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The Mamuye Tote

( I also love this scarf and blanket.)

This beautiful tote was handmade by a woman named Mamuye, who lives in Ethiopia, and is able to sell her bags on the site, fashionABLE. The site’s mission is to help create sustainable business in Africa, with the main focus on creating opportunities for vulnerable women. So for every purchase that is made, jobs are being created so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy. I also love how every product offered on the site is named after the woman who made it. Read about Mamuye’s story here. xo






Photos by: Helena Glazer

P.S. I love the look of a really weathered and worn-in leather bag, don’t you?

(Buy the Mamuye Tote here.)

Outfit Credits:

Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Blouse: J.Crew / Sweater: Everlane (gift – available in light grey) /Necklace: Stripes & Sequins x Bauble Bar (gift) / Bag: Mamuye Tote (gift) / Pants: Zara / Boots: Rag & Bone / Lipstick: MAC in Rebel


Cargo Leather Biker Jacket: All Saints / Sculptural Ribbon Cuff: Alexis Bittar / Turtleneck: American Apparel

I’ve been a fan of Alexis Bittar’s jewelry since 2005, when I was first introduced to it while working as an intern in the accessories closet at InStyle. I remember the pieces that the editors would call in for shoots and thinking how chic and amazing the rings, bracelets and necklaces looked. I continued to admire his jewelry whenever I would pass by this store on Bleecker, thinking how fun it would be to wear one of his amazing statement bangles. Flash forward to 2012 when I was working with a client and we were pouring over her collection of Alexis Bittar pieces that she had cumulated over the years, I was still admiring the style and shape of his jewelry. And now, here we are today, where I get to style up my very own selected pieces from Alexis Bittar’s collection and share them with you on my blog. Pretty exciting in my book!


Super Duper Strength Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Turtleneck: American Apparel / Gold Crescent Necklace: Alexis Bittar / Bag: Chanel (borrowed from Bella Bag)


Sculptural Ribbon Cuff: Alexis Bittar / Jeans: Koral (gift – unfortunately, I can’t find these online anymore, but these are very similar and ON SALE!)


Photos by: Casey Krehbiel

The pieces I chose are very wearable and versatile, and I know I will be wearing them for years to come.



Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Sweater: Top Shop (borrowed from Helena) / Jeans: Frame (gift) / Boots: Rag & Bone / Bag: Bella Bag (on loan)  Lipstick: MAC in Rebel

Happy Tuesday! Last week I attended a Juicy Couture event thrown by SheKnows for the launch of Juicy’s new perfume, Viva La Juicy Couture Gold. It was held at Gold Bar downtown, which was the perfect venue since not only was the name fitting but the decor was extremely decadent and dripping with gold embellishments. There was champagne to be drank and perfume to be spritzed, plus a super fun photo booth that Casey and I beelined for where we draped ourselves in a pink boa and funny accessories. The night was quite a success and I’ve actually been wearing the perfume nonstop. It has notes of vanilla, golden amber, berries, honeysuckle and caramel. Super sweet, but somehow not overly so. Casey sure seems to like it, so that always helps. :) If you pass a Sephora or Nordstrom anytime soon, stop in and give this perfume a try and let me know what you think! xoxo


Bag: Chanel (borrowed from Bella Bag) / Rings: Alexis Bittar (gift)


Juicy’s new perfume, Viva La Juicy Couture Gold



Here are a few photos from the event, if you’d like to see…



Top: Marimekko (gift) / Necklace: Stripes & Sequins x Bauble Bar (gift) / Jeans: Frame (gift) /Bag: Chanel (borrowed from Bella Bag)






This past Tuesday, I was asked to attend and cover the The New York Art Institute’s fashion show, where 13 students and graduates would debut their Spring/Summer 2015 collections. I had never attended this type of show before so I was really excited to see what it would be like. (You can actually watch the full show here and learn all about each designer that presented.)


After I grabbed my press pass, I went backstage and snapped a couple photos right before the show began. It’s always fun to see “behind-the-scenes” action of the models getting prepped and ready to walk the runway.




From where I stood…in the photographer’s pit! It was exhilarating. I tried really hard to fit in. Thankfully I was wearing all black.


Standing in the pit, I had front row access that allowed me to snap some great photos. Like I said, I had never attended this type of show before and was really impressed with what I saw. Below are some of my favorite looks. I loved the sheathy dresses, silky materials and the updated slip dress. A lot of the pieces had a total 90s vibe going on, which I was really into.



Below are some of the designers and their models. This part was really special and I loved see the look on the designer’s faces as they walked the runway at the very end. Their expressions were priceless: a mix of excitement, relief and satisfaction. So great to see!



The show flew by and before I knew it, it was over I was back outside again. Before I hopped on the subway to head home, I snapped a quick shot of this building, which is the Opera house at Lincoln Center. It’s so majestic looking at night. Anyway, the show was a success and I feel so lucky that I was able to attend. Thank you so much to Refinery29 and The Arts Institute for having me and letting me be involved in this special experience. Congrats to all the designers and models involved! xo


This is the only photo I could find from early September 2004. A group of us had decided to take a girls trip to Vegas for Labor Day as sort of a last summer hurrah. I still had one quarter left to graduate and needed an internship to finish my degree. I had decided that I wanted to complete it in New York and had to actually schedule the phone interview with Lifetime Television while I was in Vegas. I ended up taking the call in the hallway of the hotel and a few hours later found out that I had gotten the job. The back of this photo says 9/6/04, which means this was taken just days before I flew from Seattle on a one-day ticket to New York with my parents, two suitcases and my determination…the rest is history.

We arrived at JFK around dusk, found our hotel, which was a Holiday Inn down on the cusp of Soho and Chinatown, and ventured out for dinner. Not knowing where to go, we ended up getting a recommendation to eat at a place in Little Italy called Positano. Afterward, we made our way down to the Ground Zero to pay our respects to those who suffered because of this tragedy. At that point, it had only been three years since it had happened and the site was still very raw. It was my first time being down there since 1994 and it was incredibly emotional. Missing persons fliers were posted on the fences, candles were lit, people were crying. I cried. I will never forget that day and try and make my way down there every year, to reflect and remember.

The next four days were a blur as we raced around the city looking at apartments, not knowing what neighborhoods were ideal to live in or what rent was reasonable to pay to sublet a room in a stranger’s apartment. I ended up spending my first month on the Upper West Side on 82nd between Columbus and Central Park West with four other random tenants. 

Over the next few days my parents got me all set up with a blow up mattress, bedding, and a laptop, and before I knew it, it was Monday. I made my way to Midtown and began my first day on the job as an intern first at Lifetime Television. My first night alone in the city, I stopped into a bodega after work and bought myself a turkey sandwich, chips and a diet coke before settling into my new room. I remember sitting on my air mattress, watching  “You’ve Got Mail” on my laptop, eating my sandwich and slowly realizing the move I had just made and the reality of my situation. But I didn’t panic, instead I felt happy, excited and content that I was finally in New York City. I felt I belonged and was on my way. 

I had no idea what would come next, what the next week would bring, let alone the next year, or ten years, but from that point on, the ride has been unforgettable. I have made incredible friends and had many hilarious and memorable nights running around the city. I finally found a great apartment, had a slew of very interesting internships and jobs, survived the recession, started my own business, and have worked with and continue to work with amazing brands and people. I feel so incredibly blessed to have experienced such an amazing first ten years in New York (am I finally considered a New Yorker?!?!) and look forward to the next ten being even bigger and better.

I want to thank my Mom and Dad for their continuous love, support and belief in me, I couldn’t have done it without you guys. And thank you to all of you out there (you know who you are) for shaping and continuing to shape my time in this glorious city. I am one lucky, lucky, lucky girl. xo

*Today is a very bittersweet day. It has been thirteen years since the 9/11 attacks. It’s also my friend Rachel’s Birthday and my ten-year and Casey’s two-year anniversary of living in New York. September 11th is a day, that although it may represent something different to each of us, it will be remembered by all of us. xo



Just a fun little midday week announcement to let you guys know that I was asked to participate in a beauty challenge feature for New York Magazine’s The Cut! I’m very excited, as I am a huge fan of everything New York Magazine. The task at hand was to create three different looks with what product was given to me, which consisted of various eyeshadow sticks, colored eyeliners, mascara and lipstick. Then document the different looks through three step by step selfies. Each look also had to be worn to a New York Fashion event or show. It’s been really fun to play around with the makeup, and having never used Marc Jacob beauty products before, I have to say, I really like them. (I already know a few of them that will be living in my bag and on repeat during the fall and winter months.) Anyway, the challenge will go live on The Cut tomorrow, so keep an eye out. I will be tweeting all about it! As always, thanks for your enthusiasm and continuous support. xo


Happy Monday! For those of you involved in Fashion Week, are you surviving ok? So far, so good on my end. It’s been great being back this season and jumping into the mix of things. I’m always sad to leave my family at the end of the summer, so I’ve kept myself busy by seeing close friends, attending dinners and parties, and of course going to fashion shows and presentations. All in all, I’ve really enjoyed the past week.

So I know I usually do my “Over the Weekend” post on Mondays, which will be coming a little bit later on today, but right now I am really excited to re-share this fun video I shot with L’Oréal Paris, showcasing my five summer must haves. I first shared it on the blog in late August, for those of you that saw it, but for those of you that might have missed it, here it is one more time! YAY!

The video was shot earlier in the summer and I was asked to pinpoint five things I can’t live without during the warmer months, which I go into detail below. For the makeup part, my focus was going to be on their Voluminous Miss Manga mascara, Infalliable Silkissime eyeliner and Colour Riche Fuchsia Lipstick. I’ve been a fan of the brand for a long time so I was excited to give these products a whirl, especially because the colors I choose were bright and bold, perfect for summer.

So even though it’s officially not summer anymore (although the weather in New York, begs to differ) I wanted to share with you again my top five summer items I can’t live without during the warmer months. Just press play, if you’d like to see! xo

My Five Summer Must Haves And Why…

Clare V. Leopard Clutch: I have coveted this leopard clutch for quite some time because I just knew it would go with everything I owned. Once I finally purchased it, I was right. The pattern is great, the material is soft and flexible and the best part is, it holds a ton but still pulls a look together instantly. It’s the perfect chic little carryall!

J.Crew Panama Hat: During the summer I am in the sun a lot, especially the past few months with all the traveling I’ve been doing, so I need to have protection from the sun. I basically lived in this Panama hat from J.Crew because it was the perfect way to keep the sun off my face while still looking stylish.

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Teal Eyeliner: In the past I always just stuck to black, brown or dark gray eyeliner. But recently, I’ve been branching out and on the lookout for a colorful eyeliner that won’t make me look or feel clownish. When I showed up to shoot this video, I was asked to choose between an electric teal liner and pretty marine blue color. I loved both, but I was drawn to the turquoise for some reason. I started playing around with it and was immediately impressed with how effortlessly it glided on without scraping or getting stuck on my eyelid. We used it in the video and then I took it home with me and used it all summer long. I especially love how it makes my green eyes pop!

L’Oreal Extraodinare by Colour Riche Fuchsia Lipstick: Throughout my years of working with fashion and beauty brands, I have accumulated a lot of lipsticks. Some I like better than others for sure, but I always figure, at the end of the day, you can never have enough lipstick options, right? I am always open to trying new kinds and brands, plus I love bright colors, so of course I picked out this bold fuchsia lipstick. You apply it with an applicator and at first it feels like your just wearing a thick gloss because of it’s shiny and creamy consistency. I was worried it would come right off. But after wearing it for many hours during the shoot, I only had to reapply a couple times. I love that it’s rich in color and has great staying power, lasting all day.

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: I go through mascara pretty quickly because I use a lot of it and often. I have my tried and true favorites that I’ve used forever, but then I was introduced to Miss Manga and immediately hooked. This mascara immediately gives you huge, doll-like lashes and has a flexible wand that allows you to cover all your lashes, even the hard to get, itty bitty ones, which you can reach easily without poking yourself in the eye. After the shoot, I was able to take it home with me, but went through it rather quickly and found myself at the drugstore a few weeks later buying a backup mascara. (I used Black the first time around and then tried out Black Brown because I loved it so much. Both are great.)

P.S. Thank you so much to the team who helped put this video together and for making me feel so comfortable.

I had a blast!


So last night, I had a crazy realization. I was up late working, creating a post to celebrate what I thought was the blog’s 5th anniversary…but when I looked up my very first post, which was written on September 4th 2008, I was shocked to realize that I have in fact been blogging for SIX years today, not five.

What in the heck? Where did year number five go? I feel like they have all just flown by at record speed. I have no idea. But what I do know, is that I started this site simply to create a personal, creative outlet to express my thoughts and opinions on fashion and design, and since then have had the continuous and immense privilege to work with incredible brands, meet amazing people and receive the love, support and dedication from you, my lovely readers. How lucky am I? I mean, really. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there these past six years.

Now that September is here, I always find it a great time to feel inspired, start fresh and throw caution to the wind, diving head first into my deepest passions and reaching for my biggest dreams. So here’s to a great rest of the year. Cheers my loves! xo



P.S. My Style Pill’s very first post, which was written on September 4th 2008. 

P.P.S. The post celebrating My Style Pill’s  first BirthdayHow different do I look in this photo?!