Otherwise Engaged.

Rejoicing in the New Year can mean a lot of things: resolutions, a fresh start and the excitement of knowing that winter is on its way out! I have big changes in store for 2014, the first of which will be marrying my Prince Charming! Hallelujah! Amen! OMG! I’m. So. Freaking. Excited. Where to even begin?!

For starters, I am truly over the moon for my vintage Art Deco engagement ring from Maloy’s. I thought I wanted just an understated band, but once you start trying on fancier bling one quickly realizes that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend! While window shopping I couldn’t take my eyes off of this one particular classic, sparkly ring, and my amazing boo surprised me with that very ring a couple days later as he popped the best question ever! So lesson one of wedding planning learned: be open to new ideas!

You can expect some more wedding style posts as I venture into this unknown world of endless style decisions (all of which make finding Mr. Right look like the easy part)! For now, I’ve settled on my wedding color: white! For me white is just so clean and classic and a perfect starting point for my wedding vision. I’ve come up with a variety of ideas to share with my incredible florist (who happens to be my gorgeous niece), and I’m letting her take over creatively from here. Trust is a virtue, and I really don’t want to spend time micro-managing any one aspect too much. I strive to enjoy this process and savor the fun that comes along with being engaged. So far, so awesome! Cheers to a new, stylish year!

{floral inspo}

{floral inspo}

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Werkin’ 9 to 5.

{Courtesy of The New Yorker}

{Courtesy of The New Yorker}

I know, I KNOW! I haven’t been here in forever, but I truly do have a decent excuse: I’ve been working a relatively “grown-up” job in the photography styling biz and damn the real world because it is freaking ex-haus-ting! But all thanks to a nudge from my impossibly chic coworker Eric, I’m finally ready to go back on trial! You see, Eric is one of the “creatives” at my work who dresses like he’s from Martha’s Vineyard and fluently utters phrases such as “Frankly, I think that would look marvelous paired with the Chantilly lace!” Eric was disappointed to learn that I didn’t have a “back story” that involved a childhood spent in Europe, and now with his ever-growing disillusionment with me never getting my blog on, I just can’t bear to disappoint him or my Style Trialers any longer! So it is with his polite encouragement that I can proudly proclaim: this court is officially back in session!

First case in the matter: whatever am I to wear to werk it at my work?! Dressing for my job has the following challenges:

-At 6am I don’t give a sh-t what I look like, only to later realize I look like sh-t and I should’ve put in more effort.

-The temperature goes from zero to profusely sweating and back in 2.2, so I have to drape myself in a multitude of layers.

-I need to wear flats (with some type of support) as I often stand for long periods of time.

-I tend to wear boxy, long tops to hide the “Freshman 15” that I’ve put on thanks to endless amounts of free baked deliciousness lingering about.

So, what’s the final verdict on getting dressed in the dark (with minimal regrets) as I dash out the door? A mix of sassy ankle boots + modern skinny jeans + a flowing T + cozy knits + 1 bold accessory = case clothed! Let’s take further inspiration from the street style stars who seem to make looking chic their full-time job (just like Eric)!

{werk it girl, do a twirl}

{werk it girl, do a twirl}

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Blessings in Disguise.

{photo: style.com}

{photo: style.com}

In my fashion heaven,  Tom Ford is God. But he’s insanely good-looking so he’s like the way hotter, much more dapper version. Anyway, ever since his departure from Gucci in 2004 he’s dabbled in everything from perfume and chic sunglasses to directing the beautifully depressing A Single Man. In recent times, Mr. Ford has designed custom ‘fits for celebs like BFF Julianne Moore while inspiring Justin Timberlake’s new debonair look for his return to music (thank God, er Tom Ford). Most importantly: he just shut it down in London with his namesake collection for fall 2013.

Allow me to explain why this collection is EVERYTHING: the strongest trend of the year is pattern on pattern, but Tom Ford takes this trend one step further by adding texture on texture. Thigh-high patchwork boots and leopard coats might seem a bit much for now (hello: Prince Akeem), but as we head into fall everyone will be ready to bow down! Hopefully, ZARA will answer our prayers by providing accessible knockoffs immediately. In the meantime, let us rejoice in the real deal! Amen.

{blessings in disguise}

{Hallelujah!}

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New York Giants.

{Marc Jacobs Finale}

{Marc Jacobs finale}

Runways across the globe have begun to fall forward! First up: NYC! My favorite American designers are off and running with bold EVERYTHING in addition to impeccable styling details to match! Going all out is officially back in! Start spreading the news…

part 1

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Rise and Shine.

{Hey Girl, This post has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with how hot Ryan Gosling is}

{Hey Girl, This post has absolutely nothing to do with how hot Ryan Gosling is!}

Sorry Capricorns, but January has never been my thing. Day one you wake up with a hangover and your first order of business is to go on a diet?! No thanks! During this very cold lull between Christmas and my February birthday I tend to: sleep a lot, watch a ton of movies (Zero Dark Thirty is amazing, Gangster Squad not so much), wear a lot of The North Face and complain about how dry my skin is. Needless to say, I’m past due for a pick-me-up! The time has come to get off the couch and seek greener pastures! Come on, get glowing already!

try these...

{cold remedies}

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Well Suited.

{For Your Consideration}

{For Your Consideration}

As New Year’s Eve quickly approaches ladies everywhere will begin to squeeze themselves into  Spanx before zipping into a dazzly little mini. I propose we all stop, drop and roll our eyes at the notion because there’s a New Year’s Option to consider: sassy slacks! Try adding a bib necklace, a pointed pump, a statement jacket, any sort of midas touch or go for a head-to-toe matching ensemble! Hit up this festive holiday from a different angle, and I guarantee you’ll be the one who’s really wearing the pants at the party!

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Secret Santa.

Hello, Dolly.

Hello, Dolly.

For me, the best part of the holla-days is surprising my awesome nephews with well-deserved gifts and watching their faces light up as they cherish each exciting moment! I also love to treat my mom & sisters to a little special something, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers that The Style Santa is bringing their way (let’s just say there’s a lot of cowl and turtleneck requests)!

However, I don’t mind throwing a visual hint-hint out there with a few  (completely unnecessary) items of which I wouldn’t exactly kick out of bed on Christmas morning. I’m just sayin… From home goodies to trendy treasures to new workout gear, there are some things that might add a little tinsel to my tree! Feel free to stalk my stocking stuffers and add them to your list too. Ho ho holla!

{may all your Christmas' be bright}

{may all your Christmases be bright}

1. Nike ‘Dunk Sky Hi’ Wedge Sneaker in black, purple pattern and red
2. Mindy Kaling Questions I Ask When I want To Talk About Myself: 50 Topics For Friends
3. La Mer Triple Wrap Watch
4. Portolano Metallic Striped Gloves
5. Banksy You Are An Acceptable Level Of Threat…
6. Vogue 1-Year Subscription
7. Capri Blue Candle In A Jar
8. Urbanears Headphones
9. Dorothy Perkins Charcoal Owl Jumper
 
 

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