Place des Vosges


My fabulous weekend away in Paris is already starting to seem like a distant, magical memory. After an exciting day at Printemps for the unveiling of this year's Christmas windows designed by Burberry (more about that here), Alex and I spent the rest of our trip meeting with friends, walking around the city and eating great food. On Friday, we had lunch with my friend Jill who is interning for an amazing blog called, "My French Country Home" by Sharon Santoni. It was great chatting with Sharon about her blog and flair for vintage decor and country living. She was so sweet to feature me on her blog, check it out here. After Croque Monsieurs and Duck Confit we walked, first hoping to check out the Picasso Museum but changing our mind after the hour and a half wait. Instead we walked around Le Marais and ended up at Place des Vosges where we shot these photos. Later, we grabbed Dim Sum in the 6th Arrondisement with my friend Joseph and then indulged in some delicious crepes (I always have caramel fleur du sel with whipped cream!) I'll be sharing more looks from Paris soon, so stay tuned! 

A Bag of my own with LONGCHAMP #LePliage20


I have been a fan of Longchamp for a long time. For me their bags always represented an accessible luxury, that's simple yet chic. When the brand asked me to help them celebrate their 20th anniversary of Le Pliage, their iconic bag (reaching over 32 million sold!) with the launch of Le Pliage Cuir (leather) customized, I jumped on the opportunity! I had the pleasure of visiting their flagship location in SoHo to create my personalized bag. It was such a fun experience seeing and feeling the leather and customizing each element of the bag. For an effortlessly fun look, I choose a vivid orange-red for the body of the bag and bold pink for the flap, handles & strap. You can even customize the interior lining - I chose a rich navy blue. My favorite part, however, was the monogram. I chose to have 'Rach' a tribute to my blog on the front flap. It's so fun to customize your own bag, it was tough for me to land on just one design. See how I wear the bag below! 

To highlight the bold color of the bag I choose a neutral look with a mix of blue, black & brown. This look is a perfect for chic travel since the large size of the bag makes the perfect carry-on (not to mention no one's going to confuse it for theirs!) I had so much fun creating this bag - I would recommend it to anyone! Try out the personalize tool on their website here

Photos by Jose Martinez
Big thanks for Longchamp for sponsoring this post. 

Golden Hour with #KiplingHoliday + Giveaway!

Sometimes I forget I live in New York City. Once you're here, life begins to feel normal and it's easy to undervalue the beauty of the Big Apple. I shot this post on the West Side along the Hudson Greenway right at sunset, watching the city be enveloped in golden light. Despite the chilly weather, the scene put me in happy, festive mood. For my look, I drew inspiration from my new Kipling bag that's both delicate yet durable with pretty gold detailing. Check out Kipling's holiday collection here. I paired the bag with a chic and cheerful polka dot skirt, embellished pumps & a classic camel coat. 

For this post I teamed up with Chictopia & Kipling for their #MakeCheerContest! Here's the details: Kipling and Chictopia are giving away 2 amazing Kipling prizes each week from 11/19 – 12/19 plus grand prize at the end of the contest

Here's how to enter
1. Follow @KiplingUSA and @Chictopia on Instagram
2. Take a pic or video showing your fave holiday cheer moment past or present!
3. Upload the pic or video to Instagram and tag it with both #KiplingHoliday AND #MakeCheerContest
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest is open to U.S./DC residents, age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Four-period Contest running 11/19/14-12/19/14 with eight $200 Kipling shopping sprees and one Grand Prize $500 Kipling shopping spree. For details, see Official Rules:
Photos by Jose Martinez. Special thanks to Chictopia & Kipling for sponsoring this post! 

Printemps x Burberry


For the second (magical) year in a row, I was invited back to Paris by Printemps for the annual unveiling of their Christmas windows presented this year by Burberry. I was so honored to be invited back and this time I brought Alex as well! We arrived early in the morning on the day of the event so we had some time to take a quick nap before heading to Printemps for an incredible day. After eating some pastries in the beautiful Brasserie, I headed to Le Coiffeur for a haircut and blow out a la francaise. It was without a doubt the most amazing haircut experience I've had in my entire life. The salon overlooked the entire city bathed in pink light. I drank champagne and chatted with my hairdresser while taking in the beauty of Paris. After the haircut we headed outside for the window unveiling. This year Kate Moss & Cara Delevigne presented the windows on behalf of Burberry. I loved the marionettes decked out in classic Burberry trench coats, plaid scarves & umbrellas floating in the windows. Check out this great video to see the event in it's full glory - plus visit the social feed from the windows here! After the unveiling, we headed back into the store for champagne and macrons at Lauduree. I got a chance to catch up with the other bloggers and hear about their experiences throughout the day. To end the day, we had a toast on the roof of Le Printemps watching the Eiffel Tower glitter at the turn of the hour. It was such a magical day. A huge thanks to Printemps for having me back this year and sponsoring this post. 


Giving back has always been important to me. As a kid my family and I would always volunteer at church gift drives or soup kitchens around the holidays. I have a lot of fond memories of those times helping others as a family brought us closer. This season I was so honored to be asked by The Salvation Army in partnership with SheKnows to take part in their Red Kettle Campaign. This program encourages people to share what are the reasons and inspirations for why they give during the holiday seasons. I really enjoyed creating this video and reflecting on the importance of helping others. The Salvation Army plays such a big role in seasonal giving - to date they have served over 4 million families during the holidays with food, shelter and gifts for the kids. give and encourage others to give during the holidays. Be sure to share her readers to share your #redkettlereason and to check out the video here.
This post was sponsored by the Salvation Army. 

Winter is Coming


I'm writing this under a sea of blankets - the evidence that the weather is truly getting chilly. Winter is coming in fact it already feels like it's here. When it starts to get cold, I love to cuddle up and drink warm tea in something super cozy and warm. That's why I was so excited when Adore Me invited me to try out their November Collection of sleepwear and intimates (because you need something a tad sexy under all those layers this time of year!) I love their site, you take a fun little style quiz when you first sign up and the result is gorgeous lingerie and sleepwear personalized to your taste. My first pick was this ice blue robe that I am totally obsessed with  It's so warm and soft I honestly wish it was socially appropriate to wear this to work. I paired it with the Ruthie bra & panty with gorgeous baby blue lace that's totally winter chic. I also tried out the Mathilda PJ set which may just be the chicest thing I've worn to bed. It fits perfectly and the material is really soft. Want to win a set of your choice from Adore Me? Simply visit and enter your email address and favorite lingerie/sleepwear set in the widget above for a chance to win!
Special thanks to Adore Me for sponsoring this post! 

1 Skirt 3 Ways: Feathered Skirt


I'm so excited to partnering with one of my favorite brands, Sam Edelman to create 3 looks with one of the pieces from their newest collection & 3 pairs of the shoes they're known for. I visited Sam Edelman shop in SoHo and fell in love with this flirty feathered skirt. I styled it into 3 unique outfits: Weekend Casual, Flirty Festive & Night Out. Check them out below.

For the first cozy weekend look I paired the fringe skirt with a color blocked blazer,  my favorite blanket plaid scarf and comfy & cute black loafers from Sam Edelman. The scarf adds some volume on the top and the adorable flats (similar) balance the length of the skirt.

For the second look, I wanted to create something flirty that's perfect for casual parties around the holidays. I paired a red flannel top with the fringe skirt, tights and classic flat booties from Sam Edelman.  I love the juxtaposition of the casual tee with this fun, fancy skirt. It begs for crunching through leaves and dancing the night away.

For the last look, I wanted something sexy with a slight edge. I fell head over heels (literally) with these Sam Edelman suede & mesh beauties. On top, I'm wearing a black crop top and cool moto jacket. The red beg & lips add a pop of color to the all-black ensemble. I can't wait to rock this look for a night out on the town. 
Photos by Jose Martinez
Special thanks to Sam Edelman for sponsoring this blog post! 
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