Winter Styled Outfits

Snow is here, and the first thing that seems to go is your personal style. With chillier days and the need for bulkier clothing, it’s hard to feel cute under all the layers. One can only wear a chunky sweater so many times before it seems more necessity than a choice. Below are two cold weather- yet cute-outfits styled by Jet Black’s Alyssa Fazio. We’re hoping that these options will provide the perfect amount of outfit inspo admits the cold weather front in Syracuse.

Draped in Fur

IMG_5037-1.JPG Who says that sneakers can’t bear the cold? With shearling toe detailing, these Loeffler Randal were made for the winter. Pair with JBrand camo print skinnies and a draped Jocelyn Fur vest, for a sportier take on luxurious textures. Shearling and fur? What could be cozier?!

 

IMG_5036-1.JPGSometimes you just can’t be bothered with tights. But instead of covering up on bottom, reverse the concept and bundle up on top! We’ve paired this beautiful A.L.C. butterfly cut skirt with a chunky blended sweater. For a daytime look add these Vince sneakers— a very Gigi Hadid or Kendall Jenner styling technique. To take this look from day to night change to heeled booties or a layered necklace.

Warm-Weathered Christmas Look

If you live in the North East, you’ve noticed one thing: since when is it summer in December?! We mean usually 30 degrees and fair weather causes the people of Syracuse, New York, to break out the shorts, but 70 degrees on Christmas? We never thought we’d see that day. While we’re not complaining, we do understand that many of us are confused about how to dress. Do we break out the sandals we packed away with the promise of snow? Do we forgo a jacket because it feels out of place? It’s a hard line to tow, wearing fall clothing without dying from this heat wave. Below we’ve created a weather friendly outfit for this unseasonably warm winter. While it is on the warm side, one thing we’ve from Syracuse is to never trust the weather, because the weather is made up and the seasons don’t matter.

 

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Try this Mackage shearling lined leather jacket for a luxurious take on an everyday piece. It’s not quite the weight and bulk of a typical winter coat, but still has the warmth a Syracusian needs. Add a Rebecca Minkoff reptile print cross body and Jocelyn fingerless fur gloves in fuchsia for an elevated touch. Finish off with distressed Frame skinnies with Loeffler Randall booties with a pointed toe.

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Need winter pieces or a last minute Christmas gift? Visit us at Jet Black online or head over to our store at 129 Walton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202!

Local Spotlight: Otro Cinco

Jet Black is all about food. Especially Mexican food.

Each month Jet Black spotlights a local restaurant as part of our ongoing “Local Spotlight” series. This month as we gear up for cold weather, we are dreaming of California Mexican food. Read on to find out what makes downtown Syracuse so great, and one of the Jet Black  employee’s favorite spots: Otro Cinco. Or if we’re being dramatic, the Other Cinco.

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Otro Cinco in 140 Characters or Less:
Alto Cinco‘s mistress, (if you didn’t catch on to the other cinco thing above) with a downtown vibe and elevated menu.

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The Atmosphere 
Vibrant, Laid back, Brooklyn Cafe-inspired

The Best Days to Otro

Everyday. There’s never a bad day to Cinco. But there is a late night menu that goes until 1am on most days!

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Lobster Burrito
Imagine this: lobster, carrots, corn salsa, cabbage, wrapped in a tortilla covered in a delectable lemon parsley dressing.
Paella, Mariscos
A made to order seafood mix of steaming hot mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, and chorizo. Add fresh peas, saffron broth, and rice, and you have this mouth watering dish.
Cucumber Tonic
Refreshing cucumber vodka & tonic water, finished with crisp fresh cut cucumbers.

What People are Saying about Otro Cinco on Yelp!
KWL: ” Always great food and ambiance when I come to Otro cinco. The drinks there are very tasty. Usually get a Bloody Mary or else a margarita.

Usually try to get anything that’s on the specials which range from their chicken wings, mussels, John Dory fish.

They also have a good brunch menu on Sunday.

Check out the space! It’s a great go to while you’re out downtown.


 After you visit Jet Black Boutique make sure to get a taste of California Mex and a cool downtown spot! Visit us at Jet Black online or head over to our store at 129 Walton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202!

Pantone’s 2016 Color(s) of the Year

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Pantone just took it’s annual Color of the Year release and turned it on it’s head by releasing not one, but TWO colors for 2016. While the colors act as a precursor to the hues that will hit stores over the next few seasons, many are noting that the duo are a nod to gender equality. As Quartz notes,

“The secret selection committee’s decision had also been colored by widespread discussion of gender. ‘Globally, we are experiencing gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,’ explains Pantone in a release. ‘This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.'”

Whether acting as a catalyst for a timely discussion or forecasting the next big colors, Pantone’s annual color of the year release gets people talking.

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Image from @pantone Instagram

With 2016 on the horizon, we wanted to find the best pieces at Jet Black in these muted, soft shades.  Below are some of our favorite looks that  you can buy before the new year even gets here. With our help you can be ahead of the game and cozy for the long winter months.

 

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Add some Serenity to your wardrobe. This calming shade of blue, appropriately named Serenity, is flattering on all skin tones. Not only does it work with the fluid movement of the silk in Joie’s printed top, but it also makes this Equipment’s classic button down pop.

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If you’re a fan of last season’s blush, you will love Rose Quartz. It’s soft and hints at the pastels of spring, but can easily be paired with a cozy cream or grey cashmere wrap. Take Equipment’s subtle cheetah print blouse and pair it with a pair of skinny jeans for a perfect Florida vacation outfit. Or pair Rebecca Taylor’s simple crochet neckline top and a high waisted A-line skirt with a pair of heels for an office holiday party look!

How to Prepare for Black Friday Shopping

It’s that time of year again. When the winter chill starts to creep up and Thanksgiving day grows closer and closer. But what everyone is actually thinking about, the culminating shopping event of the fall season, is Black Friday. While some stores are aggressive with their Black Friday deals (the ones that start a week before Thanksgiving even HAPPENS) Jet Black wants you to take Thanksgiving day to mentally prepare. In the anticipation for the wildest deals of the season, we outlined the perfect plan for Jet Black Friday.

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1) Actually Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner

We’re talking about the turkey, the pumpkin pie, the stuffing– let yourself revel in the best meal of the season. Lay on the couch because you’re so stuffed that you can’t move. Rest up all your energy to cut through the crowds at midnight.

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2)Get Your Friends and Family On Board

You can’t go Black Friday shopping with out a great shopping squad. Not only can you tag team the long lines, but you can search the store for the best deals with a partner in crime.

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3)Devise a Plan

Creating your master plan for all the best deals and must see stores first. Jet Black is always our top spot, because we have some crazy Black Friday deals. Make sure to follow our social channels to get exclusive deals for the biggest shopping day of the year!

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4) Shop, Shop, Shop

Aim to have the composure of a Blair Waldorf  with the strategic fighting abilities of Katniss Everdeen. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and grab a venti latte before you go. There’s nothing worse than shopping on Black Friday with out a caffeine fix!

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5) Enjoy Your Style Steals

Think of all the new Outfits of the Day that will fill your Instagram feeds! Think of all the holiday parties you can wear that new cocktail dress to! The possibilities are endless. Pat yourself on the back, you made it out of Black Friday a winner!

The New Designer Lines at Jet Black

Every season Jet Black looks for the newest contemporary designers to keep our finger on the pulse as one of the best boutiques in Syracuse, New York. For the fall/winter season our owner Amanda Gold found some of the most amazing denims, everyday pieces, and shoes out there. It’s just as important to keep our customers styled in the newest brands and pieces as it is for us to stay one step ahead of the game. Below are some of our best new brands for fall/winter 2015!

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Mother Denim 

According to Mother’s website the brand was founded in 2010 in L.A. and was soon known for its super-soft denims and subculture-a-la-mainstream feel. One of Mother’s founder’s Tim Kaeding shares in the company bio that ‘Mother’ comes from “a word as loaded with innuendo as it is unconditional love, goes against the grain.” If these jeans teach you anything, let it be to always love your Mother, especially when she’s the softest denim out there.

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Raye

This is a shoe line with some edge: lace ups, translucent pieces, and a killer Instagram. Our favorites are the soft sueded flats with minimalistic studs or the black pointed toe heels with clear panels and subtle wrap detail. The Raye label walks the refined line between classic and trendy which makes them both of the moment and totally timeless!


Generation Love

If you’re a lover of Wildfox, but need something that can be worn at casual outings, Generation Love is perfect for you. This brand designs cozy sweatshirts with stylish details, from plaid underlay, to distressed finishes, to leather trimmed zipper accents. Our favorite has to be the Shred Plaid Top which can go from apple picking to laid back bar night during holiday season.

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Local Spotlight: Sakana-ya Sushi

Jet Black is all about local eats. 

As part of our on going blog series, Jet Black spotlights a local restaurant each month. This month we have constantly craved Sakana-ya, a downtown sushi bar with a rotating conveyer belt. Read on to find out what makes downtown Syracuse so great, Jet Black style.

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Sakana-ya in 140 Characters or Less:
A sushi joint that looks like the inside of a futuristic subway station complete with sushi and sake whirling by on a conveyer belt.

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The Atmosphere 
Quaint, slightly futuristic, bright.

The Best Days to Sushi

Monday: Half priced sushi all day

Wednesday: All you can eat sushi for $25

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Flying Dragon
Spicy tuna wrapped in sticky rice, topped with fresh salmon, avocado, wasabi mayo, and fiery sriracha
Fire Fly
Kani salad, avocado, spicy tuna, and crisp cucumber wrapped in sticky rice, seared salmon, wasabi mayo, scallions, and sweet eel sauce.
Flying Dragon
Crunchy tempura shrimp wrapped with sticky rice, avocado slices, crisp cucumber, and spicy mayo.

What People are Saying about Sakana-ya on Yelp!
Natalie W.: ” I went here on Monday with a group of friends for their half priced sushi deal that they run every week. It was an absolutely great decision! While the restaurant is on the smaller side, our party of five got seated relatively quickly, and we had a wonderful meal. The restaurant offers a wide variety of sushi and rolls that were all simply delicious. I ended up getting what would have been normally a $25 meal for $12. The waitstaff is friendly and your order came up very quickly. I will definitely be coming back here!

An afternoon of shopping calls for sushi! After you visit Jet Black Boutique make sure to stop into our local fave, Sakana-ya, especially on Monday and Wednesdays! Visit us at Jet Black online or head over to our store at 129 Walton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202!

Instagram Style Inspiration

Okay, we admit it, we troll Instagram for style inspiration every now and again. But can you blame us? There are so many amazing designers and style bloggers that it gives our wardrobe that extra push to try something new! Below are some of our favorite Instagram inspirations of the week, courtesy of Loeffler Randall, Raye, Equipment, and Joie.

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Try this futuristic and city centric take on oxfords. Loeffler Randall is known for taking an edgy trend and refining it to be wearable for the everyday. Wear these flats with a pair of skinny trousers and boy-fit blazer for an effortless look. Or mix these shoes with a circle skirt and a graphic tee under a leather jacket. Finish off with a great pair of sunglasses for an Instagram ready look.

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Strappy flats are on the feet of Instagram’s most fashionable this fall. We love Raye‘s summery outfit take on this fall flat staple. The subtle stud detail adds character while the suede offers a soft finish that can be worn in any season.

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When we’re not reapplying our latest Sephora purchase, we’re wearing it on our shirt. We love this everyday glamorous top by Equipment. Known for their feminine, tailored blouses, Equipment consistently delivers in quality, style, and the seasonal quirky print!

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Our last Instagram pick is a western inspired look from Joie. We’re totally obsessed with the warm patchwork tones in this Joie scarf. It’s perfect for running weekend errands to pick up cookie butter at Trader Joe’s (because we all do that, right?) or when flying to the relatives during the holidays. No matter what the occasion, this scarf adds the perfect finishing detail!

Things to do in Syracuse this Weekend

Wondering what to do in Upstate this weekend? Here’s a list of our top picks ranging from apple picking, wine tasting, and pumpkin picking. Don’t forget to wear an oh-so-fall flannel from Jet Black while you’re at it!
Beak & Skiff

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Voted the #1 Orchard in the country by USA Today, it’s the perfect place to go apple picking! Take the time to try their 1911 spirits label made with a handcrafted touch from Upstate NY apples. We recommend the hard ciders ranging from the Sweet Apple, Rose, Heritage Dry, and Hopped flavors.
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Apple Hill Campus is open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm

2708 Lords Hill Road, LaFayette, NY 13084
Owera Vineyards
Image from Owera’s Facebook Page

Image from Owera’s Facebook Page

Venture to Cazenovia, NY, for tucked away vineyard on a picturesque farm landscape. Owera’s weekend hours range from 11am-5pm, with tastings daily at 12pm. We highly recommend Betty’s White and the 2012 Cabernet Franc. We may even dare to say it’s the best Cab in Upstate. It’s that good, and definitely worth the trip!
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5276 East Lake Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Abbott Farms Fall Festival Days
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Abbott Farms has Wagon rides, corn maze, bounce house (for the kids, but we know you’ll want to try it). They even have a grill with delicious maple-BBQ shredded beef and Heids hotdogs. What’s more Upstate than maple syrup AND Heids? Make sure to stop by, it’s only going on until Halloween!
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3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville, NY

Throw on Some Heels Playlist

Have you ever listened to a song and was felt and instant urge to model strut? Or what about that one Miguel song that makes you want to go out the moment you hear it? We know the feeling. We classify these supermodel song moments as “throw on your heels” songs. There’s nothing like an amazing song to put you in your most confident mentality. But why have just one empowering track, when you could have a whole playlist full of them? We want our Jet Black shopper to be daring, empowered, and confident, or as Miguel croons one of our top picks “Simple Things,” a free spirit with a wild heart. 

To go along with this killer playlist, we picked some of our top night out pieces. For an full outfit in one fail swoop, try this Rebecca Taylor cold shoulder dress. You can never go wrong with a Little Black Dress!

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Now for a bolder, look-at-me color, perfect to stand out in a see of all black club clothes with this fuchsia top. While there is nothing wrong with black, sometimes it is important to get out of your comfort zone!Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 6.38.16 PM

We all need a night bag that leaves our hands free to hold our wine (priorities). Why not one that doubles as clutch for when your look needs a step up? This Loeffler Randall studded Lock clutch will match most any look, while its studs add an edgy touch.

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