Meet The VR Team: Cat Chiara

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Meet Cat, the designer turned consultant for Vanity Room. 

Cat, who has been working for Vanity Room for a few years now, started off as a freelance designer and is now our head designer. She has recently switched roles and now also does creative consulting for VR. She is currently launching her own handcuff inspired  jewelry collection called Cuffs by Chiara.

We sat down with Cat in her cozy Soho apartment to discuss her role at VR, her jewelry collection and to meet her insanely chic feline friend, Felina!

What made you first interested in fashion?

I really can't remember a time that I wasn't interested in fashion.  I was obsessed with styling my own outfits and at a very young age I started designing and sewing clothes. I remember being 15 and my mother trying to get me to go to sleep, but I refused because I wanted to finish making an outfit to wear the next day to school. 

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How did you transition into a jewelry designer?

It really was an accident. I have been making jewelry for many years, but only for myself or to give as gifts. I had made myself a bracelet and I started getting demands for it from friends and even strangers. I decided to turn it into a business and that is how Cuffs By Chiara was born!

Theres a quote “ A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories”  Do you think this is true? 

I think accessories are very personal and can show an individual's personality much more than clothing.  I am a huge believer in investing in great accessories, but I love pairing my more expensive pieces with my VR clothing.  

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What is your favorite piece you own from the Vanity Room?

I'm a huge fan of all the tight dresses and so is my boyfriend!  They are so easy to pack and are seasonless. 

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NYC is a loud place. Where do you enjoy editing blog posts and instagrams?

For me, there really is no place like home. I enjoy sitting at my dining room table because there is a large window that soaks my apartment with sun light and of course Felína sneaks onto my lap for naps. 

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What is important when it comes to posting an instagram?

Well I think that changes depending on if it's a personal post or company post. However, I think a crisp photo that has a clear fous is the most important component of a great post. 

What is your favorite place to go on a coffee break during work?

Hands down Sant Ambroues, they have the best cappuccino in the states. That is where my boyfriend and I take work breaks together, he's from Florence so he enjoys talking to the baristas in Italian and I love listening to them.

What is your typical day of work?

There is no typical day for me, I travel a lot and my work always comes with me wether I'm in another city, country or on the beach.


Street Chic

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Meet Brenna, a fashion blogger located in Seattle who believes that high fashion can be achieved at any budget! Not only does Brenna make chic style thats easy on your wallet, but her looks are also accessible to all! In addition to sharing her outfits, she posts where you can purchase them. Check out her blog here and follow her on Instagram for style inspiration @chicstreetstyle. 


Brenna is rocking Vanity Room's Dani maxi dress in red, which is now available to purchase on our online store!

The Dani dress has a modest high neck with a sexy slit to show off your legs, which we love!


Work it Mama!

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Vanity Room not only designs clothes that are timeless, but we design clothes that are ageless as well. Our styles are suited to fit women of all ages. Whether you are in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, or older we have the collection that will work for you. Vanity Room clothing is made for every women regardless of age or body type.  However, be careful moms, because your daughter will most likely go shopping in your closet!

One great piece of clothing that looks great on all ages is the classic maxi dress and skirt. Check out this fabulous mom rocking these Vanity Room styles!

This Vanity Room black maxi is the perfect summer dress! Pairing it with a sun hat will add to a more fun day look!

Adding a belt to your maxi skirt will  show off your shape! This strapless maxi is great because you can make it into a skirt, and add one of your favorite tops to add a pop of color to your look!

Or you can see it be worn here as a dress for a more casual look! Either way it looks great!


Eyes On Sunita

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This fashion blog is definitely one too look out for! With a style like Sunita's, it's hard not  to stand out in the sea of NYC fashion bloggers.  Follow her on instagram @sunitav_

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Here is Sunita rocking our Vanity Room Naomi Jumpsuit! She paired it with a cute pair of heels that dressed up her look!

Sunita is looking gorgeous in this Vanity Room Callista Maxi Dress. It is a great pattern, and perfect for you summer days!

The open back on the Vanity Room Callista Maxi will keep you feeling cool in the NYC heat. Try accessorizing your maxi with a belt like Sunita to accentuate your waist!


New York, New York!

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We can proudly say that all Vanity Room clothing is made right here in New York! That said, what better way to show it off than on the streets of NYC, specifically in Bryant Park. Grab a friend, pick up lunch and find a sunny spot on the grass for an afternoon catch up or head to Koi at Bryant Park Hotel for a swanky after work cocktail. Whatever you chose, outfit yourself in one of our ensembles below.

Kim's boat neck baby-doll is the perfect little lace dress for lunch in the park. Pair with rose gold flats and a long tassel chain for a sweet but edgy look.

Lisa rocks the lace inset cami and pique tuxedo short perfectly for a quick lunch break with friends. 

Kim is ready to see and be seen in Vanity Room's textured bright blue cross back dress.

 Vanity Room's silky tie dye skirt is super comfy and cool on hot summer days. Lisa pairs it with a side slit black cami and her favorite cork wedges for a fun and polished look.


Go Green

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We heart mother nature here at the Vanity Room and believe we must care for the environment that we live in. As June is national environment month, you can do your part by donating to The Nature Conservancy, a wonderful organization whose mission is to keep our planet clean. Learn more about this great cause here: http://www.nature.org/ 

Get inspired with our favorite garden-hued styles below...


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The textured pleated baby doll in mint will quickly become your summer go to dress for work and play. 

Pair this flattering flutter sleeve top with skinny white jeans and stacked mules for a bright and chic look.

Our scalloped hem lace sheath is the answer to all of your summer events! Think weddings, baby showers, patio parties and preppy polo matches...  just don't forget to bring your hat.



Blogs to Follow!

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Check out @talesfromthethrift and @platinumandpenniless to see how they style their clothing from Vanity Room.  Don't forget to follow them and @vanityroomny on instagram! 

Tales From the Thrift

This blog was created by a New York City goer with style, named Christina! She looks fabulous in this Vanity Room lace and leather crop top!
If you want to find out where to get steals around NYC, her blog is the one to follow. You can find it at www.talesfromthethrift.com

Here she is again in our black and white snake print Vanity Room dress. Its light material will keep you cool on those hot days.


Platinum and Penniless

Platinum and Penniless was created by Alyssa who’s fashion style is on point! Here she is in our Vanity Room little black dress with lace!

We highly recommend following her blog for great style inspirations! You can find it at www.platinumandpenniless.com



Get Red Carpet Ready With These Cannes Film Festival Looks

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Red Carpet styles at the Cannes Film Festival are always breathtaking, from floor sweeping fashion to vibrant colors and cut outs. If you want to incorporate some of these flawless looks into your every day wardrobe, Vanity Room has just the right styles for you!


Along with Jumpsuits there were a lot of styles on the red carpet that showed off sexy cut outs which looked great.

Karlie Kloss in Atelier Versace.


Vibrant colors, and floor sweeping dresses were another huge hit at the Cannes Film Festival

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Miranda Kerr in Oroton.

Emma Miller in a gorgeous cannery yellow dress with a sexy slit.


Lace was another great look that was present at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Emma Stone in Oscar de la Renta.

Emma Miller in a lace and tulle dress.


Miranda Kerr in David Koma


Fringe Dresses are a huge summer trend this year.

Charlize Theron in Valentino.


Vanity Room F/W Lookbook

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For our f/w collection we shot our lookbook in the Vanity Room showroom.  Photoshoots like these take all day, but we don't mind the work when we are having fun!  Take a peek at the behind the scenes video to experience a day on set for yourself!

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The Four Must Have Bottoms for Spring

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Need a break from skirts and dresses? Mix it up with our four must have bottoms for spring!

Joggers

Athletic inspired outfits have been a huge trend this year, for both women and men. Here at Vanity Room we believe that you can replace those old pair of jeans with a comfortable and stylish pair of jogger pants. The great thing about joggers is that you can dress them up or down. You can't go wrong with a cute pair of heels and a leather jacket if you are going for a night out look. To dress them down, loose fitted shirts and wedge sneakers would be the perfect choice!

The Wide Leg Pant

The wide leg pant is also another huge trend this year and have quickly become a celeb favorite. They have a relaxed flowy fit and rate a 10 on our comfort and style scale!  Wide legs pants will keep you cool on the warmer days, but covers you enough to be warm on the colder nights.  Here at Vanity Room we can't get enough of of fun patterns, which is why these Vanity Room wide leg pants are perfect for your wardrobe. If you are going with pattern pants, pair them with a neutral tone top! To accessorize your outfit, go with a pair of wedges or the new flatform shoes! They are a great spring shoe because they are comfortable and easy to walk in, and complete the outfit perfectly!

Tulle Skirts

You may not believe it but tulle is back and just in time for those spring and summer weddings! You can never go wrong with a simple black Vanity Room tulle skirt. Try to channel your in Carrie when picking out a tulle skirt, her pink tulle skirt in the Sex In The City intro will go down in fashion history.  You don't have to make as bold of a statement in pink, but rather opt for a black tulle skirt to easily incorporate into your existing wardrobe.  These fun and fluffy skirts look great with a chunky heel, and a jean jacket to tie it all together!

Shorts

With the arrival of summer, it is time to show off some legs and theres no better way to do that than with one of the fun new style of shorts.  There are countless styles of shorts this season from skorts to distressed denim, all of which can be dressed down or up. Vanity Room has a great selection of shorts, that can be worn to work or for a day spent in the sunlight. This pair of Vanity Room black shorts worn with a blouse can take you from business casual, to a night out on the town. But make sure to bring along a leather blazer to complete the look and keep you from getting chilly!