Miami (Part 2): Two-Piece Lilly Pulitzer Crop-Top and Midi Skirt Set

One of my favorite trends for this summer is matching two-piece sets! They usually involve some flavor of a crop top, and a matching skirt. While this set at first glance appears to be a dress, it is actually a ruffled crop-top and skirt. I love the Lilly Pulitzer classic tropical colors- it was too perfect for Miami! Miami also has a certain glitz and glamour, so I paired the look with comfortable Jimmy Choo wedges (which I have owned for almost 10 years), as well as a dainty gold evil-eye necklace and a gold watch. I completed the look with a sun-kissed tan 😉

These photos were taken at Soho Beach House’s Italian restaurant Cecconi’s. It was pretty magical.

Lilly Pulitzer Berk Crop-Top and Midi Skirt Set
Jimmy Choo Baxen Glitter Peep-Toe Wedge Pump 
Honeycat Evil-Eye Necklace
Signature Slim Gold-Tone Steel-Mesh Watch

Miami (Part 1): Strapless Pleated “Pinata” Dress

This past weekend I traveled to Miami for the first time for my friend Molly’s bachelorette party. When I saw this Kate Spade dress a few weeks ago in New York, I knew I had to get it for the trip. The bright colors and fun geo border pattern seemed so “Miami”! The dress is so fun and reminds me of a pinata. It had great movement and was very swingy and fun to wear. I kept the look simple with strappy black sandals, and a delicate gold evil-eye necklace. These pictures were taken on the boardwalk, and at the Faena hotel. This hotel has the most gorgeous lobby and bar area…it feels like a museum! Definitely a must-stop when you visit Miami.

I wore this dress out for the day, but it could easily be dressed up for a cocktail occasion with the right heels and accessories.

 

Kate Spade Geo Border Pleated Dress
H&M block-heel sandals
Honeycat Evil Eye Necklace

Wedding Guest Attire

This weekend I attended the wedding of two of my good family friends, Erika and Doug. It was a beautiful wedding in Chicago! I picked up this Badgley Mischka colorblock eyelet dress last week just for the occasion. I loved that the neckline is a sort of faux-halter, and the blue eyelet is so intricate and pretty. I paired the dress with ankle-strap heels, which I have had for 10 years since I was a freshman in college! I love these shoes because they are elegant, and the heel is not too tall so they are pretty comfortable. I kept the look feminine and preppy with black tassel statement earrings, and a woven flower clutch.

I will miss Chicago, but excited for my next stop this week…Amsterdam!

Badgley Mischka Colorblock Eyelet Dress
Serpui Camelia Bun Minaudiere
BCBG Ankle-Strap Heels
H&M Statement Earrings

Mint Green Embellished Peter-Pan Collar

It’s spring! Or supposed to be 🙂 It’s still been chilly in New York, but the daffodils are blooming and the days are getting lighter which makes me happy. One of my favorite colors for spring is mint green. This color was particularly popular about 5 years ago, when peter-pan collars were making a comeback too. I love this embellished peter-pan collar to add a little sparkle to the blouse. I kept the rest of the look very New York– all black! I wore versatile black booties to complete the look. I have had these since my freshman year in college…which was 10 years ago! Today, it’s a work-ready look.

 


Forever21 mint embellished peter-pan blouse, sold out 2013 (similar here)
Black crew-neck sweater
Vince Camuto black leggings
Nine West black heeled booties, sold out 2013 (similar here)
Tortoise-shell sunglasses, street vendor (similar here)

Spring Edition: Embroidered Dress & Cage Sandals

The days are getting longer and lighter…and it is April! I love spring fashion. I paired this embroidered tiered dress from Zara with Schutz cage lace-up sandals. I love the contrast of the sweet and feminine ruffle tiered dress with the edgier and rougher cage sandals. I bought these heels five (!) years ago as a gift to myself when I started my at-the-time new consulting job. Fast forward five years later and I still love wearing them, and they are great transitional shoes for both spring and fall. I actually own them in a more nude camel color, too.

Zara embroidered ruffle tiered dress, sold out (similar here)
Schutz “Slate” lace-up cage sandals

Winter White

Even though it is March, it still is so cold in New York City and feels like winter! So, there is still time for my chunky winter white sweater. I bought this sweater a few years ago at a Calypso (one of my favorite brands) sample sale, and it is so warm. I kept the look simple and chic with gray raw hem denim, edgy sunnies, and snakeskin cap-toe ankle strap heels. I love the blue skies and brighter light though…spring really must be around the corner!


Sunglasses
White sweater
Gray raw hem denim
JustFab snakeskin heels, sold out (similar here)

Mexico: Pom Pom Straw Tote

I just returned from a trip to Cancun, Mexico with my Mom, and we had a blast! My trip was cut one day short due to a big snow storm in New York, but we had perfect weather the entire time. I brought a few different “Mexico inspired” looks to shoot, but we were having so much fun that we only made it around to shooting this one. I paired this black pleated Swiss-dot popover dress with this fun pom pom straw tote bag (a trend I am still loving from last year), which was perfect as a beach bag, too. I got complements on this tote from everyone from the pilot and flight attendants on my plane, to couples sitting next to us poolside. I like the bright cheerful colors and also how fun and whimsical it is. I kept the look easy breezy with classic gold-rimmed aviator sunglasses.

I highly recommend visiting Cancun if you have never been. There are gorgeous Mayan ruins to explore, and beautiful deep swimming holes called cenotes to jump in. I would go back any time.

Thanks to my Mom for taking my pictures!

Ray Ban gold aviators
Black swiss-dot pleated sundress- Sanctuary, sold out (similar here)
Pom pom straw tote- Amale, sold out (similar here)

 

Post Round-Up

Hi readers! As many of you know, my blog’s email subscription feature was not working for the past few months, so while I continued to post, none of you received an email. I am rounding up a few of the posts in case you missed them! Links to shop the looks are in the actual posts, not this round-up post 🙂

This round-up includes several looks from holiday parties back in December- feels like ages ago! It also includes a charity gala, my company’s Great Gatsby themed holiday party, a NYE wedding look, and a photo shoot for a collaboration with ALLY shoes.

 

Balloon Sleeve Sweater & Pearl Embellished Sandals

The weather has been so up and down in New York lately. It was almost 80 degrees earlier this week, and now it is cold again. I paired an almost all-black look together the other day, with a few of my favorite recent trends: balloon sleeves (bubble sleeves) and pearl-embellished shoes. This cashmere sweater is by Magaschoni, and I was particularly drawn to it because of it’s unique interpretation of this season’s balloon sleeve (trend alert!). I love that the balloon sleeve detail is more of a bubble at the elbow…Snow White style! I kept the look simple with black leggings, and black sandals with pearl embellishments (trend alert). I loved these sandals so much, that I also bought them in a blush-nude hue, too! My bright blue nails are the finishing touch, I had so much fun with them. The color is “Butler Please” by Essie.

Sunglasses-Tom Ford
Balloon-sleeve Cashmere Sweater- Magaschoni, sold out (similar here)
Black Leggings- Vince Camuto
Pearl-embellished sandals- Forever21 (similar Stuart Weitzman here)

Valentine’s Day: Blue Hearts & Pearl Booties

I can’t believe it is yet another Valentine’s Day! As a child, I loved to wear red and pink on this holiday. Today, I still like to stay in the festive spirit with whimsical heart prints. A few years ago (hard to believe) I styled the pink and red version of this heart print button-down on the blog. This year, I am styling the blue version! I paired it with a faux fur navy sweater, and white denim. Who says you can’t wear denim after Labor Day 😉

My favorite part of this whole look, however, are the pearl booties. They are Jeffrey Campbell and it took three orders to get the perfect size and style. However, I LOVE them. The gold in the heel complemented the gold buttons on the blouse nicely.  The heel is the perfect height, and the pearls add such a nice surprise detail in the back. I wore these with my friend, Nicky, into Jeffrey’s over the weekend, and the sales people were all squinting at my boots and asking if they were Chanel (HA!)

I am off to Copenhagen tonight. Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!

C. Wonder faux-fur sweater
C. Wonder gold button-down heart print blouse
White denim
Jeffrey Campbell pearl booties

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