Necessary Neutrals

This schizophrenic weather we’ve been having combined with next-season planning…all I want is a quick island getaway. Not entirely practical or possible, but intermittent snow showers, everyday grey gloom, and stress at the office have been making my mind wander to far more tropical, relaxing places. My normal color palette may be a little too underwhelming for some, but dark neutrals are my best friend. Easily combined and layered, black, white, khaki, and subtle pattern are my go-to’s no matter the occasion or destination. Though my next planned trip is in April to visit my mom in Florida, I can’t help but think of more far-away destinations. Tulum? Cuba? St. Tropez? Let your imagination decide ;)
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From Left to Right, click below to shop
Tank: Rick Owens Cotton Jersey Tank
Jeans: similar style here
Sneakers: Vans Leather Authentic Espadrille

Shirtdress: McQ Alexander McQueen Poplin Shirtdress
Bomber: TopShop Camo Printed A1 Bomber
Sandals: Valentino Rockstud Flat Thong Sandal

Tee: similar styles here, here, and here
Shorts: Blank NYC Coated Shorts
Sandals: Tomas Maier Flat Gladiator Sandal
Sunglasses: similar styles here

Tank: Frame Denim Le Muscle Linen Tank
Jacket: Faith Connexion Cotton Jacket
Jeans: similar styles here
Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals


Tote: Saint Laurent Beach Canvas Tote
Bikini: Melissa Odabash Laos Tiger-Print Bikini
Hair ties: Glam Bands Hair Ties
Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sunglasses: Saint Laurent 54mm Sunglasses
Hat: Rag & Bone Panama Hat
Sun care: Clarins Multi-Protection Broad Coverage SPF 50 Sunscreen

2015 Flew By

Shortly after my last post, my life kinda kicked into high gear

- Family reunion in Florida to celebrate my grandma’s 85th birthday
- My sister-in-law’s Bachelorette Party in Miami
- Attended Coney Island Mermaid Parade – far more nudity than you’d expect, too graphic to post pics here
- Served on Jury Duty
- Started eating fish and seafood (after being vegan for 5 years)
- My brother’s wedding in Boston
- My last trade show trip in Las Vegas
- Changed departments within my company, starting a whole new gig – now in charge of E-commerce, Social Media, and Digital Marketing, while managing our Customer Service team
- Attended the Decoded Fashion Summit here in NYC
- Halloween shenanigans
- Holiday season travel (made extra fun with city life and no car)
- Ringing in the New Year

After all that, I was left with a bit of an emotional hangover to say the least. Bummed I wasn’t able to find as much time as I’d have liked to draft new posts, but tried to come up for air with each step and snap a pic. Enjoy a quick recap in Instagram shots below:

What better way to enjoy family time than on the beach?

Miami Bachelorette Party – more beach time than partying :)

The perfect fabrics for Mermaid Parade costumes

Baja Fish Tacos – My first taste of fish in 5 years at none other than La Esquina in Soho

No photos allowed in the courthouse, but plenty of pretty sights on lunch

View from my hotel room at The Cosmopolitan – The Las Vegas Strip and Bellagio Fountains

Typical fashion trade show…racks on racks on racks

Views from the 9th floor at Decoded Fashion Summit in Chelsea

How New Yorkers decorate for Halloween

Beautiful koi fish street art spotted in Symphony area in Boston when crashing with my brother for Thanksgiving

Shirt Dresses for the Non-Basic Chick

Everywhere I turn, I can’t seem to escape the shirt dress trend. Coworkers rock them in the office, storefront windows merchandise them as the *must-have* of the moment, and magazines forecast them as a necessity this Spring. Though I’m often one to gravitate towards the more tailored details, I can’t seem to find a lot of shirt dresses out there that truly pique my interest. As you know, I love the quirky little details, especially ones that lean towards the dark, the edgy, the avant-garde…key features that tailored or flowy shirt-dresses don’t typically include. I’ve rounded up a few options below that go beyond the basic shirt dress with the little details, a different silhouette to suit different tastes, and best of all just a little bit of funk.

ShirtdressesFrom Left to Right, click below to shop
Dress: MSGM Striped Shirt Dress
Heels: Reed Krakoff Snake Print Leather Sandals
Flats: Office Ghillie Lace-Up Flat

Dress: Aquilano Rimondi Striped Contrast Shirt Dress
Brogues: Prada Leather Laced Derby Shoe

Dress: Michael Kors Long Striped Kaftan
Sandals: Chloé Suede Lace-Up Sandals

Dress: Prabal Gurung Ombré Effect Marble Print Shirt Dress
Heeled Booties: Saint Laurent Lace-Up Booties

Dress: MM6 Maison Margiela Shirt Dress
Heels: Tibi Pierce Sandal
Sandals: Tomas Maier Lace-Up Sandal

SoCal vs. Refined Boho

SoCal vs Refined Boho

With bohemian / 70s style being all the rage this Spring/Summer season, there are all sorts of style influences (psychedelic, disco, Cali cool, ethnic, etc.). Cali cool boho has been one of my personal favorites because there are so many variations and fun details, but festival inspired looks are something to avoid with how overplayed and overly commercial they’ve become (hello Forever21). Who doesn’t want to incorporate their originality while being on-trend?

I always tend to throw on refined basics as my main look and add in funkier pieces with shoes, bags, and accessories. In the warmer months I gravitate to my boyfriend jeans, breezy tops,  and fun, seasonal clutches for easy transitions from my laid-back office to dinner + drinks with friends. Click below to shop:
SoCal Boho
- Stone Cold Fox Off-the-Shoulder Top
- J Crew Boyfriend Jeans
- Antonello Woven Bag
- Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals
Refined Boho
- Crop Top Cami, similar styles here
- J Crew Boyfriend Jeans
- Stella McCartney Bag
- Prada Suede Ankle Strap Sandals