love on top

valentine’s day may have been last week, but this weekend led to two new heart-themed discoveries. first up, new-to-me artist two friends, and their song out of love, which i’ve already forced my friends to listen to a few too many times (does anyone else get like that when they discover a new jam?!) second, this frilly heart splattered zimmermann frock. the bow shoulders and black/white color palette are such an early 90’s throwback, I can picture julia roberts’ character in pretty woman rocking it. for an upcoming spring fête, i plan to doll it up very extraaa with a pair of strappy heels, red lipstick, and some vintage YSL earrings (or these). can you say luuuurve! <3

toasting spring’s arrival

this weekend we rang in the arrival of warm weather at the engagement party of a childhood friend. i was not only very excited for the happy couple (EMB y’all are precious together) but also for the chance to debut my first warm weather frock of the season. what i wore…

Nicholas maxi dress

2 nancy gonzalez clutch (i carried a vintage suede clutch similar to this)

3 givenchy abstract pearl ring

4 nude slides from forever21 (old, similar option here)

Nicholas is currently one of my go-to brands for special events, their prints and embellishments make show-stopping party dresses. since i don’t love the $600+ price tags that usually accompany them, i’ve been lucky to find several available on rent the runway or at end of season sales on shopbop (you can see me in another Nicholas back at Christmas here) .

this one was absolutely gorgeous, super comfortable and slightly sheer at the bottom. this picture turned out super blurry but you get the gist…

check out some of my other favorite nicholas styles (including a few available rentals)– very similar printed maxi, this blue stunner perfect for playing wedding guest, a bold polka dot pantsuit, a punchy strapless number, a gorgineee tiered lace dress and their ever flattering plunging V-neck LBD. you can also see all the Nicholas styles RTR has to offer here.

cheers to spring CPs– we made it!!

currently coveting

happy friYAY chickadees. in honor of the gloriousness of this day, welcome to a round up of my latest fall wardrobe whims and desires, otherwise known as the hit list. a sartorial smorgasbord if you will, of everything under the sun I have my eye on. since attention spans are short these days, I capped it at 7 today, but trust me, the full list is much longer!

#1 cut out booties. the other night post yoga, i spied a chic little pea eating outside at Rosemary’s wearing some badass booties and had to restrain myself from asking where they were from. they were slightly western, but new york edgy, with a walkable 2″ heel — the perfect pair for current 70-degree pre-fall weather. you know, when you want the fall-ish vibe but without the hot feet? so far ive found these babies, this studded pair, a sleek version by my lover philip lim (could buy everything in his Fall ’16 collection),  a basket weave jeffrey campbell, and taupe ones by cool girl brand kaanas.


#2 a dark shearling jacket. yes, this request total counteracts the practicality of desired purchase numero uno, but i gotta find one. kind of a kate bosworth vibe, no? lurrrve this vince x563, this marked down see by chloe, dip a toe in the water with a fluffy version from nasty gal, or sell a kidney for an alc.


#3 tibi sweatersssss. like amy smilovic, your sweater game is currently STRONG. i want them all and i want them now. obsessed with this cozy military style pocket sweater, also this one, which has sleeves that can be buttoned up or left open, and who doesn’t like a pom pom? so fun. boom shocka locka.


#4 velvet slingbacks from banana. rumor has it that bananas shoes are made by vince camuto, which explains their dominance season after season while the clothes are usually questionable at best (but seem to be improving this year). i saw this chiiic pair and loved their lux simplicity (they look like manolos!). perfect to dress up jeans, wear to work with skirts or debut during thanksgiving festivities–something about turkey and velvet just feels so right…


#5 gold ear huggies, crawlers, studs and knots. the more i live in new york, the more i want to pierce my ears all over. call it some weird form of delayed teenage rebellion (trust me, i did NOT have any sort of a rebellious streak at 16…more like nerd alert) but i think the driving force behind said mutilation is all the dainty, clingy, crawly designs out there. they look best in threes, fours and fives– the more the merrier! i want these baguettes, flower huggies (similar here), an ear cuff, and this gigi hadid approved pair (find a simpler style for half the price here).


#6 this dress will be mine come holiday parties, mark my words. debating this romper too (oops!)


#7 winter shorts. these belted dvf darlings became mine last week (25% off with code FRIENDS25), after i lusted after suede shorts at intermix all of last fall. try a pair bare legged now and with tights for later. so cute with a basic t or turtleneck. not sold? sailor shorts by derek lam or a skort version by carven.


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