I rarely have birthday parties, but given this was a big milestone I wanted to do something special. I dreamed of having a beautiful dinner for all my close girlfriends who have been there for me and with me along the way. A nice thank you for the memories and laughs.
My only, and I mean only choice for a venue was Black Barn. From the first time I visited, I fell in love with the upscale yet laid back atmosphere. A very rare combination you won’t find anywhere else in New York City. The moment you walk through the big heavy doors, you’re taken out of the city and placed in a beautiful oasis. Especially with the number of private rooms they have available for hosting private parties.
The food is phenomenal as well. You simply cannot go wrong when ordering. Each ingredient is fresh and often bought from the local farmers market. My mouth is salivating just thinking about it. So yes, for my birthday it was Black Barn or Bust. This was the only place I could imagine hosting my friends. Luckily for me and my guest, not only were they happy to have us but were incredibly helpful when setting up the dinner. In a private room, they started the feast with sabering champagne (check out my Instagram), and every type of crafted cocktails you could imagine. Topping it off with a four-course meal everyone is able to enjoy (even the glutton intolerant).
To make the occasion even more phenomenal, I wore a beautiful gold dress by Julie Brown NYC. The beading around the collar and cuff made this a stunning fit for the occasion. Plus, it is so forgiving and comfortable, even after consuming so much delicious food!
Ask any designer their dreams and their answer will be to have their collection at Bergdorf Goodman. The department store has been a manhattan staple to the elite for decades. Celebrities, presidents, first ladies, pretty much any top style icon has shopped the massive fifth avenue establishment. So for a blogger to design a collection and have it debut at Bergdorfs is kind of a big deal! The times are changing, and influencers are leaving a gigantic mark.
If I could do high school all over this is what I’d wear. Of course, if only I had this level of taste, funds, and didn’t have to wear a school uniform. But back in High School, everyone was in loovvvee with Abercrombie and Fitch. Friends wanted to work there, shop there, live there. I, however, didn’t care for the brand. Like I mentioned in this previous post, I was not the biggest A&F supporter.
But over the summer I attended a fall preview at Abercrombie & Fitch and was blown away by the changes. The clothes were more elegant, tailored and included the color black! I was impressed with their latest eco-friendly jeggings (which I am rocking below) and how they’re constructed out of recycled plastic bottles. That evening they were doing monogramming and decided to stamp my new jeans with my initials.
My bowtie blouse and gold knotted bracelet are also from Abercrombie & Fitch, both of which I have received numerous compliments. While the brand still has their staple logo pieces, I am amazed how many button down blouses they are now carrying. It is a welcomed change.
Top, Jeans, Bracelet from Abercrombie & Fitch
Jacket from Zara
Boots from 14th & Union
Purse from Chanel
Sunglasses from Firmoo
Photos by Nathan Wahl
A few weeks ago, I attended the Power Your Happy panel hosted by Lisa Sugar from Popsugar. The evening corresponded with the launch of Lisa Sugar’s new book “Power Your Happy” and was filled with incredible speakers who have successfully turned what they loved into a career. The panelists were Deborah Lloyd who is Kate Spade’s Chief Creative Director, Chef Chloe Coscarelli of by CHLOE, and Jessie Randall the Creative Director and Cofounder of Loeffler Randall. See what each inspirational woman had to say below!
Lisa Sugar – founder of Popsugar
- “Do what you love”
- After a lot of crappy jobs in my 20s and not liking what I was doing everyday, I started “doing what I love”. My husbands motto of “just do it” played in my head. I began writing and making a routine. I learned from the audience what they liked and modified the content.
- I have a series of people I look to for inspiration, such as Beyonce. Though I don’t know her personally, I use her quotes to help direct my own thinking and choices.
- As for Balance? Screw balance. It is great in theory, but there is no such thing as balance when you are doing what you love and working for yourself.
Deborah Lloyd – Kate Spade’s Chief Creative Director
- I was head of Burberry of women’s wear and Banana Republic then Kate Spade. I kept moving into new opportunities and experiences.
- Be surrounded by a team of people who are better than you and better at the things you hate to do.
- A smile will get you a lot further than you think.
- The hardest experiences are when you learn the most and inquire more drive.
Chloe Coscarelli – by CHLOE
- Attitude is everything. Not success is everything; not money is everything. It is how you see things that make a huge difference.
- I moved home for three years and not sure what I was doing. That time was so necessary. I was able to listen to myself and figure out what I wanted to do.
- My advice is don’t seek validation from others. Who cares what other’s think when you tell them what you do for a living or if you are in the place of figuring your life out. Do what you really love.
- Think about what you would want as a consumer- that will cultivate more genuine products.
Jessie Randall – Creative Director and Cofounder of Loeffler Randall
- I struggled with the confidence of saying I am a designer at first. It was something I had to get over.
- Someone asked me at the beginning stages of starting my own business, “If you failed- would it still be a positive experience if you tried to be a designer?” – it helped me take the big risk.
- Let go of things- delegate, ask for help, you don’t have to do everything yourself.
- Find a partner that will help you. They should be the ying to your yang.
- When you can’t stop thinking about it, pursue it.
- Think about what makes you different from what is already out there.
Yesterday I recently visited the set of AOL Build, where the mega online hub hosts daily interviews with big named celebrities. I sat in on an interview with folk-country singer Jewel. If you grew up in the ’90s like I did, you’d remember jammin’ to her songs on the radio along with Savage Garden.
What I did not remember was how much Jewel had overcome at such a young age. She grew up in an abusive household, ran away at 15, became homeless at 16 and started stealing to make it through. She then started singing and songwriting which led her to become an American sensation.
But how did Jewel turn her life around?
Song for this article is: Out of My System by Youngr
I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be writing about a brand I boycotted in fifth grade. I had extreme detest for a certain clothing company that promoted their merchandise with half naked models. I vividly remember the rest of my class excitedly adorning their newest and latest from Abercrombie & Fitch. But not me. At ten years old I made certain to not even step foot in their doors.
So when I received the confirmation from Elle Magazine that I’ll be attending the Fall 16′ preview of the line I had once much despised, I laughed. Oh, how the times have changed.
A few weeks ago, Condé Nast Traveler held an event at the Cadillac House in New York City. The event highlighted the short films that travelers around the world submitted to the magazine. I was intrigued by 1- the newest home for Cadillac ( they just had their opening a week prior) and 2- the films selected as the winners.
This past Saturday, I attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. While it was the 9th annual VC Polo Classic, it was my first time attending. And boy, was it quite the experience. The polo match took place in Liberty State Park, a park I stare at every morning when I open up my shades. None the less it took nearly 2 hours to get there. Droves, upon droves, upon droves of the BEST dressed New Yorkers I have ever seen were all eager to attend the match as well. The ferry line at Battery Park stretched for three hours! Three hours of these gorgeous men and women in the beautiful suits and sundresses (and heels) were patiently waiting to board the 20 minute incremented ferries. Sweat dripped down every well-groomed neck and back. But no one batted an eye. They were troopers, determined to get over to the Park and enjoy the game.
Luckily my fellow blogger Gina from What The Doost, and I had a Rosé Garden ticket that allowed us to skip the line. The reason it took 2 hours was the walk to battery park, the wait for the next ferry (comes every twenty minutes) and the little bit of boat traffic that we experience while on the ferry. My recommendation for commuters to the Polo Match next year is to either get the early access tickets, go super early and bring tons of water and flat shoes, or head to New Jersey and uber it from the Path train. It would have probably cost $25-30, but worth the time you save. You can always take the ferry back, which is a much shorter wait.
Wow, February was an amazing month of events. I am grateful to have been able to attend Men’s fashion week, Women’s fashion week in NYC, and to top it off fly to LA for the Oscars with Vanity Fair. Is this real life?
Most of you were curious about what exactly went on during that week leading up to the Oscars, and I am here to finally report every morsel of the Vanity Fair experience.