App Alert

As a lover of quotes, I’m always looking for new ways to display them. Over the weekend I came across this great app called Retype that allows you to turn your words (or someone else’s) into iconic designs.  

 Add text to the backgrounds provided or use your own photos for an even more personalized presentation. I’ve only just started to play around with the app, but I thought I’d share my first shot at it:

This dawned on me earlier and it made me chuckle.

Want to try it for yourself? Download it from the App Store*:  

 *Just thought I’d note that this is not an advertisement or sponsored plug of any sort, this is not that kind of blog. 

Making Monochrome Work for Me

Petite ladies like myself can really benefit from dressing in one color from head to toe.  When I initially purchased these Banana Republic pants I figured I’d style them à la Katharine Hepburn and pair them with a classic white button down. After trying them on I realized that the waist is far lower than the kind ol’ Kath wore and wearing them that way would elongate my waist and make me look boxy.

Then I remembered that I had this slim-fit, fine-rib wool turtleneck which is also from Banana Republic (albeit about 15 years ago – seriously, I’ve had it since High School). When I put them on together I had one of those fantastic a-ha/new favorite outfit moments. I’ve been trying to get back to a simpler style of dressing and this just felt so right.

The pants are nicely lined and a really great weight, so they are perfect for winter work wear in NYC. While I normally wear a 2P in Banana Republic pants, I needed to go a size up in these. The charcoal is sold out in petite, but some standard sizes are still available here or you can buy the petite in brown instead here.

What are your favorite winter wardrobe items and looks? Leave them in the comments.

Some prettier poses…

 

And then the outtakes

 

Cheers to 2016

V and I celebrated the New Year with dinner at out favorite local spot, Viaggio Tapas, which is just a short walk from the apartment. It’s a cozy place with rustic chic decor and a staff that really makes an effort to get to know you, find out what you like, and offer suggestions if you’re interested in that sort of thing (which V and I definitely are).

The weather was pretty mild, but chillier than it’s been, so I took the opportunity to break out my leather pants.

Blazer: Zara Tee: t+j Designs Pants: BCBG Boots: Rosegold

The restaurant was packed, as is to be expected on New Year’s Eve, so my jacket had to go once we were seated.

 

Posing with the remains of my glass of Albarino

Dinner was delicious. Since Viaggio is a tapas restaurant, we’d been searching for that perfect series of small plates that combine to make a perfect meal and we think we finally found it:

  • Shishito Peppers with Black Maldon Salt
  • Confit Garlic Shrimp with Tio Pepe Sherry
  • Lamb Meat Balls
  • Lamb Chops with Mascarpone Pistachio Gelee
  • Dessert: Ice Cream Sandwiches served on teeny-tiny Macarons

The staff did such a terrific job of moving things along that by 10PM we were on our way home.

Upon our arrival I promptly ditched my dinner attire for a more couch-friendly ensemble.

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I’m ready to Par-tayyyyy!

Loving our new gilded monogram DOF glasses – a Christmas gift from my mom – you can get them here.

And that’s a wrap – wishing you a happy, healthy, and successful 2016!

Farewell, Patricia Field

Recently I learned that Patricia Field’s store was closing. Pat Field may be best known to the world at large as the costume designer for Sex and the City, but her store has been a New York City mainstay long before Carrie and her crew roamed the streets of NYC.

Patricia Field has been in business for 50 years, but they’ve only occupied this space on the Bowery since 2012 (according to one of her many helpful and friendly employees). The current location is two floors worth of kitschy-chic fabulousness – costume jewelry with doll heads, an insane collection of affordably-priced sunglasses, brightly colored wigs, vintage shoes and apparel, clutch bags featuring big googly eyes for only $18, and so much more. In hindsight, it’s probably better that I never went in before now, I probably would have gone broke shopping there over the years. The prices are ridiculously reasonable, but there is so much sparkle that a magpie such as myself could never possibly have enough.

There’s so much more to Patricia Field’s store than I could ever put into one blog post. As I perused the delightfully cluttered mirrored shelves and tried on custom millinery items, an employee stopped a drag queen on his way out of the store, “no one ever recognizes me out of drag,” he remarked, clearly surprised. But that’s the kind of place it is. Even though I’d never been to her old shop in Greenwich Village, at that moment, I felt nostalgic for it.

Pat herself was nowhere to be found, but I probably would’ve just geeked out and had a major internal battle about whether or not it’s appropriate – or totally dorky – to ask her for a selfie. As I write and re-write this post I just feel like a total fangirl. So here are some photos from my visit. Hopefully they will inspire you to make your own pilgrimage before the store is set to close in early 2016.

Felt like Scarlett O’Hara when I realized I’d put it on backwards

Much better

Perhaps a more pared down version? Nah

I was torn about the shirt until a member of the staff (who also happens to model some of the clothes on the website) told me to cuff the sleeve, “I always do a cuff” he told me. Done!

Having fun with the fun house mirrors in the dressing room

Only $25 for these over-sized button-style earrings?! I had to have them.

And, finally, I will leave you with the most recognizable piece in the whole place, the Carrie necklace.

 Get your own here

Double Tuxes

Last weekend V’s brother and our sister-in-law got married on the East End of Long Island.  It was a beautiful day and a wonderful reason to get all decked out. Their colors were mint and navy, so V was clad in an all-navy tux and mint tie. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to rock my Stella McCartney tuxedo jumpsuit which I scored on sale at the Barney’s Outlet months earlier. Before I saw this picture I thought I looked super tall, but the minute you put me next to my brolic hubby I am reminded that I am a peanut. We still looked stellar though, if I do say so myself.

My sweet sister-in-law was kind enough to include me with the bridal party as they got their hair and makeup done that morning. While I opted out of the hair (sometimes a simple blowout is best), I was all in for the makeup. I showed the make-up artist, the delightful and talented Evy Drew whose clients include Ana Gasteyer and Mary-Louise Parker, what I was wearing and together we decided on the below look. A bold lip, a clean eye, and a bold brow for balance. This brow is what I must strive to achieve on my own. #Goals

The bride looked stunning (seriously, my SIL could be a model) and the groom looked smashing. We had the most wonderful time and danced the night away.

The Eyes Have It

The hunt for the perfect lipstick led me to Bergdorf Goodman on my lunch break as they are the only beauty counter in NYC that carries the Charlotte Tilbury line. Sadly, Ms. Tilbury’s lipstick are all a bit too peachy for me, but on my way out I stumbled upon a very helpful fellow at the Trish McEvoy counter.  Richard had Warren Beatty Shampoo-level hair and was wearing multiple pieces of David Yurman jewelry. He was confident and informative, but not pushy. 

I explained that I had been looking for an Anastasia counter so I could purchase their brow gel, but within moments he’s convinced me that that wasn’t at all what I needed. 

You see, gel flakes. Wax guides and looks natural and I can use a brow pencil to fill in as light or as heavy as I’d like. 

Before I could say, “I’ll take both,” Richard was working his magic with the brand’s Instant Eye Lift which conceals the bags that, according to Richard, are a product of genetics, not lack of sleep. Make that, “I’ll take all three.”  I walked out feeling like I just got a major makeover. My eyes looked brighter and my whole face read as more alert. I may have not found the perfect everyday lipstick I was looking for, but I’m really excited to play with the products I purchased.      

And in other exciting BG news:
 

Time for a Trim

To chop or not to chop, that has been the question for the past couple of months. While planning our wedding I insisted that I was going to cut my hair drastically after the big day and donate it. Unfortunately I found out that most organizations won’t accept gray hair, even if it’s already colored (explanation here, it actually makes sense) and the only one I found who will is Locks of Love, which has a shady past (explanation here). And so the long hair is here to stay for a bit longer. That being said, it was time to trim it up.

Here are the before shots:

  

My Pinterest Beauty board features haircuts from every end of the spectrum, but when it came down to it, I just asked her to add some long layers and take off the split ends. The result?

Nothing drastic, but I really like it. Have you taken a big hair risk lately? Tell me about it in the comments.

Finally, Fiorentini+Baker

What do Kate Beckinsale, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry and I have in common? These Fiorentini+Baker boots. For years I have wanted these boots. They have lived on my Pinterest “Lust List” board pretty much since it’s inception, but I always held off on buying them because I owned a perfectly nice pair of Calvin Klein motorcycle boots that fit well, looked nice, and I always received a lot of compliments on. And so I waited.

We’re prepping for a major event at work, so I’ve been spending long days at the office that have run well into the evening and, even when I get home, I’ve been doing more work. Sensing my stress, Vinny decided to do something beyond sweet and surprise me with them. They were waiting for me on the kitchen table when I walked in the door on Wednesday. I. FREAKED. OUT. I put them on right away and just wanted to live in them forever.

We were already home for the night so, naturally, I had to wear them the very next day. Unfortunately, I was a total struggles getting dressed this morning and I broke one of my cardinal rules (leggings are not pants), but I didn’t care because these boots are just instant badass.

So, thank you, V. You did not need to do this, but I am so, so, so glad you did.

My dear readers, do you have these boots or a pair that are similar? If so, how do you wear them? If not, how would you wear them? Discuss…

Accidental Anniversary Post

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about getting back to blogging. Today I’m home doing some work for my day-job and I decided to log in only to be greeted by this message:

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It’s been a crazy year, but lately a lot of things seem to be happening right now in a way that makes me think it’s no accident. So, I’m back. You can expect regular postings again.

To get things started here is my [very casual] OOTD in honor of it being October 3rd:

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Sweatpants: UnderArmour Tee: Truffle Shuffle (click on the pic to link to their site)

From Work to Play

Going out after work can be tricky to dress for, so when V said he was coming into the city after work for a date night, I was torn about what to wear . Thankfully, I work in a creative environment and I have a bit more freedom and I was able to look both professional and feel 100% like myself at dinner.

 

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