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hints of fall

August 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments


One of the most insane things about living in Houston is that when the rest of the world starts drooling over fall clothes — all those streamlined jackets and luxe cashmere knits — we are still sweltering in 100+ degree weather for, oh, say, another three months or so

So, take the title of this post for what it’s worth: here in Houston, it’s mid-August and there are no hints of fall in sight.  But if there were, this leather vest would be the first thing I grab — as it is, it’s mostly useful for battling frigid restaurant-and-office air conditioning systems! 

Or… for Fashion Week?  Can you believe it’s that time again?  I swear, it comes earlier every year!

Also, I have to let you guys know — when I bought this maxi dress, it was full price (boo!) but it’s now on sale for 50% off, and still available in almost every size.  Unbelievable!

ASOS Tropical Palm Print Maxi dress, Fifteen Twenty vest, Chanel purse.




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NYFW February 2014 Video Diary!

February 18th, 2014 · 4 Comments


Every season, I go to Fashion Week and come home with a thousand photos of the clothes I saw on the runways, and then I spend hours painstakingly editing and posting them…

Except, often I get the feeling that those posts kind of miss the point.

Because, sure, the runways are part of Fashion Week, but they’re just one part.  There’s so much more to the experience that I’ve had trouble sharing in the past.

So this season, I did something a little different.  I took my iPhone, and instead of taking photos… I took video. 

I did this partly for Sugarlaws, but also partly for me — it’s an incredible memento of what this amazing experience was like, and every time I watch it, I can’t help but smile.  I’ve been to a lot of seasons of New York Fashion Week, and in many ways, this one was my absolute favorite.  And now that it’s over, I’m so grateful to have captured all these little moments along the way.

So hopefully you’ll enjoy this as much as I do.  Till September, everyone!

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how to wear a crop top tastefully

July 29th, 2013 · 9 Comments


See that, up there?  That is my unabashed hope that when people google, “how to wear a crop top tastefully,” they end up here.

Because if that’s what you’re googling, you’re my kind of people.

Truthfully, I like the crop top.  Depending on the time of the day/month/year, I have a decent stomach, and I don’t mind showing it off… a little. Because the line between a cute, on-trend crop top and a complete fashion disaster is… easy to cross.  When I was a silly naive college kid, I basically wore them once a week… now I look back at my old photos and wish I could remind my little teenager self to bring a sweater. 🙂

So here are a few of my tips for embracing this trend in a way that you won’t regret a few years down the line:

Do Not Bare (Too Much) Skin
If you’re going to take away one piece of advice, let it be this: crop tops and low-rise jeans together are almost uniformly sleazy looking.  If you’re going to be wearing a top that shows your stomach, stick to high-waisted skirts and pants.  You want to show a hint of skin — not your whole body!

Cover Your Legs
When you’re wearing a crop top, go for a full leg — no miniskirts or short-shorts!  A full, flowy maxi skirt takes this look into boho, and that’s exactly what you want.  Sleek, high-waisted pants could make it a little more urban and polished, but either way, people are looking at your outfit, not your body.

Bring a Jacket
Seriously!  No matter how great you feel putting on that top in the first place, there will be a point in the day or night when you want a little more coverage.  Grab a cute jean jacket (I’m obsessed with this one from Koral) or a cardigan, and you won’t end up worrying about your outfit all night!

So there you have it — what’s your crop-top advice?  I really do love them, but they’re definitely a challenge!  Fortunately, when it’s so hot in Texas, nobody really bats an eye at anything that keeps you cool.  So maybe that’s the solution — move to Texas! 

Gifted Koral denim jacket, Sabo Skirt crop top, gifted Chaps skirt (on sale now for $26!), gifted Alex and Ani bracelets.




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quite proud of this, actually

July 16th, 2013 · 2 Comments

These are the mini carnations that I bought for our Fourth of July party…

Eleven days later.

I love fresh flowers, but it makes me crazy when I spend $20 or $30 on a bouquet that only lasts a day or two.  But eleven days?  For flowers that cost $3?  That I can get behind.

I updated them with some snapdragons from our grocery store to give them a mid-summer feel.  Total cost for this whole set?  Under $8.  Woo-hoo!

{The bud vases are from BHLDN — aren’t they gorgeous?  I use them all the time!}

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nyfw: shows, day three

February 20th, 2013 · 6 Comments

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On Friday of NYFW, all anyone could talk about were predictions that all the shows might be cancelled because of Nemo! Everyone seemed to think that this fashion week was a lost cause, but I kept hoping that everything would keep going no matter what (let’s be serious, as great as my hotel was, it doesn’t really compare to a day of fashion shows).

But despite the crazy snowy downpour, everything on Saturday went forward after all! It takes more than a snowstorm to stop the New York fashion crowd, and Saturday proved to be such an amazing day of shows! From the incredible detailing and fierce-chic models at Herve Leger, to the always-stunning prints at Mara Hoffman, to the incredible couture pieces at Rafael Cennamo and Alexandre Herchcovitch, it was one of the most special day of shows I’ve ever seen.

And on an also-exciting side note, I was so excited to find out yesterday that Chad and I are now an aunt and uncle! His brother is a proud dad to a newborn baby boy — so I had to give a big congratulations! So excited to buy them all the cute baby clothes I can get my hands on!

{above: stunning detail in the dress and leggings at Herve Leger}

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{gorgeous tulle gown at Son Jung Wan}

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{prints and hair jewelry at mara hoffman}

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{maybe the most beautiful coat i’ve seen for fall at Son Jung Wan}

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{blindfolded models made an extra dramatic statement at Alexandre Herchcovitch}

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{the perfect furry hood at Herve Leger for a snowy winter, or just a ski trip!}

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{insanely creative detailing on Rafael Cennamo couture gowns}


{and the full head-to-toe of the Rafael Cennamo dress}

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{intensely beautiful proportions at Alexandre Herchcovitch}

Tags: new york fashion week · style