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White Coat for Fall

I just flew out of NYC as the snow was falling and it was so gorgeous!  Gorgeous, but freezing!  I can’t believe it’s already this cold!  I had the best few days in the city working on projects for the holidays.  It always feels so festive this time of year. I’ve had this Sandro coat for ages but just love the boxier style.  It’s perfect to layer a chunky scarf and cozy sweater with.  Winter white coats just look so good and I plan on investing on an even thicker one for my next trip since this one isn’t gonna cut the 9′ wind chill!  I have my eye on this coat, this coat, and this coat. I’m wearing the comfiest blue denim distressed skinny jeans from GRLFRND that are high waisted and have a light stretch.  I recently bought these Levi’s jeans from the Shopbop sale – and while I love them they’re definitely not as stretchy so I’ll have to break ’em in a bit. I’ve been adding links to everything I wore in NYC here – so if you ever have a question about something I’m wearing on Instagram check this page :)  Have a great weekend! !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script');
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Venice, CA

Mexican Hot Cocoa For The Holidays

It’s starting to get chilly here in NYC which makes me want to hole up in a coffee shop and sip yummy hot chocolate all-day-long!!!!  I’m so happy to be back in the city to relish the last few days of fall before winter comes (apparently it’s supposed to snow here tomorrow – whatttt?!) This delicious hot cocoa recipe was developed by my incredible chef friend Alex for my cookbook.  We wanted something that was comforting, perfect for the holidays, but had a kick.  AKA not your typical hot cocoa ;)  She played with a ton of different spices before choosing these – and I must say it turned out PERFECT. Serve this hot cocoa on a brisk morning before work, with brunch on the weekends, or at your next holiday party.  Speaking of holiday parties…I am thinking of doing a Secret Santa party this year!  It’s the BEST excuse to get girlfriends together, drink yummy concoctions, eat sugar cookies, decorate and exchange gifts!  Many of you have been asking about when I’ll start sharing holiday gift guides, and I will start them next week.  In the meantime, be sure to catch all of my past holiday gift guides, entertaining stories, and outfits here! Homemade Mexican Hot CocoaDairy + Refined Sugar FreeIngredients: 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk 3 1/2 cups unsweetened nut milk of your choice 3-4 TBSP cacao powder (depends how rich you want it!) 3 TBSP monk fruit sweetener 1/2 tsp cinammon 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of sea salt Instructions:In a small saucepan, bring milks to a low simmer over medium heat. Add cacao powder, monk fruit, salt, vanilla and spices, and whisk vigorously to combine. Allow milk to come to a simmer. Pour hot chocolate into mug and top with chocolate shavings, cacao nibs, marshmallows, or cacao powder. Snuggle up and enjoy! !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script');
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Dumbo, NY

Teddy Coat and Sweater Dress

Who doesn’t love a cozy sweater dress for fall?  Pair it with boots and a fluffy teddy coat for the perfect day to night look.  This sweater dress is so reasonable – and I love that this one comes in so many colors!  This one has a gorgeous cable knit design and this one has a super flattering v-neck cut out. If you haven’t bought a new pair of black mid length boots yet for fall – I love these, these, and these.  And if you don’t have a fun teddy coat in your closet – snap up this one!  I’m also eyeing this one – the length is perfect as we head into chillier months! I’ve been getting a ton of questions about my black sunglasses – they’re sold out from Sonix, but I am loving this pair!  My bag is from Staud – and I love the clear exterior – it’s kind of retro/modern and something different than what I usually go for!  It also comes in this larger size in the brown leather.  Shop my entire look below! !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script');
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Soho, NY

Green Bomber Jacket in Soho

Happy Friday! I had an insane week that started with a fun shoot for a holiday project, an event in Newport Beach, a staycation in Malibu, and then ended with 5 meetings in West Hollywood and 4 events in Beverly Hills and the Palisades.  I feel like I’ve been all over LA and back this week! I’m wiped to say the least haha but I plan on doing some major relaxing with Charlie this weekend to make up for it :) BTW I can’t believe how many views my handbag video has gotten – I am so happy to hear you are loving it!  There will be many more videos to come! I wore this look in Soho with my sister the other week and the bomber jacket that I linked to on Stories already sold out!  This green bomber jacket is super similar and so versatile.  It’s perfect for crisp fall days!  I paired it with this long sleeve bodysuit, coated skinny jeans and over the knee suede boots.  I’ve been obsessed with bodysuits lately – and can’t stop re-wearing this one. I am heading to NYC for a super short trip next week and am so looking forward to seeing all of the gorgeous fall leaves in Central Park.  Fall is my favorite time of year – so magical! Enjoy your weekend! !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script');
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Venice, CA

Designer Handbag Collection and Buying Guide

I’m so excited to share my designer handbag collection with you!  I love investing in gorgeous bags in all shapes, sizes and colors.  Well, maybe not colors haha. I pretty much just stick to neutrals as you can see.  I have a wide range of neutrals from dark brown, to saddle brown, tan, taupe, black, and white.  My style philosophy is – if I am going to splurge on a bag, I want it to be classic, high quality, and timeless.  I want to be able to wear it with anything and have it for years to come.  All of these bags have held up beautifully through rain, snow, heat, travel, and moving across country.  I’ll highlight my favorites below (and be sure to watch my Youtube video for all of my shopping tips. Like where to buy Chanel bags and more!) 3 Tips for Buying Designer Handbags When it comes to buying designer handbags – you can of course go straight to a designer or department store to purchase them. But I recommend doing these 3 things before you do. 1. When you’re traveling abroad in places like Europe, ask the retailer to give you a tax refund receipt and form.  Fill out the form and make sure your receipt and the item you purchased is within arm’s length when you’re arriving to the airport.  Head to the VAT refund stand to get a special stamp and submit your form.  You have the option of receiving a % of your purchase back (I believe it’s 20%)  which you can either take immediately in cash or have put back on your credit card in a few weeks if you choose to submit the form via mail. Note this must be done at the airport before you leave the country. Also, be prepared because the line at the VAT refund stand can be LONG (it’s usually a 1+ hour wait especially in Paris). But it’s soooo worth it because you can get hundreds of dollars back from your purchase. 2. Buy vintage and gently used bags from trusted consignment stores like The Real Real, Rebag, or Vestiaire Collective.  You can also use Poshmark (but I am not sure about their authentication process.). And if you’re in NYC, I love What Comes Around Goes Around (which is also online at Shopbop!) 3.  Go to designer stores in states like Las Vegas that don’t have sales tax and save up to hundreds of dollars on a bag.  I called the Las Vegas Chanel store years ago to purchase my first bag and had them send it to me to avoid the tax! How To Choose a Timeless Style If you’re torn on what style of bag to buy – I always like to check Pinterest to see how other women have styled the bag, and think about the decision for a few weeks (especially if it’s a larger ticket price) before splurging.  It’s important that you’ll LOVE the bag for years to come not just for 1 season when it’s “in” because if it’s super trendy, it could be hard to style a few months from now, or even consign/sell down the line.  As you can see from the video, I’m a huge fan of the classics.  I love bucket bags, simple round totes, bags without a ton of embellishment or branding – and things that don’t necessarily scream “designer” or the newest, hottest, latest, “it” bag. My Favorite Handbag Styles Some of my favorite bag styles are the Chloe Nile, Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, Chanel Classic Flap Bag, Fendi Peekaboo, and Simon Miller tote.  These are bags that I constantly reach for and incorporate into my daily looks.  They can all be dressed up or dressed down and are great to travel with.  The Mansur Gavriel bucket bag is amazing for trips – and everyday life; I bring mine to the grocery store, hiking, or brunch with friends.  The Chanel Classic Flap Bag is THE best black handbag purchase I’ve ever made and can be worn long on your shoulder, as a clutch, or short hanging on your arm.  I am so happy I got the caviar leather because it doesn’t scratch and I don’t have to be too precious with it. Chloe Nile is really fun for dinner dates and cocktail parties, and the Fendi Peekaboo surprisingly has a ton of room, but isn’t bulky so it’s great for work or shopping/being out + about all day.  The Simon Miller tote style is a relatively new style in my closet and I wear it ALL the time in Venice.  It’s so unassuming, yet I get tons of compliments on it and just love swinging it around town.  It’s the perfect natural, everyday, non designer bag. My Favorite Clutches For clutches I love the YSL simple style clutch for date nights, weddings, and cocktail parties, the tiny clutches from Kotur and Kayu, and vintage snakeskin clutches for any occasion.  Every woman should have a red clutch, a leopard clutch, a black clutch, and a brown clutch in her collection. Leopard is such a perfect way to add pizzazz to an outfit! Where To Buy Affordable Bags In terms of shopping for budget friendly, affordable bags I love Banana Republic, Mango, Pop & Suki, Clare Vivier, Staud, Forever 21 and Sezane. I just bought this bag for under $70 from Mango (doesn’t it look so luxe?!) and this clutch from Banana Republic for fall/winter.  I love everything from the Staud collection – particularly this bag and this bag.  And this leather bucket bag from Sezane is dreamy! Watch my Designer Handbag Collection Video Be sure to watch my entire handbag collection video where I walk you through all of my favorite bags, clutches, straw totes, vintage finds, and investment pieces!  What’s one handbag you can’t live without?! !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 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