For the second installation of our LR X OTTE feature we met with Rose, the PR and Marketing Coordinator for OTTE NYC boutique. Below Rose explains a bit about her role at OTTE and illustrates how to add life and color to a winter wardrobe.
Featured on Rose, the Mini Rider in white snakeskin.
I am originally from Des Moines and i moved to NYC in 2011. I wound up in the fashion industry a bit by accident, but I love it! As the PR and Marketing Coordinator for Otte I handle everything from social media to Otte events and promotions to tracking our growth goals and figuring out how we can reach them. I love that there is always a challenge in my job--and I especially enjoy seeing everything come together for a project or promotion we're working on! It also doesn't hurt to be surrounded by great clothes and great style every day, either; I love the designers we carry at Otte. Some of my favorites are WWAKE, MSGM, Iro, Sea and Nicholas.
My personal style mantra is to wear whatever you are most comfortable in--and to not be afraid of bringing a little personality in with a bit of color or some accessories. I also really like winter whites. I think that they can be incredibly classy when done right. Structured, sleek pieces are key, though--anything too loose or flowy can start to look a little too bohemian. When it comes to mixing in textures and snakeskin pieces into your ensemble I think the key is not to over-do it. When I'm working with a textured or statement piece, I like to plan the rest of my look around it--complementing textures or patterns mixed with simple basics brings the right amount of balance.
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Winter is the most depressing style time for me; I often end up wearing the same 5-10 sweaters on repeat, but I hate forgoing style for warmth if I can help it. I try to mix knits with summery fabrics as much as possible, like layering a chunky knit over a silk dress (which I did with our Otte Ellen dress and an Isabel Marant sweater). To avoid looking like a snowman during the coldest months, I opt for a skinny jean or pant with a heeled boot to balance out thick fabrics and bulky coats.
The LR Resort '14 collection is perfect for my summertime blues. I paired the Zip Wallet in white snakeskin and the Felix stacked heel bootie in milk lizard with distressed white jeans, a navy top and a Sessun jacket. I love the mix of patterns with the wallet, jacket and boots--they complement each other perfectly while the solid navy top and white jeans bring balance to the whole look. The Zip Wallet is actually perfect for a weekend or night out when I don't want to carry that much around, my phone slips easily in the inside pocket. The contrasting snakeskin and colors make it too pretty to hide in a bag! For my other look I wore the Mini Rider in white snakeskin and the Henry stacked heel sandal and mixed them with one of my favorite Otte NYC pieces, our silk Ellen dress in marine. Layering this look was the key since it's still pretty chilly in NYC, so I pulled on a loose-fitting chunky knit sweater. The Mini Rider is one of my favorite LR bags! I love the cross-body style because it's great to have your hands free when you're running around NYC.
One of the reasons I am so attracted to Loeffler Randall as a brand is that the pieces are wearable, playful and fun/ I like feeling put together everyday--I was definitely not the girl in sweatpants in college--but I also like to be comfortable. LR is easy to wear and incorporate into my daily style while bringing some personality in with unique patterns and textures.
I can't wait to carry all my new LR Resort '14 pieces into the spring. I am looking forward to reducing the number of layers I have to wear each day! But, really, I'm looking forward to warmer weather and getting back outside on evenings and weekends. There's so much to do in NYC and I love spending my downtime exploring and enjoying!
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