End of the Road

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I think it goes without saying that I’ve taken a little hiatus. Since I’m the kind of person that has to tie up all loose ends, I wanted to do one last blog post. After a little over two years, I’m ready to transition from this hobby and dedicate more time to the things that I’m more passionate about: writing and acting.

I took the past few months to do a little soul searching and figure out how to best use my time and resources – because let’s be real, fashion blogging is no cheap hobby and it is very time consuming. While I still love to style and shop, I’m ready to redirect my focus towards the one thing that I’ve always wanted to do. 

I started doing this to get comfortable in front of the camera and sharing ideas with a public audience. Now that that’s been accomplished, it’s time to move forward. Next month, I’ll start my first acting classes and just the sheer thought of it makes me feel ecstatic and inspired.

Thank you to all who have followed, shared, and supported this blog from it’s conception through the end. It’s always been a pleasure and rewarding to connect with so many passionate people across the world through blogging. I’ve learned a great deal from you all about drive, success, and passion.

All the best xx,

Cassie

Oxford Denim Dress by Alexander Wang via Crossroads Trading Co. // Marc by Marc Jacobs Natasha Mini Satchel // Aztec wedges by Forever21

Photos by Joe Albino

Plaid Classics

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It surely has been a while, hasn’t it guys? With my recent move to a place in Brooklyn (it’s so dope) and killing it at work, I wasn’t able to keep up with We The Fashionati as much as I would have liked. So to cap off the most recent monthly Style Profile: A Lesson in Layers, I give you my cozy grunge inspired look shot in one of my favorite Brooklyn neighbs – Fort Greene. A couple shots are from the UES when Joe and I checked out the Guggenheim, but we decided to do the rest in a more relaxed, less crowded area. I’m absolutely obsessed with my plaid cardigan from Salsit.com (same store I got the b/w fur vest from); I don’t wear plaid often, but the way this is cut is just perfect. I love light outerwear that hangs and flows.

Aside from my move, another reason for my temporary leave of absence was simply frustration. After NYFW came and went, I was feeling surprisingly uninspired. I kinda stressed myself out with trying to come up with the perfect outfit for parties and whatever else I might get invited too. That’s when I realized I’m not passionate about that part of fashion – keeping up appearances (that I can’t always afford) and kissing ass to people I don’t even know. Long story short, my little break from being actively engaged in the fashion world from a blogging standpoint helped me find out I am and will forever be an advocate of street style. When you really analyze it, the new trends have been the same for the past 5-6 years. Fashion is really boring if you only keep up with designers and trends, but for those of us that truly love it because how it makes us feel and how it transforms us, we need more than style on repeat. I need to see what a guy from the Bronx wears to go skate, what a girl from soho wears to brunch, what a chic from Cali wears to get groceries…I need it to see real people doing real things in really innovative and personal styling. More on that later though – I’m on my way to work and have to hustle to get my coffee and bagel before I’m late!

Leather jacket: BB Dakota (similar here) // Plaid Cardigan: Salsit.com // Neon Beanie: H&M // High rise jeans: H&M // Black booties: Aldo // Handbag: Michael Kors

Photos by Joe Albino

Vagabond

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If you aren’t already following Tigers Don’t Lose Sleep , I recommend that you do so immediately. Brooke is participating in Who What Wear’s 30 Day Wardrobe Challenge and I can’t wait to see what her innovative perspective on the chosen styles will be! In this post, Brooke has put together a vagabond-esque layered look that infuses classic winter items with dreamy spring pieces. With the new season on the horizon, layering is a great way to incorporate your warm weather pieces that you can’t wait to wear again. This kimono would be great for the cool Californian nights during Coachella weekend – I might have to snag one for myself!

 

leather top: all saints (similar here) // white shirt: free people (similar here) // kimono: castles couture (similar here) // jeans: joe jeans (similar here) // coat: madewell (availablehere) // bag: balenciaga // hat: stylemint (similar here)

Distressed & Well-Dressed

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A true NY stylist knows how to make anything work for her, even if it’s a pattern that’s normally outside of her fashion repertoire. In this month’s Style Profile, Sheree of It’s Not That Deep shows us how to mix layers with a feminine touch without going too cutesy. From the sneaks to the distressed denim, Sheree breathed life into the tried and true polka dot pattern for a look that’s both modern and  tasteful. In this crazy snow world we’ve been living in, it’s important to layer up without having to sacrifice style. Take a cue from her layered look and mix a leather jacket with a long cardigan.

Shirt-vintage (Similar)(LOVE). Sweater-Banana Republic . Jacket-Kirna Zabete . Jeans-Donna Karen . Bag-Pour la Victoire

MTV Fashion for Charity & MissKL NYFW Party


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“Give is the new Get.” This was the overall message of MTV’s Fashion for Charity event at the Highline Ballroom that took place this past Thursday. Hundreds of people attended the fashion show/art exhibition/party that benefitted the Hope For Them Foundation to kick of New York Fashion Week and we had a blast! Not only were we able to get all dolled up and support a good cause, but our job was kind enough to send us there (perks hollaa).

Following the Fashion for Charity event, we headed to Chelsea for the MissKL Fashion Week Party and I’m kicking myself for not taking more pictures. The outfits were killer and the vibes were good – not to mention the drag queens that were stunning and seven feet tall. I spotted some familiar faces from some of my favorite blogs and stores, and Leah got to meet Beyonce’s stylist Ty Hunter (my cousin – jk I wish!) I also got to see my darling Michael of Fresh & Precious fashion blog. We had to wrap the night up a little earlier than we would have liked since we needed to be at work the next morning, but I made sure to top the night off with a grilled cheese from one of my favorite diner’s in the Upper East Side.

Now I’m off to the East Village for some birthday celebrations xx

Black Jumpsuit and accessories by Barami

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Leah Spearman with Beyonce’s stylist Ty Hunter

Stylish Sick Days

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Things have been a little weird lately – mostly the weather and I suppose myself as well. I’m not a winter person by any means and all of this snow has got me feeling some serious cabin fever. And a literal fever too. I thought North Carolina was bad with all of the back and forth weather, but in NY we’ve literally gone from a snow week to mildly cool weekends. It makes it a real challenge to get dressed in the morning, and we all know the feeling of apathy for morning decision-making when you’re sick.

While I’m a person that loves bold colors and prints, the last thing I want to concern myself with is matching when I’m ill so the black and white pieces are definitely a go-to. To keep it from getting boring, I like to find pieces that play up textures such as this glorious faux fur vest. The length gives it a nice coverage for the milder days if you want to wear it with a dress and a thick layer for those days when you need your down coat.

In other news, New York Fashion Week starts on Thursday and I’m not so sure I’ll be hanging around the shows to scope out the street style what with the snowy forecast and all. Butttttt that doesn’t mean I won’t try to make it out to a couple parties. I’ll keep you posted ;)

Salsit Yin & Yang Vest // H&M Crêped Dress here // Jeffrey Campbell In Love Flats similar here // Marc Jacobs MacBook workwear – original from Apple Store, similar can be found here // Rings by VERAMEAT

Stay warm lovers xx

Photos by Corey Crago

All Star Style

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Shortly after moving to New York, I found myself standing outside Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on a whim. The after effects had me riding an inspirational high all the way through fall and I couldn’t wait to get back into the blogging groove. One look that really stayed with me (and had me on the hunt for leather track pants) was worn by The Haute Pursuit’s Vanessa Hong, who had much to be coveted in her all black sporty chic ensemble. I can’t wait to scope out the street style at next month’s fashion week events. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t snow!

This look is the third installation of We The Fashionati’s Style of the Month and features a new casual addition to my closet: the Rag + Bone Exclusive Kent Crewneck. At the beginning of winter, I donned a crop top with the track pants (yes, a crop top) to go for a more hip hop/street chic look. This time I decided to keep the color palette the same (or absence of color) and forgo the exposed midriff and try something a little more masculine. Needless to say, I was still cold but part of me is still in denial that winter is a legitimate thing.  For those of you in warmer parts of the world, this is the ultimate casual Friday outfit (swap out the heels for pointed flats if you must). Full disclosure: I never run around New York in this little of clothing when it’s freezing out. Once I get to my destination, I shed my layers and swap my shoes to complete the look. I’d hate to give the wrong impression of what kind of weather we’re dealing with up here. It’s @%*#ing cold.

UNIQLO bomber jacket  // Rag + Bone Kent Crewneck similar here // Blank NYC vegan leather sweatpants similar here // Faye Platform Pumps by ShoeCult

photography by Vicky Mathew

Neoprene Dream

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Let me start off by saying I don’t normally wear sweatshirts. They always fit me weird and they make me feel sad (similar to the feeling of not having your nails painted or waking up with a cold). Ladies and gentleman, feast your eyes on the most perfect sweatshirt I’ve ever seen. I never used to believe in love at first sight, but that all changed the day I walked in to C U R V E and saw the sweater of my dreams. The print – the fit – it’s seriously everything I want in a comfortable, lazy day piece. It’s become my go-to piece for my writing days.

Neoprene has been a new developing trend for a while now, and I’ve gotta say it’s definitely a comfortable and practical fabric. Used originally for scuba gear, this material is perfect for cold windy days – you won’t even need a scarf. Practicality aside, this Acne Studios sweatshirt is bomb because of the exploded flower print and construction and I just. can’t. get over it. Anything that’s casual and beautifully crafted is a win in my book.

Acne Studios sweatshirt // Twig Fit Skinny Jeans by BCG // Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes similar here // Gully sunnies by Quay

Photos by Corey Crago

Sleek and Sporty

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Allow me to introduce you to Sheree, the blogger behind the elegant and fashion-forward blog It’s Not That Deep. Whenever I see her new blog posts, I always catch myself thinking “Her style is SO smart,” which totally makes sense since she is after all a New York stylist ;)

Sheree’s no stranger to striking and structured garments, such as this epically amazing sweater by ASOS. In this second installment of the sporty Style Profile, Sheree shows us how to go beyond track pants and try a detail that alludes to athletic staples such as vertical stripes along the leg.

The deets: sweatshirt – ASOS //dress worn as skirt – vintage // heels – Nine West

Need a little more Sporty Chic inspo? Check out these looks from the It’s Not That Deep archives and stay tuned to We The Fashionati for updates:

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Sport Luxe

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So who’s pumped about the return of the ever so comfortable and cool athletic aesthetic?! (I had fun coming up with that one) We definitely are and that’s why January’s Style of the Month is Sporty Chic. Kicking us off is Brooke from Tigers Don’t Lose Sleep. Her luxe take on the trend-of-the moment is sharp, elegant, and comfortable – now that’s a fashion triple threat. Check out the full post on her blog and take a peek at her latest looks!

Fab’rik shirt (similar here) // Madewell pants: (similar here) // GAP Coat (similar here) // Rebecca Minkoff  bag: (available here) // Shoemint boots: (similar here) // Ray Ban sunnies (similar here)