My Top 5 Madewell Shoe Picks for Fall

Madewell has been my go-to brand for a few years now.  Ever since my first pair of their polka dot flats, I’ve been hooked.  Here are my picks for Fall. . .



The Delilah Mary Jane in Glitter

The Harper Mule in Metallic

The Reid Pump in Suede

The Elinor Loafer

The Regan Boot

I NEED the glitter mary janes!!!


Jackie Kennedy: A Life in Pictures

Mother, First Lady, Style Icon, Trailblazer, Patron of the Arts barely scratch the surface when describing Jackie.  On what would have been her 89th birthday, here is a collection of photos celebrating her life and a legacy that remains strong.

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Need Some Summer Reading Recommendations? Ask a NYPL Librarian

Despite my TBR list being a few miles long, I’m always on the hunt for book recommendations.  Recently, I found this feature on the NYPL website where you fill out a small questionnaire and a librarian will respond with 3 book recommendations within 3 business days.  P.S. I got mine back within the hour when I submitted during the week.

What Should I Read Next
c/o New York Public Library

I asked for books with complex and well-written characters and I chose Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi as a book I recently enjoyed.  Here are the recommendations I received:

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

The Sparsholt Affair by Allan Hollinghurst

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


Happy Reading! #whenindoubtgotothelibrary



If I Had The Money: Kate Spade New York

I’m pretty much obsessed with ’50’s & ’60’s fashion.  I feel like Kate Spade is as close as one can get to the classic yet whimsical style of the period.  Plus her love of bows, stripes and gingham is something I hold very dear to my heart.

Having said that, I’m also on a budget.  If I had the money, here are my picks:


Set Sail Bangle

set sail bangle stripe
c/o Kate Spade New York


Washington Square Sam Bag

Washington Square Sam
c/o Kate Spade New York


Chesapeake Stripe Midi Dress

Chesapeake Stripe Midi Dress
c/o Kate Spade New York


Haring Lane Jean Bag

Haring Lane Jan Bag
c/o Kate Spade New York


Olive Drive Straw Brigette Bag

Olive Drive Straw Brigette
Kate Spade New York


Seersucker Concealed Spiral Notebook

Seersucker concealed notebook
c/o Kate Spade New York


Hyde Lane Gingham Michelle Wallet

Hyde Lane Gingham Michele
c/o Kate Spade New York


Tilly Sandals

Tilly Sandals
c/o Kate Spade New York


The Kate Spade New York’s Friends & Family Sale is on now, and you can get 30% off of most items with the code, FAMILY at checkout.



Before You Watch the Oscars on Sunday, Revisit the Best of the Awards Season Red Carpet

Many think of January 1st as New Year’s Day, but if you’re like me it means the start of awards season. Every other weekend brings yet another red carpet. This has been a very difficult year for Hollywood in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, but it did give rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements encouraging and empowering all women and men to stop the culture of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.

As the season ends on Oscar Sunday, let’s look back at the highlights of this year’s red carpet.

Yara Shahidi in Giambatitsta Valli

GettyImages-904042192-1-835x1253 Yara Shahidi
c/o Getty Images

Sarah Hyland in Naeem Khan

Sarah Hyland Pop Sugar
c/o JustJared

Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo

Tracee Ellis Ross JustJared
c/o JustJared

Kimiko Glenn in Peter Langner

Kimiko Glenn PopSugar
c/o PopSugar

Issa Rae in Prabal Gurung

Issa Rae Elle UK
c/o Elle UK

Jackie Cruz in Rami Kadi

Jackie Cruz Daily Express
c/o Daily Express

Zoe Kravitz in Saint Laurent

Zoe Kravitz Life & Style
c/o Life & Style

Natalia Dyer in Dior

Natalia Dyer SAG Awards
c/o PopSugar

Susan Kelechi Watson in Rubin Singer

susan-kelechi-watson-2018-sag-awards CelebMafia
c/o Celeb Mafia

Madeline Brewer in Reem Acra

madeline-brewer Hawt Celebrities
c/o HawtCelebs


The Oscars are on Sunday at 8pm ET on ABC, but they will have red carpet coverage starting at 6:30pm ET.

My Top 3 Drugstore Cosmetics/Skincare Purchases This Month

In the past I’ve spent way too much money on skincare and cosmetics. Yes, sometimes it’s good to splurge and some high end products are worth the hype, but I’m on a budget and determined to stick to it.  Luckily my new office is above a Duane Reade, so I basically live there now. Here are my top 3 purchases from this month:

  1. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation
Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation
c/o Maybelline

I have a combination skin, so in the winter I have trouble finding a foundation. For some reason I seem to get a dry patch right between my eyebrows. This is a gel-whipped foundation so it feels very light on, but covers beautifully. I would say it’s medium to full coverage, stays on all day, and I’m happy to report no dry patches.


     2.  Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Simple Micellar Water
c/o Simple

I’ll admit, I’m late to the game with the whole micellar water trend, but I’m glad I finally arrived. I’m using this as a toner and it gets every last bit of makeup off, and I’ve already noticed a difference in the size of my pores. I hear micellar water will be in shampoos now, so I can’t wait to try those, too!


3. Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Magenta Rush

Burt's Bees Magenta Rush
c/o Burt’s Bees

Even though I love my Nars lip pencils, I have no control when it comes to lipstick. I must try every and all brands. I picked up Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Magenta Rush, and this has to be one of my top five lipsticks. It is so moisturizing and the color is so beautiful. I was a little worried about the name, Magenta Rush, thinking it would be too harsh, but it’s a good mix of hot pink and purple and I feel it would suit a lot of skin tones.

What are some of your favorite drugstore buys?

Top 10 Dresses Inspired By The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel All Under $200

With all the depressing news over the past year, like most people I’ve turned to television and/or books to escape. As a die hard Gilmore Girls fan, I was counting down the days until the premiere of Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s new series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and she did not disappoint! Miriam “Midge” Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan, is so inspiring and just what we need to cope amidst the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.

Set in New York City in 1958, Midge’s life is turned upside down when her husband leaves her and their two kids. She goes from housewife to working girl and aspiring stand-up comedian, relying on her sense of humor, confidence, style, and tenacity to make her way in a world and industry dominated by men.

If you don’t already know, I’m obsessed with the clothing from the ’50s & ’60’s, so the costumes on this show give me so much joy. I’m hoping Amazon teams up with a clothing line in time for the Season 2 premiere. Fingers crossed.

Here are my Top 10 dresses inspired by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and they are all under $200! Enjoy!

  1. Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Tea-Length Dress
Adrianna Pappell Tea Length Gown
c/o Adrianna Papell/Bloomingdale’s

2.  Adrianna Papell Fit & Flare Dress

Adrianna Pappell Fit and Flare Dress with Illusion
c/o Adrianna Papell/Nordstrom

3. Betsey Johnson Floral Fit & Flare Dress

Betsey Johnson Floral Dress
c/o Betsey Johnson/Nordstrom

4. Adrianna Papell Alyssa Floral Organza Fit & Flare Dress 

Adrianna Pappell Floral Organza Dress
c/o Adrianna Papell/Lord & Taylor

5. Modcloth’s Fabulous Fit and Flare Dress with Pockets in Navy

Modcloth Fit and Flare Dress
c/o Modcloth

6. Adrianna Papell’s Tafetta Skirt Dress

AP Taffeta Skirt Dress
c/o Adrianna Papell/Bloomingdale’s

7. Eliza J. Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress

Eliza J Jacquard Fit and Flare Dress with Illusion Neckline
c/o Eliza J/Nordstrom

8. SL Fashions Plus Sized Sequined Dress & Jacket

SL Fashions Sequined Dress and Jacket
c/o SL Fashions/Macy’s

9. Tahari Arthur S. Levine Bow Waist Fit & Flare Dress

Tahari Bow Dress
c/o Tahari/Lord & Taylor

10. R&M Richards Belted Floral Brocade Fit & Flare Dress

R M Richards Belted Floral Brocade Fit & Flare Dress
c/o R & M Richards/Macy’s

If you haven’t binged The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, you are in luck. To celebrate their Golden Globes wins, Amazon Prime is allowing you to watch for FREE through Monday.

Dress-tivus For the Rest of Us: Day 31

This is it. We have reached the final day of Dress-tivus, the 1st annual 31 day celebration of designer dresses to help inspire your holiday party ensembles. Thank you so much for putting up with me through all of this. Daily blogging is no joke. Much respect to those who do this every day.

For my final dress, I wanted to choose one that said, “Peace out, 2017. I’m over you. I’ve met someone else. Don’t call. Don’t text,” and I feel this Oscar De La Renta dress fits the bill. At first glance, I thought the material was leather, but it’s actually 100% silk. Is it just me, or does the bodice have a Wonder Woman-like quality to it? Overall, I like how it straddles the line between badass and classy just like. . .Wonder Woman!

Oscar De La Renta Strapless Flared Dress
c/o Oscar De La Renta/

Happy New Year! Be safe! 2018 is going to be amazing!

Dress-tivus For the Rest of Us: Day 30

The penultimate day of Dress-tivus! Two more dresses and one more day until we get to kiss this year goodbye. I hope everyone is enjoying their time off and getting some much needed rest.

Today’s pick from Parker Black has a lot going on! There’s beading, sequins, fringe, and ostrich feathers! That’s right. I said ostrich feathers! I don’t think you could stop me from shimmying all night in this dress. LOVE!

Parker Black Allegra Embellished Fringe Mini Cocktail Dress
c/o Parker Black/Neiman Marcus

Dress-tivus For the Rest of Us: Day 29

The final 3 days of Dress-tivus, your favorite celebration of dresses to help inspire your holiday party outfits! Honestly, I don’t know how anyone is going out on Sunday. It has been so bitterly cold this past week. I came home 2 hours ago and I still can’t get warm! As I write this, I have a fleece shirt under a onesie and a wool blanket over my lap.

However, if you don’t mind the arctic chill and still plan on venturing out for NYE, good for you. I’m loving today’s pick from Jenny Packham. It somehow manages to look both Art Deco and Studio 54 at the same time. That is impressive. Plus the color is gorgeous!

Jenny Packham Zigzag Beaded Dolman Cocktail Dress
c/o Jenny Packham/Neiman Marcus