I know most people hate rainy days and I do too. Waking up in the morning when it is raining makes it a lot harder to get motivated to dress up. But since I am not a sweatpants, t-shirt kinda girl, I went for another easy casual look. I threw on my favorite pair of Paige Jeans. The zippers add a great detail and give the jeans a bit of a different and edgier look from your average pair. I threw on my cropped thermal shirt from free people because on days like this you want to be comfy, but not too hot. I also added my Hermes belt to pull together the outfit. Lastly I grabbed my Barbour rain coat as I was walking out the door. This jacket speaks for itself and really makes an outfit on its own. I wore my black rain boots with a hot pink monogram to add a little bit of color and fun. Hair is always difficult to maintain in bad weather, so I threw it up into a high pony tail. It takes a short amount of time and also looks great without putting in too much effort just to have it ruined later on! When you dress up it makes you feel better, so don’t let rainy days get you down! Try putting on a simple outfit, it will make all the difference!
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!
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
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!
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!!!
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
I was not going to let the cold stand between me and my Momofuku. On this chilly day I knew I was going to need to bundle up to make the trek down to SoHo. I started by putting on a basic black turtleneck. This is a wardrobe staple. I practically lived in turtle necks the entire month of december. They keep you cozy and can be worn with absolutely anything. This one is made by Splendid, but I am also a fan of the Bloomingdale’s Cashmere. I paired it with some distressed denim that has flannel patches underneath the rips. It was a good start but I was certainly going to need more. That is when I spotted my Aqua camo vest. I am an avid lover of this pattern because it is a little bit more unique. Instead of using the traditional green hues, this vest is made up of grey, black and white tones. Best yet–it has a hood! I was getting closer to completing my outfit but it was still not quite there yet. I grabbed my oversized grey cashmere scarf and a matching head wrap. It could not have worked more perfectly! The head-wrap, adorned with a bow of course, could not be more perfect. Fabulous and Functional! I wore some super fuzzy socks to keep my toes warm and continued to stuff my feet into my black Timberland boots. I was ready to brave the cold and determined to get my cereal milk soft serve… Let me tell you it was so worth it!
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!
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!
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!
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