Lookbook: Off-the-Shoulder Lace Blouse

The off-the-shoulder silhouette is one of the hottest looks of the season, and is, incidentally, one of the easiest pieces you can purchase to update your summer wardrobe. Done in both dresses and blouses in every iteration from menswear shirting to feminine lace, this modern look can be worn with something you already own and still make a bold statement.  Maybe it's the subtle sexiness or the fun flirty flair; whatever it is, I personally can not stop buying them. Check back soon for an entire dedicated post.

In the meantime, here is a little outfit inspiration centered around an off-the-shoulder lace blouse (by Alexis, one of my new favorite designers) that I wore recently to celebrate my birthday with my family back in Kansas City. Such a detailed top takes center stage and I kept the rest of my look simple and effortless - my go-to white AG jeans, Castañer espadrille wedges (ever the classic) and Goyard tote.

Lace Off the Shoulder Top
Hotel Sorella Kansas City
Alexis Lace Top

ALEXIS LACE TOP (sold out) SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR  //  AG JEANS  //  CASTAÑER ESPADRILLES   //  GOYARD BAG (not sold online, but you may purchased gently used styles here) 

What to Pack: Beach Essentials

Memorial Day weekend has officially kicked off! To get in the spirit, we have compiled a little inspiration board of styles to add to your summer beach/pool repertoire. We are loving all of the whimsical and bohemian elements such as intricate embroidery, tassels and scalloped detailing gracing everything from swimwear, caftans, hats and totes. Did we mention shoes?! That will require its own post.

This navy Figue caftan is equally suitable to throw on over your swimsuit poolside or paired with skinny jeans and wedges for a casual evening look. What better way to add a dose of drama to a solid, chic swimsuit than an oversize straw hat with sequin embroidery? For this, we adore modern milliner Eugenia KimOur favorite swimwear designer right now is Marysia - we love her feminine scalloped detailing, and they have so many styles to choose from. Lastly, how adorable are these embroidered and tasseled straw bags? So versatile - perfect for a weekend getaway if you can only pack one bag.

Happy Memorial Day! We hope everyone has a fabulous weekend planned!

Beach Essentials

Beach Essentials

Lookbook: Gingham Girl

Friends: it has been months since our last post; but alas, I am back, and with my second son in tow (nearly eight months!) and as a new resident of Palm Beach, Florida! I really can't complain.  Michelle, on the other hand, has been (and is still) galavanting around Europe with no date to return to NYC anytime soon. Can you blame her? 

Let's get down to business. One of our favorite trends this spring/summer is GINGHAM. In our opinion, nothing says summer like gingham, whether it is in black, red, blue or pink.  With busy prints such as this, it is best to start with one statement piece and take it from there. For a little weekend bike ride around our new neighborhood, I wore a flirty gingham ruffled top with skinny white denim and another little splash of gingham done in a knotted slide. For a pop of color, I accessorized with my classic red Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag and my husband's spiffy new Brooklyn Bicicyle. :)

Black and white gingham top
Gingham street style
Gingham ruffled top

INTERMIX GINGHAM TOP (now on sale!) //  AG JEANS  //  J CREW SANDALS (also on sale!)  //  PRADA SUNGLASSES  //  HAYDEN LASHER BELGIAN BAG

We Love: Pre-Fall Wardrobe Updates

As summer is starting to wind down and fall fashion is everywhere we turn, we are so excited to start working some of the key pieces into our wardrobe! Everything this fall looks so new and fresh and we are especially loving the luxe bohemian looks that have evolved from spring. From silky printed blouses, drapey ponchos and capes, suede everything (skirts, heels, leggings...), chic knits, fringe, and fun updates in fur and shearling. We are also seeing a rich fall color palette - camel, burgandy, and gorgeous prints including paislies and dramatic florals. For accessories, look for wear-with-anything block heel booties, over the knee boots, the nonchalant cross-body bag or ladylike top-handle bag. We seriously can't wait. We will highlight some of the season's key trends in the upcoming months, but for now, here are some great pieces that feel so right, you can start working them into your wardrobe now and continue wearing them through fall. xo, Courtney

Pre Fall Fashion

Pre Fall Fashion

Insider Tips: Pregnancy Skincare Essentials

Apologies for our brief blogging hiatus… it's summer, what can we say?!

In other news, while we don't generally do dedicated beauty posts, I have been asked recently about the products I use during pregnancy. For those who know me, I am a strong believer in all-natural childbirth; so naturally, I do an overhaul of my skincare regimen to include safer products during pregnancy. It is recommended to avoid retinoids, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, aluminum chloride, and parabens during pregnancy because they soak into your skin (and enter your bloodstream) and could be harmful to the baby. Not surprisingly, it can be difficult to find products that actually work without all of those active ingredients! Here are some of my must-haves from my first pregnancy that I loved so much I have continued to use in my normal routine and throughout this pregnancy as well. I would love to hear if some of you have favorites as well! xo, Courtney

Pregnancy Skincare Essentials

Pregnancy Skincare Essentials

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1. Normally, I am a big salicylic acid / glycolic acid cleanser fan, so I was worried about finding a suitable alternative. After some trial and error I stumbled upon this Avene Cleanance Gel Cleanser - it lathers nicely and makes my skin feel so clean and fresh.

2. Unable to get chemical peels during pregnancy, I feel like my skin needs a little extra TLC. I love the Clarisonic because I know I'm getting a deep clean and exfoliation; needless to say, this has become a year-round staple.

3. A Parisian pharmacy find (my favorite!), I discovered the Avene Thermal Spring Water several years ago and have been using it ever since. I use this as my toner after cleansing and also to set my makeup.

4. I've been using this lightweight La Mer Gel Moisturizing Creme for nearly ten years and was so happy to find out that it is indeed paraben-free.

5. Love this rich, but lightweight La Mer Eye Concentrate, another favorite which I was thrilled fit the bill for pregnancy-safe beauty.

6. I used this inexpensive Palmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Cream during my last pregnancy and am happy to report stretch-mark free! I applied this every morning and used a more intense oil at night.

7. Another success during my last pregnancy, so I've continued using the Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil at night.

8. I discovered this Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil about five years ago in Monaco - it smells absolutely heavenly! A blend of sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, etc. - I use it as a light body moisturizer year-round and during the first few months of pregnancy before diving into the stretch mark creams.

9. It was a bit harder to find an effective aluminum-free deodorant... the Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant is the best one I've found so far and I love the rose scent.

 

Lookbook: Off-the-Shoulder Dress

One of the looks we are really into this season is the off-the-shoulder dress. It is such a simple style that flatters every body type and the ruffle flounce offers a flirty, fun look that can be dressed down for day or up for night.

Some of our favorites: this gorgeous cranberry Alice & Olivia would be perfect for a late summer or fall wedding. We also love this pretty eyelet version by Rebecca Minkoff - a quintessential white dress to add to your summer collection. This ivory style by Cynthia Rowley is equal parts sweet and sophisticated. Lastly, we adore this streamlined, sexy style by The Row - a modern twist on the LBD.

It seems the off-the-shoulder trend has staying power for another season because we are already seeing looks pop up for fall from designers such as Lela Rose, Valentino and Zac Posen. xo, Courtney

Reformation Nashville Dress
Gore Creek, Vail, Colorado
Top of Vail Mountain
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour
Top of Vail Mountain

Lookbook: White Tassel Maxi

When it comes to summer evening attire, it doesn't get any simpler than a long breezy maxi dress. I live in white in the warmer months, and love anything with tassels so when I stumbled upon this dress, I could not resist. More importantly, it accommodates the growing baby bump. 

On this particular evening, we were off to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Beaver Creek, Beano's Cabin. Known for its idyllic setting and incredible mountain-inspired prix fixe menu, Beano's is a special place. I grew up taking the sleigh ride through the snow (and singing Christmas carols along the way) in the winter and my husband and I held our wedding rehearsal dinner there three years ago. We were excited to take our son for the first time and he absolutely loved the ride up through the mountains - seeing horses and deer along the way. We can't wait to go back this winter! xo, Courtney

White Maxi Dress
Our son, distracted by his newest obsessions - gondolas and chairlifts!

Our son, distracted by his newest obsessions - gondolas and chairlifts!

Beano's Cabin, Beaver Creek

Beano's Cabin, Beaver Creek

Rustic elegance at Beano's Cabin

Rustic elegance at Beano's Cabin

Lookbook: Red, White & Blue

We hope everyone had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend! We spent the long weekend in Vail, Colorado. It's one of my favorite places to spend the holiday because my family celebrated there when we were growing up. Now that I have a family of my own, it is so much fun sharing the same experiences with my husband and son (parade, fireworks, gondola rides, bike rides, favorite restaurants...)

For the evening of the Fourth, I went full-on red, white and blue with a navy and white tassel dress by Reformation and accessorized with my beloved Belgian Bag in bright red and a pair of gold and navy-flecked cork wedges. In case I haven't mentioned, I am currently six months pregnant. To be honest, I am not a fan of maternity clothes - I did not wear them during my last pregnancy and I do not plan on wearing them this time around - with the exception of maternity jeans (there really is no substitute for those!) I recently discovered Reformation, a sustainable clothing company based out of LA, and bought a couple of dresses in looser silhouettes, that worked perfectly. It can certainly be difficult navigating through this season's crop tops, cut outs and fitted styles. For any expectant mothers needing help dressing their bump, feel free to email me for advice! xo, Courtney

Reformation Tassel Dress
Fourth of July Style
Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag
Reformation Taurus Dress

REFORMATION DRESS  //  HAYDEN LASHER HANDBAG  //  OSCAR DE LA RENTA WEDGES (OLD), SIMILAR, SIMILAR

Lookbook: George V Paris

A very belated post on Paris... I am still catching up and going through photos; wishing I could be back there now! On that note, Michelle is jetting off to Europe for the next three weeks so be sure to follow us on instagram to see what she is up to! 

Paris has some of the best restaurants in the world and my favorite from our recent trip was Le Cinq at the Four Seasons George V hotel. We celebrated our three year anniversary dinner and it was such a perfect evening. From the most exquisite floral arrangements (12,000 blooms driven in from Amsterdam weekly!), impeccable service, and exceptional food (my husband is still talking about the langoustines). There is a reason they have received three Michelin stars for twelve consecutive years. For anyone visiting Paris, I would highly recommend!

St. James Paris
Le Cinq George V
George V Paris Flowers
Le Cinq Restaurant Paris

What to Wear: Summer Weddings // Cocktail

For a wedding calling for cocktail attire, one can never go wrong with a little black dress. We love this super feminine style by Halston Heritage - the structured full skirt and notched neckline add just enough flair to a classic LBD. Another option for a fun, modern twist on cocktail attire this summer is the crop top and full midi skirt combination (I absolutely adore this look - if only I weren't pregnant!). We love Alice + Olivia's simple nude crop top with the ethereal silver lamé skirt. Both looks can be accessorized with sparkly earrings, embroidered clutches and single-sole strappy sandals.

What to Wear Summer Wedding

What to Wear: Summer Weddings // Beach

Summer wedding season is officially in full swing. In the upcoming weeks we will be posting edits on what to wear for the most common dress codes for summer weddings - from beach to cocktail and black tie - so keep checking back! 

For outdoor weddings, specifically on the beach, we love long breezy gowns in bright colors and prints. Although we are avid wearers of high heels, one must be mindful of practical footwear. This means pretty flat sandals (jeweled is always a chic option) or wedges. If the reception moves inside after the ceremony, you can always change into a pair of backup heels. For clutches, we like to invest in neutral styles that can be worn over and over again. As for jewelry, have a little fun! 

What to wear summer wedding

Trends: Fringe

Fringe has taken on a new look and we love it. You can see it this season on everything from shoes to bags to skirts and jackets. It works on the beach to the city streets.   It's fun to wear and adds that extra embellishment to an outfit that we are always looking for. Fringe is big for Fall as well, so take a look at some of our favorites and if you haven't already, add some fringe to your wardrobe! 

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Gift Guide: Father's Day

Father's Day is right around the corner, and we can't think of a better time to surprise your husband (or father) with something fun that he is sure to use all summer. For this edit, I was inspired by some of my husband's favorite summer essentials as well as some of the items on his wishlist.

Father's Day Gift Guide

PERSOL FOLDING SUNGLASSES  //  GHURKA LEATHER DUFFEL BAG  //  VILEBREQUIN MEN'S SWIM TRUNKS  //  VILEBREQUIN BOY'S SWIM TRUNKS  //  POLO KNIT OXFORD SHIRT  //  SWIMS LACE UP LOAFERS  //  PARROT BEBOP DRONE

These foldable Persol sunglasses are the perfect combination of sporty and chic.

Ghurka classic leather duffle - the ultimate luxury for weekend travel.

I gifted my husband and son matching Vilebrequin swim trunks last Father's Day and they both insist on wearing them every chance they get.

Ralph Lauren knit oxford shirt, for off-duty weekend wear.

Swims lace up loafers - essential for the boat or the beach, and more stylish than flip flops.

Parrot BeBop Drone, for the boys at heart.

Style Profile: Katie Fong

We were so excited to meet up with talented fashion designer, Katie Fong, and visit her beautiful boutique (opened mid-April) on 60 Lewis Street, right off of Greenwich Avenue. Having grown up in Greenwich, CT, after high school, Katie attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and interned for Oscar de la Renta for three years. In 2013 she launched her eponymous label at age 22. While most young designers are trying to determine their target market, Katie knew hers immediately - the women of Greenwich, whose style she describes as effortlessly elegant.

Spring 2015 marks Katie's third ready-to-wear collection and she also does a thriving business in made-to-measure pieces for local women. Apart from her Greenwich store and Manhattan studio, Katie's collection is currently sold exclusively online through the upscale Taigan.com. Her design aesthetic is inspired by the artisan traditions of the great European and American ateliers and highlights of her collection include feminine silhouettes using the finest fabrics and details such as lace and intricate embroidery, all manufactured in New York City. For those who live in the area, a stop by Katie's boutique is a must!

Katie Fong

style icons:  Olivia Palermo for modern day styling, and Grace Kelly; her style was so timeless and effortlessly elegant.   

favorite designers:  I’ve always been inspired by Oscar de la Renta (I worked alongside him and his team for 3 years) and Christian Dior in the 50’s.

favorite stores: The Katie Fong Boutique! We just opened in April, and have partnered up with some wonderful accessory vendors to create a unique and inviting shopping experience.

handbag: The Belgian Bag by Hayden Lasher – I take my black one everywhere.

shoes: Manolo Blahnik heels, Chanel Flats… I probably have a dozen Jack Rogers for the summer.

denim:  J Brand or Rag and Bone, always a dark wash in a skinny fit.

city day look: I’m constantly on the go, so comfort is key for me. Black J Brand 811 Photoready Denim, Theory Cotton White Top, flats, and a light scarf by A. Barclay

country day look: The Julie Dress, a white lace and chiffon swing dress, from my Spring 2015 Collection.  It’s the easiest piece to take from day into night just with a change of shoes.

evening look: Lace and silk anything, and probably from my Collection- accessorized with statement earrings, an evening clutch, and simple pumps. 

currently eyeing for your closet: Fairchild & Baldwin Victoria Bag in taupe/white and Andrea del Bello Rock Crystal Quartz Statement Necklace.

items you splurge on: Shoes… my biggest weakness!

items you save on: Dresses! I design so many, I usually always wear my own.

beauty essentials: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, Organic Almond Oil (amazing as a moisturizer), Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick 

signature scent Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel

salon: Christopher Noland in Greenwich

destination: Nantucket, Massachusetts. I’m a New England girl at heart, and I’m most creative when I’m by the water.

hotel: I recently stayed at the Equinox in Manchester, Vermont. It was the perfect low key, relaxing weekend trip, and so beautiful.

restaurant: Le Penguin in Greenwich (and right across from our store!) The most amazing truffle fries….

3 essentials you can't live without: My ivory and white lace dresses (I wear them all year around), my iphone (work consumes my life!) and my moleskin notebooks… I always carry one with me since I’m forgetful if I don’t write something down, plus I never know when I will get an design idea!

Katie Fong Style

Lookbook: Black & White

Our last night in Paris, we did not have formal dinner reservations and wanted to do something a bit more low-key. We took a recommendation from a local Parisian for the best rooftop views at the Hotel Raphael Terrace (a hidden gem, he said). Rooftop garden with a champagne bar and stunning views of all of Paris, including the nearby Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower - seriously perfect. After drinks, we went for dinner at the classic brasserie/piano bar Closerie des Lilas, and then ended the night listening to the DJ at the scene-y Hotel Costes.

For a more casual evening out, I wore one of my go-to outfits: a solid silk camisole, skinny jeans, heels and Chanel bag. I had been wanting this jacket for awhile and it was sold out at Bergdorf's in black; luckily, I spotted it at the Isabel Marant boutique on Avenue Victor Hugo! 

Saint James Hotel Paris Lobby
Hotel Raphael Paris Rooftop
Eiffel Tower View
La Closerie des Lilas
Black & White Isabel Marant

TIBI SILK CAMISOLE  //  ETOILE ISABEL MARANT JACKET (black sold out), SIMILARSIMILAR, SIMILAR  //  J.BRAND JEANS  //  PRADA SUNGLASSES  //  CHANEL BAG (not sold online), SIMILAR, SIMILAR  //  CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELSSIMILAR