Bold

Once again, New York weather cannot make up it’s mind.  My carefully packed Moncler coat has now come out for an encore performance given the 30 degree drop from last week and the current blizzard hitting Manhattan. I have to admit, it’s a bit deflating when my new espadrilles have to be put back in their box.

Although dark colors always accompany cold weather for me, a bright pop of color is always a pick me up.  I had been waiting for literally years for the perfect Chanel red flap.  As may Chanel lovers know, red is a popular color and not always available each season. When I laid eyes on this beauty, it was love at first sight.  The color is amazing and so happy.  I will definitely wear this year round but it’s the perfect cure for Winter blues.

Fur scarf: Barneys (similar here & here), Sweater: Nordstrom (also here), Denim: Topshop (ripped version here),  Shoes: Gianvito Rossi (similar here & here-40% off!), Sunnies: Barton Perreira (similar here), Bag: Chanel (similar here, here & here).

 

Best of…..Shoes!!!

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With sale season well underway, it’s a fantastic time to snap up investment shoes at a steal.  Most of the majors (Barneys, Nordstrom, Saks and Bergdorf) have marked down stock 30-45%.  Time to snag some goodies before they’re all gone!

(Top left to right clockwise)-Suede bootie: Acne, Scallop flat: Chloe, Coral pump: Manolo Blahnik, Leopard flats: Jimmy Choo, Metallic pump: Jimmy Choo, Blue strappy heel: Aquazzura, Wrap flat: Valentino, Suede bootie: Aquazzura, Patent pump: Gianvito Rossi, Kitty flat: Charlotte Olympia.

 

 

Winter Stripe

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I am fortunate that my job doesn’t clip my fashion wings. (ie: distressed jeans are totally acceptable in the workspace).  I do find a tailored pant from time to time adds the sophistication I sometime secretly miss.  My go to classic black trouser has always been Theory.  Their clean lines and equally structured blazers are the perfect closest staple.  However; these cropped tuxedo pants from Barneys were perfection with their navy stripe and shorter hem.

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Clutch: Clare Vivier (also love the flat version), Pants: Barneys-ON SALE! (similar here & here), Shoes: Valentino,  Sweater: Rag & Bone (similar here & here), Ring: Vintage (similar here & here), Sunnies: Barton Perreira (similar here & here).

Blackout

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One of my key wardrobe pieces is a crisp, black blazer and walking through New York City on a weekday morning, it seems to be the unofficial uniform.  Even though my favorite blazer can be paired with anything, I love a clean, monochromatic look with different textures to add dimension.  Coated leggings, nubby tee and patent pumps, transformed an otherwise plain outfit into something fabulous!

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Pants: Helmut Lang (also here and in navy) and non cropped version, Blazer: Barney’s Co-op (similar here), Tee: Weathered (similar here), Clutch: Clare Vivier, Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Sunnies: Barton Perreira, Necklaces: Jennifer Zeuner, Nails: Essie in Baby’s Breath.

Frill

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One of my favorite ways to relax is stepping through the doors of the Charleston Place Hotel in South Carolina.  It’s old Southern charm is so welcoming and with full Christmas trimmings, it’s a stunning way to spend an afternoon.  I typically avoid frilly, girly skirts (even being from the South), but I just couldn’t resist this one.  With chunky jewellery and a denim jacket, I found a balance that I could work with.

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Jacket: Current/Elliott, Skirt: Forever 21, Tank: Nation LTD, Tights: Hue (similar here), Booties: Barneys, Sunnies: Westward Leaning, Bracelet-leopard: Copper Penny, Cuff: Charlotte’s (Raleigh, NC), Lips: Makeup Forever #40