Chokers Are Back… But Where Did They Come From?

zana bayne signature chokerChoker,  Zana Bayne.   (Similar, budget friendly option here.)   Sunglasses,  Miu Miu.   Blouse,  Asos.   Denim,  BDG.   Bag,  Henri Bendel.   Shoes,  BP for Nordstrom.

I’ve been obsessed with Zana Bayne’s chokers for quite some time now, and I finally took the plunge and decided to buy one!  I decided on the Zana Bayne Signature Choker with gold detailing since I felt it was subtle enough for daytime, yet still edgy and cool.

The recent chokermania that has swept the mainstream fashion world the past year and a half or so makes complete sense—every 20 years, what was “old” is considered “new” again.  When you think about it, a group of young professionals who grew up in the 90s are now entering the workforce and dictating what kind of products are made, and which trends are in.

It makes sense that chokers are back.  However, my question is:  Where did they come from?



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10 Luxurious Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Love

Luxurious Mother's Day Gifts1.  La Mer Skincare Set   |   2.  Ray-Ban Aviators   |   3.  A Chic Suitcase   |   4.  Kate Spade Pajamas   |   5.  Noise-Cancelling Headphones   |   6.  A Darling Recipe Box   |   7.  This Ultra Cozy Robe   |   8.  The Perfect Everyday Tote   |   9.  The Best Smelling Candle   |   10.  An Iconic Jewelry Box

First of all, I wish I could share with you guys what I’m getting my mom for Mother’s Day.  However, since she’s the most active reader of this blog (Grandma is a close second…) I am not at liberty to share.

That being said, thank God for online shopping. Note the capital “G”: no sarcasm here.  As in, praise the Lord for inventing express two day shipping and Nordstrom’s $5 gift wrapping.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m the worst gift wrapper ever and is equally grateful the department stores offer such lovely services.

As with dating, it’s what’s on the inside that matters, right?

Don’t answer that.

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Meet Layne

Layne the black cat

Happy Monday!  You may have noticed, I haven’t posted in two weeks.  Well, I adopted a cat on April 5th and have spent the past week bonding with him and getting him healthy after a bit of an upper respiratory scare.

He’s named Layne after Layne Staley from Alice in Chains who, along with Kurt Cobain, passed away on April 5th.  I rescued him from the NYC Animal Care & Control center and am looking forward to sharing his adoption story with you guys!

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Howdy, Texas

Long Sleeve Denim Mini DressDress,  Asos.  Sunglasses,  Miu Miu.   (Free month of unlimited sunglasses at with code MADAMEOSTRICH)   Bandana,  Social Distortion.  (Similar here.)   Bag,  Henri Bendel.   Shoes,  Public Desire.

As I may have mentioned here before, all of my family on my dad’s side lives in Texas.

Growing up, my family would take a road trip from California to Texas each summer, so the state has always held a special place in my heart. (One of the perks of having teachers as parents is that they have summer vacations, too. We could stay for a month if we wanted!)

Now that my sister and I are grown up, my family still tries to visit as often as possible. Instead of piling up in a minivan, we fly in from different areas of the country—my parents from LA, my sister from Seattle, and myself from NY. However, being there and spending time with family feels just like old times.



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Where To Get “Those” Shoes

public desire julia heels in nudePublic Desire Julia Heels in Nude.

If you haven’t heard of UK based shoe retailer Public Desire, count today your lucky day! After you read this, your life will change forever. (But seriously…)

The shoes I’m wearing in these photos are the Public Desire Julia Heels in Nude. They’re super comfortable since they have a sturdy block heel, and the lace up style is great for adding extra support for your ankles. The best part is—they’re only $42.81! (You can thank the GBP to USD conversion for that odd 81 cent.)

Ever since I took them out of the box at work, I had co-workers asking “Where did you get those?!” As we all know, it can be difficult to find shoes that are 1. On Trend, 2. Affordable, and 3. Good Quality, but these shoes meet all three!

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Classic White Button Up & Jeans

Classic White Button Up Fashion to FigureShirt and Denim c/o Fashion to Figure.   Bag,  Henri Bendel.   Scarf,  Vintage.   Sunglasses,  Dior.  (Similar here.)

There’s something to be said for the age old adage, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

The combination of a classic white button up and jeans will always look stylish and put together regardless of which trends are in currently in fashion. Like the LBD, it’s foolproof. It’s perfect for those days when you need to look polished, but don’t want to put in a lot of creative effort.


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Now Playing: “Don’t Even Try It” – Purling Hiss

"Don't Even Try It" Purling Hiss

This weekend, James and I went out to Bushwick to see Purling Hiss play at Alphaville. If you follow me on Snapchat (madame_ostrich) you’ll have seen a few clips of the performance already from last Friday.

I’ve had their closing song, “Don’t Even Try It” stuck in my head all week, and it’s so good that I wanted to share it with you guys. I’ve linked it in the Youtube embed below, or you can click here to listen to it on Spotify as well

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