunglasses from Forever21
-I also didn't list it, but on a weekends I adore the Gel Bronze by Bonnebell in a Golden Tan, that I can easily and quickly apply for some color (it's impossible to find in stores these days so I did on Amazon)
-On-the-go key chain, discount cards that drugstores and such give you (actually use them, they rock!)
-Water bottle (don't worry, I re-use plastic ones several times and then recycle...and of course ALL OF THE SNACKS (I typically have way more than a lame bag of almonds)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"And you have broken every promise that we made"

My friend Lindsay and I were in a bar in K-Town the other day and they played about half of the soundtrack of the brilliant musical indie film, Begin Again. It stars Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine and has a pretty stellar original soundtrack. I was surprised and delighted at the bar's musical choices, and have since re-visited the film's music since back when I worked the premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last Spring (yes, I saw you-know-who!). My favorites are "A Step You Cant Take Back", "Lost Stars" (Kiera and Adam each have a version), and "Like A Fool". I suggest that you go listen to them right now, or better yet watch the film. 

If you live in the city and have ever felt a little lonely, this movie will tug at your heartstrings and make you feel a lot of things. I especially appreciate that the two main characters played by Ruffalo and Knightley are male and female but they aren't the ones that are romantically intertwined. They simply create a fantastic, platonic, musically-centered artistic connection (though Harry and Hermione will always take the platonic friendship cake). I don't want to give anything much away, but if you enjoyed "Once" also by writer/director John Carney you will adore this as well. 

This look is an indie rockstar ensemble if you ask me. Whenever I wear cool-girl glitter pieces with any kind of boots I feel an Emily Haines (from Metric) vibe. I love these studded Guess shorts and a camera-printed tee from Urban Outfitters gives a fun, casual twist to it. It's the perfect outfit in which to walk around the city, sharing an earbud with your favorite musical companion, and then perhaps even play your own songs live at an open mic night. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go watch "Begin Again."

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit Highlights: Shorts by Guess and shirt by Urban Outfitters

Style Tip: Sparkle literally always works with black pieces. Spice it up!

Song of the Day: "Like A Fool" by Kiera Knightley for the film Begin Again

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"I'm happy, I'm happy. Your birthday brings a pardoning."

My first blogpost was on November 4, 2013. That means I've been blogging for a little over a year! I started my blog with the name "Chic Shoes Chick", but I'm glad that I changed it to Modern Romantic, which is a more classic and all encompassing name. I can't thank you enough if you've followed me on my fun fashion escapades or even checked out one post! I appreciate all of the support and I'd also like to thank everyone besides Ben Benson who has helped me take photos or provided me with cool clothing or shoot ideas/places. It is just such a fun side project that allows me to express myself and I love being able to write regularly at my will. I also enjoy being a part of fashion week since I moved into the film and costume world. I still adore fashion and this blog has been such a fun journey the past year. 

A few weeks ago Ben Benson and I were wandering around his neighborhood in the Upper East Side and ran into some cute balloons so I figured I would save the photos for a birthday blogpost! While balloons are sort of cheesy, it's not everyday you walk down the street and happen upon yellow smiley face ones so I felt obligated. This look is comprised of Anna Sui maroon wedges, black lace thigh highs, a floppy hat and a simple, comfy skirt and shirt. I've started wearing braids again a lot more because my hair is just getting too darn long and I need to tame it! Hopefully they don't have the little girl stigma these days. 

It's also my birthday this coming Tuesday on November 11! I'll be turning 24 years young and I'm excited to have the day off and spend it with my mom who's coming into visit. But for now it's a Saturday and it's time to celebrate with close friends and my boyfriend who came in to visit and be crazy 20-year-olds while we can! Hoorah for celebrating another wonderful year of being alive and healthy. 

Photography: Benjamin Benson

Outfit Highlights: My beloved Anna Sui wedges are back for another season! 

Style Tip: I got my black lace thigh highs from my local drugstore for a few dollars. I am not sure why they sell basic or lacey tight options at most drugstores but I love it! 

Song of the Day: Happy Birthday by Sufjan Stevens

Monday, November 3, 2014

Collaboration with X by Gottex Fall 2014

I had the absolute pleasure of working with the head designer of X by Gottex, Qing Huang on this shoot featuring his designs for the brand. X by Gottex is the sportswear division of the popular swimwear brand. Everything is made in New York, which I completely support. X was created in 2012, and Qing began designing for them in 2013, bringing his modern and sophisticated aesthetic to the clothing. This blogshoot features pieces from their Fall 2014 line which is out now. 

The pieces that I got the wear during this photoshoot made me feel like such a powerful woman! They were unique, comfortable, and easy to mix and match. Many of the garments were made of a wetsuit material that was so soft against my skin. My favorite piece that I tried was the blue and black jacket with quilted leather. I adore a wardrobe staple like this jacket that I can pair with casual or fancier clothing. 

I can see many different women wearing this collection for various lifestyle aspects. I like that there are very athletic pieces and also ones that still have a sporty vibe, but can be worn to the office or out with friends. The clothes feature interesting prints, and also plain solids with interesting lines. You don't have to accessorize the clothes if you don't want to because they speak for themselves. 
X by Gottex is available to purchase online at, so check please check it out. I look forward to seeing how the brand evolves in the future as it continues growing! Qing and I were classmates during our FIT Fashion Design program and it was so exciting to be able to collaborate professionally. 

Designs by Qing Huang for X by Gottex

Photography: Benjamin Benson