#HERSSENTIAL: The Biker Tee

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Minimale Animale bikini top| Reworked ’00s Harley Davidson muscle tee | Creepyyeha belt | Reworked Levi’s shorts

What’s up, Varinaders? It’s Happy Hump Day!!! My #wcw, Lana del Rey, once said that we can just ride. (Technically, I’m paraphrasing her lyrics, but you get the vibe…) Ever since that crazy ass music video of hers featuring old bearded biker dudes, I was super fixated on the whole concept of Miss del Rey’s desire for freedom. In that case, the biker gal image really fits with the whole concept right.

Truth be told, I really don’t ride motorcycles, but it reminds me a lot about that one time when I rode on one with my dad in Bali about 5 years ago. Anyways, if there is something I can’t live without in my closet now, it’ll be my beloved Harley tee, which I bought at the Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles.

Initially, the tee was just a regular ‘ol basic one with sleeves and errthang. Then, I decided to cut it up by making it low-cut, cropped and sleeveless. Think of it as a sexy muscle tee, dude! Since it’s THE perfect summer staple, I can’t wait to show you how I rock it.

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Tory Burch clutch | choker (worn as bracelet) | Tod’s sneakers

Before I continue, no outfit can be on lock without a few essentials. 😉

A) The Lace-Up Bikini Top

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Okie dokes, the lace-up bikini top may sound like it’s wayyyyy more appropriate for the beach, but don’t let that restrict you. If you can’t be bothered to buy a lace-up top, try getting a lace-up bikini top that allows you to tie it into a choker. Two trends in one is basically tops. It’s perfect for the lazy girl who can’t fuck with jewelry.

B + C) Belt and Clutch

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When in doubt, pile up on some accessories! Trade a cross body bag for a clutch AND a killer belt. When you’ve got a biker tee with cute shorts, these things class up the tough girl look. In fact, it’s so easy to wear this in the day and later, transition well into the evening with your girls at Catch!

C) White sneakers

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Last but not least, the white sneaker is to DIE FOR!! Not only can it piece the outfit together, it’s a MUST MUST for every girl in the city. As a NYC resident, I need to keep my feet comfy when I’m walking 20+ blocks everyday. Thankfully, these Tod’s do city style justice. And on top of that, it can totally anchor the biker tee into an everyday look.

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Tell me, how would you rock your favorite tee?

All photos by Hallie Geller

#HERSSENTIALS: Patched Denim Skirt

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Rad + Refined shades |Rodarte necklace| Are You Am I top| DIY skirt | fishnet tights | Chanel sandals

Believe me, nothing has ever looked better than being able to rock a patched up skirt. Even when you don’t feel like saying anything, verbal patches are effective enough to ward off sleazy cat callers. (Ugh, that’s the one thing I have to deal with when I first moved to NYC!) While it feels SO tempting to plunk down $200+ for a new “reworked” style denim skirt, I am at my highest when I get down ‘n dirty to turn a pair of vintage Levi’s into a midi skirt. See how easy that is?!

Cutting, gluing and sewing may take time; however, don’t let that faze you. Even if patched denim feels stiff after you try to break into your new pair, you honestly shouldn’t feel intimidated to pull it out.

Here, you can throw on your patched denim and make it look elegant as 1-2-3! Top it off with a mean mug of iced cold brew.

Similar: Public Desire lucite sandals ; The Bashful Bunii gunmental and rhinestock padlock necklace

All photos by Hallie Geller

#HERSSENTIALS: Rainbow sandals

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Chloé rainbow sandals

If there is a Lucky Charm in a world full of Cheerios, these Chloe sandals are the answer. As much as I love nude and black sandals, they can get boring. Being the Gemini that I am, I grab my go-to Chloe rainbow sandals. Not only are they beautiful, but they put a smile on my face. From every single string in shades of ROYGBIV, they make a bare foot look less ugly and a fishnet-covered toe pop. Like, if you imagine yourself as Anne Hathaway making out with that hot blonde dude on Princess Diaries, never forget to do that foot pop. Just make sure it doesn’t caught in a net! 😜

All photos by Hallie Geller

Party Time Excellent: The Kimono

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Garrett Leight x Clare Vivier sunglasses | Pearl River Mart kimono | Rodarte choker | Are You Am I top | DIY jeans | Fishnet tights | Chanel sandals

I’m skipping Coachella (due to the jet lag from Eurotriping for two weeks), but the spirit is here to stay. One of the Coachella essentials is a kimono. Sadly, I did not do this back when I first attended the festival; however, it’s the perfect go-to closet staple to cover up that new belly, which you’ve gained from downing one too many beers at the tailgate. Safe to say, it’s a hangover outfit saver.

With kimonos, you can wear it open or close it with a sash. If you wear it with short shorts, it runs the risk of looking basic as fuck. Rock it well with a pair of patched bootcuts and an off-the-shoulder crop top. If you are in the city, wear it with lucite sandals or pull out your go-to fishnets! If you are in the desert, do it a platform sneaker and short fishnet socks. See how easy breezy it looks? Give yourself a pat on the shoulder.

All photos by Hallie Geller

#HERSSENTIALS: Gucci-inspired Jeans

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Recently, I was on vacation in Milan and everywhere I went, the Gucci effect was all over the racks. Store after store had the most outlandish things imaginable: marabou sandals, impractical bag shapes (e.g. Dolce and Gabbana’s ice-cream straw purse) and Dr. Seuss-esque fur coats at the 5-lettered fashion house. Thank goodness minimalism has finally died! But here’s something that no one really knows about what’s been brewing: I have been dressing like this for the past 3 years. To be exact, it was one year before Alessandro Michele became the main designer for Gucci. Truth be told, I am all Gucci.

As someone who loves the new maximalism of Michele, his take on patched denim is forever inspirational. However, I feel that there is no need for me to drop $1K on a pair of jeans that I can simply do at home.

Here, I take up a pair of Levi’s orange tab bootcut jeans,  plunged my scissors against the surface and cut out the pockets and back panel. Then, I just glued and ironed all of my favorite patches. See how simple that is? You can simply get your dream denim for less!

And why do I like patched denim? It’s so easy to pair it with anything imaginable: an off the shoulder crop top, vintage graphic tee, crystal choker, red sunnies, fishnet tights, sneakers, backpack and any shade of millennial pink!

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Garrett Leight x Clare Vivier sunglasses | Rodarte choker | Vintage Backstreet Boys tee | Are You Am I top | DIY jeans | fishnet tights | Fenty x PUMA sneakers | Mansur Gavriel backpack

What is your favorite outfit go-to with patched jeans?

All photos by Hallie Geller

#HERSSENTIALS: Puff Puff, But Don’t Pass That Dutch

Transitioning to warmer climes from cold temps has never been easy, but the one thing you can’t pass up is a puffer jacket. Insulated with bird’s feathers, the puffer jacket is bound to keep you warm. While everyone out there in the city swears by a black puffer (myself included), the one jacket I’ve been wearing non-stop is my dad’s treasured Lucien Pellat-Finet weed jacket.

Frankly, it might a little too early for a 4/20, but you can’t ignore the fact that marijuana-themed clothes are my jam all thanks to my dad. When I was growing up, he’d be rocking über distressed jeans, flashy shirts, a blinged out cross necklace and loafers. When it came to colder climes, he’d splash out on super statement outerwear, which included Lucien Pellat-Finet sweaters and this puffer jacket. The funny thing is that he never smoked pot, but he wore the leaf proudly nevertheless. (NOTE: I have a feeling that he thought that they were maple leaves!)

One day, he told me to wear it as the temps were climbing down to less than zero. So, I did and now that it’s climbing back above zero, I’ll happily throw it on with anything! Whether it’s day or night, I always feel cozy in that thang. Talk about being better than a sweater!

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Lucien Pellat-Finet jacket | Giant Vintage sunglasses* | The Candy Kids necklace | Are You Am I Bodysuit | DIY jeans

*Similar

All photos by Hallie B. Geller

Party Time Excellent: Mad Toppers

Ran out of what to wear? I’ve been through that. It’s always so easy to come up with the coolest outfits on some days; however, at other times, we often run out of what to wear. Sadly, that includes your foolproof heels, LBD and purse. Given that we are in a tricky weather situation, you are more than likely going to want to stay in all thanks to Storm Stella and her little sisters.

A) The Teddy Bear Fleece

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Rad + Refined sunglasses | RE/DONE T-shirt | Uniqlo jacket | Vintage skirt | Rihanna x Stance socks* | Vintage bag | Raye x NBD x Revolve sandals

Who doesn’t wanna be your teddy bear?! Look no further than your beloved fleece jacket. Normally, a fleece is mean to be worn as a layering piece or on its own on balmy weather, but you can turn it into a fun party piece! With a pair of cute heels, lacy socks and a statement bag, you can never go wrong with turning your lazy day go-to into a day party staple. Speaking of sunglasses, Daylight Savings has begun and what better way can you think about shielding your eyes? Pull out your statement sunnies and you’re good to go!

If you’re heading to a fun girls’ brunch, try pulling all the stops for a pink on pink moment!

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As someone who cannot live without a daily dose of bling, I purposely left my look with not much bling. Try picturing this look with your go-to earrings and bag! See, I don’t have to do it for you, but I’m gonna let you try playing your own take on it.

B) The Fringe Jacket

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Have you ever had some moments when you just couldn’t decide what jacket to wear and you end up coming late to meet your friends? Well, I got a suggestion for you: try pulling out the loudest jacket in your closet. Not only is it super fresh, but it’s such a fun statement that’s not afraid to let it speak for itself. But as the late great Elvis Presley said, take care of your business. In that case, WEAR the jacket with your favorite go-tos. See how simple that is!? It’s honestly not that difficult.

What are your favorite dressed down party staples?

All photos by Hallie B. Geller