27 September 2014

Coffee Capes & Cutoffs: The Ultimate NYC Brunch Guide

Cream and Grey Cape, ASOSsimilar that I love // Cream Cable Knit Sweater, JOE FRESH // Denim Roll Up Cutoffs, American Eagle Outfitters // Gold Threaded Thorn Necklace, Madewell // Umbria Suede Boot, Alberto Fermani via Neiman Marcus // Matador Hat in Heather Grey, Free People // Angle Wing Ear Cuff, Urban Outfitters, similar & similar // Shades and Ring Set, Aldo // Nails, "Style Cartel" by Essie Polish // Lips, Nars Lip Gloss in "Orgasm"

Happy Weekend loves! Fall weekends at TSM are entirely fueled by the call of the wild... that hungry beast inside my stomach that sleeps all week long until Saturday morning rolls around, and then wakes ravenous, screaming "BRUNCH!"

In autumn, brunch is at it's best in NYC. And at this time there is always some kind of pumpkin special to be found on every artisanal menu; we're talking pancakes, waffles, bread pudding, and of course the cult classic pumpkin spice latte! But when the mornings are cool, it's that steaming hot cup of rich freshly brewed black coffee that gets me out from under the covers, and into some cozy-chic attire to make it to my favorite counter, or corner near home or just across the bridge. I'll always have a hat and shades in hand, and will make sure to dress in layers to accommodate the potential of an all day liquid-lunch with friends, or just survive the swing in temperatures from indoors to outdoors, from sun up to sun down. Weekends are my time to experiment with funky jewelry, to indulge in wearing flats, and to layer on the dry shampoo to give my hair that luxurious bed head thing, and give shampooing it a rest. 

This season is all about the blanket cape, as we know from Burberry, which basically means we can grab a throw from the living room couch and throw on a pair of booties and automatically be street style set for months!! I love this cape (pictured above) from ASOS as it is so soft and affordable, and pairs perfectly layered over my current wardrobe staple JOE FRESH cable knit sweater. Add an old pair of jeans and soft flats or slouchy boots, and voila:: it's brunch, blanket, BINGO baby. Let's eat!

Here's my current casual-cozy-clothing-approved intimate ambience required list of favorite fall brunch spots in downtown NYC! I hope you'll try them all, that is if you haven't already...

Tribeca, 120 Hudson Street
T: 212-219-0666

West Village, 42 Grove Street
T: 212-255-3590

West Village, 170 Waverly Place
T: 646-429-8383

Soho/Nolita, 242 Mott Street
T: 212-334-9552

Lower East Side, 191 Chrystie Street (end of Freeman Alley, off Rivington btw Bowery & Chrystie)
T: 212-420-0012

Noho, 380 Lafayette Street
T: 212-533-3000

Dumbo, 72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn
T: 718-522-1018

Dumbo, 15 Main Street, Brooklyn
T: 718-858-1095

Wishing you all a weekend full of savory comfort food and stylish cozy fashion!

25 September 2014

Dressed Down Downtown: NYFW Look 3

Yellow and Gray Sweater Dress, ASOS *on sale* // Tritone Allie Sandal Stilettos, Sam Edelman also LOVE these // Levin Clutch in Green Black and Gold, Kotur Ltd // Shades, Chilli Beans // Nails, "Style Cartel" by Essie Polish

As temperatures fluctuate, toying with humidity, heat, and showing the first signs of fall, dressing for the day becomes increasingly difficult. And if your closet is anything like mine, it's looks like a 2 season storm has hit! But I actually love this transitional time, as it allows me to cling to some of my favorite summer pieces, and combine them with my new fall friends. And if one is silver and the other's gold, then this summer-studded sweater dress is the ultimate precious metal. 

I bought this ASOS dress anticipating to layer it with charcoal tights and boots, a mustard or olive trench, and even pairing it with my favorite grey cashmere scarf, gloves, and beanie when the winter winds and snow arrive. So I was psyched that this comfy and casual dress could provide a much needed color pop to a packed day of shows and presentations during NYFW. These Sam Edelman sandals are just high enough to flatter and show off my still tan legs, but just low enough to allow me to race from meeting to show without the ache and pain of an evening heel. Try experimenting with pastel notes this week (like the light yellow or minty green above) and use a gray sweater, dress, suit, or pant as the base, as the entire pastel range looks great when mixed with gray. Opt for silver jewelry or something sparkly and you'll have a successful transeasonal ensemble to get you through the work day, a week night, and into the last September weekend...

23 September 2014

Back to School Stripes with Joe Fresh

Oxblood & Navy Stripe Sweater, JOE FRESH // Navy Leather Skirt, Zara // Navy Eyelet Suede Blazer, BCBG // Oxblood Pumps, Zara, similar // Vintage Dolce & Gabbana Red Pebble Leather Purse // Vintage Cartier Scarf // Bangles, Hermes // Double Pearl Ring, similar // Shades, Ray Ban // Nails, "Style Cartel" by Essie Polish

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall"- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Waking up on this first official day of autumn to an unexpectedly crisp and cool morning here in NYC seemed truly textbook. And with the subtle change in weather signally the final retreat of summer, it was time to truly embrace my fall wardrobe. To celebrate the arrival of my favorite season, I decided to embrace my school spirit again with a little school-days inspired ensemble. Collegiate-chic is back trending this season with a flare for flounce skirts & kilts, 90s knee socks, brogues, double breasted blazers, and bold boarding school stripes. Thinking translating this trend into work-day wearable treads and threads meaning nothing but trouble? Fear not! That inner bad girl school girl gossip girl just needs a little education on how to rock this retro trend and remain under the radar. 

With one simple step you can rewind to the days of Dead Poets without looking down right ridiculous. Start with one simple step: find the perfect bold block, stripe sweater. I LOVE this one from JOE FRESH (pictured above in oxblood burgundy and navy) that I have in all three color combinations. It's the perfect prepster-print and because of it's figure friendly cut and wide bands of color, the typical horizontal stripe enlarging effect does NOT occur. Go a size up than you normally would, to get that relaxed, boyfriend letter-sweater feel (which will also allow you to layer the sweater over a white blouse or dress as it gets colder). At $49 it's a no-brainer buy that I think you'll find quickly becoming a basic staple, and the base of any Blair Waldorf inspired School Daze style you put together this fall.

Shop the Style, Shop the Look:

16 September 2014

Black & White Done Just Right

Black Frog Knot Braiding Blazer, Zara, *SHOP BELLOW* // Black Tassel Shell, Audrey 3+1 // White Peplum Hem Skirt, H&M // Black Pumps, Sergio Rossi // Shades, Aldo // Gold Hammered Hoops & Roping Necklace, Sequin NYC// Bracelets, Hermes & John Hardy // Lips, Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in "Dare Devil"

When it comes to conquering the art of transitional, or transeasonal as the fashion world prefers to now call it, dressing nothing holds a higher success rate than a black and white ensemble. Let's face it: it's a tried and true winner, but that certainly doesn't mean that it has to be stale and boring. When I approach dressing in black and white, I like to have a vision in mind: something I'm interested in playing with to make the outfit less minimalist, less normcore, and more fun and flirty, or bold and intricate. I find inspiration in art, architecture, film, and of course Pinterest which is just a treasure trove of ideas. Whether it's in the brilliance of everything Art Deco, the fashion palette of the Roaring Twenties, Cecil Beaton's dazzling photographic portraits, or 1944's film noir masterpiece "Laura": black and white can often times highlight beauty, detail, and presence better than any shred of color every could. 

So, my OOTD. My look here clearly takes it's inspiration from the towering organic lines of the mushroom forest like sculpture I found during the madness of fashion week. (And it would take a piece this large and imposing to stop me during the all out mayhem of NYFW) The sculpture itself feels strangely Spanish, or even South American, and got me thinking of the many classic Spanish details: tassels and brocade work, peplum and flounced hems and cuffs, and of a cropped military-style blazer I have whose braiding and frogging appliqu├ęs harken back to the once great Spanish Navy, in all their uniform splendor. In this mindset, I naturally choose gold as an accessory: a hammered gold hoop, and a nautical rope-chain link necklace. The peplum hem echoes the waves in my hair, that both reinforce the black lines in the sculpture, further making you notice the braiding on the jacket. The deep lip is an homage to the sultry Ava Gardner whose stunning spanish lips can be seen best in two classic films set in Spain: "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" and the legendary "Barefoot Contessa".

Even though it may seem like there is a lot of thought behind, and time spent, bringing this outfit together, remember that you can take just one simple piece of inspiration and turn any trusted transeasonal threads into something fresh, focused and bottom line FUN. Because after all, the key to pulling off a powerful black and white ensemble, is to never let that exertion show. 

Remember, fashion should be effortlessly interesting, never too perfect, and if nothing else, always intriguing. 

Enjoy shopping the look and inspirational pieces bellow!

15 September 2014

Blue Monday

Robins Egg Blue Coat, Zara *SHOP BELLOW* // Navy Cashmere Sweater, Zara, // Navy Leather Flounce Skirt, Zara, similar & similar // Tassel Crochet Clutch, Anthropologie // Blue Pumps & Shades, Aldo // Gold Bracelets & Pearl Ring, Zara // Gold Hoops, Tiffany & Co. // Navy Nails, "Style Cartel" by Essie Polish // Lips, Bite Beauty Creme Lipstick in "Zin-Muted Berry"

Back in NYC today with back to back meetings, and needed a more conservative look to get me through a jam-packed fall day. But I'm still craving bright colors and bursts of beachy blues! So what better way to get that summer color sensation than with a statement coat?! Blue is such a friendly color for both blondes and brunettes and even red heads: whether you're still sporting a summer glow, or basking in the glories of a fresh fall face, the right blue hue will always compliment any skin tone. Shop some of my favorite blue coat finds bellow: as far as statement coats go, I think a blue one is a great investment, as I can see myself piling on some gray or off white knits when winter comes, and throwing my blue coat in the snow! For now though, I love using an all navy look as a base- it's more unexpected and fresh than all black, and with a pop of orange and texture from a soft, organic textured tassel pouch you can soften and stylize this office-ready look.

Because we all need new ways to make Monday the FUNday, don't we?


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