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


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


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


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.


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


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

Design Miami


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


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


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!


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



Black Friday Showdown

Black Friday is an intimidating event, especially in an intense city like New York. You survived Thanksgiving, wasn’t that enough? The swarms of relatives, the overabundance of food, and you wore the appropriate outfit. Apparently you now have to battle the crowds for the sake of shopping. No, you don’t.

Before you brave the cold, snow, crowds and sales that inundate every Black Friday, check out my roundup of the best post-turkey deals to be had this holiday shopping season.

I sorted through the fluff and hype to highlight the real deals, but buyers must indeed beware– many of these mean hitting click and refresh as fast as your Internet connection will allow.

Most of all? Stay calm. Now, let’s talk sales. All links below are hyperlinked so click, click, click to get the deals! Ready, set, shop!

black friday steals

6PM // Black Friday 15% off DATE: 11.27 – 11.28 CODE: 6PMEU112720141585

Alice + Olivia // 25% off sitewide + free shipping DATE: 11.26-12.01

All Saints (US) // 20% off all styles DATE: 11.28-12.01 CODE: THANKS

Andrew Marc // Black Friday 24-hour flash sale, up to 80% off site wide DATE: 11.28-11.29 (until 7pm)

Anthropologie // Black Friday huge sale site wide // Cyber Monday  free shipping

ASOS (US) // Black Friday 30% off DATE: 11.27 (8pm EST) – 11.30 (8pm EST) CODE: TGIBF // Cyber Monday  30% off DATE: 11.30 (8pm EST) – 12.02 (3am EST) CODE: ILOVEMONDAYS

Athleta // 20% off DATE: 11.28-11.30 CODE: FIT20

Azalea // 30% off sale DATE: 11.26-12.01 // Cyber Monday  25% off sitewite

Banana Republic (US)// 50% off 1 full-priced item DATE: 11.27-11.28 CODE: BRFIFTY // 40% off site wide DATE: 11.27-11.28 CODE: BRFORTY

BB Dakota // Black Friday 30% off full-price styles DATE: 11.27-11.29 CODE: THANKS30 // Cyber Monday 30% off any purchase + free shipping DATE: 11.30-12.01 CODE: CYBER30

Bloomingales // Black Friday 50% off on a selection site wide DATE: 11.25-11.29 // Cyber Monday 25% off a selection of regular and sale price items DATE: 11.30-12.01

Bluefly // up to 80% off DATE: 11.28

Boden // 30% off sitewide + free shipping and free returns DATE: 11.27-11.30

Calvin Klein // Black Friday  50% off site wide DATE: 11.28

Club Monaco // Black Friday 30% off cashmere styles DATE: 11.28// Cyber Monday check for their biggest sale of the year

Current Elliott // Black Friday 25% off site wide DATE: 11.26-12.01 CODE: THANKS

Dolce Vita // up to 60% off, extra 20% off sale + free shipping DATE” 11.25-12.1 CODE:BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout

Everlane // Black Friday Everlane has established The Black Friday Fund–donating all profits for the day to their factory partners in Hangzouh, China. All proceeds will go towards updating recreational facilities for the 300 people who live and work at the factory. By purchasing on Black Friday, customers will be able to see their individual contribution.

Gap (US) // Black Friday  50% off site wide DATE: 11.27-11.28 CODE: BLKFRIDAY

Helmut Lang - 40% off DATE: 11.25-12.01

Hudson Jeans // Black Friday 60% off select styles + free shipping DATE: 11.28-11. // Cyber Monday additional 20% off select styles + frees shipping DATE: 12.01

Kate Spade Saturday // Black Friday 30% off sitewide + free shipping DATE: 11.26-11.30 CODE: DEALME // Cyber Monday 30% off site wide DATE: 12.01 CODE: OHWOW

Lord and Taylor // extra 20% off almost everything + 25% off fine jewelry DATE: 11.25-11.30 CODE: THANKS // Up to 50% off woman’s fall boots + extra 20% off DATE: 11.25-11.30 CODE: THANKS

Luisaviaroma //extra 20% off DATE: 11.25-12.02 CODE: BFRS

Madewell // 25% off your entire purchase DATE: 11.25-11.30 CODE: GIFTON

Milly // Black Friday 25% off site wide DATE: 11.28-11.30 // Cyber Monday 25% off site wide + extra 10% off final sale DATE: 12.01 CODE: CM2014

Necessary Clothing // Black Friday 25% off site wide DATE: 11.26-11.30 // Cyber Monday 30% off site wide DATE: 12.01

Need Supply Co. // Black Friday 30% off sale items DATE: 11.26-11.30// Cyber Monday 20% off site wide DATE: 12.01-12.02

Nordstrom // up to 40% off select product

Old Navy - entire store will be 50% off DATE: 11.27 (4pm) – 11.28

Otte New York // Black Friday extra 40% off all sale merchandise DATE: 11.21-11.27 CODE: BLACKFRIDAYEA // Cyber Monday 20% off site wide DATE: 11.28-12.01

Revolve // Black Friday select items up to 80% off DATE: 11.28-11.30 // Cyber Monday 20% off final sale DATE: 12.01 CODE: cybermonday20

Saks Fifth Avenue (US, UK, & CA) // up to 60% off select styles DATE: 11.26-11.28 //up to 50% off DATE: 11.29-11.30

Shopbop // Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 DATE: 11.25-12.01 CODE: GOBIG14

Singer 22 // Black Friday 20% site wide DATE: 11.25-11.30 CODE: TURKEY // Cyber Monday  20% off site wide DATE: 12.01 CODE: CYBER

SSENSE // up to 50% off

The Dreslyn // Black Friday 20% off site wide DATE: 11.27-11.30 CODE: BLACKFRIDAY // Cyber Monday 20% off site wide DATE: 12.01 CODEL CYBERMONDAY

Topshop (US) // 30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items DATE: 11.27-12.01

Urban Outfitters // Black Friday  additional 25% off all sale online, additional 50% off all sale in-stores. DATE: 11.28 // Cyber Monday take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150 DATE: 12.01

Whistles // 30% of sitewide

Zappos Charity Promotion Details: Announces Fast, Free Giving! For every order placed on from Black Friday to Cyber Monday Zappos will donate 10 meals to families in need, in partnership with Feeding America. Their commitment is to donate up to 5,000,000 meals ($500,000). That many meals would feed the entire state of Kentucky! Through Feeding America’s bulk discounts, subsidies, etc. they’re able to use $1 in donations to generate 10 meals. Feeding America is a national top-rated charity with a network of over 200 food banks, and supporting 61,000 local charities in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.”

Happy Shopping!



An Outfit To Steal This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is often an endurance event ending in a tryptophan-induced coma, so this year let us give thanks for those returning to a more, Puritan approach in both what we eat and how we dress.

I know I am not the only one who likes to dress down in denim for the Thanksgiving feast. Thinking about the snow, the traffic, and what I am going to cook for the holiday!? are more pertinent things on my agenda. What I do know is that after indulging in all the yummy food that I am going to stuff my face with, see: trying to imitate ABC Kitchen‘s Jean George Vongerichen, my pants won’t close and I will be bummed I didn’t wear a dress with knee-length boots.

In any event, why not dress for comfort and style? Show up at grandma’s house with a graphic sweater, high-waisted ivory pants, and a hint of leopard so your feet, not your mouth, can get the attention they deserve. Yadi yadi ya.

Happy Thanksgiving!

graphic sweater

Sheinside sweaterTheory pant / Christian Louboutin flats / Clare Vivier pouch

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