Update the Mix

 Chokers | Gold, of course
Clockwise from top: Vintage gold choker: via Brooklyn Flea Market | Gold hinged choker: JCrew | Gold, metal and pearl choker: Zara |Gold chain choker: Baublebar
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Do you guys remember those chokers from the 90s that had, like a peace sign, dolphin or smiley face hanging from a black cord?! Those were the BEST!
However, these are not them.
The combination of 90s influence on current fashion and the lean towards minimalism that has been happening for a few seasons now, brings us the return of the choker– this time, sleek, sophisticated, and edgy.  Unlike the “statement necklaces” that have been everywhere for the past couple years (still going strong…these still work with more classic, romantic or feminine looks!), the chokers I’ve been obsessed with as of late are a cleaner, more modern look.  I look for ones that are impactful in their simplicity, edgy and of course, gold.  Gold chokers really elevate an outfit; they bring a basic sweater and jeans up a few fashionable notches; they add a sleek twist to a lace top (see above); add a sense of “now” to a white button down, and in the case of the pearl and gold choker from Zara, featured above, bring a vintage or retro inspired look into 2015.  Like me, I’m sure you have plenty of pendant necklaces, bohemian inspired chains, and floral or crystal statement necklaces– it’s time to add a choker to the mix! Trust, it’s a game changer.
Shop some of my favorites out right now below:
Gold Chokers

Runway Remix

Varsity Jacket & Skirt


3.1 Phillip Lim Runway, Spring ’13


Victoria Beckham Runway, Spring ’14


Fendi, Resort ’15


Rebecca Minkoff Runway, Fall ’14

The “varsity” jacket, sometimes called the “bomber” jacket also, has been coming down runways for a few seasons now.  They are pretty much EVERYWHERE, which usually makes me NOT want to wear something, but in this case, I pulled from some old runway inspiration (my favorite varsity jacket looks above) and challenged myself to find a way to wear mine in a way that was different, and me.  Also, come mid-winter, my everyday jeans-booties-sweater routine is starting to feel like a rut…


Grey varsity jacket: JCrew (sold out, but similar ones here)| Black crepe flared skirt: JCrew | Grey linen T-shirt: Madewell | Black leather booties: Vince |Gold chain choker: Baublebar | Gold chain and black leather bracelet: Zara (sold out)

I like the idea of pairing one of these jackets (which are a nice change up from a blazer or denim jacket) with a skirt; the contrast in sportiness and femininity appeals to me.  Gold chains and black booties, instead of dainty or romantic jewelry and a more feminine heel, feel right for me with this look, to keep it from reading too “school girl”– they add a toughness that the outfit needs.



Shop my additional picks for this look below:

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Black jacket

3 1 Phillip Lim jacket

Madewell skater skirt

Lela Rose skirt

Chicwish circle skirt

Vince leather boots

Madewell black boots

Hope this inspires you to look to past runways to remix pieces you already have!

Look: 70s Vibes

1975 | 2015





Sometimes I come across a piece that just speaks to me and gives me good vibes– this suede and faux fur jacket from Zara did exactly that.

I was recently at my parents’ house and my dad had dug out an old photo from when they were first married, back in 1975, and had gone on a ski trip.  In the photo, my dad was wearing a classic 1970s tan suede and shearling jacket with aviators, riding a snowmobile.  My sister and I commented that his jacket was JUST TOO PERFECT…and lo and behold, fast forward to me breezing through Zara the next day…there was this perfect little 70s inspired jacket, just like the one my dad had on in the picture.

When I find a piece like this that I just fall in love with, I usually build an outfit around it– which is what I ended up wearing for brunch in the city for my friend’s birthday yesterday.  The dress is also from Zara, and had embroidered flowers around the neckline and down the back; perfectly in sync with the jacket.  I paired it with a gold and pearl choker (post to come soon on my obsession with these!) my favorite Vince booties to keep the look modern and edgy, and my favorite Gucci crossbody bag– the fact that it’s called the “disco” bag and has a fringe tassel made this addition a no-brainer.

A closer look at the individual pieces:


Black and white embroidered dress: Zara | Faux suede and shearling jacket: Zara (sold out, but similar here) | Pebbled leather crossbody bag: Gucci | Pearl and gold choker: Zara | Gold cuff: JCrew (sold out, but similar here)

Hope this inspires you to build a look around a special piece!



NYFW Runway Review: Tibi Fall 2015

First Fashion Show | Runway Inspiration


Shop my look above: Tibi faux fur jacket: The Outnet  (sold out, but similar here) | BDG black jeans: Urban Outfitters | textured bag: Loeffler Randall | Booties: Vince | Gold trimmed wayfarers: Retrosuperfuture via Saks | gold choker: JCrew

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You know your husband is a keeper when he spends Valentine’s Day with you at the Tibi show for New York Fashion Week.  This was my very first time at a NYFW show, and the experience couldn’t have been any more perfect; also, I wouldn’t have picked any show other than Amy Smilovic’s Tibi to be my first.  Not only is Tibi based in New York City, but the line always sets the tone, in my opinion, for what real {fashion} girls will be coveting and wearing.  Smilovic’s clothes are always beautiful and directional, but also extremely wearable and accessible– there’s an ease and chicness to her creations that is so modern and fresh, yet classic.  And this show, for next Fall 2015, was no exception.  The best part of the looks I saw (in person! eeeek!) was that there were so many things we could wear NOW, this spring, and of course into next fall.  Almost every piece that came down the runway could be transitioned from season to season, which I think was just genius.

Finale Video below:


Below, my favorite looks from the runway:

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There are a few key trends that I took notice of at Tibi that we can start wearing now, especially with Spring right around the corner:

1) Bare shoulders & off the shoulder tops: a nice change from the ubiquitous turtleneck trend this fall, and a welcomed departure from the plunging neckline.

2) Culottes: not the cheesy, flimsy ones we wore in the early 2000s, but a much more tailored, structured, purposeful silhouette.

3) Monochromatic looks: Head to toe mint green, lavender and grey…easy to put together, and super chic.

4) Pastels: Less your grandma’s dusty rose curtains and childhood Easter outfit, more saturated, candy-colored hues best offset by sharp, architectural accessories and different layers of texture.

5) Cozy, oversized sweaters: We need not be asked twice to buy more of these.

6) Wrap skirts & skirts with slits: a new way to wear my all time favorite combo- the skirt and oversized sweater…demure/boyfriend look on top/ party on the bottom!

Tomorrow I’m back in the city for more NYFW fun…final round-up of trends and highlights to come soon!