I love accessories–as my packed closet can attest–and I always find it exciting to discover new brands to feed my addiction. I have such a soft spot for delicate gold jewelry (you might have noticed my obsession with Tiffany's 'Diamonds by the Yard' collection) so I practically swooned when I saw this necklace from Robyn Rhodes. The fabulous designer–whose pieces have been worn by stars like Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Sofia Bush, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Tilly, and Maria Menounos–was sweet enough to send one to me. I'm already wearing it the way turquoise deserves to be styled: with bright summery clothes and accessories.
As I promised last week, I'll be hosting a giveaway for a second necklace that Robyn Rhodes will send to one lucky reader! How incredibly generous is that? Stay tuned for the post, as well as the winner of the 'Twisted Orchid' contest….what a busy week!
Shirt: White Tee, Hi-Line via Madwell (J.Crew) [similar here]
Pants: Artist Crop Jean in "Bright Indigo Destroy," American Eagle Outfitters [$49.50, available here]
Bag: Uptown Tote in Yellow/Maple, J. Crew [no longer available]
Shoes: Leather Capri Sandals in 'Weathered Wood,' J.Crew [$49.50, available here]
Jewelry: 'Ethel' Sideways Cross Necklace in Gold/Turquoise, c/o Robyn Rhodes [$70, available here]; Beaded bracelet, H&M [old]; Expandable wire bangle, Alex and Ani; Channel-Set Diamond Band [old]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]
When people ask me what my favorite area in New York is, I usually name the Upper West Side. Lincoln Center, with its dining, shopping, and gorgeous public spaces, is a particularly perfect spot. While there always seems to be something happening in the opera house's front plaza, on this rainy afternoon most people were avoiding the open space. I took the cloudy weather as an excuse to wear my favorite new white blazer. I love the way its brightness pairs with the colors mint green and luggage brown–almost as much I love spring showers.
Shirt Silk Tank in White, Banana Republic [old]
Blazer: Tuxedo Blazer in White, H&M [$49.50, not available online]
Skirt: Maxi Skirt in 'Sea Green,' Forever21 [similar style available here]
Shoes: Chantal Sandals in 'Cuoio,' Luxury Rebel [$130, available here]
Bag: Canvas and Leather Tillary Tote in 'Flax', J.Crew [$228,
Nails: "Park Avenue," N.Y.C. Color
If I could, I'd wear this vest every day–eventually someone would try to stop me from being so repetitive but really it's the sentiment that counts. I'm sure you know what a perfect knit feels like–so soft and cozy without being itchy or too heavy–and that's exactly what Vkoo managed to capture with their cashmere. I've worn this piece in the winter but right now I'm content to throw it over a light shirt and just head outside.
Shirt: Tissue long-sleeve V-neck tee in White, J.Crew [was $32.50, available here]
Vest: Cashmere Draped Vest in 'Frost,' Vkoo [was $338,
Jeans: Barely Bootcut in 'Nite Wash,' Skinny Jeans [$178, available here]
Shoes: Aria Platform Sling-backs in 'Nude Patent,' Pour La Victoire [were $250,
Bag: Python Print Drawstring Shopper Tote in Beige, Cole Haan [no longer available]
Jewelry: Jewlery: Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Necklace in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [from $795, available here]; Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [$525, available here]; Rings [gifts]
This probably sounds familiar: you're trying to put together an outfit but in the moment, despite the fact that you have a nice selection of pieces, it suddenly seems as though you've completely forgotten which colors work well together and which completely clash. This day started out like that. In my mind gray, beige, and brown didn't match at all (not to mention that I was sporting a–gasp–black manicure). It was only after I had put everything on that I realized the neutral palette appeared spectacularly coordinated. Let that be a lesson to anyone suffering from a similar mental block: when you're sartorially stuck, try on your best effort, look in the mirror, and walk out the door with a smile on your face.
Nails: "Bowery Black," N.Y.C. New York Color
When Kate Middleton visited Northern Ireland with Prince William way back in March of this year, I immediately fell in love with her Burberry coat and black-on-black tights and heels (see here and here). I couldn't have been happier when I found out a similar style trench was available for a much cheaper price and after a very funny exchange with a saleswoman–she nodded at me profusely but didn't seem to have any idea who Kate was–I snagged the store's very last one in my size. Even with a smaller price tag, it doesn't skimp on the details. I'm glad the buckles, epaulets, wide cuffs, and high belt were all reproduced because to me they're just as important as the ruffled bottom in making the coat so special.
And yes, I'm attempting my best Kate impression– all it takes really is holding a clutch, moving your hair, and beaming like you're in love with a prince.
Coat: Ruffle Trim Classic Trench in "Gold Champagne," New York & Company [was $90,
Tights: Solid Opaque Tights in "Black," J. Crew [were $24.50, available here]
Shoes: Heat High Heel Shoe in "Black Kid Suede," Pelle Moda [$140, available here]
Bag: Grosgrain Clutch [vintage]
Jewlery: Channel-Set Diamond Band in Yellow Gold [gift]; Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [$525, available here]; Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Necklace in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [from $425, available here]
Nails: "Stiletto Red," Rimmel