The saying is “less is more” but in some cases- like jewelry- without a doubt, more is more. We’ve double decked out our fingers. We’ve stacked our wrists. (I still refuse to use the term “arm party” as it gives me indigestion just typing it). And I’ve been layering delicate necklaces for quite some time, but just recently stepped up my game by piling on bulky chains in varying lengths and metals to create a look that would make even 2 Chainz envious.
1. Linda Lee Johnson Diamond Isabel Link Necklace, 2. Lucifer Vir Honestus Rose Gold Small Naif Chain Necklace, 3. Luv Aj The G Chain Necklace, 4. Kenneth Jay Lane Double Layer Chain Necklace, 5. Maison Martin Margiela Chain Necklace, 6. Adia Kibur Link Necklace, 7. Venessa Arizaga Sunset Necklace, 8. Irene Neuwirth Diamond Collection Diamond Chain Link Necklace, 9. Gemma Redux Offset Lapis Stone Necklace, 10. Fallon Jewelry Classique Bib Necklace
So start layering ‘em on because if two chains are good, four have got to be better.
It’s a rare occasion that I make it above 14th Street. Leaving downtown at times feels like leaving the country. Well, my country. I’m not actually a neighborhood snob (okay, maybe), but for me, there’s not much reason for me to head uptown. I used to go for the sole purpose of re-blonding, but then my hairstylist left the country… and I stopped coloring my hair. Some even say your ears may pop when you cross 42nd Street. Whatever the case may be, I don’t make it up to the Upper West Side or the park very often.
I can’t decide if I gave up on Central Park after I realized there were about 3cm of park where Smitty was actually allowed to be or that time we got pelted by a football courtesy of a group of guys trying to catch our attention. Speaking of which, a guy once asked me on a date to Central Park. I never called him back. Even my best friends have a tough time coercing me to the Upper West Side. Given enough wine, I’ve found myself sleeping on their couch in the morning, pleased with myself for having passed out before the pizza arrived. So, when my newly Americanized pal, suggested we head uptown and check out the park, I felt I had to oblige. I suffered through a steamy subway ride and was soon reminded what a wonderful oasis we have in our otherwise concrete desert.
shorts: Torn by Ronny Kobo, top: American Apparel, shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar), bracelets: Kenneth Jay Lane (ring version), bag: Asos (similar)
Photo Credit: Michael Stiegler
Believe it or not some people don’t like to wear sequin covered disco ball-esque dresses. I know. I could hardly wrap my head around it either. I’m somewhat of a magpie and I will use any and all excuses to deck myself, my home, my dog out in anything shiny. Whether it be a shimmering chandelier or sparkly mini, I’m on it. However, in the off chance that you don’t love a sparkly get up as much as me (or the rest of the world), there are some other options to bring a little bling to your standard LBD. It can be as subtle as a glittery manicure or as bold as bejeweled headband. Adding just a hint of shine will take you from wet blanket to woohoo!
1. Eugenia Kim Serena Headband, $74.99, 2. Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow, $22, 3. Black Halo Donna Halter Mini Dress, $330, 4. Fragments for Neiman Marcus Multi Crystal Bracelet, $275, 5. J. Crew Classic Pave Link Bracelet, $118, 6. Essie Nail Polish (Set in Stones), $8, 7. Deborah Lippmann Glitter Nail Polish (Boom Boom Pow), $20, 8. Jimmy Choo Glitter Cap Toe Ballerina Flats, $345, 9. J. Crew Darby Glitter Loafers, $175, 10. Loeffler Randall Zuri Pumps, $359.99, 11. B Brian Atwood Liese Metallic Peep Toe Ankle Boots, $350, 12. Kenneth Jay Lane Large Crystal Ring, $88, 13. Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Pave Ring, $148, 14. See by Chloe Cherry Feather Mini Cross Body Bag, $495, 15. Top Shop Gold Sequin Animal Cross Body Bag, $50, 16. Erickson Beamon Smoke and Mirrors Earrings, $315, 17. Oscar de la Renta Beaded Tassel Earrings, $440
And because I must: I do not condone wearing more than… let’s see three of these items at once. Let’s have fun without shooting anyone’s eye out.
You know how much I love sequin shorts, but fall calls for something a little warmer… yet just as sparkly. Lucky, lucky me (and you) they have these things called sequin leggings. While leggings are still not pants and these particular leggings aren’t for everyday wear, these babies are pretty fantastic and sure to turn a few (hundred) heads. I like this look as an alternative to the “woman wearing a tux” thing. It’s also a great option for a slightly less dressy than cocktail attire, but definitely more fancy than denim. With all the upcoming holiday parties and festivities, who doesn’t need another alternative to the LBD?
Little details like a beautiful bangle and bow tie headband complete this party approved look. Pile hair atop your head in a top notch top knot and slick on some shiny red lipstick. You’ll be ready to party in no time flat. Want to recreate this look for your next social gathering?
1. American Apparel Sleeveless Crepe de Chine Button Up, $45, 2. Plan B Sequin Leggings, $93, 3. Forever21 Glossy Bow Headband, $3.80, 4. Kenneth Jay Lane Giraffe Cover Watch, $82.99, 5. Stuart Weitzman Great Neck Suede Bootie, $425
Get your shine on.
Today I was told to pack a suitcase. No, not like the, “Get out of my house and get to steppin’ you, crazy bitch!” kind of suitcase. More of the romantic surprise getaway and I’m not telling you wheeeeere suitcase. See, tomorrow is my beloved and my anniversary. I know. I found myself a true Romeo (no, seriously, he’s a dream come true). I have no idea where we’re headed, but wait til he gets a load of his gift. (That’s what you get for marrying a writer, honey). Anyway, I’m not that great at packing to begin with, so throwing me a curveball like this makes stuffing my suitcase that much more difficult.
Since I know you ladies are just as lovely, I don’t doubt that something like this will also happen to you. So, to help you out, I’ve figured out how to pack for a destination unknown. The key is versatility. Pack things that can be both dressed up and dressed down. Be sure to tuck a pair of flats (or comfortable shoes) along with some sexy stilettos in your bag. To jazz up your daytime attire, be sure to bring your bling. Accessories are crucial in taking any outfit from casual to cosmopolitan.
1. LNA Sunglasses, $195, 2. Michael Kors Leather Clutch, $395, 3. Diane von Furstenberg Camargue 20″ Rolling Duffle Bag, $200, 4. Eberjey Fairy Tales Teddy, $72, 5. Free People Polynesian Princess Romper, $118, 6. Cia.Maritima Leopard Print Top, $48 and Bottom, $68, 7. T-Bags Maxi Dress, $185, 8. Wyatt Heather Grey Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan, $169, 9. Amrita Singh Reversible Resin Necklace, $300, 10. Kenneth Jay Lane Satin Finish Bracelet, $150, 11. Co-Op Barney’s New York Flat Metallic Sandal, $330, 12. Bottega Veneta Strappy Wooden Sandal, $1,015
Don’t forget your sunglasses and something sexy. No matter where you’re headed, just remember, you’re there to have fun and clearly your honey thinks you’re pretty spectacular already.