Monthly Archives: October 2015

#BritishBorn | Clarks

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Fall is a call to up my boot game. Right now, I am just sticking with the classics. Made for long walks in the park. Biking around the city before it gets too cold to do so. Long hours on a Saturday on my feet browsing the museums. I like to conquer my days in a good boot, but one that keeps me feeling both city cool and earthy. These Clarks desert boots get me through autumn like a breeze going through the gold trees in Central Park. They feel effortless. They’re a shoe I’ll wear out to dinner in the West Village, and then off to the countryside for an afternoon hike in the woods with cozy wool socks. Clarks are known for their durability and the way they mold to your feet. This patent wine boot is standout but still extra wearable. Reminding of the British style I’d see on the streets of Shoreditch. Where everyone had a perfect pair of tapered jeans and a good desert boot. Wine is perfect shade to swing me into the fall season. In NYC, it only feels natural to wear my Clarks with an all-black ensemble. My favorite high waisted black skinnies, a tank, and long military duster. But you know I like to personalize even my most simple of looks. This Parisienne striped scarf pulls it all together. Now just keep on walking.

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// Clarks Desert Boot (wine patent leather) //

WHEN IN ROMA

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When in Roma, and traveling in 90 degree weather, wear only shoulder baring tops. This year I have been traveling so much, and I have still so much to fill you in on. This was my last day in ITALIA. Looking back, I have thoroughly enjoyed living my entire summer in this one pair denim shorts, having the craziest tan ever, and the blondest of locks. Since then, I’ve colored my hair back to a chocolate brown, and back to my normal olive shade. It is only in Italy that you can just eat pizza and canolis all day…sit in a square, and watch the artist’s paint an image of the city. You sometimes deserve to treat yourself to an escape that feels much like out of a movie or fairytale. I remember just arriving in Rome, and hopping on the back of a scooter taxi. We were far too tired from our roadtrip to walk. We slept in the back seat as we dodged traffic through the noisy streets past the Colosseum, our driver shouting and ringing her bell. So hot and smoldering, I had to squint just looking up at it. But still, happy as can be. It’s nice knowing you can cool off with a perfect glass of white wine on any street corner. But now, can you believe it’s mid-fall? All I can smell are the pumpkin spice lattes and pine cones. My wool winter coats are finally making an appearance…as are my leather jackets. I’m currently in San Francisco. Making my way to LA in the afternoon, and planning a Caribbean work trip in the next month. Somehow trying to fit in my birthday with friends in the mix. Who says you need sleep when you’ve got places to go…and people to see?!

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And due to limited wifi, I realized not one of my Snapchats posted. Luckily, I have them saved..for memories. Now watch them on my YOUTUBE.

// Free People top, Vintage shorts and vintage scarf, Coach backpack //

Calypso St. Barth Fall Fête

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At home in NYC, I love coming up with fun ways to entertain my friends. When I order in, take-out or cook, I always tend to sit on the floor around my coffee table to eat, rather than actually using my dining room table. It’s such a NYC thing and it feels so natural. Right now, I’ve completely made my home more lovable thanks to Calypso St. Barth‘s home décor collection. They have beautiful wood table settings, Mediterranean-inspired vases, luxurious blankets, and stunning fuzzy pillows. And omg, you must smell their candles. They are addicting and add such a sophisticated feel to any romantic evening. I wanted to celebrate a perfect fall night with friends, overlooking the city skyline, and what better way than to throw a dinner party, completely bohemian style. I was thinking a relaxing get together, barefoot, and sitting on super cozy pillows around my table on the floor. And with our very own chef, the incredible Joseph Yoon of Yummy Eats, to create some incredible dishes for us! We had a mouthwatering 10-course meal made in my kitchen! He couldn’t believe what appetites we had, since we completely licked our plates clean. His amazing energy just lit up our living room. We couldn’t wait to try each dish.

But getting ready and setting up for a special night with friends is the best part; from picking our outfits to snipping some fresh roses for the table setting to putting the blankets out just right. I went with this beautiful Calypso St. Barth‘s wine colored maxi dress that I picked out at their Meatpacking boutique. It’s simple yet so luxurious. It’s totally a piece you will wear over and over again. All of my gal pals wore a piece from the latest Calypso St. Barth’s collection as well; sparkling velvet tunics, flowing silk blouses, and embroidered bell-sleeves.

I’m excited to share that Calypso St. Barth is having a Friends & Family event right now through October 25th. Use the promo code: AMIS15 for 25% off full price and sale merchandise.

*VALID AT CALYPSO ST. BARTH BOUTIQUES AND ONLINE THRU 10/25/15 AT 11:59PM EST. OFFER VALID ON FULL PRICE AND SALE MERCHANDISE. CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH OTHER OFFERS, PROMOTIONS OR GIFT CARDS. NOT REDEEMABLE FOR CASH OR CREDIT. NOT VALID AT AU MARCHÉ OUTLETS. NOT VALID ON SELECT FUR, FURNITURE, LIGHTING, ART, MIRRORS, SPECIAL ORDERS OR KISMET JEWELRY. NOT VALID ON SPECIAL ORDERS OR PREVIOUS PURCHASES ELIGIBILITY FOR DISCOUNT AMOUNT IS CALCULATED OFF THE TOTAL PURCHASE BEFORE TAX. NO PRICE ADJUSTMENTS. NOT APPLICABLE TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF GIFT CARDS.*

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I’m lucky to have such an incredible group of friends who of course love food just as much as they love fashion. We love any excuse to wear beautiful clothes and just celebrate looking out into our glittering city. Now, let me walk you through our decadent, and exquisite menu.

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Fluke Crudo with Cucumber, Dalkon Sprouts, and Jalapeno Citrus Oil.

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Lobster Fritters with Tomalley Sauce.

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Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Creme Fraiche, Balsamic Glaze, and Homemade Croutons.

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Braised Octopus with Garbanzo Beans and Pico de Gallo.

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Super Green Salad with Aged Rice Wine and Spicy Ponzu Vinaigrette.

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Succulent Babyback Ribs with Red Pepper and Sesame BBQ Sauce.

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Truffle Rice Cakes with Lobster Medallions, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Chili Peppers.

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Braised Beef Short Ribs with Congee and Stewed Veggies.

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Banana Nutella Wontons with Hand Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries.

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Vietnamese Espresso and Brandy Tiramisu with Organic Chili Dark Chocolate.

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// Calypso St. Barth maxi dress //

THE TERRACE

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Lately, I’ve been hitting up Design Lab, the exclusive line at Lord & Taylor. It’s got a major bohemian, free-spirited vibe that just meshes with my wardrobe. A bit quirky, but still youthful and classic. Right now, you can’t go wrong with a cropped turtleneck. This one has suddenly become my wardrobe must-have. I wear this one with everything. From a high waisted leather skirt, to layering underneath my favorite overall jumpsuits. Here, I’m overlooking the Seoul mountains early one morning during my travels. Snuggling up into this lush faux fur coat. This look was made for fall afternoons out on the chilly terrace with nothing but a hot cup of tea and a good book.

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// Lord & Taylor Design Lab turtleneck, Design Lab skirt, and AlphaMoment coat //

Shop my favorites from DESIGN LAB at Lord & Taylor: