THE LOOK- “BOHEMIAN MODERN”……. my fall favorites #FW18

Now that fall is in full swing and the temperatures have dropped in NYC, it’s officially time to pile on the layers & start incorporating some of the new trends into your wardrobe……I really do love the fall season and all the rich colors that come with it. Wine, Bordeaux and Fuchsia have been some of my most favorite colors of the season and I love mixing and matching different shades for a tonal look.

 

Here are some of the fall favorites that I’m currently coveting….

 

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I’m loving the rich colors, luxurious textures & bohemian prints trending this fall season……

 

SHOP THE POST    

(clockwise from the top)

 

  1. Dress /  Self Portrait        2. Boots /  Laurence Dacade    (& more affordable version HERE)  3. Velvet Top / Magda Burtrym (& more affordable version HERE )

4. Velvet Flares /  J Brand   5. Sneakers /  Acne Studios       6. Cross-body Bag / Valentino .            (& more affordable version HERE)  7. Ruffle Sweater /  Endless Rose      8. Printed Blouse /  Alice & Olivia (& more affordable version HERE)

 

 

Which piece is your favorite?

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XO,

Zoe       

SPRING 2018: HOW TO ADD NEW COLOR TO YOUR WARDROBE THIS SPRING

Wow! I can’t believe it’s already May! I’ve been a bit missing in action on the site lately with so many changes & so much going in my life lately….but…….I’m very excited to get back into the spring season & to be writing again here on Rock Paper Sequins. It’s been a looooong & cold winter here on the East coast & it’s finally starting toward up & feels like spring is finally in the air.

It’s so fun to be in the city this time of year, everyone is so excited to be outdoors and there’s such an amazing collective energy and optimism on the streets and in the parks and the cafes too, it’s contagious!

Anyway, I’ve been anticipating this season for a while and excited to start wearing all the new spring threads. One thing I’m really excited about is adding more color into my wardrobe after many months of wearing darker colors.

What are your favorite colors to wear this spring?

I’m currently so excited about: PINK, YELLOW & LILAC

 

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Pink is the color of optimism & love. It can be delicate & sweet and feminine & romantic, but it also represents universal love and the most powerful form of love which is self love….

SHOP THE LOOK- clockwise from top: 

floral print dress/ dRA                  eyelet lace dress/   Rebecca Taylor                     gingham top/ Lovers & Friends          off the shoulder midi dress/ Astr the Label             wrap around bracelet/  Rebecca Minkoff            skirt/  Paskal                    cat eye sunglasses/ Fendi

 

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Yellow is a happy color. It represents positive energy & enlightenment, but it can also be cheerful & fun….& perfect for Spring 2018!

SHOP THE LOOK- clockwise from top: 

EYELET TOP/  Endless Rose         maxi dress/ Privacey  Please      slip dress/   Glamourous  

ruffled wrap dress/  C/ Meo Collective

pineapple bag/ similar here        handbag/ similar here           sandals/ Topshop

 

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Ultra Violet is the ultimate color & Pantone’s color of the year!

The color violet can be associated with royal, luxury, power & ambition….it also represents creativity, devotion, peace & magic….

SHOP THE LOOK- clockwise from top: 

ruffled crop top/ Rebecca Taylor       floral print dress/  Ulla Johnson

off the shoulder dress/   Endless Rose        long sleeve ruffle dress/ For Love and Lemons

booties/ Tibi        backpack/ Deux Lux

HAPPY SPRING!

 

Hello 2018! New Year, New You

Hello 2018!

It’s a new year and a new chance to begin again! I’ve never really been one to make too many resolutions but I do believe in big dreams & setting your goals & intentions on the regular….so what better time to do it than the beginning of a new year?

For me, 2017 was a year of transition, getting adjusted to city life after a big move from California, sparking excitement in my career again as a designer, blogging more consistently and finding balance between marriage, mom life, friends, family, creative pursuits, time for fun & self-care.

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When I first became a mom, I put that front and center and everything seem to fall to the way side including my career & my health. Eventually I just felt depleted & spent, like I had nothing more to give. It took me a long time to realize that this was not helping anyone, was too much of an unbalanced way of living, and took me even longer to get  my life back on track & it’s still a work in progress. While it does seem daunting at times to “try to have it all” & many women feel overwhelmed & pulled in a million directions most of the time, I do feel it’s important to focus your free time and energy on the things that make you feel most happy, alive & inspired, whatever that may be. Take time for yourself to dream, to plan, to love & to get inspired!

 

 

My goals for 2018:

Consistency-

Consistency & perseverance in all of my creative & professional endeavors….you cannot accomplish anything without putting in the work on a regular basis & believing in yourself! Sometimes there are so many things I want & need to do that I get so scattered but this year I vow to be more focused, more consistent & just go for it wholeheartedly…Feel the fear but do it anyway…go after your dreams & never give up! Keep going.

Health & Wellness-

While I have always been really into yoga, I never had a consistent practice…But, the past two years ago I joined a gym and started going on a regular basis 3-4 times a week, every week until it just became second nature. They say it takes 30 days to form a habit & I would say that seems about right. I had a hard time committing to the routine at first, as I tend to get bored of routines quickly, but now I’m so grateful that I did! Exercising has done so much for my mood, energy level and sense of well being & I plan to continue this into the new year and even take it up a notch!

 

 

Love & Happiness-

Because at the end of the day when all is said & done, this is all that matters…..the love that you have for your friends, family, partners, children & pets….this is what you will hold dear in your heart. With the frenzied pace of life it’s so easy to get caught up and lose sight of what matters most. But now more that ever we all need to show more love & unity & cherish each moment. We need to find as much happiness as we can get…

 

Happy New Year! Thank you for being on this journey with me…

 

Xo,

Zoe

 

What are your goals & aspirations for 2018? Leave a comment below

 

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“Ruffled & Embellished Style” new fall favorites…denim jackets, ruffled tops, skirts & booties for #FW17….the Look #30

Well….I was getting so excited for this fall season & having fun styling simple outfits to put together as the weather got colder….but the funny thing is that aside from a few random days here and there, it really hasn’t gotten cold yet and we are still having heat waves here in NYC even though its already October!

Anyway, here are some of my favorite casual looks for when the weather finally cools down…..

Loving embellished denim jackets, ruffled tops & sweatshirts, leather-look mini skirts and fun, detailed booties for the FW17 season:

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SHOP THE POST:
1. Jacket/ Sunset & Spring

2. Embroidered jean jacket/ Blank NYC

3. Lt wash embroidered jacket/ Blank NYC

4. Faux fur trim jacket/ Blank NYC

5. Pink ruffle sweatshirt/ JOA

6.white ruffle top/ English Factory

7. Pink ruffle raglan sweatshirt/ Splendid

8. Grey ruffle sweatshirt/ English Factory

9. Studded booties/ Topshop

10. Embroidered boots/ Rebecca Minkoff

11. zip-up mini skirt/ Capulet

12. Leather look mini/ Blank NYC

13. Ruffled mini/ Endless Rose

14. Star boots/ Dolce Vita

15. Leopard booties/ Sam Edelman

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below!

XO,

Zoe

 

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“Red Is The New Black”….the color you need this fall season- The Look #29

Hello & Happy Weekend! Hope everyone is having a great time so far….

Wanted to write about one of fall’s hottest color stories & also one of my personal favorites….the color RED

Red is the color of LOVE & GOOD FORTUNE….it is also associated with PASSION & DETERMINATION, but currently it’s the strongest color for the fall/ winter season that can be worn as a HEAD TO TOE LOOK or simply as a STAND OUT PIECE or BOLD ACCESSORY.

Here is some inspiration for wearing red this fall…I love how there are so many shades that can mixed and matched from traditional “apple red” to “burnt wine”.

Empower your self with the color red…..Shop the Look…..most styles are under $100

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The Look You Need Now: Transition Into Fall with Studs & Dark Floral Prints-“The Look #28”

We just got back from a quick trip to Los Angeles & since the weather is still so warm here in New York City I’m still wearing all my favorite summer dresses on repeat. But with September coming up & right around the corner, new fall items have been on my mind.

Sometimes a few new key pieces can be added in to blend with your summer wardrobe & give you a head start on the fall season.

Here are some of my favorite new items for fall/ transition in prices ranging from “the splurge to the steal” :

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  1. The Embellished MOTO Jacket (throw it over your summer dresses at night when it gets a little chilly now & wear for a cool daytime look for fall)
  2. STUDDED Booties (fall is always a great time for new boots, but with all the cool new styles out now, who can wait till then? Pair these with bare legs and a skirt for now & anything else for later)
  3. DENIM MINI: the perfect transition piece to wear now and later that ultimately goes with everything
  4. HANDBAG with Hardware (a “wear everywhere” bag for an extra edge that takes you from a daytime look to girls night out)
  5. The Dark Floral Print Top (looks great with denim shorts or a skirt & sandals now, then pair with skinny or distressed jeans & boots for fall)

 

Click HERE for all shopping details & my fall style inspiration……

 

Can you tell which ones are “the splurge” & which ones are “the steal” ?

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Happy Fall!

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Beach Chic…: Your #Outfitinspo For a Perfect Beach Day- “The Look #27” Last Days of Summer

It’s the middle of August, but summer’s not over yet! There’s still 3 more weeks till Labor Day weekend… so lets make the most of it! I’m so excited to get some more beach days in and have been thinking about some cute looks that can take you through a long fun day at the beach & then out to dinner and drinks….

A beach day can be so relaxing but sometimes I tend to bring way too much stuff with me…so I’m thinking it would be more of a zen-like experience to pare it down a bit & narrow it down to: my top 6 summer beach day essentials in different price ranges from the steal to the splurge….

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 Here are my top 6 favorite beach day essentials

Swimsuit: loving the one-piece & the high-waisted bikinis & bright colors

Towel: a bright & cheerful towel is always fun plus loving the round shapes

Sandals: cute flat sandals or flip flops are a must

Sunnies: loving all the aviators & metallic shades this season

Beach Bag: can’t go wrong with playful & fun totes in bright & matching colors

Sundress: throw one on over you bathing suit & you’re ready for a casual dinner or    drinks by the ocean

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Shop The Post:  (clockwise from left)

  1. one piece swimsuit/ Becca by Rebecca Virtue        2. high waist swimsuit/ Kate Spade    3. aviators/ H & M 4.ruffle bikini/ Trina Turk   5. lotus towel/ Vagabond    6. out of office bag/ Soeur Du Maroc  
    7.flower flip flops/ Melissa     8. sundress/ Tiare Hawaii    9. off the shoulder dress/ Asos
    10.watermelon towel/ Ban.do       11. striped tote bag/ Mar Y Sol
    12. gold sandals/ Cocobelle

     

     

    What are your favorite items for a day at the beach?

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    XO, Zoe

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