NYC Blackout

H+M Shirt, Purse, Earrings and Turquoise Bracelet, LOFT Jeans, Nine West Flats, Gifted Elm City Jewelers Gold Bangles and Pinky Ring, Gifted Turquoise and Diamond Rings (Click on Image to Enlarge)

I spent this past Saturday in New York City with my mom and aunt.  Despite the muggy, drizzly weather that did not lend itself for good outfit pictures (these were taken in Boston), we had a really lovely time!  Our first stop was the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market located on 39th and 9th.  This place is full of vintage treasures (jewelry, purses, shoes, clothes, house ware) and handmade goods, and is always our first priority when we come to the city.  I walked away with a panama hat and my new favorite bracelet!  Next, we walked down 5th Avenue and spotted the artist Yayoi Kusama posing in the window of the Louis Vuitton store!  She recently collaborated with the brand for a new collection, and it was so exciting to see her in person!  I also walked past Chiara from The Blonde Salad on 5th Avenue, but I was too nervous to say hi!  She has a wonderful blog and great personal style!

After a brief stroll through Central Park, I wanted to see the Alice In Wonderland Statue, we made our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where we viewed the Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada’s Impossible Conversations exhibit.  This really was the highlight of my day.  I’ve been reading about it all summer and it did not disappoint.  This exhibit explores the similarities between the two Italian designers during the different eras in which they work/worked.  My favorite part was where the Met pared Schiaparelli tops with Prada bottoms.  Schiaparelli had an affinity for embellished tops, while Prada prefers to draw your attention to skirts, pants, and shoes.  There were some pieces in the museum’s collection that had there not been plaques to tell me who the designer was or when the garments were created, I wouldn’t have been able to tell who they were designed by.  This truly was a beautiful exhibit and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting New York in the next couple of weeks.

After the museum we decided to call it quits and head back to Connecticut early.  We did make it a point to stop by the Magnolia Bakery located in Grand Central Station and have some flourless chocolate cake before catching the train.  All the excitement and walking gave us a sugar craving! (?)

Some Instagram photos from this weekend!  You can follow me at ladyandtheduchess.

Central Park

My Boyfriend’s Back

Urban Outfitters Top and Clutch, American Eagle Outfitters Boyfriend Jeans, Nine West Shoes, Gifted Elm City Jewelers Locket and Bangles (Click on Image to Enlarge)

Whenever I feel like I don’t have anything to wear in the warm weather, I find myself reaching for my boyfriend jeans.They’re so versatile, they can be dressed up or down for a multitude of occasions (similar to my real life boyfriend).  The boyfriend jean is a staple of mine and I have a feeling that they’ll never go out of style (similar to my real life boyfriend).  On the hot and muggy summer evening that these photos were taken, I wanted to wear something that was basic and unfussy, but I just couldn’t find what I was looking for.  Cue the trusty boyfriend jean.  This pant style, when properly fitted, looks great on everyone (not similar to my real life boyfriend)!

Black and Blue

H+M Romper, Flower Pin, and Sunglasses, Express Sweater, Gap Sandals, LOFT Earrings, Gifted Elm City Jewelers Watch (Click on Image to Enlarge)

The title of this post is in reference to my outfit, and to the many bruises that I have from Duchess because she insists on being a lap dog.  It’s a real good thing she’s cute.  Max says that about me sometimes, but I don’t know what he’s talking about.  Anyway, I sort of felt like Carrie Bradshaw with the short shorts and high heels on, so I threw on an over-sized flower pin and just went with it.  There’s nothing wrong with a little fashion fun, especially while wearing a romper!

Summer Nights

Saks Off Fifth Top, Silence + Noise Jeans, Enzo Angiolini Shoes, LOFT Necklace, DSW Clutch (Click on image to enlarge)

A fun Friday night was the perfect way to start off a lovely weekend.  I wore this to listen to some live music at a bar over dinner and drinks with Max and our friends.  It’s really funny how your outfit affects your mood, and this look had me feeling very laid back cool.  My weekend also consisted of some rooftop lounging, lots of reading, taking the Duchess hiking, and drinking homemade limeade while watching the sunset.  Not too shabby.

8 Days A Week Wedges

American Eagle Outfitters Top, LOFT Shorts, BCBG Wedges, H+M Bracelet, Gifted Elm City Jewelers Cross (Click on image to enlarge)

Not that you can tell in the second set of images, but I’m wearing the same BCBG wedges.  Trust me.  They’re one of my staple pairs of shoes for the summer, so I figured I would show a look for work and for play.  Now, most people wouldn’t consider going to the dentist “play,” my brother Anthony in particular, but I really enjoy it!  No joke, ’cause clean teeth are dope.

LOFT Shirt, Pants, and Belt, BCBG Wedges, Cynthia Rowley Via Marshalls Purse, TOMS Sunglasses, Gifted Elm City Jewlers Bangles and Pinky Ring, Gifted Turquoise and Diamond Rings, H+M Earrings (Click on image to enlarge)

Wedding Weekend

Badgley Mischka Dress, Elie Tahari Shoes, Thrifted Earrings, Urban Outfitters Clutch, Gifted Turquoise and Diamond Rings, Gifted Elm City Jewelers Bracelet and Pinky Ring (Click image to Enlarge)

Before heading to Virginia last Friday, I made a pit stop at Jade Salon in Stratford, CT where my Master Stylist, and friend, Derrick Driver upgraded me to official summer hair. He called this color “white gold,” and I couldn’t be happier with it.  Derrick’s been doing my hair for at least 10 years now, and even though I live in Boston, and have since 2004, I refuse to see anyone else.  As embarrassing as this is to admit, I actually drive to Connecticut just to get my hair done by Derrick.  It’s so worth it!  He takes the time to consider what color and style will look best on you individually, and will always give you his honest opinion.  So, when I was at my appointment with him on Friday, I took the opportunity to show him the dress I was wearing to the wedding and ask him how I should style my hair for the event.  Derrick suggested a sleek, unfussy ponytail so as not to take away anything from my very detailed dress that was the focus of my look.  As you can see, I followed his lead and went with the pony! You can follow and “like” Derrick on Facebook at his page Hair by Derrick Driver, and I’ll be posting there on occasion.

Moving on to my outfit, I have fallen in love hard with this dress.  I get really excited when I’m about to wear it!  I think it’s simple and romantic, yet very intricately detailed at the same time.  It is extremely comfortable and easy to wear, and looks great with either flats (which I threw on for dancing) or heels.  The dress is really more of a peach color than it shows up as in these pictures.  I assure you that I didn’t try to take any attention away from the beautiful bride by wearing a white dress! Also, I kept my jewelry and makeup simple for the occasion and just let the dress do its thing!

It’s not often that my whole family is dressed up together, so we took a moment at the reception to get some family photos.  I think we all look pretty great!

From left to right: My dad, my mom (Derrick does my mom’s hair too), Max, me, my brother Anthony, my brother Ricky

Max is wearing: De Fursac Suit (from Paris), Kenneth Cole Shirt, Lord & Taylor Tie and Belt, John Fluevog Dress Shoes

The girls from left to right: My cousin Liz, Me, my cousin Becky

The boys from left to right: Max, my cousin Joey, Ricky, my cousin Ben, Anthony

Rooftop Mixer

H+M Top, LOFT Pants, Cole Haan Sandals, Gifted Purse, Banana Republic Earrings, Skagen Watch, Tiffany & Co. Bracelet

Duchess and I were feeling productive this particular morning, so we decided to take outfit pictures on the roof deck before work.  I love the look of mixing two different prints together, but I’m still new to it and a little cautious, especially regarding my work attire.  Pairing these black and white checkered pants with the black polka dot top was a subtle way for me to try out this trend and still look professional at the office.  I also took a cue from Duchess, and her signature red leash, and added a little punch to my otherwise neutral look with some red accessories.
I had a great weekend at the wedding in Virginia with family and friends and I’m looking forward to sharing some photos of the occasion later this week!