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.

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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?

Oh So Kate: Christian Louboutin Unboxing

There's something about a red sole that just makes people melt. I've had my eye on a pair of Louboutin's for the longest time, and finally I caved from the pressure. Here are my deliciously delightful new pair of So Kates.

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I know I know, I teared up a little bit too when I finally opened up the box. I ordered the 120mm nude patent leather So Kates, and I couldn't be happier!

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So after deciding to treat myself with a new shoe purchase, I went on the hunt. Of course, these highly sought after shoe was not available on the Christian Louboutin website, so I decided to continue my search online through Ebates. I thought to myself, if I'm going to spend over $700 on a pair of shoes (this includes tax), I want to do it the smart way and get money back through ebates. 

The one huge problem that I faced with most sites that carried the So Kates, was that my size was on backorder. From Neiman Marcus to Barneys, I would have a wait time of nearly 3 months. I was lucky enough to find them on Saks' website, but was smacked with disappointment when they couldn't "find" the ONE PAIR they had in stock.

After a few weeks of searching on my own with no luck, I enlisted one of my stylist friends to contact their "connections." Literally 30 minutes later I got a phone call from the Christian Louboutin boutique in Hollywood with the LAST PAIR IN MY SIZE IN THE ENTIRE USA!

Yes, my friend is that good.

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I'm absolutely in LOVE with these babies! After I received them I was a little bit hesitant about the sizing. I'm usually a 37 and after reading reviews, decided to go up to a 37.5. My foot is a pretty normal width so I figured I'd be good with just the half size increase. When I put them on for the first time, I realized that the width of the toe-box on the So Kates is pretty much made for the narrowest food on earth.

I was completely nervous and went straight to the Madison Avenue boutique to get an expert opinion. After trying on the shoes with the sales associate, she told me that because the shoes were leather, they would stretch to the width of my foot and I should have no issues after a few wears. Safe to say she was right, and I can't wait to order my next pair in black and eventually get the leopard pair, oouu La La! 

Check out my latest video below to see my new So Kates on :)

Chanel Dreams

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If there's one thing that every girl dreams for, it's Chanel. The universal classic is a sign of luxury and grace that cannot be compared. For my first Chanel purchase, I picked up their iconic lipsticks. The limited addition Rouge Allure was my choice for their intense color staying power. The smooth buttery texture and rich color is more than I could have asked for. Featuring a smooth black silhouette, gold interior and one-click opening, the packaging of Chanel lipsticks is ridiculously breathtaking. 

The iconic red, Passion (104) is the perfect shade for any skin tone, and was a must needed classic when I thought about purchasing this product. The rouge noir (109) was a more daring purchase. With the deep plum lip being such a statement color this season rouge noir makes a glamorous statement for those bold beauties.

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Chanel Rouge Noir (109) on the left and Chanel Passion (104) on the right

Chanel Rouge Noir (109) on the left and Chanel Passion (104) on the right