Holiday Gift Guide for Him

As 2020 marches on, one thing is for certain: finding joy and happiness within your immediate family (or pod) is more important than ever this year. As such, it feels like there is more of an emphasis on gift giving this holiday season. Your spouse/bf/life partner/brother or dad deserves something extra cool this year, especially with the extra stress ever body has endured.

I have put together a soup to nuts gift guide for him below. Each items title is linked. As always, I am here to answer questions or inquires that you may have.

Stay safe & happy shopping!

KITH LEROY REVERSIBLE QUILTED JACKET

Wear this awesome paisley jacket layered over a long sleeve tee and hoodie and rolled denim. For the stylish dude in your life. Reverses to red/navy. $265

ROYCE FIVE SLOT LEATHER WATCH BOX

For the watch collector. This item is available through special order on Moda Operandi, click the link above to secure if interested. $110

PHAIDON ANDY WARHOL CATALOGUE RAISONNE PAINTINGS 1976-1978

For the art connoisseur. This item is available through special order on Moda Operandi, click the link above to secure if interested. $750

RARE & UNIQUE HERMES HORSEHEAD SAMARCANDE PUZZLE

A very special figurine for a desk or mantle piece. This item is available through special order on Moda Operandi, click the link above to secure if interested. $1035

CRAFT WHISKEY CLUB GIFT MEMBERSHIP

For the whiskey/bourbon/rye drinking gentleman. What sets this service apart from its competitors is how it includes a snack or supplement to pair perfectly with each months bottle. Packages starting around $330 for 6 month subscription service.

PEARL STREET CAVIAR KELUGA NBA TIN

Pearl Street Caviar has teamed up with NBA Lab to bring you the richest, creamiest Keluga (and Siberian) caviar in a sleek NBA team logo of your choice. A gift to your friend or athlete with discerning taste buds. Starting at $44 *USE CODE: ALEXANDRAPSC FOR 12% OFF OF YOUR ORDER

SACKCLOTH & ASHES MOUNTAIN BLANKET

This brand is not only certified eco friendly, made in Italy, but also donates one blanket to domestic homeless shelters for each blanket purchased. Help them reach their goal of donating one million blankets by 2024. $115

SACKCLOTH & ASHES LEATHER BLANKET ROLL

To easily transport the above blanket in style. $35

PARACHUTE WAFFLE ROBE

For the comfort seeking homebody. Aren’t we all these days?Available in White, Tan and Grey, pictured here. $119

AESOP THE SEASONED WAYFARER GIFT KIT

Aesop. If you know you know. Their products are rich, a pleasure zone for your olfactory senses and aesthetically pleasing for any bathroom setup. $97

GRAPHIC IMAGE GOLF COURSES: FAIRWAYS OF THE WORLD LEATHER BOOK

For the golf lover. This item is available through special order on Moda Operandi, click the link above to secure if interested. $108

NIKE x SACAI VAPOR WAFFLE

A special edition for the sneaker head. Japanese brand Sacai teamed up with Nike to bring you a layered up design with their classic double lace up and swoosh elements. Starts at $445+

GEORG JENSEN MANHATTAN COCKTAIL SHAKER

For the gentleman who prefers his cocktails shaken, not stirred. A bar cart classic with a modern design. $150

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

The holiday season is upon us and shopping for gifts looks a bit different this year. Stores may not be receiving much foot traffic but we can still do our part to support local & independently owned shops. It’s a great time to think outside of the box too – surprise a loved one with a family photoshoot with a local photographer or a book a treatment at an independently owned spa.

I have put together a curated gift guide that you can swipe through below. All items have corresponding links below.

Feel free to reach out if you have questions or would like to work together this holiday season.

Claus Porto Soap Box $70

Fornasetti Scented Cocktail Candle $215

Port & Polish Pill Box $20

Cult Gaia Drea Earrings $257

Source Unknown Sweater $144

Malin & Goetz Perfume Oil $52 *Dark Rum is rich & delicious

Monica Rich Kosann Slim Cushion Locket with Diamond $1785

Gucci Horsebit Silk Scarf $495

Alexander Wang Wangloc crystal embellished mini top handle bag $595

Numbering Double Link Pave Earrings $200

Martha Stewart CBD Wellness Gummies $35

Made to order Upcycled Zodiac Sweatshirt $188

Assouline Linen Hardcover Miami Beach Book $95

Fendi Shine Large Leather Tote $4600

Bandier X Brodie Cashmere Cardigan & Short Set $248/ $188

McNally Jackson Book Sellers Gift Card or stack of books $ pick your denomination

The Neeshe Illustrator Personalized Portrait Watercolor Illustration $Price Upon Request

Playing with Gold

Gold jewelry is an eternal style staple and an excellent investment that should be passed down through generations and prized for its longevity. Presently, the gold chain necklace is having a major moment. I’ve pulled together a handful of my favorite pieces below and shared different ways to style them.  When layering necklaces, make sure there is a length difference between each strand so that they stand out from one another and avoid getting tangled.

Have fun with it. Incorporate colorful beaded bracelets & necklaces with your gold pieces.

Mix Metals! The more the merrier. Mixing metals gives a rich look, especially when you stack yellow gold with platinum or rose gold with white gold. I prefer to mix metals in ring form and tend to wear a gold wedding band with platinum band or engagement ring.

Outfit idea: Throw on your favorite worn in or vintage jeans, a black or white tee and loafers. Get your layering game on with a few gold chains or a choker.  Add a mix of delicate and chunky gold bracelets in addition to colorful beaded strands for a summery feel.

These are vintage or hand me down pieces that I wear almost everyday. I pair the snake chain (2nd from left) and round link chain (bottom) together, and the round choker on its own. The rolled rope chain bracelet (center) is very old and my absolute favorite that I layer up with a new personalized beaded stack. Photo below.

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Lets start with the gold chain…

A nice and easy on the wallet version of a choker from Brinker & Eliza

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A pretty long version by Mejuri

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If you are prepared to invest in a 24K gold version, below are three of my fine jewelry picks:

Foundrae’s Clip Choker

Rosa de La Cruz’ Classic Chunky Chain

Jenna Blake Skeleton Link Necklace

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Next, lets layer these up with some gold novelty pieces:

Chain Necklace paired with Linked Up Necklace, below

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Linked Up Necklace

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Onto Bracelets!

 

Delicate, Sustainable 1976 Gold Bracelet. Beautiful with below Snake Bracelet

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Snake Bracelet

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Now add on this chunky Showstopper Bracelet + some colorful beads, too…

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My vintage rolled rope chain bracelet, below, stacked with #beadsbybri personalized rainbow stack!

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Let’s not forget about earrings! 

I prefer to wear these alone. For a more done up look pair with a simple gold choker.

Chic Bottega crystal earrings

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This beautiful Twisted Hoop. Here is a link to my coil pair in the above photo.

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Stay golden ūüĆü

I have joined the Moda Network!

Hi there, ¬†I hope you are staying safe and enjoying the rest of summer. I am happy to be back here and to share some very exciting news: ¬†I have joined Moda Operandi’s network of Style Ambassadors!

First off, here is a bit of background on Moda: Moda Operandi offers top women’s fashion, accessories, footwear, fine jewelry, and home decor. ¬†Moda curates a beautiful selection of unique in-season pieces as well as offering a Trunkshow option. ¬†Trunkshow shopping allows you to select designs straight off the runway that will be produced exclusively for the client (you!). Whether you prefer to shop for an unparalleled selection of in season collections or one-of-a-kind styles straight from the runway, they have you covered.

Moda is the ultimate style destination and I am thrilled to share this partnership with you! Get in touch with me to find out how we can work together to build your best wardrobe.

Below are a few looks that I put together looks from their latest collections:

FALL//CASUAL COOL

Sweatshirt & Pants: Les Tien Tote: Bottega Veneta Sneakers: Ganni

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FALL//POLISHED

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SUMMER//SOCIALLY DISTANCED EVENT

Dress & Bag: The Attico (Sale!)  Earrings: Jennifer Behr Shoes: Alexandre Vauthier

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SEASONLESS//CASUAL COOL

Top & Bike Shorts: Cotton Citizen  Shoes: Neous

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Sales Happening Now!

What: STAUD online sample sale via 260 Sample Sale

When: Mon 4/27 9am – Thurs 4/30 9pm

Details: 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles Food Bank.

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What: PIXIE MARKET 20% off site wide promotion

When: NOW!

Details: NYC based brand that focuses on modern, well priced pieces.

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What: GANNI Postmodern Archive Sale

When: TBA…¬†Email Sign up for drop notification

Details:¬†Good Ganni. Who doesn’t love a discounted piece from responsible Danish brand who’s archived styles reign relevant today.

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What: Moda Operandi – 30% Off Best Selling Items

When: NOW!

Details: MO is offering 30% off of a wide curated assortment of their best selling pieces. A full 135 pages worth! Happy shopping!

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What: NEED SUPPLY – 25% off entire site

When: NOW!

Details: A harmonious¬†mix of high, low and lesser known brands¬†living under the same roof. It’s a good time to pick up a comfy lounge dress, or two, or a Margiela bag for a quarter off retail.

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What: FRAME online sample sale via 260 Sample Sale 

When: Mon 4/27 7am – Sun 5/3 11pm

Details: Frame denim + ready to wear up to 80% off!

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What: Nasty Gal 60% off site wide sale

When: NOW!

Details:¬†It’s easy to stock up on lounge sets and leisure pieces when they’re 60% off retail. ¬†And if you are feeling a little wild check out this fringe jacket.

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Home & Hangout Finds

Life is a lot different in the days of Coronavirus.

I don’t know about you but I have experienced a full spectrum of emotions since we really started our quarantine about four weeks ago… worried, sad, nervous eventually turned into more positive feelings of gratitude, for the time spent with Scarlett & Josh. A re-focus on providing for my family by cooking meals and just doing my best to be present in order to keep all of our sanity levels low while sharing a NYC apartment between a working hubby and an active toddler.

I have been browsing home & lounge pieces more than ever online. Wanting to tackle home projects and feeling a bit stir crazy while also wanting to contribute to offsetting what may be the worst retail apocalypse in history.  Only time will tell but it is not looking good out there for many industries, not just retail. In the meantime, take advantage of discounts being offered and support your local and larger stores. Below are a handful of curated items/pieces that stood out to me. I even went and ordered the very last pair of jeans for when I do leave the apt ( Moda is offering 25% off right now with code 25OFF).

Thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope you stay safe, healthy, sane, and know that this too shall pass.

All of the below item descriptions are linked.

Home

H&M Home Ceramic Figurine

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Chennille Throw

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Palm Tree Jewelry Stand

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Soap Dispenser 

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Square Tray

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Sip Straws @ Coming Soon

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Heller Dinnerware

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Magic Carpet

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Ikea Vanligen Vase

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Alexandra Von Furstenberg Tray in Slate Grey

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(available in all colors + neons)

Container Store Clear Tissue Holder

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Lounge Wear 

Sleeper Linen Lounge Suit

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Cotton Citizen Cashmere Sweats & Crew

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Zara PJ Top & Bottoms

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Alex Mill Jumpsuit

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H&M Wide V Neck

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Cropped Hoodie & Joggers
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Colsie Lounge Playsuit

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^ I have been living in this & took a size small ^

SALE: Sleeper Party PJ Set

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A Gold E 90s Paperbag Jean

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(for those weekly outings and or grocery runs)

Weekly Round Up: NYFW FW 2020

NYFW Fall 2020 was an exciting and fast week thanks to CFDA head chairman Tom Ford keeping a tight seven day schedule unlike past years which ran longer. Ford showed in LA just two nights before the Oscars so naturally his star studded audience and clientele could attend both events.

A few themes circulated throughout fall 2020 fashion week, a major one being the dark times we live in (climate change, politics) and what we can do to offset it through sustainability. These unpretty, inevitable issues were addressed by many designers, specifically Gabriela Hearst and Collina Strada who produced in revolutionary and sustainable ways to make for a smarter, cleaner and hopefully brighter future.

There was the resurgence of sexy dressing on the runway and on the street, suiting and tailored details, pleating, waist definition, the continuation of new (and old) sleeve shapes, and the influence of simple and elegant Madam Gres design and styling.

Below are my favorite looks from the week.

London fw up next….

Oscar de la Renta – Gold Pleated Gown

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Michael Kors Collection – Criss Cross Lapel & Equestrian Suiting

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Nili Lotan – Classic cool with a tinge of prep school

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Zimmermann – Ladylike details

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Khaite – a 70’s Homage

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Proenza – Sexy off the shoulder suiting

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Markarian – Chain Belt Detail & Crystal Dress

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Gabriela Hearst – Tailoring & Repurposed Knits

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Rodarte – Sleeve Detail and Layering

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Marc Jacobs Р3 Major Moments here: Suiting & Belting

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Cardigans, Gloves, & Sexy Layers

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Sexy Suiting

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Weekly Roundup

Welcome to the Weekly Roundup! Sharing the important pieces from this weeks new arrivals across the internet. All owns are linked. Click through for designers and details.

Floral Embroidered Knit Vest

For spring. To be worn with white paper-bag waist/wide leg or straight leg denim.

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Yuuto Croco Knee Boots

For Now. Wear in, out, over, under denim, a skirt… with anything really!

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Printed Lantern Sleeve Top & 60’s Snap Suede Skirt

Now with tights and boots. Spring with above boots.

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Denim Bow Blouse & Boyish Dempsey Straight Leg Jeans

Denim on denim or wear as separates.

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60’s Peacoat

To top off the above two looks, and really most things in your closet.

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Woven Patent Leather Tote

Big boxy and beautiful.

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Lounge Set

An essential for running around or lounging. Layer with cashmere and oversized denim jacket.

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Weekly Roundup: Embossed Accessories!

Animal print accessories are major right now. I splurged on these python boots that seem to be, in some variation, everywhere… ¬†Initially I wanted them in black embossed croc and since I didn’t scratch that itch, I just can’t go on living without acquiring something of the sort.

Ok, let’s just take a moment here to talk about embossed crocodile.

It is versatile! It goes from day to night effortlessly, especially something small.

It is timeless and classic. Have you seen vintage croc clutches from the 50’s and 60’s? They are completely relevant today, so much so that designers are designing them to look vintage. Oh and how about a crocodile Kelly bag? Beyond.

Incorporating a croc piece into your wardrobe adds instant dimension and a lady-like element to most any outfit. Picture this, a monochromatic grey knit look: a sweater, belted over knit pants or straight leg denim, topped with this¬†brown embossed belt bag¬†and you’ve just added instant sophistication to an otherwise everyday outfit.

Here are just a few of the amazing options I found on my search. All titles are linked below!

 

Hermès Kelly Crocodile Alligator Skin Shoulder Bag

This gorgeous pre-owned Kelly bag is combination crocodile and alligator. It is real and it is an investment. This vintage beauty deserves a moment.

 

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Frankie Shop Mini Shoulder Purse in Embossed Croc

It doesn’t hold much but it sure is cute and has a long strap for wearing as a crossbody or knotted and tied over your shoulder. Bonus: its on sale for $49!

 

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Women’s Cabria Ankle Boots

These are a staple in solid and even better in croc. They are on sale and almost sold out.

 

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ASOS DESIGN 2 pack croc and tan waist and hip belt

A big belt does wonders for jeans, a knit dress or layering over a knit cardigan and silk cami. These two come as a set and I especially like the narrow buckle on the black one and that the set is only $23 on Asos.

 

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I would wear this all the time as a belt bag across the chest. It looks more expensive than its $350 price point and can be worn as a crossbody, shoulder bag or without the strap as a clutch.
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Maison Boinet Croc-Effect Leather Belt

Chic with its circular gold hardware and rich brown tone. Also an amazing price on sale!

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You may already know I am obsessed with a rich marigold hue. Now give it to me in an off the shoulder, wide belted, jacquard croc pattern and I am done. Sign me up Sally LaPointe.

 

Wear em with gold (above, ahem),  light blue denim or white when its warm out. These are hot.

 

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An affordable version of the Celine Vertical Cabas tote.

 

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STAUD Billie croc-effect wedge mules

Headed to a warm weather destination? These babies are right for lunch or dinner with straight leg denim. Perhaps even¬†by the pool if you’re feeling fancy.

 

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Ampersand As Apostrophe Sideways tote in Croc Noir Matte

The tote I have been coveting since first stumbling upon it! The perfect size, shape and comes with a detachable inner pouch that doubles as a clutch.

 

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