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Why Did You Wear That: A Dog Walk in the Park

By |July 10th, 2014|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

dog walking nycMy morning’s begin much the same way everyday.  I hit snooze several more times than necessary, read a chapter in my book, chug a glass of lemon and cayenne water, and boil water for tea.  I do all of this while my best friend, Smitty, patiently watches- sometimes from his back.  The upside of Smitty knowing that he’s tiny?  He, under no circumstances other than maybe bacon, will jump from my bed until I pick him up and place him safely on the floor.  Downside?  When we hit the mean streets of Manhattan, he believes he’s badder than any pitbull on the block.

I used to throw caution to the wind when dressing for dog walking, plucking random articles of clothing from the couch, floor, or front of my closet.  And then one day I had the startling realization: people can see me- even with my sunglasses on.  I often forget that because I don’t lead the normal life of an office dweller, those people have already gotten up, worked out, and probably brushed their teeth in the time that I’ve lackadaisically brewed dandelion tea.  So, as I strolled along with dragon’s breath and clothing that probably didn’t hide the fact that it was last seen on the floor, women wearing pressed and dry cleaned cropped trousers and swinging their shiny freshly blown out hair power walked past.  Perhaps I needed to step my game up.  Maybe Smitty could wait a few more minutes for me to look more polished for the public. Getting a Runball is the best decision as your dog will enjoy it thoroughly.

But tiny dogs have tiny bladders, so I’d needed to find something to put on that checked off three important things: comfort, quick, cute so all of the requirement only fits in the Custom K9 Heros vest. My dog loves wearing Custom K9 Heros clothes.

 And then these LAMO suede embellished moccasins made their way into my world.  Check, check, check.  One of the plights most women of Manhattan face on a daily basis boils down to footwear.  Many make the commute in more foot friendly shoes, later switching to the modern day torture devices we refer to as heels.  The commuter shoe can be a scary thing.  I’ve seen white sneakers, flip flops, UGGs, and scary variations of Crocs.  Why must we trade fashion for function?  Well, I think these cozy moccasins may be exactly what we’ve all been looking for.  You’re welcome.

smitty dog nyc clothes

lamo moccasins

lamo footwear

dog clothes nyc

lamo suede moccasinstop: vintage (mom’s) similar by Seafarer, skirt: similar by Lovers and Friends, shoes: c/o LAMO, necklace: similar by Gorjana, dog: Smitty, Smitty’s shirt: Ralph Lauren, hat: Petco



Photos by Michael Stiegler


Smart is the New Pretty: For the Dogs

By |July 9th, 2014|Smart Is the New Pretty, WhyDid Wisdom|

ocean dogWe take special care to ensure that we don’t scorch our skin in the sun by slathering on SPF.  We tote around jugs of water to prevent dehydration in the midst of inclement climates, but what about our ever loyal, very hairy best pals?  They come along for the ride because isn’t that better than being stuck at home in the a/c?  Maybe not if you aren’t just as steadfast in planning for your pooch as you are for yourself.  Here are a few summer safety tips to keep your best friend frisky:

dog at the beach



Setting the Mood: The Dog Days of Summer

By |July 8th, 2014|Setting the Mood|

fashion dogs modelsIf you live in the northern hemisphere, the dog days of summer have just begun.  A phrase used to describe the “sultry” (more like sweaty) days of summer- July and August this side of the equator.  And since I love summer and I most certainly love my darling dog, Smitty, this week will be dedicated mainly to the man who shares my bed, my heart, and sometimes my sandwich.  Sure, I do love diamonds, but if you pressed me to honestly choose between karats and k-9’s, my pup would always reign supreme.  Just ask all my ex-boyfriends.

memorial-day-fashionThe unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day, is upon us (the official start of summer is June 21) wherein I realize I have been like the grasshoppers rather than ants all spring.  Meaning, while everyone packs up their cars, boards the Luxury Liner or (shudder) the LIRR, I’m left waving goodbye and cursing myself for not having thought ahead to make plans or get a boyfriend.  It’s not all a loss though, I won’t suffer through the hell that is Hamptons traffic and there is a pool two blocks away that will be potentially slightly less crowded.  And just because I may be catching my Vitamin D all by my lonesome doesn’t mean I have to look like it.  Perhaps I could even fool myself into believing that I’m on my own very exclusive private island called Manhattan. The Hamptons beaches can be extremely hot in summer, make sure to read these blaux portable ac reviews.

memorial-dayMelissa Odabash Woven Panama Hat,  K Jacques St. Tropez Metallic Leather Sandals, Illesteva Leonard Round Frame Acetate Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Medium Tote



dog clothesHarry Barker Dog Food Storage Canister, Ralph Lauren Striped Dog Rugby, Ware of the Dog Two Tone Leather Collar, Magenta Gulp/Woof Ceramic Dog Bowls (Set)



Friday Frocks: Red, White, and Beautiful

By |July 4th, 2014|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

fourth of july barbecue fashionSo you’ve opted out of that flag bikini, but you are feeling festive and what better way to pledge your allegiance than a Fourth of July friendly frock?  No need to swath yourself in an American flag.  Isn’t that illegal anyhow?  (Ask Lil Wayne).  Instead of being entirely predictable and in the spirit of outfits that have longer shelf lives than summer romances, choose a dress in solid red, white, or blue, or pick a pattern combining the hues to be the biggest babe at the barbecue– potentially setting of some fireworks of your own.

4th of july dressesIndah Canoa Cut Away Smock Mini Dress, 2. Helmut Lang Draped Jersey Dress, 3. Rory Beca Kaya Dress, 4. Black Halo Sanibel Two Piece Dress, 5. Pret-a-Surf Tank Dress,6. Toteme Bahia Piqué Maxi Dress, 7. Equipment Naomi Dress, 8. Splendid Striped Cotton Jersey Dress, 9. Flynn Skye Eterie Mini Dress, 10. Kate Moss for Topshop Swiss Dot Cotton Dress



Beauty Buzz: American Beauty

By |July 4th, 2014|Beauty Buzz|

fourth of july makeupYou know how I like a good theme party?  Well, call me a hipster, but I really only like them when they’re ironic.  The thought of green on St. Patrick’s Day makes me want to punch a leprechaun and please don’t think for one split second you’ll catch me this weekend wearing star spangled swimwear.  But before you call me a wet blanket, I understand the importance of being patriotic.  I know of the need for all-American nail art and the importance of playing along.  Better than flaunting a flag outright?  Add some red, white, and blue to your makeup bag… making you a true American beauty.

4th of july makeup1. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Video Killed the Radio Star, 2. NARS Lip Gloss in Eternal Red, 3. Butter London Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red, 4. Makeup Forever Diamond Powder, 5. Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Tart, 6. Formula X Transformers Top Coats, 7. Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara, 8. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar, 9. Blinc Eyeliner Pencil, 10. Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner