Monthly Archives: April 2011

Aqua Dress: Seeing Triple

A friend of mine told me she wanted to know how to use what was already had in her closet in new ways.  This is an  Aqua Dress (pictured below) worn/accessorized 3 ways to create 3 looks:

Aqua Dress

Look 1

Vintage Slip (from Malena’s, if you’re ever in West Chester, PA it’s excellent!), Grey Belt


Dresses are so versatile because skirts can be worn over them.  It always amazes me how an inch or two can make a hemline go from inappropriate to appropriate.  I don’t think I could wear this dress without tights to the office, but the length of the skirt over it made it possible.

 <Dress: Aqua, Skirt: Vintage, Belt: H&M, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace: Anthropologie, Pumps: Nine West>

Look 2

Grey T-Strap Heels, Black Patent Leather Belt, Flower Pin

 <Dress: Aqua, T-Straps: Ann Taylor Loft, Pin: Express, Belt: Ann Taylor, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace: Banana Republic>

Shoes: Look 3 vs Look 2

 Necklaces: Look 1, Look 2, Look 3

Look 3

Black Shoes, Self Belt, Black Headband


Which look is your favorite?


Babycakes (Vegan, Gluten-Free and mostly Sugar-Free Recipes)

Vegan, Gluten-Free and (mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes

The Canadian is a bit of a health nut and I’m a bit of a baked good fanatic.  One day I was on Barnes & and Babycakes popped up as a recommendation.  I decided to give it a try, it seemed like the perfect middle ground for the 2 of us. 

Erin McKenna spent a year developing her take on baked goods for those diagnosed with wheat and diary allergies (like she was in 2004) and Babycakes was born.  When I first started it felt more like science than baking, and used so many ingredients I had never heard of (xanthan gum was particularly hard to find).  One experience I won’t forget is the first time I tried to make the banana bread.  I think I used the wrong type of flour and the banana bread came out looking like a science project, but, since there’s no butter and sugar involved, it was easy to clean up.  Attempt #2 was much more successful and it tasted like any other banana bread I’d had over the years (except better for you). 

The cookbook is easy to follow if you’re a beginner, ingredients are described in detail and ingredient substitutions are given as well.  If baking at home isn’t your thing, take a trip to Broome St (between Orchard and Ludlow) the shop is adorable!



Los Feliz

Los Feliz  is a great taqueria in the Lower East Side.  The guacamole comes with chips in an adorable brown paper bag and the margaritas on the rocks are the best ones I’ve had.  For dinner I would recommend trying the ceviche (super fresh) and sharing the tacos. You receive perfectly proportioned tacos so you can order multiple ones to try without feeling guilty.  I took a group of visitors there and one friend wrote me an e-mail the week after saying “Best. Quesadilla. Ever.”  It’s definitely worth the trip to the Lower East Side.

Or you can just go downstairs and enjoy the drinks

Dress with a Vest

If you’re looking for a cute boutique with items you won’t find everywhere at a range of price points, I would suggest you visit Saada. I bought the BB Dakota dress above along with many other items there since moving to New York. The owner, Mina is great and the store has a varied assortment. The vest is part of this dress and I love the exposed zipper detail.



Green Dress Blown In The Wind

Green is one of my favorite colors to wear.  This dress is also super comfortable, but as you can see, when it’s windy out, very billowy.  I love the subtle bow detail at the neck and the dress is made less sweet by the leather slingbacks. 

<Dress & Bangles: H&M, Shoes: Forever 21>


The White Shirt: Blank Canvas for Great Accessories


I don’t know how many white shirts I own.  Between long sleeve, short sleeve, tank tops, button downs…it’s a lot.  I can’t help it, I find myself drawn to them in every store.  This linen-y tuxedo inspired one is from H&M and I felt it was the perfect complement to show off my necklace from Anthropologie and the Rebecca Minkoff bag that had just arrived. 

 Hello, Spring!



<Shirt: H&M, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Polish: Essie Master Plan, Necklace: Anthropologie>

Audrey Inspired

“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally;

I never expected it to do anything special for me,

yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped.

Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”

– Audrey Hepburn

A black dress, lots of pearls and a high bun alway invoke images of Audrey Hepburn for me.  Not only was she amazingly iconic onscreen but her son wrote the most beautiful biography of her, entitled An Elegant Spirit, that described what a wonderfully gracious person she was off screen as well.  I believe this translated from the screen when everyone was watching her, which is what made her so captivating.  I love dresses that look like 2 separates and actually bought 2 of them at Zara last week.  Black, white and red is a favorite combo of mine.  It rained quite a bit this week so my trench from H&M was my MVC (most valuable coat).  I love how classic it is and I’m never too hot or too cold when I wear it, no matter what temperature the rain is.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”- Audrey Hepburn

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
– Audrey Hepburn

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”- Audrey Hepburn
 “I love people who make me laugh.
I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh.
It cures a multitude of ills.
It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”- Audrey Hepburn
 “I was born with an enormous need for affection,
 and a terrible need to give it.”- Audrey Hepburn

<Dress: Zara, Flats: Bandolino, Trench: H&M>

“Living is like tearing through a museum.
Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it,
looking it up in a book, and remembering
 – because you can’t take it in all at once.”- Audrey Hepburn