Bahamas: Calypso Embroidered Cover-Up & Metallic Star Sandals

Today I am testing out a new format! I just returned from a wonderful vacation in the Bahamas with my friend Jeni. For the trip, I packed some of my favorite resort wear pieces! When I saw this gorgeous Calypso colorful embroidered and beaded tassel tie-front cover-up (that was a lot!) I had to have it. Calypso is one of my favorite resort wear brands, there stuff is so beautiful. I paired the look with my classic Panama hat, gold star lace up sandals (a Forever21 knockoff of Loeffler Randall), and cat eye sunglasses. A few girls even complemented me on the sandals when I was in line for wrist bands. I felt very glamorous and pool ready!

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)

Fall Transition Look: Dove Gray Draped Jacket

Even though it’s October, it was still 80 degrees today in NYC! This makes it a little bit confusing when dressing. When the weather transitions from summer to fall, warm to cool, I like to ease the transition with a sundress and layer a leather jacket over my shoulders. Leather jackets are super versatile, and I think that they are closet staples. I like the way they look so effortlessly chic when they are draped over your shoulders. I love the color of this faux leather dove gray jacket. I layered the jacket over a floral pleated racerback mini dress. I completed the look with two trending accessories: pearl block heel sandals (trend alert!) and slanted cat-eye sunglasses (trend alert)!

 

BlankNYC dove gray faux leather moto jacket
Parker floral pleated mini dress
Pearl block-heeled sandals, sold out Forever21 (similar here)
Cat-eye sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

Jersey Dress & White Sneakers

It’s 81 degrees right now in NYC! It’s the perfect opportunity for me to wear one of my favorite easy jersey dresses, a closet staple. I love the navy blue color, the high neckline, and peekaboo back on this one. It’s so cute and simple with fresh white sneakers (trend alert!). I completed the look by pairing it with a suede crossbody bag and cat-eye sunglasses. I love the jeweled fringe detail on this bag. It’s just the right amount of detail and sparkle to spice up an otherwise simple outfit.

360 Sweater Jersey Dress- sold out (similar-ish here)
Calvin Klein Double-Strap White Sneakers
Zara Suede Fringe Bag- sold out (similar here)
Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Yellow Floral Halter Dress and Tri-Strap Heels

I love a classic summer sundress, and between the halter strings, tie at the bust, midi length, and floral print on this one it had me swooning! Sundresses are easy to transition into fall by layering with a jean jacket or leather jacket (coming soon!) This dress will pair nicely with many different shoe options depending on the season or occasion: a block heeled sandal for a wedding guest attire look, low booties for a fall casual look, or these faux patent leather heels with three straps for a glam look!

Thanks to my friend Nicky for taking these pictures around the West Village. It almost looks like I live in the brownstone, right?!

BB Dakota Joss Dress
Cateye Sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)
Strappy Patent Leather Heels- Nordstrom Rack (similar here)

NYC Downtown Weekend: Fringe Jeans, Slides, and Crossbody Bag

It’s finally fall in NYC. Cooler temps and lots of rain this weekend! I wore this outfit pretty much all weekend: my favorite hippie ombre fringe jeans (trend alert!), a simple knot-front dove gray sweater, Rebecca Minkoff studded crossbody bag, and embellished slides. I finished the look with my little cat-eye sunglasses (trend alert!) This look was easy and so perfect for bopping around downtown with my gal Nicky!

 

Ombre fringe jeans, Forever21 sold out (similar here)
Knot-front sweater (similar here)
Studded crossbody bag
Embellished slides, Topshop sold out (similar here)
Cat-eye sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

Ric Rac Ruffled Backless Dress

It was a hot one today in NYC! With only a few weeks of summer left, today was the perfect opportunity to pull out my new ric rac (trend alert!) dress. A friend showed me this dress back in June, and I immediately fell in love with how flouncy, feminine, and fun it was. The rainbow ric rac is so whimsical, and my favorite part of the dress is the surprise open back (perfect for an end-of-summer tan!) I matched the dress with my navy espadrilles– also super summery. The top and bottom ruffles of this dress are navy, so I loved that it matched perfectly with my espadrilles. Finally, I completed the look with my new glam cat-eye sunglasses.

Stay cool out there!


Wayf Tiered Fit & Flare Dress 
J. Crew Espadrilles (similar here)
Cat-Eye Sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

Chain Link Halter Top, White Jeans, & Espadrilles

Ahh, summer. White jeans, halter tops, and espadrilles: three of my favorite things! I love the big chunky plastic cream chain link halter on this top, and how it whimsically matches the preppy chain link print. I paired the look with my favorite white skinny jeans from last summer, and navy blue espadrilles that are so comfy. I love espadrilles. They scream “summer”! To complete the look, I wore $5 cat-eye sunglasses that I bought on Friday from a NYC street vendor.

Thanks to my pal, Nicky, for taking these pics!

 

Milly Navy & Ivory Chain Link Halter, sold out (similar here)
Old Navy Skinny White Jeans
J. Crew Closed-Toe Espadrilles (exact same by Castaner here)

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

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