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#FridayFavorites / The PERFECT Accessory

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Is it too dramatic to say these headphones may have changed my life? Well, they have. These Coloud headphones just arrived yesterday and I’ve been attached to them already after having some bad breakups with headphones over the years.

There was the ex-headphones that get into such a tangled mess that I spend more time fussing with them than actually using them. Then there were the headphones that the ear buds popped off and got lost so many times that I couldn’t handle it. Most recently there were the ones that shorted out on a Jet Blue flight and left me with only one ear to listen out of.

Finally the prince charming of headphones has come into my life. The flat wire design makes it great to throw in my bag and not worry about it tangling—and they even can be wrapped and secured into that triangle “lasso” to keep them neat.

The ear buds are incredibly comfortable and tune out all of the sounds around you which is great until I was so tuned into a story on “This American Life” on the subway that I nearly missed my stop last night! There are a ton of other features like that 1-click microphone that’s perfect for all of my conference calls on the iPhone.

Of course the bonus is that they’re pretty fashionable and stylist-approved!

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I’m a big fan of Twistband hair ties, which are so much better to have on your wrist than a drugstore hair band and don’t rip your hair out at the same time. So when a set of Twistband headbands arrived in a package yesterday, I was ecstatic.

I do a lot of yoga and in the past couple of years having bangs, it’s been kind of a nuisance. If I put a clip at the top of my head, I can’t do a headstand. I’ve had other headbands slip off mid-vinyasa. These bands are the perfect—most importantly stylish—solution to keeping my hair back while I’m working out. They also don’t put a dent in your hair when you take them off, so they won’t put a dent in your day!

An added bonus to this design is the adorable peace charm they added. Now I’ll be totally peacefully zen and stylish in my next yoga class.

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When I met with the jewelry designer April Soderstrom last week, she showed me hear new “featherweight” earring collection. It’s essentially 14 kt gold filled wire made into hoop earrings, but there’s something so chic about the simplicity of these “fish” earrings that slip into your ears without any fuss.

They’re so light that I’ve forgotten that I had them in when I was wearing them and they’re so delicate that they were the perfect jewelry to complement a designers dress I wore to an event last night without distracting from it. These are really the perfect every day and any occasion earrings that every woman should have in her jewelry ammo.

#RMDenim Pants Party

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No, I wasn’t back home in Brooklyn with this graffiti; I ventured over to SoHo for Rebecca Minkoff’s denim pop-up shop last night at 96 Greene Street.

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RM is known for her stylish bags that are both functional (like her original design, which she dubbed “Morning After Bag.”), but in recent years she’s been branching out to other accessories and ready to wear. Now she’s conquering the world of jeans and in true Minkoff style, she brought along all of her stylish followers, also known as “Minkettes.”

This collection was called “What I like About Blue”—which is why party-goers received a rubber bracelets with the phrase on it—with mostly shades of blue with some summery neutrals mixed in. This is the kind of collection that suits weekenders from downtown to the Hamptons.

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While I was coveting the blue and white printed jeans that RM wore herself and that the whole shop felt more downtown than SoHo itself, what I loved most about the new collection was that a donation will be made to the organization “No Kid Hungry,” which will feed up to 20 meals to a child in need with a purchase of the jeans.

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On my way out of the event, I noticed “it” model Coco Rocha stopped to take some pictures with the press and upon my snapping this iPhone pic, realized there was the glowing RM looking pretty chic in her new design.

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Speaking of chic designs, I scored these kicks at the Helmut Lang sample sale in SoHo in between a fitting, running around SoHo for another job, and this event. While the women were digging through the brand’s signature blazers and leggings, these heels called my name—and for half of the price of the original.

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dress: Chaiken (sample, never produced) / hat: Urban Outfitters (similar online) / bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar online) / shoes: Helmut Lang (sample sale this week!) / bracelets: PatchNYC, etc…, Gypsies & Debutantes / blue bracelet: c/o Rebecca Minkoff

photos of event by me, outfit photos by Joshua Boccheciamp


The Next Thing Since Instagram

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You thought I was going to say Insta-Video, huh? Yes, it was major news last week that Instagram basically crushed the Vine app and created a video component to their own app.

Now that our photos and videos are streamlined, there’s room for a new app you will want to know about:

Pose.

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Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. This free app (download at http://www.pose.com/d) lets you “pose” via selfies—just please don’t make that duck-billed face—blog photos or even things you’re selling on Etsy or EBay. Whatever you post, you can tag with the items your wearing so people can essentially shop your pose!

AND you can shop theirs.

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You can shop from stylish closets like everyone from Rachel Zoe to even yours truly. With these little highlighted bubbles, you can see what each item is like shopping from credits in a magazine.

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Then you can post to your social media, email and to the app. It’s essentially the Instagram of shopping—so yet another app like Pinterest that you will find yourself looking at longer than you realized!

“Like” my Pose posts and I will follow you on there. Happy shopping!


Cocktail Attire

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When I got invited to Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club 10 year anniversary event (#humblebrag), the first thing I texted my friend Jane, who was attending as well, was “What are we going to wear??” Yes, I’m a stylist, but I have those days too, where I feel like I have nothing in my closet!

That’s the best time to re-accessorize something you have to make it feel fresh again instead of impulsively buying a new frock. Of course I thought, “What would Beyoncé wear?” Something more classy than clubby of course.

Sure enough, Beyoncé looked more elegant than I even imagined in a beautiful white cut-out dress. She was equally as gracious when we asked her three times over the music what she was wearing.

“Roberto Cavalli,” she kindly replied.

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dress: Parker NY (Rent The Runway sample sale) / necklace: E.Kammeyer / shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless / bag: Zara

STYLIST TIP: Have you ever received an invite for something and it says “cocktail attire” and you’re totally stumped as to what’s appropriate or not? It happens to the best of us.

Here’s a fool-proof way of dressing for that:

1. Pick a dress that’s above the knee—essentially a “cocktail” dress, but stay away from casual fabrics like jersey cotton or linen.

2. Generally opt for something that’s a bit more demure than something you may wear to say, Vegas or a bachelorette.

3. Add a statement piece of jewelry (one necklace, bracelet or earrings) to coordinate with your dress. Stay away from day-time jewelry like earthy beads and go for anything with a bit of sparkle or shine instead.

4. Heels are key for your look, but they don’t need to be sky-high. Go for something a bit fancier than you may wear to the office. A nude or black pump is always safe and in the summer, metallic heeled sandals go with just about any dress you may own!

5. Finish your look with a clutch. You can even tuck in the straps of a small purse like I did here.


April In The Summer

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I’ve been following April Soderstrom jewelry ever since one of my favorite publicists, Lacey Wilson-Bates, told me that I MUST check out this new designer for a shoot I was working on. She was right. I’ve been a fan ever since.

Her pieces are so unique and are show-stopping, like this former Miss Massachusetts contestant. Check out that fun pre-curated bracelet stack I tried on.

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I met with both April and Lacey on the patio of the Grand Hyatt to see her new collection that all of the big publications were going crazy over this week.

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All of April’s designs are hand made and one of a kind, so they’re like nothing else you’ve seen. You can see by the gasp on my face how amazed I was at the details like vintage beads from the 50′s and even her signature skulls hidden throughout her pieces to give it a bit of an edge. This one she dubbed the “Industrial Revolution” necklace.

IMG_1535 Her fall collection of stack-able bracelets and cuffs are actually great for all year-round and her earrings give the perfect amount of sparkle for a special event or even wedding—I suspect inspired by her pageant days.

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Much of April’s collection is so wearable that you can just throw it on with nearly anything you’re wearing—the perfect everyday jewelry!

Though, the stand out pieces for me are the ones that you can tell there is a lot of skill that went into them like this hand woven beaded necklace and all of her pieces that are intricately hand sewn with beads and gems.

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Lacey beautifully modeled some of my favorite stack-able cuffs that are leather with wire wrap and embellished with careful bead work.

Of course anything looks good on a couple of ladies that were vying for Miss America, but April’s pieces are versatile enough if you’re looking to accessorize with the every day jeans and a t-shirt, or that statement piece that’s perfect for not only pageants (she rents for that!), weddings, and other other special occasions.

Get April’s latest collection while it lasts!

photos by me and Lacey Wilson-Bates


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