pretty in (pale) pink

pretty in pale pink pretty in (pale) pink

 

It started out innocently enough; I walked by a pale pink, creamy leather bag in the Florence, Italy leather market this June and thought, “Oh, that’s so pretty.” And kept walking.

 

Then I walked back and asked about the price. Any sort of math is like French to me, so I had to walk away to crunch the Euro-to-dollar numbers and save myself the embarrassment of struggling it out in front of the shop owner.

 

Then I walked back again. The pale pink wasn’t me, but that’s what I kind of liked about it–it was soft and elegant and could be worn girlie or edged up. And it’d work for all seasons, I told myself. And so I bought it, and kicked off my next great color love affair.

 

how to style pale pink clothes pretty in (pale) pink

Skirt, Topshop | Elysee Flats, Kate Spade | “Romper Room” polish, Essie | Sweater, Topshop | Crossbody Bag, Rebecca Minkoff | Scarf, Nordstroms | Pave Drop Earrings, Kate Spade | Dress, Goodnight Macaroon | Idiom Bangle, Kate Spade

 

Now, I guess you could say pale pink and I are having a moment. Suddenly, I want it everywhere–in dresses, shoes, earrings, bags and furniture. I’ve already amassed quite the collection for myself and I can’t wait to wear it through fall and into winter. Above, some of my favorite picks I’ve found lately. Join the pink side–you know you want to.

 

 

 

**I’ve put a picture of the bag in question on Instagram today because I was too unorganized to photograph it in time for this post. Alas, that is life!

 

 

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currently loving: the mini heeled sandal

mini heeled sandal currently loving: the mini heeled sandal

the mini heeled sandal currently loving: the mini heeled sandal

 

 

I’ve never really been a “heels” girl. Sure, I like wearing them out on special occasions, but as someone with five knee surgeries and zero coordination, they’re not really an every day kind of shoe for me. I want them to be–because, like every girl, I feel somehow prettier and more pulled together in a pair. I’m constantly on the hunt for shoes that give me a bit of height but don’t leave me popping Advil at the end of the day. Wedges are usually my go-to, but this summer I’m turning my attention to the mini stacked heel.

 

heeled sandals currently loving: the mini heeled sandal

 

 

I first found a pair of these in DSW and fell in love instantly–the heel was the perfect height for someone like me, and oddly enough, they felt even more comfortable than flat sandals. I’ve since picked up pairs from Sam Edelman, J. Crew and DSW. My favorite styles? I love the idea of just a basic leather pair, like the Borgia from Jeffrey Campbell, a pair with a touch of metallic like the Trina from Sam Edelman and this pair from Victoria’s Secret (so affordable, too!). Next I might splurge on something fun–I’m really on the hunt for a red pair, or maybe a touch of animal print like this Loeffler Randal duo. Have you found any good mini stacked heels out there this summer? Do share!

 

 

the short suit is having a moment

how to style a short suit the short suit is having a moment

I really thought I was going to hate short suits. I really did. At first mention, all I can picture are some old-school country club ladies who lunch in their pastels, loafers and pearls. Nothing wrong with that, just totally not my style.

 

But then they happened. And I found myself becoming OK with the edgier, more fashion-forward takes on the short suit (essentially tailored shorts paired with a matching blazer). And then I found myself really wanting one. There’s just something about them that feels cool and approachable while still being fashion-forward and, most importantly, work appropriate. I can’t decide which version I like more: an all-over bold color like red, or a funky, eye-catching pattern. I’m currently on the hunt for a pair that feels like me–maybe something similar to that chambray up there? Long live the short suit!

 

 

the art of dressing european

the art of dressing european the art of dressing european

 

 

Is it just me, or have Europeans seemed to have mastered the perfect summer style? It’s breezy, simple and incredibly chic. It feels timeless while still screaming “cool girl.” I mean, I could go on and on. Europeans of the world, tell me: how do you do it?

 

While I’m sure it probably has something to do with stylish genetics, world-renowned cultural hubs and all those damn vacation days they get, I still am determined to master it for myself. I did a serious sweep of my closet this spring and got rid of many of my summer clothes–not with the intention of buying a bunch to replace it all, but I am looking forward to purchasing a few classic pieces (like a great pair of jean shorts and linen dress).

 

A bonus incentive: I’m actually joining the ranks of the Europeans this summer. Well, sort of! My family and I are going on an incredible vacation to Italy at the end of June (to Florence, Rome and the Almafi Coast), and I am jumping-out-of-my-skin excited. I feel so lucky to be able to go back to Florence, a place that is so special to me, and experience it with my family for the first time. My Mom visited me while I was abroad, but my Dad (whose family immigrated from Italy) and my brother have never been.

 

In addition to figuring out what new camera lens I should buy for the trip (any photogs with good travel lens suggestions, get at me!), I’m making a European-style wish list to help me pack. A few pieces I’m loving:

 

 

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a tourist’s uniform

casual vacation outfit a tourists uniform

Chambray, Madewell | Skirt, Madewell (old, but cute similar here and here) | Boots, Nordstroms | Tee Shirt, GAP | Bag, Vintage (Similar here) | Watch, Kate Spade

 

When it comes to my tourist “uniform” I subscribe to three major schools of thought: it needs to be comfortable (that means no tight pants, itchy fabrics or blister-inducing shoes), it has to have layers (especially if I’m outside a lot, like we were in Savannah) and it should be casual (because walking around the city in some fancy dress would garner a few stares).

 

This look, which I threw on for our main “tourist-y” day in Savannah, hit the trifecta. My old faithful chambray kept me warm during the cooler morning hours, and my boots (which I seriously recommend) were comfortable to walk the whole city in all day–quite the feet (HA. See what I did there?).

 

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Can we also talk about how I’m pretty sure the whole city of Savannah was specially designed for outfit photos (I mean I’m joking, but only kind of…)? There are so many pretty quiet streets, intricate house facades and ivy-covered walls. Plus, no one gives you nasty stares like they do here in New York City. Definitely an upgrade.

 

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your valentine’s day look, simplified

8122d9be609b2d4ab45da898555281b1 your valentines day look, simplified

 

 

If you could narrow in on the days in a women’s life where she wants to look especially pretty, Valentine’s Day is probably one of them. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, there’s just something about the holiday (at least, I think) that makes you go extra-feminine, extra-girlie and extra-pretty for a few days.

I’m definitely not one of those people who thinks you should dress or look a certain way for a guy (like wearing your hair only the way he likes it, etc.), but I do feel like it’s very easy to go over-the-top on Valentine’s Day (or any other date night really). Red lips, red nails, fake lashes, lots of bronzer! Next thing you know, your guy thinks he’s cheating on you because he’s at a romantic dinner across from someone he barely even recognizes. This Valentine’s Day, keep it soft, pretty–and most importantly, you. Here’s how:

 

valentines day makeup inspiration your valentines day look, simplified

What’s that saying? Keep it simple, stupid? Well yeah, do that. Let’s face it, your guy isn’t going to notice if you spent four hours highlighting and contouring in the mirror (unless you’re late for your dinner reservation), so skip the hoopla for the evening and save it for a night out with the girls. Your date wants to take you out, not you and your entire Sephora collection, so any makeup you use should stubtly play up your best features. I love starting with a highlighting primer, like Make’s version, for a little bit of a glow. Bring some dimension to your face (and call attention to your gorgeous eyes) with a little brow action and some mascara (Eyeko’s version is seriously amazing…I always get compliments on my lashes when I wear it!). I’d even make a case for a bit of a cat-eye with a felt-tip liner…just nothing too crazy (think more Emma Stone, less Alexa Chung). Finish things off with a bright cheek and pretty lip (Laura Mercier makes the best lipsticks–so hydrating!).

 

 

valentines day hair inspiration your valentines day look, simplified

Now, let’s talk hair! You know that very audible hairspray “crunch”? Yeah…we don’t want that. Besides making sure you don’t have a heavy hand with the spray nozzle, focus on whipping up a ‘do that makes you feel pretty without the high-maintenance every half hour mirror check. I love going for loose waves–they’re pretty and romantic while staying out of that “too dolled up” category. I love starting with Fekkai’s Coiff heat protectant before I blow dry (plus it smells amazing), then I focus on creating loose, pretty waves with my Jose Eber wand (you’ll want to wrap hair with a lot of space in between the spirals on the barrel–that will ensure more of a wave, less of a ringlet). After finger combing my hair to give it an intentionally messy look, I finish with a combo of Living Proof hairspray and Bumble and Bumble’s thickening spray at the roots. Oh! And don’t forget perfume–that always makes me feel prettier and pulled together. Lately, I’m loving Issey Miyake’s “Florale” scent.

 

 

valentines day fashion inspiration your valentines day look, simplified

 

Finally, the best part–the clothes! I love the idea of a pretty, girlie dress for a special Valentine’s Day date (with your guy, or your girlfriends!). Liz’s Red Valentino frock is amazing (I mean, pretty much my dream dress), and hits the perfect note between just-fancy-enough while still young and fun. You could go with a pale pink like this Tory Burch to stay holiday-themed, or opt for a sexy black cut out number.  I love the pretty blue lace on this Alice and Olivia dress, the pattern on this Peter Pilotto for Target one, and the Olivia Pope-ness of this black and white one (doesn’t it remind you of the dress from this scene?).

 

 

 

 

 

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what lies beneath

valentines day lingerie what lies beneath

 

I have one friend who has over 70 pairs of underwear. I’m not even joking–I’ve had to physically stop her from adding to her collection on more than one occasion, and every time she has the chance, she squirrels away pairs of VS undies like they’re the last ones on earth.

 

I’m no undie addict, but like her, I can appreciate the transformative power of a really good pair of underwear (is this getting weird?). Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up, so there’s that whole idea of getting a lacy set for that someone special, but more than that, I think it’s all about how nice lingerie can make you feel. Whether it’s for someone else or just for you, I strongly advocate for pretty set or lacy bra–it can make even the most basic of evenings special, or leave you feeling strong and sexy. Nothing wrong with that, right? Here are a few pretty picks:

 

lingerie what lies beneath

 

From L to R: Midlight Set by Underella |  Elle Macpherson Cannelle Set | Eberjay Theodora Bra and Boyshorts | Elle Macpherson Novara Set | Eberjay India Lace Bra and Low-Rise Boythong | Stella McCartney Cherie Chemise

 

 

 

 

steal her style: felicity jones

felicity jones style steal her style: felicity jones

 

 

For me, there’s just something about British style–it’s cool but aloof, casual but thought out…it’s quintisentially British, and just something us lowly Americans can’t fake, no matter how hard we try. And Felicity Jones? Well, Felicity Jones is one of my favorites from across the pond.

 

Maybe it’s because she’s the star of one of my favorite movies (Like Crazy) or maybe it’s because she has a really cool accent–either way, I’m totally smitten with Felicity’s style. Her red carpet appearances may be few and far between, but with several big-name flicks coming out this year (including a little-known franchise film called Spider Man), that’s sure to change. Here, a few of my favorite looks so far–she’s definitely one to keep your eye on!

 

felicity jones casual outfit steal her style: felicity jones

 

Coat, Net-a-Porter | Sunnies, KamaliKulture | Boots, Nine West | Black jeans, 7 For All Mankind | Cross-body bag, Michael Kors

 

 

felicity jones outfit steal her style: felicity jones

Yellow cardigan, Equipment | Floral blouse, Mango | Teal peplum skirt, Marni | Bow heels, ModCloth

 

felicity jones beauty look steal her style: felicity jones

 

Face oil, Fresh | Tinted moisturizer, Stila | Lipstick, Clinique | Eyeliner, Sephora | Blush, Benefit | Shine pomade, The DryBar | Thickening Spray, Bumble and Bumble (I’m obsessed with this stuff!) | Eyeshadow palette, BareMinerals 

 

 

 

emerald and lace

emerald holiday dress emerald and lace

 

Emerald Lace Dress, Dolce Vita | Heels, Banana Republic (old, similar) | White coat, H&M (old, similar) | Emerald ring, vintage (similar) | Thin gold rings, Catbird

 

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned the power of the “investment piece.” Being young and living in the city, I obviously have to be thrifty with my money. I’ve strayed away from buying super trendy items and I’ve instead started focusing on pieces that are more special and have a bit more longevity in my closet and in my life. They’re few and far between, but on a recent trip to Anthropologie the clouds parted and the heavens opened up and I. Found. This. Dress.

 

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It was one of those love-at-first-sight moments. The emerald, the lace, the pretty shape, the cutouts in back–it just all screamed “special occasion” and I knew I had to have it instantly (what is the single girl equivalent to a “bridal moment”? I think I had that).

 

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This time I paired it with a pair of simple black heels and my white coat (I like to call this my Olivia Pope coat, thank you very much), and I’m planning on remixing it with tights and a cozier coat for a few holiday parties I have coming up. And just like that, my investment piece is already earning its keep.

 

 

the fanciest time of year

midi skirt the fanciest time of year

Shirt (actually a dress), J. Crew (old, similar) | Skirt, H&M | Gold hoop earrings, old (similar) | Heels, Banana Republic (old, similar)

 

The holidays are my favorite time of year for many reasons (food! family! hot chocolate!), but one of the biggest has to be because there are so many reasons to get fancy. As a little girl, I always loved dressing up for different occasions (even when we used to fly to Disney World, which made the whole experience that much more special), and that has carried over into adulthood. Even if we’re just going out for a girls dinner, it’s always fun to get a little extra fancy.

 

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Luckily, a month full of holiday parties is the perfect excuse to pull out some of my favorite pieces. I have a few tried-and-true dresses that always make the rounds during the holiday season, but this H&M skirt is a new addition that will be getting a ton of play.

 

I love the midi length–that actually works on me if I wear it with heels, which is a Christmas miracle in and of itself. It makes me feel extra feminine and girlie, and paired with a dress-turned-shirt and a simple pair of black heels, it’s the perfect look for hosting or partying the night away.

 

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