Breaking out of the shoe box

creeper

Shoes: Prada (also love these & these for Summer), Denim: Rag & Bone, Sweater: Joie (similar here), Top: ATM (similar here), Bag: Louis Vuitton, Sunnies: Oliver Peoples (similar here).

Over the weekend, I took on the daunting task of organizing my shoe collection (And no, I did not get trapped under 5000 shoe boxes as my husband likes to joke).  As I organized shoes by style, I noticed one pile towered over the rest: Pumps.  Yes they are a classic silhouette and usually a comfortable choice when in comes to heels.  Although I have quite the array of colors, textures and heel heights, I surveyed the pile and thought “I’m in a shoe style rut”.

Here’s my thought process.  A pump is classic at its base and even if you dare to choose a bright color or print, the foundation is solid. With the higher price tag designer shoes carry, I often justify them by picking pairs I can wear “forever” and that aren’t overly trendy.  Of course I lust over the bejeweled gucci platform heels or the fur adorned Nicholas Krikwood loafers, but my inner fashion voice asks-will I still be into these a year from now?  Of course there is always a factor of I love the shoe so who cares what the masses think.

Enter the creeper.  These platforms come in many different iterations and styles and I have secretly always wanted a pair.  The issue was, they look nothing like my usual style.  I decided to give in a buy the pair that spoke to me.  It came down to the Stella McCartney’s vs. Prada.  Stella’s platform was intense and I have to admit, the height I gained without the pain of a heel was tempting and made me giddy with the additional 5 inches I would gain. Ultimately I chose the Prada version with a modest 3  inch platform.  I love the classic brogue details melded with the sporty creeper sole.

As I added the pale blue box to my shoe stack, I felt like I had finally taken a step outside of my usual (shoe) box 🙂

 

 

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Sheer genius

golden half B

This past weekend was the first time I actually started to believe Spring would make it’s entrance into NYC….eventually.  Every tulip was is full bloom and the white blossoms in Central Park that had suddenly appeared while we were in Japan, were reminiscent of the cherry blossoms we had become accustomed to.

I took full advantage and spent the weekend, like every other New Yorker, outside for every possible second. I had been waiting for the weather to cooperate with my gladiator itch and new goodie from The Dreslyn – sheer perfection from Equipment.  The light and airy silk was perfection with really… anything, but I thought my golden sandals and perfectly worn in boyfriend shorts were the right mix.

golden full B

golden back B

golden rips B

golden rings

golden half half 2

golden sit

golden full

Shorts: Rag & Bone (also here), Top: Equipment c/o The Dreslyn, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: Sophie Hulme, Sunnies: Wayne Cooper (similar here & here), Nails: Essie in Tangerine, Watch: Nixon, Ring: Loren Stewart (also love this one).

 

Waffle

waffle down

I’ll admit, it wasn’t the best day to wear a top with a bunch of holes in it considering the wind was unforgiving; however, I couldn’t resist indulging my waffle craving. (I missed out on Nat’l Waffle Day – a travesty I intend to make up for this Saturday over the ginormous waffle at Blue Bottle Coffee) 🙂 

I love a good white tee and this one will be on high rotation this Spring/Summer.  I love how the lazer cut detailing gives a basic tank an edgy twist. Perfection for the hot days that hopefully lay ahead.

I also have to mention my new obsession….Rag & Bone’s zip capri jean.  These little gems are new season and as per usual spot on in every way.  The wash, the shreds, the zips…you know it doesn’t take much to push me over the purchasing edge with denim and these were definitely no exception.

waffle walk

waffle half B

waffle acc

waffle shoes

waffle down acc

waffle bend full B

Top: Need Supply Co (also love this one in black), Denim: Rag & Bone (also here), Jacket: Topshop (similar here & here), Sunnies: Icing (also love these & these), Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bag: Sophie Hulme (also love this color).

 

 

 

Weekend Uniform

weekend shoulder

Weekends are always a time for me to decompress and switch off from the stresses of the work week.  I have to admit, some Saturday’s I am guilty of sporting my Eberjey jammies for most of the day and catching up on my favorite TV.  However, weekends are usually full of runs over the bridge into the city, or drinks with friends.  My go to uniform is always a blazer and jeans.  It proves the best direction when I want to be comfortable, but still pulled together.

weekend full

weekend collar

weekend walk

weekend cross clutch

weekend full cross

Jeans: Rag & Bone, Tee: Gap, Blazer: Elizabeth and James (similar here), Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar here), Clutch: Christian Louboutin (similar here), Sunnies: Karen Walker (tortoise version here), Earrings: Sweetie Pie

Sun-day

This weekend was simply amazing weather wise, so of course we headed towards the coast for some sunshine, stunning views and yummy eats.  Hugo’s Manly is the beach-side location of this fantastic eatery which is known for its pizzas. (I am obsessed with the mushroom pizza ~wild mushrooms, taleggio, goat’s curd & caramelized onions~)  I like this recipe.

Jean jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch – old (similar here & here), Jeans: Rag & bone/jean (here & here), Scarf: Theodora & Callum (similar here & here), Shoes: DVF (here & here), Clutch: Clare Vivier, Bracelet: vintage (similar here), Nails: Essie “too too hot” Sunnies: Ray-ban (similar here & silver version here)