NYFW Favorites

            It’s hard to choose favorites from the myriad runway shows that go on each season at New York Fashion Week, but if I had to narrow it down to just a few looks and trends, these would be them. Some version of Florals, Mod, Black and White Stripes and Chic Dresses were shown at virtually every show, and the ones below were my favorite iterations. It’s been so hot here in LA that all of these Spring clothes look pretty tempting right about now, though sadly we’ll have to wait for a few months until these looks (or similar styles – I’m looking at you, Zara!) hit the shelves…

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Florals for Spring isn’t exactly revolutionary (I think I just paraphrased that from Devil Wears Prada, didn’t I?) but the saturated, oversized ones at Jenny Packham, Michael Kors and Pedro Del Hierro were different from regular old flowery prints. It’s interesting to see that the crop top will be sticking around through next season, at least according to Michael Kors.

PicMonkey Collage mod

I’m really really happy that sixties/mod is in; I particularly love that pretty shift dress from Tory Burch. Wouldn’t that be fun to wear on vacation, preferably with those awesome oversized hoops? DVF’s little gingham number is also neat and would be perfect for channeling Brigitte Bardot, because when wouldn’t you want to channel Brigitte Bardot?

PicMonkey Collage black and white

I can never get enough of stripes or black and white, so the fact that black and white stripes were a major theme for Spring has me all excited. I actually just realized that even though I have quite a few striped tops, I don’t actually have one in black and white. I might just have to buy this one.

PicMonkey Collage DRESSI absolutely love when fashion isn’t too “fashion-y” and designers show us stuff that is just plain old pretty, like the three gorgeous dresses from Son Jung Wan, Christian Siriano and Tibi. I would very happily wear any of those, and considering that we already have a few weddings on the calendar for next summer I’m hoping to make that happen!

What are your thoughts? Do you like these looks or would you have chosen different ones/items from a different designer?

It Brits

my-burberry-7 my-burberry-5 my-burberry-6 my-burberry-3 my-burberry-2 my-burberry-1 my-burberry-4 Cara-Kate-newI came across these fun behind the scenes images from the Burberry shoot that fashion royalty Kate Moss and model of the moment Cara Delevingne recently collaborated on for the brand’s new perfume. The campaign was shot by legendary photographer Mario Testino, and the results are as chic as you’d expect. If you didn’t feel like you needed a classic Burberry trench before, I bet you do now! I’ve been doing ‘fashion math’; the cost per wear ends up so low when you consider how much wear you’d get out of the wardrobe staple. Justin and I are going to London in November, so maybe that’s when I’ll finally splurge.

Here are a few fun trench coat options, whether you’re in the market for the original or a more affordable alternative:

 

Travel Tuesday: Marlton Hotel

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I realize that this ‘Travel Tuesday’ post is actually done on a Wednesday, but I have a good reason; I spent the last few days working in New York and staying at (and thoroughly enjoying) the historic Marlton Hotel. I just got home last night, and looking at these pictures makes me want to go back immediately. Prior to this trip I had been to The Marlton once for lunch at the delicious and gorgeous Margaux restaurant, and from that brief visit I knew that I had to check in and experience the hotel in its entirety. So when my sister and I both had to be in NYC at the same time, I jumped at the chance and booked us into the cozy hotel.

The Marlton has been recently renovated, and the hotelier’s description of the finished project as a ‘baby grand hotel’ is perfect accurate. What works so well about the hotel is that although it’s undeniably glamorous, it also has a very comfortable and welcoming vibe…which is exactly how all hotels should feel, in my opinion! The rooms are tiny but incredibly well designed and very chic; faux fur throws on the bed and plenty of brass mixed with turquoise accents lend the rooms a cozy, French inspired look. Downstairs, the small lobby features multiple places to sit and relax including a pair of tufted couches ideal for reading one of the Beat novels lining the shelves and enjoying an espresso from the tiny coffee bar, and (my favorite) plush sheepskin chairs perfect for sitting by the fire with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list.

Next time you’re in New York, do yourself a favor and pop into the hotel for lunch or at least a coffee and some design inspiration. You can thank me later ;)

Get the look:

Sweater Dressing

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h&m sweater / club monaco bracelet and pants

I recently teamed up with the Beverly Center for their ‘Show Us Your Style Challenge’ to come up with an outfit showcasing my favorite fall trend – while spending no more than $250 (my shoes and bag were items I already owned). It was a lot of fun to spend the afternoon browsing the mall, as I tend to do a lot of my shopping online. The Beverly Center has a ton of great shops, but I ended up getting all of my shopping done at just two stores: Club Monaco and h&m. It was a bit difficult to choose one fall trend to focus on, as there are so many great ones to choose from. I ultimately realized that my favorite trend for fall is probably the most boring one:  ’sweater dressing’. I love that wearing a cozy sweater is currently considered on-trend.

With ‘normcore’ in vogue and designers sending running shoes down the runway (albeit $500 ones) it sure seems like fashion has become a lot more accessible and, dare I say it, practical lately, which is fine by me. I probably won’t be giving up my beloved heels anytime soon but will definitely be stocking up on more cozy knits, especially since the one I’m wearing was less than $20!

This post is sponsored by Beverly Center. Check out their Facebook page for info on the Show Us Your Style Challenge and the chance to win a $500 shopping spree by voting for my look (or whichever one you like!).

photos by Amy Bartlam

Travel Tuesday: Villa La Massa

184836196459196461 184827 184826 196465 184832 184830 196464 184833I’m a bit travel obsessed so I figured I may as well start a recurring travel series here on my blog. One of my absolutely favorite parts about traveling is discovering amazing hotels, which is something that I must have inherited from my dad, who owned a travel company when I was younger and still loves nothing more than a great hotel. It used to bother my sister and me (I still remember a hysterical phone call from my sister when my dad was supposed to be helping her get settled in a new city but she said that all he wanted was to “sit around in hotel lobbies and drink tea”) but now I completely get it. There’s just something so wonderful about a well run, beautiful property.

The first hotel I’m going to talk about is Villa La Massa, a sprawling 16th Century estate perched along the Arno River, just twenty minutes (via free hotel shuttle!) from downtown Florence. Justin and I stayed here on our honeymoon a few months ago and there is seriously no other way to describe it but magical. When I was looking for a hotel I was torn between finding a peaceful Tuscan country retreat and being right in the center of the action, and Villa La Massa was the perfect in-between. Not only was the location perfect, but the hotel itself was as well. Our room was gorgeous, the grounds were stunning, and the food was beyond delicious. The only regret I have about our stay is that their amazing looking spa was under construction while we were there. I guess we’ll just have to go back!

images via Tablet Hotels

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