Oheka Castle Wedding: Red Gown with Feathers

A ravishing red dress with ostrich feathers was only appropriate for a castle wedding at Oheka Castle on Long Island. This castle was stunning, and absolutely a dream come true as I have always wanted to visit. I truly felt like I was living in a fairytale with my friend Jeni. This dress is by French designer Paule Ka, and the feathery (ostrich feather) sleeves are removable via a snap! I am not completely into the cold shoulder trend anymore, but this one is just so whimsical. I got so many complements on this dress (the feathers!) at the wedding…at least 6 people! I completed the look with gold accessories. I also got my hair cut and styled before this wedding. I had a blast at this spectacular wedding!

Texas Ranch BBQ: Paisley Dress & Cowboy Boots

Last weekend was one for the BOOKS! Saturday was spent at my friend Jeni’s family ranch BBQ party in the sleepy town of Dime Box, Texas (population 201) and Sunday was spent at a castle wedding in Long Island, New York.

To start with the ranch party! This “BBQ” included a concert by legendary Americana singer, Robert Earl Keen. There also were four Texas Trick Riders, who did wild stunts (hanging off of the side of a horse while it galloped, etc.) The town’s mayor, sheriff, and Senator John Cornyn were in attendance. For the event, I knew I wanted to be appropriately dressed for the occasion. I chose a favorite Calypso paisley silk dress, and paired it with my trusty cowboy boots. I have had them since high school– I got them at a rummage sale! I actually had to wear these cowboy boots at the airport because they wouldn’t fit in my luggage! I love that the paisley print is in keeping with the country theme, and the orange, black, and pink hues are so interesting! The tassel keyhole tie at the front is a nice detail, too. I completed the look with delicate gold jewelry, and bright red lips (hey, it’s Texas!)

End of Summer Weekend Look: Embroidered Eyelet Dress, Espadrilles, & Wicker Bag

Summer don’t leave us! This weekend was absolutely perfect weather- sunshine and in the low 70s! It was my niece’s 4th birthday, which meant I (obviously) would wear a pretty dress for her. I have always been into eyelet lace, but over the past few summers (starting in 2017) I have been really into embroidered eyelet lace. Parker makes a gorgeous variety of dresses, and that little bit of extra detail is so fun! I also like the tiered flutter sleeves on this one- so feminine! With Labor Day just around the corner, I only have a few more days to wear this white dress with navy embroidery. I paired it with my favorite trusty espadrilles (love that the two navies match), and a circular wicker bag from this season (trend alert!) I kept my accessories gold and simple: Ray Ban aviators and my everyday gold watch. Is there a more summery look than this?!

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!


Miguelina Liselle Dragonfly Embroidered Off-The-Shoulder Lace Maxi Dress

I have been living in this Miguelina maxi dress all summer! I love the blue and white colors, the polka dot pattern, the intricate lace, and the subtle (and whimsical) dragonfly embroidery. It’s cotton which makes it very comfortable, and it is easy to dress up or down with the accessories. I recently packed this dress for a trip to Montana, and it was perfect for Saturday night. It is sold out at Net-A-Porter but is still available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman!

Wedding Guest Edition: Colorblock Pleated Maxi Dress

My cousin Sarah got married last Saturday in the most beautiful vineyard wedding in Traverse City, Michigan! For the occasion, I knew that I would need to be careful about my footwear choice as there was grass. I decided to go with one of my favorite seven year old (!) pleated maxi dresses that I bought in Thailand. I don’t wear maxi dresses too often, but I do enjoy them. I like the summery bright colorblock on this one! Also, it allowed me to wear flat gold sandals…perfect for grass and allowed me to happily dance the night away! I accessorized with gold earrings, my gold watch, my quilted Chanel bag with gold hardware, and my trusty heart sunglasses. I am wishing it was last weekend!

Spring Wedding Guest Attire: Polka Dot Dress and Purple Bow Sandals

Exactly one week ago I was wearing this silk off-the-shoulder (trend alert!) blue and white polka dot DVF “Camila” dress and dancing at my best friend Gracie’s wedding in Harrisburg, PA! I am guilty of owning this DVF dress in two colors: blue and white polka dots and fuchsia! I just love the waterfall hem on this dress, it moves so beautifully when you walk. I also love mixing unexpected colors, so I paired the dress with purple satin bow heels. They have a little rhinestone glittery clasp on the side. I accessorized the dress with a sleek headband to accentuate off my collarbones, and a red lip to glam up the look!

I can’t believe that Gracie is married!

Holiday Edit: Green Lace High-Collared Dress and Golden Velvet Pumps

It’s officially holiday party and gala (!) season! Last night I attended the Light Up the Night Benefit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage with 13 of my closest friends. The evening was a BLAST. There was a photobooth, unlimited drinks, freshly fried latkes, and dancing. For the event, I knew I did not want to wear anything red (haha). So, I wore this beautiful Catherine Deane high-collared lace dress. The lace is delicate and beautiful, and it reminds me of something Kate Middleton would wear. I paired my favorite gold velvet Tamara Mellon pumps with the dress…love this festive color combo! I kept my jewelry simple with a gold watch and diamond stud earrings. I completed the look with a new favorite accessory of the moment– a knotted turban-style headband (trend alert)!

Leopard Drop Waist Sweater Dress & Bright Rockstuds

One of my favorite prints to wear is leopard print, and I particularly love leopard print for fall. It’s so fun and whimsical! I got this drop waist sweater dress a few years ago at Ann Taylor Loft, and I love how flouncy it is (very fun to twirl in). It’s also work appropriate. I paired the look with my hot pink Valentino rockstuds to add a pop of color.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving!

Ann Taylor Loft Abstract Animal Print Mini Dress
Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pump

Fall Downtown Look: Houndstooth, Lace & Ruby Velvet Booties

One of my favorite things about dressing for the fall season is…houndstooth! I love a good houndstooth print, and I particularly loved this dress (which is 9 years old!) because it was mixed with sexy black lace at the top. I kept the look “fall” with burgundy velvet lace-up booties. What is more fall than burgundy and velvet?! I completed the look with my this-season smaller cateye sunglasses to keep my style downtown and edgy.

I can’t believe it’s almost holiday party season!

Love…ady houndstooth & lace dress
Catherine Malandrino burgundy “Veeanca” lace-up velvet booties
Cat-eye sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

Fall Transition Look: Feminine Floral Pleats & Edgy Leather Accessories

Is there anything better than an October Saturday morning stroll in Soho? Not in my book! One of my best friends, Nicky, and I went for a walk this morning and the fall festive decorations were in full swing. There were so many gorgeous pumpkins everywhere! It is still warm enough to get away without wearing a jacket, so I opted for this beautiful drop-waist floral pleated dress. I love that this dress has a navy base color, which makes it very transitional and perfect for fall. I also am a pleat-lover, so was immediately attracted to it! I love to keep a look edgy by mixing feminine pieces with tougher masculine pieces– such as these leather studded combat boots. It’s unexpected and “toughens” the look up, making it perfect for downtown Manhattan. I completed the look with my favorite cat-eye sunglasses, and my trusty silver embossed leather Rochas bucket bag!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Kim’s Boutique Drop-Waist Floral Pleated Dress
Forever21 Studded Faux Leather Booties  (Similar Givenchy Prue Buckle Bootie here)
Rochas Snake Embossed Drawstring Bag
Cat-eye sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

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