FEELING BLUE: ADDING A LITTLE COLOR TO MY ALL BLACK WARDROBE

I’m getting ready to celebrate my 7th NYC anniversary *Screams Mama I Made It!* While I always knew I’d make the Big Apple home, I never knew that I’d embrace the all black everything lifestyle so whole heartedly. I mean, I literally have 8 of the same exact black bodysuit, on top of the countless other black wardrobe staples that you’d think would make getting dressed in the morning that much easier but still have my mind in a tailspin on what black looks good with more black.


While I’ll forever gravitate towards my noire looks, this winter I’ve been mesmerized bu a surprising color— bright cobalt blue hues. Yeah I know I didn’t even try to go towards the neutral safety nets of browns and nudes- I jumped head first into the brightest most obnoxious blue I could find-and I’m slightly obsessed with it.

I found this wool knit beauty randomly on HM.com—I’ve been a bit over zealous with my apartment redecorating and surprisingly HM is a great option for affordable quality pieces (but we’ll save my finds for a future post). With all of the sales going on and their awesome in-store return policy, I took a chance and ordered this bright blue Cookie Monster looking sweater with all intentions of returning it as soon as it came in. But I can honestly say… a little color now and then won’t hurt.

Everything is Golden

What if I told you I've worn the same jewelry every day since I was 12...Would you believe me?

Well in the wise but rarely heard words of Maury, "That was the Truth!"

I'm lucky enough to have a mother and grandmother that have some amazing taste, and can thank them for my 2 most prized possessions-- my crucifix and my 7-day ring. You could say they're kind of like my security blanket.. I feel naked without them. But thankfully, they are the timeless, chic and of course gold. 

To add to my heirlooms (and a gift that I won't talk about yet), I've recently ordered some gorgeous pieces from Mejuri. This online jewelry shop is bringing fine jewelry to your everyday at affordable prices. I've actually been following this company for a while, but was a little hesitant to purchase real fine jewelry on my own. But you've gotta start your collection somewhere!

I bought 3 pieces--1 in solid gold and 2 in Gold Vermeil-- and I absolutely couldn't be more impressed with the service, the quality and the attention to detail.

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Bold Stacker

 It is the perfect every day ring. And the price for solid gold is beyond affordable.

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BF Stacker

This Vermeil gem is the best option for those wanting to add quality pieces without breaking the bank. But just know it's a little more delicate than your solid options.

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BF Hoops

I'm obsessed with these minimal earrings. They give the right amount of oomph without being too obnoxious. Plus the price duh! 

I definitely plan on purchasing a few more pieces from them as they're modern, chic and the perfect addition to my collection. Make sure to check them out!!

Rosé All Day: Polo Classic Style

It's National Rosé Day!!  And who doesn't love a little bubbly? 

Rosé is obviously the new summer favorite for NYC living, so I've grown to love the sweet tasting libation on a hot day or two. 

Last week, I officially started my summer festivities at the 11th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic with one of my dearest friends. (Gotta love great friend's that surprise you with sold out tickets to most photographed event to start the summer). And while some came to take photos to prove that they were there and few actually came to watch a polo match, I came to do a little bit of both and of course drink great champagne.

While I loved sipping on champagne and looking at everyone's polo-esque wardrobe of church hats, midi-length sun dresses and seersucker suits, I chose a more casual yet chic approach to Saturday polo.

I paired my favorite ASOS Mom Fit Jeans with this intricately folded JOVANI crop top. Now, I know what you're thinking... "JOVANI makes separates?"--Actually yes, but I took one of my favorite two-piece gowns, that's actually almost sold out at Neiman Marcus, and definitely came through with the fashion without being too over the top! Who knew it would be a smart idea to make evening wear multi-purposeful? Pairing these 2 together with my new favorite Mallory mules from Steve Madden and these fan earrings from Zara made for the summer chic style I've been craving all year. 

This look will be perfect for any Saturday brunch for sure!

Back to the Rosé...

My favorite Rosé at the moment is First Press Ruby Red--a sweet sparkling Rosé with a hint of grapefruit that I can actually stand--it's one of those fruits I've never been a fan of until I found this tasty drink.

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Literally in the Gray

We're finally within arms reach of Spring, or what we hope will be warmer weather. So I've decided to amp up my wardrobe for the new year and focus on finding classic pieces that will be staples in my wardrobe for years to come.

If you know me, then you know I'm a sucker for anything monochrome. I've learned that by sticking to the same simple basics and adding a few statement pieces, I can amplify my style to the next level. And, that's exactly what I've done with this chic and sophisticated look. It's simple enough to take my everyday black staples and bring me to the chic side of things. 

THE BASE

For all of my everyday looks I usually stick to my uniform of black on black.--What can I say, it's the NYC PR go to-- My favorite  pieces this season are a ribbed bodysuit and a pair of the best leggings Zara has to offer-all in black of course. I love Naked Wardrobe's "The All Ribbed Bodysuit." It's not too thin, and features a slightly high neckline that makes it a sophisticated piece to pair with anything. Now I know you probably thought, BASIC when I said I wear leggings, but Zara's "Wide Waistband Leggings" are nowhere near basic. With the wide waistband and the center seam down the legs, these leggings are sophisticated and work with any outfit. I'm not kidding, they look better than my best pair of slacks, and are 10x more comfortable. I may be a little bit crazy, but I have about 4 pairs of these leggings and equally the same amount of the bodysuit in my closet. 

For my feet, I stick with my favorite black booties, which bring me to new heights both figuratively and literally. I've had major success with these Lillia Boots from White Fox Boutique. As the weather gets warmer, I'll switch out my booties for some mules like this chic but simple pair from H&M (click here).

THE AMPLIFIERS 

Since my base is pretty much a constant, I like to add a boost my look with overcoats to cover up this tush and a simple handbag. I've been obsessed with Zara lately and I found both this suede overcoat and this cute box bag on my last online excursion. Both pieces are simple enough on their own, but added to the base they bring up the sophistication level without breaking the bank. 

And to obviously look cooler than I really am, I finish off the look with some sunnies from Quay.

What are your go-to staples in your wardrobe?

A Taste of Spring in February

Alright, alright.. I know I'm jumping the gun on this one, but this 77° weather today is giving me hope for warmer weather and a more vibrant wardrobe. So I did something that I rarely do on a work day... I put on a dress!

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Yes, I've officially gone mad! The girl who will literally avoid a dress for work at all costs, willingly jumped at the chance to wear this flowing frock on the first warm day of 2018. This stripped caftan style dress is totally up my ally. When I spotted it at Zara a couple of weeks back, the first thing that popped into my head was- 'Sophisticated Chic,' which is the exact mood I want my wardrobe to exude this year. 

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I paired this burgundy and navy stripped dress with my go-to crossbody from YSL. Being the girl that usually carries her whole life to work everyday, you'd be surprised that I've made this my go to every day bag. It's light- it's chic- and it literally works with everything. I paired this with a pair of booties that have been hiding under my desk for a bout a year, which keeps this "seasonally appropriate."

Overall, I feel really "adult" in this look and can't wait for you all to see some of my wardrobe upgrades for 2018.

Feeling Peachy On A Monday

Why have the Monday Blues when I can feel Peachy :)  

 

I know, I know I'm cheesy hehe, but I'm completely and utterly obsessed with my Sunday Funday outfit! If y'all only knew how long I've been waiting to wear this peach and white duo, you'd congratulate me on my patience. 

 

Chic with a classic flair was the inspiration for this look. I was able to pair something old with something new to freshen up my summer style without getting too far away from myself. I found this Lace croptop at Zara in early June and wanted to pair it with something that wasn't too casual but also not too over the top. My white wide leg trousers that I've had sitting in my closet since I wore them last August-(because really who am I kidding-I get white dirty even before I walk out of my house)-was the perfect option. Paired together, I looked like a cool glass of rosé on a summer day.

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For shoes, instead of going for my usual platforms that get me at least to 5'8, I decided to go a little on the wild side and have a peekaboo effect with my favorite fringe-tiered stilettos from Steve Madden. They were a fun and flirty touch to a streamlined look and I probably will continue to add some shoe pizzazz to my simple silouhettes.