Summer Black #OOTD

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 Coated Jeans

Fringe Top

Black and Gold Outfit

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Back Detail Top

Italia Independent Sunglasses

 

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)

Cheers!

The New Girl(s)

I know. It’s been a while. Sorry about that. I had to take some time to recover from my most recent surgery. After almost a year since my breast cancer diagnosis I’m ready to introduce you to the new girls. I finally have my permanent implants and after seeing 27 doctors (OK, slight exaggeration) this week, it looks as if I’m healthy! It’s also so much easier to get dressed! While I’m not completely done, I’m hoping the worst is behind me and I can start to get my life back.

This outfit has a couple trends encompassed within. A crop top and boyfriend jeans. I have to admit that the crop top trend sent shivers down my spine. Really? I’m not one to walk around half naked! Done properly, or at least what I deem to be appropriately, I’ve found that it can actually be cute. This top, for example sticks with my whole “flowy” personality and barely shows any midriff unless you catch a breeze. Even then, only the slightest sliver of skin pops out. Perfect! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect loose, comfy boyfriend jeans for a while. Believe it or not — Gap! Haven’t been in there in ages, but I’m so in love with these. The looseness and the shredding is also a much cooler (literally, as in temperature) option for summer. Buy them a size too big for extra effect.

Zara Crop Top

 

Gap Boyfriend Jeans

Outfit Back

Black Crop Top

Carrera by Jimmy Choo Sunglasses

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Vince Camuto Studded Wedge

Black Top – Zara
Boyfriend Jeans – Gap (On Sale!)
Studded Wedges – Vince Camuto (Last Year – Available Here)
Watch – Michele Watches
Bracelet – From France
Sunglasses – Carrera by Jimmy Choo

Cheers!

Petal Pusher

I’m doing a pretty good job of this colour thing! Though this dress was also available in black, I chose to buy it in pink. It was being worn to a communion with a luncheon afterward, so I decided that for daytime it should be something colourful, pretty and soft. I’m not usually a “dress” girl. I don’t find them creative enough. Once you’ve worn it that’s it. No other way to style it really. I do see their place in the world though. Sometimes you just need that look. The Rubik’s Cube bag is from this super fun store in Italy called Carpisa. I’ve had it forever but I still get so many compliments every time I use it. Cute right?

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Tildon Dress

Pink Dress

Carpisa Purse

Silver Jewellery

Oliver Peoples Sunglasses

Dress – Tildon (Nordstrom)
Purse – Carpisa (New Collections Here)
Wedge Sandals – Vince Camuto (Now Available Here)
Sunglasses – Oliver Peoples (Colline)
Silver Jewellery – Many Brands

Cheers!

 

Ooh Shiny!

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!

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Saturday Night Outfit

Studded Wedge Sandals

Gold Studs

Gold Jeans

Faux Wrap Top

Black and Gold

Carerra Jimmy Choo Sunglasses

Jean Lottie Purse

 

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)

Cheers!

Her Name Was Lola

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.

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Black Pashmina

Aqua Leather Jacket

Hair

Studded Leather Jacket

Gold Stud Detail

Vince Camuto Booties

Fire Pit

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)

Cheers!

Illusions

Illusions

The setting was perfect. The lighting was perfect. The outfit was adorable. The Missoni scarf was amazing. The Miu Miu sunglasses sparkled beautifully in the sunlight. My jewellery matched. Everything seemed like just another nice day.

The truth, however, was not so upbeat. I wore this on my way to my final doctor appointment before the surgery I was having the next day. A month prior I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The next day I was to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.

My surgery was actually almost two weeks ago now and I can say that I am recovering well. They were able to get all the bad out of me and I will be fine when all is said and done. It is a long road so you’ll excuse me if I’m not posting amazing outfits for a bit. I actually debated for quite some time over whether or not I was even going to mention that I was going through any of this, or if I was just going to fake it like it was “life as normal”.  Then I decided that maybe others would appreciate some help dealing with how to get up, get dressed, and get back out there into the real world.

I do hope that I will be able help out those who have the same or similar challenges that I’m facing at the moment. Let’s face it — there’s nothing sexy about a mastectomy and the “lingerie” that goes along with it is less than appealing. Finding clothing that covers the attractive undergarments is not an easy feat! Hopefully some of my upcoming posts will help at least someone. For now, enjoy this one.

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Top – ASTR
Dark Skinny Jeans – Abercrombie & Fitch
Scarf – Missoni
Sunglasses – Miu Miu
Sanals – Vince Camuto
Beaded Bracelet – Aqua
Watch – Michele Watches

Cheers!

Bistro Chic

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!

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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 🙂

Cheers!