Leap Day Post: NYC Visit

Right before I started my new job, I headed back to my favorite stomping grounds in NYC for a little pampering. I got my first keratin hair treatment, a deep cleansing facial, a massage, and a mani/pedi. Such a fun week! I also got to visit my favorite park, Washington Square Park, for a little stroll with my best friend, Nicky. The same crazies were still there- do you see the guy on the left with the “Free Hugs” sign? I wore raw hem (trend alert, 2 years still!) cut off jeans that I purchased for about $15 in Auckland (random, right?), a simple black top, my new green flannel-lined utility jacket (holiday gift from my sister), new gold earrings, trusty gold watch, trusty gold rings, and Ray Bans. I made the outfit pop with my leopard-tassel-pointed-toe Gianvito Rossi flats. I’ve been very into delicate gold jewelry lately. I must be watching too much “Very Cavallari”! My nail color is “Wicked” by Essie.

H&M cutoff jeans
LL Bean Classic Utility Jacket
Gianvito Rossi Leopard Print Calf Hair Point-Toe Flats
Skagen Gold-Tone Steel-Mesh Watch
Ray Ban Polished Tortoise Clubmaster Classic
Argento Vivo Gold Circle and Bar Drop Earrings

San Francisco: Mock Turtleneck Tie Dye Ombre Sweatshirt & Black Chunky Boots

Tie dye. Are we into it? I fully embrace this trend as it reminds me of my childhood. It’s whimsical and fun, and I am a color lover. Add in ombre? Yes please! Neon? This is really getting trendy now. I bought this mock turtleneck (another trend alert!) sweatshirt with billowy sleeves a few months ago at H&M and I have been living in it. I wore it last weekend in San Francisco paired with thick black chunky combat boots (trend alert!) from ZARA and plain black leggings. I completed the look with my favorite cat eye sunglasses for an edgier vibe.

My friend Gwen and I popped into Alice & Olivia on Fillmore Street, and I found almost an identical sweater to the one I was wearing. I posted a pic…hilarious!

Happy New Year!

H&M Mock Turtleneck Tie Dye Ombre Sweatshirt
Black Leggings
Cat Eye Sunglasses- NYC street vendor (similar here)
ZARA Black Chunky Combat Boots- sold out (similar here)

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)

France Part 5, St. Tropez: Pom Pom Embroidered Turquoise Dress

Writing this post is bittersweet, as it was exactly one month ago to the day that Gwen and I were in St. Tropez living our best lives! I visited St. Tropez for the first time when I was 17 with one of my best friends from high school (Katalin!) so this trip brought back a lot of good memories for me. We loved exploring the cute shops in town, eating Tropezienne dessert overlooking the yachts in the harbor, and of course– the pool parties at the day clubs! We had a blast at a club that I remembered from 12 years ago, called Nikki Beach. They had the most fun pool party! We started our day at the Dior Cafe (who knew there was such a thing). It was pretty extra though- garden dining with umbrellas that spritzed fine mist as you as you ate. All of the food was Dior branded, which was pretty amazing, too!

For the day, I needed an outfit that could take me from breakfast in the town, to the beach, to the pool parties. I bought this Calypso St. Barth turquoise embroidered pom pom beach cover up a few years ago, and had been waiting for the most special occasion to wear it. I love the gorgeous beading and the big silky tassels. The pom poms are so fun and beachy, too! I wore the dress over a classic black string bikini, and completed the look with my big sunglasses and Panama hat. Next time I will need to find cuter shoes than my favorite Reef flip flops!

 

Calypso St. Barth Villy Embroidered Strapless Dress
Black String Bikini- American Apparel, out of business (similar here)
Cateye Sunglasses

France Part 2, Cannes: Striped Maxi Dress, Panama Hat & Aviators

After Aix-en-Provence, we made a quick pit stop for the night in Marseilles, and then continued to Cannes. I have always been curious to see and explore Cannes, as it sounds so glamorous with the Cannes Film Festival! I remember looking at all of the movie stars in their billowing silk gowns on the French Riviera’s red carpet. While we ate some amazing meals in Cannes (a few pics below) and Gwen did some serious shopping damage, I think that I would be okay to skip it when I go back to the south of France. There were a lot of tourists, and a lot of cruise ships! I did love this summery striped maxi dress though- it felt very nautical to me. I paired the dress with my trusty Panama hat, and gold rim aviator sunglasses.

I love the mock-halter of this dress, as well as the easy tie at the front. This dress will be great to transition into fall with a leather jacket. It’s a perfect look for Los Angeles…or Cannes!

 

Panama hat
Zara red and white striped mock-halter dress
Gold rim aviators

France Part 1, Provence: One-Shoulder Bow Detailed Striped Cotton Dress

Last Sunday I returned from an incredible nearly 2 week vacation in France! I met one of my best friends, Gwen, in Aix-en-Provence, and we road-tripped through the south. She was the photographer for all of these pics (thanks Gwen!) When I saw this one-shoulder swingy cotton dress, it screamed “Provence” to me! I love the striped pattern and the subtle bow detail on the shoulder. I am very into tea length dresses (trend alert!) this season. I completed the look with my favorite lace up espadrilles (they are 12 years old, from Banana Republic!), a red lip, dainty gold rings, and cat-eye sunglasses.

Aix-en-Provence was so charming, and one of my favorite places we visited. The lavendar fields also had me feeling like I was in The Sound of Music!

 

Do + Be one-shoulder bow detail striped cotton dress (exact replica here)
Banana Republic open-toe lace-up espadrilles (similar here)
Cat-eye sunglasses, $10 NYC street vendor (similar here)
Dainty gold rings

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

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)

 

ALLY Shoes Video Shoot

Right before the holidays I shot a video collaboration with ALLY shoes. ALLY shoes are designed for comfort, with extra arch and toe support. The shoes are elegant, sleek, and sexy. They pair with anything. For the shoot, I wanted a professional look. I went with sophisticated all black! Black tank, oversized blazer (a new purchase which I love), black leggings, and of course, my ALLY heels. I completed the look with gold jewelry: a gold bangle and my favorite statement lion necklace!

ALLY shoes just launched their website (here:(http://www.ally.nyc/), and for a limited time you can receive $40 off by using my code, W4ST.

Zara oversized blazer
Black tank
Black leggings
Ally Pumps
Gold bangle
Gold lion necklace (similar here)