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The colors of the flowering trees this time of year are stunning!

Astoria (Pictured above: the incredible authentic Greek food at Taverna Kyclades in Astoria)

I have a love/hate relationship with Summer in NYC.  On one hand, I love the blooming flowers, the longer sunny days, and dining outside in the evenings.  But, NYC is also well known for it’s suffocating humidity.  Thankfully, we have been experiencing a milder Summer so far, and some days have even been cool.  On one of these cooler days, I met my best friend Debbie for lunch at Taverna Kyclades in Astoria. This Greek heaven usually  has a line down the block, with people waiting for at least an hour on average to get in on busy nights.   They don’t take reservations, and they don’t have to.  It’s simply the best, most authentic Greek food in Astoria.  They are also known for their extremely fresh fish, with the selection changing daily. If you’re in the Astoria, NYC area, definitely stop by!

I like cooler summer days. It gave me an excuse to wear my beige Theory coat. The color is perfect for Spring/Summer, and it’s just the perfect weight. Details on everything below!

XOXOXO
Julie

Coat: Theory (similar HERE ON SALE!!!!), Jeans: J Brand, Clutch: Antik Batik (Similar HERE and HERE),  Boots: Rag and Bone, Rings: YSL and Maison Margiela, Bracelet: Vita Fede, Sunglasses: Karen Walker Northern Lights 

 

My Favorite Winter Looks! (And where to buy them!)

 

 

A Parka is a must have for cold weather, and this gorgeous Dawn Levy one is my favorite! This style I am wearing here has sold out, but a very similar one is on sale now at Bloomingdales!   Buy it HERE!  Click HERE to see other coats by Dawn Levy. Click the links below for similar Parkas on sale now!

Bag: Alexander Wang Diego, Boots: Jeffrey Campbell, Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

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Here is another one of my favorite Parka looks.  This one is by Free People. I love that the bottom zips off, and the sleeves as well!  The Antik Batik clutch is the perfect compliment. Parka: Free People, Boots: Rag and Bone, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Clutch: Antik Batik Quilted leather skirt- Topshop (Similar looks below!)

I love neon coats in Winter, and J Crew makes the best ones!  I love mixing patterns like leopard with bright colors, it’s the perfect way to brighten up the cold Winter months!    Boots: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: Alexander Wang, Sunglasses: Karen Walker                            *************************Shop this look below!!!!*****************************

 

 

 

I love leopard and studs, even in the cold weather. 😉  This coat is from Asos, and the bag is vintage Chanel.  My Chloe Susanna boots are easily one of my favorite pairs of shoes- in all seasons!  Shop this entire look below!
 
I love layering fur vests over coats to make them warmer, and to change up the look of old coats in your closet. Here I put a fur vest over my Mackage coat.  The fur trapper hat is a great finishing touch. Shop this entire look below!!!
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Currently Craving

Currently craving January 2014
My first CURRENTLY CRAVING post of 2014!
Here are just some items that I am lusting after.
 I am already getting Spring fever!
Details on where to buy everything are below!

First Row:

1) Forever 21 Marled Trench Coat-  (Incredible quilted faux leather sleeves!)
2) Rag & Bone Kendall boots- (Yet another amazing pair to lust over!)
3) Ray-Ban Ice Pop Wayfarer Sunglasses (Love the color! Other colors HERE)
4) Topshop Floral Print Tea Dress (Great with tights and boots in Winter!)

Second Row:

1) Alexander Wang Rockie duffel in peppermint (Check out the matching studs!)
2) Goldsign The Stevie Jeans (I love the grunge boyfriend look!)
3) Jagger Edge Montana iPhone case in floral with studs (Rocker chic for Spring)

Third Row:

1) Annabel Ingall Small Isabella Tote (Love this color for Spring as well)
2) Hipanema Bysance Bracelet (The colors are stunning- great for stacking)
3) Topshop clean edge fedora (Great year round color!)

 

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Neon Winter

I scored this amazing parka with my friend at the Aloha Rag sample sale downtown.  What a steal! I love wearing neon accents in Winter, it makes the cold days less dreary. This 3.1 Phillip Lim bag has been in heavy rotation since I got it. It fits everything. I love this color too. Details on everything below.  Stay warm!

xoxoxoxo
JULIE

Parka- Aloha Rag (Similar HERE), Jeans: J Brand, Boots: Alexa Chung for Madewell (Similar HERE), Bracelet: Pamela Love (love THIS ONE too), Top: Lovers + Friends (ON SALE!),  Tote: 3.1. Phillip Lim, (Love this color too), Hat: Eugenia Kim

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Black and Gold

Black and Gold

Julie resized editedHappy Black Friday! Have you survived the shopping mayhem?  It seems to get crazier every year.  I am going to share my Black Friday scores with you in a special post tomorrow. 😉  As for today, I wore black and gold, which is one of my favorite color combos.  I got this Michael Kors coat on sale at Macy’s. There are TONS of deals online now, so if there is anything you have been lusting after, now is the time to buy! The boots are Alexa Chung for Madewell, which were an Ebay score since they are sold out everywhere. The calf hair helps to keep the feet warm, which is welcome in the current freezing temps NYC is experiencing! Stay warm everyone! Details on everything I am wearing, and similar looks, are all below!  Let me know what you think in the comments!

XOXOXO
Julie

Coat: Michael Kors, Hat: H&M Men’s, (similar HERE and  HERE), Bag: Vintage Chanel (Similar HERE), Boots: Madewell (Similar HERE and HERE), Ring: YSL

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Sweet Friday- Cupcakes and Camouflage

Sweet Friday

We spent a very sweet night at Martha’s Bakery in Astoria. 😉

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Sweet Friday

Sweet Friday

Strawberry please………..

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I went on a cupcake date tonight with my incredible boyfriend, (who also happens to be my photographer).  We love Martha’s Bakery in our neighborhood! The baked goods are made fresh daily and rival almost any bakery you can name. My favorite is the red velvet. 😉 It was a very rainy night, so I went casual in my skinny jeans, and brightened up the look with a neon cashmere sweater from J Crew, under a camo studded jacket from Zara. I love mixing patterns and colors.  I am also loving neon lately, as you can see from my nails, and latest blog posts.  Maybe it’s because it’s so dark lately in NYC…….. wearing bright colors just seems to make you feel happier. 😉  Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
xoxo
Julie

Bag: Celine (Similar HERE)  Sweater: J Crew,(select colors on sale. I also love THESE and THIS ONE)  Camo Jacket: Zara (Similar HERE and HERE), Jeans: Levis, Boots: Rag and Bone, Skull Ring: Alexander McQueen, F-U Ring: CC Skye, Spike bracelet: CC Skye, Pink bracelet: J Crew, Bangle: House of Harlow

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The Fashion Minx and The Sequin Cinderella in NYC!!!

Fashion Minx and Sequin Cinderella

So excited to finally meet Nicola in person!!!

I was lucky enough to meet and work with the fabulous, and well known Irish blogger Nicola from The Sequin Cinderella! This was Nicola’s first trip to NYC, and she loved it! For our shoot, we chose Times Square, the heart of NYC as our location.  We chose to wear skirts and dresses mixed with boots which give off a tough/feminine look- which is perfect for this city. We hit Sephora, walked around Times Square, and had fun with some police officers! Of course, we also talked shopping, finding deals in the city, and ways to protect yourself from the harsh NYC winter temps while still showcasing your style! Read on for details on on what we were wearing and our tips for chic winter style! xoxoxo

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Fashion Minx and Sequin Cinderella

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(The four of us at dinner after a long night of shooting and hanging out in Times Square)

It was a very cold night, which called for a lot of layering! I am a huge fan of fur vests because you can layer them under, or above a coat or jacket! (That night I did both)  I wore my blue feather vest from Topshop.  I love the texture of it, and it’s super warm!  There are tons of adorable fur vests out there, both real and faux. I also love THIS ONE, THIS ONE,  and THIS ONE. Nicola wore a gorgeous lace dress from Zara with studded boots by Chiara Ferragni. I love the look of a feminine lace dress mixed with tough biker style boots.  Similar dresses HERE, and HERE.  Also, I love these studded boots by ASH.   I went with a cobalt blue theme, wearing my blue Celine (similar bag HERE) , blue J Crew top, and my blue bubble necklace. Oh….and my cobalt blue YSL ARTY RING.  (They were recently discontinued, so if you are lusting after one, get one now!!)

I was wearing:

Top: J Crew, Skirt: Forever 21, Feather vest: Topshop, (similar HERE and HERE), Necklace: J Crew bubble necklace, Ring: YSL Arty ring (Get one before they sell out! Also buy HERE), Boots: Rag & Bone Newbury, Bag: Celine (Similar HERE), Bracelets: Hermes CDC and House of Harlow bangle, Fur Headband: Adrienne Landau, (Similar HERE and HERE), Coat: DKNY

On Nicola:

Dress: Zara. (Similar HERE and HERE), Studded blazer: Zara (Similar HERE), Boots: Chiara Ferragni, (Similar HERE and HERE) Ear cuffs:Topsop, Bag: Louis Vuitton

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White Fall Dress….two ways

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Which look is your favorite?

Dress: Zara (similar HERE and HERE), Leopard coat: Nordstrom (Similar HERE AND HERE), Boots: Rag & Bone-ON SALE at Shopbop!!  Ring: YSL, Necklace: Pamela Love, Sweater: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M (Similar HERE and HERE) Bag: Alexander Wang Leopard Brenda Sunglasses: House of Harlow

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Urban Jungle

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I paired two of Fall’s biggest trends for a fresh look: metallics and burgundy.  I found this awesome metallic skirt at Minusey for a great price.  I think the skirt adds a great pop of color in this dark, dismal Fall weather!  My burgundy quilted Balenciaga jacket is still my favorite Fall piece, and the color is just amazing.  I shot these photos in Astoria where I live……LOVE this city!  All photos by the amazing Katharine Andriotis. Details below on where to buy these items and recreate this look!

Jacket: BALENCIAGA (similar HERE and HERE) ** Also, for GREAT prices on Balenciaga jackets, as well as other designer items,  go to HG BAGS online!!   Skirt: MINUSEY **GREAT DEAL!** (Similar HERE and HERE), Bag: Celine Nano (similar HERE and HERE) Boots: Rag & Bone (Similar HERE and HERE), Ring: YSL, Necklace: Pamela Love ( last seen HERE)

Photos: Katharine Andriotis

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