I'm always looking for pieces that are wallet friendly but still great quality and of course, STYLISH! I find myself scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest and eyeing the pulled together streetstyle looks and flipping through pages of my fave magazines while coveting the trends of red carpet worthy actresses and musicians only to snap back to reality, because I know I can't afford those luxurious pieces.
As a mamapreneur: blogger, wedding coordinator, assistant teacher and mama to two high energy boys I'm always on the go, running from drop offs (literally running) to a press preview or final walk through with a bride only to pick up the boys, help them with homework and on any random night possibly head back out for another press event over cocktails. Aside from wishing I could clone myself and had twice as many hours in a week, I'm always searching for clothes that are versatile and can carry me throughout my most eventful days.
Dorie & Emelyn, The ladies behind Of Mercer both met at a welcoming party their first week at Wharton business school and realized they were both wearing the same, boring black sheath dress. It was then that they realized that women's workwear needed a revamp that wouldn't sacrifice quality because of outrageous prices or style because of office guidelines. With the help of Parsons grad and tailored clothing specialist Aja,they were able to create a well-fitted collection made of luxury Italian wool and Japanese fabrics that could carry women through the work week. What's even more amazing is that they were able to accomplish this by cutting out the middleman and retail markups allowing it's customers to indulge in great quality at price points offered below $250.
A while back I was invited to check out their week long pop-up shop here in NYC on behalf of Lady and The Blog and wanted to try everything on as I checked out the collection. My style is definitely more casual chic, I love fun blazers and statement making jewelry paired with well-fitted pants or denim and fun boots or flats, which is why I instantly gravitated to the blazer I'm pictured in above (Ironically I was wearing a sequin blazer that day). Of Mercer also has some great black and colorblocked/ printed dresses that are perfect to wear to work or to meet up with girlfriends while catching up at happy hour.
As a wedding coordinator, my uniform consists of all black which is sometimes really hard for me to wrap my head around, because I absolutely love color. But Of Mercer has made sure to step away from the basic black dress by focusing on trendier leather details. And since the opening of their pop up shop they have recently released their 6 piece mix and match Of Mercer jewelry collection which I was able to swoon over as well.
The Of Mercer collection is "Fashioned for Your Life & Suited for Your Budget" and has been featured in People Style Watch Magazine, InStyle Magazine and on actress Emmy Rossum. From stretchy jacquard graphic prints and edgy faux leather panels, to the unexpected yet perfect pockets on the Beacon dress, you will love their modern touch to these everyday closet staples.