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. VoilĂ !

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. :) 

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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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