Structure + Slouch

Structure + Slouch   – Making the most out fo the last days of Summer draped in loose, lightweight linens, but because I love balance in my life, I’ve paired with my new Ateliers Auguste structured satchel. This is my second handbag from the Parisian label. Simple design in theory but with impeccable attention to […]

Opposites Attract

shot in collaboration with Stuart Weitzman Opposites Attract – Leave it to my friends at Stuart Weitzman to design a shoe I never knew I needed! I thought I was covered with fabulous flats, heels, sneakers and sandals…but I never expected to fill a void, that I didn’t realize existed. Cue a mis-matched, mixed metal, […]

Leather Care Tips

Some easy to follow tips that will keep your leather handbags looking like new.
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Sock Boots

Ending February with a lesson all in texture. All black need never be boring. Combining leather, oversized hoodie sweater, satin sock ankle boots and edgy detailing, those perfect companions will instantly captivate our largely minimalist wardrobe. Aak…

Pairing

Juxtaposition of multiple materials and trio of neutrals is the name of the game. From this fusion of classics, what particularly stands out is the natural vegetable tanned leather bag from the German brand EKTKE Studios which will carefully raise our …

New housewares brand in Sweden called Smålands Skinnmanufaktur, brings environmental consciousness to their products

A new furniture and accessories studio in called Smålands Skinnmanufaktur in Jönköping, Sweden has come out with these beautifully styled images from Sundling/Kickén and photographed by Emily Laye. SSM manufactures the pieces themselves with materials…

Cuyana #fewerbetter things

Cuyana   #fewerbetter   – A roundup of my favorite duffles, cases, pouches & sets for all my travel and everyday needs by Cuyana. Since its the season of giving, I thought I would share, what I consider to be the perfect sharable pieces! …and you’ll notice an overall theme of simplicity, minimalism, attention to detail […]

Boss Boots by Everlane

It is officially time for boots. Leather and Suede. Always opting for ankle boots with block heels, pointed toes, and zippers to add an edge. The first choice will always be ones which combine comfort, minimalism, style/character, and qualitative fabri…

Boot of the Season – The M.Gemi Corsa

Shot in collaboration with M.Gemi M.Gemi Corsa   With a cult following, versatility to spare and endless walkability (thanks to a low block heel ideal for New Yorkers like me!) …Cue the coveted, M.Gemi Corsa Ankle Boot. A signature shoe for the Italian brand, The Corsa continues to re-invent itself. This season, sees 3 New […]

Cashmere

New season calls for new staples, new basics, and new trans-seasonal essentials. Chilly winds make it definitely time for a Cashmere Turtleneck Knit (and hair tuck). Paired accordingly with leather pants, suede boots and bag for an edgy modern outlook … Continue reading

Overalls

Think audaciously edgy and relaxed. A good dose of leather with a soft texture will be your best partner. Aakasha Leather Jumpsuit

Leathers, sweaters & slides

Leathers, Sweaters & Slides   My take, on what I like to call “pool-shoe chic”. Staring a clunky, chunky, wide slide sandal with all the comforts of a pool shoe but this one is elevated in luxe leather. Typically reserved for pool side, this slide, is a perfect pairing with streetwear when you crave comfort but don’t […]

Perfect Balance

The perfect balance between day and night… funnel neck top: Topshop  .  gold hoop earrings: Eddie Borgo  .  checked blazer: Balenziaga  .  leather midi skirt: A.W.A.K.E    suede ankle boots: Dorateymur  .  leather belt: Frame SHOP LO-FI BELOW

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The Arrivals Oversized Shearling Jacket

My 3rd The Arrivals Jacket has finally arrived (pun somewhat intended ; ) …and I’m loving every oversized inch of it! Since I love to share and tis the season of giving, I have partnered up with my friends at The Arrivals to GIVEAWAY one of these ultra luxe, leather & shearling jackets! Checkout photos & […]

Sunday Sanctuary: Kicks For Free

As you might know, my love for leather isn’t just limited to my favourite accessories, or the perfect pair of pants (thank you Isabel Marant). If you ask me, leather is the perfect versatile texture for interior design no matter if a space is modern, or leaning more towards to the classic side of things. […]

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Inside

  Matt black and varnish, sleek and grainy textures, knotted and zipped details, plus a subtle touch of minimalist luxury compose the inside of this sustainable handcrafted bucket bag made of vegetable tanned leather: An ensemble dominated by the influence … Continue reading

In the Bag

In the Bag   As we transition into Fall, I’m slowly adding pieces and forever stockpiling all that is monochrome, minimal and functional. When you have a “default” uniform you defer to, mine is usually a combination of textures in all black everything…you rely on a good rotation of well thought out accessories to be the hero pieces […]

wanted/ MR chair

Originally designed by Mart Stam but introduced Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927, the tubular steel and cane seat still somehow feel incredibly relevant. Actually I would love an MR chair myself, one of the leather variations ideally which is now produ…

Summer Walks

Off-duty footwear, Black Leather, Textured Slides game, Finest Materials, Comfort, Minimal vibes. The Holidays shoes situation. Senso Slides – Everlane Slide sandals – Birkenstock  

Louise et Cie Tote

I’ve been on the lookout for an all-purpose tote that needs to wear many hats, travel carry on, road trip companion, lap-top appropriate – slick not utilitarian, light overnight bag & versatile, errand all-arounder.  Not too much to ask for right ? I was introduced to Louise et Cie, part of the Vince Camuto family, the label is understated […]

leather/chair DIY

A clever and easy DIY from Livet Hemma using some wooden chairs, leather and a bit of glue.

Oracle Fox For LXE

There are certain places in the world where one would jump at the chance to photograph and as you probably already know, for me Paris is at the top of the list.  Over the last year you may have noticed that I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing brands in regards to Creative […]

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Lace Up

It’s safe to say that you can forget everything you once though of lace.  The imagination has previously conjured images of Victorian style dramas the minute the thought of lace had entered our minds.  Recently however thanks to the likes of Riccardo Tisci’s lace wrapped Givenchy warriors, lace has received a contemporary overhaul and with […]

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Wires Crossed

There’s no element of surprise here, you know the drill .. a girl like me LOVES  a good pair of leather pants, a structured blazer and a Parisian streetscape to bask in the beauty of.  Luckily for me the sunlight in Paree has been in abundance and in my suitcase there is no shortage of […]

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OUTFIT / SNEAKERS

WEARING: GESTUZ LEATHER TRACK PANTS, HM TREND TOP, ZARA BLAZER, CHLOE FAYE BAG AND ADIDAS STAN SMITH SNEAKERS Feeling a bit like a tomboy in these photos… It’s definitely a different outfit that you are used to here on COTTDS.com. But, I do love wearing sneakers just as much as wearing high heels lately. Especially my white Stan Smith ones! Photos by Iris

Studio

« All black everything ». Layered, oversized, bundled up, leathered, silvered, in some sustainable pieces. Manteau Rada Studio – Tunique “Emerge”  Marie Hell – Pantalon BlankNYC – Chaussures ASOS – Echarpe Coisa – Sac Christina Fischer – Montre Klarf Watches … Continue reading

Sunday Sanctuary: She’s Electric

This space is the perfect example of less is more, sometimes the more you let a space breathe, the bigger the impact… And just one glance at this to die for Parisian apartment tells me so much about the people living inside. They have me hooked and now I want to know more, I think this […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: Boy Meets Girl

When it comes to design, I feel like finding the perfect mix between masculine and feminine can sometimes be a little on the difficult side. Sometimes the boys in our lives don’t always get a look in on the interiors side of things… my place is a perfect example of this (sorry Sammy). Somehow this space […]

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Beginning

New year, new resolution, new aspiration, new acquisition, new collection by Christina Fischer. See previous dedicated article « Recycled Minimalism » Black leather, zip repetitions, silver hardware, refined details, an excellent finish, and a perfect size. The Box Bag is … Continue reading

Calvin Klein Collection SS16

Calvin Klein have alway been well-known for their slips and the Calvin Klein Collection SS16 was no different. A classic silk slip was featured with raw edges and chain embellishments which were beautiful but these were overshadowed by the leather slips and the combined silk and leather slips. There was a geometry to the designs […]

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Isabel Marant Naelle Leather Boots

As always I want yet another pair of black boots…Still love the Isabel Marant “cone” heel and have a few a pairs from season’s past with this styling feature and pointed toe. My other pairs are suede and have much wider ankle so love the sleeker update to one of my fave styles ! Isabel […]

Composition

A style easily worn from day to evening. Noble and comfortable textiles. The perfect mix of leather and silk elevates this strong yet simple outfit. To an ivory blouse with structured cuts we juxtapose a dress of fine black silk … Continue reading

The Uniform

Ditch what you thought you new about the everyday uniform and take a cue from our street style favourites Emmanuelle Alt and Geraldine Saglio, industry heavyweights who now how to roll into work everyday looking effortlessly chic. Whoever said uniform’s had to boring right? Balmain ‘Velvet’ Blazer (affordable option here)  .  Topshop Lace Bra  .  Saint Laurent […]

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Proenza Schouler medium bucket bag

My current go-to / default bag, no matter what the occasion, time of day or whether I’m wearing slouchy, oversized boyfriend jeans or head to toe all-black sleek, it seems to be the bag I grab first ! I am a bucket bag believer now ; ) This one is a definitely an investment piece, […]

Anine Bing Shoulder Bag with Gun Metal

New leather in my life by one of my fave’s Anine Bing …perfect new addition to my bag collection. Love the one flap opening for quick access, roomy interior that fits all my necessities and while its a shoulder bag, I’m a sucker for anything that gives me the option to  wear cross body and […]

OUTFIT / DUFFYBAG X MINI

WEARING: H&M SKIRT, PRIMARK BLOUSE, ALEXANDER WANG BOOTS, DUFFYBAG X MINI TOTE BAG AND RAYBAN AVIATORS And with this shoot I’m wrapping up the collaboration I did with/for DUFFYBAG X MINI. A long but fun day of shooting in Amsterdam together with an old and new friend! We sure had some laughs and panic attacks, but in the end it was all worth it! PS: For all the non-colour lovers, it’s also comes in black. ;)

Well Rounded…

Well  Rounded     The search for a perfectly rounded-toe Chelsea Boot is over !! Wanting to mix in a round toe option with all my current pointy boot contenders (because I love variety) I wanted to find a style that was comfortable enough for every day but didn’t skimp on style. I found this […]

Current Obsession / Acne Studios Jensen Chelsea Boots

Let me start off by saying, who isn’t obsessed with these boots ??  I resisted as long as I could to not get on the band-wagon, so to speak, as everyone has these but resistance is futile… The Acne Studios Jensen Boots have been on my wishlist since last Fall and I regretted not getting […]

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 […]

Current obsession / Alexander Wang Jamie Flat Oxford

Love Love Love these pointy leather Alexander Wang oxfords ! Still fairly classic in styling but with laceless / slip-on update. Like that they are sleek but still true-to-oxford fashion rather than clunky or overdone with unnecessary stitching – perfectly simple + minimal just how I like, I can already see these peeking under wide […]

Modern Edge

Comfortability, modernity, simplicity, and quality are the key words which undoubtedly define the Kylie sandals by Senso.

Current Obsession / Cuyana

I love discovering new brands that just get me! There is something about the brand Cuyana that makes my mind immediately wander and think escapism. I guess that’s why their philosophy is Fewer Better. A less is more attitude…think water, resorts, sand and palms, from road trips to far off destinations, leathers in shades of […]

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 Choice

Whether we are of the kind that is drawn by all things white or all things black, paying more attention to some details make us notice that there is always a touch of in-between. With or without moderation, the grey … Continue reading

Anine Bing Stud Ankle Boots

Anine Bing Stud Ankle Boots | Silver or Gold

Over X Bet X Win

This year’s summer season seems punctuated by uncertain weather. Let’s compromise by protecting our summer dresses with a light oversized coat. Coat – H&M Dress – Bella Dahl Shoes – Aldo Bag – Zara Vintage Sunglasses – No Brand Rings … Continue reading

Six Eleven Huggable Clutch

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

Good Form…

Good Form   While NY weather continues to hover somewhere between cool and almost warm, I am officially packing away my heavy sweaters and starting to opt for separates that are lighter. Wearing top and bottoms here from my fellow Bespoke Influencer, Third Form, the Aussie label is a perfect balance of pieces that are sophisticated […]

Current Obsession / Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny Bag

Its no secret that I LOVE my Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny Bag in black…its the perfect size for carrying just the bare essentials and of course, as usual, I love the crossover style so I can stay hands free ! This new pale Icy Pearl shade in my fave bag is def making me think […]

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 […]

Current Obsession / Alexander Wang Iselin Booties (sale!)

My Black Boot obsession continues with this Alexander Wang ultra high heel. Not ideal for my daily use but I love the chunky tall heel in black smooth calf leather…definitely do not need any more black boots but the sale price is swaying me ! ; ) Alexander Wang Iselin Booties | Black      […]

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 […]

The 6 Most Affordable Leather Jackets

Whether you’re in the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern right now it’s always a good time for a leather jacket.  I’ve put together my pics for the most affordable leather jackets that you can get your mitts on.. and don’t worry girls they’re all under $500 .. Topshop Authentic Washed Biker Jacket  .   Goosecraft Leather […]

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 […]

Current Obsession / Isabel Marant Holden Leather Sandals

These are the Isabel Marant sandals that I regretted not purchasing last year and to my surprise they are back ! They are on top of my Spring / Summer Wishlist.  I love the ease of slide sandal and that you can dress them up or down with simple shift dresses, distressed denim shorts or […]

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  

Current Obsession / Alexander Wang Chastity Double Flat Pouch

Shocker !!! I’m obsessed with another Alexander Wang Bag/Clutch/Accessory…its so many things really haha ! Trying to convince myself and justify why I need another black leather pouch…a girl can never have too many right ?? !! ; ) Alexander Wang Chastity Double Flat Puch in Black  

Indigo & Lace

1. Mango – Lace Triangle Bra || 2. Topshop – Utility Linen Shirt Dress || 3.  Studio Nicholson – Broadway Coat || 4. Mansur Gavriel – White Leather Bucket Bag || 5. Molami – Plica Black Headphones || 6. Topshop – France Silver Lace-Up Shoes Topshop’s denim-look shirt dress is perfect for the new season, […]
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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 […]

Current Obsession / Isabel Marant Boop Slide Sandal

Too Early ????  I know, I know … I’m still in full Winter-layer mode BUT I’m am over the moon obsessed with this perfect slide. Similar to last years version by Isabel Marant that I always regretted not getting, I now get a do-over !!! Love it when that happens and this years version is […]

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 • 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 • 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)

More Black Friday !!!

Ready for it ?? I did all the work for you haha ! Check out below for Black Friday Sales !! : D ASOS 30% off (ends Nov 30th) Code TGIBF – Helmut Lang 40% off (ends Dec 1st) – Nordstroms Black Friday Sale – Shopbop 15% off $250 | 20% off $500 | 25% […]

navy, stripes & leather

Nbd just 80 degrees yesterday. I know, I know. I shouldn’t be complaining while the rest of the country freezes but seriously? 80 at the end of November??!  Only in LA. Got a new little swing dress from Reformation appropriate for this heat. Super comfy and it’ll (hopefully) be the perfect layer over sheer black tights if it ever cools down. Obvi added my favorite leather jacket for evening breezes. Will probably wear this dress tomorrow for Thanksgiving bc it’s the ultimate food baby concealer. #realtalk
Rima Vaidila wearing
Clayton Dress in Navy Stripe by Reformation (available in store, similar online here)
Celine Cabas Tote (previously here)
Diesel Suede Ankle Booties 
Photos by Nicholas Maggio 

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