Memorial Day Weekend in NYC: Polka Dots & Chanel

I have had the best Memorial Day Weekend being back in NYC and catching up with my core group of friends there. Additionally, I had a Danish and German friend who both were in town, which is what prompted my trip. I recently purchased these Ann Taylor Loft polka dot culottes, and I was ecstatic when I found them because I had been looking for a pair just like this… I am a polka dot lover! I also like the length of these pants and the elastic waist (super comfortable and flattering). I paired them with a cloth-button cold-shoulder blouse (trend alert!), Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals (trend alert!), my trusty heart sunglasses (trend alert!), and a dream item I took out for the first time…my classic Chanel jumbo black caviar-leather gold-hardware flapbag! A classic look to kick off summer in the city 🙂

Wedding Guest Edition: Conservative Look for a Religious Jewish Wedding

Last Thursday night I attended a religious Jewish wedding of one of my closest friends, Elana. The wedding was held in Staten Island at 4pm (to not overlap with Shabbat), so I took the day off and really pampered myself. I got my hair done in the morning- trying a new split end removal technique that I was skeptical about but actually really worked! These “clamps” that kind of look like a straightening iron are pulled through your hair, and it only removes the split ends. Then I had a dusting cut at the end to even everything out. My hair stylist, Anita, also put in amazing hair extensions that I bought from The Hair Shop. The color match was perfect, and I felt glamorous the whole night. The Hair Repair Bar just opened on Bleecker Street around the corner from my apartment, so that made things extra convenient, too!

At an Orthodox wedding, I knew I had to dress conservatively. This meant no cleavage, no shoulders, nothing skin tight. I found this sophisticated Marni black dress a few weeks back and I loved the dramatic draped hemline. (It reminded me of a dress Meghan Markle might wear!) However, I did opt to pair the dress with sexy guinea feather strappy sandals by Stuart Weitzman. I completed the look with a bright red lip and gold accessories.

The wedding was super fun. I loved seeing the bride Elana, my friends from Poland, and the acrobat entertainment! Mazel Tov, Elana and Alex!

 

Black Draped Marni Dress, sold out (similar here)
Strappy Stuart Weitzman Guinea Feather Sandals, sold out (similar here)
Skagen Gold Watch

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)

Wedding Guest Edition: Seafoam Green Lace Dress

I am missing last Sunday’s wedding in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! This is the “dusty sage” (seafoam green) lace dress I wore as a wedding guest. I think that an understated colored lace dress is always a safe bet for a wedding. I love the sexy low back on this one, the spaghetti straps, and the mock halter front. I paired the look with neutral (blush) block-heel sandals with pearl embellishment (trend alert!). I love how these colors blended together. I completed the look with a bright red lip and dangly classic pearl drop earrings.

Only 4 more weddings to go this year!

 

Romeo & Juliet Woven Open Back Floral Lace Midi Dress 
Blush Pearl Embellished Block-Heels Sandals
Pearl Dangly Drop Earrings- my own from Taj Jewelers

Wedding Guest Edition: Silk Yellow Ruffled Dress

This weekend I had the pleasure of being the Plus 1 wedding date for one of my best friends, Gracie! One of her best friends, Valerie, got married in a beautiful intimate wedding in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am so honored that I got to attend! I remember meeting Val in Thailand when she visited Gracie almost 7 years ago (wow). For the wedding, I decided to wear one of my favorite summery colors: yellow! I love wearing yellow because it is so cheerful and warm. This is a silk BGBC dress that has delicate pleated ruffle layers. I love pretty much anything that is feminine and girly, so naturally I was drawn to this simple dress.

The most fun part of the outfit for me, however, were the party shoes! You can just call me Carrie Bradshaw. These ones are beige satin with a bejeweled crystal heel by Nicholas Kirkwood. Changing the shoe pairing with this dress can transform the formality of it. Pairing it with a leather jacket and booties could transition the dress into fall- and dress the whole look down.

I hope that the beautiful bride Val and her husband Will are having a blast in Portugal now!

BCBG silk yellow dress
Nicholas Kirkwood Faye Strass Bow Satin Sandal

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic: Gingham Embroidered-Eyelet Off-the-Shoulder Dress

All of last week I checked the forecast for Saturday– the day of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, and it was rain rain rain. Then Saturday rolled around and there was no rain! It was just one of the hottest days I can remember…85 degrees with a beating sun! This was my first time at the event, and it was held on Liberty Island, just off of Manhattan. I met some girlfriends in Soho and we headed down! It was so hot, that when we were standing in the champagne line the guy standing behind us offered us paper towels to blot off our sweaty skin and dripping hair (eww).

For the event, I knew I wanted to wear a cute sundress that I wouldn’t mind getting a little dirty. I opted for this gingham (trend alert!) off-the-shoulder (trend alert!) and embroidered eyelet (trend alert!) number. I completed the look with a preppy boat hat, mirrored sunnies, comfy block-heeled sandals, and a springy coral lip!

Heading to another horse event tomorrow…The Belmont!

 

Straw Boat Hat
Mirrored Sunnies
Gingham Off-the-Shoulder Eyelet Dress
Block-Heeled Sandals

Royal Wedding in Windsor (Part 1)

Last weekend I traveled to Windsor, UK for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! It was so surreal to see the massive castle, and there was such a special light-hearted energy in the air. My friend lives in Windsor, so she hosted a fabulous hat (fascinator) party with lots of her friends. For the occasion, I wore a silk blush pink (trend alert!) hand-pleated Tibi dress (I love all things pleats) with a high neckline and a waist tie. I chose this dress because the attire for the party was “long summery dress”. I own tons of dresses, but not many of them are long! I also liked the slight waterfall hem on this dress- the back is a little bit longer than the front. I paired the look with a black netted and feathered fascinator. Being an American, it was super fun to pretend to be British for a day by dressing up! I kept the look simple with diamond studs and my trusty black block-heel sandals.

Tibi “Simone” Silk Pleated Dress
Black Netted Fasinator
Block-Heeled Sandals

Balloon Sleeve Sweater & Pearl Embellished Sandals

The weather has been so up and down in New York lately. It was almost 80 degrees earlier this week, and now it is cold again. I paired an almost all-black look together the other day, with a few of my favorite recent trends: balloon sleeves (bubble sleeves) and pearl-embellished shoes. This cashmere sweater is by Magaschoni, and I was particularly drawn to it because of it’s unique interpretation of this season’s balloon sleeve (trend alert!). I love that the balloon sleeve detail is more of a bubble at the elbow…Snow White style! I kept the look simple with black leggings, and black sandals with pearl embellishments (trend alert). I loved these sandals so much, that I also bought them in a blush-nude hue, too! My bright blue nails are the finishing touch, I had so much fun with them. The color is “Butler Please” by Essie.

Sunglasses-Tom Ford
Balloon-sleeve Cashmere Sweater- Magaschoni, sold out (similar here)
Black Leggings- Vince Camuto
Pearl-embellished sandals- Forever21 (similar Stuart Weitzman here)

NYE Wedding in Tel Aviv: Little Black Sparkly Dress

I had a super special NYE this year: I traveled to Israel for the wedding of my friends Alejandro and Maya! It was a beautiful wedding and evening. When packing for this trip, I wasn’t sure what to wear for a NYE wedding…in Israel…but I figured that I couldn’t go wrong with a black sparkly (NYE, duhh!) jersey sleeveless dress. I love all of the sparkly pailettes, and that this dress is very easy to wear. I kept this look easy and comfortably by pairing it with my trusty black strappy block-heeled sandals. I can walk, and dance, miles in these shoes…literally! I have had this black dress for 7 years, and I have worn it on several other NYE, and it is a classic dress that I can wear over and over again.

 

DKNY pailette sleeveless dress (similar here)
Black block-heel sandals

AppNexus Gatsby 1920s Party at the McKittrick Hotel

This year, my company, AppNexus celebrated its 10 year anniversary. To celebrate, they allowed us to have a Plus 1, so I brought one of my best friends who came in all the way from London: GRACIE! The theme was Gatsby and 1920s, and I was excited to dress up for the theme and had so much fun. I ordered this headpiece from eBay! They also sold it on Amazon, it’s an exact replica of one that was worn in the Gatsby film. I ordered the dress from French Connection (believe it or not). I had my eye on it for a while because I loved the fringe and the sparkly gorgeous detailing, and when this theme was announced I had to get it! It was perfect for the party, and I also would wear it again to a different cocktail party, wedding, etc. I completed the look with an old black ostrich feather bolero, and sexy strappy platform sandals- which made the ensemble a little bit 2017 🙂

French Connection Black Diamond Fringe Flapper Dress
Crystal Gatsby-Inspired Headpiece (similar here)
Black Ostrich Feather Bolero
Michael Kors “London” Strappy Sandals

 

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