June 27, 2016

Pleats? Yes, please!

A classic look that also has had upsurges in popularity at different times, a pleated skirt is especially on trend this season and into the Fall. For a more fashion-forward statement, the pleated skirt is updated with unexpected details like alternating stripes of color, non-traditional fabrications in metallic and satin, and asymmetric hemlines. 

Feminine and flirty, love the pleated skirt for its whimsy as well as the nostalgia it brings of my childhood outfits. Below are my faves right now. Dress them up with heels and a blouse or wear them more flirty with a crop top. Want to add a little edge as well as casual chic? Put on sneakers, add some metallic or leather and a t-shirt. Voilà!

9 of my fave pleated skirts
1st row: Topshop, Gucci, Topshop

Also love these pleated dresses by Halston Heritage. The one on the left is so elegant, and would be appropriate for almost any occasion year-round. The orange dress is flirty and feminine, and a gorgeous color to wear to a summer wedding!

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Have a great week!

June 16, 2016

Last Minute Father's Day Gifts!

If you haven't yet picked out a gift for Father's Day this Sunday, these are some of my top picks. Sophisticated as well as useful, these would all be great gifts for any occasion!

Love all of these and wouldn't mind receiving some as a gift myself, especially the Montblanc!

June 10, 2016

Making My Workout Work

home workout gear - Tracy Anderson DVD, yoga mat, sport watch, chair
Getting to the gym on a regular, consistent schedule has never been easy for me. Sometimes I can do it for a few weeks or months at a time, but inevitably life butts in and schedules get changed. In order to not completely lose momentum and/or get discouraged, I try to incorporate mini workouts into my day when I can even if it's just 5-10 mins of push-ups and lunges.

Another fitness tool I like to have is a workout DVD (or streaming video) that doesn't require too much as far as space or gear. I particularly love the Tracy Anderson Method Mat Workout DVD when I want to squeeze in a quick workout and want to focus on toning. To be honest, I haven't even mastered this workout to be able to do it from start to finish (my fitness level is not very high but I'm working on it!). Often, I'll just do sections of it depending on time, and I still see results!! 

The best feature of this workout video, I think, is the arm sequence. It's hard and unlike any I've done before, but I've found it to be the most effective to tone my arms.

With summer upon us and the inevitable progression to more revealing clothing as the warmer weather hits, I think I'll be adding this one to my schedule a little more often. :) 

Shop the post and some workout gear I'm loving now:

Have a great weekend!

June 2, 2016

Net-A-Porter and Nordstrom Sale Picks

I'm always down for a great sale, and ones from Net-A-Porter and Nordstrom never disappoint when it comes to finding great quality, fashion-forward pieces. 
Nordstrom is currently having its Half Yearly Sale (up to 40% off!) which ends on June 5th. Above are my 3 'can't miss out on' picks from the Nordstrom sale. First is a cork heel sandal, a summer and vacation must-have. Next, a Chloe crossbody bag to achieve this season's 'it-bag' goals.  Last but not least, a feminine, breezy top for summer's more laid-back vibe.

Just as exciting (maybe a little more...) is Net-A-Porter's Up to 50% Off sale. There was so much to choose from so I tried to select the more moderate price points of the luxe pieces. Also, I chose pieces that would be great for many different looks/situations for this year and hopefully many more. I particularly love Net-A-Porter for their free 3-day delivery (returns are, of course, free) in the US.

See below for my fave Net-A-Porter picks. 
From L to R: Lanvin shoulder bag for a pretty pop of color, Equipment army green silk shirt, Proenza Schouler bucket bag, Proenza Schouler tweed shoulder bag for a classic touch, Mes Demoiselles blouse for a summery boho chic look, Valentino clutch (a must-have!), whimsical and chic Isabel Marant sandals, edgy-chic MM6 Maison Margiela bracelet, a classic tuxedo dress 

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May 25, 2016

Easy Hair Styling Tip For Volume that Lasts

T3 Curling Iron
My hair is naturally pin straight and thick, and the second there's moisture in the air it falls completely flat. And I mean completely flat. No frizz like most people, just heavy-flat like a wet towel... Unfortunately living in New York, there's frequently some moisture in the air throughout the year and, often, in long stretches. So my struggle has been to find a way to quickly and easily style it on my own for those days when I want or need it to hold up.

On a beautiful day with no humidity, I have no problem with styling my hair into a blown out, voluminous look that looks like I just walked out of a salon (not my words...) without styling products(creams, gels, etc.) and not much effort. In fact, it's quite easy and fast. I use 6-8 velvet-flocked 1.25" hot rollers (they're almost extinct right?) on my dry, non-brushed hair, leave them in for no more than a few minutes (you'll have to test this out depending on how your hair holds curl), shake my hair out a bit after the rollers are out, and voilà: full, naturally tousled hair...until it rains, snows or is just humid!

I recently bought a curling iron which I have avoided my entire adult life since I thought it would be too difficult to use. To be honest, I didn't think that I had the patience for it, but now that I have it I love it. The direct heat for extra control combined with an ability to target specific sections of my hair in different ways has completely transformed my hair styling options. The bonus, it's much easier than I thought.

My new simple hair styling routine for the days that I need it to last:

  1. Use the hot rollers as described above. I love them 'velvet-flocked', because they are more gentle to my hair.
  2. Add a small amount of heat protectant oil from the middle to the ends of hair.
  3. Hold the T3 curling iron (1.25" barrel) vertically and curl away from face for front sections. For back, it helps to randomly curl in different directions to give hair more movement and keep it natural looking.
  4. Flip head and add a small amount of TRESemmé Root Lifting Cream to hair roots, especially where you need it most. I find this cream to be great for holding volume at the roots without using a hairspray which can make the hair feel stiff. I received this amazing product courtesy of TRESemmé team during NYFW last Fall and it is now a part of my hair styling essentials kit.
  5. Flip head back, shape hair a little with your fingers if needed, and... you're done! This all takes me approximately 10-15 mins.

I researched many curling irons before I decided to purchase the T3. Particularly love this one for its interchangeable barrel, great quality, auto world voltage, 360º swivel cord, automatic shut-off, and it also didn't hurt that I love the way it looks...

The essentials...
hot rollers, curling iron, root lifter, hair protectant oil

From my Instagram feed (are you following me yet?) after I styled it:
View of styled hair with volume

Question? Leave them in the comments here or on my Ig feed...

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May 18, 2016

Currently Obsessed: Gucci Dionysus Bags

I haven't been particularly attracted to Gucci handbags for a long time... that is, until now. Their Dionysus bags are a brilliant mix of textures combined with classic, edgy, quirky and nostalgic details to create a collection that is both whimsical and luxurious, yet still ladylike. Love them all!!

My bag and clothing choices tend to have a more minimal design aesthetic, but there's something about the bold personality of these bags that is so magnetic, especially right now. They are the perfect complement to the more care-free mood of spring/summer.

I'm particularly obsessed the Dionysus Embroidered Supreme GG Shoulder Bag shown above, but a little taken as well with the embroidery/patchwork and the hand-painted floral designs on the bags below...

May 9, 2016

Flowers and a Sale

Vase with orange, purple and green roses

Hope you all had a great weekend and for all the moms out there, hope your Mother's Day was filled with happiness and peace. One of the things I love about Mother's Day (after, of course, the adorable cards and handmade gifts from my kids) are the flowers. Another reminder of spring, they seem to be everywhere around this time.

And on the topic of spring, Saks Fifth Avenue is currently having a sale (up to 40% off) which is a great source for discounted transition/spring pieces to add to your wardrobe.

My fave sale picks:

Have a great week!

May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Picks... It's not too late!!

9 Mother's Day Gift picks
Since Mother's Day is less than a week away, I rounded up my fave picks in case you needed some extra ideas, inspiration or perhaps just an excuse to treat yourself! All of these are wonderful and luxe choices at various price points that I'd love to receive as much as I'd love to give.

If you're worried about timing, Saks Fifth Avenue has free Rush shipping right now until May 4th with code: MOMRUSH (check site for further details). And of course there's Net-A-Porter with their customary free 3-day delivery within the US. So there you go, no excuse!! :)

Scroll through and click to view and/or shop these and more of my fave, fabulous picks:

Have a great week!

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