I have collected quite a bit of clothing during my time on this planet, and while I do have pops of pink and pretty patterns, I always seem to be drawn back to the basics of black or white. Safe? Maybe. I prefer to call it classic, contemporary, even minimalistic. Pairing black and white might seem obvious or boring, but if done with well tailored interesting pieces, it is anything but your average cater waiter uniform. Incorporating different textures like lace, leather, satin, or chiffon, will take your look from flat to fully dimensional. Trust me, no one will mistake you for the hostess at your local Olive Garden.
When you invest in quality pieces, you can mix and match them for all new looks that are anything but boring.
1. Haute Hippie Tuxedo Sleeveless Blouse, $285, 2. Madison Marcus Elegance Lace Pants, $285, 3. BCBGeneration Cielo Pumps, $99.99, 4. Free People Best of Both Worlds Shirt, $118, 5. Marni Contrast Stripe Pants, $550, 6. Ivanka Trump Ginger 2 Pumps, $135, 7. Patterson J. Kincaid Farrow Button Down Blouse, $168, 8. Pins and Needles Lace Mini Skirt, $39, 9. McQ Alexander McQueen Two Tone Leather Ankle Boots, $665, 10. Alice by Temperley Lottie Lace Appliqued Top, $330, 11. Karl Pacey Faux Leather Mid-Rise Skinny Pants, $200, 12. Jimmy Choo Abel Pointed Patent Leather Pumps, $495
Simple as black and white.
Now that it is officially December, let the holiday melee begin. Not only do you have to find everyone on your holiday shopping list the perfect gift, you’re going to have to show up to give it to them. And well, that’s probably going to require your attendance at many a fab holiday soiree. So, why not start with one of the most obvious choices? The Little Red Dress. Now, let’s get one thing straight. Every couple of seasons or so, someone tries to dub another color the “New Little Black Dress.” Get real. There is no such thing as the “New Little Black Dress.” It’ll never happen. The Little Black Dress is like the Queen of England- not going anywhere. HOWEVER, during this magical month, it is fun to swap out basic black for a color more festive… like Santa’s famous red suit. (He wears black the rest of the year, FYI). Also, you dont have to go for the oh so obvious fire engine red. Try a deeper shade or perhaps even a pattern.
1. Emerson Thorpe Solid Tassels Dress, $286, 2. BB Dakota Kassia Dress, $105, 3. Tibi Floral Print Silk Gazaar Dress, $570, 4. Madison Marcus Triumph Bustier Dress, $315, 5. Lanvin Silk Gazar Dress, $3,990, 6. Vena Cava Youth Dress, $485, 7. Free People Printed Bodycon Dress, $68, 8. French Connection Drape Delight Asymmetric Dress, $259.99, 9. Forever 21 Scoop Back Lace Tank Dress, $24.80, 10. Jill Stuart Silk Chiffon Dress, $298
Once upon a time, I was gallivanting through the West Village when I stumbled upon a big wooden door. Being the ever curious girl that I am, I went ahead and entered said wooden door to see what kind of magic it held inside. Magic was right. I entered a room that looked like it didn’t even belong in New York City. It was old and quaint and had twinkling chandeliers dangling from its soaring ceilings.
I still didn’t know where I was until I asked the bartender. He informed me that I was at One If By Land Two If By Sea. I had heard of it, but had never gone. It was supposed to be one of the most romantic restaurants in the city and now I could see why. I bid the bartender adieu and vowed that some day I would return to this magical place with my very own Prince Charming.
Flash forward seven months, and I returned to One If By Land Two If By Sea this past weekend for their Sunday Jazz Brunch. I couldn’t imagine anything more “old” New York than listening to jazz over bellinis in such a beautiful place. They have several delightful options on their brunch menu (served from 11:30am-2:00pm). I ordered the brioche French toast (with carmelized bananas, toasted pistachios, and creme anglaise) and my handsome companion ordered the leek and bacon quiche. Both were delightful in two very different ways. While his was hearty and savory, mine was like eating dessert for breakfast. I must say that the combination of delicious food, great music, and overall ambience was exactly the way a Sunday should be spent.
One If By Land Two If By Sea
17 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
How does a curious girl get dressed for a magical brunch with her very own Prince Charming? For a place like this, I would suggest elegantly casual with a touch of feminine romance.
Billabong October Beanie, $22
Madison Marcus Long Sleeve Lace Blouse, $238
J Brand 901 Low-Rise Skinny Velvet Jeans, $185
Black Rooster Vienne Bootie, $125
Juicy Couture Alice Plaid Coat, $448
Happily ever after…
So it’s Friday night and time to step out on the town. Put on your flirtiest frock, highest heels, and make the boys swoon.
Mara Hoffman ruched mini dress, $308
Madison Marcus sequin silk long sleeve dress, $285
Akiko double belted wrap dress, $173
Luc by Lucy one shoulder Bella dress, $108
G Star Faye dress, $55
Bebe net inset lace dress, $129
Kimberly Taylor Alicia dress, $295
Yes, it is that time of year again. So many parties, so little to wear. Well, like my gay counterpart, I love any good reason to dress up. This includes holiday parties and the cherry on top, New Year’s Eve. Many of us tend to take the easy route and slap on the same old boring black cocktail dress. Really? I know you switched up the accessories, but if I see that DVF on you one more time, I’m going to projectile vomit (in your direction). Below are some fun ways to spice up the typical cocktail attire.
- Don’t wear a dress- Why shouldn’t you wear sequin leggings with a pretty top? (*and because I have to- LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS). Substitute dressy fabrics (satin, sequins, velvet, brocade) in the form of shorts, pants, or skirts.
Romeo and Juliet Couture Sequin Legging, $65
Julianne Maria Satin Tap Shorts, AU$149
- Wear the pants- Why should guys be the only ones in a tux? Make your own female friendly version or opt for a cute romper like this.
Karina Grimaldi Tuxedo Romper, $218
- Into the night- I’d be lying if I told you I’ve never worn a nightgown out as a dress. I’ve actually done it several times (including NYE ’08). Just make sure it’s not too revealing and actually looks like a dress. (Excessive use of nipples at holiday parties is typically frowned upon- unless you’re crashing a party at the Playboy Mansion).
Julianne Samantha Satin Chemise, AU$129
- Jump on it- Instead of a dress, try an ultra chic (ultra comfy) jumpsuit. It may make trips to the ladies room more complicated, but you’ll look cute (and that’s what matters).
Madison Marcus Glossy Jumpsuit, $435
- Color yourself bad- Stop being a wallflower and dare to wear something other than black. Pick a festive holiday jewel tone in chiffon or stretch charmeuse.
Ella Moss Nora Chiffon Dress, $198
David Meister Fitted Satin Dress, $315
Party on, dudes.