A Bejeweled Miu Miu from VESTIAIRE

November 13, 2017

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Miu Miu purse from Vestiaire 
Zena Presley suit
Marskinryyppy heels
Argento Vivo earrings
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My very first designer handbag purchase was made at the age of 16. It was a fuschia suede Miu Miu shoulder bag in good used condition off of Ebay. From a very young age I learned the trick of second hand shopping. Our parents took us to estate sales growing up, and learned to accept the art of dressing myself in worn, but quality, clothing. The first place I would look were all the closets. I knew all the designers already by the age of 13. Ferragamo shoes. Chanel purses. Yves Saint Laurent blazers. All these pretty things I saw in magazines, a dream for many including myself, could finally possibly become mine after digging in the depths of an abandoned closet of a rich Beverly Hill housewife. A spectacular designer piece, to me, only had to be worth it if you had to dig for it. If it happened to come to you by chance. Because that way, it seemed as if it were meant for you. It was like a game I played. And in those estate sales, even The Goodwills and Salvation Armies, I was like a kid in a candy store. 

That feeling, that’s how I feel when I shop the pages on Vestiaire. A nostalgic and exciting feeling of not knowing what you are going to find. And lots of promise with each browse. In this case, with each click. The hunt is what I love most about shopping second hand designer pieces. It’s going in with no idea of what you are covering at all, and leaving with something you never though you could live without. This is exactly what happened with me. After seeing the wide rage of styles and categorized that the site had, I actually narrowed my shopping experience to just handbags. I’m a much more focused shopper nowadays. After pages and pages of beautiful purses and handbags, this list of things I wanted kept growing. But for some reason I still couldn’t make a decision. I knew there was something special coming, something overlooked by others, waiting for me to give it a home. This quilted Miu Miu purse with jeweled decor was just that. It felt classic but off beat. The leather a color I had nothing of in my current handbag collection. The jewels made it feel perfectly in tune for night, yet it could be removed for more casual wear. Into my shopping cart it went. Without any hesitation.

At a price of $658, it really was undoubtedly a deal. A gem covered in gems. Before I received my purchase from the seller, it was analyzed by the Vestiaire team and verified authentic, before being shipped to me. With this process, every purchase is a trustworthy one. You know exactly what you are getting. In fact, this bag was better than what I expected, in design and condition. It was basically mint condition. 

And finally, my story of being a second hand designer love comes full circle. It started with a fuschia suede Miu Miu that was beloved to my 16 year old heart, and currently lands on a turquoise quilted leather Miu Miu that makes me want to disco dance into my 30s. Miu Miu just happens to be one of my favorite brands to shop second hand, because that is how I find the best gems of the brand! Vestiaire just happens to have a unique and rare collection to choose from!

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Dressing Up Basics with Whimsy + Row

November 11, 2017

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Whimsy + Row bodysuit and pants
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A simple black bodysuit and neutral pants can go a long way with the right finishing touches. Here I collaborated with Whimsy + Row, an eco-conscious clothing line made in DTLA from recycled fabric. to showcase the styling of some of their key fall pieces. I just happened to have this Lacoste jacket in nearly the exact same tone of tan of these pants. Together, it gave the appearance of a set, which I absolutely adore this season. It broke up the black and really makes a statement. The touches of blue came with my Miu Miu purse and Miista snakeskin printed boots. It’s an eclectic spin on a workwear look, made possible with the foundation of these two Whimsy + Row pieces. The eco-friendly aspect to this brand draws me to it the most, especially in the world we live in today. My closet is slowly becoming more and more balanced out with pieces that take into account our environment just as the fashion conscious part. It’s a shift that I look forward to seeing more and more of in the upcoming years and hopefully sooner!

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The Mulberry Amberley Bag

November 9, 2017

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Outfits by Mulberry
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Super excited to share with you all my collaboration with Mulberry for the launch of the new Mulberry Amberley collection. The lock closure of the Amberley bags is a modern twist on a classic British design, and it’s the inspiration behind this video which takes a peek through the lock at my favorite parts of New York City. Can you tell by looking which parts these are? New York City is a whirlwind every single day, but I cannot stress more how much I adore certain parts of it more than others. These certain parts always feel brand new and nostalgic to me at the exact same time. They change with the time of day. They change depending on the light. They change with the types of people who pass through. They change depending on my mood. They change depending on whether I’m visiting them along or holding the hand of my man. This feeling of change is what makes NYC feel alive. And that energy is what I wanted to come across in this video that I worked on with my amazing boyfriend. He filmed it and edited it with my guidance on creative direction. Together we made 60 seconds of magic I think. I’m very proud of what our perspectives together created. It drives me to want to keep creating and telling stories! 

In other exciting new . . . next Tuesday, November 14th, I’ll be co-hosting an event at the Mulberry store in Soho with the lovely Krystal Bick from 6-8pm. We’d love for you all to join us at the store for a night of fashion and handbags that will include a cocktail mixology lesson, as well as a viewing of the special in-store installation featuring our #RidersLock videos. RSVP to: RSVPNYC@mulberry.com. The first 30 RSVPs will receive a small special gift from Mulberry!! We are so excited for next Tuesday! Hope to see you there!

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The British Countryside

November 7, 2017


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All looks by M Missoni
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Some pictures that didn’t make it to Instagram during our stay at Soho Farmhouse in the British countryside. We had a really love two nights in our cottage on the farmhouse grounds with the lovely Julie of M Missoni. It was a little autumn escape right at the beginning of the season. At this point, autumn didn’t yet hit New York City, so being in this environment where a sweater was much needed was quite the treat. Autumn is really my season! The cottage was decorated so warmly and quaintly. Fully equipped with a fireplace, a tub meant for a long bubble bath, the refrigerator full of cakes and other savory treats, this abode was very hard to leave. Basically, this was a fancier version of what I’m used to on my upstate New York retreats. That English flair came across through and through, starting with a morning cup of tea. Then came the knitted sweaters. The wellies. The striped cat in the garden in bloom. A boat ride under cloudy gray skies. Our very first horseback ride through grassy green. Yes I got hit in the face by a branch, but I most definitely survived and enjoyed a good gallop. It didn’t rain enough for it to pass as truly British enough, but I think I did my first English countryside trip right. 

The current fall collection by M Missoni that Natalie and I wore fit the Soho Farmhouse in everywhere. In fact, it literally went hand in hand. The earthy, rustic colors brought to life the everlasting green and muted tones of the farmhouse grounds. I like to describe the collection as wearing a warm fireplace that you never want to take off. It’s the changing of colors in every way, and especially so with every knit. The colors. The patterns. The richness. It was made to be worn exactly where we were. Soho Farmhouse. A fancy mind/body recharge for the fashionably conscious. We rode horses. We took a cycling class. We wore M Missoni. Now that’s what you call a modern day retreat. Thank you M Missoni for having Natalie and I on this mini escape. 

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