How killer are these vegan leather pants from I.AM.GIA? I’ve had my eye on them for so long, and I am super excited to finally be able to style them for myself (instead of just staring at them via the label’s website).

My wardrobe is definitely in need of some alternatives to vintage jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, loooove denim (especially worn in, torn up denim), but I am really in need of more variety–at least that is how I justified this purchase 😉

Anyway…

I am loving red this season, and the football-inspired lace-up detail on this pair of vegan leather pants gives me aaaall the fall vibes.

These pants themselves are extremely flattering. They have a leg-lengthening high-rise fit, and they are tight throughout the waist, hip and leg. They also have a skinny, slightly tapered fit on the ankle, making them perfect to pair with nearly any shoe.

Silver hardware adds even more edgy vibes to the already statement-making slacks. On each hip and ankle there is a silver zipper; the lace-up closure on the crotch has silver grommet details, as well.

To dress down these statements slacks, I paired them with this t-shirt-corset hybrid in white, one of my all-time favorite colors to wear no matter the season. Despite being bold and edgy, these pants are surprisingly easy to style. They look awesome with just about any t-shirt or tank I throw on.

For even more fall vibes I added this vintage hat; I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. And lately this style hat has become so popular among bloggers that I felt inspired to break mine out.

I definitely wanted the pants to be the focus of this ensemble; that’s why I polished off the look with a pair of go-to Chelsea boots in black. They have a chunky block heel, so they added height and made the entire outfit appear a little more sleek without overpowering it in any way.

Less is definitely more when styling these bad boys (and in life in general), so I will be pairing these pants with plain, neutral-hued shirts and knit sweaters throughout fall and into winter. But, I am dying to dress them up a little for a night out. Drinks, anyone?

Shop my look:

Top, Free People, $58

Pants, I.AM.GIA, $78

Boots, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Hat, thrifted (similar here)

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Kelly Gale, Miss September 2016, photographed by Chris Heads

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

“Midday Swim With Beate Muska” (playboy.com), photographed by Asher Moss

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

From “Midday Swim With Beate Muska” for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

“The Beate Goes On” (playboy.com), photographed by Christopher von Steinbach

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016, photographed by Guy Aroch

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington (Playmate of the Year 2016) in Playboy magazine, June 2016, photographed by Jason Lee Parry

Eugena Washington (Playmate of the Year 2016), June 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington (Playmate of the Year 2016), June 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington (Playmate of the Year 2016), June 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, Miss December 2015, photographed by Josh Ryan

Eugena Washington, Miss December 2015 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, Miss December 2015 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, Miss December 2015 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington as Cassandra from video game Mafia III, Playboy magazine, October 2016, photographer unknown

Eugena Washington, October 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, October 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, October 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, January/February 2014, photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

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Summer just isn’t long enough for all the cute ‘kinis I want to wear–at least not where I am currently living in Northern New Jersey. Don’t get me wrong: experiencing all four seasons is great, but I am definitely a warm weather type of gal who prefers wearing swimsuits and loves soaking up the sun over cozying up fireside in a sweater.

Colder weather may be on its way, but MINIMALE ANIMALE is helping me end summer on a hot note. Not only does this brand of killer swimsuits make me feel like I live in and endless summer (at least while I’m wearing their pieces), they design and manufacture their goods in the U.S.A. What could be better than that?

On a couple of the last warm, sunny days summer had to offer, I opted for these two one-pieces by MA: one in black, and one in a classic red.

The Lucid Onezie is easily one of the hottest swimsuits I’ve ever seen; at a glance it looks like a typical string ‘kini, but, like all MA suits, the devil is definitely in the details.

Crisscross details on each side connect the top portion of the suit to the bottom portion, turning it into a skimpy one-piece number. Ultimately, the straps meet across the back, and we all know I am a total sucker for interesting back details.

Like I said, this suit is ultra-skimpy, so there’s minimal front and back coverage in terms of the bottom portion of the suit. This piece is definitely not for the faint of heart.

The Daiquiri Suit is just as sexy, but with a little more coverage. It is low-cut on the chest and high-cut on the hips with a gorgeous ribbed texture. This suit’s strings can be tied multiple ways; personally I love wrapping them all the way around, from front to back. It creates a belt-like effect that draws attention to the waist, while offering a little depth to the not-so-basic one-piece.

Because The Daiquiri is from the label’s M I N I M A L E collection, it’s not quite as revealing as The Lucid Onezie. Instead of a cheeky, booty-hugging fit, this suit is mostly backless with a more modest bum.

Like many other MA pieces, I love, love, love these suits because they’re fully equipped with adjustable straps. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a gorgeous suit that just doesn’t perfectly fit your curves.

Most importantly, both these pieces are comfortable! With swimsuits, you definitely get what you pay for, so I don’t mind spending a little extra for a quality suit with an excellent fit that will hold up for seasons to come.

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the launch party for Danielle Guizio’s new Footwear collection in New York City.

Earlier this year, when I first fell in love with the up-and-coming streetwear designer, I never imagined I’d be a guest at the launch of her footwear line, so I was super excited when I received an invitation to this exclusive event.

The celebration was held in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District at the High Line Hotel in The Refectory–known as one of the most beautiful rooms in New York City–and it definitely delivered. (Seriously, can I have my wedding reception there?)

Front and center were some of the new GUIZIO footwear designs: five pairs of spiky-heeled booties.

In white, red and black, these shoes definitely make a statement–even when worn with the designer’s signature sweatsuits and track pants. Unique textures like patent leather and python, along with details like crisscross laces, o-ring pulls, zippers, grommets, buckles and straps, truly add to this footwear collection’s one-of-a-kind steez.

Still, they’re versatile. They look effortlessly fab with anything from denim to leather to knitwear. And, they can easily be dressed up or down; they’re stilettos, but like I said, they pair perfectly with athletic-inspired pieces like Guizio’s.

Guizio’s footwear designers [source: Coveteur.com]

For the event celebrating these babies, I sported all black with pops of pink. Of course, I just *had* to wear my DG fishnet bodysuit 😉

Underneath I layered a strapless balconette-style bra for a feminine touch, then paired it with Adidas Originals track pants to play up GUIZIO’s athleisure vibes.

For a little height I sported a pair of black heeled booties (although they aren’t from Guizio’s namesake line) for my night out in the City, along with a customized coordinating bag from Pop & Suki.

And to polish everything off, I added my (vegan) leather jacket with pale pink and baby blue embroidered flowers. This jacket is absolutely gorgeous, and definitely one of my main go-to’s for a night out. I love how its long fit brings some structure to my otherwise relaxed look.

I also went for a bold makeup look to match the flashy getup, so I went a very minimal route in terms of other embellishments–just my rose gold nameplate necklace for a subtle sparkle, as well as undone hair with a middle part. (More on all that in a future post.)

Shop my look:

Jacket, Blank NYC, $168

Bodysuit, Danielle Guizio, $63

Bra, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Track pants, Adidas, $70

Booties, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Bag, Pop & Suki, $195

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I’m not 100 percent ready for summer to end, but I do love fall fashion. And I’m especially a fan of the athleisure trend that has been popular over the last couple years.

Lower temperatures are beginning to set in, so I decided to incorporate some atheleisure vibes for a casual early autumn look.

Regardless of the weather, I tend to favor full-length leggings over cropped styles. (Is it me, or are they just more flattering?)

So, to make things autumnal, I went for this gorgeous olive green color. It’s muted enough to match almost anything, but it is a nice change of pace from typical black or gray pairs. Don’t get me wrong, though, I still *love* my grays.

White is my favorite neutral, so I paired these leggings with a white cropped tank. Because the fabric is super smooth, this top is perfect for wearing with athletic-inspired looks. But, it also has ultra-skinny straps, so it’s still feminine–not overpowering–which I love.

These two pieces work perfectly together in my opinion. The high-waist on the athletic pants elongates the legs while also compensating for the crop top’s lack of coverage. It’s definitely a silhouette I can see myself rocking all season long and into the next (with various jackets, sweaters and scarves, of course).

When I ordered these Free People leggings, I was a little nervous they may not fit 100 percent because they are only available in two sizes (XS/S and M/L). It turns out, these are some of the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn!

I love that they’re impossibly soft and stretch with my body, yet supportive enough to get me through some my fav workouts, including cycling and pilates. They’re perfecting for taking from the streets to the gym, and I cannot wait to get them in another color (or two).

To top off the look I added a pair of classic white vans with a tan sole. These are definitely my go-to shoes when I need something both stylish and practical. I love that the athleisure trend has made supportive sneakers part of a fashionable wardrobe.

I skipped jewelry and accessories all-together, as I typically do with my athletic-inspired looks. My style tends to be minimal most of the time, anyway.

Shop my look:

Cropped tank, Free People, $20

Leggings, Free People, $68

Shoes, Vans, $55

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