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Functional and Fashionable!

One of my favorite things to do on an extremely cold day is to take a walk through Chelsea Market. It is fantastic indoor place in NYC to spend some free time because there is just so much to do! From cupcakes and gelato to Sarahbeth’s and sushi,  there are such a variety of places to stop in for a quick treat or meal while doing some shopping and exploring! I couldn’t decide on a treat, so we stopped in for cupcakes Ruthy’s Bakery and some mini doughnuts at the Doughnuttery! Ruthy’s Bakery had so many beautiful cupcake, cake and pastry options that it was so hard to decide on one, but in the end I went with a Zoe cupcake from sesame street. Who doesn’t love returning to their childhood whenever they can, especially when it comes to sugary treats!?! For this particularly cold day I threw on my most comfortable 7 jeans and two of my christmas gifts, a Coco Chanel emblazoned sweatshirt and my Chanel Boy bag. I am currently obsessing over the color of this bag because it is neutral, yet a fun pop of color. I also wore Timberland black boots. I have never considered myself to be a hat person, but because of the chilling weather I put one on and now I am never looking back! I love this knit white and purple hat and the fur pom-pom is just the icing on the cake! It is made by The 2 Mad Hatter and is one of Oprah’s favorites as well! It kept me warm all day as well as acting as an adorable accessory! Functional and Fashionable!DSC_0222DSC_0250DSC_0255DSC_0233DSC_0262DSC_0265DSC_0229DSC_0244DSC_0266DSC_0269DSC_0247

Crazy For Camo

Camo isn’t just for hunting anymore! I am currently obsessing over all and everything camo. For a day out strolling along the  High Line in the West Village I decided to pull out my camo pants from Guess. They are spot on because the pants themselves are a lighter hunter green and the print is so subtle and blends perfectly. I also die over the gold ankle zipper which perfectly matches the gold studs on my Valentino rockstud flats. I decided to throw on one of my favorite white silk blouses from Equipment ( I have one in almost every color). They are so light and easy to throw on with any pair of pants or skirt! A good white blouse is a major wardrobe essential and they can easily pull together just about any outfit. Because it was going to be a little chillier on the water I pulled on my TSE Cashmere sweater over my blouse and it still looks just as good! To complete my outfit I wore a pair of Celine sunglasses that I purchased at one of my favorite stores Jeffrey Atlanta New York (which is located right underneath the High Line, of course I popped in afterwards). I grabbed my leather Hunter tote and was ready to take on the day!DSC_0147DSC_0146DSC_0175DSC_0154DSC_0157DSC_0159DSC_0177DSC_0171DSC_0186

TopEquipment | Sweater: TSE | Pants: Guess (Similar Here)  |

Shoes:  Valentino  | Bag: Hunter | Sunglasses : Celine

 

Happy Birthday to You!–Christian Louboutin

Today is a very special day in that we are celebrating the birth of one of my all-time favorite shoe designers Mr. Christian Louboutin! Louboutin brought stilettos back into high fashion during the 1990s, designing shoes with a variety of heel heights and styles. Who else but Christian Louboutin could design such a variety of shoes from the classic black pumps to edgy, over the top shoes adorned with crystals and spikes. It is impossible to miss spotting a red bottom while strolling through high-end department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks, Barneys, or Bergdorfs. He has truly set the bar in the world of shoe design. Lets give a huge Hallelujah and Happy Birthday to the man who has forever changed the world of shoes! Here are some personal favorites of his creations!

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All Shoes can be purchased From NeimanMarcus.com

1. Jolly Patent Squiggle-Heel Red Sole Pump

2. Willetta Suede Red Sole Bootie

3. Follies Spike-Studded Glitter Red Sole Pump

4. Attrroupee Buckled Red Sole Bootie

5. So Kate Booty Red Sole Ankle Boot

6. Louis Spiked Suede Sneaker

7. Cora Heart Red Sole Sandal

8. Pigalle Follies Satin Red Sole Pump

 

Tis the Season to Cozy Up

Being cozy doesn’t have to mean a great pair of baggy sweats or leggings. Sweaters can be the ultimate in cozy.  They have to have the right fit and feel and when they do, it can be like wearing a big hug all day or night.  I am all about being comfy and cozy, without looking too casual.  Today’s outfit is a perfect example of that.  This amazing sweater from LF has it all and I do mean all!! It is super soft and comfy and has so many details that add to it’s perfection.  The relaxed turtleneck keeps you warm but is not constricting and the hi-low hem of this is so on point with today’s trend.  I paired the sweater with the most fabulous pair of Carmar Denim jeans that I had to be coaxed into trying on.  I was not at all sure about the boot cut hem, however, the girls at LF were 100% correct- these jeans are heaven with a little bit of stretch, a touch of distress, a simple cut and great length.  These jeans can easily go from day to night.  I wore them with a simple pair of black suede wedge ankle boots that I purchased at H H&M for a steal! Grabbing my bag of the moment (Celine) and throwing on some of my favorite jewelry, I was ready to hit the streets of SoHo. It was a productive day of shopping, sightseeing and lunching at my fave- The Dutch! A perfect day in what I think is a perfect outfit!! xo B

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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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Grey = Dreary?………Not!

 

 

The #OOTD for the post is one that is perfect for chillier weather! I combined two very current style trends and created an outfit that I love.  The two trends are vests and the White Blouse, very popular at NYFW this year.  You can’t go wrong with a simple white blouse.  It dresses up any outfit and is a crisp, clean look.  I paired mine with this heavy duty, super cool grey vest.  It is thick and warm, the long look is tres-chic and it is so simple yet packs a powerful punch.  The creative details such as the high neck closure (which can be done or left undone- equally great) and the simple single button closure at the waist are all this piece needs.  I am a big fan of the equally simplistic, yet elegant, Kisselstein Cord black handbag with gold hardware, including the adorable labrador front and center. I wore black suede over the knee boots with black leggings and popped on a beautiful, chunky turquoise bracelet for color.  In my hair I wore a crystal headband from Henri Bendel, a gift from a special friend that I adore. I hope this outfit calls to you as it does to me!! xo B

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Check Mate!

Milly is a designer that I have adored for a very long time.  I typically would go to a rack or pick out a dress in a magazine and more times than not, it was Milly.  Imagine my surprise when I walked over to the rack (actually, I ran- not gonna lie) and pulled out this suit only to find it was Milly too.  I am the last person you’d find choosing to wear a matched suit, but this is a real gem and very versatile.  It is not stuffy at all yet can be worn for business or pleasure.  The crisp navy and cream bold check is so inviting and the not too serious style makes it perfect. I love the big navy buttons that close the double breasted suit jacket and the cuffed hem on the shorts are a playful detail. This suit can be worn with a t-shirt or a silk blouse underneath. I went with an alternate choice that worked just as well as either of the first two options…..no shirt. This is a great transitional ensemble and I’m thinking it could even be worn with my navy suede over the knee boots, think Pretty Woman:) I love that movie!! I chose a sophisticated low navy pump with a bow as I was working in the city all day and wanted my feet to survive.  Shoe options are limitless with this suit. This one of those go to pieces that will work for a number of occasions.  It might be the jacket that you need, maybe the shorts or the pulled together look of a suit, no matter what, this will be called upon.  xo B

Elegance is a question of one’s personality more than one’s clothing.
                                                                                         ~Jean-Paul Gaultier

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JacketMilly  | ShortsMilly | Shoes: J.Renee | BraceletMeredith Frederick

Spotted: B At The Met!

….and I don’t mean Blair Waldorf! Admittedly, I am a HUGE Gossip Girl Fan! Didn’t miss an episode. If you haven’t watched it, please do!! When the opportunity arose to do a shoot at The Met, I knew the theme had to be Serena like. It needs little explanation and I will tell you this is one of my favorite looks of all time. I paired this Pink floral Ted Baker skirt with an Alice and Olivia simple black cashmere sweater with detachable white collar and cuffs. Black pumps and a little jewelry and we were set to shoot. Fascinating fact, you are not allowed to sit on the steps at The Met!! What?!? I could not wait for the guard who kept telling me to, “keep moving”, to move himself or look away so I could plop down and get just one shot as was seen in so many episodes. More than determined, I got it. This classic outfit just looks so polished, so feminine and easily transitions into fall. I only wish I could get away with wearing it to class, because I totally would. I Know You Love Me, XOXO (actually, I hope you do !)

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TopAlice and Olivia| Skirt: Ted Baker (Similar Here)| Shoes:Ferragamo| BraceletHermes

 

I Got My Little Black Dress On

As Sara Bareilles song tells us, we can do anything with a little black dress on.

This LBD in particular is really great. With its drop waist style, it flows and moves with you. I love a long sleeved mini dress and this one is great! The added detail of the white cuffs on each sleeves catches the eye and the simplicity of the dress allows you to accessorize as much or as little as you choose. For a day in the city, I chose some fun, leopard print flats with a beaded pompon on the toe. I carried a large unconstructed Chanel bag and wore a precious, silk, double banded headband with tiny bows on each section. The neckline is so simple and I wore my everyday diamond cross and nothing else. This is one of those perfect outfits that can take you from day to night and you can’t help but feel good in it. On this particular day, I was hanging out in Tribeca at the Tribeca Grand. I thoroughly enjoyed the art exhibited throughout the lobby by Peter Tunney. The surfer in me loved the surfboard art because, yes, it does take courage as so many things in life do. Including beginning a fashion blog. xo B!

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These are a few of my favorite things

Favorite place? Check! Favorite sculpture? Check! Favorite outfit? Check! Nothing is better than having everything I love in one place. Central Park is one of my favorite places in the entire world, so there was no better way to spend some free time in my busy afternoon than watching the sail boats and relaxing (in one of my favorite outfits none the less!). I put this together by beginning with this striped skirt made by Aqua. The banded waist, box pleats and textured scalloped stripes are all perfection. This is the perfect piece to build  a simple outfit around. I decided to pair my skirt with a long-sleeved cropped sweater which I bought at American Apparel. This sweater is one my go to basic items. It transitioned perfectly from summer into fall due to the light material, sleeve length and color. For my shoes, I chose one of my most classic pair, black Louboutins. They are such a staple item because I have been able to wear them anywhere from a casual lunch to a black tie gala! I felt like this outfit needed a pop of color so I carried my bright red Gucci Soho chain shoulder bag (which perfectly coordinated with my red soles)! All in all it was a very successful afternoon spent with just a few of my favorite things!

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TopAmerican Apparel | SkirtAqua| ShoesChristian Louboutin| Handbag: Gucci (Similar Here)