How A Rising Interior Designer Dresses For Her Craziest Days

Photo: Lordale Benosa.
Between designing NYC start-up offices and launching my own furniture line, I’m constantly on the move. Luckily, I get to work on really interesting projects — things like a customized bar made out of vintage doors or a secret office hideaway behind a sliding bookshelf.
Cool, right? But, some days I feel like a cast member on one of those reality shows where you get two days to complete a three-month job! Because I work with such short deadlines, I do a lot of local sourcing in NYC and I'm constantly on my feet. I have to be prepared to give client presentations, scour the Brooklyn Flea, and meet with contractors all in the same day. Doing all of that takes grit, energy, and a very versatile wardrobe. Keep reading to see the pieces I rely on to get my to-do list conquered in style.
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Photo: Lordale Benosa.
Sitting in a custom “Dani Lounge” that I designed for Contently’s new office.
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Photo: Lordale Benosa.
My style is definitely eclectic and a little on the edgy side. I like to mix high- and low-end, and statement pieces with staples. You'll often see me in a pair of denim overalls paired with a cape or blazer from a vintage shop. I'm also really into mixing patterns and prints — they're flattering on your body and in your home! I've found a new love for Ankara patterns following a recent trip to Senegal; you can find them right in the Harlem Market on 116th Street.
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Photo: Lordale Benosa.
I can't live without a great pair of heels, and I love wedges because they're as good-looking as they are easy to run around in. For other go-to picks: I live in my Cheap Monday jeans and own several pairs from Nasty Gal’s denim line.
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Photo: Lordale Benosa.
I love items that are a bit edgy; this Ann Taylor romper has a kind of drop-waist silhouette, it's definitely sexy and flattering but in a not an obvious way. It can be paired with just about everything, but also looks great on its own.
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Photo: Lordale Benosa.
Throwing a blazer over your shoulders is an easy, effortless way to make any outfit a little more interesting. This look easily takes me from visiting my furniture-makers' shop (read: power tools, plywood, and everything in between), to drinks with friends in Soho.
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Photo: Stefon Miller.
Even though I'm a tomboy at heart, I have to admit that lipstick is my secret weapon. It's the key to everything. Bags under my eyes? Complexion looking sad? Have a meeting with a new potential client and need to impress? Easy. I apply the right shade of lipstick and immediately feel more confident, put together, and ready to face the NYC streets.
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Photo: Stefon Miller.
Right now, I’m really into MAC’s Ruby Woo, it’s truly the perfect shade of red. I'm also obsessed with New York Color makeup, which I buy from Duane Reade. The colors are excellent, and the best part? They only cost 99 cents.
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I always carry a leather tote bag that’s big enough for my laptop and tape measure; my schedule can change unexpectedly, so I have to be prepared!
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