Thursday’s Parties

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There were a lot of fun parties and events this week in NYC. Unfortunately I was too freaked out by the cold to leave my house in the evening until last night. Yes, my Russian soul is officially dead and I hate the cold. But last night I ventured out to hit a few fun soirees and in between popped into the Castle Fitzjohns gallery on Orchard Street where I fell in love with this painting by Brooklyn based artist Krista Louise Smith. Then I went to a party on the third floor of The Spotted Pig for the release of Department of Records‘ first album, a recording of John Perry Barlow reading his manifesto, “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” where I had a full on conversation with Anthony Haden Guest. Yes, that happened and I’m still swooning. I miss old school “celebrities”. Also, the deviled eggs were really good last night. A perfect evening (*and it wasn’t even that cold out).

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Dressing Up & Down for the Holidays

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I love mixing dressy and casual for holiday dinners and parties. This Raquel Allegra silk and jersey boxy T shirt is perfect to dress down a cute Chicwish velvet pleated mini skirt and Gianvito Rossi suede and lace sandals, mixed with a Chanel evening bag, an Alexis Bittar silver gaze marquis cluster bib necklace and a Burberry mid-length heritage trench coat to keep things warm but light. Continue reading

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Fallon, Rachel Antonoff & Wren

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Three of our favorite designers are having a huge sale starting tomorrow through the weekend in NYC. Fallon, Wren and Rachel Antonoff will be at 347 West 36th Street suite 1204 with a ton of awesome stuff for up to 85% off. Sweet. Looking cute for the holidays will definitely help steer the conversation away from why Charles Manson is about to get married and you’re not. (What?!)

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Kimberly Brooks, I Have A King Who Does Not Speak

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If you happen to be in San Antonio Texas tomorrow night, Kimberly Brooks is having an opening for a solo show of her new paintings, curated by Alice Foultz, at the Roosevelt Library from 6PM to 8PM.

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Faux Fur When It’s Freezing

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It is freezing in NYC. LA has ruined my Russian soul and spoiled me with warm winters and all I want to do is get right back in my car and drive back to the West Coast. Or at least shop for some fabulous faux fur, which is always a stylish alternative. There are so many great options in faux, even Lanvin has a gorgeous coat this season (below). Clockwise above, Chicwish jacket, Abercrombie wristlet, Mint Velvet vest, Trina Turk jacket, Lanvin oversized coat, Nasty Gal color coating jacket, Deana Pierced vest, and Aquatalia Carlotta faux fur lined suede wedge ankle boots. Continue reading

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Tegan & Sara Re-Release So Jealous

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Wow, has it been that long already? Tegan and Sara are releasing a 10th Anniversary edition of their album So Jealous on December 23rd, just in time for stocking stuffers. It comes with a few bonus tracks and a hardcover book packed with photos, essays, journal entries and other things to fuel your musical obsession with these two. You can pre-order here. Continue reading

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Upstate NY With Pretty Girls & Pretty Clothes

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I photographed and styled this shoot a few years ago on the Grasmere estate in Rhinebeck NY, which was built in 1824 by Janet Livingston Montgomery. I thought about scanning the prints but I love how the contact sheets look and we so rarely get to see them anymore. The clothing credits are mostly Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Chloe and Erin Featherston. The shoot ran in Preen Magazine. Continue reading

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Dreaming, Learning, Exploring

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Thinking about the open road today. Starting to plan Nashville. It was one of the cities I had to miss on my road trip this summer but I haven’t forgotten. So many adventures still to be had, food to eat, music to hear, friends to find and books to read. It’s not always easy holding onto your spirit especially as we get older but it’s so important. Learning and exploring is a great gift. Don’t ever stop.

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Over The Knee

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I saw some killer over the knee boots yesterday at the Bally spring 2015 press preview so rest assured our favorite shoe trend for fall is not going anywhere next season and it’s safe to stock up on some sexy options which will be worn in perfectly by the time you switch out your heavy threads for light chiffon. Above, El Vaquero suede boots, Jeffrey Campbell for Free People Joe lace ups, YesStyle over the knee riding boots, and Stuart Wetzman’s reserve stretch suede boots. Below, Rie in Harper’s Bazaar October 2001, photographed by Dean Isidro and styled by me. The dress is Dolce Gabbana and the boots are Guiseppe Zanotti. These boots never go out of style, for real. And they look good with everything from jeans to shabby chic dresses. Continue reading

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Milky Chance, Stolen Dance

New favorite track on repeat. Have been hearing it for months but something so perfect this morning about the beats, the words, the flow of this “Stolen Dance” track from German based DJs Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch aka Milky Chance. They released it on their debut album in 2013. Seems a bit belated to realize but I’m a huge fan of ‘folktronica’. Best musical genre since Baltimore Club.

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