Lookbook: Black Lace Dress

As I was perusing online for dresses for upcoming holiday parties and events, I stumbled upon this Alexis dress that I wore to my sister's rehearsal dinner back in October. The perfect black cocktail dress to have in your closet for a last-minute event and now that it is on super sale, I had to share. Over the past year, Alexis has become one of my favorite designers. The Miami-based designer, Alexis Barbara Isaias, is known for her beautiful use of lace and architectural silhouettes which give the feminine styles a little edge. Unfortunately, there aren't any photos of just me, so my husband is making a cameo on the blog today. ;)

Black Alexis Lace Dress
Alexis Dress

Style Profile: Janet Gunn - The Grateful Gardenia

Today, we are thrilled to feature Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia blog, where she shares her musings on stylish and healthy living, touching on everything from fashion to travel, cooking and fitness, and living with confidence and gratitude. Having lived a lifetime of experiences ranging from Dallas Cowboys cheerleader to actress to jewelry designer, Janet is truly a multi-faceted woman who has so much creativity and inspiration to share. We can't get enough of Janet's unique style, which exudes her sunny California vibe, while remaining classic, chic and thoroughly modern. Here, Janet shares her fashion and beauty essentials!

Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia

Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia

Signature style: Colorful & classic. Jeans, white shirt, Hermes scarf, Manolo heels and Hermes Kelly Bag.

Style icons: Linda Rodin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Julianne Moore

Favorite designers: Alessandro Michele (Gucci), Nicky and Simone Zimmermann (you feel so feminine and sophisticated), The Row

Favorite places to shop: Zimmermann, Jolie (Newport Beach, CA), Jill Roberts (Beverly Hills), Equipment and Andarosa (Newport Beach)

Shoes: Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tods, Gianvito Rossi

Accessories: Hermes scarf, Hermes cuff, Apple watch, Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets and earrings, Miu Miu sunglasses and Borsalino hat. Iphone (I think it’s an accessory)

Day look: jeans, t-shirt, Hermes scarf, sneakers or my navy blue Chanel tuxedo loafers & my Alice & Olivia jackets. It’s pretty casual here in sunny L.A., so I like to add a scarf with a stylish jacket.

Evening look: White or dark jeans, Zimmermann top, Chanel clutch, Manolo heels... or Ulla Johnson dress and Loeffler Randall sandals

Beach look: I spent this summer in one pieces - Eres, L Space, and Vitamin A / Kaftans from Charo Ruiz, Borsalino hat, Jana Feifer monogrammed beach tote and my new favorite beach towels from The Beach People. Miu Miu sunglasses.

Currently eyeing for your closet: Ulla Johnson (Ruby dress) Gucci leather mid-heel ankle boot (crazy about the pearl heels) Chanel pink clutch.

Items you splurge on: Stylish reading glasses, Hermes scarves, Borsalino hats, face serums, Hermes coffee cups and Chanel flats.

Items you save on: Anything trendy. I’m a fan of Uniqlo for t-shirts and linen shirts and a few basic sweaters. Zara is also a go-to for fun pieces.

Beauty essentials: Bee Venom Rich Face Treatment Cream from Lacreme (incredible moisturizer) Le Mieux Serums, SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE Night Treatment, Lacreme cucumber eye cream, Lacreme rose lip balm, Laura Mercier highlighter (devotion) Dr. Lancer Body Cream, Linda Rodin cleansing powder.

Signature scent: Frederic Malle - Lys Mediterranee

Health and beauty tips: I love to eat healthy foods and fitness is a must. I love pilates, yoga, dance class and I enjoy running. Before I get out of bed every morning I express gratitude, I start at the top of my head to my feet and bless my body parts. I speak positive words about myself, I get a facial once a month and I make time in the morning to read and listen to positive material, so I can start off with a good vibration! All you need is a few minutes...And don’t forget to get together with your friends for a few laughs. How we feel inside is always a reflection of who we are.

Janet Gunn's Style Essentials

Janet Gunn's Style Essentials

Lookbook: Graphic Striped Dress

Who doesn't love stripes? This Milly dress puts a modern spin on the traditional nautical stripes we've seen over and over again, yet is still classic enough to become a wardrobe mainstay.

Prompted by my recent move and inspired by The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have made serious strides in streamlining my wardrobe. So when it comes to buying a new piece, versatility is key. What I love about this dress is how it can be worn to so many different occasions - a nice day of shopping, a bridal shower, an evening out or a summer barbecue. The pattern and silhouette are simple enough that you can dress it up or down, depending on the accessories.

For a casual lunch on Worth Avenue, I accessorized with jeweled sandals, Dior So Real sunglasses (which I absolutely love - they give a little edge to an otherwise preppy look) and Goyard tote.

Milly Striped Dress

Milly Striped Dress

Worth Avenue Style

Worth Avenue Style

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.

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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

Lookbook: Little White Dress

This season, white is everywhere, in all forms and in all textures. One of our spring essentials is the little white dress - such a versatile piece which can be dressed down for day and up for evening, and worn for an endless string of occasions. Here, I'm wearing an asymmetric white eyelet dress. To add a little edge to this otherwise girly dress, I accessorized with long beaded tassel earrings and nude platform sandals. I apologize that these sandals have shown up in all of my posts lately - a true testament to packing light on my recent trip to Florida!

White Dress
White Dress

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, similarsimilar. //  Earrings: Oscar de la Renta  //  SandalsPradasimilarsimilar. //  Handbag: Louis Vuitton.

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 : Malini Murjani

Avant-garde designer and style icon Malini Murjani was born in Hong Kong and raised in London, Switzerland, and New York. A true child of the universal art and fashion worlds, Malini attributes her love affair with aesthetics to her musings with an array of cultures and stylings. Malini was first propelled into the international spotlight as a result of her roles as creative director and consultant to legendary fashion houses spanning from Tommy Hilfiger to Halston. While perfecting her craft, she was inspired to launch her own line of luxury accessories, thereby christening the birth of the acclaimed Malini Murjani brand. The line, founded upon an intermingling of exotic skins, edgy metals, bold tones, and classic shapes, embodies the designer's rich upbringing. 

Malini Murjani

style icons: Coco Chanel, Gwen Stefani (love what she wore to the Grammys!) Sienna Miller

favorite designers: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney 

favorite stores: Kirna Zabete, NYC. 10 Corso Como, Milan. Stacey Todd, LA

handbag: Malini Murjani Blondie wood clutch and anything python

shoes: Gianvito Rossi, Alaia

denim: R13

city day look: The Row….jeans, boots, silk blouse, long gold chains

country day look: Isabel Marant … leggings, Hunter boots, Rag and Bone cashmere sweaters

evening look: so depends on my mood - skinny jeans with Charlotte Olympia pumps, jacket OR a dress…

currently eyeing for your closet: A vintage cuff

items you splurge on: boots, sunglasses and art!

items you save on: Handbags- always carry my own

beauty essentials: Mario Badescu products, Bliss body butter, Tracie Martyn eye pads

signature scent: Tom Ford 

salon: Sally Hershberger 

destination: Udaipur, India

hotel: Taj Lake Palace

restaurant: Nobu, Malibu

3 essentials you can't live without: Iphone, Sunglasses and my 4 year old daughter

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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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Style Profile: Hayden Lasher

Today, we are thrilled to feature our friend, Hayden Lasher, an up-and-coming designer who I was privileged to work with at Oscar de la Renta. In 2014, Hayden launched her namesake handbag collection which is sold exclusively at the iconic New York retailer, Belgian Shoes and haydenlasher.com. Her sophisticated handbags are instant classics; hand-crafted of fine Italian leathers, their design and quality will stand the test of time. As great-grand niece to Henri Bendel, fashion is in her genes. In addition to her incredible talent and eye for design, she also has an impeccable sense of style. Here, Hayden shares some of her style essentials!

Hayden Lasher

Hayden Lasher

style icons: My mother, Lynn Lasher…she has real style and something even more important: taste. Others include: Queen Letizia of Spain, Katharine Hepburn and Coco Chanel. 

favorite designers: Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab, Roland Mouret, Alexander McQueen- I think they really know how to make women feel beautiful!

favorite stores: Five Story and Beretta.

handbag: A Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag…of course!  If you carry a great handbag, you can wear anything and go anywhere. 

shoes:  Pumps: Oscar de la Renta: I designed a pair of pumps for my wedding and I dyed them black so I can wear them all the time- they are always my go to for a night out on the town.  Flats: Belgian Shoes - any color! 

denim:  Mother jeans...don't be fooled by the name...they are not your mother's jeans.  They have the perfect skinny jean and the most comfortable lazy day jeans...what more do you need? 

city day look: For tearing around town...I am usually in a black cigarette pant, with a silk blouse, my leopard belgian shoes and a black belgian bag

country day look: Jeans, monogramed Lucchese boots, a Beretta blazer and a brown pebbled belgian bag.

evening look: Tibi - silk faille full skirt - its very flattering silhouette and always makes me feel flirty and you can dress it up or down with either a cotton top or this j.w. anderson crepe top 

currently eyeing for your closet: A Rendor and Steel white gold Electron Ring- its the perfect everyday piece and a Chelsea Scarf from the Katie Fong Collection...its the easiest thing to throw on to go from a day to night look.

lusting over: This embroidered Oscar de la Renta dress 

items you splurge on: I am a sucker for a great coat...you can always wear something conservative and wow with a statement coat and bag.  Hermes scarves are another weakness of mine- nothing is chicer than jeans, a white shirt and an hermes scarf.  For my home, I cant resist splurging on the White Flower candle from the Ritz in Paris.  

items you save on: Anything trendy...I buy most of my trendy items from Zara.  Its an easy way to get the play around with new styles without investing too much.  Even if the trend comes back in style again one day...you will want something new.

beauty essentials: Laura Mercier “Oleander” cream blush – great for a matte lip too! Also, Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing oil - smells amazing and gives you a really great glow. Lastly, Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner is a must for harsh New York Winters...

signature scent: Miss Dior Cherie - I have worn it for years and I love that my friends can pass other people wearing it on the street and think of me.  

salon: Frederik Fekkai

destination: Positano, Italy.

hotel: Le Sireneuse Hotel in Positano, Italy

restaurant: Le Bilboquet or Ralph Lauren Polo Bar

3 essentials you can't live without: A sketchpad/pencil (that counts as one right?  I'm greedy), a great book - right now, I'm reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and a Belgian Bag to tote the other two around. :)

Hayden's Style Essentials

Hayden's Style Essentials

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We Love: Anya Hindmarch Leather Stickers

We've always been big fans of personalization and we are constantly in search of ways to make things uniquely ours. Our newest obsession makes it easy to create and customize anything and everything around you. Anya Hindmarch, the British handbag designer, has teamed up with stylist Charlotte Stockdale on a sticker shop. They've come up with an array of embossed leather stickers including letters and emojis that bring us back to childhood. Iron on one or many for a fun way to personalize bags, shoes, hats, socks... the possibilities are endless. Wander into her store on Madison Avenue in New York or go online and have fun mixing and matching on the interactive sticker shop!  Models Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss are sticker devotees as well. 

Anya Hindmarch Stickers

Anya Hindmarch Stickers

Style Profiles: Michelle Tashjian

Michelle Tashjian

Michelle Tashjian, owner and co-founder of Refined, shares some of her fashion and beauty essentials.

designer: Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren

style icons: Loulou de la Falaise, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Birkin

handbag: Hermes Trim 

shoes: Anything bejeweled or metallic

heels: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy  Flats: Chanel, Tod's driving loafers 

denim: Frame, Jbrand, Acme

city day look:  Sweater, jeans and flats

country day look: Jeans, riding boots, Barbour jacket

evening look: Short cocktail dress or short skirt and blouse , heels and small clutch

beauty essentials: Ivo Pitanguy products

fragrance: Creed Spring Flowers

3 items you can't live without: Passport, Camera, Party dress

shops: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Harvey Nichols, Le Bon Marche

destination: Patmos, Greece

hotel: The Carlyle

restaurant: French Laundry

Style Profiles: Courtney Gonzalez

Photo by James Christianson

Photo by James Christianson

Courtney Gonzalez, owner and co-founder of Refined, shares some of her style essentials.

describe your style: classic and chic with a flair for ultra-feminine details

style icons: Nan Kempner, Diana Vreeland, Lauren Santo Domingo, Olivia Palermo, Caroline Seiber

designer: Oscar de la Renta

handbag: Goyard tote and Chanel 2.55

shoes: Stubbs and Woottons or Chanel ballet flats for day, Christian Louboutin or Valentino heels for evening

denim: Jbrand

city day look: silk blouse, dark skinny denim, ballet flats

country day look: chunky sweater, jodhpurs, camel coat or cape, riding boots

evening look: cocktail dress, statement earrings, Chanel bag and heels

beauty essentials: YSL Touche Eclat, Guerlain bronzer, Avene spring water spray, Klorane dry shampoo

fragrance: Jo Malone Orange Blossom and Red Roses

3 items you can't live without: family, friends & faith

shops: I love to mix high and low... Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Intermix, Ralph Lauren, Zara, J.Crew.

destination: Paris, Vail

restaurant: le Bilboquet in NYC, where my husband and I went on our first date!