Bold

Once again, New York weather cannot make up it’s mind.  My carefully packed Moncler coat has now come out for an encore performance given the 30 degree drop from last week and the current blizzard hitting Manhattan. I have to admit, it’s a bit deflating when my new espadrilles have to be put back in their box.

Although dark colors always accompany cold weather for me, a bright pop of color is always a pick me up.  I had been waiting for literally years for the perfect Chanel red flap.  As may Chanel lovers know, red is a popular color and not always available each season. When I laid eyes on this beauty, it was love at first sight.  The color is amazing and so happy.  I will definitely wear this year round but it’s the perfect cure for Winter blues.

Fur scarf: Barneys (similar here & here), Sweater: Nordstrom (also here), Denim: Topshop (ripped version here),  Shoes: Gianvito Rossi (similar here & here-40% off!), Sunnies: Barton Perreira (similar here), Bag: Chanel (similar here, here & here).

 

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Stars and Stripes

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Finding the prefect sneaker has always been a challenge and with this season’s endless choices, it was hard to narrow down. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Chuck Taylors and Golden Goose but I just couldn’t resist the playful vibe of Gucci’s new breed of kicks. The collection as a whole is happy and colorful and just makes your heart feel good when you see it.

For someone who loves classic pieces, a fun pair of shoes is always up my alley.  I tend to get stuck in a rut, sometimes buying the same basic pieces in neutral colors that I know will stand the test of time but are not always the most fun.  I find the best balance is always a happy accessory.  The classic gucci web stripe with playful stars are the perfect mix!

Sneakers: Gucci, Bag: Chanel, Denim: Rag & Bone (also love these).

Other fun sneakers I love here, here, here and here.

 

YSL

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As sale season comes to a close, I decided to make one last pass (and risk loosing an arm) to see if I could find some lingering steals.  Level 9 at Saks is currently a mecca for the true bargain hunter.  With whimsical Chloe dresses being snapped up for 80% off and once out of budget Balenciaga and Celine pieces now attainable, I decided to have one final look early Saturday morning.

Once in the dressing room with a rack full of goodies, I heard a knock at my door. “You’re not going to believe what I found” said my sales girl with the excitement of a kid on Christmas morning.  I opened the door and there hung the buttery goodness of a YSL leather jacket. I knew it would fit like a glove as I’d tried the black leather version many times before, but never wanted to pull the trigger due to the hefty price tag.

The white leather popped against black zippers and the distressed details gave the jacket that street chic vibe of a Golden Goose sneaker reincarnated in a fabulous leather jacket.  I was sold.

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Jacket: Saint Laurent (love this one and this one), Great faux leather jacket here, Denim: AG Jeans (also love this wash), Sunnies: Oliver Peoples.

 

Simple

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After taking some much needed time off and now calling NYC home for 3 years, sometimes all I crave is simplicity.  There was something so relaxing about living out of one carry on suitcase for 7 days. Almost made me want to do a huge closet purge….almost 🙂

Recently, I’ve been building my accessory collection.  Basic denim, clean pumps and a crisp white shirt are instantly elevated with a few key pieces.  A pop of color on the nail, tortoise sunnies and golden details pull everything together.

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Denim: Citizens of Humanity (love this color and this color), Top: Vince (similar here), Belt: Hermes, Sunnies: Celine, Bag: Sophie Hulme, Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar here), Nails: Chanel, Ring: Jennifer Fisher

 

 

Birthday week details

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//Favorite flowers on my birthday// Cuff: Hermes, Denim: COH, Shoes: Sophia Webster

This past weekend kicked off my Birthday week (I always keep the party going for at least a week in Jan).  I was overwhelmed by all the birthday wishes and sweet gifts from my friends and family.  They really know how to make a girl feel special!

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//Planning our Anniversary trip// Candle: Cire Trudon, Ring: Loren Stewart.

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//Taste of Paris in Soho// Cire Trudon candles (My favorite scent is Trianon)

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//One of Hubby’s Birthday gifts// Book of Mormon

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//Favorite combo// Blazer: Veronica Beard, Mug: Anthropologie.

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//Birthday cupcakes from my sis// Molly’s Cupcakes NYC

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//Favorite Matcha latte spot// Chalait NYC   Bag: Chanel, Muffs: Adrienne Landau

 

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions

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More afternoons in West Village // Cashmere hat: Intermix, Scarf: Burberry, Coat: Helmut Lang-(on sale), Boots: Chanel, Bag: Balenciaga, Sunnies: Celine, Denim: Rag & Bone.

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More sparkly details // Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Polish: Ciate

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Fresh beauty routine // Parfum: Maison Francis Kurkdjian-Rose & Amyris Femme, Blush: Estee Lauder,  Pure Color in Sensuous Rose, Nails: Dior in Tra la la, Body Oil: Mila Moursi, Lip: Tom Ford in Pink Dusk.

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More afternoon’s sipping tea at Palm Court

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New Year’s back in Sydney next year!