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



Setting the Mood: Fresh Start

By |January 5th, 2015|Setting the Mood|

metamorphosis new year fashion editorialThe beginning of a new year may also feel for some like a new beginning.  Besides going renegade on your closets, cupboards, and contact lists, it’s not a bad time to give yourself a good renovation.  Sloughing off dead skin, peeling away dull layers, and slathering on something luxurious is one of the fastest ways in which to feel like a brand new woman.  I’ve been toasting new moons (and nearly burning the house down), getting very clear about my desires, and contemplating new hair colors, but before doing anything too erratic, the bathroom is a good place to start.

renewing beauty products anti agingclockwise: Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing BarOmorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing PeelSOVERAL Angel Balm Deep Pore Cleanser and Regenerative MaskSusanne Kaufmann Detox Oil Scrub



Setting the Mood: Prepare to Shine

By |December 30th, 2014|Setting the Mood|

new years eveThe end of another year is upon us and while many of us are excited about the prospects of the upcoming year, it is important to prepare oneself for it.  It’s hard to make room for new things when we carry the clutter from the past with us.  I felt it was really important this year especially to do a deep cleanse of my life before the clock strikes midnight.  In anticipation of the new year, here’s what I’ve been doing:

  1. Purge, Purge, Purge: From my closet to my contact list, I got rid of all things which no longer serve a purpose in my life.  Clothes with holes or stains have been put to pasture.  People who act as emotional terrorists have been put on block.
  2. Clean Slate: I scheduled a professional cleaning of my apartment and have freshly washed linens ready to put on my bed.  Laundry is being done.  Dishwasher is loaded.
  3. Tied Down: I went through my inbox and mailbox and made sure to tie up any loose ends and close up any unanswered correspondence. I also made sure there were no outstanding bills or invoices unsent.
  4. Prep Yourself: Scheduling a facial to slough off dead skin and a pedicure to dance into the New Year were the prefect ways to relax through the last few moments of the year.

gold metallic accessories


clockwise: Noir Jewelry Tassel Drop Earrings, $90Anndra Neen Hammered Silver Tone Box Clutch, $610Giuseppe Zanotti Metallic Snake Effect Leather Mules, $750,Dauphines of New York To Have and To Hold Mini Headband, $216