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Stripes and Soft Poached Eggs

It’s not often that I make it out for breakfast, but when I do, one of my favorite spots is D’Angelo’s for their poached eggs on toast with a side of smoked salmon. Whether it’s breakfast at home or out, I like it shared with my husband whenever possible. There’s something sacred to me about the first meal of the day and I love the chance to chat about what each of us have scheduled that day.

Sam&Lavi Lexington top here. GoldSign His Jean in Ursula wash here. Anya Hindmarch small Bathurst here. Loeffler Randall Tamsin heel (on sale!) here. Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Ruffles, Leather and Four-legged Friends

Valentine’s Day may be two weeks away, but I’m already committing to frequent quality time with my hubby and the pups, especially since I’m leaving for a buying trip to New York very soon. And sneaking away in the middle of the day for an impromptu lunch break and walk is like an instant shot of romance and fun. Romance and fun… not just for night time dates after all!

Isabel Marant Aiden dress here. Muubaa Volta moto jacket here. Saint Laurent boots (old), alternative here. Oliver Peoples sunnies. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Guest appearances by Plum and Raisin.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Head Over Heels

Jeffrey getting flowers

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a great motivator to rev up the romance, get dressed up to the nines and go on date nights with your lover. And, it doesn’t hurt when your Valentine shows up with your favorite flowers. Painting the town pink never felt so good.

Isabel Marant Yann dress here. Ruby stone Marcia Moran earrings ($165) Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Isabel Marant Play sandals (below) here.

Photos Leela Cyd. Last photo Jeffrey Doornbos

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Stilettos and Sweats

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I often find myself on the road to LA for meetings or events wanting to be comfortable in the car, but also look put together on arrival. I don’t want to have to do some Wonder Woman-like change in a bathroom, or, as is the case sometimes, between my car doors. It’s quite an art form and something I’m now learning how to avoid. I’ve discovered really cool ways of dressing up sweats. Raquel Allegra always makes super soft, lightweight ones in beautiful muted colors and prints. I’ll wear them in the car with flats or sandals and a tank top and once I’ve reached my destination, throw on a pair of heels or booties and a blazer or cashmere sweater. It’s that easy! I drove down yesterday to see my husband in a play and pulled this effortless and easy look together.

Stilettos and Sweats

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Anya Hindmarch Carker Wristlet

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Raquel Allegra tie-dye sweats here. Liam cashmere sweater (old) similar here. Sergio Rossi nude suede pump here. Anya Hindmarch Carker wristlet in grey mist here. (also available in black).

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On The Fifth Day of a DIANI Christmas

On the fifth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a stripey tee by Whetherly, two fun shawl Eugenia Kim epaulet accessories and a pair of Oliver Peoples sunnies.

Whetherly tee (sold out) similar here and here. Eugenia Kim Epaulet in top photo here. Eugenia Kim Kenny knit hood in other photos here. Oliver Peoples Luella sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 64 74.

Photos Leela Cyd

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In The Band

Smythe Band Jacket

Calling all you jacket lovers. If you haven’t heard of Smythe, consider yourself in the know now. Take it from me, their jackets are not only the coolest, but they fit like a dream and are always so versatile. This Band jacket looks great with jeans, drop-crotch dressy sweats, a long pencil skirt and even a long full skirt. And, the gold braided detailing is calling the holidays.

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe band jacket here. Mother Runaway jeans. New Arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Rag & Bone denim shirt here. Zara heels (old).

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe band jacket here. Mother Runaway jeans. New Arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Rag & Bone denim shirt here. Zara heels (old).

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Flats and Flares

Louise Flats

If you’re not quite ready for the full bell flares that are coming back (don’t worry, skinnies aren’t going anywhere), I’ve found the perfect jean for you by Mother. It has the fit and stretch that we expect in our denim and, from the knee, subtly flares out. Some may call this a stiletto cut. They look amazing with heels, boots, wedges and, best of all, flats! I’m crazy about these new pony hair flats by Pantofola d’Oro. They’re cozy and comfy and perfect for a long day in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

Easy Weekend

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here and brown here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother Runaway jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Easy Weekend

Seymour Handbag

Goat Cable Cardigan

Louise Flats

Seymour Handbag

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Photos. Jeffrey Doornbos

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Nowles November

Nowles Boots

When Isabel Marant’s Nowles boots arrived in August, I wanted to wear them right out the door! Ever since seeing them in the showroom in Paris, I had been dreaming about their arrival. Unfortunately, the weather was so beautiful, I couldn’t justify slipping my feet into a cozy shearling lined boot. So, reluctantly I tucked them back in their box and tried to forget about them until the weather cooled. As the days turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into months, the sun kept shining and it seemed like I would never see the day when I could unpack them. But, finally, the day is here! Living in a canyon can get chilly, and it’s now chilly enough for me to justify tucking my feet into these cozy beauties. And, I’m heading to NYC in a couple of weeks, so they’ll definitely be in the bag! Oh, and did I mention, they have a hidden wedge? The perfect winter boot just got even more perfect.

Herno Jacket

Herno tweed coat with detachable sleeves here. Anya Hindmarch Maxi zip cross body bag. Available for pre-order. Call 1 877 342 6474.

Nowles Boots

Nowles Boots

Ready for the Chill

Herno tweed jacket here. Rag & Bone Adrienne camel sweater here. Whetherly Griffin stripe tee here. MiH Body Con jeans in faded black here. Jane Carr scarf here. Isabel Marant Nowles boots here.

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Gold Redone

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I featured this Sam&Lavi gold skirt, my favorite Golden Goose booties and Mason swing cardigan last week on my blog and had so much fun wearing the look that I wore it to work a few too many days in a row.  I wanted to figure out a way to dress it up a little and wear it out to a casual dinner party. Enter the perfect snuggly ivory sweater by no other than Isabel Marant, a simple black pump and an easy grab-n-go clutch by Anya Hindmarch and I was set for an intimate fireside gathering with friends.

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Gold redone

Isabel Marant Bolton sweater here // Sam & Lavi Aubrey skirt here // Anya Hindmarch clutch (old) new favorite here // Zara heels (old) similar here.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Since getting back from our honeymoon, I’ve been retiring all the summer pieces that served me so well and replacing them with the staples that will get me through the fall. I’m already finding that some new favorites are in constant rotation. MiH’s Body Con jean is top of that list. I first gave them a spin on a recent flight out to Paris and they are so unbelievably comfortable that I don’t want to wear anything else. I started looking for the perfect ankle boot to pair with them and I can always count on Golden Goose to come through on that front. The Viand boot has just enough distressing in the leather and the inside and outside zippers add the perfect amount of rock ‘n’ roll. When it comes to tees, I’ve fallen hard for The Lady and the Sailor. The quality is incomparable and I love the looser, but not too loose cuts. My go-to shape for this transitional weather is the Varsity V. I have it in every color. For another layer, I always like scarves and when I discovered Jane Carr recently, I’ve been drooling over all her prints. My new favorite is the super cool Zipper print. And, when it comes to sunglasses, I only wear one designer – Oliver Peoples. Hands down the best quality and on point colors and shapes. My new addition is the Hedda style in blonde. Being a business owner and buyer, I always have so many documents to carry around and recently found that large clutches are perfect for this. I can keep everything flat and still have room to add in my daily essentials. Anya Hindmarch’s Albion clutch is a great grab and go bag that takes me from day to night.

Favorite Things

Golden Goose Viand Boots

Golden Goose Viand boot here.

Favorite Things

Oliver Peoples Hedda sunglasses. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Jane Carr Zipper scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorites

Golden Goose Viand boot here. MiH Body Con jeans in Faded Black here. The Lady and the Sailor Varsity V. Charcoal here. Call 1 877 342 6474 for Army shown. Anya Hindmarch Albion clutch here and other favorites from the designer here. Oliver Peoples Hedda shades. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474. Jane Carr Zipper print silk scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Other favorites from the designer here. Dior Purple Revolution nail polish here. Georgio Armani Flash Laquer #528 here.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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The Not-Too-Shabby Sneaker

This morning, as is usual when I’m in Paris, I ran out to get my pain au chocolat at Paul across the street and sat with The International Herald Tribune. Suzy Menkes’s fashion section is insightful and witty, and is a must read during Fashion Week. Next to her usual coverage was an article by Benjamin Seidler, that confirmed what I’ve been believing for several seasons… you can wear sneakers with anything… even if you’re in the Senate Hall!  In the article, Benjamin writes, “This summer, the Texas state senator Wendy Davis wore pink Mizuno running shoes with a formal ice-blue coat and pearls for a lengthy filibuster. And, Julia Peyton-Jone, the director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, posed for the Royal Academy of Art’s magazine in a somber black shift and Crayola bright sneakers. Suddenly business suits and court shoes seem, well, archaic.” You gotta love the affirmation that functional footwear is chic, and that it’s appropriate to incorporate it into any ensemble. Which brings me to my version of “the look”. A sharp and tailored blazer with jeans and sneakers. And, in my book, there’s no better blazer than a Smythe, and no cooler kicks than Golden Goose!  

Smythe Blazer and Golden Goose SneakersSmythe Blazer

Smythe blazer here. Lady and the Sailor T (out of stock). Another favorite  here and here. GoldSign His Jean here. Oliver Peoples Aviators. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Golden Goose Sneakers

Golden Goose  Slide sneakers in Leopard here. Other favorites here.

International Herald Tribune

Smythe and Golden Goose

Smythe blazer here. Lady and the Sailor t shirt. Similar here and here. GoldSign His Jean here. Golden Goose Slide sneakers here. Oliver Peoples Aviators. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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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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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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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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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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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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Weekend Sneakers

I have a sneaker weakness. Golden Goose sneaker weakness to be exact. My collection of their Slides is growing and I’m justifying it because I literally wear them every weekend. There is nothing more comfortable than throwing on a pair with your favorite T and sweats. Not only are they super chic, but they have a hidden lift in them which makes them impossibly comfortable.

Golden Goose Slide Sneakers

Golden Goose Sneakers

Golden Goose Slide Sneakers

Golden Goose Slide sneakers in cobalt here. Call 1 877 342 6474. New arrival! Whetherly T-shirt (similar). Vanessa Bruno cropped sweats (similar – Helmut Lang here). Ottodredici 813 scarf (similar here).

Golden Goose Slide Sneakers

Golden Goose Slide Sneakers

Golden Goose Slide Sneakers

Weatherly tank top (similar). Stella McCartney for Adidas sweats (old). Isabel Marant necklaces (old). Golden Goose Slide sneakers in cobalt here. Call DIANI at 1877 342 6474 for more information. New arrival!

Photo Jeffrey Doornbos

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