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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Until recently I’ve never been a one-piece type of gal. But last year, I bought my first and never looked back; earlier this year, I added another one-piece to my swimwear collection.

As soon as I saw this swimsuit, I knew I had to have it. White is my absolute favorite color as far as swimwear goes, and this one couldn’t be more perfect: it’s low-cut and backless with just the right amount of cheekiness on the bum. Even though it’s a one-piece, this suit has plenty of sex appeal.

I am also a huge fan of spaghetti straps (in fact, I hope to wear a spaghetti strap wedding gown one day); I love how delicate they look, plus they accentuate the collarbones. This suit has classic spaghetti straps, but one is adorned with ultra-femme pink flower appliquĂ©s. Though it is eye-catching, it’s far from flashy, so I feel this suit is girly in a grownup way.

Although I tend to have tomboy-inspired style (I can’t live without my ripped jeans or oversized button-downs), I love to get girly from time to time. When the weather gets chilly, I go for skirts and stockings, but during the summertime, I am all about sexy swimwear.

Additionally, it’s always cool to support small, up-and-coming designers. I purchased this piece via Poshmark from a user named ninaroserusso who hand-sews this suit, as well as a few other similar ones (including a matching ‘kini).

This suit is feminine and fashionable, but because it’s a one-piece, it’s also practical! It’s comfortable while swimming, and it’s also great for relaxing poolside with a book or mag. I believe this suit is also simple enough that it’ll never go out of style, so I can’t wait to break it out next summer, too!

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In the fight against fast fashion, one of our most powerful tools is American-made and U.S.-based fashion. Once centered in New York’s Garment District, U.S.-based retailers are popping up in Los Angeles and gaining massive fanbases.

As they cater to a younger, more stylish crowd than many New York-manufactured retailers (such as Nanette Lepore), this new wave of American fashion is changing the scope of the industry for the better–they’re alternatives to both fast fashion *and* traditional high-end labels that tend to be outdated and impractical.

Below, I’ve gathered five of my favorite U.S.-based retailers whose pieces have earned their place in my day-to-day wardrobe.

Top and trousers both by Reformation

Are You Am I: A favorite among bloggers, Are You Am I was founded by a blogger herself named Rumi Neely, also known as “fashiontoast”. This collection of upscale, not-so-basic basics puts a younger, more modern spin on must-have pieces like plain white t’s, bodysuits and day-to-night dresses.

Backbite: If you’re a vintage lover like me, look no further than Backbite, an LA-based, online-only thrift shop. It’s no secret that the best vintage is found in large cities like LA and New York, but for those of us who live outside these metropolitan areas, reliable vintage shops are few and far between. Thankfully, there’s the Internet.

In addition to stunning, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, Backbite also specializes in unique in-house designs. Personally, I am a huge fan of their vintage-t’s-turned-bodysuits. Plus, it’s run by a team of boss babe BFFs who put SO much attention to detail into their work.

Like most good vintage, their pieces are on the pricier side, so be sure to sign up for their mailing list and follow @backbite_ on IG for updates on the shop’s sales and giveaways!

Minimale Animale: So, this one isn’t technically fashion; it’s solely swimwear. But, I just had to include it because these smokin’ hot ‘kinis and one-pieces are designed and manufacturing right here in the U.S. of A. I am a huge fan of this label for so many reasons, but the fact that it is U.S.-based is at the top of the list.

The simple, yet unique designs set these swimsuits apart from the rest. Inspired by old-school swimwear of the 1980s and 90s and ultra-skimpy, Minimale Animale stands out for all the right reasons. They will make you wish for summer all year long.

Reformation: Impossibly chic but far from trendy, Reformation, another LA-based shop, is the antidote to a world plagued by fast fashion retailers. No matter their personal style, it seems It girls everywhere love this eco-friendly retailer.

Founded in 2009 on the basis of sustainability, Reformation offers both seasonal and timeless pieces that can be styled for a multitude of occasions from the office to happy hour and beyond. And like I said, they’ve got something for your steez, be it preppy, boho, athleisure or anything in between!

Revice: Good denim is a necessity no matter what. But surprisingly, a great pair of jeans is hard to find nowadays. The first time I ever put on a pair of jeans from Revice, however, I was so pleasantly surprised because they are suspiciously comfortable and couldn’t be more flattering.

With a quality pair of vintage or vintage-inspired jeans costing upwards of $100 today, Revice Denim’s prices really can’t be beat. And although killer denim is definitely worth investing in, their prices range from about $58 to $98, so Revice won’t break the bank.

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I *refuse* to believe summer is coming to an end; thankfully, it is still super hot where I live in northern New Jersey. While nights may be slightly chilly, they are still plenty warm enough to wear breezy blouses and sandals.

For a night out in New York City last week, I opted for this feminine top and vintage denim combo. Normally I stay away from florals because they tend to appear babyish, but the pattern of this blouse in particular is just right. The warm, coppery color palette, paired with a low-cut neckline and a cropped fit, puts a sexier spin on the traditionally whimsical pattern–especially when I added a lacy bralette underneath.

To dress down this femme, flow-y top, I paired them with my go-to vintage Levi’s I bought in LA at the beginning of the summer. The light wash looks great with absolutely everything, and the tight fit is sleek and flattering, which helps to downplay the thick, quality denim used to make these bad boys.

Although the event wasn’t super dressy–after all, I wore jeans!–I still wanted a little height, so I chose my fuchsia slides. The rubbery texture and chunky block heel make these shoes comfortable and practical, but they’re still eye-catching and lots of fun, day or night.

No night out is complete without a bold lip color! On this night I went for Baby Girl from Kylie Cosmetics. It’s a girly (yet mature) coral-pink shade that’s muted and matte–not overbearing or distracting. And because it’s a liquid lipstick, there’s little need to touch it up throughout the night. I rarely go for a matte lip, but this one tied the entire look together perfectly.

Shop my look:

Blouse, Rat & Boa, $85

Bralette, thrifted

Jeans, thrifted

Shoes, Free People, $45

Clutch, Louis Vuitton (from my Neverfull MM)

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