Is It The Weekend Yet??

Is It The Weekend Yet

Please, someone tell me it’s the weekend. I want to get away somewhere where the sand is soft between my toes, and the sun shines long into the evening. Maybe you do to? I have us packed!! Where are we going?

Caroline Constas Women’s Margi Strapless Embroidery Ruffle Dress // James Perse Sheer Slub Crew Neck Tee //MLM Label Essential Top// VIX Plunge Front Swim Suit // Current Elliot Kick Crop Jeans in Sugar // Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate // Reebok  ZPump Fusion 2.0 Sneakers // La Roche-Posay  Anthelios 60 Cooling Water-Lotion Sunscreen SPF60 // 7 For All Mankind Relaxed Skinny Distressed Girlfriend Jeans // Valia Gabriel Chloe Leather Sandals

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Mother Nature

Vogue China August 2016

Vogue China August 2016

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Vogue China August 2016

Vogue China August 2016

China Vogue’s Wild Garden editorial aligned the gentle force of floral nature against its more beastly side. Model Vanessa Moody appears in the August issue looking perfectly out-of-place in the lush green gardens in sublime floral and animal prints. Lensed by Camilla Akrans, styled by Martine de Menthon, hair by Franco Gobbi and make-up by Ignacio Alonso.

Shop the look:

Boutique Moschino Leopard Print Wool Blend CoatEquipment Floral Sloane Crew SweaterRed Valentino Printed Plisse? Silk Chiffon Mini Dress

Sportmax Clelia DressRonald Van Der Kamp Leopard-Print Calf Hair Pencil SkirtThe Great Ruffled Floral Print Silk Crepe De Chine Top

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Street Style From Paris Couture

Street StyleGiovanna Engelbert

Veronika Heilbrunner in Miu MiuStreet Style

Milla Jovovich in Valentino

Elisa Nalin (right)Lauren Remington Platt

Street StyleKiki Willems

Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio in Attico

Street StyleOlivia Palermo

Street Style Hanne Gaby Odiele

As much as I wait with bated breath for the couture collections (and I do), I anticipate the inspiration I’ll receive from the days of street style snaps almost as much. As we all could have guessed, the streets of Paris did not disappoint.

My collage of favorite looks could have been a mile long stream, but I forced myself to keep it to fourteen. Not an easy task! The ladies of fashion can be our style muses for weeks to come.

Shop the look:

Zimmermann Pavilion Off-The-Shoulder DressTory Burch River Rock Suede BootIsabel Marant Etoile Anna Suede Skirt

3x1 WM3 Straight Crop Fringe JeansEssential Antwerp Sequin Embellished Pencil SkirtPlunge Slip Dress

 

Street Style // Giovanna Engelbert // Street Style  // Milla Jovovich in Valentino //  Lauren Remington Platt // Kiki Willems // Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio in Attico // Street Style  // Olivia Palermo // Street Style  // Hanne Gaby Odiele // Street Style // Elisa Nalin (right) // Veronika Heilbrunner in Miu Miu

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Dolce & Gabbana’s Fireworks

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The haute couture season culminated with a bang (literally) on Sunday night in Naples. The last night of Dolce and Gabbana’s four-day Alta Moda festival (jewelry Thursday, Alta Moda couture for Friday, and Alta Sartoria men’s tailoring on Saturday) was topped off with a brilliant fireworks display over the bay of Naples.

Friday night was the highlight of the festival, with their Alta Moda Couture presentation staged on the street in the very heart of Naples, with none other than Italian screen Goddess Sophia Loren installed on her very own throne. Their muses were Sophia herself and the streets of Naples. As Gabanna professed at one of the post-show dinners, “My heart is in the street. I prefer to go there rather than to the gala.” The collection contained classic, yet sexy, silhouettes, and plenty of references to Catholicism, folk art, Baroque architecture, and food.

The lines were all about shape, the a-line vs. the curve. There were balconette necklines and curvaceous pencil skirts; sexy dresses with swishing hems; black fitted suiting and coats; richly gilded bolero jackets and lace confections worthy of any royal wedding gown, bejeweled capes and dresses along with dazzling sequined dresses. The duo even admitted to lifting a look or two from Ms. Loren’s movies.

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GivenchyAtelier Versace

ValentinoJ Mendal

Giambattista ValliArmani Prive

Elie SaabJean Paul Gautier

Zuhair MuradChristian Dior Fall 2016 Couture

Givenchy // Atelier Versace // J Mendal // Armani Prive // Jean Paul Gautier // Christian Dior // Zuhair Murad // Elie Saab // Giambattista Valli //  Valentino // All Haute Couture Fall 2016

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Let’s Meet In The Kitchen

Courtney Cox's Kitchen

Phil Kean Designs

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Jenni Kayne's Kitchen

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Kitchens are the heart of your home. It is the center of activity. It’s the room where food is prepared for loved ones, dining with family and friends, and, who knew it would be the most popular room, at anytime, for socializing with friends (though with all the delicious aromas emanating from there it’s not surprising).

I’ve always had a theory why kitchens are often the most popular room at a party: a kitchen is like your favorite old sweater — it’s comfortable, it’s warm, conjures up treasured memories, and it’s a familiar place to be even in unfamiliar surroundings.

No wonder most experts agree, if you’re going to redecorate one room in your home make it your kitchen. Especially if placing it on the market – it is the number one room to invest in to ensure a greater resale value.

For me, and a huge trend at the moment, there is nothing better than a white kitchen. Its clean, crisp, yet soothing vibes draw me in and can keep me there indefinitely. Another plus, white makes your kitchen appear larger. And, with all those people hanging, who doesn’t love that?

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Materia LuminaModern Industrial Glass Pendant LightingHilda Glass Vase

 

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A Million Reasons To Love The US

San Francisco

There are a million reason to celebrate living in the United Sates. Traveling to its breathtaking scenic landscapes, and visiting the culture and urban life of its diverse cities are among some of the best. Here are ten of the top sites and cities to explore for summertime (or anytime) fun.

San Francisco, CA

What to do: Golden Gate Park, Japenese Tea Garden, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Exploratorium, Ghirardelli Square, AT&T Park, Legion of Honor Museum, ride a cable car, explore North Beach, Nob Hill, Union Square, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and cross the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to visit Tiburon. Eat, Eat, Eat.
Where to stay: The Fairmont or The Phoenix Hotel

Sedona AZ

Sedona, AZ

What to do: The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Buddha Beach,  Crescent Moon Picnic Area,  Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park. Enjoy a few spa visits as well. Be Spiritual, it won’t kill you.

Where to stay: Enchantment Resort

NYC

New York City, NY

What to do: Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Broadway show, Barneys New York, Dover Street, Art Galleries in Soho, Cafes, eat out, check out Brooklyn, Empire State Building, go out dancing all night and come home when the sun rises, The High Line, American Museum of Natural History, Coney Island, Whitney Museum of American Art, grab a slice of pizza, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Washington Square Park, West Village, Museum of Modern Art, High Tea at the Russian Tea Room, Times Square. Almost anything you damn well please!

Where to stay: Gramercy Park Hotel or Crosby Street Hotel

Yosemite

Yosemite, CA

What to do: Mirror Lake, Wapama Falls, Glacier Point, Half Dome, and drive through the California tunnel tree. Hike, Hike, Hike. Soak in the awe-inspiring beauty.

Where to stay: White Wolf Camp Ground

Chicago

Chicago, IL

What to do: Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Art Institute of Chicago, Miracle Mile, Willis tower, hear some Blues, Grant Park, and walk Michigan Avenue for renowned shopping. Visit Highland Park and say hi to Michael Jordan. Try a deep dish pizza or two.

Where to stay: James Hotel

Yellowstone

Yellowstone, WY

What to do: Hike Artist Point, The Geyser Basin, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Lake and Lower Yellowstone River Falls. Take loads of pics and hike often. Soak it in!

Where to stay: National Park Lodges

Washington DC

Washington DC

What to do: Smithsonian Institution, Theodore Roosevelt Island, National Mall, National Museum of Natural History, Kayak at the C & O canal, walk through Georgetown. Tour the Three Houses of Government – White House, US Capital and The Supreme Court.

Where to stay:  The Jefferson Hotel

Martha's Vineyard, MA

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

What to do: Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Island Alpaca, Larson’s Fish Market. Taste a Kimchee Burger at Henry’s at the Harbor View Hotel. Bring a few books and catch up on your reading at any one of the many beautiful beaches (South Beach, East Beach or Lobsterville Beach).

Where to stay: Mansion House

New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

What to do: The French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, the Garden District, the Warehouse District, Audubon Park, shop on Magazine Street, eat a Po-boys and a beignet. Listen to as much New Orleans Jazz as you can! The Spotted Cat is a must go!

Where to stay: W Hotel

Maui

Maui, HI

What to do: Haleakal? National Park, Waimoku Falls, snorkeling and scuba diving at Molokini, surfing, fishing, helicopter ride, read on the beach and go to a Luau. Get some exercise, learn to Hula dance.

Where to stay: Hotel Wailea

 

Happy 4th Of July!! Be Safe!

 

Happy 4th of July

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When Will I Have My Last First?

Reformation Dianna 2 PieceMansur Gavriel Mini Mini Leather Bucket Bag

Warby Parker Abbott SunglassesLanvin Star & Moon Earrings

Brena SandalCuyana Straw Hat

For all intents and purposes July 4th is here and that means BBQ’s, picnics and all around good times are on the horizon. Which for all those new couples (and those more seasoned ones) can mean meeting friends and family for the first time. Getting together with the important people in your date’s life can be agonizing enough; who needs the extra horror of vexing over what to wear?

Reformation and I, along with some stunning and uber chic accessories,  have come to your rescue with a curated look that will have your date eating out of the palm of your hand (hopefully not literally), and leaving you the envy of all other party goers!

Have a blast what ever you do on the 4th! But, remember, drinking and driving …… not cool. Call an Uber!

 

Reformation Dianna 2 Piece // Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Leather Bucket Bag // Lanvin Star & Moon Earrings // Cuyana Straw Hat // Aldo Brena Sandal // Warby Parker Abbott Sunglasses

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The Always Sublime Sarah Burton

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Alexander McQueen Resort 2017 Alexander McQueen Resort 2017

Alexander McQueen Resort 2017 Alexander McQueen Resort 2017

Alexander McQueen Resort 2017 Alexander McQueen Resort 2017

Sarah Burton takes her collections seriously, even if it is a collection designed to fill the space between the major seasons, such is her extraordinary handiwork that every outing she presents parallel’s a mini couture presentation. This woman does not know the meaning of underperforming — EVERYTHING this woman does is on an elevated and first-rate scale.

Sarah’s Resort 2017 collection for Alexander McQueen offered 36 designs of effusive beauty ranging from tiered cotton trapeze dresses done in broderie anglaise, knit dresses so technologically advanced they resemble lace, hand-painted florals on ruffled leather dresses and jackets, and long and sheer tulle dresses scattered with colored sequined flowers while the less dramatic and more romantic flowing versions were embroidered.

This season’s McQueen woman is all about balancing structure and femininity. Her floral abundant collection —  mixtures of carnations, yellow roses, peonies, and poppies — was influenced by, as Burton explained, “British folk art and domestic interiors: Wallpaper, patterns you see on canal barges.”

I have a feeling the illimitable beauty of this collection can’t really be captured except by the naked eye — up close and in person, with enough time to take in the top-notch details and craftsmanship!

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Kayu St. Tropez Woven Seagrass ToteBuji Baja Multi Colored Stripe Tote

Forever 21 Striped Straw-Woven ToteSensi Studio Large Straw Tote

These days straw totes aren’t just for beach outings and farmer’s market visits. They’re trending as handbags in a big way, and look as great in the city as they do on the sand.   The selection is wide and vast so you’re sure to find a tote with your name on it! Literally!

Mar Y Sol Ibiza Tote // Tory Burch Small Straw Tote // Buji Baja Multi Colored Stripe Tote // Sensi Studio Large Straw Tote // Forever 21 Striped Straw-Woven Tote // Kayu St. Tropez Woven Seagrass Tote

 

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Styling Tips By Kristin

Gala Gonzalez

Turn a basic white dress into a completely different animal. Copy a page out of Gala Gonzalez’ style book, and instantly add pizzazz to a LWD via a bold hued striped shirt tied at the waist. Try topping off your look with a contrasting horn printed clutch and classic black oxfords as Gala did.

Street Style

If you’re a fan of the increasingly popular bubblegum stripe, but think it’s resemblance to the Fruit Stripe gum packages is just a little too sweet (pun intended) this street style blogger has the perfect remedy! Simply add a dose of edge to your look with a black motorcycle jacket, and white sneaks for a casual vibe.

Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge nails the track pant rage I’m obsessed with.  To give this old classic an updated and modern look, it is best to wear this trend with heels. She keeps the rest of her look simple by pairing with a basic silk tank and classic understated accessories. The rainbow stripe elevates this look to WOW dimensions!

Man Repeller

Leave it to Man Repeller to take a seen every-where and in every-way trend and provide it with a new slant. This sexy take on the off-the-shoulder top takes on a casual vibe when paired with a denim midi skirt and flats. Adding a pop of color with these kelly green knot detail slides (from Zara) to your basic black and white look is what keeps it grounded for the perfect day ensemble.

Sophia Vergara

Pair a rattan style bag with a streamlined pencil skirt and classic tank with a twist for an unexpected and chic look. Sophia Vergara’s Chloe’s crossbody is an ideal choice, as are her  gold rattan platforms for finishing off the look.

Rhianna pulled off another unexpected rattan bag look by pairing her day time Marc Cross wicker bag with an evening slip dress and strappy heels. She topped it off with a casual embellished denim jacket. Looking oh so cool!

Rihanna

Amanda Brooks

Summer is the optimal time for an all white monochromatic look as seen here on Amanda Brooks. To take your look to obscenely great heights, like Amanda, try playing with proportions by wearing a sleeveless white vest and cropped jeans. Amanda’s choice of jewel encrusted sandals adds texture to her all white look.

Romee Strud

Taking a pair of black sneakers and composing an uber chic look isn’t as easy as Romee Strud makes it appear. Pair it with a denim dress (Romee choose Madewell), a front-tied indigo bandana and a ladylike shoulder bag ( Chanel seen here) and you have nailed it!

 

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It’s F**king Summer III – Annual Play List

Today I’m celebrating my favorite day of the year — the official start to summer! There aren’t many duo’s better than long summer days (over 16 hours of sunshine today), and stick in your head, heart pounding, get-up-and-dance music. With that in mind, we  continue our tradition of celebrating summer solstice with our third It’s F**king Summer annual playlist.  Enjoy, and remember, music is meant to be shared, forward to your friends!

Happy Summer Solstice and have a rockin summer!!

 

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