MET and exceeded expectations…

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Kendall Jenner in Off-White

The fashions that done the MET Gala red carpet never ceases to amaze.  This year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” made for some seriously fierce looks.   I posted my favorites on my instagram feed this am.  Here I’ll attempt to source affordable ready to wear look-a-likes.   99% of the attendees could wear a paper bag and make it look stunning but these pieces are show stoppers!

Kendall Jenner, now considered a veteran of the Met Gala red carpet, looked super cool in an Off-White OTS jumpsuit.   The piece was fairly simple with a couple stand out details, sheer gloved sleeves and pant legs with trains!   Her hair and make-up was flawless.  She accessorized with diamond statement earnings and rings from Tiffany & Co..  In the side by side, I’ve pictured this white off the shoulder number from by the way, it’s so reasonable and adorable for summer, I think I have to have it.

The stunning and always elegant Lily Aldridgeis wearing a Ralph Lauren Collection dress with a metallic belt hand-twisted and hand-knotted and finished with Swarovski crystals. She finished her look with a Jimmy Choo clutch and shoes, and Bulgari jewelry.  The Privacy Please dress from Revolve is a super reasonable take on the stunning Ralph Lauren look:

Other honorable mentions:

It was Talita von Fürstenberg‘s birthday and she looked like the belle of the ball in a beautiful sky blue gown designed by her legendary grandmother.  I’m in love with Amanda Uprichard Amalia Gown for $334, the color is to die for, what a perfect dress for a summer wedding.

Gigi Hadid, always a favorite of mine.  I love her style, california cool with a touch of NYC sophistication.  She wore an incredible Versace with stain glass window-inspired detail, I can’t stop looking at pictures of the dress.  While there aren’t many “real life” versions of this dress…the Michelle Mason dress from Forward.com, bares a resemblance with it’s single sleeve and high slit.  I can see this being fabulous at a summer party in the Hamptons.

Gisele nails this event every year, I’m not sold on her look being on theme, but it was gorgeous none the less.  The eco friendly custom Versace gown was the perfect color yellow, this Likely one shoulder is giving me similar vibes.

Anna Wintour’s diamond rosary and “Cardinal Chanel” dress were show stoppers.  I can’t say that AW is often a muse for my style but in this case I was drooling.   The neckline reminded me a bit of Gigi’s dress from 2016’s Met Gala.  This Alexis Annabella mock neck sheath dress, has similar lines and texture.

Hailee Steinfeld is quickly becoming a fashion darling.  Her style has evolved a great deal over the last couple of years, while maintaining her girly, feminine, youthful core, she has become increasingly more glam and edgy.  Her look for last night’s Met Gala was fit for a fashion Queen, she wore a white Prabal Gurung gown, with crystal embellishments and a simple classic  “popesque” tiara.  This Versace V-neck ruched tulle slip dress on sale for $399 has similar crystal embellishments and lines.

That just about wraps up my red carpet review…What were your favorite looks?

xo

D

Weekend Reflections

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When I slow down and really think about it: each and everyday is made up of small moments that, when compiled,  amount to a pretty happy and fulfilling life.  Recently, I’ve needed to force myself to take the time appreciate these moments as I’ve felt life becoming overwhelming and even more so overbearing.  It’s easy to miss these moments, especially for a busy mom.  Mostly, for me, moments of gratification and happiness come from human interaction, they can, however, come from other experiences, those perfectly peaceful 10 minutes of meditation in the morning, the endorphin rush while running on a warm sunny day, an amazing meal, a good hair day,  music,  a beautifully arranged bunch of flowers from my husband, an “almost” perfectly executed party, just to name a few!

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This weekend was a particularly happy one for our family.  My oldest daughter received her First Holy Communion.   The celebration of this sacrament coincidentally landed on Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby.  The convergence of all of these events made for fabulously fun day.   The weather was perfect, all of the elements came together better than I could have imagined.  The planning started months ago, when I found this beautiful dress from Chasing Fireflies, she wore petal pink ballet slipper flats and a flower crown, she was a vision.   I wore this ivory Amanda Uprichard midi dress with a flounce, with gold strappy heels and simple gold jewelry.  My littlettes wore Oscar de la Renta and Janie and Jack.

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Amanda Uprichard Evalina Dress

 

 

My inspo for the party started with a gorgeous girly Cinco de Mayo celebration from It’s a Sparkly Life, it was love at first sight.  The idea of planning a party that revolved around Mexican food, using the vibrant colors associated with this fun ethnic holiday to create a stunning aesthetic was a pretty good formula for my party planning prowess.

I had my incredible baker create a very similar cake to the one pictured here, ours had a beautiful cross instead of the 3D flower on top of this one.  We served mint juleps in copper mugs like these from William Sonoma and margaritas along side food from one of my very favorite restaurants, Bartaco.

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It’s A Sparkly Life

I ordered this fun balloon garland from Etsy along with this white Mexican wedding banner.   We watched the Derby and had horse on a stick races in the back yard with the kiddos.  To finish off the day we roasted S’mores.   This weekend provided me with many of those moments and people that highlight how wonderful life is when you are taking the time to notice.

xo

D

 

Fresh cuts

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When done well, a fresh cut can be life altering…ok, so I am, admittedly dramatic about my hair.  A bad haircut or color can be equally life altering in the opposite way.   I’ve driven home from the hair salon any number of times in full blown hysterics.  I’ve had my fair share of hair nightmares and have finally come to terms with the fact that cutting corners with it comes to hair is futile.  My colorist is an angel from blonde heaven, I am a little less concerned about who cuts my hair as long as they do a decent job, a benefit of having long layered hair.   Gigi Hadid’s volume combined with Annabelle Wallis’ stunning blonde tone are in my opinion a receipt for hair perfection.  The closest I’ve come to having ahhhmazing hair was while (and just after) I was pregnant, those days are long since over, so I’ve had to find other ways of achieving my ideal hair.

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When I was getting married an amazing colorist in NYC was recommended to me, I started seeing him about a year before my wedding.  We decided, in order to get the volume and length I wanted for my wedding, I should use extensions.  They were gorgeous, not the cheap looking extensions people use these days.  We went to a warehouse in the fashion district of Manhattan with aisles and aisles of real hair.  We bought the hair, he cut it for the perfect length, matched it to my color and he glued them in on my wedding day, voila my wedding day weave was on point.   Post wedding and pregnancies, I’ve had to work hard for good hair.  I’ve tried a number of supplements, right now I am taking Viviscal, it seems to be working fairly well.  I also use Olaplex No3  conditioner in the shower 2x a week and every time I wash or condition my hair I use Kerastase Initialiste .   I try to wash my hair as little as possible during the week, instead I use dry shampoo and wand my hair, which is probably counter productive to not washing it.  As I’ve mentioned before my favorite dry shampoo is Bastiste ,  I use texturizing spray on the weekends, my faves are Oribe and Drybar Triple Sec, Big Sexy Hair Powerplay.

My hair is an on going trial and error type of project.  I will continue to keep you updated as I navigate through products and techniques.  What are your favorite products for healthy voluminous hair?

 

xoxo

D

Monday Musings

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Weekday mornings, can feel so daunting, never like those commercials or movies where the children come bounding into the kitchen already dressed, sit down gratefully to a table filled with gorgeous, prepared food, get up (when finished) to put their dishes in the sink and fill their own backpacks.  Nope, not in my house, I will save you a wince and not attempt to paint a picture of our dysfunctional mornings.   Don’t get me wrong my kids are very happy little humans, they love their Eggo waffles and scrambled eggs, I would never give up their mid-kitchen dance parties for anything.  That said, getting them out the door on time for school is truly a challenge!  For now, we am working with what we’ve got, trying to bring some semblance of organization and calm to our chaotic little house.  Eventually, I would like to land somewhere a little closer to the phony, perfectly lit kitchen with everything in place and grateful smiling faces kissing me on the cheek as they bound out the door…I do believe in miracles.

To be fair, my own preparedness, without a doubt, weighs into the equation.  I’ve tried a number of tactics, some work, some do NOT.  I love gleaning ideas from other moms, although, in my opinion, no single formula works equally well for every family.  Here are a few things I’ve tried to help me get to a calmer more organized and punctual place everyday:

Meditation:

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve seen positive results in my own psyche with the use of meditation, of the apps I’ve tried and there are quite a few out there, Headspace was the most user friendly.  I’d be lying if I said it’s as simple as getting up every morning and doing it, I’ve had to force myself to have a consistent practice, which is really the only way you see results.  My vision for the perfect setting would be in a gorgeous sun-porch or 4 season room, like this stunning vaulted design,  that is drenched in sunlight, I’m sitting on a Tulum-esque towel and I’m one with my practice!   This room is beyond dreamy from The Lily Pad Cottage:

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Outfit planning (the night before):

I’ve found that picking out my own clothes, as well as my girl’s outfits the night before is clutch.  Now that my girls are getting a little older and they each have their own style my “picks” are often met with resistance.   Recently, I took the kids to JCrew – Crewcuts for a “shopping spree” as they had been given gift certificates.  They each picked outfits that fit their unique style, despite the chaos of taking three girls under 10 shopping, it showed them the potential of independence with regard to getting dressed.

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My oldest snagged these shorts in neon flame and paired it with this adorable flutter sleeved t-shirt and a similar long sleeve version, she also bought a pair of mesh tretorn sneaks.   My middle child who hits all the markers for a sterotypical middle childed, insisted on these metallic gold leggings, paired with this emoji t-shirt and accessorized with an emoji necklace and the matching coin purse, finishing her look with neon New Balance sneaks.  My 5 year old, “the baby”, who’s birthday we were celebrating, chose the same shorts as her older sister but chose this adorable petal pink peplum t-shirt to go with it.  For her second outfit, I know…yeesh, it was her birthday but seriously, she had to have the silver metallic leggings, this sequined heart t-shirt to match and these sparkly sneaks.

 

Lunches

Packing lunches the night before is always a solid time saver, we love these bento boxes from Pottery Barn.   I am trying to get into the habit of washing and bagging fruit as soon as I get home from the grocery store, these reusable baggies are awesome.

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Dry Shampoo is the holy grail to my morning.  Most mornings it is as close as I get to clean hair, I actually love the way my hair looks a little dirty with Bastise Dry Shampoo (the best and I’ve tried every dry shampoo that has ever crossed my path:)) it adds the perfect amount of much needed volume.  I have my eye on this curling iron, it automatically grabs your hair and curls it perfectly with out it snagging like other automatic wands.

Ok, that is all for now.  If you have any tried and true morning time savers, I am all ears.

xoxo

D

Keep it Classy

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I have a good number of life aspirations.  To name a few: I’d like to be happy to the point of contentment, a truly good mother, a good wife / lover, successful at what I love doing and described as classy.

For most getting dressed in the morning is a mundane task, especially if you don’t have fun and take risks.   I work in a corporate office, while I love to have fun with my style, I’ve always got to bring it back to classy / polished.  Mary Orton who writes the blog Memorandum is my queen, she pulls off classic, polished, fabulous and fun almost every single day; and THAT hair…

If done correctly, an all white outfit (yes any season of the year) can be the the peak of chic, classically timeless.

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Memorandum

On this gloomy Friday in April, I chose to wear all white.  I picked up this great versatile top from Express, I am a sucker for covered buttons, today I’ve got it paired with white straight legged Citizen for Humanity Jeans and my favorite Jimmy Choo heels.

 

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Gal Meets Glam

Is it cool that I said all that…

I’ve never been short on words, in fact, I can probably be described as the opposite.  I am, however, someone who has often walked away from social interactions and over-analyzed, even worried about how my opinions, advice, commentary might have been perceived.  Caring about what people think can be seen as a negative character trait, I’m not exactly sure where I land on the issue, it’s certainly circumstantial.  I’ve undoubtedly become less concerned with people’s opinion of me since I turned 40.  That said, taking a chance on my hand as a lifestyle blogger clearly puts me in a position for my opinions and commentary to be scrutinized by others.  Good bloggers care about their follower’s opinion and it’s clear, that’s why we follow them…right?!?
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A few years ago I watched the “Made in America” documentary with Jay-Z, he claims that, “Every human being has genius level talent, there are no chosen ones, God has gave everyone genius level talent, you just have to find what your good at, and Tap into it.”   It energized me, am I a genius, nope don’t think so, but can’t deny that I have a certain level of talent with regards to the things I am passionate about. 

Hoda Kotb’s book about what we are all truly meant to do is a collection of stories of people realizing their passion and turning it into greatness.  Hoda also has an awesome and inspiring instagram handle, check it out.  My mom gave me Lisa Sugar’s book, it is equally as inspiring and maybe a tinge of a stinger as I’m that girl who had a similar idea years ago.

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Where We Belong, Hoda Kotb
I am forever inspired by images on pinterest, this spring I am in search of a sleeved maxi, I’ve been drooling over the dress in the image below since the first time I saw it.  Zimmerman has some pretty versions like this floral number , this Ulla Johnson makes my heart go pitter patter and this Alexis dress can be worn as a kimono or a dress…so versatile, this hot pink Milly would be so perfect for a summer wedding.

 

Rosé my Forté

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My mood is, without a doubt, seasonally influenced.   This winter has been particularly brutal, in the Northeast, it’s safe to say we are all ready for the up tick of temps.  Regardless of the weather, I am headed to the vineyards on Long Island for a girl’s weekend to celebrate a very dear friend’s 40th birthday.  Let the outfit planning commence!!

Vision:

Reality:

I bought two tops from Revolve, one of my favorite online shopping destinations.  The Endless Rose top I would wear with 501s either white or light wash.  The second option is the Athena top by Likely, I think it would pair well with jeans too, but wouldn’t it be so pretty with this gorgeous yellow Ulla Johnson skirt or even this one which is on sale, always a bonus!   I am definitely planning to wear block heel sandals, I love these!  Finally, this season’s it bag the rattan version, will work with either outfit, I am loving this one from urban outfitters at $34 you can’t really beat it.  I’ll likely have to wear some sort of warm (outfit busting) outerwear, for now I am hanging on to the hope that we’ll get gorgeous balmy temps!

Can’t wait for the Rose to flow!

Sidebar:

While we are on the topic of rattan, I love this stool so much, it reminds me of something my grandma Alice (she was an early style-influencer for me) would have had on her sun porch.

We finally received the pendant lighting for our updated kitchen / family room, I can NOT wait for them to be installed.

Thats all

xoxo

 

 

Birthday Valentines Day Wishlist

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Every year right around February 1st my love of pink kicks into high gear.  it feels brain has been coded with an algorithm automatically skewing me toward the hue on precisely the same date every year.  Or the simpler explanation is that I tend to ride the waves of seasonal fashion and February is the month where spring pieces start arriving in store and online.
I love the Tom Ford Sean pink and gold aviators, for a more reasonable version Ray-bans are a tried and true fave!
This oversized, rose colored sweater from Asos is the prettiest color pink.
My new favorite brand, Aviator Nation made these sweats in a reddish pink…I am obsessed!
I consider myself pretty easy to buy for, a lovely floral scent will always do the trick.  Currently, I am coveting Gucci’s new scent Bloom and Philosophy’s Loveswept is also so delish as well.
I have yet to buy one single item from Charlotte Tidbury’s line, I have to admit though, every instagram post / ad has me drooling.  One of these days I am going to give in and by the whole line!   I think the first thing I’d scoop up would be the Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat and Transform Moisturizer, bloggers rave about it, Rachel Parcell raved about it in this post.   Others on my list are the Hollywood Beauty Light wand and the Light Wonder Youth Boosting Foundation, pretty much everything looks like it might make me look exactly like Gisele, so I am all in!!
How cute are these pink velvet booties…yes please!
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Uniform

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Winters in the Northeast are excessively long, unfortunately for me it is not my favorite season.  I am not the girl who relishes sweater, jeans and boot season, somehow every year I get through it, begrudgingly.  My uniform this year consists of these over the knee boots, for a higher end version Stuart Weitzman’s are a fashion blogger favorite!  Whether they are in or out skinny jeans are still my jam, I pair a black or neutral colored cashmere sweater with coordinating outwear, a Gucci belt and gold accessories, voila, there you have it…my winter uniform:)
     Amy Jackson from Fashion Jackson nails this look on the regular
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