Brooklyn Romantic

10.30.2014

Dress: Anthropoligie, Shoes: Nine West


Baikal Dress Anthropologie
Last weekend I took myself out for some retail therapy shopping along my favorite shopping stretch: 5th Ave Flatiron - more specifically Free People, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Kate Spade & Zara. I ended up spending a pretty penny at Anthropologie on some gorgeous dresses. This one is my absolute favorite. It's romantic with a beautiful floral print, luxe fabric and a flattering, retro cut (swoon!) I also picked up this, this & this dress which you'll be seeing here on the blog very soon. Also, I'm so excited to announce that I'll be in Paris November 6-10th with Alex celebrating the unveiling of the Christmas windows at Printemps again (see the blog post from last year). I'm planning on having another Meet-Up so stay tuned on my French YouTube channel for more info. I can't wait to be back in the City of Lights with my man & I think this dress will look great, walking along the Pont des Arts, hand in hand.
Photos by Jeff Thibodeau

Behind the Scenes with Crest x Lucky

10.28.2014

Look ma, I'm in a magazine! I was so excited when Lucky & Crest 3D White invited me to take part in an incredible advertorial shoot on the Upper West Side to share my tips and tricks for entertaining around the holidays.


You can check out the shoot in Lucky’s November 2014 issue, but I’m also going to share my top entertainment tips here so you can spruce up your upcoming holiday soirée.

When it comes to the décor this season, I love using purple as a base color with a hint of metallic. It's luxe yet unexpected in a sea of reds and greens. Ditch traditional place cards and personalize seating with Polaroid pictures. I take my friends’ pictures and write their Instagram handles along the bottom strip. Then, I place them around the table for a fun and of-the-moment spin on seating.

I also like to feel relaxed when I entertain, so I typically wear something festive but comfortable like a floral crop top with a fluted skirt and no shoes!

Now to the perfect holiday beverage! I love preparing fresh apple cider made from Upstate-picked apples. Serve it hot with cinnamon stick stirrers to give it that festive cheer. Here is a recipe that I like to use from Martha Stewart:

•   32 whole allspice berries
•   24 cinnamon sticks
•   24 cardamom pods
•   12 whole cloves
•   12 strips (2 inches wide) orange zest (from about 3 oranges)
Makes: 1 gallon apple cider

Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Cider can be kept warm over very low heat. Strain before serving, reserving cinnamon sticks for garnish if desired.

Last but not least, I never forget my finishing touches—great friends and a big white smile! I keep my teeth pearly white with Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit. You can win your own box plus a $500 gift card to fulfill all your holiday entertaining needs. To enter, snap your best #smilestyle look inspired by your favorite entertaining moments this holiday season with the hashtag #smilestyle on luckymag.com/go/smilestyle from October 28-December 2nd. 
This post was sponsored by Crest 3D White x Lucky Magazine
 

Eley Kishimoto x Fossil

10.27.2014


I was so excited when Fossil asked me to partner with them on the launch of their new collaboration with Eley Kishimoto, a London-based company known for their incredible prints that mix modern, playful colors and shapes. Tomorrow, October 28th, I'll be joining the #FOSSILxEK Twitter Party with the designers behind Eley Kishimoto along with the Fossil Team & one of my favorite fellow style bloggers, Mara of M Loves M Blog

From the second I saw the pieces from the collaboration, I fell head over heels for the Eley Kishimoto x Fossil Retro Timer Two-Hand Leather Watch in Brown. The watch has the perfect amount of retro charm that's both mid-century yet so of-the-moment. The face of the watch mimics the look of a kitchen timer while the luxe leather band giving it timeless wearability. To balance the bold shape of the watch, I paired it with a classic red plaid flannel , high-waisted black jeans, a felt chapeau & graphic vintage Acne pumps. I felt the look really mirrored the watch's color palette while paying homage to its cheeky modern whimsy.  I look forward to chatting with you guys tomorrow, October 28th at 1pmET- so get your questions ready. 
Special thanks to Fossil for sponsoring this post. 

Black, White & Red

10.23.2014

Kate Spade Gable Dress RachMartino
Kate Spade Gable Dress RachMartino
Kate Spade Gable Dress RachMartino
Kate Spade Gable Dress RachMartino
Kate Spade Gable Dress RachMartino
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Early fall is starting to fade into the horizon and the weather is already too chilly to wear this outfit (without a coat that is). In contrast from my usual bold color favorites, this autumn I've been loving black and white looks. I had my eye on this Kate Spade dress ever since I saw it on my favorite blogger, Keiko Lynn. So naturally when it went on 'Surprise Sale' at KateSpade.com I snatched it up. I love the sweetheart collar and mix of tee-shirt material with structured cotton. It's got that special mix of elevated yet casual that I always return to, with that special dash of KS whimsy. It's got that classic feel with a touch of kitsch that I know will carry me through many well-loved years of wear.
Photos: Jeff Thibodeau 

The Perfect Little Red Coat

10.17.2014


Ever since I was a kid I've been wearing Land's End. Each Christmas I could pick one coat from the catalogue and I would spend hours weighing the pros and cons of each option. When I moved to New York two years ago, I turned to Land's End for my first truly warm down jacket. That long black puffer helped me survive the Polar Vortex. See it in action here. Naturally I was thrilled when Land's End asked me to try out some of their outerwear collection for this year. I love that their website has a detailed Outwear Guide to find the perfect coat based on weather & style. I choose this cherry red topper in boiled wool for a relaxed yet chic fall look. It's perfect for a casual friday or weekend but can be easily dressed up with a great skirt or dress. I paired it with black skinny jeans and open toe boots to balance the bold shade and add a touch of edge.  
Special thanks to Land's End for sponsoring this post

Cozy & Chic with Asos

10.16.2014



If you've been following my blog or YouTube for a while, you already know I'm crazy about Asos. From my season Hauls to my Asos #OOTDs, I totally have a thing for the UK retailer. So when Asos asked me to share my favorite trends for the fall season, I was thrilled! This autumn I'm crazy about plaid, long outwear, ankle boots and great unexpected pops of color. For this look I paired this chic black trench from Asos with a hugely oversized plaid scarf. The trench is incredibly versatile and you can wear it over anything - it has been getting some serious action on these rainy Brooklyn mornings. I'm also totally in love with this scarf -- it's huge and can double as a blanket, shawl, pashmina and often for me head wrap on windy, rainy days. The scarf colors are bold and it pairs perfectly with my signature fall red lip - Mac's Ruby Woo! For the boots, I chose grey suede ankle boots that are easy to walk in and can go from day to night. Last but not least, I chose this unexpected mint bag with a fabulous mix of textures. I thought about going with a traditional black leather tote but I really felt the pop of understated color was a great way to tie the look together. Shop my favorite fall trends below! 

My Girl Gang in #MademoisellePlume

10.14.2014



I can't believe I've already lived in New York for 2 years. It has come and gone so quickly and I feel incredibly lucky to have met so many amazing people in the Big Apple. For me, this post comes full-circle. Last year around this time I met Pauline (the fabulous French blogger behind Pauline Fashion Blog) at Fashion Week as she was working on last year's launch of Mademoiselle Plume. This season I teamed up with Pauline and my new blogger bestie, Christine who's blog, MyStylePill, I've been following for years to announce the newest collection of Mademoiselle Plume from Comptoir des Cotonniers. It was so fun shooting with these amazing girls who've already taught me so much about life & blogging. If you love lightweight down jackets, or doudounes as the French say, as much as we do be sure to enter the Comptoir des Cotonniers contest. Simply gather your 'girl gang' and snap a photo to share to Instagram using hashtag #MademoisellePlume for a chance to win one of 10 Mademoiselle Plume jackets! Contest ends October 26th - good luck! 
Photos by Romain Libbrecht captured at 60th & 5th Ave
Special thanks to Comptoir des Cotonniers for sponsoring this post! 

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