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#Instastyle / The Coolest Wedding Ever

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Last week I went to possibly the coolest wedding ever, held at The Green Building in artsy Gowanus, Brooklyn. It was the union of a photographer I work with, Paul, and a photo-rep friend, Kimberley, so I knew it was going to be creative and fun, just like them.

I opted for a festive Suno frock and a playful lucite clutch, while the hubby wore his new Hill Side bow tie with a gingham print, in honor of the groom’s signature gingham shirts he wears almost daily, and even on his wedding day.

It was nearly monsoon weather after tropical storm Andrea swept through the city, so this easy braid up-do was a good way to combat the  curls and frizz that would have taken over. See step by step how-to for creating that ‘do here.

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The guests and bridal party entered to the music of our talented friends and local band, Jus Post Bellum.

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Of course, being photographers, they cleverly wove those details throughout the decor, including this seamless paper as their backdrop for their vows.

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I’m a big fan of puns, so this banner was one of my favorite DIY elements of the reception.

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These toy cameras painted gold were the perfect solution to the often underwhelming seating cards.

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One of the best parts about a wedding at this location is that many food trucks park behind the building, so it’s perfect to cater a wedding. Tacos and sliders from Mexicue were hands down the most amazing food served at a wedding. We placed our order and took our to-go containers back to our tables.

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Looks like I wore the perfect dress for the occasion, as I matched the confetti shot out to the guests as they danced the night away.

Casually Dressed Up

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I’m not going to lie, I had one of those lazy getting dressed kind of weekends this past Saturday and Sunday. I went to a fabulous wedding on Friday evening, so after getting dolled up (hence, the messy leftover up-do), all I wanted to do was dressed comfortably. It probably didn’t help that I spent all of Sunday at a yoga festival in Chelsea Piers.

I love how these chambray shorts are so soft and cozy, yet are more polished than a pair of gym shorts! Of course, if you add a cute pair of shoes, some jewels and a structured bag, it automatically takes it up a notch. A friend I haven’t seen in years said “you’re so dressed up!” upon seeing me. Little did she know that it was an illusion!

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jacket: French Connection (old) / tank: J. Crew (on sale now!) / shorts: Splendid LA / shoes: Kathryn Amberleigh / bag: Zara / necklaces: c/o Vanessa Mooney, c/o Beth Lauren / bracelets: Gypsies & Debutantes, c/o Hathamade, etc…

photos by Jonathan Rodriguez

STYLIST TIP: I personally like a little heel with my shorts to make my legs look longer and leaner, but I usually opt for a chunkier heel or even a wedge. This way you avoid having a “Pretty Woman” moment, if you know what I mean, and you’ll just look pretty classy!


One Woman, One Style: Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam

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As you may remember, I’ve been working as a contributing editor to Flair Magazine, interviewing fabulous women in NYC that have amazing style in both their wardrobe and in their home.

When I styled Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam for a TJMaxx video, I knew she would be perfect for this feature. Her new home just north of the city reflected her great taste as much as I was impressed by her own closet. She kindly invited me up to spend an afternoon with her, as she chased after her son.

Check out my interview here.

Christian Siriano Resort ’14 Collection & Hanging in His Pad

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Last Thursday evening I climbed up five flights of stairs to get to the most gorgeous midtown apartment owned by Christian Siriano and his musician partner, Brad Walsh for Christian’s Resort 2014 presentation, his debut cruise collection. I was out of breath, but luckily handsome models greeted us with champagne and strawberries on our way to view the collection on the models scattered throughout his pad.

I have to admit, I was quite distracted by the amazing decor that I was surrounded by (The lofted skylight ceilings! The giant wood horse head! The Botero in the bedroom!), and the fabulous people including magazine editors, celebrity make up artists and even a very pregnant Anna Chlumsky. I asked Brad if they hired a interior decorator because it seemed every piece was meticulously thought out, and he replied that it was just Christian—and his very expensive taste in antiques.

Just like his home, Siriano’s collection was, as always, meticulously thought out. The casual ready to wear separates took inspiration from the 60′s with bright magentas, violets and yellows, bold stripes, and mod silhouettes. The everlasting trend of the shorts suit was of course a hit among the crowd and even the evening wear echoed its tone.

Much of it was completely wearable by the masses (I have my eye on a bright purple leather button up skirt that felt very retro with a modern twist), so it’s no wonder why Payless teamed up with him to produce some of his shoe designs at an affordable price point. Fingers crossed the zig-zag printed t-straps make it to that production.

What stood out to me were the details that Christian is known for. His couture treatments to fabrics in his evening wear make him stand out from other ready to wear designers and will surely make his flagship on Elizabeth Street in the Lower East Side a cult favorite destination, following suit of his mentors Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander Lee Mcqueen.

Shop Christian’s current collection and sale items at his online store.

Black, White and Green All Over

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I’ve been pulling this same pom pom necklace by E.Kammeyer for shoots over and over since she first debuted it earlier this year. I used other pieces of hers, but I think I subconsciously kept this one aside for myself. On the last shoot I borrowed it for, I broke down and ended up buying it from the designer. I then wore it to an event last night and go figure, the designer was there wearing one too. I think we put the peer pressure on and soon everyone in the room was asking where they could get one.

You can get one here in case you can’t resist too.

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I went to Roslindale, just outside of Boston, last week while both visiting family and prepping for a shoot, and was pleasantly surprised by the great shops, like Minerva’s Owl, and cafes, like Birch Street Bistro, in that area. Who knew?

One of my favorite spots to visit there (and actually the only one I used to stop by) is Joanne Rossman, Purveyor of the Unnecessary and Irresistible. The store was about to close for the day, but luckily opened its doors for me in time for me to spot this amazing zebra head, similar to the one I’ve been coveting while interviewing Day Kornbluth.

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image from Going Greenster

Last but not least is my new favorite blog that combines not just my love for fashion, but my passion for health and the environment too.

I try to do little green things in my daily life like eat vegetarian and local, reuse bags, do yoga, walk a ton, grow my own herbs and even drink green juices nearly every day of the week if I can, but this fellow stylist and green-lover is quite impressive on her mission to make the world a greener place. Check out her informative and inspiring blog, Going Greenster, to see how you can make a difference in your own daily life, including the juicer she uses to make those green juices I spend a fortune on every week!


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