Thursday, 12 June 2014

Kendra Fashion Challenge

I was recently contacted by the absolutely fabulous Kendra Thornton, travel extraordinaire! She asked me, along with other fashion bloggers, to help her with some style ideas for a trip to New York that she'll be taking in a few weeks time. New York has always been a dream destination of mine, so obviously I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to assist in styling the trip, even if I won't be there! Here's what she said:

"Every night for the past week I go to bed and dream of skyscrapers and subways. It could be because I am getting ready to visit New York City in just a couple of weeks with a group of friends. I love family vacations with my 3 children and weekend getaways with my husband, but this trip is my chance to catch up with old friends in an exciting city. However, I just do not have the right clothes for a trip to the Big Apple’s hottest hotel. This is why I decided to create the Kendra Fashion Challenge for some much needed fashion advice and outfit organization.
I think while visiting the city everyone should have at least one special evening out wining and dining. For this trip, we decided to dress up in cocktail dresses and visit the Top of the Standard at the Standard High Line Hotel for great food and even better music. This supper club has amazing views of the city and at sunset the colors are stunning from this vantage point. After choosing our small plate entrees, we will enjoy some live jazz while we sip our specialty drinks. We decided to have supper there one night, but we could return for Sunday brunch if we really enjoy it. 

From dinner out to strolling through the lobby of one of the best hotels in the city, The Standard High Line, I know that our trip will be a lot more fun with my new, updated wardrobe from the Kendra Fashion Challenge."
 Shoes - Topshop £55 // Jumpsuit - Topshop £60 // Bag - Miss Guided £14.99 // 
Necklace - Topshop £45 // Eye shimmer - Topshop £8
As you can see, I decided to shy away from the classic cocktail dress for evening drinks and go for something a tad more daring in the form of this powder pink strapless jumpsuit. I paired it with simple leather chunky heels and a roll over clutch bag, as well as adding hints of gold with the necklace and eye shimmer. This style remains utterly sophisticated whilst also being innovative and daring, mirroring the atmosphere of NY completely. 
Shoes - Topshop £55 // Dress - Topshop £36 // Bag - Topshop £36 //
 Lips - Topshop in Infared £8 // Socks - Topshop £3.50

I also decided to create a day time "brunch" look, with a much more airy feel. This white structured skater dress is perfect for a classy look to swan around New York in. By adding the bright orange accessories, the style credentials of the outfit are raised higher still! There's even the option of risking this season's most controversial trend - socks and sandals - in an absolutely adorable way. 
This has made me rather jealous! I wish I was going to New York to wear jumpsuits and orange platforms. Still, I hope Kendra has an absolutely amazing time and that my look boards could be some help in her style quest!
Bethany Paige X

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