Yesterday was day one of fall and if you’ve been following along on instagram, you will have noticed that my office for the day was at the beach! If this is any indicator of what’s to come – things are looking bright! Now on day two of my favorite new season, I’m super excited to tell you about becoming a style contributor for Well Rounded NY, “an online destination for trendsetting mamas-to-be, providing inspiration and information that speaks to a cosmopolitan pregnancy.” Founders Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, have created an online community to help you come to terms – and term! – with your pregnancy. My first post went live today and I’ve given readers an edit of one of my most favorite current accessories: felt hats! Key for women who are expecting, here’s one detail you won’t have to take into consideration while dressing the ever-growing baby bump. Click here for the full read and to get my picks of this season’s finest.
And so the search for a new apartment has begun, and while I was very excited about this prospective move (and decorating a new space) when in conversation phase, the reality is scarier then I thought – especially since we’re exploring areas outside of Manhattan. Although Brooklyn isn’t far, we hadn’t really planned to leave our beloved island – ever! We’ve always considered ourselves eternal Manhattanites. Lifers. I’ve been living here since 2001 and Dina since (gasp), 1990. But after spending considerable amounts of time in a few new neighborhoods across the river, we fell in love with them. And the spaces we’ve seen hit many of the objectives we idealize in a home such as high ceilings, light and outdoor space – attributes which are hard to find in Manhattan in our price range. I still have a little bit of anxiety about the whole thing, but I’m looking forward to establishing our new home, and exploring a new area. Change is good and we are both ready for this one. These images which I’ve been collecting on my pinterest board are solid visual reminders of what’s to come. And I can’t wait! Have you made the leap to a new area? How was it? Would love to hear your stories in the comment section.
What. A. Week. Do you feel the same? So happy that it’s almost the weekend and looking forward to some down time. On another note, I recently did a pseudo closet cleanse (like a juice cleanse, but detoxifying your bad styling habits instead!) and rid myself of items which I haven’t worn in
months years. While I realize after rummaging through my wardrobe that I likely have enough clothing to last a lifetime, a new season provides inspiration for freshness. Especially with Fashion Week happenings’ around the globe and my Instagram feed flooded with the most epic head-to-toe streetstyle ensembles. With that being said, I’ve created space for some new fall pieces such as cropped straight leg jeans like these from Acne, a chunky, wear-with-everything grey sweater like this one from Zara, an oversize herringbone boyfriend blazer like this Mango style, an extra long white button down like this one from J.Crew, a cozy scarf like this Asos style (really into this faux fur one too!), black sling backs like these from Nine West and booties like this See by Chloe pair and ones from Ugg.
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I don’t usually make two style posts (of myself) in the same week, but then there was this Tribe Alive clutch that arrived in the mail from my friend & co-founder Carly, and it quickly became a no brainer. Because seriously you guys, it’s that good. You may remember Tribe Alive from a few weeks back when I introduced the emerging, do-good, lifestyle brand in part 1 (of a part 2 spotlight series). While I’ve had a sneak peek of the goods via line-sheets, sketches and photos, and always knew that it was going to be epic, the real deal in-person is even better. Tribe Alive is on fire with their crowd-funding Tilt Campaign, climbing up to their goal in record time and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for their second collection. Have you made your donation yet? Help build a brand that empowers women in developing countries. Details here in case you missed it.
This amazing oversize clutch, was handwoven by Guatemalan artisans in San Juan de Laguna through a process called Backstrap Loom Weaving. While the design is rooted in culture and craft, I’ve styled it with a bohemian-edgy sensibility – tradition meets streetstyle. I can’t deny loving the fashionable aspect of it, but what’s more important to me is the ethical component, and how this clutch was created with purpose and meaning. The appreciation lies greatly it its story of a woman weaving fabric together by hand, in order to support her family and give them a better life. I am supremely proud to wear it for this reason most. It is available for preorder through the Tilt Campaign, and the online shop will open on November 1st.
The rest of my ensemble includes a favorite summer cover-up (transformed to daytime maxi dress) paired with a moto jacket, gold hammered choker and booties, keeping things transitional like discussed in styling tip #4 from Monday’s post!
There’s always that period between seasons when I wind up standing in front of my closet (for far too long – who has that kind of time?) pondering what to wear. It’s either too warm for a sweater or too cold for a tank which lands me in the, “I have nothing to wear!” conundrum. With that said, I’ve come up with a few styling techniques (like the sweatshirt and silk short combo I wear in this post) to share with you. The below pointers will help give direction on how to handle these next few transitional weeks, when the weather is neither here nor there!
STYLING TIPS & TECHNIQUES:
1: Blazers are your Best Friend // A second layer is key during the unpredictable weather change, so I recommend a versatile blazer (like this J.Crew style) which will suffice from work to weekend, desk to dinner. A denim jacket like this Topshop style will give the same coverage and can be dressed up and down, as will a moto jacket like this Mango style (and this one too).
2: Cha, Cha, Cha Changing Colors // An easy way to transition your wardrobe into fall is by adjusting the color palette. Though the weather can feel summer-like, we are all in fall-mode. It’s time to put away the bright, tropical summer prints. Continue wearing tanks, shorts, maxi dresses and sandals, but in shades such as black, grey, red, burgundy, navy or green.
3: Lose the Jacket! // Pull out your cozy, mushy scarves that have been in storage throughout summer. It doesn’t need to be 45 degrees to wear one! Pair it over your look instead of a jacket for a california cool, urban sensibility that will keep you warm like Jessica Alba’s look (and this one too).
4: Juxtapose your Wardrobe // Pair up unlikely items such as a maxi dress with a moto jacket like Caroline Demaigret or a chunky knit sweater with light shorts and sandals like this (similar to what I’m wearing here) and this street style look . Since the weather is not super cold yet, you don’t need head-to-toe coverage. Be creative and match up summer and fall items together.