February 25, 2017

NYFW Fall 2017 - Tadashi Shoji

dress with lace top with bell sleeves and floral embroidered skirt
Tadashi Shoji for Fall/Winter 2017 was about liberation and self-expression. The looks were bold and luxurious with the use of opulent materials such as velvet, faux fur and floral brocade contrasted with lots of lace and other feminine/sensuous details such as sequins and ribbon detail.

February 22, 2017

NYFW Fall 2017 - Noon By Noor

NYFW Noon by Noor runway walk Fall/Winter 2017
Known for their sophisticated, luxurious and feminine collections, designers Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa of Noon By Noor focused on cut and draping to create looks that were bold and modern as well as fluid for Fall/Winter 2017. The collection "contrasted oversized masculine shapes with feminine draped silhouettes". This season the looks were more minimal and sculptural with less use of embellishments compared to prior seasons.

February 16, 2017

#OOTD with a Fave Top...

Outfit with Black Lafayette 148 New York Maxina Cold Shoulder Top, Lulus skirt, Sam Edelman Fringe Booties, Valentino Purse, Gentle Monster mirrored sunglasses
Just wanted to do a quick post before I started my NYFW reviews to share this outfit I wore to the Opening Ceremony show last season. I'm sharing it now because the top, which was loaned to me from Neiman Marcus via Shopstyle, is finally on major sale! Not many sizes left in black at Neiman Marcus, but you can also get it in white (not on sale) at Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.

Love this on-trend cold shoulder top for its fit and that it's in silk so can be dressed up. This top would also look great casual. Most of all, I love how the shoulder cut-out was designed to open without exposing the entire shoulder to make it more subtle for a more versatile look. In fact, loved this top so much after borrowing it that I bought it!

Outfit with Black Lafayette 148 New York Maxina Cold Shoulder Top, Lulus mini skirt, Baublebar delicate choker necklace

Other OOTD deets: sunnies, necklace, skirt (courtesy of LuLus.com), bag, open-toe booties (courtesy of Sam Edelman)

p.s. The skirt runs small so size up (fit is otherwise perfect) and is almost sold out. The shoes with the on-trend block heel and fringe are incredibly comfortable!!

February 8, 2017

Valentine's (or Galentine's) Day Gifts for Her

Pink floral arrangement
Can you believe Valentine's Day is only a week away?! As much as I enjoy getting flowers, I also have a soft spot for gifts, especially when they're wrapped up in pretty paper and tied with a bow. Below are some of my fave picks 'For Her'.  So whether you're shopping for someone else or yourself, these are all gifts to love. If any of these are on your wish list, you may want to share this post... 😉

February 1, 2017

Closet Redo: Getting Dressed...

I've been wanting to redo my closet for the last few years, and I'm finally making some progress. It's not a full renovation since the "bones" of the space is pretty good, but it's a redo in color and organization. I'll be talking about the color in a later post (it was actually an easy fix with dramatic results!). This post is about organization, in particular some simple pieces I added to my closet to make planning outfits and getting dressed just a little bit better...

First, let's talk about a garment or rolling rack. I've been on the fence for getting one for awhile... They're bulky, often flimsy (unless they're the industrial/commercial type, not pretty), and for hoarders like me :), they end up being just another storage solution. But... a rolling rack is helpful to separate individual clothing pieces from the rest of your wardrobe, gives a better visual of your looks, and helps to easily get dressed especially when you're in a rush. So I decided to give one a try after seeing this smaller sized garment rack (see photo of mine above and Container Store's photo below). Love that it doesn't take as much room, it's sturdy, tall for longer dresses (not that I have any...), and has shelves on the bottom and top to hold accessories. The perfect solution to plan outfits without overtaking your space!
Also bought clear shelf liners so things don't fall through the wire racks. Completely translucent (see my photo at top), you can barely notice it's there underneath my heels and purse.

Another closet item I'm loving now is this jewelry organizer. I have several long necklaces and storing them has always been a struggle. Tucked away in a drawer uses too much space that I need and arranged on a necklace "tree", made my dresser look cluttered. This hanging organizer ($10!) takes up little space and can be easily hidden from view on the rolling rack or on a closet rack when not in use.

These gorgeous acrylic hangers may not change the way I hang my clothes, but they're so luxurious that they make me love my closet more and want to keep the space organized. Even if you just have a few for your "planned" outfits on your rolling rack, they are ideal for a modern/chic closet! I buy the petite size hangers so they don't mess up the shoulders of my more fitted tops and jackets.

So what about you? Have any tips for simple closet organization without major investment?

On another note, if you're looking for a dress (maybe for Valentine's?), the dress in the top photo is so elegant and chic and on sale now!!

January 24, 2017

GiGi New York Winter Sale... Early Access!

Catie Crossbody Bag in Slate embossed python, GiGi New York

Known for their classic shapes, beautiful colors and good quality/price, I've been a fan of GiGi New York bags and accessories for awhile. So of course I'm excited to share with you that they are having a sale! It's their Winter Sale and it officially starts on Monday, January 30th, but right now you can get early access via the following link: GiGi New York Winter Sale or just click through below...

The bag in the top photo is their Catie Crossbody bag which I received as a gift during a NYFW event last September. It's one of my fave styles included in the sale as well as the ones shown with it below. A special feature of this collection is that all of GiGi New York's accessories can be personalized with up to 3 initials. Perfect for a gift!

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credit: Top image - Photography by Lydia Hudgens

January 22, 2017

Today's Beauty Pick - Clinique Extreme Volume Mascara

Clinique Extreme Volume Mascara
I had been avoiding Clinique cosmetics for most of my adult life since my early experiences with them were not so great. The colors didn't work with my skin tone and the face lotions/foundations that I used made me break out. So when a Sephora make-up artist recommended I try Clinique's Extreme Volume Mascara, I was skeptical. Also, I already had a favorite mascara.

A few years ago, I decided that I wanted (and needed...) to learn how to wear mascara. Based on recommendations from friends and make-up artists, I tried a bunch which I reviewed in two posts: SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT MASCARA... and SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT MASCARA...PART II. After these trials and several years later, my fave mascara without a doubt was and has been Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! mascara. In fact, I have been wearing this one everyday for daytime as well as special events... until now.

The Clinique high impact extreme volume mascara is fantastic and a new fave. It doesn't clump, you can layer it on for a more dramatic look and it wears well throughout the day (no smudging!). I still love the one from Benefit Cosmetics, but (gasp!) I might like this Clinique one a little more. Seems to last throughout the day better and the long bristles/fuller brush help to create more volume.

January 18, 2017

Obsessed... Patch Trend & Anya Hindmarch

Always on the lookout for unexpected ways to add a little whimsy or pop of color to my more understated outfits, I was immediately attracted to the patches trend that emerged on the fashion week runways several seasons ago. Fun, a little quirky and chock full of nostalgia for the '90s, patches are an easy way to incorporate fashion's current shift for more personalization and interesting detail. The best thing about patches this time around though is that they can be luxurious, and the ones with more whimsical designs are not limited to the kids... :)

So speaking of luxurious, I've been a fan of Anya Hindmarch's accessory line and currently I'm obsessed with her 'All Over Stickers' Collection. The clutch above is from this collection. Embossed onto the leather rather than applied as patches the designs are charming and light-hearted. On a small accessory like a clutch, they make a statement but in a more subtle way. Want to get more personal? Her collection also includes individual sticker patches that you can adhere to just about anything. Made of high-quality materials (and her design), they're not cheap though...

If you need to stick to a budget and want a little DIY, you can also head over to MJ Trim for their patch collection. Although you can purchase online, I'd recommend a visit to their physical location in the garment district in NYC. Much more fun to see in person!

Below are some of my favorite Anya Hindmarch 'stickers' as well as bags:

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