July 30, 2013

OOTD - Joseph Top and Valentino Microstud Sandals

OOTD outdoors in SOHO wearing Joseph top, Hudson jeans, Celine bag, Ray-ban sunnies
One of my favorite things to do is to spend a few hours in lower Manhattan without a set schedule.  The other weekend, I did just that.  Went for a walk, had lunch outdoors at Bar Pitti in the West Village, and did a little window shopping.  So relaxing!
close-up of my feet in Valentino microstud sandals
On this day, I'm wearing a top from Joseph, one of my fave clothing lines.  Love this label for its menswear influence(huge trend for Fall '13) and its understated looks with subtle edgy detail.  For example, this top is modeled after a traditional men's dress shirt style, but is cut with extra volume, has an exaggerated shirt tail, and arm holes that appear to have been created by having the sleeves ripped off.

When wearing menswear inspired pieces, it's great to offset the masculine look with something feminine like the Valentino high-heeled sandals shown in these pics.
Another photo of OOTD outdoors in SOHO wearing Joseph top, Hudson jeans, Celine bag, Ray-ban sunnies, Valentino sandals
close-up of bag
OOTD rearview outside in SOHO

Outfit details:
Top- Joseph (similar here, here and here)
Jeans- Hudson (similar here)
Shoes- Valentino
Bag- Céline
Sunnies- Ray-Ban
Watch- Michael Kors
Arm Candy- E. Kammeyer

Hopefully, you can find little breaks in your week to enjoy the day!

July 25, 2013

Shoes can make the outfit...

Bright orange-stilletto heels-pointed toe pumps
Stiletto heels with a pointed toe are "in".  Add a pop of color like that of the Christian Louboutin above and the Sophia Webster below, and you have a simple/instantaneous way to change up the looks in your existing wardrobe.  Because the style of these shoes are classic and sophisticated, they can really look great with almost any outfit of any season.

bright pink-stiletto heels-pointed toe pumps

The shoes in the street style photo below taken during Paris fashion week shows how shoe color can add chic to a very simple, casual, and neutral outfit.
photo via WWD.com

So go ahead, take the plunge and get some bright colored, stiletto heeled, pointed toe shoes!

July 23, 2013

Wish List...

I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (going on now), because it's a jumpstart to prepare my wardrobe for the Fall.  But more importantly, prices go back up on August 5th so it's a great way to get discounted prices on current, on-trend merchandise.

Picks from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fall '13, BCBG, Chloe, Hinge, Halogen, booties

Clockwise from top left: BCBG, Chloe, Hinge, Born, Halogen, DV by Dolce Vita

Especially love this Helmut Lang leather jacket. It has oversize lapels reminiscent of a Rick Owens jacket yet is also structured and keeps excess fabric to a minimum.  It's cropped length is on-trend and is great for a sleek, downtown chic look.

July 19, 2013

Hair Styling Tools to Survive the Heat!

T3 flat iron
Hair can change everything.  
If I'm having a good hair day, I feel good and it shows in my confidence.  On the other hand, a bad hair day does the opposite, and can ruin the look of my best and most flattering outfits.

This past week we've been experiencing a heat wave in New York.  Not just any old heat, but heat with humidity, the arch-nemesis of a good hair day.  Fortunately, there are many styling tools to help.  In particular, the T3 flat iron pictured above works well to easily touch up unruly/frizzy hair or, in my case(I have naturally straight hair), add bend or volume where needed.  I love the T3, because it is lightweight, not too big for travel, and has a temperature control.  The temp control is particularly important if you have hair that is damaged or color/perm treated.  I like to use the lowest temperature needed to style my hair.  Also love the 100proof hair treatment oil by drybar pictured below.  It is a hair protectant to be used before any heat styling.  Because it is meant to be applied to dry hair versus wet hair, I find it more practical for touch-ups throughout the day. 

drybar 100proof treatment oil

Happy Friday!

July 15, 2013

Flats I love to wear!!

If you know me well (or you've been reading this blog), you know that I almost never wear flats.  I have high arches, and flats either don't have enough padding in the insole to cushion the balls of my feet or they slip off my heel.  Also, I don't usually find them aesthetically pleasing.  However, these Yosi Samra flats, I love!  They were gifted to me by the designer himself, and they have revolutionized my shoe possibilities!  Not only are they comfortable, but I love how they are a bit edgy and come in a range of on-trend styles.  Especially love that they have a split sole, so that they easily fold up to be carried in my bag for those times when I might need a break from my 4"/ 5" heels...
flat shoes citron
Yosi Samra (gifted) - Erica Studded T-strap in Citron
(in black here)

Happy Monday!

July 12, 2013

Obsession of the Week - Jimmy Choo Rope-Tie Elaphe Sandals

Because of its beautifully whimsical combination of a snakeskin print, magenta rope ties, coin charms, multicolored tassels and stiletto heels, I'm not sure that I could love these shoes more!  And since they are Jimmy Choos, I know that they'll be comfortable (for 5.5 inch heels, that is).


Happy Friday!

July 9, 2013

Varsity Jacket x Black/White x Leather

Alice & Olivia Raglan Sleeve Ribbed Trim Jacket

There are 3 trends I'm crazy for right now: the varsity jacket, black & white contrast, and the cropped leather jacket.  So when I saw this leather jacket at the Alice & Olivia sample sale a few weeks ago, it took me about a sec (okay, maybe half a sec) to decide to buy it.

Love the sporty look of the jacket, and how the leather and cropped sleeves inject chic and sophistication into an otherwise casual look.  Looking forward to wearing it with almost everything in my wardrobe!

July 4, 2013

Joie Summer Sale!

Joie has been a great resource of mine for casual, chic tops which is why I'm especially excited for their sale going on now.  Above are some of my Joie wish list items on sale.

If you need to replenish your wardrobe with some basic, versatile pieces, check out the sale at joie.com.

Hope you had a great 4th of July!!!

July 1, 2013

Shoes that make me daydream...

Photo via WWD.com

These Roger Vivier Spring 2014 shoes may be a bit theatrical or perhaps too costumey, but that is exactly why I love (and want) them.  These shoes are fun, whimsical and just, plain, make me smile.  Love how the over-the-top, bright pink feathers on the heel are offset by a more understated shoe design and a delicately curved stiletto.

A girl can dream...

Have a great start to your week!!

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