Lookbook: A Twist on the Bandana

The bandana has quickly become one of the ubiquitous accessories of the season. A creative twist on this trend? Use a men's pocket square. Whenever I'm browsing for gifts for my husband at Hermes, the lovely sales associates remind me that their men's pocket squares can also be worn as small women's scarves. It is a chic way to add a little pop of color and interest to your outfit. They are also the perfect size to tie onto your handbag. Something to consider the next time you're out shopping for your husband!

Hermes Men's Pocket Square worn as a Scarf

Hermes Men's Pocket Square worn as a Scarf

Blue and White Stripes

Blue and White Stripes

Four Arts Society Palm Beach

Four Arts Society Palm Beach

Lookbook: White Off-the-Shoulder Top

It is no secret that I can't get enough of the off-the-shoulder silhouette this season and this top has been in serious rotation in my wardrobe lately. The simplicity of this particular style lends itself to so many different looks, working equally well with jeans or tucked into a high-waisted skirt or shorts. Mine is by Milly but I LOVE these similar versions as well: AlexisStyle Mafia, Free PeopleCaroline Constas, and Chelsea28.

White off-the-shoulder blouse

White off-the-shoulder blouse

Milly off-the-shoulder top

Milly off-the-shoulder top

MILLY OFF-THE-SHOULDER BLOUSE  //  FRAME JEANS  //  AQUAZZURA HEELS (OLD), SIMILAR HERE AND HERE  //  SAINT LAURENT SAC DE JOUR  //  DIOR SO REAL SUNGLASSES

Lookbook: Paris by Day

Apologies for our recent absence! Michelle has been busy hosting a fabulous pop up shop in New York City for the past two weeks and I just returned last week from Paris. At my birthday dinner, my husband surprised me with an envelope of tickets to the Paris Opéra Bastille and the Roland-Garros French Open! I had two days to pack and he had arranged for my mother to fly in to watch our son. It was the sweetest surprise and perfect little getaway to celebrate our three year anniversary and relax a little before baby boy #2 arrives in early October. 

Paris is my absolute favorite city in the world. I could walk around and stare at the beautiful architecture all day. The best hotels, restaurants, shopping, museums...

For a day of café-hopping, shopping, perusing the Musee d'Orsay and a walk along the Seine, I wore a sleeveless silk blouse, white skinny jeans, and accessorized with a colorful Hermes scarf and classic Chanel ballet flats. 

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     We stayed at the   Saint James Hotel  , a boutique Relais & Ch â teaux property, which I would highly recommend. The only ch â teau-hotel in Paris, it was redesigned in 2009 by New York designer Bambi Sloan; I loved its grand, yet whimsical decor. There is a gorgeous library bar and outdoor garden, and the Guerlain spa was heaven.

We stayed at the Saint James Hotel, a boutique Relais & Châteaux property, which I would highly recommend. The only château-hotel in Paris, it was redesigned in 2009 by New York designer Bambi Sloan; I loved its grand, yet whimsical decor. There is a gorgeous library bar and outdoor garden, and the Guerlain spa was heaven.

What to wear to Paris
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     Breakfast at Café de Flore, one of the oldest and most charming cafes in Paris. Situated on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, it is perfect for people watching.

Breakfast at Café de Flore, one of the oldest and most charming cafes in Paris. Situated on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, it is perfect for people watching.

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     The hot chocolate is a must!

The hot chocolate is a must!

River Seine, Paris
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     The   Musee d'Orsay  , located on the left bank of the Seine, was originally a train station. The architecture is simply stunning, and the museum houses the largest impressionist and post-impressionist art, including Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and a sculpture collection including Degas and Rodin.

The Musee d'Orsay, located on the left bank of the Seine, was originally a train station. The architecture is simply stunning, and the museum houses the largest impressionist and post-impressionist art, including Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and a sculpture collection including Degas and Rodin.

Napoleon sculpture at Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

JOIE BLOUSE  //  J.BRAND JEANS  //  HERMES SCARF  //  OLIVER PEOPLES SUNGLASSES  //  LOUIS VUITTON BAG  //  CHANEL FLATS (not sold online) SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR

Style Profile : Kate Pickett

Pickett’s Press was founded in 2008, by Kate Pickett. Pickett's Press provides beautiful custom letterpress stationary for all occasions. Kate has loved drawing, illustrations, letterpress printing and beautiful paper practically since birth. After a stint as an investment banker, Kate attended Harvard Business School, where she created her business plan for Pickett’s Press. She followed this formal education with on the job retail training at Kate’s Paperie, as the buyer for stationery for all US stores. Letterpress printing is a craft - lovingly practiced by artisans and enthusiasts. At Pickett’s Press, each piece of paper is hand-fed through antique presses, which allows for the unique look and character. It is a meticulous, finicky, and at times, pain-staking process, but the result is a thing of beauty. And this is why even though letterpress is the oldest form of printing available, Pickett's Press is thrilled to practice it today.

style icons: Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn.  I’m old school.  For contemporary, I went to school with Shoshanna (of the eponymous line) since kindergarten and she really does always look fabulous… if only

favorite designers: Alaia; Lanvin; Vince and Theory for everyday; Oscar de la Renta for dressy

favorite stores: Bergdorf Goodman.  Hands down.

handbag: I’m a Birkin girl- I’ve had the same one for fall and the same one for summer since 2003 and wow do those bags wear well!

shoes: Tabitha Simmons; Lanvin flats; Chanel boots; the Jimmy Choo fur lined winter boots

denim: I’m a Jbrand loyalist

city day look:  Winter- black pants, black or gray sweater, Chanel motorcycle boots, great J Mendel fur jacket or Moncler coat on super cold days; fox pompom hat from children’s room at Bergdorf Goodman (shhh… best find in the store!) summer- Black skirt, jimmy choo flats, black t-shirt, blazer sometimes. Always- simple diamond studs

country day look: Skinny cords or leggings; Vince or Ralph Lauren sweater, great boots, Barbour jacket

evening look:  For dressy black tie, an Oscar de la Renta gown, for cocktails I like to vary it up- Alaia, Andrew GN, Carolina Herrera, sometimes even Herve Leger works well.

currently eyeing for your closet: Tabitha Simmons is a fellow mom in my son’s 3rd grad class and I’ve been obsessed with her shoes since preschool… I can’t wait for the denim espadrille sandals.  I also adore Veronica Beard and can’t wait to get my hands on the collarless jacket.

items you splurge on: Coats, handbags and shoes.  With a pair of cheap J.Crew minnie pants, a black t-shirt, a fabulous bag, expensive shoes and a great jacket on can go anywhere.

items you save on: T-shirts and underwear- I buy t-shirts from Joe Fresh and Uniqlo- i love them- and underwear that is JUST like hanky panky from Target

beauty essentials: CeraVe am and pm cream, Anthelios sunscreen, Maybelline great lash mascara

signature scent: It’s been Fracas since I was 18- will never switch! I’m loyal.

salon: Frederic Fekkai- same colorist since I was 18 (gosh I seem boring!)

hotel: Isles de France, St Barths- I’ve been going on my birthday since I turned 30 and have never looked back… my very favorite ever!

restaurant: Sette Mezzo in NYC has seen me through marriages, divorces, children’s births, birthdays, and much more.

3 essentials you can't live without: CeraVe am and pm cream, Anthelios sunscreen and Maybelline great lash mascara

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Style Profile : Pili Restrepo

Pili Restrepo is a Colombian-born business major turned jewelry designer. A longtime admirer of the fine arts and artisan design practices, Pili created her jewelry line, PR Series to complement the woman who appreciates a good story, be it a fairy tale or a fleeting moment, the story is at the heart of Pili's work.  In 2012, Pili decided to branch out on her own with a personal mission to create for the woman who embraces life and to never compromise quality for quantity. New York inspired and New York made, each piece in the PR Series collection is born from a good story. Month to month, a unique, stand-alone piece is released and the theme changes accordingly. Evolution being at the heart of the PR Series philosophy, each piece easily transitions from day to night, season-to-season, story to story. 

Pili's newest collaboration is with Charles Harbison for HARBISON. They will present on February 17th, 2015 during New York Fashion Week.

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Photo Credit : Larry Busacca

style icons: Diane Keaton in Manhattan, Iris Apfel, Coco Chanel, Lauren Baccall

favorite designers: There are too many!  To name a few: Comme des Garcons, Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Marni, Tibi, Proenza Schouler.  

favorite stores: Maryam Nassir Zadeh,  Creatures of Comfort, Kirna Zabete, A Piedi Nudi Nel Parco in Florence Italy

handbag: clutch!  

shoes: an Acne patent loafer, an Alaia sandal or a Prada pump. 

denim: vintage

city day look: backpack (with clutch inside), black jeans, big scarf, Harbison coat, loafers/broguers, lasgodivas cuff bracelet 

country day look: Suzanne Rae's flowy pieces and the comfiest and chunkiest sweater

evening look: open back, a clutch, red lip and a PR Series piece of jewelry 

currently eyeing for your closet: the perfect trench coat 

items you splurge on: sweaters, coats, shoes, beauty products 

items you save on: gym clothes, handbags, and the "everyday" essentials - tees, shirts, jeans.

beauty essentials: argan oil, darphin satin oil, Embryolisse, Oribe dry texturizer, Rahua shampoo, Mac liner in Teddy, RMS illuminator, Lancome mascara.

signature scent: Voyage d' Hermes

salon: I rarely get a blow dry and usually get my hair done in Colombia but lately I have been going to Aki at Cowlicks Japan here in NYC.  He is fantastic!

destination: Dominican Republic

hotel: The Crosby

restaurant: Fat Radish or Uncle Boons

3 essentials you can't live without: hand cream, my sketch book, and a nice tinted lip balm (currently loving EM pillow plush in berry)

                                                      

                                            

  

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