february sweetness in pink + cocoa, just in time for valnetine's day. i can attest to slumbering in pale pink silk's a must and i don't think i can go back. i also received this super-chic, scalloped maillot in cocoa in december that i'm just dying to wear come hot weather (or a warm vacation). lastly, has anyone tried RMS beauty? the illuminator caught my eye (love that their products are mostly organic) and i just picked it up at anthropologie.




gift guide no. 3: worth the splurge


whether it's to spoil someone special or just for yourself, these pieces are pricey but worth it in my opinion. i try to invest in classics with a modern sensibility and knowing that i'll wear or use them forever (and typically, on the daily) lessens the sticker shock.  


KULE "the ship" cashmere sweater: it's no secret that i adore KULE striped tees and shirts. the quality, design, and colorways are spot-on and each style is something i wear year-round (especially the heavier weight cotton boyfriend style). their sweater collection is no different and i want them all!


CHANEL LE VERNIS long wear nail colour in espadrilles: if there's a red nail polish to end all red nail polish debates, it's chanel's espadrilles. the formula's consistency and saturation is top notch, the color is just right, and the chips are infrequent. to me, it's the only polish i need. 


LE LABO's santal no. 26 candle: even though i adore diptyque candles, my current obsession is le labo's santal no. 26. the scent is intoxicating and it lasts a good while. there's something completely addicting about it!


GUCCI princetown mule loafer in black: with their current cult-like popularity, this classic loafer  has been around forever and made gucci's horsebit rather iconic.  i love the slides because they feel casual and cool, while still retaining a polished look.


MANSUR GAVRIEL mini mini bucket bag: while i'm not one to obsess over or covet designer "it" bags of the moment, i really appreciate the design, functionality, and unassuming quality of mansur's bucket bag. in the spring, i finally caved and bought this canvas and leather style and now want it in every color. the size is also perfect. it fits everything but still remains compact.


SLEEPY JONES pajamas: i'm definitely someone that likes to sleep (and lounge) in a classic pajama set, and even a proper robe sometimes! sleepy jones does a fantastic job of perfecting the art of pj's (i'd expect nothing less from andy spade, who concepted the brand). the cotton is super soft and the styling details and fabrications are cute enough to wear out of the house.


DIOR 'so real' sunglasses: i just love these so much. i can't really justify the price at all (besides the fact that i live in sunglasses year round) but i definitely appreciate the design...sigh!

gift guide no. 2: soirée ready

if there's one time of year to really step up your glam, i'd say it's during the holiday season. i'm personally notorious for scrambling to find something chic and formal since i essentially live in casual jeans and simple shirts. i love giving statement earrings, a new bold lipstick, or a glittery nail polish to my girlfriends in anticipation of those party and new year's eve invites.

while this epic sequin pencil skirt might not be something you'd gift to's definitely something  to treat yourself to. i'd pair it with an ivory cashmere sweater, these velvet knot pumps, and a classic yet color-blocked stole. also, can we talk about this bow clutch? too good!


gift guide no. 1: get cozy

to me, there's nothing like giving (and getting!) cozy, bundle-up-worthy gifts during the holidays. i always end up with a suitcase full of cold-weather accessories for my mom, sister, and self. i can personally attest to these crowd pleasers: a lush lotion, classic pajamas, a fragrant candle, and a warm wool scarf

personally, i'm placing this ivory bouclé-knit (on sale!) on my own holiday wishlist. with an oversized cocoon-fit and just the right shade of winter-white, it's a sure thing.

shopping list

whether you're a window shopper 4 life, a shoe-obsessed lady or love luxury vintage (all applicable to moi!) and you happen to be in manhattan, don't miss these spots! below are some of my absolute favorite places to browse and buy in new york.

  • moda operandi madison | this high end, online-only luxury destination took their very chic fashion POV to brick and mortar (although, "velvet-and-damasque" is more appropriate). it's by appointment only, but it's worth a visit to try on your dream wardrobe and ogle their impeccable kelly and birkin collection. i also tried these beauties on. some day!


  • collette luxury consignment | over the past few years, i always passed by collette in sag harbor but never popped in. this past weekend, i spontaneously decided to stop in their upper east side location. lo and behold, a pair of brand new (brand NEW!) chanel two-tone ballerinas were tucked upstairs in my exact size, 5.5. the woman said they weren't selling because of their petite specs, and sold them to me for well under half their retail price tag. win!


  • what goes around comes around | this soho outpost is vintage luxury heaven. think candy colored varieties of chanel, hermes, goyard, and louis vuitton on the women's side, a library room of levi's 501s in ever size and shade, and vintage playboy mags for retro inspiration. their east hampton location is equally divine. i found my vintage levi's 501's there this fall!


  • adaptations & porter james | located in greenpoint, brooklyn, these brother-sister boutiques are a treasure trove of mid-century modern vintage furniture, rugs, and art with new pieces carefully curated and mixed in. i bought my persian, pink and navy rug straight from their instagram!


  • starstruck vintage | i have this thing for pastel, 80's lacoste polos (and the blue alligator they used to employ on their shirts) but not the modern day pricetag. starstruck has a big selection of these classic pique tops, in a range of colors. $9! 


  • warm boutique | no matter the season, step inside this nolita boutique and transport to hawaii, malibu, or australia. they carry the best range of casual tunics, bathing suits, oils, and sun hats. i once found a lisa marie fernandez navy & white terry cloth caftan for 90% off the retail price!