Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giving Gratitude

Photographer: NeNe


Coat: Steve Madden | Poncho Sweater & Pants: metrosyle | Pom Pom Shoes: ASOS
Scarf: VeVelle | Jewelry: Kara Ross NY | Nails: Akiko | Handbag: FURLA

It's Thanksgiving week, and I am all about giving gratitude! Sometimes it's really important to step back and reflect on all of the great aspects of your life. I made a promise to myself, to take better care of my relationships, especially the one with myself. One of my personal goals this year & for 2016 is to get more in touch with my spiritual side, and inner connection to the universe. I recently started making time for meditation, and reflection on a daily basis. (I am not a full blown yogi or guru, but I am taking the first steps) I am starting with "gratitude walks" and a "gratitude journal". These walks are personal time for me, away from my cell phone or the hustle/bustle of city life.  I simply take time to walk in a park or around the neighborhood and give thanks for all of the great things in my life. 

I am so beyond grateful to work with such amazing brands, and follow my dreams in fashion. Not only do I have the ability to purchase my own clothes, but to be able to wear new pieces before they hit stores or promote new styles is truly a blessing. I fell in love with this cobalt blue princess cut funnel coat by Steve Madden from Alloy Apparel instantly. It makes such a strong statement with any look. My pants and sweater poncho are by metrosyle, when in doubt go with all black.  This look is casual and comfortable, yet with the right accessories can still be extremely chic. My beautiful silk printed scarf is by VeVelle, I truly believe a scarf can enhance any outfit. And lastly, these kick ass pom pom heels are  by ASOS.  (how damn cute and they?!)

I wanted to share something extremely personal with you guys this week, especially because it's Thanksgiving week and this is very relevant to my life. I came across an interesting way to get in touch with you "inner gratitude" and spiritual side. I have tried mediation before, and to be quite honest it is very hard for me to sit still and quiet all of the thoughts in my head to focus on breathing & chanting. It just doesn't work for me... and that's OK- everyone is different. Mediation comes in other forms besides sitting on the floor crossed legged and eyes closed. I recently started a gratitude journal, I write in it almost everyday in the morning or at night. This is a way for me to practice my grateful thoughts and put it into the universe. Everyday answer these 3 questions, and try not to repeat yourself day to day:

- Who/What inspired me today?

- What made me happy today or brought peace to my day?

- How did I contribute to my own happiness?

You can also list everything you are grateful for in a given day, and the people in your life. This is something that is so easy to do, and yet it makes such an impact. Now you might think I am crazy, but research & studies have shown an impressive range of benefits for people that keep these journals including: better sleep, fewer symptons of illness, and a deeper level of happiness. Since this is something very personal for me, I wanted to share it and see if any of you are interested in trying it out. 

On that note, I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Take some time to be grateful for all of  the good in your life. xo 


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Holiday Texture Trio

Location: Abington House Rooftop, NYC | Photographer: Seef7

Top: H&M | Skirt: Calvin Klein | Beanie: Juicy Couture | Plaid Coat: ASOS | Sunnies: Ray Bans 
Cut-Out Gloves: ASOS | Jewelry: Kara Ross NY | Boots: H&M | Scarf: Vintage

I am extremely grateful & blessed that I can dress and express myself everyday. I can wear what I want, and own it in any setting. Whether I am dressing for work, an event, or brunch with my friends it is extremely important to still have my personal flare and sense of adventure in my look. I do not mold or give in to trends, rather I prefer creating my own. Fashion is not about following a set of rules, it's really about expressing ourselves and showcasing your personality. 

I really can't believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I did some light Christmas shopping today and strolled around the city. EVERYTHING is already decorated for the holidays. Windows are  up and glistening, lights everywhere you look, and Christmas trees already set with ornaments. Now I don't know about you, but it all came a little too soon for me this year. The best way for me to get myself into the holiday spirit is dressing for it! 

A little sparkle and texture is just what I needed. The weather has been extremely on and off in New York. One day its hot, the next it's freezing, so layers are crucial for any city gal on the go. I have been really into long sleeve bodysuits lately. They are wonderful to wear under any short sleeve shirt for an extra layer of warmth. I completely love this sequined blouse from H&M. The first time I saw it hanging I knew it would be a holiday staple. This shirt literally made me smile. It was weird, and colorful, and I couldn't figure out the front hanging pieces that stuck out all over....but I LOVED it.  I wore it to a corporate-esq industry breakfast recently and the main response was, "you look like a disco ball and I like it", naturally I take that as a compliment. haha 

I don't want to sound so cliche here, but obvi plaid makes me think of the holidays. This over-size boyfriend blazer from ASOS is so easy to wear. I purchased it last year and still absolutely adore this coat. The booties were a super score from H&M, flat pointy toe is the way to go. I added in a super chunky knit black and white circle scarf for an added layer of texture. The cashmere beanie was actually a Christmas gift last year and I'm still totally obsessed, I have a cool beanie collection that has some serious character. 

To sum up my pre-holiday vibe- take some risks! Mix and match your prints, cause why not?! Life's too short to wear the same safe thing. Spend a good 20 minutes in your closet tonight and play dress up. Put together pieces you would normally not think of and try them on creating new looks with your current wardrobe. You would be surprised at how many holiday styles you already have. 

Have a big holiday party coming up and your stressin on what to wear?! 
Girl I got you... 

(guys are welcome to join the convo too, happy to help)


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Everyday Superwoman

Location: Tribeca Park | Photographer: NeNe

Cape & Leather Pleated Skirt: Zara | Booties: Mari A | Sunnies: Freida Rothman

In the overall spirit of Halloween, I believe that every woman truly needs a cape, confidence, and empowerment ring to feel like a modern day Superwoman. No need for a red and blue logo'd S on your chest, just the basics to make you feel good in your own skin. This entire look is by ZARA from the Fall 2015 collection. 

The "cape" is a must have for this season. I love this camel colored wool cashmere cape with leather buckle straps. It is perfect for everyday and makes me feel like I can conquer the day. Secondly, a huge trend for Fall remains to be a midi-skirt (below the knee). This is a remixed version in leather pleats that adds so much life and movement to your overall look.  I styled this outfit with open toe Mari A tan colored block heel booties and "Serena" oversize sunnies from Freida Rothman. The ring that you see in my fist pump is the first glimpse of DIAMONDS UNLEASHED by Kara Ross for HSN, premiering on December 13th, 2015. #StayTuned 

I ALWAYS love Halloween and the Fall season. Any excuse to dress up is enough for me.  I also feel that Halloween is a time when people can be their alter-ego. Why not feel like a Superwoman everyday? 


Sunday, October 25, 2015


Metamorphosis Day Spa | 127 East 57th Street, NYC | Ph: 212 751 6051 

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! I took a little "off-duty" time to visit my favorite spa in NYC, Metamorphosis located uptown on 57th street. (they literally have the BEST facials) I needed some time to myself to relax and regroup. You have to invest in yourself, sometimes taking an afternoon at the spa is much needed. I noticed my skin breaking out A LOT lately (stress and not taking care of myself properly), also my face has been extremely dry from the change in the seasons. 

I wanted to get a facial that would hydrate, and improve the overall color of my skin tone after all the damages this summer from the sun. Metamorphosis offers a really unique "Golden Glow" facial that includes a 24k gold and pomegranate face mask. That just sounded like heaven to me! Who wouldn't want to lather themselves in gold?! Little did I know all of the benefits gold actually has, and how it has been used for years since ancient times on the skin. 

The facial started off like any other- cleaning, toner, steam, extractions (which is all extremely professional and done well), and then my aesthetician used a pumpkin exfoliation which was amazing. I loved the smell of it, and I felt it added some nice color and glow to my skin. Then the 24k gold mask was applied. It did not tingle or burn, it went on very smooth and has the bright gold look when applied with two coats. I literally felt like an ancient Egyptian queen.  Then a lip perfifane was applied to hydrate any cracks or dryness. I asked my very knowledgable aesthetician what are some of the benefits, and I was completely floored to hear so many! 


Activate the process of cell renewal and rejuvenates your skin

Brings a significant reduction of wrinkles and fine lines

It has anti-aging properties and makes your skin look youthful

It is helpful in elimination of toxins and combating damages made by the sun

It provides your skin with oxygen and reduces the tired appearance

Brightens up the skin and your face looks dull no more

Prevents blemishes and acnes since it is known to have anti-bacterial properties

Ensures that skin elasticity is maintained

Improves circulation of blood

It suits dry and oily skin alike

I think that is pretty impressive! Would you ever try one? 
You guys seriously have to visit Metamorphosis on your next "off-duty" spa day.  They also have wonderful organic skin products that I have been using for the past few months. I especially love the Emerge Lab stem cell serum and facial cream. Check it out here! 

Go for the Gold! xo