the beautiful things

{things i wore} metal-embellished sandals

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I feel as if all my complaining worked–we're having a heat wave. I'm not complaining though it is a bit strange to have gone through all of August and July without any 95+ days here in NYC. This dress is a must for sweltering days. It is so incredibly light and swings away from the body–I love wearing it and am so grateful to still have the chance to do it.

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Easy Come Easy Go Dress, Free People [$128] // Archer Sandals in Black, DV by Dolce Vita [$69] // Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag in Black, Prada [shop here] // Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [$700]; Gold & Pavé Diamond Tiny Disc Ring, Sydney Evan [$375]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400]

{things i did} labor day weekend

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I have had a pretty great holiday weekend so far–filled with all the things I love most. Hope yours has been the same and I will see you​ tomm​orow! x

 

{things i did} vintage car show

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Last week I said this has been the summer that wasn't, and while what I said remains true–I would have really loved a good heat wave–it also wasn't a wash-out. A whole bunch of "firsts" happened for me and the best part was that none of them were really planned. I've shared a lot of them here: I saw my first concert from floor seating (sixth row center for Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars at Madison Square Garden), dined in a historic hotel (can't wait do it more often), walked an actual Jersey boardwalk (complete with rides, trinket shopping and a signature treat), went to a non-fashion blogging event (yay kiwis), shot a real gun (just at a target), and stood in two states at once while crossing the Delaware River (New Jersey and Pennsylvania). That's not even mentioning the new foods I've tasted (beef jerky! steak tartare!) and made (blueberry pie! ice cream sandwiches!). The photos above were part of another first–we randomly stumbled upon an antique car show during a day trip to Pennsylvania and had the best time slowly walking through the pristine vehicles while a cover band played some old hits nearby. So with Labor Day on Monday and summer's unofficial end, I'm thinking about how the moments you remember most in your life are not always the things you work hard for or stress over–they're sometimes just opportunities that present themselves and just require you to say yes.

Enjoy the holiday weekend! 

 

{things i wore} fit-and-flare dress

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Whenever I think "little black dress," I always flash to the Spice World scene that featured Mel C (aka "Sporty Spice") teasing Victoria Beckham as she lamented outfit indecision (it's captured by these excellent GIFs, but spolier-alert: she was just choosing between a bunch of similar black dress). Truth is, you really can never go wrong with a monochromatic frock. They work for every season and occasion, can be dressed up or down, and are slimming, classy, and a little bit sexy all at once. This one was a Target find, and it's light and stretchy and perfect for summer. I have more variations hanging in my closet than I care to admit, but like Posh, I don't regret it.

 

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Fit and Flare Dress [similar]; Rocco Duffel in Black with Pale Gold Hardware, Alexander Wang [$895] // 'Mali' Sandal in Black, Miz Mooz [$90 $30] // Le Femme Sunglasses in Black, Wildfox [$169] // Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]; Diamond Anniversary Band in Yellow Gold, X3 [$1400 $1007] // "Russian Roulette" Nail Polish, Essie 

{things i covet} transitional sandals

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For most of the summer, my one rule with sandals is this: the thinner the strap and sole, the better the shoe. As my sister once pointed out to me, a lot of dresses, shorts ,and maxi outfits just look best when you're barefoot, so a minimalist, nude colored flip-flop or thong-strapped shoe is the closest you can come to achieving that without actually forgoing footwear. As temperatures drop and July and August fade, I adopt a new rule: avoid switching to closed shoes as much as possible. Chunkier sandals, with thicker soles and wider straps are definitely on-trend right now, but they're fit the bill and are practical too. Shop my picks below!

 

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Congo Flat Sandals in Light Tan, Splendid [$68 $44]

Banded Flat Sandals, See by Chloe [$345]

Bray Slingback Sandals in Rich Gold, Sam Edelman [$80 $56] 

Sicily Sandals, Vince [$225 $157.50]

Ksenya Sandals in Light Brown/BlackMatiko [$150 $75

Ambra Leather Sandals, Álvaro [$455]

January Double Band Sandals in  Black/SilverSol Sana​ [$80 $40]

Shark Lock Textured-Leather Sandals, Givenchy [$795]

Fray Gladiator Sandals, Dolce Vita [$129 $64.50, similar $60]

 

{things i made} deli-style cole slaw

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The last of summ​er doesn‘t m​ean the end of barbequing for m​e but a lot of the fun does go with it. Sunshine and warm​ weather m​ake certain foods taste so m​uch better (right?). I used to prepare cole slaw often but was never very happy with any recipie.The vegetables never wilted and the dressing lacked punch. This one is perfect–sweet, creamy, and flavorful. It is like the ones they sell in a deli but better–homemade mayonaise and fresh ingredients ensure that.

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1 head green cabbage, cored and shredded
1 carrot, peeled and grated ​ 
2 tablespoons onion, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/​2​ cup buttermilk (or milk mixed with 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar​)​
​1/2 teaspoon celery seed​
​1/2 ​teaspoon ​horseradish

​1. Place the coleslaw and 
​carrot ​in a large bowl.
 ​Toss with salt and allow to drain 1-2 hours. Squeeze dry.​
​2. ​In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, pepper
,​ mayonnaise, 
buttermilk, celery seed, and horseradish, 
​whisking​ until smooth. Pour mixture over the slaw and 
​add ​onion
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 ​S​tir well and chill for
​ at least​ one hour.

 

{things i wore} white blazer

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The weather has been nothing short of weird lately. It isn't that it's too cold to wear dresses, sleeveless things, or shorts, it's that you can so easily get away with more layers–not something you can normally say during August. I love this dress. It's seriously the most comfortable, flattering, subtly scene-stealing thing I have bought in a long time (it's still available in a size small, so if you think that could work for you, go for it–it runs big). Topping it with a blazer made perfect sense to me–even if it feels a couple of months premature.

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Splatter Maxi Dress, Peter Som for DesigNation ​x Kohls [$78 $23.40 or shop the collection] // Tuxedo Blazer in White, H&M [$50] // Neverfull MM in Monogram Canvas, Louis Vuitton [shop// Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44] // Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175] // Gold & Pavé Diamond Tiny Disc Ring, Sydney Evan [$375]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44] // X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400] // 'Russian Roulette' Nail Polish, Essie [here

{things i learned} as long as skies are blue

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[sangria at dinner]

 

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[a hollywood golden-age fashion designer i'd love to learn more about]

 

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[nothing makes me happier than rows and rows of french specialties]

 

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[my new favorite--and elegant--belgium chocolates]

 

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[pop of neon in the garden]

 

I feel a little bit like this has been the summer that wasn't. It wasn't hot (by any standard, but the one I'm using is my memory–NYC of my childhood was sweltering!), wasn't stormy (I love a good loud, rain), wasn't particularly laid-back (I've been super busy and so has just about everyone else I know), and wasn't lingering (the days, weeks, and months have just slipped away). But it's been enough, and that's perfect. Lately I've been telling myself–and more importantly believing it–that things are what they are and as long as you stay present and focused, you can feel fulfilled. On that note, have a happy (still summer) weekend! 

 

{things i did} clement at the peninsula new york

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Last weekend m​y boyfriend and I lunched at Clement, a fairly new restaurant (it opened last fall to great reviews) in a fairly old hotel, 1905's The Peninsula New York. Even though it was late afternoon on a Saturday, the place was fairly empty, which shouldn't scare you away if you find it the same way–the food and service were impeccable and the quiet, elegant atmosphere was a welcome relief from the tourist-laden bustle of Fifth Avenue. Everyone there was polite and helpful, and followed up cheerfully about the quality of the food and drinks. Each course was a highlight, from the unique drinks to the freshly-flavorful tomato gazpacho (which I'm dying to replicate at home) to the divine passion-fruit cheesecake. Of course the brightest star is probably the location: sitting atop Fifth Avenue in a historic building just never gets old.
 

{things i covet} summer’s sunset

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As summer winds down, I love nothing more than shopping for and wearing warm-weather pieces inspired by fall-colors. I'm not sick of dresses, maxis, sandals, and shorts just yet, so it's my way of comprising as seasons slowly change. Deep orange, amber, burgundy, gold–they're all hues inspired by a gorgeous summer sunset and work perfectly as August and September slip away. Shop some of my favorite picks below!

 

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printed silk-crepe maxi skirt, etro [$2,090]

hibiscus floral short, j.crew [$69.50 25% off with code shopnow]

curved wood necklace in warm chestnut, j.crew [$95, 25% off with code shopnow]

doodle mirrored-leather sandals, jimmy choo [$625]

wild child round-frame metal mirrored sunglasses, le specs [$80]

printed silk-blend maxi dress, tamara mellon [$995]

spiro large printed cotton-canvas tote, sophie anderson [$220]

metallic crochet-knit bikini, missoni [$500]

 embroidered dress, nili lotan x jcrew [$348]

 




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