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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

(Not) My Boyfriends Tee

I've been in Miami for the past 9 days, and the sunshine has been just what I needed to make up for the longest New York Winter Ever.

I packed all of my Summer Essentials; you know, oversized tee's, knotted tanks, vintage cut-off shorts, something striped to wrap around my waist, bad-ass sneakers that don't look anything like 'sneakers', and a pair of heels I can romp around all day in!

All Summer year long, I wear something 'boyfriend'-esque. Boyfriends Jeans, check! Baggy Overalls that look like they were made for my beaux, check! Flannels and Sweaters that I probably stole from him, check, check, check. 

Next up, t-shirts and tank tops that I can live in all year long. Loose and baggy isn't necessarily a style of dressing that my grandmother understands, but as far as I'm concerned, the bigger, the better! - generally, I find this to be a pretty sound notion, applicable to much more than dressing.
Take a peep inside my Miami Travels - family, beach, sunshine, alright!
Wearing: Truly Madly Deeply Boyfriend Tee, Joe Fresh Striped Shirt (try this!), Vintage Shorts, Kenneth Cole Heels, Chrysalis Bangles.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boxy Boyfriend Oxford

So, it’s Spring, but the weather in NYC has been loco-coco, to say the least. Something to the effect of ‘Weather by Sybil’, hot one day then literally snowing the next.  The heck! How’s a girl supposed to get her sufficient Vitamin D intake and/or short-shorts game on?! Can I live?

I won’t go into an entire diatribe about Global Warming right now  - although I really, really want to – so, more on this later. I’m not sure what one is supposed to wear when the weather proves to be so fickle; rainy and snowy calls for layers and boots, so the otherwise sun-filled days leave me wanting to wear next to nothing.

I have this theory that by the time it actually becomes Summer in the city, all of us New Yorkers are going to walk around practically naked, because we’ve been so deprived and have surged through the longest Winter ever.

My solution, is to keep my layers light, wrap something around my waist – just in case it starts to rain! – and really focus on accessories in unexpected pops of color, to keep things fresh.
Wearing: French Connection Boxy Shirt, Express Moto Jacket, Topshop Sweatshirt, Else Denim, MARY LAI Bag (try it in black!).

Friday, April 18, 2014

Back to Business | Express + GQ + Glamour

Last week, I hosted Happy Hour at Express Times SQ, with Glamour and GQ! Take a peak inside the event, and check out some of my favorite Instagram shots of the night! Music, whiskey and wine, monogramming, catching up with old friends, not to mention shopping the amazing new Express Spring Collection. 
1. Decked head-to-toe in Express
2. Getting Back2Business with my mains Serena, Landon, and Jenn!
3. Matching with Anthony!
4. Catching up with Josh from Perkla

Shop some of my favorites from the new Express collection! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sweaters and Lace

Snapped these while romping around DUMBO, before yesterday's flight to Miami! It's really crazy how the weather has been shifting in the city. Cold one day (it was snowing - snowing in April, people!), then hot the next, means one thing to me; learn to layer effectively.

My modus operandi when dressing for these seasonally confusing moments, is to skip out of my apartment in things like oversized sweaters and little lace numbers, leather jackets and denim cut-off's, or just a basic t-shirt and some boyfriend jeans. I don't understand what mother nature is intending, but I don't know how much more snow or winter drab I can take! Thank goodness I'm in Miami now - warm, sunny, and happy as ever to be with my family. 
PS. I have a confession to make. I've been wearing this Mary Lai Ava Clutch, for a few weeks and I can't part ways with it - why would I want to?! It's insanely versatile, black, and with a gold chain. Sounds like perfection to me. And, in case that's not enough to have this bag become apart of my body, it turns into a clutch with gold statement hardware and a handheld strap. Talk about a bag that takes you from the office to after work drinks! For you ladies who go straight from the desk to happy hour with your girlfriends, or to grab a drink with your beaux, this bag is your new BFF. Quite literally, a transitional bag is a girls best friend. I mean, diamonds never hurt either...
Wearing: ASOS Sweater, Windsor Store Skirt, MARYLAI New York Ava Clutch.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Black and White

Taking note from how I've been living lately, and keeping my outfit, simple. 

Being able to skip out in just my new leather jacket, is so liberating, you have no idea. It's been one (very) long Winter in NYC, and without again resorting to becoming a public diarist, life without that natural sunshine and vitamin D has been less than satisfying. Being all bundled up, isn't my chosen style, which is why I think sunny LA became such an instantly nostalgic place for me. I got all, Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things", in lala land.

 “She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims…” 

I lived, laughed, but most importantly, was warm and happy. And, alas! I can finally be warm (and happy) in Brooklyn. All in white, and always just in a leather jacket.
Wearing: Express Moto Jacket, French Connection Skirt, Mango Top (try this!).



Monday, April 7, 2014

Express #Back2Business

It's the end of the work day, you're on the go, and don't have much time to stop at home for a quick change before meeting friends for happy hour, what's the easiest solution? Roll up the sleeves of your blazer, throw on some red lipstick, and unbutton that button down! I don't have a traditional 9-5, but I do need to get traditional every now and again with my work attire. To keep things fresh, my 'Working Girl' wardrobe, is usually a mix and match of items that are appropriate for what's universally accepted at the office (I live and die for a good pencil skirt), but can be quickly transformed into something mod enough for happy hour.
Full Skirts have become a fast favorite of mine, not only because they're so reminiscent of Mona Lisa Smile (favorite movie, ever), but because you can dress them up for work by pairing them with sleek bomber jackets and blazers, or ditch that altogether and go for a some crop top, bonded bra action. I love when I feel so ready to jet around the city; uptown meetings, drinks downtown, happy hour with friends, followed by a dinner date with the beaux. Pretty amazing, if you ask me!
Wearing All Express Everything:


Want to chat more about how to make over your work-to-happy-hour look? Join me this Thursday, April 10th, at the EXPRESS in Times Square, as I co-host the #BACK2BUSINESS Happy Hour with GQ and Glamour!

GQ + Glamour + EXPRESS  Happy Hour
1552 Broadway (at 46th Street)
Thursday, April 10th from 6-8pm
RSVP to RSVP2@GQ.COM 
Official hashtag: #BACK2BUSINESS

Brought to you thanks to Express

Monday, March 31, 2014

Into the Wild

The last bits of my trip to LA, here are some snaps from my road trip back to lala land from Vegas - which, by the way, was my first Vegas experience, and I'll leave all that to the imagination.

I love maxi skirts, because they feel something like wearing a nighty all day long! And so, when planning to spend hours in a car, this personal take on daytime pajamas, just seemed appropriate. 
'The Cropped Top', is the official comeback kid of the season, but to me, I can't remember when it left my closet.

My long standing relationship with cropped halter tops, goes way back to my childhood and.. my obsession with all things Spice Girls. Pairing them with everything from high-wasited boyfriend jeans, to short-shorts, and maxi skirts, is the jam. 
Wearing: Gentle Fawn Halter Top, Lulus Maxi Skirt, Steve Madden Heels from Lulus, Denim and Supply Flannel (similar here), Topshop Hat.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Behind the Scenes and Unedited | B/W Editorial Shoot with Spencer Kohn

We've been working with Spencer Kohn, for years (y-e-a-r-s!). It's not only nice to continually work with someone and grow professionally as a team but to grow up together as friends, and to know you have a solid ally in the industry, speaks volumes.

We're working on a series of editorials, so stay tuned for tons of Behind the Scenes shots on our Instagram! Until then, here are some sneak peeks of our most recent black and white editorial shot in an amazing loft-y Long Island City studio! Everyone on the team, was really feeling the vibe that day, the shoot went seamlessly, and even though we wrapped at 12am, time didn't matter - who thinks of time when you're busy creating?!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Knitting Factory

OK, so it's freezing in the city again, and we're back to dressing for survival. Comfy, cozy knits have been my thing for Winter in the city. If I could layer sweaters on top of sweaters, on top of more sweaters, I absolutely would - no apologies for that layering game, it's been one cold winter here in NYC.

Earlier this season, Stacey, and I spent the day in Soho, shopping - more like overspending for no reason - and thinking we were on vacation, because lunch at 3pm, turned into one too many margaritas and an all night happy hour. For days like these, some version of this outfit is a must. 
Wearing: ASOS Sweater and Coat, Pure Addiction Leather Joggers, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel, LuLu*s Scarf, Wanted Booties.

Photos by Stacey Belko.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Blues

An alternate take on my traditional all-black-everything, because sometimes a rainy or snowy city just calls for moody grays and blues. This feels something like the never ending winter, and I've survived soley by wearing my uniform: this hat, cozy sweaters, denim, and booties. Coat wise, I've been varying between furs and oversized wool boyfriend style toppers. 

It's been one hell of a Winter, for more reasons than the weather. I'm definitely under a quarter-life transition and have tons of moving parts in my life. With the turn of the new year and my most recent trip to LA, so much changed for me, personally, work-wise, and well, otherwise. I'm not one to be a public diarist, but I have to say and share how excited I am for this new - unknown- chapter. Most of my friends are equally in transition - moving, breaking up, making up, changing jobs - so it feels better to have some company there. I guess it's the season, the city, or just good ol' fashioned change, but I have to believe that change is a great thing and on my quest to finding my happy place, I'll be traveling, journeying, and sharing it all with you. Until then, keep up with my Instagram!
Wearing: Mango Coat and Sweater, Topshop Hat, Else Denim (Similar Here), Christian Louboutin Booties (Similar Here).

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