How To Ring It In In Style

This Wednesday, the clock will strike midnight and the year will wind down and we will all utter the words: “Where did the time go?’ Another year will have passed giving us all opportunity to reflect and become anew if we so choose. And as the temperatures drop, its time to reflect and look back at the year that is 2014 and ring in the new fresh-faced 2015 looking and feeling our best, ready to put our best foot forward as we head into the new year.

I know for me, I have been running out of  fresh outfit ideas as I stare at my closet with a blank stare.

I have a New Year’s soiree to attend.

I have a party Saturday night.

I have nothing to wear. WTF.

We have all been there, so I decided to share my simple go-to rule for making something out of nothin’ in the outfits department: start with a gorgeous pair of shoes and work your way up.

Here I paired a classic pair of black boots, with a fringe dress. I topped it with a sleeveless ivory turtleneck, and a a leather moto jacket for the good ol’ cold weather.

ivory fringe dress

Wearing: Tiffany sunglasses / Reformation fringed dress, sold out, get a similar one here / DSquared leather moto jacket. Get it here

fringe dress with moto jacket

fringe dress moto jacket

Ready to strip down and take it off? There are many endless options for open toe sandals out there and probably in your closet already. In case you don’t, pick up a pair of these stunners, add a fringe dress, and you will deserve a spin on the dance floor before the ball drops.

fringe dress velvet shoes

ivory dress velvet sandalsivory fringe dress

Tibi sandals.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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On the Run

During this hectic time of year, my feet are the last appendage that I think about. Our legs and feet take us everywhere: in cabs, on the train, running from Point A to Point B. Now is the time to treat them right.

Borrowed from the Swedes, I’m taking activewear out in public. Running around the city all day is a killer on the feet, and wearing sneakers have now become an acceptable habit. I am now officially one of those moms who has succumbed to black pants and a pair of Nike Free sneakers for the school run. The A.P.C./ Nike collaboration is super chic. Instead of the standard LuluLemon leggings, I sported a pair of pleather leggings and oversized maxi sweater to complete this look.

black long cardigan

beanie and leather pants

black outfit

leather pant

Wearing: Asos beanie / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Theory turtleneck / J. Crew shirt / J.Crew Men’s cashmere sweater / & Other Stories pendant necklace, get a similar one here or here / Aritzia leggings, get a similar pair here / Azalea maxi boyfriend black cardigan / Adidas Gazelle Maroon sneakers

fur gloves

 Jocelyn Fur fingerless mittens

black sweater and beanie

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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In The Mood

chic gift guide Here are my top six pieces for holiday dressing:

Jo Malone candle / Piperlime faux fur vest / Topshop wool floppy hat / Topshop choker / Vogue eyewear / Steve Madden handbag

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A Gift Guide Under $30

Finding the perfect present for a loved one can be a challenge—especially for a girl on a budget. To make your holiday shopping a little easier this year, I curated a super-chic roundup of gifts, all for under $30. From warm socks and a gold iPhone case to a cozy pair of moccasins and the most fashionable rings, these gorgeous gifts look expensive and will likely earn you big brownie points. Even better, the title of chicest Secret Santa Ever.

Because being fabulous doesn’t have to come with a large price tag.

gifts under $30

SHOP IT!

Forever 21 iPhone case

Urban Outfitters gloves

West Elm owl mug

Old Navy socks

Urban Outfitters beanie and snood

Forever 21 chronograph watch

Forever 21 fringed suede moccasins

 B. Brilliant Rose gold over sterling silver ring and knot ring

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Easy Tricks to Get Holiday Ready

Tis’ the season! It’s crunch time. Two weeks till Christmas and the last weekend to shop before Hanukkah. But what to wear?

I gave up on sequins. After many years of holiday parties, wearing those sparkly discs and lavish embellishments just seemed so well, dated. I have a few simple tricks that I like to stick to in effort to avoid holiday outfit stress: red lipstick, a bit of sparkle on my socks, and patent leather pumps.

Happy Holidays!

black and white striped sweater

black and white sweater

I’m wearing:  Thakoon monochrome striped jumper / Topshop high-waisted mom jeans / Topshop lurex trim socks / Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps / Derek Lam red messenger bag, get a similar one here / Sugar lip treatment or this NARS lipstick / Ray-Ban sunglasses

red bag red lipstick

mom jeans

glitter socks

red lipstick

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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My Wish List

gift guideHanukkah is less than a week away and for those of you who enjoy the finer things in life, take a look at what is on my wish list this holiday season for the girl who has, well, everything. Natch.

The Black and Gold 

Isa Arfen belted coat / Inverni pom-pom hat / Armand Diradourian cashmere eye mask / Paul Andrew patent leather feather sandals / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Dolce & Gabanna gold candle / Maison Martin Margiela gold cuffs / Deborah Lippman gold glitter nail polish / 24K Goldgenie iPhone 6 / Hermés Kelly 32 bag

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Keeping Warm

It’s hard to believe that just two days ago, I was in Miami two and a half hours south of here, basking in much warmer weather, donning not much more than a white dress. Yes, winter is here and thus begins the lament of covering our ears, and feet so that we can only see the concrete below our feet and the glimpse of a shop to hide in. There is the hope of warmer days in the distant future, but now is not the time to fret. It is time to pile on the layers.

In today’s installment of what to wear when the temperatures dips below 35 degrees, use the below outfit as a winter guide. If you payed attention to yesterday’s post, I wasn’t wearing tights or a jacket. That might be unrealistic in today’s climate, so now is the time to add. A sweater vest, a denim shirt, boots, a furry bag, and coats to top it off.

How do you celebrate winter? Maybe this morning you shared in the collective struggle with the local deli owner that it is the definitive end of iced coffee season. I know I did.

sweater vest

sweater vest

sweater vest

Wearing: Old Navy denim shirt / Anthropologie flannel shirt / Duffy sweater vest / Maje skirt / Topshop boots / Pour La Victoire furry bag

sweater vest

furry bag

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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All In The Mix

Plaid shirts are as easy as your favorite denim jeans and Timberlands. Easy, no-fuss dressing. But when its holiday time, and the weather is stormy, the daily dilemma becomes what to wear. How about heading to the office or to school in a comfortable plaid flannel top? Sue me, I found my look.

The concept of mixing and matching plaid and leopard with black and white penny loafers is one of my favorite updated school girl looks for the fall. The mix of patterns add an element of surprise to your wardrobe, whilst staying in your comfort zone, without looking like you are about to chop down a forest.

Add a flip and a pair of tights and you’ve just landed at your holiday party.

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Topshop flannel shirt / Alexander Wang T-Shirt / Maje skirt / Clare Vivier clutch / JW Anderson loafers

flannel top

flannel shirt

flannel shirt and leopard bag

leopard clutch

Stay tuned tomorrow for tips on how to add layers for the colder weather !

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Miami Dispatch

Art Basel Miami

Art Basel kicks off today just in time to enjoy all the art, the pop-up events, gallery exhibitions, and for us New Yorkers, a chance to unwind from the stresses of the impending holidays. Think of it as your getaway car for a few days.

Despite all the parties, dinners, receptions, store openings, product launches and celebrity sightings there are to be had at Art Basel Miami Beach, there is also one important thing that I like to remind everybody every year: GO AND SEE SOME ART!  Stop by the convention center for the main event, go to one of the satellite fairs, visit a local museum or private collection and you can also support the artists by picking up something cool to take home.

This year there will be over 350 galleries and over 50,000 visitors that will flood the state, and it just keeps getting bigger and traffic sucks. In other words, there’s no sleeping. And once you step foot in that Miami heat. its hard to huddle over a laptop and work. Trust.

Art Basel exhibitors 2014

1. TO SEE

I will definitely be checking out this Louis Vuitton exhibit at Design Miami.

Design Miami

2. TO WATCH

Miley Cyrus (yes, her) is performing at the Raleigh Hotel (1175 Collins Avenue, South Beach) on Wednesday, December 3rd, 11 p.m., for a big party hosted by Jeffrey Deitch, Tommy Hilfiger (the hotel’s new owner) and V Magazine and sponsored by M.A.C, Samsung, Golden Lady and Dom Perignon.

miley cirus

AUDEMARS PIGUET Animaris Turgentia Vela (Photo courtesy PEM.jpg

3. TO WEAR 

For what to wear to the ultra-hip art scene in Miami this week, I checked the weather and it is going to be postcard perfect. Sorry, I’m not sorry. If you want to be noticed at Art Basel, good luck. Everybody from all over the world will be wearing their coolest things; only the most secure of us will ignore the fashion sirens. During this week, we are all artists. Accessorize wisely and think, “I don’t always do galleries, but when I do, I prefer to dress the part.” Sneakers are mandatory. So are culottesHere’s my suitcase.

What to Wear to Art Basel

Ray-Ban sunnies / Saint Laurent fringe earrings / Henri Bendel iPhone case on a string / Aesop jet set travel kit / Costume National blouse / Tibi culottes / Golden Goose sneakers / T by Alexander Wang muscle T-shirt / A.P.C. tote bag / Red Valentino sandals

4. PARKING ADVICE

Take a bike or pray.

For a more in depth peek on where the parties are not exclusive, see Racked list on the hot spots you can get into.

Happy Baseling!

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Guide to Cyber Monday

I can’t believe its December already.

Settle down with your wallet and laptop because today is the day you have been waiting for. It is probably the biggest shopping day of the year, in cyberland, and even though Net-A-Porter’s site did crash like I knew it would, and at press time it seems to be running smoothly. I did have this coat in my cart, but when my computer kept circling round and round, I knew I wasn’t getting it at 50% off. Without fret, there are more sales where that left off.

I’ve already made the rounds, and selected a few of my favorites {at the bottom of this post}. Don’t forget to keep the holidays in mind. Today is a perfect opportunity to start checking off  that holiday gift list! Click the hyperlinks, or the curated photos for my favorite things.

*All codes & links are listed below. Please pay attention to websites policies & date deadlines for purchasing.

ALL SAINTS / 20 % off all styles / code THANKS

ASOS / 30% off everything / code ILOVEMONDAYS

BANANA REPUBLIC,  GAP, & OLD NAVY /  40% online purchase / code CYBER

FRENCH CONNECTION / 30% all new merchandise / code 30FCBF

J. CREW/ 30% off full priced styles / code HOLIDAY

MADEWELL / 25% off entire purchase / code GIFTON

NORDSTROM save up to 40% off

PIPERLIME / extra 40% off sale / code CYBERSALE

REVOLVE  / further markdowns up to 80% off / no code needed

SHOPBOP Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 / Code: GOBIG14

THEORY / 40% off sitewide

TOPSHOP up to 50% off sitewide

MY FAVORITE ITEMS ON SALE

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