best buy

i bought these Schutz sandals on the shopbop extra 25% off sale a few weeks ago for a cool $79 and have been wearing them non-stop. if you are a size 6, 7 or 8 snag a pair while they still have them… plus there are a bunch more sizes available here. other sandal steals worth nabbing? another pair by schutz, these wrap style stuart weitzmans and some very wearable strappy silver slides

wear them with…1- janessa leone packable hat

2- linen wrap dress

3- colorblocked box bag

4- braided sandals

5- fendi geometric sunnies

6- tata harper beautifying face oil

7- supergoop lip + cheek color

be mine

ah valentine’s day. definitely not my favorite. my lukewarm feelings about this holiday go wayyyy back — i’m just not a big fan of the lovey-dovey, rose & chocolate filled mush nor the pressure and expense of a forced declaration of love. however, when i was growing up, my mother always gave the three of us a little “treat” the morning of February 14th before we ran off to school, and the tradition is certainly one I can get behind. this little heart shaped bag could prove to be my perfect v-day treat. its cheeky and cheery, and the perfect accent piece for my mid winter “all black outfit” schlump.

Image 1 of HEART CROSSBODY BAG from Zara

zara heart shaped bag

other little valentines day pick me up ideas? i love the idea of….

  • something simple. a simple cuff or bracelet, especially engraved with something sweet inside! we gave my boyfriends mother this one for Christmas and i’ve been secretly eyeing it for myself.

 

monica vinader rose gold bracelet

  • something warm. a prettily packaged candle for cozy nights at home

capri blue candle

  • something lux. cashmere sweats, the ultimate indulgent item, are now made for mortals by our friends at everlane

cashmere sweatpants

  • something practical. monogrammed pouches. these ear bud organizers indulge my every OCD whim, but it’s the kind of thing i wouldn’t usually buy for myself (thus making it the perfect treat). i also love this similar looking smythson makeup bag.

 

leather earbud cases

  • something feminine. a classic scent in a beautiful bottle for your dresser is the ultimate ladylike gift. i discovered Jo Malone’s peony & blush suede perfume as a gift last Christmas, but a new bottle never hurts ;).

blush suede perfume

  • something easy. pajamas are one of my go to favorite gifts, regardless of the season. i love sleeping in something new and cute and this romper is not only that, but also easy to throw on and pair with a robe during chillier months.

eberjey romper

  • something sweet. but not to eat! with dry winter lips, this agave lip scrub is calling out for an invite to my next pampering sesh.

agave lip scrub

  • something furry. given that it is February after all, a cuddly scarf is just the thing to fend of winter chill. i love this rainbow version (in sort of Fendi-ish stripes) as a fun way to spice up your same ole boring coat.

rainbow twist scarf

  • something yummy! if you are going to indulge in an edible treat, these cookies (from one of my favorite bakeries in the city) are too good to pass up. and now, new yorker or not, momofuku milk bar is now coming to you, with a new line of baking mixes all available at target- including the classic crack pie, birthday truffles and always delicious compost cookies.

milk bar cookie mix

steal her style #2 – tory burch

Last week I had the opportunity to meet Tory Burch during a small group session with her and Sallie Krawcheck —two boss ladies who have both had amazing careers (Sallie is the former President of Bank of America). They discussed their experiences in the workforce and Tory’s admirable foundation, which gives funding to female entrepreneurs. While I have always looked up to Tory, meeting her in the flesh and hearing exactly how she started her business gave me a newfound appreciation and a SERIOUS girl crush. I could wax and wane for hours but seriously, she is an impressive person–graceful, understated and one smart cookie (not to mention as pretty as you would think).

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But of course, we must discuss her outfit. Tory embodied her style to a T- looking the perfect balance of chic fashion mogul, upper east side mom and preppy school girl. She was wearing a printed silk shirt dress (one of her own from a former season) with a maroon short sleeve sweater and some fawn colored suede stilettos- no tights. She had some really beautiful jewelry on that looked heirloom but also added the perfect modern sparkle (like treasures she had handed down from her grandmother, but was wearing her own way). It was great inspiration for some simple tricks to elevate your most basic outfits and mix up things I already own.

inspiration #1: work day polished

 

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while i would never think to wear a short sleeved sweater over a dress, the look worked– it was totally effortless, with the right amount of polish for even a corporate environment. her dress actually had a print to it, which i loved, but i opted for mixing a print into the sweater instead. any trip to her website will reveal how much of a stripe girl she is, so this j.crew number is the perfect match. also, i have never in my life wanted a pair of brown heels before, until i saw Tory wearing a pair. they elongated her legs and were as mix-and-matchable as any nude pair.

1. silk shirt dress (or another great windowpane print option)

2. striped j.crew sweater (on sale!)

3. cluster sparkle earrings –hers were some pretty bombsh sapphires

4. archaeological ring

5. cognac manolo blahniks

 

Inspiration #2: UES off duty

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for more casual weekend wear, I also see her in classic americana pieces like a great pair of trousers and some driving moccasins for running around on the weekends.

1. chloe chain drop necklace

2. while red mocs might seem flashy, its the perfect pop

3. more stripes! a pair of her own design

4. simple chambray shirt

5. classic fendi structured satchel (might be my next big purse purchase)

euro trip

greetings chic peas, it’s been a while! to be honest, I have been completely uninspired with summer fashions of late. Luckily some bargains of the may-jor kind have been filling up my inbox and sending some sartorial inspa my way. For those of you who haven’t heard J.Crew is having extra 50% off sale prices today- but hurry since all the good stuff is running out in most sizes.

jcrew photo 1

Lately I have been what you call Le Fed Up (technical term) with work, in need of a vay cay, and ready to flee the country. When I saw these lace up flats  included in the sale, I instantly paired them with a poofy skirt and some cat eye shades, ready to Rome (pun intended) around the Spanish steps a la Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. Gelato in hand? Necessity.

ballet flats

 

 

 

sabrina

 

to get a modern Sabrina look, pair with a full flouncy striped skirt and swap out the button down for a a cheeky graphic t

slub t

tibi skirt

to accessorize top off with my favorite prada cat eye shades and a structured fendi tote

prada shadesfendi tote

in case you need other items to pack for your European jaunt, consider these:

Ugh-in case you need further inspiration for a transatlantic move, this major chic pea, Carin Olssen of Paris in Four Months, really did fulfill her dream of moving to paris. Living in paris? Chic. Quitting your job? Chicer. What more could a girl want. That’s all for today CPs. TGIF!