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Holiday Blowouts

November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving is practically a week away, I’ve booked my plane ticket back to San Francisco for Christmas, and I’ve got about five parties coming up in the next couple of weeks - suffice it to say, the holiday season is here!

Fa la la la la la la la la!

As with every holiday season (see here and here), I’m on the hunt for a few new festive dresses to make the coming month that much more exciting. While last year my picks were a bit more scattered, this year I’ve narrowed my party dress wishlist down to three categories/trends: bold patterns, updated LBDs, and sequins and embellishments. Now comes the even harder part of narrowing it down to just one or two pieces!

Which ones would you choose? (Keep in mind the Thanksgiving dress always needs a bit of room around the waist…)

  1. Tibi Rococo Print Dress - $462
  2. Betsey Johnson Envy the Heiress Dress - $398
  3. Edun Marble Silk Chiffon Dress - $500
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Panthera Shift Dress - $358
  5. Topshop Tinsel Fringe Dress - $120
  6. AllSaints Char Dress - $295
  7. Rebecca Taylor Lace Bustier - $425
  8. Vanessa Bruno Athé Black-Beaded Dress - $360
  9. Anthropologie Wink & Rimple Dress - $228
  10. AllSaints Erodes Dress - $495
  11. Vince Sequin-Embellished Crepe Dress - $495
  12. Philosophy di Alberta Ferreti Embellished Lace-Overlay Dress - $322


»· Summer Cocktails ·«

August 1, 2011
tags: , , , , , french connection, ipad case, , marc by marc jacobs clutch, , , safety pin bracelet, , summer cocktails, , what to wear to a summer cocktail
by Sonia

I’m so used to cocktail parties that involve awkwardly standing around while guzzling my drink in the hopes of numbing my feet from my pain-inducing heels. However, last week I went to an outdoor cocktail soiree where so much as an inch of heel would have looked ridiculous. Grass and stilettos don’t mix so well.  Happy to give my tootsies a breather, I slipped into this bright silk, chiffon dress and an old pair of sandals that transition seamlessly from day to night. But, I will say that once I got home from the party I immediately ran upstairs and put on jeans and a t-shirt because there are few things more comfortable than that.

{ French Connection dress via Asos, Forever21 sandals, Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch, Tom Binns safety pin bracelet }

{ Girl or flamingo? You decide. }

Birthday Weekend

October 11, 2010
tags: balthazar, birthday, carnival, celebrations, , , park avenue armory, ,
by Sonia

profiteroles with chocolate sauce •

In the past my birthday weekends consisted of large dinner parties and nights out on the town and although having a birthday on 10-10-10 should be a perfect excuse for a big bash, this year I opted for a more low key birthday weekend spent with my Mom who flew in from San Francisco and close friends.

The weekend started off with an indulgent trip to Opening Ceremony and then I spent the rest of the day embracing my inner five year old at an indoor carnival at the Park Avenue Armory. I have loved carnivals for as long as I can remember; from the wacky magicians and fluffy cotton candy to the whirly rides and silly games it’s hard to imagine a more fun way to spend a day. Even though I was the oldest person there without a child in tow, I had a wonderful time making goofy faces in funhouse mirrors and losing a number of times at the water gun game (it’s harder than it looks!). I did end up winning a small stuffed animal seal and a toy rocket at a rubber ducky game that wasn’t as exciting as the water gun game but much easier to succeed at.

The rest of the weekend was spent eating rich foods and delectable desserts (see here for an in depth review of my birthday brunch at Balthazar) and celebrating with friends and family. Birthdays can so often feel overwhelming and exhausting, but this weekend was hassle free and beyond fun - a perfect way to begin a new year.

Below are some pictures from the carnival.

in good company •

Along the Shore

July 5, 2010
tags: 2010, activities, beach, , , fourth of july, holiday weekend, long island sound, niantic, old black point, , pool, summer
by Sonia

This weekend was everything I had hoped it would be. Between relaxing on the porch overlooking the Long Island Sound to playing tennis with my family, I could not be more unhappy about being back in NYC. Thankfully I will be returning to the house my Mom rented along the shore this weekend and mark my words, I will be back in the water within the first five minutes of arriving.

Here are some of my favorite bits from this past weekend:

collecting shells and sea glass on the beach •

• watching Finn explore EVERYTHING •

• fresh lobster •

• bike riding everywhere •

• swan pool toys •

• outdoor dinners with family •

• fourth of july festivities •

• scrumptious breakfasts on the porch •


December 17, 2009
tags: cocktails, , , , little black dress, , , ,
by Sonia

Sometimes I like to think of the holiday season as it’s own personal fashion week month. With countless parties and events to attend it can be exhausting trying to create a different outfit for each occasion. Which brings me to this post, the Little Black Dress.

Let’s face it, every girl has one hanging in her closet and usually uses it as a backup when she can’t think of anything else to wear. I find that I most often wear my LBD during the holiday season because I don’t have the time or energy to come up with an impressive outfit night after night. What’s nice about the LBD is that it’s a basic article of clothing that allows for multiple different looks. When in a rush or a bind,  jazzing up a black dress with a sequined blazer or brightly colored shoes can make your look go from boring to a standout amongst a crowd.

Below I have put together some looks that spice up the ever-so-basic LBD.

The first look is all about the lace crop top and the brightly colored shoes. The sheer lace top gives the dress a sexier more sophisticated look which is only emphasized by the luscious suede shoes. Since these two pieces make the majority of the outfit, the rest of the accessories can be quite simple.

The second look may look boring, but it is far from it. I find that piling on as many chains as possible can make a preppy/conservative outfit look feminine and edgy. The matte red lipstick is the perfect colorful touch to the all black ensemble.

I love adding color to a black silhouette. In the third look, the addition of a bright sweater, colorful bracelet and printed shoes makes one almost forget that she is wearing a basic black dress.

Let the holiday parties begin!!