This weekend we somehow managed to pull off a 50th Anniversary party for my parents. Phew! Little stressful. Not gonna lie. All went off without a hitch except for ridiculously high temperatures and an air conditioning system that simply couldn’t keep up. The food was great, the drinks were fabulous, the cake was beautiful. The staff kept everything flowing flawlessly. Family and friends came from near and far. Smiles and laughter all around. Who could ask for more? Special appearances by my family, Lubi and my hubby (despite his complaining). The outfit? A light flowing maxi dress. I don’t think I could have dealt with anything heavier and flats, flats, flats. I ran around all night!
Dress – Free People
Sandals – Kate Spade
Sunglasses – Miu Miu (Other Colour)
Really, it’s OK to wear black in the summer. It may not be the brightest (literally and figuratively) choice on a scorching hot day, but for a night out when it’s not too balmy, why not? Black is always chic and black and gold, even better. You know I’m a fan. I couldn’t resist this top when I saw it at Nordstrom on sale in the Savvy Department. Black, shiny, fringes — a perfect trifecta? Those fringes make it not seem cropped too. Yeah! Of course I picked shiny black and gold accessories and my favourite Italia Independent sunglasses. They were the first ones I got from that company and I still absolutely love them! They’re actually flocked velvet and they’re so light and comfortable that you don’t even know they’re on your face! Do you still wear black in the summer?
Black & Gold Fringe Top – ASTR (Nordstrom Savvy)
Black Coated Jeans – Joes (Available Here)
Studded Wedge Sandals – Vince Camuto (Available Here)
Studded Velvet Sunglasses – Italia Independent
Watch – Michele Watches (Similar Here)
My anniversary and my in-laws anniversary falls during the same week. Every year we try to plan a special dinner to celebrate. This year we went to the Capital Grille in New York. I wish I could have taken my photos in the City, but the weather, once again was stormy so I didn’t want to lug the camera in and have to run through New York in the rain with said camera. Always happens to me! Our weather truly stinks! One of the fun things about going out in a city is that you can be more adventurous with your outfits. There aren’t so many places out here in the ‘burbs where I would be comfortable wearing gold jeans. I love an opportunity to go a little crazy with my clothes!
Wrap Top – WAYF (Nordstrom)
Gold Coated Jeans – J Brand (Saks, Now Available Here)
Studded Wedge Sandals – Vince Camuto (Available Here)
Purse – Jeanne Lottie (Her New Collection Here)
Sunglasses – Jimmy Choo for Carrera (Park Eye Center, Available Here)
I really have no idea who Lola is, but it’s a great little Latin Bistro by us with a very pretty fire pit outside. It’s not always possible to get in, so when they had space at the last minute we dashed out the door. I had a lousy week which means I went shopping this weekend. Everything is on sale now. Time to buy those boots and coats you’ve been coveting!
Black and gold is such a fabulous combination. It looks rich and put together no matter what you do. I saw this jacket and it was on sale for less than a third the regular price. It’s not like I don’t own a leather jacket, I just don’t own one like this! Then I couldn’t resist boots with matching gold studs. Too cool. Keeping the trend moving I put on a bunch of black and gold studded jewellery, a gold top and my favourite J Brand coated skinny black jeans.
Studded Leather Jacket – Aqua (Bloomingdale’s)
Gold Top – All Saints (Last Year)
Coated Skinny Jeans – J Brand (Saks Fifth Avenue, Last Year)
Black Pashmina – I’ve Owned It Forever
Boots – Vince Camuto (Bloomingdale’s)(Available Here)
Everyone calls this my Sgt. Pepper jacket. It was one of those items that you see and know you must own. It’s by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply and I didn’t buy it the first time I saw it. Per usual, I was waiting for it to go on sale. It did, eventually, but then it was sold out everywhere! I dreamed about that jacket. After I had given up I happened to be walking by the department in Macy’s and I saw it. One left and in my size. MINE! Then, after I bought it I waited forever to wear it. I was trying to save said jacket for the perfect occasion, whatever that could have been. Ridiculous. If you own it, wear it! Since we were going out for dinner with friends and it was close to the holidays I figured an outfit gilded with gold wasn’t too over the top. Right?
Military Jacket – Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply (Macy’s)
Gold Coated Jeggings – J Brand (Saks Fifth Avenue)
Booties – Marc By Marc Jacobs (Bloomingdale’s)
Purse – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Bloomingdale’s)
Bracelet and Necklace – From Mummy
In case you haven’t noticed, I have a certain fondness for French food. I can’t help it. This little bistro is one of our favourite local spots. It makes me feel like I’m in the South of France, even when I’m just stuck here in New Jersey. I went with one of my favourite combinations — tattered and chic. This DVF top has zippers up the side that let you choose the amount of “peek a boo” you’re in the mood for. Fun right? Add some edgy black and gold accessories and voila! Outfit!
Zipper Side Top – DVF
Distressed Jeans – Edyson
Wedge Sandals – Vince Camuto
Belt – Forever 21
Bracelets – Nordstrom and Cara
Watch – Michele Watches
Sunglasses – Italia Independent
Necklace – From Mum and Dad
Lubi my Chihuahua 🙂
Yesterday I got some much needed “me” time and took a trip to my favourite mall, The Mall at Short Hills. While walking through Saks Fifth Avenue I was stopped by two super nice girls at the NARS counter who offered to do my makeup. Why not? It’s always fun to get pampered a little and look great when you’re done right?
Not only did they do my makeup, they taught me how to do exactly what they were doing! It’s great to leave looking fabulous but it’s even better to be able to duplicate the look at home. Doreen would do one side and then give me the brushes, showing me which sizes to use, and how to use them effectively for each step and I would do the other side. She emphasized the importance of highlighting and bronzing in the proper areas to make you glow and look alive. Perhaps the most important thing I finally learned was how to shape my eyebrows. Eyebrows have always been the most difficult part of my makeup routine. Doreen showed me how to set the points for each end and that perfect little arch in the centre so that I would appear bright-eyed and bushy tailed! They had just come out with a new eyeshadow pallet that gave you five colours to try for a reasonable price. A no brainer. When you first look at this blush in it’s cute little container you think “Holy Cow. That’s bright!”, but applied properly it’s actually amazing! I even got some fun little goodies with my purchase. Thanks NARS and Saks! So much fun!
Makeup – NARS at Saks Fifth Avenue, Short Hills
Gold Top – All Saints
Shorts – Armani Exchange
Wedges – Vince Camuto