Sunny Side Up

I have a confession to make. When I was in first grade, I pilfered the lemon yellow crayon out of a classmate’s desk. I’d worn mine down to a nub and she hadn’t even reached the peeling-down-of-the-paper stage!  In my six year old mind, she clearly didn’t love yellow as much as I did.  I needed it.  Alas, the guilt kept me up all night so I snuck it back into her crayon box, heart racing, when she was at the pencil sharpener the next day.

I’m as crazy over yellow now as I was then, especially in spring and summer when I’m craving color and sunshine.  So many people think they can’t wear yellow, but there is a shade for everyone. My friend Stephanie, a fair skinned, flaxen haired beauty of Swedish descent, looks stunning in the pale, lemon yellow of my crayon stealing years.  As a brunette, the golden, runny egg yolk version looks best on me and I love to wear it in both bold statement making pieces (my Alberto Moretti velvet day slippers – on huge sale here) and in smaller touches (my favorite Lem Lem scarf, similar here). The best part is, wearing it never fails to elicit a smile or two. And who wouldn’t want to be a ray of sunshine in someone’s day?

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Spring Style: Steal This Look

Spring Style: Steal This Look
Is anyone else desperate for color?  Stepping into spring with colorful statement loafers and wear-with-everything blue basics will be an instant mood lifter.  Topped with a neutral leather or military inspired jacket and a patterned scarf, you’ll have the perfect ensemble to combat April’s mercurial nature.  For a more polished look, pair solid dark denim with a crisp oxford and your favorite gold accessories.  Either way, your shoes will be the star!

Ray-ban aviators
revolveclothing.com

Olivia Palermo’s loafers shown in above photo (via pinterest) are by Pretty Loafers and are currently unavailable, though you can leave your e-mail address on the site for notification of future availability.  They have many great options in stock!

wardrobe workhorse: one skirt four ways

one skirt four ways
Who would’ve thought a little white skirt could be so versatile?  This cameleon goes from spring to fall, weekend day to dinner party, in the blink of an eye.  I’d wear it now with tall boots, a bomber jacket and a cable knit sweater!

Rag Bone short sleeve crew neck t
rag-bone.com

Torn by Ronny Kobo skirt
intermixonline.com

Make Me Blush

Make Me Blush
Pale blush was a favorite shade on the runways for Spring 2014, making silky underpinnings and accessories in this flattering hue the perfect choice for a Valentine’s indulgence.  What woman wouldn’t want a hint of spring next to her skin even if she’s bundled under layers of cashmere?  I am absolutely wild over those Stella knickers and the lace-trimmed silk pajamas.  The matchstick necklace is high on my wish list as well.  Such a clever way to tell her she lights your fire!

Eberjey lace trimmed robe
$180 – net-a-porter.com

Eberjey Iris thong
$42 – journelle.com

Claire Vivier leather clutch
$145 – clarevivier.com

Stella McCartney matchstick necklace
$345 – net-a-porter.com

Chloé perfume
$120 – bloomingdales.com

By Terry baume de rose lip gloss
$53 – net-a-porter.com

Eberjey Iris bralet
$54 – journelle.com

Modern Classic in Paris

Modern Classic Spring
I have two close friends traveling to Paris this month and I am wild with envy. We’ve discussed what to pack and have concluded that nothing beats neutral, modern-classic wardrobe staples (and yes, I consider leopard a neutral) for a trip to the most stylish city in the world. After all, they will blend seamlessly with the extraordinary treasures waiting to be discovered and worn immediately or stashed in the suitcase for a stateside unveiling. Travel safe and pack light, my dear friends!

Vanessa Bruno lace trimmed blouse
$362 – matchesfashion.com

Burberry Prorsum trench coat
$1995 – net-a-porter.com

Zara jeans
$80 – zara.com

Madewell ballet flats
$80 – madewell.com

Givenchy Nightengale handbag
$1,730 – jades24.com

Jenny Bird cuff bracelet
$95 – calypsostbarth.com

Forget Me Not shell print scarf
$320 – barneys.com

Oliver Peoples Jacey sunglasses
$295 – oliverpeoples.com

Suit Up

Suit Up
Are you ready for spring break?  Now is the time to hop online and order the suits you’ve been eyeing so you can try them on in the privacy (and more forgiving light) of your own home.  With most companies offering free shipping and free returns, it’s worth it to order each suit not only in the size you think you wear but also one size up and one size down.  If you are mailing one back, you might as well mail twenty back.  I love all of the above, but my absolute favorites are the sweet, sophisticated bow embellished one-piece and the sexy, barely-there Basta Surf string bikini.  Who says you have to stick to one poolside identity?

Miu miu bow embellished one piece
$245 – net-a-porter.com

Adidas mesh swimsuit
$80 – net-a-porter.com

Brightside floral underwire bikini
$245 – zimmermannwear.com

J Crew bow bikini bottom
$42 – jcrew.com

apres ski

apres ski
I am in the throes of packing for a trip to Lake Tahoe.  Pro: absolutely everything going in is comfy and casual. Con: ski clothing and accoutrements are bulky as hell.  At least I’m not entertaining fantasies of getting it all in a carry on.  A Lafco Ski House candle and chocolates from our local sweet shop are also in the suitcase for our gracious hosts.  And my camera, of course.  I cannot wait to share pictures of this breathtaking place with you.

Isabel Marant sweater
$495 – net-a-porter.com

AllSaints silk tank
$58 – allsaints.com

Moncler down jacket
$955 – flannelsfashion.com

T by Alexander Wang knit pants
$295 – harveynichols.com

Sorel boots
$150 – jildorshoes.com

Judith Jack snowflake earrings
$62 – nordstrom.com

Paige Denim knit hat
$45 – backcountry.com

Ray-Ban metal aviator sunglasses
$195 – net-a-porter.com