Shopbop Classic Bag sale!

I love a good classic bag, so I am excited to share with you the Shopbop Classic Bag Sale starting today until – August 20th 4am EST. Best part is that a number of the bags featured in this sale are bags I have already written about and are still to this day some of my regular favorites.

Sale details and enter code: INTHEBAG at checkout

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Old pre-pregnancy photo!

Madewell Transport Tote // Originally blogged here. You can’t go wrong with the classic “English Saddle”, but for variety there is Zipper Transport Bag, True Black or the Mini Transport Tote

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Another old pic!

Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote // Originally blogged here. I got mine used on Ebay and it is a copper-y metalic color, but looking back I wish I got the classic black version. If fringes are your thing for Fall try the Fringed City Tote.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Medium Tate Tote // Originally blogged here. This one might also double up as a diaper bag come September! I’ve also had my eye on the Pretty Nylon Knapsack for a long time now.

Fall Leather jacket

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I’m convinced I will not be able to survive the fall without a leather jacket. Especially since our baby is due in September, so most likely I will be in sweats for days at a time, but sweats with a moto leather jacket is actually a pretty cool option. Here is a round of some of my favorites that I have found online at all different price points, from vegan to real leather.

1. H&M Vegan Biker jacket
2. H&M Vegan Biker Jacket II
3. H&M Biker Vest
4. Madewell Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket
5. BLK DNM Motorcycle Jacket With Quilted Stripes
6. Oak Rider Leather Jacket
7. BB Dakota Benton Leather Jacket

Slightly Larger Cross-body bag for Summer

Although I love my “honeymoon” cross body I am starting to realize I need some thing a little more substantial for weekends. The big question now if to fringe or not to fringe?

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1) BDG Thayer Dome Stud Shoulder Bag
Love the slouch, grey color, and the clips for converting the bag to different share. Size is just right, but afraid all the hardware will weight it down.

2) LeSportsac Liberty x LeSportsac Cross Body Bag
Love the beautiful flowered print, and likely a very lightweight bag. Think the size though would be a little too small.

3) Alite Cub Backpack
Not a cross body in this case, but a fantastically simple backpack.

4) Star Mela Nori Cross Body Bag
An updated, larger version version of my honeymoon bag. Perfect color for summer, and love the pom pom decorations.

5) Unique Batik Chichi Bucket Bag
Fabric bucket bag

6) H&M Shoulder Bag with Fringe
There is something really perfect about blue suede and fringe all summer long

Spring Shopping & a ShopBop sale

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Although it was snowing here in Brooklyn while I typed out this post I am starting to think about adding in some early spring touches to my wardrobe, and putting away my winter boots. Even better – I am just in time for the ShopBop Spring Sale. Here’s what I am looking at to bring a little fresh spring into my life as we ride out the rest of winter.

Herschel Supply Co. Alexander XL Tote
: Love the nylon and the patterned interior. The shiny rip stop nylon fabric makes it look modern and sleek.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Nylon Jerrie Rose Lil Tate: The sunny warm pop of yellow is a good reminder that spring is right around the corner.

Blank Denim Vegan Leather & Ponte Jacket: The slouchy, drapey front contrasts nicely with the luxurious animal friendly vegan leather.

Madewell Bucket Bag: Just enough 70s cool for NYC streets today.

Birkenstock Gizeh Thong Sandals: I almost bought white Arizona birks last summer for my wedding, but ended up passing since I thought they were too trendy. Now it seems that they are here to stay, and I won’t be passing on them again. I have a pair of black patent leather Gizeh that I love, and think now it is time to add a white pair to the mix.

LeSportsac Medium Tote Bag: Casual and comfortable. The perfect weekend bag.

Sale details:
Date: Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:30AM Eastern Time to Sunday March 8, 2015 4:00AM Eastern Time

You save 15% with purchase over $250
You save 20% with purchase over $500
You save 25% with purchase over $1000

Coupon code here

Inspiration: Madonna in 1980’s Lower East Side

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(Photo Credit: here)

Like most girls who grew up in the 1980’s I spent a good amount of time trying to dress, look like, and basically “be” Madonna of the 1980’s. I saw this photo posted recently in one of my favorite Facebook groups Manhattan before 1990 and noticed right away how even from way back when Madonna still looks fresh and modern, and could easily wear this same outfit any time and any place in Manhattan today.

Here is my twist on how I would style this outfit today. A little more simple, a little more sleek, but with all the same details intact.

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T-shirt: James Perse Short Sleeve V Neck Tee // Jacket: J.Crew Vintage denim jacket in bodrum wash // Shoes: Unisex Vans® solid canvas classic slip-on shoes in white // Bracelets: Jennifer Meyer Jewelry Wishbone Bracelet / McQ – Alexander McQueen Swallow Mini Wrap Bracelet / Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff / Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet // Belts:
Kate Spade New York Las Vegas Glitter Bow Belt / Rag & Bone Collar Stud Belt

Everything Buffalo Check

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Uniqlo HeatTech Hat (Men’s) // JCrew iPhone 6 Case // Eddie Bauer Jacket (similar & reviewed here) // Herschel Supply Co. Tote Bag // Seven for all Mankind Roxanne jeans // UGG Brooks short boots

It’s the time of year in NYC when the Christmas sparkle is gone, and we are left with a long stretch of grey. A nice red pop of buffalo check seems the be the winter antidote for me this year. Would it be wrong to wear all these at once?

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From top: JCrew iPhone 6 Case // JCrew Excursion quilted vest in buffalo check // Herschel Supply Co. Tote Bag // Maine Guide Wool Parka // Bean’s Fleece Robe// Buffalo Check Blanket

Zig Zag for days with Missoni Scarves

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Maroon // Crimson & Sand // Blue & Grey
Blue // Green Infinity // Blue & Red

As winter starts to set in on NYC I always reach for one of my favorite scarfs – a white/gray/black Missoni scarf in the classic Zig-Zag pattern.  I originally spotted this scarf years ago at Century 21 but passed on it since I thought it was still too expensive. But the time I changed my mind and went back the scarf was gone. Months later I saw the same scarf again at Filene’s Basement in Union Square for the same price, and this time I grabbed it and brought it straight to the register. The scarf has been a winter staple for me now going on 7 years. Not just for pairing with a winter coat and hat – I’ve even been know to wear it to put my own spin on a bridesmaid dress, or to keep away the cold with a NYE outfit. Now Shopbop is carrying the Zig-Zag scarf in many colors and you too can make the perfect scarf your own.
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David’s Bridal + Missoni

 

 

Wedding Make-Up Review

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I decided to do my own make-up for my wedding because I wanted to have complete control over the results and didn’t want to take a chance of running into a make-up artist with a heavy hand. But I still wanted to up my game a bit from my normal make up routine so I booked an appointment with a consultant at the Sephora on Lexington Ave  (Carlos!) who showed me some new tricks, and  some great new products and brands. I bought in the above picture of the amazing Keri Russell and I have to say he did a really good job duplicating the look and feel of the make up in the picture. My goal was glowing skin, and vivid eyes, with a neutral (but not boring) lip. I was very happy with how my makeup turned out for my wedding day, and I am usually my own toughest critic.

Here’s my list of makeup for the day, along with suggestions from my makeup artist. I listed what I bought and what I already had.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Original Formula, SPF 15 – My normal perfect SPF that I wear everyday. I’ve been a Neutrogena SPF girl for years now after a long ago dermatologist recommended this moisturizer. I love that I can buy a tube at the drugstore, and because it isn’t expensive, I don’t have to skip on the application and can slather all over my face. I’ve tried other “fancy” “miracle” moisturizer but I always come back to this one. If only I could buy it in bulk…
Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in No. 0 Porcelain – Jury is still out on this one. I bought it new and wore it for my wedding day with (i think) good results, but it seems to sit on top of my skin instead of absorbing. One my wedding day I mixed it will a little Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers which seemed to get the lightweight/dewy consistency that I was going for. However, since then I’ve trying been to get the same results, but the consistency just doesn’t seem to be right.
Stila Bronzer similar (alternate: Too Faced Bronzer Chocolate Soleil) – I used a minimal amount of bronzer for my wedding day since I was too scared I would mess it up, but if you are braver than I am I would invest in the Too Faced Bronzer.
Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion (Alternate: The Balm Put a Lid on It)
Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Trio (similar here) – Just bit to get a little pop. I used an old eyeshadow pack I got in a Clinique bonus bag years ago.

Benefit R.S.V.P Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow – My favorite neutral champagne color. Good to use as a base if you are doing a fancy or smokey eye, or perfect to wear alone for an everyday eyeshadow look.
NARS Lipstick in Mayflower I purchased this specifically for my wedding day, and it is amazing shade of shimmery pink, without being too over the top. Also works well as a day to night lipstick.
Clinique Long Last Glosswear (Alternate: Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Overprotected)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Urban Decay Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner in Perversion  – This is one of my new favorites, that was a success on my wedding day, and has now become something a I reach for every morning. I use some generic angled brush (maybe this one) and apply to my tightline right at the base of my eyelashes to make them look at little lush.
NARS Blush in Orgasm – Classic.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light Another new daily favorite. I had never really even heard of this brand before meeting my Sephora consultant, but I really love this shimmery (but not too shimmery) powder. I apply it last over all my other make up with a big fat brush, and it sets everything and gives me a little glow.

The Perfect Bag for Tulum (and Beyond)

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For our honeymoon in Tulum I was picturing that I would buy the perfect bag in Mexico the first day or so after we arrived. The bag in my mind was colorful, handmade by local tradespeople, long straps so I could wear cross body, and definitely not something you could buy in the US.

Well I did in fact find that exact bag – but it was on the sale rack at the Urban Outfitters at 59th St & 3rd Ave about a week before my trip! There is no label other than “Made in Guatemala” but as best I can tell it is the Stela 9 X UO Mini Tavniah Crossbody Bag that (sadly) is sold out.

The Tavniah bag was the perfect size for a travel/adventure bag, with a zip top that made me feel secure that nothing would be stolen or accidentally fall out of my bag. The strap was adjustable so I was able to change to fit whatever outfit I was wearing at the time. The body of the bag is a black/white/gray pattern with a colorful center accent, and multi colored fringe which pretty much worked will the neutral color pattern I picked out for all my honeymoon outfits. This bag was with me for the majority of our honeymoon – perfect for the beach or climbing up the side on a Mayan ruin, or hiking through a jungle. The whole trip I kept looking around to buy a local bag, but I couldn’t find anything better than the Tavniah bag. By the end of our week and a half in Mexico my Stela 9 bag was looking a little beat up, but I just tossed it in the wash when we got home and it is as good as new, and ready to be worn all around Brooklyn!

My Stela 9 bag is sold out at Urban Outfitters, but you can purchase a similar one direct from their website (here, here, or here). The whole Stela 9 collection is pretty interesting as the bags are handmade by indigenous artisans in Guatemala who are paid a living wage. See below for some additional bags.