the new look: evening suit.

i wore this a few weeks ago to a dinner to celebrate brit and whit's blog anniversary. it was a fun night with lots of conversation, laughter, and reminiscing about the olden days of blogging. i know i've mentioned this before, but i've met some amazing women that have become more than colleagues but good friends who support each other in all we do. they are doing some really interesting things with their lives, like moving across country or starting their own businesses, and it's nice to see us continue to grow and push ourselves professionally (in our real jobs and our blogs) and personally.

hope you're week is off to a great start!

vintage blazer (similar here and here), theory top, 3.1 phillip lim sequin skort, manolo blahnik pumps, pierre hardy clutch, super sunglasses, dior earrings, michael kors watch, vintage bracelet via elle-meme

photos by alex drysdale


the new look: denim and lamé.

i wore this to work last week, and one of my co-workers saw me as i was heading into the elevators. later on when we were in a meeting together she said "'i saw a woman wearing a gold lamé skirt this morning racing into the building and i knew it was probably you." yep, that would be me. because there's nothing wrong with wearing some gold lamé in the office, especially when it's made by the crew five floors down from you...

madewell shirt (similar), piperlime collection skirt (see a dressier way to wear it here), miu miu heels, proenza schouler wallet (solid colors), super sunglasses (25% off until 4/9 with code spring25), hermes watch, miansai bracelet, dior earrings, bing bang and lulu frost (25% off right until 4/18) rings

photos by alex drysdale


currently coveting: the bermuda triangle.

so what is on my wishlist for spring? well we already talked about something fringed, and there was my investment bag. i already picked up a current/elliott denim skirt during the bloomie's friends and family (you can get it during shopbop's f&f event), but there's a few other pieces i'm on the hunt for. i'd love another jumpsuit; i love my long-sleeve theory one but want an option that can be layered (or not). i'm also still looking for the perfect pair of "original jeans;" i like the pair i have from mih, but they aren't perfect. on paper, the levi's 501 ct is exactly what i want, but they were very unfortunate looking on me. so the hunt continues.

i also look to runway shows to see what pieces could be good additions, and one i'm digging, as seen in the dior spring 2015 show, is the longer board short. raf simons showed them with a longer vest or jacket and midcalf booties, but i'm thinking a chunkier heel sandal (like my céline bam bam's or maybe these from vince) would be fab. bermudas can be tricky to wear if you aren't model-sized—i would go with a shorter length so i'm exposing more leg. the good thing is that there are tons of options out there at every price, from brands like asos and express to victoria beckham and margiela...see my picks in the slideshow below.

a few trends i'm passing on: the 70s (even though i was born in that decade, i'm not particularly into it), gingham, all-over floral, and flat-forms. what are you buying this spring and what trends are you avoiding?

photos via the coveteur except #2 via t magazine


the new look: making an investment.

like i said in my last post, i really haven't done a ton of shopping this season. not because there aren't things on my wishlist, but because nothing out there is really "wow-ing" me.

a new bag, however, is something i've been looking for. something i can carry pretty much everywhere, like a black version of my alexander wang bag. i first spotted this balenciaga back when wang first launched the le dix collection, but i was wary of the cost and the size. but i was also into the mansur gavriel bucket bag, the ps11, and the chanel boy (along with everyone else). i tried each on and thought about my lifestyle, how much i wanted to spend, and how much i'd carry this bag. when you do that, and think less about "this is the new hot thing and i want it," it's easier to make the right investment. i was lucky to have some barneys gift cards i was hoarding (thanks d, mom and judi!) that meant the dent in my bank account wasn't as deep.

if you're looking to make an investment purchase, do these things first: go to a store and try it on. think hard (like really hard) about your life, your style, how much you'll use it and how much you want to spend. if you're willing to go used, check out consignment shops like the real real because your investment could be someone else's last-year's investment. or if don't need immediate gratification, wait for friends and family sales...shopbop's is on right now where you can pick up a pair of leather pants, an investment i talked about here.

h and m shirt (available in store), helmut lang pants (similar here and here with a ponte back), club monaco sandals (in camel/black), balenciaga bag (also in mustard), amk x sm collar, super sunglasses, dior earrings (similar), hermes and miansai bracelets, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park

photos by alex drysdale


the new look: on the fringe.

...and we're back! last sunday i started feeling under the weather which turned into a week of aches, sneezes, coughs, and chills. and because it was a busy work week that ended in our first summer walkthrough, it meant not much time for rest. fortunately there was plenty of that this weekend...just in time for monday!

i haven't been doing a ton of shopping, but a fringe skirt has been high on my wish list. i wanted something i could wear beyond spring, so one in black suede did the trick. this one by la marque is light and comfortable thanks to an inner ponte skirt that holds you in. i'll be talking about some of my other spring needs and wants later on this week—what are some pieces you've picked up and are excited to wear this season?

comme des garcons play t-shirt, la marque skirt, shoemint pumps (similar at 30% off), chanel bag, super sunglasses, forever 21 earrings, miansai and hermes bracelets, alex mika and gorjana rings

photos by alex drysdale


the new look: alleyways.

just wandering along in random alleys...this one is campton place in union square. it's home of two great restaurants, the fancier, california-indian restaurant of the same name, and the more down-home hops and hominy, which has amazing southern food and microbrews.

hope you're having a good week and thanks for stopping by...

vintage sweater, theory culottes (sold out but similar splurge and steal), manolo blahnik pumps, céline clutch, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, ben-amun earrings, alex mika and giles and brother rings, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park

photos by alex drysdale


fall/winter 2015 paris: louis vuitton.

when nicolas ghesquiere was at balenciaga, in my mind he could do no wrong. lego shoes? sure. mining the archives? glorious. paisley skinny suits? where can i sign up. but as fashion goes, things change, and ghesquiere hopped over to vuitton, where he took over from the also talented marc jacobs. but then something happened...the first ghesquiere designed collection came out and i didn't gasp. it was all very functional, a word i wasn't used to hearing in conjuction with his name. the last few collections have fallen too much on the seventies side for my liking, a little too retro and slightly too boho, and then of course everything right now seems to be about the seventies because nicolas. he along with a select few (phoebe philo among them) seem to have their pulse on the next thing before anyone knows it's the next thing.

but then this collection happened, and in a flash he was on to the next faster than you could say patchwork leather. at first, it seemed like all of the things. but then, as i took it in again and again, i could see forward. come fall (or sooner), i was going to need some close-to-the-body ribbed knits. and a chain belt. and maybe some metallic paisley from my eighties archives. it felt young but not in the saint laurent kind of way. the ghesquiere who made me want things i didn't know i wanted is back, and i for one am glad.

photos via style.com