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Winter Wishlist



Can you believe that it is only 21 days until winter and just 25 until Christmas? Seriously, where does the time go? Oh wait, that's write, my dissertation.

Anyways, as the holidays approach it is time to start thinking about gifts! What to give and what to put on your own wish list. With each new season I like to compile a wish list. This helps me prioritize what I want, what I might actually need, and what will work with what I already own.

My winter wish list is always the smallest becuase, well, I live in Florida. But, I travel enough to have a little fun with winter clothing. That said, I do try to keep my winter wish list practical for Florida. Except for this gorgeous camel coat. Two winters ago I purchased a gorgeous cashmere and wool coat in Florence. Although not trendy or a fun statement piece (which I am usually a sucker for), this timeless coat has become one of my all time favorite purchases and I wear it constantly each winter. I promised myself that if I found a great camel coat, I would make a similar investment. This Club Monaco coat fit the bill (and FYI all their coats are currently 30% off!). Speaking of Club Monaco, they are killing it lately with the voluminous sweaters. It is tough to pick just one, but this ruffled burgundy number is definitely my favorite.

I am also obsessed with this floral appliqué Rebecca Minkoff bag. I mean look at those gorgeous colors and pretty little flowers! It was love at first sight and will easily transition into spring (there is another cute version here).

Also on my wish list are dolly socks. If you have not noticed, I've really been into this look lately. It is the perfect combination of cute and practical. I plan to wear my new dolly socks with these gorgeous (and ridiculously well-priced) velvet Mary Jane's. I scored them from Macy's during Cyber Monday for $44! Other winter accessories on my radar are this sweet pink and green plaid J.Crew scarf and leather and cashmere tech gloves (such a great gift idea!).

Speaking of style meeting function, I am dying to try Kate Spade's new wearable tech. They now have a smart watch and bangle that tracks your steps and allows you to set and monitor fitness goals. The last item on my list is something that I have needed for a while now and, for some reason, have not purchased! I love this small (and pink) dual voltage travel blowdryer by T3. A great travel blowdryer is the perfect gift for the wanderluster in your life.

What is on your winter wish list?


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Golden Girl







hat // sunnies // blouse (similar) // sweater (similar) // skirt // shoes (similar) // bag

As much as I love coats, hats, boots, and gloves, I also love that I live in a place that does not typically require these cold-weather accessories. The weather in Florida this past week has been delightful. It has been slightly chilly, but not nearly cold enough for coats and jackets. Normally at this point in the year I would be desperate for cooler temps, but my recent adventures in D.C., New York, and New Haven has satisfied my winterlust... for now anyways.

For a little pre-holiday fun at Disney Springs with my little sis, I ditched the matching coat and just wore my Oxford Check mini skirt paired with a lacy bell-sleeved top and short sleeved sweater. Naturally, no outfit is complete without a splash of leopard and my favorite hat.

But the star of this show was really these gold reflective sunglasses. As fun and fashion-forward as this gold pair was, I have already ordered an exciting new pair of Karen Walker's. I liked the gold reflective cat-eye look of this Super pair, but they aren't something I have a lot of outfits to wear with. But, that's the beauty of Ditto's Endless Eyewear program, you can get out of your comfort zone and try fun, new styles with zero commitment whenever you like!


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Parisian Winter








beret // sunnies // coat (sold out, similar) // blouse // skirt (old, similar) // boots // clutch (old, but I love this one and it's on sale!) // c/o earrings // c/o rings

Believe it or not, we actually had a little cold snap earlier this week here in Florida. It was great. For approximately 36 hours it was actually cold and we got to break out our coats, hats, and boots. I immediately went for this gorgeous mauve coat I scored at J.Crew on ridiculous sale (they are having some crazy promotions at the moment). It is the perfect Florida coat (not heavy and shorter), and I love the gold buttons. I have also been dying to wear this adorable pearl beret.

I have this thing for berets, big ones, petite ones, and especially pearl-embellished ones. Over the past year, I have become something of a hat lady, and I make no apologies for it. I've come to realize how the right hat can complete your look and make you look instantly more fashionable (I have basically been wearing this hat every day).

The color palette of this look was inspired by the blouse. I love combining different hues of the same color, like pink and red, or in this case blush/mauve and burgundy. Finally, I finished this look with these beautiful Kendra Scott rose-gold drusy earrings and stackable midi-rings.


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Brunch so Hard in NYC


Breakfast at Cafe Henrie, New York City, Best Brunch

Breakfast at Two Hands Resturant, New York City, Best Brunch

Breakfast at The Egg Shop, New York City, Best Brunch

Breakfast at Le Coucou, New York City, Best Brunch


Emily and I both love brunch. And there is no better place than NYC for brunch enthusiasts like us. We started each day in the city with an amazing breakfast or brunch, becuase, you know, it is the most important meal of the day. Emily knows all of the best places to eat in New York, as any good foodie would. Each place she took me was better than the last.

Cafè Henrie
Ok, I will admit that Cafè Henrie was on my radar not for the food, but for the pink decor. I was, however, equally impressed with the food. The egg sandwich was both different and delicious (it was more of a cold egg salad with pickled fennel, yum!). For a chuckle, make sure you take a good look at the neon sign next to the bathroom before you leave.

Two Hands (Resturant and Bar)
Four words - Espresso marscapone banana bread. It is drizzled with honey and encrusted in pecans. It was life affirming. This Australian-run and delightfully-blue restaurant offers simple yet innovative and nutritious food. I highly suggest making reservations, it is very popular, for good reason.

Le Coucou
This gorgeous and quirky restaurant boasts contemporary French cuisine for breakfast, brunch, and dinner (and lunch coming soon). The decor is stunning and it is definitely a great place to celebrate a special occasion, or just enjoy being fancy.

The Egg Shop
As the name hints, The Egg Shop focuses on serving delicious eggs, around the clock! The egg sandwiches are amazing, and so are the homemade biscuits! They don't take reservations, so get there early.

Sarabeth's
Sarabeth's is a NYC classic and for good reason. They serve fresh and delicious contemporary American fare. Their location just off Central Park South is my favorite. It makes it so easy to stroll off a huge brunch or head to the nearby Met. I highly recommend the eggs Benedict and avocado toast.


If you are looking for more NYC recommendations, check out Emily's New York guide!

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Fall Baroque









It should come as no surprise that Baroque art is my favorite period of art. Blame it on the time period I study, or my time spent in Rome, but I love the theatrical nature of the period. Barque art is characterized by drama achieved through intense pigments, sharp contrast, sumptuous fabrics, and opulent ornamentation. This Ann Taylor skirt immediately reminded me of lavish fabric straight from a Baroque painting. Paired with a contrasting patterned blouse and topped with a rich burgundy coat, this look feels like a modern-day interpretation of Baroque aesthetics.

I wore this look for one last brunch and day of exploring in New York with Emily (I will be sharing our favorite brunch spots next week). We started with brunch at The Egg Shoppe and then headed to the nearby Cha Cha Matcha. I have been wanting to try matcha for a while now. The shop was so perfectly pink and green from floor to ceiling. I loved the decor and the bright green color of my matcha latte on the bubblegum pink table, the actual matcha, however, I hated. Not one to give up, I carried it around for awhile, trying to acquire a taste for it. I did not.

While strolling off lunch, Emily, Sophia (in town from Italy!) and I discovered this adorable old red firehouse. We could not resist a mini photo session in front of the giant red doors, and from the look on the firemen's faces when they pulled up, we were not the first to do so. We made our way to Washington Square Park to enjoy the amazing weather before we had to head back downtown for me to grab my luggage and catch my train back to D.C. I was sad to leave, but I know I will be back as soon as I can. After all it's New York, and there is truly no other city quite like it!


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Dumbo + Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Dumbo Brooklyn, Best Istagram Shots in New York City

Fall Fashion Trends, Socks and Heels, New York City

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What to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

When you think of hipsters the first place that comes to mind is Brooklyn. It is the birthplace of the subculture, or at least where it was first identified and given a name. Young professionals and artists began moving into (and gentrifying) Brooklyn neighborhoods as rent in Manhattan priced them out of the market. It became a center for young, trendy creatives and important cultural innovations like the Rainbow Bagel. Williamsburg is the butt of a lot of hipster jokes, but it has become synonymous for cool (all while trying to appear as if they don't care about being perceived as cool, which is basically a new version of sprezzatura lol).

For all of my trips to NYC, I had never explored Brooklyn. But I have always been curious about the allure of Brooklyn, so I told Emily that this trip I definitely wanted to visit Williamsburg and Dumbo. I had to know what all of the fuss was about. Emily warned me that she did not love Brooklyn, and it may not live up to expectations. Yet, like a good friend she agreed to go. 

After a yummy French-inspired brunch at Le Coucou with a slew of our favorite fellow bloggers (Kate, Reed, and Caroline), the group headed to Dumbo to capture that iconic Instagram shot of the Manhattan Bridge from Washington St. Fair warning, you have to fight for this pic. The street is full of tourist all trying to snap the same picture. I tried getting everyone to agree to a civilized line, but it was everyone for themselves. 

After fighting for a tourist-free picture, Emily and headed to Williamsburg to explore a bit more and hunt for a great street mural we saw online. I have to be honest, I was not overly impressed by Brooklyn in general. Too much hype, I think. Yes, we discovered some great spots, like the hip coffee bar Devozion, the cocktail bar Hotel Delmano, the cafe House of Small Wonder, and the rooftop bar at Hotel McCarren, but overall it was not what I had pictured. We ended our day with a ferry ride from 6th Street to Pier 11 (near Wall Street). The ride takes you under the Brooklyn Bridge and gives you great views of the city.

Even though I thought both neighborhoods were a bit oversold, it was still a great day and I was happy I finally experienced Brooklyn. 

What are your thoughts on Brooklyn?


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Fall Pattern Play


How to mix prints and patterns for fall

Central Park in the Fall

Mixing Prints with Club Monaco

Fall in Central Park, Bow Bridge

Central Park Row Boats

Mixing prints for fall, Dagne Dover Ava bucket bag

Fall trends, print mixing with Club Monaco

Bow Bridge, Central Park, New York City, Fall


hat // coat // sunnies // blouse // skirt // booties (old, similar) // c/o Dagne Dover Ava bucket bag

Fall, the season of rich colors and luscious fabrics. It is also my favorite season to play with patterns. Club Monaco has been killing it lately. I stopped by while in DC before heading to New York. We don't have a Club Monaco near me in Florida (tragic, I know), and while online shopping is fun, it doesn't replace the real thing.

When I saw this blouse and floral leather skirt in the Georgetown store, I immediately wanted to try them together. The sales staff thought I was a little crazy at first, but once I had it on, they loved it too. The thing I love about playing with patterns is that it can transform the individual items already in your wardrobe. Together these items create a bold, fashionable look. Separately, they work as timeless classics. So whenever you tire of your current wardrobe, try playing with patterns. You can read all my advice for playing with patterns here.

I should have done a better job showcasing the details of this blouse. But take my word that it is a gorgeous piece. It buttons down the back and has a pretty ruffle detail on the front and on the cuffs of the sleeves, which you can see a bit of in the photos. The skirt is faux leather, and although it looks pleated on the website, it is just seamed to look pleated. I actually prefer this since pleated skirts can sometimes add too much volume, especially in a stiff fabric like this one.

I wore this look for a day in Central Park. Central Park in the fall is stunning. My favorite part of the park is the Bow Bridge and the Ramble and Lake. Emily and I wandered a bit, marveling at all the colorful leaves, before deciding to take out a rowboat. Row-boating on the lake was a bucket list item for both of us. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it looks! And getting that perfect "rowing-shot" was pretty impossible. That said, it was a hilarious experience and well worth the $15 (please note they only accept cash, we learned that one the hard way).

I still can't get over the gorgeous weather we enjoyed on this trip. New York and Central Park were definitely showing off!


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Pink and the City











dress // sweater // hat // sunnies // c/o Dagne Dover bag // booties (old, similar)

This post combines two things I love, pink and NYC. New York is not really known as a pink, girly city, but you might be surprised at just how much bubble gum pink you can find on the gritty streets of NYC. Case in point - Pietro Nolita and Cafe Henrie. Both are as delicious as they are adorably pink.

This look is a little different from my normal aesthetic, and I love it! It is very retro Rainbow Bright in all the right ways (IMHO). This suede swing jumper is really fun to wear and, despite its swing style, surprisingly flattering. It even has pockets, which always seals the deal for me. I layered it with this fun and bright striped merino wool sweater from J.Crew. I love this sweater because unlike so many of J.Crew's sweaters it is not super long. I added my favorite wool boater hat and booties to keep the look from going too juvenile.

As much as I love this look, I love my new Dagne Dover bucket bag even more! I have long been a fan of Dagne's bags. They focus on functional bags and totes for busy, professional women. This bucket bag has a unique center consul for all my essentials and is designed in such a way that I can easily see and access everything, even when it is full. Who doesn't love style that is also functional?

What do you think of this fun retro look?


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