NSale: Major Sale Alert

Best Nordstrom Anniversary SaleTop  |  Purse  |  Hat  |  Dress Ring Slippers  |  Denim  |  Lip Kit  |  Earrings

I’ve been out of school for nearly 6 years now, but I can’t help but still get excited whenever “back to school” season comes around.  I love the feeling of newness during this time of year—when all of the stores are stocked with brand new fall trends, and everyone is eager to reinvent themselves, and trade in their flip flops and shorts for something more serious.

For me, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is always my kickoff point for fall shopping.  I use it as an opportunity to stock up on classic fall essentials like denim, leather jackets, cashmere, and boots.  It’s the best time to buy timeless investment pieces that will last you through the cold weather months and beyond.  Think of the pieces you want to define your fall wardrobe.. that’s what you want to buy during this sale.


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Surviving Summer When You’re Really, Ridiculously Pale

Pale Skin During Summer Survival Guide

Oh, the joys of having pale skin during summer!

While everyone is out and about having “fun in the sun” during summertime months, I’ve spent the past 26 years hiding in the shade, fervently reapplying sunblock.

However, there are a few tricks I’ve developed over time to help avoid the what I once thought was inevitable sunburn.  Today I’m sharing some of the products I swear by during warm weather months to keep my skin protected and burn free.


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Chic Poolside Outfit

Cheap Black Swim Cover UpCheap Black Swim Cover Up, ASOS.  (Available in standard sizes 0-14 and plus sizes 14-28.)  Tote,  Vintage (Similar here and here.)  Sunglasses,  Chanel.  (Budget friendly option here. Shoes,  Jeffrey Campbell for Free People. 

I was lucky enough to spend the holiday weekend back home in California with my family.   It was so nice catching up with friends, diving into my friend RJ’s new novel, binge watching Penny Dreadful, (Yes, I am just discovering this show.  And yes, it is nuts…) and hanging out by the pool.

I’ve never been what one would call a “summer” person.   Since I’m so pale, I try to avoid direct sunlight because I burn so easily.  Plus, as you may have assumed, I’m not really that into colors and prefer to wear black.

Cue this super chic & cheap black swim cover up from ASOSWhen I found it, I knew that it was going to be a staple for me all summer long.  First of all, it’s only $25.  Second, it’s light and airy and still has that “summery” feel—even though it’s black!



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The Best 4th Of July Sales

Best 4th of July Sales

Although summer just started—it’s practically mid-summer sale season!

Since all of the fall items are going to start hitting stores within the next few weeks, retailers are getting rid of spring and summer pieces perfect for wearing now.  This 4th of July weekend has some major sales going on.  It’s an especially great time to stock up on summer sandals, swimwear, and accessories!

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All Night Sounds Play The Dirty Pearls’ After Party at Arlene’s Grocery

Dan Quatraro All Night SoundsDan Quatraro, All Night Sounds

I’ve never been one for warm weather months, but the best part of summer has to be all of the shows.  I love that all of my favorite artists come to the city, and my favorite local bands have shows.

This past week The Dirty Pearls kicked off summer with their headlining show at The Bowery Ballroom with Ten Ton Mojo, Black Satellite, and Bobby Mahoney.  The show was fantastic and the venue was packed.  In all seriousness, it felt like all of the Lower East Side showed up.

All Night Sounds played the after party at Arlene’s Grocery.  As you may remember from my post back in February, I’m a bit partial to the band since my boyfriend James is the bassist—but it doesn’t hurt at all that their music is actually really awesome.  If you haven’t already, be sure to listen to their song Shameless which is now on Spotify.

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These Are The Most Outrageous Items You Can Buy At Joan Rivers’ Estate Sale


Last week I was invited to what was, quite possibly, the most exciting event I’ve ever been to:  the press event for Joan Rivers’ estate sale at Christie’s Auction House.

I was able to have an up close and personal view of over 200 pieces from Joan’s Manhattan apartment, as well as hear Christie’s experts such as Jonathan Rendell and Gemma Sudlow speak toward her incredible taste and legacy.

As you can imagine, Joan’s private life was equally as grand as her public persona.  In this sense, her estate is truly a testament to how she lived.  In fact, she even described her apartment, “Marie Antoinette would live here… if she had the money.”  

Since her pieces are being auctioned off this morning, I thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate by sharing the most memorable—most Joan—ones from her collection.


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I Went On A Feminist Tour Of the Met. This is What I Learned…


Did you know that less than 4% of the artists featured within the Modern Contemporary section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are women… but 76% of the nudes are female?

In 1989, the Guerrilla Girls made waves by tallying the female artists and nudes within the museum. They then did it again in 2012 and came up with those updated figures.  (Spoiler: Things had improved *slightly,* but not by much since 1989.)

Bottom line: If you want to find a woman represented in The Met, chances are she’ll be nude.

Now, in 2016, Museum Hack has launched their Badass Bitches of the Met tour which sets out to highlight and share the stories behind the awesome females within and behind works of art.


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5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Making a Drastic Hair Change

final2New Hair by Mirna Jose.

One of the best parts of living in New York is meeting so many amazing, creative people who are the absolute best of the best in their professions.  Whether they’re economists, ballet dancers, make up artists, or scientists—some of the most interesting professionals in the world call NYC their home.

My friend Mirna Jose, is one of those people.

Mirna is a celebrity hairstylist who has styled most of your favorite music videos, done editorials for major publications, is part of the L’Oreal Pro Team, and has styled at countless fashion shows including Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Lilly Pullitzer among others.  You might also remember her from some of Refinery29’s Short Cuts features.

The lady knows a thing or two about hair.

When I told her that I wanted to go for a more vibrant red, she was kind enough to offer to do it for me.  (That’s what friends are for, right?)



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