basic betch

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when i saw an article on the news a few weeks ago that kate moss had been kicked off a plane for calling the pilot a “basic bitch” i genuinely laughed out loud. i mean, this is the girl who said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”— undoubtedly she’s never one to mince words. holding Kate as inspiration, for us phelbians avoid this most unchic of labels, try basics with a twist (just like my favorite kind of martini, which i’m sure katie dearest had a few of prior to plate-gate).

#1 not so basic lbd
pic 3.12. paired with the sickest black pumps i ever did see– nicholas kirkwood, you are a genius (another option)

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3. try a cropped white tweed jacket with just the right amount of fringe (or this high-low derek lam version— on sale!)

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4. over this “don’t call me a sweetheart” sweetheart cami

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5. hide tired eyes behind these chic mirrored frames

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6. be airport casual in a lace up tee

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7. with a not so basic crossbody purse that looks way more expensive than it is (hoo knew rag and bone did bags?)

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8. and a comfy pair of trouser jeans to make anyones legs look like a supermodels

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safe travels and clear skies to all of my cps traveling this week! xx

cool girl cover up

i typically have a pretty standard pool uniform (jcrew bikini, white cover up dress, slim fit metallic havaianas), but these bombsh girls have inspired me to try something new. meet the button down– a new, slightly edgier option for hitting the beach and covering your bikini. best of all? i bet you already have one…so no shopping required.

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button down 2

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want to test the waters? dive in with these five combos to try:
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1. plaid shirt 2. tassel bikini 3. gold cuff  4. panama hat

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1. sheer shirt 2. mikoh bikini (top, bottom) 3. turban

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1. striped men’s shirt 2. patterned bikini 3. floppy sun hat

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1. ruched one piece 2. linen tunic 3. straw hat 4. leather sandals

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1. linen shirt 2. cowboy hat 3. kiini bikini

I don’t know about you, but I am READY for the weekend! TGIF chic peas! Hope you get to enjoy the weather.

maine squeeze

ok so back to the normal groove. Last weekend I took off to kennebunkport, maine with my “tour guide du nord” CHG and it was serioussslyyy ah-may-zing. While the water in New England is likely something I will never get used to (Charleston, you’ve got my heart on this) the views were spectacular, the air isn’t humid (ie frizz free hair) and you get this sort of rustic camp-y feeling. Here’s a sneak peek into my suitcase.

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off the shoulder top

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simple flip flops

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shift dress

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heeled sandals

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cargo linen pants

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 turkish towel

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straw tote bag

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tshirt dress

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THE best suitcase

just my luck

I had a great post planned out for yesterday highlighting Kennebunkport– an awesome new place I explored this weekend with CHG (more coming tomorrow, until then you can check out photos here). however, you can thank the @s$h0L3 in the black jeep Cherokee who decided to back his car into me for yesterday’s absence. Seriously you ask? Very. Let’s rewind.

In one of the more embarrassing moments of my adult life, I was, in fact, backed into by a car. A car (well technically an SUV). I was minding my business crossing 5th avenue while doing store checks for work –please add to the very long list of things I’ve endured for my job. While I walked away unscathed (minus my dignity, which was handed over to the hordes of tourists watching el incident-o go down), it was seriously mortifying. One second im standing on the curb checking my blackberry and the next- WHAM— literally bumper checked about 3 feet in the air. It took me a second to process what exactly had happened, but the whole thing was something out of a cartoon or rom com. The driver, an unapologetic middle aged man, was trying to secure a primo parking spot in front of Zara (I mean, gotta respect his mission) and apparently lost his wits upon seeing an open slot. 

Long story short, a few take-aways from the afternoon: 1) there are some terrible drivers in nyc, 2) you gotta be on you’re a-game 24/7 or you legitimately get run down, and 3) my day of errands and blog time was dramatically interrupted by the need for a bag of frozen peas and a Bravo tv marathon. who knew shopping was such a dangerous endeavor?!