Friday, August 29, 2014

50 Shades of Gray

Gray is one of my favorite hues for fall. It's flattering on all skin tones and is the perfect base for fun accessories. The great part about investing in gray pieces is that they are timeless. J.Crew has some amazing gray items this season, here are some of my favorites: 

50 Shades of Gray

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I'm dying to add some of these to my closet this fall. I'm head-over-heels for these Danni pants and will stop at nothing to make them mine. They're a cross between my beloved Pixie pants and jeans. What more could you want?!

What gray pieces are you liking for fall? 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Favorites

Now that my final vacation has come and gone (tear), I feel like I'm in full fall mode. I've been compiling quite an extensive fall wish list for the past few weeks and wanted to share some of the goodies.

Fall Favorites
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I'm always looking to add classic, versatile, basics to my wardrobe and I think every single one of these would make fabulous new additions. I know I would get so much use out of the Fjallraven backpack on weekend trips out of the city. I told you about my love of flared jeans and desperately need to purchase a new pair ASAP, and these Rag & Bone's are perfection. With bootcut jeans, comes heeled clogs, I can't even express how much I love these Madewell Edmund heels. And while I'm on the subject of shoes, I cannot get enough of this d'Orsay trend and Madewell nailed it with these babies. And finally, you need to have the perfect, lightweight statement jacket and this Zara piece is amazing (not to mention, the faux fur!). I'm sold!

What are you dreaming about for this fall? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

On Wednesday we... share what I'm loving that week. So without further ado 

T.Swift's Shake It Off : I've been "getting down to this sick beat" all week

The Singles Project: I'm such a glutton for reality TV (especially anything on Bravo) and have been binging on this show. If you're unfamiliar, it's an interactive reality show that films six singles in real time (the week the episode airs) as they go on dates in NYC. The audience gets to decide various components of the show from who they date to what kind of dates they go on. It's absolutely addicting.

Fresh Flowers: a la this gorgeous bouquet 

This Homemade Poptart Recipe: I'm not joking when I say that I have pop tarts for lunch literally everyday. 

What are you loving this Wednesday? 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Seeing Stars

I'm seeing stars, everywhere (pun intended). The star trend is all over the place right now. I've always loved stars and right now is no exception.

Like with most trends, I tend to prefer to incorporate them into my accessories.

Star Light

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What are your thoughts on the star trend?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Love It or Leave It: Flared Jeans

One of my all time favorite trends are flared jeans. Regardless of whether or not they're technically "in vogue", I always feel an allegiance toward them. About once every decade, flared jeans make a comeback and I'm the first one in line to support their return. Perhaps it's because the 1960's and 70's are my two favorite decades of fashion influence and this bohemian look tops my list. I think there's something so chic and polished about it.

The great part about this style of denim is that they are extremely flattering. They elongate the leg and makes any thigh appear thinner. The trick, however, is to make sure that they are tailored correctly and look best with a platform/wedge shoe. 

Here are some of my favorites: 

This are at the very top of my fall wish list. I'm curious, do you love this look, or do you prefer to leave it? 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Notice Anything?

One of my items on my 101 in 1001 list was to redesign my blog. It was time for a facelift and finally accomplished a little redo! I'm still putting some finishing touches on it, which will hopefully happen within the next few weeks. But in the meantime, pop some bubbly for the new design. I'm dying to know, what do you think??

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Greetings from the beach! I've been a little MIA for the past week, or so, but I promise I have tons of posts coming soon. But while I'm busy putting the finishing touches on them (expect things to be back to normal next week), here are a few things I'm loving right now

I was on the fence about statement nails a few years ago, with images of offensive, neon flowers and hideous rhinestones clouding my minds eye. But after seeing the adorable, and surprisingly tasteful. designs of Paintbox Nails I'm sold. This is on my to-do list as soon as I return to the city. 

Anything with pastels, a cake with sprinkles, and a pool has my name written all over it. 

If these are not the most beautiful, perfect flats for the holidays then I don't know what are. 

I'm the furthest thing from a chef as a person can be, but I feel like I may actually be able to handle this recipe (plus it looks delicious) 

There so not my normal style but I'm kind of obsessed with these. I think they are such a fun accessory for the summer. (Remember my new effort to step out of my fashion comfort zone more often). 

I'm still reeling from the tragic death of the beloved Robin Williams and thought this video was the perfect synopsis of all he he shared with the world. He will truly be missed. 

What are you loving this week? 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Living on the Edge

I consider myself pretty conservative when it comes to my wardrobe. I definitely fall for the occasional trendy piece, but for the most part I stick with the classics. But every so often I think it's good to step out of your comfort zone and expand your fashion repertoire. I, of course, was pulled back to the Bendel's sale last weekend and bought an accessory that was pretty out there for me. I told you, a very long time ago, of my love for Foley and Corinna bags and for some reason had yet to purchase one, despite drooling over them every time I saw someone carrying one. Well Bendel's had one on sale (marked down from $400, to $150) and I couldn't pass it up.

I thought it would be a fun statement piece to mix in every once and awhile.

The key to branching out is to still maintain your personal style. I imagine incorporating such a bold piece into a very classic outfit (grey sweater, pixie pants and ballet flats) and letting the bag make the statement. This way you'll never feel uncomfortable in your outfit.

Do you ever step out of your style comfort zone?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

City Spots: Gramercy Park

Last week I told you all about my love affair with Bendel's, and while it most certainly is my favorite place in Manhattan, I have to admit I've been cheating on Henri a little with Gramercy Park. . It's a rare gift to be able to find a quite, tranquil, spot in such a fast paced and ever changing city, but this park is truly a sanctuary. If you're not familiar, Gramercy park is the only private park in the city, and one of only two in the entire state. Only those who live around the park are given a key (which are changed annually to prohibit duplicates or hoarding of keys after someone moves). At any given moment, only about 380 people are in possession of said keys, including (either past or presently) Julia Roberts, Karl Lagerfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Uma Thurman, and Chelsea Clinton.

Turning the key and opening one of the four, six foot tall, wrought iron gates, I immediately feel like Samantha from The Secret Garden. Once you're inside you realize just why the board is so insistent on exclusivity. It may be the most pristine and well manicured spot in the whole city. Usually there are about four groundskeepers on duty, hard at work, and one lady operating as the self-appointed warden. It should comes as no surprise that the park is so immaculate because there are countless restrictions for those who enter. These amendments range from, no throwing balls or frisbees (or stepping on the grass, for that matter), no feeding the birds, a limit of only six guests at a time, and pets are prohibited.

But despite the long list of constraints, it is one of the most amazing places in the city. It's the perfect place to sit and read a book and just relax. It's been the most gorgeous space to watch the season change, this past year.

While it will be difficult for any place to top Bendel's in my heart, Gramercy Park is a close close second.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

101 in 1001

I've seen a few of my favorite bloggers share their list of 101 things they would like to accomplish in 1001 days (approximately 2.75 years) and have always secretly relished a peek at their personal goals, but felt extremely overwhelmed by the idea of doing it myself. But last week I decided to sit down and just see how far I could get and it surprisingly wasn't too difficult (full disclosure: I took some inspiration from other lists). Since I took the time to write them all out, I figured it was only fair I share them with all of you (that way you can hold me accountable). I've even made some headway already!

Start Date: August 4, 2014 
Finish: May 1, 2017


1. Come up with 101 goals (August 2014)
2. Take a cooking class
3. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for two weeks
4. Move to a new apartment
5. Do a full closet purge and get rid of anything I no longer wear or doesn't fit my personal style (Sept. 2014)
6. Buy an address book and catalog all important addresses and birthdays of family and friends
7. Organize and keep up with my iCal (January 2015)
8. Go to an event alone (City Society: Lady Lessons, January 2015)
9. Eat at a restaurant by myself (Jack's Wife Freda, December 2015)
10. Treat my parents to a great meal
11. Find the perfect Christmas present for everyone on my list
12. Send out Christmas cards one year
13. Make an original piece of artwork for my apartment
14. Learn to cook at least 10 new meals well 
15. Send my mom flowers out of the blue
16. Find new doctors in the city
17. Read five of the classics I've never gotten around to
18. Take a rooster spin class before work
19. Embrace my natural hair for two weeks (Summer 2015)
20. Make annual contributions to my high school, college, and charity of my choice
21. Open a retirement account
22. Start substantially saving (and not just for a big purchase) (January 2016)
23. Call my grandmother once a week
24. Run another 5K
25. Attend mass regularly for at least two months
26. Go through my "Things to do in New York" books and highlight what I've already done (Oct. 2014)
27. Go to a museum by myself
28. Read one article from each section of the New York Times each day for a month
29. Try 10 new foods (1. Gyro,)
30. Clean out my email
31. Pay off my credit cards
32. Learn about the stock market
33. Invest in five new pieces of furniture for my apartment (dresser, armchair, bar stools, another bookshelf, coffee table)
34. Give the homeless man I pass everyday a sizable donation
35. Keep a journal for a year of all my best New York adventures (Started January 2015)
36. Take a barre class (April 2016)
37. Sing karaoke, alone, in front of strangers (Birthday 2015)

38. Visit the Statue of Liberty
39. Play shuffleboard in Brooklyn (Oct. 2014)
40. Visit the Empire State Building at night
41. Attend a show at New York fashion week
42. Attend a Knicks game (Nov. 2014)
43. Attend a Nets game (March 2016)
44. Attend an event at Madison Square Gardens
45. Attend another Yankee game (April 2016)
46. Attend a Rangers game
47. Go to 10 comedy shows in the city
48. Take my mom to a broadway musical (December 2014)
49. Go ice skating in December
50. Check three things in my New York books off each month
51. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge with my dad (Father's Day 2015)
52. Visit all of the major museums
53. Take a staycation in the city
54. Go to a pool in the city
55. Visit the Botanical Gardens
56. See an outdoor movie
57. Attend the ballet
58. Visit the Highline
59. Visit the 9/11 Memorial (Nov. 2014)
60. Go to The Carnegie Deli and Katz with my dad (Father's Day 2015)
61. Finally go to Gramercy Tavern (birthday dinner perhaps?)
62. Sail a boat in Central Park

63. Gain a substantial following on twitter (in the thousands)
64. Catalog all of my writing samples for future interviews
65. Take a broadcasting class
66. Take an improve class
67. Make three additional connections
68. Land the step one dream job

69. Give an apartment tour
70. Visit a blog conference
71. Redesign my blog (Aug. 2014)
72. Meet three blogger friends in person
73. Plan and photograph at least 10 outfit of the day posts

74. Purchase something at a flea market
75. Do a share in the Hamptons with friends
76. Purchase my next designer handbag (Goyard: 2015, Prada: 2015)
77. Go to trapeze school on the Hudson
78. Host my out of town friends for a girls weekend in the city
79. Take another girls trip
80. Take a trip somewhere new (Fire Island: Labor Day 2015)
81. Have a full spa day
82. Invest in 10 more coffee table books (1, 2, 3)
83. Purchase another investment coat (Burberry Raincoat: Dec. 2014, Canada Goose: Jan. 2015)
84. Purchase the perfect shade of red lipstick and wear it out
85. Have my makeup professionally done and branch out and purchase new products (April:2016)
86. Purchase a good camera
87. Attend a polo match
88. See (or rewatch) all of Audrey Hepburn's movies (1, 2 , 3)
89. Get a wavy hair blow out at Drybar
90. Get a live Christmas tree in my apartment and invest in my own ornaments (Decenmber: 2015)
91. Join a book club
92. Splurge on a great pair of heels
93. Invest in all of my favorite board games
94. Host a game night
95. Spend the day in D.C. with my parents
96. Invest in three more pairs of jeans (1)
97. Wear a ponytail out on the town
98. Purchase a piece of Jennifer Meyer Jewelry
99. Do a vineyard tour with friends
100. See all the Best Picture nominees, one year
101. Put $10 in savings for every goal accomplished

So there you have my list and I'll be sure to check back in periodically and let you know how it's going! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Where Do The Shoes Go"

"This is a closet? But where do the shoes go?"
"You get one of those racks that hang on the door"
"I'll hang my myself on the door if I have to live here"
(It is just me or is there a Sex and the City quote that is applicable to every life situation, but I digress)

Another charming side effect of Manhattan real estate (aside from the few I mentioned last week) is lack of closet space. I can't entirely blame New York apartments since I'm pretty sure I will never me entirely satisfied with my closet space, but I'm perpetually suffering from a lack of storage. By now I think you know that I'm insanely OCD and everything I own deserves a specific home but one article of clothing that gets neglected most often are my shoes. I have some built-in shelves in my closet that house some of my more precious footwear but the majority of my shoes are thrown into bins from Ikea. Aside from the fact that this is horrible for my shoes, and gives me a ginormous headache in the morning, it's not very aesthetically pleasing either. Since I love shoes so much, and have acquired so many pairs that I love to admire, having them lumped in a bin isn't ideal.

So as my marathon redecorating mission continues I've looked to find alternatives for fun shoe storage and here are a few ideas I stumbled upon.

I'm a big fan of showcasing them on a bookshelf (or at least the really pretty ones, and keeping my bins for my Haviannas and Jack Rogers).

I'm dying to know if you have any shoe storage ideas?

Monday, August 4, 2014

July Book Review

I've been trucking away with my books this summer and have two new book reviews for you from the month of July. 

As stated several times I was dying to read Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You after seeing the trailer (check it out here). I'm pretty much on board with everything in which Tina Fey is involved and I'm happy to report this book did not disappoint. The story starts with the protagonist, Judd Foxwood, who is in the midst of a person crisis after walking in on his wife sleeping with his boss, finding out his father has passed away. He, along with his three other siblings, return to their childhood home and are met with their father's dying wish: for the family to sit shiva for a week. A great deal of drama ensues when this cast of characters is forced to one again live under the same roof. It's absolutely hysterical, and surprisingly heartwarming, this is definitely a must-read! 

Two years ago I read Erin Duffy's breakout novel Bond Girl and it became one of my all time favorite books, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out she had released a second book! This one is called On the Rocks and follows Abby, who, while in the midst of trying on wedding dresses, discovers her fiancé has dumped her via Facebook. After spending six months on her couch and gaining 30 lbs, her best friend stages an intervention and all but forces her to do a summer share with her in Newport. Erin's writing is witty and relatable, you feel as if you're listening to a story from a friend. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her voice is extremely accessible to a twenty-something. This is the perfect beach read!

Any suggestions for August? 
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