Spring Forward

                Spring is a time for looking forward and into the future. The warmer months often bring about a sense of optimism and the feeling of endless possibilities. Sheading those winter layers has a way of making us feel lighter and rejuvenated. While we may still be in the midst of winter, there is no denying that the changing of the seasons is right around the corner. So with that, I’ve already started thinking about what I will be keeping next season and what I may change. One look I plan to continue wearing is the maxi skirt. The maxi skirt offers the body an effortlessly fluid silhouette with just a bit of drama and a hint of mystery. Which looks will you be staying with next season, and which will need a change?

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Last Fall, checking out the sites along the Adriatic Coast.

Jacket: Banana Republic, Peplum Top: Express, Maxi Skirt: J. Crew, Shoes: Aldo

An Italian Road Trip

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        All of the seemingly never-ending cold gloomy weather in New York lately, has me dreaming of planning another vacation. So the next best thing has been reminiscing about my travels last fall and pouring through all my travel photos. For a long time I had dreamt of visiting Venice, and that dream came true last November. Through an interesting turn of events, and a last-minute car rental, my cousins and I planned a weekend road trip through northern Italy. Along the way, we found a designer outlet mall, dinned in a quaint trattoria, sampled authentic gelato, and became immersed in centuries of history and culture. Perhaps my favorite part of the weekend was walking through Venice’s narrow side streets, shopping the charming shops, and stumbling upon a hidden gem of a jazz bar, before eventually making our way to the Piazza San Marco. Once in the sprawling piazza by the water’s edge, surrounded by the captivating Venetian Gothic architecture you may even feel like you’re in one of Turner’s dreamy paintings.

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Taking in the Venetian Scenery

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Sunglasses: Prada, Scarf: Zara, Necklace: Lia Sophia

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Leather Jacket: Banana Republic, Tee: Gap, Scarf: Zara, Jeans: Levi’s, Boots: Steve Madden

Croatia Revistied

2013 has come and gone, leaving behind some very memorable moments. Among those memorable moments, one of the most notable was visiting friends and family in Croatia this past Fall. Although it was a short and sweet trip, I took in every moment spent with loved ones and all those majestic views! No matter how many times I visit, I always find the Adriatic Coast and the Austro-Hungarian architecture absolutely stunning! Sometimes rediscovering old favorite places can bring new insight and perspective.

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Dress: Bar III, Bolero: The Limited, Sunglasses: Prada

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Leather Jacket: Banana Republic, Dress: Bar III, Shoes: Aldo, Sunglasses: Prada

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Summer Daydreams

AdriaticVacation photo, Summer 2010 on the Adriatic Coast

With Summer fast approaching, I find my self thinking about some of my favorite memories from Summer’s past and making plans for the upcoming season. Many of these memories usually include being on a beach somewhere, preferably along Croatia’s enchantingly beautiful Adriatic Coast. There’s nothing better than enjoying the view from one of the lovely seaside cafes. During the warm weather I’m typically drawn to light easy styles like flowy dresses and tops that remind me of the Mediterranean region.

Rachel Bilson at Macy’s

at Macy'sMeet and greet with sweet and stylish actress Rachel Bilson.

Actress Rachel Bilson, possibly best known for her role as Summer Roberts on The O.C. and currently starring in The C.W.’s Hart of Dixie, recently launched a home collection named Edie Rose. This past Tuesday I had a chance to met the star, while she was hosting a promotional event at New York’s famous Macy’s Herald Square. Rachel who is also well known for her fashion sense, brings both playful and whimsical elements to her collection of dishwear, designed exclusively for Macy’s. These adorably lovely pieces also make great gifts, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I think I may have spotted a few things that my Mom would love!

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NYC Shopping Hot Spots: Part 3 SoHo

Several of my previous posts centered around one common theme, shopping in the city. While there are endless options to choose from, there are only three that I keep coming back to time and time again. So the neighborhood that makes the cut to conclude my series of New York shopping hot spots is SoHo. Yes, I know the area may have become very touristy in recent years, especially the main stretch on Broadway, but go beyond the beaten path through the little side streets and you are sure to find hidden treasures. Along with the established brands and luxury designer labels, SoHo has many charming shops and cozy cafes to discover and is a great place to wonder around while exploring the city.

Historically unique architecture is part of SoHo’s charm

A few of my favorite SoHo boutiques are Rebecca Taylor, Isabel Marant, and beauty shop Sabon. So that’s my summary of New York’s best shopping… for now…

…I’m constantly on the look out for the latest retail finds in the City that Never Sleeps!

 

NYC Shopping Hot Spots: Part 2 59th St & Lex

In this installment of New York City Shopping Hot Spots, we’re heading uptown, to the Upper East Side to be more precise. Centered around one of the city’s historic landmark department stores is another one of my favorite shopping destinations.

Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street

While the city has many department stores, all unique in their own way and catering to their respective target markets, Bloomingdale’s gets my vote for the city’s best. What catches my attention about Bloomingadale’s is its mix of luxury and contemporary brands, not to mention a fabulous cosmetics floor! The surrounding area around 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, is also home to lots of famous retailers including Urban Outfitters, Diesel, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora, and Aldo, among others. Once your day of shopping is complete, there are plenty of near by cafes and restaurants to relax and unwind in.