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 appliqués 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?

14 September 2014

Sunday Styles: Endless Summer Nights

White Jumpsuit, *SHOP BELLOW* // White Strap Sandals, Zara // Abbey Road Shades, Free People // Pave Double Layer Bracelet, Rachel Roy // Pearl Cocktail Ring, Zara // Kismet Pave Ring Set, Aldo // Wooden Studded Belt, Anthropologie, similar (in love with) & similar // White Flower Pin, Chanel // Metallic Nails, "No Place Like Chrome" by Essie Polish // Lips, Charlotte Tilbury "K.I.S.S.I.N.G" Lipstick in "So Marilyn"

A quick hello from DC, where I am this stunning September weekend. Hoping that you all had a wonderful and beautiful Sunday. This one has made me cherish and want to celebrate the glories of Indian Summer! Here's a look I wore last night while channeling disco fever for an evening out dancing and celebrating... yes in all white! I think I need to officially declare a new set of rules for wearing white: WHENEVER is better than never. Rock it in the debt of winter and in the height of summer, be confident in your choice and enjoy a look that says fearless, shows off your style, and just screams fabulous!

Shop my favorite all white jumpsuits bellow!

11 September 2014

Never Forget

To all those who lost their lives on this day in 2001 in New York, Washington, & Pennsylvania and in 2012 in Benghazi, we will never forget you. May you rest in peace, and may we all continue to honor your memory by celebrating and protecting the freedoms we are so blessed to possess. 


09 September 2014

Transeasonal Tuesday

White Peplum Hem Texture Pencil Skirt, ASOS // Ikat Denim Shirt, Mango // Orange-Cherry Booties, River Island UK similar & similar // Cork Clutch, J.Crew // Pave and Gold Bracelet, Rachel Roy, similar // Kismet Ring Set, Aldo // Gold Hoops, Tiffany & Co. // Lips, Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in "Fig-Red Grape"

Day One of NYFW, New York Fashion Week that is, began helplessly hot, humid, and with a massive sense of hurry that lay thick in the air across the whole of Manhattan. A Manhattan whose entire population seemed to be getting back to work, school, and schedules after the summertime suspension, all at once...

Yes, just imagine the traffic! Now you know why fashion folks are some of the most stressed out human beings out there! I mean a blow out and all white on the subway in conditions like this? I think not. So I began the week of shows and showcases doing a little dance between Lincoln Center and Milk Studios in my most favorite white skirt I've ever owned, and most inexpensive I've ever owned, from ASOS . I paired it with a classic dark denim blouse, and the most perfect fall suede cherry-orange red booties. And to top it all off, gold gold gold accessories from Aldo, J.Crew, & Tiffany

My unique cocktail ring is blue cut glass with a gold snake silhouette that makes up the band. I thought I should mention that this ring somewhat of a good luck charm, or a security "statement piece" I wear when I need a little extra confidence or something to ground me. I found this ring in a small store in Le Marais in Paris a few years ago over a legendary weekend with my best girlfriend. I never can remember the name of the shop or even the street, but I can get to it from anywhere in Paris simply by following my nose to the tiniest flower shop in the world which sits next door. On a warm day the rose petals stream out it's front door with the gentle wind, into the small jewelry boutique next door... it's magical.

So why is this important, and what on earth does this have to do with New York Fashion Week? There is something overwhelming, at times scary, pressurized, and entirely insane about fashion week, and now fashion month, and unless you are an Anna Wintourian veteran, it can consume you, chew you up and spit you out with an unreal schedule, and an unobtainable standard for looking perfect: eye bags not admitted; it's time you learned to master the art of all day shows, squeezing a shoot, and hitting up 2-3 parties in the evening, and never letting a smidgen of it show on your face. Sound the violins, and let's cheers to my fashion week pity-party right? It's not entirely the melodrama I've portrayed, and the only way I know how to stop the roller coaster ride towards burnout-dom is to keep with me or wear a little something that will always take me away to a place of respite, where I can regain my nerve and remember who I am.

Fashion Week is not unlike the first week of school, or the first week of a job: the same questions and uncertainties arise believe it or not. Where will I sit? Will I be cool? Will I look right? Will they like me? I guess in some ways we'll never grow up, will we...

And so, my "Memento Moxie" is my serpentine ring, and Paris is my place. 
And my guess is that I'm not alone in the grown-up-security-blanket department, am I right?

So, what's yours?
Drop me a comment bellow

01 September 2014

Sea In The Air, Sand In My Hair

Gisele Bikini, Eberjey, and LOVE this one for fall // Chambray Shirt, Mango, similar // Necklace, Topshop UK // Shades & Cuff, Aldo // Bangles, Hermes // Lips, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #6 in "Pink in Devotion"

Savoring the last 5 Seconds of Summer today with my favorite bikini brand, Eberjey! How are you spending this unofficial last day of summer?

Happy Labor Day and love to you all my wonderful readers.

29 August 2014

DIY Honey Skin Spa Day

Just in time for the holiday weekend, I'm sharing with you all my honey-themed DIY spa day. This at-home DIY spa experience is truly amazing because it utilizes pantry and stock items most of us always have on hand. It’s simple to set up and SO worth setting some time aside to rest, relax, and rejuvenate your skin. Combining my organic skincare recipes, a Honey Sugar Body Scrub and a Spiced Honey Face Mask will completely revitalize your face and body, leaving you with clear, glowing, soft, smooth, and hydrated skin. 

So take an hour this weekend, whisk up these 2 recipes, sip my Honey Toning Tonic, light a candle, and step into your very own skin spa. Get ready because it’s time to relax.. 

I start my spa time by hydrating. I make a simple warm tonic that I sip while making my scrub and mask, and running my shower or bath. It signals the body to recalibrate and helps to detoxify the skin and blood stream from within. *This is also the same tonic I have every morning first thing when I wake up, as it completely alkaline’s the system and blood stream so you can start the day off right! 

The Toning Tonic
1 glass alkaline or filter water
1 capful (about 1 tablespoon) of Apple Cider Vinegar
Sprinkle of ground Cinnamon
Sprinkle of ground Turmeric
Generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice (about 1 tablespoon)
1/2 tsp Manuka or organic raw honey 

Combine all ingredients in a glass and heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds until nice and warm. Stir and drink. 

 Now, it's time to make the Honey Sugar Scrub and the Spiced Honey Face Mask...

1. Warm a jar of raw organic honey in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. Check the temp and see if it needs 10-15 seconds more; you want the temperature to be warm and runny to the touch but not too or uncomfortable on your finger pad (I tend to test it on the top side of my hand) 

2. Pour about 1/4 cup of the honey into a medium-small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of oil. I like mixing oils here for optimal effect or depending on what I have around. I love olive and almond oil and in the winter if my skin is very dry I will use coconut oil. I especially love using Argan and Jojoba oil as well. I then add in 3 drops of orange or orange blossom essential oil. 

3. Lastly, add about ¾ cup of dark brown sugar, or brown sugar or sugar in the raw. Mix well with a spatula or whisk to combine evenly and decant into a glass jar with a lid, leaving it open on the side of the bath or shower, as you turn on the water or run the bath to get the bathroom nice and warm and steamy.  

While the water runs and bathroom heats up, it's time to make the Spiced Honey Face Mask!

4. Spiced Honey Face Mask: Place 2 tablespoons manuka honey in a small bowl. Add a pinch or two of ground cinnamon, and one pinch of ground turmeric and about 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 15 seconds. This should warm the honey, again check to make sure it that it does not get too hot. Stir completely and using a facial brush, brush the honey mask all over your face, neck and décolletage. 

5. Next take your body scrub and step in the shower or dip in the bath, making sure to keep your face and neck out of the water. If you are in the shower get your body completely wet and warm and then either turn off the shower or redirect the stream away from you. Put on your scrubbing mitts, or you can just use your hands, and massage the honey scrub in small circular motions all over your body. Let the scrub sit on your skin for 1-2 minutes after you have worked it in, allowing the honey and oils to really penetrate, working on the dead skin cells, and moisturizing the a new layer of exposed skin. This action also stimulates your cellular activity, regenerating your skin and working against signs of aging. 

Breathe and enjoy the heat while your pores open and reap the benefits of the acne fighting, inflammation deterring, and moisturizing honey. 

6. Rinse off the body scrub in the shower with very warm, or dip back into the bath tube rubbing all the scrub off. Once the mask has seeped in for at least 10 minutes, rinse it off with warm water and a washcloth, moving gently in circular motions to exfoliate. Oh, and don't worry if the mask sits on your face for longer while you enjoy a bath. When out of the shower or bath, splash your face with cold water to refresh your skin and close the pores. Pat dry and moisturize according to your daily routine. 

Take the time to lounge around in robe and enjoy your soft, new, sweet smelling skin! And always after some spa time, make sure to hydrate hydrate hydrate as you resume your day or evening.

Happy Labor Day Weekend! Wishing you all some lovely down time, and as always thanks for reading.


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