Hurricane Chic

Nike tromp l'oiel jacket (Niketown), TopShop knit nautical tee, Levi's shorts (Urban Outfitters), Hunter Wellington rain boots in graphite (, etc... vintage watch necklace (ByBrooklyn) / photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

tromp l'oiel "rip", vintage ring

I was prepared for the elements with hurricane Irene’s visit this weekend and of course, was still sensibly stylish. Apparently I was not alone in this. New Yorkers all over the city were gearing up for her visit.

While I honestly was fearing the worst, this fab jacket with tromp l’oiel denim and rip details (a gift from a recent photoshoot) brightened up my weekend. Luckily, the city had minor damages compared to what we expected.

Check out what my neighborhood looked like after the earthquakehurricapocolypse week we had here in Brooklyn…

The ominous sky over Smith Street

The MTA shut down for the first time (though it felt kind of normal).

A tree falls in Brooklyn

A lost shoe

Hurricane optimism / hurricane aftermath photos by Liz Teich

xo DA

p.s. I guess Kanye was feeling my “Canadian Tuxedo” vibe at the VMA’s on Sunday night with his own denim on denim look. Is this look hot or not?

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Miu Miu and Me

Vintage dress, Barney's NY bag, Bloch metallic jazz shoes (, etc... watchband bracelets (ByBrooklyn), Shaya square bangle ( / photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

Miu Miu Fall 2011 / Sensible Stylista

I’d like to think I inspired Miu Miu’s current collection, but more likely Miuccia and I just both have a thing for modern vintage looks. I’m also digging that the 40′s inspired collection was paired with tromp l’oiel heeled booties (like these from Nordstrom which I’m drooling over!), but this sensible stylista who decided to walk over the Manhattan Bridge from Chinatown to Brooklyn, luckily wore comfy menswear inspired flats.

STYLIST TIP: If you are a lover of all things vintage like me, then make sure you get pieces tailored if needed. A $20 steal could like just that. If you alter it to your liking by taking it in, raising the hemline, adding some darts, cut off sleeves, etc. (or even more like something you may have seen on the runway), your bargain will look like it cost a fortune.

Be sensible & safe this weekend with the impending hurricane to all of my East Coast peeps.

xo DA

Where did you get that??

Lanvin x Acne denim dress (Barney's Warehouse Sale), Nona E. Rose belt, Patricia Nash leather saddle bag (TJMaxx), Butter platform shoes, Burberry sunnies, etc... watchband bracelet, vintage bangle, Pepperbox wheel post earrings with 14k gold beads and diamond chips / Pictures by Joshua Boccheciamp

Nona E. Rose rose belt in navy (

Patricia Nash bag (now at TJMaxx)

It’s that time of the year that a sensible yet stylish girl (or guy) gets all giddy for…the warehouse sales!

My favs are happening right now in NYC (starting TODAY!), including the Barney’s Warehouse Sale and the Bird Warehouse Sale.

Even on a budget—thanks to my wedding this year—I find it’s worth shopping these for classic finds/wardrobe staples that you’ll have for years to come. Just when I thought I’d never be able to own a LANVIN dress, Acne decided to do a collaboration with them in the past couple of years and I scored this $900 denim classic at a recession price from last year’s Barney’s Warehouse Sale! (Hopefully Kelly Osbourne won’t diss me for wearing something to death from a few seasons ago, but it’s something that will never go out of style).

If you can’t make it to these fab sales, then you must check out your nearest TJMaxx STAT! You won’t believe what you’ll find there. While working in Boston recently, I scored this amazing 70′s style Patricia Nash bag for around $120, which of course prompted my designer friends of Nona E. Rose and E. Kammeyer over dinner last night to ask, where did you get that??

xo DA

Seeing Spots

Paul Smith sleeveless bow blouse (sample sale score), Forever 21 dress, Urban Expressions vegan friendly chain bag (TJMaxx), etc... watchband bracelet and custom charm bracelet (ByBrooklyn) photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

No need to adjust your computer screen…but you’ll be seeing quite a lot of spots this fall.

Polka dots seem to be everywhere on the runways and even multiple times in one outfit (à la Marc Jacobs).

Marc Jacobs Fall 2011

Gucci Fall 2011

Today I dined at Brooklyn’s favorite Eastern European comfort food spot, Karloff…while stepping out of my comfort zone a bit. I bravely tried out this perennial, yet newly fresh trend of polka dots by mixing my own dots with pieces from the back of my closet. Voila! A cheap way to transition into fall.

Stylist Tip: TRY THIS TREND. Just make sure your dots vary in sizes. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a clown costume. If you are so bold to try this trend, let me know how it works for you!

xo DA

The Summertime Blues

JSDNYC royal blue cotton dress and custom vintage lace dress (, Elizabeth & James blazer (Loehmann's), Miu Miu aviator sunglasses (Loehmann's), Bloch jazz shoes (Gilt Groupe), etc... watchband cuff (ByBrooklyn), Gypsy Nation bag (, vintage tortoise shell bangle photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

While fall looms near, I think I forgot how to dress for the transition season. I’m not quite ready to give up my cute little summer dresses like these ones from JSDNYC.

The talented designer, Jennifer Stewart, created this custom one from vintage lace just for yours truly. She scours the country to salvage vintage fabrics to make her collection and creates pieces that have a flair from the 40′s up until the 90′s with a Williamsburg vibe. I’m currently drooling over the stripe and trendy polka dot tops that can be purchased online.

My go to way of dealing with the in between weather? The wardrobe staple: the blazer.

EVERY sensible stylista should own at least one in their arsenal! I probably own too many, but they’re the easiest way to polish up a casual outfit. It’s probably one of the few items I always splurge on because of this.

STYLIST TIP: If you’re going to wear a tight skirt or dress, balance out the proportions with a looser fitting top or jacket (and vice versa). That way you look more Grace Kelly than Kelly Bundy. If you do prefer the all tight look, opt for a flat shoe to keep it looking classy.

xo DA

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