2.03.2016

thinking about: a sequined bomber.



i spotted this bomber jacket over the weekend at h&m, and now i'm thinking i may have to go back and get it. how amazing is it? as long as it's not raining (or snowing), it's a great anytime topper that will take any look to the next level. i'd pair it with either a sexy midi length stretch skirt and my trusty manolos, or this phillip lim blouse, these j.crew jeans (previously seen here), these earrings, and the chanel slingbacks i'm still stalking.

how do you feel about a party bomber?

2.02.2016

the new look: jensen.







sometimes you don't realize you need something until you've bought it and think, 'how did i not have these?' case in point, these acne booties. i bought the pistols many moons ago, and they were my day-in-and-day-out black booties. they aren't technically flats though, and while they are perfect for more casual days, they aren't what i'd call dressy.

last year i eyed the jensen, and said to myself 'you don't need another pair of flat black boots,' so i passed. and passed, and passed, and passed. literally kept seeing them on my favorite sites and on pinterest, and i resisted. then after christmas, i was checking out the barneys sale, and there they were. there was another woman about to try on the jensen in black leather and she couldn't decide between that pair or the pistol. she was wearing a cute sweaterdress and blanket coat and i was wearing...well let's just say it was after christmas. she put one boot on each foot and she just looked...sleeker in the jensen. a chelsea boot is a classic (i have a heeled pair) and this one, with the nubuck, metal detail on the toe, and low profile make it a perfect polished ankle boot. the next thing you know, i'm handing the salesperson my credit card (and a barneys gift card). i've since worn them at least a dozen times—which is another sign that a purchase is worth it. (fyi: the marc fisher yale is a good dupe for under $200, and comes in four colors)

asos coat (old, similar), zara sweater (old, similar), citizens of humanity jeans, acne booties, balenciaga bag (new version), oliver peoples sunglasses, soko earrings

photos by lydia hudgens

1.25.2016

the new look: polished.







hope you had a lovely weekend, and a safe one, if you were affected by winter storm jonas. i did catch up with my family back east to make sure they were ok, as well as check out lots of fun photos of those enjoying the empty streets in philly and new york. out here we had a break from the heavy rains, so it was nice to get out and spend time with friends new & old and, of course, watch football.

last week i paired three textures/patterns together for a casual look, and this week it's three textures in a more polished look. i always love leather, lace, and silk together, and these pieces are easy (can't beat pull on pants or a slightly oversized shirt) but still sophisticated.

happy monday!

all saints jacket, equipment shirt, j. crew pants (still available online in forest green, love this cropped pair too), manolo blahnik pumps, chanel bag, super sunglasses

photos by alex drysdale

1.19.2016

the new look: double denim.







dressing up the denim tuxedo by mixing in stonewashed black jeans, strappy heels, and a fur stole—a look that works for daytime (you could pair this with some ankle booties), or a night out...

madewell jacket, j.crew shirt (old), uniqlo jeans, schutz pumps, yves salomon fur scarf via elizabeth charles (similar), super sunglasses, cĂ©line clutch and knot bracelet (similar), giles and brother nail bracelet

photos by alex drysdale

1.14.2016

throwback: simply red.








"i can't imagine ever becoming bored with red. it would be like becoming bored with the person you love" — diana vreeland

the harper's bazaar magazines from the nineties are among the best there were, with superb leadership by the late, great liz tilberis and art direction by fabien baron. even the celebrity covers were elevated and not overrun with text as they are today. also striking is how the editorals are so timeless they could be from current issues. take this one from december 1993 by mario testino done in studio with the stunningly beautiful nadja auermann. even beyond the holidays, red is a classic color choice. shop some of my favorites in red below...




"simply red" by mario testino / model: nadja auermann / hair: marc lopez / makeup: francois nars / scans from kelles at the fashion spot

1.12.2016

the new look: formal/informal.







because most of my holiday was spent at home or at friends, i didn't shop for anything super-fancy. i did spot this banana republic bustier during an internal walkthrough and immediately put it on my wishlist, and bought the black one as soon as it hit stores. i love the high-low hem and tuxedo details, not to mention it's got boning inside and a bra strap to hold you in place.

forever 21 cardigan (sold out, similar here and here, both under $100), banana republic bustier (white still available online), j. crew jeans (wearing a 27) and scarf, charles jourdan pumps c/o dsw (old), super sunglasses, chanel bag, vintage earrings, hermes bracelet (pre-owned version), burberry lip velvet lipstick in damson no. 425

photos by alex drysdale

1.07.2016

the new look: blue on blue.






this proenza schouler sweater (also in gray/white and navy/green) was another black friday purchase, and it arrived just in the knick of time...it's gotten chilly (and rainy) in these parts! instead of wearing it with jeans, i dressed it up with some blue print cuffed trousers (from this suit), a moto jacket, and my go-to black suede pumps...

all saints jacket, proenza schouler sweater, asos pants (old), manolo blahnik pumps, super sunglasses, chanel bag, vintage earrings, hermes and miansai bracelets

photos by alex drysdale