Summer Essentials

I’m a big believer in having a uniform. The type of outfit that requires little thought, can easily get you out the door when you don’t have much time, and that speaks of your personal style, without having to say a word. Today, I teamed up with one of my favorite sites for pre-owned luxury goods,  Vestiaire Collective, to bring to you my summer life essentials.

I’ll start with my favorite of any outfit, (obviously) the accessories. I got this Balenciaga Papier a few years back and it remains one of my favorites from my handbag collection. One thing about New Yorkers, our handbag is like our car and our entire life goes into it. On some days I can get away with a smaller bag, but there are days when I need to carry my life. Balenciagas are my favorite for that purpose. They’re incredibly durable, light-weight, buttery, while still being chic. Vestiaire has an excellent selection of Balenciaga bags, including this style in anthracite and a beautiful smaller version light grey.

Next up is the shoes. Yes, I’m typically a high-heels girl, but I do also wear flats a lot more than I show. It’s only in the last few years that my flats became so much more than just a commuting (read: not cute) shoe that I quickly changed in and out of. These days, I have a few pairs that I love almost as much as my high heels. While I don’t necessarily LOVE the Valentino Rockstud heels, I do love their flats and Vestiaire has so many great options including these, these & these.

Lastly in the accessories department, the jewelry and watch. I usually like to stick to 1-2 statement pieces and today it’s my dads vintage Rolex Tudor Submariner and a YSL ring that my best friends gave me a few birthdays back.

And as far as the outfit goes, a striped tee, a black boyfriend blazer (for layering in overly air conditioned situations) and denim cutoffs. Requires little thought and I’m out the door.

Nautical Vibe in A Brooklyn Weekend

NYC has been so incredibly hot lately that as soon as we took these pics, my blazer came right off until I escaped back into an air conditioned room. With that said, even with the current temps being in the 90’s, you will never find me leaving home without a blazer, scarf or thin sweater in my bag. For me, there is nothing worse than waiting in a 110 degree train station and then walking into a 60 degree train car. It probably feels great to most, but I’m the annoying girl who is always freezing, so to me, it’s torture. Don’t even get me started on the 85 % humidity and the incredible hair weather we’ve been having, but that’s for another post.

Speaking of hair, I have decided to attempt (key word) to grow out my natural hair color (a darker, sandy blonde) and start from scratch.  Last week, when I walked into my hair appointment feeling slightly frustrated, I pulled up about 10 pictures of my “ideal hair color,” which included one too many pictures of Blake Lively, and discussed my options with my hair girl. She explained that in order to achieve the look I really want, ideally, I should grow out my hair and then begin to highlight it on my natural color. Like I said, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, but to be honest, I wasn’t really sure how to go about it. I’m still going to visit the salon every 6 weeks to have her blend/tone my hair as it grows out,  but even so, I  will have to deal with the dreaded “root situation.” Maybe there’s a way to make it seem like it’s part of my look, like Whitney Port has going on here? Hmmm…wishful thinking? Hopefully I’ll be able to stick it out without feeling like a hot mess for the next few months. Please wish me luck!

Fellow blondes, have any of you have done this dreaded process? Any tips or tricks?

Fall Summer: Crop Tops and High Waists

Step by step I am bringing back the long pants and long sleeved tops into my wardrobe again. This was calling for some new online shopping and that’s why I have picked up from Romwe: these white ripped jeans with a high waist that are slowly becoming my favourite, the black long sleeve top with a nice lace insertion in the back and the knitted beige hat that is a great accessory for fall. I was also wearing a multi pocket black backpack from Shein and Jessica Buurman multi chain sandals to complete this black and white look.

The Black Dress and The Velvet Chair

Did you ever wonder how those beautiful dresses from prom & wedding gown websites really look like in reality? Well, I did and decided to order this black two piece gown, very elegant but also modern from I was really surprised with the size of the package it came in, as it was so small and yet contained such a big and beautiful skirt inside. The lace crop top represents that modern twist. This is what makes this two piece gown so interesting, along with the mermaid skirt that that also makes it fabulous and elegant. I have also ordered this Ever Pretty one in particular because I thought that I could wear both the top and the skirt in so many different combinations that I will post as soon as I have the time to wear and shoot them.

Photoliu was of great help with the beautiful emerald green chair that created an exquisite setting. Would you believe me that this treasure of vintage arm chair was actually at a street corner in Bucharest and I spotted it and took it home? Believe it or not this is what happened (check the before and after photos below).

I fell in love with its design and asked Adrian to help me pick it up and take it home. He said no, because it was too dirty, but I made the disappointed kid face and we came back and took it. I immediately called my friends from that took care of it and turned it in a masterpiece that was ready exactly on my birthday.

Flashback Friday: Cool Weather Favourites

Hi guys! Happy Friday! Wanted to end this week off by sharing some of my past cool weather favorites.

Also, there are some pieces I’ve worn, whether you’ve seen them on the blog or floating around on Pinterest, that I often get asked about (like this coat!) – not everything is available, but some of them are back in stock and If I haven’t listed something, it’s probably because I couldn’t find it. Of course, if you want to know about a specific item, don’t hesitate to ask.

I Hear the Fragile Beauty of Mortal Earth

In my composition, I strived for a similar experience of encountering an (musical) object. This quest led to a research-oriented approach towards the musical material – an approach in which the chosen musical material is employed as a singular object investigated several times throughout the time-continuum of the piece. In other words, the musical material is regarded as a prism viewed from different angles and under different lightings.

This interaction creates more tension and concentration through constant listening & cueing between musicians and this, in turn, introduces ‘the second dimension’ to the piece.

Hence, the musical material is not used as a departure point that would ‘lead somewhere’; an entity that needs to be ‘developed’, ‘processed’ and eventually ‘transformed’ into something else. Rather, the entirety of the piece is concerned exclusively with finding and presenting different ways of connecting the same pitches to each other, morphing successfully between sounds and the timing of the each musical event.

Life Isn’t Just a Sequence of Waiting for Things to Be Done

This summer’s travels are my little happiness project. As I’ve gotten older I’ve given up the idea that happiness is found because we made the perfect life decisions or did creative work or have a great relationship with our spouse. I know for me, I am much more simple than that.

So biking my way across Europe means I hit almost all my happiness serotonin sweet spots… I’m outside in the sun, doing something physical but fun, traveling, which lightens my mood, makes me laugh more, which makes my kids happier, so they laugh more, which infects my husband with joy and he’s sweeter to me, then I love him more, while drinking wine, eating fresh bakery goods (or sweets) and having some of the best coffee in the world. Win, win, win, and win some more.