Insta-Life, Take 2

Denim, Rings

1. Layering with denim (aka my new favorite thing) 2. Ring party (you know, the cousin of the arm party)

Work outfit, Play outfit

3. Work outfit (Cynthia Steffe trousers, Lela Rose for Target top, MaxStudio Blazer, and Miu Miu pumps)

4. Play outfit (James Jeans, UO sweater, LOFT fur vest, Steve Madden booties)

Playbills, Newsies, Lion King

5. Newsies 6. Lion King – lucky enough to see both when my Mom came to town last week!

RayBan sunglasses, fashion magazines, Marie Claire, InStyle, Lucky

7. New Clubmaster Ray Ban sunnies (this is my “too cool for school” face) 8. Magazine hoarder… finally updated my mood boards (stay tuned!)

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Hope you all had a great weekend!

Currently Craving: Gloves

Gloves and mittens are a tricky accessory – I used to maintain the belief that they were merely a hindrance, a superfluous addition that served virtually the same purpose as pockets (which I am able to insert and remove my hand from with ease when I need to). On the other hand (har har), I feel I am missing a shopping, er fashion, opportunity… Well, that and how amazing are leather gloves for clapping at a hockey game? Thus, here is a round-up of some mittens and gloves that I am just dying to get my hands on in…

Currently Graving: Gloves
Clockwise from top (Tan Leather): Mulberry, Miu Miu, French Connection, Causse Gantier, Tory Burch, Rag & Bone, Cole Haan, Bruno Cucinelli, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, Burberry, Coach, and Asos (the Must-Have)
P.S. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Pants Please

Leather Pants: H&M (like this version), Top: W118 by Walter Baker, Shoes: Miu Miu via Threadflip, Polka Dot Bag: Kate Spade

Necklace: Vintage (similar), Tiger Bangle: gifted Kenneth Jay Lane (similar), Rings: Gorjana (love these too) and vintage

I hate tights. First of all, with a name like ‘tights,’ how comfortable can they be? Second, they inevitably rip so you have to constantly buy new pairs. And don’t even get me started on how tangled I get every time I have to go to the ladies room. What I’m trying to say is, tights are a worst case scenario for me. Therefore, if I go out for drinks during the cooler months, I tend toward pants so that I can avoid any pantyhose debacles.

Believe it or not, faux leather pants can be surprisingly versatile. I pair them with anything silky and/or sheer with a boyfriend blazer and bold jewelry (like this statement necklace) for a night out. Then for day, I would throw a comfy sweater over this outfit and swap my heels for leopard print loafers. What do you think? Do you wear your leather pants to death or are they still hanging in your closet with the tags on?

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

One Skirt: From The Office to Happy Hour

Office --> Happy Hour
One of the challenges women face in the corporate world is how to take their daytime office look in to the evening, without packing a completely new outfit. I’d love to take on this challenge and start a series of how-tos, taking one piece and translating it from office to evening. I’ve started with this gorgeous Prabal Gurung lace pencil skirt. For day, I paired it with a clean, silk blouse and a matching blazer. Keep the accessories minimal: a stack of bracelets, funky specs, and a nude pump (with a little bling!). To change for cocktails, switch out the blouse for a soft tank. Add killer heels, cool jewelry, and amp up your makeup a little. What do you think? How would you wear this skirt for the day or night? Tell me in the comments!

July 4th: 3 Ways

Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini, American Vintage tank, denim shorts (love these), H&M sandals

Whether you are catching the fireworks with your friends on the beach….

Miu Miu sunglasses, Chinti and Parker maxi dress, Michael Kors watch, Dolce Vita sandals

Or enjoying cocktails with family outside on a verandah…

Ray Ban Sunnies, Alexander Wang tank, French Connection Skirt, DVF wedges, Madewell Shirt

Or setting sail…These are my three outfit suggestions for Fourth of July. Ditch the flag tee, ladies, and embrace the Red, White and Blue in modern ways.

Hello Boys…

Welcome to my closet. 🙂

A couple months ago, I entered a contest to win free shoes for a year from Steve Madden, and I won! (It’s no lottery, but hey I’m certainly not complaining!) These floral platforms are the first pair I chose – aren’t they adorable? I love how they are reminiscent of the Miu Miu Mary Janes from a few years ago.

Miu Miu

What fabulous shoes would you pick from Steve Madden? Leave me your ideas in the comments!