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Palm Beach Instagram Diary

In On Location, Resort on January 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

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I just got back to NYC from Palm Beach, and it’s unbelievable how quickly time flies by when you’re having fun. I was away for 12 days, probably the longest I’ve ever been on vacation, yet it feels as though I arrived in PB only a few days ago. It was a great escape from the freezing temps at home, including get togethers with family and friends, relaxing, eating, lots of shopping, indulging in the final book of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, and simply enjoying the festivities of both Christmas and New Years. I absolutely love Instagram (@StyleSolutions–follow me!), so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite photos that I took while in Palm Beach–aka my diary. I love looking back at them as they remind me of some of my favorite [insta] moments, in addition to allowing me to look forward to future trips back to one of my favorite places in the world.

with style,

S

Sydney Visits BCBG’s Headquarters

In On Location, On Sydney on August 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Shirt: BCBG, Pants: James Jeans, Necklace: Blue Marine, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Handbag: Celine 

Curtain call! The grand finale of my weekend in LA was a visit to the BCBG headquarters, an environment that promotes creativity and all things fashion from head-to-toe.

I had the opportunity to tour the incredible space, where I learned a wealth of information about the company and the talented staff behind it. I got to see everything from the amazing staff lounge (definitely the coolest I’ve seen, furniture comprised of past photo shoot decor) to the fashion closet that’s a fashionista’s nirvana.

One of my favorite moments was visiting the textile room filled with rolls and rolls of the most exquisite fabric. The closest I’ve come to something like this is watching episodes of Project Runway, so I can only imagine how the fabrics will come to life via the work and creativity of the BCBG magic workshop.

It felt only natural to wear this BCBG blouse, a dramatic take on a classic and versatile top that is the perfect transition piece for going into fall. Whether paired with a black skirt for work or a quick change into jeans for dinner with friends, this blouse is a day-to-night must. And of course I added a statement piece of jewelry for some Style Solutions glam, and a pop of color.

with style,

S

Beverly Hills Dah-ling

In On Location, On Sydney on August 13, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Shirt: Sandro, Shorts:!IT, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Handbag: Celine, Necklaces: Topshop, Sunglasses: Emporio Armani, Ring: Frangos 

With only a few weeks left of summer, I’m continuing to incorporate doses of neon into my outfits–I know I’ll miss the hues dearly once deep reds, greens, blues and purples become the norm. I picked up this Sandro blouse (on sale…big time) at one of the very many locations in Paris, though I was a little skeptical of whether to purchase it since it is the end of the season. However, it always seems that it’s this time of year when I relive the classic phrase, “I have nothing to wear.” Plus, it will make for an easy go-to piece once cruise season comes along. And as crazy as it seems, resort season is less than one hand’s count away.

I wore this outfit to The Getty Museum, one of the most beautiful museums I’ve been too. Looking over a breathtaking view of the Hills, I went to see LA Style, the Herb Ritts exhibit, which was extremely interesting. It was fascinating to see his style of photography and all of the incredible work he has done in the fashion industry. Following the museum was lunch at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, walking around Rodeo Drive, and stopping for a chocolate fix at my favorite chocolate store (even back at home) Teuschers before relaxing at my hotel prior to dinner at Mr. Chows. No matter where in the world I am, I still value the Sunday rituals–brunch, family, and usually Chinese food.

with style,

S

Beverly Hills Brownie Company

In Food, On Location on August 12, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Have a sweet tooth and a love for brownies? Then Beverly Hills Brownie Company is the perfect place for you.

I discovered the adorable pastel hued (pink, white, and green) brownie shop along North Beverly Drive when heading to some stores in the area. There are 18 varieties of flavors that appeal to everyone, from the serious chocolate lover to the vanilla-only (try the Pure Platinum Brownie). They have that gooey melt in your mouth consistency, tasting like they came right out of the oven at all times. I tried both the classic chocolate based and chocolate mint brownies; both were delicious, but I’m obsessed with the classic’s decadent richness. By the way, there’s even a red velvet brownie…brownie biscotti’s…and brownie ice cream sandwiches, perfect for these hot August days!  It’s all about options.

And not only do the brownies taste delicious, but they’re also chic looking due to their unique shape–each brownie has an edge on each side, and a center which means chewiness, sweetness, and satisfaction.

with style,

S

An American Girl In Paris

In Beauty, Food, On Location on August 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Paris has been so much fun. 10 days here, and not a dull moment. Everything from the Gerhard Richter exhibit that I saw this morning, the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit and Galleries Lafayette and Printemps runs to constant coffee shop stops, an insane amount of Laduree and Fauchon macaroons and the constant switch between high heels and flats.

Above are some snapshots that captured the last few days. The first photo is a perfume chandelier from the Lancome spa, where I enjoyed the most incredible facial I’ve ever had: rooms with multicolored lights, a massage portion, soothing creams, and overall relaxation. The next is of a pair of H&M shoes that I purchased when my feet were absolutely killing. The third is of the Essie nail polish bar at Printemps, and following is a view of the Eiffel Tower, and a delicious rhubarb and apple crumble with a scoop of “biscuit” ice-cream, which was the perfect replacement to “the cherry on top.”

Back to NYC tomorrow. Although I love Paris very, very much, there’s no place like home, and a few busy days in the city before a weekend in LA awaits.

avec style,

S

Royal Treatment: Versailles

In On Location on August 4, 2012 at 3:51 AM

After a beautiful morning in Giverny, I headed to the Château de Versailles.

For being in France many times, I have actually never been to Versailles before, so I was super excited to walk the palace– seeing the head-to-toe intricate detailing, rich colors, wonderful art, the King’s bedroom, Marie Antoinette’s home (they duo lived separately–probably the key to a relationship in this day of age), crystal accessories, and more.

It is huge, like crazy huge, so much so that when the king was alive, 20,000 employees worked there! It was amazing to see.

In honor of Versailles, below are some of my favorite royal style baubles at affordable prices. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

Clock-wise: Princess Amanda pin, John Richard tiara, H&M earrings, Kate Spade Bracelet, Melinda Maria earrings, Swarovski Crystal necklace, BaubleBar necklace, BaubleBar earrings, Anndra Neen necklace, NLY ring, Dannijo bracelet

avec style,

S

Giverny

In On Location on August 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Giverny is one of the most beautiful, charming, and quaint areas in France.

My family decided to spend a day touring certain places, and I was thrilled to visit the location of Claude Monet’s (one of my favorite artists) garden and home. The flowers were stunning. I must have taken photos of every unique flower and arrangement I came about–the colors were so bold and appealing to the eye, and the lily pads were truly breathtaking. There is certainly no place like it, and it was nonetheless a refreshing experience after days of being in the city. It was also special to be able to walk through Monet’s home at the garden. Although over 100 years old, the home portrayed a timelessness with beautiful dishes, monogramed towels, precious lighting, and of course the less-than-perfect toilet.

It was quite a day, and more on the touring tomorrow.

avec style,

S

Paris Snapshots

In Food, On Location, On Sydney on August 2, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Paris is definitely the city of lights, and without a doubt the city of love. The feeling when walking down streets such as the Champs de Elysee, Le Marais and rue Saint-Honoré is not like any other. There is always something beautiful to look at, chic to buy (self control!), and delicious to eat. And although I’ve been to Paris quite a few times, I get more and more amazed by the city every time I visit. Above are some snapshots of the week thus far, and below are some of my favorite songs that are keeping me to the beat while bustling on the Parisian streets.

Awake (Electric Guest), This Is Love (feat. Eva Simons, will.i.am), Pound the Alarm (Nicki Minaj), Dark Paradise (Lana Del Rey), It Takes Time To Be a Man (The Rapture), Skinny Love (Birdy), I Can’t Lie (Maroon 5), Whistle (Flo Rida), 1901 (Phoenix), La belle et le bad boy (MC Solaar), La vie en rose (Louis Armstrong), A Star Is Born (feat. J.Cole, Jay-Z)

avec style,

S

Sydney’s Quick Trip To Miami

In On Location, On Sydney on May 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Top: Graham & Spencer, Pants: 7 Jeans, Shoes: Jack Rogers, Bag: Goyard, Sunglasses: Chanel, Bracelets: Cusp

I went to Miami for a short trip this weekend. It’s definitely an off time to be here, but the slower pace was a nice break from the constant working and moving at home…but now it’s definitely time to get back! I had some time to shop yesterday afternoon before going to dinner at Mr. Chows. I stopped at my usual go-tos: Atrium, Big Drop, Curve, and Wink. Although all of these stores have locations in NYC, I find their Miami hubs to be the best in terms of merchandise, display, and sales associates. I found 2 adorable dresses at Atrium, which I’m excited to share very soon.

I’m going back to NYC in a few hours, and I can’t help but to think all about the Hamptons. As my second home, I am excited to gear into summer and the excitement that is to come. Memorial Day weekend kicks off a Hamptons summer at best, and with just a few days away, it’s time to get ready.

Below are 2 totes that I think are perfect for a Hamptons weekend.

Rebecca Minkoff

Vince Camuto

Also, stay tuned for an exciting interview tomorrow…you don’t want to miss it!

with style,

S

Vegas Snapshots

In On Location on April 15, 2012 at 4:27 AM

stella mccartney's top looks from the last 10 years at the crystal mall

marc by marc jacobs lipstick pens

red velvet soufflé at spago

After a fun 48 hour trip to Vegas, I’m heading back to NYC this afternoon. My short trip went by so quickly, although it’s the type of place where even if you’re there for only a few days, it feels like you’re there for much longer. There hasn’t been a dull moment, early mornings to late evenings, and definitely no shortage of walking.

Yesterday was spent at the Fashion Show mall, where my evening was spent at B&B for dinner and walking around afterwards–I stopped at the Sugar Factory in the Paris to get a glimpse of the store in person.

Although it’s said that New York is the city that never sleeps, Vegas feels even more so. From cute finds and delicious food to over-the-top displays, I present my Vegas snapshots.

with style,

S

Sydney Kicks Off Vegas With Sir Elton John

In On Location on April 14, 2012 at 5:28 AM

Hello from Las Vegas! I’ve been here for a little over a day and I’m having a great time. The food, bright lights, hotels, late-store hours (’til midnight), slot machines, entertainment, and total lack of sleep are some of what make up Sin City; it’s a combination of wild fun and over-the-top perfection.

I kicked off my first day in Vegas by spending the day at Caesars Palace; I’m not exaggerating when I say day; approximately 12 hours.

I spent the first half walking around and having lunch at Spago, and the second half was spent at a delicious dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab following a very special performance.

I had the pleasure of going to see Sir Elton John’s Million Dollar Piano concert; he’s doing a special gig at the hotel and is truly incredible.

He sang some of my favorite songs including “Tiny Dancer” and “Bennie and the Jets”, performed on a LED piano, which he named Blossom, and interacted with the audience throughout the 2 hours that he performed without intermission.

I’ve been playing the piano for over a decade, so to see his skills in person was incredible.  He is a true pro and is an honor to watch.

Right before the doors opened to the theater, I took a quick picture with the Caesars Palace characters; talk about a show!

with style,

S

Saturday Finds

In On Location on April 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

wedges at rag & bone

wall mural at bar 29

bedazzled cuisinart at georgetown cupcakes

ice cream cone necklace at topshop

I’ve had a busy day with my mom, running errands around the city to prepare for our big Passover/Easter brunch tomorrow. Both holidays falling on the same weekend entails going to multiple supermarkets and bakeries, changing at least twice a day (from cooking attire to chic ensembles) and spending time with our closest friends and family.

I love Passover for the ongoing traditions and delicious, but sometimes different, food, and Easter for all of its bright color, candy and overall festivity.

In between errands, I made a few trendy stops, and came across what’s in the photos above…my Saturday finds.

with style,

S

Haute Hippie Joins The Upper East Side

In News, On Location on April 4, 2012 at 7:06 AM

As I was taking my morning walk along Madison Avenue, I came across the new Haute Hippie store.

Not only does it feature the breadth of both Haute Hippie and haute hoodie collections, but it also showcases a number of key pieces specifically curated for the location.

Highlights from the Spring collection include embellished silk dresses, floral printed blouses and skirts, edgy studded leather jackets, must-have jewelry, chic clutches and more.

What I love most about the store is that it embraces the “haute lifestyle” with its intimate Haute Hippie decor; a blend of bohemian sensibility, rock ‘n’roll edge, sophistication and comfort–cowhide rugs, hand-embellished rhinestone longhorns, classic couches and crystal chandeliers. I also adore the leather stools covered in coffee table books, adding even more personality.

Haute Hippie is great for funky yet staple blouses, sexy and cool dresses, and accessories galore to complete a trendy and chic ensemble.

Stop by 1070 Madison Avenue, whether for shopping, or simply browsing.

Also, make sure to check out my online store to shop my favorite Haute Hippie pieces.

with style,

S

Sydney Gets Styled In Stripes and Rings Galore

In On Location, On Sydney on March 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Skirt: Alexander Wang $395, Shirt: Monrow $105, Jacket: Veda $825, Shoes: Alexander Wang $615, Rings: Made Her Think and Elan

This is the second look that Curve stylist, Brandon Fogel, dressed me in at my photo shoot in Miami. This outfit is great for both day and night, the type that stops you from having to go home and change after work before your evening plans.

I’m all about purchasing separates because you can combine them with pieces that you already own in effort to make a chic outfit.

Each of these pieces are versatile and can be worn differently. I am most obsessed with the skirt and rings. The skirt is extremely soft and comfortable and can be dressed up or down depending on the type of top you wear it with. Brandon paired it with a simple t-shirt in order to give it a more casual/cool vibe.

The rings add a combination of edge and glamour with their eclectic shapes and stone embellishment.

 I’ve never worn 3 rings on one hand before, but I must say I love the look.

One more outfit to come!

with style,

S

South Beach Snapshots

In On Location on March 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM

ocean view from soho house miami

my friend ellen working florals, neons and arm candy

nervo spinning at the delano

fried oreos at prime-112

My Ultra weekend in South Beach was by far the most fun I’ve ever had there. From the constant house music, my photo shoot at Curve Miami and the endless delicious food to attending some fun parties where I met David Guetta and Nervo, leaving Miami was no easy task. However, I’m not too far away as I’m spending this week in Palm Beach. While days will be spent walking around Worth Avenue and relaxing by the pool and beach, hopefully starting my new Sophie Kinsella novel, evenings are busy with various galas and dinners. These South Beach snapshots leave me with fun memories, and I cannot wait to go back.

with style,

S

Sydney’s Tropical Outfit For Her Last Day In Miami

In On Location, On Sydney, Resort on February 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Jumpsuit: Plenty by Tracy Reese, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Handbag: Goyard, Ring: present from a friend. 

I just got home from Miami and I already miss it: the beautiful weather, cool scene, resort clothes, shopping, and then some. I spent my final moments of this mini getaway with my family.

I’m loving the tropical floral trend with splashes of tangerine. It’s the perfect way to incorporate patterns and a pop of color into your wardrobe.

While some would tone this ensemble down with minimal accessories, I did quite the opposite, adding my new favorite chunky cocktail ring, oversized tote, and platform heels. Go big or go home is what I like to say.

It’s supposed to be warm today here in NYC, so I might not have to go too far away from my Miami attire.

with style,

S

Sydney’s Outfit At Sunset

In On Location, On Sydney, Resort on February 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Top: Wkshp, Shorts: BCBG, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Handbag: Beirn, Necklace: Cusp, Sunglasses: Chanel

Yesterday was a fun and beautiful day in Miami. I spent the first half relaxing by the pool at my hotel, sipping on delicious mixes of lemonade (blueberry peach and watermelon mint are two of my favorites) while writing some emails on my iPad and listening to music.

I took a break for some swimming and going down a waterside, which although isn’t something I’d usually be up to doing, was extremely exhilarating.

When the sun started to go down, I changed out of my bikini and into this outfit for walking around South Beach. I made some quick stops into Curve and Big Drop by the Gansevoort.

I’ve noticed that Miami stores aren’t full of the trendiest items, but those that are practical while still stylish–no pastels and barely any neons.

I ended my day with checking out the new Soho House next to my hotel, having dinner at Hakkasan (a fabulous chinese restaurant) and hanging out in my hotel lobby with new friends.

Back to New York City tomorrow where reality and winter attire awaits.

with style,

Sydney’s Splash Of Setai

In On Location, On Sydney, Resort on February 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Dress: Topshop, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Handbag: Beirn, Bracelet: Juicy Couture, Sunglasses: Chanel 

Miami is full of an eclectic mix of fun activities, but one thing that I enjoy is going to all of the different hotels. Each one has its own speciality, be it the restaurant, pool, club, or store. I have four favorites: the Fontainebleau, The W, the Gansevoort and the Setai, where I had lunch today. I love the zen atmosphere, the option of swimming in three pools, each one set at a different temperature, and the gift shop inside which has my favorite Teuscher’s champagne truffles. Here’s my splash of Setai.

with style,

S

Miami Snapshots

In On Location, Resort on February 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM

packing (all had to fit in 1 bag)

poolside at the Fountainebleau

bikini galore at Splash, Loews Hotel

a wintery mix at Atrium

Spending time in Miami is bliss. It’s the perfect break from cold temperatures and busy days in New York City. I love being able to wear fun flirty dresses without sweaters, sandals instead of booties, and bare legs instead of tights. I didn’t end up getting to Miami until 8 hours later than I was supposed to–many delays at the airport. Although there was some lost time, I’ve already been making up for it.

with style,

S

Sydney’s Finds At Les Pommettes

In Fashion Week, On Location on February 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Above are some photos that I took at one of my favorite boutiques in LA, Les Pommettes. I love the way that the clothes and accessories are merchandised, some showing how to style them, all to perfection. The store always looks super cute and is fun and easy to shop in thanks to Isabella, an extremely helpful and stylish salesperson.

It’s been a very busy Fashion Week thus far, attending Charlotte Ronson and Nicole Miller’s shows, some parties, and then dinner with family. Here’s a snapshot from the runway. Enjoy darlings.

with style,

S

Sydney Goes To Marina del Rey

In On Location, On Sydney on February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Sweater: Rag & Bone, Pants: James Jeans, Earrings: Topshop, Sunglasses: Velvet Eyewear, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bracelets: Hermes & Planet Blue 

Marina del Rey is the most beautiful part of California that I’ve visited. The gorgeous boats sailing with the sun shining make it the ultimate picture-perfect and rather zen environment. I was there only for a few hours to have lunch overlooking this fantastic view. It felt so refreshing, a time when I finally put my stresses to the side and indulged in a light (minus the dessert) yet delectable lunch.

Just getting away from a cosmopolitan environment for a few hours put everything in perspective and was the exact break I needed.

with style,

S

Sydney’s Pastels Kick and Tell

In On Location, On Sydney on February 5, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Blouse: Zara, Jacket: Aqua, Pants: James Jeans, Shoes: Modcloth.com, Handbag: Balenciaga, Bracelet: Hermes, Earrings: Printemps, Sunglasses: Derek Lam 

I wore this outfit on Friday when I reunited with one of my best friends. We spent the day going to lunch at The Ivy, shopping on Rodeo Drive and Robertson Blvd, going to a very special personal appearance (post to come), dinner at Villa Blanca (yes Lisa Vanderpump and family were there), and more.

I love pastels, so it felt great to wear this new Zara blouse for the first time. I still can’t get over my lip shoes; they’re ridiculous, a total conversation starter.

Although I’m leaving LA this morning, there are many more LA-themed posts to come, which I’m so excited for you to see!

with style,

S

Sydney’s LA Birthday Surprise

In On Location on February 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Colorful confetti, customized tiramisu with chocolate shavings, beautiful flowers, bouncy balloons, hanging signs, and banners on the terrace of my room were some of my LA birthday surprises upon my arrival. I absolutely love it here; the food, shopping, weather and people make it so special.

My biggest surprise was going to a special designer appearance today (completely out of this world), which I’ll blog about later in the week.

I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to, my favorite stores, and the outfits I’ve been wearing to my destinations.

with style,

S

Snapshots de Paris

In On Location on January 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM

From the stunning architecture and window displays to the little sweet treats along the way, there’s nothing like a stroll in Paris; and if you’re Owen Wilson, even more so at midnight.

Above are pictures of the Goyard store (what better than a display of monogrammed trunks right outside?), a newsstand (there’s something super cool about stacks of Parisian magazines), a Chanel handbag that screams romantic glamour, macaroons, and the incredibly chic exterior of Colette, a famous store on rue Saint-Honoré that is full of trendy must-haves.

with style,

S

Straight From Paris

In On Location on January 26, 2012 at 7:32 AM

the city of *neon* lights

Bon Marche sales woman in her LBD

Angelina delight

many faces, lots of style

Place Vendôme

Paris. The fashion capital of the world and my favorite city other than New York.

Someone close to me is in Paris on a business trip. I told her that not only must she come back with some Parisian chic galore (the clothes, shoes, and accessories are far more trendy and chic than in the US), but she must also take some pictures for my Style Solutions readers! I’m going to Paris for over a week this summer and I can’t wait to show you my favorite shops, cafes, parks, and more.

The photos above are a little taste of the city of lights, thanks to my reporter on location (I was very close to sneaking into her suitcase!) Keep your eyes out for more to come!

avec style et avec amour,

S

Kimberly Boutique

In On Location on November 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM

After I had lunch at Tria in Philly, I came across an adorable boutique that caught my eye immediately due to the cute window display.  I was also thankful to not see another chain, since it’s rare to find those quaint boutiques anymore in this day and age.

When I walked into Kimberly Boutique, I was excited to have discovered an adorable boutique with white and hot pink walls, contemporary yet sophisticated clothing, and funky jewelry.  Plus, the sweet salesperson and manger, Lauren, who also does the buying for the store–a great mix of brands we know and love like Alice and Olivia and then those we don’t know as well like local Philly designers.  Everything is well-priced and well thought out.

The shopping environment at Kimberly Boutique is relaxed and friendly, which makes it that much more of an experience.  Both my mom and I were successful–she purchased an adorable sparkly black with white piping dress (second dress in the window display) and I purchased a pair of black stone and crystal hanging earrings.

The purple earrings in the photo are the same style (except mine are black with one more stone above) as the earrings I bought.  I like the jewelry because it’s not over-the-top yet it’s bold enough (due to the design and colors) to make a fashion statement.  I especially love the black and gold necklace laying on the table–it’s so fun and cool that it could transform a simple outfit to one that is a bit trendier.  You’ll have to wait and see what they look like until I wear them!

No matter where I am in the world, I feel like I can always find a place to shop.  How about you?

with style,

S

Sydney In Central Park

In On Location on October 4, 2011 at 6:14 PM

One of the most amazing parts about living in New York City is Central Park.  I try to take as much advantage of it as I possibly can: taking a jog around The Great Lawn, iceskating at Wollman Rink in-season, nibbling on unfortunately not-so-warm pretzels from food carts, and enjoying a light read on a bench or rock; just to name a few.

Yesterday, my good friend Emily took some pictures of me in Central Park–sitting on rocks, hanging by The Boat Pond, posing against a tree, and more.  The picture above is my favorite, and I especially like what I was wearing.  I wanted to be casual as it was rather chilly and cloudy out; and I didn’t have to be anywhere special.

So, I decided to wear my new forrest green sweater from Topshop–forrest green is my favorite color of the season.  I paired it with my favorite Theodora & Callum scarf, black American Apparel leggings, and my new black Frye boots, which I also bought in brown– a total fall/winter must-have.

Although in some ways it’s unfortunate that it’s starting to get colder (and colder) out, being able to fashion my new fall and winter purchases make the transformation much more enjoyable.

with style, and with love,

S

photo credit: emily sprayregen

Heinz City

In On Location on August 29, 2011 at 5:37 PM

It’s the last week of summer, and I’m slowly gearing away from summery clothes and accessories.  The chillier it gets, the more I can’t take my eyes off of those fun boots, animal print must-haves, and dark nail polish.  While I’ve been in Pittsburgh, I’ve found myself mixing a few of my new fall pieces with some of my older summer items to create fun transitional outfits.

Today, I decided to give my bright fire engine red J Brand skinny jeans a wear, since in just a few weeks, I’ll have to switch to some heavier denims.  One fun fact about Pittsburgh that you may not know is that it has been the global headquarters for Heinz for over a century.  I definitely feel like I’m a representative in this tomato-like shade today!

I paired my jeans with a fall loose-knit sweater, my favorite Giuseppe Zanotti silver rhinestone sandals with rose-gold hardware, rose-gold crystal hoops, and a few silver bangles.  I don’t walk too much while I’m here -it’s definitely a driving city- so I find myself just dumping my things in the vintage Mercedes car that I’m driving while I’m here instead of carrying a purse.

In the midst of my stay, I realized that I was desperately in need of a pedicure.  Whenever I come to Pittsburgh, I get my nails done with the same woman who has done four generations of women in my family.  Her name is Linda, she has an old fashioned looking nail salon, and she is the best.  Linda never fails to have the latest nail polishes, so I was happy to find some fab new shades in her assortment.  I decide to go with OPI‘s “roadhouse blues”, a polish from the fall collection, Touring America.  The color is a dark dusty indigo creme (although it looks rather black on my feet in the photo), and is somewhat in between blue and purple; I’m obsessed.

So what did I do in this outfit today?  I went out with my mom’s best friend to South Side to have lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, and walked around; stores in this outdoor mall include BCBG and Urban Outfitters.  I didn’t shop, but I browsed, and was just happy to walk as I’m not used to all of this driving!

Where Has Summer Gone?

In On Location, Shoes on August 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Sitting on my grandmother’s recliner chair in Pittsburgh, PA, in my American Apparel black shorts and a Harvard t-shirt, I’m thinking about how fast summer has gone by.  Yes there are two more weekends left, but it almost feels like summer is just starting, not ending.  What reminds me that this is undoubtly a fantasy rather than a reality is hurricane Irene, as hurricanes seem to make a grand entrance when summer comes to an end.

The Hamptons is noticeably my favorite summer spot, but there are those moments when I feel like I need a break, and to go somewhere where I can just be carefree.  That’s when I planned to come visit my family in Pittsburgh, PA, which I consider a hometown visit.  Although Pittsburgh is a city, there’s a very tight knit and home towny vibe.

This morning, I decided to get up early, put on my workout clothes, and take a walk outside as the weather was absolutely gorgeous (low 70s).  My destination?  Starbucks for an iced latte, and then this cute coffee shop for a warm blueberry bagel.  That’s the thing about Pittsburgh; since it’s a college town, there are tons of coffee shops.

Whenever I visit, which is not that often, I have this crazy obsession for chains (restaurants and stores).  One of them is Target, and the store here is huge.  I especially like the beauty department because it has every product imaginable.  A food chain that I’m always craving when I’m here is Panera; I have an obsession with the chocolate chip bagels.

In addition to my silly chain whereabouts, I love browsing the local stores like Littles Shoes in Squirrel Hill (a great assortment of boots), and Choices in Shadyside, which is kind of like Pittsburgh’s version of Intermix but way overpriced.  I do my major shopping at Nordstrom as it is big, and full of a great assortment of clothes and shoes.  I’m heading there tomorrow, and I already have a shoe in mind, which is not available at Littles.  It’s Tory Burch’s Stella Pump, an oxford pump, in which color blocking accents a chunky heel.  The shoe is suede, and is designed with decorative lace which may be removed for a more streamlined look.

Although a bit pricey, I think it’s ok to splurge on one or two shoes a season, and especially for winter as it is the longest season of the year.  Paired with skinny dark blue jeans, a burgundy sweater, and a cute black (faux) fur vest, you’ll have a perfect fall outfit.


LA: The Final Post

In On Location on August 3, 2011 at 4:39 PM

This is my final post on my shopping experiences in LA.  I loved every moment of being there; the food was phenomenal, the weather was much cooler than here in NY, and the shopping was exceptional.  I realized after a few days of being there that what makes the stores in LA so great is the space, which allow more inventory.

Kitson is a perfect example of a store that had endless amounts of inventory.  Kitson was definitely my favorite store that I shopped in, as I did the best there.  It was full of everything you could possibly imagine: shirts, sweaters, jackets, boots, pumps, sandals, LA mints, sunglasses, jewelry, shorts, jeans, dresses, books on how to make popsicles, happy birthday candles, and much, much more.

I not only was successful at the store because of the endless amounts of options, but the salespeople there were terrific, helping coordinate each piece that I tried on, one by one, to make the perfect outfit.  I bought a pair of dressy black shorts (which I’ve been looking for all summer, and will be perfect for going into fall and winter by slipping on a pair of tights underneath), a teal button down, the white maxi skirt, pink floral sleeveless blouse, and necklace that I wore to Super Saturday, the maxi dress that I wore to Southampton Social Club, and a pink blazer that is tailored yet feminine.

A fun surprise at Kitson?  Kourtney Kardashian, who was swamped by paparazzi as she was leaving the store.

A store that I didn’t do well at, though is important to mention, is Fred Segal.  Fred Segal always had a great reputation, so I felt like I couldn’t go to LA without checking it out.  I was frankly disappointed.  It was full of everything you can find anywhere else like the typical J Brand multicolored jeans, although a great assortment of colors, random Rag & Bone pieces, and other items that looked like junk.  The only good parts of the store was the cosmetics section and cafe, which seemed to have great food although I went to lunch at The Ivy instead.  Best lunch I’ve ever had; amazing grilled vegetable and chicken chopped salad.

LA was full of stores both old and new, and I’m happy I got to browse them all.  I loved LA so much, and can’t want to go back. Just like the Phantom Planet song California says, California here I come, right back where I started from.

LA: Beach Bunny

In On Location, Swim on July 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Sexy, colorful, fun, girly, and unique are the types of bathing suits that you can find at the adorable Beach Bunny Swimwear boutique in LA.  I always find myself struggling to find that perfect bathing suit in department stores or ones that don’t specialize in swim.  However, the variety of suits at Beach Bunny made for easy and stylish shopping.

Swimwear was divided by color pallet and style.  The first rack when walking in on your left was the pink and yellow pieces which screamed feminine chic.

A rack on the right was full of hot pink and black pieces that were sophisticated with a twist.

A rack in the center, which was my favorite because the suits and coverups were helped designed by the Kardashian sisters, was filled with purples and greens that looked so refreshing.

To the side were racks of white and turquoise pieces, which is always a classic option.

All of the pieces at Beach Bunny have personality and a wow factor, be it the stunning color options, lace finishing, or sexy design.  What I loved just as much as the suits was the fabulous coverups because they were trendy while still being comfortable.

In the back of the store was a large lounge and changing area with big flat screens showing runway videos of the collections.  The store, as a whole, felt very beachy with the aqua walls, wooden floors, and multicolored sandbox in the window with seashells placed ever so precisely.  A cute suit and coverup, a great pair of shades, jelly sandals, and a chic fedora is all you need.  Beach please!

LA: Les Pommettes

In On Location on July 27, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Today’s post is on my favorite LA boutique, Les Pommettes.  Les Pommettes, which means cheekbones in English, is a chic designed store with incredibly trendy merchandise.  I was so excited to find this boutique on Robertson Blvd as I got sick of seeing the same old stores you see everywhere else on Rodeo Drive (although it is still ultra glamorous).

To go along with the name of the boutique, the store is covered with ripped out photos from magazines and such that emphasize cheekbones.  This is a perfect example of how everything at Les Pommettes is full of such detail.  The rustic wooden floor meets the antique looking furniture and crystal chandelier makes for the perfect decor because it has personality, something that I love to see anywhere I shop.

Les Pommettes is the boutique to go to for those who want variety, and merchandise that you haven’t seen at every other store like Intermix, Scoop, etc.  The boutique is full of an eclectic mix of multicolored dresses (short and maxi), funky patterned shorts, striped loose-knits, floral blouses, straw bags in fun sparkly colors, basic blazers, and an assortment of jewelry, all organized and displayed for easy shopping (plus more).

The jewelry assortment was my favorite -there happened to be a jewelry trunk show going on at the time-, and I especially liked the long stunning necklaces hanging off of mini hangers on a rack.

I didn’t end up purchasing jewelry, but I did purchase a fabulous Sam & Lavi multicolored loose-knit that is light enough for the rest of summer (great with a pair of white skinnies, nude pumps, and a hanging earring) yet will transition well into fall with a cute pair of blue jeans,a camel suede jacket, and a cool pair of boots.

If you’re not in LA, don’t worry, because you can shop exactly what’s in the boutique online at LesPommettes.com

LA: The Tourist Moments

In On Location on July 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM

LA was in one word, amazing.  I loved every minute of being there; the food, the hotels, the museums, the touristy moments, seeing friends, and of course the shopping.  Yes, the Hamptons is great, but I have fallen completely head over heels for LA, and can’t wait to get back there asap.  I had just two days to do everything I wanted before heading to San Francisco, and I’m happy to say I did.  (in photo above: Sydney in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre- Hollywood)

There was something about LA that was so cool, refreshing, relaxed, glamorous, and delicious.  I just got home last night, and can’t wait to tell you about restaurants, touristy moments, and stores/shopping experiences that made this trip so memorable.

This first post is about touristy moments.  I don’t think a trip to somewhere you haven’t been to or haven’t been to in a long time is complete without those tourist experiences.  During my trip, this took place in Hollywood.  First came a tour of the Kodak Theater, where the Academy Awards is held.  The tour was very interesting; from learning the process of celebs walking the red carpet, to learning the seating charts in the theater, and the V.I.P room which has special glass windows for you to just get a glimpse of the celebs (no stares!).

No pics were allowed, but in the lobby was Fergie’s outfit from her Hey Mama! performance, and Katy Perry’s outfit from her I Kissed A Girl performance.

Next came the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The number of stars was unbelievable, and I had my favorites: Elton John, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock (just to name a few).

Of course there’s nothing like seeing the Hollywood sign, even from car-view!

Fashionable Foodie

In On Location on June 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in NYC than indulging at Chelsea Market?  Not only is the Meat Packing District full of cool clothing stores like Jeffrey, DVF, Scoop, and Alexander McQueen, but it is also full of some of the most fabulous restaurants, and food stores.

Chelsea Market is the “mall” for foodies, and is where I head to when I simply don’t know what I feel like eating (I then bring home goodies afterwards).  The options are endless, and the samples are everywhere.  Whenever I go to the Market, I stop at my usuals.  First comes Eleni’s for the most fashionable cookies, coming in a variety of shapes, colors, and designs (her shoes were featured on Gossip Girl).

Next comes the chicest Fat Witch Bakery for the most delicious brownies in town with flavors like java-chip witch, red witch (original with cherries inside), blondie witch, breakfast witch (oatmeal, walnut, and coffee), and many more.

There are lots of other food stores in Chelsea Market that aren’t limited to sweets, like fish markets, meat markets, Italian groceries, and more.  After I bought my sweets, my friend Sunny and I had lunch at Green Table, a charming organic eatery which has a daily menu that reflects what’s freshest at local farms and greenmarkets.  I ordered their adult version of the classic children’s grilled cheese: it was quite delicious.

After eating and shopping through Chelsea Market, Sunny and I walked around the clothing stores, and then made our way back to the Upper East Side.  When going our separate ways, I quickly stopped at Barneys to check out their shoe sale.

Unfortunately, I never have as much luck with the Barneys sale shoe rack as Carrie Bradshaw does in Sex and the City!

Crack Goes The Egg

In On Location on June 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM

School is out!  This is when it finally hits me that summer is here because tourists are taking over Fifth Avenue, Abercrombie models are not wearing shirts, and Jitney buses are taking over bus lanes.  Today was full of errands and work, but I still managed to find time to spend with some friends in between: lunch with one friend at Via Quadrono, and frozen yogurt at The Great American Health Bar with  another.

Although not as hot as yesterday, it was still pretty warm today.  I fashioned blue jean shorts, a light pink and navy-blue striped Diane von Furstenberg silk button down, rose-gold Jack Rogers sandals, a navy-blue Balenciaga bag, rose-gold Ray Ban aviators, rose-gold hoops, a J.Crew rose-gold chain bracelet, and a Jennifer Miller rose-gold and white cocktail ring.  You can tell I don’t like rose-gold, right? (just kidding)

On my way home from the Great American Health Bar, I noticed the new windows in Louis Vuitton.  New York City store windows are always cool, glamorous, and creative, but this was something I’ve never seen before: it’s all about ostriches.

The front window shows oversized eggs, some of which are cracked with shoes and bags coming out of them, while others are closed.

The other windows were of life-size ostritch figures whose necks were so long that they were rapping around all of the windows throughout the store.  On top of these furry birds were large Louis Vuitton trunks.

I’m now home, blisters and all, and am going to play a new Elton John song on the piano before getting ready to go to STK for dinner tonight.  What are your Friday night plans?

Happy Birthday Dad

In On Location on June 1, 2011 at 10:39 PM

On this beautiful and warm evening in NYC, I celebrated my dad’s birthday.  This was a big birthday for my dad, so there was lots of question as to what to do.  Take him out for dinner, do a fun activity, etc. I’m all about throwing surprises, so my dad’s office and I threw my dad a surprise birthday party.

We hosted the two hour party at the Rare View Rooftop that overlooked the city.  Although a bit muggy, the sun was shining, making the ultimate view.  There were lots of other people there, and the crowd was fun and cool.  A DJ was spinning, everyone was chatting, and and everyone nibbled on mini foods like sliders.

Because I knew I would be outside, I wanted to wear something that I wouldn’t die of heat in.  I decided to wear a black short that is light, yet tight, and piped with bright colors like pink, blue, yellow, and green.  Black is most certainly us NYC girls’ uniform, but I always like to give my uniform a fun twist.

On top, I wore an American Apparel sleeveless black blouse.  I accessorized with new diamond-shaped gold hanging earrings that I bought at new Southampton store, Impulse, Michael Kors patent leather black peep-toe pumps, a black and gold embellished with crystal cocktail ring, and a neon pink Chanel handbag that was my grandmas from about twenty years ago.

This Chanel purse is one of my most favorite handbags because you don’t see ones that look like it today.  Plus, it’s right on trend being neon and small.  For the sunny part of the evening, I fashioned my rose-gold Ray Ban aviators.

I had a great time, but I’m most certainly happy to be back in my ice-cold air conditioning and in my comfy clothes.  Now it’s time for me to pick up Summer And The City, and indulge in Carrie Bradshaw’s summer activities.

Sydney’s Favorite Rooms From Her Visit To The 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

In On Location on May 21, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Dressing Room 
Pretty In Pink

Breakfast At Tiffany’s 

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These

Livin’ It Up 

Look Who’s In The Hall


The Wheels On The Jitney Go Round and Round

In On Location on May 14, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I just got back from spending the day in the Hamptons with my mom, and I got a vibe that it will be a great summer.   My day started off at 7:30 this morning on the Jitney, which was surprisingly packed, and I caught up on some sleep while the bus went “round and round”.  It’s not even Memorial Day Weekend, and the bus driver made a comment as to how we have three bags for two people.  My answer was,” it’s now, or Memorial Day Weekend”.  He smiled.

When arriving in Southampton, I first dropped off my bags at home.  Then, I made my “breakfast rounds”: Goldbergs for a sunflower seed bagel, and Tates for a cappuccino (and some rhubarb pie for home).  Next came the flower shop, Lynch’s, in which my mom and I picked out some gorgeous plants and outside furniture pieces for our pool area.  Every year, my mom picks a different color to accent our home with, and this year she picked orange.

I then headed to town and went into all of my favorite stores -Tenet, Norahs, Jennifer Miller, and LF-, in addition to spotting the new stores that are rushing to finish their construction before Memorial Day.  While I was at LF, the store was hosting an event called Fight With Fashion, which fundraised money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  There was a table covered in pink everything -skirts, shorts, denims, socks, watches, scarves, etc-, and a white t-shirt with metallic letters spelling Power Of Now, in which 100% of net proceeds went directly to BCRF. If you donated, LF entered you to win a $250 gift certificate to LF stores.  It was a cute event for a great cause, and there was even a table full of pink cookies, cupcakes, and lemonade to munch and sip on while supporting.

After a long afternoon of walking around, my mom and I stopped at Catena’s to pick up some cold cuts to bring home.  We ate, had some meetings, and then made our way to the Jitney to catch a 7:30 pm bus back to the city.  On Memorial Day Weekend, I’ll show you the new stores in the Hamptons, and looks from my summer wardrobe.

Wednesday In Meat Packing

In On Location on May 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM

This evening, Rent The Runway hosted an evening of shopping, champagne, snacks, and mingling with one of my favorite designers, Yigal Azrouel.  After a busy day on the Upper East Side, there I was back in the Meat Packing District yet again.  I can’t complain though, because I do love spending time down there.

Although sunny, it was a bit chilly out.  I decided to wear J.Crew forrest green shorts with black sheer tights, BCBG wedges, an American Apparel blouse, an Aqua blazer, a Chanel handbag, an Hermes cuff, diamond studs, and Ray Ban aviators.  When I want to be casual yet chic, I like to wear my less expensive clothes with my “splurge” accessories.

Azrouel’s store is extremely easy to shop in, and has a cool rustic look with its dark wooden floors and brick walls.  The store contains the Yigal Azrouel Collection, in addition to Cut 25, Azrouel’s contemporary line.

I brought my mom to the event who tried on a few pieces from Cut 25, and ended up purchasing a silver, white, and black light cropped sweater with black leather trim.  The sweater was reasonably priced, and is perfect for Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons since it is a warm and chic item.

Afterwards, I had dinner at the same restaurant I went to on Monday, The Standard Grill.  My mom and I started with a delicious cheese platter with three cheeses, apples, fruit pate, honey, and golden raisin bread, and ended with grilled trout.

How did you spend your Wednesday night? Pleasant dreams Style Solutions readers!

Sydney Meets Rosie Pope

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location on May 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM

After a fun and busy Saturday downtown, I made a stop at my local Bloomingdales: not for a refreshing frozen yogurt at Forty Carrots, not for my MAC lipstick refill, but for something else.  I went to Bloomingdales to meet Rosie Pope, TV personality, designer, and pregnancy-guru, at her diaper bag trunk show.

Rosie is best known for her maternity line and show on Bravo, Pregnant In Heels, which follows Rosie helping moms-to-be preparing to have a baby.  Rosie is most certainly the best and most fashionable pregnancy-guru, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to interview her for Style Solutions.

S: What inspired you to create a maternity line?

R: I started my line in 2007 and it came out in 2008.  I was really inspired by living in New York City and was astonished by how much women were needy for fashionable maternity clothes.

S: What’s one piece of clothing that every pregnant woman should own?

R: It’s important to have great fitting pants because you can’t avoid them.  They are great for those on a budget, they highlight your lines, and they are sophisticated.

S: How do you feel about dresses?  Are you into patterns or solids?

R: Dresses are great because they’re feminine. I prefer prints over solids because they’re fun.  I love florals and Diane Von Furstenberg looking prints.

S: What should a mom look for when buying a diaper bag?

R: On the outside, it should look like a bag that you would normally wear, but inside it should be waterproof, have pockets, a changing pad, the ability to hang off a stroller, and it needs to be big enough.

S: What do you suggest to women who try to fit in their regular clothes when pregnant?

R: Let it go and accept the fact that you need maternity clothes.  Most women need to wear them after they have a baby, so love what you buy.

It was such a pleasure to meet and interview Rosie.  For those of you who are in NYC, you can check out Rosie Pope Maternity at 1265 Madison Avenue, (212) 608-2036.  Also, catch Pregnant In Heels on Bravo every Tuesday at 10/9 c.

Street Meat?

In On Location on May 7, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Weekend fun is here: food, sun, shopping, friends, family, and more.  My first weekend of May began with dinner at NYC hotspot, The Hurricane Club, last night with my dad.  The scene and aesthetic of the restaurant was very cool with its dark yet glamorous decor, trendy crowd, and extraordinarily unique selection of food.  For example, my mango chicken was covered in gold.

My Saturday (most of which was spent downtown) started off quite early, and will be ending very late.  I wore light blue J.Brand jeans, black BCBG wedges, a J.Crew black v-neck, a chunky silver and lucite necklace, a vintage Chanel bag, and blue Ray Ban’s.  This morning, I went to Balthazar for breakfast to have my normal bread basket, fruit salad, and cappuccino.  I then walked around Mercer and West Broadway where I went to American Apparel, and a street vendor where I bought some great pieces of jewelry.

Next came the Meat Packing District.  I first stopped at a food truck (what seems to be a trend in food nowadays), and got another cappuccino, this time a cold one, and a warm chocolate chip cookie.  I then made my way into a number of stores, some of which included Scoop Street, Matthew Williamson, Diane Von Furtstenburg, Sex and The City favorite, Jeffrey, and Alexander McQueen.

My last downtown destination was Christopher Street, and I went there for one reason only: to stop at my favorite new candy store, Sockerbit.  I picked up all of my favorite gummies, and even got a little box of gummies for my best friend, Alex, who is visiting NYC.  I eventually made my way uptown to meet Alex, and I took her to my favorite stores on the Upper East Side.  Tonight, we are going out for a late dinner at Beauty & Essex which I am looking forward to immensely.

I love spending my weekends downtown because there are so many fun and great neighborhoods to explore, each one with its own unique personality and specialty.  There was another extremely fun part of my day, but I won’t mention that until tomorrow. Enjoy your Saturday night, and don’t forget to wish your mom a happy mother’s day once the clock strikes midnight.

Sydney Goes On A Sweet Escape

In Holiday, On Location on May 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM

NYC is full of candy stores ranging from elegant European La Maison du Chocolat, in-every-neighborhood Godiva with cute holiday themes, to the hip and fun candy experience at Dylan’s Candy Bar. Do you ever have an undeniable sweet tooth?  I most certainly did today (although frankly almost everyday).  To fulfill my craving, I took a sweet escape downtown to new Swedish candy hotspot, Sockerbit, in the West Village.

Sockerbit, owned by Stefan Ernberg and his wife Florence Baras, is the chicest and sleekest store that I have seen with an abundance of gummy candy with both youthful and mature flavors and shapes.  The shop is full of over 139 kinds of chewy, unique, and delicious candies -including blueberry pie gummies, gummy poems, skelton scary gummies, chocolate covered banana gummies, and a wide variety of every shape and size of licorice- displayed in clear bins that slide upward to make scooping your candy easy.

The name of the store comes from its most popular candy  called sockerbitar: white marshmellows with rounded corners that look like sugar cubes.  Not only is this candy a favorite, but the store is architecturally designed in the shape of the cube.  The candy store somewhat reminds me of a jewelry store: tons of bins organized accessibly full of different items, each one colorful, fun, bright and sweet.

Mother’s Day is coming up (Sunday May 8, to be exact), and Sockerbit is the perfect place to get your mom a delicious gift.  Sockerbit sells adorable $25 buckets of candy wrapped with a bow, in addition to great cupcake wrappers filled with your choice of candy if your budget means a smaller gift (if there is such thing as a fashionable candy arrangement, this gift idea from Sockerbit definitely is).

Owner  Stefan is great at educating the novice about his candy and generous with sampling.  Admire the fashionably sleek aesthetic of the store, and find a cute gift for your mom, but don’t forget to get a bag for yourself before you leave.

Sockerbit, 89 Christopher Street (Seventh Avenue South), (212) 206-8170

Sydney Goes To Molly Jong-Fast’s -The Social Climber’s Handbook- Book Signing

In Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location on April 27, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Most don’t know this about me, but reading is one of my favorite hobbies.  Of course the books that I read are limited to chick-flick types, but I say reading something is better than reading nothing at all.  It’s hard for me to make time to read, but when I do -like during the Summer when I’m not in school, relaxing at Coopers Beach in Southampton on a Saturday afternoon, or hopping on a Jitney bus, train, or plane- I find myself in a content state of mind.  Here’s a new book that I’ll be reading this Summer, and you all should too: The Social Climber’s Handbook, by Molly Jong-Fast.

This evening, I attended Molly’s book signing at Barnes and Noble for her new novel.  I wore J.Crew cargo pants and a black v-neck, black wedges, a vintage Hermes belt, a gold chain necklace, and my black Balenciaga purse.  Molly read parts of her book, had a Q & A, and signed books.  I met bold, fun, sweet and great writer, Molly, a few years ago when her son and my brother went to pre-school together.  Molly is the daughter of author Erica Jong, and has written two other books: Normal Girl, and Girl Maladjusted.

Here’s the synopsis of The Social Climber’s Handbook: Upper East Side socialite Daisy Greenbaum is accustomed to the finer things—designer clothes, summers in the Hamptons, elite private school educations for her daughters, and a staggeringly expensive Park Avenue apartment. But Daisy finds her well-heeled lifestyle on precarious footing after her husband, master of the universe Dick Greenbaum, learns about some shady dealings that threaten his position at The Bank.  Daisy refuses to allow her family to slip down the social ladder, so she devises a madcap plan: Anyone who jeopardizes her place at the top will simply have to be dispatched—six feet under. From Dick’s arrogant boss to his scheming former mistress to a pair of nosy bloggers, Daisy’s hit list is a who’s who of big names with even bigger secrets. But with the body count rising as the Dow Jones falls, can Daisy really get away with murder?

Murder, high society, fashion, and truth, this book is a must-read.  As the novel says, high society can be a killer.  Check out The Social Climber’s Handbook on BN.com for $10.


See You Next Season, Palm Beach

In On Location on April 25, 2011 at 11:23 PM

At 5:00 this morning, there I was, back in my city clothes waiting in the endless security line at West Palm Beach International Airport.  Leaving Palm Beach is never easy for me since it’s another home.  This was the hardest “good-bye” yet since it was my last trip of the season.  After Easter weekend, Palm Beach tends to start slowing down, and everyone gets ready to leave and head to their Summer homes or destinations.  You know this is true when Palm Beach supermarket, Publix, is already under construction today.  Even though I am going to sincerely miss Palm Beach for the next 6 months, I have summering in the Hamptons to look forward to.

My last day in Palm Beach (yesterday) was first spent at Easter Brunch: a huge buffet full of every type of food you can think of, a live orchestra, chocolate give aways, an Easter egg hunt for the younger ones, and more.  Women were dressed up in stunning attire, all of which were in bright colors.  The majority of the women who attend this annual Easter brunch at our club wear large and extravagant hats, ones that you need to have extreme confidence to wear.  My grandma used to try to get me to wear versions of these hats when I was little, and my answer was always no!  Although beautiful, oversized hats aren’t “me”: I’m more of a fedora type girl.  I actually admired what the men were wearing even more so than the women.  Men fashioned customized Stubb and Wooten shoes, bright Hermes ties, and perfectly fitted suits.

I wore a Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent pink dress embellished with blue, yellow, and lavender crystals.  I love this dress because it’s comfortable, flattering, and strapless (although it doesn’t cover my noticeably red sunburn!).  I paired this frock with a Tory Burch rose-gold crossbody, gold Valentino peep-toes, and a rose-gold crystal cocktail ring.

After brunch, I spent the afternoon at the pool and the beach, trying to get the last bit of sun (I was more cautious about wearing sunscreen this time).  Now back in NYC, I sit here on my bed with loads of work, a somewhat painful sunburn, and memories from this weekend that I’ll never forget.

Five Steps To Making A Fashionable Easter Bunny Cake

In Holiday, On Location on April 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Every year, when visiting Palm Beach Easter weekend, our club has many festivities.  This morning, families gathered in the ballroom to decorate Easter bunny cakes.  This is not a tiny cake (may I add).  There is a face, two ears, and a bow tie.  When sitting down at your assigned table, each seat has an apron and a towel so no one would get their glamorous outfits messed up, in addition to decorative toppings: two containers of icing, two containers of white coconut, one container of pink coconut, one container of green coconut, and one container full of string licorice, peppermints, candy corn, good and plenty, and jellybeans.  The apron was an adorable and smart idea: I did not want to ruin my new Parker red and white sleeveless dress, accessorized with nude pumps, crystal bangles, a rose-gold flower necklace, and red sunglasses.

To make my fashionable Easter bunny cake, I completed five steps.  First, I applied vanilla icing on all parts of the cake.  Second, I sprinkled white coconut all over, and then I put green coconut on top of the bow, and pink coconut on top of the ears.  Third, I gave my bunny a nose by placing three good and plenty together with pieces of string licorice attached.  Fourth, I gave the cake a mouth using candy corn, and eyes using peppermints.  Fifth (lastly), I  made a headband out of candy corn, giving my bunny a fashionable touch.  Bellow are pictures of the steps.  Enjoy!

Worth Ave, Sun, and Story Time

In On Location on April 22, 2011 at 10:42 PM

For the past hour, I’ve been sitting in a comfortable chair munching on macaroons, and listening to stories told by my grandpa about how he took his business from nothing to something.  I always enjoy and especially admire the stories that my grandpa tells me, and I don’t mind hearing them every time I visit.  Not only is my grandfather extremely smart, kind, and funny, but he is also very fashionable.  I’m sitting in a comfy reclining chair in one of his vintage Missoni sweaters that (on me) is oversized and colorful.  You might be wondering how I could possibly be wearing a sweater in 87 degree weather, but the air conditioning is blasting.

My day started off with a bowl of fresh fruit in my bath robe: hair wet, blackberry in hand, and fork in mouth.  When my mom, brother, and I finished getting ready, we headed to Worth Avenue to walk around.  I wore a multicolored floral blouse, white jeggings, white Burberry wedges with gold piping,  a beige Balenciaga purse with rose-gold hardware, and Derek Lam sunglasses. I went into a few stores, but there wasn’t anything that truly captured my eye.  It’s always nice walking on Worth Avenue though since it’s always clean, full of familiar faces, and little goodies like via hot-spot Victors who sells the most delicious warm (melt in your mouth kind of warm) chocolate chip cookies.

As it got warmer, I then went to our club to have lunch, hang by the pool, and walk on the beach.  It felt amazing to just sit in a lounge chair for a few minutes with my mind clear, sipping on a cold drink, and watching the ocean waves.  I came home with a bit of a burnt chest and face, but that’s ok: I need some color.

Have a great start to your weekend, and to those who celebrate, have a Good Friday!

Poolside Fierce

In On Location, Swim on April 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

87 degrees and sunny, Palm Beach is exactly where I want to be right now.  Although the plane ride down was a bit bumpier than usual, Kate Middleton’s wedding plans featured in US Magazine kept me distracted.  Whenever I arrive in the Palm Beach airport, it always smell refreshing: a beachy scent.  I traveled in my city attire, -black leggings, J.Crew navy and beige blazer, crystal necklace, Louis Vuitton tote, and wedges- but once landing I immediately put on some beachy accessories: my fedora and evidence sunglasses.

Whenever I vacation in Palm Beach, I stay at my grandparents house which is always so pleasant.  I just finished unpacking my suitcase which was full of much more than is needed for a 4 day getaway: I’ll be sure to show you my outfits throughout the weekend.  I just finished a light and early dinner -mixed green salad, grilled fish, peas, and cauliflower-, and now I’m sitting in my favorite and most glamorous room of my grandparent’s house, looking at our pool surrounded by gorgeous flowers.

All I want to do is take a dip in the pool, but I’m thinking about waiting until tomorrow.  What’s just as important as having the perfect outfit when in warm climate is having the perfect bathing suit.  Unfortunately, the bathing suits I like tend to be expensive, but splurging on one or two for the season is somewhat reasonable.

Zimmermann, a popular and trendy swimwear line, just came out with a ‘Posy ruffled floral-print bandeau bikini‘ that is stylish and girly.  The multicolored suit is in a painterly floral pattern, and has a very fresh and colorful appeal.  Give yourself a cool and glamorous poolside look by wearing this Zimmermann bikini with a metallic fedora (so chic), a beige and silver hardware beach bag, a beaded wrap bracelet, grey sunglasses, and beige jelly flats with a cute bow.

The bikini is available on Net-a-Porter.com for $250.

Funky Headphone Umbrella

In Accessories, On Location on April 18, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Before I had to catch my train back to NYC yesterday, I made sure to get a picture of myself in front of The White House.  Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always admired the elegance of the architecture of The White House: it’s unbelievable to think that 46 Presidents have lived in it.  Visiting The White House is especially nice during the Spring because there are always gorgeous flowers planted in front of the house: I got to see red, white, and purple tulips.

Today was a usual school day, but then I went to New Jersey to spend the first night of Passover with my family.  Happy Passover to those of you who observe!  Passover is always fun because the holiday is full of tradition.  The first night is spent at my cousin’s house in New Jersey (everyone, coincidentally, sits in the same seat every year), and the second night is held at my apartment where other relatives come for a delicious dinner made by my mom.   I always look forward to the holiday because the food is amazing (more than you could possibly eat), I get to spend time with relatives and friends, and there are always those funny stories from “the olden days” with papa Harry who comes down every year from Florida.  

This evening, I wore black leggings with a pink and purple blouse, purple wedges, a black raincoat, and a black tote.  It was supposed to rain while I was out, but it luckily didn’t start until I pulled up to my building.  It’s supposed to rain in NYC tomorrow too, so I won’t be putting away my raincoat just yet.  I don’t like when it rains, and I frankly try to avoid it by wearing the best clothing, shoes, and accessories for the weather.  April is the month of Spring showers, so carrying an umbrella with you is essential.  Forget about the cheap black umbrellas you buy off the streets that stop working after one rain shower: it’s time to invest in one fun and chic umbrella for all of those rainy days.

Moschino Cheap and Chic (Moschino’s less expensive line) recently came out with a funky and cool umbrella that is perfect for these ongoing Spring showers.  The umbrella is solid gray with black pipping, and is covered with multicolored headphones in neon pink, yellow, green, and blue.  I love this umbrella because it’s not your typical pattern; it’s unique.  You don’t have to match the umbrella with your outfit, but if you want to, the umbrella would give a classic-looking outfit an edge: a lavender dress, black pumps, a periwinkle leather handbag, a black sparkly cuff, crystal earrings, and lavender nail polish.

The Moschino Cheap and Chic umbrella is available on MoschinoBoutique.com for $84.

Michelle Obama: First Lady, and Fashion Icon

In On Location on April 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I’ve been in Washington D.C for three days now, and I like the city the more I’m here.  I surprisingly haven’t passed The White House yet, but I do plan on seeing it before I leave this afternoon.  I’ve seen The White House many times, and actually went on a tour when I was little, but there’s something about seeing it each time that I’m here which makes it a tradition.

Since the 18th Century, there have been 46 First Ladies marking their presence in The White House.  There’s Martha Washington, Mary Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Hilary Clinton, and so many more who have been just as in the spotlight as their power-house and President husbands.  Each First Lady has their own look, but all have dressed quite beautifully for each of their times.

Michelle Obama, our current First Lady, marks the pages of many fashion magazines: Vogue, Elle, you name it.  Out of all of the First Ladies, Michelle Obama’s style is my favorite.  Obama dresses elegantly, sophisticated, and chic no matter where she goes.  I love that she isn’t afraid of color and showing a little skin: she does have amazingly fit arms.

Throughout Obama’s term of being First Lady, I have admired a number of outfits that she’s worn to various places.   Obama not only has brains, but she also has style, and is a fashion icon today.  Here are my favorite looks of Michelle Obama:

I’m spending the rest of my day in D.C having brunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Clydes, getting together with some relatives, and then walking around Georgetown some more.  I’m happy to say that it will be a short school week, so even though it’s back to reality tomorrow, I’ll have my few days off to look forward to.

Sydney’s Saturday In Georgetown

In On Location on April 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM

On most Saturdays, I can be found in NYC starting off with my morning capauccino, lunching at Freds at Barneys, browsing stores on the Upper East Side or Soho, and out with friends at night: not this Saturday.  Today, I spent my day touring two colleges in D.C with my mom, and then of course making some time for walking around Georgetown.  Getting out of NYC for even just a weekend feels so good because my pace is slower, and I am more able to relax: I didn’t even get a NY Post!

My day started off touring two colleges, both of which I loved.  It rained cats and dogs all day, which leads me to give a suggestion for those of you who are touring schools: if you’re touring colleges on a rainy day, pack a disposable rain poncho in your chic handbag so you don’t get drenched.  After going to the colleges, my mom and I made our way into Georgetown, and first stopped for lunch at a cute vietnamese restaurant where we had a platter of mixed vegetables and rice.  Due to the large sweet tooth that both my mom and I have, we immediately walked over to one of my favorite frozen yogurt stores after lunch that I always go to when I’m in D.C: Ice Berry.

Next came shopping.  Georgetown is full of stores you see everywhere, lots of what you can see on the streets in NYC, but the merchandise in the stores is somewhat different.  However, one store that is not in NYC but I always stop into when either in Boston or Washington is Cusp.  I browsed Cusp for about 45 minutes, more so because I was tired of getting drenched in the rain then actually liking what I saw.  I did, though, make a purchase, one that was somewhat ironic due to the weather outside: a raincoat.  The raincoat I bought is by a brand I never heard of, G.E.T, and looks quite high-fashion with its shape, high collar, gold buttons, and gold zipper detail.  I ended up wearing the jacket out of the store over my favorite multicolored blouse, black leggings, black Stubbs with purple pipping, and black handbag.

After Cusp, I went into J.Crew because I saw they were having a huge sale.  I found a cool pair of beige cargo military-esq pants that are great basics: I got them for $19, a price you just don’t hear that often.  I also got a neon pink v-neck that will look great with all black or white.  My last stop of the day was at Sprinkles Cupcakes, a famous cupcake store from Beverly Hills which is now in D.C, and is opening on the Upper East Side in NYC.  Because it’s so gross outside, my mom and I decided to bring back some cupcakes from Sprinkles, get a massage, and then order room service in the room.  No wild Saturday night for us, but one more relaxing and less on the run.

Sydney Attends Fendi’s Children’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection Fashion Show

In Celebrities, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location on April 14, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Mom’s and tots, get ready for this season’s most fashionable children’s clothing line.  This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending Fendi’s Children’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection fashion show, hosted by Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford in partnership with Lyss Stern’s Divalysscious Moms.

Walking into the Fendi flagship store on Fifth Avenue were gorgeous male models welcoming guests with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and mini cupcakes.  While walking around the main floor and saying hello to some familiar faces (where there were stunning handbags and shoes, may I add) a DJ was spinning music which made the vibe of the evening fun and energetic.  A few minutes after I arrived came Kelly Rutherford, who looked stunning in a Fendi orange dress with gold jewels, and her two sons.

After everyone munched and mingled, guests made their way upstairs where the fashion show was held.  Before the show began, Stern and Fendi’s President of North America, Stacy Van Praagh, gave a thank you speech to open up the show.

4-6 year old boys and girls were the models of the show, looking adorably stylish in tapered pants, playful dresses, t-shirts, leggings, plaids, bomber pants, and more.  Each child looked cute and chic, and walked the runway with undeniable confidence.

The collection was adorable, and I particularly loved the boy’s tailored suits and the girl’s playful dresses.  The clothing is certainly not for the mother who’s on a budget, (prices range from $100-$1000) but for the mother who wants to splurge.  Check out the collection on Fendi.com.

Sydney Meets Mark Badgley and James Mischka

In Fashion Designer, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location, Shoes on April 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to meet Mark Badgley and James Mischka at the launch of their new footwear line, Mark & James, at Bloomingdales in NYC.  Badgley and Mischka are some of the most talented and respected designers in the fashion industry, and are best known for their couture line, Badgley Mischka.  Badgley Mischka defines Hollywood glamour with its sophisticated, modern, girly, and glamorous style: it’s all about bringing back the glamour of the 40s.

The Badgley Mischka line not only contains clothing, but jewelry, handbags, footwear, eyewear, swimwear, and watches too.  Plus, the designers also have a fragrance, and bridal and bridesmaid line.  I’ve loved Badgley Mischka ever since I was young, and do so even more now that I am older, which made meeting the designers extremely exciting.  The designers’ new Mark & James footwear collection is perfect for the girl who loves Badgley Mischka shoes but wants a more affordable price and modern look.

When meeting the fashionable duo on the contemporary shoe level at Bloomingdales, I asked them what inspired them to create Mark & James.  The designers said that they always get young celebrities wanting to wear their shoes for red carpet events and award shows, and wanted to make a younger and affordable line that is inspired by the young Hollywood stars that wear their shoes.

I then asked the designers what their favorite shoe is from the collection (I loved them all, so I can imagine how difficult it was to pick just one!).  The designers adored their ‘Malko Wedge Sandals‘, which are tall wood wedges with a leather flower and in a flattering t-strap style.  The wedges are perfect for Spring with their chunky and girly look.  I also loved these nude and black large gold stud embellished gladiator sandals with a little heel and ankle strap.  There are many more to-die-for shoes in the collection, and prices of the shoes range from $200-$300.

Meeting the designers was great, and not only did I have fun chatting about the fabulous collection of shoes, but the designers also noticed that I was wearing Badgley Mischka blue multicolored hanging crystal earrings that I’ve been obsessed with ever since I bought them in Palm Beach last year.

Be sure to check out the Mark & James collection to get the perfect stylish shoe for you this Spring.

Sydney Spots Spring Leathers At Barneys

In Clothing, On Location on March 15, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Exams are over, and Spring Break is only a few days away!  I couldn’t be more excited for my coming vacation since I have an intense rush of Spring-fever.  I celebrated the end of my exams over lunch at Freds at Barneys (yes, again) where I sat a table away from Simon Doonan, the Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barneys New York. (In photo: Sydney Sadick in a Helmut Lang leather jacket)

As I was walking around Barneys after a satisfying lunch, I decided to take a look at leathers which are a very popular trend for Spring: leather jackets, leather pants, leather trims, leather combined with other skins and fabrics, light leathers, dark leathers, you name it.  The selection of leathers on the Co-OP and contemporary floors of Barneys are to-die-for, so I decided to not only browse the jackets, but try some on too.

I first tried on a Helmut Lang camel leather jacket (first photo above) which has a classic yet edgy look with its zipper detailing.  I recommend a light-colored leather jacket for Spring (camel, neutral, or white) since it’s a fresh transformation from black. However, if you’re more comfortable wearing dark jackets, navy-blue looks great too.  I then spotted another camel leather jacket on a mannequin, but this one had suede detailing: so chic.

Next, I tried on a stunning Vena Cava cropped metallic pink and silver light-weight jacket with nude leather trim and military-esq shoulder detail: the perfect combination.  This Vena Cava jacket is very me because it’s colorful, on trend, and can be dressed up with a skirt and pumps, or dressed down with leggings and booties.

Overall, live and love the leather that you buy.  Make sure it’s comfortable, has a little twist, and defines you.  Leathers are a must this season, so get shopping!

Sydney Tries On Loose-Knits At Saks Fifth Avenue

In Clothing, On Location on March 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a Spring trend that has taken over boutiques and department stores: loose-knit sweaters.  At first, I wasn’t a big fan of the loose-knit sweater look, but then I started spotting loose-knit sweaters by Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, and Vince which pleasantly changed my mind.  (In photo: Sydney in Vince)

After my History exam, I went out for lunch at Saks Fifth Avenue which is great for getting a quick bite and then walking around afterwards.  As I was browsing the contemporary floor, I came across racks and tables full of loose-knit sweaters by different labels that caught my eye.  Loose-knit sweaters are popular because they’re comfortable, light, and simple.  Most of these loose-knit sweaters are in basics colors -grey, black, white, and neutral- which are good for everyday use.

I’m always looking for a twist on a popular trend, and I found one with a loose-knit sweater by Vince.  I don’t own a loose-knit, so I decided to try on a few from the Vince collection.  Vince recently came out with a metallic cropped loose-knit sweater that gives a simple outfit some glamour.  The sweater comes in silver and gold: both colors are great, but it all depends on what looks best on you.  For those of you who don’t like metallics, the sweater also comes in solid grey which is what I’m wearing in the photo above.  Vince also came out with loose-knits in neutral colors and black.

Vince tends to be expensive, so I found a loose-knit sweater on Nordstorm.com that is right on trend yet is less expensive.  The cropped loose-knit sweater is by Trouve, and will look great over a black tank and black leggings during the Spring, and over a white tank and white jeans during the summer.  The sweater is available for $68 on Nordstorm.com

Overall, loose-knit sweaters are a must-have for Spring, and they will be a great addition to your wardrobe.

Sydney’s Sunday Afternoon

In Clothing, On Location on March 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Since tomorrow is Monday and my exams will continue, I’m trying to take somewhat advantage of this beautiful Sunday in the city.  The rest of my day will be revolved around international revolutions for my upcoming History exam, so to get some extra energy I took a quick walk to restaurant Via Quadronno for a cappuccino to go. (In photo: Sydney Sadick on Madison Avenue)

Even though I only went out for a short period of time, I still wanted to get out of my leggings and sweat shirt and put on something cute.  Half of the clothes in my closet are from misc stores around the world.  Last week, my mom was at Grand Central Station and came across a cute boutique and found me this adorable Quiksilver top.  Quiksilver is a great brand to wear when you want to be casual on a Sunday but still look chic.

The ‘Don’t Look Back Top‘ is in a static frequency print in bright fun colors: blue, green, orange, and then of course the usual black and white.  The top is quarter-length sleeved, and is so lightweight which is why it’s very comfortable.   On the left side of the top is a little pocket which just adds a cute touch.

I paired this ‘Don’t Look Back Top‘ with 7 For All Man Kind skinny blue jeans, black BCBG wedges, a black and gold purse, a black and gold cuff, a crystal ball necklace (my newest accessory obsession), red sunglasses, and my feux-fur black vest.

Unfortunately, now I’m back home in my sweatshirt and leggings again, but Spring break starts on Friday, and all of my favorite outfits await.

What’s your  favorite piece of clothing to wear on a Sunday?

Store Windows On Madison Avenue

In Clothing, On Location on March 4, 2011 at 9:55 PM

After a wonderful dinner at Italian hot-spot Serefina, a walk home was much needed.  When walking many blocks in the cold, having a focal point makes time go by faster.  My focal point is store windows on Madison Avenue, and now that the windows are displayed with Spring and Summer pieces, the time and blocks went by quickly.  The Upper East Side is full of stores that are the best in the fashion industry: Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Michael Kors, plus so many more.  Madison Ave stores never fail to disappoint with their window displays, and as walking home from dinner, a certain few caught my eye.

The first store window that I came across was Joseph.  Joseph is a brand from the UK, and I used to sit in the store for hours as a little girl, watching my mom and aunt trying on pants, which was what the store was once known for: some might consider that boring, but I always loved a good day of “dress-up”.  Joseph’s windows were in the green family.  First, a green dress belted with a thin high-waist belt.  Second, beige shorts, a brown silk top, and a green and brown army-printed jacket.  Lastly, a green button-down with black trousers: a classic everyday look.

The next store that I came across was Jill Sander.  Color, color, and more color!  The first mannequin is dressed in a pink button down (noticing the button-down trend?), red pants, and a purple trench coat.  The second mannequin is a men’s look: a floral blouse and blue pants (a bit out there).  The third mannequin is very similar to the first, with the exception of a different style coat-more of a blazer.

A few blocks later came Missoni, the brand whose patterns and colors fulfill my ideal wardrobe.  The windows were clearly aimed for the Summer-wanting customer, mannequins styled in a pink bikini with an oversized sun hat, a jungle-esq dress, and a skirt with a matching top.

Lastly came Intermix, one of my favorite stores to find great pieces for every season.  Intermix has two windows, but one was better then the other.  I noticed an on-going trend of black and white solids and patterned clothing with pops of color in accessories.  My favorite look is the third mannequin: a black off the shoulder top, a blue skirt, a cheetah scarf, and black gladiators: an easy look for a warm day.

What’s your favorite store on Madison Avenue?  Have you noticed any trends for Spring 2011?  I want to know.

Sydney Goes To MAC Wonder Woman Pop-Up Store

In Beauty, On Location on February 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

A few weeks ago, MAC Cosmetics opened its first pop-up store in Soho to celebrate its launch of Wonder Woman makeup.  I finally made it to the ever-so-red store this weekend (the building is so bright that you couldn’t miss it even if you tried), and I was a bit blown away.  In collaboration with DC Entertainment, MAC launched a cool and retro collection of Wonder Woman inspired makeup to celebrate the 1980’s comic-book icon.

When walking into the store, I first encountered the oversized poster of Wonder Woman hanging from the ceiling that was so tall that my head went all the way back when starring up at the face.  On both sides of the stores are all of the Wonder Woman comic-books from the 80’s, chronologically placed to perfection.

In the middle of the store sits endless amount of makeup, the Wonder Woman collection placed in comic-book looking holders, in addition to the standard all year round MAC Collection.

Some makeup that you’ll find in the Wonder Woman collection are dark lipsticks, bright lip-glosses, three different pallets of eyeshadow -blue, pink/purple, and green- (the pink/purple is my favorite), blush, plus more.  I’m obsessed with the packaging, so even if you don’t like any of the makeup itself, I would even just buy something for the packaging because it could be a collectors item years from now.

If you want to try some “pops” of color while at the store, get your makeup done by a MAC makeup artist and indulge in the Wonder Woman spirit by sitting in high chairs with bright lights on you, in addition to Wonder Woman sayings blown up on the walls.

Another great item that is sold at the pop-up are metallic brush cases in red, blue, and gold: super chic.  If you want to get transformed and experience this Wonder Woman makeup land like me, be sure to check out the pop-up  before it closes in mid April on 113 Spring Street.

Sydney Goes To Tibi In Soho

In On Location on February 26, 2011 at 3:06 PM

There’s a whiff of Spring fever in the air, but that will go away tomorrow when NYC will be hit with some snow showers.  When the sun is shining and a fur coat isn’t required, walking around and going into different stores is a satisfying “activity” for me.  I spent my morning downtown, having my usual breakfast at Balthazar, and then making my way into different stores, one of which was Tibi.

Tibi is one of my favorite clothing lines because of its wide range of colors, patterns, and styles.  It’s better to shop brand names at their own store rather then a department store because you can find more sales, sizes, options, and have an overall better shopping experience.

The layout and design of Tibi’s store is gorgeous.  When walking into the store, I first came across a set of mannequins styled in Spring attire.  On my right was a desk with candles, green apples, and flowers, while on my left began the racks of clothing.  Straight ahead is a little area for sitting: a multicolored rug with gray comfy chairs, and a white table covered in different coffee-table books.  In the back of the store is a “design” area, with a board of runway looks, sketches, markers, paints, etc.

Out of the many racks of clothing, there were three that particularly grabbed my attention.  The first rack was all black and white -jackets, pants, dresses, you name it- in everything from animal-print patterns, solids embellished with leather flowers, solid leather, plus more.

The next rack had more color: blue floral printed blouses, suede jackets, red knits, and safari-looking frocks.   I tried on a purple dress with military-esq shoulder embellishment in gold, grey, and black beads: it was pretty, and on sale, but the color was too dusty for my liking.  The final rack that caught my eye was full of swim wear.  Gorgeous purple coverups embellished with chunky crystals, orange and purple shorts with matching tops, blue and white striped pieces, plus more.

Check out Tibi in Soho at 120 Wooster.

Getting A Head Start

In On Location on February 24, 2011 at 6:11 PM

It might not be officially Spring, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting a head start with Spring cleaning.  Since I just got back from Florida, I thought it would be a good idea to re-do my closets.  Each major climate-changing season, like Winter and Spring, I go through my clothes and decide what I know I’m going to wear, and what’s just taking up closet space: in NYC, you need every inch of closet space you can get.

I have four closets and a large dresser where I store my clothing, shoes, and accessories.  In my main closet, every piece is categorized by color, style, and type.  The top portion is full of dressy sequin tops (sleeveless to long-sleeve), blazers/dressy jackets (patterns to solids), and skirts (shortest to longest).  The bottom portion of my closet starts off which sleeveless casual blouses, short-sleeved and long-sleeved casual blouses, sweaters, cardigans, shorts, jeans, and ends with leggings.

In my other main closet are my dresses, shoes, and when the weather warms up, my Winter clothes.  On the floor are stacked flats with some platforms that don’t fit in between the shelves, sneakers, and sandals.  On the shelves are pumps and booties, and up top are Winter boots which I pray I won’t need to wear for the rest of the season.  My last closet is basically for whatever doesn’t fit anywhere else, mostly large totes for overnight trips, etc.

I have a separate closet for handbags, hats, gloves, and scarves, which aren’t as organized as I would like, but is still neat.  In my dresser are my intimates, gym attire, bathing suits, comfy clothes, sunglasses, and jewelry.  A tip for organizing your jewelry: purchase lucite containers from The Container Store and divide each section by necklaces, rings, bracelets, etc.

It might seem complicated, but when getting ready I don’t want to have to think: I want to pull something out of my closet, and not have to search for my missing favorite blouse, or the accessory that goes with my outfit. I suggest that you go through your closets and get rid of everything that you know you will never wear, and has been sitting in your closet for years: out with the old, and in with the new.  A way to make more space in your closet and make money while doing so is giving your clothes to a consignment store like Second Time Around, which I give to every time I “Spring clean”.  This is your chance to get organized, make some cash, and spend it on a new season’s worth of clothes.

P.S: here’s how I wore my blouse from Anthropologie in Palm Beach…take me back!

What Sydney’s Wearing In Palm Beach

In On Location on February 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Sun, sun, and more sun!  I hear that it’s snowy in the North East, so I’m taking advantage of the beautiful weather in Palm Beach (I shockingly got some color).  I’m heading back to NYC tomorrow afternoon, where I’m going to face the reality of school.  Since the weather has been so nice, I’ve been wearing the most cruise-y/summery outfits.

Monday Night: After arriving in Palm Beach last night from South Beach, I red my kindle by the pool (The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie) and The New York Post.  When I finished reading, I got ready for dinner: my family and I went to one of my favorite restaurants on the island called Pizza Al Fresco, which is connected to my other favorite restaurant, Renato’s.  Since I knew I would be sitting outside, I didn’t want to be too dressy, but still chic since this is Palm Beach.  I wore my new J-Brand white skinny jeans with a Topshop mint green, silver, and sequin sleeveless blouse with my Topshop white boyfriend blazer over it.  For accessories, I fashioned nude platform Louboutin’s, gold BCBG earrings, my classic gold snake-ring that was my aunt’s when she was a child, and my birthday present: a beige Balenciaga bag with rose-gold hardware.

Tuesday AM Shopping: My favorite department store, after Bergdorf Goodman, is Nordstrom: great variety, prices, and service.  I received a Nordstrom gift card, so I thought it would be nice to use it here since we don’t have a Nordstrom in NYC.  This morning, I took a trip out to Palm Beach Gardens Mall where I used my card in good use: I bought a red and white Parker dress.  Since I knew I would be walking around, I decided to wear tribal-looking colorful shorts (I bought them the last time I was here at Eye of the Needle), a black v-neck, BCBG gold earrings and black wedges, and a blue and black Hermes bracelet.

Tuesday Afternoon By The Pool: After a fun morning of shopping, I went to the Beach Club to have lunch and hang out by the pool.  I wore my new bathing suit and coverup that I purchased at Splash at the Loews hotel in South Beach.   I paired this outfit with the same accessories that I wore this morning since I was in a bit of a rush, but I did add on my Evidence sunglasses.

I’m going out this evening and don’t know what I’m going to wear just yet, so I have to go upstairs and figure it out!  I could always wear that new Parker dress, though I would feel a bit guilty to wear it already.

What have you been up to this holiday weekend?  And most importantly (somewhat joking..), what have you been wearing?  I want to know!  Comment, Facebook, or Tweet me to tell and show me pics!

Fashionable Treasures In South Beach Hotels

In On Location, Resort on February 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Lincoln Road, Ocean Bvld, and Aventura Mall are some of the most popular shopping destinations in South Beach.  However, what most don’t know is that the best shopping takes place in the boutiques in and attached to the hotels on Collins Avenue: The Fountainebleau, known for being the funnest, The Gansevoort, known for the wild rooftop, The Loews, known to be more for business, The W, known as one of the best in the chain, and The Settai, known for overall luxury, plus more.

Not only does each hotel have its own signature look and “happening” quality, but they also have stores that fulfill a shopper’s dream.  Although I love sitting by the pool and listening to the DJ spin, order off a yummy menu, and get at least a noticeable bit of color, there’s nothing like a great day of shopping in Miami (well, or two).  My mom and I definitely did some damage.

My shopping day started off at Ida and Harry at the Fountainebleau, which I blogged about last month: I bought white J-Brand skinny jeans.  Next, we went to Splash at The Loews, where I purchased a peachy/pink strapless, short, and flow-y dress with a few crystal embellishments in clear and blue.  I also bought a draped floral top that can be used as a daytime blouse or bathing suit coverup (which is most likely what I will use it as).  Lastly, I bought a black and white bikini with metallic purple and gold pipping in floral going through: finding a bikini is never an easy task, so I’m happy I found one that is flattering on my  body and is chic at the same time.

Later, my mom and I went to the W, whose store is owned by Wink NYC, a store that I constantly blog about and shop at. Here you can find flirty printed dresses, sexy bathing suits, chunky jewelry, adorable purses, fun sandals, plus more.  I didn’t make a purchase, but my mom found a gorgeous black blouse with gold on the sleeves, and a chunky green-stone necklace.

Lastly, my mom and I went to the Gansevoort, where I bought an adorable fedora in tan, with a thick ribbon going around it in lavender, yellow, and red.  Connected to the Gansevoort is one of my favorite stores to look in, not shop in, called Curve.  Curve is kind of like Intermix: the brands you see everywhere, sometimes a better selection than Intermix, but definitely more expensive.  I love everything that I purchased in South Beach, and I can’t wait to wear some of what I bought while I’m in Palm Beach.

Sydney’s In Miami Beach

In Accessories, On Location, Resort on February 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Hi from Miami! It’s a beautiful day, and I’m very happy to be here.  Even though it was a nice 60 degrees when leaving NYC, it still feels great to be in my bikini rather than my leather jacket.  When arriving in Miami, I had to run to my hotel, the Fountainebleu, and change to go to a dinner party at the Loews Hotel.  Having to somewhat stay in my city attire, I fashioned black leggings, my BCBG new black wedges, a black tank with a white boyfriend blazer over it, a black Chanel purse with gold hardware, gold hanging earrings, and two gold snake rings.

Today, I fashioned white shorts, a white and blue blouse, silver shell embellished Jack Rogers’, my blue Goyard handbag, my gold hanging earrings, and a new accessory.  When going away on trips, I always feel like I need something new to freshen up my outfits.  Before leaving to Miami, my mom came home with a gift because I won a silver key in the Scholastics Writers and Artists competition: this gift was from one of my favorite store, Jennifer Miller.

My mom bought me a stunning royal-blue stone thick bracelet that gives my Miami looks an extra ounce of glam and color.  The bracelet is fun, colorful, and bold which are definitely outfit-making qualities.  If any of you are away or are going away, I suggest getting a reasonably priced piece of jewelry that will give your outfits a “pick-me up”.

Kate Spade New York recently came out with a gorgeous “lollie” cabochon ring that is the perfect add of color and glam to your outfits and jewelry box.  As the Nordstrom website says, this luscious ring starts with a smooth cabochon in a striking hue that tops a gleaming gold setting encrusted with colorful jewels. The surrounding jewels are my favorite part about the ring: lime green, dark green, orange, pink, and lavender.

 

 

 

 

 

If vacationing in a sunny area, wear this adorable ring with white jeans, a hot pink blouse, white flat sandals, a lime green tote, and rose-pink lipstick to tie the look in with the ring.  Tonight I will be going out for dinner at Gotham Steak.  I don’t know what I’m wearing just yet, but I will be sure to inform you in my next post.  Check out the Kate Spade New York Ring for $95 on Nordstrom.com

My Favorite Looks From The Bebe Fall 2011 Fashion Show

In On Location, Runway on February 17, 2011 at 7:27 PM

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Sydney Goes To The Bebe Fashion Show

In On Location, Runway on February 17, 2011 at 5:54 PM

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This has been an amazing week, and I am so excited that I’ve been able to participate in the Fashion Week festivities.  Each show that I’ve attended is great, each collection known for something different: be it color, dresses, patterns, etc.  I ended my week of “fashionable events” by attending one final fashion show last night: Bebe.

Flirty dresses, bright colors, leggings, patterns, leather jackets, puffy skirts, and metallics are some of what you’ll see in the Bebe Fall 2011 collection.   The show started off with the lights off, and two model-looking women playing the violin (modern, not classical, music): it was actually quite enjoyable.  Then came on the fast techno/pop music, mostly remixes of popular songs on the iTunes charts.  Models styled to perfection, with high pony tails and colorful ribbons going through, and bold red lipstick topped off the ultimate chic city-girl look.

I liked almost every look that came down the runway, with the exception of some puffy satin dresses that were cheap looking.  Some of my favorite pieces from the collection are the blue metallic skirt, black leather coat, black cocktail dress, and pink and orange dress.  The collection is fun, girly, and practical, perfect for the girl who wants to look chic in the office and sexy at night.  The show ended with Bebe Founder, Manny Mashouf, coming out on the runway, being applauded by the large audience.

What was just as fun as watching the show was meeting and seeing the crowd.  Attendees included Jersey Shore’s Sammi Giancola (who was so nice), The City’s Louise Roe, actress Adrienne Bailon, America’s Next Top Model contestant Jade, Editor in Chief of Elle Magazine, Robbie Myers, plus more.

The Bebe show was a great way for me to end this week, and I am already excited for Fashion Week in the Fall.  Tomorrow I am going to Miami, a much needed break, and will be giving you fashion updates from there.  The sunshine state awaits! P.S. Follow me on Bloglovin.com!

Sydney Hangs Out With Natasha Bedingfield & Other Celebs at Boy Meets Girl

In Celebrities, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location on February 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Last night, I had the privilege of attending the Boy Meets Girl fashion show. Since this was an evening show, I wanted to look a little more bold than when I go to daytime shows. For my birthday, my girlfriends got me a gift card to the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman. This was the perfect time to use it, so I got a blowout, sipped on a foamy cappuccino, and took advantage of being able to relax. After my hair, I ran home to change. I fashioned leather-looking leggings, a crochet BCBG tunic, my BCBG wedges that I blogged about a few days ago, gold hanging earrings, my Balenciaga purse, plus some more jewelry.

After a quick change, I ran to the Trish McEvoy counter at Bloomingdales where my favorite makeup artist, Billy Mercer, gave me the ultimate smokey eye (he’s the best!)  As I was walking into the building where the show took place, I bumped into Andy Cohen from Watch What Happens Live! , who accidentally came into the wrong show: right before he walked by I went up to him, introduced myself, and gave him my card (so sweet: maybe not so much of an accident?).

Thanks to my amazing friend Ellen, I was able to meet and hang out with Natasha Bedingfield. After Natasha’s fabulous performance and the runway show, I got to go backstage and meet Natasha in her dressing room. We chatted for quite some time, and she loved my fur coat. She is super sweet and we talked about my blog, fashion, her music, etc. After talking, Natasha had to change for the Boy Meets Girl after party at Avenue, so Ellen and I decided to meet her and her team there.  As I was leaving the backstage area, I came across singer Kat Deluna and chatted with her as well: Twitter friends!

As I was literally walking out the door, I came across the The Veronicas, who were so adorable and sweet: I’m also a big fan of their music!  When Ellen and I finally arrived at Avenue, we were seated at Natasha’s VIP table where I got to spend the evening with Natasha and her team which was so much fun: she’s so down to earth and sweet.  The music was amazing, everyone was dancing, and all eyes were on us.  I had an amazing night -from the fashion, to the people, to the music- and I am so excited that I’ve been able to attend such cool shows and network with such great people.

Boy Meets Girl Fashion Show

In On Location, Runway on February 16, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Taking a hipper approach during Fashion Week, the Boy Meets Girl fashion show was held last night in a cool building downtown.  The show had amazing sponsors who provided stations to experience new products.  Sponsors included Style 360, BMW, Polaroid Sunglasses, Seychelles, Make Up For Ever, Trident Vitality, plus more.  Each station was fun and entertaining while waiting for the show to begin: The Real Housewives of New York City Star, Ramona Singer, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey Star, Danielle Staub, seemed to be enjoying the Trident Vitality station.

When everyone sat down for the show, there was a musical guest before the models came out and strut the ever-so-cool clothes.  It was Natasha Bedingfield!  Natasha, who fashioned leather-looking leggings (like me) with a mint-green tank, a black military-esq jacket, and high wedges, is an amazing singer and performer, and I am so fortunate to have spent some time with her throughout the evening (more details on a later post).  Natasha was the perfect opening for the show, and she got everyone ready to have an evening of fun.

Who is just as cool as the Boy Meets Girl collection is the Designer, Founder, and Creative Director, Stacy Igel, who looked so chic in black leather shorts, a boy meets girl shirt with the signature logo, tights with the logo on it (that is what to me made her outfit) and high-wedged booties.  Stacy’s clothes demonstrate easy, chic, and fun clothing.  Perfect for a casual day on the weekend, you will find yourself feeling comfortable, casual, yet chic in her clothes.  I have so many favorites, but the pieces that I love most are the shorts, tanks, and oversized sweaters which are all perfect for a Fall day.

The models were styled to perfection: hair wavy and relaxed and a pale pink lip made the ultimate “downtown-relaxed” type girl.  I liked how the models weren’t styled to be over the topped, but to represent the every-day girl who would be wearing these clothes.  I had an amazing time at the show, and check out two more posts regarding the fashion show: me getting ready and my experience with the incredible celebrities, the after party, and my favorite looks from the Boy Meets Girl Collection.  This was my favorite fashion show of the week.

Heading out to the Bebe show in a bit: looking forward to ending Fashion Week in a big way!

My Favorite Looks From Pamella Roland’s Fall 2011 Collection

In On Location, Runway on February 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Sydney Goes To Pamella Roland’s Fall 2011 Runway Show

In On Location, Runway on February 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Back at the tents in Lincoln Center again! (One of my favorite places to be, may I add).  Since it is Valentine’s Day, I decided to wear a VDay inspired look: a crystal-belted red BCBG skirt, a boyfriend blazer, tights, black pumps, black jewelry, and my black Balenciaga purse: I didn’t need a jacket since it was shockingly warm out.  After socializing in the different “stations”, where I bumped into the lovely Lyss Stern of Divalysscious Moms, and Editor In Chief of Observer Playground, I made my way to The Studio, where the Pamella Roland show took place.

Celebrities, stylists, and fashion guru’s were some of the show’s attendees: stylist June Ambrose, Ms. Jay from America’s Next Top Model, actress Brittany Snow, Ramona Singer from The Real Housewives of New York City, photographer Nigel Barker and his wife (who I also saw at the Jill Stuart show), costume designer Rosemary Ponzo (who I sat next to), plus more.  After everyone got settled in their seats, the lights went dark, the music started to play, and the show began.

Roland’s Fall 2011 collection is full of sequins, patterns, colors, lace, and embellishments.  The collection is dressy, and is the perfect line to shop for that glamourous and extravagant night on the town.  There are long dresses, cocktail dresses, gowns, dressy pants with blouses, fur vests, dressy coats, plus more.  I truly loved each and every look because each one had it’s own “wow” factor, and there was variety.

Models looked classy and cool with a poof-bun hair style and red lipstick, which was the perfect look for this collection.  What I really like about Pamella’s collection is that it’s wearable, and it was presented on the runway in a way for the woman (customer) to envision herself in the clothes.

At the end of the show, when the models took their final walk, everyone clapped to the popular remix of The Time (Dirty Bit) by The Black Eyed Peas.  Following the models came Pamella, who walked down the runway with her children: it was such a sweet moment.  After the show, I went backstage and had the opportunity to meet Pamella and her children, which marked the ending of a great day.  Now it’s time for me to go watch Gossip Girl: a relaxing way to end my evening.

About The Jill Stuart Fashion Show

In Fashion Designer, On Location, Runway on February 12, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Lights, music, strut. The feeling of watching a runway show is, more or less, not like any other.  The cameras, people, music, models, and of course clothes and accessories are what make the ultimate runway show.  Today I had the pleasure of attending Jill Stuart’s Fall 2011 runway show, where I was able to observe trends, take pics, talk to celebrities, and rank my favorite pieces .

Stuart’s collection (47 looks) had a tribal vibe, a noted trend for the coming season.  Animal prints, belted sweaters, long patterned vests, polkadots, colorful leathers, long dresses, a mix of bright and dark colors, and metallics are some of what you will see in Stuarts collection. The most wearable pieces for your everyday wardrobe in Stuart’s collection would be the sweaters and the dresses: they are great for wearing in the day, and you will be able to dress them up at night, whether that means pairing the sweater with a cute skirt or spicing up the dress with a pair of  platforms.

As you can see in my post next to this, I show pictures of my favorite looks.  Yes those are all of my favorites, but I have my number one favorite that not I only “drooled” over, but Brad Goreski, stylist who used to work for Rachel Zoe, did too.   It is a reddish-orange dress in which the top half is leather, and has a very city go-getter look.

One of my favorite parts of the show was the styling of the models.  Each model looked stunning with their perfectly middle-parted hair, bronze eye shadow, and coral lip.  I also loved how the majority of the models were wearing scrunched up socks in their platform pumps, a trend that I’ve seen mastered by celebs like Leighton Meester.

At the end of the show, when the classic showing of all of the models walking together on the runway were backstage, Stuart came out for a short minute on the runway fashioning a navy blue and pink/peach polkadot dress with red platforms and black tights.  The collection is beautiful, and I had a great time watching the show.  I can’t wait for more fashion shows this week!

My Favorite Looks From Jill Stuart’s Fall 2011 Runway Show

In On Location, Runway on February 12, 2011 at 5:49 PM

My First Fashion Week Experience

In On Location on February 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Walking into the Mercedes Benz  Fashion Week tent at Lincoln Center gave me a rush of excitement.  Two heavy doors led me to a large room full of fashion, beauty, food, and luxury stations like the AOL stylist station, where you could go on laptops and edit photos from the show you just watched, plus other company’s stations like Maybelline and Pepsi.

As I walked into The Stage, where the Jill Stuart show took place, I grabbed my camera, business cards, and got right down to business.  I have never seen so much paparazzi in my entire life:  living in New York City, I see them all of the time, but not so many all at once. Sitting in the front row was designer Liz Lang, stylist Brad Goreski, Americas Next Top model judge Nigel Barker, actress Olivia Munn, Nylon’s Becka Diamond, singer Alexa Ray-Joel, actress Mena Suvari, and socialite/star of TV show High Society, Tinsley Mortimer, who I chatted and got a photo with.

Everyone looked great, but I was most stunned by Tinsley’s and Mena’s outfits.  Tinsley glowed in a white and black dress while Mena looked adorably colorful in a white dress pipped with blue, yellow, and pink.  Here’s what I wore: a navy-blue lace dress, a black boyfriend blazer, a chunky green, blue, pearl and crystal necklace, suede booties, a Balenciaga purse, my burgundy Louis Vuitton evidence sunglasses, and my vintage fur coat.

The show was short (I will be writing another post of what I thought about the looks – plus pictures), but the up-beat music, flashing of the cameras, fashion gurus, and gorgeous models fashioning the Jill Stuart collection made it a great show.

On each seat was a goodie bag to take home with two Jill Stuart beauty products: a jelly eye color, and a lip jewel.  As I walked out of the show, I ran into some familiar faces, one being legendary designer Carolina Herrera, who looked elegant as always.  I had a great time at the show, and be sure to keep checking out Style Solutions throughout the evening for more posts on the Jill Stuart Fall 2011 show.  Tonight I’m going to the Regency Hotel for dinner and a performance by model and Lipstick Jungle Star, Brooke Shields: so excited!

Sydney Goes To The Jimmy Choo Perfume Launch

In Beauty, Celebrities, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location on February 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM

What do I do when I have a free during school?  I go to blog-worthy launches and events for products, designers, and celebrities that I am obsessed with.  A few weeks ago, I blogged about the then soon-to-be out Jimmy by Jimmy Choo Perfume.  Guess what?  Today was the launch of the perfume, and I was able to cover it.

The launch of the Jimmy by Jimmy Choo perfume took place on the beauty level -first floor- of Saks Fifth Avenue.  I had 45 minutes to get to Saks from the Upper East Side, get info on the product, take pictures, and make it back to class in one piece.  Mission accomplished.  When I arrived at Saks Fifth Avenue, there was a long camel carpet (the red-carpet aesthetic) for founder Tamara Mellon to walk down with her new fragrance.  All shoppers and staff gathered to see Tamara walk the carpet, and you could tell how thrilled and excited she was.

The beauty level was packed with hundreds of girls waiting to meet Tamara, so I knew I wouldn’t have time to wait and get my perfume signed.  However, I was able to get into the press-only area in which I was able to snap pictures of Tamara, who fashioned a cheetah dress –so on trend- and a bright orange clutch for a pop of color.

As I was taking pictures of Tamara, I was pleasantly surprised to see Gossip Girl star, Jessica Szhor, who I was also able to get shots of.  Jessica looked stunning in a classic white button down and black pants, with a shiny pink lip.  She was cute and playful while spritzing the perfume on her, and it was nice to watch.  I was noticeably the only non-papparazi taking pics of her, and I saw her smiling at me and then looking towards the bottom half of my outfit.  Well,  I finally realized what Jessica was looking at: my uniform skirt which was used in Gossip Girl when they were still in high school.  I have to say, it was pretty funny.

Also present at the launch of the perfume were models who were dressed up in adorable black dresses embellished with crystals and pink and black scarves, spraying the fragrance on customers who wanted a sniff of the scent.  The perfume was clearly a hit based on the amount of people that were there, and I am definitely a fan.  The perfume is available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $95.

I’ve had a great day today, and it just got even better.  It is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC, one of my favorite weeks of the year, and I am pleased to announce that I will be covering some shows!  Get ready for a full coverage on the Jill Stuart show this weekend, and the Pamella Roland show next week, plus more: I can’t wait!

me.n.u

In On Location on February 7, 2011 at 7:03 PM

A typical Saturday for me is spending time with family and friends, going to cool restaurants and museums around the city, and checking out new stores that I think are blog-worthy.  As I was walking around the Upper East Side this past Saturday, I decided to go into a new and adorable store that my tween readers and their moms won’t want to miss.  It’s me.n.u.

Me.n.u gears to 8-16 year olds and is the ideal store for a mother and her child.  The store is best known for the ability to customize.  Not only can you customize adorable me.n.u brand pieces like sweatshirts -be it the color, design, or embellishment detail-, but you can also customize Ugg boots, etc.  The store not only carries the me.n.u brand, which is most definitely the greatest brand in the store, but brands like So Nikki, Joe’s Jeans, plus more.  While the younger one is shopping the adorable clothing displayed color coordinately on shelves and hangers (pink of course) and accessories like bags in metallic colors with different sayings and NYC area codes, the mom can shop the beautiful jewelry designs of Kelly Gerber and get her initials on certain pieces.

Shopping at a store that is just as gorgeous as the merchandise is a big plus for me.  Me.n.u is stunning. The store shimmers in pink with an oversized pink desk, a large flatscreen TV, photos of tweens modeling merchandise, a silver mosaic wall, and dressing rooms with antique-looking silver mirrors and pink velvet curtains which gives your “trying on time” a girly and glamorous feel.  I’m all about the shopping experience, and you definitely get one while at me.n.u.

While I was at the store, I munched on delicious chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and pink pearl-looking drops on top, a variety of Valentines Day candy, and sipped on pink-lemonade.

The store is most definitely worth shopping in, whether buying for yourself or a present for others.  The prices of merchandise in the store, with the exception of the high-end jewelry- runs from $15-$200.  By the way, if you’re wondering where the name me.n.u came from, it is based on how girls text which is in improper language, and the ability to customize pieces from an actual “menu”.  Check out me.n.u at 1042 Lexington Avenue: it’s a store you don’t want to miss.

Ida and Harry At The Fountainebleu

In On Location, Resort on December 30, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Hello from Palm Beach!  I just arrived from Miami, and although I am happy to be here, I miss Miami so much.  I was supposed to stay in Miami for three days, but due to the blizzard -which I am happier reading about in the Post than living in it- I could only stay for two days.  The people, food, scene, and of course fashion make the Fountainebleu resort the hottest hotel in Miami.  Although I was only there for a short amount of time, I am still able to give you a store profile on the resort’s most popular store: Ida and Harry.

The store named after the owner’s grandparents, Ida and Harry is the most glamorous, chic, yet very expensive store at the Fountainebleu.  Don’t go to Ida and Harry if you are on a budget, but do go if you want a guide to the hottest trends or to just splurge.

Ida and Harry is full of a variety of Herve Leger dresses in many colors, a wall of clothing full of adorable winter coats, city-girl blazers, RED Valentino pieces, lots of jeans and leggings, LBD’s, sweaters, and more.  On tables, there are piles of sequin shirts that are to die for by brands such as Halston Heritage.  There are also some cool t-shirts that have a vintage look with old time celebs on it like Elvis Presley.

For those of you who love accessories like me, Ida and Harry has a wall full of shoes that differ by color, height, and brand.  Also on the wall – in addition to on a table- are purses in different patterns, colors, and designers that will both work for resort and once you get back home.  By the register is a case of expensive jewlery that is full of gorgeous pieces, but make sure you really love what you’re looking at before purchasing, because the jewelry is pricey.

Ida and Harry is a store I like to look in more than to shop in, but I have found great pieces through the years on sale, and I am still a huge fan.  Even if you’re not going to buy, check out Ida and Harry if you’re in Miami because it really is a fun, glamorous, and adorable store to browse in.

 

Rent The Runway FASHION ALERT

In Holiday, On Location on December 22, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Rent The Runway is taking a trip from the cyber world to the big apple!  The Soho pop up is only available to Gilt City members, so if you’re not a member, sign up on GiltCity.com now.  Rent The Runway is a website where you can rent your head-to-toe dream look for any occasion you might need for a specific amount of time.  Get ready girls, because this is the time that you’ll be able to wear the Herve Leger dress that you’ve been “gaga” over for months.

The holiday season is certainly the best time for Rent The Runway to make their “fashion statement” in NYC because New Years Eve is just around the corner, and finding the perfect dress for an evening of partying and fun is what fashion-lovers are worrying about all night long.  It’s a great idea to rent a dress for New Years Eve because it is rare for one to wear a New Year’s Eve dress after that night.  New years Eve is a once a year event, so you don’t want to spend a lot of money for one night.

If you’re going to be in New York City on December 30th and 31st, make your way to Rent The Runway’s NYC pop up closet.  The location will be open for only two days, so prepare wisely.  In order to go into the Rent The Runway pop up, click here to purchase your $5 admission ticket: this is your ticket into the Soho boutique.  You’ll be able to try on and rent dresses and accessories.  Not only will there be fashion stylists to help perfect your look, but there will be complementary hair and makeup artists.  The tickets are available for two times and two dates.  December 30: 5pm-8pm and December 31: 11am-3pm.  The sale to buy tickets ends on December 28, so if you buy your tickets now, Gilt City will give you a $10 credit for your next purchase.

This miniature miracle awaits, but remember, if you’re not a Gilt City member, you must sign up in order to purchase the admission ticket to attend this great pop up.  The location of the pop up is 163 Varick Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10013.

Sydney Meets Patricia Field

In Fashion Designer, Holiday, Interview/Personal Appearance, On Location on December 14, 2010 at 6:26 PM

It might have been absolutely freezing outside, but that didn’t stop me from attending the launch party of Patricia Field‘s – the stylist for Sex & The City 2 – new limited edition handbag line for MCM this afternoon.  The launch party took place at the MCM Boutique at The Shops At The Plaza Hotel.  I’m not a huge fan of the shopping center at the Plaza for two reasons.  One: I don’t think it’s necessary to have a mini mall when NYC is the biggest “mall” in the country.  Two: it takes the classic charm away from this New York City landmark.  However, meeting Patricia was worth it.

If you’re a Sex & The City 2 fashion-fan like me, you know how excited I was to meet this fashion legend.  Patricia’s line for MCM gave the company’s handbags the edgy twist that it most certainly needed: whether it be the color, design, or studs on some of the handles.

I talked to Patricia for fifteen minutes -who looked very cool with her adorable Pucci winter coat- and she asked what my opinion was of the bags: if I thought they would appeal to my readers, if I liked the look, etc.  I feel that the line has a cool, artsy, and chic look.  It’s for the girl that wants an everyday bag that is stylish, wearable, and big enough – yet not too big – for her daily necessities.  I also think that it’s classic (although fun and colorful) and is not too out there and looks simple yet elegant.

Beyonce was just seen wearing my favorite bag of the collection which is called the ‘Reversible Shopper Tote‘ – love the color, design: everything.  Although the collection is expensive – handbags start at $550 – it is a luxury brand and the bags are less expensive than (for example) Goyard totes which have the similar aesthetic.

This line is limited edition, so it’s a great gift to purchase for the holidays if you want to splurge on something that is more unique.  Meeting Patricia was a pleasure: she’s fashion forward, a fashion icon, and an inspiration to fashion-lovers like me.  Check out her collection at the MCM Boutique at the Shops At The Plaza or on PatriciaField.com

Sydney Goes To Dash

In Celebrities, Clothing, Holiday, On Location on December 5, 2010 at 9:41 AM

The Upper East Side was a madhouse yesterday.  My mom and I were looking forward to a shopping day in the department stores because it was cold outside, but Bloomingdales (who had an iceskating rink made out of plastic which people could “skate” on), Barneys, and Bergdorfs were jammed packed.  We decided that it was time to leave our comfort zone and make our way down to Soho on Spring Street: I put on my fur vest, my cheetah Betsy Johnson hat, and we were off.

First, my mom and I went for a cheese platter and Spanish donuts dipped in chocolate sauce at a tapas bar where I spotted socialite and star of CW11’s High Society Tinsley Mortimer and boyfriend Brian Mazza, who were seated a table away from us.  Then we went into some cool vintage stores where I tried on some Chanel jewelry and fur coats.  From there we went to Topshop,-I bought the perfect dress for Miami and Palm Beach: I might even wear it on New Years- then Bloomingdales (the downtown one of course), and finally Dash.

If you’re going to a place that involves the Kardashian name, you need to be prepared for a line.  Outside the Dash store was a line of about 30 people, yet there were only about 10 people in the store.  It was freezing out, so my mom and I kept running into this cute gallery to look at art until the one hour line progressed.  When finally being let into the store, I was a bit disappointed: it looked like an Intermix wanna-be.  Dash carried all the same brands as everyone else like Alice and Olivia and Torn, so why wait in line for the same old stuff if I don’t have to at Intermix? Well, because it’s a Kardashian store.  I think that the girls should start a mini upscale collection of their own and sell it at the store so it brings some diversity.

There was some of their own brand in the store like their new book Kardashian Konfidential, water bottles, Kim’s perfume, etc.  Most of the shoppers didn’t want to spend money on merchandise, so the only smart thing the store did was have a bag that you could purchase for $15 which had a Dash water bottle and candle in it.  It is said that the store makes $50,000-$100,000 a day, but I don’t believe that because the only thing that was being purchased in the store were those $15 bags.

Overall, my “downtown day” was a success: lunch/snack was delicious, the shopping was good, and going into to Dash was worth it.

A True Shopper Can Always Find A Way

In On Location on November 27, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Bonjour from Montreal!  It is so cold here yet beautiful due to the on and off snow showers throughout the day.  What a difference there is from Toronto to Montreal: both fabulous cities yet one (Toronto) more modern and the other (Montreal) older and French.  I was actually supposed to be in Paris this week, but a change of plans sent us to Canada, and being in Montreal gave me a little feeling of being in Paris.

A true shopper can always find a way to shop no matter what the temperature is outside.  I found myself spending the day in Montreal’s “Underground City” that is filled with thousands of shops in which 4 malls are combined together – for those who have been to the underground city, you know I’m not exaggerating.  The underground city is full of stores some of which we know like Zara, H&M, Louis Vuitton, etc, but then there are those boutiques and department stores that are local to Montreal such as Simons and Ogilvy.

Simons was full of fun wintery sweaters while Ogilvy had a great accessory department.  The prices in Montreal make living in New York seem like the biggest rip off, so it was great to have a vacation of shopping that was reasonable.  Back to New York tomorrow – hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Our Neighbor To The North

In On Location on November 26, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I love Toronto: great food, museums, and of course fashion (plus the occasional snow flakes throughout the day).  Canada and the U.S. are similar in some of it’s chain stores, but you know they are different countries when Tim Hortons becomes your Starbucks, when the temperature drops to negative, and the fabulous stores on Bloor Street.

My day started off with attending the Bata Shoe Museum which exhibits hundreds of shoes from different cultures, shoes worn by popular Canadian celebs like Avril Lavigne and band Nickelback, and older shoes from top designers like Roger Vivier and Manolo Blahnik.

After the museum, I shopped in one of my new favorite stores called Mendocino which sells flirty dresses, great tops and blouses for the cold and cruise season, and legging pants in a bunch of colors- I found 3 adorable tops.

I then went to Holt Renfrew which is a department store that is so glamorous and chic- very French.  They have a great contemporary department in which I found a cool blouse and hanky pankys in colors and designs that I’ve never seen before.  Plus, the store has a delicious restaurant (a Freds at Barneys type in terms of look and “lunchers”) that makes the food at Freds seem horrible – it was truly one of the best lunches I’ve had.

Tonight I will be going to an Asian Museum and having dinner at a restaurant there afterwards which is suppose to be amazing, yet all i’m craving is a crunchie.  Look out for a fashion update from Montreal.