Hi Friends! I hope everyone is having an amazing week. I know so many find the holiday season stressful, and yes, that can be true. But I truly adore the holiday season and celebrating with friends and family! Holiday parties galore call for endless outfits. I love a festive look, but sometimes you want something thats a bit more casual, with a little edge, instead of feeling like you dumped a bucket of glitter on yourself. A great pair of boots can help add a little edge to any outfit. This pair from Sudini adds a whole lot of comfort to the look as well. The centerpiece of this look is one of my favorite pieces from Marissa Webb, the queen of downtown edge, but in the most refined way. Winter dressing is all about layers. I took this double breasted vest top and layered a turtleneck bodysuit under it. Paired with a little distressed denim and tall boots, the look is so easy and great for rocking from office to holiday party.
Style tip: I buttoned the vest off center. You can do this with any kind of vest for a look with a bit of interest.
Time is a funny thing. We never seem to have enough of it, it can feel like it’s flying or standing still. My days feel like I never have enough of time, but there are those moments where time halts to savor every bit of a joyous feeling. My wedding day was a mixture of the two. It flew by in what felt like a flash of light, but at the same time I will forever remember looking at my husband as we recited our vows together – for that moment in a garden in France, time stood still.
In a world where most people track time on their mobile phones, many forget that a watch can be a well placed accessory in your look. As most of you well know by now, I love a good accessory. A treasured timepiece like this beauty from Seiko helps me keep track all of those special moments, while fitting perfectly into my stack of mixed-metal arm candy that I don everyday. I love the simplicity with a dash of sparkle.
I styled mine with a layered sweater, a great pair of skinny jeans and a classic bag. Sometimes simplicity is best.
Thank you Evine for partnering with me on this post. My opinions and what I choose to wear are 100% my own.
Pumpkin pie, green beans, stuffing and 3 kinds of cranberry relish start calling my name the moment Thanksgiving rounds the corner. I adore the holidays and absolutely love sitting down with our family at Thanksgiving. It’s one of the few times a year when we all gather around the table to share a meal, catch up on our lives and spend the day curled up and enjoying each other’s company.
But with all of that family time and fantastic food can come lots of sluggish days, full stomachs and missed fitness goals. You should absolutely enjoy your time with family and friends but also be mindful of the food you’re putting in your body and keeping yourself on track.
When turkey day arrives keep these 10 tips in mind to stay healthy and fit this thanksgiving:
Eat breakfast. You may think you’re saving extra calories for later but by not eating breakfast, you’re more likely to binge when you get to the big meal. Eat a healthy breakfast with veggies and good fats to start your day off right.
Drink enough Water. Many people confuse hunger with thirst. Make sure you’re well hydrated by keeping a water bottle with you for the day.
Get some exercise. No matter the length of time, just get out there and get your blood pumping. If you only have 20 minutes, no problem, do a tabata workout. Anything from a hike with family, a barre class or a run outside will be a great start to the day.
Go easy on the appetizers. Cheese and crackers are there all year. Save your calories for the main attraction.
Use a smaller plate. Studies find you eat about 25% less if you use a smaller plate vs a bigger one. This is such an easy trade there’s no excuse not to.
Chew slowly. I know I know, but it tastes so good. Chewing slowly allows your brain to catch up with your stomach. Fast eaters consume around three ounces of food per minute, while slow eaters only eat about two ounces per minute. That can mean a lot less calories. So enjoy the dinner conversation and enjoy your food.
Be mindful of liquid calories. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good glass of wine. But it’s easy to consume more calories than you mean to. Try substituting cocktails with lots of sugar for a vodka soda or something less sweet.
Meditate. Stress can get the best of you and cause you to not enjoy the day or binge on an entire pumpkin pie. Meditation can help you manage that stress in a more productive way. I love the app Headspace for at home meditation.
Write down what you’re thankful for. It’s easy to let the holiday season zoom by. Take a moment to sit down and write down 5 things you’re thankful for this season.
Red. That color that warms the soul and to me, signals time for the leaves to change. I’ve always always always loved this color. There are so many amazing trends this fall that I’m so on board with. But the easiest trend to wear this fall is the all red uniform!
I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous red coat from Banana Republic during fashion week. I love the military details, the classic wool overcoat style, and the large lapel. It’s the perfect coat for everyday or just a fun statement when the days are grey and the sun sets all too early. I paired mine with my faaaaaavorite jeans right now from Levi’s. They’re the go to rigid denim with just the right distressing. They’re high waisted, which I love, and loose in just the right way. You don’t always need to feel painted into your jeans. Paired with a classic white lace top and my go to statement red heels from Manolo Blahnik.
You can incorporate a dash of red or go for the whole damn look! Here I decided to pair a great pair of red Manolos with a red overcoat (bought mine one size big (size large) so it was a bit more oversized, if you want it more fitted, buy true to size). But I’m totally obsessed with an entire red uniform. Adios all black uniform, heeeellllloooo all red! Here are a few of my favorite red picks for fall to create your red uniform.
What trends are you loving this fall? I would love to hear from you! Head back to Accessories Gal Monday next week for a little bit of print mixing fun.
It may not feel like it, but it’s fall! I can hardly believe I am still running around New York in shorts and a crop top. This time of year always makes me think about back to school shopping when I was a kid. I have vivid memories of heading out at the start of the new school year with my mom to find my look for that year. At my wedding, one of my bridesmaids recounted a story about this exact moment when we were kids. She told the story that I always waited until school had started so that I could scout all of the new trends that were happening in the halls of school. What can I say, I’ve always been on the hunt for great fashion inspiration.
This season, the trend I’ve been falling in love with is the statement sneaker. I have never been one to shy away from a statement shoe. My favorite new pair is this fantastic stacked platform from Gucci. They’re the perfect sneaker to pair with a great pair of flared denim for fall or a fun structured cropped trouser (love this pair from J.Crew).
There are so many directions, but I wrapped up a few of my favorite sneaker trends you need for fall. I went for something with a little 70s funk and fun. Below you can see a few of my favorite picks, and starting at $40! A few of my favorite sneaker trends for fall include the platform sneaker, metallic sneaker, contrast toe cap, and glitter sneaker (I’m a sucker for glitter).
One of my absolute favorite go to sneakers is also Golden Goose! They’re so chic and effortless in their already worn and beaten up design. These high tops and these low tops (um, yes VELVET) are on my fall must have list! No matter your style there’s a trend for you!
I would love to hear what your favorite trends for fall are!? And what sneakers you’ll be rocking this season!
You know that dress that always makes you feel fantastic the moment you put it on? This bright yellow dress from Marissa Webb does that for me. It’s easy, effortless and makes the perfect statement. Though this flirty little dress is sold out, I’ve picked a few of my favorite yellow dresses to brighten the end of your summer days.
Out and about in this post with my amazing and talented friend Ashley Nelson of On The 10. Ashley has an amazing blog and Instagram @Ashleynii. She’s one of my absolute favorite people to grab a quick workout or glass of rose with….or both 🙂
Since moving to Brooklyn I have been loving the barre classes at Xtend Barre Brooklyn and The Bar Method Brooklyn. As a runner, I am in desperate need of cross training and workouts that help build a strong core and allow me to get a deep stretch.
To pair with my new barre method love, I have been wearing pieces from the newly launched ballet athletic line Belle Force. Belle Force was super savvy and started the brand via a Kickstarter campaign. After exceeding their goal, they finished production this spring and the collection is now live. With a simple color palette of blush and black the collection is filled with ballet inspired details.
The leggings I’m obsessed with and wearing in this post have a stretch french netting detail that mimics ballet shoe ties. The same gorgeous stretch netting trim is used to finish the edges of the bra worn under this plunging neckline top. I’m loving the bra so much that I also have it in blush and have been wearing it outside of my workouts as a base with strappy tanks during the summer.
Now, about this top! I love the wide shoulder and long length. The best part though is it’s reversible. It has a high crew neck on one side and a plunging deep v neckline on the other side. I personally love wearing it both ways.
To me, great design is all in the details. It’s the little things that bring such joy to something you are going to pour so much sweat into.
As for fit, I purchased a medium in the tank and the bra but a small in the legging. I find my rib cage is a bit wider and usually need a medium or size 8 in sports bras but a small or 6 in most leggings.
So Accessories Gal readers, what workouts are you currently obsessed with and what are you wearing to get them done? I would love to hear from you about what workouts are making you break a sweat and what you’re sweating in.
I’ve recently fallen in love with mules. They’re classic, chic and super comfortable for this NYC gal who is always running around town. I’m currently obsessed with this pair from Donald J. Pliner. I love the suede body and textured leather chunky heel.
As much as we’ve enjoyed the chills of winter, we can all agree that we’re ready to shed those chunky sweaters, puffer coats and oversized scarfs for something with a bit breezier. If you’ve ever taken a peak into my closet, you know there are a plethora of crisp white shirts. If I’m being completely honest, I have a bit of an obsession. They are my wardrobe staple go-to and the perfect tool for a spring wardrobe update.
I recently discovered this one from Loeil while perusing for a few new Spring essentials. I wasn’t quite sure how the sizing would work when I ordered it as its a one size fits all, which in my experience works for knit tops but not wovens. I was pleasantly surprised to find it fit me perfectly. I’m 6 feet tall and it fits as a tailored shirt. On someone a bit shorter than me it would fall a little lower and the shoulders might be a littler easier. Here are a few of my favorite crisp white shirts to shop for Spring:
My husband and I recently purchased our first home in Downtown Brooklyn. There’s so much to do, decorate and design to add our mark on our new home. The first design tasks we tackled were the closets. We lived for years in Union Square in a “quaint” one bedroom, as we liked to call it, and my closet was as many friends lovingly referred to it, a game of Tetris. Shoe boxes were stacked 4 deep, with polaroids of what was in them taped to the outside (a nice little trick for those space savers among us). Clothes were so jam packed I completely forgot half of what I owned. Moving in all honesty, re-introduced me to the half of my wardrobe that had been buried for years.
To create the closets of our dreams we hired California Closets. I was super impressed with the details involved in the design. They measured the height of my heels to decide how tall the shelves should be, counted the number of shoes I had, asked me how I like to organize my denim and how many long gowns I have. What we created was a space that amazes me every morning as I walk into to get dressed.
When designing a new closet, here are a few tips and tricks I highly recommend:
Streamline hangers. Throw away all of those dry cleaner or wooden hangers and purchase velvet hangers like these to keep your clothes compact and in pristine condition.
Organize jewelry in trays. We built drawers underneath the vanity in my closet with soft-close drawers, organized with removable jewelry trays. Keeping jewelry organized in flat trays makes getting dressed so much easier because you see the entire lay of the land.
To maximize space on shoe shelves, places shoes heel to toe.
Organize your purses on shelves by type of bag (clutches, top handle, oversized, etc.). Additionally, put the dust bags inside of each bag as filler. It’s much easier to see all of the bags you own and to help them keep their shape.
Lastly, give up fast fashion. Invest in pieces that will last for years to come and you won’t have to throw away because they just fall apart.
Lastly, two fun pieces of news. I’m having a huge closet sale on April 22nd. If you live in or near NYC, come join us ! And most of the items seen in this post are available to rent from my closet at VillageLuxe.com (use code ACCESSORIESGAL).