Growing up, I was unequivocally a tomboy who preferred sports over fashion and only wore dresses for weddings. Although these predilections didn't stick with me into adulthood, they have influenced my current style. I still love the ease of a tee shirt and track pant, but with updated details: something along the lines of a mesh insert, white piping, or neoprene element. There's something so attractive about the sports luxe style that it's no wonder the fashion world has come to embrace it.
Celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott recently shared their picks for three accessories worth splurging on: a black clutch, metallic heels and a timeless watch. Accessories work powerfully to elevate an outfit and bring fresh, dynamic elements to it. I also rely on accessories to provide a finishing touch that pulls the look together. My splurge-worthy pieces? I'd include intricately bold jewelry and color-blocked heels.
Recently I've been embracing a more minimalist aesthetic, from silk tops and crepe vests to tuxedo pants and classic pumps—all in a palette of black, pastel or white. I find it easier to incorporate accessories and focus on details when my outfit is simple and fuss-free. The story for this look: intersecting yet complementary lines.
It's not just the soothing warmth or promise of relaxation that entices us every summer. The combination of water and sun captivates us in an indescribable, visceral way. Triangl, an Australian swimwear label founded in 2012 and inspired by the classic triangle bikini, embodies this essense of sexy-cool. Jump into an endless summer with Stylized Luxe and Triangl!
It's time to spring into color. Like a girl to stilettos, I gravitate towards clothing in vibrant palettes, prints, or unconventional silhouettes. It can be the perfect accent in a monochromatic look or make a statement as the centerpiece of the outfit. Leave it to Helmut Lang to deliver a juicy splash of springtime color.
This month has been filled with joys, both big and small. One of the most surreal moments was seeing myself in the May 2014 issue of InStyle Magazine. Thank you to my friends, family and colleagues who have already shared their support! On a smaller scale, I've been finding beauty in everything from my favorite cosmetics to vibrant florals. Keep reading for all the shopping details on my luxe little loves.
Layering is not limited to fall fashion. One of my favorite seasons to experiment with layers is early springtime, when the weather is transitioning from crisp and cool to sunny and balmy. Whether you pull out your favorite trench or drape a blazer over lush florals, remember to have fun with mixing prints, textures and colors.
In my opinion, nothing completes an outfit better than a stunning pair of shoes. Perhaps it's the ability for shoes to define and transform an outfit—to tell a story—that has kept me endlessly fascinated with them. Thus, it brings me great joy to have befriended a brilliant footwear designer, Michael Mack of Michael Grey Footwear. His designs are a rare combination of modern silhouettes, vintage storytelling, subtle yet exciting details and superior comfort. Michael is definitely my sole mate when it comes to shoes! Keep reading for a closer look at one of my favorites, the Firenze Notte.
New York experienced a wave of beautiful weather over the weekend, and I fully embraced it with my fashion choices. We've heard of statement necklaces and heels, but today I'm experimenting with a pair of statement tights. Today I feel like a concrete jungle creature.
"Life is luxury." This is the motto designer Deondra Jereé lives by, and executes flawlessly into her premier luxury handbag line, Deondra Jereé Collection. Based in New York, the 22-year-old designer distinguishes her line from the current fashion world by incorporating luxury materials and bold designs with the modern woman in mind. I'm excited to share our collaboration, and one of my favorite pieces from her Pre-Fall 2014 collection: the Braseé Juweyvos.
This month I had the opportunity to interview Leah, the founder and creative mind behind Leah Singh. Her collection of pillows, clutches and bone jewelry mixes traditional Indian craft techniques with modern, geometric forms. I'm thrilled to share Leah's story, and how her brand promotes the rejuvenation of traditional Indian craftsmanship.
Dear Lovely Readers,
It seems like a polar vortex has invaded NYC, and my camera and I are safely tucked away from the bitter cold. I'd love to use my time at home as a chance to discuss an important topic—the pursuit of happiness. Most humans are on a constant pursuit of happiness, whether through means of instant gratification (food, shopping, etc.), or achievements in success, money, or status. How often do you feel, "Once I find my dream job, I'll be happy" or "If people admire my accomplishments, I'll be happy." I believe success, money, and relationships are not the origins of happiness, but the tools to help us reach happiness. The true origin of happiness comes from within yourself, and in that sense, is completely in your control.
(Photography by Takashi Matsuzaki)
It's all in the details. When creating an outfit, I find the greatest satisfaction in finding that "finishing touch" element—whether it's in matching prints, colors, or the unexpected statement piece. Sometimes the finishing touch comes in the form of a luscious lip color.
2014—it's finally here!
Looking back, 2013 was a year of challenges and growth, friendships and love. I pushed myself beyond what I thought were my limits and in turn discovered how truly impactful willpower can be on the endgame. It was also the year I found my first mentor—an individual who inspires me with her words and actions, who is elegant, compassionate, and a leader in every sense of the word. With the New Year, my expectation is to continue building myself as a professional, a friend, a daughter & sister, and to follow through with excellence in everything I touch.