NYC

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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Some Time in New York City

 

“The Statue of Liberty says, Come!”- and I do! I adore everything NYC. The eclectic style and freedom to dress as you feel on any given day is like no other in the city! For today’s post, I chose to dress with a casual, laid back, funky and fun vibe. This outfit incorporates several of my favorite things starting today from the bottom. These pink- studded Doc Marten’s are attention- getters for sure! They are a bubblegum shade of my favorite color, pink and are monochromatically studded with a little Valentino flair (who could ask for more?). They are extremely comfortable and can be worn with skirts, dresses, pants, shorts, whatever you desire. The pants today are a favorite brand with the zipper accents that I am very fond of this season. The pocket detailing is another selling point on these pants. They have a little cool, moto feel. This season and every season, cashmere is where it’s at. I chose to top these pants with a very plain, pink v-neck cashmere sweater and wore a simple white t-shirt that is barely visible, but adds a layer. I added a fun baseball cap along with some pink, Wildfox sunglasses that are the bomb. I was ready for a fun, adventurous day in the city and felt really comfy, yet very pulled together and neat.   “Life is Too Short to Wear Boring Clothes.” 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

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)

Stop! In the Name of Love

Love, one of life’s greatest blessings, is featured today on, of all places, my shoes!!!
This post has so much to like I don’t know where to begin.  Ok, I will start from the top. An important fall staple is the jean jacket, it comes in all styles and colors and you should find the one (or two) that suit you best.  Today’s choice is a lighter shade, classic style.  You can wear this type of jacket over almost anything! It is great over a dress, t-shirt, sweater- you name it.  I chose to wear this over a simple white t-shirt which I paired with a favorite skirt.  Favorite color, favorite textile and favorite details, all in one little skirt.  More easily put, it is a perfect pink, leather skirt with all around baby pleating, a dream come true.  It can be dressed up or down and worn almost throughout the year.  And now for the shoes…….. Love, Love, Love- literally.  These darling pink suede flats say it all – in pearls no less, LOVE.  They are an important daily reminder to love and be loved.  We all have so much to be thankful for, sometimes we forget or life throws us a curveball, but it is so important to always remember!!! xo

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Hello, GoodBye

Today’s post features one of the best style details out there.  When the outfit looks as good when you approach to say, “Hello” as it does when you turn to say, “Goodbye”, you’ve got a winner!  Such is the case with today’s Ted Baker romper.  It caught my eye because of the bright orange color and flattering, simple style with the Jackie-O-esque collar.  It is so feminine and easy (maybe even a little sexy?!). Rompers are where it’s at! The three-quarter length sleeves and color make it a perfect transitional piece from summer to fall. As far as I was concerned, it was a winner at first glance! But then…. I saw the back detailing and it was like falling in love all over again!! This is where you might even look better saying goodbye and walking away.  Because of the low crossover detail, I had some fun and wore my necklace backwards down my back.  It is a special piece that was given to me several months ago that reads, “Happiness”. When you wear the mantra daily, it serves as a constant reminder that, no matter what, there is always something to be happy about!  With this rather simple and plain (yet, anything but boring!) outfit, I pulled out my Favorite shoes.  These Louis Vuitton peep toes with double straps that close with big gold buttons on the sides are truly spectacular.  I adore them and they work to perfection with this outfit.  I carried a little Christian Dior canvas monogram bag and wore a collection of some of my Hermes H bracelets .  So, You say Goodbye and I say Hello…. Hello, Hello because no matter, This looks great either way!!

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#NYFW

Last night, I was in NYC to attend my first ever New York Fashion Week event, yes, little ole me!! While it was not Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino or Chanel (I will be there one day <3), this was a quaint show that took place at Stitch Bar and Lounge on 37th St. A newer designer was unveiling her line of little black dresses. It was a fun, intimate vibe and I was so happy to be invited!! For my NYFW debut, I chose to wear my new go to favorite- Torn by Ronny Kobo.  I’ve said it before, the fabric, the prints, the look and the comfort level are all details that cannot be ignored.  This American designer gets it and so do I! I chose this darling dress because while it is simple, the print is fun and young and the style is as well.  Don’t be shocked; there are even little shoulder pads in this dress.  I was like – what the heck????? My mom said…they used to be in everything, they must be coming back! No matter, they just gave the edge of the shoulder a little lift and I adore this dress! To accessorize, I wore my fabulous black and rhinestone Chanel cuff and Chanel crystal logo earrings and that was it.  I carried the black Soho bag by Gucci.  My shoes were a new find,  my first pair of Alice and Olivia shoes.  These are my new love.  Drixa, these black, studded, strappy heels are really magnificent with a 3-button closure on the outside.  Honestly, I love my shoes and the price point of these, while still expensive, they are not exorbitant, yet I felt like they were priceless (and really comfortable too!)!! I finished off the night with a quick pop in to Pinkberry and it was a success.

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Dress: Torn by Ronny Kobo| Bracelet: Chanel | Shoes: Alice and Olivia | Purse: Gucci