#NYFW

Bucket list item… check! I have always wanted to go to New York Fashion week. It was a dream come true when Midori Linea’s PR team contacted me to attend their event. Sakura and I met a while back during a trunk show at Bloomingdale’s and we hit it off right away. She’s not only super talented, she’s super sweet. It all started with her designing a hand chain which you can see in my post here. Since then she has expanded into so many different areas. I’m obsessed with my latest necklace purchase. Stay tuned!

The W Hotel Downtown hosted the event and we were lucky enough to get an upgraded room with an amazing view of the Freedom Tower and the Oculus. The vibe there is very New York swanky chic. I don’t stay in the City so often since it’s only 45 minutes from my house but I wish I did. You can’t beat the energy of the hustle and bustle and everything it has to offer.

Then the panic sets in. Holy crap. What to wear to fashion week? I had gotten this outfit for another event and was supposed to be able to wear it on New Year’s Eve, but a sick hubby transformed my outfit into pyjamas. So not blogworthy. I think I nailed it! My hubby doesn’t usually enter the blog but he finally got to wear his very special Bloomingdale’s Exclusive Robert Graham shirt with crystals so I had to show you! Enjoy!

Oh! Lubi liked the room too!

Cheers!

Jewellery – Midori Linea
Top – Elie TahariPants – BlankNYCShoes – Gucci — Bag – Chanel (Similar)

 

Elevated Basic

Jeans and a tee. Basic right? But there are so many different iterations! Jeans — blue, white, black? Tee — the possibilities are endless. I always find myself trying to be that graphic tee person and I never think it looks right. I do love a good v-neck though. Finding a good t-shirt doesn’t mean spending a lot of money. Latest plain tee obsession? Target! Mossimo v-neck at 3 for $20 is a total no brainer. They wash well and they’re super soft. Can’t beat it. For evening it’s so easy to take something as easy as this, throw on a kimono, change from sneakers to shoes (or not) and off you go. Elevate basic! Oh… Lubi found a friend on our pre-supper walk. How cute are they?

T-shirtJeansKimono — Sunglasses
Hair by Sparks Hair Design
Lubi the Chihuahua with his new Labradoodle friend Pasha

Cheers!

Pole Dancing

So this top made me feel part ballerina, part Madonna circa 1980 something. Either way — so much fun! I styled it with uneven hem, ripped knee jeans. Both are trends that are very on point (pun kind of intended) and somehow work together perfectly. Mixing too many trends in one outfit can completely backfire. You never want to look like you’re trying too hard to accomplish it all at once and trends should only be considered if they actually work for you. Trying to pull off a trend that’s out of your comfort zone will just leave you with buyer’s remorse as you gaze at a closet full of “why did I buy this?” items. It’s better to leave the house feeling confident than in an outfit that makes you self-conscious and fidgety. For me it’s edgy BOHO. (Closet full of Free People anyone?) Skinny bottoms and oversized tops are basics in my world styled in different ways to fit the mood or occasion. People ask me why I don’t show off how small I am with form-fitting clothes. The answer? It’s just not me. What are your go to outfits?

Top – Free People On Sale!
Jeans – Free People
Flatform Sandals – Lockeed (Similar)
Sunglasses – MO Eyewear
Bracelet – Swarovski

Cheers!

Lubi and Lace

Lubi and Lace

Obsessed with this maxi-tee. The see-through lace is summery and pretty while the length and cutouts add edginess. I have also worn it with a white tank underneath, but I thought that for an evening look I would wear a black tank to really accent the amazing detailing of the shirt. I wore black destroyed skinny jeans under though I can also see this really working over a pair of cutoff shorts or even as a fancy bathing suit coverup. I’m really not much of a shorts person; especially not out to supper. Oh…have I mentioned that flatforms are the best thing ever? Height without pain equals genius!

Free People Maxi Tee

Free People Destroyed Skinny Jeans

Ash Flatform Sandals

Oliver Peoples Shaelie Sunglasses

Maxi Tee

Maxi Tee – Free People
Destroyed Skinny Jeans – Free People
Flatform Sandals – Ash (I’m featured here)
Sunglasses – Oliver Peoples
Watch – Michele (Similar)
Bracelet – Swarovski
And of course – Lubi the Chihuahua

Cheers!

Party Time!

Party Time!

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!

Party Dress

Anniversary Outfit

Anniversary Party

Free People dress

Back of Dress

Kate Spade Sandals
Janice and Jay 50th Anniversary Party 071115 (45)

Family

Hubby

Janice and Jay 50th Anniversary Party 071115 (1)

The Food

Decorations

Kitchen

Glasses

Wine

The Cake

Dress – Free People
Sandals – Kate Spade
Sunglasses – Miu Miu (Other Colour)

Cheers!

 

Happy Spring… Not!

Happy Spring… Not!

So for this first day of spring we had a snow storm. Go figure. I wouldn’t have minded if I hadn’t had to go into New York for the day. What a mess! Oh well — the positive — I can still wear my favourite winter clothes. Oh how I’ll miss them.

I know people have a thing against Abercrombie & Fitch but they have some really nice pieces and the prices are so reasonable. I paired a soft classic white shirt with high waisted, faux leather leggings, booties and an oversized wrap. So simple, but so chic. I’ve always wanted to try the exposed black bra under a white shirt but never felt it appropriate. I finally decided that I didn’t care. Since my reconstruction post breast cancer I don’t actually need a bra for functional purposes so I’m obsessed with these little Calvin Klein bralettes. They look like a tank and they’re seamless and wireless so they don’t hurt.

Oh… one last thing. Can we talk about these Prada sunglasses? Fabulous doesn’t even begin to describe!

Dolce Vita Bootis

Abercrombie & Fitch Pants and Shirt

Forever 21 Wrap

Chic Simple

OOTD Back

Prada Sunglasses

White Shirt – Abercrombie & Fitch (Great Spring Option Here)
Faux Leather Leggings – Abercrombie & Fitch
Wrap – Forever 21 (Love this one!)
Bralette – Calvin Klein (Bloomingdale’s, Available Online Here)
Booties – Dolce Vita (Bloomingdale’s, Similar)
Sunglasses – Prada (Available Online Here)

Cheers!

How to Survive (Fashionably) this Winter Season

There is beauty in winter, with the first snowflakes, the ice skating opportunity, houses covered in snow and the romance that could bloom this season.

Of course, with the changing of the season comes a different set of fashion rules and guidelines. And to help you survive the cold without looking frumpy, let me share to you my top 10 rules for winter dressing.

Rule #1 – Sleeves all the way

Everything should have sleeves. It’s really cold out there, you know? Sweaters are perfect for this since they provide comfort and warmth.  But besides that, sweaters can add life and colour to your bland winter ensembles because, as you know, they come in a different designs, prints, sizes and colors. No matter what design you choose, sweaters can add oomph to your outfit. So if you prefer something oversized as opposed to those with snug fit, don’t worry because you can still look stylish in them. All you have to do is just learn how to wear slouchy sweater.

It's snowing outside

Rule #2 — It’s all about the scarves

Although initially, they’re designed for additional protection, they’re now considered essential winter fashion pieces. Just learn the different ways to tie scarf and you’ll be on your merry way looking chic as ever. It’s as if winter is made just for you. 

Faux Woolen Tartan Shawl

Faux Woolen Tartan Shawl

Animal Print Tassel Scarf

Animal Print Tassel Scarf

Rule #3 — The shoe queen

Although boots are an obvious choice for the snowy season, don’t limit yourself to them only. Ballet flats, pumps and even sandals can be worn in the winter. Just let your creativity flow and you’ll find lots of ways to keep your feet from freezing. 

Louise et Cie Booties

Open Toe Booties

Rule #4 — The coat of love

Why blend when you can stand out? While neutral shades, like black and grey, are a safe choice this winter, it doesn’t mean you have to conform to the norms. Choose the brightest, baddest, and most stylish coat you can find, and you’re sure to make winter one heck of a fashionable season.

Double-breasted Faux Woolen Coat

Double-breasted Faux Woolen Coat

Khaki Classic Trench Coat

Khaki Classic Trench Coat

Rule #5 — Hello shorty

Cold? So what? You can still wear skater skirts and shorts in the winter provided you wear thick leggings underneath them. 

Khaki Micro Suede Shorts

Khaki Micro Suede Shorts

Snake Skin Print Leggings

Snake Skin Print Leggings

Rule #6 — My sweet Beanie

Winters and beanies definitely go together. And not just because they keep your pretty head from freezing but can also be the perfect accessories to your outfits. 

Fancy Mesh Striped Beanie

Fancy Mesh Striped Beanie

Rule #7 — Red, hot, candy-licious

Stand out in sea of white, gray and black by wearing something red. Red coat, red top, red dress — red whatever!

Red Removable Collar Coat

Red Removable Collar Coat

Rule #8 — Dress to impress

Don’t just choose an ordinary dress. Go for a knitted sweater dress.  How cozy is that?

Rule #9 — Capes of Stylishness

Add a little drama to your outfits, be it casual or formal, by wearing capes instead of the usual coats and cardigans. 

Charlie Brown Style Christmas

Charlie Brown Style Winter

Rule # 10 — Layers of fabulousness

Beat the chill with an arsenal of layered outfits. Layering clothes is a great way to stay warm while looking fabulous. 

Black Side Zip Sweater

Black Side Zip Sweater

White Ruffled Tulle Coat

White Ruffled Tulle Coat

Have a fashionable, fab winter!

Cheers!