The Art of Black and White

IMG_3775There’s no other combination that’s cleaner, chicer, more graphic than black and white. However you put it together, it just works. You can dress it up, dress it down. You could probably wear black and white every day of the week and never wear it the same way twice. (Hmmm…possible future blog post?)

As for Art? Black and white makes a powerful statement there too. Yes, the messaging in this streetwise piece is pretty heavy, but I’m glad its creator found his voice.

First Fall Haul!

IMG_3752Even though it’s still t-shirt and sandal weather, I’m starting to think about Fall. And this is my first haul! Some bought in-store, some online. Not a ton of stuff, but some key pieces that I see myself wanting to wear again…and again. Where to start? Hard to say. I love each and every one of these AFFORDABLE finds.

Hippie Chic

IMG_3489It’s true. You can take the Girl out of Greenwich Village, but you can’t take Greenwich Village out of the Girl. While I don’t think growing up across the street from Washington Square Park in the 60s makes my childhood more meaningful than others, it might just make it a bit more unique. As in home movies of my sisters and me scampering around hippies at a Be-In. Or protesting girls not having sports teams in elementary school. Babysitting money went far in those days, as we wandered the neighborhood in search of posters, beads, candles and pizza. We even learned how to order and tip like grown-ups at the crepe shops and coffee bars. And yes, the perfect OOTD was a must, starting with your jeans. So this a long lead-up to saying this look brought back a lot of memories, while feeling very fun and now. And very me.

Egg-cellent Lo Cal Lunch

IMG_3445As a freelance Creative Director/Writer I work both on and offsite and often find myself at home for lunch. It’s a lot easier on my wallet but also requires some creativity to keep calories in check, tastebuds satisfied. And this 250 calorie meal (yes!) is one of my good-for-you, good-to-eat go-tos. In all, it’s super easy to prepare and includes an open face sandwich, beverage and “dessert.” And yes, it keeps me going all afternoon long.

Bright Stripes, Big City

IMG_3210Yes…that’s my photographer’s shadow. Not a perfect fashion moment, but hey, that’s life. This bright-striped duo has been hanging in my closet since June, and I couldn’t put its blog debut off any longer. Especially since stripes and Summer are made for each other. The cutaway crochet tank and pleated knit skirt are my first Worth New York purchases. It was really fun to work with Lisa, my friend and Worth Stylist, in their airy, elegant New York City showroom. I tried on quite a few things, but in the end loved how these two separates paired up. I think I even surprised Lisa with the look.

Dressed Up Dressed Down

IMG_2812Well, here we are. Already in the last week of our 2-week vacation at a very beloved, very one-of-a-kind place. It’s all about the beach but it’s so much more than the beach. It’s no cars. It’s ride your bike everywhere, and that means 2 year olds and 90 year olds — on tricycles as needed. It’s sailing on the Great South Bay. It’s Yoga to the the chirp of a bird, the thwack of a tennis ball. Did I say tennis. It’s tennis. And more tennis. It’s the sunny “Circle” that keeps growing with every beach chair. It’s rum and tonics and rosé as the sun goes down. It’s flashlights instead of streetlights. It’s family and friends. It’s laughs, love, and memories to last a lifetime. It’s the best.

Hello Yellow!

IMG_2565As a blonde, I’ve always avoided wearing the color yellow. I really can’t tell you why. A fashion rule? Or my own rule?? Well, rules were meant to be broken. The color yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism and joy. Boy was I missing out! Yellow in all its hues from sunny to mustard has been heating up the summer scene and promises to keep going strong into fall. So when I spied this eyelet dress, I had to say yes to yellow. And guess what? It brightens my mood whenever I put it on. So my new fashion rule is wear what makes you feel good. Whatever your hair color, whatever your age.

Summer Shoe-athon!

img_3153.jpgI know the magazines, blogs and stores are already full of cashmere sweaters and suede boots, but I love shopping the last-of-summer sales for bargains I can have fun with now and be thrilled to see next year. Since my tootsies will be bundled up before you know it, I savor these last weeks of wearing sandals and enjoying the pedicures that go with them. All of my picks are still available and all are on sale. I was able to make two of my shoe-athon purchases with an added code, bringing each of them to under $65 a pair!

IMG_3172IMG_3174It was lust at first sight for these Madewell gladiator sandals with colorful raffia pom-poms on the laces. With a nod to traditional shoemaking, they were designed to leave the nailheads visible on the soles. Oh…and did i say the natural colored leather looks and feels truly lux.

IMG_3177If you don’t know Soludos, you should! They are known for their fun and fashion-y embroidered espadrilles. You may remember this pair. While not embroidered, the blue- hued patchwork of this classic lace-up sandal is a nod to the groovy chic of 70s muses like Jane Birkin and Ali McGraw. Music to my ears! And another must-have.

Madewell’s slide with artful raffia fringe and a stylish yet comfy block heel equal the perfect summer party shoe. And because they’re black, they’ll also make a perfect transition into those first few weeks of fall.

IMG_3163I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect navy sandal. And I found it! This timeless banded flat from Soludos in midnight suede with handcrafted embroidery, appliqué and grommets is the perfect boho go-to for beach boardwalks…or city streets. Their back zipper makes them easy on, easy off. And did I say SUPER comfy!

Madewell Sale (true to size for me, but I order a half size up for anything with a heel) & Soludos Sale (for me their shoes usually run small, so for closed toe espadrilles I order a size up)

So many cute and colorful options! Let me know if you choose any of these for yourself. Or find something else you’d like to share. Happy shopping!

Photos by MP Allegaert