West village

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

So Many Neighborhoods, So Little Time!

Today’s Post is coming to you from the West Village, Meatpacking District. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite neighborhoods! Some highlights: The Standard, Catch22, Spice Market, Sugar Factory, Jeffrey, Cobblestone streets and Rebecca Taylor, to name a few. The transition from winter to spring has been very quirky to say the least. So, today’s post includes a spring color scheme with warmer transitional pieces. This Rebecca Taylor skirt is a favorite with the double zipper detail in the front and the large, fun flirty ruffle just below. It is an extremely comfortable piece and can be worn with a t-shirt, a silk blouse or, like today, with a cropped neutral sweater. The navy suede, over the knee boots by Stuart Weitzman are the perfect choice for both the outfit and the cooler temperatures. They are worn with no additional leg covering, for the spring look, but provide a bit of added warmth when traversing the cobblestone streets or strolling the High Line. This weather can be tricky, but there is no need to pull out all of your cotton spring/summer clothing just yet!! Transitional weather can be challenging but, be open- minded and have fun in order to be comfortable and stylish. You can still look springy in warmer pieces until the temperatures finally cooperate. Look through that closet and be creative, it can produce some terrific looks. Until then, Think Spring, xo B.

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Top: BDG (Urban Outfitters)| Skirt: Rebecca Taylor (Similar Here)| ShoesStuart Weitzman

 

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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All Bundled Up

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!DSC_0145DSC_0147DSC_0148DSC_0151DSC_0196DSC_0152DSC_0181DSC_0184DSC_0190DSC_0188DSC_0186DSC_0153

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