September 16, 2014

Nicholas K - New York Fashion Week SS'15

The Nicholas K fashion show was the first on my schedule for the Spring/Summer '15 collections of New York Fashion Week, and it was powerful. Inspired by a trip to Morocco and Isabelle Eberhardt (a Swiss explorer who traveled the region in the late 1800's), sibling design duo Nicholas and Christopher Kunz used safari, military, and goddess warrior influences/details to create a collection that was urban chic, edgy, and represented a strong woman. 

The fabrics were mostly fluid, lightweight and layered which gave a feminine/soft yet protective appearance. The dominant colors were olive, black and khaki with some standout looks in white and charcoal. There was a definite utilitarian style to the looks which contrasted well with the lace-up heels. A collaboration between shoe designer Kiyoon Baek and Nicholas K, the shoes brilliantly added sexiness and femininity to some of the harder, more edgy looks.

The photo above and the ones below are my favorite of the collection...
Love the drape and fluidity of this all-white outfit (above), and how it is minimal yet so sophisticated.


Horsehair accessories by jewelry designer Victoria Simes added an element that was raw and fierce. Loved it!

Some close-ups...

It was a great start to #NYFW!

photo credit: courtesy of Nicholas K

September 13, 2014

J. Crew Sale this Weekend!

J. Crew is currently having a major sale in stores and online. With an extra 30% or 50% off final sale styles, this is a great opportunity to fill out your wardrobe and save a little money! Use code EASYSALE at checkout. Sale ends tomorrow (9/14).

note: All sales are final (no returns or exchanges).  If you've already tried any of the pieces and have it on your wish list, or size is not an issue; this is the perfect sale for you!

These are my top picks from the sale:




Have a great weekend!


September 12, 2014

Skagen: New Store in NYC!

Last week I attended a press breakfast to celebrate the opening of Skagen's first New York flagship store. Recently introduced to their new collection of bags (see my post here), I looked forward to view their different product offerings in person. I was also particularly interested to see how the physical store would interpret the specific functional meets minimal with style aesthetic (read about the brand here) of Skagen, "a lifestyle brand inspired by the contemporary Danish design movement".

Located at 1585 Broadway, Skagen's new store is a refreshingly serene and stylistically simple oasis in the crazy bustle of Times Square. With the use of natural grey wood, warm earthy colors, and lots of detail with different textures and surfaces, the store is warm and inviting.

Watches and jewelry, and leather accessories and bags for both men and women are the main product lines featured in the store as well as a specially curated collection of unique products sourced from around the world. I was happy to find that the products look even better in person, with Skagen's reputation of high-quality clearly evident. Also, some of the bags which I had only previously seen online had design elements (like a hidden zipper or alternate function) which I discovered only after picking them up... well thought-out details which demonstrated the sophistication of the design.

If you're in the New York area or are planning a trip, I recommend a visit to this gorgeous store!


photo 1: Josephina Collection // photo 2-6: courtesy of Skagen

September 9, 2014

In My Fave Bag... for New York Fashion Week

Some of my best and most favorite purchases are the ones that are not planned. Earlier this summer while admiring some Balenciaga leather cuffs at Le Bon Marché (an amazing shopping center in Paris), I spotted this gorgeous brown bag and it was love at first sight. Lightweight and made with a luxuriously soft leather, I especially loved its rich brown shade with a touch of burgundy. Perfect as we head into Fall.

Now, in the midst of NYFW, I'm especially appreciating this Balenciaga Velo bag even more. Large enough to fit everything I need, it's not bulky. With it's longer strap, this bag can be worn messenger style to be truly hands free when taking photos and rushing around between the different show venues.

In my bag:
Yosi Samra flats (love these because they fold up, have a t-strap to stay on my too-thin heel, and have so much style!), phone, business cards/card pouch, Poppin pen, sunnies, Moleskine notebook, compact umbrella, Laura Mercier translucent powder, Comme des Garcons wallet (similar here and here), Topshop cosmetic bag (similar here), MAC 'magenta' lip pencil, Jouer 'nude' gloss, MAC 'love nectar' gloss, Smashbox high shine gloss, Kiehl's lip balm, and, of course, my Canon DSLR which I'm using to take this pic!


Outfit details:
top- Elizabeth and James
jean- AG
shoes- Joie (similar here)
bracelet- Wanderlust
watch- Movado Bold


Close-up image of the Movado Bold watch worn in the post. Beautifully sleek in rose gold and white, this watch is an elegant statement piece!


September 5, 2014

New York Fashion Week SS15 - Street Style at Lincoln Center

Some of my street style photos taken outside the Tents at Lincoln Center on Day 1 (Thursday) of NYFW:
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And the winner for best-dressed also happens to be the cutest... :)
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September 1, 2014

Some Great Sales...It's not too late!

Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! Mine was very low-key and I like it that way. With the relaxed mood of summer coming to a close, school (for the kids) starting tomorrow, and New York Fashion Week starting in just a few days; I love taking advantage of the long weekend to get organized and just relax with the family. So an hour before midnight on Monday, the official end of the weekend, I realized I missed out on taking advantage of the many Labor Day sales. Fortunately, some of them extend beyond September 1st...

So in case you missed out as well (and even if you didn't :)), check out two of my favorite sales from Nordstrom.com and LoefflerRandall.com. Both extend until September 7th. Nordstrom is having a clearance sale with up to 40% off. Loeffler Randall is giving 15% off with promo code LABORDAY.

Below are my favorite picks from these sales:




Have a great start to your week! 

August 28, 2014

Skagen: A Line of Bags to Love

Two words: functional chic.  I was recently introduced to a line of bags from Skagen, a contemporary Danish lifestyle brand.  Previously only familiar with Skagen's beautifully sleek and sophisticated line of watches, I was not surprised by my instant attraction to their new collection of bags.  The collection seems to represent everything the Skagen brand represents: high-quality, functionality and minimal detailing with a dose of style.  
There are several bag styles in the collection, but my favorite is the Mikkeline shown above. Designed as a satchel (which tends to be my favorite bag style in general), I love that it also has an optional and removable shoulder strap.  But I think the best feature and look for the Mikkeline is that it can be carried as a clutch. With an arm through the handles and grasping the bag, its relaxed shape easily and effortlessly converts to a très chic oversize clutch!  Available in more neutral colors such as black, white and tan, the one pictured above in a stunning Bordeaux/Wine shade is my pick for Fall 2014.

Below are some other bag styles I'm loving from the new collection:
Ella (steel gray, stone)


Shown in some of Skagen's lighter and more neutral shades such as steel gray and stone, these bags are versatile and sophisticated.  The Ella can be carried in four different ways as a clutch, cross-body, shoulder bag as well as a tote. And the Dorte has a very convenient wristlet attachment.




With the opening of Skagen's first New York flagship store in Times Square next week, I look forward to seeing more of their products in person and experiencing more of the brand!


August 26, 2014

#OOTD - Gray, White and a Gorgeous Movado

Full Outfit- H&M top, JBrand Jeans, Jimmy Choo shoes, Movado watch

A monochromatic look done right is polished, chic and ridiculously simple. Sometimes you can tweak the colors a bit to add a little dimension to the look and avoid being too matchy-matchy, while still maintaining a monochromatic effect. One of my fave color pairings for an overall monochromatic look is gray(or silver) and white.  Especially in warm weather and on vacation, I love how these colors together can be very casual yet still sophisticated.

Below is a more detailed photo of the watch I'm wearing with this outfit. From the Movado Bold Collection, I love its sleek yet classic design and the subtle crystal embellishment. Gorgeous.

Outfit details:
top- H&M (similar here)
jeans- J Brand (similar here)
shoes- Jimmy Choo
watch- Movado Bold
bracelet- Taj(string) and Cartier(Love)
Full Outfit- H&M top, JBrand Jeans, Jimmy Choo shoes, Movado watch



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Hope you're enjoying the week!


August 22, 2014

Today's Beauty Pick - Etude House Drawing Eye Brow

Love the Drawing Eye Brow pencil from Etude House, a Korean beauty brand. I've tried many brow pencils from various make up lines such as Trish McEvoy and Bobbi Brown, with MAC (see my post here) as my previous favorite, but this one, so far, is the best.

My sister introduced me to the Etude House brand after she bought me one from Korea earlier this summer. After my first use, I was hooked. The pigment glides on smoothly, is easily blendable, and applies lightly to gradually build up color to darker shades, if wanted. A unique and very practical feature of the pencil is its angle tip and flat edge which enables both a thick and thin line, but also the ability to go across the brow in one swipe.
Also, there's a convenient (and good quality) brush included on the other end. And for the price conscious (aren't we all?), its best feature may be its low price point. At only a few dollars (varies depending on exchange rate and retailer), it has much better value than the $20-30 department store brand pencils I've tried.

The only problem is that I haven't yet found a retail location in the U.S. that sells it. But you can buy it online at Amazon and sites like cosmetic-love.com. The shipping time may be longer, but for the price and quality...it's worth it!!

The shade I use:


August 13, 2014

Paris Getaway - Part 2

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So this is how I started my day while I was in Paris. It was carb-loving heaven. Ok, I know the French don't typically have croissants every day, but hey, I was on vacation and it was so good.

We stayed at the Hotel Montalembert. Chic and intimate, the hotel was a luxurious home away from home in Saint Germain des Prés, our favorite area of Paris. The rooms are a bit (ok, very) small, but I think that the smaller space adds to its coziness and charm. And for shorter stays, it is perfect!
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Orchids in the lobby...
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We arrived in Paris on Bastille Day, so this was our view of the fireworks from the hotel room that evening. Gorgeous. And a great welcome to Paris!
Fireworks in night sky over Eiffel Tower



Some OOTD's:

Visiting Les Invalides, a short walk from the hotel...
Outfit-Moschino_Cheap_Chic, Rag_and_Bone, Rebecca_Minkoff
top- Moschino Cheap and Chic, jeans- Rag and Bone, shoes- Arche (similar here), clutch- Rebecca Minkoff (on sale!)


 On a bridge over the Seine River...
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top-Helmut Lang, jeans- Hudson, shoes- Paul Green (similar here), bag- Rebecca Minkoff


And some parisian chic:

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streetstyle - woman in white dress with tassel embellished sandals
Love the whimsical tassels on these flats. Think I need a pair...
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Since I was on vacation, I didn't take as many pics with my DSLR as much as I would have liked, so head on over to my instagram to see some more such as here, here and here. Thanks for visiting and...


Bonsoir!
Eiffel Tower at night