48 Hours in New York City | My Favorite Finds, Sights, Stays, and Eats

Hi readers!
Over fall break, I had the amazing opportunity to go up to New York City to do some exploring and to meet with my friends up at Mogul, one of the largest media platforms for women worldwide. I vlogged my trip on my YouTube channel (go check it out here), but for this blog post I’m going to go into detail of everything we ate, where we stayed, and all about my visit to Mogul!

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My aunt Judy was gracious enough to host my best friend Gillian and I in her breathtaking Upper West Side apartment, and we had the best time. It’s always a great time visiting Judy, who is one of the most fabulous women I have ever met. Her style is eclectic, but chic, and in a simple statement, her apartment is my DREAM! Staying in this apartment brings out my passion and appreciation for interior design, as well as my appreciation for beautiful art. My favorite fixture in Judy’s apartment, aside from all the beautiful plant life, has to be a hand-painted divider from 1929 displayed in her dining area right off of the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, Judy whipped up the most incredible cappuccinos for us in the morning, and there is no better way to kick off a day in the city than a bomb-as-heck cappuccino.

 

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We spent most of our time exploring the city, from Central Park to the East Village and Soho (which has to be my favorite neighborhood). I called this my “Eat, Pray, Love” trip, because it came at a time when I was feeling majorly uninspired and I needed to be back in my city, and we did just that. We ate…and ate…and ate. We stumbled upon what is my new favorite brunch spot, called BoCaphe. This funky, French-girl hotspot with a Vietnamese twist located on Lafayette Street offers everything from fluffy, fruit donned pancakes to the best avocado toast you’ll ever have (on cranberry bread, with an over easy egg on top…I mean, come on). Not only is it super delicious and affordable considering the location, it’s totally aesthetically pleasing. You’ll be sure to leave this sweet spot with a full belly and an even fresher Instagram feed.

Another must-eat stop in the same area as BoCaphe is the Chelsea Market. If you want endless options and amazing cultural exposure, be sure to put this stop on the top of your itinerary. I heard that a must-visit spot in the Chelsea Market is Mok Bar. I didn’t know I had a special spot in my soul for Korean barbecue until eating here, and it was a magical experience. If you go, I highly recommend getting the Bibimbap sliders. They’re filling, not too heavy, and I’ve been craving them ever since I ate them for the first time.

We found ourselves on Lafeyette, which is actually where the shopping is POPPIN’ (but seriously). On this street are some of my favorite stores to go to for funky pieces, which is all I wear anymore. We made sure to stop by & Other Stories and Uniqlo, which I highly recommend checking out! These two stores are ~cool girl~ hot spots, and I actually got some super cool pieces which I’ll be posting a styling video on, so stay tuned! Another must-visit spot for thrifting addicts like myself is The Vintage Twin. This locally owned vintage store is what thrifted dreams are made of, with racks full of carefully curated pieces that are made for one-of-a-kind looks…I thought I had died and went to vintage heaven.

On the topic of clothes and street style, here are some shots of what I wore on my trip and all the details of my look!

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THE DETAILS

Shades – Steve Madden

Jumpsuit – Urban Outfitters

Belt – Urban Outfitters

Bucket Bag – J. Crew

Sneakers – Comme des Garçons x Converse

Bodysuit – Forever 21

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THE DETAILS

Turtleneck – J. Crew

Lace Bralette – Free People

Trousers – Thrifted*

Chain – Thrifted*

Bucket Bag – J. Crew

Sneakers – Vans

I also had an incredible time visiting my Mogul family in the Hearst Tower! I intern with Mogul (onmogul.com), the largest social media & networking platform for women worldwide, as a President of the hub at my university. I was able to tour the offices, meet the founder and CEO, Tiffany Pham, and meet with the Marketing Manager, Danica Daniels. You can see the details of this trip and my visit with Mogul all on my YouTube channel (linked here)! I am so grateful to Mogul for this opportunity and I absolutely loved getting to take a peek at what goes on in the headquarters!

Until next time, NYC…

XOXO,

Stella

FAVORITE TRENDS OF THE SUMMER , STYLED | FT. TOBI

THIS SUMMER WAS FILLED…

With, I would say, some of my favorite trends of all time. This season was all about experimental silhouettes, dreamy, flowy fabrics, and an edgy twist on your favorite tee shirt dress. I teamed up with Tobi, a super chic fast-fashion retailer serving major looks to over 1.5 million babes internationally. Tobi is all about bringing West Coast style to you for any occasion, whether it be prom, special occasions, that one vacation look you’ve been searching for, you name it. With the help of Tobi, I pulled together my top two favorite trends of the summer and styled them for you! 

I’ve seen loads of stunning, flowy florals this season and this look has to be my favorite take on the trend. This floral two-piece from Tobi is not only super on-trend, but its wearable, too. The wrap top gives me major Santorini vibes, and the ruffle shorts add a feminine flair. I styled this look with some classic sunnies from H&M, and my go-to Comme des Garçons x Converse sneakers. I wore this look during my trip to D.C. and it kept me cool and comfortable in the summer heat.

shop the look

  • addison floral ruffle shorts – here

  • melanie floral print wrap top – here

  • comme des garçons x converse sneakers – here

  • h&m sunnies – here

Another one of my favorite trends from this season has to be the corset/tee shirt combination. This trend is one that has been worn by basically every single fashion girl ever, and there’s no doubt that this trend will carry over into the fall and winter seasons, just because of how wearable and versatile it truly is. This corseted tee shirt DRESS (yes, believe it or not, its a dress) from Tobi has quickly become one of my favorite pieces in my closet. Despite it being a dress, I actually loved how it looked tucked in to some distressed high-rise jeans and sneakers. I also just want to take a second to obsess over the quality of this tee shirt dress. The fabric is unbelievably soft and the corset detailing is super flattering on every shape.

shop the look

  • all about that lace up shift dress – here

  • h&m sunnies – here

  • the perfect vintage jean – here

  • superga sneakers – here

I had such a great time exploring D.C. in these looks, and I absolutely loved looking on Tobi and picking out some of my favorite pieces for this season! I hope you enjoyed these looks and I hope they can help you style some of YOUR favorite pieces of the summer! Make sure you share your favorite trends and tag me @stellalizabeth! And a big thanks to my favorite photographer and boyfriend Sawyer for taking all of my photos! Photos taken on a Canon Rebel SL1.

A huge thanks to Tobi.com for providing me with these pieces, they are truly an amazing company and I definitely recommend taking a look at their website! You can find them at their website linked here, and on Instagram @shoptobi! Make sure to give them a follow and tell a friend!

XOXO,

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO… BODYSUITS | BODYSUITS STYLED 3 WAYS

I HAVE A RECENT OBSESSION…

And I’m sure by reading the title you’ve guessed it. Bodysuits, ladies and gentlemen. Bodysuits are all the rage right now in the realm of fashion, and understandably so! There’s nothing worse than finding a super cute top to tuck into those high-rise jeans, only to go throughout your whole day constantly tugging at the bottom of your tee. You can’t let a shirt interrupt your grind. Bodysuits are a great way to achieve that crisp, clean look of having a top tucked into pants or a skirt, but without all the hassle and discomfort of all the tugging. One of my favorite brands, AreYouAmI, designed a beautifully minimalistic 90s-esque bodysuit called the “Kimia” bodysuit. It’s spaghetti strap (so not the MOST bra-friendly bodysuit, but there are ways to work around this pretty easily) and square-neck. Overall, this piece, as seen on Kendall Jenner, various Victoria’s Secret Angels, and more, is one of the most coveted pieces of the summer. As much as I would love to rock this one, it’s a bit out of my price range. So, me, being the frugal shopper that my mom taught me to be, took it upon myself to check out Forever 21’s selection of bodysuits. The great thing about Forever 21 is that it’s extremely affordable, and they have hundreds of variations of on-trend pieces to choose from. Now, with fast fashion carriers, you have to be careful with the products you purchase (because quality can sometimes be compromised for affordability), but a great rule of thumb is that basic pieces are normally pretty great quality and hold together for plenty of wear time. I purchased three bodysuits from Forever 21…ALL COSTING ONLY $8.90! Not only do they look and fit super similar to the “Kimia” bodysuit, but they fit beautifully and go with basically everything in my closet.

I’ve actually been wearing these non-stop since I’ve gotten them, and I styled them how I’ve actually been wearing them out into the world so this is super accurate and just goes to show how wearable these pieces actually are. They’ve been super comfortable and completely hassle free. They serve as great layering pieces (the more bra-friendly version), but alone they make for a super clean-cut look without putting in too much effort. The best way to wear them on their own is with a strapless bralette (which you can also find on Forever 21’s website for under $5.00! I’ll have everything linked below.)

LOOK ONE | WHITE OUT

So for this look I paired the white square-neck bodysuit with my all time favorite wide leg Madewell jeans, classic white Sam Edelman sneakers, vintage Kate Spade rectangle sunnies, a vintage red leather Louis Vuitton handbag, and my summer go-to accessory: a silk bandana from J. Crew (worn as a choker, of course.)

LOOK TWO | WE WORE GINGHAM

This look is inspired by my all time favorite blogger, Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat. I took my own spin on this city-esque look by embracing the gingham trend and layering this button up over my black square-neck bodysuit. I paired this look with some high-rise denim cutoffs from Abercrombie & Fitch, black patent leather J. Crew loafers, some white vintage-looking sunnies from Forever 21, and a black vintage Louis Vuitton handbag.

LOOK THREE | HERE COMES THE SUN

I really embraced my inner sunshine with this look. I paired my yellow scoop-neck bodysuit with my vintage high-rise Levi’s, some patent leather and gold accented J. Crew sandals, gold statement hoops from Forever 21, and a vintage yellow leather Kate Spade handbag.

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Those are all of my looks! I shot at Thomas Jefferson’s beautiful Poplar Forest retreat, which is a little gem in my city. I loved shooting here, not only is the scenery and history of it just breathtaking, but it fit my three looks perfectly. Mixing high end vintage pieces with something brand new and accessible! I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did creating it, and I hope that this helps you style your bodysuits a little easier! Remember, everything is wearable in real life if it makes YOU feel beautiful and comfortable. 

LINKS TO WHAT I WORE:

Women’s Square Neck Cami Bodysuit (in black and white): here!

Women’s Stretch Knit Bodysuit (yellow is sold out!!): here!

XOXO,

#TSFxMadewell Denim Event

DENIM DREAMS DO COME TRUE…

From the start of The Stella Files, Madewell has been a huge inspiration to me when it comes to my own personal style. The carefree, cool-girl vibe and their insanely perfect boyfriend jeans have kept me coming back for more every time. Not too long ago, my local Madewell store reached out to me and we decided to host a collaborative event to celebrate their latest denim arrivals for the summer season! The great thing about Madewell denim is that not only are they classically chic, but they are crafted to literal perfection by experts in Los Angeles, New York City, and Kentucky. Another amazing thing about Madewell denim is the environmentally friendly aspect of their denim. Madewell accepts denim donations to benefit causes such as Habitat For Humanity! If that’s not enough to make the denim lover in all of us swoon, I don’t know what is!

A HUGE THANKS TO…

The Emmett Street Madewell team for hosting me! Overall, this event was a major success and I am so grateful and thankful for everyone that came out to support. I absolutely loved helping Madewell celebrate their new denim arrivals, I had such an amazing time meeting all of the new members of The Stella Files audience, and such an amazing time styling some of my closest friends! I’m so excited to keep rocking my favorite Madewell pieces, you guys never let me down.

Another huge thanks to Paradox Pastry for the yummiest raspberry macaroons, and a very special thanks to Nicole from the Emmett Street Madewell for reaching out to me in the first place and for working so hard to make this a possibility! You’re a total Boss Lady and it was so great to work with you!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

LYNCHSTOCK STYLE GUIDE 2017 | MUSIC FESTIVAL SEASON LOOKBOOK

FORGET THE HOLIDAYS…

Music festival season is the most wonderful time of the year. I think we all have that one Pinterest board full of style inspiration just in case a miracle happens and we end up with Coachella tickets in our possession (someday, Stel, someday). Until then, my city has their own music festival called Lynchstock. Lynchstock (Lynchburg + Woodstock) is an amazing event filled with community, vendors (two of which happen to be my best friends!), and super cool local bands! This is my first year going, and I’m sure I’m not the only newcomer to a music festival. I pieced together five festival approved looks to keep you cool in the heat, and in that perfect Instagram pic we all know we’re dying to get!

LOOK ONE: “GOLDEN GAL”

For this look, I paired some basic Abercrombie & Fitch ripped denim high-rise shorts with an Abercrombie & Fitch open back bodysuit. Since the back to the bodysuit is basically nonexistent, I layered it on top of my favorite Calvin Klein bralette to give a cool girl “Tumblr” vibe to this festival-goer get up. This look is perfect for the daytime heat, and the chilly festival nights. I threw on a vintage GAP mustard yellow leather jacket to keep warm when the sun goes down. This jacket is the perfect statement piece to throw on over a simple outfit. To keep the focus on the jacket, I threw on my favorite lace up gladiator sandals from Madewell. For accessories, I just tied my favorite silk bandana from J. Crew around my neck, and a massive pair of Lennon sunglasses to keep the sun out of my eyes.

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LOOK TWO: “DESERT DISCO QUEEN”

For this look, I kept the same shorts, sandals, and bralette, but replaced the jacket and bodysuit with one of the coolest pieces I own. You may have seen this glittery wrap top in my “Golden Hour” Holiday Lookbook, but this top could go as a layered piece or on its own! This look is perfect if you want to catch the sunlight and go for the boho-glam look without feeling like you’re overdoing it! Not only will it keep you cool in the outdoor climate, but it’ll make you look and feel like a seasoned music festival veteran. 

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LOOK THREE: “BANDANA BABE”

So if I can’t wear a bandana around my neck, I’ll wear it on my head and on my romper! For this look I paired my favorite Steve Madden suede thigh-high boots with a very Danielle Bernstein-esque bandana printed romper. This romper is perfect with these boots because it offsets the structure of the boots with a flowy silhouette. To accessorize, I threw on a 90’s tattoo choker, a Madewell bandana scarf around my head, and some round Lennon sunnies.

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LOOK FOUR: “DUSTY ROSE”

Dusty Rose velvet everything is SO in right now! For this look, I layered this dusty rose velvet slip dress from T.J. Maxx over top of a Madewell white tee shirt. For accessories, I paired some worn-in Converse Chuck Taylor’s, Chanel sunglasses, and a tattoo choker to give this look that coveted 90’s vibe for this festival season. To add a personal touch, I tied my shoelaces around my ankles instead of the traditional bow to imitate Coachella-esque anklets.

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LOOK FIVE: “WHITE FERRARI”

This look is doing the most. Named after one of my favorite songs, this look is dreamy and makes a statement all at the same time. I paired this billowy, open back Free People mini-dress with a pair of high waisted denim shorts, tucked in to give it a layered, casual vibe. This Coachella approved look is topped off with a woven choker and J. Crew distressed cowboy boots.

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I had such a great time curating all of these looks and finding the closest possible matches in case any of you lovely readers are feelin’ these fits! Make sure you keep an eye out for my Lynchstock 2017 blog post to see which outfit I decided to rock!

See you all there!

XOXO,

THE FRINGE EDIT | URBAN EARTH TONES

THE ULTIMATE “COOL GIRL” SWEATER…

Madewell, you’ve outdone yourselves again. This sweater has very quickly become my go-to sweater to throw on for when I want to look like I have my life together. This chic take on an updated “granny” sweater is perfect for draping over your shoulders on a chilly night, or wrapping up in while café hopping with your best gal pal. I headed out with my girl Katherine and explored Downtown Lynchburg a bit, and I knew I had to bring this fringed beauty along on the adventure. I paired my Desert Valley Fringe Cardigan Sweater with my favorite scoop-neck black tee (I’ve had this bad boy for years, never fails!), my high rise Cali Demi-Boot drop-hem jeans, and my RIDE OR DIE Jeffrey Campbell World Tours. This sweater is extremely loud, so it’s important to have the entire look be complimentary of the star of the show. I kept my color palette muted and fairly structured while still being relaxed. I felt MEGA cool in this outfit, and that’s the most important part. Be bold and confident in what you decide to wear, because 9 times out of 10…you’re going to rock it!

 

I styled my mega cool BFF, Katherine, in one of my favorite combinations ever. So, the thing about this look is that it’s breaking a major fashion rule: mixing navy and black. Who made this rule? I’d like to speak to your manager. Being totally real with you guys right now, I am actually a MAJOR fan of the navy/black combo and I rock it all the time. I styled Katherine in a super chic J. Crew navy turtleneck, tucked into my favorite pair of black Madewell high riser jeans (with hems frayed by yours, truly), an athleisure-esque pair of navy Adidas Gazelles, and a super cool, super sleek Zara windbreaker trench.

I had such a blast styling and shooting these looks. A major thanks to my girl K for being super fun to work with, and insanely stunning! My clothes looked better on her than they do on me, tbh. I hope you all enjoyed this post! Let me know what you want to see next, and if you want me to raid your closet, I’m looking to start a new styling series! So just head to my “Let’s Chat” page and shoot me an email if you’re interested!

XOXO,

 

 

 

 

THE GOLDEN HOUR | HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK 2016-2017

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS…

Which means holiday parties are popping up like wildflowers! Sometimes it’s so difficult to figure out what to wear, whether it be an office party, family gathering, “Friendsmas” dinner, or that super cool black-tie event that you’ve been so excited about attending. If you remember last year (for my day-one readers) I photographed a Holiday Lookbook to kick off the season. It was filled with fur hats and dreamy silhouettes…this year, however, we kicked it up a notch. Here at The Stella Files we broke out the ballgowns and the riding boots to serve up some equestrian-chic looks for you this holiday season!

My inspiration for this year’s lookbook was everything Free People, and the way the sun shines through my windows in the morning, hence the title: “The Golden Hour”. I love the juxtaposition of ballgowns photographed in a barn, and the raw look that the farm gives to these otherwise polished looks. “The Golden Hour” is all about everything that glitters, shimmers, and shines; warm tones and golden accents.

earrings: madewell

coat: madewell

sequin t-shirt: j. crew

black overalls: madewell

houndstooth sneakers: vans

hoop earrings: j. crew

blazer: madewell

pixie pants: j. crew

star blouse: free people

riding boots: j. crew

tweed jacket: j. crew

black shirt: brandy melville

lace bralette: victoria’s secret

white gown skirt: j. crew collection

suede tie choker: DIY by stella

maroon net sweater: topshop

lace bralette: victoria’s secret

plaid & leather skirt: madewell

fishnet socks: madewell

leather booties: j. crew

suede tie choker: DIY by stella

gold thumb ring: madewell

black t-shirt: brandy melville

sequin pencil skirt: vintage express

riding boots: j. crew

grey gown: j. crew collection

jeweled belt worn as choker: anthropologie

black t-shirt: brandy melville

satin black miniskirt: j. crew

sequin pencil skirt: vintage express

suede tie choker: DIY by stella

lace bralette: victoria’s secret

knit thigh-high socks: urban outfitters

plaid wrap shawl: j. crew

black riding boots: j. crew

black studded mules: daisystreetco.uk for asos

fur hat: j. crew collection

pearl and diamond earrings: j. crew

black turtleneck: j. crew

gold gown: j. crew collection

black riding boots: j. crew

white dress: abercrombie & fitch

sequin wrap top: j. crew collection

suede studded booties: madewell

gold thumb ring: madewell

I had such an amazing time curating all of these pieces and putting together all of these looks for you all! A huge thank you to my mom for not only helping me find these beautiful pieces for me to shoot in, but for also being the best photographer out there! A big thank you to Lejack Farm for being a beautiful venue to shoot at and for letting me work with some truly magical and beautiful animals! 

I want to finally thank all of my readers for sticking with me through all of my growth and through all of the changes that go into this blog. Looking back on last year’s Holiday Lookbook to now, so much has changed and I have learned so much. You, reader, are my inspiration for this blog! You all are the reason I work so hard on this website. I’m so thankful for the community that has come from this experience.

XOXO & A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS,