“Spring” Into Love: Brunch

I am excited to announce a fun collaboration I am doing with NYC Relationship Coach Natalia De Oliveira. We have teamed up to do a two part post on spring fashion for dates! This first post focuses on a daytime (brunch) look, while the next post will be what I would wear to evening drinks for a first date.

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day, and in New York it’s a staple meal. Saturday/Sunday noon – 3pm brunch is pretty standard! For a first date, brunch may be a great option for a more casual dress style day date.

In this first spring look below, I paired a pink and white flowy print top with boyfriend jeans (my favorite) and some fun new gold pointy-toe oxfords that I have been dying to wear all winter. They remind me of nymph or fairy shoes! They are so fun and definitely make a statement. Also, the gold oxfords pick up the gold buttons on the blouse and the gold jewelry I accessorized with. This look would be a good first date look for brunch because it is stylish, yet easy. Bring on those Mimosas!

Stay tuned for the next post, too- a more sophisticated evening drinks “‘Spring’ Into Love” look!

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Jeans- Urban Outfitters
Gold Oxfords- Nordstrom (similar here)
Gold Lotus Necklace- My own from SoHo street market (similar here)
Gold Scorpio Bracelet- C. Wonder (similar here)
Gold Cocktail Ring- Natalia’s (similar here)

 

Wide Leg Trousers

Wide leg trousers, or culottes, are a big trend this spring. I picked up this pair last September and was able to get away with wearing them through the month until it became too cold! I am really excited that I can bring them out again. Wide leg trousers are a fun alternative to slacks and pencil skirts for work. Pair them with a pretty blouse and your favorite heels. (They are practically begging you to show off your favorite shoes!) I find that wearing them with flats is usually not very flattering, so I stick with heels when I wear them.

I recently wore the look below to work and received a ton of complements. I love the silk menswear-inspired blouse, too! The square oxblood print is such a fun take on traditional polka dots.

Spring is in the air!

 

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Blouse- Kate Spade (similar here)
Wide leg trousers- My own (similar here)
Bracelet- C. Wonder (similar here)
Earrings- Kate Spade
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Shoes- Kate Spade
Bag- Balenciaga


Upper East Side Fairytale

Last night I attended a ball. At the Pierre. I felt like Cinderella, and I think I kind of looked like her in the gown I wore! When I say Cinderella, I really mean Blair Waldorf.

The gala was to benefit “Dancing Classrooms”, a non-profit that promotes ballroom dance for elementary and middle school students. Many of Dancing Classrooms’ students attended the gala, performing for guests. They were absolutely incredible dancers! I danced with a few eighth graders last night, and they put me to shame.

Cocktail hour started at 7pm, followed by dinner, student dance performances, and a live 10 piece orchestra and…more dancing! The night was pretty magical, and the Pierre is exquisite and was the perfect setting for the event. Also, you should have seen the look on my Uber driver’s face when I walked out to get in his car…

It’s not every day that I get to attend Black Tie events- with five close friends, at that! So, I wanted to go glam. Really glam. I wanted to wear a princess dress that I would never normally wear, and one that would take up my entire NYC apartment! I decided to rent my gown from Rent the Runway, as they have some super gorgeous gowns that are perfect for fancy events. Also, it doesn’t hurt that there is a studio in Soho that’s only about a 10 minute walk from my place! The dress I settled on was the first and only one I tried on. I felt like Carrie Bradshaw with all of the tulle! Ironically, I saw Sarah Jessica Parker strolling in the West Village earlier in the day, so it was meant to be! I love that the tulle was a blush/beige neutral, and I am a sucker for black lace.

I wore my hair in an updo (what else with that dress!) and opted for some glam makeup. My good friend Alex gets all of the credit for the hair and makeup- she did an incredible job! I highly suggest you book her for your next big event. She is definitely the best. Reach out to me if you want her contact information!

All in all, the night was enchanting and I will remember it as an Upper East Side Fairytale. For now, it’s back to life on West 4th Street.



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Gown- Nha Khanh (via Rent the Runway)
Ring & Earrings- my own (similar here)

 

Pineapples

My favorite childhood fruit is making a comeback this spring. Pineapples are in!

Pineapples are tropical and delicious, and they also happen to be the fruit of choice this season in the fashion industry. Everywhere from Tory Burch to Forever21 is eating up this print! I love the subtle delicateness of the lace Anthropologie blouse below.

When I lived in Thailand, I spent several weeks living and caring for elephants in an elephant sanctuary. I will never forget planting pineapples and seeing how the plant grows, in addition to watching the elephants gobble up the pineapples in one bite while spitting out the bristly top, untouched! Pineapples will forever hold a special place in my heart.

All of the featured images below are so whimsical and fun. I will definitely be picking up a pineapple piece this spring!

 

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Pina Lace Top- Anthropologie
Gold Plated Pineapple Necklace- Etsy
Pineapple Print Shorts- Jessica Simpson via Polyvore
Pineapple Print Sweatshirt- Nordstrom
Pineapple Bandeau Bikini Top- Forever21
Pineapple Leather Slide Sandal- Tory Burch

The Power Necklace

Also known as a Statement Necklace, the Power Necklace is a great way to dress up a work or going-out outfit. The key with these bold necklaces is to make sure that the rest of your look is relatively quiet, so as to allow your necklace to be the statement piece. I love to wear Power Necklaces to work to jazz up an all black look. Power Necklaces pair nicely with pretty much any neutral. Depending on the colors and detailing in the necklace, they can also look amazing with a solid complementary color behind them.

I always rake in the complements when I wear the necklace below. The neon color combination is interesting and unexpected, and the rope detailing adds a nautical spin. I own an embarrassing amount of Power/Statement Necklaces (I can’t help myself) so don’t be surprised if you see them featured in future blog posts!

I suggest investing in a few Power Necklaces that you love as closet staples. You would be surprised at how many years of use you will get from them.


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Power Necklace- Yumi Kim boutique (similar here)

 

 

Gala Attire: Black Velvet Lace

Last night I attended a benefit to support the Jewish Museum of New York, co-hosted by one of my friends from college. The gala was beautiful, hosted at the Park Avenue Armory (my first time there) and decorated with dreamy crystals hanging above guests and lots of white flowers.

This was the perfect event to wear a black velvet lace dress (the entire back was this gorgeous open lace!) that I picked up a few weeks ago from Yumi Kim. The front of the dress was a simple black silk cutout panel, with the whole back and sleeves made out of unique velvet lace. I paired the dress with my favorite sparkly heels, as I strongly feel that if you are going to a cocktail attire party, don’t miss out on wearing special shoes you couldn’t normally wear!

I opted for a high pony, crystal earrings, and a red lip to complete the look.

 

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Black Velvet Lace Dress- Yumi Kim
Black Sparkly Heels- ZARA (similar here)
Earrings- Givenchy (similar here)

 

Blush Pink

Blush pink is in this spring. It is soft, feminine and pretty. Due to the fact that it is a neutral, it is easily accessorized with great jewelry or shoes. It also looks sophisticated with other neutrals- I particularly like blush pink with gray or beige.

Below are some of my favorite blush pink pieces for the spring. (I really love the jumpsuit!)

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Madison Marcus Delilah Layered Tee- ShopBop
DKNY Lace Mini Dress- Net-A-Porter
Lovers + Friends X Revolve My Way Jumpsuit- Revolve Clothing
Katie Ermilio Pink Long Sleeve Box Pleat Sheath Dress
Valentino Rockstud Slingback Pumps- Barneys

New York Black

The rumors are true. New Yorkers wear black. A LOT of it. Everyday. Even in the summer.

I love wearing color, although there is no denying that black has a lot of favorable traits:

– Black is slimming (thank you, black!)
– Black goes well with every other color (perfect for accessorizing)
– Black looks good on brunettes and blondes alike (and redheads, not to leave anyone out)
– Black has a “seriousness” about it, which is great for the office
– Black is chic

Below is one of my favorite black Calvin Klein sweater dresses. It is very warm and I like the feminine ruffle and button detailing on the front. This dress is very versatile because I can wear it from work to happy hour (who makes it to those…but in theory!) The dress is a little short for my work taste, so I make sure to only wear it with flats. I absolutely love the new pointy toe ankle strap flats I paired it with! To accessorize, I wore some big sunglasses and delicate green drop earrings.

On my morning commute, I felt like I blended right in!

 

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Women’s Ruffled Sweater Dress- Calvin Klein
Sunglasses- my own (similar Tom Ford here)
Green and gold drop earrings- Lunessa
Ankle Strap Flats- Dolce Vita

Work Ready Back-Detailed Blouses

While I love beautiful detailing on the front of a blouse, I feel that the back of the blouse is very often neglected. Dressing up a plain pair of black or neutral slacks with a pretty blouse is one of my go-to looks for the office. However, if the blouse has some unexpected and interesting detailing on the back I find it even more special (not to mention that it makes the piece look more expensive!) Whether it’s buttons, pleating, or an interesting seam line, a little detail on the back of your blouse goes a long way. Below are three of my favorite back-detailed blouses, at three different price points.

Why should blouse “fronts” always have all of the fun?

 

 

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Layered Split-Front Blouse- Forever21
Pleated Back Top- LuLu’s
Band of Outsider’s Scattered Silk Dot Blouse- ShopBop