A Color For All Seasons

Few hues have the power and impact of the color red. Red is also one of few colors with a shade to universally flatter just about anyone and works perfectly in any season. A dress in this lovely color was just the thing for an evening out on a recent trip to the Opatija Riviera. This summer’s travels had me revisiting the picturesque destination, which happens to be the starting point of tourism in Croatia. Many of the elegant villas and parks date all the way back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Dress: The Limited, Wrap: Express, Sunglasses: Prada, Shoes and Bag: Aldo

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Spring’s Best Hits

                          As the temperatures begin to climb, and the seasons transition, I started to think about which pieces were the most valuable during this spring season. The conclusion I came to was simple and timeless. They were items that could easily be mixed and matched, and effortlessly took me through just about any occasion. Not to mention, also very easy to pack wherever your travels may take you. So just which pieces where they? Easy, a classic trench with a ruffle detail, cropped jeans, a bright printed scarf, and pair of pumps. The main items featured in the photos below happen to be from Express. Whenever I visit that store I always seem to find something to buy.

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Trench Coat, Jeans, and Scarf: Express, Bag: Michael Kors, Shoes: Aldo

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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Spotlight on Dallas

Lately there’s been so much media buzz surrounding the famous Texas city. Many shows have been taking place in the Lone Star State and placing Dallas in the center of the spotlight, including reality shows like Bravo’s Top Chef and the stylish Most Eligible Dallas with the always fashionable Courtney Kerr. TNT’s continuation of the ’80s hit series Dallas brings the next generation of Ewings, starting Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe to the center of the drama. If the promos are any indication, TNT’s Dallas  looks like it will be pretty epic, I know I can’t wait for it to start.

A couple of months ago I had the chance to see the iconic southern metropolis, while visiting my cousin Ana. I can certainly say that the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas” is true, especially the shopping! Fun fact: Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other U.S. city. Some of the shopping I had a chance to sample during my stay included the fabulous Galleria Dallas, trendy North Park Center, the historic Highland Park Village, and cute boutiques in Snider Plaza. Also, a trip to Dallas just isn’t complete without a visit to the luxurious Neiman Marcus which was founded  right here. Not only does this city have some of the best shopping around, but also some great nightlife in Uptown and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met! Southfork Ranch was the only place I didn’t get around to seeing while in Texas, but I’m sure there will be more trips to the Lone Star State and The Big D in my future. Until then here are some highlights from my first trip down south.

Top: The Limited, Sunglasses: Armani Exchange, Bag: Aldo, Jeans: Gap

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Ana’s chic Black & White look

My top: Express, Jeans: Gap, Metallic Wedges: Steve Madden