Jewels & Chains

Dress - Elizabeth & James, similar here (on sale),
also here and here
Neckpiece - Haute Hippie

I scored this dress at an Elizabeth and James sample sale recently.  There's no better feeling than finding a basic piece that you can wear over and over-- and on sale.  From the front, it's a simple black dress, but in the back there's a sneaky little cutout that is just low enough to give this slinky piece an extra bit of sexy. 
As for the neckpiece: I've discovered that Haute Hippie has an amazing collection of them- who knew? I fell in love with this gorgeous jeweled accessory, which adorns the chest and shoulders in a draping pattern that somehow turns layers of metal chains into a shape that is delicate and feminine.  And with my new sample sale find, I knew they would be perfectly coupled. Love at first wear.

I think neckpieces are a great way to change up your wardrobe and try out a new trend.  Haute Hippie also has simpler pieces like this one, which you can layer over a classic button-down or any basic outfit that's already in your closet.  It will add an automatic wow-factor, and make any outfit look completely different without having to go out and buy several new pieces.

Photos by Greg Routt

City Lights

Dress - Wyatt Orr
Shoes - United Nude
Trench coat - Linie NYC

Loving this Wyatt Orr dress.  There's so much dimension to it.  The fabric feels light and elegant and flows with your movements, in all of its layers and strategically placed asymmetrical draping.  The feeling is ladylike yet smart and architectural.  I am always attracted to a dress with unique construction, and it was a perfect match for my shiny pair of  United Nude gems. 

Photos by Angelito Jusay
Makeup by Crisleidy Espejo

City Chic


Cape, tank, and leggings - Haute Hippie
Boots - Sam Edelman//Clutch - Purses for Nurses

Who isn't looking for a perfect coverup for the cooler weather that doesn't make you look like a giant marshmallow? This cape is the answer.  It's perfect for keeping warm, yet light enough to traipse around the city.  I love its unique hemline and elegant, button-adorned seams.  Luxurious without feeling heavy.  Capes were all over the FW14 runways.  I paired it with an asymmetrical tank to create more lines, along with unconventionally-seamed leggings with side-zips for added fun.  The result is city-chic with simplicity and ease.


Photos by Angelito Jusay


Birthday Fun

I've been a bit off-the-grid here lately, and it had to do mostly with my birthday in this past week.  The celebrations turned out to be much more than I had expected.  My family and friends threw me a lovely surprise party, and I was certainly caught off-guard.  Thought I was going to a birthday brunch with my brothers! 


It's been an an amazing, eventful, productive year, and while the journey always must include the downs with the up, that's what makes life real.  I'm thankful for everything and everyone in my life and look forward to what's in store for the next year and beyond!

Thanks to Mike Dote for the super fun photo session!