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Fall Layers

As I pack my bag for PFW, I’m checking the weather and realizing that Paris is straddling the fence between summer and fall. Makes for challenging packing. In these situations, I think about layers and how best to put them together. A lightweight trench is the perfect outer piece and Gryphon is my go-to designer. An under shirt and t shirt can be unpeeled or added as the temperature shifts and I love wearing stripes in Paris. It’s my nod to the image I had growing up of a chic girl on her bicycle, wearing slim jeans and a striped T. When it comes to footwear, I’m officially ready for boots and my fall collection wouldn’t be complete without an OTK (over the knee). They are slenderizing and so versatile, especially if you pick an everyday heel height like the Alberto Fermani Lissandra’s. I can confirm, as I have three pairs from previous seasons, that they are comfortable worn all day long (I gave them the walking all over Paris and NYC test). These suede beauties are next on the list.

Fall Layers

Gryphon D Ring trench here. Rag and Bone chambray shirt with leather collar here. Lady and the Sailor striped T. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goldsign Zebra denim leggings in Focus here.

Alberto Fermani Lissandra boots

Alberto Fermani Lissandra OTK boots here.

Layering for Fall

Anya Hindmarch Albion clutch

Anya Hindmarch Albion clutch here. Oliver Peoples Braverman sunnies. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Layering for Fall

Layering for Fall

Layering for Fall

Oliver Peoples Braverman sunglasses

Fall Layers

 

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Flashback Friday – Wedding Sneak Peek

For those of you who’ve been asking for more wedding pictures, I promise they are coming soon. In the meantime, I know every girl likes looking at wedding dresses and this girl sure enjoyed wearing this one. I felt like a princess and couldn’t be happier that I found my prince.

I’m heading to Paris for Fashion Week and then we’re flying off from there to our honeymoon destination. So exciting!! Follow along with me on Instagram @dianiliving. A bientot!

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Wedding dress – Monique Lhuillier

Photo Shannon Jayne 

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Loeffler Randall Tamsin Pump

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Goldsign Glam jeans - Casual Friday

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White Study – NYFW

While organizing all my NYC buying trip photos, I’ve noticed that there’s a plethora of white for spring. Not only in clothing, but accessories too. Expect to see crisp white bags and shoes, white stones in embellished jewelry and white accents on black. Here are some of my favorite whites for spring. Next stop, Paris! A bientot!

Photos in rows from left to right:

My coveted Chloe skirt got lots of action in NYC (yup, after Labor day). A fab Helmut Lang jacket coming for spring. Checking out some other white pieces in the Helmut Lang showroom *

An insanely beautiful white Anya Hindmarch Bathurst bag. The must-have Rag and Bone Harrow boot in white. A lineup of white on the rack at Vanessa Bruno *. A signature feminine white lace detail blouse from Vanessa Bruno *.

A runway shoe from Rag and Bone *. White stone encrusted earrings from DANNIJO that scream summer! A white drawstring bag from Anya Hindmarch.

A chic white jacket from Vanessa Bruno. Matt Bernson loafers in graphic black and white (obssessed!)

A DANNIJO statement necklace (picture wearing with a crisp white linen shirt). A signature runway look from Rag and Bone. Tennis anyone. Oh, and those cannoli’s….if only they’d ship.

Photo credit * Rebecca Dale

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Gold Rush

I’m seeing a lot of gold for spring and I was so excited about the new Dolce and Gabbana spring collection and how much gilded details there were. I’ve long been a fan of gold in all it’s mutations, especially accessories, perhaps because it was always a favorite of my mother’s. My go-to shoes this past week in NYC were my Chanel T strap heels, which I originally bought to wear on my wedding day. When I first laid eyes on those shoes, they felt like ancient Greek treasures with their encrusted gold block heel and fine gold meshing overlay. It’s only natural that when I go on buying trips, I’m drawn to all things in the golden hues. Enter my new jewelry crush, Venessa Arizaga. I had the pleasure of visiting her showroom and her Hawaii surf inspired pendants go straight to my heart. They’re bold, edgy and perfect for layering up and experimenting with the gold rush trend.

Goldsign Glam jeans

Isabel Marant jacket (old). Goldsign Glam jeans in Shayla here. Isabel Marant tank top (old). Jerome Dreyfuss bag (old) similar here. Chanel heels (old).

Goldsign Glam jeans

Isabel Marant multi chain necklace (old). Oliver Peoples Aviator in gold rim. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2014

Dolce and Gabbana spring 2014 runway show highlight.

Chanel Shoes

My gold gilded Chanel wedding shoes that are way to much fun to wear to live in a box.

Chanel Shoes

Chanel Shoes

Venessa Arizaga Pendants

Hawaii surf inspired gold pendants by the insanely talented Venessa Arizaga.

Venessa Arizaga coral pendant

Venessa Arizaga coral pendant. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Lulu Frost (my other jewelry crush) numerical charm pendant necklace and chain bracelet. Isabel Marant multi chain necklace (old).

Venessa Arizaga pendants

Venessa Arizaga shark’s tooth and scull pendant necklaces. I can’t wait to get mine.

Pendant Party

Venessa Arizaga shark tooth and shark jaw pendents are perfect for layering. Call 1 877 342 64 74 for more information.  I layered mine with a Lulu Frost numerical pendent and Isabel Marant layered chain.

 

Photos Rebecca Dale except Dolce and Gabbana runway image (Vogue UK).

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Prints gone Wild

I spent yesterday running around NYC in this whispy Prabal Gurung print dress. It was the perfect day to opt for something lightweight and flowy. It was also the perfect dress to try on Helmut Lang’s new leather jackets for spring. An insta fix for all those dresses that you wouldn’t necessarily wear every day – throw on a leather jacket or even a casual, tailored cotton jacket and, Helmut Lang does that look so well, slip your feet into a pair of Repetto ballet flats for day or your favorite heels for night and you’re set!

Prabal Gurung dress

Prabal Gurung dress (old). Zara heels (old) new version here.

Prabal Gurung dress

Prabal Gurung dress

Hanii Y cape (old) similar here.

Zara heels

Zara heels (old) similar here and here.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Table details at the Helmut Lang showroom.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Beautiful floral arrangement at the Helmut Lang showroom.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Making my selections for spring. I love how wearable their muted color palette is and that they work so well with a wild print like the one I’m wearing.

Helmut Lang Showroom

A favorite leather jacket that I’m coveting for spring. Especially love the cropped sleeve.

Helmut Lang Showroom

Helmut Lang Showroom

 

Photos Rebecca Dale

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For the Love of Fashion

I can’t even begin to express how much I love my job. My degree was in clothing design and I’ve been in this industry for 22 years, so the fact that I’m as enamored as I’ve always been and continually learning, is amazing! As the buyer for my boutiques and e-commerce site, I’m constantly inspired by design, style, cut, fit and fabric. It’s such a rush when you find all those qualities in a designer’s collection or even just a single piece. You feel giddy with excitement. It’s the best kind of hunting and gathering and, each night, after a day filled with viewing collections, I map out each piece in my head and how it all works together. This is where the curating of a DIANI collection begins. It’s a constant dance of editing and adding to bring the best of the best to my customers and I feel honored to do it.

Lulu Frost Earrings

You’ll see me wearing Lulu Frost jewelry a lot. It’s a new addition to DIANI and these earrings are insane! Love the color, love the textures and love that they’re super lightweight.

Isabel Marant Harem Pant

Helmut Lang blazer (old) similar here. Isabel Marant harem pant (old) similar here and here. Inhabit t shirt (old) similar here. Loeffler Randall Tamsin heel here.

Loeffler Randall Tamsin Heel

Loeffler Randall Tamsin heels here. Anya Hindmarch Pimlico bag here.

Isabel Marant Harem Pant

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

Checking out the beautiful spring collection from Vanessa Bruno.

Vanessa Bruno Spring 2014

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

Vanessa Bruno Spring 2014

A butter soft leather jacket from Vanessa Bruno.

 

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

Part of the fun of buying is getting to visit uber cool, beautifully lit lofts and showrooms. I always fantasize about what I would do to turn it into an apartment.

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

The color palette of my picks from the Vanessa Bruno collection. Every silhouette has serious style – the epitome of statement pieces.

Vanessa Bruno Showroom

Making my accessory selections.

Photos Rebecca Dale.

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NYC Buying Trip Continues – Rag and Bone

The weather couldn’t be more perfect in NYC this week. It’s crisp, sunny with a hint of fall when you step away from the overcrowded streets and see the falling leaves sprinkled along the tree lined brownstones. I bought this white Chloe skirt for my Bridal Shower this past spring and have lost count of how many times I’ve worn it. The fit and flare shape makes it so wearable and I’ve always believed that rules are made for breaking, so I wear white after Labor Day, especially if it’s still warm out. Yesterday I saw so many amazing designer’s spring collections and their take on this staple color. Rag and Bone offered up chunky, white tennis sweaters, ultra thin layering shells and soft and simple silk dresses. The collection floated into a more feminine direction than we’ve seen from their previous military inspired tailored creations. The great news is, mixing and matching sharp tailoring with whimsical feminine shapes is always in style.

Chloe Fit and Flare Skirt

Isabel Marant jacket (old) similar here. Etoile Isabel Marant t shirt here. Chloe skirt (old) similar here. Isabel Marant long necklace (old). Lulu Frost vintage pin necklace. New! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Manolo Blahnik suede pumps here.

Isabel Marant Mosaic Print Jacket

Lulu Frost numbers charm bracelet. New! Call 1 877 342 6474.

Chloe Fit and Flare Skirt

Chloe Fit and Flare Skirt

Rag and Bone Showroom

The Rag and Bone Showroom in the Meatpacking District.

Rag and Bone Showroom

Images of the Rag and Bone spring 2014 runway show as reference while I buy.

Rag and Bone Showroom

Rag and Bone Showroom

Rag and Bone Harrow Boot

I’m obsessed with the new take on their Harrow boot in white! Yes, yes, yes!

Rag and Bone Bag

A favorite cross body style bag.

All images except last two Rebecca Dale

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Black and Blue in NYC

I’ve been having so much fun jumping from showroom to showroom, seeing what’s new for spring. Although fall has definitely arrived in NYC and my color palette for the day was black and blue, my mind is firmly set on picking the best of the best for next spring from designer collections, denim, shoes and accessories. Oh, I love my life!

Black and Blue

Helmut Lang jacket (old) similar here. Lanvin dress (old) similar here. Chloe shoes (old) similar here. Anya Hindmarch Pimlico bag. Oliver Peoples Braverman sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474.

MiH Showroom

MiH Showroom

A spicey Moroccan color palette for spring from MiH jeans, one of my favorite British designers.

MiH Showroom

Making my picks at the MiH Showroom.

MiH Showroom

Love this vintage flag framed in the showroom.

MiH Showroom

Repetto Showroom

Color, color everywhere at the Repetto Showroom.

Repetto Showroom

 

Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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Maxing Out in Mason

I arrived in New York last week to begin my buying trip following New York Fashion Week. But, this weekend was extra special because we traveled from NYC to the country roads of Doylestown, Pennsylvania to watch our good friends tie the knot. It was a beautiful evening and we couldn’t be happier for them, and were honored to be a part of their special day. Since it was a black tie affair, I opted for a Mason maxi dress and ivory blazer.

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Hanii Y jacket (old). Similar here and here. Mason maxi dress with leather bodice (old). Similar here. Anya Hindmarch clutch. Similar here. Chanel necklace. Similar here.

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Chloe sandals (old).

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Maxing Out Wedding Look

Oliver Peoples Hayley sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Maxi Dressing Up

 

Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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The Hit List – The Coat of the Season

I’m not going to lie, I have to have a new coat every year. When I’m in NYC during the coldest months (December and February) and England and Paris in March, I have coats in constant rotation, so the investment always pays off. Length is always a factor and toosh coverage keeps you extra toasty. Color is key and I like to try and stay away from black as much as possible, because, although it’s a practical color, it can be limiting with looks that you’re pairing with. Lastly, I lust after fresh new shapes that make a statement. If you’re bundled up and not going to see the look you’re wearing underneath, then the coat has to make an impression.

My new coat checked all these boxes. It’s a flattering and warm thigh length, it’s a beautiful, rich bottle green AND it has mad style. The white leather collar is detachable and the fitted shoulder and swing skirt speaks to my desire for femininity. It’s pretty much the perfect addition to my coat family and I can’t wait to wear it…..soon!…..Swoon!

Isabel Marant Zeph Coat

Isabel Marant Zeph coat here. Rag and Bone jeans here.

Isabel Marant Zeph Coat

Isabel Marant Zeph Coat

Isabel Marant Zeph Coat

Chloe Suzanna boot (old). Last seen here.

Chloe Suzanna Boot

Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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NYFW Essentials

As I get organized for my buying trip to NYC, I’m realizing, eleven years in, that I have some key essentials figured out. There are certain things that I need on hand at all times. Every day is a non stop circus, rushing from one showroom to another, spotting and forecasting the latest trends that my customers are going to want to buy five months from now. That means chasing down cabs and navigating cobbled streets, all while looking effortlessly chic. I also need to be ready to photograph or illustrate inspirations in my note pad, that are unique to the places I’m in. While heels are a must for me to feel put together, they are ridiculously impractical for fourteen hour days. My trick is, when in transit between appointments by cab or on foot, give your feet a breather and throw on a pair of flats (that you have handily placed in your bag).

NYFW Essentials

In flight essentials: Anya Hindmarch Travel Case. Call 1 877 342 6474 to special order. Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes here. These are so great for freshening up your face during the flight. Smythson Bright Ideas notebook here. Muji pen here. Pantofola d’Oro flats (similar). JVC headphones here.

Arrival essentials: Oliver Peoples Hayley sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Leica D-Lux 5 camera (similar).

Anya Hindmarch Travel Case 2

Anya Hindmarch thinks of everything and always creates useful compartments in her bags and accessories. Her travel case is two-sided. Zip open one side for all of your “take-off” needs, and flip it over for your “touch-down” essentials. Genius!

Anya Hindmarch Travel Case

 

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Weekend Wanderings

I had some errands to run in LA this weekend, to get organized for my buying trip to NYC and I can’t think what I did before my Anya Hindmarch cross body bag. It’s so practical, lightweight and all the interior pockets keep your essentials well organized. It’s a staple that will be coming to the city with me.

Anya Hindmarch Bag

Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Bag

Goldsign His Jean in Delphine wash here. Rag and Bone sweater (similar). Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Crossbody here. Call 1 877 342 6474 to special order black. n.d.c Made by Hand nude patent sandals (similar). Oliver Peoples Braverman sunnies. Call 1 877 342 6474.

Photo Credit Jeffrey Doornbos

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Trend for Fall – A for Aran

When I was buying for fall back in February, a recurring theme came up with knitwear. Good ‘ole Aran. Think fishermen in Ireland and sheep farmers in the Scottish Highlands. But don’t think smelly, scratchy thick wool aran. The designers took their inspiration and propelled it forward into refined, slim shapes and super soft cashmeres and blends. Pair with skinnies or pencil skirts.

Alice Aran Sweater

ALICE by Temperley sweater. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Alice Aran Sweater

Alice Aran Sweater

Alice Aran Sweater

ALICE by Temperley sweater. New arrival. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.  MiH Body Con jeans here. Loeffler Randall booties. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

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It’s a Boot Thing

Anyone who knows me knows that my wardrobe is filled with boots. I have a serious weakness when it comes to all things boots and in all shapes, heel heights and colors. The reality, though is, I wear them all and many of them year round. My latest addition to the family are these insanely soft, impossibly comfortable, undeniably cool biker inspired knee highs by Alberto Fermani. You can’t go wrong with a well made, sleek shafted flat boot in dark chocolate and this one check on all accounts.

Alberto Fermani Boots

Alberto Fermani Boots

Alberto Fermani Two Buckle Knee High boots available here.

Alberto Fermani Boots

Alberto Fermani Boots

Helmut Wide Hem sweater here. MiH Body Con jeans in Faded Black here. Alberto Fermani Two Buckle Knee High boots here. Jane Carr scarf. New Arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Alberto Fermani Boots

 

Photographs Jeffrey Doornbos

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Dressy Sweats

I find that sometimes a tailored pant just isn’t the right look. It’s either not casual enough or it’s too conservative. Thanks to the sweats styled pants in super soft silks and cottons, there is no need to compromise anymore. I’m calling this must-have a staple for fall. Dress down with A-line cashmere sweaters, and sneakers or ballet flats for day, and dress up with a blouse, statement necklace and heels for night.

ALC Pant

A.L.C Chatillez pants, Pomandère Bib blouse, Fallon Biker choker necklace. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Chloé heels (similar).

Fallon necklace

ALC pants

Dressy Sweats

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Twinkle Twinkle

Ever since I discovered DANNIJO jewelry I’ve been a big fan. As a neutrals kind of gal, I really admire their fearless use of colors. Every time I wear one of their creations, it nudges me outside of my comfort zone and I instantly feel like I’ve taken my look to the next level of put together. I can literally be wearing jeans and a T shirt for day and when I add a pair of their statement earrings or cuff, I’m ready for a dinner date. They make it so easy!

Dannijo Minka earrings

DANNIJO Minka earrings in black and turquoise.  Call 1 877 342 6474. New arrival! MiH T shirt (old).

Dannijo Minka earrings

Dannijo Minka earrings

Dannijo Siobhan earrings

DANNIJO Siobhan earrings in topaz. Call 1 877 342 6474. New arrival! Prabal Gurung blouse (similar and on sale!).

Dannijo Siobhan earrings

Dannijo Siobhan earrings

Dannijo Katniss cuff

DANNIJO Katniss cuff in maroon. Inhabit Weekend cardigan in camel. Call 1 877 342 6474. New arrival!

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