London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

London Fashion Week may be the briefest of the fashion weeks, but there was certainly no lack of beautiful clothing.  The following are my favorite looks from the short but sweet time the fashion world spent in London.

Emilio de la Morena’s velvet dress and heels

Emilio de la Morena

Julien Macdonald’s red carpet worthy gown

Julien Macdonald

Belstaff’s mixed media jacket

Belstaff

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi’s print dress and matching fur stole

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Temperley London’s head to toe gray look

Temperley London

Paul Smith’s navy blue fur vest and cross body bag

Paul Smith

Mary Katrantzou’s maroon patchwork dress

Mary Katrantzou

Antonio Berardi’s green and embellished long sleeve mini dress

Antonio Berardi

Christopher Kane’s double-breasted pink coat scattered with crystals

Christopher Kane

Erdem’s off the shoulder embellished dress

Erdem

Burberry Prorsum’s floaty feminine dress with a belted cashmere coat, scarf, and floral booties (It was so hard to choose just one image from the season’s collection!)

Burberry Prorsum

Peter Pilotto’s tonal red pencil dress

Peter Pilotto

Tom Ford’s hooded black dress and leopard print boots

Tom Ford

L.A.M.B’s paint splattered sweater worn with a skirt and pants

L.A.M.B.

Gile’s quilted leather pants and tunic

Giles

*All images via style.com

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

I’m very much looking forward to Spring time, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say how excited I get every year for the Fall/Winter Fashion Week presentations.  And this year was no exception.  The following (in no particular order) are a few of my favorite looks and trends from New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014.

Hunter Green Looks:

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

J. Mendel

J. Mendel

Jenni Kayne

Jenni Kayne

Yigal Azrouel

Yigal Azrouel

Fur:

Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Trina Turk

Trina Turk

Wes Gordon

Wes Gordon

Winter Whites and Blush Tones:

BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria

Delpozo

Delpozo

Kaelen

Kaelen

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Tibi

Tibi

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Fringe:

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Milly

Milly

Gray:

Brandon Sun

Brandon Sun

Peter Som

Peter Som

Cozy Knits and Skirts:

Elie Tahari

Elie Tahari

ICB

ICB

Lacoste

Lacoste

M Missoni

M Missoni

Marissa Webb

Marissa Webb

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland

Navy Blues:

DKNY

DKNY

J. Crew

J. Crew

Nonoo

Nonoo

Preen Line

Preen Line

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy

Steven Alan

Steven Alan

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Leather:

Kenneth Cole Collection

Kenneth Cole Collection

Novis

Novis

Ohne Tite

Ohne Tite

Other Pretty Things I Can’t Stop Thinking About:

Christina Siriano

Christian Siriano

Cusnie et Ochs

Cushnie et Ochs

Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss

Marchesa

Marchesa

Monique Lhuiller

Monique Lhuillier

Philosophy

Philosophy

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Thakoon

Thakoon

Tracey Reese

Tracy Reese

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Zimmermann

Zimmermann

*All images via style.com

When in Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Our view while horseback riding

I must admit that I was a little nervous about going to Nicaragua.  Max and I stayed at the Surf Ranch Action Sports Resort in San Juan Del Sur, and I’ve never surfed nor did I understand what the resort meant by ‘action sports’, so I was worried that I would be a chicken and hold Max back from enjoying his vacation.  I decided ahead of time that I was just going to try to ‘y.o.l.o.,’ and/or have a few cocktails before we got to action sporting.  Once we arrived it wasn’t long before I slipped into the relaxed Nicaraguan vibe and decided that “y.o.l.o. – ing” was going to be the easiest and safest way to convince myself to try new things.  And so I took a surfing lesson, inquired about the shark situation at the beach we were at, observed some other more brave surfers get in the water ahead of me, and then shuffled my feet as I headed out into the water to scare away the sting rays (just to be clear, the surf instructor told us to do that).  To my surprise, I stood up on the board the first wave I caught, and a few more times after that!  I didn’t see any sharks or rays and I was not terrible at surfing, which gave me the confidence to try more new things throughout the rest of our stay, like zip-lining, repelling, and jumping off a catamaran to swim to a private beach.  In addition to all the action, there was of course time for reading on the beach, hammock siestas, exploring the town, horseback riding, and hanging by the pool.  Now that I think about it, I should have suggested a name change for the resort.  The Surf Ranch Action Sports and Relaxation Resort does have a certain ring to it.  Needless to say, I think Nicaragua is worth a visit.

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Remanso Beach, where the surfing took place

Phone pictures 193San Juan del Sur street art

Phone pictures 173Surf boards at the resort

Nicaragua (2 of 2)Repelling

Phone pictures 183San Juan del Sur market

Phone pictures 169Siesta

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Remanso Beach

Phone pictures 189Beachwear

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San Juan del Sur kitten

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Fancy fringed horse

Phone pictures 180Monkey and animal print overload in town

Phone pictures 191Ocean view in San Juan del Sur

Roses in Nicaragua

Roses in Nicaragua

Reformation Dress, Zara Purse, Thrifted Sandals

Hola (that’s how you say hello when you’re in Nicaragua)!  Max and I had a wonderful time on our trip and are now back home in snowy Boston.  One, among many, of the highlights of our trip was Valentine’s Day.  In the morning we went horseback riding through the mountainside with spectacular views of the beaches below.  Then we repelled down a 50 meter rock ledge, and zip-lined through the jungle to the sound of howler monkeys. In the afternoon I had a relaxing massage at the resort, and we ended the day with dinner and drinks outside.  It was more adventurous than the typical chocolates and flowers Valentine’s Day that I’m used to, so I couldn’t resist wearing a romantic rose print dress that evening to soften the vibe.  It’s a combination of simple and casual, yet flowing and dramatic, basically my idea of the perfect dress for a tropical holiday.  From adrenaline rushes to peaceful moments in pretty dresses, Valentine’s Day, and Nicaragua in general, was a good time.

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These Boots

These Boots (4 of 4)

American Eagle Jeans, Bass Boots, Muttluks Dog Booties

Duchess and I love a good walk, sometimes two or three a day!  But being outdoors so often calls for footwear that’s comfortable and can stand up to the elements.  At our house we love a good pair of shoes, and in addition to walking shoes being practical they also need to be fashionable.  My suede ankle boots have a low heel, are incredibly comfortable, and are transitional from season to season.  Duchess’s Muttluks are lined with fleece, completely waterproof, and only take about 10 minutes to put on.  At first she was not a fan, but I insist she protect her perfect little paws from the ice and salt.  On occasion Duchess looses a shoe, and we have to do a re-lap, but we’re working on it.  #Cinderellaproblems

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Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever (2 of 6)

Calvin Klein Coat, Sweater and Purse, Zara Pants, Nike Sneakers

I’m a lady who loves her heels.  Always have, always will.  Lately though I’ve been an admirer of the sporty trend taking the fashion world by storm, the flashy sneakers in particular.  The relaxed vibe my new kicks add to my look feels so refreshing, and the yellow brightens up dreary winter days.  This new obsession does not mean I’m getting rid of my heels anytime soon, but boy are my feet enjoying their break!

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My Wish List: Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Max and I are headed to Nicaragua tomorrow to escape from the wintry weather for a few days, and, just to torture myself, I created a fantasy wish list of everything I want to pack in my suitcase.  To begin with, a comfy and chic travel outfit is a must and these adidas floral track pantslight weight sweater, and backpack style purse would be perfect.  I’m of course going to need a few swimsuits and a pretty caftan.  A floral one-piece, a simple black suit, and a ruffle strapless bikini should be sufficient.  For beach or pool days I would use a fun tote to carry my panama hat and cat eye sunglasses.  For dinners, excursions, and just exploring our surroundings I’ll need a dress, or two, or three.  Separates can be mixed and matched easily, especially if there’s a cohesive color palate.  Printed shorts, an embellished tank, a delicate camisole, a bird print t-shirt, a striped top, polka dot bottoms, a silk skirt, running leopard shorts, colored denim, and a cute jacket, just in case it gets chilly, are my top choices.  Jumpsuits are an easy way to look pulled together without a lot of effort, and just because I like having choices, I would bring along both casual and formal options.  As far and shoes and accessories go I would bring flat sandals, a pair of slides, a statement necklace, and a fun snake ring.  And just because we’ll be traveling over Valentine’s Day, I’ll need to bring along a flirty dress and killer heels.  I never said I was a light packer.