20 October 2014

Cowl Neck Camel

Camel Cowl Neck Knit Sweater, Zara, similar // Camel Drawstring Trousers, Zara // Necklace, Nicole Romano (Rent this one from RentTheRunway here), similar // Cuffs, ASOS // Skin Pumps, InStyle for NineWest, fall version // Shades, Chilli Beans // Bag, Celine // Lips, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 'Berry Couture'

Yesterday was a blustery and brrrrr-worthy wakeup call that fall is indeed here! Despite the shocking temps, the cold drop is a welcomed reason to pull out all the comfy cozy cowl neck sweaters I've been buying this season. Oversized knits are truly the best part of the fall/winter wardrobe and here's why: you can of course throw them on with your favorite skinny jeans and shades for automatic go-to weekend wear, but they are surprisingly just as versatile when it comes to work wear as well. For a chilly Monday morning like today, pair glam statement accessories, trousers, pumps and a bright purple lip for a comfort focused yet trend-setting day at the office outfit. But remember that when choosing oversized, chunky, or menswear inspired knits, be sure to balance your top with a slimming and structured pant, ballet flats, or sexy pumps, to avoid appearing larger than you actually are. Because why spend all that time at the barre, on the bike, feeling the burn, if you're not going to show it off a little?

Happy Monday, happy layering, and finally finally happy FALL! Thanks for reading.

18 October 2014

Warm Spells

Dress, Double Zero // Shoes, Stuart Weitzman // Pony Print Purse, Carlos Falchi, similar // Bracelets, John Hardy & Rachel Roy // Shades, Tom Ford // Earrings, Aldo // Lips, Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in "Rosewood Shimmer"

Despite the wild and wet weather this week here in NYC, we were blessed with an single Indian Summer evening for which I couldn't help make the most of for a date night with my husband. I have a large collection of cream white and ivory resort dresses in my wardrobe that make for easy packing for a weekend away, and no-brainer go to's for warm weather lunches or dinner. I spend a lot of time in Florida throughout the year, and always spend the holidays there with family where the off white dress is season after season my must have go to. I found this particular one on Double Zero, a great little site for fun an fabulous pieces, that I highly recommend you check out! With an off-white silhouette, I can accessorize to my hearts content- around Thanksgiving and into the holidays I'll play with shimmering silver pieces, metallic flats, a sequined jacket, black patent pumps a black textured blazer, a beaded belt, a suede bolero, or even a light fur capulet for Christmas Eve. To keep it light, bright, soft, and romantic I tend to opt for metallic silver toes, sparkling earrings, and my favorite every-season party shoe by Stuart Weitzman. The pop of a printed clutch seems to add just enough fall-focused-fashion, allowing me to narrowly get away with sporting a summer look before this brief warm spell is broken...

17 October 2014

Moto Chic on Crosby Street

Leather & Suede Biker Jacker, Mango // Ultra Skinny Racing Jeans, Paige, similar // Split Vent Capucine T-Shirt, Wilfred via Aritzia // 50/50 Napa Leather Boots, Stuart Weitzman // Purse, Celine // Matador Hat, Free People // Shades, Westward Leaning "Children of California" No 1.1, in Redwood // Onyx + Mother of Pearl Cuff, Vintage Roberto Cavalli // Necklace, Ann Taylor

Nothing gets a double take more than a lady in leather. There is clearly something ceaselessly commanding about the British biker chic look that keeps it coming back season after season. In my opinion it's the perfect fall weekend look. When work ceases on Friday it can take you straight to bar or the car in style, and have you arriving for dinner in true city-country chic no matter where your weekend travels take you. A leather jacket is no doubt a lifelong staple, but this season I am almost sleeping in this Mango leather and suede jacket- it goes with absolutely everything and wears wonderfully. It seems to practically jump on my shoulders whenever I pull out my go to flat boots (the ever perfect Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boot) and when paired with a great statement bag and striking shades, this mixed leather jacket gives any outfit a subtle edge and confidence that is surprising classic and sexy all at once. Shop the affordable collection of leather jackets from Mango here. Try one on for size, take em out for spin...

Happy weekend and thanks for reading!

15 October 2014

Times New Roman Trench Coat Couture

Trench Coat, Zara SHOP ALL BELLOW // Belt, Club Monaco // Purse, Celine Ltd Edition // Dolly Pony Print Pumps, Charlotte Olympia // Earrings, Alexis Bittar, similar // Lips, Giorgio Armani 'Flash' Lip Laquer #400

The Classic Trench Coat. An endlessly useful, timeless piece and undoubted wardrobe essential. A spring trench and a fall trench are two transitional pieces that no woman or man should be without. And that doesn't mean you have to break the bank to make sure you have one on hand. It always wonderful to have a classic preppy Burberry trench in your 'drobe', but this season it's more fun to opt for a softer, looser fitting trench that is lighter and less structured. So in order to be prepared to look good (and stay dry) on those down right dark and drizzly days this fall you don't need to break the bank on an investment trench: at the close of NYFW a few weeks back NYC had a day marked by constant in and out rain showers, dotted by glorious sun storms. It was unexpected muggy and my favorite new trench seemed like the only thing I could wear to get from show to presentation and then to a dinner in 3 different sections of the city. So it was time to rewind to the classic Times New Roman Trench Coat and rework it to make it runway (and even subway) ready! Because wild weather makes for wild hair no matter what, so the best thing to do on days where the sky just can't make up its mind is to just embrace it! Go with a salt sprayed messy braid to tame the frizz or fluff the flatness, and sinch your loose layered trench with a skinny sexy leather belt. Grab a pair of great earrings and a carry all purse, and you're a DIY Diva in disguise, creating an entirely couture dress out of what was only a moment ago just a coat. Pop on the patent leather heels and your are proofed for work, drinks, dinner, and any sidewalk streaking that may come in between... 

Shop my favorite TRENCH COATS of the season bellow:

14 October 2014

Boho Chic with Haute Hippie

Rust Cowl Neck Silk Blouse, Haute Hippie // Cream Margarita Lace Maxi Skirt, Kimchi Blue, similar // Heels, Zara, similar // Purse, Vintage Hermes // Shades, Vintage Gucci // Earrings, Alexis Bittar, similar // Leaf Bracelet, John Hardy // Aztec Print Wrap, Metropolitan Museum of Art // Nails, "Style Cartel" by Essie Polish // Lips, Charlotte Tilbury KISSING in "Nude Kate"

Warm reds, rusts, and wraps are what I am all about this fall! I always love layering, but this season I am embracing prints and textures more than ever. During NYFW I wanted to put an elegant twist on the Boho Chic look that, living downtown, is so often my got to style. I chose the evening presentation of Vivienne Tam's SS2015 collection at Lincoln Center I attended to showcase my love for deep powerful reds (a color that has long been pivotal in Vivienne's stunning Asiatic collections). With all this in mind, there was obviously only one designer to turn to, who can create that warm organic and and opulent magic: Haute Hippie. A brand that has elevated the hippie-chic look with sophisticated edge and polish, Haute Hippie holds so many special places in my wardrobe, each piece standing out with it's incredible detailing, quality, sexy tailoring, and all together eye catching movement. Their pieces are wearable, endlessly re-workable and, for someone like me who carries a certain 70s Southern California vibe in everything she does and loves, absolutely timeless.

A special thank you to Haute Hippie Madison Avenue and my girl Jessa Kae for this stunning sunset shoot. Check back tomorrow for Jessa and my exclusive behind the scenes look at the Vivienne Tam SS2015 Show!!


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