I bought this dress from an adorable little shop on the Upper West Side called Think Closet. They specialize in selling one-of-a-kind pieces from up-and-coming designers. Most of the designers are from East Asia, specifically Korea. This is really amazing, because if you buy something there, odds are you will be the only person who has it. On the other had, they usually will only have one size (since the pieces are that rare), so if you find something you like, you better hope it fits.
I fell in love with this dress the second I saw it. The print, the tasteful midsection cutout, the shape, I had to have it. It said small/medium on the tag. “Scoreeee!” I thought to myself. Literally, I could not zip this thing over my rip cage. I pulled and pulled and asked the salesgirl for help. She was pretty awesome about it. “You really love it,” she says. “If you can cram my body into this dress, I will buy it,” I replied. Ten minutes later, we were both a little sweaty but the dress was on. And it was a little tight, but not too bad. Mostly the zipper just kept getting stuck on the crocheted part. But seriously, I had to babysit for 5 hours after I found this dress and then I had a press event to cover. I wanted to wear the dress to the event, but I was scared if I took it off I wouldn’t be able to zip it on my own before the event. I wore this dress to babysit, specifically to play in a sandbox with a four year old. Maybe I am crazy, but the dress was fine. Perhaps this is what the expression “beauty is pain” is about. Anyway, after like eight hours I stretched it out enough it wasn’t even uncomfortable any more. (Again, it was really just the crocheted midsection.) I wore it on Thursday for the photoshoot, and this time it zipped like nothing. So worth the risk in buying a dress I thought I may have to get altered. And honestly, if that had been the case, it is still an amazing buy! Totally unique and totally gorgeous! Check out their website for other amazing one-of-a-kind pieces!
It was a nasty rainy day in the city yesterday, my perfectly styled hair turned into a frizzy mess before I took these photos. (Sorry, not sorry…life happens!) Also, check out my adorably punny Kate Spade Umbrella….#obsessed!
My best girlfriend took these shots for me after we (full disclosure) had some cocktails a few weeks ago (hey Grace!). We walked along the Hudson River at sunset and checked out all the boats. It is a great way to spend an evening in the city! I had my camera with me and decided to take a few impromptu outfit shots. I love how the blue in the scarf of my Lilly Pulitzer top is picked up in the pants. The halter is another fab thrift store find!
If you ever hear bloggers talk about “the golden hour” for photos, this is it. Its that time before sunset where there are no shadows cast on a subject and the lighting is just perfect. It is so hard to shoot outfit posts at that time because I always have dinner plans or a press event. On this day, however, the shots look totally beautiful…even if (again full disclosure) I feel like my eyes look a teensy bit glazed.
Here’s one last look from Florida in my favorite dress! I feel like this little linen number perfectly straddles the line between a tea cup and your grandma’s curtain in a way that totally works On the hottest of days this dress is so thin and airy that you stay perfectly cool. Its also my favorite shape: fit and flare. A good dress that is tight on the chest and loose on the hips can be very forgiving if you decide to go eat a giant meal (which is what I did right after these photos were taken, and there was not a food-baby to be seen afterward)!
My little Brahmin clutch looks like it should have been a set, doesn’t it? I love this French country/painted china style print. It is so uplifting!
Anyway, I am off to make some bomb veggie chili, recipe will be up later this week!
Last post was a hometown vibe, and I must be nostalgic or something, because now I have my university colors on (Go Gators!). I’m obsessed with this new Anthropologie top I picked up in Palm Beach last week, and it goes perfectly with this gorgeous statement necklace from Armed and Readi! (The fact that I am wearing University of Florida colors is a happy coincidence!) I wore this fun and easy look to a picnic Sunday afternoon.There is literally a statement necklace to match any outfit on Armed and Readi’s website, so I totally recommend the if you are looking to add a pop of color to your outfit without breaking the bank!
Sunday morning I filmed a commercial in Midtown. I actually went to theater school for seven years. Though I didn’t have any intention of acting any more, it was fun to be asked to shoot it! I got to ride a horse (bareback, and in heels) down 11th Avenue. It was hilarious and a lot of people were staring at me. (You can see some outtakes on Instagram: @thestylephile.) I think the commercial will be on YouTube, and also possibly coming to a TV near you. But once I get a link, you know I will share it here, and you are all welcome to laugh at me.
Hope your week is off to a happy start!
Top: Anthropologie (Not online, but on sale in stores!), Shoes: Dolce Vita, Necklace: c/o Armed and Readi, Bag: Nine West, Sunnies: Elie Tahari, Pants: I literally have no idea…for the life of me I cannot remember where I got these pants…
When I saw the short and top in this post on the Rebecca Taylor Friends and Family Sale I immediately envisioned them together! They aren’t a set, per-say, but they sure look like one! I waited to wear them in Florida, because they so much reminded me of my hometown. The beachy colors and high-end fabrics are so evocative of a Palm Beach lady. Add my thrifted hat and I am ready for a day of shopping on Worth Ave (Palm Beach’s most famous shopping strip)–as if I could afford anything on that street.
Being back in the city is nice, but also stressful. I am really working hard to expand my reach as a writer, because I love it so much. And I have a ton of summer goals; I want to work out more, spend less, drink less, eat out less…usual stuff. But my eating out less has inspired me to do at least one recipe post per week, so stay tuned for that! I love cooking for summer more than any other season! I like big salads and things that have watermelon in them and such.
I also want to feature more of the fun events that I get to go to through Joonbug on here, it is a really cool side of Manhattan most people don’t get to see! Hope you’re on board, because I can already tell it is going to be a crazy summer!
And here is a gratuitous pic of me kissing my boyfriend. 🙂
Photos by the badasses at Sonacity Productions.