Rebecca is wearing an Armani Jeans Leather Jacket, Juma FW13 Scarf (c/o Juma; gifted to Renee), Rag & Bone Jeans, Suzanne Arata Half Mitts, Ecco Loafers (c/o Ecco), and Chanel Tritone 2.55 Flap Bag.
Renee, Adrienne, and I have slowly been making Sunday brunch in the West Village a ritual, and with that ritual always comes dessert—a bit of shopping in the gorgeous small boutiques that line each quaint street. Somehow the West Village doesn’t feel like New York… it’s just too pretty. I guess that’s why we need a couple rats and uneven sidewalks like the ones on West 4th to balance it out! This time we ate at Hamilton’s, a vintage fifties-style luncheonette, complete with homemade fountain drinks. We weren’t as impressed with the food, but the decor was pretty fun and oldies classics brightened our otherwise chilly Sunday! After my hamburger and strawberry milkshake, I convinced the girls to go to Aesop, my new obsession. I can’t stop smelling the hand lotion I just bought. It’s the perfect mix of orange, something woody, and something earthy. Adrienne stocked up at Caudalie and Renee browsed Bookmarc. Yes, Marc Jacobs has his own bookstore and yes, he seems to own the West Village with four stores in a three-block radius!
Renee is wearing an Adrienne Landau Vest, Zara Coat, T by Alexander Wang Tee, Zara Coated Jeans, Zara Ankle Boots, Miu Miu Sunglasses, and Saint Laurent Duffel Bag.
I’ve been hearing great things about Paintbox, a Soho nail salon that specializes in minimal yet perfect nail art designs, for a while. They’ve been getting a ton of buzz, and everyone I know raves about their manis. I finally went a couple weeks ago and fell in love with their sleek space—seriously, I walked past it twice thinking it was a chic boutique before finally realizing it was Paintbox! Their service was on par with TenOverTen (another fave of mine)—super nice, helpful staff who offered champagne and sparkling water along with a menu full of nail art options. I went with a glittery gel black to teal ombre, and I’ve never gotten so many compliments on my nails. It’s definitely affecting the rest of my wardrobe—I’ve been dressing in black and blue and even went for a super dark teal pedi before even realizing it matched my nails. I’m already thinking about my next menu pick, dreaming about that matte black french. This my become an expensive habit!
Rebecca is wearing a Balenciaga Coat, Zara Leggings, Sarah Richey Twist Ring, Gorjana Aubrey Ring, Dior Sunglasses, Reed Krakoff Boots, and a Reed Krakoff Boxer I Bag.
After a lovely brunch at Buvette (steamed eggs with chevre goat cheese and roasted tomatoes over toast!) in the West Village with Renee and Adrienne last Sunday, we decided to cut across Washington Square Park on our way to the 6 train for some NYU nostalgia. The park is SO much nicer now than when we were in school! Some things still remain the same though—the rusty black piano in the middle of the arch, drummers in the corner, and some fun street art (in this case, an array of felt pigeons). It was chilly, but I was wearing my “bear” coat, a Balenciaga drop sleeve coat that feels like a blanket. Along with my Reed Krakoff boots that seem to match everything(!), I felt bundled up enough to hangout until the sun began to set.
Clockwise from left: JINsoon Epidote Nail Polish $18, Chandon Limited Edition Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine $24, Maria Black D’arling Earring $160, Tom Ford Lip Color in Bruised Plum $50, Bionda Castana Ankle-Tie Lana Pumps $765, Kate Spade Saturday Lightbeam Skirt $170.
And so it begins… the holiday party circuit. It’s hard balancing the fine line between holiday overdressing (sparkly black dress) and underdressing (ugly Christmas sweater). When in doubt, I always think incorporating a pop of metallic solves the problem (in this case, a gorgeous gold swing skirt). Then building a color palette around that piece becomes easier… how about a bold plum lip and some complimentary nails? Then to edge the whole outfit up, throw other guests off with one earring. But don’t worry, the classic shape of your mesh pump will keep you safe and approachable! Just make sure that on top of it all, you wear a warm (and very cute) coat. If the temperature plummets further than expected, don’t get the blues. There’s nothing that a bottle of seasonal Chandon can’t cure!
Renee is wearing a Theory Leather Jacket, Emporio Armani Turtleneck, Hudson Jeans, Adidas Stan Smiths, Dior Sunglasses, Saint Laurent Duffle.
It took me a while to track down some Stan Smiths in my size (these are literally juniors!), but it was totally worth the search. These are like the Birks of colder weather—affordable, unassuming, super comfortable yet super trendy. They’re the perfect weekend shoe and I love them as a pop of white and green with an all black outfit. It’s all about comfort this season!