Heart Earrings, Classic Parka, & Lace-Up Croc-Embossed Booties

Two of my favorite trends of the season (trend alert!): heart earrings and lace up booties! These pearl embellished earrings are from H&M and are so fun and Valentine’s Day appropriate! The coat is a classic from Sandro, and I adore these croc-embossed lace up booties with a chunky heel. Perfect for one of my final West Village strolls 🙂

Vacation Ready Fur Parka

I hope everyone’s been enjoying the holiday season! I kicked mine off with my friend Janna’s wedding in Tucson, AZ and then spent Christmas in Chicago with my family. Now I am back in NYC! (Bahamas next week haha). I had brunch with two of my best friends yesterday, Jeni and Janel, in Soho! It’s chilly but not too cold in NYC, which was the perfect opportunity for me to wear my new favorite fur-colored parka! It was the first time wearing it, and even a stranger lady on the street said to me “beautiful coat!” I love this coat for many reasons: It has a Patagonia down undercoat that can unzip from the outer coat, and the hood is also detachable, which makes it very versatile and functional! I kept the look chic and clean with white denim and gray leather booties.

This coat would be the perfect glamorous accessory for a cold destination vacation!

Cherry Red Holiday Coat

I love the color red (such a strong color!) and I love a beautiful coat. So, when I laid my eyes on this gorgeous cherry red (“lollipop red”) Kate Spade coat last year, I had to have it. A beautiful classic coat is a closet staple. This coat feels so luxurious when I wear it. It is lined beautifully, and my favorite part is the big fun bow which snaps on at the front. I kind of feel like a big walking present! Coco Chanel would have approved of this coat. If you look closely, I also love the big beautiful buttons on this coat. I paired the look with little emerald studs, and a skinny black headband. Any time I wear a headband I instantly feel more girly. This whole look reminds me of something Blair Waldorf would wear!

Of course, I had to wear my trusty Christian Louboutin’s so that the red sole of the shoe would pop with the red coat!

While I was wearing this coat I was stopped by a former stylist walking his dog (who said “nice pins”), an elderly woman also walking her dog who adored the coat, and the man who lives in the brownstone behind me! Later in the day I wore it to Rolf’s for eggnog, and I was also stopped by a group of middle-aged moms. This coat is such a fun and whimsical statement in itself, and I plan to wear and enjoy it for years to come!

Kate Spade “Blaze A Trail” Bow Coat
Christian Louboutin “Decolette”
Black Skinny Headband

Classic Houndstooth Coat for Fall

I know we had one winter snow storm in New York City already, but let’s go back to fall for a second! I am still loving houndstooth for fall, and I have had this coat for almost a decade! It just goes to show you that classics can stick around. I kept the rest of the look really simple: black! I added some feminine touches with my pearl embellished shoes and whimsical heart shaped sunglasses.

I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving this week already! Also, how gorgeous are these fiery orange trees?!

 

Houndstooth Coat
Black Top
Black Pants
Pearl-Embellished Shoes (Booties here!)
Heart Sunglasses

Halloween House West Village Stroll: Oversized Coat and Edgy Buckle Boots to Explore the Decorations

Happy Halloween!!! This is my favorite season in the West Village, because all of the big fancy brownstones compete with each other over who has the most ostentatious, over-the-top decorations! I went for a lovely weekend stroll with my friend Gracie and her visiting friend Angela. Below are a few of my favorite houses!

For our downtown walking tour, I wore my new favorite edgy buckle boots and a new oversized Rebecca Minkoff double breasted peacoat.

Which decorated house is your favorite? I think I like the one with all of the white pumpkins and cats! This house does the same decoration every year, it’s their thing!

 

Rebecca Minkoff “Santo” double-breasted coat
Black Maje sweatshirt dress
Forever21 edgy buckle boots
Longchamp “Large Le Pliage” tote

Wedding Guest Edition: “Robinhood” Coat and Pants for Unexpected Snow

This weekend I attended (another) wedding! This one was in Boulder, Colorado, and it was for a good friend of mine from Thailand. The whole week was in the 60s and sunny, except for the actual wedding day on Sunday– where temperatures suddenly dropped into the 20s and it snowed 5 inches! The bride and groom needed to change their outdoor mountain wedding venue. I used this as an opportunity to wear one of my favorite new fall coats! This coat reminds me of Robinhood because of the fur detailing at the front, the buckle closures, and the hood. I also love the forrest green color- it’s almost a neutral. I dressed the coat up with a red lip, gold jewelry, my trusty leather booties, and black leggings. (Hey, I wanted to stay warm!)

Sandro Duffle Bimatiere Fur Coat, sold out (similar here)
Vince Camuto Black Leggings
B.P. Brown Booties
Skagen Gold Watch
Dainty Gold Jewelry, from all over! (similar here)

Camel Coat

I recently picked up this camel coat (trend alert!) from ZARA and am madly in love with it. Camel is one of my favorite neutrals for these colder months, and I love the sophisticated clean lines of it. I kept the look clean and chic with a thin black turtleneck (didn’t think I would own one past fourth grade!), my favorite black leggings, clear sunnies, and new silver and star-studded Crown sneakers. There are few things that I love more than a comfortable, chic sneaker. I loved the metallic on these ones, but I especially loved the little metal star stud detailing. There are no laces, so they are also super easy to slip into. This looks is so downtown New York to me, particularly Soho, which is why we went there to shoot this look! I felt very edgy and blended right in with the neighborhood 🙂

Black slim fit turtleneck
Zara camel coat
Vince Camuto black leggings
Metallic star Converse- Crown Italy, sold out (similar here)
Clear frame mirrored sunnies
Rebecca Minkoff Black Envelope Crossbody, sold out (similar here)

Polished, Prim, & Proper: Masculine Pieces with Feminine Details

Bell sleeves, polka dots, and pearls. These are a few of my favorite things! I must have brought back a little “prim and proper” inspiration with me back from London. This post includes a few trends of the moment (bell sleeves, mules), as well as several recent purchases.

Bell sleeves are still very in these days, and I have enjoyed seeing the different variations on bell sleeves- some are longer than others, some have more flare than others, etc. I was drawn to this jacket about a month ago (exactly to the day) at ZARA in London, as I loved the sleek unfussy lines, but the feminine yet structured bell sleeves. They reminded me of little flowers. (A few friends said this jacket reminded them of Melania Trump or Kate Middleton). This jacket effortlessly makes my entire outfit more sophisticated and polished. I paired this look with my favorite black skimmer pants, classic big black sunglasses, and a Rebecca Taylor silk polka dot blouse. I love how the polka dot bows peek through the front of the jacket. I completed this look with another trend of the moment…mules! I originally wasn’t crazy about Gucci’s horsebit slides, but I love anything with pearls on it, and these ones from Steve Madden are just so comfortable and easy to wear. The pearl detail on the shoes adds a feminine touch, just as the bell sleeves soften the sharp edges of the jacket. This outfit is work ready, and perfect for a chilly spring day like today!


Laundry Gold-Rimmed Glamorous Sunglasses (similar here)
ZARA London Bell Sleeve Jacket (similar here)
DVF Bangle
Rebecca Taylor Silk Polka Dot Blouse (similar here)
WHBM Skimmer Pants
Steve Madden “Kandi” Pearl Detailed Mules

Piped Trench Coat

A few weeks ago I visited one of my best friends, Gracie, in London (she is also the photographer extraordinaire for these posts) before heading to Barcelona to meet my family. London is known to rain a lot and be gray, and while we had the first few weeks of spring weather, the evenings became very chilly. A trench coat is the quintessential clothing item I would recommend for London, and a closet staple. I had this one designed about 5 (gasp) years ago when I was in Vietnam. I was about to start my consulting career and wanted a sleek and sophisticated coat. I loved the silk black piping I had them sew on as a nice detail. Gracie and I went to Buckingham Palace for her first time on this day, and also out for a fancy high tea, so I wore a dressier lace up blouse (trend alert)! I paired the look with sleek ankle-zipper black leggings. There was a lot of walking, so I wore my comfy burgundy ballet flats. They are “Circus” by Sam Edelman and are so comfortable and hardy. I have owned them for years, and I love the unexpected and edgy punch from the spike details stemming from the bows.


Trench Coat- I designed in Vietnam! (similar here!)
Endless Rose Lace Up Blouse
Burberry Headband
Ankle-Zipper Pants
Sam Edelman “Ali” Flats

White Chevron Vintage Fur Coat

The weather these past few weeks in NYC has been…crazy. One day it’s warm tee shirt weather, and the next day it’s snowing and feels like your face is going to freeze off. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be a blizzard! I bought this white chevron vintage fur coat from a street vendor on Bleecker Street. It was a birthday present for myself last fall! I love the warm furry collar, and the gorgeous chevron detailing on the back. It’s so warm and the wind can’t break through it! I paired my coat with my new absolute favorite black ankle zipper leggings (closet staple). They are so versatile and I love that they are dressy enough to wear to work, while being comfortable! My round tortoise-shell sunnies and black envelope cross-body have been staples with me lately. These booties are another star of this outfit…how amazing are they! I love the all black, with edgy mini stud detailing and double buckles. The leather is so shiny, and the heel is the perfect height for a little bit of lift, while still being practical to run around the city.

Hope everyone stays warm tomorrow! Spring is coming…

 

Round tortoise-shell sunglasses
White Chevron Fur Coat- vintage (similar here)
White House Black Market Pointe Skimmer
Rebecca Minkoff Envelope Cross-Body
French Connection Roree Studded Bootie


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