OOTD: Matrix Awards After Party at the Hearst Towers

OOTD/Shindigs

Last Monday, my life totally changed. I am the 2013 recipient of a NYWICI (New York Women in Communications) sponsored scholarship. That means I’m going to intern at Scholastic in the summer and that I’m part of a sisterhood of wonderful, ambitious young ladies that are in the same/similar industry as me. It’s all exciting.

Well, as a part of winning that scholarship, I attended what’s called the Matrix Awards Luncheon, which is the biggest event of the NYWICI year. It was held at the oh-so swanky Waldorf-Astoria, and all of the 18 scholarship winners, including myself, got a moment on stage.

I will do a separate post on the Matrix Awards ceremony at a later time.

After Matrix, we got to go to a fabulous after-party at the Hearst Towers, located on 8th Ave & 57th Street. After wearing a dress all day, I wanted to keep things super-duper casual. But, not inappropriately so. C’mon now, I’m still at a swanky evening event!

OOTD

I opted for a very sleek, black white and silver combination.

Necklace: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21

This silver necklace definitely helped to make the outfit appear way more formal and evening appropriate.

Pants: Urban Outfitter's BDG High-rise Cigarette Jean in black
Pants: Urban Outfitters’ BDG High-rise Cigarette Jean in black

Though I did wear jeans, they were appropriate for coctail wear because they didn’t have the denim texture. Plus the high-rise length and loose ankle cut gave it the illusion of well tailored pants. It’s a perfect alternative for those like me who hate overtly formal wear.

Shirt: H&M; Faux Leather Vest: Urban Outfitters' Silence & Noise
Shirt: H&M; Faux Leather Vest: Urban Outfitters’ Silence & Noise

I went for a sheer white shirt with a leather vest because I’m a sucker for layering. More-so, because black & white is a classic combination, and the look really did come out très chic.

Patent-capped Suede Oxfords: Urban Outfitters' Deena & Ozzy
Patent-capped Suede Oxfords: Urban Outfitters’ Deena & Ozzy

These are my go-to shoes for job interviews and dressier events. Clearly, they don’t disappoint.

Bracelet: Alex & Ari (+)Energy
Bracelet: Alex & Ari (+)Energy

Lastly, this gorgeous bracelet was given to us by the Scholarship Committee as a symbol of our Matrix experience. It hasn’t been off my wrist since.


The whole experience at the Hearst Towers was unlike any other. I met with amazing editors and people in the communications industry. I rubbed shoulders with the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo—the wonderful Joanna Coles! I may have even scored an internship at Cosmo for the fall. Who would have thought a little ol’ college girl like me would have such an amazing opportunity.

Before I go, may I just share with you the wonderful, sweeping views I had of Midtown Manhattan from the 44th floor of the Hearst Towers. All I can say is that I wish you were all there with me!

OOTD/Shindigs

OOTD/Shindigs

Central Park, 44 floors up!

Central Park, 44 floors up!
Central Park, 44 floors up!

All OOTD pictures by Amanda Kontor.
‘Sweeping View’ shots by yours truly (;

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