Bon Voyage!

Bon Voyage!

Today I am traveling to London and will be making a pit stop in Paris to celebrate my first wedding anniversary.  I cannot believe that one year has already gone by!  In my opinion, there is no better way to celebrate than sightseeing, eating, and drinking in these fabulous cities.  I am not as familiar with London so there is a lot on my list to experience.  From the Tower of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, to afternoon tea, I have a feeling that I am going to have a hard time leaving.   As for Paris, I lived there ten years ago, and I’m looking forward to revisiting it like an old friend.   There are fewer touristy activities on my to-do-list and more walking around the Marais, sitting at outdoor cafes, and lounging in the Luxembourg Gardens that I am looking forward to.  It may turn out to a very interesting trip as we are landing in London the morning of the Scottish Independent vote, and, our return flight from Paris has a risk of being canceled due to an Air France strike.  There are worse things than being trapped in Paris, right?  Throughout my European adventure, I will be keeping a photo journal on the blog of the trip and hope you will enjoy it!   If you want another way to connect, be sure to follow my Instagram account where I’ll be posting even more photos!

Questions? Comments! Feel free to connect with Eat.Shop.Live.NYC on:

Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest & Instagram

NYFW Recap: 6 Trends for Spring/Summer 2015

New York Fashion Week may be over, but it has left us with a lot to think about and to get excited for the Spring/Summer 2015 season.  I know it’s hard to even think of what you’ll be wearing next spring when we’ve just now started buying and wearing fall styles.  But, in fashion, we are always looking ahead and, if the runway shows were any indication, the future is going to be very bright, colorful, and full of florals and gingham prints.  We do not know what winter has in store for us, but at least we know, when it’s over, we will have these gorgeous styles to wear!  Unless you watch the shows live, it can be overwhelming to keep up with eight days of shows and thousands of looks that walked down the runway.  To help out, I narrowed it down so you know exactly what trends the designers want you to wear for the Spring/Summer 2015 season.

To see the designer’s complete collections from NYFW visit www.style.com

 

1. GINGHAM

If you’re going to pay attention to only one trend from the Spring/Summer shows, make sure its gingham.  It appeared on almost every runway in both classic and artistic ways.  As long as it doesn’t look like I am wearing a picnic blanket, I’m on board.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

Karen Walker

Karen Walker

Continue reading

Movies & Films: Fall Movie Preview

Slide1

The Great Fall Movie Preview of 2014

By Johnny Pomatto

After a pretty lackluster Summer, now comes the time of the year that I love best.  That time when the studios trot out their award bait and I have difficult choices to make regarding how many films I can realistically see on their opening day.  I usually would make a list of 10 films I’m most excited to see, but there are so many coming out this season that I upped my list to 15.  Now some of these films might not be great.  I don’t know.  Frankly, I’ve tried to stay in the dark and know as few details about them as possible.  These are the films I’m most curious about, sometimes based only on a director or actor I particularly like.  Always fun to see at the end of the season how in tune my guesses were, versus how many disappointed.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, here’s what I’m excited to see.  Feel free to chime in with your picks in the comments below.

15. BIG EYES- Oooof.  Here we go again.  I swore after “Alice in Wonderland” that I wasn’t going to give Tim Burton any more chances.  He hasn’t made a halfway decent film since 2001’s “Planet of the Apes” remake, and even that wasn’t a good film, but rather morbidly fascinating.  The only reason I have a shred of hope for BIG EYES is because it’s the first time Burton has returned to grounded reality since 1994’s “Ed Wood,” and this film shares that film’s screenwriters, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.  Like “Ed Wood,” this is another strange tale of artists, Walter and Margaret Keane, whose kitschy paintings of children with enormous eyes found a cult following.  I may regret getting my hopes up for this, but the fact that the Keane’s are being played by two of my favorite actors, Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, makes me wonder if this time things will be different.  At the very least, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are nowhere in sight.  12/25

14. BIRDMAN- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Babel,” “Amores Peros”) often makes films that I want to like but have trouble connecting with fully.  His new film has an outstandingly tantalizing trailer, but I fear that under the impressive visuals is a mess of a film.  Still, with Michael Keaton in the starring role, there’s no way I’m not seeing this.  Hopefully this is the comeback Keaton needs get him back on the A list again.  I’ve missed him so.  10/1

13. THE INTERVIEW- I have no real way of knowing if THE INTERVIEW is going to be a good or funny movie, but became a fun story to follow once Kim Jong-Un said that the mere release of the film would be considered an act of war.  Well now I guess we HAVE TO release it.  Seth Rogen and James Franco get the opportunity to interview the infamous North Korean dictator and figure they should take advantage of the opportunity and assassinate him, hopefully with hilarious results.  This might end up being dumb, but it’s exciting to see that a comedy can ruffle this many feathers.  Too bad Kim Jong-Un isn’t cool like his dad, who seemed to have no problems with his depiction in Trey Parker’s “Team America: World Police.”  12/25

12. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE- Race is a pretty serious subject (especially if you’ve been watching the news lately), but Justin Simien’s debut feature looks to be treating race and identity with some much-needed satirical levity.  This tale of a small minority of black students in a lily-white Ivy League school looks like something that a young Spike Lee would make.  Back when he still had a sense of humor.  10/17

Continue reading

Casual Weekend Style

One thing that I struggle with on the weekends is putting together the perfect casual outfit.  I am always more confident when I am wearing a skirt or a dress, but I feel the pressure of having to tone it down and relax on my days off.  I find it difficult to come up with a casual style that won’t make me feel sloppy.  From running errands, to brunch, to watching football with friends, it’s important for me to look stylish while still taking it easy.  I also factor in the weather.  The leaves may be changing, but humid temperatures are annoyingly sticking around.  I want to wear boots, sweaters, and scarves, not shorts and sundresses.   One helpful way of getting prepared for dealing with this confusing weather is to use the weekend to come up with stylish layering options.  For this Weekend Style Guide, I have put together an ensemble that I think is the answer to my prayers.  It may look simple, but often times, the simplest outfits are the hardest to create!  What do you like to wear on the weekend?

Casual Weekend Style

1. Humble Chic – Frayed Knit Infinity Scarf | 2. Jigsaw – Rib Trim Cardigan | 3. Madewell -Albion Plaid Ex-Boyfriend Shirt | 4. Vince Camuto – Hael Bootie (on sale) | 5. Gap – Destructive Jeans | 6. Dorothy Perkins – Punchout Belt | 7. Julie Vos – Catherine Bracelet | 8. House of Harlow – Pyramid Stud Earrings | 9. Asos – Scallop Trim Cross Body Bag

Questions? Comments! Feel free to connect with Eat.Shop.Live.NYC on:

Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest & Instagram

Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds

For those of you who work in the fashion industry, I assume you spent the week heavily invested in New York Fashion Week shows.  It is always a thrill when it’s here and a relief when it’s gone.  I, for one, enjoyed staying on top of the shows and, next week, I will be posting my summary of the Spring/Summer 2015 collections.   Despite my busy NYFW schedule, I was able to get my fall 2014 shoe trends story out on the blog so check it out.   For those of you who do not follow NYFW, I hope you had a productive week and enjoyed the cooler days.  It was very depressing for me as I came out of my evening SoulCycle class on Wednesday to find it dark.  As much as I love fall, summer is a hard one to let go of!  Do you have any fun plans this weekend?  I will be preparing for my upcoming trip to Europe.  I cannot believe that I leave a week from today!  I will be traveling to London and Paris.   My wardrobe isn’t ready yet for such fashionable cities so I need to tackle my long shopping list.  With preparations, brunch plans, and football Sunday, it’s shaping up to be a perfect weekend in NYC.  I didn’t spend a lot of my days off in the city over the summer so it’s good staying close to home.  Because of Fashion Week and my trip, this edition of Weekly Links is very fashion and travel heavy.  Let me know in the comments below what you have recently discovered.  Enjoy the weekend!

FOOD & TRAVEL: I have been researching restaurants in Paris for months so when I came across this list of restaurants, I was happy to add them to my list of places to try. Can’t wait to share my favorite restaurants with you!

THE QUEEN:  Ever want to know what’s in Anna Wintour’s handbag or what her favorite book is?  In this very special edition of Vogue’s 73 Questions, Anna was asked a series of fun questions.  I particularly love her answer for her favorite travel destination. And, how gorgeous is her office!

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY:  As a lifestyle blogger and foodie, I struggle with not only taking quality photos of my food, but also not being rude while doing it. Hopefully this article will have some useful tips.

WHAT’S IN A NAME:  Any bloggers out there know that coming up your name for your site is half the battle.  The Cut has come up with an entertaining way to create with your perfect blog title.  Mine is Foam and Diamonds; what’s yours?

GET ORGANIZED: Being a freelancer and full-time blogger has its perks such as building your own hours, schedule, and deadlines, but it’s also hard to stay organized.  That is why this article, The 5 Work Rules Every Highly Productive Person Lives By, is the perfect read for me.

HELPFUL TIPS:  The Poor Little It Girl has a lot of helpful advice for bloggers about lessons she has learned about blogging.

FALL FASHION: Street style from NYFW is a great place to find inspiration for your fall outfits!

Questions? Comments! Feel free to connect with Eat.Shop.Live.NYC on:

Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest & Instagram

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends

One of my favorite things about fall fashion is the footwear.  It is cold enough to finally break out the boots, but still warm enough to wear strappy heels.  For those of you who are in denial that summer is over, it is time to face the cold, hard, truth and start shopping for fall.   With every new season comes a whole new batch of fashion trends to add to your growing wardrobe.   I, for one, am more confident when wearing over the knee boots and flirty booties.  I believe that, unlike the minimalistic shoe styles of summer, fall footwear has so much more to offer your daily outfit.   When choosing which footwear trends I want to adopt for the season, I look to the fall fashion shows.  Back in February, the designers presented shoes in extravagant styles, textures, wild prints, and rich hues.  Now that these new styles are hitting the stores, I am making a list of my favorite shoe trends for fall.  Check out my picks below and let me know which style you’re going to sport this season!

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends Fall 2014 Shoe Trends Fall 2014 Shoe Trends Fall 2014 Shoe Trends Fall 2014 Shoe Trends Fall 2014 Shoe Trends

IN THIS POST:

SNAKE SKIN: Louise et Cie – Lente Snakeskin Flat | Ivanka Trump – Tellas Pointy Toe Snakeskin Pump

EMBELLISHED: French Connection – Ellis Pump | Kate Spade: Mixer Heels

ACT LIKE A LADY, DRESS LIKE A MAN: J.Crew – Kiltie Monk Strap Loafers | Asos – Leather Loafers

COLORBLOCK: Coach – Heart Heel | Zara – Heel Court Shoe

OVER THE KNEE BOOT: Nine West – Noriko OTN Boot  | Zara – Long Leather Boot

BOOTIE: Vince Camuto – Klayton Bootie | DV by Dolce Vita – Riko Bootie

Questions? Comments! Feel free to connect with Eat.Shop.Live.NYC on:

Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest & Instagram

Piperlime Collection Debut

I was pleasantly surprised when I recently visited Piperlime’s website and discovered that it had gone through a remodel. Piperlime is a one-stop-shop for fashion-lover brands and it has always been an inspiring place to shop.  One of the reasons that I have enjoyed shopping there is that they feature established bloggers and style icons, like Olivia Palermo, to create their own personal mood boards.  This has often helped to inspire me when styling my own outfits.  The most exciting new addition is that the site launched it’s very own Piperlime Collection.  I suppose it was only a matter of time before they created their own line inspired by the latest fashion trends and seasonal staples.  I think it is a great start and, I believe, it brings a lot to the table in terms of the other brands they sell.  I saw a lot of fall trends like midi skirts, leather, and bold prints.  There is really something for everyone, but I do hope that the next collection is outside of the box and takes more risks.  However, the price point surprisingly doesn’t change from what we’re used to on their site.  Most items are below $130, which was nice to see.  The website’s new homepage looks more like a fashion and lifestyle blog, rather than a retailer’s site, and that’s the way I like it.  You can get so bored with just seeing a row of pants or dresses.  Now, it’s more visually appealing with creative styling tips, mood boards, and blogger’s outfits.  All in all, I give Piperlime’s changes an A+ and I am looking forward to what’s next for them.  I have gone through the Piperlime Collection and compiled my favorite pieces to add to my wish list for fall.  I would love to hear your thoughts on both the re-branding and collection.  So, be sure to leave a comment below!

Visit Piperlime for the complete collection.

 

cn8655569

 

cn8724513

 

cn8793858

Continue reading

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,492 other followers

%d bloggers like this: