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OOTD + Shoes You Need Now, Part 1

OOTD + Schutz Shoes You Need Now

Hi! Somehow it’s already mid-March, and I’m still wondering what happened to January and February! I don’t know about you, but this year (so far…) has been going by too fast for me. In part because we got a puppy over the holidays (yay!). I’ve been spending some extra time taking care of him and enjoying the puppy stage. But also just taking care of the more messy or more mundane parts of life like personal issues, home maintenance, blah, etc., and the time just seems to slip away. Well, I’m back now after an overall refocus of priorities. I’ll be posting more regularly here on the blog as well. It’s my birthday month, so I guess it’s like a new year for me…  I’m ready to move forward so join me! And of course, what better way to take a step forward, than with a great pair of shoes like the ones I’m wearing in these photos. Stylish and comfortable as well as versatile, these are shoes you need now. (Like the segue?)  😉

The Shoes

Right before NYFW last month, I passed by the Schutz store on Madison Ave on my way to the subway. Having already heard a lot of buzz about this brand and always on the lookout for a great quality shoe, I couldn’t resist taking a step inside.  Loved their fashion-forward shoe styles in a variety of heel heights. Most of all, I loved that the shoes are made to be comfortable at a price that is very reasonable for the quality. As you can imagine, window shopping quickly converted to actual shopping…

Since I was particularly looking for shoes to wear in the current season, these booties were the hands down winner. Versatile to be worn with pants/jeans or a skirt in colder or transitional weather, love them in sleek patent leather to dress up a more casual look. Also like that you can just wipe them when needed, shiny as new. 🙂 There’s a 2.4 inch block heel that’s just enough to lengthen your look, but low enough that they stay walkable. Best of all, they are comfortable as well as classic. Love them. Looking forward to wearing them into the spring and again next fall/winter.

Soho OOTD + Schutz Shoes You Need Now



This faux fur coat and this bag have been one of my fave outfit pieces this past winter. My only regret is that I didn’t have them sooner!

The coat is so warm and cuddly and reminds me of my puppy whenever I’m wearing it. 🙂 (Did I tell you that I’m dog obsessed?) Since it’s been gradually getting warmer (finally!), I probably only have a couple weeks left to wear it. But that’s ok since the neutral color and classic detail of toggle ties on the coat give it more of a timeless appeal. I’ll be looking forward to taking it out again in the fall! If you were considering getting a teddy coat, I’d recommend this one now as the price is reasonable as well!

The Gucci bag was a surprise Christmas gift and is probably my favorite of all my bags. First of all, metallic is a neutral in my book, and this one checks all the boxes of what I love about a bag. It’s bold in style, beautiful and well-made. Also, it’s very practical with it’s adjustable, lightweight cross-body strap, and the size fits a small umbrella as well as all my essentials for a day in the city or a date-night.

OOTD with Avec Les Filles Faux Fur Coat

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of another Schutz shoe fave to wear now and the must-have print for the spring season.

OOTD in Soho with Avec Les Filles brown teddy coat, Mother denim jeans, Gucci metallic bag, Schutz booties


Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens


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Jill Stuart Beauty – New Makeup Love

Jill Stuart Beauty Product Favorites Flat Lay

A collection of feminine looks with a vintage vibe that also incorporates a modern aesthetic, the Jill Stuart fashion line is a brand that I have loved for years.  So when Jill Stuart Beauty launched in the U.S. in the Fall of 2018, I was excited to try their products and recently, I did.  A few weeks ago, I visited the Jill Stuart Beauty showroom in Soho, NYC to discover the brand… It was everything and more than I expected. 🙂 Continue Reading →

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Cold Weather Clothing & Accessory Faves + OOTD

Cold Weather Clothing + OOTD

I’m a warm weather person, but I definitely prefer cold weather clothing and accessories. There are just so many more options with fabric, styles, etc. and, of course, layering can get just down right creative as well as practical! It’s really cold in New York (where I live…) right now as I’m writing this post. The winter temps here can extend well into April and even May, so if you’re here or live in a similar climate, now is a great time to update your cold weather looks if you haven’t already. Hopefully, you can take advantage of any post-holiday or late-in-the-season sales.

In this post I am sharing some of my fave winter coats, jackets and cold weather accessories. Fashion-forward as well as functional, these items are available now; but many are selling out fast. Find the pieces you love and fit you well, so they can be worn for the next winter and hopefully several more. 😉 Continue Reading →

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

flatlay of gucci belt, YETI mug, GiGi New York Crossbody Bag, GiGi New York Phone Wallet for Holiday Gift Guide Gifts For Her

In addition to the Beauty Gift Sets from my previous post, this post features my top picks For Her. Categorized by price range, these gifts are for the classic as well as chic woman of any age. I chose these items from brands/retailers I shop from often. They are all having various sales, so hopefully you can take advantage of some discounts while checking off more from your gift lists! 😉 Continue Reading →

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Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gift Sets + Nordstrom Giveaway!

Outfit wearing items from Rachel Zoe's Box of Style Fall 2018

Happy Holidays! Hope you had a great week. Below are some of my favorite Beauty Gift Sets to give (and receive!) for the holidays. I have, or at least tried, most of these products, and truly love them. Since most of these gift sets (maybe all…) are special gift items created only for the holiday season, they often sell out quickly. So if you’re shopping for a friend/ family member and not quite sure what to get them or just want to try the beauty gifts for yourself, check these out now before they’re gone. Oh, and don’t forget to scroll down to the end of this post to enter a giveaway to win a $500 Nordstrom E-Gift Card! 🙂 Continue Reading →

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Holiday Parties: Gifts for the Host and Hostess

Foyer entry with Valentino Rockstud Bag, Aria Divina Diffuser from Casanera, Crate and Barrel Home Decor

With the holidays come holiday parties… In the midst of a busy month and season, the last thing I want to do is to scramble to find a gift as I head out to a party. Below are some of my favorite host and hostess gifts. At various price points, I chose these because they are elegant and classic gifts that could be appreciated by anyone and would complement any home style. Continue Reading →

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Cyber Week Sales + Another Paris OOTD

Walking Streetstyle Photo for Paris Fashion Week OOTD SS19

Hi All! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and weekend!! Just wanted to share some of my favorite Cyber Week sales going on now as well as any applicable codes. The retailers/sites below are some of my favorite, and are places I purchase from often. Also sharing the look I’m wearing in this post. These photos were taken in Paris this past September during Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear collections. Continue to the end of this post for OOTD details as well as links to buy. The sequin skirt (perfect for the holidays 😉 ), similar shirt and heels are all on sale now! Continue Reading →