August Reading


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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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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