cuckoo for cobalt

i usually tend to gravitate towards the younger, edgier red carpet looks over more traditional “pageant gowns.” kiernan shipka is always a favorite of mine, as is emma stone, but it’s still unclear WTF happened to emma watson last sunday (did a toddler attack her bangs?… blechk). so i know this pick will be contentious, but nicole kidman was easily my best dressed from the Oscars. the shape, the sheen, the bow, the boning, the color, the shoe….and lets not forget, HER BOD. all flawless. 

i mean??????????? i would die a happy woman if i looked half as good as her on my wedding day, let alone AT AGE 50.

jennifer garner and several others also wore this shocking shade and killed it…which is making me feel the need to infuse a little cobalt into my own wardrobe. try it for yourself, with a few more plebeian picks.

#1 the draped top. for a cocktail party or GNO, how effortless and breezy.

#2 the body con dress— doesn’t this remind you something blake lively would wear? love the vintage inspired cut and long sleeves.

#3 the cute suit. i bought several one pieces last summer and am unlikely to turn back anytime soon. try this strappy version or a budget friendly find, both of which can go straight from the pool to lunch with a skirt, jeans or shorts.

#4 the extraaa earring. ostrich feathers? yes please. these would be so fun with a basic white dress and a low pony or bun. if tassels are more your style, try these instead.

#5 the monochrome outfit. i fell in love a few weeks ago with this bold monochrome look. the OTS top would be great stand alone with white jeans, but the matching wide leg pants make it feel very miami-ish.

#6 the heeled mule. how amazing would these be with a pleated skirt and baggy sweater? or as the perfect pop to any all black outfit.

#7 the mini. get the hue and the bow like Nicole with this black halo option.

ok now it’s time for input, what was your favorite look of the night?

lux for less

My closet’s been eyeing a wealth of new goodies for the season, but my wallet’s still crying over a summer of too much travel, sun, and fun. What’s a girl to do? Find the look, for less. 

Here are 5 of fashion week’s latest must haves, in budget friendly form. 

fur jacket: left (helmut lang), right (zara)

statement earrings: left (furbish), right (lizzie fortunato)

gucci dress: left (scotch & soda), right (gucci)

satin mules: left (the row), right (mango)

studded denim: left (zara), right (isabel marant)

going nude

after 4 months of winter i am chomping at the bit to pack up my puffy coats and sweaters. so far we’ve had a few teasing days of temperatures in the 50 and 60s, and now i simply can’t bring myself to put on another pair of black tights. the current rainy drizzle outside is hindering me for now, but i can’t wait for the days of bare legs again- it makes getting ready in the morning SO much easier. the perfect spring work outfit? a bright shift dress, nude heels and a light trench or jacket. the best part? skin colored heels give you legs for daysssszzzz. check out the inspo below…

below are a roundup of my favorite new picks…. aren’t those bow mules are to dieeee for?! especially if they turn my legs into Alessandra’s. yes, please.

1 jimmy choo

2 chloe

3 l.k. bennett

4 nine west

5 dolce vita

6 gianvito rossi

7 gap

8 stuart weitzman

9 sam edelman

beauty tip: how to get those gams ready to see the world after months under wraps? a good exfoliating scrub (loveee all things lush), one of these and a bottle of yummy smelling shave cream, a few tan towels or a classic bottle of jergens (excited to try the new in shower formula), plus my favorite post bath moisturizing cream and a light body oil to get that dewy look.

gaga for gucci

In the challenging world of retail, Gucci has made one of the biggest design comebacks in recent years. Led by new design talent, Alessandro Michele, the brand has been revitalized by taking “out there” risks (fur slides anyone?), retro silhouettes and not shying away from color and print. The result is so fresh, unusual and unequivocally Italian, its not hard to understand why the brand has been popping up on fashionistas and style mavens errrrrywhere.

gucci 2

gucci 3

gucci bag

gucci spring '16

you can shop the whole fall collection here. and for those who can’t drop dolla dolla bills on the real deal, luckily for us, there are some great gucci-inspired pieces available to get the same look…


h&m patched pilot jacket


mango metallic skirt (2nd option)


metallic embellished bag


  paisley print blouse (another equipment version)

jc shoes

cross strap mules

gucci bag3

gucci sylvie embellished bag

striped pants

tapered trousers (even better, these bcbg striped pants)


floral sweatshirt

kors slides

michael kors leather slides


embellished gucci pouch

Happy first day of September to all, and happy 101st post to the Chic Pea. i’m off to santa fe for some sunshine and shopping. Jave a great long weekend and follow along with my trip on instagram here! Xx