Friday, July 25, 2014

Foodie Friday: Picnic Date

Every great picnic date should include fancy cheeses and bread...along with a little wine. My husband and I got a deluxe picnic basket for our wedding which we decided to take it for a spin on Saturday. Before our picnic date we picked up some delicious cheeses and salami from Stinky Brooklyn and breads from Union Market. We were bit of rebels and in snuck in mini tasting bottles of white wine to pair with our cheese and meat platter. It was the perfect date and weather. It was a little overcast so we didn't have the sun cooking us, plus we had the beautiful view of the city.

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Top: Social Apparel | Skirt: H&M (old) | Hat: Forever21 | Sunglasses: Aldo
Cheese Platter: Brooklyn Slate | Picnic Blanket: Anthropologie

pictures by Brian Cavanaugh

We love buying products locally. Find a local place that will allow you to do a little tasting of cheeses. We were able to taste the cheeses at Stinky before buying which was super helpful since we don't know much about cheeses, plus the guy behind the counter was super knowledgable of each of these cheeses which helped us make our decision. Buy breads nice and fresh from a place that either that does daily deliveries or bakes their own breads. These fresh products will make your date picnic even more special. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Wear Culottes During the Summer

Culottes have been around for a long time and many of us probably haven't worn them in years, like myself. This Spring they made a total comeback in a huge way. Designers have reinvented this trend from making them out of leather (these Adam Lippes Leather Culottes) to mesh (these Paul & Joe Mesh Culottes). But how can a real everyday woman wear this look?

How to Wear the Look:

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Shirt: Tibi | Pants: H&M | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Glow Accessories 

photos by Brian Cavanaugh

Make this look work for the office by counter acting the wide leg with a more form fitting top. If you do a looser top make sure that it can tuck into your pants so that it can extenuate your hips, or find a top that cuts off right at the waist line. Crop tops are also perfect for a high waist culotte. This look is perfect for brunch. Pair your culottes with a pair of heels to elongate your legs.

Reasons to Love this Trend:

Culottes aren't only in for this season but for the Fall 2014 as well. These make the perfect transitional piece, they can be worn during those warmer fall days with a pair of booties and a sweater or on a more coolish day- with a coat (as seen in Derek Lam's Pre-Fall 2014 collection).

Are you rocking the culottes this summer?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Inspirational Monday: Off the Shoulder Tops

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1. Little Black Boots  | 2. Spell and the Gypsy Collective | 3.  Last Time Around

There's something about the summer time where it makes me want to dress like a hippy and run around bare-footed. I have been obsessing with the off the shoulder peasant shirt trend lately. Love that it has the vibe that I go for on my weekend looks, laid back yet still chic. I was on the hunt for the perfect shirt yet still affordable....that's when I came across the Ecote Cold Shoulder Peasant Blouse from Urban Outfitters! It was love at first. 

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Top: Urban Outfitters | Shorts: Urban Outfitters (sale!) | Bag: Coach (sale!) | Shoes: Zara (sale!) | Sunglasses: ALDO
Hat: NYC Street Vendor

photos by Brian Cavanaugh 

Are you rocking the off the shoulder peasant top this summer?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Trend for Less: The Lace Up Sandal

Spring Trend: The Lace Up Sandal

This Spring/Summer Shoe Trend is all about the lace up sandals. These shoes are super cute to dress up with a pair of jeans or a summer dress. These also make a great day to night shoes, switch a light pink lipstick for a day look for a red lip at night. Many celebrities like Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, and Kim Kardashian have been rocking this summer trend as well. It's one of the IT GIRL shoes for the 2014.

How I Wore the Look:

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Shirt: Nonoo (sample sale) | Jeans: LOFT | Shoes: Anne Michelle ( | Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim X Target | 
Watch: c/o Rakani | Bracelets: ALDO | Sunglasses: Glow Accessories 

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

I had been looking for shoes to wear to our rehearsal dinner, that's when I came across these Anne Michelle lace up sandal on Ideeli. These were perfect to pair with my boho maxi dress for the rehearsal as well as mix and match looks during the summer. I love that they work seamlessly through my closet, can easily be paired up with a boyfriend jeans (as shown) or a summer dress. Perfect to work within the your work day look and date nights. I love that this trend comes a variety of colors and styles so that every woman has something that they can choose.

What do you think of this spring trend? Would you splurge or steal this trend?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Outfit Post: Grey Scale

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Top: Old Navy | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: H&M | Bag: c/o Ann Taylor (similar style here) | Sunglasses: Glow Accessories

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh 

This summer for me has been all about ease and comfort, from lightweight wear to monochromatic looks. When it comes to the monochrome look there are some key elements from keeping your look looking boring.
DO: Mix up shades. Do a shade lighter then your darkest piece. This will add depth to your look.
DO: Add prints and/or embellishments. Prints and embellishments will add interest and pops to a look.
DO: Bold lipstick. Whether it's red, pink, or coral, go for color especially when doing neutral toned outfit. This will make you more pronounced in your look.

What is your summer uniform this summer?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How to Wear Print Pants to the Office

Printed Pants: Office

Summer is all about bold colors and prints. Mixing in prints into your work week look can be a fun way to shake things up. Take a pair of printed pants and pair it up with simple pieces, like a white tee, to keep the look clean. Do a low heel sandal and basic jewelry, you don't want your accessories to fight against your pants. Neutral tones will keep your look cohesive and pulled together.

How I Wore the Look:

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Shirt: Old Navy | Pants: Zara (on sale) | Shoes: Zara (on sale) | Bag: Alexander Wang (sample Sale)
Sunglasses: Glow Accessories

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

You don't need to pay a lot for this look. The printed pants trend is big for the summer and now is the time to dive in to some of those summer deals. I got these printed pants from Zara on sale! The printed pant can easily be taken from work day to date night. Change out your low sandals for strappy pair of heels and a elegant clutch. If you're afraid of this trend start with a print that is two toned like these Zara pants. They are bold but not overly done in color. Also look for cropped pants, these can seem less intimidating since there is less material to work with.   

Would you wear the print pants to the office?

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Day in a Life of a New York City Fashion Blogger with Intel

I'm a fashion blogger, a working gal, and a new wife. My HP 2-in-1 has allowed me to stay connected with my friends and family and tapped into the fashion world. It allows me to check my social media (both private and blog) as well as enjoy the things I love i.e. reading, listening to music, and cooking seamlessly. Welcome to an ordinary day in my life.

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Shirt: T by Alexander Wang | Skirt: Paper Hearts from LF Store | Sneakers: Prabal Gurung x Target | Heels: Shoemint | Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim x Target | Sunglasses: Glow Accessories | Watch: c/o Rakani | Necklace: c/o BomBom Jewelry | 
 HP Pavilion: c/o Intel 

photos by Brian Cavanaugh

My day doesn't start until I have my first cup of coffee and catch up on my Facebook and Twitter feeds.

I'm out the door and heading off to work. My subway ride into Manhattan consist of listening to music while doing some reading. HP 2-in-1 is small and lightweight for me to carry in my bag which is good since NOOK has easily become my favorite reading app. It allows me to subscribe to my favorite magazines (ELLE, Marie Claire, NYLON...) and download a variety of books. Perfect for train rides to and from work.

Lunch break! While many of my co-workers go grab lunch I'm running around town to a showroom or to a meeting for Fashionista NY Girl. My 2-in-1 allows me to carry around my portfolio and show my work digitally. As well, as its an easy way to take down notes. It's also perfect to run out to a cafe during lunch to sit down to work on a blog post.

Back on the train to go home! Drowning out the masses and digging into a good read.

On most days it's never straight home and dinner. It's home to do a quick change for the gym. By the time I get home it's about 8pm and I'm starving. Bing Food and Drink is one of my favorite recipe apps. It allows you not to only look up recipes quickly but create collections of favorite recipes as well as create shopping list and meal plans! Makes weekly dinners at home easy to pull together.

After dinner, showering, and doing some blog work it's time to call it a night! But at least not before checkin the feeds one last time....

Do you have a tablet? How do you or how would you use your tablet in your everyday life?

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