How to Wear White After Labor Day

I know, I know, no white after Labor Day. Who made up that stupid rule? In my opinion, in fashion, there are no rules. Being a stylista is all about self-expression, and we shouldn’t allow anyone to tell us what we should and shouldn’t wear.   The idea of retiring your whites after Labor Day is outdated. I love wearing white in the fall and winter just as much as spring and summer.   When it comes to transitioning white into your fall wardrobe, remember that it’s all about the fabric. Lighter summer fabrics like linen, eyelet, and seersucker are too delicate. Make sure you stick to chunky wool, cashmere, and leather. Textures are key in any fall outfit especially when you wear a lighter hue. Also, mixing white with a dark contrasting color like burgundy, navy, and black will help you achieve the perfect fall look. To further prove that white should be a staple in your fall wardrobe, take a look at the three outfits I put together. Hopefully this will convince and inspire you.

 

 

How To Wear White After Labor Day

1. Madewell – Meridian Striped Cardigan | 2. Clare V. – Clutch | 3. J.Crew – White Jeans | 4. Madewell – Black Crepe Tank | 5. Sole Society – Black Bootie

 

How To Wear White After Labor Day

1. Mango – Polka Dot Sweater | 2. Gigi New York – Claire Clutch | 3. Mango – Cut-Out Skirt | 4. Peyton William – Vera Earrings | 5. Vince Camuto – Lavette Bootie

 

How To Wear White After Labor Day

1. J.Crew – Jackie Sweater Shell | 2. Zara – City Bag | 3. Zara – Polka Dot Trousers | 4. Jigsaw – Cardigan | 5. L.K. Bennett – Sersha Pump

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This Sunday is a really special day for me. As a new mom, it is my very first Mother’s Day. Now that I have joined this elite club, I can give even better insight on what gift to give your mom. If your mom is like mine, then she doesn’t really need anything from me, but it is always nice to give her a gift to remind her how much you care about her. If you’re buying for a new mom, anything that ties her to her baby is a great gift. A picture frame with a special captured moment would put a smile on her face. For any mom, monogramming is a great way to go. It’s personalized and shows you care. Other fun ideas that I have featured on this gift guide are gardening gloves, a fit-bit bracelet, and of course, a Diptyque candle. I feel that it’s wrong to have a gift guide without a Diptyque candle, and as always, fresh flowers and her favorite bottle of champagne are perfect. Anything that can be shared between the two of you is a good choice as well. Whatever you choose for your mom, as long as it comes from the heart, she’ll be sure to love it!

 

Also, if you need some ideas for activities or places to take her to brunch, check out these past posts: 10 Mother’s Day Activities in NYC & Best Brunch Spots For Mother’s Day.

 

 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

1. Anthropologie – Celestial Coaster Set | 2. J.Crew – Beaded Tassel Earrings | 3.  J.Crew – PJ Set | 4. La Mer – Starter Kit | 5. Anthropologie – Homegrown Monogram Mug | 6. Fitbit – Alta Tracker | 7. Kate Spade New York – Wristlet | 8. Diptyque Candle | 9. Terrain – Gardening Gloves | 10. Kate Spade New York – Infinity & Beyond Pendant | 11. West Elm – Picture Frame

 

Currently Coveting: Blue Suede Shoes

Recently I did a bit of spring cleaning and discovered something shocking: I own only neutral colored shoes.  While looking at a sea of shoes all in black, cognac, and tan hues, I made a promise to myself that I would fix this problem.  We all get in our style ruts because we know what we like and what looks good.  However, even though black and nude shoes are classic and always in season, I want to mix it up.  I love to wear color but I usually reserve it to my clothing and not accessories.  While researching this season’s collections, I have found that there are a lot of blue shoes out there, and I was immediately inspired.  Blue is a great color, especially since I am very much drawn to the nautical look.  When styling an outfit with blue shoes, the sky is the limit.  It pairs fabulously with other colors like brown, white, blush, khaki, and coral.  It goes without saying that this color is perfect for your spring looks.  I have put together a few of my favorite blue suede shoes and would love your help in finding the perfect pair.  Once I do, I can move on to another color and broaden my horizons even more.  I have to say, I am a bit partial to the powder blue shoes but I really love all of these.  It’s so hard to decide on just one.  On another note, if you are looking for spring cleaning tips, check out this post.  It’s always a good idea to do this a couple times a year. I always feel like a new person when it’s done.   Now after organizing and purging my closet of old items, I have room for new stuff like these fabulous shoes!

 

Currently Coveting: Blue Suede Shoes | www.eatshoplivenyc.com

Currently Coveting: Blue Suede Shoes

VINCE CAMUTO | SAM EDLMAN

SOLE SOCIETY | ASOS

STEVE MADDEN | LOUISE ET CIE

Florals for Spring

I know, I know, a story about floral prints for spring isn’t exactly groundbreaking.  But when it comes to spring, it’s really quite unavoidable.  Most people either love or hate them.  If you are in the latter camp, spring must be a very difficult time for you to shop.  There is a reason why floral prints are everywhere.  Florals are a classic design, and it is in the springtime where they really shine.  It’s not like it’s expected of us to wear them.  However, with beautiful colorful flowers blooming everywhere, it’s hard not to draw inspiration from them.  Now, there are some who deem the print to be boring and unoriginal.  I completely disagree and think, instead, that wearing them really embraces the season.  I love florals because they are feminine, pretty, and sophisticated.  You can go bold with a large abstract style, or soft with a smaller variation.  If you aren’t a fan but want to give them a try, pick a scarf with a floral pattern and ease your way in.  Before you know it, you’ll be wearing a dress covered in floral designs with matching shoes!  So, when you are doing your spring shopping, seriously keep florals in mind.  If you’re looking for some inspiration, hopefully these pieces will make you fall in love with the print all over again.  I made sure there was something here for all of your shopping needs!

 

Florals for Spring Florals for Spring Florals for Spring

 

1. Anthropologie – Petale Sweater Shift | 2. BaubleBar – Zoe Collar | 3. Joie – Adorlee Top | 4. Zara – Floral Midi Skirt | 5. Kate Spade – Mom Knows Best Bracelet & Earrings | 6. Dorothy Perkins – Floral Snood | 7. Mango – Floral Blouse | 8. Clare V – Clutch | 9. Club Monaco – Klarika Dress | 10. J.Crew – Marigold Shorts | 11.  J.Crew – Roxie Pumps

 

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3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

Whenever I see a pair of patterned pants in a store, many thoughts run through my head.   I want them!  I need them!   Will they make my hips look wider?  What will I wear with them?  The whole experience can be a bit overwhelming and in the end, the same thing always happens, I never buy them.  Most of the time, I never even try them on to give them a shot.  This has to end because I desperately want a pair of patterned pants for my wardrobe.  My style is classic minimalist, so I tend to stick to solid colors with an occasional stripped print every now and then.  I am not proud of this; I would like to venture out of my comfort zone more and try bold and daring prints.  So, now all that is left to do is to find the perfect pair of printed pants and style them accordingly.  These are a few things to keep in mind before wearing a pair of bold pants:

  1. The silhouette is everything.  I suggest a cigarette pant opposed to wide legged pants or culottes.  You want to have as little fabric as possible so that the pattern isn’t as overwhelming.  Proportions are everything.  Make sure if you do wear a wider leg, keep the top structured or tucked in.
  2. Tie your whole outfit together by choosing one color within the print and match it with your top.  This way you will have a color coordinated outfit that will look more complete and polished.  This can also pertain to your shoes and bag.
  3. Don’t go crazy with mixing and matching prints.  Keep it simple by wearing a solid color top.  Once you get comfortable, ease in by mixing the print with a striped top.  The important thing about wearing one or more prints is to make sure that you wear them rather them wearing you.  You don’t want your outfit to look too busy.  However, in order to embrace the playfulness of the pant, try a chunky necklace for a glamorous touch.

 

When putting together today’s style guide, I took all three of these tips into consideration.  Here are two/three outfits that I hope will inspire you to wear printed pants with confidence.

 

 

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Mango – Polka Dot Blouse | 2. Charles & Keith – Bucket Bag | 3. Banana Republic – Floral Pant | 4. Lisi Lerch – Tassel Earring | 5. Sam Edelman – Hadley Sling Back

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Madewell – Crepe Top | 2. Clare V – Foldover Clutch | 3. J.Crew – Gingham Pants | 4. BaubleBar – Mosaic Collar Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Avalon Pump 

 

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. J.Crew – Striped Sweater | 2. Gigi New York – Kelly Saddle Bag | 3. Zara – Printed Trousers | 4. Julie Vos – Santorini Bracelets | 5. Hinge – Drea Sandal

 

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Spring Shoe Trends: Pointed Flats

I’m sure that there is more than one woman out there that admits to owning one too many pairs of shoes.  We all have our favorite styles, which is why I have a dozen booties.  One style I am seriously lacking at the moment is flats. You may not know this about me, but I have very long and narrow feet.  It can be hard for me to break in flats but, once I find ones that I love, I wear them to their breaking point.  Unfortunately at the moment, all of my favorites are too stretched out to wear and I am in the annoying situation of having to find new ones.  That brings us to today’s post.  Spring is the time to take those flats out of storage.  There is a plethora of fabulous designs that come in many different colors and patterns.  Flats are no longer your high heels’ sad little sister; these spring flats are on point and hold their own next to your sexiest pump.  I, for one, love the pointed style because they are sophisticated, chic, and comfy.  With these shoes you do not need heels to dress up an outfit.  Wear them with a flirty dress, skinny jeans, or a midi skirt.  The different outfit options are endless and I cannot wait to wear them all spring and summer long.  I rounded up my ten favorites and I can’t wait to hear from you which ones I should get.

Spring Shoe Trend: Pointed Flats

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Vince Camuto | Charles & Keith 

J.Crew | Asos 

Nine West | J.Crew Factory 

Halogen | Sole Society

 Everlane | Ann Taylor

 

 

 

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A Few of My Favorite Things for March

A Few of My Favorite Things For March

 

It’s March!!!!!!!! This means that, even if it’s still cool out, we have gotten through the dreary boring winter months. Put away your puffy coat because March is all about getting ready for spring to arrive.   Flowers will be starting to bloom and trench coats will be the new outerwear of choice. As for me, there will be some traveling back and forth from New York to California. I am looking forward to spending more time outside with the little one; being cooped up in a tiny apartment with a baby is not fun. But now that it’s warming up, not only will I be outside more but I will be getting ready for spring fashions. I’m just now starting my spring shopping so stay tuned for a month full of stories about what to wear and do this month.

 

WHAT TO WEAR: It should be no surprise to you that I will be posting a lot of style guides focusing on spring fashions. After all, a new season is very exciting for us shopaholics and, I think, we should start now by browsing for a new trench coat.

 

INSPIRATION: I get most of my style inspiration from street style pictures and my fellow bloggers.  A new season of fashion can be a bit overwhelming.  That is why I like to create a mood board with images I have found in magazines or on blogs.  It really helps to keep the ideas organized and to be your very own stylist. Don’t forget that Pinterest is also a great way to compile these images; just make sure you’re following me.

 

GET ORGANIZED: March is a great time to do a little spring-cleaning!  This may be a dreaded event for some, but it’s a great way to clean out the clutter, get rid of that sparkly top you’ve had since your club days, and get organized.  If you need some help getting started, check out this article I did for tips on doing it right.

 

WHAT TO DO: Like I said, being stuck indoors during the wintery months can be brutal. That is why, when the weather starts getting warmer, all you want to be is outside.  Here are fun activities that are being held this month in the city that you can enjoy with your friends, significant other, or family!

 

IN BLOOM: I absolutely love flowers and, even though I’m allergic to a lot of them, it’s wonderful to have fresh flowers in my home. I thought it could be fun to take a class in floral arranging like this one.

 

 

 

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