JASON WU Spring 2014 RTW

OK, so who’s been paying attention to the runways at NYFW? I haven’t had much time to do so, but one show that immediately caught my eye was Jason Wu’s Spring 2014 RTW collection. Ease and simplicity with soft materials, effortless construction and feminine details seemed to be the embodiment of Wu’s vision…like the discerning,

D.I.Y. Make a "Smile File"

This probably doesn’t deserve to be called a “D.I.Y.” in the traditional sense, but I thought it was such a cute idea and anyone can do it! A friend recently told me about her “smile file” — a collection of notes, cards, photographs and bits of memorabilia that you can reference every once in a

THE EYES HAVE IT 4 Looks for Any Season

(Apologies for the late post today — had some problems with my site!) With New York Fashion Week upon us, we get to be spoiled by fashion design at its best, but also, the best beauty talents the industry has to offer. Often the looks can be too severe for us mere mortals, but I

PARISIAN MOD Design Classics in a Classic

Design classics juxtaposed in beautifully traditional spaces make me happy; throw in edgy oversized fashion photography, and I’m in heaven. The Parisian apartment of shoe designer Rodolphe Menudier struts its stuff with gorgeous moldings, herringbone floors and balconies galore, but gets the royal treatment with the help of Saarinen, Panton and van der Rohe. Hello

HAIR STYLE My Must-Haves

I’m often asked about my hair, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: the main reason I have long hair is because I look terrible with short hair (round face)! The second reason is that I’m very lucky that my 1/2 Japanese side gave me good hair, which I feel I should take

D.I.Y. Candle Makeup Jar

First off, let me say how silly I feel for even making a post out of this because it’s SO STINKIN’ EASY. But when I had an old Diptyque Baies candle that I didn’t have the heart to throw away, I honestly didn’t know how to take the wax out, and had to google it.

FINAL SUMMER GIVEAWAY! Win $175 in Beauty Products!

Now that summer’s coming to a close, let’s kick off the fall season by putting a fresh face forward! As a thank you to everyone for celebrating my birthday month with me, I wanted to offer one more fantabulous giveaway – a $100 Sephora gift card, and the Goldfaden MD Radiant Skin Renewal Starter Kit

(MAJOR) GIRL CRUSH Daun Curry, Modern Declaration

It’s been two years now since I first discovered her work, so I can safely say, yep, major cross country crush going on here. But there are a few select women who seem to “wow” you over and over again, and Daun Curry is one of those women for me — she’s ridiculously talented, a mom

THE E LIST "The New 30" Birthday Edition

I survived my big birthday weekend…in fact, it was fabulous! Now it’s time to do a little shopping for myself to bring in the fall season. Try as I might, after all this time I still can’t seem to shake it: black & white is here to stay…

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #4 Win this Gold Serpent Ring!

It’s another Friday in August which means it’s time for another “birthday month giveaway!” One lucky reader will win this way cool gold serpent ring from Christina Jervey (a $195 value!) – add some edge to any outfit, any season, with this beautifully handcrafted statement piece! Of course I love it with the simplicity of black

LA VIDA ECLECTIC in Black & White

When I find a site I like, I tend to comb through the archives — such as Nuevo Estilo, where I discovered this gem from a few years back: a living space that incorporates my “5 pieces to a great room” formula, mixing pieces that are textured, shiny, modern, organic and antique-y. You really can’t go wrong

THAT 40′s WOMAN Jen Aniston for Glamour

I begrudgingly enter a new decade on Saturday(!), but it’s women like Jennifer Aniston who approach it with grace that inspire me to get over it, and own it. That said, I usually feel a tad too old for Glamour, but at the airport about to board a plane, I was sucked in by the art direction and

PUNK & PRETTY iPhone Cases

With the change of season comes a new excuse to switch up our most beloved accessory we can’t live without…our partners-in-crime, a.k.a. our phones. I can’t seem to get enough of all the tough chic options out there with a dose of ‘tude to punk up any outfit, especially that hot black & white trend

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #3 Win a Personalized Pillow!

For my third “birthday month giveaway” I am thrilled to offer one lucky reader a personalized pillow from Michelle Dwight Designs! You’ve seen their super fun designs on Society Social, and now I get to offer a design of my own, customized with your “three muses!”

GRAY. GOLD. WHITE. Winning Combo

I’ve been seeing some of these images floating around for a while (two on this site), and yet I’m always drawn to them. The most obvious reason is that they all incorporate gray, gold (or brass), and white — usually carrera marble. A departure from my go-to black & gold, but these three together seem

GET THE LOOK Beach Chic (with Six Basics)

  Just can’t help myself: saw this pic of Kate Moss vacationing off Ibiza, and being that I’m still in full summer mode (especially of the Mediterranean variety), it’s inevitable that I’d want to emulate. While we can’t all afford Goyard and Cartier, we can certainly put together a few basics to achieve the same

KATE MOSS Summer Retro for Vogue UK

I try my best not to inundate you with Kate Moss posts — really, I do. But this editorial for Vogue UK shot by Patrick Demarchelier in St. Barths is bordering on epic. Sorry folks, this is happening…

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #2 Win this Vintage Dior Ad!

The second “birthday month giveaway” is this amazing find from one of my vintage French Vogue magazines: an original illustrated Christian Dior/Roger Vivier ad from 1960! I’ve never seen one quite like it, and believe me, was very tempted to keep it for myself…

MINIMALIST CLASSIC The Barcelona Chair

Wow, I’ve got my 30th(!) “Design Under the Influence” today! And I chose one of my all-time faves, the Barcelona chair. I figured it was only fitting to showcase this minimalist classic in a minimalist classic home in Barcelona (an oldie but goodie!). Enjoy…

CITY SLICKER Blake Lively by Patrick Demarchelier

H-O-T off the presses, literally! In a street style shoot by legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Blake Lively stuns in the September 2013 issue of Lucky. Mixing black/white couture picks with accessible fashion, she rocks a modern vibe with a touch of edge and effortless cool. Me likey!

PHOTO SHOOT Sneak Peeks!

Last week I had a photo shoot in my home with über talented photog Sabra Lattos. It was a ton of work leading up to it (that I freely admit I imposed on myself!), as it was my hope that I could infuse as much of my personal style into each space as possible! But

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #1 Win $150 from InStyle Swimwear!

Pumping myself up for a big birthday later this month, so let’s kick off this “birthday month of giveaways” with a summer-perfect opportunity! Win $150 in swimwear, coverups and accessories for both the ladies and the boys from InStyle Swimwear! In addition to Vix, L Space, Tori Praver, Pily Q Barcelona, Vitamin A and Maaji, they also

NEW PINBOARD Late Summer/Early Fall Inspo

Photo shoot is tomorrow! As you can imagine, the styling is in full effect. I even got to create a new pinboard in an attempt to get me excited about the (unmentionable) birthday later this month — you know…how I’d like to feel, and where I’d like to celebrate. I’m definitely in a “chic seaside

PURE JOIE Fall 2013 "It" Girls

Another inspiration pinboard find: the latest ad from one of my favorite lines, Joie. I have more Joie in my closet than any other, so I’m especially excited that they’re stepping up their brand to a whole ‘nother level by recruiting Julia Restoin Roitfeld (artist and daughter of Carine, ex Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief), Poppy Delevingne