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Paris, FR

White Pantsuit + Lace Bralette

A head to toe white pantsuit is so underrated.  I can’t believe I didn’t have one hanging in my closet until a few months ago.  I slip it on and instantly feel powerful, put together, and ready to conquer the world.  Sounds silly, but try one on and see for yourself. A white pantsuit strikes the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.You can wear it to a meeting, the office, a cocktail party, girls night out, you name it.  You can make it sexy or professional – pairing it with a lace bralette like I did here, a silk blouse, a cami, or a beautiful turtleneck.  Mix and match the top and bottom, and be prepared to get so much use out of these two pieces!!! I often pair the long blazer piece of this pantsuit with a plain T and jeans when I’m running errands, and I love the way the trousers look with a chunky sweater and cashmere coat in the winter.  Very Ralph Lauren-esque.  Both pieces are from Mango a while back, but luckily Mango always has some sort of pantsuit combo to choose from.  Over the years, I’ve started shopping at Mango more and more.  The price point, quality, cut, material, and styles are always just right – and recently, I’ve found the quality to be better than Zara.  I pretty much only shop at Mango online – and that goes for most places to be honest – it’s so much easier! If you’re looking for a bralette to pair underneath blazers or tops, I love this one from my childhood friend Angie Bauer.  I also really love this one (and it’s under $40) and this one – so pretty right?  Pair a dainty gold lariat necklace with your bralette for an extra hint of sexiness.  I wear this lariat pretty much every single day. See how I styled my white pantsuit with a leopard coat in Paris!
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NoHo, NY

A Vintage Leather Jacket

Happy Monday!  I’ve been living out of my suitcase for the past few days since I moved out of my house.  I’m here in Arizona visiting my dad before my new place is ready!  I always love coming home to the desert and spending time with old friends and family.  There’s something so grounding about the desert.  I love being outside, immersed in nature, with mountains, cacti and wildlife surrounding me. As much as I love the desert and the wide open space, I also have an affinity for city life.  The hustle bustle, the crowded street corners, buildings upon buildings…  Over the years, I’ve found I’m happiest with a healthy dose of both in my life.  One of my favorite areas in NYC is Noho, which is right next to Soho and just a few streets wide.  It’s home to some of my favorite restaurants like BONDST and The Smile.  These photos were taken right outside The Smile after a fun breakfast meeting I had.  Insider tip – be sure to head there early to score one of their famous cheddar dill biscuits!  They’re incredible. Vintage leather jacketRight before our meeting, I couldn’t decide what to wear and didn’t feel like throwing on any of the jackets I packed.  One of my girlfriends suggested I try on her uncle’s vintage leather jacket.  It ended up being PERFECT and pulled the entire outfit together.  There’s nothing better than a great black leather jacket, and wearing this one convinced me I needed an oversized leather one in my life.  This one is under $100 – looks vintage – and is exactly what I’ve been looking for! If you don’t already own a leather jacket, or are in the market for a new one, I wanted to share a few that I either personally own or have tried on and can attest to the quality.  So this one like I said is great if you want an oversized look, this one is the pricey, but it’s made of the most buttery soft leather and worth trying to score on sale because the quality is unreal (FYI it runs small). This one is almost identical to the Banana Republic jacket I always wear and is by far the best leather jacket I’ve ever owned (it also happens to be 40% off!), this is a gorgeous, affordable trench style, this one is really soft and a bit roomier/boxier if you want to layer under it, and any of the BLANKNYC leather jackets are cut really well and affordable at under $100.
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West Village, NY

Casual Layers On Waverly Place

I lived on Waverly Place in the West Village for 2 years and every spring, the cherry blossom trees lining each side of my street would bloom in April.  The blossoms were huge and would only last a few weeks, but every time I walked out my door, they would take my breath away.  I can’t wait to head back to NYC next week and admire these trees which are hopefully in full bloom!  Spring in NYC is the best – and much like the blossoms, it’s very short lived so you’ve gotta appreciate every second of it!  When the weather finally warms up, everyone stays outside – strolling in their sandals and sundresses, filling up parks and cafes with outdoor seating. Some of my favorite West Village restaurants with outdoor seating are; Morandi, Bluestone Lane, Rosemary’s, Hudson Clearwater, Sant Ambroeus, Barbuto, and Buvette.  Morandi has such good Italian food and is always full of fabulous people.  It’s kind of an “it” spot to go after work, but I love that it’s not “sceney” or try-too-hard, instead it’s cozy, classic and neighborhood-y.  Sant Ambroeus on a warm weekend afternoon for brunch is the best, and Barbuto is a great happy hour spot.  You can never go wrong with Rosemary’s and the food at Hudson Clearwater always impresses me – plus it’s a cute first date spot! Since it’s still coat weather in the city, this reversible Banana Republic wool car coat is a great piece.  Sadly it’s sold out, but this one is super similar.  This coat is slightly different since it’s more of a wool trench style, but I absolutely love it and think it would look GORG paired over a white shift dress.  Under my coat, I’m wearing an old cashmere V-neck sweater from Vince and these white L’Agence skinny jeans that have the perfect amount of stretch to them. For accessories – I wore my FAVORITE brown suede booties from Joie.  They are 25% off today only with code FRIENDS and available in all sizes, so I highly suggest snapping them up to wear all year long.  They’re extremely comfortable, soft, and SO flattering on.  They elongate your legs instead of shorten (which a lot of booties tend to do) and you don’t need to break them in (thank goodness!!!)  You can also see how I’ve styled them here and here.
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Dumbo, NY

A Draped Trench Coat For Spring

I looooove a draped trench coat.  I actually prefer a draped trench over a crisp, classic trench like my Burberry one.  For starters, they’re more comfortable to move around in, travel friendly – especially on long trips, and flow beautifully when you walk.  They look better than a stiff trench when paired with something like a tailored pant or a silk dress, and are easier to layer with since they’ve got more room. Theory makes some of the best trenches – and outerwear – on the market.  Over the years I’ve invested in over 10 of their coats and each one still looks brand new.  I like to snag their pieces on sale at the end of a season, or whenever they’re having a special promotion!  The exact trench I’m wearing here is sadly sold out, but they still have it in black here, and cream here (the cream is amazeeee!) If you’re in the market for a feminine, draped trench I love this one, this one and this one.  I just got this one from Banana Republic in olive green and can attest that the quality and fit are great.  If you’re in between sizes, size down – their outerwear runs big.  This is a beautiful trench coat under $100, and you can’t go wrong with this Club Monaco one. I saw these oversized, distressed boyfriend jeans online months ago and was really intrigued to see if they would be cute on.  They’re definitely more of a masculine/grunge denim than I usually wear – but it’s kind of fun to have a pair like these hanging in your closet.  As much as I love wearing feminine pieces, you need to mix it up every once in a while!!!  These fit SO well and just feel good on so I kept them.  I liked the way they looked paired with this classic trench and can’t wait to wear them this spring/summer with T-shirts and short sleeve button downs.
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