Sunday, February 21, 2016

Beat the Winter Blues




It’s been super cold here in New York—among freezing temps, cloud-filled skies, and serious snowstorms, lately I’ve found myself dreaming of sunshiney spring days that are ALMOST here. It couldn’t have been a better time to collaborate with BloomNation (a trusted company that supports local communities by partnering with independent florists and showcases their handcrafted arrangements) to share my favorite way to brighten up any space: with flowers, of course! The other day, I walked by a boutique in Chelsea and a pretty diverse bouquet of flowers caught my eye. I brought it home that evening and knew exactly which spot needed an energetic burst of color. I placed it in a green vase (that I found a few weeks ago at a thrift store), and set it next to my desk. And with every glance at the red, pink, yellow, and white petals, my mood is lifted, because somehow, flowers seem to have a power boost happiness. It’s no secret that beautiful blooms are a true decorative plusin fact, it may be the oldest trick in the book! But sometimes, we can all use a little reminder to stop and smell the flowers.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Splash of Color: Chairish White to Bright Challenge


When it comes to home decor, your choice of wall art, lamps, rugs, and chairs, can say a lot about your personality. Although I admit I don’t have quite as much space to fit everything I dream about, (ahem, walk-in closet), I’m free to create rooms of any size and style, virtually, that is. So when Chairish—an exclusive online marketplace for vintage furniture—reached out on behalf of their White to Bright Style Challenge, I was thrilled. Basically, the challenge is to create a mood board (insert heart emoji here) of a room solely based on one piece of furniture: an accent chair.

Taking a look through the site’s selection of accent chairs, there are so many unique styles, from Art Deco, to Mid-Century Modern, Shabby Chic, and plenty more in between. It wasn’t exactly an easy choice, but when I came across a seafoam-colored tufted one, I was instantly was drawn to its stunning color. It reminded me of the ocean, and so, that was the main inspiration of the room.

For the decor, the color scheme is not a conventional bold, but more of an understated beauty with a splash of neutral and cool tones including turquoise, blues, and beiges. I added a bunch of shell accessories, such as a mirror and hanging pendant, wall art with an ocean backdrop, a typewriter from 1968, and a decorative mermaid bowl, to my visionary living room. So there you have itI wouldn't mind having all these awesome pieces for real. Check out all of Chairish’s selection of accent chairs here!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bonobos Fall Style Challenge

It’s been a crazy past few months, and with the blink of an eye, we’re already in full-on autumn mode. One of the best things about this season is hands down, bundling up in cozy layers. Just while I’ve been thinking about my fall wardrobe (with a pumpkin spice latte in hand), men’s apparel company, Bonobos contacted me to participate in their Fall Style Challenge and style looks to accompany their new line of suits.

I’m fascinated by the a number of successful e-commerce retailers on the market today. Bonobos started out 7 years ago striving to create the perfect pair of pants with an impeccable fit (and no bunched waistbands!). That vision eventually expanded to dress shirts, denim, outerwear, ties, and of course, suits.


Seeing all of the options of these new suits, it doesn’t come to a surprise that the first one I gravitated to includes my favorite color: emerald green. Scroll down and you’ll find their Capstone Slim Tuxedo. The dark plaid pattern and tailored cut gives it a old world charm that works perfectly for the next holiday party, so I thought what better to pair it with than a LGD? In translation, little green dress (decked out with jewels, of course!). I found this beautiful Erdem piece, and paired it with classic silver accessories and black embellished Rochas pumps.



Alexis Bittar crystal deco emerald encrusted hinged bracelet, $395; alexisbittar.com, Rochas embellished suede and leather pumps, $1,445; modaoperandi.com, Erdem Brenton embellished crepe dress, $3,785; matchesfashion.com, Dannijo Pi earrings, $128; dannijo.com,  Lulu Guinness Mirrored Perspex Lips clutch, $424; luisaviaroma.com

Talk about plaid on plaid! This men's look with the Capstone suit is casual-cool. The double pattern paired with a fun printed tie works perfect for a lunch date. For the women's look, I thought to play off the shades of blue and aimed for a floral pencil skirt. The statement piece is matched with a navy cashmere turtleneck and finished with timeless accessories. For a fun kick, I added a pair of Acne Studios metallic silver booties with a chunky heel. 


Loro Piana Glace cashmere turtleneck, $1,749; mytheresa.com, Nixon Small Time Teller watch, $95; shopbop.com, Calla cyan mauve sweatshirt skirt, $205; avenue32.com, Antiquities Couture Moonlit Sky Earrings, $65; 1928.com, Dailylook classic saddlebag, $50; dailylook.com, Acne Studios ankle boots, $620; shoescribe.com

These are my favorites, but there are endless options to choose from. Safe to say I'm a fan of online shopping (or any shopping of that matter) and love the concept of Bonobos mainly being a web retailer. And bonus, they actually also have brick-and-mortar stores aka "Guideshops". And no need to even carry a shopping bag out the door--the pieces that you buy would be delivered and en route to your home shortly after your visit. Pretty neat, right? Check out the whole men's suits collection at bonobos.com!

Photos: All images from links listed above.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Solstice


Today marks exactly one week since summer began. 7 days since June 21st - and with the turn of every season, means one thing for my closet; wardrobe update. I'll add in new pieces, but also bring out my favorite flowy dresses that were stored away in untouched drawers during the what seemed like endless cold months. Even my jewelry box gets revived - hello seashell earrings!

The start of every summer happens when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. That means longer days, shorter nights, and that crisp warm breeze I felt while walking by midtown the other day, and came across the Dandelion Fountains. There's actually 2 of them on 6th Ave between 54th and 55th Street. They've been there for as long as I can remember, but somehow looked different against the beaming sunlight. I captured a close up view of the snapshot moment. One thing about the turn of the the solstice that fascinates me every year is how much it stands as a bright reminder of change. Doing something small can be of great impact whether it's a closet refresh or simply appreciating the beauty of a historic ornamental structure. And with that, happy summer.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The One-sie


ONE, two, three, four, tell me what I love more and more? Enchanting little rompers and playsuits bring me back to the nostalgic days of childhood in the suburbs. And this season, I can't get enough of the '90s-inspired denim, floral and lace pieces!



Photo Credit: Polyvore

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fifty Shades of Pink


Ralph Lauren

New York Fashion Week – It’s been a long, busy, week here in the city, as designers showed their Fall/Winter 2014 collections down the runways at the notable Lincoln Center, around Manhattan, and yes, even Brooklyn. I’ve spent time visiting quite a few shows, seeing the beautiful fabrics and silhouettes up close, and then after, researched more trends of the upcoming season. I’m not just saying this because today is Valentine’s Day – but I actually love the pink trend. I’m blushing to admit, but I’ve stayed away from the shade since a child. But from the soft pastel baby rose to darker salmon tones, pink is IN. Would you spring for it?

Marc Jacobs

Meskita

Rebecca Minkoff

Alexander Wang

Photo Credits: nytimes.com, nymag.com

Friday, February 7, 2014

Moschino Wonderland on MYTRND


The other day, I was on my daily subway commute to work. The 1 train, 50th Street, to be exact, and was stopped by the intricate mosaic tiles of beautiful artwork that we so easily pass by on our early morning rush in New York. It was subway art, and it was quite beautiful. The "Alice In Wonderland" characters on the walls was something I've seen plenty of times before but never really focused on and needed a little bit of researching. I've found that the artist behind the piece, "Alice: The Way Out" was by Liliana Porter, who finished the gem back in 1994. 

I just so had "Wonderland" in mind when website, MYTRND, asked for a review on any chosen collection they feature. They officially partner with Copenhagen Fashion Week, and dedicate to show the best fashion look books, with reviews from buyers, bloggers, designers, editors, fashion houses, journalists, retailers, and wholesalers. I came across the Moschino SS14 collection, and it nonetheless resembled that playful and fearless style you would see characters wearing in a fantasy world. I can't wait to see what Moschino has planned this coming season!

Read and flip through the look book!
Link: Moschino - MYTRND