Clarks + Vogue

Put Your Best Foot Forward This Fall

With A Little Help From Clarks & Vogue 

Shoes + high fashion = the perfect style combination, of course! Near the completion of Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to attend the Clarks + Vogue Fall Party with my fabulous pals Jen (@SkirtTheRules) and Krista (@CoveringTheBases). It was the perfect collaboration party after a very long, yet exciting fashion week.

Clarks do the foot wonders. Personally, I’ve been buying Clarks for years (HELLO comfort). This famous shoe brand knows the perfect formula for combining comfort with style. No wonder they’ve been in business since the early 1940’s. They just have a way of pairing the most superb footwear materials to of-the-moment trends. In fact, I’ll never forget my first pair: Freshman year of college, brown clog booties, soles to-die-for, I could walk the campus for hours and have feet that never hurt.

And need I say anything about Vogue? I’ve been collecting this magazine since middle school. I’ve held on to covers and stories that are worn and torn, yet irreplaceable. They put on a super event to celebrate the launch of the Clarks Fall Campaign, inviting influential bloggers and editors to try their hand at styling Vogue closet items with the new Clarks collection. You can see my “classic” fall look below that I put together.

Needless to say, I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Kacia Garnet booties by Clarks. Don’t worry, I’ll soon be showing you how to style them in an outfit post and style board. For now, be sure to check out the NEW Clarks Arrivals, and the pictures of the event below! xx

Photos via Vogue & Hightail.Com 

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First of Fall

It’s Starting To Feel A Lot Like Fall, Y’all

Bring on the PSLs, Burgundy Manis, Oversized Sweaters, Booties & EXPLORATION!

I often read this quote to remind myself of how precious time (past, present, future) is.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Sometimes, more often than not, I get carried away with life away from home. The big city can be scary, overwhelming and challenging, but it is ALWAYS hopeful. I have found that the more I explore, seek opportunity, and challenge myself to the unknown, the happier and more vibrant I become.

Thanks be to the people around me, I have decided to make FALL 14 my time to “get out there” and steer away from habit (I’m a creature of habit, always). I shall try new restaurants, see new places, walk EVERYWHERE, and learn. So with the start of a new season, and a change in wardrobe (goodbye summer) the challenge has begun.

First stop of Fall: Gotham Market, a unique spot on the west side of Manhattan for small bites (aka tapas), brews, and great company. Shoutout to Food Network for advertising how cool this place is. #FoodNetworkJunkie

WHAT I’M WEARING: HAT similar | SWEATER similar | NECKLACE similar | SHORTS similar | BOOTS similar

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NYFW: Kendra Scott Showroom

Look & Become Obsessed

It’s Not Hard To Fall In Love With Kendra Scott

I’ve been singing her praises for a while now; but Kendra Scott has got it going on! Luckily, during Fashion Week, I scored some one-on-one time in the KS New York Showroom. This leads me to a BIG, blogger shoutout to the lovely Krista Robertson of Covering the Bases. Thanks pal for letting me be your plus 1 for the afternoon.

Not to my surprise, was I blown away by all of the jewelry, but I was also at awe with the super-cool girls of Kendra Scott. The girls walked us through staple KS pieces, the most recent collections, and we even snuck a peek at Spring (launching in January). The designs are suitable for nearly any lifestyle (i.e. college, young adult, mom/mom to be, corporate, etc) and the inspiration behind each piece is phenomenal.

Below I’ve shared a few of my favorite displays and pieces (you’ll notice my Naomi ring which I haven’t taken off). I am also going to link to my favorite product pages on the KS site. Although I love anything this brand puts out there, I cherish a few key pieces more than others.

My TOP 5 Pieces: Naomi | Ellie | Phara | Jana | Louis 

For more information on Kendra Scott, definitely check out her story HERE. It’s pretty crazy how this Texas girl started in 2002, launching a mini-jewelry collection with $500. Now she’s created a global, multimillion-dollar brand with a celebrity following and products sold at the most renowned retailers. You GO GIRL!

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NYFW: Backstage Cynthia Rowley + Birchbox

Feast Your Eyes On Cynthia Rowley SS 15

A Behind The Scenes Look With Birchbox & Yours Truly

Pinch me! It was another “aha moment” as I was treated to a backstage visit with the gals of Birchbox before the Cynthia Rowley show. Accompanied by my trusty camera, I positioned myself in a tiny corner, and snapped a few pics to share. The backstage space was pretty tight, but it provided for some quality and intimate moments with models, hair dressers and make up artists.

Backstage Details: Hair was styled by the fabulous John Barrett of the John Barrett Salon. If you take a close look, yes those are Flash Tattoos in the model’s hair (resembling hair clips and accessories). Make up was done by Daniel Martin and Birchbox using Color Club polish and the new CR Game Face eye shadow palette coming to Birchbox this fall. Can I just say that I’ll be getting that eye shadow palette… it was gorgeous and playful. I was also dying over the model manicure station with Color Club. The girls looked so relaxed and the polish options were spot on. Lastly I will never forget bonding over the candy station with Cynthia herself. She loved the sugary-sour straws! Cheers to whoever decided on that candy bar; it was the perfect touch to the backstage chaos.

About The Show: The main show space (at the Swiss Institute) was set up for models to each stand firmly on pedestals in front of a stunning mural. The entire concept was clean and basic (all white). The focus was 100% on the prints of the clothing and the eye-catching painting. More about the clothes; I was surprised to see that Cynthia decided to split up her active wear from her ready-to-wear pieces. Now that’s not to say her ready-to-wear wasn’t athletic focused, but the two aesthetics were completely separate this year contrary to seasons past. As you’ll also see below, this season was all about print for Cynthia. Be sure to check out the blown-up 60’s floral print. It’s pretty amazing!

Photos Lex What Wear  

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NYFW: Reward Style Rooftop Party

From The Top Of The Empire Hotel

The 2014 Reward Style Party

It’s one of the most talked about New York Fashion Week Parties, so I’m giving you an inside look at my evening with Reward Style. Publishers, brands, and bloggers from all over the world joined forces Saturday to celebrate the (BIG) “community” we’re apart of and contribute to within the fashion world.

Along with some of my best blogger pals (you’ll see below) we were joined by some of the biggest names in blogging, a long list of awesome brands, and a few fashion-celebs like Coco Rocha. Not to mention, we were each accompanied by a fruity cocktail of choice, and little snacks that were to die for.

Joining forces with familiar faces in the blogging world is always a thrill, especially during fashion week. This weekend was a true testament to that, as I enjoyed the company of both new and old friends. Cheers to all bloggers, wherever you come from, and whatever you write about. We’re all truly special in our own way! xx

A Few SponsorsKendra Scott | Bluefly | Piperlime | Zinke | Lou & Grey | Top Shop | Ann Taylor

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Above: Tracy @RightShoesBlog | Katherine @StyleTab

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Above:  InStyle | The Glamorous Gleam

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Above: Tiffany @TiffanyStyleBlog

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Above: Meaghan @DistrictSparkle | Jackie @LivingAfterMidnight | Tiffany @TiffanyStyleBlog  | Tracy @RightShoesBlog | 1/2 of Grace’s Fabulous Bun @A_SouthernDrawl

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NYFW: Backstage Prabal Gurung

One Of The BEST Moments Of My Fashion Life

Cool People | Cool Fashion | Cool Experience 

Prabal Gurung Spring/Sumer 15; it was a bit regal, a touch sassy, and a hint sporty. It was also a magical moment in the life of Alex McLean. I firmly believe things happen for a reason, and for some “reason” I was able to experience something I’ve always dreamed of. Attending a show is one thing, but being behind the scenes is a game changer. Especially when your amongst editors, stylists, designers, and models you have idolized for decades. But enough about me, let’s get down to business.

It was a dark atmosphere in the vacant, old post office space, standing nearly feet from Penn Station. The clothing however, was bright and brilliant. Prabal continued his inspiration from last season’s Nepal influence. Spring/Summer 15 is definitely a bit undressed with slashes and slits of all kinds. He killed it this season with sophisticated sporty looks and phenomenal short dresses with feathers and embellishments.

Take a look for yourself below. Keep in mind my state of mind. I tried to capture the best moments, while keeping my “cool girl” composure. But don’t worry, my “nerdy, fashion-obsessed girl” was jumping for joy all day long! xx

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Photos Lex What Wear 

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NYFW: Century 21 Pop Up + William Opko

A Little Beauty & Fashion Mashup

For My Fashion Week Events No. 2 & 3

The first Friday of Fashion Week was spent pampering myself and enjoying a spectacular William Opko show.

Part 1 of Day 2: Considering that I live 10 blocks south of Fashion Week headquarters, I took to the streets to see all of the outfits and photogs outside of Lincoln Center. Then, I ventured (3 more blocks) to Century 21 and enjoyed a nail art mani and a makeup touch-up by the lovely ladies of Caravan Stylist Studio. They invited editors and bloggers to a small in-store pop up for a little glitz and glam.

Part 2 of Day 2: I was then off to see a very different but inspired show by the sisters of William Okpo held at the Old School Gym. It was bright, bold, and brilliant with inspiration. The hair… OMG you have to see! I called my look for this show,”Fierce Friday” because it was 1/2 sexy and 1/2 chic. I was accompanied by some great gals and bloggers, who all attended a little NOHO Star dinner and drinks afterwards. Be sure to watch my short-clip video of the show’s finale below!!

Part 3 of Day 2: Pony Bar with pals and hitting the sack! I had to get some beauty sleep, knowing that Saturday (coming tomorrow to LexWhatWear) was a huge day…

Until tomorrow’s NYFW coverage! xx

OUTFIT: BLOUSE | NECKLACE similar | SKIRT similar | SANDALS similar | NAIL POLISH

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WATCH ME >> The William Opko Finale

MY OUTFIT: TOP similar | JEANS | HEELS 

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NYFW: Old Navy + Joe Zee

Kicked Off Fashion Week

With A Big, Stylish Bang

This Fashion Week I’ve decided to focus more time on one-of-a-kind / special moments, rather than running around, reporting show after show. So far it has paid off tremendously. I don’t want to give too much away before this week’s posts are published, but it has been the best New York Fashion Week EVER!

To kick things off, I RSVP’d “Hell YES” to attend the Old Navy + Joe Zee party on Thursday night. To say I wouldn’t be thrilled beyond measure to meet Mr. Joe Zee, would be the biggest lie. {If you aren’t aware, Joe Zee is one cool dude. He formerly was the Creative Director of Elle Magazine, and now holds the title of Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo Style. He’s also designed top advertising campaigns for DKNY, H&M, GAP, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic and Chanel.}

I’m also leaving out a few other key factors to this evening. One, being the short appearance of Katie Holmes (who I said “hi ” to and she replied, “hi” with a warm smile). Two, being surround by the TOP bloggers and a few great pals in the industry. Lastly, I was pretty pumped that Flash Tattoos would be at the event. Have you seen their stuff? I am totally obsessed!

Needless to say, my RSVP paid off and I had a fabulous time meeting and greeting some very influential people in my world, and sharing a few cocktails with gal pals from all over the US. Blogging can be a bit much for me sometime, but the connections I have made and the sights I have seen make every detail worth it.

Until tomorrow’s NYFW coverage! xx

WHAT I’M WEARING: BLAZER similar | WATCH similar | NECKLACE similar | DRESS similar | BOOTIES 

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Shop The Selfie

Instagram Looks You Should Steal

In A Flash! 

Lately I’ve had quite a few questions about where to find the little details photographed on the @LexWhatWear Instagram page. So why not share the selfies that stirred up the most inquiries? Below you’ll find a few recent shots and the product details. Can’t find the exact product? Not to fret, I’ve even shared similar ideas. Enjoy, and don’t miss out on those leopard sneakers!!

The Sneaker Shot

SUNGLASSES | RING similar | SHORTS | SNEAKERS similar

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THE I LOVE FLAMINGOS SHOT

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THE EN ROUTE SHOT

HANDBAG | DRESS similar | WEDGES similar 

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THE PINK + CHANEL = ALWAYS CLASSIC SHOT

BLOUSE | RING

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Fall Florals

This Season’s Best “Buds”

When, Where, & How To Wear Them 

Florals stick around, no matter the temperature outside. From season to season, we see this print transform in a whole new light. This fall, I’m suggesting you try the floral print a few new ways. Try an oversized floral on a chic sweatshirt and/or pant. Save the minimal floral prints for your scarves, and full flowing skirts. You can also give a t-shirt dress a whirl with a smaller floral (like below). I’d also recommend dark hued floral prints for this time a year, but that seems to be a given. Either way, be bold and beautiful in your fall “buds”.

All Photos | Pinterest 

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A FEW FAVORITES

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