Fall Has Arrived

Ah, Autumn. I can almost sense the season up on us. Fall is the only time worth taking in oxygen in Manhattan as the autumnal equinox washes away the sticky remnants of summer and brings the crisp air in for a well-needed sense of renewal. And as of tonight at 10:29 PM, like it or not, it will be official.

What do I love about Fall? I love watching the leaves change color, football season, longer nights, the smells of burning logs, and a cup of hot coffee. In the Fall season, I, like countless other women I know, make sweeping vows to ourselves with the promises of new beginnings. Like New Year’s Resolutions though, these promises are meant to be broken.

This year, as the temperatures begin to cool and we begin to hibernate in our homes, and Zara on every corner is fully stocked with cable sweaters, boots and scarves, I am inspired to create my own far-fetched resolutions which most-likely be broken by the end of October. Starting with my wardrobe because that is currently in the chaotic state of getting a well-needed overhaul.

Here are my top five resolutions right now.

1. I will update my closet, but I vow to not just walk into a shop and buy whatever I love without thinking about said item. Do I really need it? I know pastels are having a moment! Will I wear it more than 10 times?  I vow to remember what in currently in my closet, have a a list handy, and no repeating the same thing as last year.

2. I will invest in one pair of black boots, not two, or three. Same for black sweaters.

3. I do need exercise clothes because I wear them 4 times a week to keep my body in shape, and if I didn’t change them often, I would smell. Really bad.

4. I vow to get at least 10 minutes of unfiltered sunshine for a daily dose of Vitamin A, not in the form of a little yellow pill, but that huge yellow glowing ball we call the sun.

5. I will drink at least one cup of coffee per day because I like the way it tastes and its more than just black water. Among the many health benefits, coffee helps me feel less tired, it increases my energy level, burns fat, increases my libido (not sure if that is true), and may protect me down the road from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a win-win.

Frankly, on those cold fall mornings I find it hard to get out of bed, just like this AM, raring to go. Even worse, I can’t even get to my kitchen without several layers cloaking my body. But getting back to those boots. Let’s hear it for Fall.

cup of coffee

Kisua sweater, get a similar one here, Paige denim jeans// Rag & Bone boots

Colorblock sweater

black and cobalt sweater

Purging the closet? Who doesn’t like starting fresh!

closet purge

closet purge

closet purge

What do you love about Fall? Tell me in the comments section. I want to know.

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Photos: Jeff Thibodeau

Check out this link below to see how I start my mornings right.

http://celebratewithstarbucks.com/fall/start-the-day-off-right.html

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NYFW / Day Four

Fashion is all about trial and error. There are days that I pull looks out from closet, get dressed in 10 minutes, and head out the door looking exactly how I imagined. Other days, I glance in the mirror and wonder why I made the attempt of wearing platform brogueswhen they just don’t look good on me. It is then I realize, it’s ok to make mistakes because without them, one would never learn.

Fashion week comes and goes as quickly as a bird in flight trying to head down south for the winter. Unlike in the case of the  a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate, though, at Fashion Week, there are clothes. And there are friends. Not coincidentally, fashion and friends go well together as birds of a feather flock together, therefore fashion is a fun game I play with myself but is best played on a team.

In this game, some days are good, some days are bad and some are great. With the help of others, dressing up to attend Fashion week is just that and fundamentally should be fun with a capital F.

Last week I committed a fashion faux pas and wore a normcore version of myself, ( I threw on these Harem cargo pantsand 100% hated it. In between shows, I hightailed it over to Anthom, a new under-the-radar shop in Chelsea carrying super cool designers, and fell in love with this skirt. Magically, I put it on, and turned into Cinderella. Thanks to my new buddies, I was able to peacock as originally planned.

full skirt

I’m wearing: Drifter T-shirt // Ksenia Schnaider pencil line camo circle skirt, get it at ShopAnthom // Ajelandro Ingelmo sandals // SANG A bag, get a similar one here or here // Thierry Lasry sunglasses

flippy skirt

white circle skirt

circle camo skirt

circle camp skirt

Flash tattoos // Ettika bracelet

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

circle camo skirt

and that’s a wrap for today!

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Ten Things I Learned and Loved from New York Fashion Week

The lights have gone down on New York Fashion Week, but fret not, the London shows are happening right now, then Milan and Paris. Before we indulge in that conversation, here is a rundown of the past week’s most entertaining happenings.

If you haven’t done so as of yet, head on over to Refinery 29, Style.com, and Vogue.com to see the industry’s coolest customers. You bet there are the street style darlings, those wanting to flaunt next-level silhouettes, styling tricks, and statement pieces that have been waiting for months to flaunt. And, if you think fashion week is  just an excuse to peacock…well, it is. NYFW is also a crazy 7 straight days of clothes, models, cabs and a whole lot of who wore what, which can be a lot to take in if you have a life outside of stalking the Internet for updates. Besides the major lack of sleep, I know I probably missed some good stuff.

Here are your SparkNotes to get ahead of the game come next Spring, and don’t worry, the final exam is the end of the week.

1. The hottest designer right now is DelPozo. Why? The woman who wears Delpozo has a certain attitude, and she recognizes and knows how to appreciate craftsmanship. Check . Check. Check out this belted mohair coat, right this way.

Del Pozo

2. The hair sweep at Coach. Check out the very cool dramatic side part. Tucked a lot of hair behind your ear and then clip it with a barrette. I am definitely going to try this at home.

Coach SS 2015

3. Consider the kiltie. This deeply abstruse term of fashion which sounds like it should describe a pedigree of a dog, refers to the serrated flap of leather used to protect the laces on traditional styles of men’s country shoes. Long favoured by golfers, picked up a few years ago by Church’s, and then adopted by Prada (men’s), the kiltie has suddenly gone from arcane to everywhere. It was deployed at Oscar de la Renta earlier at New York Fashion Week, and at Proenza Schouler, the kiltie is a word you should know.

Proenza Schouler

4. Ugly Shoes aren’t going anywhere. You know those Velcro-strapped sporty sandals beloved by outdoorsy dads across the globe. Like it or not, the “ugly shoe” trend will be sticking around for at least another year. I pick these big clumpy heels on Cornish pasty lace-ups from the JW Anderson in London as the season’s winner. Birkenstocks on steroids. Get on board.

JW Anderson

5. Belt everything. Ties, and belts in all different sizes and requests were all over the runways, I especially loved this yellow belted vest over at Creatures of The Wind.

Creatures of the Wind Spring 2015

6. iPhone shenanigans. Finding out that the Apple store on 14th Street welcomes us show goers who lost Mophies or wasted battery on Instagram and Hyperlink edits with wide, open arms. Apparently I wasn’t the only one that led that parade.

7. Designers continued on the road of putting out beautiful tailored sportswear with an edge instead of reinventing the wheel. See: Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein.

Altuzarra Spring Summer 2015

8. Wear blue. Whilst spring is traditionally a time for florals and pastels, dazzling blue was seen at 29 shows at NYFW. And not just blue but Aquamarine, and Scuba Blue. There is a yes movement towards the cooler and the softer side of the color spectrum. I will have some of that with Toasted Almond on top. See the look below from Dion Lee. 

Dion Lee Spring 2015

9. Forget the clothes, the models are the real stars of New York Fashion Week. Kendall Jenner, the new new IT 18-year old star walked DVF and Tommy Hilfilger this season. There’s no stopping this one.

Kendall Jenner

10. Flash TattoosYou can be a goddess too, without the commitment. Floppy hats, and wearable tech also prevailed. Love this one a la Rebecca Minkoff.

Rebecca Minkoff

 

Kendall Jenner

What are your favorite trends from #NYFW? Write in the comments below… more news to come…stay tuned!

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Here’s The Skinny

Yes, it’s today! Today, 9.9 is my birthday. But I won’t cry, even if I want to, because I have much to celebrate. Just take a look back for a minute.

My birthday used to fall on the first day of school, and that was always a drag. Nobody remembered it was my birthday except for the teachers who mentioned it during class and there was no instagram or snapchat or Facebook to prove its worth. When I had a 9 to 5 job, there was the traditional office party consisting of oversized saccharine-filled cupcakes with the requisite number of candles, and a few bottles of cheap wine. Quite festive, but it blew over quickly.

Fast forward a couple of years, and my birthday seems to always coincide with Fashion week, for sure fashion month. They city has so much energy and vibrancy that I don’t mind heading to the shows on my day. It’s a Virgo party across the board in the fashion industry with insanely organized, overly hyper Type A people on and off-the-catwalk that like to strut their stuff. Frankly, we are all in this together so I will never feel alone.

For what I wore the first day of NYFW, flats like I promised I would, and paired those comfortable shoes with a vintage skinny silk scarf from Chloé, and all white as a base coat. Because it was 90 degrees this week, that’s why and it’s still summer on my calendar.

So what’s the skinny? Skinny scarves! They are a thing. Trust.

Cheers!

skinny scarves

white jeans

Wearing: Alexander Wang T-shirt // Tess Giberson vest // Frame denim white jeans // Flatform Birks // Timo Weiland backpack // Celine sunnies

skinny scarf and white jeans

white jeans

skinny scarf and white jeans

white jeans

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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NYFW Day 2

This fashion week started off with a bang leading off with several shows across the calendar beginning at 9AM. My suggestion would be a blanket start at 10AM, but I don’t run nor own the Fashion Calendar, the CFDA does. Whether you were invited, crashing, or just planning to camp out in front of Lincoln Center for some street-style action, I will be churning out quick reviews of the season’s trends. Keep checking back throughout the week for coverage of the trends and deposit them in the comments section, and don’t forget to follow my ass on Twitter, Vine and Instagram where I will be updating regularly.

Ta ta..Happy Fashion Week!

At Kaelen, it was all feminine and flirty with loads of fringe flying out of the hems of skirts and jackets, leaving the audience gasping for more. The tension between masculine and feminine has long been a Kaelen preoccupation, and while she maintained many of her chic boxy shapes for Spring, there was a newfound sex appeal to them. One of my all-time favorites, I can’t wait to see what is up her sleeve for fall.

Kaelen Spring 2015

Kalelen Spring 2015

Over at the Piers at Degen, there was a different more relaxed vibe. Beach bums unite! Teva sandals with socks! Who can resist a big beach party? Vibrant colors ruled the show and even though the show was short and sweet, I was glad they served wine this season to start fashion week off on a savory note.

Degen Spring Summer 2015

Bohemian was the word of the day for BCBG Max Azria where the girls seem to float into these cool obi pastel belts around their waists to break up boxy-shaped flimsy, deep v dresses and tops, paired with culottes, in similarly pale shades. This silhouette was used throughout that set the ethereal agenda. Focusing on longer lengths and gossamer fabrics, Azria whipped up gauzy blouses and fluttery scarf-print frocks. California, here I come!

BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria SS 2015

I then headed over to the Jay Godfrey presentation where the sexy back ruled supreme. The weather was hot and sticky but the basement of the Hudson felt much more comfortable and the girls looked so chill with the live music playing the background.

Jay Godfrey Spring Summer 2015

Thoughts on these?

 

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New York Fashion Week Diary Day 1

It’s really happening. New York Fashion Week is here, September 4, 2014, as early as it has ever been in the history of fashion. I was barely off the beach when my closet was calling me to check on its status, the school bells starting ringing, and just like that here we are.

This season, like no other, I will be wearing flats and sensible shoes because they are a thing, and  even though I am wearing them below, they beat out stilettos ten to one on the comfort scale running from show to show. Taking cues from the recent Resort collections and my current state of mind, I will be wearing culottes, and floor-grazing skirts, sheer tops, and skinny scarves, and for an easy head-to-toe ensemble, a simple jumpsuit. What I won’t be wearing? A blanket coat.

Click on all hyperlinks below to buy the look. That’s it–Happy fashion month. Bye!

black jumpsuit

Wearing head to toe: Mango jumpsuit // Ray-Ban sunglasses // Jennifer Zeuner choker chain necklace // Zara fringe bag, get a similar one here // Givenchy sandals

black jumpsuit

black jumpsuit

black jumpsuit

fringe bag

Balenciaga rings // Henri Bendel bracelet // Gabriela Artigas cuff // nOir rings

 

 

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Labor Day Sales Are On!

Summer sales are to women what children are to their mothers: always on their mind when they’re around, but definitely anxiety-producing creatures. But before you know it, they’re gone with your money and your heart. And there you are left with only memories of what you could have, should have, didn’t do. Oh the joys of motherhood!

I only relate to this because now is the time my friends…time to scoop up all your favorite things at the end of the season sales before they slip away. Who you do you know that doesn’t LOVE a good sale? Especially a sale that will lead right onto Fall? Nobody.

Right now everyone from Old Navy to adidas, to Sephora and Birchbox, Tibi and J. Crew, are clearing out summer merchandise to make room for fall. Surprisingly, I am finding some great basics, and transitional pieces on sale. I found a few great jumpsuits that could easily work into fall layered with a denim or leather jacket, some amazing pieces from J. Crew, and a slew of denim and leather jackets on sale.

See below for my top pics for what I am craving right now.

Labor Day Sale3.1 Phillip Lim mint backpack// Frame Le Garcon jean // rag & bone Nancy top / Tibi skirt use code HELLOFALL // Kelly Wearstler paper code LABORDAY // Sephora liner summer sendoff sale // Old Navy flannel shirt // Pamela Love ring and cuff enter code WHITE // Marc by Marc Jacobs watch // Tibi mules and loafers enter code HELLOFALL and finally Vans  found on sale at J. Crew with 30% off purchase of $125 or more with code 24HOURS

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

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Labor Day Getaway

There are a few details that contribute to my happiness regarding hitting the road and getting out-of-town. First and foremost, I am an irrational packer, taking way too many things. Packing for me is quite paralyzing because I am afraid of anything awry. Second to this, I hate living out of a suitcase. The thought of a mobile closet doesn’t sit well with me — chiefly because I like to have options, and wear what I feel like wearing, not what is directly in front of me.

This last quick summer getaway Labor Day weekend though, things will be different. As the final weekend before September comes way too soon, the constant shlepping, packing and unloading, is getting gruesomely tiring. It has taken me till the 24th hour of August to realize that it just doesn’t matter to anybody else what I am wearing except me.

Finally, whether you are heading to Palm Springs, Maine, or Montauk, enjoy the moments, savor the smells, and take it all in for whatever its worth. I have my predictions for what will be happening on the streets come September, so I’m just planning now on what I am going to wear in the coming weeks.

denim shorts

 

Photos: Michael Crook

denim shorts

Here’s what I am packing for the long weekend: a white T-shirt, a denim shirt to tie over my shoulders in case it gets cool, denim shorts for morning noon and night, wedge sandals, a pair of white sneakers, and a bikini. And a bag to pack it all in.

Shop the look here and don’t forget the click on the photo to head right to the website. Happy Friday!

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Print Scapade

This has been one of the best summers, mostly because of the sensational weather. But there is a nip in the air and it feels like Fall and back to school, are right around the corner.

With that in mind, its time to edit my closet and move aside the summery florals. Now is the time for punchier, wackier prints to take center stage. Geometrics, swirls, crazy python prints, and multicolored digital mashups vow to keep this Fall weather feeling decidedly upbeat.

I am normally not a print lover but I love the take on this dress, the green and blue python-inspired Champs-Élysées dress featured below by Cluny. I have a feeling that I will continue my love of flats going forward as well.

Cluny dress
python print dress
Cluny dress // Super Sunglasses // Marni sandals
python print dress
green and blue python dress
green and blue printed dress
Super Sunglasses
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Happy Monday!
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End of Summer Uniform

I went Fall shopping yesterday. It was a mini disaster, not because there wasn’t a huge selection of choices, but because I am not ready to indulge in mustard-colored sweatersdark florals, and other fall favorites quite yet. I am a summer girl at heart and am still relishing the late summer sun before the autumnal breezes start coming in.

With fashion week coming up and leisurely summer weekends ceasing, I decided this past weekend to really check things off my summer to-do list. Things like replacing white sheets and towels for fresh ones, sorting through that huge pile of mail, and deep apartment cleaning.

But before I bid summer adieu, here is what I will miss.

1. Climbing out of the freezing cold ocean.

2. Exercising and then eating those calories outdoors.

3. Editing my closet  down to a science. Just kidding.

This season, I put away my white jeans and instead opted for gauzy sheaths.  Maybe it’s because everybody wore white denim 24/7 and they felt so over and done, so I retired my 10 pairs to the back of my closet. Until this week when I started wearing them again.

If striped tops and baggy white jeans would have to be my go-to uniform for fall, I would be fine with that. The best part of summer is being able to grab your uniform, whether it’s a white T-shirt and shorts or a dress from the night before, then slipping your feet into the nearest pair of sandals and heading out the door for the next 12 hours. Like I always said, white jeans are a year-round staple, not just a summer fling.

white jeans

Wearing: Bec and Bridge cropped top // Paige Denim jeans // Topshop Fang sandals // Chanel vintage bag // Jeepers Peepers sunglasses

striped shirt

vintage Chanel bag

striped shirt and white jeans

white jeans

striped top

There is a chance to squeeze in two long, languid weeks left of summer if you stay true to the autumnal equinox so tell me, for the love of a sunny weekend on the horizon, what are you going to miss about summer? Chime in!

Happy Friday!

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Code White

End of summer = code white. I have been wearing white as planned the entire month, enjoying these blissful long summer days and end-of-August evenings, pairing stripes, or denim digs into my look. I wish I could extend the season, but I haven’t cracked the code on how to stay in white dresses past September. If you find a way, please alert the media.

When putting on said white summer dresses, I feel like such a lady, so I always make sure there’s something boyish in my look. I felt the urge to pair my white dress with white sneakers to add a playful element. See how to achieve this below.

white dress

white dress

Zara dress // SUPER sunglasses // Harvey Faircloth clutch // Saint Laurent sneakers

white dress

white dress

white dress and striped bag

Accessories by Forma de Ser // Chan Luu // Charlotte Lebeck ring

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Summer Baubles

If there is anything I have learned about summer, is that it is short-lived. It occurred to me yesterday morning when I went to take a walk in my neighborhood, I was experiencing a textbook case of bittersweetness. August signifies heat and humidity, and after the winter we endured, I marveled in the fact that my fingers were ballooning as the humidity expanded their width.

It is already mid-August which means September is right around the corner. And fashion week! Until that circus, I am reveling in the fact that my legs flap around in shorts, my neck is exposed to the sky, and my wrists, legs, ankles, and lobes are just letting loose. In an attempt to keep summer long-lived, I will wear things that scream summer which for me translates to… accessories!

This summer I was introduced to Vanesa Farfan, a unique collection of minimalist and simplistic designs with delicate details that make a statement. Elegant and refined, I love piling on layers of suede, 14K gold, and silk cord bracelets to decorate my limbs and define my style.

Launched in June of 2011, the brand is sold online and in high-end fashion boutiques throughout the country and ranging in price point from $10 to $120, there is something for everyone. Check out her looks below. All are available at Vanesa Farfan.

vanesa farfan

accessories for summer

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

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Recycling The Goods

It’s Wednesday morning, happy hump day! and I am fresh out of ideas of what to wear. The paradox of summer ease is in how difficult it becomes to remove yourself from the black hole that is comfort, wear what I have been wearing every single freaking day, a T-shirt and some form of denim to avoid that inevitable thought that is 100% inaccurate: I have nothing to wear.

Instead, I am combining reliable looks that I have worn previously,  and will tango with the thought that I will copy myself. I will wear looks that I have previously put together, verbatim. BORING? No, not quite.

My body is tired of shopping, WHAT? and my mind is bored, (I’m reading my books) that is until the weather starts to change and inspire me to turn me on to move past the recently used section of my closet. It’s just sheer laziness but I don’t mind. These looks looked good on me last year and life is too short to leave a closet full of goods pristinely folded and unworn. So, its time to get the wheels of our closets in motion and recycle some of our favorite looks from our perspective closets.

In this look below, I am wearing a Mango white t-shirt, a Zara skort so in vogue last season that I just recently took it out to play, get it this season at Nasty Gal, and this JW Anderson vest. Didn’t forget about those cool accessories: bracelets from Emily Kammeyer, this Reed Krakoff bag and crocodile Givenchy babies.

white skort and blue vest
white Zara skort

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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The Dog Days

I tried a social experiment on myself over the weekend, which was to reclaim my life before the smartphone took it over. At first, it was difficult to combat, as my blog, is in a constant state of motion. I am incessantly checking my instagram feed, and keeping on the fashion world’s radar, enough to make your head spin. But as the hours went by, my third limb slowly disappeared and become part of my habitué. I almost forgot my phone was there. Well, almost.

Without being attached to my phone I was able to:

1. Converse with people and open up my ears even more.

2. Surf.

3. Read.

The onset of August means only one thing: Fashion month is near. But until then, it’s time to get in as many final beach days as possible. I’ve already given you the rundown on what to wear, and how to look like a sun-kissed goddess. But what about the ultimate sunbathing accessory—a book? Whether you are bound for Ibiza or the Rockaways, this is the time to dig into those yummy stories knowing you have a full month to get polish them off.

read a book the dog days of August Reading a book photo

 

Here’s what’s on my hit list. What’s on yours?

Photos: Jeff Thibodeau

 

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Fit To Be Tied

There have been so many times when I wish my laced-up sneakers didn’t have laces. They hang loose until I inevitably trip, I turn a nice shade of black and blue, and the rest is history. What would I wear instead? Not slides, not slip-ons. Sneakers are laced-up for a reason, to hold your feet in place. It’s so much easier to tie a top than a shoe, right?

Remember the tie front shirt? If you vividly remember the 90′s like I do, the tie front shirt trend feels like a bit of a déjà vu. I did own several in gingham. When undone, it looks like you have two rabbit ears hanging from the hem of your shirt, but when tied, the tie front shirt creates the look of a relaxed cinched waist. Natch.

black tie-front shirt

 

It is very hard to accept the fact that I’m old enough to see trends recycle themselves. When it comes to fashion, the tie front trend was bound to come back. And the best part? Since showing skin really works for summer, consider how many times you bend down to tie your shoes. A million right? Consider a pair of high-waisted shorts to pair with the tops, and in the southern region, espadrilles or Birkenstocks that signify an easy breezy summer style.

tie front shirt

tie-front blouse

tie front  black blouse

black tie-front shirt and long shorts

white sunglasses

Take your pick below.

 

 

All photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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Currently Craving

fashion inspiration

There is nothing better than refreshing my wardrobe on the world wide web. The process leaves me with inspiration as to how to update my wardrobe without having to actually purchase anything. The feeling that I can leave it there, walk away, and dream is priceless. I will revisit these another time when I realize that a pair of black snake-embossed espadrilles would only enhance my denim digs.

Happy Friday!

Get the look above here and click on those photos!

Maison Martin Margiela silver cuff // rag & bone T-Shirt // Dior black polish // Levi’s denim shirt // Alexander Wang pinstripe boxer shorts // Penelope Chilvers  snake-embossed espadrilles // woven scarf // Sophie Bille Brahe bracelet // Vince leather scuba jacket

 

 

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White Hot

It’s sale timeChristmas in mid-July in the retail and fashion world, with smoking hot deals at Target July 25 and 26th, but I am still enjoying my icy cold brew and wearing all white. This past winter’s Polar Vortex put me in such a funk that I am enjoying every minute of outdoor life, including its partner in crime, frizz and humidity, that I can stand. Last winter, I threatened mother nature by resolving to leave New York only to realize that longterm, I’d only be hurting myself. New York, I love you and hate you, but I’m here for the long haul. As far as my wardrobe is concerned, it’s always at the tail end  of July that my pure closet feels so blah, that by the end of July, every single summer, I am ready for boots.

Fundamentally style is style and once you have it, it just comes naturally. Take for instance this Tess Giberson white vest that if I could have bagged a pair of pants completely in the name of fashion, I would have. I have strategically worn them over a pair of white shorts, rings placed on a chain, and striped flatworms and the result is an Abbey Road summer including a girl’s night out.

Whose in?

white vest

white outfit

white outfit

white vest

white vest

all white outfit

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And on this beautiful Wednesday, let’s head on over to Abbey Road, but before we do, head on over to The Hamptons Collective and drop your business card into the jar for a chance to win a styling session with yours truly, a blow dry by BLOW, a makeover by FACE, and a gift certificate towards any purchase in the entire shop including Jes Wade, KES, Tess Giberson, and 12 other fantastic designers, Shall we?

Abbey Road

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First Look At Nordstrom’s Fall Lineup

There is a theory that says when considering sales it’s not about how much money you spend, it’s about how much you save. It really depends on cost per wear, and how much said time costs each time you put it on your body. But, now that the days are longer and the endless summer seem like it will never end, I am getting sick of wearing the same white tops, shorts, and slip dresses over and over. But I still wear them as I am compelled to make the best use of the money that was well spent.

On this beautiful Friday, I want you to think about cozy sweaters and boots, capes, blazers, and snow. WHAT? Forget I said that.

I would like to introduce, drumroll please, Nordstrom is hosting one of the biggest retail sales of the ENTIRE year right here right now. So don’t consider the dollars you are about to spend on what I call sleek and chic basics spent but instead marvel in those that have been saved. The sale starts today  and goes until August 3rd. Natch. All of the sale items are new, exclusive pre-fall or fall products. What could be better than this? Tell me. I need to know.

Shop early. Get a head start on fall items and score these items at a discount!

Navigate the sale products and decide what needs to be refreshed. Those old boots from last winter, those pilled cashmere sweaters. This is practically free advice .

Plan ahead. This season, I will forgo liquid assets for this black moto jacket and this white sweater that make me feel oh so French.

I could go for the Chloe hobo which I am crushing on hard, and these rag & bone black suede booties which are currently in my digital cart, but I want you to get them before I snatch them up.

I know what I will be doing today. Click below on the pics to see my favorite black and white pieces for fall or go here or anyhing underlined  – they are hyperlinked for your shopping pleasure.  

Happy $hopping.

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Unplugged

For the first time in a very long time, I feel naked. Nakedness buys you the feeling of freedom. Without all the materials that cloak our bodies, we are left with our own thoughts, feelings, desires and needs stripped down to the bare minimum.

Clearly, it is not because I have nothing to wear.

It is not because my entire closet was donated to Goodwill behind my back.

It is not because I impulsively decided to move to Colorado and live in a tent.

No, for 24 hours, I am without a phone. It is my digital security blanket and I feel lost without it.

woman holding a phone

I am therefore forced to live without my third appendage, something I have not lived without EVER. After the initial psychological breakdown, I noticed my fingers tingling and yearning for that screen. Checking that phone constantly became a rite of passage in my daily existence. Technology has a way of creeping into our lives in both positive and negative ways and what I do have is the extra time to surf the net, unplugged without disruption.

So I took the morning to visit the new Net-A-Sporter site to upgrade my workout gear and start getting in shape. There is nothing more annoying than worn-out looking workout sports bras and leggings begging for a refresher course when your goal is to look your best.

And it comes just in time, hey it’s mid-July! for that perfect beach bod.

yoga workout

Net-A-Sporter

Net-A-Sporter

yoga

This is sportswear as chic as everything else in my closet. Smart tennis looks that are anything but traditional, precision running pants, yoga and dance clothes you can really move in and a dedicated area for après-workout – this is sport with style.

And whatever sport Cara Delevingne is into even if it’s a boxing ad for Chanel, I would much rather throw the phone away when I get it back and start getting ripped.

How about you?

Cara Delevingne Chanel ad

Here are my favorites that are currently in my cart. Don’t forget to click the photos to upgrade your workout gear!

 

Photos: Tommy Ton for Style.com, Vogue.com, Net-A-Sporter

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Come And Get It While It’s Hot

Happy Monday! Now that the World Cup is over, what is driving you out of bed today? It is July 14th, just about the middle of the month, are you taking advantage of your long summer weekends? I know I am.

Today on the Fashion Hunter, let’s chat about motivation. What gets you out of bed in the morning? When it’s a hot and sunny summer day, your choices of what to eat (insert ice cream, cupcakes no more), what Shakespeare concert to see, what rooftop to attend, and which open-air festival you will appear at are endless. How about when its hot and muggy and you don’t want to do the above activities? Grab a book. I’m reading Amy Sohn’s sharp new novel, The Actress

What motivates me is finding new and small designers, each with a unique story of passion and vision and dedication to their craft to putting them together with established brands to form a collective. Opened for the summer months, The Hamptons Collective is Bridgehampton’s newest contemporary fashion pop-up. Situated in an open, light-filled gallery space, the shop features an organic curation of emerging fashion designers alongside high-end beauty, gift and lifestyle brands. The Hamptons Collective stocks lines from the likes of Tess Giberson, KES, Carlos Falchi, Forma De Ser and House Account’s FACE Stockholm and Emy Mack.

What’s in it for you? Come in, stop by and say hi. We want to meet you. On July 31st we are having a special drawing to win a $500 gift card, a personal styling session with me, Natch!, a makeover by FACE Stockholm and a hair blow out by BLOW Bridgehampton. And nothing is better on a hot hot day than to flip the switch on your summer wardrobe, update your makeup routine and exit with a smily on your face.

Shop Ethica

denim dress

Hamptons Collective

 Wearing: Shop Ethica dress // Birkenstocks // Tracy Watts hat // Save My Bag beach tote

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