Nautical Vertical Stripes

Yesterday was my close friend Jeni’s birthday party, and we celebrated by going out on her boat in Oyster Bay! (It’s a tough life, I know). It was the most beautiful day yesterday, perfect for a little sail. I wore one of my favorite new dresses that I plan to wear all summer- an off-the-shoulder (trend alert) and ruffled top (trend alert) vertical striped dress. I love stripes, and they are intrinsically nautical, but I have recently been very into vertical stripes. I paired the dress with my favorite Panama hat and classic gold aviator sunglasses, a black string bikini, and my favorite new gold star lace-up sandals. I love this entire outfit- feminine and on-trend, but minimalist. Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I might be re-wearing this dress…it’s 4th of July acceptable!


Panama Hat
Gold Aviators
Black String Bikini- American Apparel (similar here)
Nautical Vertical Striped Ruffle Dress- DizzyLissy (similar here)
Gold Star Lace-Up Sandals  (designer version here)

Ball Drop Earrings and Off-The-Shoulder Jumpsuit

I never thought I would start a blog post with “Ball Drop”, but here it is! Last night I caved in for the latest statement earring trend that I initially was not on board with but now am…the ball drop earrings! Also known as “orb” and “globe” earrings (trend alert). I bought this sunny yellow pair from a NYC street vendor but I have linked a few similar versions below. I know that J. Crew, Club Monaco, Intermix, and BaubleBar all carry them. They were the perfect summer touch to this amazing Theory jumpsuit (trend alert) I have been waiting to wear. I first saw this jumpsuit last February at Bloomingdales, and was immediately attracted to the off-the-shoulder / strapless (trend alert) top, and culotte / wide leg bottom (trend alert). Also, jumpsuits have been on the steady incline for the past few years and I am happy to support this movement. I finished off the look with my favorite nude strappy sandals. I have gotten so much wear out of these, and they go with everything!

Ball Drop Earrings- street vendor (similar here and also here)
Gold Bar Bracelet- street vendor (similar here)
Theory Faley Mosaic Culotte Jumpsuit
Nude Strappy Sandals

Red Beaded Sheath Dress

On Thursday night I attended the New York AIPAC gala at Terminal 5. AIPAC is an organization committed to strengthening, protecting, and promoting the US-Israel relationship. I couldn’t decide what to wear to the event, and it was also the same day as the Alice & Olivia Sample Sale, where I found this fabulous red beaded / studded dress! Sample sales are always funny, because you change in a fitting room with 20 other strangers and everyone gives their opinion. I was deciding between this dress and a whimsical lipstick-mascara printed dress, and the vote was unanimously 5 for 5 for this dress. I love the intricate cutout patterns, and the delicate beading. I can wear it in the summer, and also in the winter to holiday parties. It is very sophisticated! I paired this dress with one of my tallest pairs of patent leather peep toe stilettos. It was so good to see so many of my Poland friends at this event (almost been a year since that trip)! Later in the night I went to Ludlow House for its 1 year anniversary, and Questlove performed…which is a coincidence because exactly one year ago I attended a different gala with my friends Nic, Helene, and Steve, wearing an Alice and Olivia dress, with Questlove performing. June 15th must be a special day. Deja Vu!

 


Alice and Olivia Nat Embellished Dress
Stuart Weitzman Peep Toe Pumps Victoria High Heel

 

White Lace Tea Length Dress

Last Thursday I attended the iMentor Gala with one of my close friends, Jeni, at the Bowery Hotel. iMentor matches high school students with college graduates to help guide students towards college graduation. It was a chillier spring day, and the perfect occasion to wear this white lace tea length dress I have had sitting in my closet since last fall. This dress is almost a statement dress in itself, the lace is so delicate and I love the sexy “tease-y” nude underlay. I picked this frock up at Nordstrom and it’s by a brand called “Just Me”. However, it is a knockoff of the popular Self Portrait “Azalea” dress. This article shows a ton more similar options of this it-dress if it’s what you’re looking for! I paired this dress with statement navy blue fringe earrings and simple nude strappy sandals. I completed this look with a baby pink woven floral clutch by Brazilian brand Serpui. I love the feminine combination of the white lace, baby pink, and floral detail.

Fringe earrings
Serpui Woven Floral Clutch

White lace dress (Self Portrait Azalea) or (Cheaper Option)
Nude strappy sandals

Hosting Hélène’s Bridal Shower

I am so happy that my blog is back up and running after being hacked! This is why this post is so late. Now that the malware issue is resolved, it’s time to look at pretty friends and pink cakes 🙂

The Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, after my sister’s graduation festivities, I hosted a bridal shower for my dear friend Hélène in my boyfriend’s courtyard (Garden Party!) I landed back in New York early Sunday afternoon, so it took quite a bit of preparation to pull off, and I am really pleased with how everything turned out. I ordered the pink cake from Amy’s Bread & Cake (right down the street from me on Bleecker), and I had a lot of fun emailing with the baker about the vision for it. I picked up some feminine crystal dish ware and champagne glasses. The drink of the evening was champagne with raspberries. The highlight of the party decor was the rose gold “love” balloon. The ivy backdrop made it the perfect spot! As host, I wanted to wear something light and pretty, so I chose this feminine Yumi Kim spaghetti strap dress. I usually don’t like wearing bold prints, but the bright fucshia and navy were so unexpected and fun. I paired it with a simple delicate black stone necklace, and the block-heeled sandals I have been wearing non-stop since I bought them. They are also great because they are easy to run around in…very important when you are on constant refill-guest’s-drink mode!


Black stone necklace
Yumi Kim printed dress- sold out (similar here)
Black block-heeled strappy sandals

Graduation Party: Baby Blue Cold-Shoulder Dress

I hope everyone had an amazing Memorial Day weekend! Mine was…eventful. Below is the look I wore to my sister’s graduation party on Saturday. This Lush baby blue / sky blue cold shoulder dress (trend alert!) is one of my favorite new pieces. I love how simple the dress is, and the bow details add a nice feminine touch. This dress was a perfect canvas for the brown and gold statement necklace I paired it with. I love pairing colors with neutrals, and brown goes nicely with so many different colors. I finished the look off with the new strappy block-sandals I have been wearing all week since I bought them last week. I was comfortable and could walk easily all weekend long.

Happy Summer!

Modern Statement Necklace- Yumi Kim sold out (similar here)
Baby Blue Cold-Shoulder Dress
Block-Heeled Sandals

Banquet at The Drake: Long Sleeved Lace LBD

If you follow me on social media, by now you probably are well aware that I am in Chicago to celebrate my sister’s graduation from medical school. There is not a shortage of parties this weekend requiring some fun outfits. Below is the long sleeved lace little black dress (LBD) that I wore to her banquet at The Drake Hotel on Thursday evening. I love the intricate lace and the ruffle across the chest- a nice feminine detail. I have also been really into higher collared pieces lately as well, this dress’s neckline is almost like a faux turtleneck! I paired the look with simple pearl and crystal dangly earrings, which I borrowed from my Mom, and some old nude strappy heels.

Pearl and crystal dangly earrings- my Mom’s (similar here)
Slate & Willow long-sleeved lace little black dress (similar here)
Preview nude strappy sandals- 7 years old! (similar here)

Graduation Guest: Jeweled Shift Dress

My sister graduated from medical school today (so proud!) and the below are a few pics of the outfit I wore to the graduation. I chose this kelly green shift dress because it’s springy, conservative for a family-friendly event, festive, and a shift dress that can be worn from work to a cocktail party. I love the jeweled studded design that decorates the front of this dress. Green is one of my favorite colors to wear. I paired the dress with quiet pink pearl dangly earrings, and new favorite shoes I will be wearing all summer: block-heeled strappy sandals (trend alert)!

Pearl dangly earrings (similar here)
KARTA jeweled shift dress
H&M block-heeled strappy sandals

 

Spring Trends: Overall Dresses & Mules

Two trend trains I have hopped on board with this spring are overall dresses and mules (slides). I saw this white denim overall dress at Forever21 and had to scoop it up, I like that it’s a play on last season’s overall shorts, and I love the copper buttons down the middle. I also picked up this olive green (one of my favorite colors to wear) bodysuit! It is the first body suit that I have ever purchased, and I like that it has long sleeves, and it’s very functional for pairing with any sort of overalls so that your shirt doesn’t ride up! I completed this look with a shoe you will see me wearing all spring (and another trend alert): mules! I love the pearl detailing on these ones, and they are so comfortable and easy to wear. So happy that spring is finally here and I can wear these fun spring pieces!

How do you feel about overall dresses and mules?

White overall dress- sold out (similar here)
Olive green ribbed bodysuit
Pearl studded mules

New Orleans Wedding: Southern Belle

One of my closest friends from college (we met freshman year of college when we lived on the same floor in our dorm!) got married this weekend in New Orleans. Originally I was planning to wear black, but I was later convinced that a town as fun as NOLA deserves bright happy colors. I picked up this Theia gown at a recent sample sale, and it was perfect for this occasion! I love the rich colors and thick fabric. The classic silhouette makes me feel like a southern belle! I also love the scoop back. I paired this gown with my favorite black t-strap glittery pumps. I usually wear these in the winter during the holidays, but I liked the texture-play against the rich fabric. Plus, I didn’t have a pedicure, so I needed a closed-toe shoe! I lalso love that these heels show some sexy toe cleavage! The dress and heels have a lot going on, so I didn’t wear any jewelry except for my diamond studs.


Theia Fuschia Palm Party Dress
ZARA Black T-Strap Glittery Heels

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