Lately

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Maxi: Saloni (similar here), Sunnies & Bag: Celine, Sandals: Chanel.

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Bag: Proenza Schouler (Also love this color)

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Heels: Aquazzura-sold out (similar here & here)

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Dress: Alexander Wang

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Sandals: Chanel (similar here)

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Sale!!!

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Ready, set, shop!!!  I love this time of year when the opportunity presents itself to pick up an investment piece at a fraction of the cost. These are my top picks currently on sale, if you’re in the mood to add a coveted piece to your closet.

1. Fendi clutch  // 2. Valentino bucket bag (love this color here) // 3.  Clare V. fold over // 4. Saint Laurent chevron pouch // 5. Saint Laurent sac du jour // 6. Alexander Wang crosbody // 7. Gucci Soho bag //  8. Valentino rockstud crossbody // 9. YSL camera bag

Sundays

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Hands down, Sunday’s are my favorite day of the week and this one past, although chilly, was super relaxing. Totally over the snow, I decided my gray direction needed a pop of color. Brunch, followed by a stroll through the Winter wonderland that was Central Park ended with yummy nibbles and the Oscars.

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Sweater: French Connection (similar here), Pants: Aritzia (similar here), Booties: Sigerson Morrison, Bag: Alexander Wang (also love this & this one), Hat: Lou & Grey (similar here & here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Earrings: Sweetie Pie.

 

Fall Hit List

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New York seems to be hanging onto the last days of Summer with a hot and sticky Labor Day weekend, even though Fall started months ago in the fashion world.  With a flurry of cozy knits and buttery leather leggings, it’s hard to resist the ever growing sweater stacks in stores even though it’s still hot.

I always find myself overwhelmed at the beginning of a new season, trying to decide which key pieces will anchor my wardrobe for the coming months, and which to spend less on as a trend.  The above hit list picks are my must haves for the cooler months, season after season.

Clutch: Alexander Wang, Sweater: Vince, Boyfriend jeans: Current/Elliott, Sunnies: Celine, Leather leggings: Helmut Lang (15% off code-WHITE), Coat: River Island, Nail Polish: Chanel, Shoes: Valentino, Lips: Dior in Vie D’enfer.

 

More options…. 

Leather Leggings: Helmut Lang, All Saints,  Budget friendly here & faux option here.

Cozy Sweater: Asos, Colored knit, Budget friendly here, love this one.

Animal Print Shoe: Leopard, flat version here, lizard, color pop.

Textured Clutch: Obsessed with this one, Clare Vivier quilted, detailed version.

Neutral Sunnies: Structured, Detailed.

Boyfriend jeans: basic, distressed, slim boy, love this basic option (Extra 40% off-WEEKEND).

Dark Lip: bloodred, rich Chanel.

Dark Polish: outside the box, MAC in Sin, TF in Crimson Noir.

Neutral Coat: style steal, love this one, tailored, cashmere splurge.

High Flyer

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As some of you know, I’ve been marinating on which new bag to add to my family for several months now.  I think any girl will understand my mental conflict:  What’s going to remain a classic but has personality?  Functional vs. fashionable or both? Size? What don’t I have in my collection?  The list went on and on, especially when deciding on an investment piece.

I have always kept a short wish list, which is where I started my journey. After countless hours on Purse Forum, many visits to Valentino, Celine and Chanel and even a Facebook poll, I narrowed it down to the Chanel boy bag vs. the new Celine trapeze mini.  Ultimately I went with the Celine for several reasons.  While I love the boy, the trapeze has been on my list for quite sometime.  It’s classic yet knows how to nail color saturation, and the mini size sealed the deal being perfect for my frame.

As any girl will attest, it ultimately comes down to sheer emotional attachment and for me, the rich cobalt and classic design of the mini trapeze stole my heart. I can’t wait to pull this little baby out all season for a happy pop of color during the dismal Winter months!

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Top: Theory (also love this one), Leather shorts: Alexander Wang (similar here & here), Shoes: Vince (similar here), Bag: Celine, Bracelet: Gemma Redux, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Lips: Dior

 

 

Pouch Power

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Throughout my travels, moves and daily life, I’ve come to find my trusty tote just doesn’t seem to cut it in all situations.  Enter the pouch.  My first experience with one was when I purchased my black pebbled Clare Vivier years ago before she had her own store fronts in NYC and LA. Since then, I’ve added many more in various colors and fabrics.

The pouch falls somewhere between a coin purse and a clutch.  Perfect for riding in a larger tote to hold all you goodies, but mostly these babies pack a punch by themselves as the perfect accessory.

(Top left clockwise) Blue: Comme des garcons, Brown stripe: Madewell – On Sale!, Green: J. Crew -On Sale!, Stripe: Gap, Pink stripe: Clare Vivier, Grey croc: Alexander Wang, Black & White: J. Crew, Leopard: Elizabeth and James, Spotted: Clare Viver.

 

 

Clutch this

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I love a good sale and the games usually begin November 25th and carry on throughout January.  Over the years, I’ve scored some amazing deals on accessories I usually would not buy, but pulled the trigger based on the price.  I always try to pick pieces that are neutral and not to seasonal, that will work year after year.

Here are my top picks for bags with lasting power and price perfection.

From left to right:  1. Sophie Hulme envelope clutch, 2. Golden Lane clutch, 3. Sophie Hulme box clutch, 4. Alexander Wang python clutch, 5. Tila March olive mini, 6. Alexander McQueen snake clutch, 7. Alexander Wang ebony clutch, 8. Reed Krakoff tri color bag, 8. Ela black/white clutch.