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The Winter Edit

November 27, 2013


The weather just went from zero to sixty, or should I say sixty to zero. It was just a few days ago that I was trotting around in my leather jacket and crunching leaves beneath my boots and then bam! hello, winter!  As long and uncomfortable as winter can be, there are certain sartorial elements that I don’t necessarily hate about the season. For starters, I like a good winter coat, especially when it involves a furry hood. I also love chunky sweaters and take comfort in wrapping my neck and jawline in a cozy scarf as I know it will act as a sturdy layer of armor against those cold, ferocious winter winds. So, without further ado, I give you my Winter Edit, otherwise known as the pieces I plan to accumulate and wear to look good while warding off the cold this season.

1. The Winter Parka - Parkas are a difficult thing. They’re bulky, they’re puffy, and they aren’t exactly the number one choice for throwing over a holiday dress; but damn, are they warm. This is why it’s important to take your time in finding one that you actually like (aka just because your grandmother swears by her floor sweeping sleeping bag coat, doesn’t mean that you have to look like a caterpillar too). The parka featured above is by the very reliable puffer coat brand, Woolrich. However, some of my other favorite brands include Canada Goose, Moncler (if you’re welling to shell out a hefty sum I can say from experience that it doesn’t get warmer than this), and J.Crew.

2. The Mirrored Sunglasses - I don’t know about you, but my makeup tends to look like shit in the winter. One step outside into the bone chilling wind and my eyes are watering, mascara dribbling down my face and smearing the layer of bronzer I’ve caked on to mask my Casper glow. Mirrored sunglasses are a great way to cover this up until you’ve had time to check yourself in a bathroom since no one can see past their own reflection and into your now raccoon eyes.

3. The Pom Pom Beanie - I love me a beanie. They’re warm, they’re soft, and they may be the leader in giving the worst hat hair ever. This is why it’s crucial to have one you don’t mind wearing all the time. A standard black, slouchy beanie has been my go to for several years now, but I’m ready to add a little fun to the tippy top of my head by way of a fuzzy wuzzy pom pom.

4. The Tartan Scarf - A plaid scarf is a simple way to add a little oomph to any outfit (check me wrapped in a tartan blanket here), and much to my delight and surprise they go with just about everything.

5. The Quirky Ring - Since the majority of our bodies are likely covered in cozy knit sweaters, boots, pants, etc., our fingers must take the spotlight in the jewelry department. Though most of my rings are on the daintier side, I like the idea of adding something a little more quirky like this here eyeball ring.

6. The Worn-In Jean - Comfort is key when the rest of your body is cold and shivering. Though I love me a structured pant, I tend to opt for jeans that are soft and worn-in since my skin becomes unfortunately sensitive in the winter.

7. The Moisturizing Lip Balm - And speaking of sensitive skin, having a luscious lip balm nearby at all times is as important as a winter coat. In fact, let’s just go ahead and call said lip balm the winter coat for your lips. Since I’ve already told you about my love for Dior’s Crème de Rose lip balm, I won’t go any further, but just know this is what my lips are wearing.

8. The Snow Boot - Ugh, snow boots. It took falling on my face in the snow and knocking out my front tooth to convince me that snow boots, as ugly as they can be, are necessary to surviving the winter. A friend of mine wears her LL Bean boots religiously come snow season and I have to say, she makes them look good! Paired with a cute parka and some worn-in jeans, I’d say you’re looking as chic one can get in the midst of a blizzard.

9. The Bright Glove - I lose gloves like I lose hair elastics. No matter what I do or how securely I place them in my pockets or purse, I will inevitably lose at least three pairs of gloves a season. This year I’m testing out a theory that the brighter the glove the less likely you are to lose them. I’ll let you know how it goes.

10. The Turtleneck  - Turtlenecks get a lot of flack, but I think they’re making a comeback. I like burrowing my neck and chin under a layer of soft fabric and I personally don’t care if it makes me look like my cheekbones begin at my shoulders.

P.S. See here for my Fall Edit.

I ♥ Duane Reade

March 12, 2013


The drug store is one of my favorite places on earth. Whether I’m going in to refill a prescription or buying a new batch of toilet paper, I inevitably walk out with a plastic bag full of extra unnecessary goodies. And it’s never a “quick trip”.  I can spend hours in Duane Reade, meandering through every aisle from lotions to bandaids, excited at the prospect of filling my medicine, beauty, and cleaning cabinets with more more more! 

There’s something thrilling about testing new products, especially when they’re sold at moderate prices. I don’t think I’ve ever purchased the same toothbrush twice in a row (I like to change up the bristles and colors!), and discovering new cleaning products gets me as excited as the house wife I have yet to become.

Since I discuss a lot of my pricier beauty products on here, I thought I’d share with you some of my latest discoveries and staples that can be purchased at your closest Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, CVS, and if you’re lucky, grocery store.


From left to right: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch, Cherry Me, & Grape Vine; Revlon lipstick in Sultry Sable, Wink For Pink, & Kiss Me Coral

I buy a significant amount of my lipstick from Duane Reade. My favorite brand is Revlon as I find it lasts the longest, has the largest variety of colors, and offers a number of different finishes from matte to shiny. I’ve also recently become obsessed with Maybelline “Baby Lips”. I have them in every color and find that they’re perfect for when I want something a bit more subtle. They also smell and taste good…


From left to right: L’Oreal Power Volume Mascara, Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner, Covergirl eyeshadow, Revlon eyeshadow

Even though DiorShow Mascara is my #1 go-to, I like to switch up brands every once in awhile. L’Oreal’s Power Volume Collagen mascara coats the lashes evenly while still giving a touch of clump for that extra full look. I’m still mastering the art of the cat eye, but have found the angular brush and dense color in Revlon’s Color Stay eyeliner to yield the best results. Now it’s all about steadying my hands. And while I’m not big on eyeshadow, I love the color variety in these CoverGirl and Revlon palettes. 


From left to right: Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, Garnier Moisturizing Gel, Aquaphor

The lotion aisle may be my biggest time waster, which is kind of silly since I really don’t moisturize my body enough. I’ve tried a number of different brands but Cetaphil remains the winner for least greasy application. I go through face lotion by the month and sometimes it’s just not worth spending a fortune on. So I alternate each month using either Dr. Jart’s Water Sure Gel from Sephora or Garnier’s Moisturizing Gel (they’re both ridiculously refreshing). I cannot praise Aquaphor enough. From nurturing my chapped lips to hydrating dry skin on the go, these tubes can be found in every single one of my handbags.


Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks

Since I wear mascara and eyeliner on a daily basis, finding a good eye makeup remover is crucial for the cleanliness of my white pillow cases. I use Dove Cold Cream for the initial removal and then follow up with Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I like to keep Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks with me for days when my liner or mascara get a little too smudgy.


Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorizer, Simple Soothing Facial Toner, Burt’s Bees Sugar Scrub

I used to use Dove’s deodorant religiously. But then my friend introduced me to a natural deodorizer that works as well as an antiperspirant and smells divine. Arm & Hammer’s Natural Deodorizer feels like butter when I put it on and lasts me throughout the day unlike many of the other natural deodorants I’ve tried. After washing my face at night, I like to use a light toner to wipe off any extra dirt or makeup. Simple’s Soothing Facial Toner is alcohol free and leaves my skin looking as refreshed as it could look at the end of the day. And lastly, I’m all for weekly exfoliation. Since I go through these pretty quickly, I try not to spend too much money on them. Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub is moderately priced, smells like candy, and does a heavy duty job on scrubbing away any excess skin.

Do you have any drug store favorites? If you do tell me so I can go waste some more time in my favorite store.

Mikkat Market

August 29, 2012
tags: , fall picks, favorites, mikkat market, must-haves, net-a-porter, , , , , , , ,
by Sonia

One of the most common email questions in my inbox is “what are some of your favorite places to shop online?” along with “what kind of dog is Finn?” (he’s a Dachshund Tibetan Spaniel mix I think…just for the record).

While I frequent the likes of Shopbop, Asos, Topshop, and Net-a-Porter on a weekly (read: daily) basis, when it comes to affordable fashion that looks like it cost a thousand buckos I look no further than Mikkat Market.

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen anything on there over $200 and they update their stock all the time which is a blessing and a curse for shopping addicts like me.

To answer the questions I’m sure many of you are wondering: they’re sizes run true to size, the quality is pretty decent but don’t expect Lanvin, and below are some of my current favorite items. Though in all honesty, I pretty much love everything on this site. It’s like Alexander Wang meets Equipment meets Margiela. But you have to act fast because things sell out quickly.

Happy happy joy joy shopping shopping woop!

// all photos via Mikkat Market - and this is not a sponsored post, I really just happen to love Mikkat Market

Miami Vice

July 16, 2012

This jacket is a weird buy for me. Aside from the fact that I really don’t wear non-blazer jackets (except in the fall and winter), the print and shape makes it look like I could have bought it at a souvenir shop at the airport in Hawaii.

When I saw it, however, I immediately started fantasizing about all the outfits I could create with it. An asymmetrical black shirt and jeans, a bright red dress, or in this instance, an all white ensemble. I figure that if you can think of more than two outfits for a piece you’re not so sure you should buy then you should pull the trigger and buy it. Chances are if you have two looks up your sleeve you’ve got at least five more in there.

I can’t wait to see how it translates into the colder seasons which, unfortunately, feel like they’ll be here before we know it. *sad face*

Zara jacket | Gap shirt (cut to crop top) | Levi’s shorts | Dolce Vita sandals | Proenza Schouler bag | Vintage sunglasses | Alexander McQueen skull bracelet  | J.Crew belt

// photos by Emily Malan

Lolita Summer

May 16, 2012
tags: 1950s, , bass, baublebar, cherry print, chloe, , gingham, , , jcrew, lolita, , , movie, oxfords, polka dots, rachel antonoff, , saddle shoes, , , , , , summer, , ,
by Sonia

In the fall and winter I’m all about the edge - give me a leather jacket, dark jeans, and boots any day of the week and I’m set - but once summer comes around I trade all that grungy stuff in for sweet and feminine pieces. This season I’ve noticed that I’m really inspired by the 1950s style of Lolita. Cherry prints, lots of gingham, and saddle shoes are what I plan to gather for the fast approaching season along with Lipsmacker lip balm, lots of bubble gum and a good tan.

Here are some pieces on my summer wish list - can you guess which one I’ve already snatched up?

  1. Miu Miu Gingham Slingbacks - $595
  2. Selima Sun for J.Crew Sophia Sunglasses - $128
  3. Topshop Cherry Glitter Sun Dress - $72
  4. Étoile Isabel Marant Crochet Sweater - $460
  5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Straw Canteen - $158
  6. BaubleBar Silver Star Studs - $24
  7. Chloé Eau de Parfum (my summer scent) - $85
  8. Style by Marina Denim Jacket - $74
  9. Juicy Couture Cherry Print Bikini Top and Ruffle Bottom - $160/$78
  10. Style by Marina Crochet Skirt - $59
  11. Rachel Antonoff x Bass Saddle Shoe - $138