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
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!
This simple dress is everything! Lightweight, comfortable, feminine, flirty, fit and flare, you name it! It is such a versatile piece and can be worn with everything from sneakers to heels. It is also a perfect transition piece from summer to fall. Just add a dark denim jacket or a leather jacket, even a flannel tied at the waist when the temperatures begin to drop. You will get great mileage from a piece like this. The Peter Pan collar and self-belt are two special details that add to the charm of this dress. It is a great length and the full skirt allows for easy movement. So, no matter what your plan for the day, the dress is sure to cooperate and catch a few second glances! Fun fact: Chambray dresses come in many styles and prices. Mine was purchased online after I saw it on Access Hollywood’s Steals and Deals type segment. It was quite a bargain and I absolutely love it. It has a schoolgirl vibe and is sure to be a favorite in your closet. Enjoy! Xo B
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
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
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
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
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.
….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 !)
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!