Modern Mod

 COAT:  FOREVER 21  / DRESS:  J. CREW  / TURTLENECK:  UNIQLO  / BAG: VINTAGE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE  [SIMILAR]  / BLACK TIGHTS:  GAP  / LACE UP HEELS:  FRANCO SARTO  / EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR [ SIMILAR, ONLY $14! ] / LIPSTICK:  MAC COSMETICS IN CAPTIVE .  ALL PHOTOS BY  STEPHEN J. CARUSO

COAT: FOREVER 21 / DRESS: J. CREW / TURTLENECK: UNIQLO / BAG: VINTAGE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE [SIMILAR] / BLACK TIGHTS: GAP / LACE UP HEELS: FRANCO SARTO / EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR [SIMILAR, ONLY $14!] / LIPSTICK: MAC COSMETICS IN CAPTIVE.

ALL PHOTOS BY STEPHEN J. CARUSO

My fascination with vintage fashion knows no bounds, and I love to gather inspiration from the 1920s, 1940s, and 1960s. I've always loved to hunt for treasures in thrift stores and vintage shops, no matter where I am, but there is a certain way to wear something that is vintage or even just vintage inspired, as this outfit is, to modernize it and freshen it up.

I style my outfits with some of this, and some of that, to add visual interest, minimize looking like everything came right off a mannequin, or thrifted head-to-toe. 

Here I paired a vintage-looking leopard shift dress from J. Crew, classic black tights and turtleneck, sentimental jewelry (the earrings I wore to my sister's wedding), with lace-up shoes, which seem to be sold almost everywhere these days-- and aren't they fun? 

My formula for a stylish ensemble for any occasion is, "something vintage, something classic, something sentimental, something new" and from where I stand it proves itself a good combo every time. 

What do you think of my modern take on mod? Part of me wants to wear this outfit every week and channel vintage screen sirens as often as possible. 

SHOP THE LOOK

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.