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

Yellow Stripes

It was 82 degrees in NYC today, and it officially feels like summer! I spent the whole day outside, and it was the perfect occasion to wear my new boxy ruffle striped blouse. I love stripes (and polka dots!), and the ruffle adds a feminine touch. Last week in Spain I got these awesome denim leggings (jeggings). They are so comfortable because they have an elastic waist! I completed this classic look with glamorous shades, my trusty Panama hat, and old Tory Burch flats. This pair is probably 8 years old! I love the gold touches throughout tying this look together- from the gold rim on the sunglass frames, to the gold bar bracelet, to the gold plates on the ballerina flats.

Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous day!



Panama Hat
Glamorous Sunglasses
Yellow Striped Boxy Blouse
Jeggings
Gold Bar Bracelet
Tory Burch Flats

Grown-up Overalls

Overalls. Dungarees. Most of us wore them as kids. I know that I used to love wearing them to play in ball pit birthday parties! I hadn’t worn them in about 15 years though, and it felt great to be back in them. This pair is a “grown up” pair- short shorts with distressed denim (more for fashion than function). I paired my overalls with a black tank, and a favorite pair of beaded espadrille flats I bought at the end of last summer. The colorful beading and zebra print are so fun! I also paired this look with a favorite pair of retro round tortoise-shell sunglasses, and a new simple choker (trend alert!) that I bought from a street vendor. I love the gold dangly from the middle of the choker, it adds an unexpected detail. Even though it’s September, it has still been pretty warm and humid in NYC. I have been feeling very “downtown” and edgy lately!

 

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Grown-up overalls
Cole Haan round tortoise-shell sunnies
Black choker with gold dangly
Rebecca Minkoff studded hobo bag
Sam Edelman lida brahama hair espadrille flats

 

Memorial Day Weekend: Sundress Season

It’s officially summer! I hope everyone had as fun of a Memorial Day weekend as I had. I love Memorial Day weekend, besides the 3 day weekend, the weather is usually beautiful, there is so much family and grilling, and it is the start of sundress season! I wore the below outfit to my sister and brother in law’s BBQ in Chicago. Yeezy Boost 750 Acheter I had a straw hat I was dying to pair it with, but their deck is pretty windy. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Pas Cher The blue, white, and pink design of the dress is pretty patriotic, and I love how the dress is flowy and swings. I am usually not the hugest fan of spaghetti straps, but I feel like they go nicely with this design. I paired the dress with classic gold rim aviators. I pulled out one of my favorite pairs of pewter flats which have a front knot and a pointed toe. Adidas Ultra Boost France I love a good bow, but the knot is so elegant and a little bit more masculine. If I throw a black sweater or jean jacket over this dress, I could easily wear it to work.

Glitter Flats

One of my favorite purchases for this fall are these sparkly Carvela Kurt Geiger glitter flats. I love the classic slip-on shape and the heel adds just a little bit of height. The glitter is, of course, my favorite part. These shoes are so fun! The midnight black color can spice up any work dress, and they transition well from day to night. I travel a lot for work, so these are easy to slip into once I get to client site. I am sad to be saying goodbye to sandals that show off summer pedicures, but these puppies make the transition to fall easier.

 

 

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Carvela Kurt Geiger Black Lizzie Glitter Flats

 

Fall Wish List

The ONLY reason I can tolerate summer coming to an end is the start of fall fashion. Fall, especially the start of fall, is super fun to dress for. Below are some of my favorite fall wish list items, including a gray felt hat, a Maje leather motorcycle jacket (I actually splurged on this one and I think a leather jacket is a closet staple!), a warm cape (my favorite to spice up any outfit), lace up flats (arguably fall’s hottest trend), and a pair of classic riding boots with an exposed red zipper at the back that I bought online last night (I have been crushing on this style of boot since I was a senior in college)!

All links to shop my picks are at the bottom of this post. Happy almost fall!

 

 

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Rag & Bone Dunaway Felt Hat
Maje leather jacket
Leon Max Camel Cape
Topshop Ghillie Lace Up Flats
Steve Madden Rex Riding Boots

 

 

 

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