My love for all things & Other Stories is no secret, but for fall especially, they're the best. Great sweaters and the perfect iteration of the "it" item of the season are what I look to them for the most. I wrote about this leopard skirt last week, and below is exactly how I want to wear it as the weather slowly cools down. Just add tights for colder nights or a dad sneaker for a more casual weekend look.
The only Mondays I tend to like are the ones where I don't have to go into the office. As a matter of fact, thanks to Labor Day, the Jewish holidays, and a vacation coming up in two weeks, I won't be working a Monday until the 24th! Life is good. This weekend we've been at multiple birthday parties, including my dad's 70th (!!!) so we're looking forward to some homebody time today.
I've been searching high and low for the perfect snakeskin bootie for fall and I think I finally found one. I was pretty close to picking up this one but $150 is a bit high for me. Luckily I found these for about $100 less!
Another hot item for fall is anything leopard, but especially a midi skirt or slip dress, all thanks to this lovely from French brand Realisation Par. I found mine at my fave & Other Stories. Can't wait to pair it with a tee for now and a chunky sweater and boots for later.
I'm also on the hunt for coats, coats, coats. I got rid of my favorite leopard coat and winter coat last year, so I've got some major holes to fill. Loving this plaid coat ($55 today!), this faux fur coat, and will probably be searching for the perfect puffer until the New Year.
I've been following a vegetarian Keto diet pretty consistently for the last month and it's definitely helped with bloating and looking more toned. This Q/A with Will Cole on Goop espousing it's benefits sealed the deal for me. I think I will always strive to eat this way. I can't wait to check out his book, Ketotarian. This site has also been a great source for recipes.
Have you listened to Slow Burn yet? Season one is all about Watergate and how that affected the country. Season 2 is about the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Super interesting and super important history to brush up on right now.
I was hoping to have a beach day this weekend but it looks like the weather won't be cooperating. Instead we'll be heading to the Frick Collection (hubby's never been!) and I can't wait to revisit all of my favorite Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings.
Speaking of the beach, we're going on a late summer vacation to Hilton Head Island in September, so I'm still buying allthebathingsuits. J. Crew has a ton on super sale, I picked up this one, this one, and waiting for my size to be restocked in this one. They also have some really fun coverups.
The Mango sale also continues and I'm looking for a few more dresses to get me through the rest of this insane east coast humidity. How are people wearing jeans out there?! This and this are in my cart.
After coming back from our mini vacation the other week, I felt bloated, tired, and a little chubby. We drank, we ate pizza, we ate chips, we ate pasta.. something had to give! So many people at my office have been raving about Keto I knew I had to do my own version. So after 10 days of eating low carb, I feel lighter and leaner. I used this site for some great starter recipes.
Tampons have been grossing me out for years, and I couldn't believe there wasn't a better option out there. It turns out, THERE IS! After reading this post from my fave blog, I immediately ordered the Lena cup. I happened to be in the middle of my cycle and was able to put it to the test as soon as I received it. I am a changed woman!
Being outside last night was such a treat. I know some parts of the country are still suffering from a heat wave but the east coast will be having beautiful, low humidity weather all weekend and I'm super excited about it. I for one don't wear cute stuff during steaming temps. Who wants to sweat through a dress you have to dry clean? So today I'm actually going to make an effort and can't wait to whip out some new purchases from my Europe trip.
Im on the hunt for new, easy summer recipes (that aren't potato salad!) and all of these look amazing.
The Now Read This pick for July is Pachinko, a historical fiction novel about Koreans who migrate to Japan. I truly enjoy hearing other peoples points of view and I'm sure the timing on this pick is no coincidence.
How adorable are these printed mesh bags? Running over to the farmers market never looked better!
Are you watching the World Cup? We've been watching at home and at our local bar. Don't you just love the drama?
After a week of traveling to London, Milan, and Barcelona for work, I'm back! So happy to be home in NY just in time for the weekend. I got about 13 hours of sleep last night so I'm ready to play a little catch up today.
While it can certainly be nice to travel for a few days and break up the routine, there's nothing like being away to make you appreciate your life a little more. I can't wait to clean our apartment, take a couple of classes, and make a few meals. And of course get in some much needed couch time with my hubby and fur babies.
The $19.99 Levi's I picked up from T.J. Maxx the other week are now available in black. As a denim freak, you know I'm not hesitating to snatch these up!
I picked up a few great pieces for myself while in Europe this week, but that won't stop me from hitting all the summer sales this week.
The long-awaited Zara summer sale is here and I've been adding stuff to my cart left and right. I will probably wait until the discounts get a little deeper (another week or so) but here is what I'll be buying if they're still available:
Thinking about this bag as a transitional summer to fall bag. Love its nod to the Chloe Hudson bag.
What are you guys up to this weekend? We're home with no plans and Saturday looks like it's going to be beautiful! Planning on packing up a picnic and heading to Brooklyn Bridge Park for some sun and 500 rummy. Also in my bag? This meadow mat in case the ground is wet, my favorite sunscreen, and this book.
A public pool will be opening a few blocks away from us in 2020!
This sandwich just looks like summer.
Updating aforementioned card games with these fun rainbow playing cards.
Gap has been surprising me this season with their wearable, easy dresses. Recently picked up this and this and I know they'll get a ton of play this summer. This midi dress and this denim dress are next!
My favorite Steven Alan bag is on sale in white.
I love a wide leg crop jean for summer. They're a great alternative to shorts and dresses. I'm looking to expand my collection with some non denim versions. These, these, and these look like they fit the bill.
How beautiful are the pajamas at Zara Home? I'm especially loving this linen robe.
I'm flying to London, Barcelona, and Milan next month and I'm planning on packing my own food for the flights. This article has some great ideas like a cheese plate, freezing grapes, and reheating pasta with hot water from the beverage cart.
We took off a few extra days from work last week to enjoy the perfect weather down at the Jersey shore, Spring Lake to be exact. We sat by the pool, had cocktails way too early in the day, and ate a lot of yummy seafood. But somehow the four day weekend still wasn't enough. I hope everyone on the east coast soaked up the sunshine while it lasted!
Here's what I'm into this week..
I love me a good HBO drama and I can't wait to watch Succession on Sunday night. The trailer has got me thinking this is going to be my new fave.
I got these slides in peach suede last summer and I wore them constantly. In black they're just a no-brainer that I know I'll wear again and again.
I would do a lot of things to get rid of a hangover but I probably won't try this.
I'm a little late to the party but after multiple recommendations I went ahead and ordered a slew of products from The Ordinary. The idea for the brand sprang from the founder's knowledge of the chemicals and compounds in luxury skincare and how inexpensive they actually are. He stripped away advertising and fancy packaging and replaced them with affordable (almost everything is under $14) serums, moisturizers, and retinoids. I'll let you know what I think!
Happy to see the weekend, but dreaming of warm days and nights. Sometimes it feels like this dreary weather will never end. It will and until then this is what I'm into this week.
The hubs and I are checking out a new class today at Shadowbox, DUMBO. I had a frustrating week so hitting a bag for 45 minutes sounds like just what the doctor ordered!
H&M has some truly beautiful summer pieces right now. My goal this year is to look easy, breezy and still pulled together when the temperature climbs. I'm loving this belted ruffled dress, this printed maxi dress, and this classic wrap dress.
Our coffeemaker recently crapped out on us but instead of buying another one we decided on this French press. It requires a little more prep and cleaning but it's worth it. Our coffee tastes so much better and I love that it's clean and green.
I have never in my adult life used an eyelash curler. But I recently read this article and picked one up. And yes, mascara looks 10x better after using one. I'm hooked!
My mom and I have been following Now Read This, the PBS book club, since the New Year but have been slacking lately. I just picked up their May book, Educated, for the upcoming long weekend.
Happy Friday! It was a busy one around here so you know I'm extra happy to see the weekend. Looking forward to an early Mother's Day lunch with my family tomorrow and some down time on Sunday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we'll have one ice cream appropriate day.
Here's what I've got my eyes and ears on this week..
Gingham is a big trend yet again this summer and I love the idea of trying the pattern somewhere unexpected like on these slides.
My favorite, favorite Agolde jeans are on sale at Urban so I'll be picking up my third pair, thankyouverymuch. Their super high rise fit and length are just perfect for me.
So excited to catch (the dreamy) Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose airing on Showtime Saturday night. A drama featuring a British Aristocrat battling his demons and drug addictions? I'm in! Read the review here.
I hardly touch a hair dryer once the temperature hits 60 degrees, but I'm always searching for the right product to help me get those perfect waves. I've been using this Kristin Ess air dry creme for a few weeks now and I think I have a winner!
After 10 years of perfect skin bliss, I went off birth control. Three months later and hormonal acne has reared its ugly head (or 5 heads if you count each individual zit). These patches have been a lifesaver. They've kept me from picking and I even wore them to work a few times to keep the big boys under wraps while they heal.
Ah, the weekend. What are you up to? I got home from a work trip to China last week and I'm still feeling the jet lag. Add to that the allergy situation here in New York and you've got a girl who is NOT ready for her close-up. Hoping to be back with some outfit content next week.
Until then, here's what I'm into this week:
In the past year I've become such a white sneaker girl. Since I travel for work a lot and walk everywhere, they tend to get trashed pretty quickly so I'm always on the hunt for a new pair. I saw these natural Converse hi tops on Lacusa's site paired with a floral midi dress and immediately ordered them.
Zara and Mango are killing it right now and I'm obsessed with all of their ladylike dresses. Stripes, checks, and linen look so fresh to me. Cleaning out my closets today and itching to get rid of all of my summer boho clothes in exchange for this, this, and this.
As a lover of margaritas, palomas, and salty dogs, I'm excited to try this cocktail in the coming weeks.
Scrunchies are back and I'm into it! Love how these (3 for $12!) add a little something to a basic bun or pony. Bonus: FP is offering $5 express shipping this weekend so I'll have mine by Wednesday. Also want to try this one for cute gym hair.
This podcast about going outside your comfort zone spoke to me this week. As an introvert, it can be hard for me to take risks and meet new people. But the idea that making a change can be as easy as expanding your network (by going to a different coffee shop or striking up a conversation with someone at the barre) makes it a little less scary.
To piggyback on my last post about natural bags.. this Steven Alan bag.. is everything! I saw it on Shopbop a few weeks ago but didn't pull the trigger. Then while browsing Nordstrom Rack over my Sunday morning coffee, there it was for 50% off. While I love the look of ata/rattan bags, they're just not practical for this commuting New Yorker. I love that this bag is trimmed in leather, making it a touch more wearable for every day.
Steven Alan "Oliver" Circle Bag in Straw via Nordstrom Rack
Last year, I was desperate to get my hands on a a round ata bag. Thanks to Bembien and a zillion bloggers going to Bali, it was the it bag. I even went so far as to track down a manufacturer in Bali, email (stalk) her, and place a small wholesale order for myself, friends, and to sell on Etsy. This year every major retailer has caught on and has their own version for the season. While I always prefer to have the original, some of these are just too cute to pass up.
Straw, bamboo, wood.. you just can't go wrong with anything natural.
Rain, snow, wind. That's the forecast on the east coast today. This yellow floral midi dress is giving me hope.
Getting dressed this time of year is hard. The weather fluctuates daily (remember when it was 75 last week?!) and I'm just plain sick of everything I've been wearing since November. Fortunately for me, a lot of retailers are not going full-on spring with their assortments and offering some wear-now pieces in go forward colors. I love the H&M sweater below because it doesn't look out of place for this time of year but it's a lot more fun than that grey sweater you've been wearing for the last 3 months. And those silver mules are a little glimmer of hope for the warmer weather ahead. It's coming!
It was almost fifty degrees in NYC today so I decided to take my aforementioned blazer out for a spin. After some trial and error (and a few returns) I ended up going with the & Other Stories option from my previous post. It's sold out again, but it's so popular I'm sure they'll restock it. It's perfectly oversized and so well made for the $125 price tag. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on it!
Walking along the water through Brooklyn Bridge Park from my 'hood to Dumbo, you never know what the temp is going to be. Being able to layer my favorite sweatshirt under this blazer is key. I'm already mentally styling it for spring with a floral maxi dress and mules.
Ok, no real news here, but the blazer is officially back. It was trending for fall, but for Spring 2018 it is official. Everyone in the blog world is wearing this one for a cool $750. But I think unless you're a banker and wearing it in your suit rotation 3x a week that is just crazy. Luckily retailers are offering it at every price point so you don't have to be independently wealthy to try the trend. My favorites are double breasted, oversized, and come in neutral checks for that perfect heritage look.
It's been a while since I've hit the vintage racks. In my late teens and early 20's, making my weekly round of the local thrift shops was a ritual. You never knew what you were going to score. But as I moved to bigger and bigger cities over the years (first Philly and now NYC), the odds of finding some gems on the cheap got slimmer and slimmer. But luckily, Etsy and some smaller online vintage boutiques (Shop Stressed and Boheme Goods) make it possible no matter where you live.
This time around, I went vintage out of necessity. I had been striking out right and left all season long looking for the perfect faux fur coat. Some the colors were off, some the fits strange or the quality was just too crappy. So on a morning when my husband was out of town and I had nothing on my calendar, I dove into Etsy with a serious purpose. Hours later, I came up with this gem. Cropped, boxy, soft and luxurious with the perfect lapels, this was the winner. I even negotiated from $50 down to $40. What's not to love?
Fine jewelry is something fairly new to me. I got into it when shopping for my engagement and wedding rings and was immediately hooked. I love the idea of jewelry that you can live with; wash your hands with it on, sleep, shower, and exercise with it on. It's a constant accessory and becomes so much more personal that way. It also becomes something you don't have to think about. For someone who spends about 15 minutes from the shower to the door, that's everything.
Finding LA jewelry designer Vrai & Oro has been key in allowing me to gradually upgrade my jewelry wardrobe. They offer classic, well made designs without the markups. From rings to earrings to diamond necklaces, there's something for every occasion. My current favorite are their skinny stacking rings. At $50 each, it's a great go-to gift for people who don't know what to get me. I just can't get enough of them!
I switched out my tiny gold studs for these mini hoops a few months ago and I'm still obsessed. They add the perfect amount of sparkle and are completely weightless.
This sweet initial pinky ring is the latest addition to my collection. It's the perfect personal gift for a friend or for yourself.
For me, this winter has been all about staying hydrated and finding ways to feel pretty despite the frigid temps. Here in New York it's been 15 degrees every day since Christmas and it's projected to stay that way for another week. Feeling cute has never been harder.
Luckily I have a few new products in my arsenal that have been making it a little easier.
Simple jewelry can make a big difference about how you feel. Lately I've been loving signature items that I can wear every day with every outfit. A coin necklace, stacking rings, and these little hoop earrings have been on repeat this month.
My hair is a constant struggle. It's fine, heavily bleached, and soaked with sweat just about every day from exercise. I never thought I had the type of hair that could go days without washing but this hair powder from R+Co has made it possible. In fact I almost like my hair better on day 2!
Last year during a cold snap in February I broke out in a horrible red rash all over my face. My dermatologist solemnly told me I had rosacea (!!!) and prescribed me a litany of cleaners and topical ointments. After not loving my skin despite months of this new regimen, I went back to my favorite Biologique Recherche products. This winter, I'm determined to keep my skin hydrated and this face oil has been helping a ton these last few weeks. My skin seems happy and healthy despite the daily exposure to cold and wind.