Memorial Day Weekend in NYC: Polka Dots & Chanel

I have had the best Memorial Day Weekend being back in NYC and catching up with my core group of friends there. Additionally, I had a Danish and German friend who both were in town, which is what prompted my trip. I recently purchased these Ann Taylor Loft polka dot culottes, and I was ecstatic when I found them because I had been looking for a pair just like this… I am a polka dot lover! I also like the length of these pants and the elastic waist (super comfortable and flattering). I paired them with a cloth-button cold-shoulder blouse (trend alert!), Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals (trend alert!), my trusty heart sunglasses (trend alert!), and a dream item I took out for the first time…my classic Chanel jumbo black caviar-leather gold-hardware flapbag! A classic look to kick off summer in the city 🙂

Downtown Look: Fuchsia for Fall

I will keep this one short but sweet: fuchsia for fall! I love the bright and bold hue of this silk fluttery top by Parker. I am a sucker for any piece that has cloth buttons! I kept the look downtown and edgy with raw-hem jeans, my favorite studded buckle booties, matching gold accessories and whimsical heart-shaped sunglasses.

Parker fuchsia silk blouse
Gray raw hem jeans
Gold studded booties, Coconuts by Matisse (similar here)
Heart sunglasses
Gold star necklace

Fall Transition Look: Quilted Leather Skirt (Part 2)

The second part of this quilted faux leather skirt look is live! This time I made it more “school girl” by pairing it with a silk DVF blouse with a big black detachable pussy bow (trend alert!) and ankle length black lace up booties. I love a dramatic black and white look! I went with a low sleek ponytail, a dark berry lip by Stila, and dark nail polish (“Wicked” by Essie). It felt like a very fall shoot, in a few of my favorite West Village spots! I love looking at all of the West Village homes that have been decorated for Halloween.

Another Halloween inspired post to come! It will be a fun one…

DVF “Whitnie”Curved Yoke Shirt
Banana Republic Black Quilted Faux Leather Skirt
Dolve Vita “Pace” Suede Lace-Up Wedge Booties

Pleated Back Blouse, Gold Cap-Toe Pumps, & Heart Sunglasses

I love beautiful details on pieces, especially if it’s unexpected and a “surprise” on the back! The backs of clothes are seen as much as the fronts of clothes if you think about it, so it’s fun to give people something to look at- even if your face is on the other side! I bought this beautiful silk back pleated top last year and I love it. It’s a great neutral creme color, and a staple for work. The accordion-style pleats are so flowy and gorgeous. I kept the look simple by pairing it with raw hem gray denim (can’t believe it’s jean season again!), Zara gold cap-toe pumps, a matching gold watch, and my brand new heart shaped sunglasses (trend alert!). I love how whimsical these sunglasses are and have been wearing them nearly every day. They will be featured in a few upcoming posts!

Happy October, everyone!

Rebecca Taylor Pleated Back Silk Jacquard Top
Raw Hem Gray Jeans
Zara Gold Toe Capped Pumps
Heart Shaped Sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)
Skagen Gold Watch

Indian Summer: Printed Maxi Skirt, Tank, and Shell Statement Earrings

This weekend was GORGEOUS in NYC. Sunny and breezy, with very little humidity. It was one of the nicest days we have had all summer. Maxi skirts will always have a special place in my heart after living in conservative Norhteastern Thailand, as I wore a lot of them to the school I taught at. My friend Nicky and I saw this button-up one at Anthropologie the other week and I fell in love with it. I love the Provence-style yellow and blue print—and the whimsical yellow tulips! I kept the look simple and late-summery with a black cloth button-front tank (thanks to my sister Dara for gifting this to me! I also got it in crème 😊) and gold and pearl big shell earrings. Between the tulips and shells, this look was a fun mixture of sophisticated and whimsical.

If you fasted today for Yom Kippur, hope you will be enjoying the break fast soon! Also happy birthday to my dear friend, Helene!

Gold shell earrings
Printed “Buttoned Cornelia” maxi skirt
Black tank

Paillette Embroidered Feminine Top

The last weekend of summer has officially passed, but it is still in the 90s in NYC, so I will continue to wear my summer pieces for as long as I can get away with! This Rebecca Taylor top is a few years old, and I love the feminine ruffles and paillette and beading embroidery. I paired it with skinny jeans and my favorite 80’s inspired slingback white and beige kitten heels (trend alert!)

I am en route back from a wedding in Vail, Colorado. Hope everyone had a great holiday!

 Rebecca Taylor Rose Garden Beaded Cami
Stretchy skinny jeans
White slingback kitten heels

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)

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

Fall Look: Whimsical Silk Blouse, Fur Vest, Raw Hem Denim, Kitten Heel Booties

This is the first fall look (true fall look…) I have worn this season. It has been so warm I have still been able to get away with my summer clothing! I paired my whimsical silk eyeball blouse by Alice & Olivia with a fur vest, dark raw hem denim, and new kitten heel booties. I immediately loved the print of this blouse, and you can’t go wrong with silk blouses. This fur vest (trend alert, a few years now!) is special to me because it was a splurge on my 26th birthday, plus it’s reversible! These gray ram hem denim jeans are a closet staple, as they go with everything. The length of the denim is perfect for showing off great shoes. I purchased these booties at the FFANY event last week. I was immediately attracted to the button detail, the pointy toe, and the kitten heel (trend alert!) which is big for fall. I felt so edgy at brunch at Gemma with my friends Jeni and Abbey! Abbey even bought, and wore to brunch, the same pair of boots. Twins!

Alice & Olivia Eloise Mandarin Collar Blouse
Yves Salomon rabbit fur vest
Raw-hem gray denim
Nine West Zadan Kitten Heel Bootie

Nantucket Part 2: Blue & White

I spent the past 4 days in Nantucket with my Mom, and it has been pretty dream like. Nantucket is one of my favorite places- it feels very idyllic, almost utopian. Every corner is filled with beautiful flower plantings and charming shingled homes. The style is definitely P R E P P Y. I have been saving these fun turquoise tassel earrings (trend alert) to wear on the island. It also was a perfect place for me to wear my new faux-halter ruffle and lace top. I love the details on this top! I kept the look casual and low-key by wearing my favorite ankle-zipper skinny jeans and white velcro sneakers (trend alert)! Thanks to my wonderful Mom for taking my pics on this trip!

Tan, please don’t fade now…

Turquoise tassel earrings- NYC street vendor (Lisi Lerch similar)
White ruffle lace top- Blu Pepper (super similar here by 7ForAllMankind)
Ankle zipper jeans (similar here)
White velcro sneakers- Calvin Klein

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