I’m always up for a good style challenge, so I was really excited to take this on and to see how far I could make the money stretch by mixing high and low styles. After deliberating for a while, I decided to focus on a New Years’ Eve look. Knowing that one lucky reader would win the entire look via a giveaway (see details below), I wanted to select items that would flatter a wide range of women, regardless of their age or body type. So I stuck with sophisticated timeless styles that could be worn again & again for years to come and that would work for many different occasions.
After a healthy brunch at LandMarc (one of my favorite places to eat in the city because they have so many gluten-free options), we set out to shop. I started at Sephora because I knew that I wanted to include beauty items to complete the evening look. After purchasing a makeup & nail set, I went hunting for my party dress. I tried on a few different styles at J. Crew (this fit & flare and this blue lace dress), but they didn’t feel quite right. So I ventured over to H&M and the instant I tried on this sparkly LBD, I knew I’d found the winner. The fit was absolutely perfect and it was incredibly well made for the price. I also scooped up these glam statement earrings to up the sparkle factor even more.
Next we took a quick lunch break at Bouchon Bakery, where we snacked on a charcuterie board and chatted about our shopping strategy for the remainder of the day. After fueling up, there were only two hours left to finish my look so I headed out to find shoes & a coat. J. Crew was my next stop, where I picked up these gleaming metallic pumps & this crystal bracelet (which was on sale!). I was beginning to doubt if I could find a coat before time ran out & I really wanted something that felt festive & luxe. On a whim, I walked into Michael Kors and they were having a huge sale. This alpaca-blend coat was the perfect finishing statement piece – it was on clearance + an extra 30% off!
We ended our day with a champagne toast at Parkview Lounge, which was the ideal spot to relax, share our finds and enjoy beautiful views overlooking both Columbus Circle & Central Park. You can see Amy’s airport travel outfit here & Serena’s black monochrome outfit here. I love that we all chose very different looks that speak to our own personal style and it perfectly showcases the breadth of brands & stores that The Shops at Columbus Circle has to offer. Here is a peek at the outfit I created:
The Shops at Columbus Circle is graciously offering a giveaway of my complete look – all you have to do is head over to my Instagram, like this photo & leave a comment below to be entered for your chance to win! I will randomly select the winner at the end of the day tomorrow, so don’t miss out! Here’s a breakdown of the items I purchased to build my New Year’s Eve outfit – these are the pieces that one lucky reader will receive:
J. Crew Mixed Crystal Bracelet // J. Crew Elsie Metallic Pumps // Stila Sending My Love Set
Olivia Palermo x Ciate Nail Polish Set
Photos by Lauren Elle Photography