Monday, March 2, 2015

{Death Cab For Cutie}

In Decemberof 2011, Benjamin Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel filed for divorce. My favorite indie couple had called it quits and I was depressed. The only thing that I could look forward to was the Death Cab For Cutie breakup album to follow. One could probably say the same thing about the upcoming Coldplay album as well. Let's face it, heartbreak/loneliness always produces the best work.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are all in for a real treat with their 9th studio album, Kintsugi. You can blame it on the divorce or blame it on the sad departure of original member Chris Walla. However, their latest single reminds me of the old days and I couldn't be more ecstatic. Their sound feels alive again and as a devoted fan it's refreshing to know that they're still on top after all these years.

No Room In Frame - Death Cab For Cutie

Monday, February 23, 2015

{Robyn Sherwell}

Mondays are always dreadful, but why not start the week off on a beautiful note with the ever-so talented singer-songwriter Robyn Sherwell. Her airy meets R&B vocals will have you in a daydreaming haze. Sounds pretty standard for how we all feel on a Monday, am I right? The London songstress is getting ready to release Love Somebody EP on March 30th via Birdland Records. Take a listen to her latest single Tightropes below, which showcasing her extraordinary chops that will warm the heart and melt the soul.

Friday, February 20, 2015

{50 Shades of Grey}

50 Shades of Grey

Although I have absolutely no desire to see the movie/read the book 50 Shades of Grey, I will always have a soft spot for the color. I love embracing the shade around my apartment because it can be a great accent piece that works on many different levels.  For one thing, if you co-habitat, this color is gender neutral and can make any room warm, welcoming and light. Check out my top grey picks below, I've got my eye on that fantastic rug from Safavieh. What about you?

2. Safavieh Keene Rug, on sale $44.99-$836.99

3. H&M 2 pack Bird Candles, $6.15

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{NY Fashion Week Round Up - Fall 2015}

There's no escaping this frightful weather. The only option is to take a warm getaway and since that really isn't in my near future, I'll stick to hiding out indoors. Thank god for New York Fashion Week and the internet to cure my Winter Blues. I always love a good round up and thought I'd share my favorites from the past week. Which designers caught your eye?

3.1  P H I L L I P  L I M

He's been dazzling our hearts for a decade in the industry and each season he proves he's got ultimate staying power.  Lim took a bit of a different approach for his Fall collection and reflected on his brands aesthetic over the years. He created a new playful language by deconstructing himself. The key elements were front and center - vibrant takes on essential sportswear pieces, menswear-inspired tailoring with a feminine touch, and a street smart attitude. Lim worked all of these themes, emphasizing silhouettes that were a little haphazard, undefined, and free.

C A R O L I N A  H E R R E R A

"I don't do years. I'm trying to go to the future" Carolina Herrera said right before her Fall 2015 runway show. She may be 76, but her designs are ageless. For Fall, her ideas explored the concept of water, and her approach were both literal and abstract. It was hard for me to separate my top 6 looks because everything was absolutely stunning. Each piece was modern, elegant and simply breathtaking in luxurious silk organzas and jacquards.

J E N N Y  P A C K H A M

Can we talk about these incredible gowns? I sure hope one of them gets featured this weekend on the Oscar red carpet cause I need just one more look. Packham's inspiration for Fall was inspired by a trip to the Prado Museum in Madrid which gave her an up-close look at Spanish artists and their loose brushstrokes, dramatic themes and deeply saturated colors. Her main takeaways were lots of texture - lace, velvet, sequins in a plethora of sizes, specs of glitter and giant paillettes. 

K A T E  S P A D E  N E W  Y O R K 

A little magic goes a long way and that is precisely what Deborah Lloyd, chief creative officer of Kate Spade had in store this season. The Fall collection drew inspiration from everyone's favorite whimsical writer Roald Dahl. His dazzling tales - Fantastic Mr. Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  translated the DNA of the brand perfectly. I can't wait to snag at least one of these fur-tastic pieces come September.

Monday, February 16, 2015

{Greg Holden}

Attention readers: Babe Alert. Introducing, Greg Holden, a new singer-songwriter who I've got on heavy rotation. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, grew up in England and now resides in Brooklyn. Gotta love those European transplants. While he only started playing guitar at 18, he says it has completed changed the direction of his life. For instance, this dashing gentlemen co-wrote American Idol winner Phillip Phillips hit single "Home" and he has been penning tunes ever since. He is about ready to drop his debut album this April and I couldn't be more excited. With a sound similar to Joshua Radin, Mumford & Sons, and Greg Laswell, he is the next best singer-songwriter to look out for.

He's playing Le Poisson Rouge this Wednesday at 7:00pm. For more info click here. Click on his new single below to tide you over until Hump Day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

{Spring Shopping List}

Spring Shopping List

Is it Spring yet? To bad the groundhog saw his shadow last week, because I could really use some warmer weather and be able to ditch my puffer coat for the foreseeable future. We may be months away from floral buds and tight free ensembles, but it's never too late to get a jumpstart on your Spring shopping list and ensure that your closet is perfectly stocked. Similar to a post I did this past Fall, check out your must-have items to get you ready for the upcoming season.

Thank god for Daylight Savings Time and sunshine till around 8:00pm. As soon as our clocks "spring forward" we are all going to need a bright new pair of sunnies to keep our eyes covered for those longer sunshine-filled days ahead. Plus, my girlfriend Elana would agree that a girl can never have too many pairs of sunglasses in her wardrobe.

As a New Yorker, I carry an umbrella in my bag year round. I never know when I am going to be caught in a torrential downpour. Plus, when you meet that handsome stranger in the rain, ensure that your umbrella is big enough for sharing. April showers bring May flowers.....

Stripes scream Spring. Whether it is in a top, pant, skirt, etc. this nautical pattern is sure to spruce up this season's wardrobe even if you're not spending all of your days on yacht.

One thing to look forward to once Winter is gone is ditching your socks and boots. Embrace the warmer weather and your feet with something stylish, comfortable and versatile. Pick up a pair of nude ballet flats because they are an amazing staple for any outfit in your Spring wardrobe.

A handbag material that thrives in the Spring is straw. It's the quintessential accessory to tote for a picnic in the park or a stroll along the beach. This old school fabric adds a little flair to your city look. Whether you prefer it in a handbag or a hat, make sure to grab something straw this Spring.

Another pattern that resinates with Spring is anything floral. For a solid 3 months (5 if talking about Syracuse) city residents tackle snow and wear darker colors due to the dreary weather outside their windows. Once Spring shows up, everyone ditches the dark hues and patterns for a floral pattern.  Plus it's fun to match the outside ambiance. 

The trench coat is the perfect coat for the Spring season. It is a great transitional piece for your commute to the office when the weather is still a bit brisk. Plus, it's super lightweight to hold or store in your bag, if the weather surprises you and you no longer need a jacket. A must have layering piece for Spring.