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My Favorite Back to School Outfit

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School has been in session for a few weeks now, and I am sharing one of my favorite back to school outfits. I often go to the library to do my blog posts and get some focus on my content. I usually see a lot of students at the library, and all I have to say is when you are working or studying for long hours, and need to be focused, you want to be comfortable. I am usually dressed my most comfortable when I go to the library (thank you for the relaxed dress code) because I am usually there for eight hours (or more).

When you are a student you will want to dress the most comfortable because you have to walk around campus, walk from class to class, sit for long hours and maybe spend the entire day at school. This also doesn’t include any library time to study and of course commuting if you aren’t living on campus. With all that, comfort has to be essential.

One of my favorite comfortable outfits for back to school is definitely a t-shirt dress. I love this dress because it is under $20, it is so comfortable and stylish. The pinkish maroon color is perfect for the upcoming fall season and is a perfect transitioning dress from summer to fall.

When the temperatures start to drop you can also wear this t-shirt dress with a nice pair of leggings and style with some mules or boots. When you are running around campus, in between classes and studying long hours this is the perfect dress to be comfortable and yet stylish. You will also get a lot of wear because you can wear it on the weekends for errands or brunch.

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Are you planning on wearing the t-shirt dress trend this fall? How do you style?

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Fashion

Custo Barcelona Fashion Show

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I was so excited to attend the Spring / Summer 2018 Custo Barcelona Fashion Show last week for New York Fashion Week. It was so much fun and the energy was amazing. The pieces were hip, trendy, and lavish street wear trend.

When I went to Spain a few years ago I actually purchased a blazer from Custo Barcelona on that trip.  I still have it in my closet, it is so funky and cool and completely different than the style here in the states. That’s why I fell in love with the blazer.

If you know the Custo Barcelona style it is funky, cool, trendy and over the top. Whenever I wore the blazer I purchased from Custo Barcelona, I got so many compliments and was definitely seen as a trend setter wearing their clothing. In general, the fashion in Europe is honestly amazing, they usually like to take risks and be fashion leaders.

Back to the the fashion show – the show had a lot of energy, great music (think trendy techno Europe beach music) and was very energetic. If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw some behind the scenes on Insta Story of the show and it did not disappoint. The designs were amazing, and it made me want to book a flight back to Europe for next summer because some of these dresses screamed Ibiza, Mykonos and St. Tropez.

After the show my friend Lisa and I got a glass of rosé at the bar of Pier 59 at Chelsea Piers. There were some amazing views of New York City and we couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. New York Fashion Week is one of my favorite times in the city and it did not disappoint. I loved attending these past New York Fashion week events (here and here) and it is always amazing, energetic and of course, the fashion is always beautiful.
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Below are some of my favorite pieces from the Custo Barcelona fashion show.

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Gingham Trend: How to Style

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Gingham is a popular fashion trend right now. When I walked into H&M a few weeks ago I saw quite a few gingham printed outfits so the trend is here to stay for Fall. I fell in love with this gingham top because it is perfect for everyday casual wear and is under $30.

I paired this top with my favorite new H&M jeans that have been fitting like a dream. Since this is more of a casual top, I paired it with one of my favorite sneakers and it is perfect for weekend wear running errands, grabbing lunch with your girlfriends or a perfect back to school outfit. Easy to style tops are perfect if you are busy and in a hurry.

If you wanted to style this top for night I can see it with some black jeans and black leather heels. You can easily transform this top to more trendy evening wear and it is quick and easy.

Have you purchased any gingham items this season? What are your thoughts on the trend? Leave a comment below.

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel

US Open 2017

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The US Open 2017 starts today and is one of the biggest tennis tournaments of the year. I am so excited. I grew up in Flushing Queens so we have always been really excited for this tennis tournament every year and usually attend the pre matches.

The US Open is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, New York and will be held starting today, August 28, through September 10. The US Open is known for bringing together the world’s best tennis players along with great food, kids’ activities and musical performances. People all over the world travel to attend the US Open. Having attended the pre-matches in the past, it is always a packed and fun event.

Below are some US Open tips of you are attending this year:

1. Arrive early and pack light

If you are attending the US Open, morning matches usually start around 11:00 a.m. but gates open at 10:00 a.m. Remember to pack lightly so you can get through security quickly and easily.

US Open tip: the east and south gates are usually the quickest to go through.

2. Tour the Stadiums
Once you are in the US Open find your seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium. It is the largest tennis stadium among the Grand Slam events, and one of the grandest in the world.

At night you can head to the top decks of Arthur Ashe Stadium and look out over the grounds. You can see the fountains and the Unisphere from the World’s Fair creating the perfect instagram backdrop and picture perfect for that selfie.

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3. Don’t miss the food and drinks
The US Open is also known for its fantastic food and drinks. Once you are ready for lunch you can go to the Food Village for a quick bite to eat. That is where we ate and the fish tacos are amazing. You can also try several options for a sit-down meal such Aces, Champions Bar & Grill, Mojito, Patio Cafe or the US Open Club.

If its drinks you are looking for there are some several options such as the Heineken Red Star Café, with seating upstairs. For a quick refresher, try Baseline Cocktails, Wine Bar Food and the Grey Goose Bar.

4. Don’t forget to visit the practice courts
The practice courts is usually where you can see your favorite players practicing for their upcoming match. You are pretty close to the players so it is a great opportunity to see your favorite player up close and get some insta worthy pictures.

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5. Shopping
The US open also has a lot of shopping opportunities such as Ralph Lauren, Adidas and Wilson store.

Hopefully these tips and guides help you and you have a fantastic time.

If you would like to purchase tickets you can do so here.

All things US open, visit their site here.

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Who What Wear Collection: Target

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Today I am sharing one of my favorite blouses from the Who What Wear Fall collection at Target. I was looking for a great statement blouse to add to my wardrobe and this blouse caught me eye the instant I walked into Target. I love chic pieces at affordable prices (who doesn’t?). One of my favorite looks this summer was the white and blue striped shirt trend, and I love how this blouse continues that trend but transitions perfectly into fall. The ruffles are prefect, sometimes you can find items that have too much ruffle but this one was perfect. I am seeing a lot of ruffles for Fall, so this piece would be perfect to add to your wardrobe.

I paired the blouse with denim and some black heels I purchased from DSW warehouse last year. This is a perfect casual Friday look at the office, drinks with girlfriends or date night look. I also did this shoot in Time Square and it was so much fun to be with such a great crowd. I usually do my shoots in simple places (basic walls, alleys, etc…) and I loved wearing this outfit in such a lively place because this top is so chic!

What do you think of the Who What Wear Fall Collection? Are you planning on wearing ruffles this Fall?

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Perfect Cardigan for Summer

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Sweater: sold out similar here and here / Jeans: Gap / Bag: Liz Claiborne / Shoes: DSW Warehouse

I am in love with a perfect summer cardigan. This one in particular is great. I love the color, it is lightweight so it isn’t too warm but keeps you warm on those cool summer nights. I love it paired with a basic white tank, as I am wearing in the picture, but I can see it with a blank tank and shorts and some perfect mules.

We are getting ready for the weekend here. We are painting the dining room, exciting stuff and heading to the beach. What are your weekend plans?

We are trying to plan out the last few weeks of summer. We can’t wait. Lucas camp ends next week so I will have about 4 weeks of toddler and newborn time so we have to plan some fun stuff. Any suggestions for some fun stuff to do with kids, from my NYC / LI folks?

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Fashion

Summer Dress

 

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Dress: Sold out similar here and here/ Shoes: Macy’s / Bag: similar here (perfect for fall) / Sunglasses: Versace (my fav!)

Today I am sharing my favorite white dresses before summer ends. The great thing about this time is all the summer sales before fall fashion really comes into play.

I love this dress from Nordstrom Rack because it is a perfect little white dress but has a pink slip underneath for a pop of color. Since I am 5’8″ it is a bit shorter on me but if you are at average height it should fall perfectly. The best thing about little white dresses is it is so cute for summer and if you have the summer tan absolutely perfect. If you are bride to be you can wear it to your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, as an after party or brunch dress. I love wearing these dresses to date night with the hubby because there is nothing sexier than a little white dress for date night in the summer.

I linked to a few that I absolutely love and are on perfect sale right now.

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend, we had a low key weekend, we went to our local faire and got lunch with my mom and aunt to thank them for all the help they give me with the kids. Spending time with family is the best!

 

 

 

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Summer Tee

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Top: Nordstrom rack, similar here and here  / Jeans: Gap    / Bag: Liz Claiborne   / Shoes: DSW Warehouse

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had such a wonderful weekend relaxing and celebrating Father’s Day. One of the best things about Father’s Day is the weather, here in New York City it is always gorgeous weather. Lightweight tees are the best for summer weather. They let the air flow through, aren’t too hot and are still really flattering. I love neutral colors too because they do not keep the heat in and you are usually cooler. This top I am wearing from Nordstrom Rack is so flattering, I love the high low style of the top. I linked to a few similar as I couldn’t find my exact one, I actually purchased this top in person and not online, shocking for a huge avid online shopper like myself, but the ones I linked are so cute and are also perfect for the warm weather.

What is everyone’s summer plans? We are trying to decide on some upcoming vacations. We also have a lot of house work planned (exciting stuff I know). Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday.

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How to Style Army Green Jacket

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Jacket: Nordstrom Rack – BCBGeneration sold out in army green but available in navy blue / Jeans: Gap  / Shoes: Old, similar here

I am completely in love with this army green jacket. I saw it at Nordstrom Rack and knew I had to have it, it also comes in navy blue which is such a great color and would match perfectly with jeans. This jacket is such a statement jacket and I love it paired with black heels. I would wear this jacket on girls night our or date night for a wonderful impact. It is under $75, and the green color is true army green. I wore the jacket both open, so you can see the cascading affect, as well as closed so you can see the statement it brings with the belt across the waist. Absolutely beautiful. This jacket is more fancy than your typical army green jacket and Nordstrom rack has a few casual options that I like here and here. If you are looking for a statement jacket, this is the jacket to own. This week it is in the 90s but it is going to cool down here in New York City again starting Wednesday and I can’t wait to wear this jacket when the cooler weather arrives.

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend. We just relaxed at home and I got my hair straightened for the summer. I am going to do a YouTube video on my hair straightening experience for you guys. It has been 9 months since I got my hair chemically straightened, and I am going to go over the pros and cons and the experience and so you can see the results. It makes managing your hair in the summer so much easier.

Hope everyone is having a great start to their week. Happy Monday! We are going to play with water tables today, woohoo.

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Tie Knot Tee

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Shirt: Nordstrom / Jeans: Gap / Sunglasses: Versace

I am loving tie knot tee’s lately. They are so stylish and my favorite way is to wear them with jeans, or shorts when the weather gets warmer. I am loving this one from Nordstrom rack, linked above. It is a bit sheer and I am wearing it with a tank underneath, but it is light weight and perfect for summer. The green is a light green, but I love that I could pair with a variety of accessories like darker greens, oranges, whites and grays. It also comes in a variety of colors and fits true to size, it is a steal for under $20.

It is still cool here in NYC, but next week it should start getting into the 80s and starting to really feel like summer. Does anyone have wonderful summer plans? We are trying to plan our vacations now for the summer.