Modern Country

Modern Country   – Happily having a western moment while still staying true to myself. Cue my take on western-wear…a minimal approach, to what I call Modern Country. Start with my everyday uniform and just add cowboy boots ;) Done & done! –

Aritzia Spring Summer Sale Up to 50% Off

shot in collaboration with Aritzia Up to 50% OFF SALE   – So excited to share my take on one of the most anticipated sales of the year, the Aritzia Spring Summer Sale Featuring, every item, in-store and online at up to 50% off …..and you’re welcome! ;) I styled my favorite pieces of sale, think […]

New York Noir

New York NOIR – Feeling right at home on the streets of Paris, sticking to my default favorite…New York Noir. When wearing all black everything, I prefer pieces with volume, detailing or an item that makes a statement. A little interest goes a long way to break up the monotony of a single color way, especially […]

To the Point

To The Point   – A look that speaks for itself when nothing but all-black-everything will do. Second skin boots, pleats and an oversized knit…Sharp, all-black and to the point! – Wearing Aritzia pleated skirt – similar splurge option / mid-range & budget-friendly Exact Black Oversized Knit | J.W.Anderson Bag Balenciaga Tall Boots (also avail. in ankle length here)

Cocoon Coats + Cropped Pants

Cocoon Coats + Cropped Pants   When in doubt, a few all-black layers fit the mark. Keeping it simple, with minimal effort required…tunic, coat and cropped legging are a perfect no-fuss option in looking sleek and pulled together without trying too hard. **as a side-note I just ordered an identical, back up, second pair in […]

Neutral Knits

Neutral Knits   A look that could define the phrase “sweater weather” and perhaps the next best thing to actually wearing a blanket…this practically head-to-toe knit look hits the comfort mark but still stays street appropriate. Showing a handful of neutral options below that can be mixed, matched and layered, to me, there are no rules…I […]

Great Lengths

Great Lengths   Feeling carefree and cool (despite the heat!) in maxi length wrap skirt and off the shoulder top. All black everything and fairly covered up in a sea of cut off shorts, crop tops and floral summer dresses in my neighborhood…and while those are the most typical summer go-to’s (even for me) it’s nice to […]

Bare Shoulders + Bell Sleeves

Bare Shoulders + Bell Sleeves   I am always looking for ways to incorporate knitwear into my Summer rotation. Enter this Third Form top…while the fluffy knit-like quality may seem too heavy for the season and is not an option for the hottest of days, off the shoulder styling, relaxed fit & cropped bell sleeves give it just enough elements to […]

Keeping it real

Keeping it Real   Shot in LA not too long ago, this look is all about my comfort zone, all black (almost) everything, offset with crisp white sneakers and oversized sunnies. Staples kicked up a notch with tailoring, texture or a slight twist on a basic. Crop flares, high-neck shell, leather kicks and gradient sunnies…a nod to […]

spring awaiting

It’s been some moody city weather, which is why I put together a look that’s hopeful for spring but WARM! Also, we booked a last-minute trip to Nepal to get our trekking on. Although I’ll be missing some amazing snaps, posts, and memes, there’s something cathartic about being unplugged for a week. But until the next internet cafe, thanks for reading! Special thanks to Alex Pines for the inspiring images. i’m wearing Aritzia top Denim jeans (similar here) Stella McCartney platform brogues Acne Studios denim jacket Céline bag

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Double Knit

Double KNIT   What’s better than an ultra easy and effortless knit…? Two knits ! Doubled up the cozy factor with merino wool goodness, keeps me warm but since its’t technically Spring, also showing a hint of skin.  Somewhere between dove grey & pale blue but 100% a perfect a neutral, this can be achieved with a wide […]

shadows and light

shadows & light   Couldn’t resist the most perfect shadow-cast white wall to be the back drop for a an ultra comfy, off-duty, sneaker look. A fitted knit maxi paired with low-key sneakers is casual and effortless, perhaps a little unexpected, but altogether sleek! Literally throw it on & go but still left feeling put together. Wearing Aritzia dress + […]

Grey Layers

Grey Layers   I could wear grey layers all day, everyday…while I love black and white of course, there is something ultra cozy about getting lost in layers of tonal grey knits. Last of the Wintery transitional looks, this has an ever so slight nod to an off-duty sweatsuit, mainly due to the heathered color, but […]

Going Green…

Going Green   Leave it to me to find the perfect shades of neutral greens… although black is always my default go-to, its nice to mix it up once in a while. Embracing color here with army and olive tones in effortless sweater dress & wrap coat, anchored with essential black scarf and ankle boots, […]

All Black Everything

All Black Everything   If I could wear a version of this every day, I would ! Despite wearing an oversized coat and knit, in all black, against a canvas of white, I still feel like I kind of disappear and sink into this comfy uniform…a perfect cold day look mixing Winter textures, slouchy fit and sleek details. All […]

Slits, Wraps & Crops…

Slits Wraps & Crops   Last season, I did a feature on the art of Fall to Winter dressing,  A Good Transition Part 2. I wanted to address those in-between seasonal temperature shifts that change from day to day, sometimes requiring heavy coats other times an oversized wrap will do…this is just one of those looks. Still completely […]

Sneakers + Stripes…

Sneakers + Stripes   The epitome of off-duty, weekend-casual could quite possibly be classic stripes & sneakers. Sneakers of course have now become staples of everyday dressing but they used to be strictly off-duty wear to give tired feet a break from the daily grind. And stripes have always, to me at least, had a carefree, nautical […]

Neutral Territory…

Neutral   Territory…   Not quite grey, not quite taupe…and somewhere between heathered and marled is how I would describe the current knits, coats, & wraps in my rotation. A perfect collection of neutrals, in various shades of the same, that are just different enough and seem to always work together – tonal and always complimentary. These […]

Sleek + Slouchy…

Sleek + Slouchy   A little sleek, a little slouchy, pretty much sums up this look ! Wide-leg style trousers in a cosy flannel-esque material are both cozy & warm while the sleek, black, everything else makes them feel a little less casual ! Check out all the transitional Fall to Winter looks in  A Good Transition • […]

A Good Transition • Part 2

A Good Transition    – Part 2 – At the start of Fall, I featured A Good Transition Part 1, I focused on utilizing lighter weight pieces from Summer and mixing with new knits to make a smooth seasonal shift into Fall. A Good Transition Part 2 is my take on transitional Fall dressing as the temperatures […]

French Uniform…

French Uniform…     My current “uniform-du-jour” …During my time spent in Paris for the last several weeks, I have made this (or a slightly modified version of this) my go-to ootd ! Armed with Oversized coats in Grey, Charcoal and Noir, a handful of faux leather leggings that are all slightly different but the […]

Slouchy in Sneakers…

Slouchy in Sneakers…   Here is the last of the Aritzia transitional looks from Late Summer to Fall (A Good Transition) The weather in NY definitely went from hot to cold, rather than a gradual seasonal change. The window for minimal layers, lightweight knits & last of summer wear is officially over! Love this tone […]

Highnecks + Hairtucks…

Highnecks & Hairtucks…   Half sleek + Half casual in the 4th look for my A Good Transition feature last month on the blog, all about trans-seasonal dressing! Embracing the last days of warm weather in simple fitted knit skirt, trapeze turtleneck & paired with ultra casual bag & sandal making this all-black look a […]

Bare Minimum…

Bare Minimum…   When buying pieces, I tend to think long-term. I’m not one for current trends or passing styles. I also gravitate towards monochromatic pieces in black, white & grey, my go-to classic color palette that is both effortless and timeless. While not quite monochrome, these nude tones feel very much in the spirit […]

same but different…

Same but Different…   My current uniform de jour…all black everything layers including black turtleneck, a Chelsea boot option, hands-free cross body bag, oversized coat and black skinnies…have definitely been in a modified versions of this lately…same but different ! Wearing Aritzia Coat + Leggings | Acne Studios Chelsea Boots + Sweater | PROENZA SCHOULER BAG (SIMILAR/BUDGET) | PRISM SUNNIES (SIMILAR SALE) | VRAI&ORO BY FIGTNY […]

Dove Greys…

Dove Greys…   Here is the second full look from my recent feature A Good Transition . This easy lightweight, knit pullover and slit skirt are a perfect combo for an in-between weather day! Kept things simple (as with all my trans-seasonal looks) and paired with minimal accessories, focusing on clean lines & tonal color palette. […]

Sleeveless…

Sleeveless…     Here is the first full look of  A Good Transition, my new feature on the blog where I styled Fall inspired (but weather appropriate) looks from Aritzia’s New Fall Collection. Borrowing a few pieces from Summer to complete the looks, making the transition during this in-between season complete. This sleeveless knit is the […]

A Good Transition

A good Transition   – Part 1 – Well its that time of the year! Sweater Weather!! If you follow along with my blog and Instagram, you’ll already know that I’m a sucker for sweaters… (any time of the year ; ) The transition from Summer to Fall can be tricky b/c it’s still quite […]

Epitome

Simplicity can be diverted by a certain complexity of design. Begin with a classical base, then juxtaposing to it a piece you can carefully adjust, construct and deconstruct, so to confer upon your look a timeless modern appeal. Adding and … Continue reading

Hat Day…

Hat Day   When you typically wear monochrome head to toe like me, a lot of white on white/black on black or a mix of the two (and of course grey thrown in for good measure) you opt to rotate out accessories more frequently just to keep things fresh since the color palette stays the […]

Urban Safari…

Urban   Safari   As a general rule my favorite pieces I gravitate towards and reach for first all tend to have one thing in common…they are all oversized ! Whether its oversized sunnies / baggy boyfriend jeans that swallow me / extra loose dolman-style tops with room to spare…I love them all ; ) […]

Maxed Out…

MAXED OUT   Keeping things simple here in head to toe black…As it continues to get hotter, I’m needing more creative way to keep cool while still not getting bored with what I’m wearing and just grabbing the same default items every day. If you’ve ever been to New York you KNOW the crazy humidity […]

Grey matter…

Grey matter   Lately the weather has been my main motivator for my outfit selections in the morning.  Keeping cool here in pale grey hues paired with crisp white and silver hardware from my new jewelry collaboration Vrai&Oro by FIGTNY . Love the weightless and delicate feel of these pieces, keeping everything light and relaxed, […]

White Out…

White Out   Simplicity and minimalism are the foundations to my style. I love clean lines and a scaled back approach to dressing, not just by keeping things simple with minimal accessories but by starting with ultra easy pieces that are not over-designed or over-worked. This Oak + Fort tunic dress is just that ! […]

Spring Slit…

Spring Slit   Injecting a tiny hint of skin to tone down this all black look so it doesn’t end up looking too heavy…wanted to still keep it weather appropriate for Spring with a slight slit / loose fitted, airy top and opted for a cropped sleek leather rather than a biker jacket that looks […]

Wrapped Up…

Wrapped Up     Even though its almost summer and typically we already have hot weather in NY …this year has been unpredictable, even having a handful of cold days well into June. Thankfully I received some cold-day gear in the form of this coat from my friends in Australia to wrap myself in and […]

Not your standard…

Not your standard   Pairing a tough black biker jacket may not be the obvious choice over sheer, lightweight whites, but I love injecting a little black and a little leather into my looks and this combo works nicely for the spring/summer transition where the day starts out a little cool but warms up quickly. […]

Marled…

Marled…   I don’t normally opt for full on matching pieces but love the look and feel of this marled top and bottom in heather grey…kind of like an updated luxe sweatsuit…perfectly paired with sneakers, relaxed trench as a topper and feat.my new PS11 Tiny Bag. Love effortless dressing in my fave palette of whites […]

Reworked Classics…

Reworked   Classics   There is nothing more that represents a classic to me than a pair of well-loved converse and the perfect leather jacket ! I paired both here with an ultra simple, flowy maxi dress. I also love pairing luxe items like my PS11 bag with an affordable, everyday go-to basic like converse. […]

Aritzia Crisp Whites

Since the Aritzia Takeover I did at the start of Spring, I have managed to build quite the “white” collection ! My style is of course heavily influenced by my love of all things monochromatic, so I’ve been having fun wearing white on white, in a sea of New York Noir ; )  Check out […]

slits knits & slides…

slits knits   & slides   Shot in beautiful lush L.A. this is a fave look of mine ! I love the slouchy, relaxed and carefree vibe…a perfect off-duty feel ! Kept things minimal with an all-white color scheme and effortless accessories like simple slides and classic bucket bag. I know a version of this […]

Aritzia Auxiliary Salt&Pepper Bucket Bag

My bucket bag collection is at a whopping 2 haha !! …this Aritzia salt&pepper bucket bag was my first intro to this style and I loved it so much that I also got a classic Black Proenza Schouler version. While this bag has a black and white pebbled texture it appears more white from further away. […]

Well Suited…

Well Suited   This is the last look I shot for the Aritzia Takeover last month (Minimal Style – Big Impact !) All the looks had a minimal vibe, with all white pieces, clean lines, effortless dressing and a slight nod the 90′s ! This all-white-everything suited look was one of my favorites…loving the slouchy […]

Six Eleven Huggable Clutch

Sometimes when black just won’t do… ; ) Six Eleven Foldable Clutch | Chalk

Seeing Double…

Seeing Double   A double dose of this Shirt Dress suits me just fine ! I love this sheer, crinkled, airy dress so much I got two (not counting the 3rd in black haha) So versatile as dress or layering top ( here & here ) For this look, I tied one around my waist […]

Middle of the road…

Middle of the Road…   When in doubt about going long or short, go midi ! So many great options of midi-skirts and midi-coats right now – I’m loving being non-commital ; ) WEARING ARITZIA BABATON MIKEY COAT BLACK (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA BABATON GASTON SKIRT WHITE (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA WILFRED FREE HENDRICKS TEE BLACK (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA SIX […]

streamlined…

Streamlined A few weeks ago I did an Aritzia Instagram Takeover debuting fresh + clean + white pieces for Spring that epitomize effortless dressing with a nod to 90′s minimalism. There is nothing better than having a few key pieces that you can just throw on and still feel pulled together, in this case, this […]

Necessary Objects • Giveaway Details!

Style + Function   My good friends at Aritzia have been generous enough to let me give-away one of my fave Spring must-haves ! This Six Eleven Foldable Clutch in White is chic, fresh & functional…holds all my necessary objects ! Link below to see how to snag one for yourself ! ; ) giveaway […]

Necessary Objects • Giveaway Details !

Style + Function   My good friends at Aritzia have been generous enough to let me give-away one of my fave Spring must-haves ! This Six Eleven Foldable Clutch in White is chic, fresh & functional…holds all my necessary objects ! Link below to see how to snag one for yourself ! ; ) giveaway […]

Aritzia Takeover 3.0 • MINIMAL STYLE – BIG IMPACT !

Minimal Style   BIG Impact     Excited to announce my 3rd Aritzia Instagram Takeover and fab Bag Giveaway !  I’ve been stalking the Aritzia site for the past few weeks and watching all the New Spring pieces trickling in …I had quite the ever growing list of my had-to-have items and finally I get […]

Aritzia Takeover 3.0 + Giveaway ! MINIMAL STYLE – BIG IMPACT !

Minimal Style   BIG Impact     Excited to announce my 3rd Aritzia Instagram Takeover and fab Bag Giveaway !  I’ve been stalking the Aritzia site for the past few weeks and watching all the New Spring pieces trickling in …I had quite the ever growing list of my had-to-have items and finally I get […]

Outfit • 99

99 WEARING ARITZIA WILFRED MAISON WOOL COAT BLACK-SOLD OUT (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA WILFRED REBELLE LEGGINGS (SIMILAR HERE) | Hope Marine Sweater | ALEXANDER WANG PRISMA SKELETAL SATCHEL BLACK-SOLD OUT (budget option) | Aritzia Hat Black (similar here) | PRISM LONDON MOSCOW SUNNIES CREAM TORT (ALSO AVAIL. BLACK TORT)

Outfit • 98

 98 Wearing Isabel Marant for H&M Coat (similar here) | Aritzia Wilfred Rebelle Leggings (similar here) | Helmut Lang Cashmere Silk Gauze Scarf Black | Aritzia Wilfred Chemin Hat Heather Black Mix (similar here) | Adidas Custom Stan Smith All-White (similar here) | Prism London Moscow Sunnies Cream Tort (also avail. black tort) | Aritzia Six […]

SHOPBOP – THE BIG EVENT !

Shopbop     The BIG EVENT     Sooooo excited that the Shopbop BIG EVENT is finally upon us ! I know this is the time when a lot of people take advantage of the promotion to get that trend piece but I look forward to it as a chance to STOCK UP ! Think […]

Outfit • 96

96   Wearing Isabel Marant Parka Black – No longer avail. (similar here and here) | Aritzia Wilfred Rebelle Legging Black – No longer avail. (similar here) | Hope Marine Sweater Black (similar here) | Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny Bag Black (budget option here) | PrismLondon Moscow Sunglasses Cream Tort (also avail. black tort) | Adidas Stan […]

Outfit • 95

95 Wearing Oak + Fort Jacket C19 Taupe (similar here) | Zara destroyed skinnies (similar here) | Aritzia knit – no longer avail. (similar option here) | Alexander Wang Anouck Chelsea Leather boots | Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny bag black (budget option here) | RayBan Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses black | THPshop Silver Twist Ring Set  

Black White Grey Repeat…Recap from 2014 !

2014 Recap !   …only 2 weeks too-late ! Finally happy to have wrapped up my picks of 2014…my fave outfits and details and my fave 10 additions to my ever-growing closet ! (Watch for a shop-my-closet coming soon to help me down-size ; ) Its been an unbelievable year. Thanks to you guys for […]

Outfit • 94

94   WEARING ISABEL MARANT H&M WOOL COAT CHARCOAL (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA SWEATER NO-LONGER AVAIL. (SIMILAR HERE) | TOPSHOP MOTO HAYDEN BOYFRIEND JEANS (SIMILAR DESTROYED DENIM HERE) | ADIDAS CUSTOMIZED STAN SMITH SNEAKERS (SIMILAR ALL-WHITE HERE) | PRISM LONDON “MOSCOW” SUNGLASSES CREAM TORT (ALSO AVAIL. BLACK TORT) | PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 TINY BAG (BUDGET OPTION HERE) | NIKOLAIROSE KNOTTED SILVER CUFF (SIMILAR HERE)   […]

Outfit • 93

93   Wearing Oak + Fort Funnel Neck Coat – Sold Out (similar here) | ARITZIA BABATON COHEN PANT BLACK (SIMILAR HERE) | ADIDAS CUSTOMIZED STAN SMITH SNEAKERS (SIMILAR ALL-WHITE HERE) | ALEXANDER WANG PRISMA SKELETAL SATCHEL BLACK – no longer avail. (SIMILAR HERE) | PRISM LONDON “MOSCOW” SUNGLASSES CREAM TORT (ALSO AVAIL. BLACK TORT) | THPSHOP PEARL EAR CUFF SET & Silver Twist Ring […]

Outfit • 92

92   WEARING ISABEL MARANT H&M OVERSIZED WOOL COAT CHARCOAL (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA SWEATER NO-LONGER AVAIL. (SIMILAR HERE) | ALEXANDER WANG ANOUCK CHELSEA ANKLE BOOTS WITH CUTOUT HEEL | ARITZIA DARIA LEGGING (SIMILAR HERE + BUDGET HERE) |  RAYBAN FOLDING WAYFARER SUNGLASSES BLACK | CELINE THIN SILVER KNOTTED CUFF (SIMILAR BUDGET OPTION HERE) | PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 TINY BAG BLACK (SUPER BUDGET […]

Aritzia Wilfred Free Brickner Sweaters

There is just something about a cozy wool sweater, especially in shades of Oatmeal or Heather Grey on a cold Winter day…these slouchy, somewhat boxy and ultra comfy knits are a perfect go-to ! Aritzia Wilfred Free Brickner Sweater | Heather Grey and Oak      

Outfit • 91

91   WEARING ARITZIA BRYAN WOOL COAT IN HEATHER COMET (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA JAX SLIT SKIRT SOLD-OUT (SIMILAR BUDGET OPTION HERE) | ARITZIA PRONY SWEATER – THIS COLOR SOLD-OUT (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA WILFRED FREE VERONIKA SHIRT-DRESS OAK (WORN AS TOP) | PRISM LONDON “MOSCOW” SUNGLASSES CREAM TORT (ALSO AVAIL. BLACK TORT) | HELMUT LANG CASHMERE SCARF DRIFTWOOD | LOVELAURENALEXA SILVER CUFF   […]

Outfit • 90

90   WEARING ISABEL MARANT H&M OVERSIZED WOOL COAT CHARCOAL (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA KNIT DRESS (SIMILAR HERE) |  | ADIDAS CUSTOMIZED STAN SMITH SNEAKERS (SIMILAR ALL-WHITE HERE) | NIKOLAIROSE KNOTTED SILVER CUFF (SIMILAR HERE) |  RAYBAN FOLDING WAYFARER SUNGLASSES BLACK | FLAT128 MIXED METAL STACKING RINGS (Similar here) | PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 TINY BAG BLACK (SUPER BUDGET OPTION HERE) | ARITZIA CHEMIN […]

outfit • 89

89   WEARING ARITZIA BRYAN WOOL COAT IN HEATHER COMET (SIMILAR ALEXANDER WANG COAT HERE) | ARITZIA JAX SLIT SKIRT SOLD-OUT (SIMILAR BUDGET OPTION HERE) | ARITZIA NICOLAS TURTLENECK SOLD-OUT (SIMILAR HERE) | PRISM LONDON “MOSCOW” SUNGLASSES CREAM TORT (ALSO AVAIL. BLACK TORT) | VRAI AND ORO STACKING RINGS (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | Adidas Stan Smith All-white Custom (avail. here)

outfit • 88

 88   Wearing Aritzia Jax Skirt Black (similar slit skirt here) | Montpellier Sweater Black  (similar here) | Six Eleven Clutch (similar here) | PRISM LONDON “MOSCOW” SUNGLASSES CREAM TORT (ALSO AVAIL. BLACK TORT) | HELMUT LANG OVERSIZED CASHMERE SCARF | NIKE FREE BLACK (similar here) | Vrai and Oro rings (similar here)

outfit • 86

86   Wearing Aritzia Wilfred Montpellier Sweater (similar here) | BC Label Reversible Hunter Skirt (similar here) | PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 TINY BAG BLACK (super budget option here) | PRISM LONDON “MOSCOW” SUNGLASSES CREAM TORT (ALSO AVAIL. BLACK TORT) | VRAI AND ORO STACKING RINGS (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE)

outfit • 85

85 Wearing Mackage Kenya Leather Jacket (similar Mackage jacket here) | ARITZIA WILFRED FREE VERONIKA SHIRT-DRESS OAK (worn as top) | Cosabella Dolce Bralette White | Zara Knit Trousers Black (similar here) | Catbird Slouchy Cashmere Hat (similar here) | RAYBAN FOLDING WAYFARER SUNGLASSES BLACK

Outfit • 83

83   WEARING ARITZIA BRYAN WOOL COAT IN HEATHER COMET (SIMILAR HERE) | Aritzia Poeta Dress Charcoal sold-out (similar here) | PRISM LONDON “MOSCOW” SUNGLASSES CREAM TORT (also avail. Black Tort) | 8 other reasons Charmed Ring (part of 2 piece set) Gunmetal (gold color here on sale!)

Sweater Edit

KNIT WIT !   To say I like sweaters is a huge understatement haha… I would say obsessed with sweaters is a better representation of where I’m at ! ; ) I did a little Boot Edit a few weeks back and decided to do another edit for my fave fall/winter item – sweaters !! Here […]

Outfit • 82

 82   WEARING ARITZIA PRADISE MINE HIGH-RISE JEGGING O/D BLACK (SIMILAR HERE) | ARITZIA WILFRED MAISON WOOL COAT BLACK (SIMILAR HERE) | Ann and Albert Babalon Top White (similar here) | Aritzia Chevalier Blazer (similar here) | Helmut Lang Cashmere Scarf sold-out (similar here) | ISABEL MARANT ANDREW SUEDE AND LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS BLACK | RAY-BAN FOLDING WAYFARER BLACK | VRAI AND ORO […]