Setting the Mood: Fall to the Wall

By |November 11th, 2015|Setting the Mood|

fall fashion inspirationFall means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.  There’s the stereotypical “pumpkin spiced” everything, the homecoming to reality from a summer of revelry, or just merely time to switch out your closet full of croptops for cashmere sweaters.  For me, it always feels like it’s time to buckle down and start taking myself more seriously, which usually lasts for only a few days at a time before I find myself giving way to bad habits or curled up like a recluse, engulfed in a pile of books.  Repeat cycle.

For most New Yorkers, fall is one of the few seasons during the year in which we actually enjoy the weather, erratic as it may be.  We’re done complaining about the heat, we haven’t yet begun to bitch about the frozen sidewalk tundra, and there’s almost something enchanting about that slight chill in the air.  It gives the fleeting feeling that maybe, just maybe something magical is right around the corner.  But much like all love affairs, there comes a chill wherein one must remember why she fell in love in the first place and vow to soldier on- even in the snow.

Setting the Mood: In the Mood for Love… or Something

By |February 11th, 2015|Beauty & Trends, Setting the Mood|

valentines day fashion inspiration

This Saturday, I plan on changing up my standard behaviors of drinking wine in bed watching Sex and the City re-runs, by doing the same thing with one of my best friends in our underwear.  That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day (or as it’s been renamed, Singles’ Awareness Day).  Truth be told, I love red roses– so long as there isn’t one single sprig of baby’s breath within a five mile radius.  I also love lingerie, chocolate, gifts, and well, love.  I don’t actually have a problem with the holiday other than the fact that it’s a commercially manufactured one and it’s still not legal to marry your pet as there are not really any other suitable males in my life to spend February 14th with.

It seems a little counterintuitive to combine wearing skimpy lingerie while overindulging in chocolate, but then again, I enjoy all my meals in bed, so I’m in.  If you don’t have a significant other, or even if you do, I think Valentine’s Day is a great a day as any to show yourself a little bit of love.

valentines day gift guide

L’agent by Agent Provocateur Esthar Lace Appliqued Eye MaskRepossi Couer d’Antifer 18kt Gold Diamond RingTamara Mellon Cupid Suede PumpsLa Perla Tearose Cutout Lace Bodysuit,  



Setting the Mood: American Girl in Paris, Part Une

By |February 3rd, 2015|Setting the Mood|

paris fashion editorial

If you’re following me on Instagram (and if you’re not, shame on you), you probably know that I have just arrived home from my first trip to Paris. For years I dreamt of being whisked away with the one I love to the city of lights, but once I realized taking myself was probably more likely if I wanted to make it there before I required special assistance during the airplane boarding process than waiting for the man of my dreams, I booked my ticket.  I didn’t know what to expect, though my friends who are regular travelers gave me an extensive list of what to see, do, eat, and buy, so I didn’t know what to pack.  I specifically remember speaking to my father before my departure when he said, “Well, you’re only going for a week.  You won’t need to pack much.”  Laughter ensued.  Upon checking in at the airport, I had to muster my feminine wiles to avoid an overweight baggage fee.  Fortunately, it wasn’t a very full flight.  I’ve always said that pictures will never be good enough.  Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but experiencing a city for yourself is something that can only be felt.  New York, I love you, but Paris is my mistress.

french fashion brands

Isabel Marant Seal Belted Wool Blend Bouclé CoatGivenchy Beauty Le Rouge Intense Colour Lipstick in 306 Carmin EscarpinChloé Striped Ayers Wedge SandalsSaint Laurent Emmanuel Medium Leather Shoulder Bag




Setting the Mood: Hut, Set, Whatever.

By |January 30th, 2015|Setting the Mood|

what to wear to the superbowlAs I’ve now returned from gallivanting in the streets of Paris, I’ve been reminded that this Sunday marks the 49th annual Super Bowl.  God bless, America.  Honestly, I woke up not knowing what day it was and reaching for the champagne.  So, I guess I’ll feign interest for the next few days until I can return to giving less than zero fucks about sports.  I suppose my only weighted interest in the game should be that my spirit animal, Lenny Kravitz, will be performing with that chick who has it out for Taylor Swift.

This just in, I Googled the teams playing and it’s going to be some East Coast, West Coast/Biggie, Tupac helmet bashing between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.  Coming from a fashion standpoint, Gisele is married to the Patriots quarterback, so that’s my pick.  Whichever team you will be (pretending) to cheer for, here are a few ways to look sporty chic for the game.

what to wear super bowl

Patriots: Equipment Asher Oversized Cashmere Sweater, $290Frame Denim Le Garcon Distressed Mid Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans, $240Isabel Marant Étoile Bart Leather Sneakers, $475, Seahawks: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Embroidered French Terry Sweatshirt, $160J Brand 811 Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, $160Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Force Leather and Canvas Sneakers, $95



Setting the Mood: Finding Normal

By |January 21st, 2015|Setting the Mood|

normcore fashionYou’ve probably heard the term, “normcore” being tossed around from time to time in the past twelve months- maybe over a rye whiskey or while scanning the latest Urban Outfitters catalog.  The first time I heard it was after visiting Dr. Kenet‘s office where his wife explained to me that their teenage daughter was on the forefront of the minimalist, dare I call it, trend.  The name “normcore” is the combination of “normal” and “hardcore.”  From what I gather, it’s the art of looking aggressively normal.

After a bit of research, it became clear that normcore is more than just a fashion movement, it’s an actual mindset.  When you are walking around and you spot mom jeans on a girl whose reproductive organs probably just started functioning, you may feel a little confused, but don’t.  You’ve just spotted normcore.  The “movement” began in a fit of defiance against the fashion industry.  People wanted to make it clear they weren’t buying into the trends or falling victims to the hype.  In theory, that’s great, but once you make a statement against a statement, you’re making a statement.  The irony, for one, is lost on me.  To me, normcore is the new wave hipster.  I’m more of the mindset that wearing what looks good on your body and makes you feel fancy is always on trend- and there’s nothing wrong with that.  In the off chance you’d like nothing more than to look like Jerry Seinfeld or Monica on season one of Friends, here are some normcore essentials to get you started.  Full disclosure, I own my very own pair of Stan Smith’s.

normcore style


Nike Benassi Rubber SolesFrame Denim Le Boyfriend Supima Cotton Jersey T-ShirtBDG The Mom JeanJ. Crew Collection Cashmere SweaterAdidas Stan Smith Leather Custom Shoes