It’s sale time, Christmas 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.
Shop my look here:
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?
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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?
Here are my favorites that are currently in my cart. Don’t forget to click the photos to upgrade your workout gear!
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.
When I heard the news that the Crumbs cupcake shops were closing its doors, I was wistful for the beginning of the cupcake mania when a sugar loaded, buttery-sweet, frosted, candy-colored confection was the ultimate divulgence.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that cupcake mania erupted, maybe it was when Carrie Bradshaw sat outside Magnolia bakery devouring a cupcake and declaring her crush on Aidan circa 2000. Or, maybe not.
Whenever it began, America exploded into a cupcake frenzy. Then as all trends do, the rainbow-colored cakes morphed into tiny cupcakes a la Baked By Melissa, gluten-free options, and food bloggers dived right in, creating prize-winning instagram pics worthy of a treat. We were a nation obsessed, and I won’t miss them.
This week, that era officially ended and the great cupcake wave has crashed. but if there is one thing I have learned and that is food porn gets just as many likes as fashion porn and this week’s Paris Couture was incredibly sweet. Cotton-candy-like gowns from Giambattista Valli, Chanel and Armani Privé (below) are just enough of a reason to admire the fluff, icing only, sans the caloric intake. Violá!
And just in case you are feeling the pastel love come on, here are some looks for you.
And here is me back then indulging in the sweets of yore. I switched from loving sweets to admiring kale and quinoa to keep my body and mind healthy.
Do you think that is a trend too? Write in the comments below.
Hellooo Tuesday heat wave! Let’s talk about it.
Where shorts fail, scrunchies never do, and where hair scrunchies claim their stake in the bathroom and fail to impress outside the confines of your personal space, slip dresses, lightweight, breathable, and downright the perfect summer uniform for these sweltering 90-degree dog days of summer are the only thing to wear. And when ’90s-inspired trends made waves on spring runways, it was the humble slip dress that was the most ubiquitous.
Easy to wear, in lieu of going commando, slip dresses are fashion’s easy answer to NOT sticking to the back seat of the city taxi.
You know what I’m talking about? Yeah, I thought so.
Wearing: Won Hundred dress// Rachel Comey seamless slip underneath, get a similar one here // Derek Lam mustard clutch, get a similar one here or here // Steven Alan x Dr. Scholls Manhattan sandal// cos necklace, get a similar one here
Don’t forget to click the links above or the images below to shop the look !!
All photos: Lydia Hudgens
Today is the day to celebrate the independence of the good ol’ US of A in every way possible. Congrats to the soccer players in the World Cup, (I have major Futbol fever)! Let’s make a toast to BBQ’s, apple pies, beach blankets, fireworks, and of course, can we discuss the July Fourth sales?!?
It’s the perfect time to inject some new energy into the summer closet you’ve been pulling from so far or, if you’re really savvy, think ahead to what pieces you’ll want to add to your fall wardrobe. Be smart: Because most are already happening, make your purchases now and then start to focus on having fun.
Barneys. Up to 60% off regular prices on select clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, as well as gifts for the home. Shop now & receive complimentary shipping & returns on all U.S. orders on Barneys.com!
Bloomingdale’s is giving you 20 to 65 percent off both online and in-store.
Intermix. Additional 40% off sale. Sale ends July 10
Old Navy’s got summer staples aplenty, including wear-anywhere cotton tanks that cost $4.
SSENSE. Get up to 70% on over 170 mens and womenswear designer labels.
Zappos arranged a Fourth of July clearance event that includes clothing, swimwear, and, of course, shoes.
If you’re looking for some last-minute outfit inspo for the weekend, look no further than my picks below. Variations of this all white look, this striped dress, or this McQueen dress reduced to $4,555 from $20K would be perfect! I’m going to be in the water all weekend in this and this.
Have a wonderful long weekend, friends and since it’s raining, click the pics below to get your weekend on.
Song of the summer?
It’s July 2nd, and you know what that means? You are two days shy of the Best Weekend Ever. No matter where you live, hopefully you’re putting on your T-shirt and denim shorts and getting your body ready to dip into the ocean. If not physically getting in, than the state of mind that puts you into the first real unofficial weekend of the Summer of 2014.
Today is the day that you start packing your weekend outfit, if you haven’t start planning this to date. That BBQ, those fireworks, those margaritas.
I am bringing a lot of orange with me this time around, and here’s why.
1. Orange is the New Black.
2. If you can pull it off, orange is one of the most difficult colors to wear. But when done in the right fabric, consider a hat! and when considered in a different context, away from their primary Crayola family, orange (and yellow) can actually be golden.
Here’s to a sun-kissed weekend. Don’t forget the click on the photos below to link through to the product page, and of course, apply that sunscreen.
The 4th of July is just 5 days away and maybe it’s all of the World Cup fever that has me wanting to shout USA! Or maybe it is a verifiable excuse to coordinate some red, white and blue in my wardrobe or even better, hightail it out of the office for a very short week. I think I’ll go for the latter.
Just a forewarning that I received from the weather man, this is going to be a very hot and humid week. And when it gets hot, my brain feels like fried cheese. I tend to call it the summer blues, where the color du jour is blue and loads of comfy, casual, and cool clothing reigns supreme, and the spectacular outfits that I love to wear are hidden in my closet, not on my body.
Because nothing says the dog days of summer, like wispy tank tops with plunging necklines and relaxed trousers with drawstring detailing, complimented by layers of different length gold chains and pendants. Insert a pair of Birkenstocks and, of course the prerequisite hat that talks the talk and walks the walk.
Whatever it is you’re going to do this upcoming weekend, wear pieces that represent your independence…or at least the right to BBQ and enjoy the summer. Whether you spend the day in your house with your dog chilling next to the AC, or in a boat with 100 friends, make it a weekend to remember.
Shop the look down below for some star-spangled style, minus the stars and stripes.
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
New York in the summertime. Ahhh.. the dog days. The weather is usually sunny with a chance of thunderstorms at any given second and that’s where we will remain until September. It’s always a conundrum.
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Photography: Lydia Hudgens
I just unpacked from my weekend trip oversees, and I am proud to say that I brought nothing but a few slips of lingerie, shorts, a blazer, a pair of jeans, and my daughter. Before I departed, I vowed to take nothing but what I could fit in my carry-on bag, and when I arrived, I still found that there was no reason to pack anything other than white sneakers and a pair of heels. As far as accoutrements go, I only packed one earring and one necklace to lighten my load.
A single oversized earring? Yes, and the best part was when I had a conversation with somebody, they immediately stared at my ear and asked if I was missing something.
“Yes, I have one earring on and no, I replied, I’m just going solo tonight.”
The statement earring is back, yet again, but this time not in pairs. So if you have a tendency to lose one, you’re in luck! The Fall 2014 runways at Louis Vuitton and Céline embraced the art of only wearing one, a singular, emulating true French je ne sais quoi. These editorial darlings below seen on CR Fashion Book confirmed my desire to try the trend. I’m not convinced it is just a trend, but the good news is, you can always clip one on the other lobe, once you tire of the look. Natch.
Leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
Shop the look here:
Photos: Lydia Hudgens
During this crazy hot weather we have been having, all I want to do is streamline my life and make getting dressed easy and breezy. No-fuss dressing is my motto for the summer months.
Style doesn’t have to be expensive. With this in mind, here is a sample of what I wore the other day including some of my favorite brands like Asos, Zara, Mango, and Topshop, now on sale!, hitting my top list. Of course, adding an accessory like these slides below and a cool earring is my way to personalize it even more.
Hit the plus signs on the photo to shop the look right to your doorstep. More on this coming soon. Happy Shopping!
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
Quite the busy bee, I am jetting off to Europe for a few days this week with a fun-packed itinerary. It will be a non-stop trip with lots to see and do. I am definitely going to make time for some downtime, though, as that is the best way to see a new city. More importantly, I thought it would be a great idea to share which pieces will make it into my suitcase, and some tips for being a chic traveler.
Want to know how to be a good traveler? My advice is to pack less stuff and just enjoy the experience. Leave your crap at home, too much stuff ruins trips. I will pack a plain white t-shirt, a pair of my favorite jeans, a sweater for the plane, sneakers for comfort, statement heels, a dress, some lipstick, toiletries, and this book. And maybe an empty suitcase.
Paula Cademartori yellow clutch
Olympia Le-Tan blue cropped striped shirt
Saint Laurent sandal
Cashmere travel set
Red Valentino white poplin shirt
Tumi duffel weekend bag
Summer is nearly upon us, rain, rain go away!, if the upcoming Father’s Day weekend is nothing else a time to celebrate your dad, but also a marker of many mid-June festivities on the imminent horizon. Did you know on average, men buy new underwear once every seven years? I have trouble every year figuring out what to get Dad, I’m not about to go here, so this year I am getting him a pair of these sunglasses and a Nutribullet. Go Dad. Make us proud.
The sun will be shining this weekend, guaranteed by the one and only Weather Channel, wear sunscreen, and unless you are a FBI agent, there’s really no excuse to be sporting a pair of boring sunglasses. I prefer shades that make my peepers pop and give my overall ensemble an effortlessly cool-and-quirky vibe. Those basic styles devoid of novelty, color, or daring shape? No, thank you.
So, here I rounded up some statement-making sunnies that are far from blah. Go for a pop of color, all-white bling, aviators, or vivid, mirrored lenses. And the best part? They are all under $100.00!
Set your sights on these bold specs, and prepare to have all eyes on you.
Check out these sunglasses from Chilli Beans . They are what dreams are made of. Boom. Happy Friday!
I love spring fashion because I am able to revel in the fact that I am in short or no sleeves at all, and don’t have to cover it up with a jacket. Case in point, this Suno ultra-feminine pleated boxy top. Pair this fancy-ass top with a pair of normcore denim digs and by adding some red lipstick to the look, it would serve so many different purposes, whether for work or after-hours.
This season, I want to highlight the importance of making one piece stand out from the rest.
For my look below, it’s all in the details. I love this top with its pleated peplum hemline, exceedingly low-cut neckline, and stylish duel buttons at the front. And check out this ultimate choker that make this outfit anything but boring. Except the pink sheer gloss. I will know better for next time.
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
Shop my look below.
I have a love hate relationship with June. On the one hand, it’s my favorite month weather-wise. The days are long, the sun is shining, how nice was this weekend?, and I have the entire summer to look forward to taking up surfing lessons, and relaxing with a book by any body of water that I adopt as mine for the day.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, there’s recitals, prom, packing for camp and last-minute trips, graduation and wedding ceremonies, bridal showers, and still managing to keep up with the routine of food shopping, some type of body movement, business meetings, blogging, etc. etc. etc. I know some of you just get what I’m saying, right? Are you with me?
Knowing what the month of June will have rolled up its sleeve, I took a day off for myself and left the office for a day of health, beauty, and sheer relaxation. I was anticipating a stress-related day rushing to and from these appointments, but the pleasure was all mine.
First stop, experiencing the Aloha Way. In Hawaiian, Aloha means “sharing the breath of life” and that’s what I did when I met Constantin Bisanz and the Aloha team. Their philosophy is simple. Our stressful and toxic lives have become so complicated with the news delivering conflicting messages about how to eat healthy, what foods to avoid and what essential fats our bodies need, that it has become hard to not throw in the proverbial towel, and eat an entire bag of Popchips. They are baked, not fried! We have it all wrong. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we must be more balanced and live a mindful healthy lifestyle. The Aloha team has some of the brightest minds who wanted to simplify this message for the public at large. They have doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, athletes, and holistic health professionals on staff and have done scientific research and have reached their solution to our problems.
Eat whole foods. And if you can’t, get a packet of dried green juice and put it in your H2O.
Move around. Take a walk.
Enjoy the people around you. We are only on this planet for a short period of time, together.
Most importantly, as they say in every graduation speech, Press pause.
I tried this Blissful blueberry smoothie and the chocolate one while at their loft, which were so incredible, I copied it and made it for myself. See below for recipes.
The takeaway? With happiness as the baseline for existence, by establishing your own healthy mindful daily routine, everyone gets a chance to start over every day, Be thoughtful, be mindful, and my advice? Get a Vitamix. It changed my life forever.
Photography: Keil Studios
Next stop was at the Cornelia Spa at the Surrey Hotel where I had a chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime Caviar oxygen facial. The products smelled so refreshing, and the treatment was so nourishing, it felt like I lost a few years.
Here are the deets:
Seaweed and mud cleaned my pores. A Caviar Masque was applied indulging my skin with vitamin A. There were eye coolers, and oxygen infused products penetrating my tired skin. When it was over, I had an amuse bouche with creme fraiche and sips of Prosecco. I was so relaxed, it felt like I had just taken a weekend long vacation. Ahhh to be back on that table.
Apologies aside, I am thrilled to announce that for the rest of June I will be unable to attend whatever event it is that you’re planning to blindside me with in the form of another paperless post. At press time, I am booked till July 1st.
Do you know what is easier than slabbing some almond butter on a Flaxseed waffle? Putting on an all-white outfit every day when you get dressed. The reason is simple. Most people look better in white than most anything else, besides black of course, so why not jack it up a bit, lighten up the load, and throw on an all-white uniform starting in the month of June.
One of the oldest style rules in the book suggests that there is a set time frame from Memorial Day to Labor Day for wearing white. I never believed in rules, let alone a fashion rule, so this doesn’t apply to me, nor should it to you.
Fashion is all about breaking rules, so how about a palette cleanse?
I have been pulling out all my whites adding a few bona fide statement pieces here and there for an easy breezy summer season, the best way to beat the heat.
Shop my favorite pieces down below.
rebecca taylor white top // uniqlo white cargo pants, get a similar pair here and here // tory burch sandals, get a similar pair here // jennifer fisher cuff // rolex vintage watch // marc by marc jacobs sunglasses // alaïa clutch // it cosmetics pencil
It’s finally here –one of the first of the summer Friday series, yeah! and what are you going to do to celebrate? Having a glass of wine? Taking a yoga class?
I did something the other day that I have never done before so I am going to celebrate the fact that I wore a crop top. Out. Of. The. House. Crop tops are nothing new for me. I’ve worn them since I was a child and went back to them just this season. I’m not sure if I broke my own rules, I probably did, but I am happy I tried the trend from runway to reality and made it work.
From Alexander Wang’s cutaway white shirting, Balenciaga’s abbreviated tees, and other navel-grazers, flashes of midriff were ubiquitous at the spring 2014 collections, intended for the beach, the boardroom, and beyond. This look is one of my favorites from Spring 2014.
Carven Spring 2014
I like wearing them in the warmer months with my high-waisted vintage Levi’s jeans so you barely see any skin, an inch or so at the most. I appreciate more of a peekaboo effect. I just bought this new crop top by Blaque label for Spring. I got it in plain black and plan to wear it with a pencil skirt and my jeans and to happen to throw on a jacket on top.
The only advice I can dispense right now is that while dining in your crop tops: shoulders back, navel in—and whatever happens don’t slouch. Trust me.
alexander mcqueen clutch
Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Coming back from a long, and fun Memorial weekend and sitting in front of my computer on a Tuesday, just means one thing. Fancy sales hitting my inbox. I first check out the sites, Net-a-Porter, and then Moda Operandi from my top priority hit list, put stuff in my cart, and then digest the digital damages. Frankly, from my experiences as a veteran shopper, seeing the spring sales that I once swooned over, are still expensive. You may want to think about the golden bullet before you bite into it, which rings true for filling up your shopping cart in the supermarket, hoping that you will eat every single piece of fruit that you put in your cart before they expire.
What seems to draw us in as consumers is the inevitable slash. Prices are 30, 40, 50, 70% off the original sky-high prices. Yes, it is the season of the backpack that seems to be slung across the shoulders of practically every cool girl in the business and pictured in countless magazines as an essential of the season. There was an electric excitement and buzz surrounding it. It was “it,” so to speak. But now that it is on sale, do you want it? Do you need it? Is the desire still there?
Make sure to buy what you love, not FOMO spending because everybody has it, but rather something you will love and cherish. I thought I would never wear this floral dress again, but pulling it out and wearing it, I don’t need convincing.
P.S. I am throwing down the fashion gauntlet nonetheless for anything Marni.
Michael Crook photography
Here is a round-up of today’s sales:
Net-a-Porter - up to 50% off
SSENSE - up to 50% off
MODA OPERANDI - up to 50% off
ASOS - 20 % sale ends tomorrow! Use code WEBEGRILLIN
FORWARD by Elyse Walker - up to 70% off
Shopbop - up to 70% off
Bergdorf Goodman - up to 40% off online only
Nordstrom - up to 40% off
Neiman Marcus - up to 50% off designer duds
The Dreslyn - up to 70% off
SAKS - up to 40% off
I’m not ready for the Memorial Day weekend. I don’t think I will ever be so-called ready: my body is able, yet my skin is pale. But let’s forget the beach and BBQ for a minute, let’s embrace what Memorial Day weekend is all about. What to pack, why of course! My best intentions are to pack a carry-on no matter where I’m headed, so unless you’re headed to Aspen for some skiing where they have a 53-inch snow base, my gut tells me to pack light. Whether you’re headed to see friends and/or family, here are some reasons why you should pack less.
I don’t like stuffing my clothes into a tiny suit case. I don’t like wrinkled clothing. I don’t like arriving at my destination to learn that nothing I have brought with me works under the circumstances I am in.
Regardless of where you’re celebrating Memorial Day, the official start of summer deserves some sartorial fanfare. With this in mind, I’ve culled my best outfit for barbecues, beach parties, boat trips or a picnic in the park. Throw in a pair of denim duds, a jacket for evening, and a pair of heels. As if you needed any convincing, here goes.
Melissa Odabash dress // topshop fedora // charlotte olympia tote // verizon wireless jawbone up // supergoop and more goop // j. crew beach towel // a good book // saint laurent sunnies // and what’s got to be my favorite sandals of the season, by Chloe.
Happy Shopping to wherever your destination may be!