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:

January 8, 2017

#OOTD with a Floral Print Moto Jacket

back view of Parker floral print Cooper Jacket
Hope you all had a great weekend! We got a little snow here in New York, and it's so pretty but... cold. So as much as I enjoy hibernating at home and extra excuses for hot chocolate and coffee, kinda can't wait for warmer weather. Maybe not hot, but the kind of weather that's ideal for wearing and layering with lighter weight jackets, my fave outfit piece.

Two of my fave and most flattering jacket styles are moto jackets and bomber jackets. A shorter/cropped length, they are elongating(who doesn't want that?!) and add an edgy or fashion-forward look even when the rest of your outfit is not.

Lately, I've been obsessed with this floral print moto jacket from Parker. The floral print trend has been all over the fashion week runways for the past several seasons and continues for Spring '17. Since I'm generally not a traditional "floral print" kind of person, this is one trend that, although I often find it gorgeous, has been a bit difficult for me to embrace and incorporate into my everyday outfits. A floral print on a moto jacket, however, is one way this trend works for me and maybe for you!

Scroll through for more pics, outfit deets and to 'shop this post' (this jacket is on sale!):

close-up of Parker jacket and Milly BOSS clutch

front view of Parker Cooper jacket, floral print, Milly clutch

full length side view of OOTD, Parker moto jacket, BOSS clutch, Mother jeans, pink pumps

Outfit details:
jacket- Parker (on sale!)
lace camisole- similar here and here
jeans- Mother Denim
shoes- similar here and here
clutch- Milly (on sale!)

Back full-length OOTD, Parker floral print moto jacket

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January 3, 2017

Moving on...Hello 2017!

As you might have guessed, I took a little break from the blog for the holidays. This year in particular, I felt the need to take a step back, remind myself to live in the moment a bit more, and take a little time off to reflect on my current situation and goals going forward. Although I stayed active on social media, I wasn't as "plugged in" as usual. Not sure why I had a stronger urge to do this now, this year, but I'm so glad I did! It gave me a chance to re-set, and feel more inspired and motivated to tackle my goals and get better control over my life. Best of all, I was able to have more time with my family and finally make some progress on re-decorating my office and closet. Can't wait to share it with you! :)

As I write this post, I still can't believe it's already 2017. I know that I probably say this every year about the new year, but it's always the case! For me, 2016 had its ups but also its downs, so going into the new year I'm putting behind the "downs" and remembering its highlights such as fun and relaxing family vacations to Los Angeles and Jamaica, my cousin's wedding, and attending fashion weeks in both New York and Paris (so amazing...).

Another highlight, of course, was having this blog, connecting with new people and discovering new things. Thank you to all of you who take the time to stop by here or on one of my social media accounts, even if it's just for a sec to scroll through the pics! I really appreciate it! The top photo is a collage of my "best nine" photos from Instagram based on likes for 2016. For those of you who follow me there -why aren't you all? ;) - thank you!

Happy new year and have a great week!! :)

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