Have you noticed lately that all the “it” girls have been wearing Gucci? I can’t go a day without seeing someone’s instagraming their new Gucci Dionysus
bag (no shame, that bag is gorgeous!). The funny part is Gucci lost traction in the fashion scene the last decade and just started to emerge again as a must-have status piece.
But then again, it is the era of second chances! Think about all the 90s revivals that happened this year. Gucci was bound to get a makeover. This successful makeover is attributed to the new creative director, Alessandro Michele. He definitely took the brand’s image up ten notches. Besides the vibrant colors he infused into the double GG line, Michele made a point to stay one step ahead. Partnering with graffiti artist Trouble Andrew to create the latest installment GucciGhost, is just one example.
So you want to get your hands on some Gucci pieces? Here are the top looks of the moment:
Switching out those summer sandals for some amazingly cute fall booties. I live is sandals during the summer, and in fall I live in comfy flat booties. I lately have been on the search for the perfect Fall ankle boots and this is what I found.
I just found the best faux fur jacket. So good that I’ve literally fooled friends. People thought I stole the coat out of my mom’s closet, but I just snagged it from Zara. It feels so soft and lush and the color is perfect with a mix of black and dark brown. I am obsessed with the leather trim and buttons that run down the front. It is very 70s inspired.
When I saw the coat in the stores, I did that one thing I swore I would never do… tried it on right in the middle of where everyone was shopping. I dropped my bags and slipped the faux fur jacket off the hanger and onto my shoulders. I loved it from the first moment I put it on. I went up one size because it was a lot smaller in the shoulders and arms than Zara’s usual pieces. I also wanted to be able to layer underneath for added warmth. By going up a size I am more comfortable and have more room for extra layers.
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.
This is going to be one of the more controversial articles I will write, but I find it important to start a conversation around it. Why? Because on a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide¹.
There is a difference between being loved and being abused. Yet the ways of being emotionally abused in a relationship can be incredibly discrete.
I have watched as many loved ones excuse behaviors on the basis of “oh he really loves me”. I have even done that! I have accepted really crappy behavior from previous partners because “he loves me”. Or I longed to feel loved, even if it is just crumbs. But this is not okay! First off, no one deserves to be hurt. Secondly, whether we realize it or not, there is a long lasting effect from being in these abusive relationships. It crushes our self-worth in the long run. Each time we accept unacceptable behavior, we are saying, “oh I deserve that treatment, I am not worth being respected.”
What Emotional Abuse Looks Like
A week ago I received the October Must Have Box from Popsugar. It is by far my favorite curated monthly box I have received! It was so thoughtfully crafted with all the fall must-haves, including some yummy Cocoa Mix. I want to share what was inside plus how you can get $5 off your first box!
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
Last night I went to the Plan de Ville showroom in Manhattan. It is a very cute, all white room with racks of beautifully curated pieces. I felt as if I had walked into my dream closet. Catherine Smith, the founder and fashion director of Plan de Ville, was one of the first people to greet me at the door. It was the most genuine hellos I’ve had in a while. In such a busy fast past industry, I felt I was really appreciated being and acknowledge.
Catherine brought me through the showroom and answered several of my awe-inspired questions. Like what is the number one piece every woman should own. Her answer- a bodysuit! I couldn’t agree more. She then pulled this lace, bell sleeved bodysuit that was to die for.
Happy Monday everyone. Last week I talked about change and the ways that helped me move through transitions or tough times. I was amazed how many people really responded to that topic and thought that this week I would share about perspective. It is amazing how the world changes once we change how we see it.
Here is how I see life. An excerpt from my personal journal: