Not So Casual Friday

It’s Friday!! Finally. Our office tends to be pretty casual, so after a week’s worth of pants, jeans and leggings I kinda just wanted to dress up! The air is still a bit chilly, so I paired a shorter skirt with these tall (and warm) suede boots. Work appropriate, but also transitions nicely for a Friday night.

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These boots have been hibernating in my closet (I almost forgot I owned them!). Discoveries like that are the best. An old thing starts to feel like new again. I’m just glad I found them with enough winter left to wear them!!

Enjoy the three day weekend (if you’re lucky enough to have it!)  I know I’m looking forward to the extra day of sleeping in….

xoxo,

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Shirt: Express  //  Skirt: The Limited (similar)  //  Coat: H&M (similar)  //  Boots: gift (shorter heel here)  //  Necklace: Banana Republic (loving this)  //  Watch: Marc Jacobs  //  Bracelets: Lizzibeth, Lizzibeth and Juicy Couture (similar to both), and boutique in Spain  //  Earrings: Lizzibeth  //  Bag: Michael Kors (love this too)

Pushing My Boundaries A Little More…

This year I plan to push my fashion boundaries even more. Maybe NYC is rubbing off on me a little… Those of you that know me, or have been reading along for some time, will know by now that my style is pretty classic, and at times a little preppy.  I’d much rather spend the money on an item that will outlive a trend, than buy something that goes out of style before I’ve even taken the tag off. Yes, it has happened to all of us. That $20 shirt you just HAD to buy at Forever 21, discovered a year later, unworn...

Much like my post from last fall, the goal is keep pieces of my style that are inherently “me”, but add a little excitement with some edgier pieces. My first step into uncharted waters this year? These rockin’ gold studded boots from Vince Camuto. I asked for them for Christmas, and couldn’t wait to share them with you!

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A blouse and skinnies is nothing new for me. But the subtle touch of leather on the collar and the not-so-subtle bling on the boots was a baby step in the right direction for me. Plus, these boots are so versatlie – I wore them on New Years Eve with tights and a skirt, rather than grabbing my typical black pumps.

Looks like my style journey is evolving. Excited to see how my 2014 fashion diary unfolds!

xoxo,

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Shirt: Express (same cut)  //  Pants: Zara (similar)  //  Boots: Vince Camuto  //  Bag: C Wonder  //  Necklace: Lizzibeth (not available, but similar here)  //  Watch: Marc Jacobs  //  Bracelets: Lizzibeth and Lizzibeth  //  Earrings: Kate Spade (similar)  //  Ring: family jeweler

The Best (and Worst) from Last Night’s Golden Globes

2014. Another year, another red carpet season. Another opportunity to swoon over the Belle’s of the ball, and rag on the rest. A chance for us all to play “Fashion Police” for the night. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for us at home, there was a lot more dress bashing than years past. I managed to scrape together a Top 5 Best Dressed list for last night’s Golden Globes … but had to cut off the Worst Dressed after 10.

Let’s start it off with the ladies that nailed it last night:

Top 5 Best Dressed

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Neutrals, neutrals neutrals! These women looked absolutely stunning in these pale hues. They didn’t need bright colors, or bold makeup to standout. Naturally beautiful from head to toe.

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Plunging necklines. Props to you, ladies. I know I could never have pulled it off. Kate and Amy were the perfect mix of elegant and sexy. Leaving little to the imagination in some areas, and tastefully covering up the rest.

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Kate Beckinsale just rocked the red carpet in my opinion. She was my Best Dressed of the Night. She was radiant in her sparkly metallic dress, with a bodice that fit her impeccably.

Top 10 Worst Dressed

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Florals…Don’t get me wrong. Florals can be done right. But these dresses gave me flashbacks to high school homecomings, cerca 2002. I was really disappointed, because I expected more from Zoe Saldana. Afterall, she was one of my Best Dressed from last year‘s Oscars.

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…and more florals. No…just no. Luckily Tina Fey redeemed herself with a few other wardrobe changes that night. But Drew, you are so radiant and beautiful with your baby pump!! Yet, your dress kinda looked like an old lady’s swim cap…

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Solids. Not always a bad choice. I just think, if you’re going to commit to one color, maybe tone down the amount of fabric. That was a little too much yellow for me, Lena. And a little too much ruffle, Paula.
It kinda looked like Paula was carrying a blanket over her shoulder…

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Greasy hair look. I was not feeling the hair on either of these two. And I LOVE Hayden, so that was a major disappointment. Their dresses left a lot to be desired as well. On one end of the spectrum you had Hayden’s dress, which was channeling the necklines from my highschool past, and on the other end was Elisabeth, with her space-era gothic print.

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Frumpy Frocks. These shapeless dresses did nothing for me. Both Emma and Zooey have great bodies, and they were hidden under these boxy garments. Props for being conservative, but it could have been done in a more feminine way.

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Whether you love or abhor my red carpet break down … you have to at least agree that awards season is a lot of fun. I love lounging on my couch (normally with a glass of wine and chinese takeout) swooning after those in couture, and dreaming of an excuse to wear it.

Every year I make a concerted effort to see all the nominated movies, and the Golden Globes serves as my first check point. So right now, I have about six movies left to see before the Oscars on March 2nd. Looks like there will be lots of movie nights in my future!

Did you enjoy the Golden Globes last night? Who made your best and worst dressed lists?

xoxo,

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*My red carpet photos were found on HuffPost*

Throwback Thursday ~ Longing for a NY Summer

After three miserably frigid days in a row, it’s safe to say we are all craving the warmth of the sun’s rays. Whether that means counting down the days to summer (162 by the way), or scrambling to plan our next vacation (mine is Vegas in March!), people seem to be doing anything to get their mind off the cold. I personally have been looking back through old pictures from last summer, longing to be the tan skinned, flip-flop wearing chick in a maxi dress once again.

So to help us ALL cope, I am dedicating this Throwback Thursday post to one of my favorite day’s from last August. The perfect New York summer day.

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It was a Sunday morning, and I was in the mood to be touristy. Peter and I decided to take the East River Ferry to meet our friend Nick in Dumbo for Smorgasburg (the most glorious foodie fest around), and then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan.

(I could write a whole post on Smorgasburg alone, so I’ll leave that to a future day. For now, just daydream about summer with me for a second, and look through my pictures from that August day…)

The day was perfect …. most likely 85 degrees, sunny, and few, if any, clouds in the sky. We explored Brooklyn, gorged ourselves on food, took in some breathtaking views of Manhattan, and even got a little exercise on our walk back. It was everything a New York summer day should be: a little sun, a little food, a little culture, and a lotta skyline. Take me back…

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Summer will be here before you know it, people. And this polar vortex can’t last forever. So stay strong. Stay warm! And indulge in a little daydreaming the get you through…

xoxo,

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