Friday, January 30

burgundy boots

This pic seriously tempts me to trade in my everyday black boots for burgundy ones. After all, they deliver the same stylish French-chic pop as red ballet flats, plus winter-proof warmth, walk-everywhere comfort, and, of course, unpredictable cool. The ones, above, are by Isabel Marant and are now 50% off! I also like these iterations from Rag & Bone (or these on sale!) Nine West, Gianvito Rossi and Sam Edelman

Photo: Elsa Hosk

Thursday, January 29

fringe fun

$228, j.crew

This chiffon-fringed sweater is ready to party!

1. J.Crew chiffon fringed sweater, $228,
2. Jules Smith ring set, $65,
3. Yazbukey striped clutch, $795,
4. Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer, $27,
5. Valentino rockstud sandals, $975,
6. Chloe pants, $850,

Wednesday, January 28

couture cool

While the haute couture clothing coming down Paris' runways right now may not be the most accessible, the cool winter-ready looks prancing around the surrounding boulevards are definitely within reach. Take for instance, the striped fur, above, which looks very similar to the Ainea faux jacket posted this morning. Also spotted on stylish fashion show attendees: shearling lined jackets like this Mango (on sale!) and this Iro; big, colorful scarves; wool and leather moto jackets like this; fringed outerwear like this Thakoon and this Joie (I love the tasseled cardi over the oversized denim jacket!); stripes and more stripes; and over-the-top statement bags, such as this, this, this and this. Respect.

Photos: W Magazine

faux sho

$262, the outnet

Wouldn't mind chilling outside in this super cute faux fur striped jacket.

1. J.Crew cable knit sweater, $98,
2. Ainea faux fur jacket, $262,
3. Milly fringed bag, $395,
4. Madewell oxfords, $148,
5. MiH jeans, $225,

Tuesday, January 27

blizzard boots

I'm thinking my twin sister, snowed in in New York, along with others digging themselves out post-Juno would especially appreciate these rubber moto boots by Joe Fresh. Very apropos, very stylish at $29 bucks! I also love these by Loeffler Randall.

snow white

$110, topshop

Here's one silver lining to a winter white-out!

1. Topshop foil pleat hem top, $110,
2. Mango neoprene bomber jacket, $79,
3. Tomas Meir canvas tote bag, $425,
4. Converse high top sneakers, $49,
5. Acne Studios wool pants,  $360,

Monday, January 26

south of the border

A recent trip to Punta Mita, Mexico, for a friend's birthday bash provided me with ample sunshine, quality time with the hubby, and more margaritas than I care to count. It also granted an opportunity to trial run spring clothing I recently purchased like this Natalie Martin dress, these K. Jacques sandals, and this Melissa Obadash bikini. And it made evident what other 80-degree-ready pieces I still need, such as this sunset cocktail-perfect, back-baring Alice McCall dress, this Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit, this J.Crew pom pom tunic, and these Valentino sandals. In between birthdaying, there was surfing, fish taco eating, and siesta-ing. Here, some of the highlights.  

Late afternoon strolls along the beach were constants on our agenda as were frequent dips in the perfectly temperate ocean. My Joie cover-up, above, was my third and final cover-up outfit change of the day! This multiple-caftans-per-day practice of mine justifies my excessive caftan buying. Here are more I like from Vix, OndadeMar, Tt Beach, Vitamin A, Nanette Lepore, and Melissa Obadash.

Everyday I went running along deserted paths that winded through lush, jungle-like fauna. Though it was stunningly beautiful, I must admit I was little afraid that I'd come across a scorpion, or even worse, a jaguar. Such a city girl I am!

Our daily seaside lunch menu presented us with the trip's only hardship: having to decide what to eat!  Everything was muy delicioso, especially the just-caught shrimp tacos, which I doused with pico de gallo and habanero sauce. Oh, and the margaritas were (nicely) stiff, too!

Patiently waiting (well, sort of) for said shrimp tacos in a Natalie Martin dress. See its brethren here.

Faced with another hard decision at the coconut stand... I went with the natural as I was still feeling the lunchtime margarita buzz. I'd say a smart decision on my part.

Ready to party in my strapless Missoni! You can find a similar one here

Mother Nature beautifully choreographed the backdrop for my friend's birthday fete. It was one of the most epic (electric!) sunsets I've ever witnessed--and it's why I'll be back in Punta Mita one day soon! Hasta luego!

stepping out

$161, asos

 The most effective antidote to the Monday blues: a fabulously fun shoe!

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, $460,
2. Joe Fresh faux leather jacket, $69,
3. J.Crew crystal point earrings, $24,
4. Cambridge Satchel bag, $105,
5. Miss KG embellished sandals, $161,

Friday, January 23

on the line

Here's another striped classic I'm going to add to my already robust collection, this one necessitated by spring's full-on embrace of the graphic print. I especially love this sweater's dramatic bell sleeves, swingy silhouette and $56 price tag!

Thursday, January 22

cold feet

It may be the dead of winter, but that isn't stopping some of us from showing some leg. Okay, so it may just be the tiniest ankle-to-toe bit, but it's enough to lend serious femininity to an otherwise covered-up ensemble. I'd like to give my everyday boots a break and step out in these skin-baring heels from Balenciaga (pictured above, I also like this version), Vince, Aquazurra, Phillip Lim, Joe's Jeans, Schutz, and  Gianvito Rossi. All these shoes will nicely transition into spring, too!

Photos: Garance Dore, Lena Perminova, Tommy Ton/Style