17 Goals for 2017

Black Fringe Cape with Over the Knee Boots

It’s New Year’s Day.  Another year has passed, its swan song being Mariah Carey’s glorious performance which was equally as undignified as 2016 itself.

This blog post was supposed to go live several days ago but I ended up getting extremely sick and had to reschedule my flight from the 29th to today.  I was completely out of commission and stayed in bed for three whole days.  I’m about to hop on a flight in an hour, and I’m still not completely better.  Fortunately, I have the day off tomorrow

Astrology-wise I was sick during a strange time.  With Mercury in retrograde and the new moon, both in Capricorn right before the new year, it was an ideal time for self reflection.  The thing that’s a slight blessing—and in some circumstances, the biggest curse—about being really sick is you’re left with your thoughts.

Naturally, I reflected on the past year:  what I’ve learned, what went well, what didn’t go well, what I’d like to change in 2017 to be better.

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If Money Were No Object: Christmas Wishlist

Opulent Christmas Gifts

Robe   |   Brooch   |   Ring   |   Sweater   |   Bag   |   Watch   |   Brush   |   Booties   |   Brush   |   Headphones   |   Coat   |   Sunglasses   |   Cape   |   Dress   |   Choker   |   Brushes

Practicality is not my strong suit.

Ask anyone who has ever seen me hauling around the airport a 50 pound suitcase for a 3-day weekend trip back to California.  I consider it far more convenient to travel across the continental United States than it is to haul all of my clothing five flights of stairs to the lavendería downstairs.

Taking my neurosis into consideration, and the fact that it’s the 23rd of December (so if you haven’t ordered online now you’re a little too late since most of the cut offs were yesterday for online shopping…)  I decided to do a *fun* Christmas wishlist post.

 

 

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I’m (Still) Alive

fashion to figure keyhole sweaterVest,  Adrienne Landau.  (Similar here)   Sweater,  Fashion to Figure.  (Similar here and here.)   Pants,  Fashion to Figure.  Bag,  Saint Laurent.   Shoes,  Alexander Wang.

It’s now mid-December.  It’s been exactly 4 months since my last blog post, the longest break I’ve taken in 4 years of blogging.

Shockingly the world is still somehow turning.

I know it’s a vain and silly notion that the world will somehow unravel at its axis from a neglected blog, but so much anxiety within the blogging universe stems from the word “consistency.” 

Every blogger manual stresses the importance of consistency.  You have to blog X amount of times on the exact same day each week, or else your readers will abandon your blog, then your visits will lower and you’ll lose all of the credibility you’ve worked at for nearly half a decade.

However, I call bullshit.

 

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Easy Summer to Fall Transitional Dress

summer to fall dressDress,  Boohoo.  (Available in standard & plus sizes.)   Sunglasses,  Prada.  (Similar here.)   Sandals,  Asos.  (Similar here.)

With this heat wave we’ve been having in the city, it’s hard to believe fall will ever come.  I’ve never really understood how it can be 92 degrees, “feels like” 104 degrees.  Wouldn’t it just be 104 degrees?  (If you please know the technicalities of this, please advise all of us in the comments below.  I’m serious.)

However, autumn, wherever you are… I’m ready for you!

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6 Fall Jackets Your Wardrobe Needs Now

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1.  Rain  |  2.  Shearling  |  3.  Trench  |  4.  Biker  |  5.  Peacoat  |  6.  Bomber

This week is normally around the time I start planning out my fall wardrobe.  Next season’s styles have just hit the shelves, making it the perfect time to browse and take note of the key pieces I want to invest in, or put on my birthday list. (It’s October 24… FYI!)

If the coat is the MVP of your winter wardrobe, a good jacket is like the Tim Duncan–it has to work well with all the other key wardrobe players.

Okay, a stretch, but let that soak in for a moment.

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August Reading

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Wow, is it just me or has this year flown by?

I can’t believe it’s already August–which means it’s time to savor the last days of summer and start gearing up for my favorite season Autumn!

In preparation, I’m going to share with you in the next few days my absolute favorite pieces for the upcoming season, what to buy, and where to buy it.

Today, however, I wanted to post about some of my current reads.  For me, summer has always been about taking time to step back and learn more about the things I’m interested in.

One of the things I looked most forward to as a kid was going to the bookstore before our annual road trip to Texas and picking out the book I was going to get lost in during the drive from California.  Even though I’m not going to Texas this summer, (I went during the spring this year!) or taking a big vacation, I still love to spend my downtime learning new things and getting lost in a good book.

 

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Day Trip To Rockaway Beach

edit1Dress, Asos.  (Now 40% off!)  Sunglasses, Chanel.  (Similar here.)

Even if you’ve lived in New York City you’re whole life—the odds are that you haven’t seen all of it.  Just ask my boyfriend, who is Bronx born and raised.  Even after 24 years in the city, he’s still discovering hidden gems.

In fact, one of the things I like most about life in NYC is that there’s always a new adventure waiting.  You can take an hour long subway ride for only $2.75 and explore a place that’s entirely different from your neighborhood.  Each borough is full of unique landmarks, museums, parks and beaches, and each neighborhood in those boroughs has its own distinct personality and charm.

This past weekend my friend Belle, her fiancée Brendan, James, and I decided to take the A train down to Rockaway Beach.  Rockaway is James’ favorite beach in the city, and the other three of us had never visited, even though it’s only an hour and a half from Midtown.
 

 

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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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