I’ve always loved Halloween; getting dressed up in costumes and becoming a different character with makeup and accessories. Our close family friend owned a Hallmark shop and she would always send me (and still often does!) the cutest Halloween cards, filled with confetti and glitter. I adore all the classic Halloween movies. And getting candy at every turn isn’t bad either.
If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend too much on your costume… They can get so expensive! So here’s an affordable costume you can easily put together at home that gives a nod to one of my favorite films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Can we ever forget Holly Golightly opening her apartment door after a late night, vintage tassels dangling from her ears and a quirky eye mask perched atop her forehead?
If you want to recreate the look, here’s what you’ll need…
Tassel Ear Plugs: These vintage-inspired tassel ear plugs were designed to make any sleeping beauty look glamorous while getting her rest. Holly Golightly wore them during the day while catching up on sleep after a long night out. I found mine here and they can be purchased as a set with the eye mask or individually.
Felt Eye Mask: In my opinion, the most important part of this costume! (Of course, that could be because I’m also fascinated with wearing it to bed!) Holly wore this felt eye mask with gold details to sleep. As I mentioned above, you can purchase the eye mask here as a set with the ear plugs or by itself.
Men’s Tuxedo Shirt: If you can, borrow a tux shirt or dress shirt from your favorite guy. You can also buy fairly affordable tux shirts here and dress shirts here. For sizing purposes, J told me he has a 42/43 inch chest and his tux shirts are perfectly baggy on me. You really can’t go wrong… The baggier, the better as it will make for a more dress-like outfit. If you find that the shirt is too short, simply add opaque tights with heels as if you’re half-dressed from the night before.
Cat Eye + False Lashes: Holly wore winged liner and thick false lashes for most of her looks. Get her look by lining your top lid with liquid liner and adding dramatic lashes. Tease the top section of your hair and pin it back for a half-up do with lots of volume on top.
I apologize for the little hiatus in blogging… I hope most of you have kept up with me via my Instagram @brittanypillard, but I’ve missed sitting down and typing out a post so very much. First, let’s discuss this outfit… Then I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to lately.
It’s no surprise that fashion is giving a major nod to the 1970’s this season. And there are so many easy ways to work this vintage style into your current wardrobe. I love this wine-colored cold shoulder top because it embraces the shoulder-baring trend in a really beautiful, feminine way… And because the stunning silk fabric catches every breeze to create dramatic flow and movement. The top runs true to size, but if you’re in between I would suggest ordering up because this top looks amazing when it’s loose and flowing.
An easy way to create that 1970’s look I mentioned previously is to pair a flowy top like this with flared denim and block heel or platform shoes. It feels just a little boho and vintage without feeling as if you’re in costume… (I mean, it’s Halloween but let’s not go overboard.) This is a look that’s very wearable; you can easily top this with a moto jacket thrown over the shoulders or with a shearling vest as the days get colder. Wear it to date night, happy hour, or to your weekend events.
Speaking of weekend events, I’ve had a lot lately and that’s why I haven’t been able to sit down and write a full blog post lately. I’ve mentioned before that one of my goals is to find a work-life balance (is it ever really achieved?!) and it’s definitely been difficult for me to manage lately. I had a friend visiting from Los Angeles, then friends visiting from New York and Hong Kong… And when they’re here, I never want to tuck myself away with work; I want to spend as much time as possible with them! I truly enjoy showing friends around Denver and taking them to my favorite spots. They even came to support me as I took over Southland Shopping Center’s social media accounts during their 10th Anniversary Celebration.
A couple days after my friends left, we flew to Las Vegas for my best friend’s wedding. I was so nervous to give my Matron of Honor speech… Thank you for your kind good luck wishes on Instagram; they worked!! My friend was beautiful, her groom was handsome, and we danced until our feet hurt!! We hurried back to watch Colorado University’s homecoming game with my husband’s family, and the next day I got very sick.
I have had so much going on since New York Fashion Week the beginning of September and I think my body just got tired before the rest of me did. How many of you encourage self-care and taking a rest day to others, but have difficulty following it yourself? I know I’m guilty of that. I feel there’s so many goals I’d like to reach and so many things I’d like to do that I often feel guilty whenever I take a break or a day off. But getting so sick was a gentle reminder to take on a little less, say ‘no’ a little more, and remember to take care of myself more often.
I know it’s difficult to do, but maybe we can promise each other to take a few hours for ourselves each week? Whether it’s to read a book, take a bubble bath, or just watch some trash tv… It’s so important to unwind and relax. What’s your favorite way to rejuvenate each week?
Doing a little shopping in NYC with my mom in between fashion shows and meetings. This dress is so well-made and comfortable… And the fringe detail gives it lots of movement. Dress it up with a blazer or dress it down with a sweater or moto jacket. It runs true to size, but if you’re in between sizes, I’d go down one size. I paired mine with my favorite fall accessory – these velvet shoes that I’ve been wearing with everything lately. Be sure to check out my NYFW Fall Trends post to see all my favorite trends happening this season (and tips on how to work them into your everyday looks!).
Completely unrelated, but I was unpacking from NY/NE/IA and catching up on laundry this weekend and I had The Little Prince playing in the background. I remember reading the story and crying and sure enough, the movie made me do the same. It’s such a beautiful, sentimental story… Have you read the book or seen the movie?
Breezy looks full of femininity came down the runway at Marissa Webb, flanked by a front row filled with top fashion bloggers and stylish celebrities. I enjoyed the effortless way in which Webb created a collection of clothes that will transition easily from the office to date night to vacation. This spring and summer, look to Marissa Webb for ladylike ruffled silk, relaxed tie-waist pants, and beautifully textured lace. Marissa Webb SS17 is fresh, modern, and playful and is a collection every woman can incorporate into her wardrobe.
First, let’s discuss this dress, because I know some of you are here purely for the fashion and details and aren’t so interested in the blogger gossip… Or my rant addressing said blogger gossip. I chose this dress because it is so beautifully made, I knew it was one I could wear again and again and again. It’s perfectly my style… Feminine and classic, with just a hint of modern detail. I followed the sizing measurements listed and found it to be very true to size. It is a bit of a splurge, but I feel that because of its classic style and color it’s something you’ll have for years and years; you can pull it out for weddings and showers and parties and its intricate details will continue to wow everyone each time. It’s the classic LBD every woman should have in her closet.
Such a crisp black dress definitely needs a pop of color and I added some bright heels to the look so it isn’t too serious. This was one of those outfits I never wanted to take off at the end of the day… Even after multiple shows and an event at night, I still felt like some classic Hollywood star in this dress.
Now… On to the comments Vogue writers made in an article summarizing their takes on Milan Fashion Week, which incorporated a discussion regarding bloggers and streetwear stars. I typically don’t like to address things that are controversial because I prefer my content brighten your day and make you happy as opposed to writing about things that could cause any of you distress or hurt feelings. However, this time the issue hit especially close to home for me because the writers’ statements were ones I had heard many times from interviews to networking events to my own living room. And whenever I hear such statements, I have to admit, it hurts.
In case you didn’t want to read the entire article, the commentary regarding bloggers can be summarized into the following: Vogue‘s Creative Digital Director Sally Singer addressed the polarization between designers creating a collection to highlight the art of fashion and creating a collection to gain clicks and get attention on the streets, saying, “It’s a schizophrenic moment, and that just can’t be good. (Note to bloggers who change head-to-toe, paid-to-wear outfits every hour: Please stop. Find another business. You are heralding the death of style.)” To which Vogue.com‘s Chief Critic Sarah Mower responded, “So yes, Sally, the blogger bit, with the added aggression of the street photographer swarm who attend them, is horrible, but most of all, pathetic for these girls, when you watch how many times the desperate troll up and down outside shows, in traffic, risking accidents even, in hopes of being snapped.” Then Vogue Runway‘s Director Nichole Phelps criticized brands a bit, adding, “It’s not just sad for the women who preen for the camera in borrowed clothes, it’s distressing, as well, to watch so many brands participate. No coincidence that Versace and BV are two houses that don’t play the game.” The rather harsh commentary was finally packaged up by Alessandra Codinha, Vogue.com‘s Fashion News Editor, who said, “Am I allowed to admit that I did a little fist pump when Sally broached the blogger paradox? There’s not much I can add here beyond how funny it is that we even still call them “bloggers,” as so few of them even do that anymore. Rather than a celebration of any actual style, it seems to be all about turning up, looking ridiculous, posing, twitching in your seat as you check your social media feeds, fleeing, changing, repeating… It’s all pretty embarrassing – even more so when you consider what else is going on in the world. (Have you registered to vote yet? Don’t forget the debate on Monday!)” Quite the statements, right?
I’d like to play devil’s advocate for a moment and say that, while at NYFW this year, I did feel a bit frustrated at some things I saw happening. In case you didn’t witness it yourself, I’ll give you a play-by-play of the less attractive pre and post-show moments. Many street style stars/bloggers/models often crowd around the fashion show venue in droves before the show wearing loud, eccentric pieces to attempt to attract the attention of style photographers posted outside the venue. Once seated inside, I was shocked to see that some of these people completely tuned out of whatever show they were attending to look down at their phones the entire time; literally not looking at the designer’s collection at all, choosing instead to text or scroll Instagram. Before the show even ended, some bloggers would fly up out of their seats and dart to the bathroom to change so they could be among the first to exit the show (in their new look) and have the style photographers outside to themselves. Girls from inside the show (and ones who weren’t able to secure a seat but showed up solely for the photographers) then walk and pose for the style photographers lining the streets. Sometimes girls will block traffic or walk up and down the road numerous times (keep in mind this is in 95-degree, gritty, sweaty, NYC heat) all to try and get photographed by a photographer. Repeat – again and again – for every fashion show that day. But there is a point to this mad process… Keep reading.
When I first arrived at NYFW last year, I didn’t really understand how this all worked and I was a bit confused as I tried to catch a cab and got caught in a mob of snapping and posing. This year upon my first post-show exit, I noticed that the pandemonium had even increased, much to my chagrin; I was sweaty, my feet hurt, and I was mostly thinking about getting back to our hotel and meeting my mother for lunch – #priorities.
Keep in mind my observations above do not apply to all fashion show attendees or all fashion bloggers, by any means. In my opinion, some bloggers even do the post-show walk in a respectable way; walking naturally toward their Uber or taxi and getting a photograph or two along the way. But those who parade back and forth along the streets surrounding the fashion show venues so incredibly intent on getting snapped – and I hate to be this critical – exhibit behavior that smacks of desperation. I even had a fellow blogger point to a photo of a streetwear star in front of a wall of cameras and exclaim with envy, “That’s my goal!” Not that craving fame is bad, but I think there’s a right way and a wrong way and it’s up to each blogger to decide what is right for their own business.
So why do bloggers do the “Walk of Shame”, if you will? Part of the blogger business is creating your own publicity, as is fulfilling the photograph requirement of paid contracts with brands and designers… Both of which can come about by way of those “hordes of street photographers” the Vogue writers mentioned. Say that a blogger’s brand is all about eccentric looks and pure street style. Being photographed by the right photographer could land him or her in the pages of a magazine, newspaper, or fashion website… So posing for street photographers outside shows could be completely on-brand for that blogger and a smart way to spend their time. In contrast, I don’t focus on edgy looks and I prefer creating editorial content that tells a story. And I could care less about fame; I just want to help make women feel beautiful. As a result, I just don’t feel that walking up and down streets post-shows is a good allocation of my time at this point in my blogging journey. It’s nothing personal, it just doesn’t really make sense for my business right now.
And it is a business. The biggest misstep in the Vogue comments above is the minimization (or feigned minimization) of an industry that has been statistically shown to drive sales better than more traditional forms of advertising or promotion. A prime example; the monetization company for digital influencers called rewardStyle has driven over $1 billion in sales through bloggers for its 4,000 retailers since its 2011 launch. As we increasingly turn to our phones and laptops to shop, it’s clear that blogging is an industry that isn’t going away anytime soon. Shopping via bloggers is efficient, convenient, and more relatable; customers want to see clothing on real bodies and real people, styled for real life.
I felt disappointed to see that these negative comments were made by women against an industry that is predominantly made up of women. As women, they should understand the unsurmountable pressure we face every single day. I cannot count the nights I’ve stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to edit photos, fix tech issues, answer emails, and complete a project by deadline because I had to take care of my husband, our home responsibilities, and our dogs or something simply went wrong that day; I can’t even imagine how bloggers who juggle two jobs or children do it (you are superwomen!). And then to hear someone ask, “So what do you do all day?” It’s incredibly frustrating. And what’s even more frustrating is reading fellow women in the creative industry suggest that bloggers “find another business” when their very company features them on it’s website, in the pages of it’s magazine, and on it’s covers.
Furthermore, most of us have worked in other businesses before growing our blogs to a point where we can support ourselves with our income. This isn’t an easy industry; it takes a lot of time, work, and dedication to grow and develop as a blogger. Most of us have taught ourselves the ins-and-outs through trial and error and lots of research; we have learned to be businesswomen by doing hard work and making lots of mistakes. Harvard Business School did a case study on The Blonde Salad and Aimee Song recently signed a $500,000 business deal with Laura Mercier. The Vogue comments minimize all of those achievements and accomplishments by reducing the blogging industry to an army of clowns parading outside fashion shows.
Yes, bloggers need to respect others in the industry and take it seriously; dress in a way that is authentic to their brand, give respect to designers at their shows, and conduct themselves in a way that honors the art that is fashion. But women should support and uplift other women; we are up against enough as it is. Above all, it’s time that the world recognizes blogging is a business and deserves as much respect as any other. And if we bloggers have learned anything from our jobs, it’s how to shrug off negative comments.
NYFW was such a whirlwind!! I was so thankful to have my mom with me this time… She was such a help and comfort to me on blog shoots with four outfit changes and in between the daily chaos of shows, meetings, and events. I was home for a quick 48 hours to unpack and repack my suitcases, then I left for the Midwest. I attended my bestie’s bridal shower (wine tasting is my new favorite bridal shower activity) and a few days to relax at my parents’ home. I was telling my husband, “My parents’ home is where I feel taken care of and at peace… My home is where I make others feel taken care of and at peace.” Do any of you feel like that? I think it’s difficult to relax in your own home because there’s always something to be done and another task on the to-do list to check off.
After some travel issues, I finally made it back to Denver just in time for my friend to arrive for a visit. She’s thinking of moving to the city, so it’s been fun to show her around my favorite little spots.
This dress was one of my favorites I wore at NYFW. I absolutely love the movement its beautiful fabric creates. Wearing it was like wearing a live painting; I was completely enchanted by the way the dramatic swaths of silk swung into motion as they caught every breeze. The dress runs true to size, but I do suggest wearing a pretty bralette (like this one I’m wearing) underneath as it’s a bit open in the front. The deep ‘v’ creates a flattering effect, as does the softly gathered waistline and flowing skirt. Layer it with moto jackets and fur vests and suede boots… Trust me, it’s a dress you’ll wear again and again this fall and winter.
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This top is from a brand I recently discovered. I love their entire collection, but this particular top is my favorite. It’s sexy in a feminine, playful way. I just love the flattering cold shoulder style and the frills that catch movement each time I take a step. I wore this in NYC to lunch with a friend, fashion shows, and an evening event at NYFW.
It would look beautiful paired with a pencil skirt or midi skirt, but I actually love wearing it with these ripped black jeans for an edgy touch. I wore my infamous orange heels from this blog post, but I have my eye on these gorgeous tan ones for fall and winter; I think they’d look perfect with this look.
As for sizing… The top, jeans, and heels all run pretty true to size. Go with your usual size or the size recommended by each size chart and you should be fine.
One of the most luxe and romantic fabrics is back for fall in a major way. Velvet accents graced the FW16 runways and, as evidenced by its presence on the streets in NYC this past week, velvet is a trend that many fashionistas have embraced and is here to stay through the fall and winter months.
Runway Translated: Adding a layer of sumptuous elegance to any look, velvet is an easy element to build in to your outfits with small accessories like bags and shoes. Try a velvet bootie or a velvet block heel. I splurged on these velvet block heels with a moderate platform. They are surprisingly comfortable and I just can’t resist that sexy, feminine velvet fabric!
Rushing from show to show… Squeezing in a brand meeting… Networking at industry events and parties… Working on the next day’s post until the wee hours of the morning… And then waking up at the break of dawn for a quick blog shoot… These are the things you don’t see behind the glamorous scenes at NYFW. Fashion Week is filled with everything we love, but it’s also a time to make connections and get things accomplished.
Amidst Manhattan’s hustle-and-bustle frenetic pace, I’m always thankful to discover pretty spots like these to take in while enjoying an iced tea or cup of coffee. I found this little spot of greenery and was inspired by the way these beautiful flowers grew so boldly in the middle of so much concrete and chaos. It was a reminder to me to bloom and grow, despite the odds against me or the challenges in my way.
May you all remember – like these delicate flowers – to bloom and grow this week. And if you can find a princess dress and ballerina shoes to help you… By all means, don them and walk boldly, my darlings.
Loving this look for fall! If you’ve read my last few posts you probably know burgundy/wine is my favorite fall color this year… And this outfit has so much texture, it just looks so rich and cozy. Best of all, the sleeveless sweater and pants are both 40% off right now!
Hope you’re following along with all my NYFW adventures! You can see behind-the-scenes moments on my Insta Story and Snapchat. And search #TCGatNYFW and #TCGinNYC on Instagram and Twitter for my NYC and NYFW related posts.