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Why Did You Wear That: Don’t Rain on My Parade

By |July 21st, 2014|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

nyc whydid palazzo pantsThis summer’s weather has been just about as unpredictable as my mood.  One moment hot, one moment cold.  The sun is scorching your skin one day.  The next you can’t find an umbrella big enough to protect you from full body saturation.  If you enjoy this unpredictability, maybe we should date– or maybe you should talk to a shrink.  Anyhow, when it came time to shoot last week, the talented Michael Stiegler had only a small window of time to snap before the sun went down.  As it happened, that was the exact same time Mother Nature decided she was going to open up the flood gates and water the flowers.  The upside of my sometimes scattered moods is that I tend to adapt well to what might seem like unsavory obstacles.  Rather than postpone for a day without rain, we grabbed an umbrella, headed to the roof and proceeded to make the best of a soggy situation.  And much like many of our more impromptu photoshoots, we came up with images that were surprisingly good.  Life lesson?  When it rains, dance.

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nyc skyline printed pantstop: Brandy Melville, similar by Miguelina here, pants: Brandy Melville, similar by Free People here, bag: vintage Dooney & Bourke, similar here, shoes: Via Spiga, similar by Pour la Victoire here, umbrella: Dr. Kenet, similar by Marc by Marc Jacobs here, bracelets: Alex + Ani



Photos by Michael Stiegler


Friday Frocks: Jump At the Chance

By |July 18th, 2014|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

jumping jumpsuit whydidTechnically not a frocks… because, well, they’re not dresses, jumpsuits are panted versions of the maxi dress.  A jumpsuit can be both casual and comfortable as well as silky and sleek.  Whether you opt for uptown or down, just fair warning: it’s going to be a struggle in the bathroom.  Allow for extra time and be prepared for angry, full bladdered women to anxiously sigh while repeatedly interrupting your bathroom break with angry knocks as you try to free yourself from straps, belts, and other accoutrements.  That aside, jumpsuits are kind of like wearing very stylish onesie pajamas out in public without attracting public scrutiny, plus you don’t need to bother shaving.  Jump at the chance to wear one this weekend.

jumpsuits rompers1. Tbags Los Angeles Convertible Jumpsuit, 2. Rory Beca Ludo Jumpsuit, 3. Jen’s Pirate Booty Borobudur Jumper, 4. Diane von Furstenberg Shany Printed Silk Jumpsuit, 5. Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Tank Drawstring Jumpsuit, 6. ISSA Valerie Jumpsuit, 7. J. Crew Collection Spike Printed Silk Jumpsuit, 8.Flynn Skye Not Just a Jumpsuit, 9. Charlie Jade Sleeveless Jumpsuit, 10. Mara Hoffman Printed Stretch Modal Jumpsuit



Why Did You Wear That: Go Wide

By |July 16th, 2014|Why Did You Wear That?|

lolitaBeing the third born and first girl in my family, I really made it known that I was, in fact, female.  When my mom prudently and practically attempted to put me into some of my brothers clothes, I went ahead and turned up my tiny freckled nose at the sheer thought of wearing something that had belonged to a boy.  This is also the same reasoning I used in pre-school when I decided I would no longer be addressed as K.C. because there was a boy in my class named Casey.  I would be called Kirsten and pink dresses and ruffled panties it was.  I may have scaled citrus trees and caught lizards barefoot, but I did so wearing a dress.  And while I still prefer a dress (as of late a coordinating crop top and skirt), there are times (much like the ones mentioned yesterday) wherein, I must put on my big girl pants.  And this summer it’s all about a printed palazzo pant.

wide leg pants1. Ella Moss Biarritz Print Wide Leg Pants, 2. SW3 Bespoke Pembroke Pants, 3. Rachel Pally Grady Wide Leg Pants, 4. Topshop Paisley Wide Leg Trousers, 5. Clover Canyon Byzantine Scarf Print Wide Leg Pants, 6. sass & bide The Royalist Pants, 7. MSGM Tie Dye Pants, 8. Lovers + Friends Willow Pants, 9. Trina Turk Perleen Knit Pants, 10. Theodora & Callum Cypress Palazzo Pants



Setting the Mood: Who Wears the Pants?

By |July 15th, 2014|Setting the Mood|

palazzo pants patternHigh summer is probably not the time you think most of waking up, stretching those lanky limbs, and slipping into a pair of slacks.  Much to many of my friends’ chagrin, my main motive when choosing my daily attire is to cover as little as possible with the thinnest layer of fabric conceivable all without contracting a ticket for public indecency.  The caveat in all of this is my phobia of making bodily contact with many of the publicly shared spaces, ie., rash inducing velour seats of the Jitney descent or the unidentifiable, indestructible material of taxi cab cushions. Therefore, in the fear of revisiting a middle school incident of ring worm, there are times when covering up my gams is an absolute must.  Fortunately, this summer, there are plenty of pants that don’t fall under the suffocating category of denim.  Breezy wide leg pants in plenty of patterns are perfect for pairing with croptops and keeping the Center of Disease Control slightly less busy.  And really, what’s the purpose of a pants of dance of if you’ve got no pants to lose?

palazzo pants Stella McCartney Dante Cropped Printed Wide Leg PantsKate Moss for Topshop Paisley Print Wide Leg PantsMissoni Space Dyed Wool Blend Wide Leg PantsRoberto Cavalli Printed Washed Silk Wide Leg Pants





Why Did You Eat That: Hair of the Dog

By |July 12th, 2014|Recipes, Why Did You Eat That?|

dog in bedI basically think brunch was invented to mask the plague of the hangover though Anthony Bourdain would argue that it was invented for restaurants to rid themselves of about to go bad ingredients.  Whatever the case may be, most brunches consist of some type of libation often referred to as “the hair of the dog.”  Like many phrases in modern language, I don’t think half the people tossing them out have any idea what they even mean.  So, I’m here to drop some knowledge on your weekend.

The hair of the dog isn’t nearly as sexy as you might hope.  What it stems from is the treatment of a rabid dog bite.  They placed hair from the rabid dog into the wound to prevent evil consequences.  I bet that worked like a dream.  Now it has come to mean treating a hangover with more of the liquid devil responsible for your throbbing frontal lobe and Saturday shakes.

In honor of the fact that my dog has a better life than most humans (have you seen his Instagram?) and the fact that I may or may not have passed out last night with a Dove bar hanging halfway out of my mouth on the couch in Amagansett, here are some favorite hairs of dogs drink recipes.


Red Little Havana


  • 1-1/2 ounces Effen Cucumber Vodka
  • 5 ounces Green Bloody Mary Mix

Green Bloody Mary Mix

  • 1 gallon green vegetable juice (Garces used cucumbers, tomatillos, kale, and spinach)
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce
  • 1 cup horseradish
  • 1/2 cup celery salt
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Natural green food coloring as needed (to make it super green)


First, mix up a big batch of the Green Bloody Mary MIx.

Next, combine the ingredients for the Red Little Havana in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake lightly. Transfer to a highball glass and garnish with a medley of colorful vegetable sticks, i.e. celery, carrots, bell peppers, etc.



  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
  • Glass: cocktail or double rocks
  • Garnish: orange twist


Stir ingredients in a mixing glass, strain into a chilled cocktail glass (or ice-filled double rocks glass) and garnish.

gin fizzGin Fizz

1 1/2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
1 to 2 oz. club soda
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: highball


Combine all ingredients, except club soda, and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with soda.