Packing for New York

Packing for New York

I am traveling to New York soon for a great friend’s 40th birthday celebration, so I thought it would be fun to put together a virtual packing list for inspiration.  This fantasy suitcase is filled with all things practical and fabulous.  Not possible, you say?  Read on.

  • When isn’t black cashmere appropriate?
  • Dark, undistressed skinnies go with just about everything.
  • Sleeveless outwear fends off chilly weather while preventing overheating when you are popping in and out of doors. The above Belstaff vest looks off-the-charts incredible.
  • A gold chain link necklace is substantial enough for heavier day pieces but it won’t compete for center stage in evening ensembles.
  • You need to travel with a cosmetics case, so why not choose this luxe version from Smythson?
  • Though I love a great heel, flat shoes are a must for walking the sidewalks, shops, and museum corridors of the city.
  • Dark polish on short nails is a fall/winter must, and this grey makes a perfect neutral.
  • The tweed peplum top with leather trim pairs beautifully with jeans and heels for a casual evening of drinks and dinner.  And it provides a bit of warmth. (You could even wear it over a slim, long sleeved top for an alternate day look.)
  • Satin and lace underpinnings feel amazing under anything.  Especially heavier fall layers.
  • The beauty of matte jersey is that it does not wrinkle, so this aubergine cocktail dress from Cut 25 is perfect for packing.  Who wants to mess with ironing, steaming, or sending your dress out with the chance it may not return?
  • A cross-body bag with dressed up details blends seamlessly with all pieces here.  During the day it allows for comfortable hands-free walking, and in the evening you can tuck away the strap for an over-sized clutch that will hold all of your essentials.
  • This Reed Krakoff leather cuff is sleek, sexy, and versatile.  It dresses up a white tee, cardigan and jeans and brings a dose of cool to cocktail attire.
  • These Jimmy Choo leopard print heels are absolute perfection.  Enough said.

Jersey dress
oxygenboutique.com

J Crew knit top
jcrew.com

Rebecca Taylor top
rebeccataylor.com

Belstaff
stylebop.com

J Brand j brand
amrag.com

Agent provocateur
net-a-porter.com

Agent provocateur
net-a-porter.com

Jimmy Choo high heel shoes
bergdorfgoodman.com

Reed krakoff
colette.fr

Smythson
barneys.com

Nars cosmetic
barneys.com

The Top Ten (May Edition)

Ten things I am loving this May…

1. The gorgeous color and heady scent of lilacs in bloom.

2) Nars Super Orgasm Illuminator.  I have never been a big make-up girl, but when I tried this and saw the nice (ahem) glow it gave me, I was sold.


3) My Garmin Forerunner 310XT.  Attractive it is not, but essential to my current life as it keeps track of rides, runs, and swims.

4) J Brand Luxe Twill Skinny Jeans in soft lilac.  AMAZING.  They look great with navy, grey, white, aqua, blue chambray, heels, sandals….pretty much anything you pair with them.

5) Paris in Color is a magical, fresh, cliche-free voyage through the most beautiful city in the world.  Fair warning: perusing this book will induce pangs of desire to travel immediately.

6) Farrow & Ball paints.  We are planning a major color change for our home’s exterior, and we love these high quality, naturally derived English emulsions.  Right now I am thinking a light stone/cream on the wood siding to match the stonework, and a deep, rich, dark green on the trim, windows, frames and sills.  But check back because I have already changed my mind at least half a dozen times!

7) Siggi’s Icelandic style yogurt (skyr).  It has a blissfully low sugar content and is super thick and creamy.  I do not love it plain, but doctored up with granola, almonds, chopped dried fruit or fresh berries and a good dose of honey or agave, it is luscious.

8) My snakeskin iPhone case from J.Crew.  (I found it in a fabulous French blue not available online anymore, but it is still in stores.)

9) Stripes in any form.  It’s an obsession.  My favorite is the one below from chance co.  It really is embarrassing how much I have worn it.

I also fell for this one because she looks amazing, no?  So somebody please tell me why, when I wear it, it reads Seussian rather than sexy?!

10) My new summer fragrance, Hermes un jardin sure le toit. It is light, summery and undeniably sexy.  Kind of like the girl in the striped shirt.