It’s summer, it’s hot, and the subway sucks. Out of the malarial-infested petri dish and onto the streets we go. That is just one reason I need to escape the dark tunnels and sweaty bodies of the tunnel culture. The best dressed pedal pushers out there are riding the Citi Bike.. or for those daring enough, the motorized 2-wheeler. When asked last week to write a story for Vespa’s blog, VespaVita, how could I resist? I can’t deny my love for the Vespa and here’s why.
For as many years as I can remember, I begged my parents for a street bike. It probably had a lot to do with my New York City upbringing and having to shuffle my body from place to place using public transportation. I hated taking the train (even though it was the fastest way to get around), I refused to be G-d’s mucus and take the bus, and taxi cabs were just too expensive and not a viable option.
All of that changed when I was 17 years old, after spending a blissful summer in Italy on the back of a Vespa Scooter.
I fell pretty hard in love…. not with the Italian uomo, but with those motorized two wheels. There’s nothing better than exploring a city on scooter like the legendary Vespa. Warm wind in your hair, cycling through traffic jams, and enjoying a feeling of total freedom. That what was I was pining for all along. Just like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.
Fast forward a few summers and the free spirit that I wanted to express and own as mine, finally came true. Carless, broke, and living in East Hampton for the summer, my father finally caved in. And bought himself a Vespa. Huh Yes, that was my dad in the cool leather jacket zipping around the tony beach community, but he looked so darn awkward.
“Dad, can I have a ride to work?” I asked so nicely, one afternoon. “ You could take the Vespa…” I knew that he had the spirit. So the next day, I went and got my motorcycle license and didn’t turn back.
I spent the rest of that summer riding the red Vespa, smiling from ear to ear with the warm wind blowing in my hair. I rode to and from work and met a lot of people because time was on my side.
I didn’t have to sit in traffic-ridden Route 27, I could ride the sidelines and get to place to place in lightening speed. I took good care of my new wheels and was super careful on those roads. Impromptu campfire on the beach? I was there. Hanging out in a store? I closed it down. Movie date with a friend? You bet. But now? As an experienced rider, can I take it to the streets of New York?
I don’t ride a Vespa in the city, but I think a lot more people will adopt life on two wheels rather than their limbs. And let’s not forget about chic cycling. Helmets are the hottest fashion gear going right now according to The New York Times.
Now, what do you think? Should I get one? See full post on the Vespa Vita Blog here.
Photo: Lydia Hudgens
Summer is in high gear and after my recent trip to St. Barth, I have a slight craving for anything in the light pink or peach family, everything girly and floral little nothings.
The lifestyle there is oh so French, where the locals ride their Vespa or bikes to the market to pick up déjeuner, a baguette, and ride to the beach with their floppy hats displaying scantily clad bikinis. Aprés beach, there is always time for a refreshing glass of rosé, and evenings are reserved to get together with friends.
I do love summertime and all the things that come with it which includes a sense of joie de vivre. And the French, they know how to do it right. As far as sartorial choices, I saw a lot of Breton stripes, of course, and I did notice a few floral dresses, pink macarons, and buckets of espadrilles, that stayed with me throughout my journey. Now that I am back in the swing of things back home, I am longing for these feminine details.
From left and down we go: Linda Farrow peach wayfarers, Stila eye compact in kitten, Clinique moisture surge CC cream, Marc Jacobs Daisy by Marc Jacobs Eau so Fresh spray, and Repossi Rose gold four-row ring. Calypso St Barth open lace top where the French beachy-wispy -flowy look gave birth, See by Chloé tux shorts, and the infamous Soludos for J. Crew espadrilles. How about that delicate hair crown? I know I have mentioned it a number of times, but now seems like the perfect chance to pretend you’re running around in a field. There is one left, grab it here. How about the Sophia Webster Rose clutch. With all white, its ideal. Take a ride on this incredibly chic Martone bike and while you’re on the road, no trip to St Barth is worth anything unless you indulge in a little sweetness. I know they are available stateside at Ladureé, but I like cheating when I’m on vacation.
On an unrelated note, don’t even try to pretend you didn’t care about William and Kate’s baby boy: Twitter doesn’t lie. The newborn’s son, barely anything but an umbilical cord has more than 2 million followers. The still unnamed bouncing baby boy who will be known officially as His Royal Highness, is THE little dude. I was secretly hoping for a girl named Rose, as this ethereal vision emerged from the depths of my dreams, when Kate Middleton was about to pop. This is what I had in mind for her royal baby to wear. Now that he’s a he, oh baby, it looks like royal blue all the way. We can only hope for his future wife.
“And we’ll never by royals… it don’t run in our blood. That kind of lux just ain’t for us. Let me be your ruler, you can call me Queen B. And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule. Let me live that fantasy.” Here’s to disappointing cracked up dreams.
Summer Fridays are a time when most of us get out of work early, or at least try to, and bolt out town. I know because I am one of the masses. Especially this week when its been unbearably hot. I know I cannot wait to jump in the pool, relax by the beach, and just chill out. So I bet you’re wondering what to wear in the depths of your closet that will take you from office, to train or car, straight to a BBQ without looking too underdressed (no jorts please). How about a pair of high-waisted shorts? Frankly, I can’t even fathom wearing anything but simple, no-more-than-two-piece white ensembles.
Today on NY Fashion Hunter, we continue our study of Five Foot Fridays, Part 2 of the summer series, with a quick study of big shorts. Just to be clear, this is intended for those of us blessed with everything but vertical stature or a courageous attitude to pull it off. So many petite women often get down on themselves about having a small stature. One look at stylish petite girls like Natalie Portman, Amy Poehler, and the Olsen twins, just to name a few, more than proves the point that not everyone is long and lithe. I will try to dispel that myth.
And what a better way to wear your pride than a graphic emblazoned with your city of love. Because nobody loves New York more than the true die-hard New Yorkers, who love their city sticky, stinky, and sweltering. TGIF.
I’m wearing a SheInside NYC top, Lauren Moffatt white shorts, 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch, K Jacques linen flip flops. nOir ID necklace, Super by RETROPSUPERFUTURE sunglasses, bracelets by Vita Fede, and Vensessa Artizaga, Dannijo friendship bracelet worn as anklet.
Photos: Michael Dumler
Although Emerald Green is edging out almost every category on the color wheel, with Monaco Blue, and Nectarine a close second, my running favorite is still Lemon Zest. Not everybody’s favorite, lemon yellow just speaks of summer, lemonade, and happy days, and I do love my yellow overalls.
Add this striking canary yellow as an addition to white, my summer neutral, or black if you so desire. Yellow serves as the ultimate compliment. Use this guide below as a reference point, all links are shoppable, when using those neutrals as home base.
Whether it’s a candle, a bag, or those incredible Flo pumps I am pining for, get it now. Summer is always the quickest season on the calendar..try to make the most out of the long days and nights. Because before you know it, Acai and Turbulence will start to take center stage. Ready or not. Go radiate!
From top to bottom here we go. Versace ‘Yellow Diamond’ Eau de Toilette, DKNY crossbody bag in black, here is one by Milly in yellow, and this Diptyque candle which I have constantly burning all summer long. Marcus Lupfur Loves Hillier bumblebee sweater is perfect with shorts, and is a great transition piece into fall, get your directions straight with these Asos Perspex Swing triangle earrings, and how about them Christian Louboutin Flo pumps? No words.
Did you receive an invitation to a black tie event or want to stun your friends? This Roberto Cavalli lace number will do just the trick. This Balmain clutch will do wonders for your wardrobe with crystals nonetheless, Dior sunglasses for those moments you don’t want to be seen. Do you think yellow cannot be worn past these sweltering hot days? Think again. These Paul & Joe wool pants got you covered. For those scared of the full blast of yellow, the Ciaté ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ nail polish should keep your toes happy. And finally the Alexander McQueen skull scarf will never do you wrong.
Collage by Carina Gupta
It’s hot, its mid-July, and whether you’re posing at the beach or reading pool-side, this month is all about statement pieces. Whether it’s loads of bangles, a pop of orange or look at me shades, there is no better time to break out all your summer gear. I styled this beautiful stunner Piper in onesies, maxi skirts, and simple dresses and enjoyed working behind the scenes. All jewelry including elephant ring seen above can be found at Shopbevel. Shopbevel is cool in that they work with independent designers to bring to market the best in jewelry design. Designers submit designs, the community votes, and Shopbevel produces selected winners. Pretty cool, huh?
I created and published my first GLOSSI – a new digital magazine that I am addicted to. It’s great because it combination my editorial skills, styling experience and years in the fashion departments of magazines into one spot. This GLOSSI shows personal style, shopping, text, and shoppable products.
And, btw, It will be featured on GLOSSI.com today! Click to view Summer Trends on GLOSSI.COM, and feel free to follow me, and create your own online presence.
Not too much thought is always the motto. Wear what feels natural and lifts your mood. And always accessorize…
Photos: Elizabeth Shrier
As the blogosphere gets more crowded with both women and men claiming their turf as the next street style sleuth, it’s important to stake your claim, find a niche market, and make it your signature élan to claim a piece of internet real estate. When most jaw-dropping looks come staggering down the runway, the regular gal will shrug it off as too expensive, not lifestyle appropriate, and possibly, that none of that hoopla would fit an average gal. It’s high time to change that.
Today on NY Fashion Hunter, I bring you Five Foot Fridays, the start of a summer series, for those of us blessed with everything but vertical stature. For petite women (and American fashion defines us as women below 5’4″), petite apparel does not have to mean matronly twinsets from Talbots and Liz Claiborne, nor does it have to mean being relegated to the kids’ department. A great sense of style, and a knack for calling out trends certainly helps, but do you struggle like I do with the craving to wear just about everything on the planet?
Big style can transcend even the widest legged pants, the jumpsuits, the flats, and everything is between. No I don’t shop in the petite departments, those days are way over. My best friend is my seamstress, and six-inch platforms may become part of my daily regime, but if you know your body type, and are ready to take those short inseams to the cleaners, you’re good to go.
Hey shorty! Heck, if the Olsens can pull it off with panache, why can’t you? Starting below with a wide-legged summer zebra print jumpsuit, here’s my take. Go!
To start, this particular jumpsuit by Tart Collections, had to be cut around 5 inches off the leg.The easy jersey fabric is easy to wear, especially if you’re smack in the midst of a boiling hot summer here in New York. I pulled it off with a pair of comfortable platforms and a confident smile. Just don’t get caught in the sudden deluge of water from the clouds like I did. Wet hair, dripping makeup, no joke. It’s a great look.
Photos: Lydia Hudgens
When I travel in the summer months to any warm weather destination, I tend to pack less. Any savvy traveler knows that when heading to any place other than the Hamptons, there are massive sales on beachwear. Especially in the Caribbean. I love wearing white as you know, and certainly adding black makes great company. Splashing in the waves, sunbathing, or chilling après-beach constitutes a mellow vibe no matter how you slice it. I like my beachwear very simple, flattering, clean, modern and above all, comfortable.
Below is a collage of some of my favorite things out there in the world-wide web and seven key pieces that you will need for your summer scrapbook. Pull back your messy beach hair, grab your favorite book, and get packing. Here’s how to make a monochrome palette your beachside signature.
Collage By Carina Gupta
Ray-Ban polarized lenses for the sun’s strong UV rays, Topshop white Dip Dye Maxi Cover-up, $72.00, ZIMMERMAN Triangle bikini for the truly daring, or go for the black sleek one-piece Poetic License crocheted Lisa Maree number. Grab the hat, this one by Eugenia Kim. For après-beach, don’t forget the necklace,this one Oscar de la Renta vintage-inspired. And finally, for those with a shoe fetishisation, these Christian Louboutin striped espadrilles have the perfect heel and just right pow, when hanging with the millionaire set. Can’t afford to travel? A staycation in your house or apartment in this get-up will make you feel like a million bucks.
See you on the beach!
Photo: Michael Dumler
I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July holiday. I spent most of the time poolside, with family and friends, and indulging on my favorite summery treats. I channeled my patriotic spirit by wearing pops of red white and blue, in the accessory department and on my nails, and kept to an all white palette for evenings.
Get the look here.
I didn’t post many selfies as I didn’t want my iPhone in the ocean or filled with sand, and more importantly, my hair remained in a beachy knot for five straight days and couldn’t be salvaged.
But I did make a beautiful summer lunch.
And every year we see fireworks on the beach.
Hope everyone had a great weekend !
When you think of summer you think of a cold beer, a glass of rosé, and a refreshing glass of lemonade. It’s hot, you’re in a good mood, and the long holiday is fast approaching. What a better way to celebrate the season of sunshine than throwing on a pop of yellow?
As Jonathan Adler says in his book Happy Chic Colors “One yellow Gerber daisy in a bud vase = Prozac for your pad.” Known this season by its Pantone ID of Lemon Zest, the runways were full of this bold hue, (See Stella McCartney, Erdem, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana‘s lemon pants!) which I personally love. If you recall I posted about the bold color yellow back in January when I was “feeling blah” went ahead purchased this yellow coat, and proceeded to wear it unconditionally. Yellow as a pop color worn monochromatically looks awesome, but pulling off a head-to-toe look in one screaming hue can be tricky.
Time to smell the proverbial daffodils. See Dior’s look from Spring below.
For his nod to haute couture, Raf Simons looked to Dior’s archive creating a jacket fitted close to the body with this yellow number. The cut and drape are as sleek as a tulip’s stem. Not one to mistake couture for something it’s not, I appreciate all the workmanship and the head-to-toe monochromatic color so present in this look.
Yes, wearing a head-to-toe look can be tricky, but I decided to conquer this by going for the gold. With a pair of yellow overalls, it’s a win-win for summer.
For me, a big wearer of black or white this season, wearing this in New York City is a hoot. Houston is a city of color, not NYC. It was a perfect day to show up in these yellow overalls at the village parade. For the cool points. Hey Adam and Eve were on to something with that forbidden fruit. Why not go bananas!
Think lemon drops and sunshine, and loads of color.
Photos: Michael Dumler
Happy 4th Everyone~!!
Ah, the 4th of July is quickly approaching…the celebration of Independence, freedom, summer barbecues and, of course, heading to the beach. Summertime, you are a benchmark for so many things. ’Tis the season of road trips, tan lines, and ridiculously muggy commutes home. Summer pros? Surfing lessons, lighter hair, and loads of Vitamin D. Summer cons: shaving your legs daily, reapplying that sunscreen, and the constant schlepping back and forth.
Summer-wear in the concrete jungle is a fun one to watch in a city like New York. Heavy denim is replaced by maxi dresses, and wearing blazers becomes dated, claiming bikini tops as the outfit method of choice. Let’s leave those bikini tops for the beach shall we? and in the same breath pull out the bags appropriate for both infiltrating these streets and your favorite summer haunts. And while you enjoy your lemonade, bonfires, and s’mores on your preferred summer weekend of choice be it mountain highs, lake sails, or ocean breezes, it’s important to carry the right tote around, right? The one that will carry your sunglasses, the charger, the book. Right!
Here are 6 totes for your perusing pleasure. The long weekend will be here before you know it. Break out those raffia shoes, forget about the threat of rain, and start dancing.
Collage by Carina Gupta
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