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The Cure for Wardrobe Paralysis

The tail end of summer might be the toughest time for wardrobes everywhere. By now, you’ve worn your summer clothes to death, so I guarantee you’re staring into your closet with severe wardrobe paralysis — the…

Navigating Nauticals

Not that I ever need a reason to rock some nautical stripes, but hanging out by the water on America’s birthday is as good an excuse as ever! Nautical style has been a part of our…

Home Is Where Your ‘Hood Is

My first NYC apartment search was so traumatic — my mom and I saw 25 apartments in three days before I had to move across the country — I’ve been trying not to think about…

Confidence is Your Best Accessory

You see this shirt? It was an investment. Not a ‘this-is-kinda-pricey-but-I’ll-have-it-forever’ kind of investment … because this shirt only cost $10. This was an investment in my future self. A little goal I made – I’m…

Keeping Up with the Blog-dashians

Confession: blogger life can be kind of lonely sometimes. I work full time, so most week nights are spent hunched over my computer editing photos and writing content (while sharing a bottle of wine with…

What Would Carrie Bradshaw Do?

Dear Mother Nature – I know you’ve taught us that April showers bring May flowers, but don’t you think we’ve suffered enough this winter? Do you think maybe you might consider skipping the rain part…

Love Affair Links

Confession. I bought these candies for the sole purpose of taking this lovely Instagram. As I was purchasing them I thought “great, we can get in the Valentine’s Day spirit a little early, and have…

Lexicon of Style Scarves

I’ve been wearing my blanket scarves so much lately I almost forgot what a quality silk modal scarf felt like! They are one of the oldest, most glamorous accessories a woman can own. This blanket…

Double Duty

At this point, it’s pretty clear how strong my feelings are for a particular blanket scarf. You’ve seen me wear it here, and here, aaaaand here, and here…you get the idea. I have a problem. So I decided to…

Last Minute Gift Guide ~ For Her

The perfect gift. It’s an elusive beast (usually found in little blue boxes like this one) and time is ticking! The good news is, the stores are almost encouraging your procrastination with sales upon sales (Banana…

Holiday Gift Guide ~ For Him

    For as easy as it is to shop for myself, I’m sometimes intimidated to shop for my beau. Much to his credit, he is ahead of the curve on a lot of men’s…

A Touch of Holiday Sparkle + Giveaway!

Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. It sneaks up on me every year – like we just hopped the express train from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Not that I’m complaining –…

Little Red Riding in My Hood

Have you ever wanted something so bad, you’d go to the ends of the earth for it? Although maybe not the ends of the earth,  I have been all over Manhattan, which is the center of the…

Turning Over a New Leaf…

Every month I tell myself: “I’m turning over a new leaf. From now on I’m buying less quantity and more quality.” And then … because I live in New York and I walk by about 100 stores…

Stating the Obvious: Plaid for Fall is a Thing.

Fall weather must flick a switch inside me or something. When the temperature drops to roughly 50 degrees, I seem to turn off my “chic city girl mode” and turn on the “cozy Midwesterner mode”. Out with…

Don’t Distress! Ripped Jeans are Back

Confession: in high school, I worked for Buckle. I know, those were some darker sartorial times… Almost every paycheck would funnel right back to the store, in exchange for lots and lots of Lucky and BKE…

Color Crush ~ Burgundy

Take a cue from your favorite beverage this fall – merlot, burgundy, and bordeaux shades are here in a big way. This lush color is the perfect balance of sexy and chic. It’s richer and deeper than…