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Tie One On

This very special mini dress from Alexis serves as the centerpiece for today’s blog post. With the roller coaster temperatures of spring, it is the perfect staple. You can never go wrong with winter white and this dress is a perfect example of that! It is a standout piece that I chose to wear for my Easter celebrating. The long sleeves have the perfect detailed flare and thin bows tied at each wrist. It is ultra feminine and flattering with a straight loose style and contrasting black bow tied at the neck. I paired the dress with an over the knee black suede heeled boot. A black Chanel wallet on a chain featuring Chanel’s signature flower, the camellia was my bag of choice. This is a simple ensemble to put together, but looks like so much more.  This is one of those outfits that can help boost your confidence and help you feel good even if you really aren’t!! Everyone has days like that. While this is the first time I am wearing this piece, I know it will be a popular, no brainier choice often. xo B

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Dress: Alexis (Neiman Marcus) Boots: Ivanka Trump


									

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeasy

This look is definitely easy!! I found this simple summer dress when I was not looking for it.  It was one of those pieces that I knew I had to have because I could imagine numerous places and occasions where it would be perfect.  The loose, flowing design is ultra feminine and the crochet detailing at the neck and shoulders adds a bit of interest.  The light blue/grey color is great at the beach or on the town.  For the beach, barefoot is a great look.  Out and about, this dress calls for a simple thong sandal or could even be paired with a metallic gladiator.  I actually have that look packed for my imminent trip to Bermuda.  It is easy to pack, no wrinkles and can really go just about anywhere.  With the heatwave we are experiencing, the top knot is a great choice for the hair and it leaves the neck and shoulder area neat so that the dress can be fully appreciated.  Looks like this that require little to no accessories and a simple updo are priceless. Apply a touch of very natural makeup or just a nude lip and literally throw it on and go! Stay Cool, xo B

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It’s a Wrap!

I am finding myself to be a big fan of all pieces that wrap. The Wrap look is feminine, flirty and many times ends in a brilliant Bow at some point, as today’s fabulous top does!! The Wrap look can be found in everything from dresses to rompers to tops.  It is a very forgiving yet flattering look and can be dressed up or down, so versatile and fun.  Today’s outfit is very simple, yet is elegant enough for just about anywhere your day or evening plans take you.  I paired this chambray blue wrap top with summer white shorts.  I chose a textured, white short with a side zipper to give a more sophisticated look.  When paired with a nude wedge sandal, the outfit becomes dressy and perfect for numerous adventures.  The best part of the ensemble is the terrific bow detail in the back.  You look equally good coming and going!! This outfit takes little effort, which makes it an especially good one! If it’s a cool evening, a long sweater or even a jean jacket would be perfect! And, that’s a Wrap! 🙂 xo B

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Tis the Season, Formal Season

With proms, fund-raisers, Greek formals and wedding season upon us, I thought now would be a good time to do a post in that regard.  And besides, I just love playing dress up…..still!  For this post, I chose a look that would be perfect for any of the above festivities.  I chose a dress that is short, plain in color, but busy in detail.  I am a huge fan of the backless look and the wide playful ruffle at the hem of this piece.  The deep V in the front is an added bonus. I found this dress on Revolve.com.  It really has become my go to for many things.  The varying price points and variety of styles make it worth clicking around and I always find something. The shoes, classic, pointed-toe Manolo’s.  I love the pop of silver with the all black look :)) I went simple but mighty with my jewelry and hair.  I did a pretty, messy ponytail to showcase the backless feature of the dress as well as to keep cool and comfortable while visiting and dancing at a crowded event.  As for the jewelry, I left it at my Cartier Love bracelet along with my everyday rings including a Sydney Evans cross, a Cartier Love ring and a ring from my mom. The “piece de resistance” is my treasured string of Chanel pearls that can be worn in any number of ways.  I chose to double wrap them into a choker allowing the remaining strings to cascade down my back. This was a relatively simple look to put together, but the final result is anything but simple!! I got dressed so quickly, I had a little time to play some pool in the lobby bar at the Gansevoort Meatpacking, NYC before a fun night out on the town! Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be fancy, nor does it have to be all couture to be unforgettable!! Mixing and matching is all part of the fun in creating a great look!

xo B

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Dress: Cameo Necklace: Chanel Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Winter is Coming……Back!

 

This winter’s transition to spring has been an extremely unpredictable one. In order to compensate, it is the perfect opportunity to pump the brakes on that spring wardrobe we are all dying to pull out and go to some warm, but colorful transitional pieces like this darling dress highlighted in today’s post. This is a long sleeved mini, which happens to be a favorite look of mine in any season! The light blue and cream color combination screams, “welcome, spring”, yet allows you warmth and comfort in this non- spring weather we are still encountering here in the North East. Be practical, but pretty. This darling dress was one I picked up in a small hotel boutique in upstate NY. It doesn’t have to be a big name or have big price tag to make a big statement. Finds like this are gems. Stay warm and get your closet ready, as if it hasn’t been for a month!! Spring weather WILL come! Until then, improvise xoB

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These Boots (Ivanka) Trump All!

If you haven’t discovered the line of shoes put out by Ivanka Trump, you are missing out!! They are so comfortable and so well made. Best of all, they are so reasonably priced. These over the knee suede-look boots have been a staple in my wardrobe all winter and will carry into spring beautifully. The heel height is perfect and the zipper detail up the back make them attractive coming and going. For today’s post I’ve paired them with this black cashmere turtleneck sweater and a fun pleather rose gold skirt, also with a back zipper detail. The black opaque tights set the solid black landscape for the pop of color that the skirt provides. I kept the jewelry black as well with the chain/tassel necklace and the jet wrap bracelet, which is actually a necklace. Keeping the skirt the only additional color allows it to stand out with its great soft color and subtle metallic shimmer. This is such a great outfit as we go from winter to spring allowing enough warmth that a coat is not needed to hide this great ensemble. As things warm up, if they ever do, substitute the turtleneck with a t-shirt or short-sleeved sweater. This can go from business meeting to lunch or even dinner date. It is very comfortable so you can go all day and you don’t find yourself aching for that time to get home and throw on sweats!! This is a definite go-to outfit for a variety of occasions. The look can easily be recreated with similar pieces. Give it a try, have fun!

Xo B

As a side note, I’m super excited to be running in my 1st half marathon in Central Park April 19th. It was just announced that Ivanka Trump is also be participating in the More Fitness Shape Women’s run as her 1st half marathon as well!! -Hope we make it!!!

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Cold Air?? Don’t Care

This cold is enough to make us all crazy, but if we dress warmly enough, we can do this!!

Last week’s In Touch magazine asked the question, “Would you wear a fuzzy sweater”? It was paired with a photo of Dakota Johnson wearing a white fuzzy sweater arriving for a taping of a talk show in NYC.  She looked fabulous and I thought it was an odd caption because I thought, “Who wouldn’t wear a fuzzy sweater”? Why is that even a question??? Today’s post highlights a favorite Fuzzy Sweater of mine.  It is a favorite for several reasons.  #1 favorite reason, it is Fuzzy! It is so cozy. It is from LF, it is warm and soft and it carries a very special message.  “Love Will Save Us All”! So, on this very cold morning, I pulled many warm and cozy pieces to put together this casual, yet neat outfit for a morning on the LES. I kept this outfit in the Kimye black and grey color palette. To the black, fuzzy, LF sweater, I added a cable knit sweater circle skirt with an easy, elastic waist band.  This is a similar comfort concept to leggings or sweats, but not quite so informal. Thick, opaque, black tights kept my legs very warm and my Sorel boots with the fur were a perfect addition for added warmth and comfort. I was heading to Two Hands, NYC , a favorite spot for a warm, healthy breakfast. If you haven’t been, it’s a must! Remember as many of us are stuck in this deep freeze, we do not have to sacrifice what we are wearing to keep warm.  Layers can be fun and very stylish!! There is no need to hide under those big heavy coats.  Wearing a fun, comfy outfit under there can even serve as a little ‘pick me up’ on these very cold and sometimes depressing dreary days! It’s still worth the effort to look good, because you will feel good!! xo B

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Patterns and Polka Dots

With the winter weather still upon the first thought going through everyone’s mind when getting ready for the day is how to dress as cozy as possible. In the colder months people have the tendency to sacrifice style for their (much-needed) warmth and comfort, but this does not have to be the case! It is still possible to mix some of the latest trends into your comfy and casual outfit. One of my favorite current trends is patterns and mixing patterns. Patterned leggings have been spotted all over the place and are an easy way to bring an element of fun into your wardrobe. They are a necessity for everyone’s closet! I paired these grey and white polka dot leggings with one of my all time favorite flannels from LF. I am a huge fan of flannels because… well who isn’t?! They are so effortless and versatile, you can dress them up or down. This particular one I have been coveting for a very long time. The second I saw it on an LF instagram post I knew that it had to be mine. I rushed over to the store in SoHo, but by the time I had gotten there they were sold out. I guess they were a must have for everyone! I was beyond excited when one of the girls called me and told me they were back in. I wasn’t missing out this time! I have gotten so much use out of it since then. I paired my outfit with a pair of white North Face snow boots, my Burberry winter jacket and last but definitely not least my favorite pair of Dior ” So Real” sunglasses (which are currently all the rage). I was cozy and comfy all day, but I definitely did not sacrifice style!

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The British Are Coming!!!

 

 

Yes, they are!!! Feeling a bit like Kate and Wills might be following in my footsteps while heading to The Carlyle this weekend! It was there that I did a photo shoot for today’s blog post. I think my wardrobe choice is spot on and perhaps Kate might agree! This vintage Chanel suit is a classic in pastel colors including mint green, pink, and yellow. The jacket has ¾ sleeves and is adorned with brass buttons that are decorated with the Chanel logo and cherubs. The jacket has removable silk cuffs in mint green and pockets detailing on the sides. The simple skirt has a double button closure at the waistband and is an elegant wrap style. This is truly my dream Chanel suit. It is youthful both in style and color. These suits are not just for the more mature Grande Dames of the Upper East Side! As a side note, several passed as we were shooting and stopped to chat. They had great appreciation for my OOTD! (Certainly not using the acronym!)  Having a little fun, not wanting to wear a fascinator (I am certain I could not pull that one off), I found the perfect headband at Zitomer on Madison Ave. It is possibly the best pharmacy in the land and across the pond! This perfect, pink headband with a large side bow is just the look I wanted. It is dressier than a headband and not as dramatic as a fascinator! I will leave that one to Her Majesty. I carried a vintage, oversized, crocodile, fold-over clutch in dark green and chose a pair of classic nude pumps. In Honor of The Royals visit, I hope you enjoy today’s post!! XO, B

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Cute and Cultured

 

Unlucky turned to very lucky while visiting the Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton. While it was a planned stop on my trip to The Hamptons, it was very disappointing to pull in and discover that it was closed. While regrouping and thinking about our next move in the parking lot, a man walked up to our window. Due to this trustees kindness and insistence that we stay, we got to experience this exquisite 16 acre garden full of beautiful art and landscaping. (And, we had it all to ourselves!). On this particular day, it was excruciatingly hot. So of course, I had to plan my attire for a day that would be spent walking through the gardens. I decided on this casual long black dress by Indah. The oversized arm opening and double side slits made the heat more bearable. The cool 100% rayon fabric made the dress very light and airy, perfect for the heat. Underneath the dress, I slipped on a simple black bandeau to be sure to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. I kept my accessories simple wearing a large turquoise cross ring that was purchased at a small boutique. I also added my Dior sunglasses that I had purchased while in the Bahamas. They are a limited edition and I love the pearl frames with the easy cat-eye shape and purple reflection lenses. I have yet to see them anywhere in the states. I love these glasses because no two pair is exactly the same. I pulled my hair up in an easy high ponytail to keep myself even cooler and I was ready for a day wandering through the most amazing art sculptures and gardens! I had no idea that this reserve would be as fabulous as it really was!

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