Sundress in Little Italy

Hiiii! Sorry for the lack of posts this week! I just got back from a beautiful trip to Santa Barbara with Belmond and am finally getting back to the swing of things. Carly and I shot a ton of amazing photos around the property and in Montecito that I can’t wait to share! The second I landed back in the city, I was craving Rubirosa pizza. If you’re not familiar with Rubirosa – then you must try it when you’re in the area! This is one of my favorite pizza spots in NYC, and it’s located in the heart of Nolita. The crust is thin, they offer gluten free options. In addition, they have this one pizza called the Tie Dye which is SO YUMMY! The wait is always pretty long, and the restaurant is small, so I typically order 2 large pizzas and a salad, and take them home to enjoy with friends. I wore this little floral Reformation number on my way to Rubirosa. It’s the perfect daytime or date night sundress. I love the way it cinches just below the bust, and the subtle pattern. Reformation has their own website, but they’re also carried on Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter and now Shopbop! In terms of sizing with this dress, and most Reformation dresses, I typically like to size up. They do tend to run tight around the ribcage/waist. A few Reformation dresses I’m loving at the moment are:This one (I have it in the printed floral pattern), this one, this one, and this one (so sexy AND so reasonable.) This one is at the top of my wishlist, and this one is such a gorgeous, refreshing shade of blue. I always get a ton of questions about the beige sunglasses I wear, and believe it or not they were $15 from a random Venice Beach boardwalk stand. I found this pair which are similar and have a great, oversized shape! Honestly, I love cheap sunglasses (they just fit me better!) and I’ve found that BP + Quay makes some of my faves.
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A White Midi Skirt

Happy Friday! This week flew by and I can’t believe it’s already mid July!!! I’m heading to Santa Barbara tomorrow with Belmond Hotels for a little wine tasting + polo tournament. I’m really excited for a change of scenery! I’ll be packing this outfit for the wine tasting. It’s another easy + breezy summer look that’s become my “uniform” for summer. I love the faint pink + white stripe pattern on this Something Navy shirt from Nordstrom. It’s an oversized/long fit so it looks great as a pool/beach coverup, tucked into jeans, or worn tied up at the waist. I would size down in this shirt for sure. I’m wearing a small here, but definitely could have comfortably fit into an XS. This shirt also comes in blue + white which is equally as cute! A White Midi Skirt I paired the soft button down with this white midi skirt which is soooo lightweight and moves beautifully when you walk. I ordered a Medium because I usually love a looser fit with my casual skirts, but to be honest, I should have gotten a Small! It runs true to size, but if you’re in between sizes – I would say size down, especially if you’re on the shorter side. To give you reference, I’m almost 5’7″ and I usually wear a size 2 or 4. This skirt also comes in a fun polka dot and black floral pattern. Other midi skirts I am LOVING from Nordstrom are this cream slip skirt, this orange and white polka dot skirt, this navy and white pinstripe pencil skirt. (So chic for fall!). This linen skirt, and this black + white floral skirt. Midi skirts can be paired with button downs, off the shoulder blouses, simple Ts, bodysuits – you name it. They look gorgeous for day or night, and can even be worn throughout the fall + winter with boots and leather jackets! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally OPEN to the public, and it is absolutely worth shopping. A few things that I am coveting are; these distressed jeans, this long cardigan, this cute plaid boyfriend shirt, this simple chambray, this houndstooth blazer, this cargo jacket, this cozy V neck sweater, this pretty white blouse, these plaid trousers, and this easy linen jumpsuit. Be sure to shop the rest of my picks below! Enjoy your weekend!
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How To Decorate A Small Space

My sister recently moved into a new apartment in Williamsburg and I’ve been helping her decorate it! I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned from living in small NYC apartments over the years, and which ones I incorporated into her place. There are a ton of simple ways to make a small space look and feel bigger – you just have to do a little rearranging! How To Decorate A Small Space Use a large round jute rug under a sofa or bed. A round rug completely opens up a small room and is a nice juxtaposition to a big, rectangular piece of furniture. Jute is a natural, airy, clean material that will go with any style of decor – and it’s one of the most inexpensive types of rugs. I’ve gotten mine on Wayfair, Overstock, and Pottery Barn. Use the Ikea Billy Bookcase as storage and decor. This simple white bookcase has been in every single one of my apartments! It’s been a wardrobe (the one with doors) in my college dorm and West Village apartment, a bookcase in my first NYC apartment, and it now acts as shoe + bag storage in my office. You have the option to get it with or without glass doors (it’s super chic with glass doors – and you can switch out the knobs + put wallpaper or fabric behind the glass to hide what’s inside!), and it also comes in various widths. It’s a great divider if you live in a studio and want to put 3 right next to each other. Use a narrow bench, ottoman, or acrylic piece as a coffee table. Most coffee tables are pretty big and made for large living rooms. Be sure to properly measure your space so you’re not stuck with a HUGE one! My favorite coffee tables for small spaces are; a narrow bench that you can decorate with coffee table books and trinkets to warm it up, a small fabric ottoman or two matching stools (sometimes a printed fabric is fun depending on your style!), or an acrylic/lucite piece like this one that I had in my old Upper East Side studio. If the room won’t fit a traditional coffee table, get some fun moroccan poufs, or a stack of small vintage suitcases or trunks for the space. Create a gallery wall behind your sofa, dresser, dining room table, or in a narrow entry. A gallery wall instantly lifts your eye up and makes a space feel more cozy and eclectic. You would be AMAZED at how it can transform a long, dark entryway. Don’t be afraid to hang art on a brick wall – there are special nails that make it possible. I always hire a handyman through Taskrabbit to do all of my hanging since they come equipped with the right tools. Be sure to read my; How To Find Art For Your Home blog post to see some of my favorite resources. Wallpaper a small bathroom. A beautiful, intricate patterned wallpaper can transform a tiny bathroom! Swap out a plain light fixture for a mini chandelier or pendant, and put in a pretty mirror – and you’ve got yourself a darling powder room. Incorporate vintage pieces into your space. Vintage pieces are much smaller than the furniture pieces they sell in stores today. A vintage item can add a ton of pizzaz to a space and make everything feel more homey. I never like to order sets of furniture or everything in the same type of wood/color because it ends up making a space feel crowded and sterile. Mix and match modern pieces with vintage pieces. Get a cute gold bar cart to put booze, glasses and books on. Find a fun ceramic umbrella holder for your entry. Hang baskets or hats on the wall. Mix gold and wood frames of all shapes and sizes on a gallery wall. Use a vintage leather trunk as a side or coffee table. Frame your windows with long white curtains. Quality curtains immediately make a ceiling look higher and elevate a space. They pull together any room, and give it a more chic/polished look. I’m a sucker for a thick, Belgian linen French pleat style – and in my opinion, no one does it better than Restoration Hardware. BUT their curtains are pricey, so I recommend checking out Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma Home, and West Elm for other options! Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Mirrors act as windows in a space. If you feel like your space is cramped and doesn’t have enough light or windows then add a mirror! I love the look of an oversized mirror leaning against the wall opposite of a bed to really open up a room. I also love a mirror behind a sofa, or dining room table. And last but not least, a mirror in an entry is always a good idea – not only for makeup touch ups before you leave, but just to add that extra oomph that most entries need! Use baskets as storage. I LOVE baskets. I use a basket in my living room to store extra pillows and blankets in, I use baskets in my bedroom for laundry/dry cleaning, I use baskets in my entry for groceries/errands, and I use baskets in my closet to store towels, scarves, and toiletry bags. There are a zillion places to buy baskets, but some of my favorite spots are Ralph Lauren, One Kings Lane, Serena and Lily, and Etsy. Use a dresser as a TV console. A dresser maximizes your storage space, AND in my opinion looks way better than an open TV console which shows the cable box and cords. Anthropologie has gorgeous dressers like this bone inlay one, or this carved wood one. I also always like to check World Market, vintage stores, One Kings Lane and Studio McGee’s shop for consoles! Keep clutter to a minimum. This goes without saying, but whether you live in a small or big space, my philosophy when it comes to “stuff” is always less is more! Be diligent about cleaning out your closet and cabinets. Don’t hold onto stuff that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t used in a year. Purge, purge, purge! I have an entire blog post talking about How To Clean Out Your Closet here. So be sure to check that out! I hope this post was helpful and you learned a few things :) I’d love to see photos of your space and ways that you’ve incorporated my tips + tricks in so feel free to send them way!!! As always, feel free to leave any questions you may have below! And be sure to check out all of my other Decor posts here like; How To Find Art For Your Home, Refresh Your Home For Spring, and My Favorite Coffee Table Books.
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Amazon and Nordstrom Sales Picks

There are 2 amazing sales going on right now! Today is Amazon Prime Day AND the Nordstrom Anniversary Early Access sale is already in full swing for card members. I wanted to share a few items that really stuck out to me from both of these epic sales. Amazon Prime Day Favorites From the Amazon sale – if you don’t already own an Instant Pot (aka my favorite kitchen device), now is the time to get one. It’s usually $129 and is now marked down to $56! I make coconut sticky white rice weekly in this bad boy in under 12 minutes. I also love making soups, chicken, fish, and veggies in it. It’s the easiest kitchen device and makes things taste so moist and delicious!!! If you need a new laptop, the MacBook Air 13″ is currently $200 off! Also from Apple, are the AirPods which are marked down from $159 to just under $145. There are a ton of other tech devices and gadgets on there so be sure to browse the site to see the full list! Lastly, if you’ve been wanting to get a magazine subscription to People, Elle Decor, Shape and more…they’re offering up to 85% off the yearly fee on many of them! Side note – did you know you can shop on Shopbop through Amazon? It’s a great way to hide your clothing purchases from your hubby LOL! Amazon owns Shopbop so they’ve got tons of beautiful clothes and accessories for any season here! I just ordered this classic white shirtdress for my upcoming trip to Santa Barbara. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites From the Nordstrom sale – oh man, where to begin?! This sale is always PACKED with deeply discounted staple pieces that are ideal for any occasion. I have to say, I’m very impressed with the selection this year. Tons of great workout pieces, cute PJs, coats, dresses and more… Clothing wise I am loving this Rails plaid button down, this long cardigan, this cozy sweater, this nightshirt which I own 3 of, this teddy coat, these Nike leggings, this leather jacket, this printed blouse, this stunning burnt orange midi skirt, this stripe button down, this classic trench, and these simple boyfriend jeans. For accessories I have my eye on these sneakers, these rain boots (so needed for NYC!), these simple pumps, and this light cashmere scarf. For beauty I love this Charlotte Tilbury lip kit, Oribe kit (I always use these when I travel); Tom Ford mini shimmer body oil (this is my FAVE in the summer), and this diffuser which smells heavenly and I just ran out of! Giveaway! To celebrate both sales, I want to treat 2 lucky readers to a $250 gift card to either Amazon OR Nordstrom. Your choice! In order to enter this giveaway, leave me a comment below telling me which item I recommended that you’d most likely buy, AND be sure to like and leave a comment on my latest IG post with the HEART emoji so I know you’ve entered. Winners will be announced by 6PM EST today. Good luck!
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