May 28, 2014

Spring Trend: The Feminine Sporty Look

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Throughout High School and College I lived in my sneakers, particularly Vans. As soon as I graduated from College I traded out my sneaks for stylish flats. This season I'm falling back in love with sneakers, from slip ons to wedges. I'm really in particular digging the sneakers with feminine dresses and skirts. Sneakers give the whole look a laid back vibe that is totally my style.

I gave this look a try on a casual Saturday. Wore my pleated H&M skirt with my new pair of Puma wedge sneakers to run errands and have lunch with the parents.

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Shirt: H&M | Skirt: H&M (old) | Belt: taken from my Jill Stuart dress | Sneakers: c/o Puma | Bag: Zara
Sunglasses: Glow Accessories 

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

The trick to this look is to keep it super casual. When doing a feminine dress pair it with casual pieces like a leather jacket. When doing a feminine skirt keep your top simple, a slouchy top will add a bit of ease to a look.

Would you give this trend a try?

May 26, 2014

Weekend Wear: Happy Memorial Day Weekend

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Shirt: H&M | Shorts: H&M | Sandals: Target | Hat: NYC Street Vendor | Bag: c/o Remi & Emmy | Sunglasses: Aldo
Bracelets: Bauble Bar & c/o Ann Taylor | Watch: c/o Rakani Watches 

photos taken my Brian Cavanaugh

Hope everyone is having a happy and safe three day weekend! The fiance and I have been spending the weekend relaxing, catching up on sleep, and doing wedding stuff. O and eating a lot of ice-cream!

What were you up to this weekend?

May 23, 2014

Foodie Friday: Brooklyn Wedding Cake Tastings at One Girl Cookies, Sugar Couture, and Baked

Since the fiasco with reBar abruptly closing, my fiance and I were left to find a cake for our wedding day 3 weeks before the date (reBar's package included an in-house baker who could have taken care of the cake)! So we put our best to the task of calling up places that we were interested in seeing including some of our local favorites.

One Girl Cookies
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One Girl Cookies was one of our first stops when we first moved into our neighborhood. I had spotted a sign that just said COOKIES on it....what more did I need? Last Wednesday we met with Rebecca for our first ever wedding cake tasting. It was a total experience! Prior to the tasting we picked out 3 cakes, 3 fillings, and 3 frosting that we wanted to try. When we arrived Rebecca took us to the back of the bakery where all the magic happens. At a small table we were greeted with the cutest little presentation of what we picked out; cake: Vanilla, Pistachio, Coconut fillings: lemon, chocolate ganache, coconut frosting: lemon, vanilla, and chocolate. We got to mix and match fillings with the cakes and frosting. I totally felt like a little kid, making a mess but totally enjoying the experience. Their cakes were light and fluffy. The pistachio cake is nothing like I ever had, it had little pieces of pistachios in it and went great with the chocolate ganache as well as the chocolate frosting. My fiance and I agree though that the coconut cake was by far our favorite. Light, fluffy, and just the right amount of coconut. The coconut filling with the coconut cake was perfection. The coconut filling had little coconut flakes but wasn't grainy, just gave it that right amount of texture and extra flavor.

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Sugar Couture doesn't have your typical store front....YET! Cake designer Penny Stankiewicz is in the works of taking her studio front to a store front. Either way don't be fooled by her low key store front. We were greeted at the door by Penny and shown to a table where she brought out 3 favors of cake and a ton of fillings on a chalkboard platter. Before diving into the cake we talked about the look and feel of our wedding. She also helped truly design our wedding cake. She took out her sketch book and sketch out our very own wedding cake design right in front of us. Of course, this design includes editable glitter! Anyway, once we had our design set we divided into the cakes. For cake flavor there was: Vanilla, Caramel (her new flavor), Orange, and Chocolate. Fillers: Vanilla, Passion Fruit, Rose, Campagne, Caramel, Chocolate, Black Currant, Raspberry, and Strawberry. We started with the Vanilla cake and worked our way to the Chocolate. At first we really liked the Vanilla with the Strawberry and Champagne fillers. It had the perfect mix of sweet and something a little tart. Her carmel cake was so good by itself that it was hard for me to really like it with any of the fillings. Thankfully, my fiance and I have a similar palette and both fell head over heels in love with Penny's orange cake. It had the right about of citrius. It tasted like summer. Paired with the vanilla filler it just was a perfect summer cake. It was something my fiance and I just kept going back to.

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Sunday morning we headed out into Red Hook for our early morning tasting at Baked. What is better then cake for breakfast? We sat with giant cups of coffee as we waited for our cake tasting. It was fun to see what appeared to be the local morning crowd coming in for their pastries and coffee (I'm a total people watcher). Anyway, Jordan greeted us with a huge kind smile and we got down to cake talk. We went over the specifics of the wedding: date, time, and location (at this time it was TBD due to circumstances). Then we looked over some example pictures that Baked has done for weddings before. We fell for the rustic feel of the uneven butter cream. The ombre effect is what really what caught our eye. As we thumbed through the pictures, Jordan explained the design of each one. Once we finished talking shop it was time to taste! Unlike One Girl Cookies and Sugar Couture, Baked offers you little cupcakes of their cake flavors. Yes, we had a plate full of cupcakes at 10am! Some of the flavors were: raspberry lemonade (vanilla cake, raspberry filling, and lemon frosting), vanilla (vanilla cake and frosting), chocolate (chocolate cake and frosting), and strawberry (vanilla cake, strawberry filling, and strawberry frosting). We accidentally sat in the front of the store and while we stuffed our faces with cupcakes little kids popped in with their parents for their breakfast and we were the parents worst nightmare. The best was this little girl...she turned to her mother asked "Why does she have a plate of cupcakes?" The mother then proceeded to tell her that I was probably doing a tasting so that I can buy a bigger cake. The little girl looked at her mom and went "I want a cookie!" Mom: "You are not having a cookie. You can have banana bread, that's close enough." WOOPS. Sorry parents. Okay back to the tasting...we both decided that the raspberry lemonade was our favorite.  The raspberry jelly reminded me the jelly you can find in good jelly donuts. While the lemon frost had the right amount zing and was not overly sweet. The combination of the two gave it a complex taste that was appealing, plus it tasted like summer. The best part of doing this tasting was that we got to take home the cupcakes we didn't finish off! We left Baked with half eaten cupcakes and a sugar high.

I must say that through all the chaos of the week prior the best outcome was really meeting wonderful people. We truly enjoyed each tasting and each person we met with. It was an experience that we wouldn't have had if reBar didn't close on us. So yeah as devastating as it has been we are very lucky to have had this experience as well. My advice on cake tasting is to go to a few places. See their styles and try their cakes. Every baker is unique and you'll find what you want or like after a couple of tastings.

But which one did we go with??? You'll have to wait for the answer...but guesses are welcomed!

May 21, 2014

How to Wear a Long Asymmetrical Shirt {Part 2} : As a Dress

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Shirt: H&M | Denim Shirt: Loft | Sandals: Urban Outfitters | Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff | Sunglasses: Glow Accessories

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

When I tried this shirt on I automatically knew that this would make a great little summer dress, as it was long enough to be worn as a dress. It's also easy to through on and go, perfect for a weekend shopping date. With a sheer asymmetrical top you'll need a good slip. I have a few simple tank white slips that go under my more sheer clothing. These are something every woman should have in their closet (you should have the basic slips: nude, black, and white), as they are a simple fix to your sheer clothing problems. To keep a asymmetrical top that pulls away from you a bit more fit tie a denim top around your waist. It's also practical for those cooler days or nights, and keeps you looking downtown chic.

What do you think of this look?

May 19, 2014

Weekend Wear: Red Hook

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Shirt: Target | Shorts: American Eagle | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (sample sale) | Sandals: Target
Sunglasses: Ray Bans | Hat: Calvin Klein (Century21) | Scarf: c/o

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

On Sunday the fiance and I took a trip into Red Hook to do a cake tasting at Baked. This was our 3rd cake tasting in the span of 5 days. At least we spread it out....Anyway this little red lobster scarf from Hugssy and Calvin Klein hat have quickly become my favorite spring go to accessories. They have a nautical feel to it and I love that I can throw them on and feel dresses up even on the most casual days.

How was your weekend?

May 14, 2014

Borrowed from the Boys: Boyfriend Tee and Jeans

As much as I love dressing up I also love being comfortable. Especially after coming back from vacation it's hard for me to get back into the swing of things including dressing. I had been too tired to pull it together last week so my looks were totally more on the comfortable side, more then usual.

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Jacket: Zara | Top: T by Alexander Wang | Jeans: LOFT | Shoes: Zara (sale) | Bag: Zara (sale) | Watch: c/o Rakani

photos by Brian Cavanaugh

I paired my boyfriend jeans with my favorite slouchy T by Alexander Wang top that fits more like I stole it from my fiance. When pairing up slouchy with slouchy one of these items has to be more fitted, the LOFT boyfriend jeans have a more fitted look around the thighs and loosen up at the ends. Plus, pairing the look up with heels dresses the look and gives it a feminine touch.

Would you wear a boyfriend style tee with boyfriend jeans?

May 12, 2014

Weekend Wear: Palm Trees and Ocean Breeze

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Shirt: Roxy (Quicksilver in South Beach) | Shorts: Zara (sale) | Sandals: Urban Outfitters | Bag: Zara (sale)
Hat: Calvin Klein (Century21) | Sunglasses: Raybans

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Warning. This post is pretty personal.

Take me back to the ocean breezes and palm trees.  Take me back just before the weekend when I was happily planning my wedding. How strange of a feeling I'm in now after finding out that our reception venue abruptly closed (reBar). I had a very New York moment sobbing on a street corner with my fiancĂ© cradling me. Sobbing so badly that a waitress from a near by restaurant came out and asked if I wanted to come in. No. I wanted to sob right on that street corner. I wasn't ashamed of my behavior. I continued my ugly crying all the way home (only 3 stops on the train luckily for everyone else). There went all of our money. There went set plans. There went all my excitement. Here we are again back at the starting line scrambling to find a venue for our June 7th wedding. 3 weeks out and with barely any money to make it all work. All of our money gone, taken by Jason Stevens. We've been planning for a year and a half, saving for this day. But this isn't a sob story. No. This is what marriage is. For better or for worst. And here we are pulling through with the best by our side. Seriously through this I have truly realized I have remarkable people in my life and that there are a lot of great people out there. These people have restored my faith just a bit more with their kind words, love, and support. I honestly struggled whether to post this or not I thought I should since my twitter feed has been blowing up with reBar stuff all weekend.

Right now we are working through everything and will update everyone once we get it all straightened out. Sorry I know this isn't my chipper usual outfit post but this is me right now. Anyway This is what I wore to one of our venue meetings. Somber and hopeful. And very Miami.

Some info on the closure:

May 8, 2014

Photo Diary: Miami Bach

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If you follow me on Instagram you've seen a whole bunch of pictures already from my bachelorette trip to Miami (#sorrynotsorry about Maid of Honor and Best Man came up with a scavenger hunt that my fiance and I had to work as a team to take pictures of the things on the list! Adorable right!? Plus it really force us to take pictures which is even better). This weekend was truly special. My Maid of Honor put together a itinerary (yes a legit itinerary) of things to do from going to a Cabaret to a 4 am diner run. She is the best MOH as well as party planner. This whole weekend flew by even though all I wanted it to do was go slower. I can't believe we are a little less then a month away from the wedding. Time needs to slow down from here till after the honeymoon.

May 6, 2014

A Lesson in Wearing a Button Down with a Maxi Skirt {Part 2} : Casual Friday

How To Wear Button Downs with a Maxi: Casual Dressing

I wrote a post way back called "A Lesson in Wearing a Button Down with a Maxi Skirt" (read here), so I thought it would be fun to resurrect this post and show you guys one of my favorite ways to wear a button with a maxi skirt for a casual spring Friday. This look is not only fun for a casual Friday in the office but also perfect for brunch with friends.

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Shirt: LOFT | Skirt: American Apparel | Shoes: H&M (old) | Bag: Zara (sale) | Sunglasses: H&M (old) 

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

When tying your shirt in the front for a work look remember you don't want to show any midriff so do a high waist skirt, or if it's elastic hike it up a little bit above the hip. Tie your shirt right at the band of your skirt. This will help prevent from baring your midriff!

Would you give this look a try for a casual day in your office?

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