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luxury fashion essentials for fall 2018 trends

falling in love with sporty casuals

Another evolution begins while summer is melting with memories of travels abroad, new friends and experiences. With only a few short weekends spent at home, this year proved to be exactly the rush it was planned to be. Lifestyle plays a huge role in fashion, and with a life spent on the go, the need for flexibility rises. As such, following the hottest trends for fall 2018, we see a huge juxtapose between business casual and sporty elements that allow us to breathe between projects and bolt around between meetings.

Here are a few of my top picks and wishlist items that are casual, comfortable, and tailored enough for a young professional on the run.

luxury fashion bucket bag

First, let’s talk bags. Bags have taken a drastic shift this year, moving away from traditional pieces to abstract shapes, materials and sporty elements. From the basket and fishnet bag trends, to the update of the bucket bag, the silhouettes are modern and fresh, designed with clean lines and straightforward elements. Shopbop has a slew of modern-cut bags just in for the season. This one is one of my favorites, with a symmetrical cylinder design. From the building block collection, the pieces are “free of extraneous detail” reminiscent of modern architecture with their bold, simple shapes.

luxury sport bag

If you prefer to opt for a more sporty, casual design, layers of textural overlay come into play as a part of the subculture sport trend, featuring artificial shine, graphic elements and technical sporty details. Puma hit it spot on with this graphic, logo-mania duffle bag that can double as your day bag.

luxury fashion schutz shoes

Moving into footwear, there’s nothing as fresh as a simple racing stripe. This has been a big trend in clothing pieces like joggers and leggings, as well as printed on shoes and accessories. This pair of Schutz designer booties are also available on Shopbop, along with some other more casual options. The modest heel and ankle support makes this style a chic, flexible essential for life on the go. The soft shine and sporty contrast also make it an extremely versatile piece that you’ll be able to pair with many things in your fall wardrobe.

fall fashion trends jeans

For those times in which joggers aren’t acceptable occasion wear, a solid pair of black basic jeans continues to be the strongest wardrobe essential for all seasons. If you’re looking for a more modern update for this fall, opt for a high-rise boot cut with some subtle distressing. The bootcut keeps the look fresh and modern, as skinnies slowly begin to make their exit off of the high-fashion scene.

plaid jacket dress

Last but not least, dress to impress in tailored basics. Dresses are an easy one-piece solution to effortless fall fashion trends, and this structured jacket dress can look tailored or sporty with a graphic belt and some sporty kicks. Plaid is the pattern of the season, and continues to be an important part of business casual basics. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, there are no rules. Wear this piece open as a jacket, or with leather leggings and though high boots to close the look up for later in the season. Pull it off the shoulders and cinch at the waste for one of the most relaxed fashion trends of fall 2018. Be creative and sport your style your way.

Want to shop the look? You can follow the links below to pick out your fall fashion essentials below.

luxury fashion essentials for fall 2018 trends

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In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

bite beauty french press gloss review

Bite beauty french press lip gloss review

What’s wrong? I don’t bite, or do I? Calling all coffee and beauty lovers alike (I think that pretty much covers all of us), Bite Beauty has just launched a new collection that I couldn’t wait to share with you. Please note they sent me these items as a gift, but I haven’t been sponsored or paid in any way to make this review – just love these tasty little bites so much, I couldn’t help but share.

Introducing French press lip gloss by Bite Beauty. Thought you were over the gloss stage of your life after your hair got stuck on your face and you tacked up your boyfriend’s lips too many times? Prepare to be delighted. This new limited edition collection from Bite is super creamy, feels like a balm, and goes on like a creme lipstick. The best of all worlds right? Want the full bite? Here’s the review.

bite beauty lip gloss

What is Bite French press lip gloss

“Creamy, comfortable lip gloss made with coffee butter and cold press coffee oil” – Bite

You had me at coffee butter. Bite French press lip gloss is an innovative beauty product infusing our favorite addicting beverage as a lubricant inside the gloss. This limited collection includes 6 delicious, coffee inspired shades.

Bite French press colors:

  • Vanilla Latte
  • Flat White
  • Salted Caramel
  • Dirty Chai
  • French Press
  • Black Coffee

Smooth and easy to apply, these glosses have a medium-coverage color that’s shockingly saturated compared to your average gloss. Of course, that’s no surprise coming from a brand we can’t wait to get our lips on.

A little bit about Bite

BITE has forever delighted customers (myself included) with some ultra creamy, nourishing lip solutions that are more than just a pretty package – they’re actually good for your lips too.

“Pucker up! The best in organic, natural lipstick is here. Bite Beauty lipsticks have been expertly crafted with a perfect blend of nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils to leave your pout supremely soft and healthy-looking.” – Bite

Yes, you read it right. Bite products are organic, and their pure, unprocessed food-inspired ingredients not only improve the health of your lips naturally, but also protect you from accidentally licking off “obvious nasties” like paragons, sulfates or phthalates.

bite beauty french press gloss review

From bold shades to sultry neutrals, they’ve mastered the formula of lip health, without looking anything like granola. Imagine a superfood that looks and tastes like strawberry champagne… That’s pretty much Bite for your lips. Keeping your skin young and healthy is a luxury we should all afford, and that’s why I’ve supported Bite since the beginning, celebrating each new release into their collection.

French press packaging

Being a fashion blogger, I definitely end up on the end of spoiling when it comes to package presentation, and Bite is always over the top in their delivery. This package came along side an actual French press and some new Bean Box coffee to try. Though I wish I could share the fresh brew with you as we speak, you won’t be disappointed when you receive anything from Bite. Bite’s glosses are packaged in a cardboard box with their signature red logo and a label marking the color of choice. Inside, you’ll find a lucite tube with a matte black, screw-in lid with the applicator attached.

bite beauty french press gloss packaging

The French press gloss lip applicator is bent at an angle, making it easy to apply without smudging. It has sort of a velvety tip that let’s you put on a thin coat if you scrape it off the side of the tube first, or a thick coat for maximum coverage if you want to go for a bolder look. Screwing it in makes a satisfying little “pop” noise that kind of makes you want to take it out and do it again.

Bite French press lip gloss shades

So how does it look? The colors are extremely saturated compared to what I’ve seen in a gloss, almost resembling more of a liquid lipstick. I’ve swatched each one out so you can see the texture and consistency. The shades on my hand are almost exactly what you see when looking at the tubes, even as the coverage thins out near the tails.

bite beauty french press gloss swatches

bite beauty french press gloss colors

For this post, I tried on the lightest color, vanilla latte for a fresh nude look. For the record, I have pretty dark lips, and have often been gently accused about wearing lipstick even when I’m only wearing a clear balm. So for me, the true test of a lip color isn’t in the dark colors, it’s in the nudes – where it’s more difficult for me to get a color consistency that covers my darker lips.

You can see in this post, a medium coat gave my lips the perfect nude hue. You can still barely see signs of my darker lips beneath, but for a single coat of gloss, this is groundbreaking coverage for me! Happy to give a 5-star review for lip coverage on these new glosses – I think you could see the shock in my face when I applied it for the first time live on my Instagram blog stories!

blogger wearing bite beauty french press gloss

Overall, the collection is a win for me. Though they compete closely with the Bite lip masks, lip pencils, and lipsticks I’ve used in the past. I tend to wear more matte colors, and save the gloss for dressy occasions, so my lip pencils and lipsticks definitely get the most wear on the regular. If you want to learn more about them, check out my Bite lip pencil and lipstick review on the blog here. If you want to check out the gloss collection, you can find it on the Bite site here! Until next time, kisses my loves, and may your lips stay happy and healthy!

sport luxury fashion blog

making sporty fashion lux

Love luxury fashion but not feeling like trying too hard? Sport luxury is the easiest (and sexiest) solution. Unlike some of today’s quirky fashion blogger trends, sport luxury is effortless and totally understandable no matter what part of the world you may be living in. Here are a few key tips on dressing up your sportswear pieces… or dressing down your luxury fashion… depending on how you choose to look at it.

Unlike athleisure, sport luxury doesn’t mean going ultra casual, and you probably won’t look like you just got out of the gym. Athleisure is defined by activewear pieces that you can wear for other occasions in your lifestyle. Leggings to the market, sneakers with dresses and a sport jacket just for the heck of it are all pretty good examples of athleisure style. Sport luxury is a slightly more elevated fashion trend, blending sporty elements into high-fashion style.

david lerner leather joggers

photography:KUNDAN KUMAR | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | snap knit c/o:DAVID LERNER | leather leggings c/o:DAVID LERNER | gingham print shoes c/o:SENSO | accessories c/o:ABBOTT LYON | newsboy cap:TOPSHOP


Not sure which pieces to mix? Make your luxury pieces the most basic ones. David Lerner is a known favorite for leather legging style, and one of my favorite partner brands that you’ve probably seen speckled throughout my blog. For your luxury selection, go for a sporty leather jogger from a brand like David Lerner that’s going to have the details mastered for a really refined, luxury look. This snap-side tank is from their knit top collection, and makes for a fun component to the look.

Don’t over-think sport. Snaps are a subtle finishing detail that’s just sporty enough to pull the look together, without being a Nike swoosh t-shirt. Their lounge collection has really grown, and I found myself living in their sweatsuits during my “off time” last week from my NYC hotel room.

Since the leather joggers double for both luxury fashion and sport, this look could be complete sport luxe as-is, but accessories are always fun, so I’ve layered them on. Gingham is a hot fashion trend for 2018, so I’ve dressed up the look with Senso gingham sandals with a bit of a feminine ruffle. They “girl” the look up a bit, but you could also opt for a pair of luxury sneakers to make the look a bit more casual.

luxury fashion blogger in david lerner leather joggerssenso gingham shoes

The more accessories, the more you’ll screw towards luxury fashion over sport. Pick your balance, and accessorize accordingly. Since my day consisted mostly of office work, running errands, and (of course) shooting some picks for this shoot, I made the look a bit more “fashion” so you guys could see the difference more distinctively.

During my normal translation of sport luxury, I may tend to pick more sporty pieces. Swapping the hat for a low, middle-part ponytail, a more minimalist bag, and those luxury sneakers over heels would have made this look ultra sporty and casual, while still holding distinct luxury notes with the David Lerner leather joggers.

How would you wear the trend? Let me know if you’re all about your sporty spice girl or if you like to glam up your sport luxury looks.

Looking for more gingham? Here’s everything you need to know about one of this year’s hottest trends on the blog.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with David Lerner. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

net bags fashion trend

It’s official, citrus fruits in net bags are currently trending on the most popular fashion blogs

When life gives you lemons, grab a couple of limes and oranges and throw them in a net bag – you’ll be the hottest it-girl on the ‘gram. Laugh if you will, but this summer fashion trend isn’t going anywhere.

Being in the fashion industry, I find myself browsing some of the best fashion blogs and magazines for inspiration on the daily. This phenomenon of fruit in fashion struck me as odd when I first spotted it budding as early as last fall. Since then, the trend has totally taken over Instagram feeds and fashion editorials alike.

What’s defining the summer fashion trend

So what is all of this sweet ruckus about? In a push for sustainable fashion, the net back (resembling cotton fishnet) has officially made it’s debut on the fashion scene. Found mostly in off-white as well as black and a few neutral colors, it is a small-footprint solution to toting around daily essentials (and apparently fruits). Pro tip, don’t try to tote around small or projecting items. My YSL logo bag constantly gets stuck in the strings, and I think I’ve lost more than a few chapsticks along the way.

instagram blog oranges in net bags

photography:KRISTINA PETRICK | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | leather wallet c/o:STATUS ANXIETY | beachy body oil c/o:MAISON MARGIELA 


However, they’re not totally impractical. Aside from fruits, I’ve used mine to tote along pool essentials (sun screen, towel, sunglasses) and girl’s brunch essentials (champaign and more champaign). They’re actually quite sturdy, and because they are constructed with so little material, they’re easy to shove into a small bag once you empty the contents. Perfect for travel.

Plus, who doesn’t want a more sustainable solution for fashion? They’re typically cotton without any synthetic materials, and that makes the earth smile. The new fashion consumer is also globally conscious, and understanding the waste that’s also involved with many fashion choices, the fishnet bag is a refreshing option.

Who’s wearing net bags stuffed with citrus

How the best fashion blogs are sporting the trend in their wardrobes… carrying around their oranges. Honestly, I’m not sure who started the trend. Either there’s some kind of orange cleanse going around that I don’t know about, or maybe just the rich orange color pop makes the combo intriguing. Whatever it is, the best way to wear this summer fashion trend is with citrus in hand.

best fashion bloggers wear net bags with oranges


No one on Instagram is missing out on this playful fashion and style. From major fashion influencers like the Haute Pursuit and Jasmine Dowling to the fashionistas spread across the world, the year of the citrus fruits has officially arrived.

A flaunt-able favorite, these mega babes are rocking the loaded net bag over brunch, poolside, and a run through the city. It’s a great companion to the market to pick up some fresh produce on your way home from work – just don’t forget to snap a pick and share it with your besties!

How to wear the trend

With citrus fruits (obviously). But for real, style them with citrus fruits. Or… if you’re looking to mix it up, throw in a magazine or two and a coin purse to keep things fresh. There are tons of ways to style your net bag. Your outfit combo can be anything from a business suit to a swimming suit. They key here is the emphasis on all natural, sustainable fashion. Wear this summer fashion trend with a smile, because it’s good for you and for the ground you walk on.

Some of the most popular fashion blogs use the fruits as a pop of yellow or orange to play off the fruit’s appealing shade. Gingham print is one of the hottest current fashion trends, and can definitely be paired with your bag of fruits for a fun, punchy combo. Retro sunnies – also a must.

retro sunglassesneutral fashion

Prefer to keep it neutral? Many others are following the sustainable color palette of Mother Nature. You’ll often find the bag paired with earth browns, nudes and petite floral prints.

Ready to rock the trend? When you’re done stomping around the city lookin’ like a snack (or at least carrying one) be sure to bring napkins to keep that all-white look free of citrus splash.

minimal luxury fashion blogger

I know we’re not supposed to

There are some things which are hard to let go of. Grasping onto whatever strands may be in reach, whether for love or hate, out of desperation or hope – there is something in our nature that resists parting with something that we were once in position of. Material things, people, a grudge, a lifestyle, a memory, a dream. As they pull farther away, our reach lengthens and our grip tightens to fight the loss.

In some spaces, this action can be a beautiful thing. Fighting for people we love, hanging on to hope for a better day, believing in a dream – it’s a strength. A willingness to not let go, a pull towards something better or something we hope to achieve, the grip is persistence, and it builds character and personal development.

It can also be a crutch. Hanging on to toxic memories, resentment, useless things, scar tissue, the past – it can be a fetter binding us to things which are better to let go of. The grip becomes sweaty, anxious and desperate.

all white fashion blogger

The line is grey, and sometimes living in the grey can be admittedly satisfying, but in the end it’s also where one can most easily become lost. Fight only for what you believe in, and decide what you believe in wisely. You have two hands, but you can only move in one direction. May whatever you choose to hold on to be worth it in the end. May it draw you closer to your future not your past, may it fill your heart and not your eyes, and may it lift you up and never pull you down.

“I know we’re not supposed to talk, but I’m getting ahead of myself

I get scared when we’re not, ’cause I’m scared you’re with somebody else

So I guess that it is gone, and I just keep lying to myself

I can’t believe it

I, I miss you, yeah I miss you, I miss you, yeah I miss you, oh I do

I miss you, yeah I miss you, though I’m tryin’ not to right now

So I saved all the texts, all of the best over the years

Just to remind myself, of how good it is

Yeah, I saved all the texts off of my ex, minus the tears

Just to remind myself of how good it is

Or was…”

“I Miss you” – Clean Bandit